Neil Soutter
on 04 August 2021 at 13:03

This past year has been pretty tough for PC gamers as availability has been incredibly low and prices have been inflated way beyond MSRP, sometimes even up to 3 times as much. Despite some clear struggles, Nvidia and AMD have been working hard to get more GPUs out the door, but Nvidia has clearly fared better than the competition.

Nvidia’s hardware has always been more popular than AMD, at least in terms of graphics cards alone. Though that gap has been narrowing for a while now, with AMD providing some of their closest competition to Nvidia’s hardware in recent years. Still, Nvidia’s ¬¬gc_id:5005[RTX 3090]¬¬ has more market share than all of AMD’s RX 6000 series lineup, at least according to Steam users.

Chad Norton
on 04 August 2021 at 10:56

Fans of the Battlefield franchise rejoice, as EA is starting a technical playtest next week for select players who will be able to try out the highly anticipated and upcoming ¬¬g_id:38151[Battlefield 2042]¬¬. Thankfully, that also means EA has revealed the official PC system requirements for the playtest.

Keep in mind that these specs may not be final though, and they could be shaved down (or up) by final release. Either way, this should give us a general idea of how well our systems will perform when BF2042 launches later this year.

Neil Soutter
on 03 August 2021 at 12:29

Intel is currently very busy working on their 12th gen Alder Lake processors, due out later this year. But the Blue Team is also cooking up something brand new: a series of discrete desktop graphics cards, and so far we’ve heard barely anything about them. However, we now have some idea of the specs and performance of one model thanks to some leaked benchmarks.

As far as we know, Intel’s DG2 graphics card family based on the Xe-HPG architecture will be launching with several different models. They will also be a mix of mobile and desktop variants, and the latest leak comes from the lowest desktop variant of the bunch, the 128EU model with 4GB of GDDR6 memory.

Stuart Thomas
on 02 August 2021 at 16:30

This past year has been pretty tough on PC gamers, as a shortage of electronic chips has meant little PC hardware has gone to actual gamers, whereas most of it was being snatched up by scalpers and cryptocurrency miners, resulting in inflated prices and even more limited supply on an already-limited supply chain.

Unfortunately, according to a big European chipmaker known as STMicroelectronics, we won’t see the current global chip shortage start to ease until the second half of 2023. We will see improvements throughout 2022, but only by a small amount. The real big change will start around halfway of 2023:

Chad Norton
on 02 August 2021 at 10:58

After being delayed until later in the year, King's Bounty 2 is finally releasing soon and thankfully the developers over at 1C Entertainment have revealed the official PC system requirements, which don't seem to require a big and beefy PC in order to play at its best.

Additionally, the developers also released the first proper gameplay trailer for ¬¬g_id:36134[King's Bounty 2]¬¬ so we can get a good look at what we might expect when it launches on August 24th. But first, let's take a look at the Kings Bounty 2 PC system requirements...

Chad Norton
on 01 August 2021 at 17:00

Pretty graphics and high frame rates are always nice, but not everyone has such a luxury. Especially in today’s climate of PC hardware, many are still stuck with old hardware that makes it difficult to run the latest games. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any games out there for low-end users.

So today we’re going to try and help those who don’t necessarily have the best hardware to play the latest games, and instead give them suggestions for older/well optimized titles that will run on just about anything. Because at the end of the day we’re all gamers who simply want to play some damn good games.

Neil Soutter
on 01 August 2021 at 15:00

Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck has excited a lot of gamers, especially those who wanted a portable gaming solution like the Nintendo Switch but one that was compatible with their already-purchased Steam games. In a recent interview, Valve even said that the Steam Deck is “future proof”, but they are open to the idea of adding new generations later if needs be.

Despite the relatively modest performance target of 30fps at 800p resolution, the Steam Deck can seemingly handle almost all games thrown at it (we say almost because we haven’t actually got our hands on it yet). But under the hood lies some interesting tech that does give credit to future proofing.

Chad Norton
on 31 July 2021 at 17:00

Despite the issues with PC hardware this year that has resulted in limited availability and inflated prices for graphics cards and processors new and old, the future of gaming monitors is looking pretty exciting with 4K 240Hz and 1080p 480Hz screens on the horizon. But refresh rates aren’t always what gamers are looking for.

Unless you’re playing a competitive multiplayer game where reaction times and super-accurate frame rates are essential to getting an edge over your opponents, not many gamers will actually want high refresh rate monitors and instead opt for quality/resolution. So today, we want to break down the two biggest quality features in gaming monitors today: 4K and ultrawide.

Neil Soutter
on 31 July 2021 at 15:00

Virtual reality gaming may seem like a very expensive gimmick to a lot of people, and in terms of sales numbers it’s hard to dispute that. But Valve CEO and co-founder of Steam, Gabe Newell, has reiterated that the company is in for the long haul when it comes to hardware ventures like VR and the Steam Deck.

“With VR our expectation is it's a very long haul, and that there are fundamentally important technologies that are being developed,” Newell said in a recent interview. “And if at any point you're narrowly defining the goalposts and saying 'how's that doing against the latest CS:GO update?' You're always going to end up making bad decisions based on that.”

Chad Norton
on 30 July 2021 at 16:14

Intel might have been in a bit of rut the last year or two, but they are certainly going to bounce back soon with the launch of their 12th gen Alder Lake processors with a new hybrid architecture design, as well as their brand new DG2 graphics cards. A new rumor suggests that the Blue Team’s first GPUs could be launching at CES 2022.

The new report comes from Hardware Academy on the Chinese forum site Weibo. According to some rough translations, the post mentions that Intel DG2 graphics cards will be launching at CES 2022. Though it does mean a possibility of an official reveal later this year before CES 2022 begins.