Hayden DingmanGames Reporter, PCWorld

Hayden writes about games for PCWorld and doubles as the resident Zork enthusiast.

The Outer Worlds

This week in games: Getting ready for an onslaught of October releases

Plus: Frogwares and Focus fight it out over Sherlock Holmes, and another Fallout 76 merchandise mess. This is gaming news for September 23 to 27.

Oculus Quest

Oculus Connect 6: Significant Oculus Quest upgrades could render the Rift obsolete

Facebook didn't announce any new hardware at Oculus Connect 6, but it revealed key Oculus Quest improvements and a big-budget Medal of Honor VR reboot.

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond

Hands-on: Respawn's Medal of Honor revival for Oculus Rift nails WWII, but lacks little VR extras

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a VR rebirth for the WWII shooter, will be 50 levels long when it lands on Oculus Rift.

Gears 5

Microsoft wants you to help test its Project xCloud game streaming service

Offer includes free access to Gears 5, Halo 5, Killer Instinct, and Sea of Thieves if you sign up.

Red Dead Redemption 2

This week in games: Epic gives away six games at once, Rockstar tosses another launcher onto the fire

Plus: John Wick Hex and Disco Elysium nail down release dates and Anthem puts all its future content plans on ice. This is gaming news for September 16 to 20.

Astro C40

Astro C40 review: For those who think the Xbox Elite Controller just isn't premium enough

Great battery life, reliable connectivity, durable build quality, trigger stops, grip buttons, and swappable stick layouts—the Astro C40 does it all. It's an excellent high-end controller option.

Acer Nitro 5 (2019)

Acer Nitro 5 (2019) review: A great budget-conscious laptop, at least for the moment

Acer's Nitro 5 may age quickly with its entry-level hardware, but it's a great option for budget-minded buyers who enjoy light gaming and wouldn't mind upgrading in a few years.

Epic Games Store

Epic's own library update finally adds a List view for your game collection

Yes, the Epic Games Store probably should've launched with a list view—but hey, it's here now.

Steam Library Update

Steam's wonderful Library Update beta is finally live: Here's how to get it

The Steam Library Update went live today, bringing with it new organizational tools and a slick interface. You could (and should) join.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 review impressions: It's exactly what you think and nothing more

In a console generation that's become synonymous with risk aversion, Borderlands 3 plays it even more safe than expected. It's like the last seven years never occurred, except in memes.

Control

This week in games: Civilization reproduced in Excel, Control teases an Alan Wake expansion

Plus: KFC unveils a visual novel starring the Colonel himself, Netflix leaks The Witcher's release, and a dribble of Tokyo Game Show trailers. This is gaming news for September 9 to 13.

Astro A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TR

Astro A40 TR plus MixAmp review: A tough sell nowadays, but still a top-notch headset

Astro's A40 TR and redesigned MixAmp feel pricier than ever given the current state of the headset market, but great build quality and a bevy of input options might win you over.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey - Discovery Tour

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's educational Discovery Tour mode is here at last, and better than before

Make Pythagoras mash grapes or learn about Thermopylae from historian Herodotus in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's version of the Discovery Tour spin-off mode. It's back for a second go-round, and much improved.

Gears 5

Gears 5 review: War has changed

Gears 5 still feels like a series in need of an identity, but a more charismatic lead and experiments with open-world structure hold promise for the future—even if they don't quite pay off now.

Steam Library Update

Steam's long-awaited Library overhaul launches Sept. 17: Salvation for your massive game collection

It's been a long time coming, but Valve's sweeping library update will add a "Recently Played" section, new filtering and search options, event updates, and more when the open beta arrives on September 17.