Gaming PC

IDC: PC market to decline yet again

IDC: PC market to decline yet again

It looks like 2013 will be another bad year for PCs. Shipments of PCs is expected to decline yet again this year, but only by about 1.3%. The IDC reports that this is due to the lack of enthusiastic response to Windows 8, and also due to the struggling economy. While IDC reports that PC sales are going downhill, it looks like smartphone sales are still growing at a rapid pace and at a pace that won't slow down until around the year 2017.

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Xfire reveals Battleground, draws in competitive gamers from all around

Xfire reveals Battleground, draws in competitive gamers from all around

Xfire, one of the most popular PC gaming messaging mediums with over 23 million subscribers and over 250,000 active users per day, has decided to bring something new and game-changing to the industry. Xfire has just launched Battleground, a fully-automated competitive PC gaming platform. Battleground brings competitions and tournaments directly and automatically to its users, allowing them to experience the most entertaining aspects of PC gaming. Not only that, certain competitions and tournaments will offer great prizes to the winners.

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Ubisoft wants to improve its relationship with PC gamers

Ubisoft wants to improve its relationship with PC gamers

Stephanie Perotti, director of Uplay, has stated that Ubisoft wants to improve its relationship with PC gamers. The company has had immense popularity with console gamers and has shown favoritism to consoles in the past. One example would be the company releasing games, like Assassin's Creed 3, to the consoles one month before they become available for PC gamers. Ubisoft has been working to attempt to balance its love between both console gamers and PC gamers.

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Activision is pulling away from licensed games

Activision is pulling away from licensed games

Activision has announced that they will be moving away from the licensed games, meaning there will be fewer games from the James Bond, Transformers, Men in Black, and Spider-Man series. Rumor has it that James Bond will be seeing its end really soon. Activision is following the same move that Electronics Arts made back in 2008. EA Games president, Frank Gibeau, said at the time that "the days of licensed-based, 75-rated games copies are dead like the dinosaur."

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iBUYPOWER Revolt Review

iBUYPOWER Revolt Review

Gaming PCs usually come in huge full-size towers, while some builders can cram a decent rig into a mid-size tower. However, iBUYPOWER has managed to stuff a top-of-the-line gaming machine into a SFF (small form factor) case, which isn’t completely unheard of, but very few people attempt such a feat. This new computer is called the Revolt, and it was announced earlier last month at CES 2013. The new computer is expected to start shipping sometime later this month, but we ended up getting some quality hands-on time with the new rig and ran it through its paces. Let’s see how it did.

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Acer Predator AG3620 Review

Acer Predator AG3620 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the new Acer Predator AG3260 gaming PC. While “gaming PC” and “Acer” may not be two terms you immediately associate with one another, Acer has impressed in the past, and is now looking to wow consumers with its Predator G series of computers. In fact, we've reviewed a computer that's quite similar to this one before, only now the Predator is back with Windows 8 and some slightly different hardware. The problem with building a gaming rig is still the same as always, though: PC gamers can be a fickle bunch, with the most hardcore not paying any attention to pre-built machines and instead building their own rigs. That isn't an option for everyone, so can the Predator AG3620 offer enough to be worthy of those gamers' dollars? Read on to find out.

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AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC Custom System (Z77, Core i7 Ivy Bridge) Review

AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC Custom System (Z77, Core i7 Ivy Bridge) Review

Today SlashGear has a real treat for those of you looking for no less than a top of the line gaming tower. This is the AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC build we've got here is a lovely combination of white plastic, metal, massive amounts of power, and processing so quiet it's scary. This is without a doubt the most impressive PC I personally have reviewed for SlashGear, and with the custom build we've got waiting for you in this hands-on look, I fully expect you're going to be scrambling to break your piggy bank to count up to $2019.16 USD to buy your own. Check it out!

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RAMRod Powerbox gaming PC with RAMDisk review

RAMRod Powerbox gaming PC with RAMDisk review

There are a lot of companies out there that will build you the gaming desktop of your dreams for a pretty penny. You could go pedestrian and buy from Alienware, or perhaps a little more custom and try iBuyPower. But one competitor has an edge that they hope will put them in a performance class above the rest. DV Nation specializes in blazing fast storage and memory, and puts every ounce of their experience into their RAMRod line of gaming PCs. The company was kind enough to let us try out the Powerbox, its compact model, to see the best in gaming excess.

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