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After the debacle that was Batman: Arkham Knight, you'd think that the biggest game publishing houses would put forth extra effort to make sure they didn't replicate that total mess. Well, it's starting to look like some haven't learned the lesson, as the massively hyped and just-launched Just Cause 3 has a boatload of issues right out of the gate. Sometimes, it's exclusively the PC version (due to bad porting) that's the problem, but not with Just Cause 3. Even console users are experiencing a variety of problems, with the most frustrating being a poor framerates, or performance variations in... Read more...
Fans of Halo who don't happen to own an Xbox would do well to pay attention to a little snippet that just came out of an interview with Microsoft's Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor. When questioned about whether or not we'd ever see Halo 5 on the PC, he gave the impression that it could indeed happen. "There is plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on the PC", he says, but he's quick to follow up with, "Nothing to announce at this point." However, giving us all the hope in the world that this could happen, he notes that the game was developed on Intel PCs, so it wouldn't be... Read more...
Labor Day Weekend is upon us, which for many students marks the last few days of freedom before school starts up again. How will you spend them? If you're having trouble answering that question, then here's a heads up that Evolve is playable at no cost this weekend on Xbox One consoles and Windows PCs (check out our gameplay and performance review). You get full access to everything the game has to offer -- four monsters, 18 hunters across four unique classes, five game modes, 19 maps, and the newly released Hunt 2.0, which introduces improvements to the matchmaking, overall user experience, and... Read more...
When Microsoft introduced the ability to stream Xbox One games to the PC earlier this year, through its just-released Windows 10 OS, a common thought that came to many was, "Why couldn't we stream our PC games to our Xbox?" Well, believe it or not, that's going to be happening. In an interview with The Verge, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that the feature is coming, and now, last week's announcement that the Xbox One can now use a keyboard and mouse makes a whole lot more sense. The ability to stream PC games to a TV isn't that interesting anymore, as there are many, many solutions out there... Read more...
As if AMD’s Q1 financial performance wasn’t bad enough, the company’s revised Q2 guidance is actually worse than expected. The company originally forecast a 3 percent sequential drop in quarterly revenue (the company added a +/- 3 percent margin or error indicating a 6 percent decline as worst case scenario), but now has revised that figure to a more troubling 8 percent. AMD’s Q1 2015 revenue came in at $1.03 billion, so an 8 percent dip in Q2 revenue would put the company at roughly $948 million (analysts were expecting revenue of around $999.6 million). Compared to Q2 2014, when AMD pulled in... Read more...
If you’re an ardent PC racing fiend, chances are that you either own or have heard of Logitech’s G27. The G27 replaced its predecessor, the G25, way back in 2010. The G27 has been a popular gaming peripheral (it supports the PC, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3) that not only includes a steering wheel and three pedals (accelerator, brake, clutch), but also a six-speed “H” pattern gearbox. But five years is a long time in the PC gaming industry and a replacement for the G27 has been long overdue. Thankfully, Logitech has a two-pronged approach for its successor. Logitech is introducing the G29 Driving... Read more...
Yesterday, we brought you the momentous news that Bethesda had a new Fallout game in the works, and that a 10AM EST announcement Wednesday morning would seal the deal. Well, we haven’t quite crept up on 10AM yet, but the news surrounding Fallout 4 is coming in at a furious pace. We have official confirmation that Fallout 4 will not only be available on the PC, but also the two premier console platforms: Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. As has been rumored for quite some time, the game is set in a Boston, with “Scollay Square” shown prominently in the screenshot below. We have also... Read more...
Last week learned that the Oculus Rift will be delivered to paying customers starting in Q1 2016. Oculus also took the time to show us what the final version of the Rift will look like once it begins shipping. During the reveal, the company stated, “In the weeks ahead, we’ll be revealing the details around hardware, software, input, and many of our unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences coming to the Rift.” That time has come, and Oculus has handed down the recommended minimum specs “for the full Rift experience” on PC systems. You’ll need: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greaterIntel... Read more...
Ever since Grand Theft Auto V’s initial release back in September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, PC gamers have been eagerly waiting for Rockstar Games to bring title to the PC. 18 months later, and the long-awaited game has finally been released. Unfortunately, while Rockstar Games is known for releasing some top-notch titles, its track record with porting its games to PC hasn’t been stellar. When Grand Theft Auto IV came out for the PC platform back in 2008, about eight months after the console version, it was criticized as a poor port at the time. Suffering from performance issues... Read more...
Valve’s Steam Machine was all the rage at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, but as we enter 2015, the SteamOS gaming platform (and Valve’s tantalizing Steam Controller) are still works in progress. SteamOS hasn’t been written off, but Dell, which was one of the first PC makers to build a custom console-sized system for SteamOS, isn’t waiting around. Its Alienware gaming brand launched the Alienware Alpha, which is meant to be your next (or your first) living room gaming PC. The Alienware Alpha plugs the holes left by Valve with Microsoft hardware and software and a simple 10-ft UI developed in house.... Read more...
We’ve seen some pretty funky designs for PCs over the years, with the most recent being Intel’s Compute Stick that manages to cram quad-core Atom power into a device the size of a Roku Streaming Stick or Fire TV Stick. Now we’re seeing a new development in the PC miniaturization game with a concept that manages to cram a fully functional PC into a mouse. The Mouse-Box is currently only in the prototype stage, but includes a 1.4GHz quad-core ARM processor, 128GB of flash storage, 802.11n, an accelerometer and a gyroscope. It also includes micro HDMI (for connecting it to an external display) and... Read more...
Tomorrow, BioWare's long-awaited Dragon Age Inquisition will drop for the PS4, Xbox One, and PCs. To say I'm excited would be an understatement. I've long been a fan of the Dragon Age series, even if Dragon Age 2 failed to live up to its predecessor, and by all accounts Dragon Age Inquisition is going to be a fabulous game. A recent video from CVG compares the visuals in key scenes between the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions and I'm happy to report that while the PC variant clearly looks the best in multiple areas (as it should), there's evidence of good, intelligent optimization for all platforms.... Read more...
It took a lot longer than I had originally planned, but I was finally able to assemble and ship off the rig we gave away during our Summer Gaming System Giveaway. If you recall, we teamed up with the good folks at EVGA, Kingston, Thermaltake, and Intel to build a powerful gaming PC featuring an Intel Core i7-4960X processor, an EVGA X79 Dark motherboard, 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 770, fast SSD, a 1000 watt PSU, and much more. The complete parts list and breakdown for the rig was as follows: CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Motherboard: EVGA X79 Dark PSU: EVGA 1000W Case: Thermaltake... Read more...
Some have claimed that the desktop is dead, and admittedly, it's not hard to understand why. Over the course of just a handful of years, mobile has become more important and in-our-face than ever. Not only do we have smartphones in our pockets, we have notebooks at home, and perhaps even a tablet. Soon, we might even have a smartwatch on our wrist. With this much mobile in our lives, it's almost hard to imagine that there'd be room for the desktop. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, though, there is still room for the desktop in our lives, and there's even a hint that the desktop... Read more...
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