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Shuttle PC Ranked Close to “Absolutely Perfect” by CPU Magazine for Cramming

Shuttle, the industry leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance
small form factor (SFF) PC solutions and creator of the XPC, received a 4
out of 5 award, with a ranking of close to “Absolutely Perfect” by CPU
Magazine, for its high-end barebone PC, the Shuttle(R) SX58J3.

“Hands down, the Shuttle J3 is the best PC that money can buy,” said Nicolas
Villalobos, Director at Shuttle Computer, North America. “The J3 allows you
to experience a breathtaking 12 threads of pure performance alongside a
single GTX 480 card, giving you extreme video and CPU performance — all in
one small box.”

The Shuttle J3 for Gaming
Created for gamers and enthusiasts requiring the highest performance in the
smallest size, the Shuttle J3 “gaming” edition (model no. J3 5800G) supports
high to extreme performance configurations up to the Intel(R) Core(TM)
i7-980X Extreme Edition codenamed “Gulftown” — the world’s fastest
processor with six-cores and twelve CPU threads — and the NVIDIA(R)
GeForce(R) GTX 480 — the world’s fastest graphics card. Configured to the
max, the top-of-the-line J3 supports 16GB of memory (DDR3), a 2TB hard
drive, and a Blu-ray burner. Performance tuning, straight from the
manufacturer, is also an option.

The Shuttle J3 for Professionals
Rock-solid with unmatched power, performance, and style, the Shuttle J3
“professional” edition (model no. J3 5800P) is architected for professional
environments. It features the Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-975 Extreme Edition, one
of the world’s fastest processors, and can be configured with 8GB of memory
(supports up to 16GB), a 2TB hard drive, and a Blu-ray burner, but the
professional powerhouse adds in workstation-grade NVIDIA(R) Quadro(R) FX or
ATI FirePro(TM) 2D and 3D graphics cards to bring the highest performance in
the smallest size to professionals. Performance tuning is also available for
those looking to get the most out of their system.

Computer Power User (CPU) Magazine, a leading monthly print publication for
gamers and enthusiasts, lab-tested the Shuttle J3 with a 3.33GHz Intel(R)
Core(TM) i7-980X, 4GB Mushkin Blackline DDR3, Sparkle(R) GeForce(R) GTX 470,
Mushkin Callisto 60GB SSD, and Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, and awarded it a 4
out of 5, or close to “Absolutely Perfect” for cramming 12 CPU threads into
an SFF box.

“In every other way, the SX58J3 [barebone version of J3] met or surpassed
our expectations,” writes William Van Winkle, Editor at CPU Magazine.
“Shuttle’s SX58J3 takes the tried-and-true XPC theme and makes it fresh with
an update to In tel’s X58 chipset, including support for the Core
i7-980X.cramming 12 CPU threads into an SFF box can be a big deal.”

Shuttle J3 5800G for Gaming:
http://us.shuttle.com/J3_5800G.aspx

Shuttle J3 5800P System for Professionals:
<http://us.shuttle.com/J3_5800P.aspx>
http://us.shuttle.com/J3_5800P.aspx

JamParty: Be The Music – Available Now for Digital Download on PC

Zivix LLC, a developer leveraging innovative technology through peripherals, real musical instruments and software, announced today that JamParty: Be The Music is available now
exclusively on digital download platforms for Windows-based PCs. JamParty: Be The Music can be found throughout the Real Networks / Trymedia Worldwide Network which has an affiliate list of over 300 leading digital gaming portals, as well as at the JamParty website www.jamparty.com

Powered by Gamebryo LightSpeed, JamParty: Be The Music enables burgeoning
musicians to become instant producers, mix-masters, and lead guitarists.
Players can transition their mastery of traditional rhythm-based music games
into actual player-controlled live music creation using JamParty’s gigantic
library of chords, beats, vocals, and soundscapes. Users can create and play
songs, then share their music with other players as MP3s or upload to
listening devices and social networks. JamParty: Be The Music is designed
for use with the upcoming Peavey HeroMaker guitar, and is also compatible
with existing USB supported Rock BandR and Guitar HeroR guitar controllers.

“JamParty: Be The Music allows you to experience music like never before by
either showing off live for friends at a party or by producing your own
songs,” said Chad Koehler, VP of business development and operations, Zivix
LLC. “It’s the next generation of music based gaming with the ability to
create unique, one-of-a-kind songs using a variety of control schemes; the
standard mouse and keyboard configuration, or you can grab one of the
plastic USB guitars gathering dust in your closet, plug in and jam! The
musical possibilities are literally endless in JamParty, and it’s exciting
for us as a studio to launch the software and be able to tap into the
creativity of everyone who’s always wanted to be able to create their own
music.”

Features of JamParty: Be The Music Include:

.    Over 25 musical “Jams”
.    Six interactive venues that respond and react to the music
.    Remix top genres from Rock, Pop, Techno and Hip Hop, as well as unique
Soundscapes that go far beyond the genres typically found in music games
.    Game modes: Live party play, timed performance, replay, remix and
share.
.    Record and save your performances, or save as MP3s to play later and
share with the world
.    Additional downloadable “Jams” are available at  http://www.jamparty.com to
fulfill that favorite genre

Sony Online Announces Beta Release of EQII Extended – Available Now!

Starting today, players can experience the dark and dangerous depths of Norrath without a subscription with the release of SOE’s new free adventure service, EverQuest® II Extended! SOE has liberated portions of the critically acclaimed PC franchise, EverQuest II, including five plus years of impressive, award-winning content, for free. EverQuest II Extended joins the highly successful EverQuest II live subscription service, and together they provide EQII players with a choice of either a subscription-based or free-to-play business model, thus offering two distinct experiences operating in parallel, which is a first in the MMO industry. EverQuest II Extended players can login now and experience the unmatched content and adventure that no other free to play massively multiplayer online game can offer! To sign up, players should visit http://everquest2.com/free_to_play.

ABOUT EXTENDED: Extended also provides players with quick and convenient game access through a new web-based streaming download application that lets players get into the game quicker than ever before. Extended also includes the recently improved EQII user-interface and Golden Path progression system!

Extended offers multiple tiers of membership upgrade options that allow players to customize their gaming experience to fit their needs.

The scheduled release date for EverQuest II Extended is August 19, 2010. Platinum Membership is scheduled to release on August 31, 2010.

Shuttle Offers New XS35 Slim PC in Three Ready-to-Ship Configurations at Leading Retailers in the U.S. and Canada

Shuttle, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance small form factor (SFF) PC solutions and creator of the XPC, is now shipping its new XS35 slim PC in three ready-to-ship (RTS) configurations — everyday, media, and high-definition — at leading retailers in the U.S. and Canada, including online at Newegg.com and SuperBiiz.com (formerly eWiz.com).

 


 

The Shuttle XS35 Made for EverydayDesigned to fit seamlessly into the everyday lifestyle, the Shuttle XS35 “everyday” edition (model no. XS35-702) is a mere 1.5 inches thin, yet packs in a dual-core Intel(R) Atom(TM) D510 processor, on-board Intel(R) GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of memory (supports up to 2GB), a 160GB hard drive, and built-in wireless (802.11b/g/n). There’s even a built-in slim optical drive bay should users wish to add in a DVD burner in the future. Others features include 5 USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and a D-sub connector.

The Shuttle XS35 Made for Media
With more performance, more space, and more capabilities, the Shuttle XS35 “media” edition (model no. XS35-704) adds in a few upgrades. It comes with the same dual-core Intel(R) Atom(TM) D510 processor and on-board Intel(R) GMA 3150 graphics as the “everyday” edition, but features more memory — upgraded to 2GB, more storage — upgraded to a 320GB h ard drive, and more entertainment options — upgraded to built-in slim DVD burner. It also comes with built-in wireless (802.11b/g/n), 5 USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and a D-sub connector.

The Shuttle XS35 GT Made for HD
The top-of-the-line ultimate slim PC, the Shuttle XS35 GT “high-definition” edition (model no. XS35GT-804) comes with a dual-core Intel(R) Atom(TM) D510 processor and the latest next-generation NVIDIA(R) ION graphics with true 1080p HDMI output. Performance is maxed-out, with 2GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, and a built-in slim DVD burner (also supports Blu-ray). Like all XS35 models, it comes with built-in wireless (802.11b/g/n), 5 USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, and a D-sub connector.

The small, slim, and power-packed XS35 is ideal for everything from home entertainment to business as well as industrial applications such as digital signage, healthcare, and point-of-sale (POS) or thin clients. It can be mounted behind an LCD TV or monitor where needed, and brings all the benefits of a 100% passively cooled, fanless PC — it’s quiet, energy-efficient, and virtually dust proof and maintenance free.

Shuttle has even teamed up with Warner Bros. to bring the future of entertainment to your living room with more movies, more fun, and more style. As part of the launch of the ultimate slim PC, Shuttle is Going the Distance for you — and giving away a new XS35, along with prizing from Going the Distance and Shuttle.

Shuttle is Going the Distance For You Sweepstakes:
http://contest.us.shuttle.com/Going-the-Distance

ArcaniA-Gothic 4 GamesCom Trailer Released Today

DreamCatcher Games, JoWooD Entertainment and the BVT Group today unveil the all new GamesCom trailer for ArcaniA – Gothic 4. Finally answering the call from eager fans worldwide, the trailer features almost 2 minutes of never before seen action-filled cut scenes. The official successor of the highly successful Gothic game series is being presented at GamesCom in Cologne, Germany this week, where we anticipate hoards of optimistic fans hoping for the chance to experience ArcaniA for the first time

City of Heroes Going Rogue! See what’s new in Paragon City!

 

It’s the best time to come back! City of Heroes Going Rogue is the perfect expansion to reawaken your passion for the world’s most popular super-powered MMO. With a brand new starting experience and tons of excitement-packed missions, enemies, and mysteries, there’s no better time to start playing again! Want to see City of Heroes Going Rogue in action?

Purchase the digital version of the City of Heroes Going Rogue: Complete Collection from the NCsoft store, and play today!

This bundle includes City of Heroes®, City of Villains®, City of Heroes Going Rogue, the exclusive City of Heroes Going Rogue Complete Collection Item Pack, and one free month of game time.

Free Character Transfers for a Limited Time Only!

To start this new era of City of Heroes off with a bang, take advantage of a week of free character transfers from 9:00AM PDT, Tuesday, August 17 to 9:00AM PDT, Monday, August 23. 

Purchase the digital version of the City of Heroes Going Rogue: Complete Collection from the NCsoft store, and play today!

This bundle includes City of Heroes®, City of Villains®, City of Heroes Going Rogue, the exclusive City of Heroes Going Rogue Complete Collection Item Pack, and one free month of game time.

Free Character Transfers for a Limited Time Only!

To start this new era of City of Heroes off with a bang, take advantage of a week of free character transfers from 9:00AM PDT, Tuesday, August 17 to 9:00AM PDT, Monday, August 23.

STAR WARS®: CLONE WARS ADVENTURES™ PUBLIC BETA OPENS TODAY

Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts are looking for video game enthusiasts of all ages and fans of the Star Wars®: The Clone Wars™ animated television series on Cartoon Network to be the first to get hands-on in the open BETA testing that begins today for Star Wars®: Clone Wars Adventures™. Get a sneak peak of the highly anticipated free-to-play online virtual world and provide feedback to help put the finishing touches on the final game scheduled to be released later this year on September 15th.

The ultimate virtual destination for a new generation of Star Wars fans, Clone Wars Adventures is an action-packed virtual world where players can go online to experience fun minigames, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competition. Clone Wars Adventures lets players duel iconic adversaries with their own custom Lightsaber, speed through the galaxy in a custom Starfighter, defeat enemies and take down starships. 

Clone Wars Adventures is a free-to-play game, but players who want to take the galactic action to the next level can purchase a monthly Membership subscription for $5.99, while a variety of epic items can also be purchased through Station Cash® micro-transactions. The Clone Wars Adventures Galactic Passport is scheduled to be available at thousands of retail locations in North America later this fall and will include a 90-day membership, 500 Station Cash, the ability to unlock the Togruta playable character, a Yoda monitor topper, and more.

For the opportunity to participate in the program visit the game website www.CloneWarsAdventures.com and click on the BETA registration link.