Category: Hardware

September 19, 2020 Off

Best PS5 Accessories: The Best PlayStation 5 Controller, Headset, and More

By tracy
It’s only a few weeks until the PS5 releases and if you want to outfit your console the right way, you’re going to want to check out the best PlayStation 5 accessories. While you’re eagerly waiting for your preorder to arrive on its November 12th release date, now is the perfect time to pick some extra controllers, spare storage, and other peripherals.We’ve rounded up a few essentials like controllers and gaming headsets. We’ve also outlined you might find a few things you didn’t realize you would need like a media remote or racing wheel. Here are some great and essential PS5 accessories to help start gaming on your next-generation console on the right foot.

TL;DR – These are the Best PS5 Accessories:

DualSense PS5 Controller

Best PS5 Controller

DualSense PS5 Controller

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While you won’t be able to play PlayStation 5 games with all the DualShock 4 and other PS4 controllers you’ve been collecting over the years, the DualSense sounds like one of the coolest peripherals to come out in recent years with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

Easily its most significant feature is its adaptive triggers that will add resistance to the L2 and

September 18, 2020 Off

WRC 9 Review

By tracy

In comparison to last year’s big jump in quality with WRC 8, WRC 9 is a more modest lurch forwards. Several great new rallies have been added and it does feel like there’s been a bit of massaging under the hood – with a better sense of car mass and weight transfer – but elsewhere things seem fairly similar. This makes WRC 9 a thoroughly excellent entry point into the series, especially for rally fans who aren’t aware of the rapid and remarkable improvement of the official WRC series since developer KT Racing took over in 2015. However, if you already own last year’s game you may crave a little more than WRC 9 has to offer.

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WRC 9 is a slightly peculiar experience, as it’s found itself in a similar position to Codemasters’ F1 2020. That is, thanks to the long-haul nature of video game development and a global pandemic, it’s ended up shipping with a bunch of events that were already stripped from the real calendar long before launch – and understandably without any of the surprise replacements that have been shoehorned into the real championship at the last minute. So it’s been unfairly …

September 17, 2020 Off

Xbox Says Developers Won’t be Limited by Series S

By tracy
The Xbox Series S is a lower powered console than the Xbox Series X, but Microsoft doesn’t think that will be a limiting factor for developers throughout the upcoming console generation. In an interview with IGN, Xbox director of program management Jason Ronald explained how the Series S’s powerful CPU and fast SSD will allow it to deliver the same game experience as the Series X, simply with scaled back visuals.“The core capabilities are the same between the two consoles,” Ronald said. “Variable rate shading, DirectX Raytracing, the entire Xbox Velocity Architecture – we wanted to make sure those capabilities were there, but ultimately, it’s within the developer’s control to do what’s right for their individual game.”

Xbox Series S and Series X Comparison Photos

Xbox Velocity Architecture refers to the NVMe SSD inside both the Series X and Series S, which will allow for drastically faster load times on the new consoles. In theory, it’ll also change how developers can approach things like level design, as things like long corridors and unnecessary elevator rides will no longer be necessary to hide the long load times required of slower old-gen spinning-disk hard drives.

“The areas that usually create the

September 16, 2020 Off

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review

By tracy
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition has landed, and with it comes a wave of anticipation the PC gaming world hasn’t experienced in years. Following months of leaks and rumors, Nvidia unveiled the RTX 30-series graphics cards at the beginning of this month, calling it “the greatest generational leap” in the company’s history, delivering “up to 2x the performance” of its last-gen counterpart. Does it? We’ve put the card through its paces to find out just how powerful it actually is and whether this is the upgrade you’ve been waiting for.

Design and Features

The RTX 3080 packs an impressive spec-sheet. Compared to last generation’s RTX 2080 Super, it features more than double the CUDA core count with a whopping 8704 cores and 10GB of 320-bit GDDR6X VRAM. GDDR6X is the latest and fastest video RAM available today with a maximum bandwidth of 19 Gbps, which is a substantial bump from Turing’s 14 Gbps. The card is fast with a boost clock of 1.71 GHz, though Nvidia is claiming it’s also power-efficient, offering 1.9x performance per watt over the 20-series.

It would be easy to draw a line to the expanded CUDA core count and Nvidia’s claim of “up

September 15, 2020 Off

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Review

By tracy
Foldable phones have come a long way in a single generation, and there’s no better example than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Where Samsung’s first-generation foldable phone was delayed due to reliability issues and came with a pair of compromised displays, the Fold 2 feels like a ruggedly solid device that’s a truly all-screen experience both inside and out.However, folding phones are still a premium experience and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with an astronomical $2000 price tag. As cool as a phone that transforms into a tablet is, some apps don’t display properly on foldable devices, not to mention Android still doesn’t look great on a big screen device.

If you’re still willing to take the plunge on cutting edge technology, the Fold 2 has the best displays, speakers, and performance of any foldable device today. It’s the only foldable phone I can truly see myself actually using right now.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Review

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 – Design and Features

While you might think a phone that folds in half would feel flimsy in your hand, it’s actually the opposite with the Fold 2. With a hefty 9.95-ounce weight and 16.8mm

September 14, 2020 Off

Spelunky 2 Review – IGN

By tracy

Let me set the stage for this review by saying that Spelunky is one of my favorite video games of all time; it’s the game that I point to as one of the best examples of emergent gameplay, risk vs reward design, and a model for the roguelike genre as a whole. All of that is still true with Spelunky 2, but make no mistake, this is a true sequel that doesn’t rest on its laurels. One that embraces all of the things that made the original so wonderful while also finding new and completely unexpected ways to improve upon the sense of exploration and discovery that’s so central to the experience. Yes, it’s brutally and often hilariously difficult, but if you can learn enough of its secrets to push through that, you’ll be hard pressed to find a game as consistently rewarding and endlessly engaging as Spelunky 2. This, my friends, is the motherload.

Like its predecessor, Spelunky 2 is a seemingly simple and disarmingly cartoony 2D platformer that challenges you to get your stout little Indiana Jones-like character from point A to point B while collecting as much treasure and as many items as you can. Of