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Sony just revealed the Playstation 5 and while the design of the said console garnered mixed reviews, I am not going to talk about that in this article.

Instead, I will talk about the best upcoming PS5 games to be excited about. Without further delay, let’s begin!

Best Upcoming PS5 Games

1.Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

The first game on this list is also a headliner and is expected to be released alongside the main game console.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is not a sequel, but rather an entirely new expansion that focuses on Peter Parker’s apprentice.

While the game may take some elements from the critically acclaimed Spider-man prequel that was released on the PS4, it will mainly revolve around Morales’ story as the titular hero.

In the reveal trailer, Morales was seen using his black suit and we are excited to see his new gadgets along with his fighting prowess.

Although the game might have amazing graphical elements, you need not worry since the console is capable enough of handing them. And you also do not have to worry about loading times since the Playstation 5 comes with a ‘best-in-class’ SSD.

2.Godfall

Godfall

Another game that is also slated to be released with the PS5, Godfall was speculated by many as a Destiny 2 rip-off, but that is actually not the case.

According to the game’s publisher, Gearbox Software, the game is actually a ‘looter slasher’ instead of a looter-shooter like the previously-mentioned game. This is pretty interesting considering that such games are usually where players would wield a gun instead of a sword.

Anyway, this is also an RPG game wherein you will be a part of the Knight’s Exalted Order. You will go across different realms that each has its own challenges that the players would need to overcome.

The graphics are amazing as is to be expected with PS5’s amazing hardware.

3.Horizon: Forbidden West

Horizon: Forbidden West

Horizon: Zero Dawn was a pretty good game. It had good graphics, a nice storyline, and people can sink hours into it without any problems.

Aloy is going to return in the new sequel called “Forbidden West”. Players would also have to fight against robotic dinosaurs as they traverse the lush mountains and glistening beaches.

Although the game’s controls are expected to be the same, the new PS5 DualSense Controller’s haptic feedback might make it more interesting.

4.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

If you are tired of the mostly sandy areas of the previous Assassin’s Creed games, then you will surely love a change in scenery.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be the newest installment in the popular franchise. Instead of Egyptians, you are going to be a Viking as you go around the Scandinavian areas to pillage and fight against the locals.

It is interesting to know that the game allows you to select your character’s gender, so equality is never going to be an issue. 

The game developers have stated that the decisions that you are going to make in the game will have a profound impact later on.

You can also expect naval battles as boats are the Vikings’ preferred mode of transportation. The game is expected to be released in the Holidays.

5.Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7

Fans of racing games will surely love this one. The Gran Turismo franchise is loved by many and you can expect the 7th installment sometime this year or the next. While the company has teased the game, there is no specific release date yet at the time of writing.

Anyway, Gran Turismo 7 is going to utilize the PS5’s amazing hardware as it uses its game engine to produce stunning race tracks and visuals, unlike the previous installments.

You can expect fast-paced action and perhaps even better control mechanisms thanks to the console’s better haptics.

6.Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red is set to release the game on PC in September 2020, but the development company also stated that they are also going to release it on the PS5.

The company’s decision to move to the newer platform has stemmed from the notion that the game itself is too vast and massive that the previous console might not be able to handle all of the graphical elements. True enough, even the PC system requirements are pretty demanding. 

Cyberpunk 2077 is an interesting game, to say the least. It is set in a futuristic era wherein players can modify their avatars. In fact, the said feature is controversial since players can also modify their character’s genitals as well, though it still remains to be seen if the company is going to move forward with the idea.

7.Resident Evil: Village

Resident Evil: Village

While Capcom was busy remastering its older titles, it doesn’t mean that it didn’t look forward to the future.

The company is set to release a new entry to the popular survival-horror franchise and Resident Evil: Village is the name of the game.

Details are still sparse at the time of writing, but Capcom did state that the new title will be set in a European village. I think that they are following in the footsteps of Resident Evil 4.

What lies in the said setting will be exciting to see. Unfortunately, you might have to wait until next year for the game to be released.

8.The Last of Us 2

The Last of Us 2

Naughty Dog’s highly-anticipated game, The Last of Us 2, will be released in the PS5 as well. For the fans of the original title, The Last of Us 2 will actually be a sequel that takes place several years after the first one.

The game will still feature Ellie as the main character and what is interesting is that your choices will actually have a profound impact on how the game will pan out.

You can expect a great story that will certainly tug at your heartstrings.

9.Ratchet & Clank: Rift Part

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Part

Ratchet & Clank is back at it again. The game was actually revealed alongside the PS5 Reveal and you can expect to see ray-tracing in action. 

What is interesting is that this is one of the only launch event games that were specifically made for the console in the sense that it was completely made from the ground up.

Fans of the franchise already know that Ratchet & Clank allows you to make use of different gadgets and weapons which makes this pretty exciting for both kids and adults alike.

Since the game was specifically made for the PS5, we can expect better haptic feedback when playing it.

10.Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines 2

Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines 2

This action RPG may have a pretty long name but you can expect it to be a pretty good one.

It was developed by Hardsuit Labs and your role, as you can probably tell by the game’s title, is going to be a vampire.

According to the game’s developers, Bloodlines 2 will be set in a fictional setting in Seattle. Since this is an RPG game, any choice you make will have a profound impact on the game itself and how it will unfold.

Your mission? To rise through the ranks and become a notorious vampire that is feared by many. Although politics is key to the game, you might have to bloody your fists to get to the top.

Enhanced Editions

Although there are titles that are made specifically for the PS5, there are also previously-released games that are going to be enhanced and can be played on the new console. Here are just some of the notable ones:

  • Fortnite- The game responsible for creating an entirely new genre, Fortnite is actually confirmed to be released on the new game console next year. It will take advantage of Unreal Engine 5 which makes it pretty exciting as the visuals will be vastly improved
  • Destiny 2Available in Xbox, Playstation, and PC platforms, Destiny 2’s ‘Beyond Light’ expansion will also be available on the PS5. Although it will be released in October, anyone who bought the said expansion will be able to get that on the upcoming console for free
  • Battlefield 6It is still unclear what the game’s main storyline is, but EA’s Battlefield 6 is reported to be released sometime in the future. According to the company, it will ‘target new innovations that will be enabled in next-gen platforms’. This means that it may use the PS5’s new Unreal Engine, so it will be pretty interesting to see how it pans out
  • Dying Light 2Fans of this survival horror game should rejoice as the developer, Techland, has confirmed that the title will also be releasing a PS5 version later in the future. Just like BF6, the game will use the new engine to provide amazing (yet scary) visuals

Conclusion

The Playstation 5 is going to be released sometime during the Holidays and right now, it is pretty interesting. With its Unreal Engine 5, we can expect games to have amazing visuals. The console’s new Dualsense Controller will also make it possible for developers to incorporate new haptics and feedback into their titles as well.

It still remains to be seen how much the PS5 will cost, but if I were you, I would save money right now until the console’s eventual release later this year.

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Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router Review- The Gaming Router to Get in 2020

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The gaming industry is one of the most popular niches now in that there are tons of products that you can buy that are great for gaming purposes.

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is touted as a ‘gaming’ router, but does it have what it takes to help eliminate lag and provide a better overall experience than the other routers that you can find on the market?

Design

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Review 2020

When you look at the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router, you will probably think of a lost starship from the infamous Death Star from Star Wars as its design is quite similar to those ships.

It has two ‘wing’ antennas that actually house a total of four antennas on the inside. This will provide maximum performance and throughput and it also helps increase the router’s range as well.

Because this is a WiFi 6 router, you can enjoy all of the features that the new WiFi technology provides, most especially OFDMA for better reliability in terms of giving internet connectivity to multiple users at any time.

On the top and at the bottom sides of the router, you will find that this thing has plenty of air exhaust vents and they are quite useful, especially considering that this is one of the more power-hungry networking solutions on the market today.

At the back, you will find all of the ports that you need. What’s interesting here is that you will find that two of the four gigabit Ethernet ports can be combined (via the router’s software) for better throughput. This is what you’ll want to use on your gaming PC so that you can virtually eliminate lag while you play.

There are also two USB 3.2 ports so you can plug in your printer and other USB-powered devices, and you will also find a power button, as well as an LED on/off switch as well.

Performance

Netgear Nighthawk AX12

Since this is a ‘gaming’ router, how well does it perform in such scenarios? In my testing, I’ve used World of Warcraft, one of the best MMORPGs out there, and Overwatch as both of these games not only have a built-in latency indicator, but they are also quite challenging in terms of latency in some parts of the day.

Normally, I would get 120ms on World of Warcraft and about 100ms on Overwatch for most of the day using my usual router, but the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router performs really well as I am able to get 100ms on WoW and a little over 70ms on Overwatch.

It is worth noting that I’ve used the combined port (which should be indicated on the back of the unit) for better performance, though using the other ports yielded only a slight performance penalty of roughly 10-15ms.

Being a WiFi 6 router, it is also important to test its capabilities on this front. So, I’ve connected multiple devices at one time and each of them is connected to Youtube for continuous streaming.

All of them do not have any buffer issues at all and they all got consistent speeds. But, this was done within a 10-meter radius near the router.

So, to test its mettle in terms of how far the WiFi signals can go, I went to the second floor (the router is on the first floor) and I was still able to get about 70% of my network speed (my internet connection is 120mbps, so in this instance, I was able to get roughly 84mbps).

I went a step further and went inside my room (which is also on the second floor), albeit this time, I did it with the door closed. Although the speed dropped a bit, I was still able to get 68-75mbps for the most part which is pretty good overall.

How about the speed of the USB ports in terms of file sharing? The performance is quite impressive as well. This is so much so that I can say that you can use it as a NAS drive because it is that good.

Software

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Gaming Router

I am surprised that the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router doesn’t use the DumaOS that can be found in the company’s other ‘Nighthawk’ line of networking equipment, but I am still pleased with the router’s GUI overall.

The menus are outlined neatly and you can get to the specific settings that you want quickly and easily. The GUI is so intuitive that a layperson could easily navigate through the different settings without any problems.

You get your usual options such as the ability to prioritize different applications via QoS, setting up your router’s username and password (to access the GUI and for the SSID), and you can even do some port forwarding for your other applications as well, among many others.

It is interesting to me that there is no option for packet prioritization which can be found in Netgear’s other routers, but this is usually not something that people would touch anyway, so I am okay with that.

Just a reminder: Once you fire up this thing for the first time, it is generally a good idea to update the router’s firmware. This is to ensure that you will get all of the latest improvements, as well as some security patches.

Verdict

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is a pretty good WiFi 6 router. Its performance is quite consistent across the board and you will have no issues when it comes to its WiFi connectivity.

It is one of the most power-hungry routers on the market, though, but the good thing is that it has plenty of air vents to exhaust hot air effectively.

This gaming router costs $400 and although it is quite steep, getting a high-quality product is a worthwhile investment anyway, so I would still recommend this thing for people that want to get a pretty competitive WiFi AX router.

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Intel Core i5-10600K Review- The Best Mainstream Gaming CPU in 2020

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Ever since the launch of the Ryzen 3000 CPUs, more and more people are recommending the R5 3600 for people that want to build a budget gaming PC. It is pretty sad that Intel chips are not getting recognition, but that is going to change with the release of the Intel Core i5-10600K.

Today, I am going to review the said chip. Find out why I think it is the best mainstream gaming CPU in 2020 by reading the rest of the article.

Comet Lake Architecture

Intel Core i5-10600K Review 2020

The 10th generation Intel Processors is part of the ‘Comet Lake’ family that uses a much-improved architecture than Skylake (where it’s derived from).

While the i9-10900K is definitely a beast of a chip, the Intel Core i5-10600K is surely something that most people are going to want to look at.

Competition is very important, especially to us consumers. When AMD released their Ryzen line of processors, Intel had to respond in kind to stay in the game. 

Back then, you normally wouldn’t find i5 chips to have hyperthreading, which is essentially the same as the SMT or simultaneous multi-threading feature that is present in AMD’s CPUs. But now, the 10600K not only has one, but the core frequency is clocked higher as well.

Here is a rundown of the Intel Core i5-10600K’s specs:

  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Lithography: 14nm
  • Base clock: 4.1GHz
  • Peak Turbo (single-core): 4.8GHz
  • Peak Turbo (all-core): 4.5GHz
  • L3 Cache: 12MB
  • TDP: 125W
  • PCIe Lanes: 16

As you can see, thanks to hyperthreading being enabled, you get to have two times more threads than an i5 chip of yesteryears. This means that you get considerably better performance across the board, especially for multi-core/multi-threaded workloads.

But, where the 10600K really shines is through its gaming performance and I will talk about this in the next section.

Performance

Intel Core i5-10600K

When you ask people what CPU you want to compare the 10600K to, it would be the AMD Ryzen R5 3600. That is because they have the same core and thread counts but there is a huge difference when it comes to their clock frequencies.

You see, the R5 3600 has a base frequency of 3.6GHz and a boost (all-core) frequency of only 4.2GHz. The 10600K, on the other hand, has a base frequency of 4.1GHz with an all-core boost of 4.6GHz.

Because Intel has added a new boost algorithm wherein the best core inside the CPU boosts higher than others, you get a clock frequency of 4.8GHz maximum on the said core, giving you even more performance.

Now, how does this translate into the real world? Well, in most multi-core benchmarks, the Intel Core i5-10600K performs so much better than the chip that it is compared to. Seriously, I would recommend this Intel chip for anyone who engages in productivity workloads on the side.

When it comes to gaming performance, there is no question that the 10600K beats the R5 3600 by a lot. That is due to the combination of the architecture, as well as the higher core frequencies of each core of the said chip.

Overclocking

Intel Core i5-10600K Box

What makes Intel chips appealing to the overclocking community than AMD Ryzen processors is the fact that you can eke out even more performance by setting the clock frequency of the cores higher than their rated specs. This is possible if you have a ‘K’ series chip (which the Intel Core i5-10600K is) and a compatible Z490 motherboard as well.

In most cases, people can set the frequency to 4.8GHz all-core with the single-core frequency (the best one) set to 5.1-5.3 GHz depending on the silicon of your particular chip. This provides even better performance across the board which is pretty nice.

I do have to caution you to not overclock the processor until you get one of the best CPU coolers on the market.

Because of the higher core frequency and because of the fact that you add more voltage to the chip just to make it stable, overclocking will result in higher heat production than usual. You will need a very competent cooler to keep things at relatively good temperatures.

Verdict

The Intel Core i5-10600K is way better than its predecessors- both in terms of architecture and performance.

Its rival, the Ryzen 5 3600, doesn’t come close to its performance thanks to the Intel chip’s higher clock frequency and better boost algorithms.

This is not to say that the AMD CPU is bad because there are some cases where it is more warranted than the 10600K.

For instance, if you are really on a tight budget, the Ryzen 5 3600 makes sense because it already comes with a cooler out of the box and its performance is still quite good for the price (currently at $160 compared to the i5-10600K’s $280 price tag).

The money that you can save by getting the Ryzen chip could be budgeted towards a better graphics card or faster storage, so there is still value that can be had when you go this route.

However, if you are okay with spending $280 and if you want a processor that can comfortably last at least 3 years competitively, then the Intel Core i5-10600K is indeed a much better option.

All in all, the Intel Core i5-10600K is definitely what I would consider to be the best mainstream gaming CPU in 2020.

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Razer Blackshark V2 Review- A Comfortable and Great-Sounding Headset for $100

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Back then, I never would recommend any of Razer’s gaming headsets because they often sound muddy due to the obvious preference towards the lower frequencies, but the company has changed its stance ever since.

The Razer Blackshark V2 is shaping up to be one of the best gaming headsets that are priced competitively in the market. Should you get one of these or look for something else? Read on to find out.

Design

Razer Blackshark V2 Review 2020

The ‘Blackshark’ line of headsets is nothing new because there is one that was released so many years ago. However, the Razer Blackshark V2 is a pretty polished iteration that I think would warrant the people’s attention.

Its design is quite similar to its predecessor, albeit there is a noticeable volume control dial located on the left ear cup.

Usually, Razer would put leatherette ear cups on its gaming headsets, but the Blackshark V2 actually comes with mesh foam ear cups instead.

In terms of comfort, I would prefer these over leather ear cups any day, but some people would want the feel of the leatherette material. So, to each his own.

The headset itself is quite simple-looking, although the aviation-style aesthetic might not appeal to some. I especially do not like the green wire that is exposed on each ear cup as you could potentially damage it if you are not careful.

Also situated on the left ear cup is the port for the removable boom microphone. I like the fact that you can completely remove it as it will not impede your vision when you are not using it.

Now, I’ve heard of some reports that the clamping force of the Razer Blackshark V2 makes this headset uncomfortable, but I beg to disagree.

If anything, the Razer Blackshark V2 is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets that you can find on the market.

I do have to point out that, being a large person myself, its clamping force is a bit on the stronger side, but it is still relatively comfortable for me to wear even during prolonged gaming sessions.

The Razer Blackshark V2 connects to your game console or PC either via 3.5mm headphone jack or with the use of its included USB soundcard (the latter is only usable on the PC, however).

Audio Performance

Razer Blackshark V2 Gaming Headset

The company has come a really long way when it comes to audio quality. Gone are the days where the soundstage gets muddied by the lower frequencies as everything sounds pretty balanced right from the get-go.

Razer has partnered with THX to provide you with a better surround sound gaming experience and if you use the included USB soundcard, its 7.1 surround sound implementation is so much better than what the company used to offer.

Once you plug this thing in using the said USB connector, its drivers will get installed on your PC and you can use it to your heart’s content.

You can use the Razer Synapse 3 software to tweak the EQ settings or choose from a variety of different presets.

Personally, the default sound quality is already pretty good as it is quite balanced overall. Of course, you could add more kick to the bass by tinkering with the necessary settings, but I find that the default soundstage is already good for most use-cases.

Whether you are playing MMORPGs, fast-paced games like Overwatch and CS:GO, or even just listening to your favorite tunes, I am blown away by the sound quality that the Razer Blackshark V2 provides.

It is worth noting, however, that because of the mesh foam material of the ear cups that you will experience some sound leakage as a result. This is important to keep in mind, especially if you want to play games as you do not want to disturb the people around you.

Microphone

Razer Blackshark V2 Gaming Headset Microphone

While I am impressed by the audio quality of the Razer Blackshark V2, I am disappointed with the boom microphone.

It just doesn’t sound well. My voice is tinny, it is not full-bodied, and for the most part, the volume could definitely be improved.

Even when using the USB soundcard, nothing changes for the betterment of the said gaming headset. You should be using its 3.5mm connector instead as I find it to be considerably better.

Because it is a cardioid microphone, it should be able to get your voice really nicely, right? Well, that is talking from a theoretical standpoint, but in reality, it can still pick up unwanted background noise so I am really disappointed with the microphone of the Blackshark V2.

Verdict

So, what do I think about the Razer Blackshark V2? If we are talking purely from an audio standpoint, the Razer Blackshark V2 is one of the best out there. This is especially true if you are going to use the included USB soundcard and wire this to your PC.

However, I am really disappointed with the microphone quality. The output is not full-bodied at all and you are better off using a third-party standalone microphone instead.

Do I recommend the Razer Blackshark V2? Well, as I’ve said, if you are okay with its mediocre microphone quality, then this product is definitely one of the best out there. However, if you are looking for a complete package, you are better off finding something else.

The Razer Blackshark V2 costs $100.

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The 10 Best Upcoming PS5 Games to Be Excited About

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Sony just revealed the Playstation 5 and while the design of the said console garnered mixed reviews, I am not going to talk about that in this article.

Instead, I will talk about the best upcoming PS5 games to be excited about. Without further delay, let’s begin!

Best Upcoming PS5 Games

1.Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

The first game on this list is also a headliner and is expected to be released alongside the main game console.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is not a sequel, but rather an entirely new expansion that focuses on Peter Parker’s apprentice.

While the game may take some elements from the critically acclaimed Spider-man prequel that was released on the PS4, it will mainly revolve around Morales’ story as the titular hero.

In the reveal trailer, Morales was seen using his black suit and we are excited to see his new gadgets along with his fighting prowess.

Although the game might have amazing graphical elements, you need not worry since the console is capable enough of handing them. And you also do not have to worry about loading times since the Playstation 5 comes with a ‘best-in-class’ SSD.

2.Godfall

Godfall

Another game that is also slated to be released with the PS5, Godfall was speculated by many as a Destiny 2 rip-off, but that is actually not the case.

According to the game’s publisher, Gearbox Software, the game is actually a ‘looter slasher’ instead of a looter-shooter like the previously-mentioned game. This is pretty interesting considering that such games are usually where players would wield a gun instead of a sword.

Anyway, this is also an RPG game wherein you will be a part of the Knight’s Exalted Order. You will go across different realms that each has its own challenges that the players would need to overcome.

The graphics are amazing as is to be expected with PS5’s amazing hardware.

3.Horizon: Forbidden West

Horizon: Forbidden West

Horizon: Zero Dawn was a pretty good game. It had good graphics, a nice storyline, and people can sink hours into it without any problems.

Aloy is going to return in the new sequel called “Forbidden West”. Players would also have to fight against robotic dinosaurs as they traverse the lush mountains and glistening beaches.

Although the game’s controls are expected to be the same, the new PS5 DualSense Controller’s haptic feedback might make it more interesting.

4.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

If you are tired of the mostly sandy areas of the previous Assassin’s Creed games, then you will surely love a change in scenery.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be the newest installment in the popular franchise. Instead of Egyptians, you are going to be a Viking as you go around the Scandinavian areas to pillage and fight against the locals.

It is interesting to know that the game allows you to select your character’s gender, so equality is never going to be an issue. 

The game developers have stated that the decisions that you are going to make in the game will have a profound impact later on.

You can also expect naval battles as boats are the Vikings’ preferred mode of transportation. The game is expected to be released in the Holidays.

5.Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7

Fans of racing games will surely love this one. The Gran Turismo franchise is loved by many and you can expect the 7th installment sometime this year or the next. While the company has teased the game, there is no specific release date yet at the time of writing.

Anyway, Gran Turismo 7 is going to utilize the PS5’s amazing hardware as it uses its game engine to produce stunning race tracks and visuals, unlike the previous installments.

You can expect fast-paced action and perhaps even better control mechanisms thanks to the console’s better haptics.

6.Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red is set to release the game on PC in September 2020, but the development company also stated that they are also going to release it on the PS5.

The company’s decision to move to the newer platform has stemmed from the notion that the game itself is too vast and massive that the previous console might not be able to handle all of the graphical elements. True enough, even the PC system requirements are pretty demanding. 

Cyberpunk 2077 is an interesting game, to say the least. It is set in a futuristic era wherein players can modify their avatars. In fact, the said feature is controversial since players can also modify their character’s genitals as well, though it still remains to be seen if the company is going to move forward with the idea.

7.Resident Evil: Village

Resident Evil: Village

While Capcom was busy remastering its older titles, it doesn’t mean that it didn’t look forward to the future.

The company is set to release a new entry to the popular survival-horror franchise and Resident Evil: Village is the name of the game.

Details are still sparse at the time of writing, but Capcom did state that the new title will be set in a European village. I think that they are following in the footsteps of Resident Evil 4.

What lies in the said setting will be exciting to see. Unfortunately, you might have to wait until next year for the game to be released.

8.The Last of Us 2

The Last of Us 2

Naughty Dog’s highly-anticipated game, The Last of Us 2, will be released in the PS5 as well. For the fans of the original title, The Last of Us 2 will actually be a sequel that takes place several years after the first one.

The game will still feature Ellie as the main character and what is interesting is that your choices will actually have a profound impact on how the game will pan out.

You can expect a great story that will certainly tug at your heartstrings.

9.Ratchet & Clank: Rift Part

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Part

Ratchet & Clank is back at it again. The game was actually revealed alongside the PS5 Reveal and you can expect to see ray-tracing in action. 

What is interesting is that this is one of the only launch event games that were specifically made for the console in the sense that it was completely made from the ground up.

Fans of the franchise already know that Ratchet & Clank allows you to make use of different gadgets and weapons which makes this pretty exciting for both kids and adults alike.

Since the game was specifically made for the PS5, we can expect better haptic feedback when playing it.

10.Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines 2

Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines 2

This action RPG may have a pretty long name but you can expect it to be a pretty good one.

It was developed by Hardsuit Labs and your role, as you can probably tell by the game’s title, is going to be a vampire.

According to the game’s developers, Bloodlines 2 will be set in a fictional setting in Seattle. Since this is an RPG game, any choice you make will have a profound impact on the game itself and how it will unfold.

Your mission? To rise through the ranks and become a notorious vampire that is feared by many. Although politics is key to the game, you might have to bloody your fists to get to the top.

Enhanced Editions

Although there are titles that are made specifically for the PS5, there are also previously-released games that are going to be enhanced and can be played on the new console. Here are just some of the notable ones:

  • Fortnite- The game responsible for creating an entirely new genre, Fortnite is actually confirmed to be released on the new game console next year. It will take advantage of Unreal Engine 5 which makes it pretty exciting as the visuals will be vastly improved
  • Destiny 2Available in Xbox, Playstation, and PC platforms, Destiny 2’s ‘Beyond Light’ expansion will also be available on the PS5. Although it will be released in October, anyone who bought the said expansion will be able to get that on the upcoming console for free
  • Battlefield 6It is still unclear what the game’s main storyline is, but EA’s Battlefield 6 is reported to be released sometime in the future. According to the company, it will ‘target new innovations that will be enabled in next-gen platforms’. This means that it may use the PS5’s new Unreal Engine, so it will be pretty interesting to see how it pans out
  • Dying Light 2Fans of this survival horror game should rejoice as the developer, Techland, has confirmed that the title will also be releasing a PS5 version later in the future. Just like BF6, the game will use the new engine to provide amazing (yet scary) visuals

Conclusion

The Playstation 5 is going to be released sometime during the Holidays and right now, it is pretty interesting. With its Unreal Engine 5, we can expect games to have amazing visuals. The console’s new Dualsense Controller will also make it possible for developers to incorporate new haptics and feedback into their titles as well.

It still remains to be seen how much the PS5 will cost, but if I were you, I would save money right now until the console’s eventual release later this year.

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Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router Review- The Gaming Router to Get in 2020

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The gaming industry is one of the most popular niches now in that there are tons of products that you can buy that are great for gaming purposes.

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is touted as a ‘gaming’ router, but does it have what it takes to help eliminate lag and provide a better overall experience than the other routers that you can find on the market?

Design

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Review 2020

When you look at the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router, you will probably think of a lost starship from the infamous Death Star from Star Wars as its design is quite similar to those ships.

It has two ‘wing’ antennas that actually house a total of four antennas on the inside. This will provide maximum performance and throughput and it also helps increase the router’s range as well.

Because this is a WiFi 6 router, you can enjoy all of the features that the new WiFi technology provides, most especially OFDMA for better reliability in terms of giving internet connectivity to multiple users at any time.

On the top and at the bottom sides of the router, you will find that this thing has plenty of air exhaust vents and they are quite useful, especially considering that this is one of the more power-hungry networking solutions on the market today.

At the back, you will find all of the ports that you need. What’s interesting here is that you will find that two of the four gigabit Ethernet ports can be combined (via the router’s software) for better throughput. This is what you’ll want to use on your gaming PC so that you can virtually eliminate lag while you play.

There are also two USB 3.2 ports so you can plug in your printer and other USB-powered devices, and you will also find a power button, as well as an LED on/off switch as well.

Performance

Netgear Nighthawk AX12

Since this is a ‘gaming’ router, how well does it perform in such scenarios? In my testing, I’ve used World of Warcraft, one of the best MMORPGs out there, and Overwatch as both of these games not only have a built-in latency indicator, but they are also quite challenging in terms of latency in some parts of the day.

Normally, I would get 120ms on World of Warcraft and about 100ms on Overwatch for most of the day using my usual router, but the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router performs really well as I am able to get 100ms on WoW and a little over 70ms on Overwatch.

It is worth noting that I’ve used the combined port (which should be indicated on the back of the unit) for better performance, though using the other ports yielded only a slight performance penalty of roughly 10-15ms.

Being a WiFi 6 router, it is also important to test its capabilities on this front. So, I’ve connected multiple devices at one time and each of them is connected to Youtube for continuous streaming.

All of them do not have any buffer issues at all and they all got consistent speeds. But, this was done within a 10-meter radius near the router.

So, to test its mettle in terms of how far the WiFi signals can go, I went to the second floor (the router is on the first floor) and I was still able to get about 70% of my network speed (my internet connection is 120mbps, so in this instance, I was able to get roughly 84mbps).

I went a step further and went inside my room (which is also on the second floor), albeit this time, I did it with the door closed. Although the speed dropped a bit, I was still able to get 68-75mbps for the most part which is pretty good overall.

How about the speed of the USB ports in terms of file sharing? The performance is quite impressive as well. This is so much so that I can say that you can use it as a NAS drive because it is that good.

Software

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Gaming Router

I am surprised that the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router doesn’t use the DumaOS that can be found in the company’s other ‘Nighthawk’ line of networking equipment, but I am still pleased with the router’s GUI overall.

The menus are outlined neatly and you can get to the specific settings that you want quickly and easily. The GUI is so intuitive that a layperson could easily navigate through the different settings without any problems.

You get your usual options such as the ability to prioritize different applications via QoS, setting up your router’s username and password (to access the GUI and for the SSID), and you can even do some port forwarding for your other applications as well, among many others.

It is interesting to me that there is no option for packet prioritization which can be found in Netgear’s other routers, but this is usually not something that people would touch anyway, so I am okay with that.

Just a reminder: Once you fire up this thing for the first time, it is generally a good idea to update the router’s firmware. This is to ensure that you will get all of the latest improvements, as well as some security patches.

Verdict

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is a pretty good WiFi 6 router. Its performance is quite consistent across the board and you will have no issues when it comes to its WiFi connectivity.

It is one of the most power-hungry routers on the market, though, but the good thing is that it has plenty of air vents to exhaust hot air effectively.

This gaming router costs $400 and although it is quite steep, getting a high-quality product is a worthwhile investment anyway, so I would still recommend this thing for people that want to get a pretty competitive WiFi AX router.

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Intel Core i5-10600K Review- The Best Mainstream Gaming CPU in 2020

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Ever since the launch of the Ryzen 3000 CPUs, more and more people are recommending the R5 3600 for people that want to build a budget gaming PC. It is pretty sad that Intel chips are not getting recognition, but that is going to change with the release of the Intel Core i5-10600K.

Today, I am going to review the said chip. Find out why I think it is the best mainstream gaming CPU in 2020 by reading the rest of the article.

Comet Lake Architecture

Intel Core i5-10600K Review 2020

The 10th generation Intel Processors is part of the ‘Comet Lake’ family that uses a much-improved architecture than Skylake (where it’s derived from).

While the i9-10900K is definitely a beast of a chip, the Intel Core i5-10600K is surely something that most people are going to want to look at.

Competition is very important, especially to us consumers. When AMD released their Ryzen line of processors, Intel had to respond in kind to stay in the game. 

Back then, you normally wouldn’t find i5 chips to have hyperthreading, which is essentially the same as the SMT or simultaneous multi-threading feature that is present in AMD’s CPUs. But now, the 10600K not only has one, but the core frequency is clocked higher as well.

Here is a rundown of the Intel Core i5-10600K’s specs:

  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Lithography: 14nm
  • Base clock: 4.1GHz
  • Peak Turbo (single-core): 4.8GHz
  • Peak Turbo (all-core): 4.5GHz
  • L3 Cache: 12MB
  • TDP: 125W
  • PCIe Lanes: 16

As you can see, thanks to hyperthreading being enabled, you get to have two times more threads than an i5 chip of yesteryears. This means that you get considerably better performance across the board, especially for multi-core/multi-threaded workloads.

But, where the 10600K really shines is through its gaming performance and I will talk about this in the next section.

Performance

Intel Core i5-10600K

When you ask people what CPU you want to compare the 10600K to, it would be the AMD Ryzen R5 3600. That is because they have the same core and thread counts but there is a huge difference when it comes to their clock frequencies.

You see, the R5 3600 has a base frequency of 3.6GHz and a boost (all-core) frequency of only 4.2GHz. The 10600K, on the other hand, has a base frequency of 4.1GHz with an all-core boost of 4.6GHz.

Because Intel has added a new boost algorithm wherein the best core inside the CPU boosts higher than others, you get a clock frequency of 4.8GHz maximum on the said core, giving you even more performance.

Now, how does this translate into the real world? Well, in most multi-core benchmarks, the Intel Core i5-10600K performs so much better than the chip that it is compared to. Seriously, I would recommend this Intel chip for anyone who engages in productivity workloads on the side.

When it comes to gaming performance, there is no question that the 10600K beats the R5 3600 by a lot. That is due to the combination of the architecture, as well as the higher core frequencies of each core of the said chip.

Overclocking

Intel Core i5-10600K Box

What makes Intel chips appealing to the overclocking community than AMD Ryzen processors is the fact that you can eke out even more performance by setting the clock frequency of the cores higher than their rated specs. This is possible if you have a ‘K’ series chip (which the Intel Core i5-10600K is) and a compatible Z490 motherboard as well.

In most cases, people can set the frequency to 4.8GHz all-core with the single-core frequency (the best one) set to 5.1-5.3 GHz depending on the silicon of your particular chip. This provides even better performance across the board which is pretty nice.

I do have to caution you to not overclock the processor until you get one of the best CPU coolers on the market.

Because of the higher core frequency and because of the fact that you add more voltage to the chip just to make it stable, overclocking will result in higher heat production than usual. You will need a very competent cooler to keep things at relatively good temperatures.

Verdict

The Intel Core i5-10600K is way better than its predecessors- both in terms of architecture and performance.

Its rival, the Ryzen 5 3600, doesn’t come close to its performance thanks to the Intel chip’s higher clock frequency and better boost algorithms.

This is not to say that the AMD CPU is bad because there are some cases where it is more warranted than the 10600K.

For instance, if you are really on a tight budget, the Ryzen 5 3600 makes sense because it already comes with a cooler out of the box and its performance is still quite good for the price (currently at $160 compared to the i5-10600K’s $280 price tag).

The money that you can save by getting the Ryzen chip could be budgeted towards a better graphics card or faster storage, so there is still value that can be had when you go this route.

However, if you are okay with spending $280 and if you want a processor that can comfortably last at least 3 years competitively, then the Intel Core i5-10600K is indeed a much better option.

All in all, the Intel Core i5-10600K is definitely what I would consider to be the best mainstream gaming CPU in 2020.

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Razer Blackshark V2 Review- A Comfortable and Great-Sounding Headset for $100

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Back then, I never would recommend any of Razer’s gaming headsets because they often sound muddy due to the obvious preference towards the lower frequencies, but the company has changed its stance ever since.

The Razer Blackshark V2 is shaping up to be one of the best gaming headsets that are priced competitively in the market. Should you get one of these or look for something else? Read on to find out.

Design

Razer Blackshark V2 Review 2020

The ‘Blackshark’ line of headsets is nothing new because there is one that was released so many years ago. However, the Razer Blackshark V2 is a pretty polished iteration that I think would warrant the people’s attention.

Its design is quite similar to its predecessor, albeit there is a noticeable volume control dial located on the left ear cup.

Usually, Razer would put leatherette ear cups on its gaming headsets, but the Blackshark V2 actually comes with mesh foam ear cups instead.

In terms of comfort, I would prefer these over leather ear cups any day, but some people would want the feel of the leatherette material. So, to each his own.

The headset itself is quite simple-looking, although the aviation-style aesthetic might not appeal to some. I especially do not like the green wire that is exposed on each ear cup as you could potentially damage it if you are not careful.

Also situated on the left ear cup is the port for the removable boom microphone. I like the fact that you can completely remove it as it will not impede your vision when you are not using it.

Now, I’ve heard of some reports that the clamping force of the Razer Blackshark V2 makes this headset uncomfortable, but I beg to disagree.

If anything, the Razer Blackshark V2 is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets that you can find on the market.

I do have to point out that, being a large person myself, its clamping force is a bit on the stronger side, but it is still relatively comfortable for me to wear even during prolonged gaming sessions.

The Razer Blackshark V2 connects to your game console or PC either via 3.5mm headphone jack or with the use of its included USB soundcard (the latter is only usable on the PC, however).

Audio Performance

Razer Blackshark V2 Gaming Headset

The company has come a really long way when it comes to audio quality. Gone are the days where the soundstage gets muddied by the lower frequencies as everything sounds pretty balanced right from the get-go.

Razer has partnered with THX to provide you with a better surround sound gaming experience and if you use the included USB soundcard, its 7.1 surround sound implementation is so much better than what the company used to offer.

Once you plug this thing in using the said USB connector, its drivers will get installed on your PC and you can use it to your heart’s content.

You can use the Razer Synapse 3 software to tweak the EQ settings or choose from a variety of different presets.

Personally, the default sound quality is already pretty good as it is quite balanced overall. Of course, you could add more kick to the bass by tinkering with the necessary settings, but I find that the default soundstage is already good for most use-cases.

Whether you are playing MMORPGs, fast-paced games like Overwatch and CS:GO, or even just listening to your favorite tunes, I am blown away by the sound quality that the Razer Blackshark V2 provides.

It is worth noting, however, that because of the mesh foam material of the ear cups that you will experience some sound leakage as a result. This is important to keep in mind, especially if you want to play games as you do not want to disturb the people around you.

Microphone

Razer Blackshark V2 Gaming Headset Microphone

While I am impressed by the audio quality of the Razer Blackshark V2, I am disappointed with the boom microphone.

It just doesn’t sound well. My voice is tinny, it is not full-bodied, and for the most part, the volume could definitely be improved.

Even when using the USB soundcard, nothing changes for the betterment of the said gaming headset. You should be using its 3.5mm connector instead as I find it to be considerably better.

Because it is a cardioid microphone, it should be able to get your voice really nicely, right? Well, that is talking from a theoretical standpoint, but in reality, it can still pick up unwanted background noise so I am really disappointed with the microphone of the Blackshark V2.

Verdict

So, what do I think about the Razer Blackshark V2? If we are talking purely from an audio standpoint, the Razer Blackshark V2 is one of the best out there. This is especially true if you are going to use the included USB soundcard and wire this to your PC.

However, I am really disappointed with the microphone quality. The output is not full-bodied at all and you are better off using a third-party standalone microphone instead.

Do I recommend the Razer Blackshark V2? Well, as I’ve said, if you are okay with its mediocre microphone quality, then this product is definitely one of the best out there. However, if you are looking for a complete package, you are better off finding something else.

The Razer Blackshark V2 costs $100.

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