Gears & Gadgets

Hands-on with the Apple M1—a seriously fast x86 competitor [Updated]

Enlarge / Apple’s new octa-core ARM big/little CPU is putting its high performance x86 competition on notice. Apple Original story 9:00am EST: There’s a lot of understandable excitement around Apple’s ARM-powered devices right now. And we’ve got traditional reviews of those devices and their ecosystems, for Apple fans and the Apple-curious. This is not one […]


PlayStation 5 runs cool and quiet, according to initial hands-on reports

A close-up of the DualSense controller shows the four LEDs that indicate which player is connected. 4Gamer A look at the accent lighting available on the DualSense controller. 4Gamer Close-up on the DualSense analog pads, showing additional texturing. 4Gamer The tiny “mute” button below the PlayStation logo silences the built-in microphone. 4Gamer In addition to […]


Immortals hands-on: I guess Ubisoft is copying Breath of the Wild now

Fenyx, the star of Immortals: Fenyx Rising. (All images in this article’s galleries were directly captured from my gameplay demo and represent real-time graphics.) Ubisoft Taking flight. Ubisoft Climbing walls with a status indicator. Look familiar? Ubisoft Completing puzzles by manipulating large objects via telekinesis. More familiar stuff. Ubisoft Fenyx gets a bow and arrow […]


Flight Simulator hands-on: Microsoft looks different 20,000 feet in the air

This opening gallery includes screen captures provided by Microsoft. Based on our extensive hands-on time, we believe they’re wholly reflective of real in-game performance. Microsoft / Asobo Volumetric cloud rendering, plus a detailed, algorithmically generated city below: that’s the good MSFS stuff. Microsoft / Asobo No, it’s not the “coffee shops” in Amsterdam having this […]