An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

In interviews with WIRED, the people behind some of cloud gaming’s biggest services and data center organizations lifted the curtain on the infrastructure powering these immaterial services.“We live in a culture of ‘instant’ when it comes to any kind of electronic media,” says Microsoft corporate vice president of cloud gaming Kareem Choudhry.

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

In posts online shared on Twitter and interviews with WIRED, several question what responsibility king-making platforms like Twitch have when top streamers, accused of inappropriate behavior, are no longer live on camera.

The Grandmaster Who Got Twitch Hooked on Chess

The Grandmaster Who Got Twitch Hooked on Chess

“I wrote in his chat afterwards, like, ‘That was amazing.’ Then he saw my name in the chat, and was like, ‘Is that the BoxBox?’” Nakamura fished Zheng out and asked him to come on stream and play against him.“He blew my mind with how deep chess goes,” says Zheng.

A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist

A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist

But gamers, willing to spend money on peripherals they feel will improve their performance, were buying things like mechanical keyboards and gaming mice .

Sony PlayStation 5 Details: SSD and Backward Compatibility

Sony PlayStation 5 Details: SSD and Backward Compatibility

Sony had previously divulged some details exclusively with WIRED : The console will support 8K gaming resolutions, a custom AMD Ryzen chip, and ray tracing, a modern rendering technique that produces hyperrealistic graphics by tracking the movements of virtual light beams.

Doom Eternal Is a Dizzying Catastrophe

Doom Eternal Is a Dizzying Catastrophe

That's what made Doom so special in 2016: not just that it was a thrilling action game, but that it felt like a clever, often funny descent into hell by way of corporate greed and irresponsibility.

Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping

Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping

Moments before falling asleep live on Twitch, streamer Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo thought about how pissed off his mom would be if he told her that he made money sleeping.

Xbox Series X Will Have Lots of Horsepower—and Less Lag

Xbox Series X Will Have Lots of Horsepower—and Less Lag

It’s hard to say right now how the Xbox Series X compares to the upcoming PlayStation 5 .We don’t yet know the PlayStation 5’s major specs for sure, but we do know that both consoles deliver 4K gaming, have solid state drives, and support ray tracing .

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

A chat box alongside the video displays frustrated messages: “I still haven’t got the money,” or “I did all the steps.” The stream, which often sits atop YouTube Gaming’s directory, remained live last weekend for over 21 hours, during which it was viewed over 1.1 million times.

Twitch Is Slowly Losing Some Major Streamers

Twitch Is Slowly Losing Some Major Streamers

In the story, Grayson explores life in modern streamer culture—a world of agents, sponsorship deals, and money moves that seems to have a lot more in common with professional sports or Hollywood than gaming.

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Being Delayed

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Being Delayed

The Avengers game from Crystal Dynamics (which Square Enix is publishing) is also getting delayed; instead of coming out in May, it'll be ready to play in September.

Twitch's Non-Gamers Are Finally Having Their Moment

Twitch's Non-Gamers Are Finally Having Their Moment

A new report from stream management site StreamElements indicates that in December, Twitch viewers watched 81 million hours of “Just Chatting,” Twitch’s category for streamers who do exactly that, plus any number of other grab-bag activities.

The Decade's 10 Most Influential Videogames

The Decade's 10 Most Influential Videogames

I can't tell you how many games I've played in the last decade that are clearly riffing on Thirty Flights of Loving.A whole generation of independent games has used this trick, with fantastic results, but Thirty Flights of Loving is still thrilling.

Puma Is Making Gamer Shoes Now

Puma Is Making Gamer Shoes Now

As you can see from the (frankly bonkers) YouTube ad below, the company's new "Active Gaming Footwear" line includes a sleek-ish black rubber shoe that is, best I can tell, a big, thick sock.

The New Port of Halo: Reach Is a Renaissance for the Series

The New Port of Halo: Reach Is a Renaissance for the Series

Placing this game here, and now, on PC feels like a Renaissance for it, and for the aging Halo series.Halo: Reach on PC contains one of my favorite settings to play with, which is almost exclusively found on PC games: field of view.

The Best Game Controller Buttons of All Time

The Best Game Controller Buttons of All Time

The GameCube’s giant A button is the perfect embodiment of what Nintendo games are all about: fun.The Dreamcast's controller was objectively bad, but its analog triggers were inspired.The SNES D-Pad, with its seminal right-facing prong, is pure, simple brilliance.

Riot Games Makes More Than Just League of Legends Now

Riot Games Makes More Than Just League of Legends Now

This week, we've got a lot of big game announcements in one small package, and a lot of Fortnite.First, Riot's got a League of Legends fighting game coming out, codenamed Project L.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Is Finally Coming to PC—and Stadia, Too!

Red Dead Redemption 2 Is Finally Coming to PC—and Stadia, Too!

Operator 41, a stealth game, is his most impressive work yet, a title he personally pitched to the people at Apple Arcade and made thanks to the support of his family and a whole lot of verve.

New Amazon Devices, Trump’s CrowdStrike Ask, and More News

New Amazon Devices, Trump’s CrowdStrike Ask, and More News

Amazon announced a slew of new products, Trump drew a cybersecurity company into his mess with Ukraine, and the oceans really are rising.Amazon announced a slew of new devices.How Trump's Ukraine mess entangled CrowdStrike.

The 26 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

The 26 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

We've listed some highlights below, but be sure to check out our favorite camping gear and the best summer outdoor deals from REI's Huge Labor Day Sale .Note: When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission.

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News.Hurricanes are fueling a rise in aggressive spiders, the end of the banana could be near, and Bugatti has released a $9 million car.Colonies of aggressive, social spiders boom after a hurricane.

Nintendo's Reportedly Fixing Those Broken Joy-Cons for Free

Nintendo's Reportedly Fixing Those Broken Joy-Cons for Free

Well, we have some new details on Google Stadia 's approach to the cloud, a look at Nintendo's evolving customer service procedures, and a very good game recommendation. Remember last week, when I talked about Joy-Con drift, a huge problem affecting a lot of people's Nintendo Switch controllers?

Marvel's Games Are Starting to Feel a Lot Like Its Movies

Marvel's Games Are Starting to Feel a Lot Like Its Movies

Now that focus is finally paying off in the world of games: Last year's Spider-Man was the first Marvel game in memory that felt like a spiritual sibling of the MCU.

Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

In more encouraging news, the developers of Cuphead just announced a delay to that game's downloadable content, Delicious Last Course , for a very good reason.

Welp, We Might Be Getting a 'Final Fantasy XIV' TV Show

Welp, We Might Be Getting a 'Final Fantasy XIV' TV Show

This week, Sony is looking to make a Final Fantasy XIV show, and also, uh, there's Budweiser-related news? As PC Gamer reports, Sony's working on a live-action television show about the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Final Fantasy XIV .

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

This trend was on full display at industry conference E3 last week, where developer Ubisoft revealed its UPlay Plus subscription, Google detailed its streaming Stadia platform , and Microsoft announced pricing for using Xbox Game Pass on a PC.

What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained

What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained

Simply put, ray tracing is a technique that makes light in video games behave like it does in real life. This newfound excitement around ray tracing comes just as home gaming hardware is on the cusp of being able to process lighting effects in real time.

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Of the 126 games we tallied from the E3 events held by Microsoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and EA, as well as the annual PC Gaming Show, a paltry six centered exclusively female protagonists, while almost five times as many, 28, centered male characters.

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far. Square Enix brought some gameplay footage from its upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII to E3.

The Future of 'Destiny 2' Looks Pretty Swell

The Future of 'Destiny 2' Looks Pretty Swell

Earlier this week, Bungie ran a stream detailing the future of Destiny 2 and revealing the first major moves of the game and the company since they both split from Activision a few months back.