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Atari has been resting on its retro gaming laurels for the previous decade or more, it seems, with repeated follow-ups to past games like Rollercoaster Tycoon on mobile devices. However, this may be changing soon as the French company refocuses to develop “higher value-added premium games” on consoles and PCs. Yesterday, the iconic gaming company posted a press release explaining that it would be implementing a new strategy for Atari Gaming, the subdivision for games, the Atari VCS, and licensing under Atari, SA. Atari intends to “shift its video game portfolio to premium games for consoles and PC,” rather than the free-to-play market it has been in. As such, five free-to-play... Read more...
It seems like we have been hearing rumors about Grand Theft Auto 6 since the beginning of time, though in reality, it has only been almost that long. If you were hoping for some clarity with a release finally being around the bend, well, brace yourself—we could be in for several more years of rumors, not just weeks or even months. Naturally, the folks at Rockstar Games are not offering up any juicy tidbits about the inevitable release. So everything we know, or think we know, has come by way of leaks and rumors. To that end, multiple leakers are reporting that GTA 6 might not come out until 2024 or even sometime 2025. As things stand right now, YouTuber Tom Henderson says the next version... Read more...
Over the holiday weekend, the popular battle royale game Apex Legends was hacked, but not in the way you may expect. Rather than stealing data, encrypting files, or being generally destructive, the hackers broadcasted a message stating that Respawn Entertainment has not done enough to fight hackers in its first game, Titanfall. Early on July 4th, Apex Legends players of PC began to report that the hackers replaced in-game playlists as well as notifications with complaints about the state of Titanfall. These messages also included a link to SaveTitanfall.com, which further explains that the game, which is still for sale, is “currently unplayable on PC due to hacker(s) using exploits.”... Read more...
Windows 11 is finally out in the wild, and though there are some early caveats, it appears to be a nice update to the Windows ecosystem. However, now that Microsoft has made it publicly available, it also means people get to tinker with it to the extreme. Some developers have done just that as well, with reports of Windows 11 now running on Android phones with just a little software help. Xilin Wu is a developer behind the GitHub project “Renegade,” where “people try to port edk2 to different phones.” EDK2 is an open-source UEFI implementation that would allow ARM-based operating systems to be loaded on phones once ported. In this case, the goal was to get Windows 11 working... Read more...
If you own an Acer laptop powered by a GeForce RTX 30 series GPU, we have good news to share. A free performance boost is potentially coming your way. It depends on which specific model you own, but by way of a whole bunch of firmware updates, Acer is bumping up the total graphics power (TGP) threshold by as much as 30W. When it comes to gaming laptops, the GPU is the most important component. In most cases, it is also not a part that can be upgraded, so it is sound advice to go with the most powerful GPU you can afford, since you are stuck with it for the life of the laptop (barring an external graphics enclosure). Components like the RAM and storage can be upgraded or replaced in a lot of models,... Read more...
Once the next Microsoft Flight Simulator update is cleared for takeoff, players on PC can expect a potentially gigantic performance improvement, depending on their setup. That's because developer Asobo Studio retooled the inner workings of the simulation so that it runs more efficiently and makes better use of a system's various resources. Here's the thing—Microsoft Flight Simulator is a demanding game. Trying to run it at a 4K resolution at the Ultra image quality setting can be a serious strain on your PC, and even a relatively high end setup can suffer from stuttering when taking to the skies. But at least for some PCs, that will change with the upcoming Update 5. During a livestream,... Read more...
The aliens have invaded Fortnite, and it seems that they have started to abduct people from around the island. One of the Legendary challenges or “Quests” for Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 Week 4 is to put up four missing person signs across eight spots in Weeping Woods and Misty Meadows. Completing this task will net you a cool 30,000 XP for your Battle Pass, and we will show you where to go. If you want to start placing missing person signs, there are a few quests ahead of it, but after that, it is as easy as walking up to the designated locations. Then, you need to interact with the spectral signs that indicate where the real ones go. You can follow where to go in the map below:... Read more...
When we reviewed Doom Eternal last year, we lauded its amazing graphics and thrilling gameplay, noting it is a graphical tour de force underpinned on the id Tech 7 engine. Our initial impression still stands up, and might even undersell the experience. How so? A new update adds NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and real-time ray tracing to the mix for GeForce RTX card owners. Ray-traced reflections now abound in both the main campaign and expansions, adding another layer of visual fidelity to a game that already looks gorgeous. "Virtually all metallic surfaces and objects realistically reflect their environment, as do bodies of water and other materials with reflective properties.... Read more...
All the way from Asgard, the God of Mischief Loki Laufeyson is joining the Fortnite crew this July in a mashup of the former Marvel season and the current alien-themed season. Starting on June 30th, Fortnite Crew members will be able to grab some Loki-themed gear to wear around the map and cause mayhem with. For the uninitiated, Fortnite Crew is Epic Game’s subscription service for the popular battle royale shooter Fortnite. If you pick it up for $11.99 monthly, you will get the Battle Pass for the full season, 1,000 V-Bucks monthly, and a new monthly crew pack which consists of exclusive outfit bundles. For example, June’s bundle was Cuddle Team Leader as Mecha Cuddle Master. Whatever... Read more...
As everyone is told, if you put something on the internet, it will be out there forever, whether it is publicly available or not. Case and point is a recent discovery of a long-lost version of Minecraft that was only available for download for just three hours and 25 minutes nearly 11 years ago. Between six different development versions and over 18 official updates over 12 years, there have been hundreds of updates to the popular sandbox survival game Minecraft. Subsequently, there is a lot of interesting history and information within each update that paves the road to today's Minecraft. As such, all of this needs to be saved for historical purposes. Enter Omniarchive: a group dedicated to... Read more...
For the second time this month, but really just the first time (more on that in a moment), Microsoft has officially confirmed it is embracing support for AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution technology on its latest generation Xbox game consoles (Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S). To get things started, FSR is now available to preview within Microsoft's Game Development Kit (GDK). So what is this business about a second confirmation, but not really? Well, earlier this month we reported on a comment Microsoft made that, on the surface, seemed to signify that FSR support was headed to the Xbox Series X/S. Judge for yourself. "At Xbox, we're excited about the potential of AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution... Read more...
Windows 11 has finally been announced, and it seems that many of the leaks and rumors were true. However, there is much more to cover that we had not heard about yet, so let’s take a look at what Microsoft showed off today during its Windows 11 livestream… Windows 11 User Interface As we mentioned, it turns out that many of the leaks about the Windows 11 interface were true, but what Microsoft did with Windows 11 is still fascinating. Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer for Windows and Devices, explained that the OS has been “redesigned for productivity, creativity and ease.” One of the most notable of these changes is the repositioning and reworking of the iconic... Read more...
Though both engine and gameplay footage from Battlefield 2042 was shown off during the reveal period earlier this month, there are still some unknowns about the game. The most prominent of these is the fourth “[REDACTED]” game mode, which is described by the Battlefield 2042 team as “a love letter to our core fans,” and that it will be a “new way to play Battlefield.” Now, Battlefield leaker Tom Henderson believes that the unannounced mode may contain remastered maps with weaponry and vehicles from all eras of Battlefield. In his latest video posted on Monday, Tom Henderson first goes over what he calls the “Battlefield Hub” or “BattleHub,”... Read more...
Aliens have fully invaded Fortnite this season, and players are battling parasites while also trying to communicate with the invaders. This is a lot to take in, so let us take a look at how to take on a parasite and gain some XP for setting up communications with the creatures from outer space… Parasites, The Good Kind? Typically, parasites are a bad thing, but in the case of Fortnite, it appears to be a symbiotic relationship if our biology classes taught us anything. The leech-like alien parasites in the game attach themselves to any living organism in the area, including chickens, boars, wolves, or other players. If the host organism is killed or you stumble upon a green egg that hatches... Read more...
It seems Microsoft has begun to make good on its promise to upgrade the hardware that drives its Xbox Cloud Gaming service. Nothing concrete has been announced yet, but players are noticing discernibly faster load times in some games, such as Rainbow Six Siege, as well as graphics options that did not exist before now. There could be different reasons for this, though the one that makes the most sense is that Microsoft it upgrading its cloud gaming infrastructure with Xbox Series X hardware. This would explain both the faster loading times and new graphics options, and is in line with Microsoft's stated plans—the company announced earlier this month that an upgrade was imminent. "We’re... Read more...
It can be tough to play games with friends if they are spread across various competing platforms, but this is a problem of the past, thanks to cross-play functionality. Now, Overwatch is adding the feature so you can game on with friends across PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo networks. Earlier today, the Overwatch Twitter account announced that cross-play has finally arrived around the globe. All players must create a Battle.net account and link their console accounts to start cross-playing to gain access to this. In celebrating this feature, anyone who logs into Overwatch before the end of 2021 will receive a promotional Golden Loot Box to pick up at least a legendary skin. Cross-Play has... Read more...
NVIDIA DLSS is an AI rendering technology used to increase performance while allowing players to still enjoy high-fidelity and quality in games. As of late, this technology has been added to a myriad of games, such as Rainbow Six: Siege earlier this year. Now, the tech is slated to come to five new game titles in the coming weeks. Announced today, NVIDIA DLSS will make its way to Facepunch Studio's multiplayer survival game Rust and becomes available on July 1st. Rust's Project Lead, Helk, explained that this is important because, "in Rust split-second reactions can be the difference between life and death, with NVIDIA DLSS offering our players a performance boost, without sacrificing visual... Read more...
We are keeping a pulse on Amazon's Prime Day 2021 deals, including discounts on PC gaming hardware, laptops, storage products, wireless earbuds, and more. It's a massive sale, spread out across two days. We can't possibly cover it all, but we did want to give console gaming its own roundup, to cover the many discounts available on games for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Let's get started, shall we? Our spider-sense for discounts has been tingling in the days and weeks ahead of Prime Day 2021, and we're elated to see Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 5 discounted to $49.99 at Amazon ($20 off, save... Read more...
As many await on the Battlefield 2042 beta and full game to come out, hype has been building around the web. Gamers are now overloading Battlefield 4 servers and creating some awesome content involving the upcoming game. This outpouring of support is amazing to see, so let us look at some of what has happened and what you should keep an eye on… Battlefield 4 Server Overload Yesterday, EA community manager EA_Straatford made a Battlefield 4 forum post explaining that many players had jumped back into Battlefield 4 to “get a taste of the return to all-out-warfare.” This mass influx of players led to “queue times in the US West region were far longer than in other... Read more...
Online games store GOG is in the midst of a summer sale, and with it comes a bunch of discounted items, including triple-A games like Cyberpunk 2077, available now for a hefty 33% savings. Some markdowns are as high as 85 percent. Of course, it does not get any lower than 'free', and as such, GOG is giving away Absolute Drift: Zen Edition right now. That is not the only free game you can claim, provided you are fine with perusing multiple game stores. We will get to the freebies in a moment, but first let's highlight some of the discounted titles that are available as part of GOG's summer sale... Cyberpunk 2077 - $39.99 at GOG (down from $59.99, save 33%) Cyberpunk 2077: $39.99 (down from $59.99,... Read more...
In a move that might not sit well with some people, Facebook has begun testing in-game ads when using the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. Dubbed an "experiment," Facebook is kicking things off in Blaston from Resolution Games, as well as a couple of other unspecified developers who will be beaming targeted ads at players in the coming weeks. "For now, this is a test with a few apps—once we see how this test goes and incorporate feedback from developers and the community, we’ll provide more details on when ads may become more broadly available across the Oculus Platform and in the Oculus mobile app, as well as guidance for businesses and developers interested in advertising on Oculus,"... Read more...
Battlefield 2042 has been announced and shown off through game engine and gameplay footage during the past week. More recently, EA performed its first Battlefield Briefing, which gave a closer look at the upcoming game. In that briefing, which was recently updated, we found out that Battlefield 2042 will be introducing artificial intelligence soldiers to the series. One of the most frustrating things about playing games is when you want to play, but the player base is not what it once was. Sometimes all you can find are empty servers, which can also prove to be very disappointing. However, Battlefield 2042 is bringing AI soldiers to the battlefield to fill up those empty slots to combat this... Read more...
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