August 2020

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RTX 3080 and 3090 specs leak: a 24GB monster looms on the horizon

Here it is: The Nvidia RTX 3090. Or at least, one variant of the new GPU from hardware company Gainward, which appears to have accidentally posted product pages for the RTX 3090 and 3080 a little bit early. A day before Nvidia’s Ampere reveal event, where we expect Nvidia to officially show off the RTX 3090 and 3080 graphics cards, Gainward posted (and then removed) images and specs for its versions of each card, with specs that match up with previous leaks. The 3090 is a 24GB monster, while the 3080 comes equipped with 10GB of GDDR6X.As spotted by Videocardz and…

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9th Gen Intel CPUs Go on Sale for Gamer Days

Intel’s Gamer Days celebration is kicking off just in time for the Tiger Lake announcement tomorrow, which means new deals on Intel CPUs. You won’t find any of the newer Comet Lake chips in this sale, but if you’re willing to step down a generation, you can snag the still-excellent Intel Core i7-9700K processor for $299.99 (officially down from $409.99). Of course, the Intel Core i7-9700K has been going for closer to $370 for a while now at various outlets, but given that this remains one of the best cpus on the market, $299.99 is still a great deal for…

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Ridley Scott comments on Epic’s parody of his 1984 Apple ad

I was not aware of this, but the famous 1984 ad for the Apple Macintosh computer was directed by Ridley Scott—and yes, that’s the Ridley Scott, the director of Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and a bunch of other films you may have heard of. It seems a bit odd now, but as noted in this Variety story from 2015 he’s actually produced a number of well-known advertisements over the years out of the Ridley Scott Associates production company he founded with his brother Tony in 1968.Epic recently parodied that famous ad to kick off its campaign against…

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Here’s 11 minutes of The Outer Worlds’ first story expansion

The first story expansion for The Outer Worlds won’t be taking you to a relaxing corner of space for some well-earned relaxation. No, there’s no rest for the wicked in corporate space so you’ll be headed to an old research asteroid to find out what the heck has gone wrong. As you can bet based on the title, Peril On Gorgon will dunk you into the thick of it. You can catch one of the early quests in a new developer commentary video showing off a bit of the expansion coming in September. (more…)

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Fall Guys charity contest earns $1 million pledge to Special Effect

Two weeks ago, Mediatonic challenged popular gaming brands and personalities to a charity bidding war. The prize would be a Fall Guys skin dedicated to the one that pledged the highest donation to gaming accessibility organisation Special Effect. The contest has run its course and Mediatonic have declared a $1 million/£748.060 group pledge the winner. (more…)

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Halo Infinite has Monster Energy weapons, because of course it does

In a move that will shock absolutely no one, Microsoft recently announced that Halo Infinite will feature guns sponsored by Monster Energy. The news comes from an official Xbox blog post, which opens by discussing the recently launched Halo Infinite Monster Energy cans. While these real-life cans are emblazoned with the stern visage of Mr. John Halo, there was no reciprocal instance of Monster appearing in the virtual realm of Halo Infinite – until now.Check out the screenshot below, which offers us a look at the official Halo Infinite Monster Energy guns.They don’t actually look too bad at first –…

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Sony will “explore” bringing more exclusives to PC

Earlier this year, Alice0 mused that it would be weird if Sony didn’t bring more exclusives to PC and by golly it looks like they were listening to her specifically because now they’re having a proper think about it. Sony now say they will “explore” bringing more games by Sony-owned studios to PC players. (more…)

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Samsung Unveils 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 SSDs: Up to 7000 MB/s for a Client PC

When it comes to performance with client SSDs, Samsung has been leading the market for years, but the company is somewhat behind its rivals with PCIe 4.0 drives. At the CES 2020 trade show, Samsung showcased its first PCIe Gen 4 drive — the 980 Pro — but it has yet to start commercial shipments. Last week the company published specifications of the drive at one of its websites (which have now been removed), an indication that the product is about to be launched. Samsung’s 980 Pro drives feature quite impressive performance. The company promises up to 7,000 MB/s sequential read speeds as well…

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Best Raspberry Pi Accessories

You can purchase a Raspberry Pi for as little as $5 (for the Raspberry Pi Zero) or more likely $35 (for the Raspberry Pi 4), but you’ll need a few extra products to make it run. And, beyond that, there’s a whole world of accessories that help you make the most of your Pi. As with any computer, on the Raspberry Pi, you’ll need a way to enter data and a way to see the interface, which usually means getting a keyboard, a mouse and a monitor. .However, you can opt for a headless Raspberry Pi install, which allows you to…

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PS5 backwards compatibility only works for PS4 games, says Ubisoft

Ubisoft recently confirmed that PS5 backwards compatibility will only work for PS4 games, noting that PS1, PS2, and PS3 games will not be playable on Sony’s next-gen console. The news comes from the Ubisoft support page, as spotted by Nibel on Twitter. Check out the tweet below. According to Ubisoft’s support page, PS5 will not have PS1/PS2/PS3 BC — Nibel (@Nibellion) August 31, 2020Following the link embedded in the tweet will bring you to a post on the official Ubisoft support page with information about how PS5 backwards compatibility is due to work.“As part of their next-gen upgrade…

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EA Play is live on Steam with Mass Effect, Dragon Age and more

As of today, EA Play is available for all Steam users. You can sign up to EA Play by heading over to its official Steam page. Subscribers are required to pay either $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year, which will net them access to a wide variety of EA titles via Steam. If you’re confused about the distinction between EA Play and EA Access, there is none – EA Access was simply rebranded as EA Play earlier this year.As well as gaining the opportunity to play EA games on Steam, subscribers have access to exclusive rewards and a range of…

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Riot’s new board game is all about bluffing and ‘playing the player’

In January, Riot said that its second tabletop game (and the first since 2016’s Mechs vs Minions) would be something called Tellstones: King’s Gambit. During a livestreamed update today, vice president of IP and Entertainment Greg Street finally revealed a little bit of what the game is all about.Tellstones looks a bit like the shell game, perhaps with a head-to-head competitive element, as players try to guess which symbols are hidden under a row of stones. Part of the game’s fiction is that it exists within the League of Legends universe, Street explained, kind of like their version of chess…

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Ubisoft’s open world Gods & Monsters may be renamed Immortals Fenyx Rising

We’ve heard just about heck all about Gods & Monsters since Ubisoft announced it with a cinematic trailer in 2019 and then delayed it earlier this year. More information about the open world Greek god-saving action game may be forthcoming, well, soonish. Ubisoft might be changing the game’s name to Immortals Fenyx Rising when they reintroduce it. (more…)

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PiTari Raspberry Pi Case Brings your Atari Dreams to Life

Still waiting for the next-gen Atari to come out? You might be waiting for a long time. Until then, take a look at this awesome Atari 2600 case for the Raspberry Pi, known as PiTari, designed by James from Print N Play!The case was designed entirely from scratch and can house both the Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 4 models. The PiTari case is small, almost the same size as the Pi but expanding outwards in all directions by about 6mm.The custom case might be small, but it has plenty of room for an additional heatsink or even a…

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Sabrent Crushes Samsung At Their Own Game: Builds World’s Fastest M.2 SSD

Samsung might just have revealed the long-awaited 980 Pro SSD and thereby, at last, delivering a PCI-Express 4.0 SSD, and while its specs don’t disappoint, it seems like the folks from Sabrent had a secret in their drawer: the Rocket 4 Plus. That definitely sets the stage for a pitched battle for the fastest SSD on our list of Best SSDs. Indeed, the ever-so-popular Rocket NVMe 4.0 SSD is getting an update to the Rocket 4 Plus, which offers significantly higher read and write speeds. To be exact, it boasts sequential read speeds of up to 7000 MB/s and can write at…

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Beautiful noir platformer White Shadows adapts Animal Farm, but in a strangely cute way

White Shadows looks like Limbo meets Metropolis, with visually stunning results. It is a 2D platformer in front of a 3D background, and will feature some staples of creepy platformers you have seen in Limbo, namely swinging cages to hold on to and pits full of rotating saw blades. It’s not just a Limbo clone, though. Not only does the combination of 3D backgrounds and black and white art result in some stunning visuals, the game is also apparently a loose adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm (no, not that adaptation of Orwell’s Animal Farm. That one’s an adventure game…

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EA quietly drops Rocket Arena’s price to $5

By Cian Maher, Monday, 31 August 2020 17:19 GMT EA recently reduced the cost of Rocket Arena to just $5 on all platforms, and it looks like the price change could be permanent. EA launched Rocket Arena – a 3v3 hero shooter – on July 14. Season One kicked off two weeks later on July 28, and featured cross-play for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. As the name implies, it’s a game where you launch loads of rockets at people in an arena.However, despite being on the market for less than two months, Rocket Arena was recently put on sale…

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PS5 DualSense uses in-game sound effects to generate vibrations

By Cian Maher, Monday, 31 August 2020 16:26 GMT Sony recently confirmed that the PS5 DualSense controller will be able to generate haptic feedback based on corresponding in-game sound effects. The news comes from a recently filed Sony report on the company’s technology. New details about Sony’s next-gen controller are briefly discussed about midway through said report, including information on how it will respond to in-game actions via haptic feedback.“Although DualSense will allow for more realistic game experiences, creators will also need more time and know-how to create high quality vibrations,” the report reads.The report continues by noting that in…

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NBA 2K developer supports NBA in protesting police brutality amid Wisconsin shooting

Police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot the 29 year-old Daniel Blake in the back multiple times, leading to renewed protests against police brutality in Wisconsin and other parts of the United States. As a show of solidarity with the protest, several NBA and WNBA teams refused to participate in their playoffs. 2K Sports, developer of the NBA 2K series and the upcoming NBA 2K21, released a statement of support to Gamespot, saying:”We at 2K stand against racial injustice and the continued violence against the Black community. NBA 2K has a strong community. We have been heartened by seeing our community use 2K…