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PC market showed its fastest growth in 20 years

PC market showed its fastest growth in 20 years

For years, analysts and market watchers have considered the PC market to be on its way out. Just like with almost anything in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic threw everything into chaos. No industry was left unscathed but some seem to have also benefited from that in the long run. The PC market, both ironically and unsurprisingly, is one of those and it just recorded its highest shipment numbers and fastest growth in the first quarter of 2021 compared to almost two decades of stagnation and dwindling sales.

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Diablo II Resurrected live on Twitch and YouTube starting Thursday

Diablo II Resurrected live on Twitch and YouTube starting Thursday

Blizzard announced that this weekend Diablo II: Resurrected will be available to play in a limited Technical Alpha experience. This means you won't likely get to keep what you find, and your characters might never see the light of day after said Alpha is complete. BUT you'll get to play... if you're lucky enough to be invited to play. If not, there's always YouTube and Twitch for watching streamers who have said opportunity.

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Crash Bandicoot 4 PC version cracked almost as soon as it launched

Crash Bandicoot 4 PC version cracked almost as soon as it launched

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time originally launched in 2020 but saw a soft relaunch Friday for next-generation consoles, the Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. The PC version of the game was exclusively on the Activision-Blizzard Battle.net app and oddly required an online connection to launch the game. PC gamers typically loathe any game that requires an Internet connection to start, despite that the game is entirely off-line in nature.

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Epic Games Store gets more social with a party system

Epic Games Store gets more social with a party system

Gaming is no longer a solitary activity, even if you are playing a single-player offline game. Gamers have various ways to keep in touch with like-minded friends, primarily through voice or text group chats. While there are dedicated platforms like Discord for that, Epic Games wants to save its users from having to do extra work for that. That's why it will soon be introducing a party system in the Epic Games Store to let friends and players gather around their favorite titles or matches.

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Intel convinced Justin Long to stop being A Mac

Intel convinced Justin Long to stop being A Mac

Intel hired Justin Long to do a few video spot/commercials for their next-generation devices. They make the processors that power a whole bunch of Windows computers, so it's in their interest to make those computers look cool. To do that, they've involved Justin Long, the actor that previously worked with Apple in those commercials where one guy would say "I'm a Mac" and the other would say "I'm a PC."

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AYA-NEO puts a different spin on the PC gaming handheld

AYA-NEO puts a different spin on the PC gaming handheld

By now, the idea of a handheld Windows computer is no longer novel but their implementations are still rare. The earliest models, mostly from GPD, had to make do with either less powerful Intel Atoms or, later on, beefier Intel Cores that still weren't made for gaming. It was only with the 11th gen Intel processors with Iris Xe graphics that PC gaming handhelds may have started getting a chance but the AYA-NEO is taking a different route towards that portable gaming PC goal.

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AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT detailed with March release date

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT detailed with March release date

This week AMD revealed the new RX 6700 XT graphics processor for the masses. This machine works with 12GB GDDR6 with AMD Infinity Cache, 40 compute units, and everything a gamer needs to roll with 1440p resolution gaming and "ultra-high frame rates." This card rolls with AMD FidelityFX, Radeon Image Sharpening, DirectX 12 Ultimate, Radeon Boost VRS, and both Radeon Anti-lag and AMD FreeSync tech.

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Razer Tomahawk released with RTX 3080 and tool-less sled system

Razer Tomahawk released with RTX 3080 and tool-less sled system

The miniature, modular gaming PC system known as Razer Tomahawk was released today with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founder's Edition GPU inside. This small form factor (SFF) desktop works with Intel NUC and a modular "tool-less sled system." This desktop gaming-oriented computer was released both with or without the RTX GPU, making a difference of approximately $800 USD.

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Monster Hunter Rise release date countdown splits in two: Switch and PC

Monster Hunter Rise release date countdown splits in two: Switch and PC

The PC version of Monster Hunter Rise won't be released in the year 2021. If you were looking forward to buying the game and playing the game on your Nintendo Switch in the year 2021, feeling all exclusive about the situation, you can still do just that. You'll have a little under a year of the game all to yourself, on Nintendo Switch, before the game is released for PC users. We're expecting it'll take a year or more before it'll be released on the PC.

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Samsung Wireless DeX for PC coming to more phones

Samsung Wireless DeX for PC coming to more phones

Given its track record, there have been some worries that Samsung will abandon its special DeX feature sooner or later. That may still happen but, at least for now, it seems that Samsung will be sticking to its guns, especially since it has become one of the exclusive perks when pairing Galaxy phones with Windows PCs. DeX's longevity, however, depends on the number of users it has which, in turn, depends on the number of devices it supports. Fortunately, Samsung might be addressing the latter by bringing DeX's most recent feature to more of its phones, provided they're running the latest version of its One UI experience.

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Diablo 2: Resurrected PC requirements shouldn’t shock you (yet)

Diablo 2: Resurrected PC requirements shouldn’t shock you (yet)

PC requirements for the game Diablo 2: Resurrected are not particularly monstrous. If you run Diablo 2 on your computer right now, chances are you'll be able to run Diablo 2: Resurrected with little change or upgrade. This is, of course, for the most basic and low-resolution version of the game, but still - it's none too wild!

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Chrome OS nibbling away at Windows market while macOS holds steady

Chrome OS nibbling away at Windows market while macOS holds steady

According to global shipment readings from the analytics group IDC, the year 2020 made Chrome OS rise as Windows fell. In the year 2019, IDC showed Windows with a total global PC marketshare at 85.4%. In the year 2020, Windows global marketshare rang in at 80.5%, for a year-over-year fall of 4.9%. Chrome OS global marketshare rose by almost that same percentage over the same period of time.

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