Stellaris cheats – a guide to console commands

Stellaris cheats – a guide to console commands

So, you want to know about Stellaris console commands and cheats? Just like you want to know about Victoria 2 cheats, EU4 cheats, and even Hearts of Iron 4 cheats, we imagine? It’s ok, you’re among friends here – we won’t judge.

As of the Nemesis expansion, Stellaris is in a pretty good place right now. Not perfect, but there’s plenty of meaningful content across most phases. But like all grand strategy games, the desire to have that perfect run is strong. While some of the best stories come from rolling with the punches, when you’re the hero of your own tale you sometimes want things to happen in a specific way..

That’s where cheats come in. Stellaris has a console command feature that’s common with many strategy games where you can input commands to achieve instant results. Sometimes this can be literal cheating, like giving yourself more resources or just hand-waving away a pesky rival, but there are plenty of debug commands and options to create nice visuals, like by removing the UI. We’ve compiled a guide to the essential commands to give you a smooth game.

RELATED LINKS: Stellaris review, Stellaris mods, Stellaris DLC guide

The best Diablo 2 Resurrected Sorceress build

The best Diablo 2 Resurrected Sorceress build

Want to know the best Sorceress build in Diablo 2 Resurrected? She’s one of the few magic-based Diablo 2 Resurrected classes, able to wield fire, lightning, and ice-based magic to annihilate the demonic forces of hell. The Sorceress has a low health pool and is woeful at melee combat, but she more than makes up for it by having a huge mana pool. If you ask us, though, her best build is the Frozen Orb build as it turns her into an unstoppable chilling machine.

If you’re coming back to Diablo 2 after some time apart or haven’t played the classic PC game before, don’t fret. We have a Diablo 2 Resurrected beginner’s guide to help you on your way. However, you’ve likely either played through the game once or just want the most optimal build.

To help you make the best Diablo 2 Resurrected Sorceress build, we break down all the key points. From the amount of skill or attribute points assigned to the equipment both the Sorceress and her hireling need. We’ll also explain the idea behind this build, why it’s so good for the Sorceress, and even go over more complicated details, such as Ethereal gear and equipping runes to make Diablo 2 Resurrected runewords.

RELATED LINKS: Diablo 2: Resurrected review, The best RPG games, The best Diablo 2 Resurrected classes

This Alienware x15 Gaming Laptop with an RTX 3070 GPU is $718 off for Cyber Monday

There are a lot of Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals out there, from the inexpensive to the extremely expensive. If you're in the market for real power without going overboard on price (which is probably a sweet spot that appeals to most of us), you may find the magic in the fading hours of Cyber Monday. This RTX 3070-equipped Alienware x15 gaming laptop is on for just $1,861.00 at Dell right now, a savings of $718.

This sweet little unit is packing an Intel Core i7 11800H CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and for your storage needs, a 512GB NVMe SSD. On the visual side of things, you've got an 8GB Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU driving a 15.6-inch display with a 360Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time.

It's also got a built-in 720p camera, sports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, and DisplayPort and HDMI ports enabling 4K output to external devices—that big honkin' television you picked up on Black Friday, maybe. Alienware's exclusive “encapsulated gallium-silicone thermal interface material” and quad fan technology promises top-flight cooling in a very thin, compact design.

Alienware x15 Gaming Laptop | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3070 | 1080p | 360Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $2,579.99 $1,861.99 at Dell (save $718)
This Alienware right will give you very capable gaming on the go and options to connect to larger displays via DisplayPort and HDMI 2.1 outputs. The 512GB NVMe SSD isn’t the biggest you’ll ever see, but will give you adequate high-speed storage space for whatever you need to bring with you. 

It's a compact, relatively lightweight unit, clocking in at just five pounds, but it's undeniably powerful—not quite up to the level of this beastly MSI, perhaps, but it's also more than $1,100 cheaper. If you're after some real power but money is something of an object, this x15 is definitely a laptop to keep in mind.

Starfield: Everything we know about Bethesda’s next RPG

Starfield is Bethesda's first original RPG in 25 years, and it's set in the grounded and realistic space of the 2300's. Almost three years after it was announced, we're getting a slow trickle of details about the game and when you can expect to play it.

We've gathered all of the information we could find about Starfield below, including trailers, video updates, interviews, and concept art. Here's everything we know about Bethesda's next RPG.

What is the Starfield release date?

The Starfield release date is November 11, 2022. It’ll be available on PC, Xbox, and as part of Game Pass on day one.

Here's the official Starfield trailer from E3

You can watch the Starfield E3 trailer above. It's a cinematic showing an astronaut climbing into a spaceship while a robot tromps around on the surface. We get a nice look at the ship while a voice over says “What you've found is the key to unlocking… everything,” and “We've come to the beginning of humanity's final journey.” The pilot sits at a console, flips a bunch of switches, and the trailer ends with rockets firing and the ship about to take off.

Starfield has exploration at its heart.

Bethesda showed a little bit more of its hand on Starfield with a recent extended video that had game director Todd Howard, studio director Angela Browder, and art director Matt Carofano chatting about inspirations for the upcoming space RPG. 

“A lot of our games are about exploration, and that's the ultimate exploration, is what's out there? What's past Earth?” said Carofano. “Whereas Skyrim is sort of an epic fantasy, this is a more grounded game and a more grounded setting about exploration…”

Howard had similar things to say when talking about the impact of exploration and the setting of Bethesda games of the past.

“We always have that 'step out' moment into the world, so to say,” Howard says. “The technology has changed. We've all changed. So our expectations when loading up a game, like, 'Okay, I'm going to step out and there's going to be this moment.' Us being able to do that and have it feel new every generation, every game, is something that is really special about what we do.”

“I like to say that Starfield has two 'step out' moments. That's cryptic.”

Starfield is “like Skyrim in space,” says Todd Howard

We don't know a whole lot about Starfield's story yet. Speaking to The Washington Post, Todd Howard said Starfield is “like Skyrim in space,” and will feature factions, with Constellation, a group of human explorers, being the main one.

“It's like NASA meets Indiana Jones meets the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a group of people that are still searching for answers,” Howard said.

“There are a lot of factions in the game but [Constellation is] the main one that you'll become a part of. It’s kind of like Skyrim in terms of the structure of the game, where you're going to be who you want to be, and then there's different factions that you can join, and really carve your own path.”

Also like Skyrim and Bethesda's Fallout games, Starfield will be playable both in first and third-person perspectives.

Starfield is built in Creation Engine 2

The trailer begins with the words “Alpha in-game footage | Creation Engine 2” showing on the screen. Bethesda confirmed that Starfield is the first game to be built in the new engine.

We don't know much about Creation Engine 2, or how much it differs from the engine Bethesda has been using and updating for years for everything from Skyrim to Fallout 76. Since Bethesda's RPGs have been highly moddable, we sure hope Creation Engine 2 continues the tradition.

There's a brief making-of feature you can watch below that shows lots of interesting concept art.

Spaceship combat may be on the menu

This is just speculation, but there may be spaceship combat in Starfield. The trailer shows the astronaut's ship console, and on one of the readouts there's a listing for WPNS: Weapons. There are three options beneath it (including MISS, which could be missiles) and the word HOT to indicate the weapons are ready to use. 

There's also a readout for shields (SHLD) and on another monitor there's a readout for power. If we have weapons on the ship, and a way to route power to the shields, that's a pretty good indication there will be spaceship combat—unless this is all just fancy cosmetic stuff.

(Image credit: Bethesda)

Starfield has been in development for years

Back in 2018 Todd Howard said that the project had moved out of pre-production and was currently in a playable state internally. The teaser shown at E3 2018 was mostly designed to give us a sense of the game's atmosphere. In an interview with The Guardian, Howard says, “We’ve been talking about it for a decade, we started putting things on paper five, six years ago, and active development was from when we finished Fallout 4, so two and a half, three years.”

Todd Howard traveled to SpaceX to bring 'authenticity' to Starfield

Starfield - Todd Howard sits with Elon Musk

(Image credit: Future)

In the same E3 chat between Howard and Musk mentioned above, Howard said that he toured Musk's company SpaceX for Starfield research and inspiration. It's not clear how this inspiration will manifest, but Howard did mention that Helium 3—a speculative fuel for nuclear fusion—could be the isotope used to fuel Starfield's ships, or at least is something to be debated.

The look of the ship in the trailer shows futuristic yet still recognizable tech. Lots of buttons and switches like the cockpits we have today, as opposed to super-exotic technology we see in games like Mass Effect.

Starfield has more than double Skyrim's dialog 

During the Tokyo Game Show, Howard told the audience that Starfield will launch with a complete Japanese localization and that it has over 150,000 lines of dialog. As Nibellion pointed out on Twitter, that's more than twice as many lines as Skyrim, which had 60,000 of them. It's more than Fallout 4's 111,000 lines of dialog as well. This is going to be one chatty RPG.

Starfield will have a pleasure dome where you can get high on alien fish

In the short videos called “Location Insights”, design director Emil Pagliarulo introduced some of the settlements you'll be visiting in Starfield. Each video is less than a minute long and is just Pagliarulo giving a quick summary over some concept art, so they're not much to go on. That said, one of them does seem interesting. Neon was originally built as a fishing platform on an aquatic world, but was retooled as a pleasure city by its owner, the Xenofresh corporation, when they discovered an alien fish with valuable psychotropic qualities. This literal dopefish is now only legal on Neon.

The other videos introduce New Atlantis, the capital of the United Colonies, and Akila City, the capital of the Freestar Collective, which is walled to keep out “alien predators that are a cross between a wolf and a velociraptor.”

What other tidbits have come down about Starfield?

One of the recent trailers breaks down the region of space known as the 'Settled Systems', a 50 light year radius around our own solar system where humanity has spread out. It's divided up between two major factions—the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective—who are at an uneasy peace after a recent war. It also touches on some of the other threats the player might face: “Ecliptic mercenaries, pirates of the Crimson Fleet, violent Spacers, or even the fanatical religious zealots of House Va'Ruun.”

In November at the Skyrim 10th Anniversary Concert, we got a surprise look and listen at some of the music of Starfield and a bunch of new concept art. It's worth a look at both the relevant part of the concert and new images of Starfield concept art.

These 10 gaming laptop deals are the best of the best this Cyber Monday

If you held out past Black Friday to try to find the best gaming laptop deal you can, we have you covered for Cyber Monday. There are a lot of discounts on gaming laptops, but not all of them come recommended. There are some specific things you want in a good gaming laptop, and we sifted through all the Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals we could find to select the ones we think are worth the money.

The best laptops combine powerful graphics cards with a good CPU, a high resolution and fast refresh rate screen, 16GB to 32GB of RAM, and at least 512GB of SSD storage. Secondarily, battery life, weight, and size determine whether this is a slab that'll mostly sit on your desk or something you can slip into a backpack that wasn't designed specifically to hold it.

The biggest standouts are lead by the Razer Blade 15 Advanced with its RTX 3070 and Intel Core i7 10875H. It's a whopping $800 off its original price and it's the easiest gaming laptop recommendation because of it. The total price is still expensive, but it's the top pick in our best gaming laptop guide. In terms of pure, gaming performance and the amount of customization options available, it's the best option out there. Other laptops, like the RTX 3070 Omen, come close, especially if you don't need as good of a processor and as much SSD space.

Here are the best deals out of all the discounts we've seen this year for gaming laptops that come equipped with hardware capable of running modern games, including high-end and mid-range options.

The best Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals

Razer Blade 15 Advanced | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 10875H | 360Hz 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,599.99 $1,799.99 at Microsoft (save $800)
That’s a colossal saving on a prime slice of gaming real estate, packing quality hardware from Intel and Nvidia to make sure it demolishes your games. The RTX 3070 is a great option for this thin and light chassis, as it’ll knock out killer frame rates and make the most of the 360Hz display for a buttery-smooth experience too. A great saving on a great laptop.

MSI GP66 Leopard | Nvidia RTX 3080 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,299 $1,799 after rebate at Newegg (save $500)
For a laptop with an RTX 3080 and 11th Gen Intel CPU, this is a pretty good get. Not only do you get a smashing 240Hz screen to cater for the sky-high framerates it’ll be pumping out, you also get a good amount of storage, too.

Gigabyte G5 KC | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i5 10500H| Nvidia RTX 3060 | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,199 $999 after rebate at Newegg (save $200)
We love an RTX 3060 gaming laptop with a discount, and for under $1,000, this is about as good as it gets. That GPU and CPU combo will make for great 1080p, high-refresh gaming, and while there’s not a huge amount of storage, those can be easily upgraded.

Dell G15 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i5 10500H | Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti | 1080p | 120Hz | 8GB RAM | 512GB NVMe SSD | $1218.99 $749.99 at Dell (save $496)
This gaming laptop gets you good mid-tier specs at a fair discount. The 8GB of RAM may not be quite as much as we usually recommend, but getting an RTX 3050 Ti and half a gig of NVMe storage space isn’t a bad get. This build should keep you gaming on the go for several years.

GIGABYTE Aero 15 | Intel Core i7 11800H | RTX 3060 | 1TB SSD | 16GB RAM| $1499.99 $1249.99 at Best Buy
The Aero 15 is a well-specced gaming laptop with a 4K OLED screen, RTX 3060, i7 11800H, and 16GB of RAM. The price falls a little under similar laptops in this category, which makes this a pretty good deal while it lasts.

Gigabyte A5 X1 | 15.6-inch | Ryzen 9 5900HX | RTX 3070 | 1080p | 240Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,799 $1,599 at Newegg (save $200)
This is another one of the cheapest RTX 3070-based machines we’ve found so far, and the rest of the package makes it one of the finest, too. The AMD CPU is an eight-core stunner and the 240Hz screen is a pro-move as well. Our only issue is the slightly miserly 512GB SSD.

Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YD | Nvidia RTX 3080 | Intel Core i9 11980HK | 32GB RAM | 1TB + 512GB SSD | 4K IPS | $3,649.99 $2,749.99 at Newegg after rebate (save $900)
This is worth making the most of considering it’s a machine with an RTX 3080 and 11th Gen Core i9 chip. That’s topped with a gorgeous 4K IPS screen and boatloads of RAM—so great for multitasking any high-res antics. Plus lots of space to store all your games, and their high fidelity textures. This really is a steal for under $3,000.

MSI GP66 Leopard | Nvidia RTX 3080 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,299 $1,799 after rebate at Newegg (save $500)
For a laptop with an RTX 3080 and 11th Gen Intel CPU, this is a pretty good get. Not only do you get a smashing 240Hz screen to cater for the sky-high framerates it’ll be pumping out, you also get a good amount of storage, too.

Razer Blade 14 | RTX 3070 | Ryzen 9 5900HX | 1440p | 1TB SSD | 16GB RAM | $2,199.99 $2,000.99 at Microsoft (save $199)
Listed as the ‘most desirable compact gaming laptop‘ in our guide, the Razer Blade 14 is a juicy gaming companion in any configuration. This one combines an AMD CPU and Nvidia GPU to take on todays top games even at 1440p, that’s with a tasty 165Hz refresh rate, too.

HP Omen 17t-ck000 | 17.3-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | | Intel Core i7 11800H | 512GB SSD| $1699.99 $1499.99 at HP
This 17.3-inch Omen laptop is a great way to get an RTX 3070 and an 144Hz panel all in one unit. Its price competes with similar laptops on sale right now, making it one of the better options that also includes a bit of customization if you’re so inclined.

This year’s steepest PC gaming discounts include a Razer laptop and a giant monitor

If you forego shopping over the summer and wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to upgrade your PC or build a new one (minus a new graphics card, since they're impossible to find outside of pre-builts right now), you can save a hundred bucks or more by taking advantage of lots of $10 to $40 discounts on components such as CPUs, RAM, and SSDs.

If you're the type who always picks the rocket launcher in shooters, however, you may prefer to go for one big Black Friday/Cyber Monday purchase, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in a single shot. It's not necessarily a better way to save money, because giant discounts can be the result of earlier overpricing, and surprising deficiencies can be hidden in specs sheets. Last week we noticed a $3,069.99 gaming PC with a ridiculously small 240GB SSD

If you're seeking a high-end product , though, you might make out pretty well by holding out for its first price drop. Once the early adopters who don't care about price have been satisfied, we tend to see multi-hundred dollar drops on the most expensive PC gaming gear. It's can be an opportunity to get an extravagant gaming device for the price of a standard one, or at least below the absolute upper limit of your budget. (Just be prepared for the price to drop again next year.)

Here are the biggest single discounts by dollar amount we've found so far this Cyber Monday, with the conditions that the product has to actually be good, and the discount has to actually be new and not inflated by citing an out-of-date list price.

$500 off a giant curved Samsung monitor

$1,999.99 (Originally $2,499.99)

(Image credit: Future)

We reviewed Samsung's absurd 49″ Odyssey Neo G9 gaming monitor earlier this year, and it's as cool as you'd expect a desk-spanning 240Hz scroll of pixels to be. One major downside we noted, though, is that it costs $2,500, which is well outside of just about everyone's monitor budget. Good news: $500 was chopped off its price on November 22, so now it's just $2,000, which is also well outside of just about everyone's monitor budget, but less so. 

If nothing else, this discount is a reminder that ultra-high-end gear doesn't tend to hold onto its initial list price for long, at least if it's not super in-demand like graphics cards are.

$800 off a Razer Blade 15 laptop with an RTX 3070

$1,799.99 (Originally $2,599.99)

(Image credit: Razer)

Microsoft is selling a high-end Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop—our favorite gaming laptop—for $1,799.99, which is $800 off Razer's list price for the laptop, and $700 cheaper than Razer's current sale price

$1,799.99 is still a lot of money to spend on a laptop, but the specs are strong—an Intel Core i7-10875H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and RTX 3070—and Razer's light, slim gaming laptops are the best-looking options out there. If you're in the market, though, see how you feel about an Alienware m15 R6 with similar specs. It's on sale for $100 less, and you get a 1440p 240Hz display instead of an 1080p 360Hz display. I'd personally take the higher resolution over the higher refresh rate, as 240Hz is still a higher refresh rate than you'll ever need for most games.

$504.60 off an Alienware Aurora R10 with an Nvidia RTX 3080 (sold out)

Price: $2,699.99 (Originally $3,289.99)

(Image credit: Alienware)

If you didn't go through the deal page, Dell would've let you build this gaming PC for $3,204.59.  With the deal, you'd have saved $504.60. The lesson: Be careful when you're navigating Dell's website this time of year! 

Dell's Alienware PCs are priced high for their specs—you're paying a premium for those fancy custom cases, liquid cooling, and other details—but that's still a $500 discount on a good build. And because of that, these deals are selling out fast. I found another Dell deal that took $568.40 off an Alienware Aurora R12 with an Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti, but both it and this one sold out as I was writing. 

You can browse Dell's Cyber Monday deals page to see if any similar PCs are on sale. It's worth a look if you like Alienware's distinctive LED ovals, and you want a compact system—say, if you'll be moving it around a lot. Otherwise, look for more Cyber Monday gaming PC deals in our hub, since you might find some good specs without the Alienware premium.

$1,100 off a Gigabyte Aero 15 laptop with an RTX 3080 (with rebate)

Price: $1,899 (Originally $2,999)

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED

(Image credit: Gigabyte)

It's possible to pay the full $3,000 list price for this Gigabyte laptop, although you'd have to do zero research and yet somehow land on the page of a small retailer that hasn't discounted it. That's not likely, but since it could happen, and since $3K isn't a surprising list price for these specs (here's a Razer Blade 15 with more RAM for $3,100), this is truthfully a $1,100 discount, with the catch that $300 of it comes from a rebate.

That said, if you're in the market for a high-end gaming laptop, I probably wouldn't go for one with a 4K 60Hz OLED display. It'll give you a good picture, for sure, but you could spend $200 less and get an Alienware m15 R6 with a 1440p 240Hz display for $1,699.99. For gaming, we prefer fast 1440p displays over slow 4K displays, and that's $500 less up front when you take into account the Gigabyte rebate, which has to be mailed in and will come back to you in the form of a prepaid card. Alternatively, if you plan to use your new gaming laptop with an external display for the most part, you could shop around for a Cyber Monday laptop deal on a 1080p laptop and save a bit more.

For more deals, especially on gaming PCs, laptops, and displays that start at a more sensible prices, head to our full Cyber Monday PC gaming deals list.

Age of Empires IV’s big winter update is bad for French boats and Delhi

Age of Empires IV’s big winter update is bad for French boats and Delhi

The Age of Empires IV winter update is here, weeks before the start of winter. Many of the major changes had previously been teased, but now that the update has arrived we’ve got a big list of patch notes breaking down the exact details. The update addresses some of the community’s biggest balance concerns, but leaves others on the table.

There’s been no change to springalds, for example. The devs say they’re “keeping a close eye on the ever-evolving meta, and are aware of a certain, specific siege unit out-performing its counterparts (springalds, for those searching for this specific topic). The team is looking to make sure it’s reminded of its role as an anti-siege specialist and will be working with the workshop to deploy it in the future.”

Another surprise nerf is to the Delhi Sultanate. The Sanctity technology is now only available starting in the Feudal age – meaning you’ve now only got one bonus age to capture Sacred Sites early.

RELATED LINKS: Age of Empires 4 release date, Age of Empires 4 review, The best RTS games on PC

Cyber Monday gaming keyboard and mouse deals 2021: the right touch

Cyber Monday mouse and keyboard deals

Cyber Monday Mouse and Keyboard deals

Jump straight to the deals you want…
1. US keyboard deals
2. US mouse deals
3. UK keyboard deals
4. UK mouse deals

Cyber Monday is closing out the November deals season with a bang—and with some tasty discounts on gaming keyboards and gaming mice. Indeed, it's a good time to upgrade how you interface with your gaming PC. Unlike a CPU or graphics card these accessories can't grant you a higher frame rate, but they can make every single interaction with your PC a nicer experience.

The best gaming keyboards and gaming mice can really transform your setup, and we're not just talking about some flashy LEDs. New mice are getting super light, and their polling rates are on the rise, which can improve your accuracy in competitive shooters (or, well, at least guarantee that whatever goes wrong is your fault, not the mouse's). Mechanical keyboards are now easy to get and available from every brand under the sun, so if you're still rocking a cheap board, then it's well worth treating your fingers to an upgrade.

We've focused on gaming keyboards and mice that are actually quality options here, and are on sale significantly below their usual prices. So below you'll find only the best peripherals from brands like Corsair, Logitech, Razer, Roccat, and Das Keyboards

With Cyber Monday now coming to a close, these are likely the best deals you're going to see for the rest of the year. Some may last throughout the week, but if you're eyeing a particular board or a fancy new wireless mouse, it may not have long left.

Who has the best Cyber Monday gaming keyboard and mouse deals?

In the US:

In the UK:

Cyber Monday gaming keyboard deals in the US

Drop CTRL mechanical keyboard | Hot Swappable switches | Tenkeyless | Per-key RGB | $200 $149 at Drop
The Drop CTRL is a weighty, premium-feeling keyboard with one major selling point: you can pull out every switch and replace them with whatever you choose. Start with Drop’s Halo switches, then try out a set of MX Cherry Browns or Holy Pandas. A great way to ease your way into the wider world of mech keyboards.

Logitech G915 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard | Tactile | Black | $249.99 $199.99 at Amazon (save $50)
Our main problems with this keyboard is the price, so this deal is a welcome one. It’s still not cheap, but you’ll feel the benefit for the extra cash for years to come as you WASD through virtual worlds with greater comfort and control.

Corsair K100 | Optical Mechanical linear switch | 4K Hz polling rate | Per-key RGB | $229.99 $179.99 at Amazon (save $50)
Top of our best gaming keyboards, this opto-mechanical wonder is super responsive, and nicely premium when it comes to build quality. For under $100 it’s certainly worth a look, though you’ll have to get both Elgato and iCue softwares to make it work. Still, the only other downside was the price. Not so much right now.

EVGA Z20 | Optical Mechanical linear switch | 4K Hz polling rate | Per-key RGB lighting | $174.99 $64.99 at Newegg (save $110)
This EVGA keyboard is a bit of a steal at that price, as it’s one of the more recent arrivals from the company and fully mechanical. That said, it has tracked at this price for a few months on Amazon, but that doesn’t make it any less of a deal today if you’re in the market.

SteelSeries Apex Pro | Omnipoint adjustable | $199.99 $163.46 at Amazon (Save $36.53)
A full size Apex pro with omnipoint adjustable key switches will see you right at this price. We’ve singled it out as the ‘best gaming keyboard for per-key actuation,’ so it’s for those who hold speed as a top priority.

Logitech G413 | Mechanical Romer-G switch | USB Passthrough | $89.99 $59.99 at Amazon (save $30)
Logitech has put together a very safe keyboard in the G413, and one we’ve come to appreciate for its simplicity and function. It’s mechanical, using Logitech’s own Romer-G switches, and is built to last. Only thing is it’s available with red lighting and not RGB. I know that’ll be a dealbreaker for some, but for a mechanical keyboard it’s great value.

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2| Orange Switch (tactile) | $139.99 $99.99 at Razer (Save $40)
The BlackWidow Tournament Edition offers a compact and plush board for when mouse maneuverability is key. For the pro gamer in your life who has no time for numpads.

Razer Huntsman V2 Analog | Opto-mechanical | $199.99 $149.99 at Amazon (Save $50)
Okay, so it’s a refurbished keyboard, but this is very cheap for a rather supreme gaming keyboard so it’s worth checking out. Optical switches make it faster than your average mechanical board, and you get a wrist rest as well. Not too shabby.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition | Linear Optical switch | Tenkeyless | $129.99 $89.99 at Razer (save $40)
We like the Razer Huntsman plenty, but what about its little sibling, the Tournament Edition? Well, clearly we like that, too. In fact, tenkeyless keyboards are some of our favourites for gaming, and this one offers all you need with in-your-face green keycaps to boot. 

Havit mechanical keyboard | Red silent | $59.99 $42.99 at Amazon (Save $17)
A 60% keyboard with boatloads of style, and PBT keycaps. We don’t know these red key switches it’s touting, but they’re rated at 50 million keypresses. And silent ones too, so none of that clicky-clacky nonsense.

Cyber Monday gaming mouse deals in the US

Logitech G305 Lightspeed | 12,000 DPI | Wireless | 250h Battery Life | 6 Programmable Buttons $49.99 $29.99 at Amazon (Save $30)
A great travel mouse, the G305 is on the smaller side but still packs some impressive specs, with Logitech’s fantastic Hero sensor and weeks or months of battery life on one AA battery. And it comes in fun colors!

Razer Battle Bundle | DeathAdder V2 | BlackShark V2 X | Gigantus V2 | $149.99 $69.99 at Best Buy (save $80)
This is a great saving on a decent bundle of Razer’s peripherals. The DeathAdder V2, in particular, has sat at the top of our best gaming mouse guide for a long time now, and the headset is a solid budget offering too. Throw in the mouse mat as well, and you’ve got a great bundle that’s enjoying a healthy $80 saving right now. 

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro | 20,000 DPI | Wireless | $129.99 $69.99 at Amazon (save $60)
This is my boy, my absolute favorite gaming mouse, and the one sat at my right hand right now. It’s frustratingly expensive normally, but at this price you are getting an accurate, responsive mouse with that iconic DeathAdder styling. A true weapon of a gaming rodent.

Razer Viper Ultimate | Wireless | Ambidextrous | 20K sensor | $129.99 $69.99 at GameStop (save $60)
The Razer Viper Ultimate is a great wireless gaming mouse, especially for competitive gamers. It’s quick, nimble, and it’s a decent shape for most hands. GameStop is offering a good deal on either just the mouse or a mouse and charging dock combo. 

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed | Wireless | 16,000 DPI | Right-handed | $59.99 $34.99 at Best Buy (Save $25)
Wireless shouldn’t mean expensive, and in the case of the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed wireless mouse, it doesn’t. Especially with this deal over at Best Buy. You can also rest assured this is a high quality mouse from a reputable brand with a great ergonomic shape.

Razer Naga Pro | Wireless | 20,000 DPI | Right handed | $149.99 $99.99 at Amazon (Save $50)
Another of our favourites, this is a nice weighty option. One that comes with three interchangeable side plates for a host of play-styles. Just make sure you don’t lose the cable because nothing else fits.

Razer Naga Trinity | 16,000 DPI | Wired | Right-handed | $99.99 $69.99 at Amazon (save $30)
With the same magnetically interchangeable button plates as its pricier Pro sibling, the Naga Trinity is one of the best MMO mice out there. In fact it’s actually got one up on the Pro because it comes with the excellent circle-of-buttons panel which Razer annoyingly ditched for the updated wireless version.

Razer Basilisk Ultimate | Wireless | Charging dock included | 20,000 DPI | $169.99 $99.99 at Best Buy (save $70)
If you want to go all out on your gaming mouse, the Razer Basilisk Ultimate is the way to go. It’s a fan favourite, and we’re big fans too, although clearly it’s a lot pricier than your average gaming mouse, even a wireless one. With the included charging dock, though, you can take the hassle out of charging your battery.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini gaming mouse | 8,500 DPI | 62g | $49.99 $37.49 at Razer (Save $12.50)
A lightweight and compact mouse with a great sensor. Though it’s not got the highest DPI in the business, it boasts great ergonomics and decent build quality, too—there’s not much more you can ask at that price.

Razer DeathAdder Essential | 6,400 DPI | Wired | Right-handed | $49.99 $19.99 at Amazon (save $30)
For the majority of games and gamers, the DeathAdder Essential is a fantastic mouse. The design is simple, with two perfectly placed, generously sized thumb buttons. It also has an excellent optical sensor that will work on both hard and cloth pads, and the ultimate body shape for a claw or hybrid claw/palm grip. 

Logitech G502 Hero | 25,000 DPI | Wired | Right-handed | $49.99 $39.99 at Target (save $10)
It’s not the biggest saving, but it does mean that this Logitech classic of a gaming mouse is now available for less than $40, which feels like a bargain. The angular shape might put you off initially, but it’s super comfortable in the hand, and the Logitech Hero sensor is one of the best around.

Logitech G203 | Wired | 8,000 DPI | Right-handed | $39.99 $19.99 at Amazon (Save $20)
Already listed as the best cheap gaming mouse around on our best gaming mouse guide, this is a great choice for people just starting out, or who’ve already blown their budget on high-powered components, but who still want to go with a trusted brand. And at half price now, it’s a no-brainer.

Logitech MX518 | 16,000 DPI | 8 buttons | 5 internal profiles | Wired | $39.99 $19.99 at Best Buy (save $20)
Logitech brought the MX518 back into service in 2019, with some serious internal upgrades including the 16,000 DPI Hero sensor, 8 programmable buttons, and onboard memory that can store 5 unique profiles, adjustable through Logitech’s G-Hub software. It’s a pure classic on the outside, though: simple, sleek, and supremely comfortable.

SteelSeries Aerox 3 | 18,000 DPI | Wireless | 66g | $99.99 $79.99 at Best Buy (save $20)
We’re big fans of the super-lightweight SteelSeries Aerox 3; it was already sitting cheaper than its light wireless competitors from Logitech, but with a Cyber Monday discount this responsive rodent is looking even better. Perfect for those who crave a floaty mouse with zero cabling to tie it down.

SteelSeries Prime | 18,000 DPI | 80g | $129.99 $90.99 at Amazon (Save $39)
It’s not a huge saving on this wireless rodent, but for the competitive prowess it exhibits, it’s certainly worth a look. The TrueMove Pro sensor is great, and it’s nice and light for FPS players looking to fling it around the mouse pad. 

Cyber Monday gaming keyboard deals in the UK

Corsair K100 | Optical Mechanical linear switch | 4K Hz polling rate | Per-key RGB | $214 £174.98 at Amazon (save $39)
Top of our best gaming keyboards, this opto-mechanical wonder is super responsive, and nicely premium when it comes to build quality. For under £200 it’s certainly worth a look if you’re after an ultra enthusiast Corsair board, though you’ll have to get both Elgato and iCue softwares to make it work. Still, the only other downside was the price. Not so much right now.

Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2 | Cherry MX Blue | Discrete media keys | Per-key RGB | £149.99 £99.99 at Amazon (save £50)
The K70 was our favourite gaming keyboard for a real long time, and it’s still a fantastic slab. This latest iteration is now under the £100 mark, and while that is still a lot to spend on a keyboard, it’s as solid as you could want and the discrete media keys make it an easy-to-use and versatile board.

Roccat Magma | Membrane switches | 5-zone RGB | £49.99 £39.99 at Amazon (save £10)
Okay, our Jacob’s going to kick off at us recommending a non-mechanical gaming keyboard, but we’ve actually been impressed with how Roccat’s membrane feels. And that RGB zoning actually looks pretty fly, too. 

Roccat Vulkan TKL Pro | Optical Titan switch | Per-key RGB | £149.99 £109.99 at Amazon (save £40)
We love the look and feel of the Roccat Vulkan boards. They may not be the first brand you think of when it comes to keyboards, but the Vulkan range has a professonal, almost minimalist aesthetic that we can absolutely get behind. Especially when so many boards are just carbon copies of the original Corsair K70. This TKL version means you don’t get a numpad, but that cuts down on the necesssary desktop real estate, and gives you more space to wang around your gaming mouse. So, that’s a win.

Cyber Monday gaming mouse deals in the UK

Razer DeathAdder V2 | Wired | 20,000 DPI | 82g | £69.99 £27.89 at Amazon (save £42)
This is PC Gamer’s favourite gaming mouse, and the fact you can now bag it for less than thirty quid is quite incredible. The update to the classic DeathAdder design retains essentially the same chassis, but has updated the optical sensor and the buttons, too. A great mouse, at a great price.

Logitech G203 | Wired | 8,000 DPI | Right-handed | $39.99 $19.99 at Amazon (Save $20)
Already listed as the best cheap gaming mouse around on our best gaming mouse guide, this is a great choice for people just starting out, or who’ve already blown their budget on high-powered components, but who still want to go with a trusted brand. And at half price now, it’s a no-brainer.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro | Wireless | 20,000 DPI | 134g | £129.99 £77.99 at Amazon (save £52)
This is my go-to gaming mouse right now. The classic DeathAdder chassis is as comfortable as it ever was, and the wireless sensor is utterly reliable and accurate. The battery life is excellent, with Razer claiming 70hrs, and I certainly rarely find myself worrying about charging mine.

Logitech G903 Lightspeed | Wireless | 25,000 DPI | 110g | £129.99 £85.99 at Amazon (save £44)
This is as cheap as Logitech’s incredible G903 gaming mouse has ever been, and with the addition of the Hero optical sensor, it is still a fantastic wireless gaming mouse. It’s ambidextrous, too, so even lefties can get their hands on one of the best rodents ever made.

What should I look out for in a Cyber Monday gaming keyboard or mouse?

For starters, most of the top gaming keyboards use mechanical switches, and so too do the top gaming mice, for that matter. These differ from the usual membrane construction you’ll find on cheaper keyboards, and that means greater responsiveness, reliability, and generally a nicer feel. Beyond that, gaming keyboards offer plenty of nice-to-have features, such as RGB lighting, media control keys, macro keys, USB passthrough, wireless connectivity, and much more.

When it comes to gaming mice, you’re looking more at the sensor that tracks your movements on your mouse pad. A good sensor will offer zero acceleration, track you accurately, and be able to withstand you throwing the mice hither and thither. Combined with a comfortable shape, you’re looking at a winner.

Throw in a cheaper price on top of all of those great features, and you have a keyboard or rodent set to last many years.

This RTX 3060 Ti gaming PC can be yours for just $1,169 this Cyber Monday

HP produced one of the most affordable ways of getting an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with its Pavilion TG01-2170m gaming PCs. The pricing has shifted around a bit, but for a long time, it was the cheapest way of getting a GPU that will handle 1080p gaming maxed out for a few years to come. 

Unfortunately, HP finally realised this was too good a deal and has removed that option from the configuration screen. That machine now tops out with a GTX 1660 Super—still a decent card for 1080p gaming, but it's no RTX 3060.

The only real problem with that original machine is it uses a quad-core Ryzen 5300G, which is an excellent budget chip, but compromises have had to be made in order to squeeze the integrated graphics into its package. Basically, you will see a performance delta between that chip and what you'll find with this HP Pavilion desktop PC, which is home to an Intel 11th Gen Core i5 processor.

The Intel Core i5 11400 you'll find in the HP Pavilion TG01-2260xt is a full six-core, 12-thread CPU with a base frequency of 2.6GHz and a boost clock of 4.4GHz. The really good news is that this machine still has the option to upgrade the parts on the configuration screen to use an RTX 3060. In order to do this, you will need to upgrade the power supply as well, which will add an extra $30 to the price.

HP Pavilion TG01-2260xt | Intel Core i5 11400| RTX 3060 Ti | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,369.99 $1,169.99 at HP (save $200)
Set the graphics card to an RTX 3060 Ti, the PSU to the 500W model and the SSD to the 512GB SSD + 32GB Optane memory option in the configuration screen, and you’ll end up with an excellent 1080p/1440p gaming PC. You’ll do well to find anything that even comes close to the power offered here, especially if you upgrade the memory as well.

Once you've selected the 500W power supply you'll be able to choose either an RTX 3060 (taking the total to $929) or even an RTX 3060 Ti, which bumps the total up to $1,129. That's a lot more than this machine's starting price, but it's still not a bad price to pay for the core components here.

I'd recommend upgrading the storage while you're at it. By default, the machine comes with a fairly paltry 256GB SSD, but for a mere $40 extra you can upgrade this to a 512GB Intel SSD and benefit from a 32GB Intel Optane memory boost as well. Upgrading to 16GB of RAM would also be preferable too, although at $100 this is an upgrade worth doing yourself.

Overall then, you can transform the base specification of this machine from a fine, but uninspiring gaming machine with a 1650 Super and a 256GB SSD up to a 3060 Ti powerhouse with a 512GB SSD. With a final price of $1,169, that's not much to pay for a decent core spec, despite the lowly 8GB of RAM.

Sea of Thieves will now let you bury your booty

Rare dropped a preview video today outlining new features coming to their co-op pirate simulator later this week.

Sea of Thieves now offers that most primal of pirate fantasies: burying your own treasure, complete with an auto-generated map to find it. The system ties in handily with multiplayer, letting you share your treasure maps via a quest board. When other players dig up and cash in on your treasure, you both reap the reward. It reminds me of other asymmetric multiplayer systems like Death Stranding's shared cargo hauls or Dark Souls' messages.

buryin some booty

Booty: Buried (Image credit: Rare)

Rare has also added cannon-strapped rowboats to Sea of Thieves, offering new strategic opportunities in ship-to-ship combat and boarding. Get up close to an enemy ship with a hard-to-hit boarding vessel that's 40% gun.

a boat that is mostly gun

Now that’s just a boat strapped to a gun. (Image credit: Rare)

As for smaller changes, a new whisper function will let you humorously speak through the wrong end of your makeshift megaphone to address close comrades (useful in a game with proximity-based voice chat.) Your tired pirates will also receive the ability to sit down and even take a nap, infractions carrying a minimum penalty of swabbing the poop deck. Most interesting of these minor changes to me is the addition of shipboard rats who will flee to the upper decks as lower ones fill with water during combat, a creative little detail that can also serve as an early warning sign of a hull that needs repairs.

pirate whispering down his megaphone in first person

Something you’d like to share with the class? (Image credit: Rare)

The addition of a handy “take all” option for storage crates will be a welcome quality of life change, and the video ends with the announcement of a fun and immersive addition: characters' mouths will now move in sync with players' voice chat input. These all seem like neat little changes to round out Sea of Thieves' lighthearted multiplayer, and we'll be able to see for ourselves how they alter the experience later this week on Thursday, December 2.