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Chazore said:
hinch said:

Big numbers from AMD indeed! Zen 3 was a big hit for them and a great product and their mobile CPU and APU's in laptops are decent. Well deserved. I just hope Alderlake hits it out of the park from Intel. Competition is greatly needed on the CPU side of things as prices are ever looming higher. Also will be interesting next year with Alderlake and Zen 4 battling it out. And lol at Intel and TDP rating still 125W - not happening

Also looking forward to RNDA 3 next year. Decided to skip this gen altogether due to silly GPU prices and availability. Would be great if out by Q2.

Yeah I'm also going to have to wait for the new refresh GPU's or new gen at this point. Scalpers and miners have pretty much made that choice for with without my way.

I just hope we don't get screwed over with the new gen/refresh.

This is me. AiB's decided to take the piss and AMD and Nvidia making it near impossible to get their reference cards without being glued to the PC (here in the UK). And scalper/mining bots sucking up supply, and prohibitive costs and its a like a big nope I'll just hang onto my current graphics card and turn down some settings.

I guess it was my fault for sitting on my hands with the 30XX series cards, though won't be making the mistake of that next year - where we're going to see huge gains in performance.



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Great interview so far, and it's nice to know the origins of the Deck.

My fave part was them coming up with names for the device, early into it's conception (names like "Steam ugly baby" - Gabe, lol)

They do definitely expect the device to sell somewhat decently, and going by the pre-order numbers, their expectations aren't exactly wrong. 

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Watched a bit of it and its quite refreshing that the CEO is so open, talking about their product. Even going as far as talking positively about the Deck being able to run competing services on it (it is a PC after all). Like some companies would like to skit around the subject but they're like nope we don't want to lock people down and we're PC gamers as well xD

The thing should sell quite sell and be a relative success for them. Now get on Half Life 3 Gaben!



Hardware Unboxed tested the 3050Ti in Laptops by way of the XMG Core 17:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBL6skkk38Y

 The 3050Ti is about as powerful as the RTX 2060 and 8% faster than the 1660Ti - except when the game needs more than 4GiB VRAM. Since the 3050Ti only comes with 4GiB, it's performance absolutely tanks in those scenarios, and it's already triggered in 1080p in several games. Considering 3050Ti Laptops cost quite a bit more than 1660Ti ones (about $200 more), it's overpriced and due to the too small VRAM comes with 0 longevity.



Yea I am not a fan of the 3050 Ti per say. It's better to get a 2060 if it costs similar. I think the only usefulness might be thin and light laptops? For example, last gen XPS 15 had a 1650 Ti + 4GB of Vram where as this gen has a 3050 Ti with 4GB of Vram which is a much better upgrade. But on the other hand, the current gen XPS 17 gives you 3050 Ti on the lower models or you can get a last gen XPS 17 with a 2060 Max Q for around the same price and in that case, it might be better to get a 2060 Max Q.



             

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Captain_Yuri said:

Yea I am not a fan of the 3050 Ti per say. It's better to get a 2060 if it costs similar. I think the only usefulness might be thin and light laptops? For example, last gen XPS 15 had a 1650 Ti + 4GB of Vram where as this gen has a 3050 Ti with 4GB of Vram which is a much better upgrade. But on the other hand, the current gen XPS 17 gives you 3050 Ti on the lower models or you can get a last gen XPS 17 with a 2060 Max Q for around the same price and in that case, it might be better to get a 2060 Max Q.

Yeah, the 35W version in ultrathins might be worthwhile, but not higher-powered versions, especially not the 80W version in entry-level gaming laptops.



The Thursday news:

SALES /PLAYER COUNT & DEALS

GOG gets new releases:

Steam has two new deals:

There are two new deals at Humble:

Fanatical has a new bundle:


By the way, Fanatical's Summer Sale will start Monday, August 2nd. Keep that in mind.

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

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MODS, EMULATORS & FAN PROJECTS

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GAMING NEWS

Kena: Bridge of Spirits has been delayed until September 21st
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/kena-bridge-of-spirits-has-been-delayed-until-september-21st/
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a game that a lot of gamers have been looking forward to. However, it appears that we’ll have to wait a bit longer as Ember Lab has announced that the game has been delayed until September 21st.

Here are the graphics settings for Halo Infinite Technical Beta
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/here-are-the-graphics-settings-for-halo-infinite-technical-beta/
343 Industries has just revealed the PC graphics settings for Halo Infinite’s upcoming Technical Beta. As we can see, the game will feature a lot of graphics settings to adjust. And when we say a lot, we mean A LOT.

First screenshots & in-game teaser trailer for Tribe: Primitive Builder
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/first-screenshots-in-game-teaser-trailer-for-tribe-primitive-builder/
Polyslash has released the first screenshots and in-game teaser trailer for Tribe: Primitive Builder. Tribe: Primitive Builder is a survival game with crafting mechanics in which you become an architect in the primitive times and help your tribe thrive and expand.

Carrier Command 2 releases on August 10th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/carrier-command-2-releases-on-august-10th/
MicroProse announced that Carrier Command 2, its new Real-Time Strategy game, will release on Steam on August 10th. In addition, the game will get a VR version, and you can find below a trailer for it.

Crimson Desert has been delayed and does not have any new release date
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/crimson-desert-has-been-delayed-and-does-not-have-any-new-release-date/
Crimson Desert was one of the most impressive games we saw in The Games Awards 2020 show. And while the game was targeting a Winter 2021 release date, Pearl Abyss has decided to delay it.

F1 2021 Patch 1.05 improves DLSS, adds Ray Tracing Quality setting
https://www.dsogaming.com/patches/f1-2021-patch-1-05-improves-dlss-adds-ray-tracing-quality-setting/
As we wrote in our “Ray Tracing & DLSS Benchmarks “, F1 2021’s DLSS implementation wasn’t that good and it suffered from some awful ray-traced shadows. And it appears that Codemasters is trying to improve these two issues in the latest update for this new F1 racing game.

FuturLab is working on a spiritual successor to its Velocity series
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/futurlab-is-working-on-a-spiritual-successor-to-its-velocity-series/
Thunderful Publishing has announced its partnership with Brighton-based developer FuturLab for their next sci-fi adventure, a stylish, high-intensity third-person combat game. According to the teams, this new game will be a spiritual successor to the award-winning Velocity series.

King’s Bounty 2 gets official gameplay trailer & PC system requirements
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/kings-bounty-2-gets-official-gameplay-trailer-pc-system-requirements/
1C Entertainment and Prime Matter have announced that King’s Bounty II has gone gold and is on track for its August 24th release date. In order to celebrate this announcement, the teams released the game’s first gameplay trailer that you can find below. Moreover, the teams revealed the game’s official PC system requirements.

BLUE REFLECTION: Second Light is coming to PC on November 9th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/blue-reflection-second-light-is-coming-to-pc-on-november-9th/
KOEI Tecmo has announced that BLUE REFLECTION: Second Light, the highly-anticipated sequel to the beloved 2017 JRPG, will release on November 9th.



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Part two of the news:

New Hitman 3 roadmap gives us a lustful Agent 47 and Marrakesh for free
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/new-hitman-3-roadmap-gives-us-a-lustful-agent-47-and-marrakesh-for-free/
IO has just released the latest roadmap for Hitman 3, showing off the newest deadly sin, a free level and more. This time we're getting lustful in Berlin—though you won't be seeing a horny Agent 47 anytime soon.

The Waylanders update lets you have a fluffy pet spider
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/the-waylanders-update-lets-you-have-a-fluffy-pet-spider/
Gato Studio recently announced the most important update for celtic RPG The Waylanders: more pets. Rangers can now choose between a panther, wolf, boar, or spider.

Serial Cleaners shows off its own take on Batman vision
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/serial-cleaners-shows-off-its-own-take-on-batman-vision/
Whatever you call it, Batman Vision is a staple of the stealth genre, even if it doesn't strictly make sense—and even if it didn't originate with Batman. Lean up real close to a wall? Why yes, you can perfectly hear where people on the other side are looking. It's willing suspension of belief, because genre: we want to play that game, vision cones intact.

'We will not return to silence': Activision-Blizzard employees push back on Bobby Kotick statement
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/activision-blizzard-employees-warn-todays-walkout-is-not-a-one-time-event/
Activision Blizzard employees taking part in today's work stoppage have issued a statement saying that while they are "pleased" by the change in the company's tone, last night's statement by CEO Bobby Kotick "fails to address critical elements at the heart of employee concerns."

Ubisoft employees say they've 'had enough' of 'empty promises,' offer solidarity to Activision Blizzard
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/ubisoft-employees-say-theyve-had-enough-of-empty-promises-offer-solidarity-to-activision-blizzard/
Ubisoft employees have written an open letter expressing solidarity with Activision Blizzard employees taking part in a walkout protesting the company's response to a lawsuit alleging discrimination and sexual harassment at the company. The letter, which according to Axios has been signed by nearly 500 current and former Ubisoft employees, also calls on Ubisoft management to address the company's own problems with misconduct and abuse.
>> They're not the only ones to share their solidarity.

Halo Infinite lets you drop weapons for the first time in series history
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/halo-infinite-lets-you-drop-weapons-for-the-first-time-in-series-history/
There's a little dance you have to do in any Halo game when you want to hand a sniper rifle or rocket launcher over to a teammate. You scramble around looking for another gun on the ground that you can swap for, trading what's in your hands for whatever junk is close by. And if there isn't anything close by, well, everyone's stuck with what they've got.
That ends in Halo Infinite. After 20 years, Halo has added a "drop weapon" button.

The Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are out now and there's already a way to improve their crappy font
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/the-final-fantasy-pixel-remasters-are-out-now-and-theres-already-a-way-to-improve-their-crappy-font/
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The pixel art remasters use a bland sans serif font, but the bigger sin here is how squished it is. It looks like someone accidentally set the letter spacing to like, -100, leaving vast gulfs of empty space in the UI and a font that's pretty hard to read. Thankfully, as RPGSite has discovered, there's an easy way to make the new Final Fantasy font look much, much better.
>> It consists in editing some files. The article contains the full process.

Fortnite crosses over with Suicide Squad, featuring Bloodsport
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/suicide-squad-fortnite/
Someone please get Idris Elba some coffee. The Suicide Squad star, playing elite killer Bloodsport in James Gunn's superhero reboot, is squeezing in some Fortnite promos between all his other work, and it's kind of amusing how he either A) has no clue what Fortnite is or B) agreed to do this promo ten seconds earlier when his agent meekly interrupted his Q&A.

Watch a full match of Halo Infinite multiplayer ahead of tomorrow's technical preview
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/watch-a-full-match-of-halo-infinite-multiplayer-ahead-of-tomorrows-technical-preview/
343 Industries put on a stream today going over what's to come in the Halo Infinite technical preview that Halo Insiders will be playing this weekend. The preview stream for a preview build touched on a lot of nitty-gritty details that Halo fans will find interesting, like the new Academy aim training mode, the slew of new settings available to both console and PC players (including an FOV slider on Xbox), and the ability to drop weapons on-the-fly without having to swap one out for another.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water PC port gets a release date
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/fatal-frame-maiden-of-black-water-pc-port-gets-a-release-date/
Koei Tecmo surprised us all when it confirmed a PC port for Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water at E3 2021. This will be the first Fatal Frame game to hit PC, but it's not exactly the most cherished game in the series. Also, it was a Wii U exclusive with a heavy reliance on that console's second screen.
But it's coming, and now we have a release date: October 28.

Rocket League gets James Bond's suave Aston Martin DB5
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/rocket-league-gets-james-bonds-suave-aston-martin-db35/
James Bond is classy, Rocket League is classy, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that the two are coming together. Specifically, Rocket League is getting James Bond's Aston Martin DB5, which appears in several of the films: Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, and a bunch of others.

Superhot VR gets review-bombed following the removal of suicide scenes
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/superhot-vr-gets-review-bombed-following-the-removal-of-self-harm-scenes/
Superhot VR has been review-bombed on Steam following its removal of scenes involving the player harming or killing themselves.
One now-removed scene involved the player motioning the controller like a gun in order to shoot themselves, while another scene had the player jumping off a high-rise building. It's the type of thing we might see regularly when there's a level of separation between the monitor and ourselves, but the extra immersion brought with something like VR can cause scenes like these to be distressing for some.

Beautifully animated adventure-puzzler Omno is out today
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/beautifully-animated-adventure-puzzler-omno-is-out-today/
Make a pilgrimage through a world of ancient wonders, is Omno's pitch. In a lost civilisation, with forests, deserts, and tundras, it's all really quite pretty.
Developer Jonas Manke is primarily an animator, and it shows. Much of the new release trailer is going: hey, look at how beautiful this movement is. You can run, glide, dash, surf, and teleport—which I think is what you're looking at in those slow-mo-to-zoom segments—but everything else in the world gets the same kind of detail, too. The jellyfish blobbing around, the flying ray flapping its fins.

PUBG's planes are now terrifying fiery death traps
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/pubgs-planes-are-now-terrifying-fiery-death-traps/
Nowhere is safe in PUBG anymore, not even the plane. The latest update has added the terrifying chance of the aircraft crash-landing before you've even figured out where you're dropping.



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hinch said:
JEMC said:

Nixxes Software will help Sony port its next PS4/PS5 games to PC
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/nixxes-software-will-help-sony-port-its-next-ps4-ps5-games-to-pc/
Earlier this month, Sony announced the acquisition of Nixxes Software. Nixes is well known for its quality PC ports and from the looks of it, the studio will help Sony port its next PS4/PS5 games to the PC.
>> Not much of a surprise, is it?

Ngl I'd triple dip for an Uncharted collection and UC4 lol.

I have to say that I didn't like Uncharted. I admit that I tried it years after release and that I had played the Tomb Raider reboot before it, so it had a lot of things going against it, but I just couldn't with it. I found the shooting to be meh, with some weird button placements that couldn't be changed, and the platforming was awful, mainly because of the camera angle. So yeah, I'm not really interested in the PC ports of those games.

However, if we were talking about God of War...



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JEMC said:

Kena: Bridge of Spirits has been delayed until September 21st
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/kena-bridge-of-spirits-has-been-delayed-until-september-21st/
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a game that a lot of gamers have been looking forward to. However, it appears that we’ll have to wait a bit longer as Ember Lab has announced that the game has been delayed until September 21st.

Not again! Hopefully they won't have any further delays



             

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