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Intel’s Core i9-14900KS has been spotted in the wild.

Intel launched a special edition of its Core i9-13900K processor last year, and it looks like it’s about to unveil a 14900KS successor soon. Overclocking enthusiasts have already got their hands on the unannounced processor, which looks set to offer 6.2GHz boost clocks. That’s up from the 6GHz boosts found on last year’s 13900KS. Intel hasn’t officially announced the Core i9-14900KS yet, but that’s probably about to change real soon.


Enthusiasts have already managed to get hold of Intel’s unannounced CPU.
Enthusiasts have already managed to get hold of Intel’s unannounced CPU.
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GPD’s latest PC gaming clamshell comes with a VRR screen.

One thing the Asus ROG Ally absolutely does better than the Steam Deck or Lenovo Legion Go: smooth out choppy gameplay with its variable refresh rate screen. Now, GPD will use a similar 7-inch 120Hz VRR screen on its 2024 Win Mini — and (sadly?) swap out the Oculink external GPU port for 10Gbps USB-A.

The MSI Claw will also have a 7-inch VRR screen.


The GPD Win Mini handheld PC.
The GPD Win Mini handheld PC.
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That’s not very spreading democracy of you.

The popularity of Helldivers 2 has apparently encouraged others to capitalize on its success. Not by creating their own game inspired by the spreading democracy simulator, of course, but by creating a fake Steam page for Helldivers 2 and marking the “game” at a steep discount.

Thankfully, it seems like the fakes have been removed.

Glory to democracy!


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Bob is taking his Toys and going indie.

Toys For Bob has announced it’s going independent and is considering a possible partnership with Microsoft for its next game.

Acquired by Activision Blizzard in 2005, Toys for Bob is known for creating the popular Skylanders series and developing Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, but for the last three years, it served as a support studio for *checks notes* the Call of Duty franchise.

In the announcement, the company wrote that this change, “allows us to return to our roots of being a small and nimble studio.”


We're Going Indie!

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Nvidia’s GeForce Now just got its first Battle.net games from Blizzard.

You can now stream Call of Duty HQ, Overwatch 2, Diablo IV and Hearthstone using your Battle.net account. Hearthstone’s brand new to GFN, period — the others already worked with a Steam login because Blizzard’s playing nice with Steam.

The GeForce Now app doesn’t yet support linking your entire Battle.net library, though, like it does with Steam, Epic, Xbox, and Ubisoft. Also: Nvidia says GFN day passes arrive next week.


They’re live — I checked. Now where did I put that authenticator app...
They’re live — I checked. Now where did I put that authenticator app...
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Now Razer’s got a glowing RGB microphone.

How has this not been a Razer thing? Is Google just not surfacing them for me? (I guess it had that one with an emoji screen.)

Either way, the gamer light king now offers the dazzling $130 Razer Seiren V3 Chroma, following HyperX, Logitech, Cherry and others into the arena. (Note that it’s a cheaper mic than Razer’s V2 Pro and lauded Seiren Elite.)

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The Razer Seiren V3 Chroma.
The Razer Seiren V3 Chroma.
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The turmoil continues at Embracer.

After a massive $2 billion deal fell through last year, Embracer has been cancelling projects, closing studios, and laying off staff — most recently that included cuts at Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal.

Now Bloomberg reports that the company is looking to sell Saber Interactive, a studio working on the troubled Knights of the Old Republic remake, for $500 million. Meanwhile, Kotaku is reporting that the previously rumored sale of Gearbox is getting close as well.


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Leap day broke EA Sports WRC.

The game started crashing for players on Xbox and PlayStation shortly after launch — and it’s all because today’s February 29th. EA is now telling players to change the date on their consoles to tomorrow, March 1st, 2024 to get the game working again.


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Subscription services are changing our relationship to gaming

In countries like Argentina, where physical games are exorbitantly expensive, services like Game Pass present a more affordable — but flawed — alternative.

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Time to be reborn.

The second game in the Final Fantasy VII remake trilogy — Rebirth — is out today on the PS5. You can check out my review of the excellent RPG right here, as well as all of our coverage in this stream.


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It’s RTO for the GTA VI devs.

According to Bloomberg, Rockstar will ask employees to return to the office five days a week beginning in April. In an email sent to employees, Jenn Kolbe, head of publishing, wrote security and productivity were the main reasons for implementing RTO as well as the “tangible benefits” of in-office work.

Security issues are indeed a concern for Rockstar as it suffered a massive data breach in which hackers leaked early footage of GTA VI. But it’ll likely be a hard sell convincing employees to return to the office full-time and could result in increased attrition.


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EA is the latest gaming company to lay off workers.

Just one day after PlayStation laid off 900 employees (which followed layoffs from Activision Blizzard, Riot Games, Discord, Unity, and others), EA announced on Wednesday that it’s cutting 5 percent of workers, which amounts to around 670 roles.

The game publisher also said that it’s “moving away from development of future licensed IP that we do not believe will be successful in our changing industry,” allowing it to focus on its own IP, sports, and online communities.


Remedy is now in Control.

Now that Alan Wake II has sold 1.3 million copies, it’s shoring up the Goofy Sam Lake Twin Peaks Metaverse by buying the full rights to Control (and sequels) from 505 Games.

My fav part of Alan Wake II is how it parodies and extends the company’s previous games — including Control and a bizzaro world version of Max Payne physically acted and voiced by the same people. That worked despite Rockstar owning Max Payne, though! Last we heard, Microsoft still owns Quantum Break.


The original key art for Control.
The original key art for Control.
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Physical media week

Exploring the importance of discs and cartridges in an increasingly digital age.

The ultimate Xbox book.

Celebrating 20 years of Xbox is a full and detailed history of the original Xbox. The Kickstarter project already had a first limited run and now it’s back for second print run. There are more than 360 pages detailing the timeline of every game released on the original Xbox, and contributions from “Founding Father of Xbox” Ed Fries, Xbox community members, and even a section on Xbox Live from yours truly. You can back the Kickstarter project right here.


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An Xbook.
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Something tells me these two things might be related.

According to a report in Bloomberg, Call of Duty League teams are negotiating a deal with Activision Blizzard that will increase the amount of money teams receive from skin sales while loosening restrictions on the kinds of sponsorships deals teams can make.

Meanwhile...

Last week, OpTic Texas owner, Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, sued Activision Blizzard for $680 million, calling out the company’s alleged 50 percent event and merchandise revenue split requirement and its exclusive rights to the most lucrative sponsorship partners.


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Could Pokémon Legends: Z-A be coming to a Switch 2 near you?

Current rumors have the Switch’s successor pegged for a 2025 release. Meanwhile The Pokémon Company has announced that Pokémon Legends: Z-A is due “simultaneously worldwide on Nintendo Switch in 2025.”

Combine that with the fact that Nintendo likes to make its launch titles cross-gen and that the possible scope of Z-A seems limited to one big mega city which might reduce technological constraints if the game is working across two systems, and we’ve got a tinfoil-solid theory going on.

So... whadaya think?


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Corsair’s new dual chamber PC cases let you customize the panels.

Corsair is taking on Lian-Li and NZXT with some new dual chamber PC cases. The 6500 series include a front panel that can be customized with different finishes, and the ability to swap between glass and airflow. These cases are even compatible with the reverse connector motherboards that are starting to hit the market, so you can have a pretty PC with less cables showing.