Sometimes, as borders erode, new fissures form in their wake. In 2019, more games flowed between PC and other platforms than ever before, but a single major division cracked the PC gaming landscape in half. This year’s central throughline was undoubtedly the titanic clash between Valve and Epic, with Epic snatching up every high-profile exclusive it could get its hands on, much to some PC gamers’ chagrin. But this year also saw longtime console exclusives like Red Dead Redemption 2, Heavy Rain, Journey, and Halo: Reach complete their years-long migrations to PC, with other heavy hitters like Death Stranding announced for PC as well. Games flowed in the opposite direction too, with the Nintendo Switch opening its doors to countless indie games that traditionally would have been PC-only affairs. Streaming and subscription services like Google Stadia and Project xCloud muddied the waters even more, putting PC-game-like experiences on platforms you’d never have imagined … [Read more...] about The State Of PC Gaming In 2019
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It might feel like Nvidia has been focused on it’s priciest graphics cards over the last few months, with announcement after announcement related to its ray tracing whizzbang 20-series GPUs, but today the company acknowledges that not all people looking for a gaming device want the best of the best. Sometimes good enough is more than enough. To that end, Nvidia announced that the GTX 1660 Ti is coming to laptops. Nvidia only recently announced the availability of the desktop version of the 1660 Ti, which uses the same Turing microarchitecture as the 20-series, but without the ray tracing (and the high price it demands). Advertisement Nvidia claims this new laptop GPU will handle Fortnite, PUGB, and Apex Legends at 100 frames per second at 1080p resolution. More broadly, the company claims the new card will be approximately 1.5 times faster than a GTX 1060 and four times faster than the 1060's predecessor, the GTX 960M. It should be a little slower than the RTX 2060, but it … [Read more...] about Nvidia’s Cheapest Graphics Card Gets Nearly Two Times Faster for Better Gaming on a Budget
Even though I know all these retro consoles are largely an effort turn my nostalgia into big-time corporate profits, they’re damn hard to resist. There’s just something about gray plastic and the old school boot up sound that hits a deep part of my brain as few things do, so when I heard Sony was making a retro revival of the original PlayStation, I thought “Great, another mini console to add to the collection.” But after getting to check out Sony’s take on a throwback gaming machine, I feel a bit shortchanged. Advertisement Before we get to the PS Classic’s scattershot list of bundled games, let’s talk about its hardware. Like the NES and SNES Classic, the PlayStation Classic is a pint-sized version of the original from 1995 (or ‘94, if you lived in Japan) that’s just under half the size, which makes it kinda cute. All the buttons on top are functional, though some have been repurposed due to changes made to the system itself … [Read more...] about The PlayStation Classic Is Minimum Effort Nostalgia
Last year’s Spider-Man on PS4 offers one of Yesterday evening Elan Ruskin, senior engine programmer at Insomniac, shared a clip of what’s happening in the game at the start of the very first mission. When Spider-Man gets to a checkpoint outside Fisk Tower, a short scene starts up in which NYPD Captain Yuri Watanabe fills Spidey in on what’s going on. Normally, players can only see what’s immediately going on in front of Fisk Tower, but Ruskin captured footage of what’s happening in the rest of the game’s world during those moments. Turns out that, in the unseen background, the rest of Manhattan depopulates while the interior of Fisk Tower begins loading. Advertisement During the approximately 30 seconds between when players finish web-slinging to the mission point and when they actually get inside Fisk Tower, the game’s resources go from supporting a big open world to detailing the elaborate halls an Advertisement “The interior … [Read more...] about Insomniac Reveals One Of The Camera Tricks That Makes
Dear Lifehacker,Windows 8 is out, and it's all anyone's talking about—except everyone just keeps telling me how much it sucks and how I shouldn't upgrade. Why does everyone hate it so much? Should I upgrade, or hold off? Sincerely, Dear Worried,people hated XP when it came out, too. Here are some of the things people are complaining about, and why they probably don't matter. Advertisement Complaint #1: "The Tiled Interface Sucks (and My Start Menu Is Gone!)" Why People Are Upset: This is the biggest thing people are complaining about. The Start menu is gone, and it's been replaced by a new, full screen, tablet-friendly tiled interface that isn't really that great on a desktop computer. It seems inefficient to go to a full screen interface just to launch an app, especially if you could do the same thing from a small menu on the desktop. Why It Isn't a Problem: I disagree with Microsoft's choice to get rid of the Start menu. I think it's going to confuse a lot of novice users. … [Read more...] about Why Does Everyone Hate Windows 8? Should I Upgrade?