Here at Highpants I am the odd one out when it comes to gaming (tip of the iceberg), a game controller is my weapon of choice for gaming. This seems only natural to me as a long-time console gamer and a part time PC gamer.
With several awesome PC co-op games have taking over the
office, especially Division2 and Vermintide 2, I thought it would be an
opportune time to upgrade my old Logitech controller and join in the co-op
The Internets rumour mill has been steadily churning out whispers of a new NVIDIA Shield TV. In all honesty these rumours have been more wish and hope than reality, until now. This week eagle eyed shoppers noticed something new on Amazon, the Shield TV Pro.
Action packed video games don’t get any bigger than Grand Theft Auto (GTA). Rockstars most famous game franchise is always controversial, always pushes the limits and its always fun. Now you can get a full copy (minus Hot Coffee mini game) of GTA: San Andreas for free by simply installing the Rockstar Launcher. Get in quick this one is only availble till the 8th of October.
Game developer Bungie has finalised its divorce from Activision,
both have now parted ways, and we are all the winners of this new arrangement.
With all the vigour of a divorcee on a Friday night out Bungie has let Destiny
2 loose, converting it to a free to play game via Steam.
Bungies entire back catalogue has now moved from its old home at Battle.net to its post-divorce accommodation at Steam. Bungie hasn’t neglected its old fiends either, all current Battle.net accounts can be easily migrated to Steam keeping your gaming history intact.
Fellow lovers of free wares jump onto Steam and secure your copy of the now free to play Destiny 2 Shadowkeep. Now that Destiny 2 is a Free To Play title there is of course no deadline inspired rush but remember the longer you wait the more action you will miss. Prepare to light up the moon with all of the hellacious gunfire and destruction this reborn shooter has to offer.
When it comes to spectacular forms of illumination LED Cubes lead the way, but they are dime a dozen in today’s high tech world. Hungarian tech start-up PirateGames have recently been show-casing their take on the LED cube, the PiXXL, and it has a twist that may just re-invigorate the way we look at these brightly lit six sided cubes, its interactive.
As its name might suggest each of the giant cubes six sides are covered in a 32×32 grid of RGB LED pixels but buried underneath its skin is a Raspberry Pi with a full array of motion sensors that gives the PiXXL the ability to sense movement aloowing it to interact with its owner.
Pixel pushing powerhouse NVIDIA are well known for producing
powerful video cards but they have another product that has been quietly
selling by the millions for the last 4 years. The Tegra X1 SOC is that piece of
silicon and it is the electronic brains inside two very impressive gadgets, the
Nintendo Switch and the NVIDIA Shield TV.
First announced in 2015 the X1 is a mobile gaming powerhouse
built onto a single tiny silicon chip. The X1 got its first big break in 2016
when Nintendo decided to use the chip in its new transforming console the
Switch, which was subsequently launched March 2017. In the 2 years since the
Switch has sold over 34 million units. At the same time NVIDIA has sold
millions of their Shield TV’s.
The PlayStation Classic may only be a week old but the
creativity of the hacking community has already shone through with instructions
for loading games onto the mighty little console appearing over the weekend.
In the distant past of gaming, in a time before analogue sticks protruded prominently from our game controllers there existed a console that took the world by storm, the PlayStation. Today Sony has resurrected this gaming legend and gaven the world the PlayStation Classic, simultaneously giving the retro gaming world a huge shot in the arm.
Real time strategy fans rejoice, one of the all time classic RTS games could be returning to the PC for your gaming pleasure. Command & Conquer is universally loved as one of the greatest RTS games of all time and a reboot may be in the works. EA game production manager Jim Vessella mentioned this weekend that EA have special plans for the franchise on its 25th anniversary. The original Command & Conquer blew peoples minds when it was first released on the 31st of August 1995. Now with its 25th birthday fast approaching the PC gaming community is waiting with bated breath to see what EA has in store.
Razer have been producing gaming hardware for many years and with their foray into mobile phones last year they created an entirely new category of phone, the gaming phone. This year they have cemented their place in the mobile phone gaming market with the release of the Razer Phone 2. With flagship features that you would expect to find on a top end phone along with gaming optimisations the Razer Phone 2 is pushing hard to steal market share from Apple and Samsung.