Items tagged with PC gaming

Fans of EA games have been able to subscribe to Origin Access for a quite some time. That basic membership costs $4.99 monthly or $29.99 per year. In return, players got a collection of 122 games they could play at any time. Subscribers also get to try new EA games before they launch and save 10% on purchases via Origin. EA will be launching a fancier tier of that service come July 30. The new tier will be called Origin Access Premiere and it will share the all-you-can-play model that the original service, now to be called basic, plus you get more. An EA Help page reads, "Premier is a new membership... Read more...
PC gamers and console gamers are sometimes rivals, with each camp touting their platform as the best. We all know #PCMasterRace is where it's at of course. If you venture to E3 it certainly seems as if consoles are the platform that most developers and publishers focus on. Sure, many of the games that you see at E3 are offered on PC, but it's rare to see the PC platform take the forefront in any of the keynotes at the show. However, as in years past, PC gamers got their own show at their own venue that ran concurrently with E3 called the PC Gaming Show. There were some very cool games talked about... Read more...
The weekend is nearly here and if you have nothing planned or winter is still holding on in your area as it is in mine, perhaps the best weekend is spent indoors playing some sweet games. The good news is that Steam is having a massive sale right now and it has some awesome games that you can pick up for bargain basement prices. My favorite on the list is Sid Meier's Civilization V. Civ V isn't the newest game in the franchise by any means, but if you throw a rock into a room filled with Civ fans you will hit a bunch who think Civ V is the best game in the franchise. The game originally landed... Read more...
It's no longer a surprise when we hear about brand-new game releases being cracked days after launch, but it's not often we hear about one fully cracked even before its release. Unfortunately for Square Enix, its latest epic adventure Final Fantasy XV on Windows has been cracked and released online ahead of its March 6 release. If not for a couple of simple things, this wouldn't have happened, so we're bound to see things change a little bit going forward. Over at Origin, the game can be preloaded (FFXV is not an EA title, but is one of the rare ones to be sold on its service), and the fact that... Read more...
The hype surrounding the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII is intriguing and very justified. Not much longer than a decade ago, it seemed the world was sick and tired of World War II-themed games, but thankfully, zombie games have since come to our rescue, cleansing our palettes. Today, WWII actually looks like it could give us a fresh experience, and create an interesting online battlefield. Unfortunately, "interesting" is proving true already, but not in a good way. Over the weekend, the beta for WWII went live, and almost immediately, complaints stemming from testers began to hit the web. In almost... Read more...
It seems like the more time passes, the more caveats Bungie decides to add to its upcoming epic adventure game, Destiny 2. Through a new entry in Bungie's help database, we learn that Destiny 2 is going to be beyond fussy when it comes to things like overlays and screen captures. Bungie wants to make sure that people don't inject code into the game for the sake of cheating, so it's being extra careful. In the help entry, it's made clear that software that records as "Game Capture" will not work, which includes OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) and XSplit. The same tools appear to work fine as long... Read more...
Do you love the color green? How about Razer and MAINGEAR products? Is the R1 | Razer Edition a little bit too big? MAINGEAR has one answer to all of those questions, and it comes to us in the form of the R2 | Razer Edition, a gaming PC that occupies 50% less space than the original, which launched last fall. MAINGEAR's goal with this build wasn't just to make it look good, but to make sure it offered more than the expected performance out of such a small box. Intel's Core i9 processors can be configured with this model, but as of the time of writing, no such SKU is available on MAINGEAR's... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to send a message while playing an intense MMO, but did not have time to type? Microsoft has the solution for you, as the company has just released the pilot for its Game Chat Transcription feature for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Game Chat Transcription features speech-to-text and text-to-speech capabilities. Speech-to-text converts what a player is verbally conveying into text. Text-to-speech enables typed text to be spoken aloud to other players. This feature is perfect for deaf or hard-of-hearing gamers, or gamers who are simply doing a lot of multitasking. According to... Read more...
In case you haven’t noticed, the PC gaming market is exploding. As we reported in the closing days of 2016, PC gaming software sales reached nearly $36 billion ($35.8 billion to be exact) during 2016, compared to just $6.6 billion for console game sales. Neither was able to touch mobile gaming revenues, however, which hit $40.6 billion during the full year of 2016. Now, Jon Peddie Research (JPR) offers a report on PC gaming hardware sales for 2016, and they likewise hit a record high. Hardware sales surged past the $30 billion mark for the first time ever, topping out at $30.6 billion. In... Read more...
Research firm SuperData has just released its latest year-in-review report. While some of the findings are expected, others are a little surprising. Some are also great if you happen to be a PC enthusiast, as PC game sales dwarfed game sales on all of the consoles combined. That's an amazing data point, so let's bring in some real numbers. According to SuperData, the entire console market generated $6.6 billion in 2016, which is a Far Cry (pun intended) from the $35.8 billion the PC platform generated. That's a staggering difference, but the PC isn't the only platform to vastly outperform consoles... Read more...
If you love Xbox One games, but enjoy gaming on your PC, there is now a simpler solution. Microsoft just announced that the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube is the first PC with fully integrated Xbox Wireless. This is the first device with such an integration built within the physical chassis, without the need for a USB dongle. Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, remarked, “At Xbox we believe in playing the games you want, where you want, with the people you want. By expanding the Xbox Wireless ecosystem with new accessories and PCs such as the IdeaCentre Y710, gamers have more... Read more...
Whoever the Einstein was that declared this a "post PC era" needs talk to the gamers and enthusiasts that flocked to Boston Convention And Exhibition Center this weekend for the sold-out PAX East show. And in good ol' Bean Town, the Murphys might dropkick that genius for being overly impaired and "ship him off" promptly. In a record attendance of around 90,000 or so, there was plenty of console gaming going on, as well as mobile gaming on tablets and smartphones, and even board games but nothing compared to the crowds flocking around booths from major PC manufacturers and ecosystem partners like... Read more...
Face the facts: if you want a pre-built PC that can play virtually any game at high resolutions with high-quality settings, you're going to have to pay a princely sum. While you could probably build your own PC for less than a pre-built system, boutique builders typically offer a number of benefits in the form of guaranteed overclocks or custom component. Or maybe you just have no interest whatsoever spending all that time installing parts and hiding cables in your case. Though Digital Storm's Bolt 3 isn't the highest-end gaming PC we've tested, it holds its own for its not-so-insignificant price—delivering... Read more...
Mad Catz is gearing up to release a new model in its R.A.T. series of wildly customizable gaming mice. The company’s mice are often pricey, and that’s certainly true of the R.A.T. Pro X, which will run you nearly $200, but the upcoming R.A.T. Pro S is on preorder for a much more reasonable $69.99. Both models look like no other mice in the industry and are pretty well guaranteed to get some attention at the next LAN party you attend. Mat Catz R.A.T. Pro SBut as eye-catching as they are, Mad Catz mice are best known for being customizable. Swappable parts, adjustable palm rests, built-in profile... Read more...
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