Gaming and work collide on this dude's desk. I do all my Windows Central work and all my gaming right from this rickety antique desk (that I really should probably replace at some point) armed with a ton of tech and Microsoft services. It has all served me well, and with a few adaptations, it houses all of the gadgets I use to get through my daily workload and my evening gaming sessions. Here's a quick run down of everything I have (and totally recommend). Although the 4K TV model I'm using has actually been discontinued, this more up-to-date version packs in way more features. It's the cheapest 49-inch 4K TV I could find and is ideal for accessible Xbox One X gaming. The picture quality is nowhere near as vivid as it would be with an OLED or any more expensive set, but I'm pretty satisfied with it as a cheaper option. $439 at Amazon The Xbox One X sits upright on my desk, faithfully ready to serve me 4K games at a mere, "Alexa, tell Xbox to turn on." The Xbox One X is the … [Read more...] about All the gaming and tech gear on Jez Corden’s desk
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PC gaming contains a rich and relatively open world of niche titles, monstrously powerful systems, and epic Steam digital sales. It can, also, be quite complex and inaccessible. Shrugging off the simplicity of the console world, Windows-powered gaming PCs give you access to piles of tools, tweaks, and various storefronts for buying all of those yummy games. Whether you're a complete newb or a seasoned vet, here are a few tips and tools that might help you get more out of your gaming PC purchases. Best Gaming Laptops 2019 1. Know your storefronts If you're completely new to PC gaming, you might be wondering about the best places to actually buy PC games. Amazon.com's PC store: Physical retail isn't as widely used for PC gaming as it used to be, with the rise of digital storefronts like Steam, but Amazon, naturally, still carries a selection of PC games for those who want to keep boxed versions. Steam: You can't talk PC gaming without mentioning Steam. Valve's digital store has … [Read more...] about Tools, tips, tricks and apps every new PC gamer should know
This is the first part of an investigation into game streaming, a topic that we've been requested on before -- particularly after we review CPUs -- but that has purposely been left out because it’s quite complex to explore all the nitty gritty details of streaming along with everything else in those reviews. In the next weeks we'll dedicate a couple of articles to game streaming and provide you with a definitive answer on what sort of setup is the best, and what quality settings make the most sense to use. Today’s investigation is focused on streaming quality settings, we want to find out what encoding settings deliver the best balance between quality and performance, and how each of the various popular encoding modes differs in terms of results. One of the key things we want to figure out first: whether software encoding on the CPU, or hardware accelerated encoding on the GPU is the better approach... A bit of backstory on our test platform before we get into the … [Read more...] about Game Streaming Investigation: Which Quality Settings Are Best?
If you've ever gone full Indiana Jones while staring at a huge collection of videogames – by which I mean being driven to exclaim "That belongs in a museum!" – you'll be pleased to hear that a museum is now where you can find one of the world's biggest collections of Japanese games. Today, WIRED can exclusively reveal that the Strong, an institution in Rochester, New York that encompasses the National Museum of Play and the International Center for the History of Electronic Games among other divisions, has acquired a massive collection of complete sets of games for classic Japanese consoles. And when they say complete, they really mean it: Spanning over 7,000 games, the collection features the entire libraries of games for 18 different platforms, including the Famicom (Nintendo Entertainment System), Sega Mega Drive (Genesis), Nintendo 64 and many more. It's an exhaustive, painstakingly assembled collection that should have any admirer of classic videogames going green with … [Read more...] about Exclusive Video: Museum Acquires Incredible Collection of Japanese Games
Capturing game footage at either high frame rates or high resolution is something still pretty new, thanks in no small part to the Xbox One X. You can play games at 4K resolution so why wouldn't you want to share that with the world? Hardware to achieve such a thing is still in its infancy but there are a few consumer-grade products that won't break the bank. Mostly you'll be looking at internal capture cards, but AVerMedia has the Live Gamer Ultra, an external capture card for 4K video and HDR. And it's very good. Portable 4K capture $246Bottom line: If you want an external 4K capture card, you want one of these. Pros: 4K capture at 30 FPS. Supports HDR pass through. Pass through 4K video at 60FPS or 240FPS video at 1080p. Excellent quality captures. Cons: Requires a high-spec PC to use. Companion app is sluggish and dated looking. What you'll like about the AVerMedia Live Gamer Ultra Much of the Live Gamer Ultra is on par with AVerMedia's flagship internal capture card, the … [Read more...] about AVerMedia Live Gamer Ultra review: The best external capture card for the Xbox One X