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Quantum Break Comes to Windows 10 PCs as Part of New Cross-buy Strategy

Today, 11:26 AM

In just about two months, Remedy Entertainment's Quantum Break will arrive on the Xbox One. Any gamers that pre-order Quantum Break will also receive a free digital copy of the title (plus Remedy's previous games Alan Wake and Alan Wake's American Nightmare) on Windows 10 PCs, a new cross-buy strategy that Microsoft's Xbox head Phil Spencer hopes to make a feature of the console. Buy a game on XBO, get a digital copy free for your PC through the Windows Store. All of this is part of an evolving strategy on Microsoft's part, with the XBO and Windows 10 OSes tied closely together and sharing data and apps, as well as games. Eventually we'll see games that can be played on either the PC, XBO, or HoloLens, kind of a universal take, but that's going to take more time to come to fruition. These gamers can also play against one another, so you can load up a game on your PC and compete against others on their XBO or HoloLens.

This also marks the first we've heard of Quantum Break arriving on PC, which sadly not every XBO gamer is entirely thrilled about, for whatever reason. Some XBO gamers view it as no reason to own the console if it doesn't get exclusives, others decided to cancel their pre-order of Quantum Break since PC gamers actually get to play it, and some took offense to how late the PC version was announced. Spencer was busy answering these questions and more on Twitter, with the timing one apparently being taken into consideration for future announcements. He also reiterated that Microsoft is still committed to the Xbox as a gaming console, plus that the more people who can play games, the better. We might even see more XBO exclusives announced for PC, like the upcoming Gears of War 4 or Scalebound, or even recent titles like Halo 5. Fable Legends and Halo Wars 2 are already coming to both PC and XBO, so maybe these will be worked into the cross-buy feature, too.

Quantum Break arrives on April 5 on both Xbox One and PC. Pre-orders get a copy for both, plus the aforementioned Alan Wake games, while those who don't pre-order have to forgo American Nightmare. Cross-save functionality is also supported in Quantum Break, so you can play on your console and pick up immediately from that point on your PC or vice versa. You can check out the PC specifications for Quantum Break below, but they're quite a doozy.

Sources: PC World and Eurogamer

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Hardware Roundup: Friday, February 12, 2016, Edition

Today, 08:57 AM

The weekend has arrived, with a few items to help pass the time until you get home or to Deadpool. We have a review on the NZXT HUE+ RGB LED Controller, which comes with eight preset settings or a totally customized approach with the CAM 3.0 software. A new case mod is highlighted that welcomes the upcoming Far Cry Primal game, complete with a motif that should get you into the game. Wrapping things up is a new podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.

NZXT HUE+ RGB LED Controller @ Benchmark Reviews
Case Mod Friday: Far Cry Primal @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #386 @ PC Perspective

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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, February 11, 2016, Edition

Yesterday, 09:11 AM

We're approaching the end of another week, with a few items for you to check out. There's a look at the best CPU coolers to fit whatever type you're looking for, regardless of air or water. The ASUS PB328Q 32" monitor, with its 2560x1440 resolution and VA panel, gets tested to see how this monitor compares and performs in a variety of tasks. Ending things for today is a review on the Kinivo URBN Bluetooth Headphones, which utilize an on-ear design and capability with nearly every device or gadget that supports Bluetooth, from phones and tablets to PCs and PlayStations.

CPU Coolers
The Best CPU Coolers @ TechSpot

ASUS PB328Q 2560x1440 32-in VA-panel @ PC Perspective

Kinivo URBN Bluetooth Headphones @ ThinkComputers

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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Edition

10 February 2016 - 08:58 AM

The middle of the week is here, with several items along the way to get you through the day. There's a look at the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX case, a small yet striking case with its black exterior and red interior to set it apart from the crowd. For some power needs, we have a review on the EVGA 750W GQ power supply, which is a budget model for those needing a solid PSU without breaking the bank. If you need a new way to control your games, perhaps the Ozone Neon Precision Laser Mouse is the one for you, with its 6400DPI and eight programmable buttons. To help hear your games, we have a review of the GAMDIAS EROS ELITE EQ headset, which has 7.1 surround sound and an attractive price. Ending things for today is a way to spruce up your mechanical keyboard with the Hot Keys Project Artisan Keycaps, providing a bit of style and flair to an otherwise typical keyboard look.

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX @ PC Perspective

Power Supplies
EVGA 750W GQ @ PC Perspective

Ozone Neon Precision Laser Mouse @ Neoseeker
Hot Keys Project Artisan Keycaps @ LanOC Reviews

GAMDIAS EROS ELITE EQ Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, Edition

09 February 2016 - 08:58 AM

Another Tuesday has arrived, bringing with it a couple of items for you to check out. We have a review of the NZXT Manta case that offers some unique external styling thanks to the curved panels and an overall clean appearance. If you need a case that's even smaller, perhaps the Fractal Design Core 500 SFF case is for you, with this tiny case holding a Mini-ITX motherboard and plenty of full-size components.

NZXT Manta @ ThinkComputers
Fractal Design Core 500 SFF @ Madshrimps

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