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By 27 November 2021
The best Black Friday gaming PC deals still around
Get straight into the Black Friday gaming PC deals:
Some Black Friday gaming PC deals have lasted longer than the day itself, meaning you can still get yourself one of the best gaming PCs at incredibly aggressive prices even if the day itself has winded up now. If you’ve had your eye on mid-range and high-end options specifically, then there’s still plenty of stellar machines for your consideration below.
The best Black Friday gaming PC deals still around include the staggering $608 discount found on the fantastic Alienware Aurora R12 RTX 3060 Ti PC available now for only $1,371.99 (down from $1,980) at Dell. If you’re interested in an AMD processor, however, then the Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition RTX 3060 PPC is also heavily discounted today, as it’s selling for just $1,322.99 (down from $1,710) also at Dell. If you want to go all out, however, then the Thermaltake Reactor RTX 3080 PC is a tough act to follow at only $2,499.99 (discounted from $2,800) for $300 off. If you really want to push the boat out, then the Adenine Alpha is tempting at $4,499.99 (reduced from $5,000) for a system running an RTX 3090, a 12th generation i9 CPU, and 64GB RAM.
If you’re after portable power, too, then the Black Friday gaming laptop deals should be your next port of call to find which systems are still available at the moment. We’ve seen some of the lowest prices of the year on some of the best gaming laptops, so it’s always worth checking in on.
iBuyPower Slate Mono |
$900 $799.99 at Newegg
Save $100 – As far as cheap gaming PCs go, the Slate Mono gets a lot right with respectable specs and a fairly good GPU at the helm here, just be sure to upgrade the storage if you can. Features: Intel Core i5-11400F, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB RAM, 480GB SSD.
ABS Master |
$1,300 $1,099.99 at Newegg
Save $200 – The RTX 2060 is still a more than capable GPU, especially at a time where it's selling for far more than it ever retailed for originally. Given what's here, this ABS Master build is a solid choice. Features: Intel Core i5-11400F, RTX 2060, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD.
Alienware Aurora R10 |
$1,710 $1,322.99 at Dell
Save $387 – It's one of the lowest prices of the year on an Alienware Aurora R10 build featuring an RTX 3060 Ti. If you've been after one of these compact machines, then now could be the time. Features: AMD Ryzen 7 5800x, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD.
Alienware Aurora R12 |
$1,980 $1,371.99 at Dell
Save $608 – This is one of the deepest ever discounts that we've come across on an Alienware Aurora R12 configuration and exceptional value for the hardware you're getting under the hood here. Features: Intel Core i7-11700F, RTX 3060 Ti, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD.
Thermaltake Reactor 380 |
$2,800 $2,499.99 at Amazon
Save $300 – It's the historic lowest ever price on the Thermaltake Reactor 380, as well as being one of the more affordable RTX 3080 machines right now. It looks as powerful as it operates. Features: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, RTX 3080, 16GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD.
ABS Gladiator |
$3,000 $2,599.99 at Newegg
Save $400 – As far as RTX 3080 PCs go, this is definitely one of the more affordable deals that we've come across in some time, which is bettered by some exceptional components, namely the G.Skill TridentZ RGB memory. Features: Intel i7 11700KF, RTX 3080, 16GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD.
ABS Gladiator |
$3,000 $2,699.99 at Newegg
Save $300 – If you would rather go all-in on AMD, then the high-end Gladiator build is available at a competitive price point featuring the latest components from the brand. Features: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, Radeon RX 6800, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD.
Adenine Alpha (RTX 3090) |
$5,000 $4,499.99 at Newegg
Save $500 – It's a massive discount for an equally massive gaming PC. The RTX 3090 is a monolith, as are the specs powering this absolute beast. Features: Intel i9-12900K, RTX 3090, 64GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD.
AlphaSync Onyx |
£950 £899.99 at Ebuyer
While not the deepest discount we've ever come across, for under £900, you're getting powerful enough hardware to hold its own in Full HD and QHD (1440p) in more demanding titles releasing at the moment. Features: Intel Core i5-10400F, GTX 1660 Ti, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD + 1TB HDD.
Acer Predator Orion 3000 |
£1,599 £1,499 at Currys
Save £100 – It's our number one pick for the best gaming PC of 2021, and you can get it with an RTX 3070 even cheaper today with high-end specs that are futureproofed for years to come. Features: Intel Core i7-11700F, RTX 3070, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD.
AlphaSync iCUE |
£4,900 £4,299.98 at Ebuyer
Save £600 – It's about as high-end as you can get right now, and this RTX 3090 PC can be yours with a massive discount taking it well below the £4,500 mark to max games out in both 4K and even 8K (where available). Features: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, RTX 3090, 64GB RAM, 2TB SSD + 4TB HDD.
PCSpecialist Vortex GR |
£699 £649 at Currys
Save £50 – As far as entry-level gaming PCs go, they really don't get much cheaper than this. For the money, you're getting a system that's capable of running games at 60 FPS in 1080p such as Grand Theft Auto V and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Features: Intel Core i3-10100F, GTX 1650, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD.
Acer Nitro N50-610 |
£1,000 £879.99 at Box
Save £120 – It's one of the cheapest prices that we've come across on an entry-level gaming PC featuring enough grunt to game comfortably in 1080p (and even 1440p) with most games on the market. Features: Intel Core i5-10400F, GTX 1660 Super, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD.
AlphaSync Diamond |
£1,400 £1,149.99 at Ebuyer
Save £250 – It's one of the lower rates that we have ever come across on an RTX 3060 Ti gaming PC in recent months, and benefits from a huge amount of storage for your games and files, too. Features: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, RTX 3060 Ti, 2TB HDD + 500GB SSD.
Cube Gauntlet Mini |
£1,350 £1,199.99 at Box
Save £150 – This is one of the more aggressively priced RTX 3060 Ti gaming PCs that we've come across, especially as a small form factor machine. You can configure above these specs to your liking for an added price, but we think what's on offer is good value. Features: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, RTX 3060 Ti, 8GB RAM, 500GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD.
AlphaSync Diamond |
£1,400 £1,299.99 at Ebuyer
Save £100 – It's not the deepest discount we've ever seen though it's still one of the cheaper RTX 3070 gaming PCs that we've come across recently. For the money, you're getting a very capable machine. Features: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, RTX 3070, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD + 1TB HDD.
Lenovo Legion T7 |
£2,019 £1,499 at Box
Save £520 – This is one of the best RTX 3070 PC deals that we've seen, and it's made even better by the fact that Lenovo has a stellar track record with prebuilt longevity. Features: Intel Core i7-10700K, RTX 3070, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD.
AlphaSync iCUE |
£2,700 £2,499.93 at Ebuyer
Save £200 – This is one of the more affordable RTX 3080 PCs that we've seen in some time, and this deal is bettered by the abundance of storage and powerful processor you're getting for the money. Features: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, RTX 3080, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD + 4TB HDD.
When it comes to the best Black Friday gaming PC deals, generally, we have seen that Dell has some of the deepest discounts on high-end gaming rigs (namely the Alienware Aurora line), but the big-box stores are catching up as Best Buy and Walmart have established more a presence with computer hardware over the past couple of years.
Amazon: Fair prices on boutique built and branded prebuilt gaming PCs
Dell: Regularly has some of the best-value deals on Alienware Aurora builds
Best Buy: Low starting prices on iBuyPower, HP, and Lenovo rigs
Walmart: Competitive prices on all the major brands with the newest GPUs
Newegg: Big savings on ABS Legend and Gladiator gaming PCs
Amazon: savings on Admi, Vibox, CyberPowerPC, and more
Currys: Few deals but competitive prices on high-end gaming PC builds
Overclockers: Low starting prices for OcUK custom gaming PCs
eBuyer: Decent savings to be made on AlphaSync boutique builds
Very: Savings on PC Specialist, Zoostrom, and MSI gaming rigs
Black Friday gaming PC deals took place on November 26, though we’re still seeing plenty of offers worth writing home about after the fact, especially from the likes of Dell and Amazon right now.
Dell tends to offer some of the deepest Black Friday gaming PC deals that we’ve seen in recent memory, most notably with its line of Alienware Aurora computers. Last year, several configurations of the Alienware Aurora R11 were discounted heavily, with one model selling for $1,808.99 down from $2,010 for savings of $202. One Alienware R10 Ryzen model saw $496 off its asking price ($1,763 down from $2,259), which was one of the more extreme offerings of last year’s sales event.
It’s a similar story on boutique-built gaming PCs from the likes of Newegg as well. An ABS Master prebuilt (featuring an RTX 2060) was selling for $949 down from $1,100 and a Skytech Archangel (GTX 1660 model) was on offer for $749.99 down from $1,100 for savings of $350. It’s safe to say, whether you’re going for a machine featuring the latest and greatest GPUs like the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 or prefer to spec a little more humbly, that you should be accounted for.
Given the trends that we’ve observed in recent years, where prebuilt gaming PCs often see their most consistent, and deepest, discounts of the year around this time, we personally believe that it’s very much worth waiting for the Black Friday gaming PC deals.
It would be a slightly different story if you just wanted to pick up a few choice components, but in terms of going all-in on ready-to-go hardware, you’re much better off being able to save a few dollars where you can, especially if you’re in the market for an RTX PC, which can otherwise carry a high price point due to demand.
Our price comparison software works day and night to bring you the best prices on some of our favorite gaming PC configurations this side of Black Friday.
We’ve touched upon the Alienware Aurora builds (our number one pick for the best gaming PC) because of their small form factor, powerful specs, and long lifespan. Though, if you’re in the market for something a little different, the Acer Predator Orion 3000 offers superb value for money with the space to expand and upgrade in the future.
Make the most of your hardware for less this month with the Black Friday gaming monitor deals and Black Friday 4K monitor deals.
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PlayStation Making New PS5 Triple-A Online Game – TheGamer
No details have been announced, but we’ve dug through the job descriptions to piece things together.
PlayStation's London studio is currently hiring a team to get development underway for an upcoming online PS5 game. Based on the job descriptions, it seems the project is in the very early stages of development, so we likely won't see a trailer or even a name for a while yet.
What we do know is that this will be "an ambitious AAA project," one that will likely feature co-op gameplay and potentially some procedurally generated levels. The job descriptions also point to this being a live-service title, something Sony is currently lacking. There is Dreams, but that isn't triple-A, and Genshin Impact isn't on Xbox, but it's not a first-party game either.
The available roles range from leads with shipped titles under their belts to juniors just getting started, and even one that requires no games industry experience whatsoever. Each role also includes a clear commitment to increasing diversity across the studio, something that appears sorely needed if the almost all-white team photo on the website is anything to go by.
Many of the job listings require experience with online triple-A titles for console and PC, Unreal or Unity game engine knowledge, and procedural environment generation. There's also relatively standard stuff like character artists and AI programmers, so we can expect to be interacting with NPCs in the game.
One requirement for the lead level designer was "experience designing for online multiplayer combat," but whether that'll be PvP, PvE, or a mix of the two remains to be seen.
Each lead is expected to help build their own teams, and the studio is also hiring for an internal recruiter, so it looks like these hires are just the tip of the iceberg for the new project.
The appeal of PlayStation has always been its exclusives, so if this upcoming game is any good it could help PS5 sales stay even further ahead of the Xbox Series than they're predicted to be already. Sony's stock value plummeted by $20 billion after Microsoft's ABK purchase, so seeing new games are being worked on – especially in a genre as profitable online live-service – could ease shareholder fears.
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The story on how John Madden came to be involved with wildly popular EA Sports NFL video game – USA TODAY
If the creators of the NFL video game so many millions of people have played had their way, the wildly popular franchise would not have been known simply as Madden.
According to a story ESPN published in 2016, legendary coach and analyst John Madden was the third choice of Trip Hawkins, the eventual founder of video game maker Electronic Arts (EA), to be the pitchman of the game that eventually became Madden NFL. An avid football fan, Hawkins’ first choice was legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and former Vikings and Patriots quarterback and Cal Bears coach Joe Kapp.
Madden, who died at the age of 85 Tuesday, continues to be one of the game’s most prominent icons. He was first a player, though a knee injury in his rookie season in 1958 with the Philadelphia Eagles cut his career short. He went on to be the head coach of the Raiders, where he won a Super Bowl. He became a television analyst during NFL games and made the game accessible for millions of viewers. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 2006.
But it’s his constant presence on the video game franchise, arguably, that serves as his strongest connection to new generations of football fans and gamers alike.
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According to ESPN, Montana could not be involved because he had a conflicting endorsement deal with video game console maker Atari, while Kapp wanted royalties. According to the article, Madden was so impressed with Hawkins’ credentials — he went to Harvard and worked at Apple — that he agreed to sign on.
It proved to be a shrewd decision. Despite slow production and years of releases before it became a household name, Madden NFL has generated more than $4 billion since its inception and has sold more than 130 million copies, according to EA. Barron’s estimates that Madden NFL generates around $600 million annually for EA.
Still, Madden lamented one major mistake that cost him millions more.
According to ESPN, after “John Madden Football” was released in 1988, Hawkins approached Madden and said EA was about to have an initial public offering and that Madden could “have as much stock” as he wanted, though he would have to pay the initial price of $7.50 per share.
“Hell, I’m just a football coach,” Madden told ESPN. “I pointed with my finger, all knowing, and said, ‘I gave you my time. I’m not giving you my money.’ I showed him!”
In only the 10 years from 1989 to 1999, the price soared to $70 per share, according to ESPN.
Said Madden: “That was the dumbest thing I ever did in my life.”
Originally, the game was planned as being a seven-on-seven competition, due to the limitations of computing back when it was being initially programmed. Madden, however, balked at that idea and wanted the game — if he was going to appear on its cover — to be as authentic as possible.
“If it wasn’t real football, I didn’t want my name on it,” Madden told Grantland in January 2012. “I wanted it to be real football — pro football — with the sideline, the numbers, the hash marks. Everything had to be pro football.”
One other unique aspect of the game is how the plays and formations users can call and execute are taken directly from NFL playbooks. Madden sent a 1980 Oakland Raiders playbook to Hawkins and former EA producer Joe Ybarra.
To elaborate on that, the game’s producers sought to mimic the playbooks of the teams featured in the game.
“For our playbooks, I would say to (former San Francisco Examiner beat writer and consultant) Frank (Cooney), ‘Go find out what a team’s five signature plays are,’ ” Hawkins told ESPN. “He would go up to the assistant coaches, hand them paper. And they would draw up plays! We collected a huge amount of plays that way.”
The video game franchise has evolved over the years to incorporate new game play modes and features, as well as tweaks to game play. Its reach across the NFL is comprehensive. Gamers within each locker room undoubtedly have their own copies and challenge each other during games.
Even one of the game’s most reserved and self-controlled figures — and one of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport — has his own exposure to the video game.
“I haven’t played it in quite a while,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday after he opened his press conference with a tribute to Madden. “When my kids were growing up, they would play it and I would watch them. They would beat me.”
Belichick grinned as he told that anecdote, likely thinking back on those memories with his children —two of whom, sons Steve (outside linebackers) and Brian (safeties), are assistants on New England’s staff.
Perhaps that’s the enduring legacy of the Madden NFL franchise. Similar to the way he used charm and humor in the broadcast booth to make the sport appealing to all, the video game allows even those without expertise in the NFL or even in football to simulate the strategy behind it.
“It’s a way for people to learn the game and participate in the game at a pretty sophisticated level,” Madden told Grantland.
Blizzard's new IP: Modern meets fantasy online survival game – TweakTown
Blizzard’s next big IP might be an interesting take on a Kid in King Arthur’s Court and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Today Blizzard confirmed it is working on an ambitious new IP. The unnamed project is a survival game that merges modern and fantasy together, as per details gleaned from a brief concept art glimpse. Job listings also confirm the new IP will be an online-based adventure which is Blizzard’s usual fare.
“Blizzard is embarking on our next quest. We are going on a journey to a whole new universe, home to a brand-new survival game for PC and console. A place full of heroes we have yet to meet, stories yet to be told, and adventures yet to be lived. A vast realm of possibility, waiting to be explored,” reads a job posting.
We’ve known about Blizzard’s new IPs for a long time. The company has been incubating this new IP and another unannounced multiplayer shooter for a while, and Blizzard is also trying to create a shared games engine to power its future titles.
Alan Adham discussed the new incubation pipeline back in August 2021:
“We’re tight-lipped about it, but our new game pipeline has been in development for many years and it’s greater than it’s ever been across our core franchises and mobile, new IP and new genres. I’m looking forward to our teams launching their already announced new games in the not-too-distant future and in due course announcing a few new ones that you’ve yet to hear about,” Adham said.
So what is Blizzard working on? Here’s a selection:
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