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HP Returns with a New Gaming Lineup to Satisfy Casual and Hardcore Gamers

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The resurgence of the OMEN series in recent years, Hewlett-Packard has finally managed to break their status as a boring PC manufacturer and became a great asset in the PC Gaming Market. Now that we have that settled, let’s talk about how HP is going to floor everyone this time.

Remember the OMEN X? I sure do, considering it’s a huge sized, expensive piece of hardware. Well, now, we are going to see sleeker and smaller options for those who don’t want to carry 10-tonne beasts around them. What better to do this than with a complete redesign of the Pavilion series?

Reinventing Affordable Gaming

First off,a laptop for Casual Gamers that don’t want to mess with concepts such as a computer with a SLI. Do you know what that is? No? Then you are pretty much looking at the right sort of computer for you.

The computer will come as cheap as $799 dollars and come with 8th-generation Core i5 or i7 processors, 8GB of RAM, and some combination of a 1TB HDD and solid state storage. With graphics cards including a Radeon RX 560X or a GTX 1050Ti.

As for the screen in this baby, we’re going to get a 1080p 60Hz, 1080p 144Hz, or 4K 60Hz choices. With the aesthetic every gamer loves to have for some reason, glowing backlights with options for white, green or purple.

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The Powerful Towering Beast

Now, we are going to talk about the sort of gadgets I am interested in the most. The towers that are going to be coming in various configurations for those gamers who want to build aggressive computers.

The Pavilion Towers that will be coming to our desks are the 690 and 790. The difference between the two is the size with the former being the smaller unit. As such, only half-length graphics cards will be able to fit in this computer.

This doesn’t mean this computer can’t be powerful as the 690 will support 8th generation Intel Processors and 2nd generation AMD Ryzen Processors. The best part about this is the fact that it can also support 16 GB of RAM and up to 3TB of storage.

The 790 however will be able to have more than that with support ofr 8th generation hexacore Intel Processors. With support for SSD units and up to 64 GB of RAM, not only that but it also comes packed with a GTX 1080 card by default.

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Cheap and Affordable or Powerful and Customizable, your Choice.

Once again we’re seeing another company trying to satisfy the needs of hardcore PC Gamers. Whether or not they prefer to use the laptops or CPU’s is completely up to them but it should be said that these beasts are also good for activities outside of gaming.

Can these laptops and cabinets hold up against the previously previewed MSI systems? Well, the only way to find out is to see what the customer has to say about these models. Of course, we’ll continue to offer coverage of any new gadgets that may be coming for PC gamers.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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