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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…

Katie Allen
on 23 July 2014 at 10:31

German hardware manufacturer be quiet! has had a solid industry reputation for years when it comes to creating PSU, CPU coolers and fans, but at this year’s Computex earlier this summer, the company also unveiled its first ever case.

Now, be quiet! had released the name and some official images for this case - called the Silent Base 800 - which looks like it could be a very solid offering in this market…

Katie Allen
on 22 July 2014 at 17:17

We saw shots a few days ago of an apparent future version of Windows complete with an older style start menu and a significantly pared down version of Microsoft’s Modern UI. It was all very exciting for those less than satisfied with Windows 8 and 8.1.

We speculated at the time that that updated UI might not be coming as an update to Windows 8.1 and might, in fact, be held back until Threshold/ Windows 9 in 2015. Now, with rumours of the next big Windows 8.1 patch coming in August sans Start menu, that’s looking more and more probable…

Jon Sutton
on 22 July 2014 at 14:00

Nvidia has officially taken the wraps off its first foray into the world of tablet gaming, the Nvidia Shield Tablet and the Shield wireless controller.

Created from the ground up with gamers in mind, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is an evolution of the Android-based gaming seen with its original Shield device. Packing a 192-core Kepler GPU, Tegra K1 processor, and support for full 1080p gaming, the Nvidia Shield tablet is arriving in the US next week...

Katie Allen
on 22 July 2014 at 10:38

Back at this year’s Computex, ASUS announced its gaming focused Maximus VII Formula motherboard; the flagship Z97 board from ASUS’ Republic of Gaming (ROG) series of products.

The ROG Maximus VII Formula has an LGA1150 socket, which Intel has recently confirmed will have support for the upcoming Broadwell processors as well as Haswell and Haswell refresh CPUs. There’s also four DDR3 memory slots, two PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, one PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots with wiring for four lanes, as well as three PCI-E 2.0 1x slots. For storage connectivity, there’s six SATA3 ports, plus two SATA-Express ports which can function as four SATA3 ports also, plus an M.2 socket.

Jon Sutton
on 21 July 2014 at 17:30

During a recent financial call AMD’s senior vice president Lisa Su confirmed that it will be pushing out graphics cards manufactured on 20nm process in 2015, before 16 nm process GPUs follow in 2016.

Previous rumours suggested that AMD was readying a lineup of 20nm cards for later this year, but this conference call confirms that the codename Tonga, Iceland, and Maui GPUs arriving in Q4 2014 will still be fabbed using the 28nm process…

Jon Sutton
on 21 July 2014 at 15:45

Since their arrival on the mainstream hardware scene during the last year or so, 4K monitors have cost an absolute fortune. Hitting thousands of dollars just for a 28-inch display, they’ve been a tough sell for the gaming crowd.

Prices are beginning to drop rapidly now though, and if Acer’s new CB280HK 28” monitor is anything to go by then they may very soon be an affordable choice for those looking for a new monitor. Available for pre-order at around €500, Acer’s latest screen comes packing an ultra-sharp 3840 x 2160 resolution perfect for high-end gaming…

Jon Sutton
on 21 July 2014 at 15:25

Microsoft’s corporate vice president Tony Prophet has confirmed that its resident software gurus are hard at work on the next generation of Windows as they seek to get it ready as quickly as possible. 

Codenamed Threshold, Microsoft Windows 9 is being readied for launch within the next year, as Microsoft seeks to repair the damage done by its flailing Windows 8 operating system. The classic Start Menu will be making a return once again, and Prophet claims that the additional of Modern UI apps and Live Tiles means the Start Menu will be better than ever…