As GPU Prices Soar, AMD Launches Impressive New Integrated Graphics Chip

Integrated graphics processors (IGPs) have never really been suited for PC gaming; instead, IGPs offer a convenient way for computers to do video output without stuffing a discrete GPU into a system. However, AMD has flipped the script with the release of the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G, which are variants on the previously released Ryzen CPUs but with its Vega graphics technology packed inside. The result is an all-in-one chip (an APU) that is now the most powerful integrated graphics solution thus far.

Both Ryzen APUs launched this week, and in the midst of the price inflation and scarcity of graphics cards due to cryptocurrency mining. The 2400G and 2200G might be a viable solution for those looking to build a new Ryzen-based system but can’t snag a decently priced video card just yet. It’s an option if you want to hold off until prices return to normal (whenever that may be) and still need a working system. Benchmarks across the internet have shown both chips to perform competently at 1080p in some of the less graphically demanding PC games.

The Ryzen 5 2400G is a four-core, eight-thread CPU with a base clock of 3.6GHz and boost clock of 3.9GHz; as far as processing power goes, the 2400G closely aligns itself with the Ryzen 5 1500X. On the graphics side, it features the Radeon Vega 11 graphics processor (with 11 compute units) clocked at 1250MHz. What this translates to is decent performance in games like Civilization VI and Rocket League. According to Anandtech, 2400G was able to average 32.66 FPS and 99th percentile-low (to eliminate anomalous frame dips) of 22.15 FPS in Civ VI at 1080p and Ultra settings. As for Rocket League, the chip maintained an average of 51.84 FPS at 1080p and Ultra settings.

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Monster Hunter World Armor: High-End Palico Gear

One of Monster Hunter World‘s greatest aspects is the variety of adorable armor sets you can get for your Palico companion. The armor you can get them comes in a variety of different styles, shapes, types, and sizes. To give you an idea of what kind of armor sets you’ll be able to equip your Palico once you’ve progressed far enough in the game, we’ve compiled the gallery above.

Click ahead to check out some of the best looking high-end Palico armor sets. And if you’re eager to see more armor, check out our galleries showcasing how the game’s various armor sets looks on male characters and female characters.

Monster Hunter: World is out now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with a PC release to come later in the year. That’s notable, as recent entries were limited to 3DS. The additional horsepower has allowed for a game with much larger, more beautiful environments to play in. It also does a better job of introducing newcomers to the flow of playing a Monster Hunter game.

You can read more about what to expect in our Monster Hunter World review. And for more impressions of the game, check out our feature detailing 11 ways to make the game even better than it already is.

Those playing on PS4 will be able to get their hands on some exclusive gear based on Horizon Zero Dawn. We also know that new Mega Man-themed items are on the way, as well as character skins themed around Street Fighter V–and if past games are any indication, this won’t be the last crossover content that Capcom releases.

Destiny 2 Crimson Days: All The New Gear, Items, And Rewards

Destiny 2’s Crimson Days event is now live, bringing a new activity–a special 2v2 Crucible playlist–to occupy your time. But no matter what you do, you’ll be working toward unlocking the real highlight of the new update: new gear. Destiny 2 players on PC, PS4, and Xbox One now have a variety of items to acquire, but only for a limited time.

In the gallery above, you can take a look at everything that’s currently available. The Valentine’s Day-themed event includes new Ghosts, Sparrows, armor and weapon shaders, emotes, weapon ornaments, and more to acquire. These are primarily included in new Crimson Engrams, which are obtained by playing the aforementioned Crucible mode. Alternatively, if you’ve reached the level cap (level 20 if you don’t own Curse of Osiris, 25 if you do), each level up will reward you a Crimson Engram in addition to the standard Illuminated Engram. No matter how you obtain it, the Crimson Engram is guaranteed to decrypt into an item you don’t already own until you’ve unlocked everything.

While the bulk of the new items are obtained through the Engram, there are five others that are obtained through different means. You’ll need to fulfill a specific objective in order to unlock the corresponding reward (or to have a chance at earning it, in one case). Here’s how to unlock them:

  • Tirastrella Ghost Shell + Fire of the Crimson Days Emblem: Complete the “Welcome to Crimson Days” milestone (finish five Crimson Days matches, talk to Shaxx)
  • Undeterred Exotic Sparrow: Complete Crimson Days Crucible playlist matches for a “chance” to unlock this
  • Dieselpunk Exotic Ornament for Wardcliff Coil: Complete the Leviathan Raid or Eater of Worlds Raid Lair to find this in the final chest
  • Flaunting Dance Emote: Complete the Nightfall Strike during the event

Crimson Days is now live on all platforms, and it runs until the weekly reset on February 20. Check out the gallery above for a look at everything you can get your hands on until then. Even if you don’t plan on playing much, you can get a free Crimson Engram just by logging in and speaking with Tess at The Tower.

PS4 Game Sale: PSN Deals From Now Until Feb. 20

It’s the beginning of a new week, which means a new selection of game discounts are now available in the US PlayStation Store. This week’s deals are fairly slim compared to the Ubisoft and Play Anime sales available last week, but players can still find discounts on a handful of titles from publisher 2K Games across PS4, PS3, and Vita.

As always, the biggest selection of deals is reserved for PS4 owners. The critically acclaimed strategy game XCOM 2 is $19.79, while its War of the Chosen expansion is $26. In addition to that, NBA 2K18 is $39, WWE 2K18 is $30, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is $19.79, BioShock: The Collection is $19.79, Mafia III is $16, Evolve is $7.49, and Battleborn is $7.49. PS4 owners can also find discounts on the deluxe versions for many of the aforementioned titles.

The only PS3 game from 2K on sale this week is NBA 2K18, which runs for $24. Vita owners, meanwhile, can pick up XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus for $5 and Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 Plus for $5. You can find the full list of games included in this week’s 2K sale here.

While there are no other formal sales going on in the PlayStation Store this week, there are still a couple of other new deals to take advantage of. On PS4, players can get the just-released Crossing Souls for $12; you can learn more about the game in our Crossing Souls review. In addition to that, the new VR rollerblading game Sprint Vector is $24 ($21 with PS Plus), Rainbow Six Siege is $41.49, NBA Live 18: The One Edition is $12 ($4.49), Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch is $24, and Space Hulk: Ascension is $26.24.

Most of the above deals will only be available until February 20, giving you a week to pick up any titles you may be interested in. You can find all of this week’s game discounts on the PlayStation Store.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Monsters, Inc. Trailer: Theories and Gameplay Details You May Have Missed

Square Enix released not one but two new Kingdom Hearts III trailers at D23 Expo 2018, introducing the new Monsters, Inc. world. These trailers are also packed to the brim with new gameplay and story details that are worth exploring, so let’s dive into the heart of these new glimpses both below, and in the video above.

The main D23 2018 trailer kicks off with the surprising re-introduction of Marluxia, who was leading the charge at Castle Oblivion for Organization XIII. Sora battled and defeated the Nobody Marluxia back in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, but because he, Donald, and Goofy had their memories of their time in Castle Oblivion wiped, Marluxia is a total mystery to him.

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Batman Ninja Box Art and Release Date Revealed

Batman gets transported to feudal Japan this spring, when the upcoming animated film Batman Ninja is released.

Warner Bros. and DC have announced the feature-length movie will arrive on Digital on April 24, and will be available on Blu-ray Steelbook ($29.98 USD), Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 USD), and DVD ($19.98 USD) on May 8.

The story follows Batman getting transported to feudal Japan, along with his worst enemies, due to Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine. The villains are feudal lords ruling over the divided lands, with the Joker leading the warring factions. Without access to his weapons and gadgets, it’s up to Batman to rely on his intellect and allies to save the land and return to present-day Gotham City.

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Two New Xbox One Games Now Backwards Compatible

Microsoft has again expanded the lineup of backwards compatible games on Xbox One. Two more Xbox 360 titles are now playable on the current-gen console, and they’re fairly big-name games.

First up is Mafia II, the 2011 sequel to 2K Games’ original Mafia from 2002. It’s an open-world action game in the basic mold of Grand Theft Auto, but it’s perhaps most notable for its mid-20th century setting. Also now playable is 2006’s Prey, not to be confused with last year’s game of the same name (which otherwise bears no connection to the 2006 title). It’s a first-person shooter that tells the story of a Cherokee who is abducted by aliens.

If you already own a physical copy of these games, you can simply pop it into your Xbox One to initiate a download and start playing. Alternatively, if you own digital copies, you can find them waiting in the Ready to Download area of the My Games and Apps section on the console. They’re also both available for purchase on the Xbox Store. As with Splinter Cell: Conviction when it was added to the backwards compatibility library last week, they’re also currently discounted as part of this week’s Xbox game deals.

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These are just the latest 360 games to be made playable on Xbox One. A small handful of original Xbox games were made backwards compatible late last year, although those will be added to the list much less frequently. For a look at everything that’s playable, check out our roundup of all the Xbox One backwards compatible games.

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X-Men Movie Spin-Off In The Works With DC Comics Writer

Though Disney may be working to acquire 21st Century Fox–and with it, the studio’s film licenses–the X-Men franchise shows no signs of slowing down. With Deadpool 2, Dark Phoenix, and New Mutants all heading to theaters over the next two years, and a Gambit movie maybe happening someday, there’s now another film project in the works set in that universe.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Deadpool director Tim Miller and comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis–who previously wrote several X-Men titles–are collaborating on a film about X-Men member Kitty Pryde. Miller will help the movie, with Bendis providing the script. The project is currently being developed under the title 143, which is a reference to an issue of Uncanny X-Men that served as Kitty Pryde’s first solo story. News of a Kitty Pryde film being in the works was first reported by Collider in early January.

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This won’t be the first time Kitty Pryde has appeared in the X-Men films. The character, a mutant who can phase through solid objects, was played by Ellen Page in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Pryde was also featured in the first two X-Men films, though in a much smaller role played by different actresses.

The news of the movie’s creative team is surprising, given that Bendis left Marvel–the company behind the X-Men comics–in November, signing an exclusive deal with DC Comics. His partnership with DC will see the writer who created the characters Jessica Jones and Miles Morales relaunch Superman. Still, he’s essentially confirmed the reports on Twitter, reposting several stories about the film project.

There is no announced release date for the Kitty Pryde movie. Presumably, there is no actor attached to the title role at this point.

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Spyro the Dragon Trilogy Remaster Reportedly in the Works

A Spyro the Dragon Trilogy Remaster is reportedly coming to PlayStation 4 as a timed exclusive in Q3 2018.

According to Kotaku UK, the remastered trilogy will include Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. The three games will reportedly feature all-new assets, lighting, animations, and cinematics; a remastered soundtrack; an overhaul to the originals’ save systems; and PlayStation 4 Pro support. An official announcement is expected next month.

Spyro the Dragon as seen in Netflix’s Skylanders Academy

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Razer Cynosa Chroma Pro Gaming Keyboard Review

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In the past Razer has been known for offering high-end gear like the BlackWidow Chroma V2, but the company has recently expanded its portfolio into more budget friendly hardware. Case in point – its newest keyboard is just $60, and it’s called the Cynosa Chroma and it’s available in both Pro and non-pro models. (See the it on Amazon) / (See it on Amazon UK). We’re specifically evaluating the pro version, which is $20 more expensive at $80, with the only difference being the Pro has underglow lighting.

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