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‘A Plague Tale: Requiem’ is set for release on October 18th

A Plague Tale: Requiem — the to the 2019 game that features a pair of siblings fleeing Spanish Inquisition soldiers (as well as plague-ridden rats) — will arrive on October 18th. Publisher Focus Entertainment and developer Asobo released a today that features over ten minutes of gameplay through the brutal world of a war-torn France from several centuries ago. Siblings Amicia and Hugo are now a few years older and more skilled at getting out of tough scrapes. The game follows the pair as they fight their way through mercenary bands, ambushes, murderous soldiers and disease-ridden rodents.

Xbox Gamepass subscribers should note that the game will be available on the service on the same day of its launch, a that Microsoft continues to do with more titles (Asobo is also the developer of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is also on Game Pass). Nintendo Switch owners can also look forward to a cloud version of Requiem. And of course, the game will be available for purchase on Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PCs.

In a , the game’s lead writer Sébastien Renard shed more light on what fans can expect in the sequel. Hugo, the younger sibling, has magical powers that are developing throughout the game and the elder sister Amica has honed her fighting skills. But even greater and more daunting obstacles lay ahead for the pair. “Our heroes will face their inner conflicts together with external ones. To begin with, they will discover a new part of France, Provence, which will offer new sights and sensations, leading them to believe in a kind of paradise. Unfortunately, the harsh medieval reality inevitably catches up, and their hopes vanish before they can get too comfortable,” wrote Renard.

You can get a closer look at Requiem in the trailer below.

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No Man’s Sky will land on Nintendo Switch on October 7th

will make its long-awaited arrival on Nintendo Switch on October 7th. The Switch version was previously , so that marks a delay of at least a couple of weeks.

The sandbox survival title landed on PC and PlayStation 4 in 2016 and Xbox One two years later, so its Switch debut has been a long time coming. From the jump, Switch players will have access to all of the and Hello Games has brought to No Man’s Sky since its rocky launch. The game’s in a than it was at the outset.

Some players might have reservations about how well No Man’s Sky will run on the Switch’s aging hardware. Hello Games tried to placate concerns with a video that shows the game running fairly well on the console, though it remains to be seen what Switch performance will actually be like.

There will be physical and digital editions of No Man’s Sky available for Switch on October 7th. On the same day, fans will be able to purchase a physical version for the first time. No Man’s Sky is also slated to later this year.

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Resident Evil Village Winters’ Expansion arrives on October 28th

The downloadable content Capcom had promised for Resident Evil Village last year now has a release date: It’s called Winters’ Expansion, and it will be available starting on October 28th. Capcom started developing the extra content in 2021, just a few weeks after the game was released, due “popular demand.” Now Capcom producer Tsuyoshi Kanda has revealed some pertinent details about the three features included with the DLC, including the Third-Person Mode that gives you a way to play the main story in a new perspective. If you choose to play in third-person, you’ll get to see Ethan as he explores the village in search of his missing daughter and shoots the undead.

Winters’ Expansion also comes with The Mercenaries Additional Orders. Mercenaries Mode, an arcade-style shooting experience, unlocks after you beat the game for the first time. The DLC will add new stages to it, as well as new playable characters, including Chris Redfield and everyone’s favorite nine-foot tall antagonist, Lady Dimitrescu. Finally, the expansion will show what happens to Rose, Ethan’s missing daughter, 16 years after the original campaign. Rose’s story will show her struggle with her “terrifying powers” and her search for a way to break free from her curse. 

Aside from the DLC, Resident Evil Re:Verse — the multiplayer freebie for the game that was supposed to come out in July 2021 — will also be available on October 28th. The PS5 versions of Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 have already dropped, though, and you can get them for free if you already own copies for the PS4.

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‘Overwatch 2’ is going free-to-play with early access starting on October 4th

Activision Blizzard isn’t owned by Microsoft just yet, but the publisher still had a presence at Sunday’s Xbox and Bethesda showcase. There was a trailer for Overwatch 2, along with some major news. The game will be free-to-play and early access will begin on October 4th on all platforms (the Overwatch blog calls this the game’s launch). There will be at least one more beta before then, with details to be announced at a reveal event on Thursday.

The clip showed a glimpse of a new hero that’s been part of the game’s lore for years, the Junker Queen. It seems likely that the character will be playable as part of the next beta. They have a shotgun and a melee weapon, and it appears that one of their abilities involves rampaging forward. Junker Queen is a tank character. The sequel already had one confirmed new character, damage hero Sojourn. 

The trailer also included a quick look at a new Zenyatta ability, which allows the omnic to knock back an enemy with a melee attack. Naturally, it invokes the movie 300, since you can kick an opponent into the Ilios well. In addition, there was a glimpse of a mysterious fox that was leading a team into a fight.

Given that Blizzard will move all current Overwatch players to Overwatch 2, the original game will be going free-to-play as well. Those who own the game before June 23rd will receive a founder’s pack, with a special icon, two skins (General Doomfist and Jester Sombra) and more goodies. You’ll need to log in by December 5th to receive the pack.

It’s worth noting that only the player-vs-player (PvP) side of Overwatch 2 will be available on October 4th. The co-op missions will arrive later. The PvP overhaul will feature new maps and heroes, the Push mode, reworks of current heroes, an upgraded game engine and a move from teams of six to five vs. five.

It’s unclear whether the player-vs-environment side of the sequel will be free too. Overwatch 2 will herald a shift to a seasonal content format, which suggests there will be a battle pass of some kind. That means there should finally be content updates on a regular cadence. Blizzard also says there will be premium cosmetics and (at last) cross-platform progression. 

“We can’t wait to roll out the beginning of the Overwatch 2 experience on October 4 and introduce an exciting new competitive vision, featuring a reimagining of the iconic heroes, maps, and gameplay that made the original game so compelling,” Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard Entertainment, said in a statement. “This is the beginning of an always-on and always-evolving era for the franchise, and a recommitment to serving players with frequent and substantial updates planned well into the future to keep Overwatch 2 fresh and fun for many years to come.”

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‘Overwatch’ hero McCree will be renamed Cole Cassidy on October 26th

Overwatch hero Jesse McCree has a new name, and, no, it’s not Deadeye Dave. , Blizzard has renamed the gunslinger in the aftermath of his real-life namesake back in August. As of October 26th, McCree will be known as Cole Cassidy.

“To make the new Overwatch better — to make things right — he had to be honest with his team and himself.” Blizzard said in a tweet. “The cowboy he was rode into the sunset, and Cole Cassidy faced the world at dawn.”

The real Jesse McCree left the studio after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for fostering a “frat boy” workplace. While not directly named in the complaint, McCree reportedly took part in the infamous “Cosby Suite” where Blizzard employees, including former World of Warcraft creative director Alex Afrasiabi, allegedly harassed women. When it first announced the name change, Blizzard said it wanted to find one that better represented Overwatch’s ideals. It also promised it would no longer name in-game characters after employees.

Alongside the name change, Blizzard is changes to Cassidy’s kit. It may tweak his Deadeye ultimate to make it more deadly and allow players to use his Combat Roll in midair. The latter change should help with avoiding vertical knockback abilities from heroes like Doomfist and Wrecking Ball. You can try out the tweaks by launching Overwatch’s Experimental mode.

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Xbox October update brings night mode and 4K dashboard to all

October’s Xbox update is here, and while it doesn’t include a ton of new features, the few that it’s shipping are big ones indeed. Chief among the new features in this update is the new 4K dashboard for Xbox Series X. Early adopters have been waiting for this feature for months, but it’s not the only notable feature included in the October Xbox update.

Microsoft explains that before this update arrived, the Xbox Series X dashboard and menus (including the Xbox Guide) were rendered in 1080p and then upscaled to 4K. While that might look decent enough, it’s no replacement for a proper 4K dashboard, and that’s exactly what we’re getting today. When you connect your Xbox Series X to a 4K display after applying the update, you’ll see the dashboard and all of its parts rendered in native 4K, with Microsoft saying that game art and buttons will “have increased sharpness and improved text readability” as well.

Joining the 4K dashboard is another long-awaited feature for Xbox consoles: night mode. After entering testing back in August, Xbox night mode is ready for prime time. Xbox night mode will allow you to dim and customize the display in addition to the Xbox button on your controller and the power button on your console. You can even turn those buttons off entirely if you wish.

While night mode is going live across all Xbox consoles today – Xbox One, One X, Series S, and Series X – the new-generation consoles are getting a customizable blue light filter as well. Players will be able to set a schedule for night mode, and any settings will be automatically applied to games and apps. You can find night mode settings in Settings > Accessibility > Night mode or Settings > TV & display options > Night mode.

Finally, the October Xbox update rolls out a new Quick Settings menu to the Xbox guide, which will let you toggle certain accessibility options on and off without having to leave games and apps. So, in that sense, it sounds like Quick Settings will see the most use in multi-user households. The October Xbox update is going live today, so be sure to download it and take new features like night mode for a spin.

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Best Cheap 2-in-1 Laptop Deals and Sales for October 2021

If you haven’t shopped for a new computer in a while and are curious about the best 2-in-1 laptop deals, you’ve found the right place. These unique convertibles (one might even call them laptop/tablet hybrids) are all the rage thanks to their versatility and convenience. That popularity means that this market is pretty large today, ranging from cheap Chromebooks to cutting-edge laptops sporting the latest features like 4K displays. The flip side is that there are always great 2-in-1 laptop deals available online, and we’re here to help you find them. Black Friday deals have already started, so we’ve put together a shopping guide to make sure you get the best bang for your buck.

Today’s best 2-in-1 laptop deals


Designed for everyday versatility, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 is a laptop that can convert into a screen or tablet in seconds, making it perfect for students and professionals working on-the-go.

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From streaming to video editing, the Dell Inspiron 14 7000 can handle it all. Along with powerful performance, this 2-in-1 boasts a lovely touchscreen.

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This Chromebook is unlike any other, as it’s all about luxury, from its 4K OLED display to its durable (and attractive) aluminum finish.

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Get the best of both worlds with this 2-in-1 laptop/smart tablet from Lenovo. The laptop powered by AMD Ryzen is thin, has a widescreen display, and is easy and comfortable to use and set up.

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Looking for a modern 2-in-1 with up-to-date hardware that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? This HP Pavilion x360 is a highly versatile convertible work machine that won’t break the bank.

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The unique Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid is one of our favorite Chromebooks, and if you need some extra storage, this one is a great pick.

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For your multitasking needs, the HP Envy x360 15 has you covered. It’s powered by a solid Ryzen processor and features a 2-in-1 convertible touchscreen for do-it-all versatility.

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Aside from its powerful hardware, the IdeaPad Flex 5 also features a 14-inch fold-flat touchscreen for easy multitasking and immersive entertainment.

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This deal bags you an excellent 2-in-1 laptop that doubles as a tablet, making it perfect for carrying on the go and sitting down to some serious work wherever you are.

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For the price, it doesn’t get much better than the Lenovo Chromebook Flex if you’re looking for a compact 2-in-1 laptop that can pull double duty as a tablet.

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With a vibrant 4K display, great hardware, and a gorgeous gem-cut design, the HP Spectre x360 is easily the best 2-in-1 Windows laptop you can buy right now.

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If you need a 2-in-1 laptop that doesn’t trade hardware performance for gimmicks, this XPS 13 is the one. Along with its FHD+ touch display, this thing packs plenty of muscle under the hood.

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Enjoy editing, downloading, and converting Microsoft Office files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with this Acer Chromebook Laptop. It comes with built-in virus protection and automatic updates.

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With its lovely QLED touch display, 2-in-1 capabilities, and PC-like hardware, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is one of our favorites that’s perfect for working at home and on the go.

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Whether you need a tablet or a laptop to work, Dell can provide you with both in one device: the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1. Now, taking notes or making sketches is easier and more convenient.

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Whether in the classroom or the office, the Lenovo C340 is equipped to handle every task you would ever need. Its 15.6-inch display is also a fold-flat touchscreen for added versatility.

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The HP Envy x360 can adapt to whatever you need it for. It boasts a 360-degree hinge for form versatility and has a touchscreen which further expands its functionality and convenience.

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Looking to switch to a 2-in-1 but don’t want to give up hardware performance? The Dell Inspiron 14 can get you there thanks to its gorgeous 14-inch touch display and new Ryzen 7 CPU.

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Need a complete Windows bundle? This package deal gets you the Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover keyboard — a must-have addition that turns this tablet into one of our favorite 2-in-1s.

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With a 360-degree hinge, you can easily flip this laptop’s screen in any way you want to suit your current needs. It’s powered by an Intel Core CPU and plenty of RAM for smooth everyday computing.

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If the 4K Galaxy Chromebook is too pricey, this one still gets you a gorgeous 1080p QLED display. Add that to a 2-in-1 design, and you get a portable laptop that’s perfect for work and study.

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The hinge and lightweight design on this laptop make it perfect for work, play, and school. It features a narrow-bezel display as well as an all-day battery and the latest Intel processors.

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The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is geared for productivity with the full Google experience. With a powerful battery, fast processor, and 2-in-1 design, it is also perfect for presentations.

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If you want the Type Cover Keyboard along with some boosted power and storage, this is a nice deal on the latest Surface Pro 7 with better specs than the entry-level model.

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Lenovo’s 10-inch Chromebook Duet is a unique 2-in-1 laptop that can pull double duty as a standalone tablet thanks to its completely detachable keyboard and vibrant 1200p touchscreen.

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If you’re looking for a reasonably sized 2-in-1 with nice-sized hardware capabilities for work, the 13-inch HP Envy packs a punch with its 11th-gen CPU.

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Use this versatile compact laptop in tent, tablet, or laptop mode. At just over 2.5 pounds, you can easily take this machine on the go for collaborative work on your Google apps.

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Who says you can’t have a laptop and a tablet in one? With the Surface Book 3’s detachable keyboard, you can have it all, along with plenty of storage, tons of RAM, and a beefy Intel Core processor.

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How to choose a 2-in-1 laptop

Convertible laptops have really taken off over the past decade and pretty much every major computer maker under the sun carries at least a few 2-in-1s under its umbrella, and they’re actually some of the best laptops on the shelves. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus are arguably the “big five” brands you’ll see the most while shopping for 2-in-1 laptop deals (Samsung is a newer player worth mentioning as well), and you can’t really go wrong with any of the big names such as these. It really just comes down to what you need and what you’re willing to spend. Acer and Asus offer a lot of budget-oriented laptops, while the other makers span the full range of prices you’re likely to see.

Some specific models to look for on the cheaper end of the spectrum include the Asus VivoBook and Flip, Acer Spin, Lenovo IdeaPad and Yoga, HP Pavilion and Envy, and Dell Inspiron lines. You’ll find plenty of 2-in-1 laptop deals in the sub-$1,000 price bracket. If you want something more high-end, then some of the best 2-in-1 laptop models include Dell XPS, HP Spectre, and Lenovo ThinkPad (particularly the ThinkPad X) lines. These top-tier ultrabooks offer better hardware along with superior build quality, enhanced displays, overall sleeker designs, and some other value-added features over their cheaper counterparts.

After setting your budget, you’ll first have to decide which operating system you want. This is a binary choice: Windows or Chrome OS. As of now, Apple hasn’t jumped onto the 2-in-1 laptop bandwagon, so don’t expect to see any MacBook deals while poking through these 2-in-1 laptop sales. We imagine that Apple will come around eventually (although the company remains on the bleeding edge of mobile device technology, its Mac computers have lagged behind the competition a bit), but there’s no telling when that will happen. If you’re a die-hard Mac fan, you’ll have to live without a 2-in-1 for now.

Chances are that, like most people, you probably use and are most familiar with Windows PCs, but Chromebooks — laptops that run on Google’s unique cloud-based Chrome OS software — are worth a look, especially if you’re a student and/or you’re on a tight budget. The cloud-based nature of the Chrome OS ecosystem is well-suited for remote work and online studies, with the added benefit of being able to run many Android apps. That’s something to consider if you own an Android smartphone. Another benefit of Chromebooks is that they’re generally a pretty solid value compared to Windows PCs, as the cloud-based Chrome operating system isn’t as resource-heavy since much of it operates “in the cloud”.

That said, there are some higher-end Chromebooks sporting PC-like specs (namely Intel Core processors, 8GB to 16GB of RAM, and full-sized SSDs instead of pared-down eMMC flash storage) along with premium features like 4K displays, so keep a lookout for those when shopping these 2-in-1 laptop sales if one of these Chrome OS machines piqued your interest. For most people, though, it’s going to be Windows, and as with any type of PC, the selection of 2-in-1 laptop deals is going to be the largest with this operating system.

Once you’ve settled on an operating system, your main consideration is going to be hardware — that is, how much power you actually need. For very basic light use, such as web browsing, email, and word processing, a cheap laptop should suffice. We don’t recommend going with anything less than an Intel Core i3 or Ryzen 3 CPU, 4GB of RAM (8GB is still better if you can find it within your budget limit), and a 128GB SSD. Avoid Windows laptops with mobile CPUs and anemic flash storage. If you’re shopping through 2-in-1 laptop sales and you’re on a seriously tight budget, a Chromebook will give you more for your money here, although you may also want to consider looking at refurbished laptop deals.

If you can spend around $500, you should instead look for boosted specs like Intel Core i5 and Ryzen 5 CPUs, 8GB of memory at a minimum, and at least 256GB of solid-state storage (or maybe a 128GB-256GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD, which is not uncommon on many cheap and mid-range laptops). For more than $700, you’ll start to see more Intel Core i7 and Ryzen 7 CPUs along with 16GB of RAM and larger SSDs. And once you move north of a grand, keep the Core i9 and Ryzen 9 CPUs on your radar when shopping through 2-in-1 laptop sales. This is also the place to be looking for the premium models we mentioned above.

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Best 17-Inch Laptop Deals and Sales for October 2021

Compact ultrabooks dominate the laptop market, but if you’re after a machine that can almost serve as a stand-in for a desktop PC, these 17-inch laptop deals might be more your speed. Fear not: There are plenty of 17-inch laptop deals up for grabs out there if you can find them. We’ve already taken care of that part by bringing you the best 17-inch laptop deals happening online right now and rounding up the top bargains in one place. If you’re not quite sure what you want yet and would like to know more before you buy, we’ve also written up a quick guide to point you in the right direction. Black Friday deals have started early this year because of a serious microchip production issue. If you want to make sure you get a laptop this year, you should shop these early deals ASAP.

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Bring your games to life like never before with this Gigabyte Aero gaming laptop, featuring a gorgeous 4K display and superb hardware to match.

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While it may sport a big 17.3-inch display, this HP laptop is still sleek and light enough for busy professionals who need a larger machine that they can still take on the go.

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Whether you’re editing videos or just settling in to watch some NetFlix and YouTube videos, this HP laptop has you covered with its big 17.3-inch HD+ display and beefy CPU.

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This 17-inch laptop is large and in charge, featuring an 11th gen Evo Core processor and some extra storage for all your project files and other important data.

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Need a big screen and a discrete GPU for gaming and video work? Then look no further than Dell’s XPS 17 that features a 17.3-inch display and a respectable Nvidia RTX graphics card.

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Big laptops don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. This one features AMD’s impressive Ryzen 5 CPU and Vega 8 graphics, making it an affordable entry point for a plus-sized workstation.

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HP’s sleek notebook includes a long-lasting battery to help you accomplish your day-to-day tasks and entertain yourself without scrambling for the nearest outlet.

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Work like a true power executive wherever you want with the LG Gram laptop, raising the bar for work laptops everywhere with its powerful processor and spacious hard drive.

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How to choose a 17-inch laptop

Laptops have been slowly creeping towards the smaller side, with advances in mobile hardware technology allowing manufacturers to pack more hardware into smaller spaces. It’s not hard to see why these compact ultrabooks are so hot: They’re light, they’re powerful, and they’re easy to carry around. The problem is that they’re rather cramped. Aside from their displays (which may nonetheless look great despite their smaller size), the built-in keyboards and touchpads on these down-sized laptops generally aren’t particularly suitable for hours of work, to say nothing of immersion-focused activities like gaming.

The good news is that PC makers haven’t left the larger laptops behind, and in fact, they seem to be undergoing something of a mini-renaissance lately. The same mobile hardware developments that have caused regular laptops to shrink have also allowed their bigger siblings to slim down, too. Look through any of these 17-inch laptop sales and you’ll notice that today’s plus-sized machines are pretty sleek, with thinner chassis and narrower bezels than those of yesteryear. Although any 17-inch laptop will be larger and heavier than a 13-inch ultrabook, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be sore after carrying it around campus all day.

The only real catch (assuming you’re willing to deal with the extra size and weight of a 17-inch laptop) is that you’re pretty much stuck with Windows. MacBooks only go up to 16 inches, with the MacBook Pro 16 replacing the previous 15-inch model. You’re not likely to find any 17-inch Chromebook deals, either, as these Chrome OS-powered laptops tend to be on the smaller side; 15 inches is about as big as you’ll get here, with 14 being more common. Gaming laptop deals, on the other hand, are fairly popular in the 17-inch size category, as many gamers — particularly those looking for a laptop that can more or less replace a desktop PC — opt for these larger displays.

But if you can live with that and are willing to trade some portability for a larger, more comfortable computer, then you’re ready to start hunting around online for some 17-inch laptop sales. We suggest setting a budget and sticking to it, though, and this will largely determine what kind of hardware you end up with. If you don’t want to spend a lot and are only planning to use your PC for basic things like web browsing, email, word processing, making spreadsheets, and maybe watching some videos, then look for 17-inch laptop deals in the $350-$500 range. These will feature specs like Intel Core i3, Core i5, AMD Ryzen 3, and Ryzen 5 CPUs along with 4GB-8GB of memory (more is always better, so spring for 8GB if at all possible). Storage options will also be fairly basic in this price bracket, with 128GB to 256GB SSDs being common. Some of these cheap laptops may pair a small solid-state system drive with a larger HDD for overflow.

If your budget threshold is a bit higher — between, say, $500 and $1,000 — then look for upgrades like Intel Core i5/i7 and Ryzen 5/7 CPUs, 8GB-16GB RAM, and larger 512GB-1TB SSDs. And if you want the best of the best and can spend more than a grand, the sky’s the limit. You can find premium models like the Dell XPS 17 or the LG Gram 17 packing beefy hardware along with premium features like Quad HD (1440p) and 4K displays, touchscreens, and discrete GPUs among these 17-inch laptop sales.

And speaking of discrete graphics, you’ll definitely see some nice gaming machines when shopping around for 17-inch laptop deals. MSI, Dell, Alienware (which is actually part of Dell’s stable), Asus, and Razer are a handful of brands making 17-inch gaming laptops, so keep your eyes peeled for those. Along with the hardware recommendations above, we suggest looking for laptops with Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs in the sub-$1,000 price bracket and RTX GPUs above that. You may also find some of AMD’s new Radeon 5000M-series mobile GPUs here and there when poking through online 17-inch laptop sales, although Nvidia cares are still fare more common on these portable PCs. Also pay attention to the display’s specs: You want something with a high refresh rate, ideally 120Hz or more, which will let you enjoy smoother gameplay at a higher frame rate.

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‘NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition’ hits Apple Arcade on October 19th

NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition is one of several games that’s bound for in the coming weeks. The follow-up to NBA 2K21, which is also available on Apple’s game subscription service, includes a new mode called The Association. You can become the general manager or head coach of an NBA franchise and put together your own team by scouting rookies, making trades and scooping up free agents while managing the budget.

The game features current NBA rosters and modes including quick match, online multiplayer and Blacktop, a 3v3 street basketball option. In MyCAREER mode, you can create your own player with a custom look, position, jersey number and play style. You can run drills on a custom court to practice and level up your player in the MyCOURT mode. NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition will debut on the same date as the NBA’s 75th season tips off: October 19th.

Elsewhere, a classic iPhone title is coming to Apple Arcade this Friday.  first made waves back in 2011 as a one-button game in which you control a bird that slides down hills and launches into the air. It’s one of those simple-in-concept, great-in-execution games that works so well on a mobile device. It’ll be a solid addition to Apple Arcade.

Looking further ahead, Apple has announced the sequel to tower defense game Kingdom Rush is on the way to the service too. You’ll protect your domain from dragons, human-snaffling plants and other deadly enemies in Kingdom Rush Frontiers TD, which . It’s coming to Apple Arcade soon.

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Nintendo’s Switch Online ‘Expansion Pack’ costs $50 a year, launches October 25th

Nintendo held a Direct video presentation this morning, announcing two major updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. One is a free bit of DLC, and the other is a paid, $25 expansion called Happy Home Paradise. Unexpectedly, Nintendo used this announcement to reveal the price of the upcoming Switch Online “expansion pack.” The service, which adds classic N64 and Sega Genesis games to the existing Switch Online offerings, will cost $50 per year or $80 for a family plan. This expansion will include access to the $25 Happy Home Paradise DLC — so if you’re an Animal Crossing: New Horizons player, it’s like getting the rest of the Expansion Pack benefits for $5.

Shortly after this story was published, Nintendo released more details about the expansion pack, including its October 25th launch date. If you already have a Switch Online subscription, you’ll be able to upgrade at a pro-rated cost depending on how much time was left on your original plan.There are more details about the expansion pack in the video above as well as on Nintendo’s site.

Finally, you can now pre-order the N64 and Sega Genesis controllers that are compatible with the Switch. A single controller will cost $50, and there doesn’t appear to be any discount for pairs. Given how good Nintendo’s previous classic controllers have been, we expect these should feel like authentic reproductions.

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