E3 Day One

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posted 5/13/2004 by The GN Staff
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NVIDIA had a few different products on their show floor besides the GeForce 6800 Ultra. If you’ve watched MTV, you probably saw somoe of the songs that use video game characters for the video. NVIDIA was showing a program developed by MTV that will allow you to create your own videos of the same nature and upload them for all to see. An ApeXtreme machine was also there showcasing NVIDIA’s media PC front end. If you’ve used front ends lik myHTPC or Microsoft’s Media PC, then you’ll be familiar with NVIDIA’s interface with the ApeXtreme. I’m sure most of you know all about the 6800 but I was happy to see hardware encoding and decoding in the chip. That makes the media PC person in me pretty happy and I’m interested to see how well the card will work in a HTPC solution along with the gaming performance. Asking the NVIDIA rep about the two molex connectors on the GeForce 6800 Ultra, he said that you can run it off of one but for overclockers, two should provide stability to do so. That clears the air on a very confusing subject for the past few weeks. I also got a rundown of the GeForce 6800 line with the features it has and it seems to be a pretty solid card. NVIDIA is also going into the mobile 3D arena with GoForce. The technology should be showing up on some PDAs and phones in the near future. All in all, I came away pretty impressed with NVIDIA’s line and the GeForce 6800 technology.

Finally, Logitech made a few announcements with new products. First up are two new cordless solutions for the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox. The big changes are a smaller design and only two batteries now instead of four. The omission of two batteries will not change the battery life as you’ll get around 50 hours with rumble on. A more accurate D-Pad will show up on all the new console pads as well. The Xbox pad will cost $49.99 while the PS2 will go for $39.99. The PC is getting a wide range of pads raging from $39.99 to $9.99. The PC’s cordless pad has an improved D-Pad like the console ones and also runs on two batteries. The corded version, going for $29,99 has rubber grips as well. Finally, the $9.99 pad doesn’t have any analog sticks but does have the improved D-pad. PSP owners can expect a wide range of products from Logitech when it launches. This is some new territory that Logitech will be going into with the PSP so expect some interesting peripherals for it when it’s released. None announced currently but soon. Logitech’s final announcement is an official license with Nascar so they will be producing some Nascar wheels for consoles and PCs. Let’s hope they come out with a few of them using the Gran Turismo 4 design of increased turn radius over the traditional ones, but you’ll probably see the traditional wheel style for the first iteration.

So for a first day, it was pretty good. Tomorrow I’ll be coming at you with Half-Life 2, ATI, and various other products that I’ll be demoing on the floor.
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