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PC Powerplay

Issue 283

PC PowerPlay is Australia's original and best-selling PC games magazine. Offering a mix of games and hardware coverage, the magazine gives a complete picture for the PC entertainment enthusiast. Inside is breaking news of new games, detailed previews of upcoming games, and advice to help readers make sense of the array of hardware and tech products that hit the market each month. PC Powerplay doesn’t just promote tech, it benchmarks and analyses it to help gamers make the most intelligent purchasing decision they can.

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English
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
where angels fear...

It’s been one of those months where I really wish I wasn’t such a basic bish when it game to the games I play. There’s two MASSIVE games reviewed in this issue that I am almost literally in awe of, that I really, truly want to play and enjoy, and then join in the discourse of all the people I know who love them... But instead I’m comfort-playing through Ghost Recon: Wildlands again. I wish I was the kind of person who liked flight sims, because Microsoft Flight Sim 2020 is garnering rave reviews, and my social feeds are full of people sharing their flight paths and adventures, not to mention flying around the now legendary Melbourne Monolith. I want to be there, but... My tolerance for flying games ends at Chuck…

1 min.
birding board game wingspan comes to steam

Wingspan is one of the best board games of the past decade, and now it has a digital version. Just released on Steam, Wingspan’s new digital edition is a pretty impressive bit of work for a port between physical and digital. In Wingspan, players build out clever combinations of birds—all of which have unique powers — to make their collection of birds more valuable and effective than their competitors. The digital version has everything you’d want for that purpose: Birds, bird noises, forest noises, and gorgeous illustrations of birds — some of which are even animated in this version. Plus, you can click on your birds while you wait for your turn and they make adorable chirps. It’s relaxing to play. Released in 2019 on tabletop, Elizabeth Hargrave’s Wingspan has rapidly become…

1 min.
cyberpunk 2077 system requirements revealed

With Cyberpunk 2077 now just a couple of months away, CD Projekt revealed the PC system requirements during a Night City Wire online presentation. Minimum: OS: Windows 7 or 10, 64-bit Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310 Memory: 8GB RAM Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 DirectX: Version 12 Storage: 70 GB HDD, SSD recommended Recommended OS: Windows 10, 64-bit Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Memory: 12GB RAM Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 Fury DirectX: Version 12 Storage: 70 GB SSD Not too bad as these things go—even the recommended spec isn’t too heavy, although 70GB on an SSD is a pretty beefy chunk. But a Core i7-4790 and 1060 GTX is pretty manageable, I’d say.…

1 min.
after banning wechat, the us government is turning its focus to tencent’s gaming concerns

When US President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning the Tencent-owned WeChat app back in August, there was speculation that the Chinese conglomerate’s voluminous gaming portfolio might also come under scrutiny. Tencent owns Riot Games and holds a 40 percent stake in Epic Games — its fingers are in dozens of other pies as well. Bloomberg reports that the scrutiny has commenced: the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US has reportedly written to companies including Riot Games and Epic Games on the topic of their handling of personal data security. The motive is likely the same one that prompted executive orders banning WeChat and TikTok. In these orders, Trump claimed the apps shared the personal data of Americans, and Chinese citizens in the US, with the Chinese Communist Party.…

1 min.
i’m not worthy of the absolute power of this transforming scorpion cockpit

The Cluvens scorpion “cockpit” is a motorized desk, transforming from a ‘relaxed’ incline to an upright desk. The keyboard tray slides into place in front of your lap (trapping you, incidentally). The arm, which can hold up to three 29” monitors (or a 49” ultrawide), folds down in front of you, enveloping your entire field of view. Cluvens announced this chair in September, but I honestly can’t believe it hasn’t somehow appeared in a movie about evil hackers already. You can easily picture this thing in a fight. It’s practically a Droideka already. It’d just break off its monitor arm at the tip and use the jagged metal and exposed cables as a stinger. The legs already move as it transforms, a horrifying image if you have an insect phobia or…

1 min.
corsair’s introductory stock price values the company at up to $1.65 billion

Corsair reckons it is worth in the neighborhood of $1.65 billion, based on the numbers attached to its initial public offering (IPO). As part of that, it intends to sell 14 million shares at US$16 to US$18 a pop, which works out to US$224 million to US$252 million. That includes 7.5 million shares sold by Corsair, and 6.5 million shares from selling stockholders. So where does the US$1.65 billion valuation come from? According to Market Watch, the company will end up with 91,849,366 shares outstanding, which in stock trading parlance includes shares sold to the public and those earmarked for the company’s employees.…