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Dying Light 2 preview: Your choices can change the entire fabric of this zombie-filled city

Wed, 2019-06-12 13:34

There were two standout demos at last year’s E3. One was obvious, Cyberpunk 2077. The other took me by surprise at the time though. I liked Dying Light, but Dying Light 2 arrived so much more ambitious than I expected, with Techland touting its divergent storytelling paths and evolving world.

That narrative continued at E3 2019. “It’s not about which ending you get, but how the city looks when you finish the game,” said Techland as we wrapped up this year’s hands-off demo—and for good reason, an entire district emerging from underwater as simultaneously a key storyline came to a premature end.

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Get a certified refurbished Roomba 860 for $270 instead of $600 new, today only

Wed, 2019-06-12 12:02

Robot vacuums take some of the headache out of every day life, cleaning your floor for you while making you feel like you’re living in the future. But they can also be pretty expensive. Today, though, you can get a certified refurbished iRobot Roomba 860 robotic vacuum for $270 on Amazon, down from a list price of $450. A new Roomba 860 will set you back $600.

This robot vacuum uses a three-stage cleaning system to clean up any floor type without needing a lot of maintenance. It also features Dirt Detect Series II to identify problem areas and give them a more concentrated clean. In addition, the Roomba comes with plenty of features to help you control when and where it cleans, including scheduling abilities, a Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier to keep the vacuum within certain boundaries, and Halo Mode, which keeps it away from specific items on the floor.

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Watch 20 minutes of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 gameplay on the PC

Wed, 2019-06-12 10:51

Back at GDC I needed to describe my impressions of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. Paradox was willing to confirm the game’s existence to the public at the time, but all the demo footage we saw was strictly behind-closed-doors.

Give thanks to E3 then, as that’s finally changed. Brian Mitsoda talked me through an early Bloodlines 2 quest Tuesday, and we were able to capture the ensuing footage. Note that this was a hands-off demo, with a member of the dev team controlling, but I was asked for input at pivotal moments—which faction to side with, how to approach a building full of enemies, and whether we kill or spare our target.

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AMD's new Ryzen 3000 APUs give budget gamers an affordable taste of Radeon Vega

Wed, 2019-06-12 10:14

If you're on a Top Ramen-diet, the last thing you're probably jazzed for is AMD's new $750 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X or its $450 Radeon 5700 XT graphics card. But AMD buried some good news for budget gamers among its massive CPU, GPU, motherboard PCIe 4.0 announcement blitz this week: A pair of affordable new Ryzen 3000-series APUs.

AMD's APUs blend the company's Ryzen processing cores with Radeon Vega graphics on a single ready-to-game chip. 

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The Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition gaming mouse is down to an all-time-low of $40 today

Wed, 2019-06-12 09:59

If you missed the great deal on a Razer DeathAdder Chroma last week, you’ve got another chance on Wednesday with another Razer gaming mouse deal. Best Buy is selling the Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition ambidextrous mouse for $40Remove non-product link, half off its $80 MSRP and the lowest price we've ever seen.

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Apple's iCloud app finally comes to the Windows Store, with OneDrive's syncing prowess

Wed, 2019-06-12 09:20

Apple has had an iCloud app for Windows 10 for a while now, but the link to download it was always buried deep in Apple’s support pages. Thanks to a rare joint-effort from Apple and Microsoft, though, now you can find a free and improved official Apple iCloud app in the Windows Store itself.

It largely looks and works like the old app, but this version shares the same technology behind Files On-Demand for Microsoft’s own OneDrive service. As a result, you can open and work on your iCloud files through the app without having to download them to the PC, as iCloud Drive will keep the changes in sync. In most scenarios, that should save both your time and disk space.

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Reolink Argus Eco review: This Plain Jane wireless outdoor security camera can run on solar power

Wed, 2019-06-12 06:00
Reolink delivers a home security camera with all the essential features at an affordable price and gives you the option of recharging the camera's battery with a solar panel.

Cyberpunk 2077's latest mind-blowing demo haunts you with the ghost of Keanu Reeves

Tue, 2019-06-11 19:02

Cyberpunk 2077 was our favorite demo of E3 2018. There's a good chance it'll be my favorite demo of E3 2019 as well—though I'm giving Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 and Dying Light 2 the benefit of the doubt at least. They’ll have to come strong though, as CD Projekt has once again brought a demo that made me ask "Wow, how did they do that?"

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Obsidian's The Outer Worlds feels even more like Fallout: New Vegas than I expected

Tue, 2019-06-11 18:19

Outer Worlds is one of my most anticipated games of 2019 and I’ve never played it. Still. Is that a bad sign? Maybe, but it’s Obsidian’s space-faring spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas. That’s quite a pedigree, and plenty to get my attention. At E3 2019 I’ve at least had the chance to see more of The Outer Worlds, courtesy of a half-hour behind-closed-doors demo.

And the short version? It looks even more like Fallout: New Vegas than I expected.

New New Vegas

One of the aspects I’m most interested in, and it was visible in the trailer Obsidian showed Sunday at Microsoft’s press conference: The number of unique aesthetics on-hand in The Outer Worlds. It’s all very obviously the same game, and yet there are certain areas that resemble Soviet architecture and design, others that display Vegas levels of ostentation, others Art Deco.

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How to partition a hard drive

Tue, 2019-06-11 13:42

When we talk about “drives” labeled C:, D:, and so forth, we’re actually talking about partitions, sections of the physical drive. Every hard drive in use has at least one partition. You can shrink that partition and create new ones out of the extra space. You’ll find this useful if you want to install more than one operating system, or if you want to truly separate programs and data.

But first, you need to take some precautions.

Step 1: Make a full image backup of the entire drive if you don’t already have one. Disasters happen. (See our picks for the best Windows backup software to help get you started.)

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How to stream PC games on Twitch

Tue, 2019-06-11 13:34

Not so long ago there was pretty much one way to interact with a video game: You sat down and played it. Maybe you watched an older friend or sibling play while pointing out all their mistakes, but gaming was never what you’d call a “spectator sport.”

That’s changed in recent years thanks to YouTube gaming celebrities, the booming popularity of professional e-sports, and most importantly, the online game-streaming service Twitch. Firing up a stream and watching someone else play a thousand miles away is now a perfectly legitimate way to enjoy a game. Best of all, anyone is free to participate on either side of a Twitch stream—PCWorld even has its own Twitch channel. If you want to be the one gaming in front of a live audience, you can start doing it today, for free.

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Microsoft follows and Discord's lead, lets gamers chose any Xbox gamertag they want

Tue, 2019-06-11 13:01

The most frustrating phrase in the English language is “That username is in use.” Some good news then: You’ll no longer see it on Microsoft’s Xbox platform. Starting today, Xbox Live gamertags will work the same way as and Discord, assigning a random numeric ID to duplicate handles after a hashtag, i.e. PCWorld#0001.

Well, almost the same as and Discord. Microsoft did say games are currently required to show the numeric ID, even if it’s in a different typeface or lower-contrast color. That’s a slight change from the other two, who only show your numeric ID in specific circumstances, usually when you look at someone’s profile or a long list of users.

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The Opera GX browser is built for gamers with RAM and CPU limiters, RGB lighting, and Twitch

Tue, 2019-06-11 12:37

In the middle of a week of hype over games, CPUs, and energy elixirs, Opera might have the most fascinating E3 2019 release of all: A special version of the speedy Opera browser designed specifically for gamers, Opera GX brings high-end features and controls to help keep your games and browser running smooth, an interesting twist for our current favorite web browser.

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Hands-on: Watch Dogs Legion plays best as an army of old women

Tue, 2019-06-11 11:50

With no Assassin’s Creed on the books for 2019, I expected Watch Dogs Legion to fill the gap this holiday. Unfortunately we’ll need to wait until March of 2020 for the full release—which is doubly unfortunate because Watch Dogs Legion seems incredible, thanks to its innovative play-as-anyone-in-the-world tech.

I don’t get to say this often, but there’s nothing else like it.

Golden girls

After Ubisoft’s E3 press conference on Monday we had the chance to go hands-on with Watch Dogs Legion for about 45 minutes. Even so I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I didn’t do a single mission, nor did I explore even the measly 20 percent of the map Ubisoft made available.

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Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Google Pixel 3a: Which mid-range shooter should you buy?

Tue, 2019-06-11 11:45

As premium smartphones regularly blast through the thousand-dollar threshold, there’s a new battle beginning among mid-range handsets. Last month Google unveiled the Pixel 3a, which sacrificed speed for stellar photography at an affordable price. Now Samsung is doing the same with Tuesday's surprise U.S. launch of the Galaxy A50. Let’s take a look at how these phones stack up:

Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Google Pixel 3a: Size and display

If you’re looking for a small phone, the Galaxy A50 isn’t it. Where the Pixel 3a comes in two sizes, the A50 has a single 6.4-inch model, which is just as big as the Galaxy S10+. The A50 uses Samsung’s Infinity-U display, which includes a notch to contain the front camera and the speaker and rounded corners, while the Pixel 3a has a more traditional forehead for the camera and sensors:

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This 24-inch television comes with Amazon's Fire TV streaming built-in for just $90

Tue, 2019-06-11 11:19

If you’re a cord-cutter, cable-never, or someone who just really likes television, a smart TV is a great way for you to tune into all your content without needing an external streaming device. And today, you can get one for less than $100. The 24-inch Insignia NS-24DF310NA19 Fire TV Edition is $90 on Amazon today, down from a list price of $150.

This 720p smart TV connects to Wi-Fi to tap into all your streaming services. The built-in Fire TV capabilities give you access to a huge lineup of streaming apps, from Netflix to Sling TV. In addition, you can hook up your cable box or gaming consoles to this TV to expand your entertainment options even further. One of the best parts, though, is the included Voice Remote, powered by Alexa, which allows you to navigate through content with just the sound of your voice.

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Speed up your boot time and max out your storage with these cheaper-than-ever drive deals

Tue, 2019-06-11 09:57

Today’s a good day to trick out your desktop with some extra SATA storage and a nice little boot drive. Amazon dropped the price on the 6TB Seagate Barracuda 3.5-inch hard drive to $120Remove non-product link, and the 250GB Crucial MX500 is just $36Remove non-product link, both representing all-time lows.

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41 must-see PC games at E3 2019: Watch every trailer

Tue, 2019-06-11 06:30

E3 2019 is probably the most PC-centric show we’ve seen in years, what with Microsoft announcing Xbox Game Pass for PC and bringing its future first-party games to Steam. Those are big moves for a company that’s long seemed to tolerate its Windows-based audience more than embrace it. And with Sony's absence, it’s safe to say pretty much every game at the show (aside from Nintendo’s) will come to PC at some point.

What games? Well, we’ve rounded up a whole big list for you—nearly every trailer we saw over the last two days, from Outer Worlds to Microsoft Flight Simulator, and from Doom Eternal to Watch Dogs Legion. It’s been an exciting E3, and we haven’t even hit the show floor yet.

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Sony SRS-XB32 Bluetooth speaker review: Flashy lights, fun, amazing sound—and it's waterproof!

Tue, 2019-06-11 06:00
The Sony SRS-XB32 is a fun Bluetooth portable speaker with a nice amount of thump and great overall sound. And its IP67 rating means it's submersible up to three feet.

Fitbit Charge 3 vs Inspire HR: Which advanced fitness tracker is right for you?

Tue, 2019-06-11 06:00
The Fitbit Charge 3 and Inspire HR trackers both offer smartwatch features with fitness and tracking and small grayscale screens. But which one is right for your wrist?