Posts Tagged ‘Hardware’

The Awesomeness Of Head-Mounted Displays

By Jim Rossignol on April 5th, 2013.


Stood by the Oculus stand at GDC, I heard someone say “the thing about all this VR stuff is that it hasn’t moved on a great deal from the ’90s.” Can that be true? For a moment I assumed this gentleman in the crowd might know something I didn’t, but it turns out that there’s a good deal that VR and head/body-tracking can do in 2013 that it couldn’t do in the 1990s. For a taste of that, you’ll want to read this and watch the video below, which places the user in a Doom 3 level with a Portal gun, and shows off all manner of body tracking and movement cleverness.

Go look!
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The Hardware Trailer Is Very Pretty, Mysterious

By Jim Rossignol on April 2nd, 2013.


You might remember that we previously revealed upcoming vehicular RTS Hardware from former Homeworld devs, and were quite intrigued by what we learned. We were also excited to see very large vehicles spitting out smaller vehicles.

The teaser trailer below STILL doesn’t really tell us enough about the game, other than it has peerless art. Go take a look.
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Hard Choices: Ask AMD…Pretty Much Anything

By Jeremy Laird on April 2nd, 2013.

Bit of an experiment this, but I’m meeting up with some senior AMD suits later this week. So instead of standing around looking plausible and pretending I know stuff, I thought it might be fun to give you lot the chance to put whatever queries you might have to AMD, makers of Radeon graphics cards and FX/Phenom/Athlon processors. It might not, of course, but what with the PS4 and next Xbox (allegedly) going all-AMD and the PC component market in something of a transition – oh and with the very future of AMD in question – well, there’s plenty to ponder.

Whether we get any answers worth having is another matter. But don’t ask, don’t get. Fed up with AMD drivers? Want to know what’s next for the FX CPU? Sound off below and I’ll lay it on Paxman-styleee later in the week.

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Hard Choices: Build Your Own Steam Box

By Jeremy Laird on March 18th, 2013.

Why wait for Gabe Newell to wax his generous whiskers and turn up fashionably late to the launch party? Build your own Steam Box today. Or perhaps getting a pre-order in for Xi3′s today-it’s-official-tomorrow-it-ain’t Piston is a good idea? Yes, there have been some odd goings on. But all this PC-as-games-console jazz does throw up several interesting questions. Like what does it take to build a Steam Box yourself? Does Piston have plausible gaming chops? And can the official Steam Box compete with those evil corporate consoles on price? For answers to these questions three and a generous helping of finger-in-air prognosticating, ride your rodents to the other side… Read the rest of this entry »

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Week in Tech: Will It Play Crysis, & More On PS4

By Jeremy Laird on March 13th, 2013.

Ahhh, the quest for PC games with graphics so good, they look pre-rendered. When will it end? Actually, it’ll end when PCs are capable of graphics that look pre-rendered. It’s going to happen. And say what you want about the gameplay or narrative, but Crysis 3 is a reminder that we’re getting ever closer. Think it’s also worth a recap on the Sony PS4 launch now that its beating, PC-derived heart has been officially revealed and tell you why I’m increasingly convinced it’s good news for the PC.
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Week In Tech: Overclock Your Monitor With NVIDIA

By Jeremy Laird on March 4th, 2013.

A high quality LCD panel. Or high refresh rates. Take your pick. Because you can’t have both. Well, not unless you think BadgerJump Monitors (or whatever they’re called) sounds like a sensible consumer electronics brand and you’re thus willing to roll the dice on a dodgy Korean panel off eBay. But wait. One of the footnotes to NVIDIA’s recent Titan graphics card launch is a new monitor overclocking feature. Yup, monitor overclocking. But will it give you 120Hz for free? Will it fry your panel? Do you need NVIDIA’s £800 Titan? Should you actually care about high refresh? I’ve got the answers… Read the rest of this entry »

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Week in Tech: The end of graphics, and other stuff

By Jeremy Laird on February 22nd, 2013.

Bit late with this installment due to a near-death experience with pharyngitis. But that’s actually allowed a few things shake out into the public domain. And the overall upshot is that PC hardware took an odd turn this week. The launch of a new high end GPU from NVIDIA really only served to confirm 2013 looks odds on for slim to no progress in graphics technology. More than that, it’s basically the end of the graphics refresh cycle as we know it. Sounds grim, but actually means now is a great time to buy a new pixel pumper. Meanwhile, Dell wheels out a crazy 21:9 aspect ultra-wide display and ye olde graphics benchmarks get an update. Read the rest of this entry »

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NVIDIA’s Most Preposterous Graphics Card Ever

By Alec Meer on February 19th, 2013.

I'm a bit scared

While the next round of consoles wait in the wings, potentially setting the general game graphics bar higher even if, as rumour has it, their actual hardware lags behind top-end PCs, NVIDIA’s just done a new thing to help sew up the PC’s status as Top Pixel Dog. If there’s to be similar from ATI we don’t know much about it yet, other than it has the rather pretty codename “Sea Islands” and it’s not due any time soon, but we’ll shout once we know more.

GeForce GTX Titan is the hilarious name of NVIDIA’s new flagship card, it has been ripped from the heart of an IRL supercomputer (sort of), and £827 is its terrifying pricetag.
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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Fix My Laptop

By Craig Pearson on February 18th, 2013.

There are five stages of grief you go through when your laptop screen breaks. There’s ‘No!’, ‘God no!’, ‘Come on!’, ‘What? You were fine an hour ago!’, and ‘Muuuuuuum!’. Laptops aren’t like desktops. They’re not easy to pop open and fiddle with. When my laptop broke, I experienced all those stages all at once, and it came out like a sneeze with tears. My gaming laptop. Dead. No warranty. No insurance. Just a terrifying block of expensive plastic with a fuzzy screen. My bank account giggled and pointed when I checked it to see if a replacement was feasible, because that’s what you do when a laptop dies. You don’t fix it. They’re too slidey and shiny. Then I got to thinking. At first it was mostly about Cuddy from House, but after I got my breath back I wanted to know if the screen was replaceable? After all, phone screen replacement is all the rage nowadays. And what’s a laptop if not a bigger, less phoney phone?

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Week in Tech: 4K Screens, Virtual Reality, New GPU Grunt

By Jeremy Laird on February 5th, 2013.

Let’s shake off the downbeat vibe from our last installment involving console toyboxes with some promising prospects for PC display tech. For starters, ultra high-res LCD panels look fairly likely to transition to the PC. If that’s an incremental step, could virtual reality in the form of the Oculus Rift headset deliver a real-world rendering revolution? I’ve also got a little something known as frame latency for you to think about regarding graphics performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Week In Tech: Consoles, Steam Boxes, AMD

By Jeremy Laird on January 28th, 2013.

Happy new year all ye hallowed RPSers. It’s time to get hardware back on track. This week, the theme is consoles. We’re talking next-gen Playstation and Xbox. We’re talking Steam Boxes. We’re talking hope for beleaguered AMD. Just maybe.

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Interview: Homeworld Dev Tells About New RTS, Hardware

By David Valjalo on January 17th, 2013.

Long-haired lover from Liverpool David Valjalo speaks to ex-Relic art honcho and founder, Rob Cunningham, about his new project: a planet-spanning free-to-play RTS called Hardware. Oh, and he also discusses how he’s building giant, working robots in his spare time.

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FINISHED The Awesome RPS Gaming Rig Give Away

By Jeremy Laird on January 4th, 2013.

Come on down for some actually pretty good prizes

Update: OK, we’ve now had correct answers to both questions, so please cease your frenzied entries now. Thanks for getting involved, all. Now updated with answers. Well done to our two winners! And for the avoidance of doubt, our two winners know who they are!

This is it, folks. Your chance to live the dream and kick off 2013 in style. I’ve scratched backs, pulled strings and fiddled with knobs. The result is that we’re giving away a pair of gaming rig kits composed of RPS’s favourite clobber. So, that’s an Intel Core i5-3570K processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 graphics and some Z77 motherboard action. And it can all be yours. All you have to do is riddle me these questions three. Well, two and a tie breaker… Read the rest of this entry »

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