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SALES & DEALS

Get Tyranny, Pillars of Eternity, and Borderlands in the latest Humble Bundle
https://www.pcgamer.com/get-tyranny-pillars-of-eternity-and-borderlands-in-the-latest-humble-bundle/
If you've got a few bucks and a lot of free time, the Humble RPG Bundle is a good way to get rid of both. Starting at the $1 tier you get Hiveswap: Act 1, Deep Sky Derelicts, and Immortal Planet. I haven't played Hiveswap but Deep Sky Derelicts and Immortal Planet are both quite cool, if a little weird. But that's not all!

GOG's new Midweek Sale is full of Point & Click games up to 85% off until... well, the sale announcement says September 7th, but the sale page claims that it will last 46 hours, which would mean Friday 6. So yeah, give a look as soon as possible.

Steam has two new daily deals, only one legit, a special week-long sale and three Midweek Madness deals:

And at Fanatical we find 4 new sales:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

Luminous Engine Full Path-traced Ray Tracing Tech Demo running on an NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080Ti
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/luminous-engine-full-path-traced-ray-tracing-tech-demo-running-on-an-nvidia-geforce-rtx2080ti/
Luminous Productions has unveiled BackStage; its latest tech demo that utilizes the next-gen real-time game graphics technology known as path tracing. The tech demo is part of the studio’s efforts to advance the next-gen gaming functionality of their proprietary game development engine, Luminous Engine.
It’s worth noting that the Luminous Engine is among the first engines to adopt path tracing. As such, BackStage takes full advantage of real-time game graphics technology of the future. Furthermore, and according to the press release, the next-gen games using the Luminous Engine will take advantage of this feature.

MODS/EMULATORS

The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project 11.0 Comparison Video
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/the-witcher-3-hd-reworked-project-11-0-comparison-video/
Modder ‘Halk Hogan PL’ has released a new comparison video for the new version of The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project. This video will give you a glimpse at the new HD textures that will be coming in version 11.0.

These incredible Star Wars mods for Blade & Sorcery let you become a Jedi or Sith in VR
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/these-incredible-star-wars-mods-for-blade-sorcery-let-you-become-a-jedi-or-sith-in-vr/
Star Wars fans, here is something really special for you today. A new Star Wars overhaul mod collection is currently under development for the VR game, Blade & Sorcery, that looks absolutely incredible. This is a dream for all Star Wars fans, as this mod pack will allow you to become a virtual Jedi or Sith.
Going into more details, the following videos showcase a number of Star Wars mods for Blade & Sorcery.
>> Check the article for the descriptions and links for the 5 mods.

GAMING NEWS

Control and Alan Wake are set in the same universe
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/control-and-alan-wake-are-set-in-the-same-universe/
While Remedy has still not announced whether it will be a new Alan Wake game, it appears that the team is already expanding its lore. After all, Control has basically confirmed that the game is set in the same universe with Alan Wake.
>> Ok, and?

New official video for Planet Zoo showcases 19 minutes of gameplay footage
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/new-official-video-for-planet-zoo-showcases-19-minutes-of-gameplay-footage/
Frontier has released a new gameplay reveal video for Planet Zoo. This video focuses on the Savannah biomea brand new Indian Subcontinent theme, and some new animals. This video showcases 19 minutes of gameplay footage, so we strongly suggest watching it in case you are interested in it.

CD Projekt RED confirms that Cyberpunk 2077 will be getting a multiplayer mode
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/cd-projekt-red-confirms-that-cyberpunk-2077-will-be-getting-a-multiplayer-mode/
CD Projekt RED has just confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will be getting a multiplayer mode. However, this mode will not be available at launch. Instead the team aims to implement it via a post-launch update.

New Splinter Cell game is on the horizon according to Gamestop’s night-vision goggles listing
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/new-splinter-cell-game-is-on-the-horizon-according-to-gamestops-night-vision-goggles-listing/
Gamestop may have just leaked a new Splinter Cell game. A new listing for some new night-vision goggles appeared yesterday, with its description clearly stating that the 10th Splinter Cell main game is on the horizon.



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Wednesday news, part two:

Borderlands 3 will be preloadable on PC, worldwide launch times announced
https://www.pcgamer.com/heres-when-borderlands-3-will-be-available-to-download-on-pc/
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said in August that even though the Epic Games Store supports preloading, Borderlands 3 would not have a preload period because he wasn't certain the system would up to the demands of a major release like Borderlands 3. That situation has now changed: 2K Games announced today that Borderlands 3 will be preloadable on all platforms, including PC, beginning roughly 48 hours prior to the scheduled launch time. In North America, that means you can start preloading at around 7 pm ET on September 10.

Control will be adding more graphics options in its next update
https://www.pcgamer.com/control-will-be-adding-more-graphics-options-in-its-next-update/
Control has been out for a week, and it's probably the best showcase of raytracing in a game to date, with beautiful reflections, shadows, and global illumination all on display throughout your journey through the Oldest House. (...) Remedy and 505 Games have posted a brief update to Control's official site, updating players on what the development teams are working on post-launch.

Guild Wars 2's next living world 'saga' is headed to my favorite region from the original
https://www.pcgamer.com/guild-wars-2s-next-living-world-saga-is-headed-to-my-favorite-region-from-the-original/
Guild Wars 2's next collection of free story content is ditching the word "season" for "saga." Unlike previous seasons of what Guild Wars 2 calls its Living Story, the Icebrood Saga will be a series of content additions that break the linear story mission format that players have come to expect from the free content updates. As with past Living World stories, the Icebrood Saga will be headed to a new region of Tyria. Fortunately for me, it means a return to my favorite region from the original Guild Wars.

Hearthstone's next solo adventure is Tombs of Terror
https://www.pcgamer.com/hearthstones-next-solo-adventure-is-tombs-of-terror/
Just as singleplayer mission bundle The Dalaran Heist followed the Rise of Shadows, Hearthstone's latest expansion Saviors of Uldum is being followed by Tombs of Terror. This fully voice-acted solo adventure will star the League of Explorers as the adventurous archaeologists explore the ruins and cities of Uldum, with hero-specific artifacts as the rewards. Those artifacts will come in handy when they come up against the four Plague Lords in multi-phase boss fights, one at the climax of each chapter.

Doom 64 rating appears on Australia's Classification Board website
https://www.pcgamer.com/doom-64-rating-appears-on-australias-classification-board-website/
Earlier this summer, Doom 64 was unexpectedly rated for PC by European ratings agency PEGI. The slip-of-the-tongue rating was quickly removed (and remains gone), but it definitely happened—and now it's happened again.

Ghost Recon meets Cuphead in this incredibly weird Breakpoint trailer
https://www.pcgamer.com/ghost-recon-meets-cuphead-in-this-incredibly-weird-trailer/
Ubisoft revealed details about the upcoming Ghost Recon Breakpoint closed beta today, and also laid out its plans for the first year of post-launch content. But before we get into any of that, I'd like to take a moment to appreciate the trailer up above, which is... Well, I'm not sure, really. The Ghost Recon cast is thoroughly cartoonish, yes, but I didn't expect Ubisoft to get quite so literal about it. That's meta.

New Apex Legends trailer reveals the many origins of Wraith
https://www.pcgamer.com/new-apex-legends-trailer-reveals-the-many-origins-of-wraith/
The Apex Legends "Voidwalker" event went live today, which brings us the dry details of patch notes and the animated excitement of a new "Stories from the Outlands" trailer. This one, appropriately, is about Wraith, the star of this particular event, who runs into a spot of trouble with the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation when she runs into herself.

Minecraft's DuckTales crossover would make Scrooge McDuck proud
https://www.pcgamer.com/minecrafts-ducktales-crossover-would-make-scrooge-mcduck-proud/
DuckTales, the 1990s cartoon about a capitalist duck and his adventurous grandnephews, is now three seasons deep into a 21st century reboot. I haven't watched it—I'm an adult—but I have lately played the excellent DuckTales Remastered, thanks to its recent Steam delisting. But never fear if you missed that revamped classic, because now there's another way to spend some time with Scrooge McDuck and co: in Minecraft.

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy is now available on Steam
https://www.pcgamer.com/spyro-reignited-trilogy-is-now-available-on-steam/
Originally released in 1998 for PlayStation, Spyro the Dragon belongs to that pantheon of '90s collect-em-up 3D platformers that, while good at the time, haven't aged particularly well. And yet, when the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy released for PS4 and Xbox last year, the critical reception was surprisingly glowing. Gamesradar gave it four stars, writing that it "hasn't let go of its unique, kid-friendly charm".
Anyway, nearly a year later, the trilogy has made its way to PC and is currently available on Steam.

Dave Bautista will be a playable character in Gears 5
https://www.pcgamer.com/dave-bautista-will-be-a-playable-character-in-gears-5/
Dave Bautista has made no secret of the fact that he wants to star in a Gears of War movie. He seems like a natural fit—he's huge, scowly, and famously violent—but despite his enthusiasm, he's not very confident that it's going to happen. So, a compromise: He'll appear as himself in Gears 5.

Here's 15 minutes of spoiler-rich Gears 5 campaign footage
https://www.pcgamer.com/heres-15-minutes-of-spoiler-rich-gears-5-campaign-footage/
Until this week, Microsoft and The Coalition have been tight-lipped about the game's campaign component. But thanks to a recent outpouring of previews we now know that the game features some semi-open world areas, as well as a ridable high-speed skiff. The footage above shows neither of those things, but it does prove that Gears' gunplay is pretty much exactly what you'd expect: active reload is back, and for all its promised advancements, it's still very much a third-person shooter.

We Were Here Together is an unusual co-op puzzle game, due in October
https://www.pcgamer.com/we-were-here-together-is-an-unusual-co-op-puzzle-game-due-in-october/
The third game in the We Were Here series has announced a release date. We Were Here Together features more first person co-op puzzling, and it's set to arrive October 10.

Gears 5's launch trailer is here, and it's full of cameos
https://www.pcgamer.com/gears-5s-launch-trailer-is-here-and-its-full-of-cameos/
Gears 5 hits store shelves September 9, but Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers get to start playing tomorrow. That means today is Launch Trailer Day, and the Gears 5 launch trailer is packed with action and cameos.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.

Seeing all these articles about 300hz laptop displays... why!?!!?

Does anyone here have experience with displays above 144hz? 144hz is one thing but when we start going to 240hz and 300hz I'm starting to think there really isn't any point in going that far.



Predictions (Made July 2019)

LTD: PS4 - 130m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 52m       2019 : PS4 - 15m, Switch - 18.8m, XBO - 4.8m        2020: Switch - 22m (Peak Year)


Control and Alan Wake are set in the same universe
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/control-and-alan-wake-are-set-in-the-same-universe/
While Remedy has still not announced whether it will be a new Alan Wake game, it appears that the team is already expanding its lore. After all, Control has basically confirmed that the game is set in the same universe with Alan Wake.

I suppose it's that well known universe of frame rate drops to low teens?



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JEMC said:

Well, I don't know about the others, but Samsung already has plants in China, so they benefit too from low wages. Plus, they announced earlier this year that they would double their production capacity in those plants to 220,000 wafers by 2020, which is quite a bit more than the 100,000-150,000 wafers that the Chinese company.

Samsung is fine, for now.

Absolutely not for their highest-end production plants containing the most proprietary technology as even Samsung are concerned about industrial espionage so their plants in China manufactures very old technology compared to their Korean equivalents. Do you believe that Samsung would entrust one of their most competitive edge to Chinese employees who could potentially reverse engineer the technology for their own purpose ?

Samsung can increase their production capacity all they want but if Chinese customers such as OEM/ODMs have a good enough domestic alternative then they will attempt to nourish their budding industry in the name of nationalism even if it means wrecking Samsung's business altogether as their orders start to dry up ...



fatslob-:O said:
JEMC said:

Well, I don't know about the others, but Samsung already has plants in China, so they benefit too from low wages. Plus, they announced earlier this year that they would double their production capacity in those plants to 220,000 wafers by 2020, which is quite a bit more than the 100,000-150,000 wafers that the Chinese company.

Samsung is fine, for now.

Absolutely not for their highest-end production plants containing the most proprietary technology as even Samsung are concerned about industrial espionage so their plants in China manufactures very old technology compared to their Korean equivalents. Do you believe that Samsung would entrust one of their most competitive edge to Chinese employees who could potentially reverse engineer the technology for their own purpose ?

Samsung can increase their production capacity all they want but if Chinese customers such as OEM/ODMs have a good enough domestic alternative then they will attempt to nourish their budding industry in the name of nationalism even if it means wrecking Samsung's business altogether as their orders start to dry up ...

From the articles I found, Samsung produces its 96-layer NAND waffers in China, which is their best one.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.

JEMC said:

From the articles I found, Samsung produces its 96-layer NAND waffers in China, which is their best one.

Where ? So far there's only one Samsung plant in China that specifically produces 3D-NAND flash memory modules and it's 32-layer last I checked ... 

Samsung has zero intention to bring production of their latest 3D-NAND technology to China and practically all of it's highest-end solutions are manufactured either in South Korea or the US ... 

It's pretty clear that Samsung do not trust their Chinese employees otherwise a massive state backed firm like Tsinghua Unigroup wouldn't have to pour in $30B+ to develop their own domestic technology ... (they also snagged Charles Kao too to lead their new DRAM unit)



Barkley said:
Seeing all these articles about 300hz laptop displays... why!?!!?

Does anyone here have experience with displays above 144hz? 144hz is one thing but when we start going to 240hz and 300hz I'm starting to think there really isn't any point in going that far.

My monitor supports up to 165hz, but Ive still got it set to 144hz, which is fine for me.

More frames is always nice, but if the game is going to run locked at 60, or like RAGE 2, where it mostly stays around the 80's, I don't really feel that it's an important factor for me (just as long as it stays above 60 is my main goal). 



                                       

I already checked out that VIP program of BL3 which is just so pathetic. This kind of player "engagement" feels so lame and exploitative. Needless to say I got all of them VIP points for watching videos and reading articles.

Also checked out the skill trees while I'm at it. There are 3 builds that seem really interesting and I got only one more week to decide what to choose. The first run is so important.



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