Nvidia’s GeForce Now is a cloud streaming service that allows you to play virtually any game on virtually any PC, and it could make our hobby more accessible for those who don't own high-end systems. By running your games on a powerful remote server and streaming them to your local device, you can play Metro Exodus, for instance, without owning the sort of PC that can run it. Just make sure you have a very fast and reliable internet connection. I tested GeForce Now over multiple connections, and while it has great potential, the experience wasn't consistently good.Currently in beta (free beta, though you have to join a waiting list), GeForce Now has its quirks, but overall it’s easy to install and navigate. Once you are given access to the beta, all you need to do is download the software and log into your Nvidia account, which gives you access to your library—the games you own and have recently played, organized by what platform they are originally available on. The … [Read more...] about Nvidia’s cloud gaming service has potential, but your connection has to be great
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Jump ToProcessorMotherboardGraphics cardMemoryStorageMonitorsPower suppliesMiceKeyboardsAudioStruggling to tell your CPU from your GPU, your FLOPS from your ROPs? We’ve all been there, the world of gaming PCs can be full of jargon. But don’t worry, this is our mammoth, in-depth PC builder’s bluffer’s guide – the PCGamesN glossary containing all the terms and acronyms you need to convince the world you know your silicon onions. Technology develops pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. And the jumbles of letters jammed together to describe the latest and greatest PC gaming hardware develop even faster. Especially when manufacturers title their own products with complete disregard for standard naming conventions. We’re looking at you guys, Intel and AMD. Maybe you need a new processor, but don’t know what you need inside it. Maybe you need to know what sort of board you can fit in your diddy … [Read more...] about The gaming PC glossary – everything you need to convince the world of your tech cred
Whether you're lost in a labyrinthine tech support forum and nothing's making sense, or you just want to refresh your PC building and maintenance knowledge, we're here to help with a glossary of the most common hardware terms you'll encounter and simple definitions.Also check out our visual guide to PC parts for an illustrated list of everything that could possibly be in your PC, from a pinout to an M.2 drive. 0-9The Complete Guide to PC GamingPC Gamer is going back to the basics with a series of guides, how-tos, and deep dives into PC gaming's core concepts that we're calling The Complete Guide to PC Gaming. There's much more to come, and it's all being made possible by Razer, which stepped up to support this months-long project. Thanks, Razer!32-bit – When referencing computer architecture, the term 32-bit is used to denote the number of bits that can be processed simultaneously. Systems using 32-bit CPU and OS architectures generally have lower performance potential and … [Read more...] about PC hardware terms explained and demystified
We’re riding your easily manipulated machismo as an excuse to look at the pros and cons of using Windows as a home server. The demise of the real Windows Home Server line in 2011 left a hole in Microsoft’s range, one that Windows Server Essentials could never quite fill with its small business remit, at a time when, annoyingly, a home server is of more use than ever.We all have so much digital "stuff" that we want to keep, access, stream, share, and keep safe, that it’s hard to know where to put it. Sure, there are cloud solutions, but who knows where your data is going to end up being stored? Plus, access speed is always limited by your upstream/downstream speeds. So, while throwing stuff up to the cloud is useful, there are limitations and concerns with third-party services.There’s nothing better than having real bare-metal in your locality, running services for high-speed access and backup, from where it can be pushed over slower connections to the cloud if … [Read more...] about Windows Server vs. Network Attached Storage Which is better for a home server?
When you think of money laundering, it's easy to picture nail salons, shell corporations, or offshore bank accounts. But as new technologies like cryptocurrency are emerging, so too are new methods for turning ill-gotten gains into taxable income. The most obvious methods aren't always the best, though. As bitcoin continues to thrive, policy-makers, police, and prosecutors are investing more resources into combating illegal schemes. In response, there is rising suspicion that enterprising criminals are turning to more innovative solutions, such as laundering money using massively multiplayer games.During my time reporting and investigating the events of EVE Online, I've stumbled upon my fair share of stories regarding this subject. At first I thought these rumors were nothing more than tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories—a not uncommon thing in a virtual universe many believe is actively run by its own illuminati. A good majority of EVE's players are rightfully convinced that … [Read more...] about How microtransactions and in-game currencies can be used to launder money