HDR (high dynamic range) - the tech that offers a more diverse range of colors and contrasts - is not a standard in all gaming monitors (yet). So, finding a designated gaming monitor that has it and executes it well is still a little tricky. The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB monitor does offer this however, at a glorious size too, so we were keen to get our hands on it and see what the fuss is all about.HDR technology is now a staple for 4K televisions and therefore easier for those gamers who lean towards a home-console setup. Those who prefer a closer experience may well prefer to forego the still-expensive 4K and HDR options and stay with a monitor that provides faster refresh rates and lower input lag times. This means the ‘full’ package is a bit elusive still and one usually has to trade off elements to get the right monitor. Let’s see where the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB stands and how it compares to our best gaming monitors. Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB - … [Read more...] about Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB 4K monitor review: “A lovely display for gaming, but does bigger always mean better for all gaming setups?”
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If you’ve thought about buying a new TV in the last couple of years, you’ll no doubt have been bombarded with the glorious three-letter acronym that is HDR. Standing for ‘High Dynamic Range’, HDR is a type of display technology that’s all about making the things you see onscreen more realistic and closer to how they’d look in everyday life. That means improved contrast, a wider range of more accurate colours and increased luminosity – and it’s finally arrived on PC. HDR on PC is a bit more complicated than it is over in the world of TVs, however, and a variety of competing standards, compatibility issues and the general fussiness of Windows 10 can make it quite a messy thing to try and untangle. In this article, I’ll be taking you through what HDR actually is and does, why it makes your games look better, as well as the best graphics cards, best gaming monitor and PC games you need in order to take advantage of it. What is HDR? … [Read more...] about What is HDR and how can I get it on PC?
Override: Mech City Brawl isn’t technically a Pacific Rim game, but also, it definitely is. While developer The Balance Inc’s party brawler doesn’t have Guillermo Del Toro’s branded seal of approval on the front cover, the inspirations drawn from his 2013 monster movie are inescapable. Giant robots battle each other across urban metropolises, as multiple pilots (i.e. players) control each mechanised limb from the inside.Read moreThe best new games of 2019 (and beyond)And, just like Pacific Rim, Override is unashamedly big, dumb, if somewhat unremarkable fun, at least judging from our 60 minute preview with the game in anticipation of its December 4 release later this year. Aside from the obvious allusions to Pacific Rim, Andrew Nguyen of publisher Mobus Games explains how the title was originally inspired by the popular browser game QWOP, in which those titular four keyboard letters were used to control the flailing limbs of a ragdolling athlete bound to an … [Read more...] about Override is the bigger, dumber party brawler alternative to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this christmas
No Man’s Sky’s recent update changed a whole bunch of things about the game, but one thing that didn’t change is that it’s a game full of currencies and resources that you will need to grind. Among the most important are Units, the game’s basic currency, and Nanite Clusters, a secondary currency that you can use to purchase blueprints and modules to upgrade your gear, ship and exosuit. This is how to get those currencies as quickly as possible. Sentinels are the best source of Nanites You’ll find Nanites in small amounts scattered around in buildings, and missions you get on Space Stations award some as well. But the best way to grind out several thousand is to get them as drops from Sentinels. Sentinels are the robotic cops that attack if they spot you blasting native flora and fauna to feed your need for resources. The first wave will just be one little floating drone. If you kill it, a second wave of two drones will show up. If you kill those, … [Read more...] about How to get rich quick in No Man’s Sky Next
The first time Taylor Kurosaki and Bob Rafei saw a running PlayStation, they were in a Las Vegas hotel room. It was the 1995 Consumer Electronics Show. They, along with the company they worked for, Naughty Dog, were being given a behind-closed-doors look at Sony's first foray into the game console industry. When they describe the event now, they use words like "inspiring" and "enthralled" and phrases like "blown away." They didn't know it at the time, but the members of Naughty Dog in that room — Kurosaki, Rafei and co-founders Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin — were looking at the system that would host the team's next game: Crash Bandicoot. They were seeing the console their company would eventually create the unofficial mascot for — the console they would develop Naughty Dog's first smash hit for. It was Kurosaki and Rafei's second day with the company. Naughty Dog released Crash Bandicoot for Sony's original PlayStation in September 1996. In it, the team took an old … [Read more...] about Crash Bandicoot: An oral history