It’s that time again – albeit slightly earlier than normal. Let’s look at this week’s best gaming deals. Another week down, another week closer to the madness that is EGX Rezzed 2018 and a step closer towards the mythical release of Shenmue 3. Though, I’m getting increasingly convinced I might be the only person looking forward to that. Either way, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let’s get started. UK & US Deals In case you missed it, SteelSeries has partnered up with Jelly Deals to give away a big box of PC accessory goodness worth over £380. To be in with a chance of winning, head to the link below and you can enter. Win a big box of SteelSeries gear with Jelly Deals Time for a new Humble Indie Bundle! The 19th entry into that particular series features Superhot, Soma, Mini Metro and … [Read more...] about This week’s best gaming deals: Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, gaming PCs, and more
Shadow is a streaming service that grants you access to a full-on, high-end Windows 10 PC in the cloud. This means that you can stream PC games from a gaming rig located on a remote server to any cruddy old computer you have lying around. While this might sound a little like the now defunct OnLive service, OnLive was marred by issues like heavy compression, latency, and poor game selection. Shadow, developed by the Blade Group, has largely mitigated most of these problems. And since it streams a full-on desktop PC and not just a curated library of games, you could also use it to launch all your Steam games and for productivity tasks like video editing. In addition, you can stream it to numerous devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, MacBooks, and more. Shadow suggest that the PCs in its server farms are the equivalent to a $2,000 gaming PC. The monthly subscription service starts at $35 per month, and might be a compelling option given the current cost-prohibitive price of GPUs … [Read more...] about Can You Replace Gaming PCs With Shadow Cloud Gaming?
How fast is your PC? Is it as quick as an Apple IIe? Surely it's faster, thanks to gigahertz of multicore processing power that dwarfs the Apple II's 1.023 MHz. And yet, in some ways, maybe not. Today's PCs wield supercomputer levels of power by the standards of the Apple II, which was first released in 1983. But in terms of pure responsiveness, the time between hitting a key and seeing a result pop up on a monitor, an old computer can feel surprisingly quicker. "I've had this nagging feeling that the computers I use today feel slower than the computers I used as a kid," former Google and Microsoft computer engineer Dan Luu recently wrote on his website. Concerned that his suspicion was a quirk of human perception, Luu started to use a high-speed camera to measure latency on the computers around him, and he found something surprising. New computers really are slower. His Apple IIe clocked in at 30ms between hitting a key and seeing a character pop up on its screen. His 2016 … [Read more...] about The latency problem: why modern gaming PCs are slower than an Apple II
1080p isn't enough for you. 60 fps? Eh, that's a baseline. High settings? Hell no. Ultra all the way. If those are your demands for PC gaming, you need a high-end gaming PC: a system built for 1440p at ultra settings. A system that can hit 144 fps in competitive games. A system that doesn't break the bank, but still completely dwarfs the performance of the PS4 or the Xbox One. PC build guidesThe best cheap gaming PC (<$500/£500) - Our alternative to buying a console.The best budget gaming PC (~$750/£750) - A good entry-level system.The best gaming PC (~$1,250/£1,250) - Our recommended midrange build for most gamers.The best high-end gaming PC (~$2,000/£2,000) - Everything a gamer could want.The best extreme gaming PC (>$3,000/£3,000) - You won the lotto and are going all-in on gaming.PC Gamer’s high-end PC build guide is aimed at a price tier of around $2,000 / £2,000, but we're not afraid to go a bit higher if we feel it's justified. … [Read more...] about Build guide: The best high-end gaming PC
It's not a good time to build your own PC. Normally we recommend buying individual components and building your own PC instead of purchasing through a system builder, buying a prebuilt, or (shudder) buying a console. But due to a number of factors, buying a prebuilt system isn't such a bad idea right now. To start with, it's a terrible time to buy a graphics card. Cryptocurrency mining has driven GPU prices through the roof—some nearly double their MSRP. To make matters worse, RAM prices are up as well, mostly due to smartphone demand, though some relief on that front might be coming soon. Take a look at our recommended PC build guide. Originally designed with a $1,250 price point in mind, the cost of components adds up to around $1,400 if you manage to snag the recommended GTX 1080 at MSRP, but the card is sold out at that price—and much higher—pretty much everywhere you look. The cheapest we can find in stock is $920 on Newegg, a price that would bring our build … [Read more...] about With GPU prices peaking, now is a good time to buy a prebuilt gaming PC