Maxis Sim City server problems continue, EA offers free game
Electronic Arts and Maxis launched the newest iteration in the venerable Sim City series earlier this week. While initially praised for its accomplishments and integration with other players by previewing media, the game was marred by monumental server and connectivity issues. Since launch, Electronic Arts claims to have brought on 150 percent more server capacity, as well as shutting down some in-game functions to lighten the server load, but the problems persist. Electronic Arts is offering a free title to people who register the game prior to March 18. The issue, and a similar issue with Diablo 3 emphasize a disturbing trend in gaming -- the requirement to log into remote servers like EA's Origin service to play the game, even in single-player.
Valve Steam Box would consolize PC gaming
Valve Software is entering the console race by developing its own hardware platform, new rumors brought up early Saturday. The approach outlined by The Verge would have typical PC hardware with a Core i7, 8GB of RAM, and NVIDIA graphics, but it would serve as a fixed platform for three to four years. Developers would then target their games to the system, which as expected would use Steam as its primary way to get games.
Origin PC EON17-X notebook offers desktop go
Origin PC has debuted its latest desktop replacement gaming notebook, the EON17-X. The notebook is designed for serious gamers who are looking for a mobile gaming solution that can match or better many desktop gaming solutions. The device is fitted with Intel desktop Core i7 chips, with the fastest of three processor options an Intel Core i7-3960X six-core chip with a 15MB Cache clocked at 3.3 GHz that Turbo Boosts to 3.9GHz and also supports up to 32GB of RAM.
EA label president very impressed by Wii U
At an interview with EA Games Label President Frank Gibeau at E3, Games Industry learned [sub. required] the games publisher is very excited about the upcoming Nintendo Wii U console. Gibeau is especially impressed by the console's ability to reproduce HD graphics and access game experiences in what he describes as a completely novel way. He went on to say Nintendo's methods run parallel with what EA plans for its FIFA, Madden and game lineups.
Origin overclocks Eon17-S notebook to 4.5GHz
Origin PC on Monday began shipping its EON17-S gaming notebook with a CPU overclocked to 4.5GHz in Turbo Boost mode. The notebook was introduced in mid-February but now has overclocking that Origin said doesn't come at the cost of stability or durability. The 17.3-inch notebook offers a 1080p a display and Intel's second-generation Core i5 or Core i7 processors, but only the Extreme Edition Core i7-2920XM gets the ultimate overclock option, which hits about 4GHz without the Turbo Boost.
Ready for gaming with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M
ORIGIN PC has unveiled the EON 15-S and EON 17-S high-performance notebooks. The notebooks can be configured with Intelís second-generation Core i7 processors, with overclocking capability as well as the option NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M graphics with 2GB of VRAM. The combination makes the EON 15-S and EON 17-S among the most powerful gaming notebooks currently on the market.
Origin EON17 gaming notebook coming mid-October
Origin has released its latest gaming notebook, the EON17. The 17.3-inch desktop replacement offers Intel's six-core 3.33GHz Core i7 CPU, as much as 24GB of RAM and dual 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M GPUs in an SLI configuration. An HDMI 1.4 output is available for when 3D content needs to be displayed that's not possible with the notebook's own 1080p display.
Origin PC shows The Big One PC with Xbox 360
Origin PC has taken the wraps off its ultimate gaming PC, dubbed the The Big O. It's unique in having built-in slim Xbox 360 gaming console. Both the Xbox 360 and a Core i7 930 overclocked to 4.0GHz are liquid-cooled, and the base system gets 6GB of RAM. There are also two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards with liquid cooling, and a Rampage III Extreme mainboard is hooked up to the flowing water system to ease overclocking.
Origin doubles its gaming notebooks with EON15
Origin has doubled its gaming notebook lineup by adding a 15.6-inch EON15 to the EON18, which was released late in February. Its LED-backlit screen has a 1080p resolution, and processor choices are solely high-end options with either a quad-core 1.6GHz or 1.73GHz Core i7. Graphics options include either a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M or GTX 280M, and RAM varies between 4GB and 8GB.
EON18 gaming notebook officially launched
Origin's EON18 gaming notebook introduced in November is now on sale. The highly-customizable PC has an 18.4-inch display with a native 1080p resolution, while processor choices range from a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo to an Extreme Edition 2GHz Core i7. Video involves either one or two GeForce GTX 280M or 285M chipsets, each with 1GB of RAM. Buyers can also specify up to 8GB of system RAM.
Origin outs gaming desktop PC, notebook
Origin PC on Tuesday introduced new customizable gaming PCs, with the Genesis desktop and 18.4-inch Eon18 notebook. The former can be had with a choice of processors, including a quad-core Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 975 that's been overclocked to 4.2GHz. As a gaming PC, the former can also be equipped with up to three 1GB GeForce GTX 285 video cards.
Origin adds 750GB, 1TB external drives
Origin Storage has recently announced the addition of two new capacities to its Data Locker external hard drives, with reportedly industry first 1TB and 750GB versions. Like the existing 320GB and 500GB versions, the new drives feature AES hardware encryption and a six- to 18-digit PIN password. The drives have an LCD keypad for password input, and can dismount the drive, toggle keytones on or off or erase the drive.