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Maximum PC Specials

Maximum PC Specials Volume 2 2016

This information-packed special issue delivers the hardcore details on all the latest PC hardware and software. It’s loaded with hot hardware, product roundups, lots of lab testing, and hands-on projects to get you started on your own PC experiments.

Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Future Publishing Limited US
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2 Min.
welcome

AREN’T PCS BRILLIANT? The answer, reader, is yes. As if you didn’t already know that. And how far we’ve come since the beige box, the five-and-a-quarterinch floppy, and so few pixels of lurid four-color CGA that you could count them on your fingers. Today’s PC is a quantum leap away. But you know what? I think the PC is only just beginning its rise. Virtual Reality – let’s not get into just how far that’s come – is the PC’s killer app. It’s still in its infancy, but it’s going to grow into one hell of an adult. And for every tentative step consoles take towards being able to throw trillions of pixels at each of your eyeballs, the PC will always be a step ahead, riding on upgrades and pushing…

7 Min.
build a budget vr-ready pc

VIRTUAL REALITY: two words on the tip of the tongue of every tech journalist this side of the Pacific. And with good reason: As far as technological advances go, this is the biggest development in screen technology we’ve seen since CRT was retired in favor of LCD. But there’s one caveat, and it’s a big one: the price. It’s a heavy commitment—$800 for a headset, and $1,400 or more for a rig capable of powering it. Is it any wonder why we—and the critics— are holding our breath on this one? What does VR need? In short, more uptake and a lower price point. We now know that there are over 40 separate headsets currently making their way to market, including more affordable—yet still high quality— products from the likes of…

10 Min.
time to get building

1 PREP FOR YOUR BUILD IT’LL PROBABLY come as no surprise, but the best way to build a rig is to plan it well. The first and most crucial aspect of creating your new PC is setting up your build area. Make sure that wherever you decide to construct your machine, the area is free from distraction. Ensure you have all the tools you’ll need to put your wee beastie together (usually a Phillips screwdriver, some scissors, and a set of needle-nose pliers for the fiddly bits). And, last but not least, try to find a static-free area—avoiding woolly socks and carpets is usually best. If you’re paranoid, you can buy an anti-static strap, but if you can’t find one, or are feeling stingy, ensure you regularly touch the casing around a…

13 Min.
optimize gaming graphics

We all want the best. Of both worlds, if possible. For games, we want eye-searingly beautiful graphics, and we want them at silky -smooth frame rates. If you’re lucky enough to have the very best and latest hardware, you should be able to play the latest and greatest games at the highest set tings available. For the vast majority, though, some tinkering is needed to hit those smooth frame rates, and that’s where this hand y guide comes in. Over the next few pages, we’ll pull apart all of the settings you’re likely see in games, and tell you which ones are going to have the biggest impact on your framer ate counter. Speaking of which, while it’s good to go with your gut feeling about how smooth a game is,…

11 Min.
racing reality

PC games let you do awesome stuff. You know, stuff like riding a dragon, building a city, commanding a Roman legion, wailing on a zombie with a big stick, or braining an innocent bystander for the dumb thrill of it. In other words, stuff that’s either very hard or actually impossible to achieve in real life. Well, that and stuff that’s thoroughly inadvisable, such as braining people. But driving cars? You can drive cars in real life. Personally, I drive a lot of cars in real life, thanks to being a car hack, as well as a technology journalist. So here’s the thing: I’ve loved PC games for as long as I can remember. I’ve loved driving cars for as long as I can remember. But driving games? Not so much.…

2 Min.
virtually perfect

There’s a lot of debate over how suitable the new VR headset duo is for various types of gaming. But most agree the big problem involves moving around in the virtual game world. It’s a major problem to simulate walking around a game world, even with a big space. You soon run into the limitations of the real world. But driving games don’t have that problem. You sit in the seat and that’s it, just like the real world. Bodily, there’s no need for you to move another inch. Perfect. What’s more, a VR headset helps a lot with one of the trickiest bits in adjusting to a driving sim: depth perception and judging distances. Combined with minimal physical feedback, it can make things such as picking braking and turn-in points,…