Back at GDC 2014 in March, Microsoft and its hardware partners first announced the next full iteration of the Direct3D API. Now on to version 12, this latest version of Direct3D would be focused on low level graphics programming, unlocking the greater performance and greater efficiency that game consoles have traditionally enjoyed by giving seasons programmers more direct access to the underlying hardware. In particular, low level access would improve performance both by reducing the overhead high level APIs incur, and by allowing developers to better utilize multi-threading by making it far easier to have multiple threads submitting work. At the time Microsoft offered brief hints that there would be more to Direct3D 12 than just the low level API, but the low level API...

AMD Releases Catalyst 11.10 Driver Package

AMD today released the final version of the Catalyst 11.10 driver package for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7, Windows Vista desktops and laptops and Windows XP desktops. In addition to...

18 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/31/2011

Grand Theft Auto V Exists

Looking for information on Rockstar Games? Good luck. As I write this, the company’s website is dominated by a single splash page announcing the existence of Grand Theft Auto...

13 by Craig Getting on 10/25/2011

NVIDIA/EA Posts Battlefield 3 Graphics Tech Talk

At GeForce LAN 6, DICE's senior software architect Johan Andersson gave a fantastic talk about the technical aspects of the graphics renderer in DICE's Frostbite 2 engine, which is...

7 by Ryan Smith on 10/25/2011

NVIDIA Releases 285.62 Graphics Drivers

NVIDIA today released the final, WHQL-certified version of its 285.62 graphics driver package for desktops and laptops running 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. The...

7 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/24/2011

Get Diablo III Free with Annual WoW Subscription

In an effort to hold on to players whose interest in their seven-year-old MMO might finally be waning, Blizzard’s promising a free digital copy of Diablo III to anyone...

24 by Craig Getting on 10/22/2011

The 2012 IGF Pirate Kart: Over 300 Free Games from 100 Indie Devs

Submissions are in for the 2012 Independent Games Festival, and one entry in particular already stands out: the 2012 IGF Pirate Kart. For the Pirate Kart, over 100 developers...

1 by Craig Getting on 10/19/2011

Rage Against the (Benchmark) Machine

Rage came out a little over a week ago, and in the aftermath we’ve discovered some interesting pieces of information. We thought we’d chime in with some thoughts on...

81 by Jarred Walton on 10/14/2011

NVIDIA Announces 3D Vision 2 Glasses And 3D LightBoost Technology

We’re here on the USS Hornet attending NVIDIA’s GeForce LAN 6 event, where NVIDIA has just finished a kick-off keynote and product announcement between rounds of gaming. While NVIDIA...

39 by Ryan Smith on 10/14/2011

Final Fantasy XIV To Finally Charge Money, New Version Next Year

After thirteen months of an extended free trial, Square-Enix’s MMO Final Fantasy XIV will begin charging a subscription fee. The subscription-based billing system will go into effect sometime between...

14 by Craig Getting on 10/14/2011

Mass Effect 3 To Include Cooperative Multiplayer

The third and final leg of Commander Shepard’s journey won’t be a lonely one. BioWare confirmed today that Mass Effect 3 will include four-player co-op gameplay via Mass Effect...

10 by Craig Getting on 10/10/2011

Indie Platformer VVVVVV to Appear on Nintendo 3DS

Terry Cavanagh’s gravity-bending platformer VVVVVV will be coming to Nintendo’s 3D handheld, thanks to a recent publishing deal with Nicalis. VVVVVV was released last September and quickly garnered attention...

9 by Craig Getting on 10/7/2011

AMD Demos 28nm GPU Again, No Update on Availability

In order to address concerns of a difficult transition to 28nm, AMD demonstrated its next-generation 28nm GPU at IDF last month. The demo system featured a mobile variant of...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/5/2011

Portal 2 Free “Peer Review” DLC Now Available

In case you haven’t been solving testing chambers incessantly since April, Valve’s offering a free reason to dust off your copy of Portal 2. A new DLC pack, titled...

5 by Craig Getting on 10/4/2011

Update: AMD Re-Releases Catalyst Preview Driver For Rage

With the release of id Software's Rage this morning, AMD has pushed out a new preview driver specifically for the game. Unlike last week's 11.10 preview driver, AMD has...

3 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2011

Modded Battlefield 3 Beta Servers Could Result in Bans

Intrepid players of the Battlefield 3 beta (which began last week) have taken to hacking servers to boost the player count from 32 up to 128. Joining such a...

18 by Craig Getting on 10/3/2011

Game Review: The Binding of Isaac

There is some special alchemy at the heart of The Binding of Isaac. Developer Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy) has combined biblical monsters, scatological humor, and tense twin-stick shooting...

11 by Craig Getting on 9/30/2011

AMD Releases Catalyst 11.9 Drivers

Following up yesterday's release of the Catalyst 11.10 beta package, AMD has made the final version of the Catalyst 11.9 package available for users of 32-bit and 64-bit Windows...

16 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/29/2011

DisplayLink Shows Off USB 3.0 Video Adapters

Although IDF 2011 ended two weeks ago, not everything has been covered yet. One thing we missed was DisplayLink's announcement of their first USB 3.0 video adapters. There will...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 9/29/2011

L.A. Noire Coming to PCs This November

L.A. Noire, Rockstar’s gritty 1940s crime drama adventure from developer Team Bondi, is headed to PCs next month. It will release in North America on November 8 and in...

15 by Craig Getting on 9/28/2011

AMD Releases Catalyst 11.10 Preview for Battlefield 3

With today's launch of the Battlefield 3 early beta, AMD has released a preview build of their Catalyst 11.10 drivers specifically for Battlefield 3. The Catalyst 11.10 Preview driver...

8 by Ryan Smith on 9/27/2011

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