The best PC games of E3 2018

E3, the annual welcoming party for the latest and greatest games we’ll be playing in the months to come, is drawing to a close and jeez, we’re spoiled for choice. Our roundup of the must-see PC games from last weekend’s flagship events alone totaled 43 different titles—and that list, as large as it is, is…

AMD: Next-gen Radeon ‘Navi’ GPUs won’t have a multi-chip design like Ryzen

A lot of rumors have been flying around lately about AMD’s next-generation “Navi” graphics architecture. But one concrete bit of information places some long-standing speculation to rest: Navi for consumer graphics cards will be built using a traditional, singular GPU, rather than switching to an exotic multi-chip setup. David Wang, Radeon’s new graphics chief, told…

AMD: Next-gen Radeon ‘Navi’ GPUs won’t have a multi-chip design like Ryzen Threadripper

A lot of rumors have been flying around lately about AMD’s next-generation “Navi” graphics architecture. But one concrete bit of information places some long-standing speculation to rest: Navi for consumer graphics cards will be built using a traditional, singular GPU, rather than switching to an exotic multi-chip setup. David Wang, Radeon’s new graphics chief, told…

Scuf Gaming’s luxurious controllers draw inspiration from Forza and… astroturf?

Long before Microsoft decided to make the superb Xbox One Elite controller, there was Scuf—maker of custom high-end gamepads of all sorts. Actually, when Microsoft made the Xbox One Elite controller, it partnered up with Scuf for accessories and implemented many of the company’s iconic design elements. Point being: Scuf makes great controllers. Scuf also…

Cyberpunk 2077: What we learned in the most mind-blowing game demo we’ve ever seen

“In 2077, we’re in a different timeline. America lies in pieces. Megacorporations control every aspect of life while the streets are run by organized crime. In between is where sex, decadence, and pop culture mixes with extreme poverty, violence, and the unattainable promise of the American Dream.” That’s how CD Projekt, the studio behind The Witcher…

New leaks reveal the future of Xbox and Surface

During Microsoft’s massive Xbox showcase at E3 2018, gaming chief Phil Spencer said that the company is “deep into architecturing the next Xbox consoles.” Now we might know when to expect a new generation of Xbox hardware, as well as what’s coming next for the Surface PC lineup. Mentioned in this article The next Xbox…

43 must-see PC games at E3 2018: Watch every trailer

E3 may have a reputation as a console-centric gaming show, and it definitely still is on the surface. But between AMD’s APUs infiltrating the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Microsoft cross-platform Xbox Play Anywhere push, and the continued rise of PC gaming, many of the blockbuster games announced at E3 2018 will wind up coming…

Lenovo’s Legion C530 and Legion C730 Cubes are compact desktops made for esports

Lenovo’s Legion C530 Cube and Legion C730 Cube are compact gaming desktops made with esports in mind. They’re truly portable, with heavy-duty carrying handles. To offset the close quarters, they feature perforated panels to maximize airflow. They have ports galore, and for personality, they feature LED lighting—all-red for the lower-cost C530 Cube, and RGB-strong for…

Forza Horizon 4 hands-on: A song of ice and tires

It’s been six years now since the first Forza Horizon released, and yet I still get excited every time Microsoft announces another one. Barring the Burnout: Paradise remaster this year, it’s the best arcade racer series we’ve got. Exciting locations, tons of cars, tight but still fun handling, and full of spectacle. Though I felt…

Hands-on: Battlefield V’s ambitious Grand Operations make map rotations meaningful

Battlefield has always been defined by its multiplayer modes. First there was Conquest. Then there was Rush. And then there was “Operations.” The large-scale warfare mode, which debuted in Battlefield 1, quickly became one of my favorites, blending the standard Battlefield multiplayer with some light storytelling elements. For the first time, multiplayer matches weren’t just…

PCWorld is streaming PUBG on Twitch!

In-house PUBG expert Leif Johnson shows us how it’s done in squads on the new map Sanhok. And we’ll also try the special event titled War Mode: One Shot, One Kill since it was extended through the weekend. Dan is still in Taiwan so Leif will be taking Adam for the ride of his life at…

Intel’s limited edition 5GHz Core i7-8086K goes on sale to celebrate the 8086’s 40th anniversary

As promised, Intel’s limited edition Core i7-8086K hit the streets on Friday, showing up at Newegg, Amazon, and Best Buy for $425. The Core i7-8086K was christened to honor the 40th anniversary of Intel’s legendary 8086, the processor that introduced the x86 architecture that’s still powering PCs today. But despite the nostalgic name, the Core…

Destiny 2’s Forsaken reveal: This huge expansion could fix everything that needs fixing

We are T-minus five days from E3—four if you count EA’s whole “totally-not-at-E3” event as the beginning of festivities—so why’d Bungie reveal its big Destiny 2 expansion today? No idea, but it happened. It’s titled Destiny 2: Forsaken, and as expected it’s being pitched as a Taken King-style revamp of the entire game. A much-needed…

AMD’s game-smoothing FreeSync tech makes its living room debut in Samsung QLED TVs

AMD’s gameplay-smoothing FreeSync technology is coming to your living room. Samsung’s new 55-inch to 82-inch QLED TVs now support FreeSync, the companies officially announced on Tuesday, following a quieter update that pushed FreeSync to some Samsung sets late last month. QLED displays use quantum dots to enhance colors, and Samsung’s televisions support HDR by delivering…

Vampyr review: Destined to be a cult classic

Vampyr is destined to be a cult classic. It will find a following, and that following is going to be incredibly passionate about it. They will play and replay it, mapping out all the various points where its depiction of London changes, experimenting with the sandbox Dontnod created. It’s a Far Cry 2, an Alpha…

PCWorld is streaming Earthfall on Twitch!

Earthfall is a sci-fi co-op shooter out in Early Access on Steam. It’s mechanics are similar to fan favorite Left 4 Dead but mixes in survival elements that are all the rage right now. Dan and Adam are going to team up to take out some aliens at 11:00 A.M. PT.  Follow PCWorld’s Twitch channel (or YouTube)…

New GeForce graphics cards inbound? Nvidia will discuss its next-gen GPU at Hot Chips

Despite months of swirling rumors and the recent two-year anniversary of the GTX 10-series’ arrival, Nvidia has never hinted that a new generation of GeForce graphics cards even exists, much less announced a potential release window. But it wasn’t in doubt, and now it’s official. Stuart Oberman, Nvidia’s vice president of GPU ASIC engineering, will…

Bethesda reveals Fallout 76

«Please Stand By.» The familiar Fallout crawl went up on a Twitch stream yesterday, as Bethesda began to tease something related to the series. And tease, and tease, and tease. For nearly 24 hours, nothing really happened—there was a bobblehead, a Vault Boy puppet, all sorts of weirdness. But the stunt culminated this morning in…

HP’s self-cooling Mindframe headset leads a new pack of high-end gaming accessories

HP’s Mindframe headset will feature active cooling to keep your ears from sweating through gaming sessions. Repeat: This new HP headphone has active cooling. For your ears. The Mindframe is just the most innovative of a host of gaming accessories HP announced Wednesday. The company is also introducing its Sequencer keyboard with optical mechanical switches,…

Apple kills Valve’s Steam Link iOS app, but you can still stream PC games to Android

Valve’s in-home streaming tech is proving to be its most forward-thinking development. First it helped kill off the company’s own short-lived Steam Machines, with the $50 Steam Link perfectly capable of putting PC gaming in your living room without the need for another high-end PC. And now it’s putting PC gaming…well, anywhere you’d like. But probably…

Steam’s Spring Cleaning event encourages PC gamers to clear out their backlog

Valve’s vaunted Steam sales whip PC gamers into a buying frenzy, but the “Spring Cleaning” event that kicked off today has the opposite goal: coaxing people into playing games that they already own, but rarely play. The Spring Cleaning event runs through May 28 and uses Steam’s meta-game-esque badge system to encourage backlog clearing. Playing…

Hands-on: Razer’s redesigned Blade is the most powerful 15-inch laptop in town

What’s the «smallest» 15.6 gaming laptop around? Razer’s answer: The redesigned Blade, announced Tuesday, which measures a mere 0.66-inch tall yet packs in all the gaming performance you need. Razer said its own measurements show the Blade’s a smidge «smaller» than the competition. While we don’t care too much about the «who-is-smaller» contest, we do…

The best CPUs for gaming

Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs debuted with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially since most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. But all that said, there are…

Valve’s Steam Link app lets you stream PC games to Android and iOS devices

Valve’s in-home streaming tech is proving to be its most forward-thinking development. First it helped kill off the company’s own short-lived Steam Machines, with the $50 Steam Link perfectly capable of putting PC gaming in your living room without the need for another high-end PC. And now it’s putting PC gaming…well, anywhere you’d like. But probably…

State of Decay 2 review: A surprisingly addictive fight to survive zombies (and bugs)

There’s an old saying, that war is months of boredom punctuated by moments of extreme terror. Turns out the apocalypse is remarkably similar. When the world ends, provided you make it through the initial die-off, the reasons you might perish afterwards are embarrassingly mundane. A poorly maintained weapon, for instance. Rattling some screws too loudly…

Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller helps players with disabilities game more comfortably

It leaked earlier this week, but Microsoft confirmed today that the Xbox Adaptive Controller is real, a device designed to “remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers’ needs.” Created in conjunction with AbleGamers, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and more, it marks the first time a company’s created an official first-party controller for…

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE review: Stylish enough for work and powerful enough for play

If you’re been looking for a gaming laptop to trick your corporate IT department into funding your PC gaming—MSI’s GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE may be just what the you’ve been looking for. On the outside, it’s sedate black aluminum with bronze edges. On the inside are state-of-the-art, gaming-grade components with enough performance to basically put…

You can actually afford Nvidia GeForce graphics cards now

Good news, gamers! Graphics cards are starting to become affordable again thanks to shake-ups in cryptocurrency markets, a fact that Nvidia’s touting with a new Made to Game promotional campaign. While prices still haven’t returned to pre-crisis levels, and a fresh generation of GeForce cards are expected to ship this summer, you can now buy…

Valve’s Steam Link app will let you stream PC games to Android and iOS devices

Valve’s in-home streaming tech is proving to be its most forward-thinking development. First it helped kill off the company’s own short-lived Steam Machines, with the $50 Steam Link perfectly capable of putting PC gaming in your living room without the need for another high-end PC. And now it’s putting PC gaming…well, anywhere you’d like. But probably…

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire review: A strong ship in shallow waters

The groundwork was laid for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire to be a spectacular sequel. Its predecessor, 2015’s Pillars of Eternity, did the heavy lifting. It proved Obsidian could resurrect the spirit of the old Infinity Engine RPGs for modern times, underpinned by modern technology. Flawed, sure—the original Pillars of Eternity had its problems. But…

Windows 10’s busted HDR display support got a whole lot better in the April 2018 Update

For the most part, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update is as mundane as its name, offering few noteworthy flagship features. But it packs some decent enthusiast-friendly improvements under the hood, and one in particular piqued my interest: better high-dynamic-range (HDR) display support. More specifically, improved handling of standard-dynamic-range (SDR) content on HDR displays, something…

This week in games: Dark Souls: Remastered discounts, Destiny 2 expands (again), and a new game from the creator of Valiant Hearts

I’m writing this on a bus on the way to the airport, so you’ll have to forgive my brief intro here. It’s…very bumpy. It’s our gaming news round-up though, and you know what they say: The gaming news round-up must go on. Keep reading for news about Destiny 2‘s new expansion (with the most generic…

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Stop just talking or dreaming about it! Get a handle on your game design career with a lifetime membership in the School of Game Design. You’ll learn game planning, project development and interface, environment, and character design—all at your own pace. Your lifetime membership gives you access to an enormous, continuously updated library of step-by-step training videos….

The best VR games for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

It’s been two years since consumers officially got their hands on virtual reality with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and in that time a lot of VR games have released. Sure, there may still be no singular headset-seller, but trawl Steam or the Oculus Store and you’ll still find hundreds of hours of entertainment—some…

How to stream PC games on Twitch

Not so long ago there was pretty much one way to interact with a video game: You sat down and played it. Maybe you watched an older friend or sibling play while pointing out all their mistakes, but gaming was never what you’d call a “spectator sport.” That’s changed in recent years thanks to YouTube…

Every Myst game is being rereleased for its 25th anniversary, with a real Linking Book

Hot on the heels of last week’s Firmament announcement, today Cyan teased another project in the works. 2018 is, of course, the 25th anniversary of Myst, and it looks like Cyan’s preparing…something. Hard to say what, exactly, but something. April 9 update: Last month, Cyan announced it had talked to “all the right people and departments”…

Dell’s G Series laptops are priced for every gamer

Dell’s launching its G Series of gaming laptops with every gamer in mind, from entry-level to more advanced users. Dell knows that not everyone can afford high-end models like, say, the Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 (sold by Dell’s Alienware division), also announced Tuesday, which start around $1,500. With prices starting at $749, Dell’s G3, G5,…

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