Today we’re reviewing Pixio’s latest Gaming Monitor the Pixio PX347c Prime. Pixio was generous enough to provide us with the monitor for this review. When we review products we try to pair the product with the correct demographic that would actually buy and use the product to ensure the review is accurate. Our Gaming Unit, which specifically write and review gaming products, were tasked to review the Pixio PX347c Prime and test it in real-life gamer-appropriate settings.
Our gaming unit built a custom PC for hardcore gaming and we decided to use Pixio PX347c Prime as our monitor of choice due to it’s 21:9 ultrawide screen format and the promised 100hz at a ridiculous price of $599. Our gaming unit review team comprised of hardcore competitive E-sports level gamers, your typical noobs, and technical savvy hardware geeks.
-34 inch WQHD (Wide Quad High Definition) 3440 x 1440 pixels
-100Hz liquid smooth, blur-free Refresh Rate
-Flicker Free, Low Blue Light
-178˚ Viewing Angle
-3000:1 Contrast Ratio, 50000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
-1x HDMI, 1x DVI, 1x DP connection
-21:9 or 4:3 Aspect Ratio
-PIP, PIPPOS, PBP
Price: $599 MSRP
If you’re looking at the list of features the Pixio PX347c Prime comes with and then look at the price, you’ll be hard press to not think it’s either a cheap Chinese knockoff or low-quality reproduction of an Acer Predator or BenQ monitor. Our doubts were put to rest upon opening the monitor. The monitor is definitely on the heavier side (never a bad thing) weighing in at easily 15-17 lbs.
Build quality & design
The Pixio PX347c Prime offers an elegant and simplistic design. Despite being a gamer-centic monitor targeting serious e-sports crowd, it doesn’t come with the angles, flares, and accents other gamer gear sports. Instead, it features an edge-to-edge curved monitor with a luxury matted black that’s fingerprint proof. It’s a heavy monitor, may require 2 people to assemble (to be safe), and it’s weight is reassuring of the build quality. The overall construction of the PX347c Prime is sturdy and feels reliable.
Navigation & Menu
Buttons to navigate the menu are hidden underneath the display panel and they’re embossed to give your fingers tactile clues to their function. Menu is fairly easy to navigate and Pixio added FPS gaming mode for their first person shooter gamers to enhance titles such as Call of Duty, Battlefront, Wolfenstein etc. And there’s also RTS gaming mode for their real time strategy fans playing titles such as Starcraft II.
There’s also your basic functions to change various settings such as brightness, contrast, and other essentials. The menu was intuitive and easy enough to navigate without referring to the manual. It’s also responsive with very little delay time between inputs. Due to the size of the monitor, Pixio included PIP (picture in picture) feature in case you want to utilize the screen’s real estate to it’s fullest potential.
There’s also an added feature call Low Blue Light to protect your eyes from straining during long hours of work or using the monitor. These are well thought out features and their enhancement is highly noticeable, especially RTS mode.
Pixio went with the bare essentials and provided Dual link DVI, HDMI, and Display Port options. HDMI works, however Display Port is recommended to achieve consistent 100hz performance. Pixio included a beefy Display Port connector with the monitor.
The back panel where the ports are located has an annoying cover that’s difficult to take on and off. Removal of the cover requires unnecessary and strenuous effort. Our gaming unit left the cover off after several attempts to put it back on.
“Removal of the cover requires unnecessary and strenuous effort.”
The stand is an obtuse angled V-shaped base made from a solid piece of metal. It’s a no-frills stand with limited tilt adjustability and easily screws onto the back of the monitor via a few small allen screws.It’s not pretty but it feels strong enough to securely hold up the monitor.
No Vesa Mount?
This was a bit of a surprise, given how well the build quality is and also the fact that Pixio sells their own custom Vesa mount. However, it’s a large enough monitor that you’d want to keep it at a distance rather than up close as you would with a 16:9 ratio monitor. For us, the monitor’s exceptional viewing angles and tilt adjustability was more than sufficient and didn’t seem to bother our gaming unit.
We appreciated Pixio for not cheapening out on the screen. They could’ve used a cheaper alternative to meet this price point, but they opted to use a Samsung SVA screen panel with Adaptive-Sync support to produce the beautiful 34″ display at 3440×1440 resolution. This resulted in higher image quality, incredible blacks, great consistent whites, and vibrant range of colors. The viewing angle was good and didn’t suffer from any color shifting.
“The screen delivers incredible blacks, great uniformity on whites, and vibrant colors.”
Pixio PX347c Prime’s Refresh Rate
100hz at 3440 x 1440 resolution typically are found between the $700 – $1200 range of monitors. The Acer Predator X34 offers 60/100hz ultrawide at $999, AOC AG352UCG runs similar specs at $952, and Samsung C34H890 will cost you $1139. So you can see why the $599 price tag is literally one of the best selling proposition Pixio has to offer. But does the refresh rate truly hold up or is this just a diluted promise that’s only applicable under specific settings/configurations?
In order to get the best performance and crank out consistent tear-free 100hz gaming, you’ll need to use Display Port. This monitor supports Adaptive-Sync and will boost performance if you’re using an AMD setup that supports it. If you’re using an Nvidia graphics card, you can disable Adaptive-Sync and still get rock solid performance if you’re running a higher powered graphics card (1070+).
From our test, the monitor was able to deliver great performance at 60 – 80hz in 60hz mode. Built-in Adaptive-Sync range goes up to 100hz and provides tear-free rendering of games. However the benefits of the 100hz is only good if you’re running over 60+ FPS. Anything lower than 60FPS, you’ll notice significant performance drop and tearing.
The Pixio PX347c Prime delivered exceptional tear-free silky smooth gaming experience when we played Doom on ultra setting using an Asus Strix 1080Ti outputting over 100FPS. There were no screen tears, monitor delays, or even a single skipped frame when running at 100hz. Pixio lived up to their “liquid smooth, blur-free Refresh Rate” promised under our tests.
On the other hand, when using a lower-end graphics card that couldn’t muster even 60FPS, we were better off turning Adaptive Sync off. Once we turned Adaptive Sync off, performance was fine.
“Pixio lived up to their “liquid smooth, blur-free Refresh Rate” promised”
The spacious digital real estate of the Pixio PX347c Prime’s gorgeous 34″ WQHD 3440 x 1440 pixels screen provided a whole new experience for many of our testers. The sheer amount of visibly you gain can provide a competitive edge in shooting and rts games because you can see at least 35% more of the map.
We tested titles such as Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, Witcher 3, and Doom. The overall gaming experience on the 347c is mesmerizing and once you’ve experienced it, you can’t go back to a regular 16:9 aspect ratio monitor without feeling the loss.
The Pixio 347c Prime’s response time was around 8ms, which isn’t terrible, but higher than we’d preferred.
Verdict – A Definite Buy
It’s clear that Pixio knew who their customers were, what their customers wanted, and engineered a monitor to fit exactly that. The Pixio PX347c Prime is an absolute beast when it comes to gaming performance. It packs silk smooth performance at 100hz, Adaptive-Sync, stunningly beautiful monitor that displays beautiful colors & rich black, and comes in at 34″ with 3440 x 1440 pixels…for $599. Like every monitor on the market the Pixio PX347c Prime certainly has a few cons, however we’d hardly call it “cons” since they weren’t building a monitor for everybody. They built a gaming monitor for gamers, and the gamers that tested the monitor only cared about one thing – performance. And the one thing that gamers cared about was the one thing that Pixio delivered with flying colors.
The Ariana Grande Fortnite Concert: A Magical Musical Gaming Experience
Many fans of Fortnite would agree that it’s no longer just a game; it’s an experience. The developer of the popular game, Epic Games is known to release new maps or experiments to keep players on it. Two of which are the mystery cube and a black hole that created a new map. But their latest release is the Ariana Grande Fortnite concert treating millions of fans to the Princess of Pop’s hits as they explore a magical pastel map.
Let’s take a look at how players enjoyed the Ariana Grande Fortnite concert in all of its pastel glory.
Rift Tour: Ariana Grande Fortnite Concert
The concert was live from August 6 to 8. Before players can witness the Ariana Grande Fortnite concert live, they can complete quests and win rewards, such as a Cosmic Cuddles loading screen, kitty emoticon, and spray. Those who played any of the five live games received an umbrella.
In the Rift Tour video, players wait in a lobby or space under an unknown flying object in the sky. There, they run towards a rectangular portal where they float towards an animated Fortnite-version of Ariana Grande, hand holding out, welcoming them on a new experience.
Before they get treated to the Ariana Grande musical journey, they can rack up points by sliding across a track and fighting a giant boss, Storm King. Players can hear music from Travis Scott and Marshmello before they meet the Princess of Pop and enjoy dancing and floating to her tunes.
Gaming and Music Come Together
Fortnite isn’t only famous for battle-royale and team battles. Players can bust out dance moves like The Dab. And anyone online for the live concert danced along to Grande’s catchy tunes.
Grande sings the following hits as players traverse through different courses in the game:
- 7 Rings
- Be Alright
- The Way
Players are treated to different experiences during the musical journey, giving fans an unforgettable audiovisual treat. Ariana Grande starts with a brief Raindrops performance, with players helping each other up. Then, an orb of light appears and lands on a circular stage where she finally emerges to sing 7 Rings. It transitions to a beach where players can dance along to one of her famous hits.
During her Be Alright number, players float inside a bubble while Grande flies through the air thanks to her winged glass shards costume. And for her R.E.M. performance, players ride on flying unicorns while the singer sits on a giant swing.
She then sings her next song, The Way, where players can move up the stairs where they teleport to another flight of stairs until they reach the top. Finally, Positions plays where players can jump and dance along to the beat.
The whole musical journey ends with the singer breaking the glassy exterior of the map with a hammer. Then, the players are sucked back into the portal they entered and to the lobby.
Post-Concert Quests, Rewards, and Items
Although the live concert is no longer available, Fortnite players can download the content for free on Fortnite’s site. As reported by Ginx.tv, there are four quests available to play. One of them is meant for solo players, and the three require a team. The rewards you’ll receive are experience points, and an XOXO emote.
The post-concert rewards include Skye Up High Loading Screen, an umbrella, and a Rift-Tour banner. Only those with a Fortnite Crew subscription are entitled to these awards. Also, die-hard Arianators and Fortnite fans can buy the Ariana Grande skin and play as the pop star.
However, the quests are only available until August 23, 10 AM EST.
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17 Games Coming Out This Fall
Fall is coming. You all know what that means. The leaves begin to turn. The air becomes crisp. The smell of cider lingers in the air. Idiots scramble for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. And, most importantly, new video games will be released.
We demand the release of new games! They’re crucial to our health! Considering just how many games are being released. How do you know which to pay attention to?
Here are 17 games coming out this fall that you simply must obtain.
1. Life Is Strange – True Colors (September 10)
The third entry in the Life is Strange franchise is developed by Deck Nine and published by Square Enix. You play Alex Chen, a young woman who experiences the emotions of others as she tries to solve her brother’s mysterious death. This third-person graphic adventure will be available for Microsoft Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and XBox Series X/S.
2. Deathloop (September 14)
You play Colt, an assassin stuck in a time loop in this new game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Colt, an assassin, is tasked with taking out eight targets before midnight. If he leaves any alive, or if he dies, Colt starts the loop from the beginning. You can find this action-adventure game for Windows and PS5.
3. Lost Judgment (September 21)
Time to solve another bloody crime. Once again, players will settle into the mind of private detective Takayuki Yagami as he investigates another crime in this sequel to 2018’s Judgment. The action-adventure game is for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Far Cry 6 (October 7)
Developed and published by Ubisoft, the sixth entry in the first-person shooter franchise has Revolution in the air. Players become Dani Rojas, a former soldier turned freedom fighter against Giancarlo Esposito’s “El Presidente.” Dive into the action for Amazon Luna, PS4, PS5, XBox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Stadia.
5. Metroid Dread (October 8)
Developed by MecurySteam and Nintendo EPD, the bounty hunter Samus Aran returns in this sequel to 2002’s Metroid Fusion. Set after the events in Fusion, Samus faces a nefarious robotic enemy on the planet ZDR. Only available on Nintendo Switch.
6. Back 4 Blood (October 12)
This is the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Players will jump into a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans known as “the Ridden.” You play as a member of “the Cleaners,” soldiers teaming up to fight zombies in this multiplayer first-person shooter.
7. Battlefield 2042 (October 22)
The seventeenth installment in the Battlefield series, developed by DICE and published by Electronic Arts, is the successor to 2018’s Battlefield V. The multiplayer-only first-person shooter has brand new features to make for more immersive gameplay. To be released for Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
8. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (October 26)
Developed by Eidos-Montreal and published by Square Enix, Guardians of the Galaxy is a third-person action-adventure game where you play as Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Filled with crazy fights, snarky dialogue, and motivational speeches that affect the other members in combat, Guardians of the Galaxy is available for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Forza Horizon 5 (November 9)
Developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios, this racing game is set in an open world map based in Mexico. Players can explore this map freely by completing the campaign or competing in multiplayer races. This game will be available for Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Shin Megami Tensei 5 (November 11)
This post-apocalyptic RPG by Atlus has players assume the role of a high school student in modern-day Tokyo. They are unexpectedly drawn into an alternate version of Tokyo that has been overrun by demons and must fight to restore order. Available for only Nintendo Switch.
11. Dying Light 2 (December 7)
Set 20 years after the original game, this open-world first-person action RPG. Developed and produced by Techland, players assume the role of Aiden Caldwell, who can perform over 3000 parkour animations, giving the game a more fluid-free running experience. Available for Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
12. Horizon Forbidden West (TBA)
The breathy, distressed character that we know to be Aloy has quickly joined the ranks of other Playstation mascots like God of War’s Kratos. And now, she’s back to kick robot dinosaur ass in the sequel to the blockbuster hit Horizon Zero Dawn. Developed by Guerilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, this open-world, post-apocalyptic game is set in a new region known as the Forbidden West. Available for PS4 and PS5.
- Ghostwire – Tokyo (October)
13. Ghostwire – Tokyo (October)
Described as “karate meets magic,” this first-person action-adventure game allows players to use various psychic and paranormal abilities to defeat the ghosts and spirits haunting Tokyo. Developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks, this game is available for PS5 and Windows.
14. SABLE (September)
This stripped-down game developed by Shedworks and published by Raw Fury places the player in the role of a young girl named Sable. Featuring no combat or set storyline, SABLE emphasizes gameplay on simple puzzle-solving and discovery as Sable traverses sand dunes and ruins. Available for macOS, Windows, and Xbox Series X/S.
15. FIFA ’22 (October 1)
Pretty straightforward release. Developed and released annually by Electronic Arts, the latest game features cover athlete Kylian Mbappe and is available for Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Stadia.
16. Solar Ash (TBA)
An adventure platforming game with an emphasis on movement over combat, Solar Ash has players traversing through a bright-neon colored, three-dimensional landscape. Developed by Heart Machine and published by Annapurna Interactive, the game is available for Windows, PS4, and PS5.
17. Halo Infinite (TBA)
Buckle up, buckaroos. Get ready for the next installation of the iconic Halo series. Developed by 343 Industries and published by Xbox Game Studios, the sixth entry in the series continues the story of the Master Chief. What more is there to say?
Well, what are you waiting for? The air is getting chillier! Time to get inside and glue yourselves to the next big blockbuster game of the fall!
Xbox Launches New Games and A Mini-Fridge
If you’re an Xbox fan, then you’re probably excited about the upcoming titles the gaming giant has recently announced. And what about the mini-fridge that it’s introducing to users? But we’ll get to that later.
Microsoft and Sony released three gaming consoles last year – Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PlayStation. And this year, fans can’t wait to get a load of new games. Not one to disappoint fans, Microsoft launched 30 never-before-played versions, including Halo Infinite.
If you want to try most of the new games, you’ll be glad to know that 27 of them will be available for subscribers of Xbox Games Pass. But you already know that if you tuned in to the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) held remotely on a livestream.
Even before the event, some fans were already talking about Starfield – an all-new space RPG made by Bethesda. The Washington Post leaked the trailer accidentally, and gamers aren’t complaining.
Starfield was made by the game studio that Microsoft acquired for $7.5 billion, along with ZeniMax Media. For fans waiting for the game, you’ll have to wait for a little longer – more than a year, to be exact. Starfield is due to be released on November 11, 2022.
According to Bethesda Game Studios, Starfield is a game they’ve always dreamed of playing. However, they had to wait until the hardware and tech were available. That said, they’re certainly happy that innovations have made it possible to come up with such a product today. And they’re surely hoping to earn fat revenues from the innovation.
Games to Watch Out For
Aside from Starfield, fans are also intrigued about Forza Horizon 5. After all, many are expecting it to take full advantage of the newest Xbox consoles’ next-generation tech.
As mentioned, most of the games discussed will be available in the Xbox Games Pass service. For those not familiar, the monthly fee is $15 in exchange for access to the games. Added to that, subscribers can also access Xbox game streaming service, allowing them to stream games online. Think of it as a service somehow akin to Netflix.
Meanwhile, Halo players will be happy to get their hands on Halo Infinite. The newest version will launch this fall, so fans will surely be looking forward to pumpkin spice season.
Forza Horizon 5, on the other hand, is another title to check out. Set in Mexico, the version uses real-world videos and photos of Mexican places. Stalker 2 is also part of the roster of new Xbox games. This is based in Chernobyl with zombie elements. So, perhaps, you may expect radioactive zombies? The game is due for release on April 28, 2022.
If you’re a Jack Sparrow fan, you might want to check out Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life. This online pirate game is launching a free update and with new characters to boot. With a storyline based on The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, you can never go wrong.
For fans craving villain-focused games, Far Cry 6 is another one to watch out for. It’s due October 7, so only a few more months before gamers see the rollout of this new title.
Now, let’s talk about the Xbox mini-fridge. It may have started as a meme, but the company turned it into reality. In fact, makers are planning to launch it later this year. Netflix and chill? Maybe Xbox and chill will be just as popular soon.
Microsoft already said the mini-fridge would be “the world’s most powerful mini-fridge.” The product will launch on holidays 2021.