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Razer Seiren X Microphone Review: A Small, Compact & Great $99.99 Mic

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Looking to upgrade from your headset mic? The Razer Seiren X should certainly be considered, and here's why.

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PS5's SSD may benefit PS4 games the most

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 26 mins ago

Sony says the PlayStation 5 will have an ultra high-speed SSD that could eliminate loading times. But the SSD's raw power even out as developers push more high-def assets on next-gen consoles.

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The PS5's SSD is so potent it can load Spider-Man in just 0.8 seconds versus the 13 or so seconds for a PS4 Pro's mechanical HDD. This raw speed discrepancy might only be noticable on older native PS4 games simply because of the new layer of complexity devs can put in next-gen PS5-optimized titles (more effects, more textures, high resolutions, etc). At least that's what some developers like Remedy Entertainment think.

In a recent interview with PlayStation Official Magazine, Remedy technical director Mika Vehkala said the PS5's SSD might not load PS5 games that much faster than the previous gen. In short, we might not want to expect blazing-fast speeds for PS5 games because they can use more data and devs can cut corners.

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Resident Evil 3 Remake likely optimized for next-gen consoles

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 29 mins ago

Inside sources say Resident Evil 3: Remake is set for 2020, which is pretty exciting. But what's even more exciting is how it should be optimized for next-gen consoles.

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Pretty much every game releasing in 2020 will be optimized for next-gen consoles in some way. We don't know exactly how this will work, but expect enhancement patches to roll out for games released prior to the PS5 and Project Scarlett in Holiday 2020. Games released during next-gen rollout should be fully optimized for each platform, complete with a separate SKU for next-gen systems.

Capcom is among the major heavy-hitting publishers who are banking big on next-gen. The company only released one major game in FY2019 (Monster Hunter World: Iceborne) and sent a clear message to investors: They're ramping up their biggest games for next-gen consoles. Capcom's COO already confirmed the REngine is being used to craft new titles on next-gen consoles, and we expect Resident Evil 3 Remake to be one of them.

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Half-Life: Alyx is basically practice for more Half-Life games

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 1 min ago

Half-Life: Alyx is just the beginning of Half-Life's comeback story, and Valve reveals why they chose to make a VR-exclusive game rather than jump right into Half-Life 3.

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The new Half-Life game isn't what we expected. It's a VR-only Half-Life 2 prequel that aims to be virtual reality's killer app and justify Valve's massive investment into the still-fringe platform. But it also serves another big role: Half-Life: Alyx is basically a practice run for new Half-Life projects. It's a way to get Valve back into the groove of the franchise, all while learning new things about Source 2 like optimizing graphics, textures, and FPS mechanics. A lot of what Valve learns from Half-Life: Alyx can translate into other Half-Life games, even if they're not VR projects.

In a recent interview with Geoff Keighley, Valve programmers talked about how Half-Life: Alyx is a stepping stone to new things. The team might not be ready to work on Half-Life 3 just yet, but this new VR project will help pave the way to that magical threequel.

"Back in 2016, when we started this, Half-Life 3 was a terrifyingly daunting prospect, right? I think to some extent VR was a way we could fool ourselves into believing we had a way to do this," said Valve's Robin Walker.

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Black Friday at GoodOffer24: Windows 10 Pro for just $10.62 and more

By: Sponsored Content | Deals | Posted: 8 hours, 8 mins ago

Black Friday is a huge promotional event created by major retailers in the United States, which has since become one of the largest e-commerce events in the world, leading to the Christmas shopping season.

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Borderlands 3's first DLC has you robbing Handsome Jack's casino

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 39 mins ago

Borderlands 3 is getting four story DLCs throughout its lifetime, and the first one brings Handsome Jack back (well...kind of).

Introducing Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, Borderlands 3's brand new wacky DLC. The expansion sees gamers hijacking Handsome Jack's interstellar floating casino (not unlike Gargantua-2 from The Venture Bros.) and absolutely destroying everything to steal that sweet loot.

You'll find lots of new gear on Handsome Jack's slot machine wonderland and blast tons of casino security bots and a few new hulking bosses--including evil Claptraps.

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Pokemon boycott didn't work, Sword and Shield sell 6 million copies

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 33 mins ago

Pokemon Sword and Shield are massive sellers on the Nintendo Switch, moving more than 6 million copies in the first three days of availability. Apparently that proposed boycott didn't achieve much.

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With its decision to cut out a lot of original iconic Pokemon from Sword and Shield (a controversy known as Dexit), GameFreak aggravated lots of fans. There were also moves that were cut, and other features watered down to make the games more friendly for new players. Many called for a boycott of the new Switch RPG duo, but the proposed boycott really didn't have an affect on game sales.

Nintendo today announced that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield together sold-through more than 6 million copies worldwide, including physical and digital purchases. This makes the duo the highest-grossing Pokemon game of all time. Nintendo also confirms the games managed to sell over 2 million copies in the United States in the launch weekend.

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Alien: Isolation is arriving on the Nintendo Switch December 5th, 2019

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 49 mins ago

Alien Isolation has been officially announced to be arriving on the Nintendo Switch before the end of this year.

The announcement comes from the official Feral Interactive Twitter account, who will also be bringing the title over to the handheld console. If you have never heard of Alien Isolation, here's a quick excerpt from the game's description: "When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter she would return home to celebrate her 11th birthday. She never made it. Fifteen years later, Amanda Ripley learns that the flight recorder from her mother's ship has been recovered. Amanda enters Sevastopol space station to finally solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance, only to confront an unknown menace."

The acclaimed horror title will be making its way over to the Nintendo Switch on December 5th. The title will cost $34.99, and pre-ordering is currently available via the Nintendo eShop. A link to that can be found here. It should be noted that you might have to change your region to your respective country to be able to pre-order the title.

Researchers make next-gen soft skin-like robots that are pocket-size

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 16 hours, 46 mins ago

Soft Robotics just took a step forward into the future with a new advancement that sees the development of stretchable skin-like robots.

This new technology has been published in Soft Robotics and has come out of the University of Bristol. The difference between 'soft robots' and normal robots is that soft robots can adapt to their environment by stretching and shifting design, while normal robots are much more ridged. Up until now, researchers have had to choose between the soft robots ability to move and its ability to be able to grip onto surfaces.

Now, researchers from the University of Bristol have taken large inspiration from biological life such as slugs and snails and developed a new robotic skin that can do both. This new robotic skin can crawl across surfaces by the new artificial muscles that researchers have developed for it and grips to surfaces using electrical charges. The new invention has been titled ElectroSkin and its so stretchable that it can be compressed down a normal pants pocket.

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Joker director Todd Phillips settles confusion on rumored Joker sequel

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 17 hours, 19 mins ago

Yesterday, contradicting news came out about a potential Joker sequel being in the works by Warner Bros. Thankfully, Todd Phillips the director of Joker has settled the confusion.

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Phillips has said to IndieWire that a Joker sequel isn't currently in production despite the recent reports by other media outlets. THR reported that Phillips and Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich met to discuss a potential sequel to the film, Deadline then reported that this meeting never actually happened. Now Phillips is clearing up all the news.

Here's what he has said, "While Joaquin and I have talked about it, and while touring the world with Warner Bros executives--going to Toronto, and Venice, and other places--of course, we're sitting at dinner and they're saying, 'So, have you thought about...?' But, talking about contracts, there's not a contract for us to even write a sequel, we've never approached Joaquin to be in a sequel."

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Elon Musk asks SpaceX employees not to be on drugs while at work

By: Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 17 hours, 47 mins ago

Elon Musk, the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX has written an email to all of his SpaceX employee's regarding drug use in the workplace.

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While on The Joe Rogan Podcast back in September last year, Elon Musk decided to take a load off and have a puff a blunt containing cannabis and tobacco. Musk also mentioned that smoking the cannabis on the JRE Podcast "was not wise", and that the way that he smoked the drugs is a clear demonstration of his unfamiliarity of it. Musk also reinforced that the JRE Podcast is located in California where cannabis is recreational legal.

Since that time, Musk has emailed SpaceX employees regarding drug use at work, saying "SpaceX personnel may not use or possess any controlled substance while in the workplace, and also may not be under the influence of legal or illegal drugs while at work". This information was acquired by The Washington Post and it reads, "Anyone who appears to be inebriated or under the influence while at work is subject to drug testing and potentially other employment actions".