Think Twice Before Getting Excited for Nintendo’s Upcoming SNES

Think Twice Before Getting Excited for Nintendo’s Upcoming SNES

In July 2016, we first covered the Mini Classic NES, later officially called the NES Classic Edition. It was a tiny Nintendo with original controllers, 30 preloaded games, and an original controller. As information leaked out, it became clear this thing was really going to be something special, with excellent game reproduction and multiple graphics modes, plus some saved game options that didn’t exist when the NES first launched. My significant other is a fan of…

Read More

Flashing your RX 480 GPU to an RX 580 BIOS is a really bad idea

Flashing your RX 480 GPU to an RX 580 BIOS is a really bad idea

Every time AMD or Nvidia launches a new GPU family, there’s a scramble to see whether certain features can be unlocked for other GPUs, or if cards can be updated to support higher clocks and voltages. In the old days, it was occasionally possible to buy a midrange card and unlock the additional GPU cores that had been reserved for the top-end models. Even today, there are sometimes performance gains to be had when swapping…

Read More

Nintendo reportedly working on SNES Classic Edition console

Nintendo reportedly working on SNES Classic Edition console

Nintendo broke the hearts of many retro gaming fans last week when it announced the NES Classic Edition had been discontinued. It came as quite a shock, because not only was the NES Classic Edition extremely popular, it was in extraordinarily short supply constantly since it was launched late last year. Many people who wanted one were unable to find it, unless they wanted to pay huge markups to third-party sellers. A new report from…

Read More

AMD refreshes its budget, midrange cards with the RX 560 and RX 570, launches new Polaris 12-based RX 550

AMD refreshes its budget, midrange cards with the RX 560 and RX 570, launches new Polaris 12-based RX 550

AMD launched an entire refresh cycle of its midrange graphics cards today. While our review focuses on the RX 580, AMD is also shipping new SKUs for the RX 460 and 470, as well as a new part, the RX 550. Let’s step through what’s changed for these chips, and what the updates mean for gamers in these market segments. RX 560 and RX 570 The RX 560 and RX 570 are both iterative improvements…

Read More

AMD’s RX 580 reviewed: AMD takes the fight to the GTX 1060, with mixed results

AMD’s RX 580 reviewed: AMD takes the fight to the GTX 1060, with mixed results

Today, AMD is prepping a new GPU lineup based on a refresh of its Polaris (aka GCN 1.4, aka 4th-generation GCN) architecture. We’ll cover the other announcements, like the RX 550, RX 560, and RX 570 in a separate post. In this review, we’re diving into the RX 580 and how it performs relative to 2016’s RX 480 and the GTX 1060. The RX 580 will be familiar to anyone who followed AMD’s GCN 1.4…

Read More

ExtremeTech picks: the best gaming gift cards

ExtremeTech picks: the best gaming gift cards

So you want to give a gift card to a gamer. How do you know which gift card is the best one to get for your giftee? Whether you’re considering a present well in advance or standing in Best Buy scratching your head, ExtremeTech is here to cut through the confusion. We’ll start with general-purpose gift cards that can be used across platforms, and then discuss options for specific platforms and games. Chances are very…

Read More

Microsoft’s Project Scorpio picks up FreeSync, but VR support remains hazy

Microsoft’s Project Scorpio picks up FreeSync, but VR support remains hazy

Last week we discussed the new Project Scorpio Xbox refresh, and what the enhanced gaming capabilities can do in terms of 4K and VR support. Now we’ve got some new information on what the developer kit hardware can do, but signs are mounting that VR capabilities may not be baked natively into the platform. A story by Gamasutra discusses details of the new hardware and how the dev units differ from the mainstream product. While the…

Read More

Bank of Canada lets its geek flag fly with Konami code Easter egg

Bank of Canada lets its geek flag fly with Konami code Easter egg

If you had to hazard a guess, how many times do you think you’ve punched in the Konami code in your lifetime? You know how it goes. Many of us have this down by heart: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. From the first time it showed up in Gradius in 1986 (top), to more recent cameos in games as diverse as Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear Solid, GTA V, and…

Read More
1 2 3 25