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Top VR game developer cancels new productions, lays off 100

CCP Games, maker of some of the biggest virtual reality games, has announced it's pulling out of the market so it can focus on PC-based titles. The decision casts further doubt on the future of the VR gaming industry which has had a sluggish start.

Dell launches new Alienware PCs, laptops and monitors at E3

Dell's Alienware gaming division has announced several new products at the E3 gaming show today. The revised line-up includes more powerful desktop computers, upgraded laptops and new monitors built for high frame-rate gameplay.

Microsoft rebrands its Beam game streaming service as 'Mixer'

Microsoft has unexpectedly renamed Beam, the game streaming service it acquired last year. Now known as "Mixer," the company has unveiled a slew of new features that fans have been vocally requesting. The name change has proved divisive though.

Minecraft to change controversial parrot feeding mechanic

Minecraft developer Mojang has said it will change the way parrots are fed in the game after community members realised it could kill real birds. A feature of an upcoming update, parrots are currently fed with chocolate which would actually poison them.

AMD announces new low-cost graphics cards for budget gaming PCs

AMD has today announced a new generation of graphics cards that continue the company's recent focus on value-for-money gaming performance. The Radeon RX 500 series are priced lower than the competition but still offer ample power for most games.

Microsoft's infamous Solitaire game was built by a summer intern

Microsoft's Solitaire game, included with Windows PCs for generations, has long been presented by the company as a way to teach new computer owners how to use the mouse. According to the intern who created it, it was actually built 'out of boredom.'

Valve boss Gabe Newell 'comfortable' with idea VR could fade away

Gabe Newell, boss of gaming company Valve, has opened up about his views on VR in a rare press interview. He said Valve remains "optimistic" about VR's future but is also "comfortable" with the possibility of the technology failing to gain mass appeal.

Steam Direct could make or break PC gaming

Valve, creator of the Steam PC gaming platform, has announced it is abandoning its controversial Greenlight distribution system. Under its replacement program, any developer will be able to publish their game, in return for a potentially hefty fee.

Windows 10's new Game Mode optimises your PC to boost performance

Microsoft has introduced Game Mode, a new feature coming to Windows 10 with the upcoming Creators Update that will improve gaming performance. Part of a wider upgrade of Windows 10's gaming capabilities, it's designed to make the most of your hardware.

Samsung unveils its first ever gaming laptop

Samsung has announced its first ever gaming laptop, a 17.3-inch high-performance machine designed to appeal equally to intensive and casual gamers. The laptop is less aggressively styled than some of its rivals but features premium components.

Razer's 'Valerie' may be the craziest gaming laptop ever built

Razer has announced what it's calling the world's first laptop with built-in multi-monitor support. Project Valerie has three 17.3-inch monitors with an automatic 'deployment mechanism,' letting you game in ultra-wide resolutions while on the go.

NVIDIA criticised for forcing people to log in to its gaming app

NVIDIA has been criticised by customers after a recent overhaul of its graphics card software introduced mandatory logins to use the advanced features of its hardware. An account is now required for simple tasks like driver updates, to user discontent.

100 million people now play Solitaire on Windows

Microsoft has announced that over 100 million people have now played Solitaire on Windows 8 or 10. It makes it one of the most popular and far-reaching games ever created, showing the mass appeal of the simple titles that come bundled with Windows.

Sony launches PlayStation Now and over 400 games on Windows PCs

Sony has announced it is bringing its PlayStation Now online gaming service to Windows PCs, alongside an official wireless adapter for its DualShock controllers. The move is a response to the increased role of Xbox on Microsoft's Windows 10.

NVIDIA unveils 'crazy, reckless' $1,200 GTX TITAN X graphics card

NVIDIA has unveiled a new extremely high performance PC graphics card for enthusiast hardware buyers. The new GTX TITAN X is based on NVIDIA's Pascal architecture and replaces last year's card of the same name. It is one of the fastest GPUs ever built.

Get your game on with a free Ubisoft title every month

Ubisoft is celebrating its 30th anniversary of becoming a games publisher by giving games away for free to whoever will ask for them. Gamers will be able to claim a free title every month for the rest of the year, yielding a total of seven free games.

Intel's new 10-core processor costs more than your whole PC

Intel has unveiled the most powerful desktop processor ever created, a 10-core enthusiast chip retailing for $1,700. The new Broadwell-E-based CPU is the first deca-core processor aimed at consumer machines instead of servers and datacentres.

Windows 10 a closed 'walled garden', claims veteran game dev

Tim Sweeney, CEO of games giant Epic Games, has written a scathing attack on Microsoft's apparent plans to make the Windows 10 Store the de facto place to buy new PC games. Sweeny called on the industry to "fight" what he sees as monopolisation.

Steam launches new trading system

Steam has long been one of the biggest and best online retailers when it comes to downloadable PC and Mac games. Yesterday, the site made itself just a little bit bigger with the announcement of a brand new trading system.

What will life be like in 3991?

In the year 3991, the world will end, according to a man who is addicted to playing a game called Civilization II. For the last decade Lycerius has been hooked on creating a new world, using the computer game.

Did Consoles Kill the PC as Gaming Platform?

During the last month, the launch of Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii consoles and the upgrades the Xbox 360 received, have conquered the attention of the entire mass-media. So how grim is the future of the PC as a gaming platform?
 

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