Mark Hachman

Senior Editor

As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

Oculus plans to kill off PC-only VR in 2021

Oculus plans to kill off PC-only VR in 2021

Facebook and Oculus revealed plans to move away from PC-powered VR like the Oculus Rift S, focusing on the Oculus Quest 2 and other standalone, untethered devices.

Oculus Quest 2 VR headset launches for $299, with 2K/90Hz performance
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Oculus Quest 2 VR headset launches for $299, with 2K/90Hz performance

Facebook launched the second iteration of its Oculus Quest standalone VR headset, the Quest 2, at Facebook Connect. It features more powerful, high-resolution displays at at lower $299 price point.

Microsoft's cloud gaming service isn't finished until there's a Windows 10 app

Microsoft's cloud gaming service isn't finished until there's a Windows 10 app

Microsot's cloud gaming service comes out of beta on Tuesday. But its mobile-first vision neglects the many users at home with older PCs.

Nvidia will buy Arm for up to $40 billion, combining smartphone, GPU powerhouses
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Nvidia will buy Arm for up to $40 billion, combining smartphone, GPU powerhouses

Nvidia is set to buy Arm for as much as $40 billion, the largest semiconductor deal ever. Nvidia says that it will use Arm's CPUs to bolster its AI technology.

AMD sets October 8 date for next-gen Ryzen 'Zen 3' launch

AMD sets October 8 date for next-gen Ryzen 'Zen 3' launch

AMD has set a date to launch the next iteration of its Ryzen processors, likely the Ryzen 4000 series.

Microsoft confirms $299 Xbox Series S as leaks reveal Series X price, too
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Microsoft confirms $299 Xbox Series S as leaks reveal Series X price, too

Leaks claim the new Microsoft Xbox Series X and new Xbox Series S will launch on Nov. 10, for the same retail prices as the current consoles. Microsoft itself confirmed the Series S price.

Flight Simulator: Hands on with Microsoft's breathtaking virtual, real world
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Flight Simulator: Hands on with Microsoft's breathtaking virtual, real world

Microsoft launches its rebooted Flight Simulator this week. We go hands on and take to the skies in this gorgeous recreation of the real world.

Razer launches left-handed Naga gaming mouse for Left-Handers Day

Razer launches left-handed Naga gaming mouse for Left-Handers Day

Razer said last year that it would bring back the Naga gaming mouse for lefties, and it's finally arrived.

Epic is giving away A Total War Saga: Troy for free, but just for 24 hours today

Epic is giving away A Total War Saga: Troy for free, but just for 24 hours today

The latest chapter in the Total War series, A Total War Saga: Troy, is being given away for free today. Grab it now!

Trump ban of Tencent Holdings could affect Fortnite, League of Legends and other games
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Trump ban of Tencent Holdings could affect Fortnite, League of Legends and other games

President Trump unexpectedly ordered a ban on transactions with Tencent and its subsidiaries after 45 days. We don't know how far the ban will stretch into Tencent's interests, which encompass the games League of Legends, Fortnite,...

Chromebook perks now include Google's Stadia service

Chromebook perks now include Google's Stadia service

Google offers a number of hidden perks for Chromebook owners, including free games and apps. Right now, Stadia hardware and software is included.

Hands on with the THX-powered Razer BlackShark V2 gaming headset

Hands on with the THX-powered Razer BlackShark V2 gaming headset

Razer announces the BlackShark V2, which includes a USB sound card with several audio enhancements designed for gaming and streaming.

Microsoft is discontinuing the Xbox One X

Microsoft is discontinuing the Xbox One X

Microsoft is halting production of the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S Digital Edition in anticipation of the Xbox Series X launch this holiday.

Intel teases 'something big' is coming September 2

Intel teases 'something big' is coming September 2

Will Intel launch its Tiger Lake CPU and Xe GPU at the September event?

Microsoft Flight Simulator takes off August 18 in three editions for PC
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Microsoft Flight Simulator takes off August 18 in three editions for PC

Microsoft said Monday that its photorealistic Flight Simulator reboot can be downloaded now before the game unlocks on August 18 in three digital editions. The game will be free for Microsoft Game Pass owners.

Windows 10's Xbox Game Bar adds a widget store and much-needed transparency controls

Windows 10's Xbox Game Bar adds a widget store and much-needed transparency controls

Microsoft has created a widget store to add functionality to Windows 10's Xbox Game Bar, including Destiny-specific widget. Even better, there are now transparency and click-through controls, too.

Microsoft kills Mixer streaming service, sending fans to Facebook

Microsoft kills Mixer streaming service, sending fans to Facebook

Microsoft gives up on its Twitch livestreaming platform and will redirect fans to Facebook Gaming instead, beginning July 22.

Opera's GX gaming browser integrates Discord, adds 'hot tab' killer

Opera's GX gaming browser integrates Discord, adds 'hot tab' killer

As Opera's Opera GX gaming browser celebrates its one-year birthday, it adds support for the popular chat community, Discord.

Microsoft's Xbox app for Windows finally supports easy-to-find mods for PC gaming

Microsoft's Xbox app for Windows finally supports easy-to-find mods for PC gaming

Microsoft has made some grudging concessions to the PC gaming mods scene by adding support for mods to select games via its Xbox app for Windows 10.

Microsoft Xbox Series X to apply 4K, HDR, and faster frame rates to older games

Microsoft Xbox Series X to apply 4K, HDR, and faster frame rates to older games

Microsoft said Thursday that its upcoming Xbox Series X console will automatically apply some visual improvements to Xbox 360 and even original Xbox games. Others, such as frame-rate doubling, will require developer assistance.

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