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1 day ago

Best gaming monitor deals of the week – March 27th 2020

Gaming monitors can be quite pricey depending on what time of the year you buy one, so to help you get the best gaming monitor deal possible, I've put together this list of all the best gaming monitor prices I've seen over the last seven days. Below, you'll find lots of my [block id="604469" title="Best gaming monitor"] recommendations at the best prices I've been able…

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Best SSD deals of the week – 27th March 2020

If you're looking for this week's best SSD deals, then you're in the right place, as I've rounded up all the best SSD prices I've seen over the last seven days. SSD prices have remained pretty much exactly the same as they were last week, too, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, making this a great time to snap up one of today's best SSD deals.…

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Best PC gaming deals of the week – 27th March 2020

Ah, I do love a good bit of sunshine to go with my deals hunting and continued self-isolation - if only so I can bow down at the great PC gaming deals altar I've put together in my back garden, like the fine fellows up the top there. Indeed, the game deals bonanza continues this week, with loads of great discounts to help stave off…

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Best graphics card deals of the week – 27th March 2020

Another week, another batch of the best graphics card deals from the last seven days. Prices are starting to creep up on a couple of GPUs this week, but there are still some great deals to be had if you shop sensibly. Indeed, the best graphics card deals are all on AMD's RX 5000 GPUs at the moment, as they're not only much cheaper than…

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2 days ago

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Best gaming CPU 2020: the top Intel and AMD processors

We often don't think about our CPU when it comes to getting the best gaming speeds from our PC, as most of the graphical grunt work tends to be done by your trusty graphics card. However, having one of our best gaming CPU picks inside your system can make a surprising difference to the number of frames per second your PC can produce, particularly if…

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Feature: Every VR headset tested for comfort, visuals and experience

What’s the best VR headset for Half-Life: Alyx?

Half-Life: Alyx may have been built from the ground up to support Valve's super expensive Index headset, but as you may have seen from my Half-Life: Alyx PC requirements and VR headset specs article, you can actually play it on any VR headset that supports SteamVR, including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift headsets and any Windows Mixed Reality headset. Heck, you can even play Half-Life:…

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4 days ago

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Best gaming keyboard 2020: the top mechanical, budget and wireless keyboards

It can often feel like the sky's the limit when it comes to finding the best gaming keyboard. More expensive mechanical gaming keyboards can be quicker and more responsive than cheaper membrane gaming keyboards, but that doesn't mean you need to spend loads of money to get an absolutely stonking keyboard. Indeed, out of all the best gaming keyboard recommendations I've put together below, the…

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HP are teasing a new SteamVR headset for Half-Life: Alyx

HP have given us a sneak peak of their next-gen virtual reality headset in a new teaser video - just in time for the launch of Half-Life: Alyx. Called the Reverb G2, this new headset promises "no compromise" and aims to deliver "a more immersive, comfortable and compatible experience" than HP's 1st-gen Reverb headset. HP are also calling it "the new standard in VR", suggesting…

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5 days ago

Feature: Get your Quest playing Half-Life: Alyx in seven easy steps

How to play Half-Life: Alyx on Oculus Quest

Half-Life: Alyx can be played on practically every PC VR headset under the sun, from the super expensive Valve Index to entry-level Windows Mixed Reality headsets. However, you can also play it on the standalone Oculus Quest when you take advantage of Oculus Link, which connects your Quest to your PC like an ordinary Rift headset. In this article, I'll walk you through exactly how…

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Half-Life: Alyx VR performance: How to get the best settings and the smoothest experience

Half-Life: Alyx has finally arrived, marking Valve's big return to their most famous game series as well as their first foray into the realms of VR. You can read more about wot Graham thinks of the game itself in his Half-Life: Alyx review, but here I thought I'd focus on Half-Life: Alyx's VR performance chops, and in particular what kind of experience you can expect…

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1 week ago

What the heck is DirectX 12 Ultimate and what does it mean for PC gaming?

Microsoft announced a new version of DirectX 12 yesterday, which is the bit of tech that allows games and other types of software to work with your PC's audio and video hardware. Dubbed DirectX 12 Ultimate, Microsoft are calling it "the best graphics technology [they've] ever introduced" and have declared it "future-proof" for next generation games thanks to its built-in support for ray tracing, variable…

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Best PC gaming deals of the week – 20th March 2020

As we continue to hunker down in the warmth and safety of our own homes, your deals herald has been overwhelmed this week by the sheer amount of good will on show as we all try and keep each other sane. There's been epic sale after epic sale the last couple of days, as well as loads of free stuff to tuck into such as…

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Doom Eternal PC performance: How to get the best settings

Doom Eternal has finally ripped and torn its way onto PC, and to help make sure your rig doesn't explode into its own fiery hellscape, I've been putting the game through its paces to find out how to get the best performance from id Software's fast and furious shooter, and how to get the best settings if you find your graphics card's getting hot under…

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What Sony’s PS5 specs tell us about AMD’s Big Navi cards

As big hardware spec reveals go, yesterday's PS5 specs deep-dive was pretty darn dry. Sony's Mark Cerny spent at least 50% of the 50-odd minute presentation talking about the console's SSD, and we still don't have any idea what the thing actually looks like. It was just abstract graph after abstract graph, a bit like the one up the top there, which I think is…

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Save £60 on an Oculus Rift S just in time for Half-Life: Alyx

Good news VR headset deals hunters. Currys' UK Ebay outlet has shaved £60 off the Oculus Rift S, taking the normally £399 headset down to a much more appealing £339. That's even cheaper than it was over Black Friday, making it a great time to snap one up if you're thinking about getting a headset for the launch of Half-Life: Alyx on Monday. Here's how…

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Get Half-Life: Alyx for free with an HTC Vive Cosmos Elite

HTC have announced they're going to be bundling in free copies of Half-Life: Alyx with every Vive Cosmos Elite VR headset today - and that includes everyone who pre-ordered the headset as well. The Vive Cosmos Elite, which launches worldwide today, is HTC's latest high-end PC-based VR headset and will come with a redemption code for Half-Life: Alyx in the box, which will then unlock…

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2 weeks ago

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Best gaming mouse 2020: top wireless and wired mice

It can be tricky replacing your favourite gaming mouse, especially if it's an old model you can't buy anymore. After all, your gaming mouse is incredibly personal, from the shape and size of the thing to the number of customisable buttons you've got set up. All these things make it hard to find a new bestest best gaming mouse, but hopefully my guide below will…

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The AMD ‘Big Navi’ GPU inside the Xbox Series X offers RTX 2080 levels of power

We've known for some time now that both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will be powered by the next generation of AMD Navi GPUs, but thanks to our friends at Digital Foundry who have just revealed the full spec of Microsoft's Xbox Series X console, we now have a much better idea of just how powerful they're going to be and what that…

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Feature: Everything you need to get ready for Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx PC requirements and VR headset specs: How to get your PC VR ready

If you're looking forward to Half-Life: Alyx as much as we are here at RPS (it's one of our most exciting games of 2020, don't you know), then you'll want to make sure your PC is prepped and ready to play it come its big release day on March 23rd. The good news is that you don't need an expensive Valve Index headset to run…

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Best PC gaming deals of the week – 13th March 2020

Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some, but it's all money pots at the end of the rainbow for would-be deals hunters this week, as there are simply bucketloads of great PC gaming deals to be found all across the web. From more than a third lightsabred off Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order or over 25% off the price of admission to Planet Zoo,…

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