If there’s been one game eating up my free time for the past week or so, it’s Trackmania 2020. This high-speed racer has arcadey thrills, enough tracks to last a lifetime, and one of the purest gameplay loops I’ve come across. So, let’s dive a bit deeper into why I find this game so addictive.
During CES 2021, Razer showed off a concept face mask with a transparent mouth screen, replaceable N95 filters, a voice amplifier, and of course, RGB lighting. Now, in an interview with Yahoo Finance, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan confirms that the Project Hazel face mask is no longer just a concept, and will soon enter production.
Cheap streaming sticks like the Roku Premiere or the Chromecast with Google TV provide instant access to Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and all of your other favorite platforms. But if you own an Xbox or PlayStation, is there any reason to buy a dedicated streaming stick? Here’s what you’re missing out on if you stream everything through a game console.
They might be the size of Hulk gloves, but Sony promises its upcoming PS5 VR controllers will provide a more immersive, “visceral” gaming experience than typical VR remotes. Borrowing features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers from the new DualSense controller, the PS5 VR controller could give Sony an edge over Facebook’s affordable Oculus Quest.
Every hardcore PC gamer is likely familiar with mechanical keyboards, particularly Cherry MX keys. But gaming on a laptop means either giving up mechanical keys or buying an external keyboard. But now, Alienware will bring Cherry MX keys to the m15 R4 and m17 R4 laptops.
JBL is a well-respected name in the world of audio, but how well does it manage the gaming side of things? The Quantum line of gaming headsets has been around for a while, but they’re still fairly unique compared to the rest of JBL’s lineup. JBL usually doesn’t contend with the gaming-market in general or full-on microphones, which makes you wonder how good something like the Quantum 600, a $150 wireless headset, actually is.
Launching March 18th, the new Dell XPS Desktop and Alienware Aurora R12 will feature Intel’s latest 11th gen Core processors, plus other hardware improvements to fuel your creative projects and games. They’re among the first high-end desktops with Intel’s latest processors.
Why play a fullscreen game when you can do everything from the macOS Dock? iOS engineer Neil Sardesai recently showed off a version of Pong that’s fully playable inside its own Dock icon. Moving your mouse up or down adjusts the Pong paddle, and a small counter keeps score during gameplay.
While a mouse and keyboard is the input method of choice for many PC gamers, it never hurts to have a dedicated controller lying around—even better if it has wireless connectivity for untethered play. Controllers are ideal for third-person and sidescrolling games, and can offer unique advantages in some competitive titles (such as Rocket League and Fortnite). But while there are loads of wireless controllers out there, these are the ones actually worth your money.
Elgato, the company known for its livestreaming tools and capture cards, now sells a Wi-Fi LED Light Strip with wireless smartphone, PC, and Stream Deck controls. The company is also launching Wave Panels, a stylish set of sound-absorption panels to improve the audio quality of your home recordings or livestreams.