wii u The Daily VR Zone News Summary   7 June 2011

In today's news roundup:

  • ARM is claiming that it is in a position to seize up to 40% of the notebook market by 2015, a goal which it attributes solely  to Microsoft's decision to open its Windows operating system to the ARM architecture;
  • Word has it that Sony and Toshiba are planning to enter into a partnership to jointly establish an OLED fab in Higashiura, Japan;
  • Sony's elusive S1 and S2 tablets have reportedly been cleared by the FCC recently, and that it is only a matter of time before both tablets eventually start making their way onto retail shelves;
  • Skype's woes continue to worsen yet again, with the popular internet telephony application having been hit with yet another service outage, less than two weeks after the company faced similar problems;
  • Nintendo's successor for the Wii console, which has been officially dubbed the Wii U, was unveiled at E3 not too long ago, and
  • BioWare has released yet another cinematic trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic

Hardware news

ARM to own 40% share in 2015 notebook market with help from Windows 8, says ARM president
Description: ARM CEO Tudor Brown, during an exclusive interview with Digitimes, pointed out that he estimates that ARM will be able to take a 40% share of the global notebook market in 2015, helping the company to compete against CPU giant Intel.

Sony and Toshiba to establish a joint OLED fab?
Description: There's an interesting report that Sony and Toshiba plan to join forces in a new display unit, aiming for small/medium displays (for mobile phones and tablets). According to the report, the new unit will establish an OLED fab in Higashiura, Japan.

FSP AURUM GOLD AU-700 Power Supply Review
Description: FSP sent us the AU-700 power supply, the largest of four models in the AURUM lineup. FSP claims that the AURUM family of power supplies meets the 80Plus Gold standard with 90% efficiency and goes on to say that they are also "a perfect combination of premium quality and efficiency". Let's start taking a look at the features that our AU-700 offers and then we'll see if it has the performance to back up what it boasts on paper.

Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
Description: The latest enclosure in the Cooler Master Storm line is the Enforcer Mid-Tower Gaming Case. With a unique beveled nose, well placed side window, reinforced front door and red LED lighting, the Storm Enforcer looks every inch a gaming case. But gaming requirements go beyond looks, and the Storm Enforcer doesn’t stop there. The Enforcer has a rotatable and removable HDD cage capable of holding six 3.5” drives, as well as a removable cage for two 2.5” drives for SSD users. The removable cage allows for 390mm VGA card clearance with the top cage removed, easily enough for any of today’s cards. The front I/O features 2 USB 3.0 with MB connection, 2 USB 2.0 as well as audio jacks. Cooling comes in the form of a 200mm front intake and a 140mm rear exhaust, with a 200mm or two 120mm top exhaust fans optional. The Enforcer also features Cooler Master’s unique “Storm Guard” to help keep your peripherals a little safer at LAN parties.

HIS HD6970 IceQ Turbo Review @ Vortez
Description: IceQ cooling technology is among the best out there for AMD Graphics cards and has evolved over the years to the high performing, efficient state we find today. HIS claim the new design enables the HD6970 to run over 23c cooler than the reference AMD version, a very bold statement indeed! This is done by means of 4 copper heatpipes and a 'Black Hole Impeller' which we will look at later in the review.

Cougar CMX 550w Review @ XSReviews.co.uk
Description: Since Hardware Secrets made us all look a little silly a few years ago, without access to the full test setups that the big sites and PSU manufacturers have, XSR has backed off its PSU reviews to instead make them unboxing-previews. Please bare in mind that this preview of the Cougar CMX 550w will not include any performance numbers.

Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra Motherboard Review @ Rage3D.com
Description: Rage3D examines Sapphire's new P67 Pure Black Hydra mainboard, performance testing Intel's Sandy Bridge against AMD's Phenom II and Intel's own Core i7 900 series. Check out this enthusiast level motherboard's features, overclocking and performance analysis to see why AMD's FX-series is going to have to move mountains to get on top of the performance heap.

Asus Launches new AMD 9 Motherboards
Description: Motherboard maker Asus has released a range of AM3+ based motherboards which it claims will give AMD users more features than they have ever had or wanted every before. The AMD 9s support the 990FX/990X/970 chipsets and AM3+ CPUs. Asus claims that it is the first company to market fully compatible AM3+ motherboards. Models include the M5A99/97 Series, the TUF Sabertooth 990FX and the ROG Crosshair V Formula.


Consumer Electronics and Software news

3DMark 11 1.0.2 Released @ NGOHQ.com
Description: "3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark for measuring the graphics performance of gaming PCs. Designed for testing DirectX 11 hardware running on Windows 7 and Windows Vista the benchmark includes six all new benchmark tests. The Basic Edition is free to use and allows an unlimited number of benchmark runs without registration or expiry.

Bing Voice Search Coming To Xbox
Description: Later this year, Bing search will take on a new platform: the Xbox entertainment/gaming console. And to prove that it’s all cutting edge stuff in the gamers’ world, Bing will be offering a voice-based search engine (in addition to a traditional text/type-based search) to help users find games, movies and TV shows, music and other content that’s available via the Xbox.

Sony S1 Honeycomb tablet slips through the FCC with AT&T frequencies and HSPA+ broadband module
Description: Ah Sony, your S1 and S2 tablet secrets are safe with trusty ol' Engadget. Take these new SGPT113JP/S and SGPT114JP/S tablets that just passed through the FCC. We won't tell anyone that they're actually variants of your S1 tablet, that 9.4-inch jobbie with Android 3.x Honeycomb and custom-made "Quick and Smooth" UI and "Swift" web browser. And mum's the word on the 2.4GHz 802.11n WiFi and WCDMA bands II and V radios — the latter making an introduction on AT&T (or perhaps Rogers in Canada) highly likely. And you won't hear us making a peep about the Ericsson F5521gw HSPA+ capable modem that's mentioned, the same module spotted in the S2's FCC filing. Really, we won't say a word until this PlayStation Certified tablet hits retail later in the fall.

Razer’s New Keyboard Is Ready To Battle the Sith Empire
Description: With the new Star Wars: The Old Republic game set for release later this year, Razer's latest gaming keyboard will be nigh essential. Apart from being about to take down the Sith, it looks pretty damn cool. Razer outfitted it with an LCD touch panel for better control and ten adaptive keys you can customize to your skills. Check it out for $199 when the game reaches stores.

Skype hit with yet another service outage
Description: Skype has been hit with yet another service outage, less than two weeks after the company faced similar problems. In a blog post, representative Peter Parkes suggests the issue is limited to "a small number" of users, though the extent of the service interruption initially extended to 22 million users. The company claims to have identified a configuration problem that it is still working to fix late in the morning.


Gaming news

Final Fantasy XIII-2 This December, In Japan
Description: Good news if you are not waiting for the English version of Final Fantasy XIII-2 as the Japanese version will be launching this December. The English version for US and Europe will launch somewhere in Early 2012. Prices are yet to be confirmed. Existing Final Fantasy XIII owners will get a update on the PlayStation 3 which adds “Easy Mode” to the game, a feature that was included in the Xbox copy.

Nintendo’s Answer To Future Gaming – Wii u
Description: Nintendo’s Reggie announces their ‘successor’ to the Wii, the company calls it Wii U. A whole new look to the upcoming platform which is a brand new looking controller itself. It has a 6.2 inch touchscreen with many possibilities.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Intro Cinematic
Description: BioWare made an appearance at yesterday's Electronic Arts E3 2011 press conference, and while the studio provided no new news on its highly anticipated Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic, it did serve up another stunning cinematic trailer for the game. The intro cinematic for the game provides an overview of the galactic space war to come, with snippets from previously released CG trailers and some new sights for Star Wars fans to feast their eyes upon. See it below: