Gaming

GPU Shipments Fall 16 Percent as Crypto Sputters Out

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Normally, we don’t greet news of a sharp decline in GPU shipments with any enthusiasm, but recent data from Jon Peddie Research on the current state of the GPU market may be better-received than most. Year-on-year desktop GPU sales fell 16 percent in Q3 2018 compared with the same period in 2017, thanks to a

Intel Adds Support for Universal Windows Drivers With Latest Graphics Release

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Intel has released a new version of its Windows 10 Graphics Driver, but there are some things to be aware of before you download and install the software. This new driver — 25.20.100.6444 — is the first Intel driver written to support Microsoft’s Windows Modern Drivers, also known as Universal Windows drivers. According to Microsoft,

Loot Boxes in Games Draw FTC’s Attention

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. A year ago, loot boxes were a persistent annoyance for gamers, but they didn’t get much attention from the rest of the world. But then, Electronic Arts made the mistake of stuffing too many of them into Star Wars: Battlefront 2. The outcry over Battlefront 2 was so loud that EA had to drop the

Review Roundup: The PlayStation Classic Is Acceptable, Uninspiring

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Sony’s Playstation Classic has officially launched at its $ 99 MSRP, and reviews of the device have started to come in. We’ve rounded up reports from PCMag, The Verge, and Polygon to get a sense of whether you ought to buy the platform in the first place. Whether the PSC appeals to you may depend

Waste Virginia: Fallout 76 Nuked From Orbit By Reviewers

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Final reviews on Fallout 76 have begun to drop, and reviewers and gamers alike have savaged the title for an astounding number of bugs, issues, bad gameplay decisions, and paper-thin mechanics. We’ve already discussed how the game’s decision to rely on data logs and holotapes to assign quests and create a sort-of story was a

HTC Acknowledges Vive Wireless Isn’t Working With AMD Hardware, Offers Refunds

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When we talk about AMD and Intel hardware, there’s a general assumption that outside issues that touch on the CPU, performance, and compatibility should both be broadly equivalent. This is not to say identical — different chipset vendors will produce peripherals that maintain different levels of absolute performance, with AMD licensing critical chipset components from

Valve Will End Sales of the Steam Link When Current Stock Is Gone

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Valve launched the Steam Link in 2015, allowing PC gamers to get their favorite titles on their TVs without running extra-long video cables across the house. The company never talked about specific sales figures, but it can’t be a big money maker. Valve has announced it won’t manufacture any more Steam Link hardware, and stock

PSA: Headed into Black Friday, AMD’s Midrange GPU Prices are Really, Really Good

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. I don’t normally write about GPU sales — Grant covers that side of ExtremeTech. While updating our GPU buying guide, however, I came across a couple of price cuts on Team Red that were good enough to deserve to be called out separately. Newegg shows RX 570 GPUs with 4GB of RAM for $ 139,

Fallout 76 Magnifies Everything Wrong With Fallout 4

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Fallout 4 was, as I wrote nearly three years ago, “A great game but a terrible RPG.” With Fallout 76 now out, it looks as though that game has managed to magnify some of the worst problems of FO4, without moving the ball forward at all in terms of solving them. The most striking thing

Microsoft May Launch Xbox One Without a Disc Drive

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Console gaming is more complicated than it used to be. Time was, you’d slam a new disc or cartridge in your machine, and you’d be playing in moments. Today, most games you purchase on disc have big patches to download and online features to set up, so why not do away with the discs entirely?