Hayden DingmanGames Reporter, PCWorld

Hayden writes about games for PCWorld and doubles as the resident Zork enthusiast.

Red Dead Redemption 2

This week in games: Epic gives away six games at once, Rockstar tosses another launcher onto the fire

Plus: John Wick Hex and Disco Elysium nail down release dates and Anthem puts all its future content plans on ice. This is gaming news for September 16 to 20.

Astro C40

Astro C40 review: For those who think the Xbox Elite Controller just isn't premium enough

Great battery life, reliable connectivity, durable build quality, trigger stops, grip buttons, and swappable stick layouts—the Astro C40 does it all. It's an excellent high-end controller option.

Acer Nitro 5 (2019)

Acer Nitro 5 (2019) review: A great budget-conscious laptop, at least for the moment

Acer's Nitro 5 may age quickly with its entry-level hardware, but it's a great option for budget-minded buyers who enjoy light gaming and wouldn't mind upgrading in a few years.

Epic Games Store

Epic's own library update finally adds a List view for your game collection

Yes, the Epic Games Store probably should've launched with a list view—but hey, it's here now.

Steam Library Update

Steam's wonderful Library Update beta is finally live: Here's how to get it

The Steam Library Update went live today, bringing with it new organizational tools and a slick interface. You could (and should) join.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 review impressions: It's exactly what you think and nothing more

In a console generation that's become synonymous with risk aversion, Borderlands 3 plays it even more safe than expected. It's like the last seven years never occurred, except in memes.

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The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

We pick the best wireless headsets and the best overall headset for your PC gaming pleasure.

Control

This week in games: Civilization reproduced in Excel, Control teases an Alan Wake expansion

Plus: KFC unveils a visual novel starring the Colonel himself, Netflix leaks The Witcher's release, and a dribble of Tokyo Game Show trailers. This is gaming news for September 9 to 13.

Astro A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TR

Astro A40 TR plus MixAmp review: A tough sell nowadays, but still a top-notch headset

Astro's A40 TR and redesigned MixAmp feel pricier than ever given the current state of the headset market, but great build quality and a bevy of input options might win you over.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey - Discovery Tour

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's educational Discovery Tour mode is here at last, and better than before

Make Pythagoras mash grapes or learn about Thermopylae from historian Herodotus in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's version of the Discovery Tour spin-off mode. It's back for a second go-round, and much improved.

Gears 5

Gears 5 review: War has changed

Gears 5 still feels like a series in need of an identity, but a more charismatic lead and experiments with open-world structure hold promise for the future—even if they don't quite pay off now.

Steam Library Update

Steam's long-awaited Library overhaul launches Sept. 17: Salvation for your massive game collection

It's been a long time coming, but Valve's sweeping library update will add a "Recently Played" section, new filtering and search options, event updates, and more when the open beta arrives on September 17.

Google Stadia - PAX

Hands-on: Stadia's cloud gaming feels impressive, but Google's showing off the wrong games

After demoing Doom Eternal and Mortal Kombat 11 on Stadia during PAX, it's clear the platform works as (or better than) intended. That doesn't mean those are the types of games you'll want to use it for though.

Astro.ID

Astro's new Astro.ID program lets you build your own stylish A40 gaming headset

Is customization the next big trend for gaming peripherals? I'm not sure, but after Xbox Design Lab and now Astro.ID, I certainly hope so.

Homeworld 3

Gearbox finally announces a proper Homeworld sequel, 15 long years later

Homeworld 3 is crowdfunding on Fig for the next month, though with a stated $1 goal the process is more of a formality than a necessity. Homeworld 3 is finally on its way.