Amazon Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Amazon RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Amazon Reportedly Developing Game Streaming Service Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:49:41 -0500 William R. Parks

With Google and Microsoft both currently pursuing game streaming services, an opportunity for players to access games whenever they want, on whatever device they want, appears to be arising. Seemingly, this opportunity may be bolstered even further, as recent reports suggest that Amazon is also throwing its hat into the ring of streamable gaming.

As indicated by The Information, "two people briefed on the plans" have confirmed that Amazon is currently developing a service that would let players stream games over the internet. Not only would this service make it easier for fans to access titles, these streaming games would be playable on an array of devices, including tablets and smartphones.

Furthermore, the report indicates that Amazon is already working with publishers and developers, looking for games that could be made available through its service. However, players should not expect these games to be made available immediately, as one of The Information's sources indicates that Amazon's platform will release in 2020 at the earliest.

According to reports, the Verge has also done some follow up research on The Information's claims, and two job postings from Amazon may act as corroboration. Specifically, Amazon is the process of searching for engineers in Seattle and California to work on "Cloud Games."

A third posting has also been noted, which may have ties to the new streaming service. This posting is for a Lead Cross Platform Game Engineer, and it indicates that the position is an opportunity to "shape the foundation of an unannounced AAA games business."

Without official confirmation from Amazon, these reports should still be considered speculative, but the company certainly has the infrastructure in place to pursue such a service. That is, offering streamable games will undoubtedly require a powerful foundation of servers, something that Amazon has in spades.

If game streaming is to supplant physical copies or digital downloads, the experience is going to need match what is being offered by traditional consoles and PCs. The scale of a service's infrastructure is certain to play a critical role in offering such an experience, and, as a result, Amazon's offering could be serious competition to Google's Project Stream and Microsoft's xCloud

More details can be found on The Information and The Verge.

5 Best Tools for Finding Cheap Graphics Cards Tue, 15 May 2018 13:50:21 -0400 Ty Arthur


While prices for both the latest, bleeding-edge cards and the mid tier of gaming hardware remain high, all indications point to a drop coming soon. Stay on top of all the possible sales so you don't miss out on the deal of a lifetime!


Which of these video card price-checking tools do you use most often, and did we miss any great free services that should be added to the list? Let us know how you find cheap graphics cards with websites, browser extensions, and coupon codes in the comments below!


Newegg Price Low To High


While the point of the various tools in the previous slides is to have a program do the work for you, they aren't always perfect and don't catch everything. Sometimes a little legwork is necessary, and you can't always beat just setting the "price: low to high" option on the gaming graphics cards section of Newegg.


They remain one of the most well-known hardware retailers for a reason, and with regular sales and offers, you can find new video cards for as cheap as $100 on the low end, with occasional big dips in prices on the higher-end cards if you check back regularly.


Amazon Assistant Chrome Extension


While Camel Camel Camel will tell you when a price on a specific product drops, it won't always notify you of Amazon's daily deals and other price-saving measures for similar video cards.


With the Amazon Assistant, you can stay up-to-date on daily Lightning Deals in hardware to find that elusive sale on a graphics card, as well as view similar products while searching to add new video cards to your wish list (and then add 'em to your Camel Camel Camel notifications).


Honey Chrome Extension


Coupon code- and discount-searching browser extensions are a dime a dozen these days, and there are plenty worth checking out. One of the biggest and most reliable is Honey, which automatically searches any given site for coupons to get a better deal at checkout.


Honey tends to have plenty of coupons for sites like Newegg, so you can get bigger price reductions over already-reduced sale prices if you check back frequently on any part, from RAM to video cards.


The codes aren't always still valid, but having the option available means you never pay full price if a code is available.




If you are looking to build your own rig and not sure where to start, PCPartPicker puts everything all in one location and makes it simple to see what you need and what it's all going to cost.


Best of all for those looking for a bargain, though, the site includes a "price drops" section to let you know what deals are available so you don't pay full price while choosing any of your components.


Just click "Video Card" on the left side to automatically see any recent price drops across the main hardware selling sites, like Newegg, B&H, OutletPC, and SuperBiiz.


While you may still want to shop around to see if a lower price exists, at the very least, you will have a good idea of what specific cards are going down in price to get started finding the best deal.


Camel Camel Camel


Essentially, Camel Camel Camel cuts out the time and effort of constantly checking to see if a price on anything -- from blockbuster summer DVDs to blenders -- has dropped through Amazon.


Sign up for an account, search for something specific, like a GTX 1080 graphics card, and then Camel Camel Camel will notify you automatically whenever the price goes down.


It's bargain hunting made easy since you will always know the best price as soon as it happens instead of relying on luck.


Built back in 2015, my gaming rig is getting a little long in the tooth and in need of an upgrade, so it was time to take a look at the options on new components. Like many gamers, I was stunned to find the top-of-the-line graphics cards these days will cost more than an entire bare-bones computer system, if they are even in stock at all.


RAM and graphics cards alike have seen huge spikes in pricing over the last two years, especially seeing as crypto-miners have heavily relied on gaming hardware to strike it rich. While RAM pricing isn't expected to go down any time soon, there may be a light on the horizon for those in the market for a new graphics card.


Several factors have been driving the price spikes, like new smart phones using higher-end hardware and edging out home computer buyers with their large-scale orders. Cryptocurrency data mining operations placing orders for very large quantities of hardware has further kept the prices high, but hopefully, that's coming to an end.


With the volatility of cryptocurrency spiking and prices plummeting -- and with big names like John Oliver covering crypto in segments warning people against throwing all their money into a potentially hazardous situation -- love for these oddball currencies is waning. That isn't immediately going to fully solve the problem, however, as scalpers move in and buy the remaining stock when the costs are low, then list them as third-party sellers at inflated prices.


Pricing on graphics cards has risen so far above the suggested retail prices that NVIDIA released a statement asking their trading partners to prioritize gamers building new rigs over big mining operations. Essentially, they want sites to limit the number of graphics cards sold in single orders, or drop the prices altogether.


While the effectiveness of that plea is up in the air, prices are going to go down naturally either way. Fewer people are now buying graphics cards in bulk, so inventories are finally going up, which means prices have to eventually be slashed to move product.


1080s have already seen big drops from a normal cost of around $900 down to $600 in just a handful of weeks. The lower-end cards remain at higher-than-normal price points but are expected to drop in the coming months.


Here's the big issue, though -- prices may spike again, particularly if currencies like BitCoin and Ethereum see a sudden surge in value and the large mining operations ramp up activity again.


That's why you need to stay on top of all the best methods for finding the lowest price if you have any intention of building a new gaming computer or upgrading your existing machine this year. Here are all the tools you need to find the best price:


Read on for an in-depth look at each of these tools that can help you find a reasonable price on graphics cards.

Nintendo Switch Becomes Fastest-Selling Console in US History Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:49:44 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

Nintendo recently revealed that according to its internal sales numbers, the portable console has become the fastest-selling console in U.S, history. 

According to an official statement from Nintendo, the Switch has sold more than 4.8 million units in its first 10 months on the market. Nintendo states, "That’s the highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game system in U.S. history, surpassing Nintendo’s own Wii system, which was the previous record holder with more than four million units sold during the same timeframe."

The console has clearly struck a chord with many people, and found itself desirable among a widespread audience, likely due to its status as both a home console as well as a powerful portable gaming system. The software also worked hand-in-hand with the hardware, as over the course of 2017 in particular, Nintendo released a number of major titles for the Switch that were both critically and financially successful.

Super Mario Odyssey was the best-selling video game on Amazon in 2017, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild following behind in second and third place respectively. It seems that in its first year on the market, the Nintendo Switch has had a rather promising start, and we'll be interested to see if it can keep up the momentum through 2018.

Amazon Releases Retro Zone With a Chance to Win an SNES Classic Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:41:44 -0400 Sarah Elliman

Today Amazon have announced the launch for their new service Retro Zone and to kick things off the launch they’re offering fans the chance to win an SNES Classic. There are five in the giveaway to mark the start of Amazon’s latest service.

Retro Zone is an "online destination for gamers to find content, discounts and exclusive retro games," with many more services centered around the retro gaming market. You will be able to purchase toys such as the Pokemon Plushies, and retro gaming consoles like the NES Classic and the SEGA Genesis Classic are also available.

Furthermore, Amazon Retro Zone will also feature exclusive discounts and in-game content on various mobile retro games. One example of the deals and content you can expect from Retro Zone is one of their kick-off deals: you can save 29% on RayForce and you will receive an Amazon exclusive stage 2 soundtrack with your purchase.

Retro Zone will also have featured pages for top retro brands like Nintendo and Atari where you can buy vintage physical games and featured consoles. Another featured page will be a specific games section that will highlight exclusive content that you can receive upon making a purchase.

Each month, Amazon will rotate the different discounted games and products that are available  within Retro Zone. Meaning there will be more retro games available every month with this service.

If you would like more information and want to check out the Retro Zone page than you can follow this link. Or look for the Retro Zone tab on the updated Amazon AppStore for Android.

What do you think of Amazon's new service? Do you think that you'll use Retro Zone? Let us know in the comments. 

The Geekiest April Fools Pranks 2017 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:49:08 -0400 Ty Arthur

Remember last year's hilarious April Fools pranks, like Think Geek manufacturing the Plumbus, PornHub becoming CornHub (hot young corn gets plowed!), and Rocket League's auto-rage quit feature? Game developers and tech sites across the web didn't slow down for 2017, going full throttle with more ridiculous announcements that can only be expected to land one single day of the year.

When dealing with gaming, there's a line to straddle for April Fools gags. It's between something believable that might anger fans (because they actually want the joke game to be made) and something so outrageous no one will ever get fooled.

Sometimes that line gets obliterated, and there's a long history of April Fools gags becoming reality, like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon or phone companies going all in to give us things similar to the Google Cardboard VR system. Hopefully, a few of the 2017 gags get a similar treatment in the not too distant future! Below we've rounded up all the best jokes you may have missed this year.

CERN Goes Doom

After discovering the long-theorized Higgs Boson (popularized in the media as "the god particle"), CERN stopped colliding particles underground at insane speeds to take a look up in the sky at some celestial bodies... and discovered something that will require a Doom Marine to check out!

Very early this morning the European science organization released a series of cryptic photos that got the Illuminati/ancient aliens crowd all kinds of excited, culminating in a story about discovering an ancient particle accelerator on Mars.  

It was all in good fun and eventually CERN confirmed it was a gag... but if you value your sanity, don't go read the Facebook comments. They are filled to the brim with a tin-foil-hat-crowd convinced it wasn't fake -- and making this announcement on April 1st is all a big cover up.

Le Sigh.

 Looks like a hell portal to me. Get ready for glory kills galore!

Tactics Alexander

A joke that's bound to upset more than a few fans, Square Enix tugged on our sense of nostalgia by uploading a video indicating a new Final Fantasy Tactics style game was coming (with super retro '80s sound effects) based on the Alexander raid scenario from Final Fantasy XIV. Leave a comment if you'd totally buy this!

Google Maps Goes Pac Man

The ever-reliable Google decided to have a little fun with people needing directions this year by turning the Google Maps site into a playable Pac Man experience! Fun for the kids, but maybe not so helpful if you're trying to find the nearest arcade...

Fire Emblem: Battle Of Revolution

Nintendo decided to follow in the footsteps of Square Enix this year, poking fun at fans who long for old school gaming sensibilities. They did this by posting screenshots of an 8-bit style Fire Emblem game coming to the newly released Switch console. Call me crazy, but I think people would actually buy this, so why not just go ahead and do it already?

Netflix Has Will Arnet Narrate Nothing

Netflix has had some killer April Fools videos over the years. My personal favorite was probably the two hours of sizzling bacon, mocking those videos of crackling log fires.

This year the streaming giant had comedian Will Arnet sit in a chair and narrate everyday objects like copiers and microwaves in a segment brilliantly titled Netflix Live. Sadly, there will never be a season 2.

Bear Party DLC

From the original Infinity Engine games to classic reboot Pillars Of Eternity, there's been a long running gag in D&D games about having a group of druids wild-shape into animals and playing through with no human characters.

For this year's April Fools shenanigans, Obsidian decided to make the all-bear play through official with the Bear Party DLC for Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire! I particularly like how one is clearly supposed to be bear Edér, with a corn cob pipe in his mouth.

GeForce Does The Work For You

In a "joke" that feels like it will probably be a standard feature on PCs and consoles not too many years down the road, GeForce announced the GTX G-Assist, a nifty device that watches and learns how you play.

Anytime you need to get up to grab an energy drink or microwave a hot pocket, the GTX G-Assist keeps playing for you, so you don't have to pause or go AFK during a multiplayer match!

Overlord Announcer

Who needs an intelligible announcer for any given Starcraft II round? With this exciting new announcer pack, you can have a Zerg overlord tell you everything you need to know in a series of incomprehensible grunts and wheezes! Predictably, fans love it, and I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes a reality.

Amazon's Petlexa

Love your Echo but wish your adorable puppers could order his own kibble without your help? Today, Amazon announced the Petlexa update for the Echo, which counts your hamster's wheel rotations and learns how to speak doggie!

That's all the best gags we've seen so far this year -- what was your favorite April Fools 2017 joke? Sound off in the comments below. 

Diablo II Amazon Cassia to Join Heroes of the Storm Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:26:02 -0400 Perchance to Game

Alongside the unveiling of Heroes 2.0 update, Blizzard also announced its next champion for Heroes of the Storm -- Cassia. Hailing back to the Amazon character from Diablo II, this highly-requested champion will be joining the fray later this month.

Back in 2015, Blizzard tried to assure players that an Amazon-themed skin for Nova didn't mean that a standalone Amazonian hero would never be in the game. Cassia's release should finally lay to rest the fear that certain skins can mean a hero's exclusion from Heroes of the Storm.

Cassia Combat Style and Abilities

In Blizzard's Hero Spotlight video for Cassia, we learn that she'll be a ranged assassin who excels against auto-attacking heroes. Her kit grants her a strong laning presence, as well as some powerful maneuvers that will let her pressure and disrupt enemies. 

Passive: Avoidance

While moving unmounted, Cassia gains 65 physical armor against Heroic basic attacks, reducing the damage taken by 65% 

This hero trait lends itself well to trading attacks in lane, which will allow Cassie to potentially outlast opposing heroes whose damage primarily comes from basic attacks -- like Raynor, Valla, or Illidan.  But you'll need to be wary of poke damage spellcasters such as Chromie, Jaina, or Azmodan.

Q: Lightning Fury

Hurl a lightning javelin that deals 175 damage to the first enemy hit and splits into two lightning bolts that deal 175 damage to enemies in their path.

This will be your primary source of poke damage, keeping you at a safe distance from melee ability damage assassins (like Kerrigan, Greymane or Alarak).

Lightning javelin

W: Blinding Light

After 0.5 seconds, Blind enemies in the target area for two seconds. Passive: Cassia deals increased damage to Blinded targets.

This is another ability made to shut down auto-attackers, but it will do next to nothing against long-range casters if you are unable to capitalize on the damage increase.

Blinding Light

E: Fend

Charge at an enemy, and upon arriving channel for up to 1.5 seconds, dealing damage in front of Cassia every 0.25 seconds.  Deals 50% reduced damage to non-heroes.

Despite the damage reduction to non-heroes, this sounds like Cassia's primary method of wave clear.  It's an adequate fallback when enemy mercs and minions are closing in on your fort or keep. But really, you'll want to leave the farming to better suited allies.  

For optimal use against enemy heroes, have a tank body-block for you while you maximize your channel time in team fights.   


Heroic: Ball Lightning

Throw a ball of lightning at an enemy Hero that bounces up to six times between nearby enemy Heroes and Cassia, dealing heavy damage to enemies.

League of Legends players will find this attack similar to Ryze's Spell Flux ability -- bouncing between the player and surrounding enemies. Naturally, you'll need to use this ability to best effect in team fights, especially when a large component of the opposing team is relatively fragile (and lacking in spell armor).

Ball Lightning

Heroic: Valkyrie

Summon a Valkyrie that rushes to Cassia after 0.75 seconds, pulling the first enemy Hero hit, dealing 190 damage and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds at the end of her path.  The Valkyrie knocks back all other enemy Heroes in her way. 

This is a good hard crowd control ability, which will be best used to drag backline heroes out of position -- disrupting their team's formation in the process.  Try to make sure the rest of your team is ready to follow up, though, since Cassia seems more adept at sustained damage rather than burst damage.

This could also be good for securing a kill on an escaping foe.


Cassia will soon enter beta testing for players who are interested in trying her out. Only time will tell if her kit and combat style lives up to the expectations of Diablo II fans. 

What are your thoughts on Cassia?  Which other Diablo II characters are you hoping will enter the Nexus?  Comment and let us know!

Twitch Selling Games Is the No-Brainer Idea No One Thought About Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Rob Kershaw

If you think about it, the recent announcement of Twitch selling games makes perfect sense. With over 1.5 million streamers being watched by hundreds of millions of viewers per month, there is an audience ripe for pitching games to -- and who better to advertise titles than other gamers?

The only real surprise is that this move took so long to happen.

Twitch viewers can now buy games from two different areas on the site -- the game's detail page and the channel page itself, with the purchase link tucked under the game being streamed. For partnered streamers, this offers another revenue stream -- 5% of all sales made via their channel will go into their pocket. Twitch will take a quarter of the proceeds and the rest will go to the game developer.

It's basically an all-round win for all concerned.

Gamers get paid to stream, and encouraged to improve their content in order to attract more visitors and potential buyers. Game creators get exposure of their game on Twitch as before, but now with the added benefit of an extra shop front tagged on -- and thus generating money. Viewers will have a quick link to purchase if they like what they see, and will be given a Twitch crate on top as a bonus. Finally, Twitch (and therefore their parent company Amazon) will obviously pull in 25% of everything sold.

It should also be noted that the games will be installed via accounts linked through Twitch, such as Uplay, rather than redeemed via separate keys. But like Steam, a separate launcher will keep buyers cocooned within the Twitchverse.

Why did it take so long for Amazon to implement this on Twitch?

There are a number of factors at play.

Firstly, this move puts them in direct competition with Steam, the behemoth of the PC digital download industry. This isn't something that Amazon were going to just roll out without thought or analysis. Furthermore, the service will be reliant on publishers signing up to allow this link between stream and shop, and since big names like EA have their own Origin service to sell titles, they are currently keeping away. Activision and Square Enix are also absent, though this may change in the future.

With Valve's absence, the likes of DOTA 2 and CS: Go will be off the table -- at least for now -- and League of Legends developer Riot Games has not signed up either, taking out three of the biggest streamed games on the platform. It will be interesting to see how Twitch addresses this.

Ethics may also be involved here. Amazon will have also considered how blurring the lines between game streaming and retail will actually affect Twitch. Now, the biggest streamers could potentially be incentivized to only play games from the publishers who are affiliated with Twitch, leading to a narrower breadth of game coverage -- remember Amazon Game Studios is around, and that Amazon does own Twitch. Publishers could try and influence streamers to play their games to the detriment of smaller titles, which in turn would be bad news for both smaller studios and viewers wanting to learn more about new, lesser known games. The move is yet another blow for physical retailers too, in a time where digital download sales now exceed boxed copies, and the number of game stores in towns and cities is dwindling.

Until we see exactly what is lined up in the coming weeks, it's impossible to say exactly what impact the changes will have on the way that both Twitch and its streamers operate. Whether Amazon will subsidize games sold through Twitch in order to compete with the frequency of Steam sales is another unknown, but gamers are savvy enough to shop around for the cheapest price and won't fork out fifty bucks on a game if they can get it for half the price outside of Twitch. However, it's a bold challenge to Valve's dominance of the marketplace, and one we'll be keeping a close eye on this spring.

Black Friday Deals: Amazon's Best Current and Upcoming Deals on Gamer Gear Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:09:38 -0500 Auverin Morrow

Ah, Amazon. It's a wonderland for gamers -- full of tech and accessories and games at prices that are usually at least a little bit lower than retail outlets. And just like it does every Black Friday, Amazon is making some serious price cuts to the hottest gamer gear for this holiday season. 

Whether you're a console gamer looking for a new system or a better screen to play it on, or a PC gamer in need of a new rig and some accessories, Amazon has great deals that you'll be interested in. Here are a few of our favorites:

For Console Gamers

LG 55" 4K Smart OLED TV
  • Original Price: $3,999.99
  • Sale Price: $1,997.00

Amazon has lots of great deals on 4K televisions across the board, but this one is especially impressive. At a nearly $2,000 discount, you can pick up this big 4K television to enjoy your PS4 Pro games in all their ultra-HD glory. 

This particular LG TV is available in both 55-inch and 65-inch models, but the 65-inch only comes at about a $1,000 discount. Regardless of which one you choose, you'll be getting an HDR display with perfect blacks and Smart TV capabilities. 

LG 55" 4K Smart LED TV
  • Original Price: $1,799.99
  • Sale Price: $997.00

This is basically the exact same television as the one listed above, but at a much more affordable price point (for 4K, at least). It's still for a 4K ultra-HD display and full Smart TV capabilities -- the only real difference is that it's an LED LCD display and not OLED.

All that really means is that the picture won't be quite as dynamic and high-contrast, but you're unlikely to notice the difference unless you're comparing them side by side. This model is available in 55", 60", and 65" screen sizes. 

Samsung Curved 65" Smart 4K LED TV
  • Original Price: $1,997.99
  • Sale Price: $1,597.99

 If you want something bigger and curvier than the televisions listed above, this Samsung Smart TV is available at a $400 discount. It's got all the Smart TV capabilities you'd expect, plus a curved screen for a more immersive viewing experience. 

Samsung's product description boasts about its Quantum Dot Color Drive and Triple Black Technology, which apparently allows this HDR display to utilize a billion more colors than standard HD TVs, and doesn't lose detail in low-light settings. That'll be really helpful when you're taking in the vast worlds of The Last Guardian or Final Fantasy XV.

Items That Aren't on Sale Yet (But Will Be Starting 11/20)

Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Bundle

  • Comes preloaded with Minecraft for Xbox One and Windows 10, plus a few extra content packs. 
  • Includes 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold and 4K compatible HDMI cord

Xbox One S 500 GB Battlefield 1 Bundle

  • Includes a full download of Battlefield 1 and one month of EA Access
  • Includes 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold and 4K compatible HDMI cord

PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB

  • 4K support, higher frame rates, and compatibility with all current PS games
  • Has about 40 optimized games available currently

PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle

  • Includes 500GB Slim system with matching controller (not a PS4 Pro)
  • Comes with a Blu-Ray disc of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

For PC Gamers

ViewSonic 1080p HD Monitor
  • Original Price: $184.00
  • Sale Price: $110.59 - $139.99

If you're looking to get a new monitor for your desktop setup, or a second display that will work with your laptop or main monitor, this ViewSonic unit is worth checking out.

It's a frameless, borderless monitor with a full 1080p resolution so you can do all your work (and play) in full HD. It's available in 22", 23", and 27" models, so you can choose precisely which size you want to experience the next big WoW raid in. 

MSI 15.6" Gaming Laptop
  • Original Price: $949.00 - $1,149.00
  • Sale Price: $849.00 - $1,049.00

Amazon is putting a number of different MSI gaming rigs on sale for Black Friday this year. And as an MSI fan myself, I would definitely recommend checking them out. 

All models on sale come packed with i5 processors, Nvidia GTX960M graphics cards, 1 TB hard drives, and the option to choose between 16 GB and 32 GB of RAM. The only difference between them is the screen size and extra space. You can purchase a 15.6" model with 128GB or 256 GB of extra storage, or get the 17.3" model with 256 GB of additional space.

ASUS ROG 17" Gaming Laptop
  • Original Price: $2,599.99
  • Sale Price: $1,599.99

Although there are lots of great gaming laptops that aren't ROG models, it's hard to deny that ASUS makes some quality rigs. And while that $1,800 price tag might make your wallet cringe at first glance, it's a pretty hefty $800 (30%) discount from the original price. 

This laptop comes jam-packed with everything you'll need to play the latest games in great quality. It's got a 17" screen, a powerful i7 processor, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, Nvidia GTX 980M graphics with 4GB VRAM, and a 1TB hard drive with an additional 256GB in SSD memory.

That's a whole lot of PC for a great price. 

Items That Aren't on Sale Yet (But Will Be Starting 11/20)

Cyberpower PC Xtreme VR Gaming Desktop

  • VR-ready desktop with Windows 10
  • Includes i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and AMD RX 480 graphics card

Logitech Prodigy Gaming Headset

  • Comfortable gaming headset compatible with PCs, consoles, tablets, and smartphones. 
  • Part of Logitech G Prodigy series, which also includes a mouse and keyboard

Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Wireless Mouse

  • Professional-grade gaming mouse with lag-free wireless capabilities and button customization
  • Well loved by the GameSkinny staff, as per our Logitech G900 review

Whether you're a PC gamer or console gamer, there's a lot of deals waiting for you this Black Friday. And on a site as large as Amazon, you know there will be many, many more discounts to come as the big day draws closer. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Black Friday guides that will lay out all the best deals for your favorite products at various major retailers. You can check out our Best Buy Black Friday deals and Wal-Mart Black Friday deals to further plan your shopping assault on the big day. 

Amazon to "fulfil all customer pre-orders by December 12th" for PS VR Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:26:04 -0400 Brawler1993

Those of you who are desperate to get your hands on Sony's upcoming virtual reality experience (simply titled PlayStation VR) have most likely already pre-ordered it months ago. Fortunately, online retailer Amazon is still accepting pre-orders. The bad news? Launch stock may not be enough to meet demands.

According to Amazon, pre-orders for Sony's answer to the VR headset craze won't be fulfilled until December at the latest -- two months after its official release. They will most likely distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis, so even if you pre-order it now, that doesn't necessarily mean you're guaranteed to receive it come October.

A note on the PS VR product page reads:

"Due to limited stock we are only able to offer one unit per customer per address. You will be notified via email of the expected delivery date closer to the time. We will be fulfilling customer orders in the order in which they were placed and expect to fulfill all customer pre-orders by December 12th, 2016. This product comes with a UK plug and therefore may not be suitable for use outside of the UK."

UK retailer GAME, however, seems more confident if this statement is anything to go by:

"Pre-order now to guarantee your PlayStation VR product for launch. All customers who have already pre-ordered will receive on launch day."

If you have yet to pre-order and want to own the system, you'd best get it done sooner rather than later. And if you aren't yet convinced, maybe this list of ten awesome VR games might sway your interest.

PlayStation VR launches on October 13th at £349.99.

Deal of the Day: Save Money on Razer Gaming Accessories Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:00:01 -0400 Kat De Shields

When you're serious about gaming, you want the best gear. You're in luck. Razer's highly-rated gaming accessories are on sale today! These products are popular in the gaming community as being top notch. Upgrade your gear before this discount goes away!

Save 20% off regular price. 

Save 17% off regular price. 

Save 21% off regular price. 

If you want to save additional money on your PC gaming accessories, be sure to click this link and enter the code PAXWEST20 at the time of checkout to save 20% on keyboards, wi-fi range extenders, routers, gaming mice and more.

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Get it Before It's Gone: Save 20% on PC Gaming Accessories on Amazon Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:26:21 -0400 Kat De Shields

For those of you who went to PAX West, and even for those who didn't, you can let the good times roll on via Amazon. If you want to stock up on some gaming gear at a discount, we have a code just for you. 

Click this link and enter the code PAXWEST20 at the time of checkout to save 20% on keyboards, wi-fi range extenders, routers, gaming mice and more.

You better move quick, this deal ends at 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Friday, September 9th.

Among other things, the products below are featured for this sale. 

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Thieves Strike Again! Japanese Persona 5 Pre-orders Increase After FFXV Delay Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:28:48 -0400 Patrick Cottingham

Everyone's favorite thieves have struck again, this time they've begun stealing pre-orders on Amazon Japan. Persona 5 has experienced a large increase in pre-order sales thanks to the delay announcement of Final Fantasy XV made by Square Enix. Originally, Final Fantasy XV was scheduled for release on September 30, 2016 worldwide, only two weeks after Persona 5's September 15th Japanese launch.

However, due to Final Fantasy XV being pushed back, Persona 5 has experienced a surge in pre-orders according to sales charts on Amazon Japan. Almost overnight the title has reached the second most popular game on the website's "Best Sellers" list. Prior to the Final Fantasy XV delay Persona 5 was ranked as low as 15th.

In December of 2015 Square Enix provided a survey asking fans about their interest in purchasing Final Fantasy XV as well as Persona 5. This included questions asking about likelihood of purchase if the games came out in a similar time frame. Additionally, the release date for Final Fantasy XV was announced on March 30, 2016 while the Japanese release date of Persona 5 was announced about one month later on May 5. This has lead to speculation that perhaps the delay was intentional by Square Enix to elongate the gap between the two games being released in Japan.

Persona 5 will be available in North America and Europe for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on February 14, 2017. Final Fantasy XV will be available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 30, 2016.

Prepare For Knightfall With This Batman: Return to Arkham Pre-Order Guide Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:30:01 -0400 Cody Drain

Remasters and compilations are becoming commonplace on the current generation of consoles. Games like Resident Evil 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are among the many slated for updated releases on the PS4 and Xbox One. And with the upcoming compilation Batman: Return to Arkham, arguably two of the best Batman games -- and superhero games, for that matter -- will be following the trend. 

Although WB Games delayed the game past its original release date of July 26th and has yet to announce a new date, the game is still available for pre-order through major retailers. GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon are all promoted on the game's official website, and all three retailers are offering the game for the same price: $49.99.

Better yet, there doesn't appear to be any special editions of the game to worry about (at least not as of now), as every copy of Batman: Return to Arkham includes absolutely complete editions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. This means that Xbox users will get their first opportunity to experience the Joker challenge maps in Arkham Asylum, originally offered first on PS3.

As for console exclusives, a thread on Reddit suggests that, at least before the game's delay, the Xbox Store would offer codes for Batmobile and Batarang avatar props as a digital pre-order bonus. As of this writing, the game is not yet listed on the PlayStation Network -- nor are any extras. 

At the moment, it's just a matter of personal preference when it comes to where or how interested fans should pre-order Batman: Return to Arkham. The price is consistent across the board, both for physical and digital copies, and no one source is offering any interesting tie-ins at the moment. Hopefully for Batman fans, the game's release date is announced soon. 

Zero Time Dilemma Fans Must Seek A Way Out of Amazon’s Horrid Pre-Order Fiasco Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:36:25 -0400 a antico

Anyone who pre-ordered Zero Time Dilemma from Amazon might be facing a dilemma of their own. Though the third, and final, installment of the Zero Escape series was to be released today, Amazon only fulfilled a few of its orders on time.

According to Aksys Games' Twitter, Amazon did not receive Zero Time Dilemma’s entire shipment at once, but rather has been receiving the stock in increments. It’s rumored that Amazon is sending out orders based on the customer’s order date, in a queue-like fashion, though no official statement was released stating that explicitly. Even for the standard edition, on either Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita, the wait time on Amazon is currently 2 to 4 weeks for new orders.

In what may be the best contender for the worst game launch of 2016, Zero Time Dilemma has faced many challenges in its short life-span. ZTD’s pre-order watch bonus was delayed due to damaged shipments, and for those lucky few who did manage to get their hands on the game found that ZTD is not currently PlayStation TV compatible.

All of this, plus the game's short hiatus in 2014 for budgeting concerns and the past poor commercial success in Japan, has Zero Time Dilemma off to a pretty rough start. 

Aksys Games Senior Sales/Marketing manager, @Aksys_Danny, said on Twitter that the damaged pre-order bonus forced Aksys to send out any extra copies they had to try to cover the damaged shipment, and is the reason why low inventory and delays are now a problem at Amazon. 

While fans will receive the watch sometime in the near future, Aksys promised a small consolation bonus to be included as a way to apologize for the delayed shipment of the pre-order watch bonus. Aksys now promises that they and Amazon “are working together to make this right.”

Those who ordered Zero Time Dilemma last year when it was first announced are inherently disappointed – including myself. Luckily, ZTD is receiving excellent marks, and the fan-base, though a small niche community, is highly anticipating this final installment.

Now the question is, is it worth it to go digital and skip the pre-order watch bonus + extra bonus, or to ride out this elusive, delayed waitlist? Let me know how you're 'seeking a way out' of this situation! 

Amazon Leaks New Legend of Zelda Promo Art, Then Takes It Down Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:13:24 -0400 cactusjudy

Yesterday, it was revealed that Amazon had posted new promo art for the upcoming Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U and NX. Today, the art seems to be gone from Amazon's site

The artwork in question

The promo, which shows Link scaling a cliff surrounded by mountainous scenery, may have been removed because it appeared before Nintendo's E3 conference on Tuesday, which will largely focus on the new Legend of Zelda. Further gameplay footage from the hotly-anticipated gamefirst unveiled at E3 2014, will be shown during the company's livestream Treehouse: Live event. A demo of the game will also be playable at Nintendo's E3 booth. 

Little is currently known about the game except that it is years in the making and will feature non-linear, open-world gameplay that's different from previous Zelda titles. There have also been rumors that Link's female counterpart, Linkle, may make an appearance, though those remain unconfirmed by Nintendo.

Regardless of what new information unfolds at E3, fans will certainly continue to eagerly await this long-anticipated installment in a well-beloved and critically-acclaimed series. 

Super Mario Bros Monopoly Available on Amazon Mon, 06 Jun 2016 10:43:46 -0400 JessDambach

My Monopoly friends and my Super Mario Bros friends, give thanks for the lovely Amazon. When Super Mario Bros Monopoly was first released on Amazon the product was quickly out of stock (not a shocker to anyone here). If you were not able to get it the first time it came out, you can now back-order it for June 12th. Doing so will cost you $39.98, so it is slightly cheaper than what you would normally pay if you buy it from a seller. 

Some cool things about this Monopoly game include the fact that you have custom castles that replace traditional hotels and custom goal poles that replace traditional houses. You also get 6 custom 8-bit styled tokens:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Princess Peach
  • Toad
  • Super Mushroom
  • 1-up Mushroom

Personally I'd want Princess Peach because I am a traditional girl. I'm not sure why anyone would want a mushroom, because that seems like the worst piece to have. But there might be someone who it suits just fine.

Which piece would you like to play with in Super Mario Bros Monopoly?

EGX Teams up with Amazon Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:38:20 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

EGX, the UK's largest gaming convention, is teaming up with Amazon this year. Amazon has been announced as their new official retail partner. They are also working together with publishers to bring more to the show this year.

EGX is an event that will be held from September 22- 25 at the NEC in Birmingham. Attendees will be able to meet designers, developers, and eSports community members at the Career Fair. Convention goers can also enjoy table top games and a variety of gaming lounge areas. Gaming areas will feature both modern and older titles for fans to enjoy. 

EGX goers will be able to pre-order games and hardware via Amazon in person. Amazon will also serve as the hub of any and all convention content, from livestreams, to in-depth information on all the products at the convention -- which is possible due to Amazon buying Twitch back in 2014.

Amazon will also hold a monthly prize drawing which will reward 100 lucky winners with tickets to the event. The Amazon EGX hub can be used to stay up to date with any convention news.

Those looking forward to the convention can purchase tickets via the EGX website.

DOOM pre-order editions and where you can buy them Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:45:50 -0400 Damien Smith

DOOM is less than a month away from releasing; there is no better time to start considering pre-ordering the game. It is due to release on May 13th, worldwide and it is offering an adrenaline filled, gory single player campaign and chaotic multiplayer mayhem.

What is DOOM?

Before we take a look at what DOOM pre-orders have to offer and where you can get them, let's take a look at what the game is.

You’ve come here for a reason. The Union Aerospace Corporation’s massive research facility on Mars is overwhelmed by fierce and powerful demons, and only one person stands between their world and ours. As the lone DOOM Marine, you’ve been activated to do one thing – kill them all.

DOOM is a reboot of the original DOOM released in 1993. Id Software is indeed working hard to bring the series back to its roots by creating an experience of adrenaline-filled action and enough blood and gore to keep the biggest gore fan satisfied.

DOOM is very much about the fast paced action it has to offer, both in the single player campaign and arena-style multiplayer. The graphics look stunning, and the modern yet true to the original redesign of the monsters is fantastic. Do you need to see the action for yourself? Check out this campaign trailer. 

Standard Edition

The game's standard edition offers you the base game along with some extra pre-order exclusives which come in the Demon Multiplayer Pack. The pack includes:

  • One unique and Customisable Demon-themed armor set with three skin variations
  • Six metallic paint colors [*can be applied to weapons or armour]
  • Three Id logo patterns [*can be applied to weapons or armour]
  • Six Hack Modules [*instantly unlocked consumable perks used during MP matches]

This edition of the game is priced at $59.99, €59.99, £37.99 on PC, XBOX One and PlayStation 4 if you are shopping on Amazon. The $59.99 price tag also applies to pre-ordering on Steam. If shopping through Game, the prices vary depending on the platform you are buying the game.

The prices of purchasing DOOM from Game is £37.99 on PC and £47.99 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Note that Game's version of the game comes with the following exclusive benefits:

  • UAC Handbook
  • UAC Fabric Patches
  • UAC Poster

Collector's Edition

The Collectors Edition of the game comes with all the benefits of the standard editions along with a few extras. This pack includes:

  • 12-inch tall statue of the Revenant on an LED base with an internal slow-spinning turbine.
  • An exclusive metal case with the game.

This version of the game costs $119.96 or £99.99 on all platforms and is available to buy on both Amazon and Game. Note that the Collector's Edition does not appear to include the Game exclusives of the standard edition. It does not include the UAC Handbook, UAC Fabric Patches or the UAC Poster.

Pre-order your copy today

 If you are interested in pre-ordering Doom, you can find the links to the website of your choice along with the edition you are looking to pre-order in the table below.

  Steam Game Amazon
Standard Edition (PC)  $59.99 £37.99 $59.99
Collectors Edition (PC)   N/A £99.99 $119.96
Standard Edition (Xbox One)   N/A £47.99 $59.96
Collectors Edition (Xbox One)   N/A £99.99 $119.96
 Standard Edition (PlayStation 4)  N/A £47.99 $59.96
 Standard Edition (Playstation 4)  N/A £99.99 $119.96

PlayStation VR pre-order bundle Sold Out due to artificial scarcity Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:55:22 -0400 Joe DeClara

Within the first hour of its launch, the first wave of PlayStation VR Bundle pre-orders seems to have sold out on Amazon. Other participating vendors, such as Gamestop and Best Buy, still have pre-orders available, though it won't take much for them to sell out.

When walking in to one such participating vendor, one of our writers was told by the clerk that he was the second customer to pre-order the virtual reality headset that day, and that he had only four more orders available for reservation left.

PlayStation has said that this would be the first of two PlayStation VR Bundle pre-order waves, and that the second would take place over the summer. Earlier today, Sony's John Koller said in a statement that pre-orders for the standalone headset will be made available next week on March 29.

PlayStation VR is set to be released worldwide in October of this year. The "core" headset is priced at $399, while the currently available PSVR Bundle, which comes with the necessary PlayStation Camera and recommended Move Controller, will cost $499.

GS Review : Hill Climb Racing Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:55:39 -0500 Douglas A. Skinner

Hill Climb Racing is a 2D physics-based endless runner developed by Fingersoft. Its simple design and great gameplay make this one addicting game. You play as Newton Bill, a young uphill racer, who dreams of conquering the highest hills possible. His journey will take you from the countryside, to rooftops, to Mars and back! Help Bill's dreams come true as you guide him along hills with various upgrades and cars.

Looks Aren't Everything

The 2D graphics are complimented with simple gradient backgrounds and cartoon style environments and vehicles. Different landscapes are characterized with details that make them unique, like small patches of grass with an open sky for the countryside or the gravel and marble finish of the planes on Mars with the red sky. Some levels have hazards like the boxes and tires found on the Boot Camp level that add difficulty.

The game runs on a lower resolution to ensure that there are no frame drops or connection issues. At the end of the run you can easily share screenshots with others, adding a competitive element to the game. 

The Sound of Music

The music is not the greatest. Background music varies for each stage and matches their themes relatively well. It might grow on you after a while but for extended runs the music can become repetitive. When that happens, you can just play your own music in the background and mute the game completely if you want. 

Neck-Breaking Action!

You will drive up and over hills of various sizes, collecting coins and gas as you go along. You can also buy coins via micro-transactions that also disable ads, but you do not need to. These coins can be used to upgrade your vehicle or to unlock new ones as well as environments. Upgrading your vehicle improves gas consumption, suspension, tire traction, engine power, etc., depending on what vehicle you are upgrading.The farther you go, more points you earn and doing flips in the air will grant you bonus coins.

Once you run out of gas or hit your head and break your neck, the run is over. After the run is over, you are sent to a screen that shows your distance, air time, flips, back flips, neck flips and a replay of your run that you can share. 

With about 30 Stages and 30 vehicles, Hill Climb Racing keeps you busy. No two vehicles play the same and each stage is varied enough to keep the levels from feeling stale. Keeping Bill' s head from getting crushed as you drive along the roads is enjoyable and challenging. The smallest bumps on the tallest hills could mean certain death as you end up spiraling forward. Unlocking levels and vehicles are not hard given the amount of coins you get. 

Too Much of a Good Thing

While some might complain about the repetitive gameplay, this game excels at fun. Beating your personal best is always rewarding and competing with friends is even better. Hill Climb Racing is a great game that relies on great handling as well as varied locations and vehicles to keep players coming back. However it should be played in moderation because even though it is fun, it can become repetitive really fast. Burnout on this game comes as swiftly as your enjoyment. Playing for 10 minutes is fun but 15 or more will make you tire of it. 

Hill Climb Racing is Free and is available for download at the Google Play Store (Android), The App Store (iOS), and Amazon.