Category Archives: Gaming

Kickstarter and early access games are ruining PC gaming

Kickstarter and early access games are ruining PC gaming

As Steam, Humble Bundle — and soon, Valve hopes, the Steam Machine — continue to bring PC gaming to the forefront of in-home entertainment, the indie gaming scene is as popular as it has ever been. Still, though, indie developers need funding, and both Kickstarter and early access games have risen to prominence as the most popular ways to push ...

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PS4, Xbox One power consumption analysis points to Sony advantage and future efficiency gains

PS4, Xbox One power consumption analysis points to Sony advantage and future efficiency gains

A new report from the National Resources Defense Council put the PS4 and Xbox One under the power efficiency microscope and came back with less than glowing things to say about the new devices. According to the organization, both consoles draw more power than they should, despite heavy investment in power-saving technologies. The long-term impact? ”Over five years, the Xbox One’s 250 ...

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Steam Machine beta kit arrives with top-tier specs and amazing packaging

Steam Machine beta kit arrives with top-tier specs and amazing packaging

Valve made its first shot across the game console bow, releasing SteamOS to the masses and shipping its promised 300 Steam Machine beta kits to lucky recipients. The recipients have been nice enough to capture unboxings for the rest of us, as well as divulge the console’s specs, and test out some games. How does the first official Steam Machine ...

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How to install SteamOS in VirtualBox

How to install SteamOS in VirtualBox

Late on Friday, December 13, Valve released the first public version of SteamOS. As you would expect, SteamOS is currently very rough around the edges — it is essentially just a version of Debian 7.1 (Wheezy) that has Steam pre-installed. As it stands, I can’t really recommend that you to install SteamOS on some dedicated hardware — it would be ...

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Nvidia G-Sync reviewed: Will the new monitor tech reinvent gaming, or vanish as a niche product?

Nvidia G-Sync reviewed: Will the new monitor tech reinvent gaming, or vanish as a niche product?

In October, Nvidia revealed its new monitor synchronization technology designed to improve game experiences by synchronizing directly with the GPU rather than relying on standard timing systems. Dubbed G-Sync, the new method could revolutionize monitor technology — if it delivers as advertised. Now that the first reviews of G-Sync are in, what kind of real-world improvement do we see? So ...

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Xbox One’s 500GB hard drive makes only 362GB available to users

Xbox One’s 500GB hard drive makes only 362GB available to users

Gamers hoping to upgrade to an all-digital lifestyle were met with disappointment when the Xbox One and PS4 were revealed to only have a hard drive storage capacity of 500GB. Soon after release, the PS4 was revealed to reserve 92GB of that space, making the effective available space of the HDD 408GB. The Xbox One hides how much HDD space ...

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