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These archways are officially bursting with costumed video game fans of all ages. This is PAX East, one of the largest, most popular gaming conventions on the east coast, and we’re on site to bring you the latest in gaming hardware and software … but mostly hardware.
Looking to grab one of those new gaming laptops with Nvidia’s latest GPUs? Vendors like Origin, MSI and Gigabyte have all touched down in Boston to show off their latest wares. If you’re hot on accessories, watch out for the freshest peripherals from Turtle Beach, Logitech, Astro Gaming and many more.
And here come the goods. Check out what we’ve gone hands on with at the show:
The hottest hardware
The latest scoops
We’re getting our (very clean, thank you) mitts all over the greatest in games, ready to tell you what to watch out for. And the same goes for software: Developers and publishers like Blizzard Entertainment, 2K Games, Microsoft and more are on the show floor hosting demos of their latest games. (Not to mention the illustrious PAX East Indie Showcase.)
Last but not least, we expect to see and hear a few major bits of news from this year’s chillier Penny Arcade Expo. Companies like Titanfall maker Respawn Entertainment and Civilization creator Firaxis have major panels planned.
In an unexpected turn of events, an unnamed source has revealed to PC Gamer that the Steam Controller will launch sometime between this coming September and November. In addition to that morsel of news, the source also told our PC Master Race overlords that we can expect at least 500 Steam OS games in time for launch this fall.
It’s Storytime … time!
Harmonix co-founder and CEO Alex Rigopulos already regaled us with tales during this year’s Storytime panel. But Rigopulos also hinted at the future of music gaming. The Harmonix head talked up Fantasia: Music Evolved, an "explorative" music game based on the famous Disney film.
"In some ways, Fantasia is a return to our earliest routes," Rigopulos said of Fantasia. The Harmonix head was referring to the more PC software-like releases of the studio’s past, like The Axe. Fantasia stands to sell plenty more copies, though.
"Another thing I want to talk about today, is just how fricking trippy it is," the CEO gushed before showing off a video detailing the scenes players will witness while playing Fantasia. He was not kidding. Fantasia, playable only on Xbox One and Xbox 360 with Kinect, will launch this fall.
Rigopulos also talked more about its first-ever early-access game, Chroma, a rhythm-based first-person shooter that looks as if Daft Punk pumped Call of Duty full of dubstep bullets. Players move around and fire their weapons to an overarching beat in this class-based, team-focused shooter. Want to land that sniper rifle shot? Better fire on the downbeat.
"We’re working on a bunch of different axes of experimentation with this," the Harmonix chief said. "I think of [Chroma] as a package of experiments around an idea." Chroma has no release date yet, but has been launched in an alpha stage for select Steam users.
PC Gamer talks – what else? – PC gaming
And finally, our buddies at PC Gamer hosted their very own panel to discuss – you guessed it – the future of PC gaming. PC Gamer Editor-in-Chief Evan Lahti was joined by industry luminaries like Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey, Star Citizen creator Chris Roberts and more. It made for quite the interesting discussion. Watch it here:
- And if you missed them, catch the highlights from GDC 2014