It's been a while since we've seen or heard anything about Rime. The whimsical puzzle-adventure title was first shown off at Gamescom in 2013, with a young boy exploring a mysterious, tropical island. At the time it was a PS4 exclusive, however earlier this year developer Tequila Works announced that it had bought the full rights back from Sony. Today, it's been confirmed as a multiplatform release for the PS4, Xbox One and, most notably, the Nintendo Switch. IGN has all the details, including a new trailer which reintroduces the Ico-meets-The-Witness concept.
Overwatch's Winter Wonderland event may be over, but Blizzard has one more present in store for players: a new map. Blizzard's been teasing the new control point map for a few months now, promising a new control point map with new environmental hazards and traversal options. Indeed, that's all here -- Oasis features jump pads that launch players high in the air and an active highway filled with deadly traffic. And yes, getting in the way of a car is a one-hit kill.
Rhianna Pratchett is a veteran video game writer who most recently penned the scripts for Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider, but today on Twitter she announced her amicable departure from the series. Pratchett helped usher Lara Croft, the franchise's legendary protagonist, into the modern era when Crystal Dynamics rebooted the series in 2013.
Right now, going all-in on PC virtual reality means going big: you need a big space for room-scale VR, a big, powerful gaming PC and a big wallet to buy it all with. ASUS wants to make one of those things smaller. Unfortunately, it's not the price. The new ASUS VivoPC X is a compact gaming desktop that's powerful enough for virtual reality, but still small enough to be moved in a pinch.
You knew Acer's wonderfully overdone Predator 21X gaming laptop was going to cost a pretty penny, but probably not this much. The PC maker has revealed launch details for its 21-inch desktop replacement, and the system will cost a mind-numbing $8,999 when it ships in February -- you may have to choose between this and a nice used car. There are plenty of reasons for the over-the-top price tag, at least. In addition to the signature 21-inch curved 1080p display and mechanical keyboard, you're getting an overclockable 7th-generation Core i7-7820HK processor, 64GB (!) of RAM, dual GTX 1080 graphics chips, Tobii eye tracking, as many as four 512GB solid-state drives in a RAID stripe and a 2TB hard drive. You probably won't need to consider a replacement for a long, long while. And don't worry if this is absolute overkill, as there's a vaguely affordable model in the mix.
If Acer's $9,000 Predator laptop has you in sticker shock, take a breath: The company also trotted out some affordable gaming notebooks at CES. Specifically, the company is rolling out a refresh of it Aspire V Nitro laptops, outfitting 15- and 17-inch models with new seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processors, NVIDIA GeForce 1060 or 1050 graphics, built-in Tobii eye-tracking and up to 16GB of RAM. The internals aren't the only upgrade, either: The new Nitro also features a USB-C port, a fingerprint sensor and the option for a 3,840 x 2,160 UHD display. The new models, dubbed the Nitro 'Black Edition' start at $1,199. Looking for a powerful notebook for a little less? Acer has one more option for you.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 might be Dell's biggest laptop news at CES this year, but the company also has some major updates in store for gamers. Take the new Inspiron 7000, for one, a $799 laptop that really pushes the boundaries of what you'd call a "budget" machine. The company's Alienware laptops are also getting another performance boost, thanks to the addition of Intel's latest seventh-generation CPUs.
Wireless gaming mice are arguably more convenient and less hassle than wired mice, but they can come with a significant downside: lag. Roccat's latest wireless gaming mouse aims to address this issue with the Owl-Eye optical sensor, which promises to translate motions to the screen with 1:1 accuracy. It's one of three new mice and a swanky new keyboard Roccat revealed this week at CES 2017.