Intel Core i5 9600K on Sale for $175!

Although it may be a last generation Intel desktop chip, it is no slouch. With 6 cores and and a base clock of 3.7GHz and boost clock of 4.7GHz the price drop from $259.99 to $174.99 makes it the perfect option if you are planning a budget build with a z390 Motherboard. With this price drop it will allow you to invest in other parts of your PC Build!

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Also they offer free shipping for any order over $49.00

New Outlast Announced with a Twist

The Outlast Trials will feature co-op play.

The Outlast Trials was announced recently during the PC Gaming Show.

For those not familiar with the series – Outlast is a horror series which had 2 installments prior to Trials. Outlast 1 & 2 were released in 2013 and 2017, respectively. The series has been acclaimed to create extremely spooky environments and scare the living daylight out of you. I can personally attest to this. Which brings me to my next point…

The new Outlast with have COOPERATIVE PLAY. Will the game still be as terrifying if you have 3 other buddies playing the game with you? I am excited to find out. Initial impressions from the trailer are still as eerie as ever. It doesn’t tell much, but the game will be set in the cold war era. All we get to see are some doctors drilling into your head and installing night vision.

The next scene shows someone trying to help you, I guess alluding to the co-op aspect.

Currently the game is scheduled to release for PC in 2021.

Twitch Sings: Get your Karaoke Fix at Home!

Twitch releases their own karaoke platform for all.

Quarantine may be semi-over, but for those who are still staying home to reduce risks, you can still enjoy karaoke with friends from the comfort of your own home. Twitch released their own karaoke platform titled “Twitch Sings”. It’s a platform built by twitch for everyone and includes support for live streams.

The platform already has an impressive start. It is quite intuitive and has hard to find features missing on other karaoke apps/machines. You can style your avatar that sings on a stage or use your webcam and have a full on performance. You can also modify the mic output as well to a have effects like studio, hall, chorus, and best of all AUTO TUNE. So fear not if you can’t sing all that well. The game will play back your performance as well, which you can publish and share…or delete if you didn’t sound as good as you thought you did.

The song selection is not enormous, but its not bad at all, you’ll find tons of your favorite bangers and sing alongs. They do have backstreet boys though, so does anything else really even matter? Some selections even have guide vocals to help you out in case you are tone deaf like myself. The game also tells you if you are on pitch or not.

But…is karaoke alone in your room really all that fun? It is, but even if it wasn’t, YES – twitch sings has multiplayer. You can sing solo, duet, or even have a party with up with 5 people and take turns singing!

I’m really impressed by this platform so far – finally someone properly blends karaoke with a social platform properly.

Grab Twitch Sings for FREE.

New World: Amazon’s MMO You Haven’t Heard Of

Closed Beta set to arrive in July 2020.

Amazon is getting ready for its closed beta of New World, their new open world MMO. The game is planned to be released only for PC with an official release on August 25th, 2020. The Steam page is already available with pre-purchase options.

The game is currently in alpha, with the closed beta right around the corner, you can sign up for a chance to get in on it, or simply pre-order the game for guaranteed access. Most of the people in the alpha are still under NDA, so we won’t know mass opinions on the game until we arrive in the beta.

According to developers, the game will revolve around a classless system and players will get to choose what they want to progress in. Player will work to establish settlements and territories while fighting off the “corruption” that will create resistance and fight against you as you progress deeper into the world.

Official New World Trailer

Initial game play footage reveals a pretty fluid combat system where timing and skill may play a bigger role than in other MMOs. Many are optimistic about Amazon’s first entry into the MMO space following their recent release of Crucible, which was an entry into the shooter genre.

Find the latest on the official New World website

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Player’s Perspective

Is the new Phantasy Star Online 2 PC release worth playing in 2020, 8 years after the initial release in Japan?

Judging by the amount of hours I’ve put into the game in the first few days so far, my short answer is *yes*.

Gameplay

I think the winning aspect of this game is the combat system, even though PSO2 is around 8 years old, I was pleasantly surprised by the slick combat and how responsive the gameplay is. This game can be compared closely to monster hunter and diablo. You hang out in town where there are tons of things to do – shop, gamble, craft, etc. Then you accept client orders (tasks) and queue up in a mission to board your ship. Essentially, this game is a dungeon crawler and not an open world MMO. Each mission is self contained and you can redo them on different difficulties for exp and loot.

The combat itself is slick – enemies don’t feel too much like bullet sponges and you can swap between a target lock on system or use free aim mode which turns the game into 3rd person shooter style for ranged attackers. Animations are done really well; melee attacks are pleasing to the eye and satisfying to land, they also give me flashbacks to Devil May Cry. For those who don’t know my taste in games, I love the concept of MMOs/Dungeon crawlers, but often hate the combat system and how enemies just feel like sponges while you spam every key on the keyboard. So when I enjoy the combat in a game like PSO2, it means it has to be pretty good.

There is still a ton of content I haven’t explored yet, but I did have a lot of fun at the casino. I explored a few of the mini games, and you’ll find some familiar things – roulette, blackjack, slots, and more. My friends and I definitely spent a bit too much time hitting the slots, but at least we know never to go to a real casino together, because we apparently have a gambling problem.

Tips

There are definitely some quick tips that I wish I knew before blindly trying to level up my character.

  • Spend some time doing the initial tutorial missions, especially the ones from Afin and Cofy, who are found near the ship entrance, they will unlock extra things to make your life easier
  • If you don’t have friends on ship 2, consider starting in ship 1 or 3, less people means less lag
  • You can usually do missions 5-8 levels higher than you relatively easily for better experience
  • ACCEPT CLIENT ORDERS, these provide the most experience for you to level up significantly faster – you’ll be focusing on the orders on the far left, far right, and at the counters by your ship gate entrance.
  • Do urgent missions that pop up during certain time frames, they are fun and efficient for leveling/loot
  • Look up guides on how to distribute your class skills, you can level your class skills at one of the counters
  • Don’t bet all your casino money in roulette
Don’t Get Sucked Into Slots

Bugs

PSO2 has a few bugs here and there. Some people are having issues with the Microsoft store; fortunately, it was all seamless for me. There is major lag in the main lobby when your block (server) is full, but NVIDIA did release a driver that helped a little bit, but didn’t fully fix it. I’ve also been disconnected at extremely inconvenient times and lost out on bonuses. Hopefully there are some fixes for PC, it has only been out for a few days.

Overall

I am enjoying the game and I think anyone who enjoys this genre should give it a try. You also don’t need to worry too much about the premium plan or paid subscription. The game is free to play and the paid bonuses are nice to have, but not game breaking at all. The only thing I’m missing out on is the inability to sell items or trade with my friends (kind of sucky, but it could be worse)
Grab it in the Microsoft Store.

Razer’s New Gigantus V2 Mouse Pad

Can this really be called a mouse pad? Maybe a DESK pad?

Razer is always pumping out new and interesting accessories. The latest announcement is a refresh of their Gigantus mouse pad, called the V2. They’re taking “Gigantus” to the next level with 4 different sizes.

  • M – 14.17 x 10.83 inches – $9.99
  • L – 17.72 x 15.75 inches – $14.99
  • XXL – 37 x 16.14 inches – $29.99
  • 3XL – 47.24 x 21.65 inches – $49.99

I’ve recently acquired a large style “mouse pad” that my keyboard currently sits on as well. It has been pretty enjoyable, the extra cushion from the mouse pad is comfortable when I am typing and/or using my mouse. There is also little risk of ever running out of mouse pad surface area when flicking around for those headshots.

The new Gigantus lineup throws more into the mix with pads that can cover just about the entire desk. I’m not sure how this would play out, I’m not sure why I would need my monitor or my speakers to sit on a pad as well. You would also need to consider that cleaning a mouse pad is harder than just wiping down your desk.

Still, it is fun to see Razer always trying new things. They will also offer their Razer Customs service on certain sizes, so you can design your pad as well to your liking. The feature should be available soon on their customs page.

Razer’s New 300hz Blade Pro

Are 300 Hz displays and 10th gen Intel processors enough to get consumers to pick up the Razer Blade Pro 17?

That’s what the company hopes and they’re throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the project in order to woo the often fickle PC consumer back to Razer.

A notch above the Blade Stealth and Blade, the Blade Pro 17 is the one with the big 17 inch screen and it comes in three hot configurations that are all ready to burn a hole through your wallet.

These are the $2,599.99, $3,199.99, and $3,799.99 version with the cheapest variant rocking the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q and the middle-tier and top-tier iterations use the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.

All share the same CPU, a Intel Core i7-10875H, and 16GB DDR4 RAM. The models also share the same battery, a 70.5 WHr, and the same wireless Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0.

The cheapest and middle versions of the Blade Pro 17 use a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD for storage while the top-of-the-line model uses a 1TB PCIe NVME SSD.

The Razer Marketing Video of Razer Blade Pro 17

When it comes to the display, the Blade Pro 17 truly distinguishes each model from one another with different variants geared towards gamers who really care about this kind of thing.

The cheapest and middle versions of the computer come with a 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080, 300 Hz display while the most expensive version has a 17.3-inch, 4K, 120Hz.

Basically, the display is pretty amazing at any level. But that’s also where we had our biggest issues with the product. More on that later.

To round out the Blade Pro 17’s list of features, you get an SD card reader, 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, RJ45 Ethernet,  HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, and  2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports.

The Razer Blade Pro 17 should start shipping to consumers and retail outlets later this month. In our opinion, it’s a pretty solid offering and we think the specs justify themselves.

The prices are also not uncommon for this kind of laptop and we didn’t really expect Razer to engage in intense price competition. What we did expect were the specs and the display, in particular, and that’s where we are concerned.

Can a gaming laptop consistently maintain 300 Hz over its lifetime?

We doubt it. Thermal throttling should become an issue because that’s a ton of power just to the display alone without even considering the rest of the power-hungry components that make up this system.

Outside of that, though, we’re impressed. If the system holds up when it starts to be subjected to real world conditions across multiple users, then we’ll change our mind but, for now, we’re cautiously optimistic.

Some people might take a wait-and-see approach as a verdict to not buy the product but, really, we just want to make sure its capable of delivering on the promises it is making.