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If You Don’t Think You Need a Standalone Graphics Card, This Sub-£100 GPU Will Change Your Mind

For nearly a decade, common sense has dictated that most people don’t need a standalone graphics card in their computer. Gamers need them to make rich titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider hum, and some professionals, like video editors and 3D designers, need them to take the pain out of rendering huge multimedia files. For everyone else, a video card has been treated more like a luxury item than a necessary computer component. But AMD’s $80 (UK price TBA, but who are we kidding it'll probably be £80) Radeon RX 550, a graphics card that costs a bit less than two brand new games you’ll render on it, is such a good value that it might make you rethink the notion that a graphics card is a splurge you should skip. Read More >>

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Microsoft Tests Auto Refunds for Xbox One and Windows 10

Microsoft is testing a self-service refunds system on Xbox One that also applies to Windows 10 users, which lets people get their money back as long as they've not been hammering the game in question all weekend. Read More >>

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How Windows 10’s Game Mode Makes Your Games Run Faster

In a feature live in a beta Windows 10 build, Microsoft has unveiled "Game Mode" - a feature designed to optimise your computer's CPU and GPU usage for video games. Read More >>

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This Fix Stops Cortana From Breaking Your Windows 10 Search Results

Don't let Windows 10 get you down! If you've found the operating system's search functionality has suddenly stopped working, it's possible Cortana is to blame. Unfortunately, killing Cortana won't have an effect — you'll need to tinker with Windows Firewall instead. Read More >>

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Nvidia Wants to Bring Old PCs Back from the Dead With Gaming “Revival Kit”

Nvidia's had an idea for a Christmas present you could get your dad -- a box of PC upgrades to bring any old lump up to a decent modern standard that should be able to manage most of the newest games at decent-ish settings, as long as you plug it all in right and have a CPU that's not so old it has wood veneer sides. Read More >>

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Oculus Lowers Tech Spec Barriers to VR Entry

The maker of the Oculus Rift VR headset has slightly lowered the minimum tech requirements needed to have a PC validated for the VR experience, thanks to a new software technique that lets the machine better fill in skipped frames. Read More >>

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This Laptop is Two Computers in One Thanks to Swappable Modules

We were impressed with how InFocus managed to cram a half-decent computer into its Kangaroo mini PC that’s no larger than a paperback novel. But we’re still trying to wrap our heads around the company’s latest creation: a laptop dock that lets you swap in even tinier Windows 10 PC modules. Read More >>

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The Moment No Man’s Sky Turned Me Into That Matthew McConaughey GIF

Yep. You know the one. The Interstellar one. This one: Read More >>

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No Man’s Sky Launch Day Patch is Bloody Huge (In a Good Way)

Five years in the making, the infinite digital space of sci-fi explorathon No Man's Sky is finally almost here. Launching tomorrow, the game that you'll find on your disc is but a mere shadow of the complete picture however, with the details of a huge day one patch just been revealed by Sean Murray, the top dog over at developer Hello Games. Read More >>

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These are the Average Gaming PC Hardware Specs (and VR Barely Registers)

PC gaming is usually defined by its ability to chase the most intense hardware capabilities, from multi-monitor super high-resolution gaming through to the most immersive of virtual reality experiences. So it may come as something of a surprise to see that a survey of Steam users – the premier PC gaming platform – reveals the average specs of most PC gamers to be so, well, average. Read More >>

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Xbox Play Anywhere for Xbox One and PC Launches on 13th September

Microsoft is no fool. It knows that the Xbox One is having a hard time keeping up with the PS4, so it's started diversifying by offering support to one of the more neglected sectors of the gaming world - PC gamers. Xbox Play Anywhere is the first serious part of that support, and Microsoft has revealed it's launching on 13th September. Read More >>

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The Best Ways to Play PC Games in Your Living Room

We’re slap bang in the middle of the 2016 Steam Summer Sale, and if your wallet isn’t hurting from shelling out for all those super-cheap PC gaming deals, your back probably will be for being hunched over your desk playing them. For, while the console has ruled the living room for decades, PC gaming is most often relegated to a spare room, bedroom or study. Read More >>

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Razer ManO’War Review: Virtual 7.1 Headset is Ready for Battle

Our PC monitors now curve around the edges of our desks, graphics cards can push enough pixels to give a true sense of photorealism, and virtual reality goggles can put you right inside the action. For that truly transportive gaming experience, it’s now more important than ever then to have sound up to scratch with the visuals. And while it may be a bit of a stretch for most to kit a study out with surround sound speakers, Razer’s simulated 7.1 set-up in its ManO’War gaming headset is about as good as it gets. Read More >>

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Android TV Hacked onto X86 PCs

Fancy trying Android TV for a few minutes before deciding you were right about it all along? There's now a new and easy way to have a look at whatever Google's television ambitions currently resemble, as some clever people have made it all work on a boring old PC like the one under your desk right there. Read More >>

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All the Best E3 2016 Game Trailers – From Xbox One to PS4 to PC

The big boys have have strutted their stuff on the E3 2016 stage, and we've now got a good idea of the gaming landscape for the next 12 months and beyond. There's been a lot to sift through, and whittling down the best E3 2016 game trailers has revealed a very healthy flow of games heading to your preferred systems of choice, be that PS4, Xbox or PC. Read More >>