With the release of the Nvidia’s GTX 10XX series in 2016 a feature called Ansel was added to Nvidia's feature set. Ansel is an in-game screenshot tool that can be used to take high-quality screenshots with a variety of effects and configurations. … [Read more...] about What Is Nvidia Ansel?
Modern laptops can pack an amazing amount of processing power into a small frame. One issue that laptops have though, is cooling. As much as you can try, it’s only possible to have so much cooling in such a small space. This is especially an issue for gamers, you can either choose between a thin and reasonably powerful laptop or a heavy and bulky but more powerful gaming … [Read more...] about What Is an External GPU?
Field of view, or FOV, is a common setting for video games that use first or third person perspectives, although the concept is used in many other applications such as astronomy and photography. FOV typically refers to the amount of horizontal game world that is visible on the screen. It is typically represented as an angle, although some games use unlabeled sliders. For … [Read more...] about What is Field of View?
Some home routers, especially ones marketed to gamers, advertise traffic shaping as a tool that can help reduce lag and speed up your connection to online games. Most of these products however don’t explain how traffic shaping actually works, leaving customers in the dark. … [Read more...] about What is Traffic Shaping?
A heads-up display, or HUD in its most simple form is a display that can be viewed in its entirety without the user having to move their head. Traditional systems attempt to show minimal but important information on a transparent display; however, the information doesn’t have to be simplistic. … [Read more...] about What Is a Heads-Up Display or HUD?
G-Sync is a relatively new feature that is advertised in some PC monitors. It’s intended to prevent an issue called "screen tearing" while offering gamers a smoother gameplay experience. … [Read more...] about What is G-Sync?
VXAO transforms world space objects into voxelstransforms the and uses those to calculate shadows. Ambient occlusion is a graphics option available in the settings menu for many video games. While some games will explain that ambient occlusion enhances shadows, almost no game actually explains what it does in detail. … [Read more...] about What is Ambient Occlusion?
Being able to plug headsets into your controller is a neat feature – but only when it works. Although generally, your PS4 is smart enough to know when a headset is plugged in, it doesn’t always use it for your audio – or not all of it anyway. … [Read more...] about PS4: Send Audio to Dualshock Plugged Headset
Gaming with friends is great. Video games have become a social activity with online play long since having eclipsed playing alone – unfortunately, not everyone wants that all the time. Thankfully Xbox gamers can still change their status to offline if they want to game alone. … [Read more...] about XBox One: Appear Offline While Logged On
Before you factory reset your PS4, be sure that you understand what that means – you’ll be completely deleting everything on the console’s hard drive. That means that everything on it will be deleted and you won’t be able to get it back, no matter what. … [Read more...] about How to Factory Reset PS4