July 2021

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The Ascent developers working to bring DLSS to PC version on Game Pass

By Stephany Nunneley 31 July 2021 21:09 GMT Apparently, the Steam version of The Ascent and the PC version available through Game Pass are not the same.This is according to players of The Ascent on PC that noticed the Game Pass version does not support Nvidia’s DLSS and that ray tracing doesn’t work. Watch on YouTubeSeems Neon Giant is on the case though, as it has stated it is working to bring the two versions to parity.“It is being looked at, with the intent of fixing it/bringing it to parity with Steam across the board,” said studio co-founder Tor Frick…

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Ubisoft CEO responds to open letter from employees, but group says “few points seem to have been addressed”

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has responded to an open letter published by employees earlier this week, and his response hasn’t gone down as well as hoped with those who work at the company.Earlier this week, over 500 (now over 1,000) current and former Ubisoft staff members signed an open letter to the company, criticizing the French publisher’s failure to deliver proper change after last year’s scandal involving members of upper management.In response, company CEO Yves Guillemot sent a mail to employees, reiterating previous statements made after the scandal broke, stating that the company has made “important progress” over the past…

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Diablo 2’s most popular mod is getting a major update next month

Median XL is one of the oldest and most popular mods for Diablo 2 – and it’s still being updated. A trailer was released last night for Sigma 2.0, the mod’s “largest engine and content patch.” It’ll bring new skills, progression changes, endgame content, and quality-of-life features including a revamped UI, colour blind mode, and 4K rescaling. You can find the trailer below ahead of its August 27th release. Read more

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Gigabyte Releases 1200W PSU with Full-Color Screen

You can never have have enough screens, even if some of them are inside of your case. Gigabyte’s new Aorus P1200W power supply features a full-color LCD screen, which can display custom text, pictures, GIFs, and even videos on its LCD screen. Yes, just imagine watching your favorite movies on the side of your PSU! This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a power supply with a screen slapped on it. The ASUS ROG Thor has one, but it only displays power draw, not your favorite films. Of course, the more practical use case for a screen on a PSU…

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Sonic is now in Two Point Hospital, but sadly there is no cure

The only good Sonic game is Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, a fun kart racer which also featured tracks and characters from other Sega games. On PC, that included the unlikely mashup of a Total War shogunate and Football Manager’s Manager Man. I am therefore here for the similarly unlikely mashup of Sonic and Two Point Hospital, a free pack for the hospital management sim that lets you dress your staff as Sonic, Amy, Tails and Knuckles and pepper your hallway with Sonic statues. Watch the trailer below. Read more

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How Blizzard’s reputation collapsed in just 3 years

Blizzard’s recently publicized sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed by the state of California is just the latest in a long string of controversies. Between massive layoffs, numerous reports on its toxic workplace, and highly anticipated launches reportedly sabotaged by mismanagement, the last few years have dramatically altered the perception of what used to be PC gaming’s darling developer. This timeline covers Blizzard’s most notable controversies and high-profile departures since 2018. These events help paint a broad picture of Blizzard’s recent turmoil over the past few years and can also give some useful context in its changing corporate culture and…

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Data miners leak Halo Infinite story details from multiplayer technical preview

Halo Infinite‘s technical preview is running this weekend, letting some players get their hands on with the game’s multiplayer for the first time. It turns out, however, that 343 “unintentionally” left a few campaign files in the preview, and data miners have already spat details of Infinite’s story on to the internet. There are no spoilers in this story, however. Read more

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Adata XPG Gammix S50 Lite 2TB SSD review

The PCI Express Gen 4 interface is rapidly approaching default status, especially if you’re talking new as opposed to installed hardware. Intel’s latest desktop and mobile CPUs support it, AMD having jumped on the PCIe 4.0 wagon back in 2019. The Xbox Series X/S and Playstation 5 also support the standard. As for solid-state drives, we’re now well through the early adopter stage, with numerous high-end PCIe 4.0 drives available, plus several value drives. The new ADATA XPG Gammix S50 Lite, sampled here in 2TB configuration and M.2 2280 format, falls into the latter category. But where some Gen 4…

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Beware of Halo: Infinite spoilers floating around the Internet

By Stephany Nunneley 31 July 2021 15:35 GMT Looks like there are some Halo: Infinite spoilers out in the wild.The first technical test for Halo: Infinite multiplayer is live for Halo Insiders, and along with being able to play against bots, something else was included in the test – something 343 Industries didn’t mean to include.Watch on YouTubeThat something is files related to the game’s campaign. But, of course, the files have been leaked online by data miners along with other information inadvertently included in the tech preview (thanks, Neowin). According to the game’s project lead Joseph Staten, these files…

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How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 11

If you find light text on a dark background easier on your eyes — like many of us do — you’ll want to use your operating system’s dark mode. Fortunately, it’s really easy to enable dark mode in Windows 11, which will influence the look and feel of both your apps and the system taskbar. Some upcoming prebuilt PCs may even come with this color scheme mode enabled by default. But you can’t count on that, so follow the directions below to turn on Windows 11’s dark mode.  How to Enable Dark Mode in Windows 111. Right click on the…

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The Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are a strong effort, but there’s room for improvement for the inevitable console ports

Square Enix’s new re-releases of Final Fantasy 1, 2, and 3 are strong efforts, and worthy of your attention. But there’s definitely scope to improve with patches and future ports. Watch on YouTubeClassic Final Fantasy has a bit of a ‘version problem’. When it comes to FF1 through FF6, there’s no real definitive release you can point to and tell players ‘that’s the one to play’. The new Pixel Remaster releases don’t solve this problem, but they’re certainly some of the easiest versions to recommend. The games have been tweaked and adjusted in generally smart ways. There’s new sprite work…

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Crapshoot: The Russian Leisure Suit Larry with a ‘sexy’ Tetris minigame

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random obscure games back into the light. This week, a Russian adventure that’s not as porny as it sounds, but whose surrealism might make you gag in a very different way… Sorry. Normally I try to find something interesting and a little bit unusual for you. This week though, I’m afraid we’re going to have to resort to that most tired and cliched of gaming staples: secret agents struggling with sexual inadequacy after being bitten on the penis by a poisoned penguin. And they…

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Halo Infinite’s bot names are kind of great

It’s a big deal for Halo that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer includes bots. It’s a first for the 20-year-old series, aside from the PvE Firefight mode that debuted with Halo ODST and the bots in a single game mode in Halo 5 called Warzone that was cool in theory, but also saddled with microtransactions. Bots being available in every multiplayer mode means Halo newcomers can practice against easier opponents, and players who love Capture the Flag but don’t want to deal with other human beings online can just jam by themselves. I expected all of this going into Infinite’s technical test,…

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Intel Z690 Motherboard Emerges With 20 Power Phases To Tame Alder Lake CPUs

A Bilibili forum user (via La Frite David) has shared an alleged prototype of a high-end Z690 motherboard for Intel’s forthcoming 12th Generation Alder Lake processors. The leak offers a first look of the new LGA1700 socket that’s expected to house at least two generation (Alder Lake and Raptor Lake) of Intel processors. The manufacturer of the mysterious motherboard is unknown, but it’s evident that it’s one of the high-end motherboards, judging by its power delivery subsystem. The prototype reveals 20 power phases so the Z690 motherboard is likely oriented towards overclockers and enthusiasts. Being a prototype, it’s missing several…

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I’m pleased to report that Halo Infinite’s needler whips ass

The needler never gets the respect it deserves. Halo fans have always raved about the Halo 1 pistol and the battle rifle, or the plasma sword or the Halo Reach grenade launcher or even the Covenant carbine, but dammit: I love the needler. And it looks like the combat designers for Halo Infinite do, too, because after a couple hours of hands-on with the multiplayer technical test, I think this might be the strongest the needler’s ever been. I love the tiktiktiktik sound it makes as it fires out a quick sequence of razorlike purple crystals. I love that it…

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Forza Motorsport 7 is getting delisted in September

Forza Motorsport 7 is driving off into the sunset in September. Turn 10 Studios have announced that Motorsport 7 is reaching its “end of life” status, which mostly means they’re removing any way for you to buy it. It’s a routine part of the Forza game lifecyle, they explain, so they’ve got plans in place for current owners to keep playing online and Xbox Game Pass folks to snag a permanent copy. Read more

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Valve says Steam Machines were ‘a good idea’ that helped make Steam Deck possible

Valve has not had great luck making hardware. The Steam Controller failed to revolutionize the controller scene despite its innovative design, the Steam Link worked well but was muscled out by a less-impressive app, and the ballyhooed Steam Machines basically faceplanted right out of the gate. The Index is an impressive unit, but hasn’t sparked a meaningful uptick in VR adoption since its release. We said earlier this month that Steam Machines could be seen as a cautionary tale for early proponents of the Steam Deck, Valve’s upcoming handheld gaming device. But in an interview with IGN, Valve designers Greg…

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Horizon Forbidden West delayed to early 2022 – report

By Stephany Nunneley 30 July 2021 20:12 GMT Sony is said to be delaying Horizon Forbidden West to early 2022, according to a report from Bloomberg.According to the report, Horizon Forbidden West will miss its proposed holiday 2021 release and instead arrive sometime in early 2022.Watch on YouTubeIf accurate, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering Guerrilla Games wasn’t quite sure if the game would meet a 2021 release. Back in June, PlayStation Studios head Herman Hulst said that while the game was “on track” for release this year around the holidays, “that isn’t quite certain yet.”“For Horizon,…

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Fortnite Crew August: Summer Skye is your next subscriber skin

Epic has announced new details on the exclusive Fortnite Crew skin for August. It looks like subscribers will be treated to a version of season 2’s Skye character, dressed up in appropriately summery shorts and a T-shirt. We’ve got all the details you need to know, including what other cosmetics Fortnite Crew subscribers are getting in August, when Summer Skye is releasing, and more. Don’t forget that if you want July’s Fortnite Crew skin, Marvel’s Loki, you’ll need to subscribe before the end of the month or risk losing out on it forever. Fortnite Crew August: Summer Skye skinHere’s a…