Grand Theft Auto 4 PC recommended specs
Just in case you where wondering. The Games for Windows website has released the recommended system specs for the upcoming PC port of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV.
The PC version of GTA IV will include an expanded multiplayer component, improved graphics, and a gameplay clip editing suite when it hits the PC on November 18.
Operating System: Windows XP SP2
Processor: Dual core processor (Intel Pentium D or better)
Hard Drive: 18GB free hard disk space
Video Card: 512MB Direct3D 10 compatible video card or Direct3D 9 card compatible with Shader
Drive: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
DRM makes Spore most pirated game ever
Spore was without doubt the most anticipated game of the year. The game itself has blown away the people who have played it, but the DRM encouraged thousands to get their copy illegally. Already Spore has been downloaded more than 500,000 times on BitTorrent, and this number is increasing rapidly accrding to TorrentFreak.
Most critics agree that Spore is a great game. However, the users aren
[QUOTE]Following in the footsteps of Deutsche Gramophon, a service called Passionato is launching today, which will feature very high quality DRM-free downloads of classical... er... classics. It could prove popular - as previously reported, one in three classical music lovers owns an MP3 player, and download music, as well as ripping their classical CDs to MP3. One in five legally download tracks.
Let's talk about audio quality first. Passionato will offer tracks in both 320kbps MP3 and in lossless FLAC format. Both feature incredibly high audio quality - something demanded by many classical music fans. Many modern pop songs feature large amounts of compression that aren't so easily battered by MP3 processing, and sound fine at lower qualities. Classical tracks, on the other hand, are a little more fragile, and sound awful when compressed, losing all the nuances of the sound. It's great that Passionato understand this.
Secondly, the lack of DRM is important. It means that fans will be able to use their music however they want - on almost any brand of digital music player - and will be able to burn tracks to CD, should they want to. The death of DRM has been one of the biggest victories for consumers in digital music in recent years.
Lastly, Passionato also has a bunch of Web 2.0 style community features, much like Dilettante. Users can post their favourite albums and tracks to the biggest social networks, and integration with social bookmarking service del.icio.us is also built in. There's also a forum, and a recommendations engine.
Passionato looks good (though is it slightly off-centre of the page? Or is that just me?) and doesn't seem too expensive either, offering a couple of albums on the front page for
Creative to launch new X-fi product next week
Creative is preparing itself for a new X-Fi product launch next week, on September 17th.
Little has surfaced in recent weeks of devices that would match the description. The X-Fi name is already on the X-Fi Go! sound card and is already in use for handhelds through the ZEN X-Fi. A recent patent filing has also recently alluded to the development of a tablet like device that may represent a new ZEN Vision with a camera, though Creative isn't required to launch new hardware based on patents and may give any finished product a different name. Notably, Creative has generally left the Vision untouched since the Vision:M and Vision:W were introduced in 2006 while most of its X-Fi products have been released in 2007 and 2008.
Trailer: The Sims 3 behind the Scenes
EA unveiled a "behind the scenes" trailer of The Sims 3. This behind the scenes trailer might just be of interest to you then! Some of the masterminds behind the game are featured in the trailer, proudly explaining and demonstrating some of the new customisation options and best new features.
Second Installment Seinfeld Microsoft ad
Well something is working with these ads, the fact that we post it as a news-item is proof of that for sure. But man they are weird.
Microsoft has released the second ad in its Seinfeld Windows campaign. It's... making fun of your average scalloped potato-eating, leather giraffe from Cabo-buying, grumpy Grandma-having Suburban family. The incredibly rich duo try to connect on a
Trailer: F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Download: nForce 15.23 XP and Vista WHQL released by NVIDIA
Download the new nForce 15.23 WHQL driver for XP or Vista both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available. this set is WHQL certified (Microsoft approved) and we've been hearing a lot of good stuff about them !
- Ethernet Driver (v67.89) WHQL
- Network Management Tools (v67.91) "Sedona"
- SATAIDE Driver (v10.3.0.42) WHQL
- SATARAID Driver (v10.3.0.42) WHQL
- RAIDTOOL Application (v10.3.0.42)
- SMU Driver (v1.61) WHQL
- SMBus Driver (v4.69) WHQL
- Away Mode Driver (v6.0.6000.107) WHQL
- Installer (v6.14)
We also have a discussion thread open on these drivers right here.
OCZ Technology Gladiator and Gladiator Max CPU Coolers
Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition review [Guru3D]
Well, the 1st thing you'll notice is a turbo switch, which allows you to select a second BIOS in an overclocked product state, we actually spot a display-port connector and next to that .. the USS enterprise actually was mounted on-top of the GPU as this product my friends, has one big cooler mounted on top of it. But that's not all though ....
Check out this Guru3D.com review right here:
ATI preps low-power Radeon HD 4550
The change would also let card makers produce either a smaller or quieter board depending on the model. A card with 256MB of memory will require a small fan but take up just over half the width of a normal card; a 512MB version will occupy normal width but rely entirely on a heatsink to passively cool the chipset and render the card entirely silent.
Every version would run at a 600MHz main core speed and with 800MHz actual (1.6GHz effective) video memory and at least one DVI jack. The 512MB card would afford extra room for DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, while the 256MB edition would fit smaller, analog S-video and VGA connectors.
Pricing would be set at an altime new low, $39 for a 256MB card and climbing up to $59 for the most expensive 512MB models.
X3: Terran Conflict Gone Gold
Andf for those that do not know, gold in this case means is put on that lovely DVD. Egosoft has announced that X3: Terran Conflict, a new stand-alone game set in the universe of X3, has been approved for manufacturing and is due to hit the store shelves on October 3rd. X3: Terran Conflict will also be available via online distribution through Steam - pre-loading starts on September 25th. You can also pre-order it from the Egosoft Online Shop.
Download: Fraps 2.9.5 Released
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology to record movies in-game or measure it's framerate.
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 on dual-core CPUs (1152x864 single-core) at up to 100 frames per second.
The latest Fraps 2.9.x releases add support for Vista and DirectX 10 games. With games starting to appear using DirectX 10 graphics we are happy to report that benchmarking, video capture, and screenshots are now all fully supported for these titles.
- Stereo & Multichannel recording options for Direct Stream audio in Vista
- Support for many DDRAW games running in windowed mode
- Support for games that use multiple swapchains in D3D9
- Large size icon for Vista
- Slow video capture speeds recording many older DDRAW games
- Capture crash for DDRAW games in XP SP3
- Misaligned audio with Vista Direct Stream when sound was silent
- 64-bit OpenGL apps not being detected
- Long delay starting video capture on some Vista configurations
- Crash in Fraps if video capture key pressed quickly in succession
- Fraps exit dialog appearing at random intervals
- "This program might not have installed correctly" error in Vista
- Corrupted volume slider in Vista when Fraps loaded
- Scrambled colors when recording in 8-bit and 16-bit from some older games
- Crash loading levels in Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Download - Click here
Microsoft releases SideWinder X8 mouse
According to Microsoft the X8 wireless mouse is considered by the company to be one of the quickest and most precise mice yet through a combination of technologies. It uses the same BlueTrack blue LED sensing as the new Explorer mice to properly track over more surfaces but also boosts the sensitivity to as much as 4,000DPI, twice as much as the corded SideWinder X5 and enough to match faster gaming or those with very large displays. Guys you got met at 1600 DPI really ..
The X8 still has an adjustable sensitivity toggle that scales back to as low as 250DPI and uses 2.4GHz RF wireless to eliminate much of the latency that would affect Bluetooth or older RF connections. In a rare touch, the new SideWinder also has a special USB cable that lets it charge from the attached PC while it plays. Normal battery life is estimated at about 30 hours of continuous use from a built-in lithium-ion pack.
Ergonomics are still similar to the X5 and include the signature vertical side buttons and replaceable feet that change the friction of the mouse for different surfaces. All seven buttons are programmable for different functions; in Windows, the mouse can also be used to jump to the Vista Games menu or to record macros in-game and use them later.
The SideWinder X8's announcement comes a little rpemature, you won't see it ship until February, when it will be available for oh eh .. how's $100 ? And no, that isn't a joke.
Lawsuit hits NVIDIA regarding chip flaws
Early Tuesday a lawsuit was filed against NVIDIA. IT alleges that the graphics card maker not only knew about a serious flaw that caused some of its graphics chips products to overheat but also kept it hidden from the public for at least eight months, says a Wednesday report.
When the company did acknowledge issues with its products back in July, its shares fell by nearly a third and the company pledged to put away $200 million to cover warranty costs. The lawsuit, which seeks class action status, claims NVIDIA violated US securities laws by making false and misleading statements to the investing public.
While no specific dollar amounts for damages are yet disclosed by the lawsuit, which was filed by New York-based law firm Shalov, Stone, Bonner and Rocco in California, it could have disastrous effects on the company and its image. The lawyers point out to PC maker Hewlett-Packard issuing BIOS updates back in November of 2007 that would have a PC
Sonnet Fusion F3 RAID features 2 drives, up to 3TB
The two fans included in the F3 chassis feature automatic failover and produce are "whisper quiet", according to Sonnet. A power supply is also contained inside the chassis, operating from 110-240V and 50-60Hz. Each drive is shock isolated inside the aluminum and steel case.
A rack mount can be used, with the possibility of two systems being placed side by side across one spot. For users without racks, it can placed or stacked on a flat surface and held on edge with an included stand. The blue LED indicators can be dimmed to match darker installations.
Trailer: Quantum Of Solace
A new Bond trailer is out dudes .. this is the Quantum of Solace trailer out and it's well le me do it Bond style, quite charming. This is what a James Bond trailer should look like.
Microsoft closing Ensemble Studios
Reports from Gamespot confirm that Ensemble Studios, famed throughout the industry for RTS games like the Age of Empires series is closing down. Kotaku reports that Microsoft corporate VP Shane Kim broke the news to employees at Ensemble today. That confirms rumors that have been swirling around the industry the past few days. Halo Wars, a strategy game based in the well-known universe of the Halo first-person shooters, will still release but Ensemble is reportedly done after that.
With the closure of Ensemble, the MGS portfolio now consists primarily of Lionhead, which is releasing Fable 2 shortly, and Rare - responsible for the Viva Pinata franchise among others, as well as work on the new Xbox Live avatars.
The full email from Phil Spencer to staff reads as follows:
"Today, we shared with our employees at Ensemble that we have plans to close the studio after Halo Wars RTM. Such a decision is never easy. Like any business, we