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Feature: The Next Decade of PC Gaming

As 2010 draws to a close, we look back and marvel at how far PC gaming has come over the past decade. The start of the new millennium brought technology and trends that will resonate for years to come. So we take this opportunity to examine some of those technology trends and see how they might grow over or fizzle out over the next ten years. Here are our predictions of what PC gaming might look like in 2020.

CES 2011 announces PC gaming hardware exhibitors

While not nearly as big as E3 for the gaming industry, the annual Consumer Electronics Show can be a place for some interesting gaming related product announcements. The previous show, for example, had the debut of Alienware's popular M11x gaming PC laptop and the announcement of a motion sensing PC game controller from Razer (which as of this writing has yet to be released).

The 2011 edition of CES will be held in Las Vegas on January 6-11 and the show will once again have its own game-based section called the CES Gaming Showcase. AMD, Intel, Logitech, Microsoft and others will have gaming related exhibits at the show. And for you console gamers out there Nintendo will also be exhibiting at CES 2011. This will be the first time that Nintendo has come to CES in 16 years.

[Via email press release]

Logitech creates wireless keyboard powered by light

Having a wireless keyboard is cool and all for gaming and other applications except for one thing; sooner or later your battery in the keyboard will run out. That isn't an issue anymore with a new keyboard that's just been announced by Logitech. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 uses light to power the keyboard's functions.

While this keyboard is not being marketed as a gaming product we could definitely see the gaming applications for such a peripheral. And if you are worried about the keyboard shutting down in a dark LAN room, don't worry. Logitech claims that this device will keep running for three months in total darkness. The keyboard is priced at $79.99 and will begin shipping later this month.

Logitech launches new line of PC gamepads

Sometimes the mouse and keyboard method doesn't quite work for certain PC games. Racing titles, fighting games and some arcade titles play better if you use a gamepad. This week PC peripheral maker Logitech announced a new line of gamepads specifically made for the PC.

The basic F310 model, shown above, seems to merge elements of the PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers in its basic design. It also has a floating D-pad feature for better accuracy. If your particular PC game doesn't support gamepads, special software is included that will allow the gamepad to mimic a keyboard-mouse combo. It's now on sale for $24.99.

Two more models were also introduced. The F510 adds rumble effects and rubber grips for longer gameplay for $34.99. Finally the F710 gamepad has both rumble support and 2.4 Ghz wireless features for $49.99.

Logitech announces new gaming PC wireless mouse, keyboard and wireless headset

The folks at Logitech are still one of the biggest suppliers of PC mice and keyboards. This week the company debuted its newest products that are specifically marketed to PC gamers. One of the new products is the Logitech G700 wireless gaming mouse (shown above). The mouse has 13 different controls and is clearly designed for the MMO player with features like macro support, profile storage for your games and more. The G700 is priced at $99.99

The new Logitech G150 gaming PC keyboard, priced at $119.99, once again has the LCD panel that can be used by game developers to give into to the player on in-game stats and other features. It also has backlighting that can be customized, 18 programmable keys and more. Finally the Logitech G930 wireless headset, with the price of $159.99, has support for 7.1 surround sound, three programmable keys and more.

You can check out reviews of the G700 mouse and the G930 headset over at our sister site Engadget (their verdict: they like them both but they are very pricey and don't have the greatest battery life). You can see a Logitech-provided video showing off all three of the company's new gaming PC products after the jump:

Download: Borderlands v1.31 Patch

This patch updates the retail release of Borderlands to v1.31. It adds support for the Logitech LCD screens found on the G13 gameboard and G15/G19 keyboards. The patch also enables Steam achievements for the game. A separate patch is available for the German release.

Download Borderlands v1.31 Patch (191 MB)

Download Borderlands v1.31 German Patch (194 MB)
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Download: DiRT 2 v1.1 Patch

This patch updates DiRT 2 to v1.1 and addresses a number of gameplay issues and bugs while enhancing overall performance. Game enhancements include additional controller support, better utilization of multicore CPUs, improved DirectX 11 performance, and better compatibility with Nvidia 3D Vision technology.

A complete list of changes can be found after the jump and the playable demo can be downloaded here.

Download DiRT 2 v1.1 Patch (353 MB)
Download DiRT 2 v1.1 Patch [Polish] (353 MB)
Download the DiRT 2 Demo (1.31 GB)
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Feature: Big Download's 2009 PC Gamer Holiday Gift Guide


As the US version of Thanksgiving approaches, folks who might have a hardcore PC gamer on their list might be wondering what to get them for the upcoming holiday season. Oh sure, you could go the easy route and actually get them games but that's actually pretty simple; just ask your PC gamer what titles he or she wants and get them. What's hard about that?

While we will give you some ideas of what games to give your gamer this holiday in the near future, we want to do something a little different today and offer some non-PC game suggestions that we are sure to please the hardcore PC gamer. From gaming mice to books to comics to even movies there are lots of things that we think should be on your gift giving list... or maybe even your "want to get" list.

Click on the image above to continue reading Big Download's 2009 PC Gamer Holiday Gift Guide

Divinity II publisher gives out a chance to win a custom gaming PC


The first big PC game to be released in 2010 will the the US debut of Larian Studios' fantasy RPG game Divinity II in the first week of January. The game from publisher CDV is stepping up its marketing plan by offering a sweepstates where the winner gets what you see above; a desktop PC with a custom painted Divinity II art design.

Aside from the case, this gaming PC seems to have a solid system packed inside as well with a DirectX11 supported ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card, a 24 inch monitor and more. The contest ends on December 28 so while the winner will have to wait until after the holidays to get his or her prize we have a suspicion it will be worth it.

Logitech announces new G110 PC gaming keyboard


Logitech is well known for their PC gaming-oriented products and this week the company announced plans to launch a new gaming PC keyboard to replace their current G11 product. The Logitech G110 keyboard has features such as 12 programmable buttons, a way to create profiles for all of your PC games, customisable back lighting for the keyboard buttons, connections for headphones and microphones and a USB 2.0 port.

Other features include one touch media buttons on top and a way to disable the Windows/Context Menu buttons while playing games. There's no word just yet on when the Logitech G110 keyboard will be released but according to the product's web site it will be priced at $79.99.
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