In what ranks as a truly game changing announcement (literally), Valve has cleared the way for developers to sell their mods in the Steam Workshop. That also includes game content such as items and maps, all of which can be made available for sale directly in the Steam Workshop for titles that enable feature. Kicking off the initiative is Bethesda Softworks' The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is free to play until April 26.
Curved monitors aren't new. Monitor's supporting Nvidia's G-Sync technology aren't new, either. But what is new and so far exclusive to Acer is a curved monitor with G-Sync baked in, the XR341CKA. We have to deduct 250 geek points from Acer for not coming up with a better name than that, but otherwise, kudos to the company for venturing into new territory, and in a big way. Literally.
AMD last month announced a handful of monitors supporting its FreeSync technology, the company's answer to Nvidia's G-Sync solution for ensuring smoother game play. One of those monitors was Benq's XL2730Z, a 27-inch display that's big on buzzwords and hype. It's also now shipping and avaiable to order online for $599 MSRP, slightly lower than we've seen it on virtual store shelves before Benq declared its as being officially available.
Well, it's about time! We know what you're thinking, "I'll jump on the DDR4 memory bandwagon and overhaul my rig as soon as a company comes out with a 128GB kit capable of running at 2,800MHz, and not a moment sooner!" We all pretty much share the same sentiment, right? Probably not, but for the 1 percenters out there who've been waiting for precisely such a kit, G.Skill has your back (and your wallet). G.Skill has just announced the world's only 128GB DDR4-2800 memory kit, which consists of eight 16GB modules.
Google is nothing if not ambitious. Of course, not everything Google touches turns to gold the way search and Gmail did -- we're looking at you Google Plus. So, we'll have to wait and see what impact Google's newest venture, Project Fi, has on the industry it's competing in (wireless phone service). In the meantime, let's have a look at what Project Fi is and what it could be.
At Maximum PC, we do a lot with our computers: work, content consumption, and game. We love gaming. Gaming is the one major industry that really pushes the PC ecosystem forward. So, what better way to support the community than to give back?
Ubisoft is celebrating the one year annivesary of Ghost Recon Phantoms—previously called Ghost Recon Online. There's a new team deathmatch mode that's being introduced to celebrate the anniversary. I've been a fan of the Tom Clancy series of games since the beginning. So, I figured it would be a nice gesture to say hey Ghost Recon, happy birthday, here are some subscriptions we can give to the fans!
Intel delivers an impressive first step in the ultra-small PC movement
When Intel announced the Compute Stick earlier this year at CES, we were excited. There are a handful of devices already on the market that get content onto your TV. Amazon's Fire Stick and Google's Chromecast are both competent devices, and then there are more powerful devices like the Roku. The main difference is that Intel's Compute Stick is a full-fledged Windows 8.1 PC—and it makes a big difference.
If you're good at finding security flaws in software, you could add more than just a little jingle to your pockets. That's because Microsoft is significantly expanding its bug bounty program, part of which includes a new bounty for Project Spartan, the codename for Microsoft's new browser found in Windows 10. You could make up to $15,000 per security vulnerability, depending on what you uncover.
You can feel that we're on the verge of a virtual gaming revolution, or so several companies heavily invested in VR technology hope. We're right there with them -- not from an investment standpoint, but from the perception of a fan, as we've played around with some awesome VR demos. Looking to give the category a nudge, Ohio-based boutique builder AVADirect today announced a pair of desktops designed in collaboration with Sixense for the latter's Stem System.
Much of what we cover on Maximum PC revolves around Microsoft's Windows operating system, though lest anyone forget, there's this alternative called Linux. And of course there are many varieties of Linux to choose from, including Fedora 22 beta, which is now available. According to the Fedora Project, desktop and workstation users may not notice huge changes, but will see better performance behind the scenes in managing updates.