Steam Machines Are Back

When I heard Valve wanted to take over the living room, I didn't believe it. When the rumors came true, I didn't think it could be done. When Valve failed to deliver Steam Machines last fall, I felt vindicated. Now, a year later, it's happening. I've tried them. I'm about to eat my words. » 3/05/15 5:13pm 3/05/15 5:13pm

Valve's First Steam Machine Is $50 and It's Coming This Fall

Been waiting for an officially endorsed Steam Machine? Well, here it is, sort of—the Valve Steam Link. It's a tiny, $50 micro-PC that seems to do absolutely nothing but pipe PC games in over a local network via Steam-in-home-streaming. » 3/03/15 8:50pm 3/03/15 8:50pm

Geforce GTX 960 Review: Sweet Spot' GPU or Not?

Introduced last September, Nvidia's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 delivered twice the performance per watt of their Kepler equivalents on top of bringing support for Microsoft's upcoming DirectX 12 API as well as other new features such as Nvidia Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI), Multi-Frame sampled AA… » 1/25/15 2:55pm 1/25/15 2:55pm

​The Ten Commandments Of PC Gaming

PC gaming is pretty much the best. You get the prettiest, cheapest, most flexible versions of almost every game, along with hundreds of games that aren't available anywhere else. But despite all that, some of the people who make video games don't treat PC gamers all that well. » 12/15/14 11:41am 12/15/14 11:41am

I Just Spent Two Weeks Being A Space Commander

"Don't be That VR Guy," I keep thinking. I've spent the last couple of weeks playing Elite: Dangerous, a PC space-sim that works with the newest Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. It's been pretty amazing, and I'm having a hard time not being That VR Guy. » 8/18/14 4:44pm 8/18/14 4:44pm

The Steam Achievement That Nobody Unlocked

Some achievements are too easy, at times only requiring players to do mundane things like pressing start. Some achievements pose an actual challenge to players, requiring people to earn their digital trophies. And some achievements? Some achievements just aren't possible, no matter what a game might say. » 7/28/14 2:56pm 7/28/14 2:56pm

This Wireless Keyboard Contraption Brings Your Desktop to Your Lap

Anyone who tries to play PC games on their TV inevitably runs into the same problem: What do you do with that damn keyboard and mouse? Roccat has a clever if not super elegant solution. Just put an entire desk-top on your lap. » 6/10/14 3:20pm 6/10/14 3:20pm

The Terrifying Experience of Building A PC For The First Time

As someone that primarily gamed on consoles for most of her life, there's nothing quite like watching your old gaming rig die a slow, agonizing death. » 6/04/14 7:19pm 6/04/14 7:19pm

I Built A 4K Ultra HD Gaming PC... And I Love It

The next-generation of monitor technology is upon us, quadrupling the number pixels our monitors can manifest and placing a heavy burden on our beleaguered video cards. What does it take to put together a 4K-ready gaming PC? Let's find out, with a little help from AMD. » 4/21/14 11:59am 4/21/14 11:59am

Nvidia Just Built Its Own Gaming Supercomputer: The Grid

Nvidia wants to make a Netflix of gaming—perfectly smooth, perfectly simple, superbly rendered PC games steamed to your system as if you owned an expensive rig. And so, here's a GPU tower that the company says just that, combining 700 Xbox 360s in one tall box. » 1/06/13 11:48pm 1/06/13 11:48pm

A Fan Mouse, for the World's Sweatiest PC Gamers

Thermaltake's new Black Element Cyclone Gaming Mouse isn't the first PC gaming accessory to cool a player's hand during intense FPS battles. But it certainly boasts the laziest fan design. » 6/28/12 10:20am 6/28/12 10:20am

I Just Held the Future of PC Gaming in My Hands and It's Called Project…

Just stop me when this sounds ridiculous: A tablet. Built for gaming. Like, really built for gaming. With twin analog joysticks. That are permanently built into it. That's Razer's Project Fiona. And it's more amazing than you think. » 1/10/12 10:58pm 1/10/12 10:58pm

The Tools You Need to Survive a LAN party

Online gaming may be the preferred form of multiplayer showdowns these days, but the LAN party still exists. They're grueling, caffeine-fueled affairs that can span multiple days, and intimidate the uninitiated. So here's everything you need to fit in. » 9/15/11 5:20pm 9/15/11 5:20pm

When in Doubt, Stick a Giant Radiator Inside Your Computer

Liquid cooling, long the geeky masterwork of any PC gaming champion, has become simpler to set up, with pre-assembled, self-contained units available for any dummy in search of a cooler CPU. Maingear says their newest cooler frosts like a boss. » 4/26/11 10:20pm 4/26/11 10:20pm

Walmart.com Now Selling Custom Gaming Rigs along with Swiffers

Big box monolith Walmart's now in the desktop gaming biz, teaming up with iBUYPOWER. The systems, starting at $600, can be configured with several different Intel and AMD processors, along with a range of AMD and NVIDIA offerings. [Walmart.com] » 4/26/11 2:38pm 4/26/11 2:38pm

12 Ways Consoles Are Hurting PC Gaming

It's happened to everyone at one point or another. You're playing your favorite FPS and minding your own business when your character finally succumbs to that pesky stream of bullets that's been bouncing off his face for the past two minutes. "Aw man," you say aloud while a big, ominous Game Over screen stares you… » 4/01/11 2:40pm 4/01/11 2:40pm

Naturally, This Beer Keg Casemod Has a Bottle Opener

Ben Lzicar, bro, took one of those ugly old beer kegs and turned it into an admittedly flashy piece of PC gaming kit. And, surprising no one, he made sure it had a bottle opener attached to the side. » 11/21/10 5:00pm 11/21/10 5:00pm