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NVIDIA's Computex 2017 unveiling of the new GeForce GTX with Max-Q Design technology for laptops was presented with the usual charismatic polish and enthusiasm that the company's leather-clad CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang is well known for. Frankly, it seemed a little too good to be true. In one hand, Huang held a legacy 10-pound boat anchor of a gaming notebook, while in the other he held the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus, a sub-5 pound machine that's just 17.9mm thick. Extolling the virtues of the new ASUS notebook powered by a GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design technology, he pointed out that the new machine... Read more...
One of the biggest marketing pushes surrounding Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One X has been 4K support, and it's for good reason. People love crisper images, and when Microsoft's upcoming unit is close to 50% more powerful than the nearest competition (PlayStation 4 Pro), bragging rights are in order (even if a lot of 4K content will be throttled to 30 FPS). While both Microsoft and Sony offer their own takes on 4K consoles, Microsoft's implementation is arguably much better, as games designed for Xbox One are naturally going to be able to take advantage of more powerful hardware if the game was designed... Read more...
Nintendo disappointed a lot of nostalgic gamers when it decided to abruptly end production of its NES Classic Edition console, especially after it failed to produce enough units to meet the holiday demand despite Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime promising otherwise. Well, the bad news is that Nintendo is resuming production. But the good news? It seems Nintendo is producing an SNES Classic. Managers at several GameStop locations say the unreleased console is very real, and also a marketing ploy by Nintendo. We have heard rumors about this before. Nothing is yet official, but Jonathan... Read more...
Would you pay full price—or close to full price—for a game that is nearly a decade old? Activision is banking on Call of Duty fans doing exactly that when the standalone version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered ships later this month. If you want the full experience, you'll have to cough up $40 for the core game, plus another $15 for the accompanying DLC that includes extra maps and other additional content. Activision is catching a fair amount of heat from gamers on this one. Initially, the controversy surrounding the remastered release was Activision's decision to bundle it with the... Read more...
Are you still having trouble finding a Nintendo Switch console in stock? Well, if it is any consolation, Nintendo is awfully sorry about the inconvenience, or so the console maker says. And in a recent interview with Arstechnica, Nintendo Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta pushed back against the conspiracy theory of an artificial shortage to drive up demand. "It's definitely not intentional in terms of shorting the market," Scibetta says. "We're making it as fast as we can. We wantto get as many units out as we can to support all the software that's coming right now...... Read more...
The slim, sleek Razer Blade gaming laptop we'll be looking at here is an interesting beast that does its best to perform a balancing act of sorts. The gaming laptop arena is a landscape full of compromises. Gamers generally crave the most powerful technologies on the market, but until we can cram 8K displays into a fanless 13-inch form factor with dual Titan X GPUs and physics-defying thermal headroom, sacrifices obviously must be made. And we love high-end, 10 pound gaming battle stations, don't get us wrong, but sometimes situations and use cases call for something actually portable.... Read more...
Three things in life are guaranteed—death, taxes, and Steam sales. While we are not real keen on the first two, we love a good Steam sale, even though our games library is already overflowing with titles we picked up at a discount and may never get around to playing (or at least finishing). Such is the struggle and it will be compounded this weekend when Steam kicks off its summer games sale. Whether or not Valve wanted everyone to know ahead of time is not known. Either way, it was PayPal's UK Twitter account that spilled the beans in a tweet announcing the imminent sale. According to the Twitter... Read more...
In a sense, the era of 4K gaming is already here. All it takes is a powerful PC with a burly graphics card (or two) and a 4K monitor. While not as robust, 4K gaming has even spilled over into the console space—Sony with its PlayStation 4 Pro, and Microsoft with its forthcoming Xbox One X. The latter will be the more powerful of the two in terms of raw horsepower, and if you're wondering what all the fuss is about, just take a peek at some of 4K screenshots of Forza 7 and Sea of Thieves. You'll need a 4K monitor or television to get the full effect. If you have one, you can view a bevy of screenshots—41... Read more...
Do not adjust your calendars, folks, we have not traveled back in time to the 1970s or 1980s. Be that as it may, Atari is working on a new game console. The website you might have seen is real, as are Atari's intentions to get back into the hardware business after a 24-year hiatus. Remember the Jaguar? That was the last game system to come from Atari, and it was only in development for a few years. Of course, Atari has had bigger console launches, most notably the Atari Video Computer System (VCS), later renamed to Atari 2600. I spent endless hours myself on the Atari 2600, playing games like Pac-Man,... Read more...
Take-Two clearly doesn't look at the modding scene with the same love as many of its peers. The Grand Theft Auto series has had a rich modding community for years, with its creative fans adding an incredible amount of content to Rockstar's most important series. Sometimes, even new mechanics are added. While most people who pick up the latest GTA don't even have modding on their mind, there are some others who buy the game with only modding in mind. That says a lot not just about modding, but about what a great base for such mods Grand Theft Auto is.... Read more...
We lauded the Nintendo Switch for its overall engaging game play and nifty hybrid design, and that remains true. However, we refrained from offering up an opinion on the console's online experience because at launch there really was not one to speak of. That is something Nintendo is working on, though in reading remarks that Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime made to Kotaku, we are bracing ourselves for disappointment in some areas. One of them is online voice chat. Nintendo has chosen to require a mobile phone to utilize voice chat on the Switch even though no other console maker has gone that... Read more...
The console wars between Sony and Microsoft are reaching a fever pitch with both companies making a play for 4K gaming. As to where things stand now, Sony has the lead in hardware sales—the Japanese technology behemoth announced that it has sold more than 60.4 million PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since it launched over three years in November 2013. That is around double the number of estimated Xbox One console sales. Sony also said that software sales are booming. Led by hit titles such as Horizon: Zero Dawn, Sony notes that PS4 software sales have topped 487.8 million copies, which includes... Read more...
Some things just never seem to get old. You know, things like watching the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl or cracking open a beer from a boat while fishing. It is a long list, and if we turn our attention to PC gaming, you can add killing Nazis to it. In case you need a fix in that department, Bethesda promises plenty of action in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the first trailer of which was revealed at E3. Bethesda teased a sequel to 2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order at last year's E3, but waited until now to make a formal reveal. This latest entry in the series follows The New Order... Read more...
Electronic Arts has found itself in a giving mood lately (again). During the game publisher's EA Play event on Friday, EA boss Andre Wilson stepped on stage to announce that the company is providing a week of free gaming through its Origin Access and EA Access services for PC and Xbox One, respectively. And if you're a PlayStation 4 owner, you're also getting a free trial for some of EA's games on PS4.The free trial is EA's way of thanking gamers for participating in a recent Play to Give event in which players could complete in in-game challenges during June 2-4 to raise funds. Millions of gamers... Read more...
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