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Best PC gaming deals of the week - 17th May 2019

Cheap games, graphics cards, monitors and more

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2 days ago

Feature: Cheap games, graphics cards, monitors and more

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 17th May 2019

Man alive, it's a good time for some epic deals, eh? After last week's mega haul, I didn't think anything could possibly top it this week, but oh how your deals herald has been proved wrong. For not only are Epic slashing dozens of prices on new and unreleased games until June 13, but Green Man Gaming are also celebrating their birthday this month with…

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3 days ago

Feature: Thumbs up for Shadow of the Tomb Raider (sort of)

Nvidia GTX ray tracing revisited: How much faster are the GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti?

Last month, I put Nvidia's GTX ray tracing driver to the test, seeing what kind of speeds were possible on the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 in Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The results, it's fair to say, were pretty mixed. Metro was completely unplayable on both cards, but Tomb Raider did, in fact, show promising signs of life as long as…

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4 days ago

HP’s Omen X 2S is the world’s first gaming laptop to have two screens for some reason

In a classic case of 'doing it because we can'-itis, HP have unveiled the world's first dual-screen gaming laptop. Dubbed the Omen X 2S, this gaming laptop not only has a regular 15.6in screen, but a smaller, almost touch pad-sized screen beneath it sitting above the keyboard. According to HP, you see, 82% of people use their phones for messaging while playing games these days,…

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Best gaming headset 2019: Our top wired and wireless headsets for PC

We tend to forget about our PC's audio setup when we come to upgrade or buy a new system, but when a lot of today's [block id="604469" title="Best gaming monitor"]s either don't come with speakers or only have very tiny, tinny things for the odd Windows notification, adding one of today's best gaming headsets to your PC is absolutely essential. Not only do they offer…

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AMD Navi: Release date likely to be revealed at E3 2019, plus everything we know so far

The launch of the new AMD Navi graphics cards is finally starting to come into focus now, as AMD have just released details about what they'll be announcing at this year's E3. We already know that the first AMD Navi GPU is expected to arrive sometime between July-September thanks to AMD's recent earnings call, but it's likely we'll get our first glimpse of what AMD's…

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5 days ago

Feature: No need to rage against the machine here

Rage 2 graphics performance: How to get the best settings on PC

Welcome back to the wasteland, you raving bunch of lunatics, because today's the day that Rage 2 finally blasts its way onto PC. Filled to the brim with tongue-waggling goons and mohawked, tattooed hoodlums with very itchy trigger fingers, the successor to id Software's 2011 post-apocalyptic shooter is now bigger and boomier than ever, thanks in no small part to their collaboration with Just Cause…

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Astroneer is reaching for the stars in its upcoming jetpack update

Space survival craft 'em ups can be pretty grim places, what with the lack of oxygen and constant threat of being eaten alive by the resident fauna and all that, but for some developers there's nowhere more hostile than the mothership from which they all originate. “Throw a dart on Steam,” says Joe Tirado, head communications honcho for Astroneer, “and you could probably hit a…

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6 days ago

We need to talk about Rage 2’s keyboard controls

Rage 2 is very almost here on PC, but for a game half-developed by Doom maestros id Software, there is something really quite rotten about the state of Rage 2's default keyboard controls. For as well as having an arsenal of mildly ridiculous guns at your disposal, you also have various special abilities to help you in the heat of battle, such as the sonic…

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Roccat Renga Boost review: A great open-backed headset

If you asked me to guess the weight of Roccat's new Renga Boost gaming headset, I would swear blind that it's never going to beat the 210g Roccat Noz gaming headset, because, well, just look at the thing. Its 50mm audio drivers are way bigger and chunkier than the Noz's skinny little ear muffs, and even the fold-down microphone has a thicker, more substantial boom…

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7 days ago

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Have You Played… Papo & Yo?

For all its dreamy landscapes, talking robot toys and unusually high population of poisonous frogs, Papo & Yo is not a happy game. Based on designer Vander Callabero's own troubled childhood, Papo & Yo is very much in the same vein as games like That Dragon, Cancer and The Town of Light - hard-hitting, true-to-life stories that use the game as a lens to tackle…

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1 week ago

Feature: Cheap games, graphics cards, laptops and more

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 10th May 2019

Spring has truly sprung for your deals herald this week, because man alive there are so many of them! There are deals everywhere you look, sprouting up like weeds, forcing themselves up through the cracks in the tarmac and strangling all the non-deal plants until they, too, submit and become one with the deals. So whether you're looking for the biggest discount ever seen off…

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Best gaming SSD 2019: Top SATA and NVMe drives for PC

Adding one of today's best gaming SSDs to your PC can bring with it a number of benefits. Even if you only intend to use it for Windows rather than games, not only will you be able to get to your desktop in double-quick time, but everything from copying files to loading up programmes will also feel much, much faster, allowing you to get more…

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Asus TUF Gaming K5 review: All hail the mech-brane

You've heard of membrane keyboards. You've heard of mechanical keyboards. You've probably even heard some keyboards described as 'membranical', which (aside from being a crime against the English language) are the kind of hybrid gaming keyboards you might consider buying if you're unsure whether to go full CLACK with a proper mechanical one. The Asus TUF Gaming K5 falls into this latter category, although Asus…

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The time I transcribed every line of Bastion’s dialogue (twice) and found another, better story hiding underneath it

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Supergiant Games. I loved Bastion, didn't really get on with Transistor, and have never summoned the strength to try another one since. Indeed, fellow Supergiant admirers Matt and Ollie were, and I quote, "aghast" when I said I wasn't much of a fan of Transistor's soundtrack earlier in the week (which are fighting words coming from…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: The things we do for glowing red cubes, eh?

Have You Played… Echo?

It's always sad when a promising indie dev goes under. The latest is Ultra Ultra, a Copenhagen-based outfit whose first (and last) game was Echo, a stealthy-actiony-horror-ish type game where a croaky-throated young woman travels to an ornate, planet-sized palace in order to try to revive a long-lost friend she's carrying around in a red cube on her back. Oh, and it's also full of…

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Nvidia GTX 1650 vs 1060: What’s the difference?

We've already seen how the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 compares to its most immediate predecessor, the GTX 1050 Ti (have a read of our GTX 1650 vs 1050 Ti article for the complete skinny), but have you ever wondered how it stacks up to today's most popular graphics card, Nvidia's 6GB GTX 1060? Well, wonder no more, as I've put both cards head to…

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Best gaming mouse 2019: Top wired and wireless mice

With so many gaming mice to choose from these days, trying to find the best gaming mouse for you and your budget can sometimes feel like a bit of a nightmare. While some are perfectly content to simply buy the best wired gaming mouse or the best wireless gaming mouse known to man, others may prefer to prioritise things like the shape, size and weight…

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Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless review: An incredible wireless gaming mouse for just £50 / $50

When Corsair announced their new Harpoon RGB Wireless gaming mouse would cost just £49 / $50 back in January earlier this year, I thought there must be some kind of catch. A wireless gaming mouse for a mere $50? You must be having a laugh. Now, I know I haven't reviewed that many wireless gaming mice so far, but the two I have looked at,…

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Best graphics card 2019: Top GPUs for 1080p, 1440p and 4K

With new graphics cards coming out left, right and centre these past few months, our best graphics card list has seen a heck of a lot of new entries lately. We've had several new entries from Nvidia and AMD alike, and our best GPUs for gaming at 1080p, 1440p and 4K have all been completely refreshed as a result. There are more to come, too,…

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