As we all know, the key to adopting a technology for mass market is hitting the ‘sweet price point’, which is typically based around three figures – $99, $199, $999. $999 was the price point when first VHS demolished Betamax, CD replaced vinyl, DVD replaced VHS, and so on. $199 was the price point that Apple hit with the iPhone and we all know what happened afterwards. $99 however, is a price point where a product becomes a commodity, whatever it is. After launching its first generation GearVR Innovator Edition for $199, Samsung teamed up with Facebook and Oculus to prepare a product which could
The final chapter in the Starcraft II game series comes tomorrow. called Legacy of the Void. It will come after Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm, occurring after them chronologically, thus beginning immediately after the ending of Heart of the Swarm. It was planned to be released as an expansion pack. However, it will actually now be released as an independent installment, not requiring StarCraft II to run. It will be available for both PC and MAC OS X users, giving both platforms a taste of this great game this way. You are Hierarch Artanis, leader of the mighty protoss race. Years ago,
Fallout 4 is expected to be one of biggest 2015 sales blockbusters, and the company just released an official launch trailer. Fallout 4, available worldwide on Tuesday, November 10th, is a highly expected game. It’s loyal following, combined with what promises to be one heck of a gameplay, is pretty much what most fans are cheering about. Given that Fallout 3 achieved over quarter of billion USD in sales in just a few weeks, and totaled around $600 million (excluding the latest stats – Fallout 3 is again a Top 10 best selling game on Amazon.com), expectations are very high. For the past few months, the whole ordeal got even
In 2006, the world saw a public debut of two add-on cards that promised to change the gaming experience forever. AGEIA debuted PhysX, or Physics Processing Unit (PPU), while a small team from Texas introduced a Killer NPU – Network Processing Unit. In 2008, AGEIA ended up acquired by NVIDIA, while Bigfoot Networks was acquired by Qualcomm and became a part of Qualcomm Atheros. A few weeks ago, we learned that something unusual happened. It is very rare that the technology, once acquired ends up back in a standalone company. To be more precise, in a company owned and run by the original co-founders. Yet,
Activision Blizzard, Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 billion in equity value ($5.0 billion in enterprise value). The addition of King’s highly-complementary business further positions Activision Blizzard for growth across platforms, audiences, genres, and business models. King Digital Entertainment is the creator of ‘Candy Crush’. The highly addictive online video game is one of the most popular mobile games in the world right now and it comes as a non-surprise that a juggernaut in the game world would decide to obtain it. The acquisition comes as one of the first for the game company, giving them a taste of the mobile game
The multi award winning Gran Turismo series is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 in a brand new game. Called Gran Turismo Sport, it brings a taste of history and racing neverbefore seen in gaming. Admirable graphics, but more importantly the impressive game engine who’s physics resemble those of real life racing events will certainly make this game a coveted piece of any gamer’s collection. Building on its legacy as the most realistic and accessible driving simulator, GT Sport has partnered with the FIA to push the boundaries of racing games. In addition to everything you’d expect from a GT, the team at Polyphony and the
Ever since developers started turning code into pixels, and pixels into virtual worlds, the overriding desire has been to make things more realistic. While Pong was the perfect way to pass the time back in the Seventies, its basic graphics and simple structure simply wouldn’t make it a hit in the modern day. Similarly, while Super Mario was a pioneering plumber in his day, the two-dimensional mushroom hater is now nothing more than a “classic” that inspires fond memories from “back in the day.”
After the ASUS ROG PG279Q revealed a few days ago, it seems more companies are venturing into the high-quality monitor range. The Acer Predator X34 is a monster of a monitor with a high-resolution, impressive specifications and a curved display that allows for NVIDIA G-Sync technology usage. It is aimed at gamers. It gives a 21:9 ultra-wide QHD curved monitor with a 3440×1440@60Hz resolution, a 100,000,000:1 max contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 1.07 billion colors. The 100 percent sRGB provides the highest color accuracy and color space reproduction required by gamers, design professionals and photo enthusiasts. The 34-inch curved design with up to 178-degree
The ASUS ROG GX700 is a beast posing as a laptop. It caters to the high-performance oriented gaming crowd more than it does to anyone else. It’s not an ultra portable machine, but it never intends to be one either. The GX700 displays a novelty in laptops; water cooling. While its portability is an issue compared to ultrabooks and similar machines available today, the sheer power of this particular laptop makes it irrelevant in most situations. The ASUS ROG GX700 water-cooled gaming laptop features an Intel Core i7-6820HK Skylake processor, an nVidia GeForce GTX 980 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 memory and plenty of power
After numerous speculations, we finally have a confirmation of the hardware requirements for the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront game. The public beta is coming out on October 8th, with the fans all over the world having something to rejoice. This beta is more planned to be a stress test than anything else, with the full game being released a month later – on November 19th. The upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront represents a nice blend of Star Wars universe and themed places, combined with the silky smooth Battlefield-like gameplay in one. It will certainly be a coveted, AAA title for both Star Wars and FPS fans around. Let’s not forget the DICE and EA
Even though he can legally drive a car in Europe for just a few weeks, Max Verstappen made headlines this year, achieving several records which are likely to stay for a long time, especially after FIA imposed age-limits for Formula 1. This Scuderia Torro Rosso driver will be remembered as the youngest debutant in the Formula 1 World Championship, youngest points scorer, and if there wasn’t for poor reliability of his Renault engine, he would probably score even higher in a rare season where Scuderia Torro Rosso even has better chassis than its parent, Red Bull Racing (which is ‘pathetic’ and troublesome at the same time).
Several companies are working hard in the Virtual Reality field, producing some rather tantalizing previews of whats to come in the future. One of the companies making the VR look bright for the future is Iceland’s CCP Games. Their currently under-development EVE Valkyrie is considered a standard-bearer for VR games. Made for Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, this interesting and appealing space dogfighting game is definitely a sign of things to come as it attracts VR users everywhere. They also have a game called Gunjack, as a similar gaming experience albeit with less impressive graphics, being made for Samsung Gear VR device. In a
Video games are awesome. Video games are mainstream. Video games are art. Video games are so awesome they’re getting less successful and more successful tributes in other forms of art. While Adam Sandler’s Pixels tanked in the movie theaters even though it had almost everything to become a runaway hit (beside plot holes and horrible acting), Iron Maiden knows how to do it right. Legendary heavy metal group just released their new video, named Speed of Light. Whole video is a tribute to legendary computer games of yesteryear, going from 2D arcades to 3D shooters, and if you are an old school, or a vintage collector –
Markus Persson invented Minecraft, and should be a household name for this generation.
Siggraph, the annual get-together of ‘all that matters in computer graphics’ is set to open its doors for the 42nd time, this time in Los Angeles Convention Center in California. As always, Siggraph brings a sea of announcements and we believe that this year, we will see never-before seen focus on Virtual and Augmented Reality. However, finding the right balance for Virtual Reality experience will require substantial effort on building a platform (powerful PC, or streaming server for mobile), and one of key requirements is to standardize benchmarking in order to find the proper balance between performance and cost. With immersive game titles such as EVE:
If you were wondering what Birdly VR really is, it is a virtual reality platform that employs Oculus Rift, creating an opportunity for you to see how would flying like a bird feel like, is what you want. It’s basically a virtual reality simulator of a bird flight, or yet another showcase of where exactly is virtual reality taking us and where we’ll be headed developing this technology. Flying always is an aspect many human beings would love to experience, but the physical limitations of any possible solution impeded such a quest overall. With Virtual Reality, it’s now fully possible! “Birdly is an installation which explores
When was the last time you were scared by a game?
When it was originally introduced, the 8″ SHIELD tablet represented the highest performing tablet on the market, packing Tegra K1 SoC with 192 Kepler cores, world’s first tablet with desktop-like GPU. We were quite impressed with the performance Tegra achieved by using stock Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, as well as overall built quality. The only negative was that the screen resolution wasn’t the greatest on an 8″ tablet, and it would heat up during gameplay – but not more than for example, Nexus 9 tablet (also powered by the same processor), or Texas Instruments powered Amazon Kindle HDX 8.9″. However, it looks like the tables have turned on
When it comes to emerging technologies, which are the ones that stand out in 2015? While there are a number to choose from, it is undoubtedly virtual reality (VR) that is capturing the imaginations of developers, brands and consumers alike. Even Mark Zuckerberg is stating that “VR is the next step for Facebook.” Not only does this have the potential to be lucrative, for example, but it can also change the lives of customers and the world around us forever. Although the technology behind VR has been in development for more than a decade and remains one of the industries worst kept secrets, during the
There is no doubt about it; gaming represents one of largest, if not the largest entertainment business in 2015. The growth in this market has been underpinned by innovation and technological advancement, as new hardware is developed to refine the gaming experience across multiple platforms. With modern-day hardware also enabling cross-platform gaming experiences, this sector is set for even further growth in the next decade. Software is also a key component of the modern gaming experience, and there are several must-have programs for aspiring designers and developers. Here are five of what I believe are the most important tools you need for flawless gameplay: Graphic Drivers