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Twitch is making games viewers and streamers can play together

Gaming on Twitch is largely a one-way affair. You can join a Marbles on Stream race or play a slightly delayed Jackbox Party Pack game, but the service is largely meant for passive viewing. Amazon aims to fix that before long, however. The company tells the New York Times that its developing games both Twitch streamers and their viewers can play together in real time. While details are scarce, you should see games become available th

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‘The Complex‘ is almost a good FMV game

There are countless examples of the real world intruding on art, making something that was fine a day ago a grisly mistake now. The pilot episode of X-Files spin-off The Lone Gunmen, which aired six months before 9/11, featured a terrorist plan to fly a plane into the World Trade Center, for instance. And its likely that The Complex, an interactive movie about dangerous biotechnology, skirts the same issue. After all, nobody wants to be

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ASUS adds new Intel chips to its Zephyrus gaming laptops

ASUS has refreshed its line of gaming laptops with new 10th Generation Intel Core processors, NVIDIA RTX 2070/2080 Super graphics and a bunch of other features designed to make gaming and content creation slicker and smoother. First up, the new Zephyrus S17 (pictured), which comes with a 17.3-inch display with super narrow bezels in an 18.7-millimeter-thin chassis. A 300 Hz refresh rate and 3ms grey-to-grey response time means the displa

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Acer gaming laptops add RTX Super graphics and 10th-gen Intel CPUs

Acer is joining a flurry of PC makers in adopting the next wave of NVIDIA and Intel chips inside its laptops. Its updating its 15.6-inch Predator Triton 500 (above) and Nitro 5 (below) gaming portables to use NVIDIAs new GeForce RTX Super laptop GPUs as well as Intels 10th-generation Core H-series processors. As you might guess, the premium Predator series is the highlight. It comes with up to a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q to deliver sp

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ASUS‘ ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is a gaming laptop with a built-in second screen

ASUS has been pushing laptops with second screens for a couple of years now, but its still searching for a winning formula. Last years ZenBook Pro Duo pushed the keyboard down to the edge of the laptops body, with the rest of the surface housing a second screen. The problem with that configuration was an awkwardly placed trackpad. But, you know who cares less about trackpad placement? Gamers. Hence, almost a year later, the companys Repu

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Intel‘s 10th-gen H-series laptop CPUs reach 5.3GHz

Just like Intel said at CES, its crossed the 5GHz barrier with its new H-series 10th generation notebook CPUs. And you wont need to shell out for the top-of-the-line Core i9 to do it: The new six and eight-core i7 processors reach up to 5.1Ghz (boost speed) on a single core. But if you want to go all out, the octa-core i9-10980HK hits 5.3GHz -- and its fully unlocked for overclocking, to boot.

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Lenovo‘s latest gaming laptops pack more efficient NVIDIA graphics

Lenovo is leaping quickly on the latest NVIDIA and Intel technology for its gaming laptops. Its introducing Legion 5i and Legion 7i portables (successors to the Y540 and Y740 respectively) that, most notably, are among the first to use NVIDIAs Advanced Optimus graphics switching. The tech both lowers power consumption in less-intensive moments and ramps up performance in GPU-heavy situations, theoretically giving you added battery life a

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Razer‘s Blade 15 packs an 8-core Intel CPU and RTX 2080 Super

Razer has unveiled the 2020 Blade 15 Advanced with more gaming and content creation power, along with one long overdue addition. To start with, the Advanced model is the first Razer Blade with an 8-core CPU, namely the 10th-generation Intel Core i7-10875. That will make it useful for both content creation and gaming, particularly since you can clock it up to 5.1 GHz.

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Twitch viewing soared 23 percent in March

It wont shock you to hear that livestreaming services are seeing an upswing in viewership due to the COVID-19 pandemic keeping people at home, but now its clear just what kind of effect the outbreak has had on viewing habits. Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet have determined that watch hours surged 23 percent between February and March, to just over 1.2 billion. Other services saw increased demand as well, but their gains were relatively

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‘PUBG‘ April Fools‘ mode features fantasy characters and loot tweaks

Most people might not be in the mood for April Fools pranks this year, but PUBG is adding some silliness to its popular game to perk up gamers who are cooped up inside. Fantasy Battle Royale is an optional event that adds four sword-and-sorcery classes and changes up some mechanics. Gamers can choose to play as a Barbarian, Ranger, Wizard or Paladin, and can craft items on the battlefield. That means players will have to strategize aroun

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‘Uncharted 4‘ is free on PlayStation Plus in April

Since the start of the year, Sony has given PlayStation Plus subscribers the chance to play some of the PS4s best games for free. That trend continues this month with Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End as one of the free PS Plus games subscribers can download in April. If you grabbed the Nathan Drake Collection when it was available in January, this is a good chance to see how the story ends. The timing is also fortuitous since Naughty Dogs next

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Xbox Series X and PS5: The new consoles are all about crazy fast storage

The Xbox One and PS4 were the start of an unusual console generation. Both systems adopted very PC-like architecture and instead of a new generation we instead got a refresh where Microsoft and Sony both released faster versions of their existing consoles, the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. We may still have a few months left to wait, but finally weve gotten details of what the next real generation will bring. Microsoft and Sony have both stuc

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Delayed ‘Resident Evil: Resistance‘ beta goes live on PC and PS4

After technical issues forced Capcom to delay the Resident Evil: Resistance beta on PC and PlayStation 4, its now available on those platforms in addition to Xbox One. Youll need to install an update to try it on PS4 and Steam.

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Remastered ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2‘ is available now on PS4

As expected, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is now available on PlayStation 4. If you own a Sony console, you can download the game today for 20. PC and Xbox One owners can pre-order the remaster today but will have to wait until April 30th before theyre able to start working their way through Modern Warfare 2s single-player campaign.

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Niantic buys a 3D mapping startup to enable ‘planet-scale‘ AR

As much as Niantic might be focused on making its location-based games more playable at home, its also thinking about its future. The developer has bought 3D mapping startup 6D.ai to help it develop planet-scale augmented reality. The relative newcomers work on 3D environment reconstruction and persistent AR objects promises more sophisticated experiences than youre used to in the past. Niantic teased the prospect of seeing creature habi

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‘The Outer Worlds‘ will land on Nintendo Switch on June 5th

Almost two months after it was delayed, The Outer Worlds has a new Switch release date. It‘ll arrive on Nintendo‘s console on June 5th. It was originally scheduled to arrive on Nintendo‘s console earlier this month, but it was put on hold after the coronavirus outbreak affected Virtuous, the developer which was handling the port. Source: Nintendo (Twitter)

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‘Persona 5 Royal‘ taps into the joy of replaying your favorite game

Persona 5 was a vibrant, subversive RPG with a relatively traditional turn-based battle system, memorable characters, a plot twist or two and hundreds of persona (monsters) to fuse, fight and discover. Persona 5 Royal keeps all of that but adds a third school term to play through. It also introduces one entirely new character, Kasumi Yoshizawa, to fight with and the return of a divisive former ally. P5R‘s additional story kicks of

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HTC will sell its Cosmos Elite headset and faceplate tracker separately

If you‘ve already got a HTC Vive, you might be in two minds about forking out for the complete Cosmos Elite bundle. If you‘ve got base stations and controllers already, why drop dollars on more? But HTC has you covered. In the coming weeks, it will be launching a headset-only version of the Cosmos Elite and the external tracking faceplate as standalone products. And as is the case for the complete Cosmos Elite package, both p

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The aggravation of game-breaking bugs in esports

It was late one Sunday in September in Krakow, Poland, and Eric "Snip3down" Wrona was heated. He was a handful of points away from making the championship series of the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational and his only shot at progressing towards the grand prize of more than 100,000. Wrona is a notable battle royale and Halo competitor, who had placed second at the X-Games -- the only other major competitive Apex Legends event. Tucked aw

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‘HQ Trivia‘ makes a surprise return

HQ Trivia -- the once-popular mobile game that turned your random knowledge into a few bucks -- abruptly shut down earlier this year after an investment deal fell through. As such, players that still had the app on their phones were probably surprised to receive a push notification last night alerting them to the start of a new broadcast. HQ Trivia, it seems, is back. For now, at least, as the hows and whys are unclear -- although the g

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Classic action RPG ‘NieR Replicant‘ is coming to PC and modern consoles

NieR fans may have a lot to be happy about in the near future. Square Enix has teased a pair of games in the series, including an "upgraded" version of the cult classic NieR Replicant for PC (via Steam), PS4 and Xbox One. The publisher hasn‘t said just how it‘ll improve over the 10-year-old or even provided a general release window, but you can safely presume it‘ll represent a visual upgrade for the action RPG.

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