Cyber Monday Gaming PC deals 2021: offers on the best pre-built gaming rigs

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

The Best Cyber Monday Gaming PC deals

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I hope there's money left in your bank account because these Cyber Monday gaming PC deals are your last chance to gift yourself a prebuilt gaming PC before Christmas. Expect these systems to go fast, especially if retailers are slashing hundreds of dollars off their popular models. So, if you're looking to pair that awesome new gaming monitor you just bought with an awesome new gaming PC, here's your moment.  

There are still bargains to be had on prebuilt desktops, often coming in at far less than the price it would cost you to build it yourself. Another benefit is the amount of time you save not having to wait around sourcing the components yourself. Keep an eye on this page for more Cyber Monday PC deals as they come in throughout the day.

You probably won't see deals on RTX 3080 or RX 6800 XT graphics cards this Cyber Monday—mainly because the stock is nonexistent and folks are happily overpaying for GPUs at auction sites. You COULD still save a bit of cash on a prebuilt PC with one of those cards inside it. You need to move fast since we've seen lead times between one to three months on a lot of these systems. 

Though you also won't be able to get your hands on AMD's Ryzen 5000 processors either, OEMs like Dell, Lenovo, and MSI can. That means the two most exciting parts in PC gaming right now (GPU and CPU) are only easily accessible through a full PC like the ones below.

As a bonus, some systems with older generation components are primed for significant price cuts. It's easy to get overwhelmed with the number of deals that get thrown into your face at any given moment, so we've done our damndest track down the best systems at the best prices. Remember, a lousy gaming PC at a discount is still a lousy PC. So, we will be here to keep you from making those sorts of mistakes.

When will Cyber Monday deals start to appear?

This year Cyber Monday is November 29. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing early print ads and email blasts from major retailers for Cyber Monday deals the second Black Friday is over. 

Where will have the best Cyber Monday deals?

In the US:

In the UK:

What to look for in a Cyber Monday gaming PC?

To the surprise of no one, trying to secure yourself a new GPU like an RTX 3080 or a Radeon RX 6600 has to turn into a full-time job for some folks. Though, we’ve noticed throughout the year that the only reliable way to grab yourself one of these cards was to bite the bullet and buy yourself a new prebuilt PC. 

More people have caught on to this strategy, which has caused long lead times for shipping out these prebuilt gaming rigs. Despite this, it’s still your best chance to get yourself a fancy new video card by Christmas. 

So, if you’re dead set on getting a PC with this hard-to-get hardware, you may have been more focused on stock than a discount. Since demand is so high, we don’t expect to see big markdowns on gaming PCs with an RTX 30-series card. But, if a retailer is promising a week to two ship time instead of two months, you should probably jump on the deal. 

If the focus is the best price, keep on an eye for any deals offering last-gen hardware like Zen 2 or Inten 10th Gen CPUs. Even Nivida RT 20-series GPUs. These are still pretty solid gaming machines and can easily be upgraded down the road if and when stock returns to normal for PC components. 

As ever when hunting for bargains, focus on what you need, and don’t be swayed to grab a deal just because it’s cheap. 

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Miss the Xbox 360’s blades? Well they’re back… on the Xbox website

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Microsoft is closing in on the 20th anniversary of the Xbox at an alarming rate, with the festivities set to occur on November 15, and ahead of whatever the company has planned, the Xbox site has suddenly started paying tribute to the Xbox 360 blades dashboard.

If you head on over to the site right now, you’ll see a re-imagining of the old OG Xbox 360 dashboard used to show off various Xbox promotions for October, including Back 4 Blood, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, and Far Cry 6.

The design appears to be limited to the site’s homepage, and has been done without much fanfare or attention from the Xbox team, so it could just be a nice little nod to many people’s favourite design feature from the Xbox 360 console (before it was unceremoniously taken away from us during the New Xbox Expereince in 2008, RIP).

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Square Enix Reveals Why Kingdom Hearts On Switch Will Be Limited to the Cloud

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The Kingdom Hearts series is coming to Nintendo Switch, but there's a catch: the beloved games will only be available on Nintendo's hybrid console through cloud versions. Now, we're learning why Square Enix hasn't committed to full downloadable versions on Switch.

Speaking to Nintendo Life, series producer Ichiro Hazama said the decision to make cloud versions of Kingdom Hearts was due to the Switch's storage capacity.

"For some time, our director Tetsuya Nomura had expressed his desire to deliver the Kingdom Hearts series to Nintendo Switch players, him having seen and heard the demand, and so a great deal of consideration went into this internally," Hazama said. "Bringing these titles to Nintendo Switch proved to be quite difficult for various reasons, including the storage capacity of the hardware, but we’re excited that we were able to make it happen for the first time ever by utilizing the Cloud service."

Kingdom Hearts III, for example, needed a lot of storage space to install on PS4 and Xbox One, a feat that may not be easy to pull off on Switch. However, Hazama also said they haven't completely ruled out production for native versions of some of the Kingdom Hearts games on Switch.

"At this moment in time, the production of a native version is undecided," Hazama said. "We believe that the Cloud version is currently the best way to deliver the Kingdom Hearts series to Nintendo Switch players, but we are always excited to hear to feedback from our fans and want to thank them for all their support."

The Kingdom Hearts cloud versions were originally announced earlier this month, as part of the final Sakurai Presents event. In that video, we also learned Sora is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's final DLC fighter. Sora releases today as part of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Version 13 update.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals 2021: mechanical switches for less

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

Early Black Friday keyboard and mouse deals

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This shopping season may be a good one for Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals, as we expect to find these two key PC gaming accessories coming down in price throughout November. That's great news if you're not yet cosying up to a keyboard or mouse with mechanical switches, or you're looking for that perfect gift for the PC gamer in your life.

Gaming keyboards make great gifts, and so do gaming mice. These things can be quite pricey when combined with the cost of a gaming PC in 2021, which may see some PC gamers stick with older peripherals for longer. But there are benefits to newer, modern gaming keyboards, such as incredible reliability—mechanical keyboards will outlive most other components—accuracy; responsiveness; and value for money, in the long run.

That's why we make such a fuss over PC peripherals at PC Gamer, and strive to test as many as we can get our hands on. So with those opinions in the backs of our brains, as we approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you'll start to find the best deals on gaming keyboards and gaming mice that are actually worth your money listed below. Oh, and some snazzy office ones, too.

And in the meantime, our deal bots are scouring the web for early Black Friday deals using lists we've put together of worthy keyboards. That way you get the best price that either man or machine is able to dig up.

When will Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals start to appear?

Gaming keyboards and mice tend to go on sale regularly throughout the year, so it wouldn’t be too strange for you to find some great prices even today. That said, the month of November has become something on an unofficial Black Friday event for the full duration, so that’s when you’ll probably see the best Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals begin in earnest.

Who will have the best Black Friday gaming keyboard and mouse deals?

In the US:

In the UK:

What should I look out for in a Black Friday 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.

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Our magic price searching bots are all over the web, tracking down the best prices all the time. That means this list will be regularly curated multiple times each day

Early Black Friday mouse deals

Our magic price searching bots are all over the web, tracking down the best prices all the time. That means this list will be regularly curated multiple times each day

Genshin Impact Wishes – How to unlock Tuned to the World’s Sounds

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Genshin Impact Wishes is the last Archon quest in the Inazuma storyline.

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Elden Ring Delayed to February, Announces a Console-Only Closed Network Test

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Elden Ring has been delayed until February 25, 2022. However, the game will get a closed network test from November 12-14 – and you can register to be a part of it now, but it will be a consoe test only.

Announced on Twitter, the Elden Ring team explained that the delay – which is just over a month from the original date of January 21 – is because, "the depth & strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations." The team thanked players for their patience.

There was some better news, however, with the annoucnement of a Closed Network Test, being used to judge how well the game's online elements work when put under the stress of a full playerbase.

The Closed Network Test is for console only, with the option to try the game on PS5, PS4, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X/S – with cross-play supported within console families. No mention has been made of a PC test.

The Closed Network Test will run from November 12-14, and players can be chosen to take part by registering on the Elden Ring website before November 1. Essentially, if you want to play some of Elden Ring early, you'll want to sign up soon.

The website makes clear that joining the test is free, but doesn't provide details of what it will entail, other than to say that it is "a pre-verification test for the completion of the commercial version of the game," and, "a test to improve the quality of the product." You'll need to create a Bandai Namco account to sign up.

There will be five sessions across November 12-14 (listed below in Pacific time):

Session 1: 3am – 6am, November 12
Session 2: 7pm – 10pm, November 12
Session 3: 11am – 2pm, November 13
Session 4: 3am – 6am, November 14
Session 5: 7pm – 10pm, November 15

Last weekend, thirty seconds of what appeared to be Elden Ring direct feed gameplay leaked – effectively our first public look at the game outside of trailers. IGN previously saw 15 minutes of the game running behind closed doors, which we summed up in a first preview.

The long-awaited game is an open world take on FromSoftware's beloved Souls games, continuing a legacy started by Demon Souls and carried on by the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne, and Sekiro. With world-building help from George R.R. Martin, it's a game that promises to have FromSoft's biggest ever map, all-new gameplay mechanics, and even a mechanic that sounds a bit like Pokemon. We previously had an in-depth chat with Souls mastermind Hidetaka Miyazaki about the game.

Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected].

Call of Duty: Warzone and Vanguard’s Ricochet anti-cheat leak was planned

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

Shortly after Activision announced the new Call of Duty anti-cheat, Ricochet, it came out that a build of the new software got leaked, and that cheat creators were already reverse-engineering it.

But Activision is fine with that, because the company expected this to happen. Prior to Ricochet’s announcement, the developer actually rolled out a test version to a limited number of users. The goal of these limited releases is to test compatibility and system stability. This is particularly important for a kernel-level anti-cheat, considering its elevated access to operating system functions.

That’s according to Vice, which cited two anonymous sources familiar with Activision’s plans. In fact, the developer expected the build to leak, and for the more advanced cheat creators to “bypass the first version.”

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China’s illegal bitcoin miners go off-grid as the country records a 0% share of global hash rate

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China's dominance of cryptocurrency mining is over, with the latest statistics from the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI) reporting zero activity in the area from July 2021 onwards (via MinedPool). 

That's not surprising given that the Chinese Communist Party governing the country has declared 'virtual currency-related business activities are illegal activities,' but this is the first time China has not had any place in the bitcoin mining stats.

It's also proof positive that China's crackdown has worked, driving mining outfits either out of the country… or underground. Even though the CBECI is reporting that there is zero mining activity in the country, that doesn't mean no-one in China is mining bitcoin, or other cryptocurrencies. 

The CBECI stats are based on the primary assumption that: “IP addresses of mining facility operators are an accurate indicator of hashrate location.” And, given that activity is now deemed illegal in China, it would be surprising if anyone still operating within its borders wasn't using some method of hiding or altering their IP address.

The United States is now the proud owner of the largest percentage of bitcoin miners on its land, though is still short of where China was as recently as May of this year, where it still retained 44% of the global hash rate share. The total global hash rate itself has dropped since China took its hard stance this year, but it is slowly growing back up to the same levels we saw at the start of 2021 as nodes come back online in different geographical locations around the world.

So, don't worry, the entire bitcoin network is still consuming more power than at any time prior to last year, at around 12 gigawatts right now. 

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That's all on dedicated ASICs, though, what about the GPU-chewing monster that is ethereum mining? Well, that's still going strong, too, in fact the total global hash rate of the ethereum network is higher than it's ever been, no matter what has been going down in China. Again, the US now leads the way in ethereum GPU mining, with China relegated to 10th place in the last 24 hours, with a share of just 0.22%.

If you thought the whole China banning crypto thing was going to make it easier to bag a new graphics card at your local Best Buy, I've got some news for you: With everything now shifting to the US, that's likely to actually make it worse.

Square Enix Still in Discussions With Xbox About Final Fantasy 14, But Talks Are ‘Positive’

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Final Fantasy 14 director and producer Naoki Yoshida says that discussions between Square Enix and Microsoft to bring the game to Xbox are 'positive', but still ongoing.

In an interview with Easy Allies, Yoshida talked further about the current status of an Xbox version of Final Fantasy 14. While the director was hesitant to confirm any new details surrounding the game, he did point out that talks between Square Enix and Microsoft have taken a positive turn.

"So I feel bad for saying the same thing every time," said Yoshida when asked if there was any news on an Xbox version of FF14. "But we are still in discussions with Microsoft and I feel like our conversations are going in a positive tone. I don't want to say that we do not have an Xbox version but I'm hoping that the timing will be very soon that I'll have some kind of update to the players.

"I'm sure that there's a lot of things that people want to ask about on the subject and there's a lot of things that I would love to share but I'm afraid I'm unable to divulge on those details."

Despite its current lack of an Xbox port, the game has performed exceedingly well across PC and PlayStation consoles. Following a soft reboot with Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn and a number of subsequent expansions, the MMORPG has seen growing popularity over the past few years. This year alone, the game has seemed as popular as ever, with speculation even suggesting that Square Enix may have temporarily halted digital sales for the game due to briefly over-congested servers.

During a hands-on preview event for the game's upcoming Endwalker expansion, Yoshida spoke further about the popularity of FF14. During the event, the director confirmed that the MMORPG has become the most profitable game in the Final Fantasy series to date and that it had recently surpassed 24 million players worldwide.

Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker is set to launch on November 23. As well as featuring hours and hours of new story content, the expansion will also include several new areas and two new job classes. IGN was recently given the opportunity to try out some of the various new features coming to Endwalker. To see what we thought, make sure to check out this article detailing everything we learned from the Final Fantasy 14: Enwalker preview.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

Gotham Knights trailer reminds us it’s about the Court of Owls

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League wasn’t the only big game at the DC FanDome, we also got a fresh look at WB Montreal’s Gotham Knights, thanks to a new story trailer.

This is our first proper look at the game since last year’s FanDome. But unlike last year’s gameplay debut, this time the trailer’s entire focus is on the Court of Owls – the main villain of the game.

The Court of Owls was actually what the game was rumoured to be about even before it was officially announced. At the time, many believed it was simply a Batman game, but it was later revealed to be starring Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin.

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