10 Apr VR is About to Take Off- Musings After Attending VR LA

There’s no denying that VR has been a hot topic on the tongues of many out there, some with serious ambitions, others mostly with empty ones. I recently was able to attend an event in Los Angeles by the name of VR LA, which was started by a small team of people passionate about VR, […]

23 Mar Synaptics Expands Into Gaming Market

Synaptics is best known as the company that brings the latest and greatest in natural user interfaces with touchpad, touch screen, and more recently the fingerprint sensor technologies to phones, tablets and personal computers. Synaptics is really a “human interface company”, and they want to utilize their technology in ways that enable for the best user […]

09 Feb Will Microsoft’s Windows 10 Win With PC Gamers?

After attending Microsoft’s Windows 10 event in Redmond last month, I’ve written a bit about Microsoft’s Windows 10; for consumers, enterprises and on the Surface Hub and HoloLens. Now it’s time to talk about gamers. To this day, Microsoft still internally struggles at the corporate level in what seems like the eternal battle between PC and Xbox console gaming. Microsoft wants […]

30 Jan Is Windows 10 Microsoft’s Consumer Comeback OS?

I had the distinct pleasure attending Microsoft’s event in Redmond last week where they brought out a myriad of new products like HoloLens and Surface Hub and disclosed many more details on Windows 10, in particular, the consumer features. In the totality of the event, I think Microsoft score big in that they projected that they could innovate and that […]

08 Jan Advanced Micro Device’s FreeSync Becomes A Reality At CES 2015

Last CES, Advanced Micro Devices touted a new way of enjoying desktop gaming with their Project FreeSync which looked to introduce dynamic display refresh to the gaming audience. They coined the term “FreeSync” after the fact that their solution promised to utilize already existing industry standards in order to bring dynamic display refresh capabilities at […]

07 Jan RESEARCH NOTE: Why the Industry Needs Technologies Like AMD FreeSync

For quite some time the gaming hardware industry has been looking for ways to resolve the age-old problem of screen tearing caused by the confusion between the GPU and monitor. This primarily occurs on systems where the GPU (graphics processing unit) is capable of generating frame rates far greater than what the monitor is capable […]

30 Sep Nvidia Shield Tablet With LTE: Awesome Mobile Gaming For $399

A few months back, I wrote about how Nvidia’s SHIELD tablet gave us a look into Nvidia’s mobile gaming strategy. I also talked a bit about its feature set of the initial SHIELD tablet with WiFi and 16GB of storage. Nvidia today launched an LTE-based SHIELD tablet with 32GB of storage, priced at $399, $299 with an AT&T […]

22 Jul Nvidia Shield Tablet: Mobile Gaming Strategy Gains Clarity

Nvidia announced today two new members of the SHIELD family, the SHIELD tablet and the SHIELD controller for gaming. This comes on the heels of the Nvidia SHIELD portable released a year ago. I think the SHIELD tablet will get a warm reception by the press and gamers for multiple reasons and a much better […]

03 Dec Xbox One: Buy Now, Later, Or Never?

Outside of tablets, phones, and touch notebooks, it appears that some of the hottest electronics in the U.S. this holidays are the new game consoles, the Sony PS4 and the Microsoft Xbox One. I have used many consoles since playing Pong as a kid in 1977, have planned and developed gaming PCs in a prior […]

27 Jun Nvidia Demonstrates It ‘Gets’ Consumers With Their Shield Delay

Yesterday, in a blog post, Nvidia NVDA +0.47% announced they were delaying shipments of SHIELD until next month. Nvidia cited 3rd party mechanical issues as the culprit.  Having extensively used SHIELD for the past week, it is a very mechanically complex unit, very much akin to a combination between a smartphone and the highest quality game controller, so this doesn’t […]

26 Jun The Real Reasons Microsoft, Sony Chose AMD For The Xbox One And PS4

It has been two weeks since E3, the world’s largest gaming show, and the final pieces of the game console puzzle are starting to come into place.  The public knows what the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 look like, what theywill run, what they won’t, digital rights management and their price.  Ironically, I have […]

25 Mar New Game Console Success Isn’t a Foregone Conclusion

In the next few days, Microsoft is expected to announce their next generation console, dubbed the “XBOX 720” at this year’s GDC (Game Developer Conference).  This is right on the heels of Sony’s recent PS4 announcement and lackluster sales announcements for Nintendo’s Wii U.  These new game consoles will sell, but just not as well as they once did.  Gaming and the gaming industry has changed […]

08 Jan NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD Connects Disparate Gaming Worlds

Even before CES 2013 officially began, NVIDIA announced a new product that rocked the gaming world.  NVIDIA announced Project SHIELD, an NVIDIA-branded mobile gaming device that connects different world of gaming, across modes, displays and content. My first visual impression of SHIELD when I saw it was that it looked like a high end portable game […]

07 Jan Why Nvidia’s Project Shield is Disruptive to Game Consoles and Portable Game Devices

NVIDIA tonight announced one of the most disruptive products in their history, called Project SHIELD, a portable gaming device that also signifies a vertical integration move.  Put simply, Project SHIELD is an NVIDIA-branded, Android-based portable game device with a 5” 1,280×720 display that can play Android and PC games.  It will be available in “Q2, 2013” at a […]

10 Jul KingsIsle Already Leads Where Gaming Hopes to Go

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Last month, Los Angeles hosted the world’s largest and most influential game trade show, E3. As with all years, we saw a combination of cool games, new products, and trends that are emerging or well on their way to being obvious. This year, one of the biggest trends focused on the rise of free-to-play (FTP) […]

16 May NVIDIA GeForce Grid: Killing off Game Consoles?

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Yesterday, NVIDIA launched VGX and the GeForce Grid, which, among many things, could render future game consoles obsolete. This may sound very far-fetched right now, but as I dig into the details of the capability of the GeForce Grid and map that against consumer future needs, unless future consoles can demonstrably deliver something unique and […]

01 May Immersive Social Games Bringing Families Together

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The big discussion on social games recently is centered around games like Farmville and companies like Zynga, whose recent IPO generated a lot of attention. I see a much more interesting phenomenon taking place where new, cross-generational and immersive social games are bringing families like mine closer together. It’s an interesting phenomenon that goes back […]


NVIDIA today launched one of the most significant initiatives in the history of the company that, if delivered as promised, could propel them into a position as a top enterprise technology player. Called “NVIDIA VGX”, NVIDIA strives to remove many of the remaining barriers that have stood in the way of full cloud VDI implementations, […]

10 Mar Digital Media Adapters Part 13- Product Segmentation and Conclusion

Two and a half months ago when I started the DMA (Digital Media Adapter) for Living Room series, I had no idea how complex and difficult this would be. The sheer number of devices, content, and usage models was daunting. To boot, I don’t blog or evaluate products for a living, so much of this […]

28 Feb Digital Media Adapters Part 11 – Games on the HTPC

So, here’s a brief recap for anyone just joining this series. I have looked at the following DMAs: Apple TV,Google TV, Boxee Box, WD TV Live Hub, Roku XD S, and the Xbox 360 S. Now I am looking at a Windows 7AMD Fusion Theater PC (FTPC). So far, I’ve looked at the video playback capabilities and the AMD FTPC’s ability to […]