Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and with most parts of the US still stuck inside and social distancing because of the coronavirus, this holiday weekend is sure to feel different than previous years. Whether you have a three-day weekend ahead of you or still have to work on Monday–our condolences in advance–there are plenty of online deals available as retailers kick off their annual Memorial Day sales, with tech brands like Razer, HyperX, and Lenovo offering some great discounts on gaming headsets, controllers, laptops, and more. On Friday, GameStop and Best Buy kicked off their big Memorial Day sales as well, with discounts running all weekend long and into Monday. It’s the perfect time to stock up on gaming goodies for the next few months.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best Memorial Day deals available so far. It’s a great time to stock up on PC gaming accessories, a new gaming laptop, or a 4K smart TV as several brands are discounting these products right now. We’ve also curated a list of the best game deals worth taking advantage of this weekend across Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with steep discounts on fantastic titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Control, Borderlands 3, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
From now through May 25, Razer is offering some solid discounts on some of its controllers and headsets, including the Wolverine Ultimate Xbox One controller, which made our list of the best Xbox One controllers for its excellent, clicky face buttons, interchangeable D-pad, and six programmable buttons. Normally $160, the Wolverine Ultimate is discounted to $130 for Memorial Day. And fortunately, it’ll be compatible with Xbox Series X when that console launches.
Twitch Rivals Is Hosting Multiple Valorant Launch Weekend Tournaments
Riot is holding a set of Valorant tournaments to celebrate its June 2 launch. The tournaments, which will be streamed and hosted by Twitch Rivals, will feature a $200,000 prize pool with creators and teams from North America, Brazil, Europe, Korea, Japan, and other parts of Latin America participating.
To celebrate launch, we’re teaming with competitive FPS creators to hold a global tournament and crown 1 winning team from each region. Up for grabs is a $200,000 prize pool and the right to count themselves among the first global VALORANT champs. https://t.co/8KTOqeVsck
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) May 28, 2020
Few details have been announced yet, but Twitch Rival tournaments usually feature a combination of professional players and streamers. Specific tournament times during the launch weekend have also not been announced.
Valorant left beta on Thursday, becoming unavailable to players until the free-to-play shooter fully launches on June 2. Riot plans to reset player accounts and patch in fixes and new content during the down period. The studio will also be adding new servers–located in Atlanta, Dallas, London, Madrid, and Warsaw–to help lower Valorant’s latency so that the player experience is as smooth as possible.
Escape From Tarkov Patch 12.6 Wipes Character Data
Escape From Tarkov went down for a few hours on Thursday to deploy patch 12.6 (0.12.6.7456), a major update to the early access shooter that included a global wipe of character data among several other changes, additions, and bug fixes. The massive reset erased all player progress, including level, trader rep, and any items stored in your stash, keeping only weapon presets and examined items saved in the handbook.
While the routine wipe was one of the major highlights of the latest Tarkov update, it’s not the only thing that patch 12.6 brings with it. A captcha has been added to the flea market as an extra measure against bots, all stashes (no matter which Escape From Tarkov edition you have) have been increased by an additional 20 cells, and players now have the ability to lean while prone. Five new parts for the AR-15/M4 are also available to scavenge, but cannot be purchased from traders. The update also modifies a few quests and brings a number of optimizations, AI improvements, and bug fixes.
Leading up to the most recent wipe, Battlestate Games also temporarily reduced shop prices and unlocked all trader levels, allowing every player to access high-level weapons and gear before the wipe took place, in a kind of “post-wipe event.” Patch 12.6 marks the first Escape From Tarkov wipe since October 2019.
The Best Gaming Keyboard (May 2020): Razer, Steelseries, Logitech, HyperX, And More
Keyboards are an unavoidable part of the 21st century. We hammer out texts on our phones, mash the WASD keys while testing out a new keymapping for Escape From Tarkov, and type out personal details to fill out forms on our laptops. And if you do a lot of typing, you may as well buy a great keyboard that can make it fun to write the next great novel and make you a better gamer, however slightly. With so many great games available on PC–and major hits like Cyberpunk 2077, Marvel’s Avengers, and more on the way–it’s worth investing in a good keyboard for gaming.
When it comes to finding the right keyboard and mouse setup, you have to know what you want. Some like their keyboards small, flat, and quiet, while others prefer the tactile key switches, larger profile, and satisfying sounds of a mechanical gaming keyboard. High-end keyboards get more elaborate every year, too, which means there are more factors, like keyboard backlighting, ergonomic design, N-key rollover, and response time to think about.
If you’re serious about your gaming experience on PC, especially for action-heavy games like shooters or real-time strategy games, then a dedicated, mechanical gaming keyboard can come with a host of advantages. Mechanical keys can provide better ergonomics for increased comfort over a membrane keyboard, making them a better purchase in the long run; every key switch can provide a more defined (and potentially faster) response time due their better key switches, to make sure you know you did the thing; with a good backlight, they can potentially play host to an extravagant light show that might let you know when something bad (or good!) is happening in your game.
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