Origin PC Chronos Review: A Powerful Small Form Factor Desktop PC For 4K Gaming

It used to be that large physical dimensions were a telltale sign of a Herculean gaming PC. Looming desktop towers with wild looking exteriors indicated the presence of serious hardware inside. Cracking one open might reveal multiple graphics cards and fancy liquid cooling setups, both almost considered prerequisites in order to crank up the eye candy in demanding games and to play at high resolutions. But somewhere along the way, things began to change. While some of the most powerful gaming systems still reside inside gargantuan full tower enclosures, a growing number of decked out desktops have...

Prey Performance And Optimization Guide With The AMD Radeon RX 580

The AMD Radeon RX 580 has been in the wild for over a month at this point. AMD pitched the Radeon RX 580 as an ideal choice for gamers looking to upgrade from graphics hardware acquired a couple years back. Specifically, in the lead up to the launch, AMD compared the performance of the RX 580 to cards like the Radeon R9 380. So, with that in mind, we're in the lab today to test that claim using the recently launched Prey reboot from Bethesda Softworks and developer Arkane Studios, as our primary benchmark and game engine to explore. The game also just so happens to look fabulous.  This is...

Sole Surviving Nintendo PlayStation Rare Prototype Is Now Fully Functional

The wonderfully retro and incredibly rare Nintendo PlayStation has now been made fully functional. The Nintendo PlayStation did not initially include any games. Gaming and electronics freak enthusiast Ben Heck of the Youtube channel The Ben Heck Show, however, recently managed to get Super Boss Gaiden running on the console. How did Ben get the console to work? After experiencing a few initial roadblocks, Ben replaced a number of capacitors in order to get the CD ROM to work. The board contained a CD ROM controller chip, a digital signal processor, and a microprocessor. The microcontroller...

Nintendo Switch Review: Buying Advice And Tips For Maximum Fun

When I first heard about Nintendo's plan to build a hybrid console, I thought it was a long shot. And truthfully, it was. But I also reckoned the response to a 2-in-1 console (or 3-in-1 if you count tabletop mode, as Nintendo does) would ultimately be lukewarm. Having now spent the past couple of weeks actually playing with the Nintendo Switch, I can say I was (mostly) wrong in my original assessment, and certainly in my expectations. We'll get to my own thoughts in a little bit, but first let's talk about the Switch's reception. Despite the skepticism by myself and many others leading up to the...

Razer Lancehead eSports Gaming Mouse Promises Unmatched Wireless Performance

It may be time to upgrade your gaming setup. Razer just announced the Lancehead, which it bills as “the world’s most reliable, tournament-grade wireless gaming mouse”. The Razer Lancehead features Adaptive Frequency Technology (AFT) that syncs data reporting between the mouse and user’s system. It also connects to the strongest frequencies within the 2.4 GHz band and only hops to another when there is troublesome interference. Razer promises that the “lag-free data transmission outperforms every other wireless gaming mouse”. The Razer also includes a 5G laser sensor that provides 16,000 DPI, 210...

Watch Activision's Explosive Call of Duty: WWII Launch Trailer Here

Activision just launched the reveal trailer and announced release date for Call of Duty: WWII. The game will launch on in November and was described by Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg as “bringing an intense, visceral, boots on the ground gameplay”. Many of the hints reddit users dropped last week were confirmed today by Activision. The game will include a new “War Mode” in which players tackle famous World War II battles. Multiplayer will include objectives that will differ depending on whether a player has chosen to fight for the Allies or Axis. Players will be able to spend time at “Headquarters”,...

DOTA Ranked Matchmaking Soon To Require Phone Registration To Kill ‘Smurfs’

Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) is upping its security game. DOTA 2 ranked matchmaking will soon require players to enter a phone number upon registration and Valve hopes that this will cut down on the amount of “smurfing”. First off, what is “smurfing”? In the DOTA world, smurfing is when a player creates a new account after already having made one, and recalibrates the account once a player reaches level thirteen. The player essentially develops the account in order to play at a level lower than their actual mmr.Image from: Wikimedia Commons, ZilsonzxcSome people sell the smurf account...

Call of Duty: WWII Leaks Reveal Screenshots, Retail Packaging And Release Date

Call of Duty is going back to its roots, and the excitement surrounding its announcement is tangible. Fans have taken to reddit with pictures of boxes and advertisements for the upcoming shooter. These leaks have revealed game shots, retail packaging, and most importantly, the game's November 3rd release date.One photo with an advertisement for the Xbox games states that the Call of Duty: WWII, “tells the story of the unbreakable brotherhood of common men fighting to preserve freedom in a world on the brink of tyranny”. Players will land on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and experience...

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Review: Great Battery Life, Strong Performance, Affordable Price

The Dell Inspiron 7000 Gaming straddles the line between mainstream and gaming notebooks. It is offered in a few sizes, including a svelte 14" model, but after getting some hands-on time with the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming at CES earlier this year, we decided to check the larger laptop out. It sports a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU, along with some fairly high-end internals. Before we dig into the Inspiron 15 7000’s specs, we should point out that this particular system sits at the top of the Inspiron line. The entry-level 3000 series is easy on the...

HTC Launches $7/Month Viveport Subscription VR App Service, Knocks $100 Off Vive Headset

The HTC Vive is turning one and HTC plans to celebrate the birthday in a big way. The company will offer a number of freebies and a few new releases on “Vive Day”, which takes place April 5th. One of these freebies includes a Viveport Subscription, a new VR app service. Viveport Subscription is the first subscription service tailored to a VR app store. The service will cost $6.99 USD a month and customers will be able to choose or rotate five apps. Viveport Subscription will initially launch with more than fifty titles, including TheBlu, Richie’s Plank Experience, Everest VR, Fantastic Contraption,...

Crazy Game Controller Manufacturer Mad Catz Files For Bankruptcy After Decades Of Innovation

In the words of another group that was super popular in the 2000’s, Mad Catz is “going down, down in an earlier round”. After a rough year, the producer of unique gaming accessories and peripherals has filed for bankruptcy. According to Mad Catz representatives, “The Board of Directors made the decision to have the Company make a voluntary assignment in bankruptcy after considering various strategic alternatives, the interest of various stakeholders of the Company as well as a number of other factors.” Mad Catz filed for a “voluntary petition for relief under chapter 7 of U.S. Bankruptcy code”...

Sony PlayStation 4 Pro Media Player Gains 4K Video Support

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro Media Player is getting an upgrade thanks to the ability to support 4K video playback. Users will be able to save 4K videos on a USB stick or home server that can be played via the Media Player App.Users will of course need a 4K television to watch the videos in 4K and will also need a USB drive that has already been formatted as extended storage for the PS4. PS4 Pro owners can also, of course, watch 4K content from streaming apps such as Netflix and YouTube. The Media Player update will also support 4K VR video content for those that own a Playstation VR. 4K VR videos...

Blizzard Announces StarCraft Remastered Coming This Summer In Glorious 4K

Attention original StarCraft fans! Blizzard just announced that StarCraft Remastered will be available this summer in 4K. This release will also include the award-winning expansion, StarCraft: Brood War. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime remarked, “StarCraft is a pure distillation of Blizzard’s DNA—its story, its balance, and all the little details reflect our long-running commitment to epic entertainment, and it’s been a staple in competitive gaming and e-sports for almost 20 years”. Before and After According to Blizzard, it has, “kept everything you love about StarCraft, but upgraded everything else.”...

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands Review - PC Gameplay And Performance

Ghost Recon: Wildands takes gamers back to squad-based tactical shooter country, albeit this time we’re dropping in hot, to cartel-controlled Bolivia. Our mission is to gather intel to systematically take down each cartel leader until the head of the snake is dispatched. The operation is playable solo or with three others in 4-player co-op. Ubisoft has also made this one available for would-be operatives on all Platforms (PC, Xbox One and PS4). Ditching the futuristic theme of the previous Ghost Recon installment, Wildlands is firmly set in the present and brings a new, completely open-world setting...

Microsoft Debuts In-Game Chat Transcription For Windows 10 And Xbox One

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...

Maingear Vybe Review: Dual GTX 1070s And Kaby Lake Cranked To 5GHz

There has always been a parallel between building and modding performance PCs and tuning muscle cars, both of which revolve around squeezing every ounce of power and speed available out of a careful selection of parts, a practice that Maingear helped spread to a wider audience. Maingear took an obsession enjoyed by a niche crowd of overclockers and modders and turned it into a full-fledged business that's now going on 15 years strong. That is not to say Maingear was the first boutique builder on the block. Far from it. However, it might be the only vendor whose founder, Wallace Santos, actually...

Nintendo Addresses Reports Of Widespread Switch Joy-Con Connectivity Problems

If your brand spanking new, highly coveted Nintendo Switch is experiencing Joy-Con connectivity issues, you are not alone. Nintendo has just responded to the many disappointed Switch owners who have not received any joy from their controllers. The issue appears to lie primarily with the left Joy-Con controller, if its signal is interrupted while in TV mode. This will occur, for example, when another person stands between the Joy-Con and the Switch. The system’s first update does not appear to have fixed the issue. Nintendo stated, “We have received some reports and are looking into them. As with...

AMD CEO Says Ryzen Gaming Performance Will Improve With Future Patches And Developer Support

Independent testing of Ryzen (including our own in-depth benchmarking and analysis) confirms what AMD has promising all along, that its fancy new CPU architecture is the real deal and it is able to compete with Intel at the high end. The only caveat is that Ryzen's gaming performance is not where many thought it would be, especially considering the architecture's excellent IPC efficiency and performance in other areas, such as Cinebench and POV-Ray. What gives? The short answer is, this is a temporary thing until developers get rolling with optimizations. During an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session...

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers And Modes Expertly Detailed In New Video

Nintendo is getting ready to shake up the gaming console space with its Switch, a hybrid system that equal parts about playing games in the living room as it is about getting your gaming fix on the go. A key aspect of being able to tackle stationary and mobile gaming is the control scheme. We'll need some hands on time to truly get a feel for how things work, though in the meantime Nintendo has released a video that focuses on its detachable Joy-Con controllers. There are left and right Joy-Con controllers that detach from the Switch when playing games in front of a big screen TV and attach to...

Game Over? Target And GameStop Already Citing Nintendo Switch Shortages, Some Pre-Orders Cancelled

This might come as a surprise to, well, absolutely no one, Nintendo appears to be dealing with a shortage of its new hybrid Switch console almost a full month before it even releases to retail. Anticipated supply is so far behind demand that reports are surfacing of major retailers cancelling pre-orders. Among them are Target and GameStop, though the latter has since issued a statement denying that's the case. "GameStop has not, and is not, cancelling any Nintendo Switch pre-orders due to allocation issues. We are working very closely to confirm and validate any and all pre-orders of this innovative...

NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) Review: Smart Home, 4K HDR, And Game Streaming

NVIDIA announced an updated SHIELD TV bundle back at the Consumer Electronics Show, which offers a host of new features thanks to some fresh hardware and an Android Nougat based OS upgrade. The updated SHIELD TV, however, isn’t totally new. Internally, the device was still packing NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 SoC like the original, which, even after a couple of years on the market, is still an exceptionally strong performer. The new SHIELD TV also has the same memory and base storage configurations, and the SHIELD Remote is similar too. However, NVIDIA significantly shrunk down the chassis by eliminating...

Namco Founder And Pac-Man Pioneer Masaya Nakamura Dies At Age 91

The gaming community has lost a legend. Masaya Nakamura, founder of Namco and pioneer of arcade hits such as Pac-Man, one of the most iconic characters in the history of gaming, passed away at the age of 91. Namco-Bandi recorded his death as having occurred on Wednesday, January 22, though decided to wait until today before issuing a press release (PDF) on its Japanese-language website.Nakamura served as an engineer in the Japanese Navy before founding Nakamura Manufacturing in 1955. He started off with two mechanical horses that he purchased for $3,000, while renting space on the roof of a department...

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