So what if we tried to build something like a PC gaming rig to match this spec? How much would that hurt our wallets? 'Brutally' is the answer. Ignoring (for a second) that Microsoft is effectively promising to launch its new console with an SSD that outperforms current solid-state drives for PC, as that's impossible to anticipate. Instead, we'll draw your attention to the fact that the hard drive inside of Xbox Series X is based on a high-speed NVMe drive. If we were to look at something like the Samsung SSD 970 Pro as a reference point, the 1TB version comes in at £299/$350 alone. Now, given that Series X needs to be future-proofed for installing and reading 4K and possibly 8K assets – not to mention equipped to deal with an increasing push towards a digital-first ecosystem, thanks to services like Xbox Game Pass – you're staring down the barrel of a potentially hefty bill. Factor in a need to mitigate the strain of ever-increasing install sizes and we are … [Read more...] about Xbox Series X price and pre-order bundles: when can we expect the deals to arrive?
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As for the actual Xbox Series X specs, the sizzle also promised 120 FPS, 8K, and ray tracing supported by dedicated hardware. In fact, one Microsoft employee promised "frame rates we've never seen before," though that's surely just on consoles and not accounting for modern PC hardware. The latest blog post from Microsoft, outlines that the Xbox Series X will be "the most powerful console ever", powered by AMD's latest Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures. It will deliver "four times the processing power of an Xbox One", and will enable developers to leverage 12 teraflops of GPU processing, aided by variable rate shading (VRS) technology, which should result in more stable frame rates and higher resolutions for games. There will also be support for DirectX raytracing, which will mean your games are imbued with "true-to-life lighting, accurate reflections and realistic acoustics in real time". … [Read more...] about Xbox Series X console: Everything you need to know from release date to specs, games, and more
Hotel R'n'R has been performing to smaller audiences in Early Access since 2019 but it's hoping to hit the big time when the full game goes on tour this coming Thursday 28th on both PC headsets and PSVR. While there's plenty of PC footage from the Early Access build out there, this week's Ian's VR Corner is one of the only places you'll be able to watch a big chunk of the PSVR build in action before launch. … [Read more...] about Watch Ian unleash his inner rock star in 30 minutes of Hotel R’n’R PSVR gameplay
In the footage, pulled from the official Star Citizen stream, we see various spacecraft fly down from space into the atmosphere of a planet and then down onto the surface. Once there, players can zip around on a kind of hoverbike or pile into a multi-wheeled, off-road buggy transport, assuming your ship has the vehicles ready to roll out or you can get hold of one from a station nearby. … [Read more...] about A long look at impressive planet playgrounds in Star Citizen Alpha 3.0
Whirlwind FXWhirlwind FX is known for its Vortx, an environmental simulator for PC gaming, but its entire collection of peripherals is on sale for Memorial Day, with promo code MEMORIAL available at checkout to slash an additional 15% off the price (and everything is already discounted). The Vortx, which produces physical effects like wind and heat to match with game conditions in real-time, is discounted to $63.75 by using the promo code, down from its usual $120. The sale also includes a fantastic price on Whirlwind FX's Element keyboard, which is content-reactive, syncing its dynamic RGB effects with what's happening on your screen to further increase immersion. Normally $130, you can get it for just $85 right now using the promo code. To add even more RGB lighting to your setup, the Whirlwind FX light strip is also available for just $21.25 with the promo code and adds an amazing ambiance to your gaming area. It can be wrapped around your desk, your PC, and more. … [Read more...] about Memorial Day 2020 Best Gaming Deals: Games, 4K TVs, Consoles, And More