March 2021

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The car in Rocket League’s next Rocket Pass looks cool, rest of it is so-so

I wasn’t into the R3mix car body in Rocket League’s Season 2 Rocket Pass, so I skipped the premium track and used my Epic class action settlement credits to buy that annoying goal explosion that blows everyone up with missiles. Sorry for being that guy. (It could be worse, I could’ve bought the Ford F-150.) I think I’ll struggle to resist the upcoming Season 3 Rocket Pass premium track, though. I really like the new car body, Tyranno, which has the Dominus hitbox. I especially like the stupid Tyranno variant and decal Psyonix shows off on the Season 3 Rocket…

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Core i9-11900K Overclocks to 7.3 GHz, a New World Record

Famous overclocker Hicookie has achieved the highest frequency overclock so far on Intel’s new flagship Core i9-11900K. With 5 of the processor’s 8 cores deactivated, he was able to use that extra headroom to hit a whopping 7.314-GHz on the first core with help from liquid nitrogen cooling and a high-end Aorus motherboard. Hicookie is sponsored by Gigabyte, which issued a press release a few hours after the record posted to HWBot, stating that he used the Z590 Aorus Tachyon motherboard to reach this clock speed. Intended to compete with the best motherboards, the Tachyon launched last month but it…

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Among Us’ new airship map is too big, making it an Impostor’s dream

Among Us has received its first map since exploding into mainstream popularity last year and it’s a big one. Probably too big, if you ask me. Called The Airship, it strays from Among Us’ traditional sci-fi aesthetic into more steampunk territory, and introduces a bunch of new tasks that you’ll have to complete while trying to avoid the Impostor. Having a new map to play on is great, but The Airship’s size is definitely a problem. It hands almost every advantage it can to the murderer-on-board. Bigger isn’t necessarily better, and I’m a little wary of just how large The…

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Wildfire Swap is out now and looks super cute despite the grim topic

What a grand day it is when past me gives present me the gift of having put us on the mailing list for a swell little indie game. As past me knows, I do really enjoy a cute but tricky puzzler, which is just what Wildfire Swap looks to be. Only you can stop these wildfires by swapping tiles on the board to contain them without letting houses catch fire. This puzzler is out now, so you can go scratch your head over these grim but cute conundrums yourself. Read more

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Asus Puts Rocket Lake into Small Form-Factor Desktop

Intel officially positions its Rocket Lake CPUs as the best CPUs for gaming today, yet like all desktop chips it will inevitably be used for a wide variety of applications. Nonetheless, Asus this week made a surprising move and introduced a small form-factor low-power desktop powered by Intel’s latest Rocket Lake CPU.  Measuring 175×175×42 mm, the Asus Mini PC PB62 can be equipped with Intel’s Rocket Lake processor with up to eight cores as well as a 35W or 65W TDP, up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory, two M.2-2280 SSDs with a PCIe 3.0 and 4.0 x4 interface, and one 2.5-inch HDD. Since…

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Cloudpunk announces a “sequel-sized” DLC with a second protagonist

Futuristic delivery driver adventure Cloudpunk is dropping off what it calls a “sequel-sized DLC” that’s apparently longer than the original game. In addition to continuing Cloudpunk’s story with Rania the driver, the City Of Ghosts DLC also adds new areas, vehicle customisation, and street races. There’s no expected delivery date just yet, but Ion Lands say it’ll be avaialable on PC “soon”. Read more

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Cisco CEO Expects Chip Shortage to Last Longer than a Year

Here’s some bad news: Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins told Yahoo Finance Live today that he thinks it could take “a couple years” for the ongoing chip shortage to finally end. Here’s some worse news: Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger agreed with Robbins. “We can’t build fabs overnight,” he told Yahoo, “it takes a couple of years to get built up.” This isn’t the first we’ve heard about the shortage lasting more than a few quarters. AMD CEO Lisa Su issued a similar warning in January when she said the company simply couldn’t keep pace with the higher-than-expected demand for its products….

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced coming to Xbox Series X/S and PS5 June 8

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 20:51 GMT Zenimax Online has announced a release date for The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced.The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced will arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S on June 8.As revealed during the Blackwood Chapter Preview Event, the studio announced those who own or purchase the MMORPG on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will receive free access to ESO: Console Enhanced.You can expect enhanced performance and visuals on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5. Below is a brief look at upgrades you can expect in June: Next-Gen Performance: Previously, ESO ran at 30FPS on console, but with the next-generation…

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Rocket League Season 3’s Rocket Pass contents detailed

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 20:40 GMT Rocket League Season 3 kicks off soon, and now we know what’s included in the new Rocket Pass.The new Rocket Pass for Rocket League will include 70+ Tiers of new items, some of which are shown off in the latest trailer.Season 3’s Rocket Pass includes a new vehicle called the Tyranno which is super fast and features the Dominus hitbox.It is unlocked immediately with Rocket Pass premium, which gives you additional Weekly and Seasonal Challenges, plus an XP boost to help you Tier Up faster.If you have Rocket Pass Premium, you…

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Among Us has launched its big airship map and account system

Imposter simulator Among Us has just pressed the big launch button on its new airship map. The new playground for sneaky assassinations has its own new chores to complete and shortcuts to memorize. Along with the new map, the big update also brings the account system Innersloth have been working on which allows reporting other users for their bad behavior. Worse behavior than crew murder, that is. They’ve given a rundown on both today with the map’s launch. Read more

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Cyberpunk 2077 expansions are still in development, CD Projekt confirms

CD Projekt said yesterday that it has “decided to reconsider” its plans for Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer component. It had previously been teased as a major standalone undertaking of its own—CD Projekt joint CEO Adam Kiciński said in November 2020 that the multiplayer component “is another independent production and [an] independent team of people works on it”—but now it sounds like that plan is being dialed back. “Instead of primarily focusing on one big online experience or game, we are focusing on bringing online into all of our franchises one day,” Kiciński said yesterday. “We are building an online technology that…

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Bitcoin Mining Corp Buys $30 Million Of Nvidia CMP GPUs

It appears that at least someone is sold on Nvidia’s Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP) offerings. Hut 8 Mining Corp., one of the world’s largest and oldest Bitcoin mining companies, has put in an order worth $30 million for Nvidia’s CMP graphics cards. Nvidia will start delivering the order starting May 2021, and Hut 8 Mining Corp. plans to get everything up and running by the summer. With the purchase, Hut 8 Mining Corp. hopes to increase its mining operations substantially. The company estimates a collective performance up to 1,600 Gigahash. The incorporation of Nvidia’s CMP devices will also allow Hut…

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Knockout City cross-play open beta takes place this weekend and you can pre-load now

The Knockout City cross-play open beta takes place this weekend, and EA has outlined what to expect.According to the company, in the Knockout City cross-play open beta, you will have access to everything from the first beta.This includes the Moon, Cage, and Bomb Balls, the Concussion Yard, Rooftop Rumble, and Knockout Roundabout locations, and Team KO playlist.The upcoming test this weekend will introduce the Sniper Ball, Back Alley Brawl map, 1v1 Face-Off, and Diamond Dash playlists and new style options. You can expect a total of four maps, five playable balls, three playlists, and plenty of customization options. Private Matches…

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No Man’s Sky’s new Expeditions mode adds seasonal challenges

As it does, No Man’s Sky has expanded its universe with a biggo new update. This time, it’s beefed up with a brand new game mode called Expeditions. A bit like a seasonal event, Expeditions give players a bunch of time-limited goals and set them off along the same path together. They seem like they’ll channel the energy of some massive community scavenger hunt, everyone knocking around close to one another as they zip from goal to goal, which actually sounds like good fun. The first Expedition has just kicked off and is set to run for two months. Read…

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505 Games purchases Ghostrunner IP for €5 million

All in Games has sold the Ghostrunner IP to the game’s co-publisher 505 Games.Developed by One More Level, 3D Realms, and Slipgate Ironworks, Ghostrunner is a cyberpunk parkour game that released last fall on PC and consoles.Co-published by Polish-based company All in Games and 505 Games, the former has retained the right to participate in the profits generated by the game. 505 acquire the rights to the Ip for €5 million ($5.8 million).“When All in! Games were acquiring the IP of the game, 505 Games was also interested in the purchase, but in the initial stage of our cooperation, we…

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3 things to know about the story of Outriders

With the full game just around the corner, we take a look at some of the rich lore that makes the world of Outriders so mysterious, yet so intriguing. What happened on Earth?The eagle-eyed players that scooped up every journal entry in the demo, will have learned that Earth began to crumble in 2032. Due to warring nations, the world began to experience aggressive seismic activity.   With tsunamis and earthquakes tearing through neighbourhoods, the sea level rising, and entire cities being swallowed by the ocean, the world descended into chaos, and extinction was inevitable.  Not knowing if this was…

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We might now know what Cyberpunk 2077 free DLCs are going to be called [UPDATE]

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 17:52 GMT CD Projekt RED has said the names of the DLC which apparently leaked from the Epic Games Store are not the actual names of the upcoming DLC.In a statement to IGN, the company said the names of the DLC “are not DLCs for Cyberpunk 2077.”As IGN notes, it’s possible these names are just not finalized yet, could be code names or even placeholders the company added before choosing the actual titles.Original story followsSome details about the upcoming free DLC packs for Cyberpunk 2077 have emerged.Thanks to the Epic Games Store, it…

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TSMC Chairman: No Need to Expand Fabs in U.S. and Europe

Marc Liu, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., believes that it is economically unrealistic to expand production of semiconductors in the U.S. and Europe as this will create excessive capacity that will generate losses. TSMC has enough capacity currently  to serve demand for chips, Liu said. There are less than a dozen of companies and several countries on the planet that can make chips using advanced process technologies such as those found in the best CPUs. Historically, makers of semiconductors have built their multi-billion fabs in countries that had enough qualified workforce and could offer incentives to those willing to…

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Noita’s final major update has whimsical and [REDACTED] surprises

Perhaps we’ll come to see these years as a golden age of destruction. Between the roguelikelike witchery of Noita and the heists of Teardown, it’s a great time for games where simulated materials and physics come together for destruction that’s so much more than decorative. Now, after leaving early access in October, Noita has released its final major update, and it’s another big’un with more ways to destroy and be destroyed. Read more