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Behold the Friday news!

SALES & DEALS

Overcooked is this week’s free game on the Epic Store
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/overcooked-is-this-weeks-free-game-on-the-epic-store/
As promised, the Epic Store has yet again rotated its weekly roster of free games as it will continue to do until the end of 2019. This week they have made the co-op, cooking sensation that is Overcooked available for free until the 11th of July.
Just hop onto your Epic Store client if you feel like having some indie game fun with friends, or you can download it here.
On the 11th of July, the store will have the Diablo-esque dungeon crawler named Torchlight as the next free game, and we will be sure to remind our readers here.

Get free Sega classics in Amplitude's Endless Summer event
https://www.pcgamer.com/get-free-sega-classics-in-amplitudes-endless-summer-event/
Endless Space 2 developer Amplitude Studios is hosting a summery event this week, offering free Sega games, putting on competitions and doing daily streams, including the developer's first German and French language streams.
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To get access to the freebies, you'll want to sign up to Amplitude's Games2Gether programme. It's a community platform that the developer has used for its Endless games to track development, get feedback, give the community free stuff and host events like this.
By linking your Steam account, you'll be able to grab two of the Sega classics on offer, which include Ecco: The Tides of Time and Ristar. There are a further 23 rewards you can download from Games2Gether, ranging from Endless-themed mocktail recipes to free DLC.

On the Humble Store there are a couple new sales:

At Fanatical, there's a bunch of deals too:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

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MODS/EMULATORS

Super Mario Maker 2 is already playable on the Nintendo Switch emulator, yuzu
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/super-mario-maker-2-is-already-playable-on-the-nintendo-switch-emulator-yuzu/
The team behind one of the most promising Nintendo Switch emulators, yuzu, has released a new update that allows the emulator to play Super Mario Maker 2. Yeap, you read that right; the latest Mario game can boot, goes in-game and is mostly playable on yuzu.
As the team noted, it has been hard at work getting some important services and functions implemented in yuzu. Thanks to these new services and functions, Super Mario Maker 2 can now boot and is playable.

Geralt's gorgeous hair gets some love in this Witcher 3 mod
https://www.pcgamer.com/geralts-gorgeous-hair-gets-some-love-in-this-witcher-3-mod/
The Witcher 3 might not have spawned the sort of mod community that Skyrim enjoys, but five years (!) on, people are still are still working away on it. One of the newest additions spruces up Geralt's magnificent mane. After all, his hair is one of the game's most important characters.
"It bothered me how bad the LOD for some of the Hairworks hairstyles was," says modder BlurredNotions. "So I increased it for all of them."
Along with making the monster slayer's hair and beard more detailed, BlurredNotions also tweaked the physics values, making the hair more responsive at framerates higher than 60. The physics tweak is an optional file, and you can download the LOD increase on its own.
>> To get this mod, head over to Nexus Mods.

GAMING NEWS

First gameplay trailer for Bandai Namco’s Unreal Engine 4-powered PC action RPG, Blue Protocol
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/first-gameplay-trailer-for-bandai-namcos-unreal-engine-4-powered-pc-action-rpg-blue-protocol/
Bandai Namco has released the first gameplay trailer for its upcoming action RPG for PC, Blue Protocol. This debut gameplay trailer will give you an idea of its art/visual style, as well as its combat mechanics.

Officiall modding tools/Assembly Kit released for Total War: Three Kingdoms
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/officiall-modding-tools-assembly-kit-released-for-total-war-three-kingdoms/
SEGA and Creative Assembly announced today the release of the official modding tools for Total War: Three Kingdoms. This basically means that in the next few weeks, PC gamers will be able to find on the game’s official Workshop a variety of mods, including unit reskins, balance tweaks, new battle maps, scripted mods, new UI elements, new events, new characters, and much more.

Sea of Solitude is now available, gets launch trailer, official PC requirements
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/sea-of-solitude-is-now-available-gets-launch-trailer-official-pc-requirements/
Electronic Arts and Jo-Mei Games have announced that their story-driven adventure game, Sea of Solitude, is now available on Origin. In order to celebrate this announcement, the teams have released the game’s launch trailer as well as its official PC requirements.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Tifa Lockhart mod released for JRPG Edge of Eternity
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/final-fantasy-7-remake-tifa-lockhart-mod-released-for-jrpg-edge-of-eternity/
JRPG and Final Fantasy 7 fans, here is something for you today. While the highly anticipated remake of Final Fantasy VII has not been officially announced yet for the PC, modder ‘MicroKnightmare’ released a brand new mod for Edge of Eternity that lets you play as Tifa Lockhart.
Tifa’s model is from Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (for which Tifa was made available recently) in her Final Fantasy 7 Remake costume. Ironically, and since Edge of Eternity is a new JRPG, this character swap mod feels actually great.
>> Get it from Nexus Mods.



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Friday news, part two:

Bulletstorm studio says it would be 'awesome' to do a sequel
https://www.pcgamer.com/bulletstorm-studio-says-it-would-be-awesome-to-do-a-sequel/
Bulletstorm is a fantastic shooter. It's fast, funny, creatively violent, and wildly profane, and it irritates me to no end that it never got a sequel. But even though it's been eight years, People Can Fly CEO Sebastian Wojciechowski told Eurogamer that there's reason to hold on to hope for a follow-up. (But maybe don't start holding your breath just yet.)

Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith says 'everything is political,' including his game
https://www.pcgamer.com/cyberpunk-creator-mike-pondsmith-says-everything-is-political-including-his-game/
Cyberpunk is a deeply political sub-genre of science fiction, and it's no surprise that Cyberpunk 2077 will be too. Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the pencil-and-paper RPG on which CD Projekt's next big thing is based (who's also working with the studio on 2077) said in an interview with VGC that "everything is political," and that the setting is a cautionary tale about the confluence of technology, power, and responsibility.

Former Paradox CEO defends extended DLC policy as 'fair and balanced'
https://www.pcgamer.com/former-paradox-ceo-defends-extended-dlc-policy-as-fair-and-balanced/
Paradox Interactive has kind of an unusual approach to making DLC, in that it can't seem to not make DLC. The 2013 release of Europa Universalis 4, for instance, was followed by 32 expansions, content packs, and other bits released over a span of more than five years; the most recent expansion for Hearts of Iron 4, which came out in mid-2016, was released last month.

The Outer Worlds co-director says it will be political, but not 'politically charged'
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-outer-worlds-co-director-says-it-will-be-political-but-not-politically-charged/
Obsidian creative director Leonard Boyarsky said in a recent interview with VGC that the studio is not trying to make its upcoming RPG The Outer Worlds into "a really hard, politically-charged game," and that it is being very careful not to "lecture" players about its themes. But his description of those themes, which include "power and how power is used against people who don't have it," has an awfully political ring to it.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey will get its final DLC episode later this month
https://www.pcgamer.com/assassins-creed-odyssey-will-get-its-final-dlc-episode-later-this-month/
Ubisoft certainly hasn't skimped on the post-launch support for Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Weeks after the release of a new quest creator, the publisher has confirmed that the third and final part of the serialised Fate of Atlantis DLC will release on July 16. It's called the Judgment of Atlantis, and that's a screenshot from it above. It's our first look at Poseidon's realm, and by the sounds of things, it'll be the very last DLC pack for the game.

Be alone with your camera in peaceful free photography game 30 Pictures
https://www.pcgamer.com/be-alone-with-your-camera-in-peaceful-free-photography-game-30-pictures/
Remember rolls of film? If yes, what was the deal with rolls of film *Seinfeld theme tune*. If no, they were like memory cards, but with much stricter shot limits, and that you had to take into an actual shop to get developed. Luckily you won't have to do the second thing with lovely free jam game 30 Pictures, but you only have 30 uses of its in-game camera before the game cuts out.

Nomadic MMO Last Oasis has a dynamic map, EVE-inspired trading and won't be Epic exclusive
https://www.pcgamer.com/nomadic-mmo-last-oasis-has-a-dynamic-map-eve-inspired-trading-and-wont-be-epic-exclusive/
Last Oasis developer Donkey Crew hosted an AMA for its peculiar survival MMO this week, giving us a better idea of what life is like on a world where the scorching sun leaves only a small strip of it habitable. Hard, apparently. That habitable zone is constantly moving, you see, so players will have to stay mobile and work together to get resources from an area before it (and they) are burned to a crisp.
>> So now not being Epic exclusive is the news worthy?

Time to check what's available at GOG and Steam this weekend:

+GOG

+Steam

  • Needles to say, Steam is busy doing their Summer Sale.

That's all folks! Have a happy and gaming weekend.



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Well, looks like the launch of Nvidia's SUPER cards has started the competition: AMD is lowering the prices of the upcoming 5700 cards:

AMD to lower the price of Radeon RX 5700 series ahead of launch
https://videocardz.com/newz/amd-to-lower-the-price-of-radeon-rx-5700-series-ahead-of-launch

And AMD has confirmed it, via Twitter:

That's a $50 drop for the regular and 50th anniversary 5700XT cards and $30 for the 5700.



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Yeah. Saw that elsewhere, could mean that Navi isn't all that it's cracked up to be? I guess we will find out in the next 24 hours or so as I think that is when the US Embargo gets lifted.



JEMC said:

Well, looks like the launch of Nvidia's SUPER cards has started the competition: AMD is lowering the prices of the upcoming 5700 cards:

AMD to lower the price of Radeon RX 5700 series ahead of launch
https://videocardz.com/newz/amd-to-lower-the-price-of-radeon-rx-5700-series-ahead-of-launch

And AMD has confirmed it, via Twitter:

That's a $50 drop for the regular and 50th anniversary 5700XT cards and $30 for the 5700.

EricHiggin said:

If AMD is smart, and Nvidia is really that greedy, AMD will use this 5700 pricing against Nvidia. Now that the price of the 2000 series doesn't really have to drop anymore because of the 5700 pricing, even though it should, if Nvidia launches the Super series, and just increases the prices for those cards, it would and should look really bad on them. If AMD is really smart, they will then immediately drop the pricing of the 5700 series by $50 to $100, basically forcing Nvidia to drop the pricing of the regular 2000 series by the same amount. However, Nvidia won't drop the price of their newly launched Super series, and even if gamers don't buy the 5700, they will buy the regular 2000 cards instead, which won't be good news for the brand new Super series sales. This will hurt Nvidia's image as well as stock price, which have both taken hits already over the last year.

Well Nvidia did things a little differently than I anticipated by preemptively 'dropping' their prices while phasing out the OG 2000 series, which covers a couple angles at once which was smart, but AMD did as I figured and dropped their prices almost immediately afterwards. With the OG 2000 series being replaced by the Super cards, I really don't see any more price drops coming until the holidays at the earliest, especially based on the preemptively 'dropped' Super prices already, so this actually should work out even better for the Radeon 5700 series I would think.

Now AMD has to slowly start filling the Navi line up with competitive models at each performance level and build hype over the next year.



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EricHiggin said:
JEMC said:

Well, looks like the launch of Nvidia's SUPER cards has started the competition: AMD is lowering the prices of the upcoming 5700 cards:

AMD to lower the price of Radeon RX 5700 series ahead of launch
https://videocardz.com/newz/amd-to-lower-the-price-of-radeon-rx-5700-series-ahead-of-launch

And AMD has confirmed it, via Twitter:

That's a $50 drop for the regular and 50th anniversary 5700XT cards and $30 for the 5700.

EricHiggin said:

If AMD is smart, and Nvidia is really that greedy, AMD will use this 5700 pricing against Nvidia. Now that the price of the 2000 series doesn't really have to drop anymore because of the 5700 pricing, even though it should, if Nvidia launches the Super series, and just increases the prices for those cards, it would and should look really bad on them. If AMD is really smart, they will then immediately drop the pricing of the 5700 series by $50 to $100, basically forcing Nvidia to drop the pricing of the regular 2000 series by the same amount. However, Nvidia won't drop the price of their newly launched Super series, and even if gamers don't buy the 5700, they will buy the regular 2000 cards instead, which won't be good news for the brand new Super series sales. This will hurt Nvidia's image as well as stock price, which have both taken hits already over the last year.

Well Nvidia did things a little differently than I anticipated by preemptively 'dropping' their prices while phasing out the OG 2000 series, which covers a couple angles at once which was smart, but AMD did as I figured and dropped their prices almost immediately afterwards. With the OG 2000 series being replaced by the Super cards, I really don't see any more price drops coming until the holidays at the earliest, especially based on the preemptively 'dropped' Super prices already, so this actually should work out even better for the Radeon 5700 series I would think.

Now AMD has to slowly start filling the Navi line up with competitive models at each performance level and build hype over the next year.

nVidia isn't phasing out all of it's older Turing cards. - nVidia has just moved the performance line up a fairly heft notch in it's product stack.

End of the day... Navi should slot in under Vega 7 anyway which will remain as AMD's flagship part... We might even get another Vega part with the full compliment of CU's too, but unlikely.



Pemalite said:
EricHiggin said:

Well Nvidia did things a little differently than I anticipated by preemptively 'dropping' their prices while phasing out the OG 2000 series, which covers a couple angles at once which was smart, but AMD did as I figured and dropped their prices almost immediately afterwards. With the OG 2000 series being replaced by the Super cards, I really don't see any more price drops coming until the holidays at the earliest, especially based on the preemptively 'dropped' Super prices already, so this actually should work out even better for the Radeon 5700 series I would think.

Now AMD has to slowly start filling the Navi line up with competitive models at each performance level and build hype over the next year.

nVidia isn't phasing out all of it's older Turing cards. - nVidia has just moved the performance line up a fairly heft notch in it's product stack.

End of the day... Navi should slot in under Vega 7 anyway which will remain as AMD's flagship part... We might even get another Vega part with the full compliment of CU's too, but unlikely.

I was hearing that some of the 2000 series were being phased out, other than the higher models like the 2080 ti. I could see them keeping the 2060, but with the performance of the Super models almost all moving up a model in the stack, I don't really see the point in keeping the 2070 or 2080, especially if a Super 2080 is on it's way. The holiday would be the perfect time for that card, especially if AMD drops something competitive against the 2080.

Aren't Navi 10,12, and 20/21 confirmed basically? AMD said Vega and GCN would remain for compute but that RDNA was for gaming, and they've also been talking about having more models for sale and stretching out launches for their product lines to keep people constantly focused on their brands and what's new. I wouldn't be surprised to see a 5600 model between now and the holidays, and a 5800 model for the holidays. Save the 5900 model for the new year sometime?



The Canadian National Anthem According To Justin Trudeau

 

Oh planet Earth! The home of native lands, 
True social law, in all of us demand.
With cattle farts, we view sea rise,
Our North sinking slowly.
From far and snide, oh planet Earth, 
Our healthcare is yours free!
Science save our land, harnessing the breeze,
Oh planet Earth, smoke weed and ferment yeast.
Oh planet Earth, ell gee bee queue and tee.

Pemalite said:
Yeah. Saw that elsewhere, could mean that Navi isn't all that it's cracked up to be? I guess we will find out in the next 24 hours or so as I think that is when the US Embargo gets lifted.

Well, there's a leaked review that put the 5700XT ahead of the 2070 in some games, and even slower than a 2060 in others, so it's hard to tell.

We'll find out soon, tho.



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So, Navi is between 55 - 85% more power efficient in gaming than the Polaris and Vega 14 nm cards, and more or less matches the Turing cards. That's about the same position AMD was back in 2016, with Polaris compared to their 28 nm GCN cards and Nvidia's Maxwell ones.

The silver lining is, unless the RDNA architecture offered no IPC gains whatsoever, AMD's difference to Nvidia on 7nm should diminish compared to where it was with 14 - 16 nm (Pascal was a whopping 60 - 65% more power efficient than Polaris at launch) because the newer node doesn't seem to decrease power consumption as much as the previous shrink did. That is, assuming Nvidia's first 7nm cards are mostly a shrink of their Turing architecture, which seems probable, given Nvidia, like Intel, doesn't seem to release new architectures with node shrinks.

On the other hand - impressed with the Zen 2 chips. It's the first time in many years AMD competes and even surpasses Intel, matching core to core, clock to clock. However, Intel still seems to have a distinct gaming advantage. I would say the reason being developers favor Intel tools and instructions more than it is the fault of single-core performance at this point.

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It's a shame that there are no 3800X reviews yet. The 3700X seems a bit constricted by its low TDP, so the extra 40W of its sibling could make it the best choice.



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