Set your mice to “click” as you take a journey into the world of PCs and PC gaming. Today you can read an article on the impact Windows 8 will have, E3 from a PC gaming perspective, portable storage reviews, motherboards, cases, notes on the released Max Payne 3 patch and more.
Western Digital releases a new Raptor drive every couple of years, and each time the performance and capacity increase while the price for the highest-capacity model stays around $300. This year’s iteration finally breaks 1TB, but the VelociRaptor remains caught between increasingly fast 7,200rpm drives and increasingly capacious SSDs. Is it the best of both worlds, or the worst?
I’m happy to see that the Microsoft PR folks are cranking up the publicity machine to extol the virtues of Windows 8. I haven’t seen this much activity since Windows 95. I’m on the record as predicting that this thing is a failure on the desktop and has already failed on the smartphone. But, we all know that this is actually a tablet OS. What about that?
ASUS’s Sabertooth X79 motherboard is their one of their latest products to bear the TUF series label and sport customized hardware and thermal components as well as a desert camo color scheme to complete the military look. This $329 motherboard comes with a five-year warranty, digital power management system, rugged chokes, solid capacitors, and MOSFETs that have been certified through third party, military-grade testing.
With so many choices in the marketplace, external hard disk drives have become somewhat of a commodity, differentiated mainly by storage capacity and price. Hence, branded manufacturers like Seagate and Western Digital try to differentiate their products by offering value-added features like faster interfaces, E-labels and backup and encryption software.
It is yet another new company for me to shine opinions on. Cubitek – a company founded in the late half of 2010, by some IT industry techs in Taiwan, attempting to add a third dimension to a boring two dimensional view on current computer products. Cubitek is focusing on this “third dimension” of PC cases. It isn’t a company I am familiar with, but its philosophy is something well appreciated if it can be held up: “Build something we would want to buy at a price we want to pay.”
After alternately watching live feeds of the press conferences last night, and watching colleagues’ reactions to them on Twitter, I awake with a heavy cynicism for the entire industry. While a couple of new IPs were announced, and they were perhaps even interesting, the overwhelming message of the LA evening was one of partisanship, stagnation, and a disturbing lack of awareness of what is most problematic in the gaming world. Which can pretty much be summed up in the frighteningly repeated phrase, “With exclusive DLC for our console.”
We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the community on the launch of Max Payne 3 on PC and our support for a wide range of specs. That said, there are still a few commonly reported issues, and we’ll be rolling out a series of patches that address these starting tonight. Issues fixed by tonight’s patch are below. Our goal is to get everyone up and running as smoothly as possible so be sure to hit http://support.rockstargames.com if you are having any specific issues.
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