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When Windows 7 Arrives, will your PC be Ready?

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316w ago - It seems like a straightforward question. However, in the aftermath of the Vista debacle, where many systems that were certified as "Vista Capable" proved to be anything but, the process of vetting new Windows-compatible hardware has taken on new complexity.

You simply cannot count on Microsoft to provide an honest assessment of Windows system requirements. And as the "Vista Capable" experience has shown us, Microsoft's vendor partners are no better.

Hence InfoWorld's motivation in developing the Windows 7 Compatibility Testing widget: the need for a truly independent tool that can evaluate a PC's suitability to run the next version of Windows.

By taking marketing, politics, and vendor-speak out of the equation, we're hoping to provide you with an honest assessment of your PC's runtime environment, factoring in hardware configuration, current stress levels, and workload composition.

How to Get Started
Note: As with all Windows Sentinel widgets, you'll first need to register for your free Windows Sentinel account, which my company (Devil Mountain Software) developed based on years of experience benchmarking system performance...
 

Sony's DualShock 3 Controller for PS3 finally arrives

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320w ago - When Sony Computer Entertainment's behemoth, the PlayStation3 (PS3) launched locally back in March last year, one missing feature from earlier PlayStation console systems was the rumbling controller.

While the PS3's new wireless SIXAXIS controller debuted in all its motion-sensing glory, the vibrating feature wasn't included due to legal action at the time that saw both Microsoft and Sony being sued for a patent infringement to do with the technology both of their consoles controllers used. While Microsoft settled out of court by purchasing shares in the company Immersion, Sony chose to fight on defending their case.

Though fast forward a few months and $100 million later and Sony too has settled its differences with Immersion, which cleared the path for them to release the game controller that should have shipped with the PS3 in the first place, the DualShock 3.

Featuring exactly the same physical look, shape and tilting-goodness as the SIXAXIS controller, the only things that tell these two apart are a subtle insignia and the weight difference with the heavier DualShock 3 now a more comfortable 190g.

There's currently over 60 PS3 titles that support the DualShock3, either automatically or after a downloadable patch and naturally any new titles are going to be rumble-ready.
 

Ninja Gaiden II Finally Arrives on the X-Box 360

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323w ago - Ninja Gaiden II makes its long-awaited debut on Xbox 360 as the blockbuster action-packed sequel to "Ninja Gaiden." It features a new and improved game engine, developed from the ground up exclusively for Microsoft and Xbox 360 by Team NINJA and legendary game developer Tomonobu Itagaki, creator of the famed "Dead or Alive" franchise.

In Ninja Gaiden II, gamers must guide Ryu Hayabusa on a mission to avenge his clan and prevent the destruction of the human race. Armed with an assortment of ninja weaponry, players must help Ryu skillfully maneuver through a world fraught with peril.

Ninja Gaiden II will feature an all-new gameplay engine, a new auto-health regeneration system, levels, adventures, enemies and thrilling combat, representing a true evolution of the highly popular franchise.

Key Features:

Exhilarating ninja action. Assuming the role of a ninja warrior, players will experience an all-new combat system that requires skill and mastery of their full arsenal of weapons, including Obliteration Techniques that allow players to quickly and stylishly finish off an opponent.

In addition to the variety of brutal new primary weapons and enhanced versions of previous favorites, Ninja Gaiden II will feature unique acrobatic combat and attacks used not only by...
 

Overlord: Raising Hell Demo arrives today on PSN

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324w ago - An Overlord: Raising Hell playable demo will be launching later today for the PS3 along with Minion-infested wallpapers and themes.

In the demo, players don the Overlord's illustrious armour and embark on a session of serious destruction in the once tranquil area of the Mellow Hills. The full game is set for release on June 20th.

Press Release: Become the biggest bad-ass in town as the despotic OverlordTM Raising Hell demo comes to the PLAYSTATION®3 system today.

Summon Sample Minions from PLAYSTATION®Network today ahead of full game launch on June 20th (Europe/PAL)

Thursday, 15th May - Prepare to experience the brilliantly brutal Minion-on-sheep action of Overlord™ Raising Hell in the playable demo, launching today for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Taken from the forthcoming extended and extra evil edition of Triumph Studios' Twisted fantasy blockbuster, the demo is set to be available - along with Minion-infested wallpapers and themes - from PLAYSTATION®Network later today.

In the demo, players don the Overlord's illustrious armour and embark on a session of serious destruction in the once tranquil area of the Mellow Hills. As the delightfully despotic Overlord, players are supported by the Minions, a raucous horde of impish creatures....
 

First Online PSP Chat System arrives!

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325w ago - The first ever chat room made especially for the PlayStation Portable system has arrived. It is a very simple site that is easy to navigate in using your PSP.

The chat room does not require Java or any plugins. It is entirely free, and also works from computer to PSP and even from computer to computer.

This chat room works with nearly any Web browser. Tell a friend to get in a room and you can chat together using your PSP!

Chat Categories: General Chat or PSP Chat
 
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