Look good during every meeting with the Razer Kiyo Pro on sale for $130

Time to upgrade how you’re seen on screen. The Razer Kiyo Pro webcam has dropped to $129.99 at Amazon. This is a new low price for the webcam, which normally sells for around $200. It has never dropped below $150 before, and that’s the price you’ll find it at when it goes on sale at other retailers like Best Buy.

Razer Kiyo Pro webcam | $70 off

Get high performance out of this webcam with 1080p resolution at 60 fps or go down to 30 fps and activate HDR for a full spectrum of color. Has a ton of other features, too, and is down to a great price.

$129.99 at Amazon

You can also save on the regular Razer Kiyo webcam, which is on sale for $69.99. This isn’t the lowest price we’ve ever seen, but it regularly sells between $85 and $100 so it’s a solid discount overall. We’ve taken a look at both of these webcams, and you can read about how they stack up against each other.

The Kiyo Pro is a great webcam that’s capable of streaming in unompressed 1080p at 60fps. When you can get that sort of resolution going, it makes you look more lifelike and natural. That’s better for engaging in important video conferences or when live on platforms like YouTube or Twitch. You can even go down to 30fps and when activate HDR. if you’re not moving around a lot, like while streaming and playing games, you don’t need the full fps. With HDR, you’ll get an even wider spectrum of colors and a better image quality overall.

You can also adjust the field of view with this camera. The wide-angle lens lets you get just the right amount of visual space. Use the free Razer Synapse software to customize from three different field-of-view options. The webcam also does well in different lighting conditions thanks to its CMOS sensor that can adapt even when the lights are low.

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The Logitech G305 down to just $30 is a fantastic deal for a wireless mouse

The Logitech G305 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse is a fantastic mouse for its price, and it’s designed for even competitive gaming with its programmable buttons and extremely light weight. Grab the G305 gaming mouse on sale for $29.99. Only the black version is on sale today, but you can get the white mouse for $39.99, which is about $10 off. The mouse normally goes for around $50, and today’s deal is a match for the lowest we have ever seen. It has only dropped to this price once before, and that sale did not last long. Neither will this one.

Logitech G305 Lightspeed wireless mouse | $20 off

Includes Logitech’s wireless USB receiver for a speedy connection. LightSpeed tech makes the responsiveness less than 1 millisecond. Includes a 12,000 DPI sensor, 250 hours of battery life, LED optical scanning, 6 programmable buttons, and more.

$29.99 at Amazon $40 at Walmart

The wireless G305 uses Logitech’s LightSpeed technology for instant response performance. Thanks to the use of Logitech’s wireless USB receiver and that LightSpeed, you can get responsiveness out of your mouse that’s less than 1 milliseconds. You won’t even notice that it’s wireless because it will just work that well.

It also has a 12,000 DPI sensor. This is adjustable and you can find the DPI that works best for you based on what you’re doing. Whether you’re playing a game or doing some editing, you should find the best sensitivity for you.

The battery life on this mouse is fantastic, too. Don’t worry too much about replacing the batteries when they can last for up to 250 hours on a single AA battery. Buy a few extra batteries if you need them, though, so you’ll never run out. That life is so good that pro gamers who have used this mouse in the past have actually switched out the AA mouse with a AAA mouse just to lower its weight and make it faster.

The mouse has optical LEDs to scan the surface beneath the mouse, six programmable buttons for frequently used commands, and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Chromebook computers.

The Logitech G305 down to just is a fantastic deal for a wireless mouse

Which dead Microsoft product would you like to see revived for Halloween?

In honor of Halloween, we’d like to know which Microsoft product you want to be brought back from the dead.

It’s the spookiest time of the year, Halloween. In honor of the holiday, we have a horrific poll this weekend. We’d like to know which Microsoft product or service you’d like to see brought back from the dead. From MSN Messenger to the Windows 10 Start menu, Microsoft has a kill count higher than Michael Myers. In fact, it was difficult to keep the list of options short enough to make a functional poll. So: If you could pick just one item to have Microsoft resurrect, which would it be?

We expect Windows Phone to take the lion’s share of the votes, but there are some other beloved Microsoft services that have been buried over the years. Many miss Windows Media Center being the center of the living room. There are still Zune enthusiasts, including one fan who made a digital coffee book dedicated to the history of the music player. Others mourned the end of Minecraft Earth.

Which Microsoft product would you like to see brought back from the dead?

If your favorite dead Microsoft product or service didn’t make the list, please share it in the comments below. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, you can check out Killed by Microsoft for a complete list of everything the company has axed over the years.

Some Microsoft services are already honoring the spirit of Halloween. The Kinect is being used by ghost hunters looking to search out the undead. Some claim that the camera can track “skeletal figures that aren’t there.” We can’t verify that claim, but we can confirm that it worked well with Sonic Free Riders, one of the favorite Kinect games of our news editor Robert Carnevale.

Which dead Microsoft product would you like to see revived for Halloween?

Get your horror fill with these great indie games you might have missed

This Halloween, try out some games you’ve probably never seen before.

We love big-budget horror, and many of the games that launched in 2021 joined the ranks of the best Xbox horror games available. With that said, there’s plenty of smaller indie games that fly under most players’ radar every single year. To that end, we’ve gathered together some indie horror games you missed in 2021. If you’re in the mood for something a bit different, there’s sure to be something on this list that’ll strike your interest. Every game here is available on PC via Steam.

No One Lives Under the Lighthouse

This one just barely makes our list due to a Director’s Cut update arriving in 2021 that heavily reworked the second half of the game. Developed and published by Sowoke Entertainment Bureau — a team of three — this low-poly adventure is part of the “PS1 horror renaissance” that’s been more and more popular over the last couple of years. No One Lives Under the Lighthouse has you play, appropriately enough, as a lighthouse keeper. You need to keep things clean, fill the oil, and just manage the tiny island for a week. Simple, right?

It’s a short game, only a couple of hours long per playthrough, with different endings based on what you do, so it’s definitely one you can replay a couple of times. Between the minimalistic art direction and the stellar, unnerving soundtrack, this is one lighthouse trip you won’t regret taking.

Mundaun

There’s nothing like a good moody game to get you into the spooky, well, mood. Mundaun, which came out back in March from developer Hidden Fields, stands out due to its hand-drawn art style, which makes the visuals pop subtly and adds an intimacy that we love in smaller indie titles. You’ll be playing this game, and you’ll notice some of those details; savor them because you don’t see them too often.

Otherwise, the game is about exploration and puzzles, two horror game traditions that tend to get left out in favor of first-person shooters and other more action titles. It’s what many would call a “walking simulator,” which we know can sometimes turn players off, but the game is filled with details from Swedish folklore and brutal events that keep you engaged. Explore the Alps and take care in this indie title.

NIGHTSLINK

Not all spooky games need to have jumpscares. In Noiseminded’s NIGHTSLINK, you deliver cassette tapes to people across an apocalyptic landscape, and… that’s it. It might seem a bit scattered at first as a story; why are you doing this and what’s on the tapes is never really answered. However, like Paratropic, another PS1 demake that succeeds in making you feel confused and uncomfortable in the best way (and one that we recommend if you want a short, frightening experience this Halloween), NIGHTSLINK makes you ponder the experience long after you’re done. Plus, the graphics and creeping atmosphere manage to be super effective, even in the game’s relatively short runtime. If you have a little time and want an unsettling horror experience, you’ll want to check this out.

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus

We know that Doki Doki Literature Club has been freaking out players since it hit Steam in 2017, but the expanded, definitive version of the game came out this year. As we stated in our review, it puts the finishing touches on the game we never knew we needed. You still get the same jarring, horrifying, and tense experience with the expanded version, but with added touches that add depth to the characters and make what happens more tragic as a result. Sure, the original version was free, and this one costs money, but the extra details and updated UI make it all worth it — content warnings here for gore, depression, and suicide.

Inscryption

This isn’t exactly a horror game as it is surprisingly unsettling, but if you need to take a moment to lower your heart rate, this is the perfect new title to sink your fangs into. This game just came out on Oct. 19, but it’s already making a splash thanks to its deceptive nature. It starts like any other roguelike deckbuilding card game, similar to Slay the Spire, but its mix of FMV, dialogue, puzzles, and more takes it out of that rut into something truly special. There are plenty of secrets to uncover as you keep building your deck, and you’ll be delighted to see where this one goes.

Phasmaphobia Halloween update

Okay, so many of you probably didn’t miss this one. But if you did, there’s a lot here. Phasmaphobia is a ghost-hunting game developed and published by Kinetic Games. The team added a truly massive update just in time for this year’s Halloween. A new location called the Maple Lodge Campsite is a huge shift away from the other maps in the game, with a more unique tone and setting, while there are now weather effects and new rarer ghost types to contend with. The difficulties have also been reworked, so if you’re a newcomer that’s not sure why this game is growing or the challenge has put you off, this is the perfect time to hop in.

Other games you might want to check out

There have been a lot of games this year — and even more indie games we just didn’t get to play, whether it’s because we didn’t have time or because they slipped under the radar until we were putting together this list. In this section, we wanted to spotlight some of these games quickly. We’ll be checking them out in the coming weeks or months, and you might be interested in them.

Chasing Static: This is another PS1 demake horror title (our favorite new genre, apparently), but one that looks closer to a PS2 demake in terms of graphics. Either way, this psychological horror that takes place in Wales promises the same isolated experience we got from games like No One Lives Under the Lighthouse, but with a more modern twist.
Night Delivery: You need different sensibilities for J-horror titles. The Japanese just do horror differently from what we’re used to in the West, and we’re all the better for it. I got a lot of scares from The Convenience Store, but because it came out in 2020, it couldn’t make this list. Night Delivery is another title from the same developer, Chilla’s Art, and one we’ll definitely check out after getting properly freaked out by the slow but effective pace of The Convenience Store.
Martha is Dead: This one couldn’t make our list because it’s technically not out yet, but from Jez Corden’s preview, we want to put it on your radar. It’s got everything fans of classic survival horror like Fatal Frame and Silent Hill could want: a camera mechanic, gorgeous landscapes, and a lot of character secrets to uncover.
At Eve’s Wake: This game is set to come out on Halloween weekend, so we haven’t had the chance to play it yet. However, an interactive story about Lovecraft’s work and legacy is all we needed to be intrigued.

Packed wallet

Steam Gift Card

$50 at Best Buy
$50 at GameStop

Load up on cash

Grabbing a Steam gift card and adding it to your account is the perfect way to make sure you’re set for any Steam sales without having to worry about keeping your payment information like a credit card saved to the account.

Get your horror fill with these great indie games you might have missed

Windows 11 has a Chat app powered by Microsoft Teams. Do you use it?

Windows 11 has been out for almost a month, and we’d like to know if it’s driven people to try its Chat app.

Windows 11 started rolling out on October 5, 2021. The operating system brings a new Start menu, a refreshed interface, and several new features and improvements. It also includes a Chat app powered by Microsoft Teams. This is the default communication app on Windows 11, and it can sit comfortably in the Taskbar. Now that PC owners have had a chance to try it out, we’d like to know if they use the Chat app on Windows 11.

In our Windows 11 demo video, our senior editor overviews the Chat app. It’s a simplified Teams experience for the consumer version of the service. It can send messages, make calls, and be used for meetings. It’s a separate version of Teams that’s lightweight and aimed at quick communication.

Do you use the Windows 11 Chat app powered by Microsoft Teams?

There’s a chance that people weren’t familiar with the consumer version of Teams before the release of Windows 11. By having the Chat app appear on the Windows 11 Taskbar, Microsoft introduced the app to many potential users. The question is if that translated to people using the app.

Before the launch of Windows 11, we asked our readers if they would use the Chat app on Windows 11. 33.48% of voters said that they would try it out, and an additional 16.33% said they’d use it as their main chat app. Another 14.66 said they’d use the Chat app occasionally. Just over 28% of voters said that they wouldn’t use the Chat app at all. Now that Windows 11 has been out for almost a month, it will be interesting to see if similar numbers appear in our new poll.

If you’d like to use the Chat app but don’t know how it works, we have a full guide on how to get started with the Chat app on Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a Chat app powered by Microsoft Teams. Do you use it?

Here's the games included with Xbox Games with Gold for November

More games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers to grab.

What you need to know

Microsoft revealed the November 2021 Games with Gold titles.
As usual, there’s four games, with this month offering Moving Out, Kingdom Two Crowns, Rocket Knight and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
Xbox Live Gold is included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Microsoft shared the November 2021 Games with Gold on Friday. As usual, there’s two Xbox One games and backward compatible Xbox 360 games. Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can look forward to grabbing Moving Out, Kingdom Two Crowns, Rocket Knight and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes at no extra cost.

Moving Out is a high-stakes furniture moving game that can be played in co-op, with similar chaos and shenanigans to games like Overcooked. Kingdom Two Crowns is a 2D sidescrolling “micro strategy” game that has players explore, conquer and build up a kingdom that’ll last. Rocket Knight will see players overcome a vicious army of wolves, while Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes introduces some of Batman’s allies from the Justice League.

While Xbox Games with Gold continues to offer monthly games for subscribers, the games are often much older than the titles added into Xbox Game Pass.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft
$45 at Amazon (3-month subscription)
$15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It’s possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Here's the games included with Xbox Games with Gold for November

Age of Empires 4 devs are looking into an Xbox console version

Nothing concrete but it’s not being ruled out yet.

What you need to know

Age of Empires 4 from World’s Edge and Relic Entertainment is currently available on PC.
In an interview, World’s Edge creative director Adam Isgreen indicated that the developers will look into an Xbox console version shortly.
Some other Xbox Game Studios titles, like Gears Tactics and Flight Simulator, launched on PC before coming to console.

Age of Empires 4, the latest entry in the long-running real-time strategy franchise, is now available on PC. The game was developed as a collaboration between Xbox first-party team World’s Edge and Sega-owned Relic Entertainment. While PC players are already enjoying the clash of various historical factions, there’s no console version, so anyone on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S or Xbox One is still waiting for a console-based Age of Empires experience.

It appears those fans shouldn’t lose hope just yet. In an interview with Multiplayer.it (as shared by @Klobrille on Twitter) that took place a few days before the launch of the game, World’s Edge creative director Adam Isgreen shared some hope for fans wanting to see an Xbox console version of Age of Empires 4.

“As soon as we finish managing the game’s PC release, we’ll start thinking about how to make the game run on consoles. We don’t have any final plans yet, but now we’re really going to start thinking about it,” Isgreen explained.

Age of Empires 4 isn’t the first title from Xbox Game Studios to arrive on PC first, with turn-based strategy game Gears Tactics and Flight Simulator also launching PC several months to a year before the console version.

Epic historical battles

Age of Empires 4

A new era of warfare

Age of Empires 4 is a continuation of the legendary RTS series with a focus on historical accuracy, asymmetrical warfare, and deep strategy. Learn about history, then lead your faction to victory.

$60 at Microsoft
$54 at GMG
$60 at Steam

Age of Empires 4 devs are looking into an Xbox console version

Clippy returns to Microsoft Teams with a vengeance in epic sticker pack

Clippy, Microsoft’s #1 employee, is back to crush it as a sticker pack fashion icon.

What you need to know

Microsoft Teams has a Feedback portal where people can request useful items as well as Clippy inclusivity.
Microsoft has decided to focus on the Clippy initiatives by bringing the famous paperclip to Teams as a sticker pack.
This is, once again, proof that our actions have consequences.

Clippy, once exiled by Microsoft for being a pain in everyone’s neck — a little metal thorn in everyone’s side — has been having a years-long comeback tour. Redmond has made him a wallpaper star as well as a literal icon, and time and time again sees fit to reference his existence. Now, Clippy is taking his fame’s resurgence to the Microsoft Teams arena via a sticker pack.

As of October 28, 2021, Microsoft confirmed Clippy’s sticker pack is hitting Teams.

#MicrosoftTeams stickers: game over.#Clippy pic.twitter.com/LVLGr2GeCM— Harri Mikkanen (@_haba) October 28, 2021

Whether you’re a fan of Clippy or can’t stand the guy, it doesn’t matter: In the meme era we live in, the googly-eyed Word document haunter appears to be here to stay. You will be able to use him in a variety of contexts with his sticker pack: Perhaps you want to spam Clippy holding coffee while looking groggy, or have him happily typing away on what we can only assume is a Surface Laptop Studio.

This is far from Clippy’s first foray into the land of Teams. For example, he’s appeared on the communications platform as a background. The sticker pack is just a reminder that he’s expanding his turf.

Microsoft Teams

Free at Microsoft
Free at App Store
Free at Google Play Store

Microsoft Teams is constantly getting new, productive features such as call-enhancing audio codecs and AI-powered functionality improvements. It’s also getting a big ol’ dose of Clippy, for those who derive enjoyment from the antics of a sentient paperclip.

Clippy returns to Microsoft Teams with a vengeance in epic sticker pack

Who would have the best costume at a Microsoft Halloween party?

Let’s get festive and a little bit weird.

Halloween lands on October 31, 2021. In honor of the spookiest holiday of them all, we got to thinking: If Microsoft held a Halloween costume party, which of the brand’s many entities would absolutely crush the competition?

Seriously, think about it. You know that Satya Nadella and co. probably have wild costume ideas they’re just waiting to whip out. And we’re talking about a company that puts Master Chief front and center in a good chunk of its marketing; elaborate and fun costume design isn’t a foreign concept to Microsoft.

So, with Microsoft lore in mind and trick-or-treating on the brain, we ask you: Who would knock everyone else out of the park at a Microsoft Halloween costume party?

Who would win at a Microsoft Halloween costume party?

Naturally, there are plenty of other inclusions that could fit that list. Witch Cortana or Windows Hello wearing an OnlyFans logo mascot costume are two easy examples. If your favorite idea isn’t on the main list, sound off in the comments.

And if you need a refresher on what some of the main list’s inclusions are about, here’s the scoop: Craig the Brute wasn’t always the rock ‘n roll legend he is today. There was a time, back in 2020, when he looked… well, different. And as for Steve Ballmer’s Lake Bill costume, he has a history with taking dips in the pond.

In any event, if you love the Halloween season and want to criss-cross your festive spirit with your extensive knowledge of all things Microsoft, here’s a good place to do it. And if you plan on going to any costume parties yourself, feel free to share what your own outfit plans are.

Be sure to check back on Halloween day when Windows Phone crawls out of the graveyard to visit Windows Central.

Who would have the best costume at a Microsoft Halloween party?

Here are the best steering wheels for Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 is an open-world racing game that lets players race around Mexico in hundreds of high-quality cars. Whether you’re a genre newcomer that requires additional assists or a veteran that desires simulation settings and difficulty, FH5 has you covered. For those who want to built the ultimate Forza Horizon 5 setup, you’ll want one of the best Xbox racing wheels or best PC racing wheels. Here are the best Forza Horizon 5 steering wheels.

Most well-rounded

Logitech G923 (Xbox and PC)

Staff Pick

The Logitech G923 is by far one of the best all-around options for those looking for an excellent and long-lasting steering wheel because the company includes a thoughtful blend of quality, features, and years of great support. This setup includes the steering wheel and pedals, but a dedicated shifter is an optional additional purchase.

$400 at Amazon
$400 at Best Buy
$400 at Microsoft

Budget without compromise

Thrustmaster TMX (Xbox, PC)

If you’re looking to dip your toes into a competitive racing wheel setup and don’t want to break the bank, the Thrustmaster TMX is one of the best options out there. It makes smart compromises like plastic pedals and no external shifter, but keeps great force feedback and build quality at an affordable price point.

$200 at Amazon
$230 at Best Buy
$230 at Microsoft

Ultimate performance

Thrustmaster TS-XW (Xbox, PC)

For those who are willing to splash some extra cash to feel like they’re actually driving a car in their living room, Thrustmaster has the TS-XW. Modeled after a real-life wheel, complete with exceptional build quality and attention to detail, the Thrustmaster TX-XW is a premium, if exorbitantly expensive, steering wheel guaranteed not to disappoint.

From $1,199 at Amazon
From $1,255 at Amazon

Big savings

Logitech G920 (Xbox, PC)

The Logitech G920 is the predecessor to the incredible G923, and has enjoyed some hefty discounts since its replacement’s release. This means you can secure a still-awesome racing wheel with high-end build quality, three medal pedals, and an optional stick shifter. While the G923 is still the nicer (and newer wheel), you can’t argue with these savings.

$250 at Amazon
$250 at Best Buy
$250 at GameStop

Alternative PC budget

Thrustmaster T150 (PC only)

The Thrustmaster T150 shares some similarities with the TMX option listed above, but there are a few differences in design and wheel rotation. The T150 can also sometimes be found at a lower price than the TMX, potentially making it an even more tempting budget option.

$200 at Amazon
$230 at Best Buy
$200 at Game Stop

Luxury driving

Fanatec CSL DD (Xbox, PC)

Fanatec is a well-known name in the competitive simulation racing world because the company is behind some of the highest-quality (and most expensive) racing wheel setups available. The CSL DD is one of the most well-rounded platforms from Fanatec, and is a modular system that lets players build exactly what they want. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll end up spending quite a lot.

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Seeking realism

Forza Horizon 5 features better support for racing steering wheels than any of its predecessors, making it more tempting than ever before to invest in a dedicated setup. If you’re after immersive racing in Playground Games’ open-world racer, the best by far is the Logitech G923, which features the most reasonable blend of features, quality, and price. This steering wheel is also supported by Xbox and PC and has an optional dedicated shifter.

If you’re looking to dabble in Forza Horizon 5 racing steering wheels without spending a ton of money, the Thrustmaster TMX is another great option, with still-great build quality and force feedback on Xbox and PC. On the other end of the spectrum, the Fanatec CSL DD platform is modular, letting you build the exact setup you’re seeking. Just be aware you’ll be splashing down a ton of cash for this class-leading experience, as Fanatec is a high-end brand known for its quality.

Whatever racing steering wheel you decide to invest in, the rebuilt physics systems, improved force feedback, additional settings, and wide range of supported wheels in Forza Horizon 5 are sure to ramp up what will surely be one of the best racing experiences Playground has ever created.

Here are the best steering wheels for Forza Horizon 5