Hayden DingmanGames reporter, PCWorld

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How Xbox Project Scorpio and the PS4 Pro can play 4K games: Visual compromises

Microsoft has confirmed that the next-gen "Project Scorpio" Xbox will run games at native 4K resolution. But hitting that goal likely involves some compromises.

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The Full Nerd Episode 7: GPU buyer's guide, AMD Zen pricing, and a 4K PlayStation

Brad, Gordon and Hayden predict how much Zen will cost, give you expert advice on which GPU to buy and talk PC vs. the 4K PlayStation.


This week in games: Revolver steering wheels and a game built around RTFM

Plus: Mafia III's does system reqs in style and Ken Levine talks about BioShock's nude dudes. This is gaming news for September 12 through 16.

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BioShock Remastered's brand new PC port is just as bad as the old one

Like Dead Rising earlier this week, BioShock Remastered is a reminder of the PC's darkest days—but in a bad way.

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PSA: Grab all of Battlefield 4's expansions for free through next week

With Battlefield 1 just over the horizon, EA and DICE temporarily slash prices all the way down to "free" for Battlefield 4 DLC. "Buy" it now, keep it forever.


Event[0] review: An ambitious 2001: A Space Odyssey-tinged adventure you can talk to

Event[0] isn't perfect by any means, but its experiments with text parsers might make it the most important (or at least most interesting) indie game of 2016.

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Razer Turret review: This compact lapboard works around the living room

The Razer Turret is too small for any serious gaming, or even serious work, but it's also inconspicuous enough that you won't mind leaving it around your living room.

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Corsair Lapdog review: An ideal candidate for compromise

Corsair's Lapdog takes a no-holds-barred approach to living-room gaming, but a few compromises might've made for a better product.

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Dead Rising's long-awaited arrival on Steam is a reminder of PC gaming's darkest days

PC gaming went through a dark era in the mid-2000s. A decade on, Dead Rising's arrival on the PC is a nod to how much better we have it nowadays.


ReCore review: The first Xbox Play Anywhere game is a beautiful chore

ReCore features charming robot companions and snappy platforming, but a chore of an end-game and terrible load times make it a hard sell.

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This week in games: Mass Effect Andromeda on display, Deus Ex gets DirectX 12

Plus: Interplay's up for auction, Shadow Warrior 2 decapitates dozens of people, and The Walking Dead Season 3 targets a release date. This is gaming news for September 5 through 9.

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9 reasons why PC gaming is a better value than consoles

The PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio drive the point home: PC gaming is more affordable than ever and often a better value than consoles.

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Endless Space 2 preview: A 4X space game with some actual weight to its universe

Amplitude's fast becoming one of the best 4X studios in the industry, with Endless Space 2 looking like an impressive follow-up to 2014's surprise hit Endless Legend.

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More powerful PlayStation 4 Pro revealed with 4K support, AMD's new Polaris graphics

Touting technology from AMD's new Polaris architecture, the new 4.20 TFLOP PlayStation 4 Pro should finally allow console developers to reliably hit 1080p at 30 frames per second. And maybe more.

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Sony’s smaller PlayStation 4 Slim launches September 15

The Sony PlayStation 4 Slim is smaller, quieter, more efficient—but has the same three-year-old hardware sitting inside.