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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
     Sat, Sep 19 2015 | 12:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Almost a year after Ground Zeroes we have a new Metal Gear Solid V title and this time around it shipped simultaneously for PC and console players on September 1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was built using the same Fox Engine so you can expect to see subsurface scattering, physically-based rendering and other impressive technologies. Using the latest AMD and Nvidia drivers, we tested 26 DirectX 11 graphics cards covering most price ranges.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Corsair VOID Wireless Gaming Headset Review
     Sat, Sep 19 2015 | 9:00A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the world of computer peripherals and hardware, most of us are well aware of Corsair’s existence. This is an organization that has well-earned reputation for producing quality components; components that are going to be high-performing, intelligently designed, and very likely to provide its owners with years of service. Therefore, it is no surprise that when Corsair develops a new product, such as the Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset, it doesn’t take long before it is in high demand.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

Scuf Gaming 4PS Professional PlayStation 4 Controller Review
     Fri, Sep 18 2015 | 9:00A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has been a few years since we reviewed a product from Scuf. We last saw their Scuf Xbox 360 Controller, which was pretty amazing, but let’s be honest, it’s a little out of date now and with new-er consoles already on the market, we figured we’d take a look at something a little more modern. We have in the eTeknix office today, the Scuf Gaming 4PS, a heavily modded PlayStation 4 controller designed for the competitive gamer, be that a pro gaer, or someone who just likes to give their friends a good thrashing.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Isolation Benchmarked, Performance Review
     Thu, Sep 17 2015 | 4:03P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Classified as a survival horror/stealth game instead of an action shooter, Alien: Isolation differs from last year's Alien: Colonial Marines in that there is just one Alien who can't be killed, requiring you to employ stealth tactics. The game has plenty of pants-wetting moments and sounds like a blast if you're comfortable with soiling yourself, but we're more interested in Alien: Isolation's performance when running at max quality and varying resolutions.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Metal Gear Solid V
     Thu, Sep 17 2015 | 3:28P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The wait is over. The time is nigh for sci-fi super-spy gadgets, cigar-smoking, and rampant exclamation points. Oh yes, the one-eyed one has returned. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has landed on the PC and it’s a doozy. Utilizing the same Fox Engine for its visuals, this latest effort nicely follows-up last year’s Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes—the prequel which set the stage for this, the epic and more open-ended Phantom Pain. On the following pages, we'll give you our experience testing with and playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on a brand new test machine.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Vertagear SL2000 Gaming Chair Review
     Thu, Sep 17 2015 | 12:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Much like the beds we sleep in, it’s very important to select the right chair to sit in for a good portion of our lives. I owned a comfortable office chair that followed me around after college, and played several roles at the dining table on occasion. More recently, there was the expensive Embody chair review that stirred controversy. Now we’ve got gaming chairs, bringing style together with luxury. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I report my test results with the Vertagear SL2000 S-Line Racing Series gaming chair.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

Lenovo Erazer x510 Gaming PC Review
     Wed, Sep 16 2015 | 4:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not everyone can afford a Lamborghini of a PC gaming machine, and with that in mind, Lenovo has crafted a solution that offers a considerable amount of value and performance. Meet the Lenovo Erazer x510, a mainstream gaming rig with a slick black case and convenient OneKey overclocking, among a handful of other handy features. Priced at $1,349 (as configured), the Lenovo Erazer x510 isn't a budget build, but it's doesn't break the bank either...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

 
Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse Review
     Sat, Sep 12 2015 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mionix, the Swedish manufacturer of a range of gaming peripherals, has a new star in their lineup: the Castor Optical Gaming Mouse. Designed to retain the ergonomic grip of the Naos while still accommodating the three main grip styles (claw/palm/fingertip), the Castor is poised to be a comfortable option for a wide variety of users. Coated in their customary soft-touch rubber coating, the smooth curves and Aurora multi-color lighting identify this newest addition as a member of the Mionix family. Benchmark Reviews was given a chance to take a closer look at the Mionix Castor – will the tales of exquisite craftsmanship, 10,000 DPI optical sensors, zero acceleration and a grip that appeals to everyone… appeal to everyone?
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Cockpit 458 Steeling Wheel Review
     Fri, Sep 11 2015 | 4:03P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gaming is a hobby and like most other hobbies, you can choose your own level of participation; do you just want to casually play games from time to time with a regular controller, or do you want to invest time and money in creating a really cool and more involving setup? Of course this can be an endless obsession; new computers, screens, seats, peripherals and more and while I’d love to go into creating a full setup, today I’ll be taking a look at the new Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Cockpit 458 Steeling Wheel, which promises a minimal fuss solution to improving the racing/driving sim aspects of your gaming setup.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Gaming at 4K Resolution
     Fri, Sep 11 2015 | 4:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Putting the teething issues aside, I loaded up Crysis 3 to put my GTX 780Ti through its paces. Setting the resolution to 4K (3840 x 2160) and all other options except Anti-Aliasing to “Very High”, I was greeted with the most breathtaking gaming visuals I have ever seen. Textures were crisp to the point of being photo-realistic and the game just looked amazing. At 25 Frames Per Second. Hmmm.
  FULL STORY @ PCREVIEW

Far Cry 4 Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance
     Fri, Sep 11 2015 | 4:01P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Graphics have always been a selling point of the Far Cry series as few games offer the same open world environments that can be experienced in Far Cry. The latest iteration is no exception. Being an Nvidia "The Way It's Meant to be Played" title, FC4 has loads of optimizations for GeForce cards, including HBAO+, PCSS, TXAA, Godrays, and HairWorks. If nothing else, this should make it all the more interesting to compare results.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn Keyboard Review
     Fri, Sep 11 2015 | 12:36P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The G310 Atlas Dawn is a slimmed down version of the G910, Logitech's previous Romer-G mechanical keyboard. Gone are the macro keys and media control functions along the side and top of the board. The number pad has also been given the boot in order to create a lightweight and compact keyboard that's better suited for travel to LAN events or to fit into smaller gaming spaces.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Cougar QBX Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis Review
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cougar has been launching some pretty incredible products recently, from their stunning range of gaming peripherals, which includes great keyboards and mice, as well as their chassis products. Today we’ve got their latest mini-ITX chassis, the QBX and it promises to be a competitive gaming chassis for the small form factor market.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Tesoro Lobera Spectrum @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:03P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last fall, when the initial wave of RGB keyboards were first coming out, I had the chance to check out the Lobera Supreme from Tesoro. While the keyboard wasn’t perfect I was impressed with its value. One of the issues I had with the keyboard was the lack of individual key RGB lighting but recently that changed. Tesoro introduced the Lobera Spectrum with a similar design but with the spectrum backlighting. Today I’m going to dig into it and see if anything else has changed and find out if it is still a good value like their first RGB keyboard.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Alienware Alpha Intel-Powered SFF Gaming PC: Consoles Beware
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 4:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2015, the SteamOS gaming platform (and Valve’s tantalizing Steam Controller) are still works in progress. SteamOS hasn’t been written off, but Dell, which was one of the first PC makers to build a custom console-sized system for SteamOS, isn’t waiting around. Its Alienware gaming brand launched the Alienware Alpha, which is meant to be your next (or your first) living room gaming PC. The Alienware Alpha plugs the holes left by Valve with Microsoft hardware and software and a simple 10-ft UI developed in house. Instead of shipping with a Steam Controller, for example, the Alpha features an Xbox 360 wireless controller. The 10-foot user interface, which would have been handled by SteamOS, comes courtesy of Dell’s custom Alpha UI...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Grand Theft Auto V Benchmarked
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PC gamers are finally getting their chance to play the latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. Rockstar has made many improvements to the PC version, including enhanced graphics, denser traffic, greater draw distances, upgraded AI, new wildlife, and advanced weather and damage effects. GTA V looks to be truly optimized for PC.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

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