New Ubisoft games unplayable due server issues
I actually tried to play a new Settlers Beta I received from Ubisoft yesterday and experienced this. After half an hour I caved in and gave up. Gamers are unable to play Assassin's Creed 2 as the DRM servers required to authenticate the game went down. This game has a new pesky DRM scheme that requires you to be online at all times, this means you can't continue to play when your Internet connection is down, but it also means you're totally screwed when Ubisoft's DRM servers go down. And funnily enough, people who pirated the game have no problem playing it.. This is another great example of an anti-piracy scheme that totally backfires and only hurts the people who actually bought the game.
Well, as it turns out, when the Ubioft severs go down, no one can play their games and Ubisoft customers get very upset. At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games. Fast forward ten hours and it seems that the problem still hasn't been resolved, despite the assurances from a Ubisoft representative that the servers were 'constantly monitored'
"I don't have any clear information on what the issue is ... but clearly the extended downtime and lengthy login issues are unacceptable, particularly as I've been told these servers are constantly monitored," said 'Ubi.Vigil', adding, "I'll do what I can to get more information on what the issue is here first thing tomorrow and push for a resolution and assurance this won't happen in the future."
Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard
The Rii mini wireless keyboard looks like a display-less cellphone, but it
Asus PG276H-Worlds largest full HD 3D monitor
With Avatar demonstrating the effect of 3D on audiences worldwide, Asus has come up with an exhilarating lineup of screens to bring the experience home. Asus VG236H and the world's largest 120Hz gaming monitor, the 27" PG276H, are full HD 3D displays that blow gamers away with eye-popping visuals, combining uncompromising LCD execution with sights previously exclusive to the cineplex.
Both Asus gaming 3D monitors VG236H and " PG276H employ alternate-frame sequencing in conjunction with active shutter glasses, doubling screen refresh to 120 frames per second. The results are ghosting-free, smooth 3D doing true justice to the latest AAA game titles
TRENDnet TEW-691GR 802.11n router wireless at 450Mbps
Wireless networking with 802.11n is fast enough for many of us who only want a wireless router to connect a laptop to the web without cords. If you use your wireless network for moving lots of large files from computer to computer or streaming HD video you have probably wished for higher speeds. TRENDnet has unveiled a new 802.11n router called the TEW-691GR that promises to hit speeds of 450Mbps.
The router operates on the 2.4GHz spectrum and uses three spatial streams per antenna to hit the 450Mbps max. Normal 802.11n routers have a maximum speed of 300Mbps. Wireless coverage is boosted with MIMO tech and the router has a Gigabit WAN port and four Gigabit Ethernet ports for local computers.
Security is a big feature with the router as well with encryption and a firewall to protect the network. Traffic needing bandwidth is prioritized by the router with QoS technology. Wi-Fi Protected Setup makes it easy to setup a connection with supported wireless adapters with the press of a button on the adapter and the router. The TEW-691GR will ship in May for $159.99.
Metro 2033 Goes Gold
In addition, gamers can enjoy Metro 2033 in 3D, powered by NVIDIA 3D Vision.
Guru3D CeBIT 2010 tradeshow coverage
CeBIT 2010 tradeshow coverage
Another year has passed and this year's CeBIT was held this week. 2010, the year where everybody tries to recover from the financial state in the world. CeBIT is likely the biggest ICT exhibition in the world, but there definitely is a shift. Where the exhibition in the past years really was for business visitors, channel and press.
In this editorial we'll visit ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, Powercolor, ADATA, Enermax, G.SKill, OCZ Technology, ThermalTake, Cooler Master, Gelid and Corsair.
Let's have a look at what new product they have in development.
Check out the article loaded with photo's right here.
CEBIT - ThermalTake shows Gaming Keyboards
ThermalTake is releasing two gaming keyboards, the Challenger series. A rugged looking plank with up to 18 macro keys, an anti-ghost key function, 32KB of onboard memory, integrated USB ports, gold-plated USB connector, and a handful of red caps in case you want to highlight the WASD and arrow keys. It's also the first keyboard to come with a cooling fan, which plugs into either side of the plank.
CEBIT - Gigabyte R5870 at 1 GHz
Here we see the upcoming high-end R587SO. GV-R587SO-1GD running apparently at 1000/5200 MHz. Thus, this is second after MSI series Radeon HD 5870, which promises to work at the core frequency 1 GHz.
This video card will appear late March. The PCB uses Gigabyte's Ultra Durable VGA construction which makes use of a PCB with 2 oz copper layer, ferrite core chokes, low RDS (on) MOSFETs, and Japanese solid-state capacitors. The VGA cooler consists of a GPU base from which four copper heat pipes convey heat to aluminum fin blocks cooled by two 90 mm fans.
CEBIT - ASUS to release Sennheiser Soundcard
Expect a review on this one soon at Guru3D.com ... the Xonar Xense. Working together with Sennheiser, ASUS has developed soundcard-headset combo Xonar Xense. While most PC gamers suffer from miniscule headphone output, Xonar Xense pumps out a monstrous 7Vrms power through a built-in headphone amp. This brings out every audio nuance in games, movies and music, optimizing sound positioning and audio dynamics.
According to ASUS Games come to life in startling 118dB sound clarity, supporting EAX, DirectSound, Dolby technology and many other standards.
CEBIT - Corsair shows Heatpipe CPU Coolers
Corsair was already active in water-cooling but now they've also added two aircooling products to their lineup; the Air Series A70 and A50. The A70 measures 159.5mm x 124.6mm x 129mm and features two 120mm fans with an airflow of 50-61CFM, at a noise level of 26 to 31.5dBA. The heatsink features four 8mm copper direct-touch heatpipes and lots of aluminum fins.
The A50 cooler is a smaller version of the A70, it measures 159.5mm x 124.6mm x 81.2mm, has only three 8mm heatpipes and ships with one 120mm fan. Other than that, the specifications are pretty much the same. Both coolers ship with mounting tools for Intel LGA775/1156/1366 and AMD Socket AM2/AM3 processors. Pricing and availability is unknown.
CEBIT - OCZ shows Agility 2 SSD
Check it out, the new Agility 2 SSD. The Agility 2 comes with a SandForce SF-1200 controller, MLC NAND flash memory, R/W speeds of 275MBps and 265MBps and a very nice 10.000 proclaimed IOps.
CEBIT - Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold
Demonstrating at CeBIT 2010 they were displaying the Silent Pro Gold Series. A new lineup of power supplies that all meet the 80+ GOLD Standard with over 90% power efficiency.
This is the first time that the Silent Pro Gold was shown and Cooler Master were quite excited to show it off, there were plenty of technologies bundled into these nice looking units such as HTT (Heat Transfer Technology, Hyper Path and Hybrid Transformers all attributing to a nice designed set of units.
NVIDIA Forceware 196.75 Taken Offline
Last night we where informed by NVIDIA that the current Forceware 196.75 drivers might have a bug, as a result we took the drivers offline.
Now if you have these driver installed we encourage you uninstall them strongly. In some scenarios the outcome is that during gaming your graphics card fan might stop spinning, causing inevitably an overheat and crash shutdown of your graphics card.
Safety first i'd say, uninstall them and then please use the previous set of drivers.
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.
In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as:
Benchmarking Software - Show how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.
Screen Capture Software - Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There's no need to paste into a paint program every time you want a new shot. Your screen captures are automatically named and timestamped.
Realtime Video Capture Software - Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 2560x1600 with custom frame rates from 10 to 120 frames per second!
3.1.2 - 4th Mar 2010
- Fixed STALKER: Call of Pripyat not loading with Fraps running
- Fixed slow recording speeds for some users in Battlefield: Bad Company 2
- Fixed Guild Wars crashing when moving between zones
- Fixed videos being recorded at double width on some nvidia configurations
- Fixed colors being inverted in video captured from some DX10 games
- Fixed multiple FRAPS32.DLL crashes
VidaBox vCase3 Premium HTPC chassis review
VidaBox vCase3 Premium HTPC chassis tested
This chassis is a low profile mATX HTPC chassis with a great design at a reasonable price. Simple, basic, handy -- these are all keywords that apply to the overall design and looks of the vCase3 Premium. Especially in an era where we see form factors change a lot, a chassis like this in the living room can help out a lot. It blends in with the rest of your components really well, it can house the latest mATX motherboards.
You can pop in a regular ATX power supply and well... you are good to go. Whether it is entry-level, mid-range or even if you pop in say a high-end ASUS Maximus II Gene with Core i7 870 processor -- it's all possible with this HTPC chassis.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
More GeForce GTX 400 photo's hit the web
With the release of Fermi aka GT100 based GeFiorce 400 series graphics cards getting closer we see more and more photo's leak onto the web. This time arround it's Computer Base stripping the product completely naked. You can see both the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470.
Check the thumbnails ...
GeForce GTX 470
Onkyo 3D-compatible A/V range with HDMI v1.4
Onkyo have released a range of new home A/V equipment that offers HDMI v1.4 connectivity and 3D video support. The new line-up includes a pair of full-sized receivers, the TX-SA578 and the TX-SA608, a pair of mini-systems, the BASE-V30HDX and BASE-V20HDX, and a 2.1-channel sub/speaker system, the HTX-22HDX.
The TX-SA608 and TX-SA578 support seven channels of 190W and 160W respectively, along with Audyssey 2EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume and
G.Skill to release Phoenix SSD
More SandForce based SSD announcements. This time arround it's G.Skill noting that they will be releasing a brand new SandForce controller based Phoenix SSD series. The product is already on display at CeBIT where we'll head out to today.
TRIM capability helps preserve the performance and reliability of the SSD over time. When the drive is idle, the TRIM erases deleted data that would otherwise take up many write cycles, ultimately reducing the data-transfer rates by a great deal. TRIM also reduces fragmentation.
G.Skill's new line of Phoenix solid state drives is built with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash memory chips.