PC Format May 14 - Issue 291

The best upgrades for your system, Oculus Rift tech briefing, Elite Dangerous creator David Braben interviewed, the state of free-to-play examined and more!

PC Format May 14 - Issue 291

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In PC Format May Issue 291
 
When is the best time to upgrade? Which components offer you the biggest upgrade when you do? This issue we look to answer these questions. If you built your own gaming machine about two years ago, and now you’re looking at the best way of upgrading it, then this is the feature for you. We look at the affects that a new graphics card, CPU, more RAM as well as a brand new SSD will make to your system, with plenty of hard benchmarks to show you exactly what a difference your money can make. 
One of the items that you probably do want to upgrade is your main storage, and this issue we look at two of the latest SSDs from two of the biggest players – Intel and Crucial. These new drives offer great value for money and high-end features, but which is best? Find out in the issue.
 
We interview David Braben and ask him what’s happening with Elite: Dangerous, and why now is the perfect time for the second renaissance of space simulations, as well as picking his brain about the competition. We also fly around in our Cobra MKIII using Oculus Rift to see what all the fuss is about – and look at whether the time is right for the second coming of virtual reality. Speaking of gaming, this issue we also look at the current state of free-to-play gaming, and consider where it may go next.
On top of this we’ve got plenty of tutorials to help you get the most from your machine, including showing you how to build your own game controller, keep using Windows XP after the support ends, start programming in Scratch, Stream with Hamachi and more.