Cryptocurrency Craze Sends GPU Prices Skyrocketing — Again

Cryptocurrency Craze Sends GPU Prices Skyrocketing — Again

Back in 2013, during the height of the GPU bitcoin mining craze and before ASICs had taken over the market, prices for video cards reached absurd levels. This primarily impacted AMD, since GCN-based cards were vastly better at Bitcoin and Litecoin mining than their Nvidia counterparts, but the end result was awful for enthusiast gamers. GPUs that normally would’ve sold for $ 200 to $ 300 were, in some cases, commanding $ 600 to $ 800…

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Developer of A Way Out Claims PS4 is Crippling Performance

Developer of A Way Out Claims PS4 is Crippling Performance

One of the most unique games shown at E3 this year is called “A Way Out.” It’s the second title by director Josef Fares, and it’s explicitly designed for multiplayer, either via the PlayStation Network or sitting side by side on the couch. Games with extensive co-op modes are comparatively rare, but games that literally require co-op play are basically unheard of. The game doesn’t take place entirely in split screen, but much of the…

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The Steam Summer Sale Starts Thursday, June 22

The Steam Summer Sale Starts Thursday, June 22

The time has come for gamers the world over to joke about burying their wallets in the backyard, but they’ll never do it. The Steam Summer Sale is starting Thursday, and that means big sales on games. An embarrassingly small number of those games will ever be played. But the prices are really good! Be honest, you’re going to buy things. This is a twice annual tradition on the Steam Store; once in the winter…

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Skylake-X Packs a Punch, but It’s Not Intel’s Best Gaming CPU

Skylake-X Packs a Punch, but It’s Not Intel’s Best Gaming CPU

Intel’s Skylake-X platform launched this week, with support for Kaby Lake and Skylake HEDT CPUs ranging from 10-core chips available on June 26 to an 18-core processor that’ll be available in October. We’re still working on our review, but the overall performance level of the new CPUs looks fairly solid. There’s one important thing to keep in mind, however: High core count CPUs, generally speaking, are not the best gaming chips you can buy. That’s…

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Can You Build a $500 Gaming PC to Match the Xbox One X?

Can You Build a $500 Gaming PC to Match the Xbox One X?

Microsoft’s Xbox One X got an official price tag at E3 last week. At $ 499, it’s coming in at the same price the original Xbox One debuted at. In this case the additional cost has been directly spent on the platform’s gaming horsepower rather than its ill-fated Kinect 2 peripheral. There’s a lively debate that goes on between computer and console gamers over which platforms offer the best horsepower for your gaming dollar. Whenever…

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Retail Listings, Prices for AMD’s Vega Frontier Editions Appear

Retail Listings, Prices for AMD’s Vega Frontier Editions Appear

When AMD announced that it would launch its upcoming Vega GPU for professional markets before bringing it to the consumer space, would-be customers were somewhat less than thrilled. We now know that the GPU will launch for consumer products in July, with the professional Radeon Vega Frontier Edition available in June. Thanks to SabrePC, which briefly had price listings attached to the GPUs, we know the air-cooled variant will cost $ 1,199, while the water-cooled…

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Atari to Make its First Console in Decades, but What the Heck Is It?

Atari to Make its First Console in Decades, but What the Heck Is It?

Atari has announced its intention to re-enter the console market, 23 years after its last platform, the Atari Jaguar, launched. The company has said very little about its plans for the hardware, and hasn’t even confirmed if its working on a retro game platform or if it actually wants to compete with the likes of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. Here’s what we know. At E3 last week, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais told GamesBeat that the…

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There’s No Profit Margin for Microsoft on the Xbox One X

There’s No Profit Margin for Microsoft on the Xbox One X

Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X is an impressive piece of kit, given its $ 499 price point. But Microsoft could only hit the specs it targeted by compromising on one critical issue: Profitability. Unlike the Xbox One and Xbox One S refresh, both of which made money from Day 1 and were profitable pieces of hardware, Microsoft isn’t earning a cent on the Xbox One X. That’s the word from Phil Spencer, head of the…

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