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By Hope Corrigan 09 November 2021
Think of the peripherals you can buy with that saving.
The deals keep rolling in as we creep every closer to Black Friday. We’ve seen some nice gaming laptop sales already, but this next one to come up on the price chopping block will save you over $350 USD on this Alienware m15 R6 laptop.  
For $2,509 you can pick up a device that’s usually pushing closer to the $3,000 mark, which is a pretty good deal, even for the notoriously expensive Alienware laptops. This is also the beefiest configuration of the Alienware m15 R6 so you get the bragging rights as well as some serious specs.  
Alienware m15 R6 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H  | Nvidia RTX 3080 8GB GDDR6 | 1080p | 360Hz | 32GB RAM | 2TB SSD | $2,859.99 $2,508.79 at Dell (save $250)
This gaming laptop boasts some spectacular looking specs with a very solid Intel i7/Nvidia RTX 3080 combo. This is further backed up with 32GB of RAM and 2TB storage. It’s hard to imagine being let down by this machine. Especially since it’s actually a wolf. Given the colour choice of “Dark side of the Moon with High Endurance Clear Coat and Silky Smooth Finish” we can’t guarantee a laptop will arrive instead of an actual four-legged apex predator. 
This 15.6” model comes packing the 8-core 11th Gen i7 11800H CPUs, which we thought were pretty ground-breaking for performance on laptops. This is alongside an Nvidia RTX 3080 8GB makes for some pretty impressive machinery. It’s got 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, which is still more than anyone really tends to need and 2TBs worth of nice and quick SSD. It’s just an incredibly decently specked piece of kit on paper. Plus the screen is 360Hz with G-Sync so you’ll actually be able to see this power running your games. 
If you were already looking to upgrade and were going to go for an i7 3080 set up, well now you can for a bit cheaper. For others these might just nudge the price down enough to make it viable and I am infinitely jealous. It’s also one way to get an RTX 3080, even if it is in a laptop.
This Alienware m15 R6 laptop is also running Windows 11 home, which may save you the hassle of upgrading yourself but you still might want to check out how to optimise your system. Given all the problems the latest OS has had since it’s recent launch, being informed is being prepared. 
If laptops aren’t really your speed, we’ve been collating the best deals we can find in PC gaming as we ramp up to Black Friday sales. Given stock issues it could be good to get in on these deals earlier than usual.
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Artists Show Off Slick Concept for Xbox Series X Elite Console – GameRant

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The Xbox Series X will inevitably receive an updated model, and one creator shows off their design of what it may just look like.
The Xbox Series X is the current flagship console for Microsoft, and one of the most powerful consoles ever made. Like previous generations, the Xbox Series X is bound to receive a sleeker new model, perhaps even with upgraded specs, and one content creator has shared what they think it may look like.
When Microsoft revealed the Xbox Series X in 2019, its design was attention grabbing, and some might say for the wrong reasons. There is nothing outwardly strange or offensive about the design, but its size, shape, and color immediately saw comparisons between the Xbox Series X and refrigerators. Micosoft saw this as a great marketing opportunity, however, releasing an offical Xbox Series X mini-fridge that has quickly sold out practically everywhere. With the last generation of consoles, Microsoft released the Xbox One S and Xbox One X towards the end of the Xbox One's lifecycle.
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A YouTuber by the name of Concept Creator has designed a mock-up of what the next Xbox Series X console variant may look like. Originally covered by Ilse Jurrien of LetsGoDigital, graphic designer Jermaine Smit of Concept Creator trims away the fat of the original Xbox Series X design, making it much more slender, sleeker, and recognizable, thanks to some key implementations. Size-wise, the Xbox Series X Elite, as Jurrien is calling it, evokes the jump from the Xbox One to the Xbox One X but to a much higher degree, with the Elite nearly shrinking the original Series X in half. The most eye-catching change of the Elite is the sharp, raised cross-piece that cuts across the top and front of the console, with LEDs that glow Xbox green on both sides.
Despite the additions, many of the key Xbox Series X design features are retained in the Elite's mock-up. On the left side of the console is the disc-tray, power button, and four USB ports that appear smoothly chiseled out of the console's body. Likewise, the signature venting that appears on the top of the original Xbox Series X returns on the right portions of the Elite, providing a nice blend of textures that dissuade easy comparisons to DVR boxes. Concept Creator's Xbox Series X Elite design also has a white variant, channeling the design of the Xbox Series S, the original console's little sister.
As it stands, not much (if anything) is known about the next iteration of the Xbox Series X. Microsoft's next family of consoles have been out for over a year, and while the Xbox Series S sold very well during Black Friday this year, still not everyone who desires one of these systems has been able to get one yet. With that in mind, while it is fun to think about the future of these systems and what they may look like, Microsoft's priority should still be in making its current lineup more available. Unless the Xbox Series X Elite magically doesn't require microchips, it will likely fall into the same issues as the current console lineup.
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Sony's wild new PS5 controller concept could be a game-changer – Creative Bloq

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By Daniel Piper published 17 January 22
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It’s fair to say we weren’t enamoured with the design of Sony’s DualSense controller when it was revealed last year. Like the PS5 itself, the controller is somewhat, er, chonky – but it seems Sony is already working on slimmer design concepts.
A new patent filing reveals the company is working on a new controller design featuring a collapsible control stick. This means the joystick could retract into the body of the controller itself, allowing for a more svelte (and potentially more comfortable) design. And while it might just be a patent, at this rate it might well arrive before the next PS5 restock
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The patent filing itself offers little in the way of information about how the controller will work, simply describing: “A controller, thumbstick, or system comprising a thumbstick body, a thumbstick shaft coupled to the thumbstick body wherein the thumbstick shaft is configured to retract into the thumbstick body and wherein the thumbstick body and the thumbstick shaft is freely rotatable together around a pivot centre within the controller body.” (You know when you read a word so many times that it loses all meaning? Yeah, thumbstick.)
But it seems the concept is all about comfort. “Analog nubs are portable but also very uncomfortable for the user,” Sony says in the filing. “The user moves the flat surface or rough area with pressure from their thumb. This can become quite uncomfortable after a while because the required friction between the user’s thumb and the surface.” 
As with all patents, whether this design will ever see the light of day remains to be seen, but it’s certainly intriguing – and we can’t help but wonder if it’s offering us a glimpse of the next generation of DualSense. If a PS5 ‘Slim’ ever makes it to market (hey, every PlayStation generation has had one), perhaps it’ll arrive complete with a redesigned controller?
PS5 DualSense controller black
Indeed, a collapsible thumbstick could potentially transform the feel of the controller for gamers, offering a much more personalised and therefore comfortable experience. And it could do wonders for storage too – perhaps we’ll even end up with some kind of ‘DualSense Slim’ charging case. And we’re sure it could look pretty cool – better than that horrendous McDonald’s DualSense concept anyway. 
It seems Sony is finally ready to give gamers more options when it comes to the look of the PS5. From those new coloured faceplates to rumours of a console redesign, the days of being restricted to Sony’s reverse-oreo (sorry, white-on-black) design are coming to an end. And perhaps in the near future, we’ll have a brand new controller to enjoy too. Want to start gaming right now? Check out today’s best games console deals below.
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Daniel Piper is senior news editor at Creative Bloq, and an authority on all things art, design, branding and tech. He has a particular penchant for Apple products – some corners of the internet might call him an ‘iSheep’, but he’s fine with this. It doesn’t bother him at all. Why would it? They’re just really nicely designed products, okay? Daniel is also a comedian and national poetry slam champion, and his favourite Bond is, obviously, Sean Connery.
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