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Jon Sutton
on 29 July 2014 at 17:45

I have to hold my hands up and admit it, I'd only ever given The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim a brief whirl, way back at launch in November 2011, around the same time my not-so-trusty old PlayStation 3 gave up the ghost, may he rest in peace. It happened while I was playing Demon's Souls, which should give some indication of just how brutally punishing From Software's original is. 

Anyway, I'd given Skyrim a bit of a go, but the combination of muddy visuals and yawn-inducing load times put me off. Which was just as well once my PlayStation died, taking all my saves with it. Fast forward three years and I knew the time was right to see Skyrim in all its glory. Grabbing it off Steam I thought it would be a good opportunity to see how the GD Machine 2014 could cope with its huge open world. Armed with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti, Intel i5-4670K processor, and 8GB of RAM, we put the GD Machine 2014 through some Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim benchmarks...

Katie Allen
on 28 July 2014 at 17:23

 Acer’s poor fortunes in 2013 look to be turning a corner this year as the company saw its second quarter of growth after a dire calendar year previously.

The first quarter of 2014 saw net profit following three straight quarters of losses, and in the April-June period it seems to have further picked up, as Acer’s head Jason Chen said its quarter-on-quarter shipments growth had exceeded that of the average in the PC industry…

Jon Sutton
on 28 July 2014 at 16:10

Nvidia has finally spoken out about AMD’s Mantle API, claiming it doesn’t see any benefit to AMD’s close-to-the-metal API and has no plans whatsoever to support it in the future.

While it’s clear that Nvidia would never support a proprietary API from its primary competitor, Nvidia’s Tom Petersen and Rev Lebaredian make some pretty damning statements on how ineffective Mantle is for core gaming systems, due to optimisation for gaming rigs bottlenecked by their CPU…

Jon Sutton
on 28 July 2014 at 10:37

Slightly Mad Studios has been beavering away during the last few years on what could well be the racing game to end all racing games, Project CARS. The team are going more in-depth than we've ever seen in a simulation racing game, and the results are truly stunning.

The attention to detail in Project CARS looks unbelievable, and it easily seems capable of taking on the mantle of best-looking racing game. We had a inkling that you'd need some pretty hefty system requirements for Project CARS to start looking its absolute best, so read on to see if you've got a gaming PC advanced enough to meet the official Project CARS system requirements...

Katie Allen
on 28 July 2014 at 10:25

AMD’s ultra low-voltage A8-6410 processor was first spotted in the specs of a number of HP Pavilion notebooks back in June. The model is the fastest from the Beema line of APUs and features 4 CPU cores and Radeon R5 graphics.

When the processor unit first came to light in notebook specs details were pretty thin on the ground, but AMD recently posted new information about the chip that confirmed previous characteristics whilst giving further details…

Katie Allen
on 27 July 2014 at 17:00

Metro Redux is the reskinned release of both Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light coming on 29th August this year, with better graphics, improved AI, and a number of other next-gen tweaks, including a complete graphical overhaul over of 2010's Metro 2033.

Thus far the developers had only provided us with provisional system requirements. However, over night, these have been updated to the finalised system specs, so we can see whether the work on the previous Metro games includes improvements to the PC optimisation...

Jon Sutton
on 25 July 2014 at 13:27

The Sims are finally back , five long years after the last main game in the series. The Sims 4 looks to make the series more in-depth and involving than ever before, offering up some of the most powerful creation tools the franchise has ever seen.

In The Sims 4 you can grant your sims deeper, more realistic personalities that opens up a whole new world of possibility for their interactions, while budding architects can get to grips with the impressive-looking new tools at their disposal, allowing them to tweak every aspect to piece together their dream house. All these new features come at a cost though, and of course The Sims 4 is a little more demanding than its predecessor. To find out how much more read on to check out the official Sims 4 system requirements...

Jon Sutton
on 24 July 2014 at 12:45

Valve’s ever-evolving Steam Controller has changed once again, adding an analogue stick that brings it closer than ever to traditional controller design.

This new iteration of the controller is now the fourth design Valve has shown off so far of its peripheral, with a number of unique features being removed over past months in order to make room for traditional console layout controls…

Katie Allen
on 23 July 2014 at 14:00

AMD has released a rather mysterious teaser trailer on its official YouTube channel. The CGI trailer, which bears the message “Core is back” and has some rather trippy footage of a robot fighting off some metaphorical space monsters apparently representing PC applications.

Once you’ve dug around through the layers of metaphor, however, it looks like AMD could be teasing a new CPU in this trailer…

Katie Allen
on 23 July 2014 at 10:59

Seagate has been shipping 8TB hard drives to its major customers and cloud service providers, it emerged last week.

Company CEO Steve Luczo revealed the information during Seagate’s earnings call, letting investors and analysts know how close Seagate might be to getting 8TB hard drives on the market, as the huge drives were shipped out for testing…