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Why You Should Use a Keyboard and Mouse With Your PS5 or Xbox Series X/S

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There are plenty of good reasons to hook up a keyboard and mouse to your next-gen console. Not only do peripherals give you greater precision and flexibility while gaming, they also make entering text and using other apps much less of a chore. It opens up ways of using your games box—to browse the web, for…

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The Best Gaming Consoles in 2021

best-gaming-consoles-emu-incl-featured-i This isn’t your ordinary best gaming consoles list: we go in depth and discuss the features you won’t see on the Amazon page, like emulation support. We evaluate consoles from both the last and current generations, especially since getting your hands on one of the latest consoles can be quite difficult at the time of writing. Note: while we will be discussing options available through hacking/homebrew/jailbreaking below, please do careful research before buying a console for that purpose or attempting to hack your own! At the time of writing, for instance, only some older Nintendo Switches can actually be hacked. … Read more14410838.gif

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How to Enable “FPS Boost” for a Game on Xbox Series X or S

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The “FPS Boost” feature available on Xbox Series X and Series S can improve performance in older games. The game’s developer doesn’t even have to do anything. Here’s how it works and how to turn it on for specific games.

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SEGA’s Cute Little $139 Astro City Mini Arcade Will Get a Limited U.S. Release

An Astro City Mini console with 'Virtua Fighter' on the screen.SEGA

SEGA’s Astro City is one of the company’s most iconic arcade cabinets, thanks to its unique look. When SEGA released an Astro City Mini replica in Japan, the western world could only look on with disappointment. But now, thanks to Limited Run Games, a few units are coming to U.S on March 26th.

If you want one, you better be quick with the trigger finger. When Limited Run opens up orders at 10 A.M. Eastern, it will only sell 3,500 units. After that, you’re out of luck. Those 3,500 units feature English menus and mostly translated games with a few exceptions. You’ll just get the mini arcade, if you want the $30 gamepad or the full-blown $40 arcade-style accessory kit, those are extra.

The Astro City Mini does have an HDMI out port, so if the included display is too tiny for you, you can use your TV instead. It also has a headphone jack and two USB-A ports. And as a nice modern upgrade, you can you progress in the games.

The Astro City comes with the following games:

  • Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars (with Stella)
  • Alien Storm
  • Alien Syndrome
  • Altered Beast
  • Arabian Fight **
  • Bonanza Bros. *
  • Columns **
  • Columns II
  • Cotton **
  • Crack Down
  • Cyber Police ESWAT
  • Dark Edge **
  • Dottori Kun (Dot Race)
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground **
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder **
  • My Hero
  • Puyo Puyo *
  • Puyo Puyo 2 *
  • Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R *
  • Puzzle & Action: Tant-R *
  • Rad Mobile
  • Quartet 2
  • Scramble Spirits **
  • Sega Ninja
  • Shadow Dancer **
  • Shinobi
  • Sonic Boom
  • Space Harrier
  • Stack Columns *
  • Thunder Force AC
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Wonder Boy
  • Wonder Boy in Monster Land *
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair 

* Denotes a game that has menus and text in Japanese

** Denotes a game that has portions of untranslated text, but menus are entirely English.

The Astro City Mini Arcade goes on sale on Friday March 25th at 10 A.M. Set a reminder and don’t forget, because once it sells out you’re out of luck.

A cute lil arcade

Astro City Mini


Don’t miss out, there’s only 3,500 English units of this arcade. After that you’re out of luck. If you love SEGA and the City Astro look, you can grab a miniature replica with 37 games for just $130.

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How to Set Up the Nintendo Switch

This wikiHow teaches you how to set up a new Nintendo Switch. Setting up a new Nintendo Switch is a bit of lengthy process. You need to charge the console, set up the dock, and then go through the initial system setup process. Use the following steps to set up and configure your new Nintendo Switch.

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[Edit]Console Unboxing and Setup

  1. Remove the Nintendo Switch from the box. A new Nintendo Switch comes with the following items in the box.[1]
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    • Nintendo Switch tablet console.
    • Left and Right Joy-con Controllers.
    • Nintendo Switch dock.
    • Joy-con controller straps.
    • Joy-con controller grip.
    • AC Adapter.
    • HDMI cable.
  2. Attach the joy-con controllers to the tablet console. The tablet console is part of the Nintendo Switch with the touch screen. This is the main piece of the Nintendo Switch. The Joy-con controllers are the two attachment pieces that contain an analogue stick and four action buttons and a “+” or “-” button. Slide the track on the side of the joy-con controllers into the side of the console to attach the joy-con controllers. The joy-con with the “-” button goes on the left. The joy-con with the “+” button goes on the right.
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  3. Open the back-panel of the Nintendo Switch dock. The Nintendo Switch dock is the black, rectangle-shaped box that comes with the Nintendo Switch. The back-panel is the side that has the oval-shaped Nintendo logo. Place your fingers in the slot above the panel to grip the back-panel door and pull to open it. The back-panel contains ports for the AC Adapter, HDMI cable, and a USB port for additional Nintendo Switch accessories. There is a slot on the side of the dock for wires to run through.
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  4. Connect the AC Adapter to the dock. Plug the AC Adapter that came with the Nintendo Switch into an electrical outlet. Plug the other end of the electrical outlet into the port labeled “AC Adapter” in the back-panel of the Nintendo Switch dock. Run the cable through slot on the side of the dock.
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  5. Connect the HDMI cable from your TV to the dock. Connect an HDMI cable to a free HDMI port on your TV to the port labeled “HDMI Out” in the back-panel of Nintendo Switch dock. Run the cable through the slot on the side of the Nintendo Switch dock.
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  6. Place the Nintendo Switch in the dock to charge it. The Nintendo Switch dock is used to charge the Nintendo Switch console, as well as display the Nintendo Switch display on your TV. Place the console in the slot on the top of the Nintendo Switch with the screen facing the same direction as the Nintendo Switch logo on the front. If it is inserted properly, a green light flashes in the lower-left corner of the Nintendo Switch dock. Allow about three and a half hours for the console to charge. The console will also charge the joy-con controllers when they are attached.
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    • You can also charge the console by connecting the AC Adapter, or any USB-C charger to the port on the bottom of the Nintendo Switch console.

[Edit]Initial System Setup

  1. Remove the NIntendo Switch from the dock and power it on. Once the Nintendo Switch is charged, remove it from the dock press the Power button to turn it on. The Power button is on the top of the console on the left side. It has an icon with a circle with a line through it. It’s next to the volume buttons at the top.
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  2. Select a language. There are 8 steps to the initial system setup process. They are marked by the 8 dots in the upper-right corner of the screen. The first step is to select the language you speak from the list displayed on the screen.
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    • To select an item on the Nintendo Switch, you can double tap it on the screen, or use the left joy-con controller to navigate to it, and press A on the right joy-con controller to select it.
  3. Select your region. The Nintendo Switch has four market regions. The Americas (United States, Canada, Mexico, South America), Europe, Australia/New Zealand, and Japan. Select the region you live in.
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  4. Accept the End-User License Agreement and select . Tap or select the checkbox next to “Accept” to accept the End-User License Agreement. If you wish to read the End-User License Agreement, select the black box that says “View End-User License Agreement”. Select Next when you are ready to continue.
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  5. Select a wireless network. The Nintendo Switch scans for local wireless networks during the initial setup process. Select your preferred wireless network and use the on-screen keyboard to enter your wireless password. Select Ok or press the “+” button on the right joy-con controller to continue. You will be alerted if the Nintendo Switch successfully connects to the network. Select Ok to continue.
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    • If you are using a wired connection, you will need to purchase a wired LAN adapter. Connect a network cable to the wired LAN adapter, and connect the wired LAN adapter to the USB port in the back-panel of the Nintendo Switch dock. Select “Wired connection” during the network setup portion of the initial setup process.[2]
  6. Select a time zone. If you don’t see your city listed in the list of time zones, select another city in your time zone.
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  7. Select . For the next step, the Nintendo Switch will walk you through the process of connecting to your TV. If you don’t wish to do this right now, you can select to do this at a later time.
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  8. Detach the joy-con controllers and select . To detach the joy-con controllers, press and hold the round button on the back of the joy-con controllers next to the ZR and ZL buttons. While holding the round button, slide up to detach the joy-con controllers. Select Next when you are ready to continue.
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  9. Select to read the dock setup instructions. If you haven’t already done so, set up the Nintendo Switch dock as outlined on screen, or in the instructions in Part 1. Select Next on each of the dock setup instructions.
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  10. Select the Nintendo Switch input source on your TV. Use your TV remote to select the HDMI source you connected your Nintendo Switch to.
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  11. Place the Nintendo Switch console in the dock and select . When you place the Nintendo Switch in the dock, the image on the Nintendo Switch screen should automatically display on your TV. If you see the image on your TV, select Success. If you do not see an image on your TV, remove the Nintendo Switch from the dock and select No Image on TV Screen for further instructions.
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  12. Select to create a new account. The next step in the Nintendo Switch setup process is to create a new user account. Select Next to continue.
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  13. Select an user icon. There are a variety of icons of Nintendo characters you can select as the icon for your user account. You can also select Mii to create a Mii, you would like.
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  14. Create an user nickname and select . Use the on-screen keyboard to type a nickname for the user and select Ok.
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  15. Select or . If you want to add more users, select Add another user and select an icon and nickname. When you have added all the users you want, select Skip.
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  16. Select or . If you want to set up parental controls, select Configure Parental Controls and follow the on-screen instructions. You will need to download an app for your smartphone to use parental controls. If you do not wish to configure parental controls, select Skip to finish the setup process.
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  17. Press the Home button on the left joy-con controller. The Nintendo Switch setup process is now complete. Press the Home button to go to the home screen. It’s the button that resembles a house on the right joy-con controller.[3]
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How to Stream from the PlayStation 5

One of the most exciting aspects of modern gaming is the ability to stream your gameplay and share your experience with other people. The Playstation 5 allows you to stream to Twitch or YouTube. This wikiHow teaches you how to link your Playstation 5 to your Twitch or YouTube account and stream your gameplay to Twitch or YouTube.

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[Edit]Linking Playstation 5 to a Streaming Service

  1. Open the Settings menu. It’s the icon that resembles a gear in the upper-right corner of the Playstation 5 Home screen. Use the controller to navigate to the Settings icon and press the “X” button to open the Settings menu.
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    • Before you can begin streaming from your Playstation 5, you need to link your streaming service account to your Playstation 5. Playstation 5 allows you to stream to Twitch or YouTube. You’ll need to create an account for one or both of those services before you can stream from your Playstation 5. Both services are free to sign up for.
  2. Select . It’s the fourth option in the Settings menu. Highlight this option and press “X” to select it.
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  3. Select . It’s in the Users and Accounts menu. This menu allows you to link your Playstation account to other services, including Streaming Services.
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    • Alternatively, you can load a game you want to stream and press the Create button on your DualSenese controller. Then select the Broadcast icon. Select the service you want to link your Playstation 5 to.
  4. Select or . These are the two services you can stream to from your Playstation 5. Select either one of these options to begin linking your account.
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  5. Sign in to your YouTube or Twitch account. The way you sign in to your account will be different depending on which streaming service you want to use. Use one of the following steps to sign in to YouTube or Twitch:[1]
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    • Twitch: Use a smartphone that you are signed in to the Twitch app on to scan the QR code on-screen. Alternatively, you can go to https://www.twitch.tv/activate in a web browser and log in to your Twitch account. Then enter the code displayed on your TV screen and click Activate.
    • YouTube: When you select YouTube, the Playstation 5 web browser will open a webpage that allows you to log in to your Google account. Log in with the email address and password for the Google Account that you use for your YouTube account.
  6. Select . Once your account is linked, a confirmation screen will be displayed. Select Done to acknowledge and go back to the Settings menu. Your account is now linked and you are ready to stream from your Playstation 5.
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[Edit]Streaming from Playstation 5

  1. Load a game you want to stream from. You can stream from any game on your PS5. Simply select the game icon on the Home screen to launch the game.
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  2. Press the button. It’s the oval-shaped button to the left of the touchpad in the center of the DualSense controller. Press this button to open the Creative menu.
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  3. Select the “Broadcast” icon. It’s the icon that resembles a radio antenna with waves broadcasting from the top. This opens the “Broadcast” menu.
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  4. Select or . Select the service you want to stream to.
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  5. Enter a name for the stream. Use the text field at the bottom of the menu to enter a title for your stream. Pick something that is descriptive of what your streaming and what you are doing during your stream.
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  6. Select . This starts your live stream. To stop streaming, press the Create button again, and select the Broadcast icon Then select Stop Streaming.
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    • If you select the icon with three dots (⋯) next to “Go Live”, this displays the quick options menu. This allows you to select Broadcast Options. This displays some quick options you can adjust. These include the resolution of your video stream, whether or not to include your voice chat audio, whether or not to display your camera feed (Playstation Camera required), whether or not to display the streaming chat on-screen, whether or not to display activity (viewer activity), and select where you want the chat and activity overlay to be displayed.

[Edit]Adjusting Your Live Stream Settings

  1. Open the Settings menu. It’s the icon that resembles a gear in the upper-right corner of the Playstation 5 Home screen. Use the controller to navigate to the Settings icon and press the “X” button to open the Settings menu.
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  2. Select . It’s at the bottom of the Settings menu. This menu allows you to adjust the settings for your live stream broadcasts, video recordings, and screenshots.
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  3. Select . It’s the second option on the left in the Captures and Broadcasts Settings menu. This is where you can adjust your live stream settings.
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  4. Select . It’s the first option in the Broadcasts Settings menu. This allows you to select the resolution and frame rate for your live stream broadcasts. Your options are as follows:[2]
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    • 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps: This streams your gameplay in high definition (HD) graphics at 60 frames-per-second. This provides the best image quality and smoothest motion available. You should only select this option if you have a fast internet connection of 10 Mbps or more.
    • 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps: This streams your gameplay in HD graphics at 30 frames-per-second. The resolution will still be good, but the motion won’t look quite as smooth. Select this option if you have a slightly slower internet connection or the game you are playing doesn’t play at 60 fps.
    • 1280 x 720 at 60 fps: This streams your gameplay with reduced image quality at 60 frames-per-second. The image won’t look quite as good, but the motion will still be very smooth. Select this option if you have an internet connection of 5 Mbps or less.
    • 1280 x 72 at 30 fps: This streams your gameplay at reduced image quality at 30 frames-per-second. This produces the lowest quality stream available. Select this option only if your internet speed is less than 3 Mbps.
  5. Select . This is the second option in the Broadcasts Settings menu. This only has one option which is whether or not to include the audio from your voice chat. If you do not wish to include the audio from other players you are playing with online, select the toggle switch to turn this option off.
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  6. Select . This is the third option in the Broadcasts Settings menu. This allows you to adjust the settings for your camera feed. You need a Playstation Camera in order to include a camera feed in your live streams. The Playstation Camera is sold separately. The Camera Settings menu has the following options:
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    • Display Camera: This option allows you to toggle the Playstation Camera on or off. If you do not wish to include your camera feed in your streams, select this option to toggle the switch to the “Off” position. If you do not see your camera feed in the upper-right corner, your camera feed is not turned on.
    • Size: This allows you to set the size of your camera feed display. You can select small, medium, or large.
    • Clipping Mask: This option allows you to select a shape for your camera feed. You can select a square, circle, hexagon, chroma key, or none
    • Flip Horizontally: Select this option if you want to flip the image display of your camera feed horizontally. This creates a mirrored image.
    • Effects: This option allows you to add a minor visual effect to your camera feed. Options include Comic, Pixilate (old video game style), scanlines (old TV style), Toy Camera (low-quality image), or Monochrome (black & white image).
    • Brightness: Use the slider bar next to this option to adjust the brightness of your camera display.
    • Contrast: Use the slider bar next to this option to adjust the color contrast of your camera display.
    • Transparency: Use the slider bar next to this option to adjust how “see-through” you want your camera display to appear on top of your gameplay.
    • Refocus on Your Face: This option is below the camera feed display on the right. Select this option to have your Playstation Camera automatically focus on your face.
    • Restore Defaults: This is the second option below the camera feed display on the right. Select this option to put all options in the Camera Settings menu back to their original settings.
  7. Select . This option allows you to turn on and manage the location of the Chat and Activity overlays. This menu has the following options.
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    • Display Chat: Select this option if you want to display the chat for your live stream on your TV screen. This will take up part of your gameplay screen. If you do not wish to have this turned on, you can still view the chat on your smartphone or on a computer.
    • Display Activity: Turn this option on if you want to display when you have new viewers on your screen.
    • Overlay Position: This allows you to select where you want the overlay to go on your screen. You can place it in the bottom right, top right, center right, bottom left, top left, or center left.
  8. Select . This menu has only one option. It allows you to convert the text from your chat to speech which is spoken allowed. If you want to turn this feature on, select Convert Broadcast Chat To Speech.
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The 7 Best Wireless Controllers for PC

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While a mouse and keyboard is the input method of choice for many PC gamers, it never hurts to have a dedicated controller lying around—even better if it has wireless connectivity for untethered play. Controllers are ideal for third-person and sidescrolling games, and can offer unique advantages in some competitive titles (such as Rocket League and Fortnite). But while there are loads of wireless controllers out there, these are the ones actually worth your money.

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Album released on PC Engine HuCard

The musician Remute specializes in albums released on classic game console cartridges, and the latest is Electronic Lifestyle, available in physical form on PC Engine HuCard only.

I’m a techno musician from Germany and I just released the first music album on a PC Engine gameconsole HuCard.

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PlayStation 5 SSD expansion will reportedly be unlocked this summer

81891370-7816-11eb-b6da-35c16896ece6Considering the bloated sizes of recent games like Call of Duty and Cyberpunk 2077 (250GB just for those two), the PlayStation 5’s 825GB internal SSD seems pretty miniscule. Now, there’s word that you’ll finally be able to put another dri…

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