Epic Games of Fortnite fame just announced a creator-friendly PC gaming storefront. The announcement was significant, as Epic touted 88 percent revenue slice for developers, beating out Steam (and for that matter, Microsoft) by a significant margin. Additionally, the Epic store will also allow YouTubers, streamers, and bloggers to get a cut of any sales they send through to the Epic store, which is something Steam has yet to consider. Things are certainly heating up for Steam. Steam was the de-facto ruler of PC gaming distribution for quite a while, but as companies like Activision Blizzard and EA began selling their games direct to consumers on PC via their own storefronts, others have begun to realize that they don't exactly need Steam anymore. It also doesn't help that Steam is incredibly saturated, making it hard for some devs to gain visibility. Discord's rise as a community platform has also taken eyes away from Steam, as Valve's chat and community tools languish in an archaic … [Read more...] about Steam, Discord, Epic: Where does the Windows PC gaming store wars leave Microsoft?
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Epic Games’ new digital game marketplace, announced earlier this week and surprise launched during the Game Awards yesterday evening, has raised a lot of eyebrows in the industry. With its favorable 88 / 12 percent revenue split and Epic CEO Tim Sweeney’s pledge to better support creators, many in the industry are wondering whether this will be the game store that could truly rival Valve’s Steam, which has been the dominant platform for PC game distribution for well over a decade. We’re not going to know how successful the store will be for quite some time. Last night, Epic announced the first batch of games that will support its store, and that list remains minuscule compared to the tens of thousands of titles available on Valve’s storefront. And although Epic has the benefit of positioning its store within the Epic Launcher, which is the software required to update and start playing its mega-hit Fortnite, there remains the distinct possibility that … [Read more...] about Why Epic’s new PC game store is the Steam competitor the industry needed
Epic Games announced earlier this week that it was entering the digital game store business, and just a few days later the Fortnite developer is ready to open its marketplace. The new Epic Games Store, which will live inside the Epic Launcher app for Windows and Mac, is now live after a surprise launch in the middle of the Game Awards in Los Angeles this evening. Epic is only confirming 14 titles right now, but its first two to be available right now are high-profile ones: Ashen from developer A44 and publisher Annapurna Interactive, and an all-new game from Bastion and Transistor developer Supergiant Games called Hades. Some other big names include Gunfire Games’ recently released Darksiders 3 and indie classics Journey and Super Meat Boy. Here’s the full list of titles: Ashen by A44 and Annapurna Interactive (now available) Darksiders III by Gunfire Games and THQ Nordic (available Dec. 14) Hades by Supergiant Games (now available) Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek by … [Read more...] about Epic’s PC game store is live now
PC gaming can prove to be an expensive hobby, especially if you're looking to build a capable gaming rig. You'll need 16GB of super-fast RAM, which isn't cheap, and an advanced GPU, which requires a mortgage these days. Luckily, there are some great promotions to be found, and Amazon has numerous components on sale right now for Cyber Monday. Ryzen 7 2700X is part of AMD's second-generation family of processors based on the Zen architecture. This CPU is fast, efficient and capable of some serious gaming. It's also cheaper than similar offerings from Intel, which leaves more money for GPU, RAM, and other PC accessories. $265 (was $330) at Amazon In order to utilize the power of AMD Ryzen, you'll need a motherboard that can handle the second-gen processors. This MSI motherboard is not only up to the challenge, but it's also fully equipped with a solid BIOS, support for DDR4-3200+ RAM, smart cooling features, and even some RGB lighting. $95 (was $130) at Amazon NVIDIA may still … [Read more...] about These crazy PC gaming deals make Cyber Monday the perfect day to bolster your build
For PC Gaming Week 2018, we here at TechRadar want to celebrate the best gaming laptops you can buy today, so read on to check out our list.In the past, the best gaming laptops weren’t all that different from any of the other best laptops – as long as it had a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and discrete graphics, it was the best gaming laptop. They were so few and far between that it didn’t really matter whether or not they were good. The only question they had to answer was ‘can it run Crysis?’ PCGW Deal: ASUS ROG STRIX Thin & Light laptop for just $999This Max-Q gaming laptop is available for a low price for an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Nvidia GTX 1050 4GB for 23% off.View DealHowever, these days, the best gaming laptops are way different than the gaming laptops of yesteryear. They may all run Windows 10, but you can pick up an ultra-thin portable laptop that uses Nvidia’s Max-Q technology, or you can still pick up an … [Read more...] about Best gaming laptops 2018: the 10 top gaming laptops we’ve reviewed