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AMD Catalyst 11.6 WHQL Drivers Released

"This article provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s software suite, AMD Catalyst™ 11.6. This particular software suite updates both the AMD display driver, and the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center. This unified driver has been updated to provide enhanced level of power, performance, and reliability."

Infinity Ward back pedaling on dedicated servers

"Despite previously insisting that dedicated servers were not the direction that Infinity Ward was going with upcoming release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, we are hearing that Infinity Ward is doing some serious back pedaling; and at least having discussions about dedicated servers for the PC community, and what it might look like if they were going to do it.

PS Vita will cost $249 for WiFi only version

"So, PS Vita will go for $249 for the WiFi-only model whereas the 3G one will cost $299. They will be available through AT&T exclusively. As we’ve grown to expect, Europeans will pay the same price, although in euros. The PS Vita has a 5-inch multi-touch OLED display, rear multi-touch pad, two analog sticks as well as front and rear facing cameras. It will also include preinstalled app dubbed “Party”, which will enable users to do voice and text chat. Hirai confirmed that the device will ship globally starting from the holiday season 2011."

Sony hit again, data from 1 million user accounts leaked

"LulzSec, the hacker group behind the Fox and PBS breaches, has struck again. This time the target was SonyPictures.com. It resulted in the compromise of over one million user accounts, complete with usernames, passwords, email addresses, birth dates and home addresses, and all the other data required by Sony when signing up for the service, as well as the Sony BMG databases with details of Belgian and Dutch customers.

3DMark 11 updated

3DMark 11 version 1.0.2 release notes..

  • Bullet physics library updated to 2.78 to improve compatibility with future CPUs and GPUs
  • Display scaling mode setting is now available in the Basic Edition
  • SystemInfo component updated to version 4.0 for improved compatibility with current and future hardware
  • Improved user messages when the benchmark run is interrupted"

A child's hobby? Average gamer is 37 years old

"According to the organization, which represents the game industry, the average gamer today is 37 years old. Moreover, the average game buyer is 41 years old. Because of that, a greater number of parents are playing games with their children. The ESA said that 45 percent of parents play games with their kids "at least weekly.""

Battlefield 3 takes shot at MW3 with free social portal

"A post from the game's official blog touted the ability of the Frostbite 2 engine to provide both large-scale battles and close combat. "Gamers will experience a physical battlefield and be able to temporarily disable vehicles, go prone, mount weapons, lay down suppressive fire and more. Under the hood, the brand-new engine ensures cutting-edge visuals and immersion," Karl Magnus Troedsson, the general manager of DICE, wrote.

Modern Warfare 3 will again not offer dedicated servers

"Many rumors were floating around that the MW3 server support would be closer to what we saw in call of Duty Black Ops, which offers at least some limited capacity dedicated server support. Apparently, this isn’t to be; and the Infinity Ward crew will not be adopting what Treyarch used in Black Ops.

Download WHQL-Certified GeForce R275 Drivers Now

"Today we posted our first WHQL-certified GeForce R275 drivers. You can download GeForce 275.33 drivers on GeForce.com. Notebook users on Windows 7 or Windows Vista can download the equivalent Verde 275.33 drivers on GeForce.com.

AMD Betting Everything on OpenCL

"Fusion is either going to carry AMD through to the victory parade, or drag it through the streets for a pelting in the village stocks. The whole future of AMD's CPU division rests on GPGPU computing being catapulted into the mainstream. If this happens, the company's APUs can theoretically obliterate Intel's CPUs in GPU-accelerated apps, and thump Core i7 like AMD64 thumped Pentium 4. If it doesn't, however, then AMD's CPU future is going to look pretty bleak.

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