"But prices may rise in short term.. Acer Taiwan President Scott Lin said that the PC supply chain still has two or three months worth of stock and that the earthquake in Japan will only have limited impact on the market. With OEMs, brands and retailers each having about one month's worth of inventory, the supply should be fine for up to three months. However as Lin pointed out, Japan’s power grid is an important factor and taking it online sooner rather than later will be crucial to whether the shortages become more serious."
"What has been clear from this year's Game Developers Conference is that consoles are beginning to show their age. With nothing beyond a possible Nintendo update on the horizon, developers at this year's GDC have turned their eyes to the PC. The article includes three videos that give a fantastic insight into where PC graphics are headed, including a version of Epic's Unreal engine, Crytek's Cryengine 3, and DICE's Frostbite 2 engine.
"Cancels Battlefield 1943 & BFBC2 Onslaught add-on After a lot of waiting and promises from DICE, the studio officially announced that they were officially cancelling the PC versions of Battlefield 1943, and the PC version of the Onslaught add-on for Battlefield Bad Company 2. Both had been said to be in development for PC Battlefield fans.
"Although the PC is a generation ahead of the consoles, multi-platform games will suffer limitations on the PC due to console hardware restraints. ZoomIn an interview over the holidays, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli stated a fact PC gamers already know quite well: the PC is a whole generation ahead of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. While that's a big “win” for PC gamers in the PC vs.
"According to beancounters at Gartner weak consumer spending in the United States was largely to blame. Gartner said PC units grew 7.6 percent, versus its prediction of 12.7 percent. PC shipments rose 11 percent to 89.7 million units in the July-September period, according to industry tracker IDC. That was below its forecast of 13.5 percent. It seems that businesses continued to spend as they upgraded aging PCs, tentative consumers resulted in a tepid back-to-school season in the US. The market rebounded in September but it was not enough.
Readers periodically contact me to ask why I no longer write the kinds of in-depth CPU architecture articles I once did. In light of the current discussion happening about editorial content at Ars, it seemed appropriate to comment on how I see things in 2010.
In a nutshell, I can sum up my take as follows: "computing" has changed radically since 2003. CPUs have not.
The good old days
Worldwide sales of PCs are rocketing, according to Gartner, and it's consumers rather than businesses that are doing the buying.
Global shipments are expected to hit 376.6 million units this year, up 22 percent in 2009. Worldwide PC spending is forecast to reach $245.4 billion in 2010, up 12 percent from 2009.
But while the professional PC market is projected to grow 13.1 percent this year, the home PC market will grow by 29.5 percent.
Sales of laptops rose by 43 percent.
Market research firm The NPD Group has revealed the highlights of its recent "Online Gaming 2010" research report, providing a glimpse of the overall online landscape.
Alongside a breakdown of per platform online gaming popularity, the company noted that "an average of 20 percent of all games purchased by online gamers were digitally downloaded - up from 19 percent in the 2009 study and 18 percent in the 2008 study."
Overall, the popularity of online gaming dipped across the past year (54% of those surveyed said they played games online, down from 56% in 2009) but those that did play onl
"With the flood of parts available on the market, along with new ones coming out at an insane rate, it can be hard to keep up with all of them and figure out which parts are truly worth your money. This is where this article comes in, by showing you what parts will give you the most performance and allow you to build a top-notch Gaming PC out of a $700 budget. When done properly, overclocking is a relatively easy way to get a nice performance boost without additional costs. This build features components that were picked in part due to their ability to overclock well."
February 17, 2010, NY, NY – PeeWee PC www.peeweepc.com announced today at the Toy Fair in NY a new addition to their family of child-friendly computers and programs, the PeeWee Kit. The PeeWee Kit turns any computer into an age-appropriate PeeWee PC for children.
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