If I had to describe this product with an idiom I would say it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. HyperX is generally known for its amazing line up of gaming headsets however how good are their gaming mouse that is yet to be seen.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
In addition to its simplistic and comfortable ergonomic design the Pulsefire Raid mouse houses tons of features that you won’t see in a typical gaming mouse. Though at this price range it seems quite reasonable to include these features so that you, the customer get your money’s worth. The mouse is built for comfort which was quite nice to see as I often get muscle pain in my wrist when playing for long sessions.
If I had to say what bothered me the most I would say it was the visual design of the mouse. It looked quite out of place in front of my custom gaming rig, mostly looking like a normal mouse. Of course there are many who don’t mind these things and it’s not like it doesn’t have anything going for it visually. It does feature RGB backlight in both the scroll wheel and the HyperX logo which can be customized to any colour of your choice with support for millions of color schemes.
11 Whole Whooping Buttons
This is what I would say is the unique selling point for this product. With 11 customizable buttons this mouse makes you a beast. This opens up a lot of possibilities in terms of gameplay especially when playing games such as World of Warcraft or League of Legends. For FPS players there’s also the option to change your CPI on the fly with 5 custom CPI settings which can be changed by pressing the button just below the scroll wheel.
There are also 4 buttons on the upper right side of the mouse instead of the usual 2 and one sniper macro on the far right front available to us to play and choose from. However, there were some problems that concerned us regarding their positions. These 5 buttons can be quite hindering when playing a fast paced game as it is quite easy to press the wrong button at the wrong time. People might also find it hard to reach the sniper macro as well as the 2 front side buttons.
It is quite unfortunate to see the software that HyperX has been heavily promoting to be still in Beta. However, once it launches properly it will allow gamers to set macros, adjust DPI and customize RGB lighting effects.
The Pulsefire Raid Gaming Mouse is available for INR 5,190/- through HyperX’s network of retail and e-tail outlets. At this price range, HyperX will find it to be quite hard to distinguish the product among a plethora of other alternatives and competitors.
However, Amazon is offering a 24% discount that is available right now taking the effective price down to INR 3,961/-. These kinds of offers are only limited to a certain amount of time and usually end after a few weeks of the product’s launch.
The HyperX Pulsefire Raid is a promising and compelling choice for gaming mouse but might find it hard to compete at its current price range. Its functionality is much more impressive than its design however it may take some time to get used to. For gamers who want absolute control at their fingertips, if you are looking for a gaming mouse look no further.
Developer Supercell is planning on releasing a new Clash Royale update this August. The update will feature a completely revamped Clan Wars system. This update is separate from the seasonal updates to the game and is much anticipated by the fanbase.
But what exactly is in Clan Wars 2?
In this revamped clan system you and your clan will be sailing down the river on a boat, collecting rewards for yourself and your clan. By completing tasks along the way, battling other clans, earning fame, and ultimately reaching the clan war Colosseum you and your clan will get more rewards based on how fast you reach the end.
The main objective of Clan Wars 2 is to win the river race to the clan war Colosseum. The clan which finishes first will unlock huge rewards for the whole clan. But to reach the end you have to earn fame, which can be earned by completing River Race tasks such as- 1v1 battles, duels, boat battles, and boatyard.
Clan War Deck
Clan War 2 gives you the player full control to build four war decks from your collection. Each clan war deck is completely unique and there can be no overlapping between the four decks. Meaning you will have upto 32 unique cards to your build war decks.
According to the developers this is done so that all cards are relevant and you are not stuck with the same deck. You will use one of these decks to complete river tasks. Once you use a deck it will go on a cooldown regardless of a win or loss.
A new game mode that is coming with the update.Clan members will play duels against other players in a best out of 3 matches, with the winner earning cards or other rewards. According to the developers, duels will be the most epic battles ever seen in clash royale and players will need a couple of decks to master this game mode.
It is a brand new PVE game mode where you can attack other boats directly and stop their progress. By doing this you can damage the enemy clan boats that you are racing against and stop them from progressing in the River race.
If your clan boat gets taken out by another clan you will have to repair it using the Boatyard. This is where all members of the clan can chip in and use their war decks to complete repairs on the boat.
This is the new feature coming with this update and many fans of the series may be familiar with his face, its the Trader from Clash of Clans. The Trader will offer a variety of trades every single day and players can use their trade tokens to trade with him every single day.
Clan War Colosseum and Season Changes
In Clan Wars 2, seasons will consist of several River Races. At the end of the River Races your clan will reach the Clan War Colosseum, this is where Clan War Leagues will take place. Here top clans for around the globe will battle for glory and so much more.
Ubisoft’s foray into the battle royale genre with their free to play game Hyper Scape has met with a positive response so far. Currently, in the open beta phase, the game has received widespread acclaim for its fast-paced gameplay and futuristic design. Another notable feature is its strong integration with streaming which allows Twitch viewers to affect the outcome of a match.
If you’ve managed to get your hands on this offering from Ubisoft and with season 1 of the game releasing very soon, we’ve compiled a small list of tips and tricks to help improve your gameplay and win more games.
Drop Locations: As with any other battle royale game, choosing a good drop zone is one of the foremost things you can do to increase your chances of survival and winning. If you’re looking for a slower game, try to drop into buildings that are not in the center of a sector. This will allow you to rotate more effectively and also keep a watch on the enemies’ whereabouts. Try to drop in a less populated area if you’re new to the game as early game firefights can be intense.
Keep an eye out for loot crates, as they also make a distinct sound.
Loadout is king: Your choice of weaponry directly affects the outcome of the game, so be careful in choosing which guns you wanna rock. The Hexfire is currently considered one of the best guns in the game with a huge clip size, fast fire rate, and a precise range of fire. Pairing it with a sniper rifle is also a great idea for those long-distance engagements. Choose your abilities wisely(referred to as Hacks in-game), a good rule of thumb is to have one which assists you in combat and one for mobility.
Pay Attention to the map: Hyper Scape differs from traditional BR games in one major aspect and that is the sector-based closing system. Doing away with a ring-based system, specific sectors of the map close down, forcing players to move. This also results in players having to move through closed sectors in order to get to the open sector, exposing them to enemies. Always be vigilant upon which sectors are closing and proactive in your rotations.
Get the crown: In Hyper Scape, when one reaches the final sector or the endgame, a crown appears, and getting a hold of it and securing it for a period of time results in a win. This is when your mobility Hacks come to play, the teleport ability is especially useful for when you have the crown and want to make a quick escape.
The armour hack, when fully upgraded is also especially useful as it makes you invulnerable for a short while with a short cooldown period to accompany it.
The gaming industry is worth a staggering $120 billion(approx) and it’s no surprise that a lot of that revenue is generated via streaming services such as Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming. Remember the days when we couldn’t wait for our turn on the computer or console; well ironically, there are millions of people who love to watch people play video games on the aforementioned streaming services.
Streaming has now become a very lucrative career with some people solely reliant on it for their living. In India, things are catching up too, with streamers making it big on YouTube and Twitch.
With the advent of cheaper and more accessible internet, the market is booming like never before.
If you have ever wanted to stream but didn’t know how to get started, we’ve got you covered in this guide on how to start streaming. This article will be divided into three parts which will cover various gaming platforms from which you can stream.
Easily the most accessible out of all other platforms on this list, streaming from mobile does pose a few challenges due to it being fairly new in the game.
How to stream on YouTube using your phone?
Now, until 2019 it was very easy to broadcast your mobile gameplay using the YouTube Gaming app, but ever since YouTube integrated the feature inside the YouTube app itself, things have been a little more complicated. The app now requires one to have at least 1000 subscribers in order to stream from one’s mobile device. This doesn’t apply to other platforms such as PC or a console.
If you fulfill the above requirement, this is how you can begin streaming to YouTube:-
Open the YouTube app.
Tap the Capture(camera) icon next to the search bar.
Select the Go Live option.
Allow YouTube to access your mic and camera.
Tap the phone icon(screen share) on the top right corner.
Setup your Stream Title, Description, and privacy options.
Select your thumbnail and screen orientation.
Select Next to get to the final step.
Tap Go Live.
How to stream on Twitch using your phone?
Thankfully Twitch does not have any prerequisites for you to begin streaming from your device but at the moment, the Twitch app only allows you to stream stuff from your phone’s camera and microphone i.e no screen sharing. But there is a very easy to use alternative which can help you overcome this obstacle.
This alternative is Streamlabs. Available on both Apple and Android, this app makes it easier than ever to stream your smartphone gameplay to Twitch.
Just follow these steps to begin streaming:-
Download the Streamlabs app and sign in to Twitch when prompted.
Allow the app to access your mic and audio when asked. Also, allow it to draw over other apps.
Set up your screen and camera sources.
Hit the red Stream button on the bottom bar.
Enter your stream info and tap OK.
How to stream using PlayStation 4?
On the PS4, it’s an absolute breeze setting up your live stream with the inbuilt Share button.
To stream your favourite games to the service of your choice, just follow these steps:-
Link your accounts:-
Before you begin using the broadcast feature you need to link your PSN account with Twitch or YouTube. To do this follow the steps:-
Click Settings from the home screen.
Select Account Management then select Link With Other Services.
Choose the service you want to use.
Follow the on-screen instructions to link your account.
Setting up your stream:-
Once you launch the game of your choice, you can press the Share button on your Dualshock 4 controller.
Upon doing this the PS4 will ask you for your video stream settings such as title, video quality, and the platform which you wanna stream to. You can also select if you want to broadcast the feed from your PlayStation Camera and microphone.
Finally, you can select Start Broadcasting to go live.
How to stream using an XBOX?
Streaming from the XBOX is also pretty straightforward. Microsoft allows you to stream to Twitch and Mixer from your console.
Stream to Twitch:-
Download the Twitch app from the Microsoft store.
After installation, you’ll need to connect your XBOX account to Twitch. In order to do this first open the Twitch on your XBOX and click on login, and you’ll see a 6 digit activation code. On your PC, go to twitch.com/activate and enter the aforementioned code. That’s it, your XBOX account is now linked with your Twitch account.
Launch the game you want to stream on your XBOX.
Tap the XBOX button.
Open the Twitch app.
Go to the Broadcast option and open it.
Enter your stream details.
Click on Go Live.
Stream to Mixer:-
Download the Mixer app on your XBOX.
There’s no need to link your account because Microsoft will automatically do it when you Broadcast.
Launch your game.
Press the XBOX button.
Locate the Broadcast option and tap it.
Enter stream details.
Tap the B button on your controller to bring up the options.
Click on Start Broadcast.
Streaming on PC is extremely fun as it offers you many ways to customize your Stream along with more control over the quality, audio, etc.
Here’s all you need to know in order to begin streaming from your PC:-
Firstly, in order to stream at an acceptable quality, one needs to have a fairly decent PC because it is a very intensive task. Lastly, you need a stable internet connection. You can find more information about it here.
OBS- Open Broadcaster Software is the most widely used and capable software to broadcast your stream to various streaming platforms.
In order to use it and set up your stream just follow these steps:-
Select Stream and in the Service dropdown menu, select the service of your choice. For example, Twitch.
Open your streaming platform’s website and look for the stream key.
Copy and paste the stream key in the OBS field called Stream Key.
You’re ready to stream now.
How to set up your stream?
Go to the sources panel in OBS.
Click the ‘+’ option.
Choose the Game Capture option and rename it to anything you want.
Choose your application in the Windows dropdown menu.
Launch your game and click on Start Broadcast in OBS or you can use the Hotkey you’ve set.
You can also add other sources in the same way, such as a webcam or your mic, and resize them according to your will.
Capture Cards- Capture cards are devices that help you stream or capture content from your consoles or PC more efficiently. Basically they serve as an intermediary between your source and the final streaming platform.
Please note that in order to use a capture card when streaming from a console, you do need to have a PC that receives and uploads signals from the capture card. Using a capture card when you have a single device is pointless.
They help one to stream higher quality content and also reduce performance loss.
Some notable video capture card brands include Elgato, AverMedia, and Razer.
Dual PC Setup- If you can manage it, a dual PC setup is a huge boost for your streaming quality as one PC can be used to play games and the other to encode the video and stream it. This reduces performance loss to almost being negligible.
The name of Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV or better known as Dr. Disrespect is one of the rare gems in streaming whose personality was as entertaining and exciting as his gaming skills. Dr. Disrespect was banned from Twitch on June 26. But after a month of silence, it seems he’s returning, in a big way…
Why was Doctor Disrespect banned from Twitch?
The exact reasons why Twitch banned Doctor Disrespect from their platform are still mostly unknown but there have been a lot of speculations. These include the possible violations of DCMA guidelines but it was ruled out because this would have resulted only in a temporary ban and not a permanent one.
On July 16 Guy finally gave an interview to Washington Post in which he expressed his disbelief upon hearing about his ban comparing it to, “showing up at work and the doors are closed and you can’t get inside.”
There were a few more interviews published around mid-July but they lent little credence as to why he was banned.
Twitch has also been giving very generic responses as to why he was banned with no clear answer.
Doctor Disrespect recently took to Instagram Live and played a short parody news report in which a reporter can be heard saying, “Doctor Disrespect may return to streaming as soon as today.”
Of course, this got everyone excited and curious with questions like which platform he is returning to and if there are any exclusivity contracts.
Dr. Disrespect also took to YouTube by posting a bizarre neon video in which a red sports car can be seen at a ‘Champion’s Club’ gas station.
Soon after that Doc announced that he’ll be showing up tomorrow on stream at 12 PM Pacific Time, so stay tuned.
I will be watching Doc’s stream, not just to see him play video games but also to hear him address the burning questions which have been plaguing the community since his departure and clear the air of mystery.
Horizon Zero Dawn is a video game that begs to be explored and its intricate mysteries, solved.
With a highly varied and lush open-world landscape, the game doesn’t just rely on its surrealistic beauty and mysterious aura, what makes the game a wonderful experience is the beauty of its characters, the ability of one to completely empathize with their predicament, and of course the mechs.
The story manages to deal with some really profound themes which is a breath of fresh air in a game of this magnitude.
But, this experience was limited to people who owned a PS4 until the announcement of it being ported to PC.
Well, the day has finally come and PC gamers are only a few hours away from getting their hands on to this masterpiece.
The game is available for pre-purchase on Steam as well as the Epic Games Store.
The complete edition of the video game on PC includes:-
Horizon Zero Dawn
The Frozen Wilds Expansion
Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and Carja Mighty Bow
Carja Trader Pack
Banuk Trailblazer Outfit and Banuk Culling Bow
Banuk Traveller Pack
Nora Keeper Pack
As expected the video game will feature enhanced graphics and the ability to extensively tweak the GFX experience which was expected as it is a PC release.
The game also features ultra-wide support.
The system requirements for the game were also released and are as follows:-
One of the most highly anticipated games of 2020, Marvel’s Avengers is going to host a variety of betas in the month of August for players to try out the game and get a “slice of the full game experience”. In this article, we’ll do a breakdown of how and when you can participate in these betas.
According to the most recent War Table Stream, the beta dates are as follows”-
August 7 – PS4 pre-order customers can begin playing the beta.
August 14 – All PS4 owners can begin playing the open beta. PC and XBOX One pre-order customers can begin playing the beta.
August 21 – PC and XBOX One owners can also join in the open beta.
How to join the beta?
In order to join the August 7 beta, PS4 players will need to have pre-ordered the game. Everyone will also need a Square Enix member account. You’ll also need the account in order to receive post-launch goodies so you might as well create one now.
For the August 14 beta, anyone who owns a PS4 can partake in the open beta whereas people with an XBOX One and PC need to have pre-ordered the game.
On August 21, the open beta will be available for PC and XBOX One players regardless of pre-order status.
What does the beta contain?
According to Square Enix, a wide variety of the game’s missions and modes will be available in the beta. The game will begin with the initial Golden Gate Bridge demo which will introduce the game’s core mechanics and hero abilities while leading up to the “A-day” catastrophe which kicks off the main plot of the game.
The developers have said that after the initial 25 minutes Golden Gate Bridge demo, players will get to play two more Hero Missions with Hulk and Ms. Marvel. The missions will be set in an overgrown green forest in Pacific Northwest and one in the Russian Tundra where they’ll search for a secret SHIELD facility.
Besides these single-player missions, there are some multiplayer modes in the game playable with Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Iron Man, and The Hulk. These include:-
HARM Rooms – These are three wave-based training exercises that get difficult gradually. Upon completion of all the HARM Rooms, you get rewarded with a special nameplate that carries over to the full game and also a Hulk Smashers Pickaxe for use in Fortnite.
War Zones – These are five full-length multiplayer missions that send you around a variety of locations in order to take out big threats as a team.
Drop Zones – These are smaller versions of War Zones wherein you’re dropped right into the action.
No matter what game modes you play there are points of interest and unlockables to discover which will carry forward to the full game when it comes out.
Valorant’s newest agent was recently officially revealed following an accidental leak on the official website. The agent is called Killjoy which is ironic, considering how elated and excited we were upon hearing the news. Taking a look at her abilities which include turrets, grenades, and traps which she can spring upon enemies, we can safely say that she packs a lot of punch.
The news didn’t really catch players by surprise as earlier this week, Riot’s website had displayed info and some videos about Killjoy’s abilities. Though the information was quickly removed some data miners did manage to catch the info.
New agents are always exciting because they result in a meta change and make the game more challenging and fun to play. With the turret ability, Killjoy can deploy a turret which scans a 180-degree radius and shoots any enemy it sees. This may prove especially useful in scenarios where one needs to guard multiple angles and doorways.
Killjoy’s abilities include:-
ALARMBOT: A bot that hunts down enemies that get in range. Once the bot reaches the enemy, it explodes, applying Vulnerable.
TURRET: Deploys a turret that fires at enemies in a 180-degree radius.
NANOSWARM: A grenade that deploys a swarm of nanobots that deal damage.
ULTIMATE ABILITY – LOCKDOWN: Deploys a lockdown device that detains all enemies in a certain radius.
Riot Games has said that Killjoy will release along with Act 2 on August 4.
Xbox Game Pass for Console will add Frostpunk: Console Edition and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet on January 9, followed by Tekken 7 on January 16, Microsoft announced.
Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that includes over 100 free games that can be downloaded and played on console or PC as long as you are subscribed to the service. Xbox Game Pass for console costs $9.99 a month, while Xbox Game Pass for PC costs $4.99 a month. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes both console and PC, as well as Xbox Live Gold for $44.99 quarterly. Xbox Game Pass for PC is available at $1 for the first month, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available at $1 for the first three months.
Here is an overview of each game, via Microsoft:
Frostpunk: Console Edition ([email protected]) – A society survival game where heat means life and every decision comes at a price. As the leader of the last civilized society on Earth, you’re tasked with building a city for your survivors to live in, discover new technologies, explore frozen wastelands and most importantly, manage and rule society to prepare it for life in an unforgiving world. Choices in this world aren’t as easy as they seem and holding power over people has a cost as heavy as the responsibility you feel in caring for them.
Frostpunk, the newest title from the creators of This War of Mine, is a society survival game where heat means life and every decision comes at a price. In an entirely frozen world, people develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. You face the task of building the last city on Earth and securing the means necessary for your community to survive.
Optimization and resource management often clash with empathy and thoughtful decision-making. While city and society management will consume most of the ruler’s time, at some point exploration of the outside world is necessary to understand its history and present state.
What decisions will you make to ensure the survival of your society? What will you do when pushed to the limit? And who will you become in the process?
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet – Dive into an original story where you are the protagonist in the virtual reality world of Gun Gale Online where you’ll encounter enemies and familiar faces from the “Sword Art Online” anime series. Develop your avatar as you see fit, master a wide array of weapons and skills, and learn to survive in your own personal warzone. You can also experience co-op and PvP using the weapons you find with your customized character.
Your fate has just begun… Experience an original story where you are the protagonist in the world of Gun Gale Online. Create your own avatar and explore devastated lands while experiencing exciting third person shooting in this action RPG. Encounter enemies and run into new and familiar faces from the Sword Art Online series. Journey through a world of guns where after a chance encounter you’ll gain the help of a very rare AI, ArFA-Sys. Along the way, you will have to make choices. But every choice comes with a price… Will you bring hope or despair? This is your adventure… This is your story…
Tekken 7 – The storied fighting franchise returns for another round in Tekken 7. With the faithful 3D battle system and gameplay intact, Tekken 7 takes the franchise to the next level with photo-realistic graphics and new and innovative features and fighting mechanics with the attitude, competitiveness, and showmanship rooted in its arcade DNA to provide the ultimate fighting game experience on Xbox.
Discover the epic conclusion of the Mishima clan and unravel the reasons behind each step of their ceaseless fight. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, TEKKEN 7 features stunning story-driven cinematic battles and intense duels that can be enjoyed with friends and rivals alike through innovative fight mechanics.
Love, Revenge, Pride. Everyone has a reason to fight. Values are what define us and make us human, regardless of our strengths and weaknesses. There are no wrong motivations, just the path we choose to take.
Expand your fighter’s journey by purchasing the Tekken 7 Season Pass separately and gain access to stunning additional content
The French publisher Microids and Oddworld Inhabitants are delighted to announce a co-publishing deal for three classic Oddworld titles, all coming to Nintendo Switch in 2020.
The first game is Oddworld: Stranger’s WrathHD and it will release digitally on January 23, 2020. It will retail both with a standard and a limited edition, in the 1st quarter 2020. The limited edition will include some nice exclusive collectibles so stay tuned!
“We are very happy about this new collaboration with Oddworld Inhabitants regarding the publishing of these three classic titles! We are going to help as much as we can to ensure these masterpieces get the spotlight they deserve. These three games will fit quite nicely in our catalog where retro gaming has a prominent place. These games captivated an entire generation of gamers and some Microids employees, formerly working with the GT Interactive team, got to work on the original launch of the first Oddworld games more than 20 years ago,” said Stéphane Longeard – CEO of Microids.
“Microids champions the Oddworld brand and our goal to create entertainment properties that balance beauty, empathy, creativity, innovation, and craftsmanship. They understand the classic games and indie space. This partnership is a great fit for us, and we are excited to have them onboard as we bring three classic Oddworld games to the Nintendo Switch in 2020,” said Sherry McKenna, co-founder of Oddworld Inhabitants.
Oddworld Inhabitants is an independent video game developer and publisher, co-founded by special effects and computer animation veterans Sherry McKenna and Lorne Lanning. The award-winning team of storytellers and artists at Oddworld are known for creating indelible entertainment properties that speak to millions of fans worldwide. The team will release four games in 2020 including the highly anticipated Oddworld: Soulstorm, which is scheduled for a 2020 release on Epic Game Store and consoles.
Back To Oddworld
Explore ancient ruins, dodge carnivorous beasts and avoid trigger-happy guards as Abe, the original Oddworld hero in this lovingly recrafted, built from the ground-up and totally recooked take on the classic adventure Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee.
Once a happy floor waxer in Oddworld’s biggest meat processing plant, Abe stumbles across his boss’s secret plan to turn the factory’s slave labor force into the latest in the RuptureFarms Tasty Treats line of novelty meat snacks. Abe now has to save his own skin from the grinders, but simply escaping the flesh farm is only the start of his Oddysee – for many dangers await Abe on his journey to discover his destiny.
Built from scratch from the ground up, enjoy new breathtaking visuals, enhanced audio and improved, deeper gameplay as New ‘n’ Tasty reignites the original Oddworld game using the latest next-generation technology.
With art direction from series creator Lorne Lanning, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty offers a view into Oddworld with fidelity never seen before. Fluid animation, new free-moving cameras and high resolution (up to 4K) visuals make RuptureFarms and the surrounding areas look incredible, creating the Oddworld that Lanning always wanted to see.
Analog controls offer more subtle control over Abe, and new tricks like free aiming, the ability to drop grenades behind you and also sneak whilst crouching open up new avenues for stealthy tactics and inventive speed-running. Optional ‘Old School’ controls bring back hopping and digital movement too, so the Oddysee purists can get started with some familiarity.
From the murky grime of RuptureFarms to the expansive native lands of the Monsaic Lines, through to the vast temples of Scrabania and Paramonia, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty boasts new areas, subtle gameplay changes and a few surprises. Fans will recognise the huge meat grinders, Scrab holding pens and cavernous caves, but there’s more than enough that’s new here to keep you on your toes.