Nvidia has released its latest batch of drivers, this time bringing its WHQL release up to GeForce 344.11. Among other things the new driver adds support for Nvidia’s new generation of graphics cards, the newly-announced GeForce GTX 980 and the GeForce GTX 970.
The drivers were aligned to coincide with the launch of Nvidia’s latest graphics cards, which it claims are the world’s most advanced GPUs. Alongside this the GeForce 344.11 update provides support for Nvidia G-Sync Surround displays, while game-ready drivers have emerged for the imminent launches of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014, and Alien: Isolation.
Most people would have heard of the Final Fantasy series. Its been going for decades now and Final Fantasy 13 or XIII actually released in 2009 in Japan. Now, five years later, on October 9th, FFXIII is coming to PC. The linearity of this FF title has been a mild sticking point to reviewers of the console versions but this hasn't stop it from being one of the fastest selling editions of the series, enjoying reported sales of over 7 million copies on console versions alone by the end of 2013.
The fast paced RPG has long been anticipated by the PC audience and the release date is within weeks. Speculating what sort of PC the beautiful world of Cocoon needs to present all its colourful imaginings is now moot as we have the full Final Fantasy XIII system requirements on hand. So let's see if you can run FF13 on your computer.
Feeling like it has taken an absolute age to happen, Nvidia has finally taken the wraps off its upcoming range of graphics cards, revealing the GeForce GTX 970 and the GeForce GTX 980 at the Game24 gaming event.
Nvidia's latest GPU is codenamed 'Big Maxwell', and it will be coming in two main SKUs for desktop PCs; the $329 GeForce GTX 970 and the $549 GeForce GTX 980, both of which Nvidia assures will take us into the next generation of gaming.
Cougar has revealed the first info on its latest keyboard designed exclusively for gamers, the Cougar 700K. While mechanical keyboards are two-a-penny nowadays, the Cougar 700K looks to set itself out thanks to a raft of unique gaming-oriented functions.
The Cougar 700K is an aluminium keyboard that makes use of Cherry MX mechanical switches on an aluminium backplate designed for rapid response and accuracy. Cougar claims that the design of the 700K is inspired by stealth fighters, evident in the winged edges and the detachable wrist rest on the bottom. The wrist rest itself can even be broken down into a smaller section designed specifically for FPS gaming.
The rumour mill's running at full steam today with reports surfacing regarding the pricing structure of Nvidia's upcoming GTX 900 series of graphics cards, with a full unveiling expect at this Friday's worldwide Game24 event.
Leaked sources from Nvidia claim that the GeForce GTX 970 with GM204 unit and 2nd Generation Maxwell architecture with 28nm lithography will go up for $299 with non-reference cards to be available around $329 to $349. If this rumour is confirmed, then the GeForce GTX 970 will be an ideal card for those who want to make a more affordable leap to modest 4K gaming. This might also indicate that Nvidia is finally slashing down its pricing structure for the latest models, but all will be confirmed at the Game24 Event on September 19th.
Reports indicate that Microsoft is in the process of testing a cloud gaming service that could allow all Xbox 360 and Xbox One games to played at 60 FPS via a web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.
Microsoft’s cloud game platform Delorean is designed to predict gamers’ upcoming action to reduce potential lag, and Microsoft has supposedly already got the technology up and running with working versions of Fable III and Doom 3.
Microsoft has confirmed it will be hosting a Windows 9 event on September 30th, with a Technical Preview build of Windows 9 available to buy shortly after.
Rumours have persisted for months now that Microsoft has been readying a build of Windows 9, with footage even emerging last appearing to show the new operating system in action. The invite for the event merely says “Join us to hear about what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.”
Microsoft has announced the official wired Xbox One controller for Windows, allowing PC gamers to plug and play Microsoft’s high-tech gaming controller. The USB-powered controller just needs plugging in via the 9-foot cable and Windows will automatically recognise the accessory and install the necessary drivers.
This is the very latest controller for Microsoft’s Xbox One console and is compatible with both Windows 7 and Windows 8. The only difference between it and the official Xbox One controller is the wired USB cable. In comparison to the Xbox 360 controller the Xbox One controller has impulse triggers, precision controls, and better ergonomics.
The lid has finally come off Nvidia’s eagerly-anticipated next-generation of graphics cards, beginning with its upcoming flagship model, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980. Built on second generation Maxwell architecture, the GTX 980 sports a GM204 GPU which is again produced using the 28nm fabrication process.
Right, onto those specs, and the GeForce GTX 980 will come packing 2048 CUDA cores spread across 16 Streaming Multiprocessors Maxwell, along with with 4GB of on-board GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus, with a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 224 GB/s.
The DisplayPort 1.3 standard has arrived, allowing the potential for 4K gaming beyond the 60 Hz currently restricted by HDMI 2.0-compatible devices. Cabling standards have been hamstrung in recent months by the rush to both 4K gaming and sky-high refresh rates, but now with DisplayPort 1.3 these standards don’t need to be mutually exclusive.