Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer #2


The official trailer for Star Wars:  The Force Awakens has been released.  Technically its the 2nd trailer for the movie revealing a bit more bot not enough to figure out what is going on.  A key part of the trailer shows Han Solo saying "Its all real....The Dark Side, The Jedi, They are real."  

Not sure about you but I've watched it over ten times already.  Its really very exciting to know that we are getting closer to the December 18th release date.  Even more so that you can now actually buy you tickets now!  They are going fast, so make sure to check out your local theater or go online to get your tickets.  They may be all sold out by the release date, who knows.

If you haven't already seen it, check out the trailer below, and enjoy!  Let us know what you think of the trailer and if you have or will be buying your tickets, in the comment section below!


Steam Stealth Sale



Steam is offering heavy discounts 75% - 80% off select titles for games focused on stealth playing style. AAA titles like Assassins Creed and Crysis are also on sale with some gems like Deus Ex on sale for $3.99. The sale is only until tomorrow Oct 16 10am PDT. You can find the Steam Stealth Sale here.

EVGA How To Install a CPU


The EVGAGaming team would like to introduce a brand new series of technical videos that we will be creating for everyone from the first time builder to the high end enthusiast builder.  We will be covering many different topics from all levels. Your host in this journey will be our very own Technical Support team member, Matthew Decker, who has been building systems for some time now and has a vast array of knowledge to share with all of you.  

In this week's "How To" video, Decker will be taking you through the steps on installing your Intel CPU into your motherboard.   Featured in the video is the EVGA Z170 Classified motherboard.  The EVGA Z170 line are completely re-imagined boards. They feature a new color layout with the latest EVGA GUI BIOS that focuses on functionality that make the EVGA Z170 lineup a top choice for gamers, performance users and hardware enthusiasts alike.


So be on the look out for our upcoming videos in which we will be covering the knowledge you will need to know for building a computer, ranging from basic computer skills all the way through to the more advanced skills and features.  As Technical Support team members and computer enthusiast ourselves, we believe that having a good foundation of knowledge and skills is essential.  Make sure to leave your comments here, with your thoughts and possible suggestions on videos you would like to see us create in the future!

4k Certified HDMI Cables are Coming


A few years ago there was no standard for HDMI cables. Right now, your best bet for purchasing cables for a 4k resolution at 60Hz display would be to pick an HDMI cable that's 6 ft. or shorter, and read the reviews to see if anyone managed to get 4k running and hope for the best.

It was announced recently that the HDMI licensing group will be launching a program to certify cables to work with the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.0 or 2.0a, taking all of the guesswork out of purchasing HDMI cables. Certified cables will have an anti-counterfeit label to show that they have passed this certification.

For more information, you can view their page here with links to their press release and FAQ: http://www.hdmi.org/manufacturer/premiumcable/Premium_HDMI_Cable_Certification_Program.aspx 

The History of the Power Glove


Many gamers, no matter what generation you are from, had to get their start somewhere.  Like many, I myself started off with consoles and eventually migrated over to the PC, which for many has a lot of advantages over a console.  I myself remember hearing about the Power Glove and watching that very recognizable scene with the Power Glove in the 1989 movie: The Wizard.  Years later I got to see a real one in person at E3 which was part of the Video Game History Museum.  

Recently, I found the YouTube channel Gaming Historian which had a really informative and enlightening video of the ups and downs and the final product which was The Power Glove.  Check out the video below and let us know if you ever owned a Power Glove or any other one-off accessory for your console.  I know I can think of a few NES products I used to own myself!


Star Wars: The Force Awakens Immersive 360 Video Experience


The folks over at the ILM XLab have created a unique and immersive 360 experience for those on the Star Wars Facebook page.  Check out the 360 video below where you get a front seat on a speeder traveling across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens!  

Make sure to use the Google Chrome browser and set it to full screen, for the best experience!  Let us know what you think of the video in the comment section below, and enjoy!


VR Battle - Who will win?

  

The battle of the VR is upon us with final releases of VR headsets well on their way. The million dollar question, maybe billion dollar question, is who will win. Sony just released new specs about for their Playstion VR,  formally known as Project Morpheus. 

Supposedly, the specs are not final, but its a definite improvement from their last device. Oculus seems to be the heavy weight, especially with Facebook behind it, but there are other contenders including the Microsoft Hololens. 

Personally trying the Oculus Dev Kit, having a desktop in Space was amazing, but I found most of the current games and demos ok at best. 

Plus if you've ever put one on, you know you can't just take a bite of your pizza or take a sip of your drank, because the headset is stuck to your face.

Here are the top contenders:

  • Oculus Rift (expected early 2016) -> 2160 x 1200 resolution, 360-degrees field of view, uses Oculus tracker
  • Playstation VR (expected early 2016)-> 1920 x 1080 resolution, 90-degrees field of view, uses PS4 camera
  • Samsung Gear VR (out now)->  2560 x 1440 (Galaxy Note 4), 96-degrees field of view, uses Samsung phone(Galaxy Note 4)
  • HTC Vive/Steam VR (expected holiday 2015)-> 1200 x 1080 resoltion, 360-degree field of view, uses room trackers?

Will VR take us to the next level of gaming or will be a bust like before? And, if you were to choose which would you go with?  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Article Written by EVGA_Tim