Dell XPS 17 (2020) review: heavy hitter

Dell XPS 17 (2020) review: heavy hitter

The Dell XPS 17 isn’t for me. Yes, it has a 17-inch screen. Yes, it has high-powered specs including an H-series processor and an RTX GPU. But compared to many other laptops available today, it’s really heavy — it’s about five and a half pounds. Some folks might enjoy hefting a five-and-a-half-pound laptop around the … Read more

Researchers put tiny camera backpacks on beetles for science

Researchers put tiny camera backpacks on beetles for science

Insects are so prolific that it can be easy to forget how totally awesome they are. The tiny organisms are capable of some incredible things and scientists just added a new ability to their list: camera operator. Researchers from the University of Washington have developed tiny camera “backpacks” that are light enough and small enough … Read more

Metacritic changes its user review policy to combat score bombing

Metacritic changes its user review policy to combat score bombing

This change was first noticed about two weeks ago, but it’s getting more attention following the release of Ghost of Tsushima, the first big launch since the wait period was created, Forbes notes. Metacritic isn’t the only platform that’s trying to keep users from destroying scores before giving games a fair chance. Steam’s review system … Read more

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will have Mortal Kombat-style x-ray gore

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will have Mortal Kombat-style x-ray gore

With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla approaching this November, we’re getting to see more of the sprawling open-world viking action game — both inside and out. That’s because fans can witness brutal assassinations in full X-ray vision, a first for the series. It’s like watching the autopsy scenes from CSI, except instead of solving murders, you’re causing … Read more

US video game spending hit a 10-year high in June

US video game spending hit a 10-year high in June

Video game spending in the US reached its highest point since 2010, according to a new NPD Group report, with sales through June reaching $6.6 billion on hardware, software, and accessories. It’s the highest total for the first six months of the year since spending hit $7 billion a decade ago. Spending has been dramatically … Read more