Windows 10 has been announced as of today, but if you want to get your hands on it earlier, you'll either have to wait until the early part of 2015, or wait 24 hours. Tomorrow, Microsoft launches its Insider Program, offering a preview mode for both laptops and desktops.
Being Touted as the company's "most comprehensive platform, ever," Windows 10 stresses a single product family, platform, and store. The best feature of the new OS is the familiar start menu for mouse users and the like.
The new version looks like the pre-Windows 8 Start Menu, revealing a list of apps, folders, and a search bar, but to the side will be a series of Live Tiles. It will be familiar to many veterans of Microsoft Windows, and you'll find a Windows 7 Start Menu with a Windows 8 twist. The search function works much like it does when typing from the Windows 8 Modern UI, revealing apps, files, and web results.
Free will with Apps:
You can now Window the apps within the traditional desktop, adding more flexibility in how you use them—since currently, they can only be used at full-screen or within the confines of "snapped" windows. For the newly designed apps you can snap them to the desktop, in the much traditional fashion.
When you initiate "Task View" a series of small desktop views will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, with larger previews of the apps being shown off in the middle of the display. You can also quickly select and move around apps from different desktops with a new "Snap Assist" function, which will be nice for the power users out there.
Microsoft will also introduce a different version for those using touchscreen computers. Yes that's right we'll finally see something different from Windows 8 exclusively as a universal operating system.
Instead of a small menu consisting of a bunch of text and small Live Tiles, touchscreen users will be given something that more resembles the Windows 8 Modern UI, while still in the traditional desktop. Microsoft is really working to blend both distinct interfaces into one experience that works for all users.
What would work best in this instance is if we received the option from the setup menu to decide which version we wanted, or if we could freely switch between the two modes.
What do you think of Windows 10? Let us know in the comments and share this post!
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There´s a whole lot of things going down in the world of Gaming at the moment. And many of them just happens to concern Minecraft. First, you got the whole deal with MS buying Minecraft (And Notch leaving Mojang). And now it´s time to say hello to Nexis Games (the makers of BrickBlast U!, Ride, The dance of the Damned and Ball or Nothing) Minecraft clone for the Wii U.
A game that has been given the fancy name "U Craft". But that´s pretty much all there is to it. A name, and some pictures. However, Nexis Games said (via Twitter) that once they hit 1,000 followers on Twitter. Nexis Games will release the very first gameplay video of U Craft.
So i guess we just have to wait for that one to be released. But what do you guys think? Can U Craft even match Minecraft? Or better yet, top it.
"Stop playing and start Gaming!" Got that right!
Today ROCCAT's has unleashed their Gaming mouse "Tyon" (which costs £84,99 via amazon.co.uk) up on the world of Gaming. And what a beast Tyon is. Just the specs alone makes me really excited to give Tyon a try. And guess what? We will get the chance to do so.
In fact, we will get both the Tyon and a pair of Roccat´s Kave XTD Stereo Gaming headset. So will we review both of them asap! And good thing that, because O.J needs a new Gaming mouse desperately! (all thouse hourse of pounding in D3, BF4 and LOL has taken it´s told).
Anyhow, you will find the full press release down below =)
Hamburg, 30 September 2014 – ROCCAT™ Studios once again leads the way in gaming peripheral design and execution with the release of the highly touted and much anticipated Tyon All Action Gaming Mouse, arriving today in the United States, Europe and Australia.
The Tyon is a wholly unique gaming mouse that puts every major action in the palm of the player's hand. The Tyon's X-Celerator, a two-way analog stick handles throttling, sprinting, rotating tank turrets, and more with tried and tested ease of use. "No stone was left unturned, no option left on the table." says René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT Studios. "We wanted the X-Celerator to be a major shift in mouse design for FPS gaming and beyond. We put in the testing hours to ensure it would be just that."
With 16 assignable buttons, 31 distinct possible functions, and a near limitless level of customization thanks to ROCCAT's dedicated Easy-Shift[+] Button, the Tyon is a game-changer. Land, sea, air, space - mastery of each layer in the FPS gaming sphere is imperative for competitive gamers.
ROCCAT's designers and developers have worked in close collaboration with gaming experts, logging hundreds of hours of testing and fine-tuning to ensure the Tyon’s abilities elevate play, meeting these challenges head-on. On design, René says, "What's unique about the Tyon, is that while we optimized for FPS gaming, many testers found that it was a fantastic pairing with MMO and other game genres. We really like the idea that this mouse can be creatively utilized by players across the board. Our fans will absolutely find interesting ways to use it with whatever they play."
The Tyon's Dorsal Fin Switch, a two-click button set behind the mouse wheel, allows for a comfortable mid-finger action, eliminates the need for major hand adjustments, 576kB of onboard memory ensures vast storage of settings and macros, an 8200 DPI Pro-Aim Laser Sensor provides precision, quickness, and accuracy, vivid RGBY two-part illumination for both the lower rim and wheel of the mouse give the Tyon incredible range of personal style, and with a sleek black or white color choice for the mouse itself, the Tyon truly is a marvel of form and function.
"We were excited to announce the Tyon a few months ago, and we've been extremely happy with the amazing response from fans," Says René. "Announcing a drop date for the Tyon in the United States, Europe and Australia is a big deal to us; all of us at ROCCAT Studios that put our efforts into this mouse are proud of the final product, and can't wait until gamers have a Tyon as a part of their arsenal."
ROCCAT Tyon TechSpecs:
- 8200 DPI PRO AIM (R3) LASER SENSOR - for precision gaming at its best
- X-CELERATOR THUMB PADDLE - for unrivaled command capabilities
- DORSAL FIN SWITCH - for rapid and instinctive control
- ROCCAT TITAN WHEEL - for millions of ultra-precise steps
- ROCCAT™ EASY-SHIFT[+]™ - on-the-fly button duplicator
- 16.8M MULTICOLOR ILLUMINATION - customizable two-level light system
- TRACKING & DISTANCE CONTROL UNIT - less pick-up flight for precise gaming
- 16 MOUSE BUTTONS - programmable + dedicated Easy-Shift[+]™ button
- 32-BIT PROCESSOR + 576KB MEMORY - for rapid macro storage and execution
Founded in 2007 in Hamburg, Germany, ROCCAT Studios produces innovative, high-quality products for today’s ambitious computer gamer. Always operating in close collaboration with the gaming community, the company’s advanced input devices, headsets and accessories offer extreme precision, first-class ease-of-use and unique, eye-catching design. ROCCAT™ entered the scene with its Kone gaming mouse – a high-performance device that still ranks as one of the world’s premier gaming peripherals. A long list of international awards attests to the ingenious design and world-class quality of ROCCAT products.
It´s been over 11 years since Ubisoft released the original Beyond good and evil (Michel Ancel´s baby). And the latest Beyond good and Evil 2 video was released back in 2008 (E3). Since then, BGAE2 has been put on and off the ice more times than i can count.
At first everyone thought the game was dead. Then the project was up and running again. Just to be put on ice shortly after. And it´s been like that since 2008. Back and forth between happening and not happening. But yesterday i heard that Beyond good and Evil 2 might actually happen after all (i read it in the newest edition of PCG).
Then i found a whole bunch of Ubisoft statements of Beyond good and Evil 2. Which i have never seen before. And here they are:
"In many ways, [Beyond Good & Evil] is an inimitable game--it appeals to all generations of gamers and is an inspiration behind many of Ubisoft Montpellier's past and future games," a Ubisoft representative told Polygon. "It's still far too early to give many details about this new title."
"What we can say is that while [25-year Ubisoft veteran Michel Ancel, who designed the original Beyond Good & Evil] and the team at Ubisoft Montpellier are working with the core tenets of BG&E, they're developing something that aspires to push past the boundaries of a proverbial sequel and leverages next-gen technologies to deliver a truly surprising, innovative, and exceptional game," the representative said. "The entire team is excited about the direction this extremely ambitious project is taking, and we'll have more to share later, as it progresses."
Apparently Ancel are stationed at the indie game startup "Wild Sheep" (which are based in Montpellier, France). Where he will be working on the PS4 exclusive title "Wild". But what does that mean for BGAE2? Well, if Wild does really well.
Then Wild Sheep might become the studio that will bring BGAE2 to the shore. This ain´t much, but at least it´s something. There´s still hope...
I am very glad to inform you guys that Phigames have now released their super awesome action/adventure/RPG game "TinyKeep" on Steam! And just to make things even better. At this very moment, there´s a 34% price-cut on TinyKeep as well.
So you can buy the game via Steam for as low as 8,57 Euro. Hurry up though, because that deal ends on October the 6th. And oh! Don´t forget to checkout our gameplay series for TinyKeep as well ;)
STAMFORD, CT. SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 – Don’t let the cutesy eye catching hand-painted look of the characters and environments fool you. TinyKeep is a loving yet harsh mistress. Prepare to have a blast being punctured, pummeled, impaled, grinded and more over and over again. Are ye badass enough?
The highly anticipated action roguelike TinyKeep is available today on Steam and other major digital distribution channels. TinyKeep brings intense creature filled, randomly generated dungeons, ruins and hellscapes to Windows PC with Mac and Linux versions planned after the initial launch.
Gamers eager to be the first to try and fight their way through the hordes of clever beasties and ever-changing trap-filled twisting pathways will be able to pick up TinyKeep on Steam for $9.99 - a special discount of -33% off of the suggested retail price of $14.99 at launch. This celebratory discount will only run for a limited time.
Critics are already falling in love with TinyKeep saying:
“I have just played Phigames action/adventure game "TinyKeep". And I have to say that I love the game so far. It´s like a cartoon version of Diablo and Dungeon Keeper (a mix of the two).” - Robin Ek,
The Gaming Ground
“TinyKeep is a game that will keep you panting all while pulling you in for “one last escape.”- Invision Game Community
Players will assume the role of a hopeless prisoner held deep in a forgotten dungeon - left to perish in the deepest, darkest cells of the keep. The nights pass by and all hope seems lost, you realize that the end is drawing near. But on one fateful day, you wake up and find yourself mysteriously free of your shackles, and in front of you lies a broken, unlocked door. There is only one thing left to do, you must now escape TinyKeep!
- Procedurally generated random dungeons. No play-through is ever the same!
- Watch your step as it can be your last! Extremely challenging Permadeath gameplay.
- Explore a variety of beautiful but deadly environments. From the cold slimy walls of the dungeon to the hot fiery pits of hell, TinyKeep is a visual treat.
- Battle a variety of intelligent enemies, each one determined to make your escape as difficult as possible. Creatures work together to chase you down, flee from threats and fight each other for dominance.
- Use traps and environmental hazards to your advantage - fire, spike pits and rotating crushers hurt your enemies as well as you!
- Collect coins from fallen foes to purchase random player-altering Buffs that just might give you the advantage you need to make it out alive.
- Rescue other captives to fight alongside you, but beware as you never know which ones have gone crazy trapped up in the Keep.
- Experience 3 separate endings to the game, depending on how you play.
- Hours of gameplay with Secrets that extend the experience – Discover secrets and weapons that can slow down time, render you invincible or provide secret second chances.
Apparently Windows 9 won´t be free for everyone. Because not everyone will be able to get the Win 9 upgrade for free.At least if you choose to believe the Russian internet personality"Wzor" (the very same guy that leaked info about Windows 8.2).
Because according to Wzor´s statements via Twitter. Only stand alone licences of Windows 8.1 will get the Windows 9 upgrade for free. So that means that if you got a OEM licens of Windows 8 (which normally comes with pre-installed computers), you will have to pay for Windows 9.
But keep in mind. None of this are official statements from Microsoft. So it´s going to be really interesting to see what MS will unveil during the San Francisco event today. A´lea iacta est! As the Romans would have said.
So there will be a lot of tension and excitement in the air today. Some things has already been said about Windows 9 though. Like the fact that everyone that has bought Windows 8, won´t have to pay a single penny for an Windows 9 upgrade.
And as you might already know, there´s a handful of leaked screenshots for Windows 9 on the web (start menu, desktop, the new IE, and so on). But even so, there´s a lot of people waiting to hear the "offical" releasedate for the Windows 9 preview, plus the full release (which are said to be set for a release sometime next year).
Doom Reborn runs on the Doom 3 engine.
I (like many others) are waiting patiently for Sergeant Mark IV to release Brutal Doom V20, and for ID Software to release their new Doom game. But it seems to take quite a while for that to happen. So in the meantime i might just give Gamehacker´s "Doom Reborn" (Pre-beta v1.0, it´s 224MB big in size) a try.
And for those who doesn't know, Doom Reborn are Doom 1 with Doom 3´s graphics. That sounds pretty cool huh? Well, just wait til you see Doom Reborn in action. In fact, you will find a 54 minute long gameplay video down below ;)
And IF you decide to download Doom Reborn, don´t forget to download the GX update (it´s a small update for Doom Reborn pre beta v1.0) as well.
About Doom Reborn:
Doom Reborn is a total conversion mod for Doom3 of the original Doom Series. Our goal is to recreate the original Doom & Doom 2 in the Doom3 engine with new textures and new models of the original weapons and monsters with the maps redone and retextured. We also want to bring back the orignal doom hud but retextured and with a 3d model of doom guys head in the center (simlar to q3 & et). we will have a look a remaking the orignal music along with the sounds. I hope that you will enjoy the project as much as we will enjoy making it for you.
There only exists 2 Primal Rage 2 arcade games in the whole world. And The Galloping Ghost Arcade owns one of them.
I honestly couldn't believe my eyes when i saw the Primal Rage 2 arcade machine (cancelled by Atari back in 1996). Because i´ve been hearing rumours about that game for many, many years now. But it does really exist for real. And The Galloping Ghost Arcade sure proved that.
Because they recorded the the Primal Rage 2 arcade machine two days ago. Cool indeed, and you can actually visit The Galloping Ghost Arcade (Illinois, US) and play it yourself. I don´t even wanna think about what they had to pay for Primal Rage 2 though.
I should also point out that The Galloping Ghost Arcade got over 400 playable arcade machines at their store. So if you´re into arcade games. Then you got quite a lot of games to enjoy on site.