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Razer’s new BlackWidow X keyboards are minimalist and beautiful

The Razer BlackWidow X mechanical gaming keyboards minimalist and beautiful, and they come with a choice of switches and lighting options for every budget.

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It seems that every year, we get iterations on previous products, that don’t really offer much in the way of change (and often even less in the way of improvement). Razer have however decided to upset the applecart this year, first with the Stealth Ultrabook and its corresponding Core Thunderbolt 3 graphics card dock, and now with the latest update to their line of natty mechanical keyboards: the BlackWidow X.

Basically, every keyboard in the current BlackWidow line will now come with a BlackWidow X variant. What’s the difference? The BlackWidow X models are nearly identical to their predecessors, but the matt plastic protective cover – designed to protect the mechanical gubbins and reduce reflections – has been removed, to reveal the precision-cut metal top-plate, and do you know what? It’s rather beautiful. They’re certainly nicer to look at than their plastic sheathed brethren, at any rate.

The BlackWidow X models will also come with the same colour and lighting options as its main series equivalents, including full Chroma, single-colour, and no lighting at all (if you’re not especially flashy). There’s also a smaller model that’s missing a number pad which reduces the cost even further, as well as reducing the desk real-estate and carry weight of the full-size models (if you’re not playing an MMO/MOBA and don’t need the keypad).

There’s also a choice in switches, too. Razer have developed their own line of mechanical switches for the BlackWidow X keyboards, that are tested and rated for 80 million keystrokes, which is around twice the rating of other switches on the market. That being said, the Razer switches are a new product and their real-world longevity will need to be proven; if you prefer to stick with trusty Cherry MX switches then there’s an option for that too on the BlackWidow X series, and it reduces the price of each keyboard by $10.

Here’s a video of what goes into making those new Razer mechanical switches, if you like that sort of thing.

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Ultimately the BlackWidow X mechanical keyboards are well put together, arguably look better than their plastic-bedecked counterparts – we certainly think so – and most importantly, have a variety of choice and options to fit all styles and budgets.


Razer BlackWidow X mechanical keyboards are available from the Razer Store right now.

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Last chance to save on classic Final Fantasy games in a Nintendo Switch sale

You’ll find big discounts on classic Final Fantasy games – including 7 through 10 – in a sale on the Nintendo Switch.

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You’ll find big discounts on classic Final Fantasy games – including 7 through 10 – in a sale on the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch does feature new games – every week! Bookmark our new releases page to stay up to date on that front – but it’s the console’s credibility as a retro machine that gets people excited.

Everything is getting ported to Nintendo Switch. Everything. Even PC games at both ends of the joke – Doom at the low-end, to Crysis at the high – are getting a run-out on Nintendo’s little handheld that could.

It’s a combination of that lovely form factor and the ease of portability, with a little help from a lovely 720p screen, that makes the Switch feel so good as a remaster-wielding retro machine. (And of course, Nintendo’s stellar back catalogue, from a raft of NES and SNES games with Nintendo Switch Online to the recently-released Super Mario 3D All-Stars.)

At the top of my list of things I wanted to see on the Nintendo Switch was “every Final Fantasy game ever, please,” and, sure enough, Square Enix and Nintendo are obliging. But they’re rarely cheap. You’d think for all the times I’ve bought and re-bought Final Fantasy VI, VII or IX over the years, I might get some sort of loyalty discount. Maybe a Final Fantasy equivalent of Nectar points? But no. They cost quite a lot, even if Square’s ports aren’t always that hot.

Which is why a Square Enix sale on the Nintendo eShop – featuring a bunch of Final Fantasy games, but also, more! – at discounted prices is so exciting. There’s up to 50% off, as well, which is a cracking discount.

Here’s everything included in the Square Enix Nintendo Switch publisher sale.

Square Enix Nintendo Switch publisher sale

  • Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  • Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD
  • Final Fantasy Explorers (Nintendo 3DS)
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Lost Sphear
  • Oninaki
  • Romancing SaGa 2
  • SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions
  • Spelunker Party!
  • Star Ocean: First Departure R
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (Nintendo 3DS)
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima

The picks of the litter are obviously the mainline Final Fantasy games. Final Fantasy VII is obviously brilliant; the remaster of Final Fantasy VIII is splendid; Final Fantasy IX is secretly the best one; Final Fantasy X/X-2 is another excellent remaster; Final Fantasy XII isn’t great (but the Zodiac Age remaster makes it much more bearable); and Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is… also on sale. There’s a reason the Final Fantasy VII Remake is so great, and it’s because it steals its best ideas from these earlier iterations.

The recent remake of Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon – subtitled EVERY BUDDY!, their emphasis, not ours – is also well worth checking out, even if it is a bit of a peculiar curio. Romancing SaGa 2 is also well worth checking out, while I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear are modern-developed indie games published by Square Enix.

These deals are only available until September 30, so you’d better get on that.


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A fifth of the 1TB Xbox Series X storage is for the OS

An almighty 198GB of Xbox Series X is earmarked away from your game storage purposes.

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An almighty 198GB of Xbox Series X is earmarked away from your game storage purposes.

If there was ever a doubt in your mind that new consoles are PCs at heart, then look at the storage space reserved for the operating system and system files on the Xbox Series X in IGN’s preview.

Whilst you expect a Windows 10 storage requirement of around 32 GB at most, expect the Xbox Series X to reserve a positively eye-watering 198GB. This is an increase on the Xbox One’s sizeable consumption by its OS of 138GB. This encapsulates the OS, first-party apps, and space for updates, but why in the name of Phil Spencer is it so much?

It’s for the best, then, that director of project management for the console, Jason Ronald, stated in an IGN interview that they were going to keep Xbox Series X game file sizes “as small as possible”. We’ll have to see if this becomes a differentiating factor between the consoles, since it was recently revealed that PS5 install sizes were going to be sizeable.

Many players might need an expanded storage solution, then. You can currently buy a Storage Expansion Card for the Xbox Series X that offers an additional 1 TB of external memory whilst promising no decrease in “peak speed and performance” compared to the internal SSD. The price of that speed-boosting shared Velocity architecture is a hefty £220 in the UK.

Alternatively, VentureBeat ran some transfer speed tests and found that transferring Assassin’s Creed: Origins from a much cheaper (and larger) external USB 3.0 HDD to the internal SSD took 7:46.03 minutes and seconds compared to  2:18.53 for an external SSD. As an infamous install juggler myself, this seems to be a good compromise. Certainly better than outright redownloading games.

It’s rumoured that within those 200GB is the lost city of Atlantis, the holy grail, and the meaning of life. At least, that’s the only justification I can see for its size.


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Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC dated

The Pokémon Company reveals more details – and a release date – for the second part of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass.

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The Pokémon Company reveals more details – and a release date – for the second part of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass.

In a video broadcast released today, Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara confirmed that the second part of Sword and Shield’s Expansion Pass will be released on October 22, 2020.

The Crown Tundra takes players to a new area of the Galar region and introduces a new character, Peony, who will guide players as they explore its wind-swept wastes and snow-capped peaks. The story will also include a trip to a mysterious Pokémon Den, previously only seen in the game’s Max Raid Battles.

Even more exciting for fans than the new story content is the announcement that every Legendary Pokémon from past mainline games is included in the DLC. The Legendaries will be obtainable by embarking on the new Dynamax Adventures raids. The expansion also adds the Galarian Star Tournament, in which players can buddy together and take on the Galar region’s cast of elite trainers.

Watch today’s presentation right here.

In other news, Pokémon Home will be updated before the end of the year to allow Pokémon from Pokémon Go to be transferred into Pokémon Sword or Shield. Finally, new retail editions of Sword and Shield that include all expansion pass content will come to the Nintendo Switch on November 6, 2020.


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Save up to 90% on Xbox One games in three new sales

Are you looking for a new game to play on Xbox One? Here’s a quick roundup of the latest Deals with Gold and Spotlight sales.

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Are you looking for a new game to play on Xbox One? Here’s a quick roundup of the latest Deals with Gold and Spotlight sales.

Highlights from this week’s Deals with Gold lineup include the breezy retro racer Horizon Chase Turbo, isometric RPG Pathfinder: Kingmaker, and strategy hit Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. If you’re excited for the upcoming Watch Dogs Legion, you can catch up with the series so far with big discounts on its first two games.

Our picks from a new sale of games themed around the ocean are Subnautica, The Flame in the Flood, and Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition. Spotlight sale highlights include future racer Redout and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

This week’s Xbox One deals are available until October 5, 2020. Here’s a quick rundown of the best deals. Each game is available from the Xbox digital games store and Microsoft web store.

Xbox One Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Aery – Broken Memories – 33% off
  • Book of Demons – 50% off
  • Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 75% off
  • Deployment – 70% off
  • Desert Child – 50% off
  • Disintegration – 50% off
  • Edgar – Bokbok in Boulzac – 50% off
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon – 80% off
  • Horizon Chase Turbo – 70% off
  • Lumini – 50% off
  • NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 – 75% off
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Definitive Edition – 20% off
  • Rebel Cops – 25% off
  • Relicta – 20% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 45% off
  • The Division 2 – Warlords of New York Edition – 67% off
  • Tower Of Time – 33% off
  • Waking – 30% off
  • War Tech Fighters – 50% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – 80% off
  • Watch_Dogs – 65% off
  • WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship – 75% off
  • Wreckfest – 30% off

Xbox One Spotlight Highlights

  • 1971 Project Helios – 30% off
  • 8-Bit Armies – 90% off
  • A Knight’s Quest – 50% off
  • Aborigenus – 35% off
  • Battle Worlds: Kronos – 67% off
  • Bleed – 70% off
  • Castle Of No Escape – 20% off
  • Color Symphony 2 – 80% off
  • Doug Hates His Job – 40% off
  • Earth Atlantis – 60% off
  • Element Space – 40% off
  • Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles – 50% off
  • Redout – Lightspeed Edition – 50% off
  • Rogue Stormers & Giana Sisters Bundle – 75% off
  • Sine Mora EX – 75% off
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – 67% off
  • We Are The Dwarves – 70% off

Deep Sea Sale Highlights

  • Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden – 90% off
  • Aqua Moto Racing Utopia – 50% off
  • Beyond Blue – 20% off
  • Black Desert: Conqueror Edition – 50% off
  • Captain Cat – 50% off
  • Chaos On Deponia – 65% off
  • Close To The Sun – 33% off
  • Death In The Water – 50% off
  • Deep Ones – 60% off
  • Deponia Collection – 55% off
  • Depth of Extinction – 33% off
  • Dovetail Games Euro Fishing – 67% off
  • Dread Nautical – 50% off
  • Euro Fishing: Ultimate Edition – 60% off
  • The Flame in the Flood – 75% off
  • Fishing: Barents Sea Complete Edition – 33% off
  • Freediving Hunter: Spearfishing The World – 20% off
  • Hydrophobia – 80% off
  • Legend of the Skyfish – 40% off
  • Maneater – 35% off
  • Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones – 80% off
  • Outbuddies DX – 50% off
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition – 35% off
  • Purple Chicken Spaceman – 70% off
  • Radio Squid – 40% off
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens – 20% off
  • Stranded Deep – 25% off
  • Submerged – 90% off
  • Subnautica – 30% off
  • Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition – 67% off
  • Super Volley Blast – 50% off
  • Surf World Series – 40% off
  • Swim Out – 30% off
  • Swimsanity! – 30% off
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator – 30% off

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Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon western release date revealed

Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon’s turn-based switch-up gets a release date in the West.

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Japan got the latest in the epic street-brawling Yakuza series in January, but we haven’t long to wait for Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon’s turn-based switch-up. 

Sega today announced a simultaneous release in the West for Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows 10, and Steam on November 10, 2020. This comes after Japan saw its usual head start on the series with a release in January.

If you’re wondering about a particular next-gen omission in that list, Sega’s playing a longer game with the PlayStation 5. The PS5 release has been pushed to March 2 2021. As with the Xbox consoles’ “Smart Delivery” upgrade path, PS4 owners will get a free upgrade to the PS5 version upon release. As usual, a digital PS4 purchase permits a digital upgrade only.

Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon is a departure from other games in the series, featuring an entirely new turn-based RPG combat system. It’s been out in the wild for a while now given its delay in reaching our shores, so we already know it’s ace. Japanese review site Famitsu gave the game an excellent combined score of 38/40 and over 400,000 copies have already been sold in Japan and across Asia.

If that’s not enough Yakuza for you, it has also been announced that Sega has joined forces with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content so as to realise a live-action Yakuza film. It will feature the series’ popular original protagonist Kazuma Kiryu.

Whilst I hope a Yakuza film will also be forty hours long and mainly consist of mini-games and side-distractions, I suspect I’ll be disappointed.


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