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LG OLED48CX TV review

LG’s OLED48CX is a game-changer. Not only is this the first sub 50-inch OLED television, it’s also the first TV that LG has made that supports 4K resolution at 120Hz. This makes this 48-incher a mouth-wateringly viable option for PC gamers looking to replace a traditional IPS or TN panel. Meet the new gold standard when it comes to a 4K TV that can also act as one of the best gaming monitors around.That freshly shrunken form factor is a big deal. Previously, the smallest OLED TV you could buy was 55-inches. While a 48-inch screen is hardly bite-sized, it’s…

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Wipeout-style racing game Pacer blasts onto Steam this September

When Wipeout first released back in 1995 it completely blew racing games out the water with its hyper-fast pace and anti-gravity crafts. Except for an HD Collection in 2017, Sega’s sci-fi racing game has since been in retirement, but a spiritual successor is on the horizon.  Developers R8 Games has announced that their anti-gravity racing game Pacer will be out on Steam September 17, 25 years after Wipeout’s release. Check out the reveal trailer above for some glossy combat racing; sunglasses are heavily advised.  Following a successful Kickstarter, it launched on Steam Early Access back in 2015 as Formula Fusion…

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access launch won’t happen in August

We expected Baldur’s Gate 3 to launch into Early Access in August, probably. Maybe. Hopefully, at least: Larian CEO Swen Vincke said in June that the studio was pushing hard to make it, but the COVID-19 pandemic could slow things down. “We’ve been hit like everybody else in the world,” he said at the time. “Nonetheless, we managed to make a lot of progress, so we think we’re going to make it.”With August now upon us, Larian has been forced to reconsider Vincke’s optimism. The studio announced on Twitter today that it won’t make the August Early Access release, but that…

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Samsung rumours suggest Nvidia might not be the only company after Arm

Samsung Electronics is apparently considering acquiring a small stake in Arm Holdings, at least it is according to an anonymous “top industry official” quoted by Korea Times. Samsung apparently doesn’t intend to hold a controlling stake in the company, rather something between three percent and five percent, but will be part of a bigger consortium to try and snap up Arm.There are a few benefits to Samsung investing in Arm, but the main one would be to reduce its licensing fees for producing Arm-based chips. Samsung’s Exynos chips are Arm-based and can be found in a number of its products,…

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Fall Guys is out now, but the servers are taking a beating

Fall Guys is having a very good launch day, at least in terms of player numbers. After its very popular beta, it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise, but developer Mediatonic might have underestimated how many people want to become a clumsy bean. Earlier today, the Fall Guys Twitter account reported that 120,000 people were playing concurrently. Since PS Plus subscribers can play, many of them will be on PS4, but a quick glance at SteamDB shows that plenty of people have been playing on PC, too, with a peak of more than 50,000 players. It’s also today’s top…

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Best antivirus for PC gaming 2020

Not everyone will be in need of the best antivirus for PC, but if you find yourself wanting of a little extra protection for peace of mind, or if you really are susceptible to dodgy downloads, then one of the packages we recommend below will help.When you’re just about to snatch the winning kill in Valorant, the last thing you need is for Windows to bounce you to the desktop to let you know it’s scanned your system and everything is clear. That really annoys us. Like, really, really annoys us, it’s not a good antivirus experience. We expect much…

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The best RGB lighting kit

The best RGB lighting for you really depends on where you fall on the RGB lighting fan scale. Are you a 10? Great, we have just the RGB strips and controllers for you. Perhaps a 5-6? Perhaps something a little more simple, and a little less expensive, is more your speed. A 1? Get outta here! Shoo!It’s one thing to have a keyboard and mouse synced up to the same color scheme, it’s another to have lights all over your PC case, gaming monitor, and desk all glowing in unison. Creating an aesthetic and caring for your desktop turns it…

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This Omen gaming PC with an RTX 2060 Super is $200 off right now

There are plenty of reasons to pick up a gaming PC for your school work. First off, a decent multi-core CPU will deliver enough power to take care of multiple productivity apps and design and creation tools all at once. Also, when the bell rings you’ll have something to blow off some steam with. See, plenty.Seriously though, a great gaming PC is a multi-faceted device, and much of what makes it great for gaming could also help kick-start your love of design, illustrating, or coding. That’s why the Omen Obelisk desktop PC has piqued our interest over in the HP…

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Blasphemous gets a new storyline, New Game Plus and more for free

Bloody action-platformer Blasphemous has grown quite a bit larger today. The expansion-sized Stir of Dawn update is out now, free for all players. The Stir of Dawn throws a lot into the mix, including True Torment, a New Game Plus mode that you’ll be able to access once you’ve proven your mettle and defeated the game once already. You’ll keep all your skills and equippable items, but the enemies will naturally be quite a bit tougher. Nestled within the deadly True Torment mode is a new storyline, too. The Stir of Dawn quest will send you on a mission to destroy the…

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Let’s revisit the greatest Star Trek game ever

If you’ve ever been a Star Trek fan, you’ve probably imagined what it would be like to sit in the captain’s chair of a Federation starship. Over the years there have been dozens of Star Trek videogames on PC, from point-and-click adventures to first-person shooters. But Star Trek: Bridge Commander is the closest a digital recreation of the show has ever gotten to deeply simulating the experience of being in command of a Starfleet vessel. The game starts with a bang, literally, as a star mysteriously destabilises and explodes, killing the captain of the USS Dauntless. The ship’s relatively inexperienced first…

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Grab this 10th Gen Core i7 HP Pavilion 15t laptop for just $779 ($350 off)

First a warning: This is not a gaming laptop. Yes you can game on it, sort of, but if you’re eyeing up the back to school deals that are starting to surface with gaming in mind, then you probably want to hold off for a laptop that packs some serious polygon pushing silicon. This ain’t it. What this HP Pavilion machine is however, is a decent deal that features the latest 10th gen Intel architecture. You’re looking at an Intel Core i7 1065G7 (that’s a 10nm Ice Lake chip ladies and gentlemen), with 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, and the kind of…

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You can build a compact gaming PC inside this tiny pyramid

I’ve always wanted to visit the pyramids in Egypt, and perhaps someday I will. What I’ve never considered, however, is building a PC inside a pyramid-shaped chassis, in part because most cases are rectangular or squarish. Azza’s new Pyramid Mini 806 is not like most cases.As the model name implies, it is a miniature pyramid to house a tiny PC, which can then serve as a compact showpiece. And for some reason, I’m strangely drawn to the design.Granted, a pyramid hardly seems like a practical form factor to cram computer parts into, and I’m keenly aware of this. So is…

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Fast typist? Prove it and you could win $5,000

Think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned the ‘Ultimate Typing Champion? Now’s your chance to prove your typist skills as German keyboard manufacturer Das Keyboard is rounding up the fastest fingers in the world to duel it out for a chance at a $5,000 grand prize.So if you think your touch typing skills are worthy, you can head over to the Ultimate Typing Championship website to register for qualifiers. These online qualifiers will take place from August 3-10. If you come out amongst the top 25 then you’ll be entered into the finals on August 22, which will…

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Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe SSD review

The KC2500 1TB isn’t Kingston’s first foray into NVMe SSD territory, but it’s fair to say from the outset that it’s probably its best so far. On paper there doesn’t seem to be a lot of difference between this and its previous offering, the KC2000—both the KC2000 and the KC2500 use the same Silicon Motion 2262EN controller and the same 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. The time difference between the release of the two drives has allowed Kingston to tweak things though, and tweak it has. The newer drive boasts a 300MB/s improvement on the read speeds alongside a 700MB/s boost…

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This Skyrim mod adds a two-handed weapon that’s just a chair

I’ve downloaded a lot of weapons mods for Skyrim over the last eight years, but none quite so grand and intimidating as The Chair. XvomTheMad’s mod is literally just a chair, but it’s solidly built and quite deadly. Carrying around a chair instead of a greatsword or a mighty axe tells everyone around you that you’ve grown past the need for conventional weapons—everything is now a weapon in your hands. Like Bullseye, but without all the throwing and getting beaten up by Daredevil. The Chair is not a magical artefact made out of dwemer bones that you can unearth in a dungeon;…

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PC Building Simulator’s new DLC is a taste of what it’s actually like to build PCs for a living

The life of a techie. Go on, breathe it in: T-shirts stained with thermal paste grease, hands shredded to pieces, incessant badgering by your friends and family to troubleshoot their PCs. Alas it’s but a dream to most. But fear not, wannabe tech support, esports is calling out your name, and you better pack your best case fans because you’re about to be offered the chance of a lifetime building for the top teams in PC Building Simulator’s Esports Expansion DLC, an unlikely story mode where a mere civilian like yourself can take on the role of team tech support….

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Fortnite is getting cars on Wednesday

Cars are coming to Fortnite this week. The new vehicles, or at least some of them, will be added in a patch on Wednesday, August 5, according to a tweet from the official account.We’ve known for a while that Fortnite is getting cars, and there are already some on the map, although they can’t yet be driven. In posters scattered around the island, we’ve seen a pickup truck, a big rig, a sedan, and the car featured in the tweet embedded below, the Whiplash. According to the tweet, the name Whiplash is “a warning.”It’s not just a name. It’s a…

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Take-Two’s Private Division to publish games from the makers of Ori, Armello, and OlliOlli

Private Division has announced it has partnered with several prominent game studios, such as Moon Studios, League of Geeks, and Roll7, to publish a game from each developer. The titles of the games haven’t been announced yet, and none are expected to be released until 2022, at the earliest.We do know a bit about the upcoming games, however. Moon Studios is working on a new Action RPG, according to job listings on its website. According to the founders, that game will have Moon Studios “aiming our sights even higher” than it did with Ori and the Blind Forest and its…

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 5: Everything we know

CoD: MW Season 5 is just around the corner. Following Infinity Ward’s official reveal and a couple of leaks shared by the community, we’re starting to build a clearer picture of what lies ahead for Modern Warfare and Warzone. On top of the rumored loot train chugging through Verdansk, we should also expect a new weapon alongside a bundle of new operators from the mysterious new Shadow Company. In a more traditional sense, Season 5 is also bringing new maps to standard multiplayer.Now let’s get you up to speed on everything we know about Call of Duty: MW Season 5.Call…

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When are cars coming to Fortnite?

Epic surprised everyone when it announced that Fortnite Season 3 would feature drivable cars. Not just golf carts, hoverboards, or boats—but honest-to-god cars. We’ve now got an official release date for cars in Fortnite, following a brief delay.A lot of information about drivable cars in Fortnite has leaked, so we’ve rounded up everything we know, including the release date, what kinds of cars are available, and where you can find them. We’ll also teach you how to most effectively drive once Epic lets us behind the wheel.When are cars coming to Fortnite?Epic has announced an official release date for cars…