One of the great things about Steam is that you can almost always download your games at the full speed of your internet. If you’ve got high-speed internet, then you can generally let Steam download your games as fast as it can and still be able to use your internet for other things at the same time. If your internet is relatively slow, however, your experience generally isn’t … [Read more...] about How to Throttle the Download Speed of Game Updates in Steam
If you’re a PC gamer, you probably have Steam installed as it is the most popular store for PC games. If you regularly play games on your computer, you may want to configure Steam to launch automatically when your computer boots up. This option won’t be for everyone, as not everyone will want Steam to open automatically and it does slow down your boot-up times a little. … [Read more...] about How to Set Steam to Start Automatically With Windows
Video games often have extra content added after it releases, some of which is free, although other times you need to pay for new content. This can be good for both the developer and the gamer, as a consistent income helps the developer to continue to maintain the game, provide new content, and develop new games. New game content tends to come in one of three formats: … [Read more...] about Expansions vs DLC vs Microtransactions
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?