New Spin: Dark Side of My Room

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There’s no shortage of alright to good electronic tracks, but in my experience, it’s not often you organically come across something that’s exactly what you’re looking for. Artist: Extrawelt Track: Dark Side of My Room Genre: Minimal Dark Side of My Room is exactly that and it’s something I happened upon about a week ago. … Read more New Spin: Dark Side of My Room

11 tips to cut past the confusion in Destiny 2 New Light

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With the launch of New Light, Destiny 2 is arguably in the best state it’s ever been in. Unfortunately, it also boasts the highest barrier to entry for those jumping in for the first time. There’s no wide reaching tutorial in game, players are faced with dozens of missions to do, and contextualizing the flow … Read more 11 tips to cut past the confusion in Destiny 2 New Light

Enter New Light: playing (enjoying?) Destiny again

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Through peaks and (deep) valleys, shrugging off the Destiny franchise in search of something more stable is something thousands have experienced. For me, it was the lackluster launch of Destiny 2 that instigated my longest break from the series.

The sheen was there, sure, but a lack of execution and bite sized content lead the iteration to the height of what can make the series so unrewarding. But as any toxic relationship goes, it was only inevitable that I crawl back.

I, and I’m sure many other series veterans, couldn’t help but fend off Bungie’s new free to play initiative (dubbed New Light). And while some of the fringed edges still remain, doing so has been a surprisingly positive experience.

Quite simply, the game is flush even for New Light players, and there’s plenty to sink you’re teeth into if you’re a lapsed player looking to play Destiny 2 again.

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The problem with mouse and keyboard on console

the problem with mouse and keyboard on consoles

From the ability to flick to an overall enhanced sense of control, mouse and keyboard is undoubtedly the most efficient way to play shooters. And although relegated to PC in the past, the growth of shooters has helped the input bleed into the console space.

The result?

The slow but steady transition has turned what was once an even playing ground into endless mess of frustration, paranoia, and second guessing.

Hopefully, mouse and keyboard will eventually offer players seamless customization and choice, but for the time being its inclusion on the PS4 and Xbox One is nothing more than a nuisance.

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PS4 FPS drops: why do they happen?

PS4 FPS drops

You’ve just wrapped up a rough day and all you want to do is kick back with your PS4.

Whether you’re into single player games or prefer chasing frustration online, you probably want the best looking and performing experience possible.

And then it happens – your frames start dropping.

There’s no escaping the constant stuttering and dipping, and more importantly, it’s driving you absolutely insane.

Why does the PS4 suffer from FPS drops?

There’s a multitude of reasons why the PS4 suffers hits to performance, but the biggest by far are:

  • Poor optimization
  • Relatively weak hardware
  • Network performance

Relative to its age, Sony’s console is capable of producing some incredible looking games, but there’s a reason the company opted to introduce the Pro revision this generation.

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Can PS4 friends see what website you’re on?

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Whether you’re in an endless stream of researching a new topic you’re obsessed with, or something a little less savory, you may have wondered what your PS4 friends can and cannot see when using the system’s browser.

Since privacy is worth more than gold, getting a grip on what you’re PS4 is broadcasting to the world is worth looking into.

Which brings us to the main concern – can your PS4 friends see what website you’re looking at?

The short of it?

No, nobody outside of the immediate proximity of your console will be able to know what you’re using the (limited) browser for.

There is, however, some privacy upkeep to consider when using your console to go online.

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Can the normal PS4 run at 60 FPS?

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It wasn’t all that long that the FPS of games was a foreign concept to the majority of gamers, but after the overwhelming success of titles like Call of Duty on consoles it’s become a mainstay in discussions.

If you play games on a regular or Slim PS4, you might have noticed that Sony is doing things a little differently this time around. For those that want it, a new, more powerful console is offered with the PS4 Pro.

And with all of the new marketing buzzwords since its inception (HDR, 4K, Ultra HD, and so forth), it’s sometimes hard to know what the original model is truly capable of.

Can the normal PS4 run 60 FPS? Does the Pro really offer a significant boost?

It turns out Sony’s aging console still has a lot to offer on the performance front.

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Does PS4 support gigabit ethernet?

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As the graphical prowess and overall complexity of PS4 games grows, install sizes continue to soar. It’s not unheard of for games to push 60 gigabytes, and with constant patches, it can feel like you’re downloading more than playing.

Internet speeds are more relevant than ever, with more and more individuals investing in higher tier plans from ISP’s to support a constant influx of downloads, Spotify, Netflix, and online multiplayer.

Some have even gone so far as buying into gigabit internet with providers like Google Fiber and Verizon Fios.

Which brings us to the crux of console networking:

Does the PS4 support gigabit ethernet? Can it fully take advantage of a lightning fast fiber connection?

Technically, each model supports the standard but there is a catch.

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17 most immersive PS4 games to lose yourself to

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The sudden realization that you’ve lost a few hours while sinking into a new game is one of the highlights of the medium, and sticking to immersive experiences is one of the best ways to get there.

Games of any genre can be incredibly immersive, but it’s the games that prioritize the single player experience that really make the attribute stick. These are the games that offer vast alien worlds, rich contextual story, and the backbone of it all – atmosphere.

Look below for some of the most immersive games for the PS4, arguably the best console for single player experiences.

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One possible cause to Fire TV Stick randomly shutting off

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As cool as beaming content to your TV with a Google Chromecast is, there’s something to be said about the reliability and feel of a remote. The first and second generation devices from Google were quick to impress me, but ever since using a Fire TV Stick it’s become my preferred way of streaming.

The only issues I’ve had so far with Amazon’s entry level device is its tendency to sometimes lag (mostly with the Hulu app) and crash when streaming. A little lag is easy to deal with, but random reboots are a buzzkill to say the least.

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