Battlefield 3 to look better on PC than on consoles
DICE executive producer Patrick Bach has revealed in an interview with VideoGamer that the PC version will end up looking better than on the console.
Bach explained how he feels people will react when they finally see Battlefield 3 running on 360 and PS3. "Most people will be very positive because they might be afraid that it won't look as good as other games and it will, and some people will of course be disappointed that it doesn't look like the PC version."
What will the console versions lack, then? "The higher resolution, the higher framerate, the anti-aliasing, the motion blur, stuff like that. We can't have it to the same quality on the console," says Bach.
Bach also explained the predicament for the Swedish studio. "The problem if you're setting a new bar is you're pushing yourself up. Of course there's a challenge by showing something that looks amazing on PC and then something that just looks great on console. I think the challenge is to beat ourselves. Of course, it's hard to do that because of the practical limitations of the consoles."
How does DICE feel about rival engine technology, then? "There's always competition to build not only the best game but the best technology, the best features," says Bach, "and you want to be the best at everything, of course, that's how things are being moved forward."
Crysis 2 DX11 Patch Officially Announced
Cry-Tom posted on the mycrysis forums.
[quote]We would like to announce that there will be a DX11 patch released for Crysis 2. We are working to get the best out of DX11, so we
MSI announces broad AM3+ Processor support
MSI officially announced its AMD AM3 mainboards and the corresponding BIOS versions with full compatibility with all AMD AM3+ multi-core processors.
By upgrading the BIOS with a few simple steps, users can enjoy the powerful performance of AMD AM3+ multi-core processors without extra expenses. The brand new AMD AM3+ multi-core processors have more cores and larger L3 cache memory capacity. Also, the built-in 2nd generation Turbo Core technology also boosts the performance of the new AMD AM3+ multi-core processors. Along with the latest 32nm process which significantly enhances the electrical specifications, AMD AM3+ multi-core processors will absolutely be the next-generation indicator of performance.
In addition to upgrading all BIOS on the existing AM3 mainboards supporting AMD AM3+ multi-core processors before shipping to correspond to the upcoming AMD AM3+ processors, MSI will post the BIOS of corresponding mainboards with support for the new AMD AM3+ processors for consumers to upgrade their MSI AM3 mainboards in order to meet their demands for system upgrade and experiencing the powerful performance of the next-generation AMD processors.
MSI AM3 mainboards with support for AMD AM3+ multi-core processors and corresponding BIOS versions (click):
Gigabyte ECO600 Wireless Laser Mouse
Gigabyte today unveiled yet another wireless mouse, dubbed the ECO600.
This new peripheral features a laser sensor offering either 800, 1200, or 1600 DPI via a switch. Two AA batteries power the mouse allowing up to 12 months of use, according to Gigabyte.
Connectivity is covered by a nano USB receiver which operates over the 2.4GHz band. The receiver can also snap into the mouse when not in use for easy safekeeping. Other features include a rubber coating for improved grip and two customizable buttons. The Gigabyte ECO600 wireless mouse measures 124.5x77.6x41.8mm (LxWxH) and weighs in at 106g, excluding batteries. Gigabyte did not disclose details regarding the pricing of the ECO600.
ASUS Rampage III Black Edition review
ASUS are launching the ASUS Rampage III Black Edition and it just has to be the most exclusive X58 motherboard we have ever had our hands on. Improved overclockability, black design (including a black colored BIOS). The spec-sheet might read pretty similar to last year's Rampage III Extreme, but there have been a few tweaks alright. The board now sports a quartet of PCIe x16 slots capable of supporting three-way SLI or four-way CrossFireX, support for 24GB DDR3 at speeds of up to 2,200MHz and then the fun begins, USB 3.0, SATA 6G, a ThunderBolt add-on card that integrates Xonar sound as well as BigFoot's Killer NPU.
Read the full review right here.
Intel Z68 chipset pricing lower
The price hasn't been disclosed yet by Intel, but VR-Zone reports that the company has adjusted it so that it much closer resembles that of the P67 PCH.
" As you may or may not have read, Intel has added support for SSD caching in the Z68 chipset and so far it's been known as RST SSD caching, not exactly a sexy name for what at least for Intel is a new technology, so the company's PR department came up with a better one
AMD says Radeon HD 6790 can't be unlocked
In our review of the Radeon HD 6790 we already mentioned that it's using a full R6870 design, hinting that a BIOS flash might open up the full product. AMD however says Radeon HD 6790 can\'t be unlocked.
"It is not something that should be possible on the 6790. Those SIMDs are fused off," said Even Groenke, a graphics products manager at AMD.
Even though it is impossible to re-activate disabled stream processors and other units, the Radeon HD 6790 come with rather powerful coolers and ATI graphics division of AMD believes that enthusiasts will be able to speed up the novelty by overclocking it significantly.
"It is a card that has a lot of potential for overclocking, just take a look at overclocking results for other Barts-based graphics cards," said Mr. Groenke, adding that overclocking voids warranty.
Asetek reveals liquid temperature fan control technology
Asetek releases ChillControl, a new tool that gives you Liquid Temperature Fan Control technology. Antec's K
Laptops May Be Seized on Entry to U.S.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that authorities can search and/or seize your laptop for any reason they like. Refusal or resisting only gets you a free trip to the baton testing room.
If you can't let a day go by without accessing your personal data and files, you'd better think twice about crossing the border back into the U.S. with your computer. That's because digital devices such as a laptop computer can be seized at the border without a warrant and sent to a secondary site for forensic inspection.
That ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit last week is the second in less than a year that allows the U.S. government to conduct offsite searches of digital devices seized at the border without a warrant, Network World reported.
This could have big implications for business travelers, in particular, who are increasingly mobile and frequently carry laptops and other digital devices containing sensitive personal and company information across our borders. If your data reveals traces of criminality or illegal kinkiness when examined, your troubles will go way beyond temporary data denial.
BRINK: Ready and Able Gameplay Trailer
Elements of War trailer
Alienware M14x surfaces
Engadget found some details about Dell's upcoming Alienware M14x gaming laptop. This 14" system offers the Intel Core i7-2820QM (2.3GHz) processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics, a 750GB 7200RPM HDD, 256GB SATA 3Gbps or SATA 6Gbps SSD, LTE or WiMAX connectivity and a pair or Klipsch speakers. The default screen resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels but you can upgrade this to 1920 x 1080.
Zotac GeForce GTX 580 AMP2!
Zotac releases their GeForce GTX 580 AMP2!, this model offers a triple slot cooling solution with two 92mm fans and offers a 815MHz core, 1630MHz shaders and 3GB GDDR5 clocked at 4100MHz.
Battlefield 3 Confirmed for November 2011 Launch
A CEO, John Riccitiello spoke today at the Ad Age Digital Conference in New York and confirmed that Battlefield 3 will launch in November of this year. (thanks PlanetBattlefield) Additionally, Riccitiello stated they have a $100 million marketing budget for Battlefield 3.
Speaking during the Ad Age Digital Conference in New York City today, CEO John Riccitiello confirm it will launch Battlefield 3 in November of this year and said the publisher has rival Activision's Call of Duty series in its sights.
"This November, we're launching Battlefield 3. It's going up against the next Call of Duty, which is presently the #1 game in the game industry," he said. "A game that last year did $400 million dollars in revenue on day one. [Battlefield 3] is designed to take that game down."
Riccitiello later compared this holiday's battle between the two games to the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry in baseball and said gamers can expect to see massive advertising campaigns for both titles.
"There will be a couple hundred million dollars of marketing against these two products going head to head. We think we have the better product," Riccitiello added.
EA Games president Frank Gibeau echoed similar comments during GDC last month when he told us: "Everybody loves a heavyweight fight, and that's what this is going to be. We're here to compete."
Under The Hood of Unreal Engine 3
Radeon HD 6450 review
The Radeon HD 6450 addresses the low-level market yet AMD has decided to double the number of stream processors available to the Caicos core over previous products. The Radeon HD 6450 graphics card has a 40nm based GPU and packs a very decent 160 SPs, as well as 8 texturing units, 16 Z/Stencil ROP units and 4 color ROP units. It might make an excellent HTPC card with the full UVD 3 engine onboard as well.
Check out a petit quick review right here.
Nvidia GeForce GT 520 GPU Surfaces
Check 'r out, NVIDIA is worjkiong on a new low-level GPU, olikely to be called the GT 520 and Zol.com.cn website received a GT 520 graphics card built by a Chinese manufacturer that goes by the name of ASL.
The product includes a dual-link DVI port, VGA out and an HDMI port. The chip itself would be the the GF119 core, which seems to be a castrated future GF118 that Nvidia plans to use for building the GeForce GT 530 ;)
Having just 48 CUDA cores and 8 ROP units with 1GB of DDR3 memory / 64-bit memory bus makes us thing this could be a truly excellent HTPC card.The card scored 2642 in the performance mode, interesting enough thats really similar to what a Core i7 2600K with integrated graphics caughs up in the same benchmark.
Psyko Audio Carbon and Krypton headsets
Psyko Audio Labs unleashed their Psyko Carbon and Psyko Krypton, two new gaming headsets that use the company's 5.1 surround technology. These headsets are available on the company's website for $199 and $149, respectively.
Both new products are based on Psyko