Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Nintendo is feeling Microsoft's pain

Since the release of the new Smash Bros Brawl game, it seems as if the some of the highly coveted Nintendo Wii's are having difficulty playing the new game, which was released on dual layer discs. The problem? Nintendo is blaming dirty lenses in the consoles, and says for owners to send their Wii's in to the repair center. Does this sound familiar (read Xbox 3 rings of death)?

Game Consoles should be built to withstand the stresses of heat, and dust. This is just unacceptable for people to have to send in their consoles because of shoddy engineering.

ATi's new Catalyst driverset leaves something to be desired

Recently, ATi (now part of AMD) released their new GPU chipset drivers, Catalyst 8.3. These new drivers bring more stability, some performance gains for some games, and the ability to Crossfire up to 4 GPU's, (and they don't have to match, either). However, some reviews, like this one from Extreme Tech have found the improvements to be minimal, if not worse than the previous set of drivers. For more information on those matters, check out the review.