Xbox 360 Motion Camera Revealed
Yesterday, Microsoft revealed their rumored answer to the Nintendo Wii. Project Natal was the code name for a motion camera used to play and control your Xbox 360 - hands free. Presented at the currently ongoing E3 Expo 2009 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009) at the L.A. Convention Center.
Just like the Wii's sensor bar, the Xbox 360 "controller bar", including a camera, a microphone and sensors, sits either on top or below the TV and tracks your movement and translates it into digital signals:
"Compatible with any Xbox 360 system, the "Project Natal" sensor is the world's first to combine an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor running proprietary software all in one device. Unlike 2-D cameras and controllers, "Project Natal" tracks your full body movement in 3-D, while responding to commands, directions and even a shift of emotion in your voice.
In addition, unlike other devices, the "Project Natal" sensor is not light-dependent. It can recognize you just by looking at your face, and it doesn't just react to key words but understands what you're saying. Call a play in a football game, and players will actually respond."
Windows 7 Available in Stores October 22nd
So the rumors were actually true. Microsoft announced today that their upcoming operating system, Windows 7, is going to be available in stores: October 22, 2009.
"We feel confident that we will deliver Windows 7 with our partners on Oct. 22," Bill Veghte, senior vice president for Microsoft's Windows business, said.
"While the date confirms Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft will be able to get the latest version of its most important product onto retailer's shelves and into manufacturer's computers by the all-important holiday season, it also means the company will miss some opportunity to get the product into the hands of school children and students going back to school in the fall."
Tales of Monkey Island Announced
In case you like graphical adventure games, Tales of Monkey Island, developed by Telltale Games and LucasArts, might be exactly your cup of tea. Fans of the old Monkey Island series probably still remember Guybrush Threepwood, the protagonist whom you will continue to be playing as in five monthly episodes. The first episode is going to be published on July 7, 2009 on PC and Wii. Apparently, "many series veterans, including designers Dave Grossman and Mike Stemmle, composer Michael Land and voice of Guybrush Dominic Armato" are participating in the creation of this new installment of Monkey Island.
One last tidbit ofr the fans of the series: "A revamp of The Secret of Monkey Island was also unveiled, updating the series's first title with fully redrawn graphics, re-mastered score and full voiceover. Developed internally at LucasArts, Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition modernises the title with fully redrawn scenes and graphics, and the control bar replaced by a popup menu offering all the original SCUMM options. Armato will also voice Guybrush here. Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will be released on PC and Xbox Live Arcade later in the summer."
Computex 2009 - Day 1 - Hello Nangang
Hello everyone and welcome to day one of Computex. Today three exhibitions started here in Taipei / Taiwan. Our focus today will be visiting a lot of companies located in the Nangang facility.
In part one of day 1 coverage we'll visit Inno3D, In-Win, Ikonik, MSI, Noctua, Enermax, Titan and PowerColor.
You can read this article here.
Intel Plans New Chip Plant In Israel
According to an article in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Intel plans to build another chip manufacturing plant in southern Israel by 2012 at a cost of $2.5 billion.
"The newspaper said Intel executives had been holding meetings with Israeli government officials to determine whether the company would be eligible to receive grants for the plant. Intel's $3.5 billion Fab 28 plant in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Gat started mass production in February of 45 nanometre-wide processors. It will reach full production capacity by the end of the year. Intel received a state grant of $525 million for Fab 28."
ASUS Dual GTX 285 card shows at Computex
Remember the dual GTX 285 based card we talked about earlier ? ASUS is showwing it at Computex. The card, although retains the name Mars "GeForce GTX 295", same device ID, and is compatible with existing NVIDIA drivers, has two huge innovations put in by ASUS, which go far beyond being yet another overclocked GeForce GTX 295: the company used two G200-350-B3 graphics processors, the same ones that make the GeForce GTX 285. The GPUs have all the 240 shader processors enabled, and also have the complete 512-bit GDDR3 memory interface enabled.
This dual-PCB monstrosity holds 32 memory chips, and 4 GB of total memory (each GPU accesses 2 GB of it). Apart from these, each GPU system uses the same exact clock speeds as the GeForce GTX 285: 648/1476/2400 MHz (core/shader/memory).
ASUS working on new GPU Tweak Utility
Over at Computex 09 ASUS is showing their new Tracker 2 tweak software. This software goes really far, certain GPU's can be overclocked with is rather deep. Up-to voltage tweaking, and even memory timings. More on their new products and this tool in a (to post later) Computex update.
Here we see some of the features for their Matrix GeForce GTX 285 series cards.
MSI SyrenSound Hardcore surfaces at Computex
If you have not read day 1 of the Computex article just yet, check out the new soundcard offering from MSI.
As you guys have read MSI recently announced their Syren series sound products. This is the SyrenSound Hardcore, which should be a really high-end soundcard priced at roughly 200 USD. The SyrenSound X-Fi sound card is powered by Creative Audio Processor CA0110, optimized for PCI Express to deliver accelerated audio while supporting X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio technology.
We'll make very sure to get this reviewed once available.
Silverstone shows raven 2 chassis at Computex
There first raven chassis was absolutely amazing, the second one will stun even more. Silverstone is set to release their raven 2 chassis soon. The chassis is in all it's ways weird, key feature .. the motherboard is placed into the chassis in a 90 degree angle, meaning the back panel is not located at the top of the chassis so all hot air (which travels upwards) is exhausted at the top of the chassis. of course a nice cover blinds all cables etc. More on this chassis in the next Computex report.
Intel Core i7 975 processor review - From fast to furious
The processor tested today will run at a steady 3.33 GHz, roughly 133 MHz faster than its 965 Extreme predecessor. It is running steady at 6,4GT/s QPI as well. This also will be an Extreme Edition processor, meaning it will have unlocked multipliers, and that means we can overclock the living daylights out of it.
Today at launch day the processor popped up in several web shops already at a selling price of 999 USD and in the EU roughly 950~999 EUR is what we are seeing right now.
Yes it is the much rumored Core i7 975 Extreme Edition processor that is launching today. We have a review for you to check that sweet performance out.
Oh and to top it all off, we'll use a sweet OCZ Blade 2133 MHz memory kit (!) with the processor as well.
You can read this Guru3D article right here.
EA and Crytek Announce Crysis 2
It seems today is one of those days when the gaming news are just pouring in with no end in sight. Anyway. This one is probably an announcement many gamers were looking forward to for quite some time already. Today, Electronic Arts announced that it has agreed with Crytek to publish Crysis 2.
But not only that, Crysis 2 is the first game from German developer Crytek that is not only going to be released on the PC, but on PS3 and Xbox 360, as well.
"The development of Crysis 2 marks a major stepping stone for our studio," said Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli, adding "This is not only the next game in the Crysis franchise, it's the first title we are developing for consoles and the first title being built on CryENGINE 3. We are excited to have the support of EA Partners again as we work together to make the launch of Crysis 2 a huge event."
Microsoft Introduces New Search Engine Called Bing
Rumored for quite some time already, Microsoft presented its new search engine "Bing" today which replaced their existing offering, Live Search. Besides an improved indexing algorithm, Microsoft promises that Bing is a lot more user friendly and also integrates the shopping portal Ciao which they acquired last year for $486m.
You have several search categories to choose from when you visit Bing. Among others, some of them are: images, videos, shopping, news, etc.. A daily changing background image is supposed to make it more visually appealing. The first impression seems solid, but whether Microsoft can finally compete with Google remains to be seen.
Alan Wake E3 Footage
The Finnish company Remedy Entertainment, responsible for great games like the Max Payne series, presented five and a half minutes of impressive gameplay of the upcoming "psychological action thriller" Alan Wake which is scheduled for a release on PC and Xbox 360 in the spring of 2010. The game footage seems pretty good, considering the game was in development for a considerable amount of time already and more than once delayed already.
Assassin's Creed 2 Teaser Trailer Revealed
Scheduled for a winter 2009 release date on Xbox 360, PC and PS3, Ubisoft showcased a sneak peek trailer of their upcoming sequel Assassin's Creed 2 at the E3 Expo at the L.A. Convention Center. Although the character looks like Altair from the original Assassin's Creed, this time it seems you are playing in the role of Ezio Auditore di Firenze during the 15th century in Italy.
First Modern Warfare 2 In-game E3 Footpage
Without much ado, Jason West and Vince Zampella from Infinity Ward, presented Modern Warefare 2 at the currently ongoing E3 Expo 2009 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009) at the L.A. Convention Center. Besides that, they also announced that the Xbox 360 will receive two downloadable Modern Warfare 2 map packs on Xbox LIVE before any other platforms. The game is scheduled for a release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 10.
So, without boring you too much either, here are the roughly 7 minutes of Modern Warefare 2 footage:
ECS shows Micro ATX Black Series A785GM-M Motherboard
And they are shwing is at Computex of course. ECS is on the list for a visit tomorrow. Here's the press reelase already.
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) unveils a brand new Micro ATX Black Series motherboard, ECS A785GM-M, providing unbelievable performance, stunning visual experience, and great energy efficiency for users. Being one member of ECS Black Series motherboards, A785GM-M gives an excellent solution for digital home entertainment. Come to see this exciting product at TICC (Hall 4) Room#105 in Computex 2009.
A Small Board with Huge Power Inside
Leveraging the power of AMD 785G and SB710 chipsets, ECS A785GM-M supports the latest 45nm AMD Phenom
ATI Radeon E4690 graphics processor unit
AMD announced the ATI Radeon E4690 graphics processor unit (GPU) designed to enable a whole level of new reality for embedded graphics applications with more than triple1 the 3D graphics performance of prior AMD embedded products.
Arcade system manufacturers will appreciate the long term support and lower cost of placing the GPU chip directly on the motherboard instead of a separate add-in graphics card. This product will enable digital signage manufacturers to decode and play multiple high-definition videos in hardware, offloading all the decoding from the CPU2. Casino system manufacturers will be amazed by triple the graphics performance to help attract players while increasing overall entertainment value with incredibly realistic 3D graphics, plus two-monitor support3.
- The ATI Radeon E4690 GPU is packed with the latest graphics features, including support for Microsoft
Corsair launches Obsidian Series 800D chassis
Corsair today at Computex 2009 announced its entry into the PC chassis category with the launch of the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D.
Flexible, roomy and sturdy, the Obsidian Series 800D full tower chassis was designed exclusively by Corsair and incorporates features demanded by the enthusiast market.