If there was ever a game series that had a Jekyll and Hyde-type relationship, it would definitely be Forza. On one side you’ve got the serious Forza Motorsport games that have been oiled to perfection for no nonsense racing sim fans, and on the other you’ve got the wild, off-the-cuff Horizon crew that would sooner blast a novelty air horn in your face than worry about things like gears and horsepower. As a lifelong Mario Kart lover, though, I know which one I’d rather have installed on my PC, so I’ve been revving the engines of today’s best graphics cards to see which ones are Forza Horizon 4 F1 supercars and which ones should be written off and taken for scrap. Indeed, developer Playground Games has a lot to prove with the PC version of Forza Horizon 4, as its Australian-themed predecessor Forza Horizon 3 needed its fair share of tire changes when it first came out in 2016. Happily, I’m pleased to report that Forza Horizon 4 is a real beaut in the … [Read more...] about Forza Horizon 4 graphics performance: How to get the best settings on PC
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Dragon coat-making sim Monster Hunter: World is finally here, and man alive is it a beastly PC port. Things were looking a bit dicey when I first got my hands on the game a couple of weeks ago, with GPU performance hitches aplenty even on some of today’s best graphics cards, as well as strained CPU problems and frequent crashes. Thankfully, all those kinks have been beaten out of Capcom’s rather good dino-busting adventure in the run-up to launch, and it’s now as slick as a newly-forged long sword. It still takes quite a toll on your old GPU, though, so I thought I’d chuck as many graphics cards at it as possible to see if they’re a mighty, frame-slaying Rathalos or a paralyzing little Paratoad. This is by no means a complete run-down of every graphics card out there, but I’ll be adding more over the coming week as and when they eventually pitch up on the testing bench I’ve been fashioning out of leftover wyvern claws. I’ve also included … [Read more...] about Monster Hunter: World graphics performance: Carving up today’s best GPUs
The PCG Q&AFind all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here. Below are some highlights:What's the funniest thing that's happened to you in a game?When did you know you were playing a game way too much?How would you change Steam?The news that Fallout 76 isn't launching on Steam later this year naturally provoked a lot of discussion this week, with over 900 comments on our news piece and counting. How likely are you to play a game if it's not released on Steam? That's the subject of our midweek PCG Q&A. While our answers vary a lot, we mostly don't mind buying games away from Steam as long as we're offered a good experience. In some cases, we prefer it. But we want to know what you think. Tell us in the comments below. Wes Fenlon: Very likely—as long as it's not the Windows StoreI'm always running Steam, but I play plenty of games now and then that don't run Steam, and for the most part I'm fine with those secondary launchers. I always have the Dolphin emulator … [Read more...] about How likely are you to play a game if it’s not released on Steam?
MOBILE network EE has announced a new "smart number" scheme that lets you use the same phone number across multiple devices. It means you can make and receive calls across your tablets, smartwatches and laptops using the same phone number – even if you don't have your phone with you. Normally if you want to make phone calls on a tablet, you'd need a SIM card with its own unique phone number installed. But EE has made it possible for customers (at no extra cost) to share a single phone number across multiple devices. That means you'll be able to make phone calls on your smartphone and tablet at the same time, from the exact same phone number. Better still, you don't even need your smartphone with you for the scheme to work. You'll be able to use an iPad, for instance, to receive calls and messages when you're out and about, while leaving your handset at home to charge. And if your smartphone dies, you could turn to a tablet or smartwatch to chat with friends – which could be … [Read more...] about EE will now let you use the same phone number on DIFFERENT devices – here’s how
Some people get their kicks jumping out of planes. Others roll down hills in transparent plastic balls. The most discerning, though, choose to occupy their spare time with system-building—giving digital life to loose components by marrying them together with their bare hands, then watching their creations show their appreciation by emitting RBG lights. If you can't see the beauty in that then get out and go back to your zorbing. Heathen. Recently the art of PC building took a turn for the meta when developers Claudiu Kiss and The Irregular Corporation built a fastidious simulation of the activity. Shrewdly, they called it PC Building Simulator and it's quickly garnered an Early Access fanbase which I'm very much part of. The premise is irresistibly simple: construct PCs in first-person from scratch in a virtual office, running an IT support/repair business as you go. Buy components, get them delivered, put them in people's machines. No small part of the appeal here is … [Read more...] about How authentic is PC Building Simulator really?