The PS5 and Xbox Series X Are Closing the PC-Console Gap

The PS5 and Xbox Series X Are Closing the PC-Console Gap

That's lower than a midrange price point, which means you could build a PC that'd beat the pants off the PS4 and Xbox One pretty affordably—indeed, many games had lower framerates, downgraded graphics, or both compared to halfway decent PCs at the time.

Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ for 2020: A Pair of $549 Headphones

Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ for 2020: A Pair of $549 Headphones

The company, unsurprisingly, is emphasizing sound quality with these, bringing many of the current AirPods features to the larger AirPods Max: adaptive sound equalization, active noise canceling, transparency mode, and spatial audio.

These Are the Very Best Laptop Deals for Cyber Monday

These Are the Very Best Laptop Deals for Cyber Monday

Now that Cyber Monday sales are underway, we've gone back through the listings, comparing specs and finding the best deals for every budget.

The Best Cyber Monday Deals If You Work From Home

The Best Cyber Monday Deals If You Work From Home

FlexiSpot EG1 Standing Desk for $220 ($100 off).FlexiSpot also has discounted another similar model to $230 ($70 off) that offers very little customization and no presets, except it claims it takes just 5 minutes to put the whole thing together.

The 7 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Camera Gear and Accessories

The 7 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Camera Gear and Accessories

With Cyber Monday sales abound, now is a great time to upgrade your camera kit.We dug through them and pulled out six of our favorite discounts on cameras, lenses, photo printers, and memory cards.

The Best Black Friday Deals If You Work From Home

The Best Black Friday Deals If You Work From Home

Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk (30x24) for $475 ($44 off).This is one of the lowest prices we've seen on Fully's standing desk.Fully's Jarvis EcoTop Standing Desk is also on sale, and is slightly cheaper at $441 ($78 off).

18 Best Black Friday Headphone and Speaker Deals (2020): Beats, Sonos, Sony

18 Best Black Friday Headphone and Speaker Deals (2020): Beats, Sonos, Sony

Note: We strike through items that sell out or are no longer at their deal price as of publishing.Be sure to check out our lists of the best wireless headphones , best noise-canceling headphones , and best earbuds .Photograph: Apple.

Here's Every Good Black Friday Deal on Amazon Devices—So Far

Here's Every Good Black Friday Deal on Amazon Devices—So Far

The New Echo Dot for $29 ($21 off): Amazon recently updated the Echo Dot, and there are two models, this one and the one with a clock (see the next deal).

Nintendo Has One Decent Switch Deal for Black Friday

Nintendo Has One Decent Switch Deal for Black Friday

It's on sale for $300, which is admittedly its actual retail price, but this bundle includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a party game every bit as essential as Scrabble.The Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle costs $300 ($68 off) at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and GameStop.

How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset

How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset

Like digital-age necromancers, Video Game History Foundation director Frank Cifaldi and head of digital conservation Rich Whitehouse resurrected Sega VR, emulating it along with the Sega VR game Nuclear Rush on a modern Vive VR headset.Frank Cifaldi, Video Game History Foundation.

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

Substack CEO Chris Best tells me that while he’s not out to kill what’s left of big media, the ad-free newsletter model has advantages over what traditional journalism has become—a chase for clicks where “most people’s media diets get determined by social media,” he says.

Walmart 'Big Save' 2020: The 19 Best Deals (Updated)

Walmart 'Big Save' 2020: The 19 Best Deals (Updated)

Amazon's Prime Day shopping event is over, but retail rival Walmart's competing "The Big Save" sale runs through Thursday.Updated October 15: We've updated this post for the final day of Walmart's sale, added a stand mixer, and crossed out some sold out deals.

18 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

18 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

We expect to see deals from other retailers too, like Target and Best Buy. You don't have to pay for a Prime membership to get these perks or give to the Amazon Overlords if you'd prefer to spend your money elsewhere.

Become a Prime Day Pro With These Tips and Early Deals

Become a Prime Day Pro With These Tips and Early Deals

By year two, we at WIRED had changed our tune , and five years later, Prime Day is so big that Amazon makes more money from it than Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

How to Watch Google's Annual Hardware Event

How to Watch Google's Annual Hardware Event

Rumors indicate Google will not be using the best processor available but instead is sticking with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G (the same one in mid-priced phones like the LG Velvet and Motorola One 5G .

Peloton Is Betting You’ll Never Go Back to the Gym

Peloton Is Betting You’ll Never Go Back to the Gym

At one point John Mills and his wife, Erica, were members at three different gyms, where John could lift weights and Erica could take indoor cycling classes.Mills quickly figured out how to cast Peloton classes from the bike’s tablet to the playroom’s giant projector screen, using a native Android streaming option.

The 25 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

The 25 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Wirefree Earbuds for $130 ($20 off): It may not seem like a steep discount, but this matches the best price we've seen, and it's only happened once before.We've seen this price drop before, and we'll likely see it again, but $50 is $50.

The 22 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

The 22 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Wirefree Earbuds for $130 ($20 off): It may not seem like a steep discount, but this matches the best price we've seen, and it's only happened once before.

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

At the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, the researchers will present their findings, which suggest that high-wattage IoT botnets—made up of power-guzzling devices like air conditioners, car chargers, and smart thermostats—could be deployed strategically to increase demand at certain times in any of the nine private energy markets around the US.

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

If it passes, the resulting revenue, which the state estimates would be on the order of a few billion dollars each year, would be used to shore up litter mitigation efforts and provide subsidies to the recycling industry, which struggles to compete with virgin plastic that’s cheaper than ever to produce, given the low price of oil .

15 Best Weekend Deals on Laptops, TVs, and Outdoor Gear

15 Best Weekend Deals on Laptops, TVs, and Outdoor Gear

Backcountry kicks off its annual end of summer sale this weekend with some good deals for those looking at using gear for 2021, or, for those us who've been indoors waiting until the fall.

The 19 Best Weekend Deals on Tech, Home Gear, and More

The 19 Best Weekend Deals on Tech, Home Gear, and More

Apple AirPods Pro for $220 ($30 off): This deal is not new.Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 ($25 off): This deal is only valid for select Amazon Prime members, but it's a good price if you're eligible.

3 Great Pairs of Binoculars for Bird Watching

3 Great Pairs of Binoculars for Bird Watching

To help you make sense of the often bewildering range of choices, here are three of our favorite binoculars, well suited to the beginning, intermediate, and advanced birder.Nikon Monarch 5, Size 10x42 ($330)These binoculars are the perfect upgrade from less expensive, compact models.

How to Trade In or Sell Your iPhone (2020): Swappa, Gazelle, uSell

How to Trade In or Sell Your iPhone (2020): Swappa, Gazelle, uSell

We've compared some popular services for trading in an old device for cash or store credit.Comparing prices on all these services highlights some tips for maximizing the resale value of your phone.

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Gaming PC

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Gaming PC

We’re not really going anywhere right now, and unlike most houseplants, gaming PCs can last you about a decade if you invest time and money.It’s hard not to feel lonely in quarantine, and for a lot of people, their gaming PCs form the heart of their daily online bonds.

Google's Stellar Pixel 3A Phone Is Nearly Half off Right Now

Google's Stellar Pixel 3A Phone Is Nearly Half off Right Now

The Google Pixel 3A costs $230 ($170 off) at Best Buy and $280 ($120 off) at Amazon, Walmart, and B&H Photo Video.The larger Google Pixel 3A XL costs $270 ($210 off) at Best Buy and $319 ($160 off) at Walmart and B&H Photo Video.

There's a Huge Sale on Apple Gear Right Now

There's a Huge Sale on Apple Gear Right Now

Best Buy has a sale running that's an exception to the rule; there are discounts on speakers, smartwatches, tablets, and more.They're not our favorites from Apple (that'd be the much better AirPods Pro), but at least you get a wireless charging case here.

Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic's Effects From Above

Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic's Effects From Above

In Peru, that kind of work, maps combined with demographic data, will help the government get cash—around $107 (US)—to those quarantined near Cusco.“Buildings and roads aren't visible on the map yet, but you can see them really clearly in satellite imagery,” says Firth.

Coronavirus Fears Spark a Run on Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure

Coronavirus Fears Spark a Run on Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure

It’s a great time to hone indoor workout routines , which, for owners of the Nintendo Switch console, might mean finally investing in Nintendo’s workout game, Ring Fit Adventure.

Amazon Pulled Over 1 Million Items Capitalizing on Coronavirus

Amazon Pulled Over 1 Million Items Capitalizing on Coronavirus

Read all of our coronavirus coverage here .As concerns about coronavirus outbreaks in the US grew, WIRED reported Tuesday that some Amazon sellers had jacked up the prices on face masks by four or five times what they cost only a few weeks before.