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SanDisk takes the capacity advantage, launching a 1TB microSD solution.
SanDisk takes the capacity advantage, launching a 1TB microSD solution.
Ready At Dawn is currently prototyping a big new AAA game, and it could release on Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5.
Ready At Dawn, the team behind the visually stunning but mechanically lackluster The Order 1886, is making a new console game that may harness the raw power of Sony's new PS5 system. In a recent interview with Venture Beat, Ready At Dawn CEO Ru Weerasuriya affirmed the new game would take lessons learned from The Order 1886 as well as the studios Lone Echo VR games.
"We're working on a triple-A console title right now as well. It's something we're developing internally, and funnily enough, a lot of the lessons we've learned about narrative and immersion and gameplay mechanics we're taking some of those lessons into console. It might not be the same [as VR], but the player agency we learned to do in Lone Echo...you're always there. You can never expect the player to do what you want them to do. They'll do whatever they want. That's something we're carrying with us to the console," Weerasuriya said.
THQ Nordic may have inadvertently revealed Dead Island 2's long-awaited release timing...and it could happen this year.
After years in development hell, Dead Island 2 could be ready for launch in 2019. THQ Nordic's recent financial briefing gave some interesting clues on the game's impending release. In a pipeline roadmap Dead Island 2 was grouped with games that're all releasing in 2019, and THQ's Lars Wingefors read through the list from left to right, corresponding to each game's release timing. Dead Island 2 is nestled between BioMutant, which is TBA 2019, and Wasteland 3, which is slated to launch during holiday 2019. If it's not releasing soon why lump it in with games that are? Why include it on the roadmap between games that're strategically set for release this year?
Predictably enough, no new details were announced during the earnings report. "Dead Island 2 is still being worked on. Stay tuned," THQ Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors said in a presentation. It's possible Dead Island 2 will be one of Deep Silver's big E3 2019 surprises. The company is currently developing 80 games and only 32 of them have been announced so far, leaving 48 new projects to be unveiled.
CD Projekt RED is currently working on two big projects: the massively anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, and a brand new unannounced AAA RPG. The latter could be announced during its big E3 2019 event.
In its latest financial report, CDPR re-affirmed E3 2019 will be its biggest show ever. Cyberpunk 2077 will steal the spotlight of course, but we know the studio is also working on a new AAA RPG at the same time. Now company CFO Piotr Nielubowicz hints this new project could be part of its huge E3 plans, saying that it has an exciting lineup that may refer to multiple games. "The most important E3 fair in the group's history is upon us. We have a truly exciting line-up and cannot wait to present it. For the first time in our history we will also be showcasing Cyberpunk 2077 at our public stand."
The studio has set a hard 2021 deadline for both Cyberpunk 2077 and the new mystery RPG, so a teaser or announcement in 2019 could build up hype momentum as gamers also look forward to Night City's cybernetic chaos. As of Q1 2019 CDPR stands by its release targets for these two games. While nothing's been confirmed, past remarks indicate the new RPG will be a Witcher game but CDPR is adamant that Geralt's story is over.
We are not far away from the unveiling of AMD's next-gen Navi GPU architecture and a new family of Radeon Navi graphics cards in the form of the purported Radeon RX 3000 series, and now we have leaked specs on the Radeon RX 3080.
AMD is expected to use what should be the Navi 12 GPU inside of the Radeon RX 3080 leaving some room for larger Navi cards in the future, with the new specs teasing 8GB of VRAM, shader engine designs, and improved compute unit utilization efficiency, and more.
Navi 10 or 12 (whatever this is) should feature 40 compute units each of which will contain 64 stream processors, as well as 8 shader engines. Each of these shader engines will pack 5 compute units and a raster back end, which is a big deal. With previous GCN-based GPU architectures the raster back end would comprise of 16 ROPs, so we don't know if Navi 10/12 will feature 128 ROPs, or if things have changed under the hood with Navi (which I think has happened).
I'm literally in an Uber on the way to the airport typing this news up as it truly did come as a surprise, but NVIDIA has just teased 'something Super is coming' on its official Twitter and YouTube -- check out the teaser:
Now, what can we expect? Ampere is the next generation GPU architecture post-Turing but I think we're a little early for that, so what about a refreshed GeForce card on 7nm? Again, I can't see that happening but it's definitely a possibility. Maybe we can expect a refreshed high-end GeForce GTX graphics card (think RTX 2080/2080 Ti power without ray tracing abilities, similar to the GeForce GTX 16 series).
The new 'Super' GeForce in without is RTX abilities would fight the rumored AMD Radeon Navi graphics cards which will be unveiled just before E3 2019 after Computex. Rumor has it the new Radeon RX 3000 series graphics cards will NOT have real-time ray tracing abilities so a juiced up Super GeForce unveil in the coming weeks makes sense.
NVIDIA is hosting its Computex 2019 keynote on May 27 which is when I'm sure we'll be introduced to the new card. I'll be covering the event and bringing you the latest as it happens, so until then... what do you think this new 'Super' thing is all about?
CD Projekt RED might announce Cyberpunk 2077's release window at E3 2019, but the game probably won't launch this year on current-gen systems.
Cyberpunk 2077 demos will be held at E3, but attendees won't actually be able to play the game. Instead CD Projekt RED will hold gameplay presentation demos that're played by developers, a move similar to the closed-doors affairs at E3 2018. CDPR global community lead Marcin Momot confirmed the news: "To answer many questions about the demo and whether or not Cyberpunk 2077 will be playable at E3 -- we are going to be hosting gameplay presentations (game played by us) in that cinema."
Momot's words strongly hint the game isn't yet ready and probably won't be released in 2019, but instead in 2020 alongside Sony's beefy new PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Scarlett family of hardware. The sci-fi FPS RPG has a massive scope and CD Projekt RED has invested heavy manpower, funds, and development of a new next-gen engine to power it.
Secretlab has just surprised us all with the release of its next generation gaming chairs in the new 2020 series, setting the new gold standard of gaming chairs.
The new Secretlab 2020 series is infused into their very best flagship gaming chair families in the TITAN and OMEGA series chairs, both improved with the new features from the 2020 series. These benefits include over 20 upgrades to the materials that Secretlab uses to build the chair, while the features and construction of their chairs themselves are different. It might look the same, but there are some serious changes under the hoods of the 2020 series gaming chairs.
Like the under-the-hood power of a car, some of those looks are also super-powered with their own upgrades including what is the VERY BEST neck and memory foam lumbar pillows. They are both the most hands down most comfortable I've ever used, and I think I would say that for every memory foam pillow ever. It's kind of unbelievable to the point where Secretlab has even added a layer of cooling gen inside of the neck pillow that dissipates the heat from the pillow over long gaming sessions. Like... what?! So awesome, and only with Secretlab.
Ubisoft have announced the pre-registrations and pre-orders for their coming app 'Mighty Quest For Epic Loot' are now available for users.
Mighty Quest For Epic Loot pits players in a new action-RPG that is fast-paced, thrilling and rewarding. Players will battle their way through masses of undead skeletons and many other different enemies, while attempting to dodge and maneuver their way around obstacles and other nasties that are attempting to ruin players' fun.
The title also allows players to customize their character in the regards of skills, items, weapons, armor and artefacts. Ubisoft will be rewarding players who sign-up to the game with a bonus item, and if pre-registers reach 1 million players will receive the unique pet 'Bradley, the Doomsday Messenger'. Mighty Quest For Epic Loot is available on both the App Store and the Google Play Store.
League of Legends is one of the biggest games on the planet with 100 million monthly players, and that's only on PC. That could soon be changing as rumors have surfaced saying the game is being developed for mobile.
League of Legends (LoL) recently had Tencent buy a considerable amount of the companies shares in Riot Games, and as a result the LoL has seen a considerable amount of Chinese players join the scene. Since LoL is only on PC at the moment, Tencent wants to capitalize on the hot mobile market for MOBA games, essentially expanding their reach across the Chinese and Western markets.
Reuters has reportedly spoken to sources close to Riot Games who have said that Tencent and Riot are currently in the works for developing a League of Legends app. The sources say that this project has been under way for over a year now, but completion might arrive in 2019. If this news is accurate, Tencent will certainly penetrate the mobile market and other MOBA-like apps will certainly take a hit player-base wise. Hopefully more official news is announced sometime soon.
As Game of Thrones comes to a close, Amazon is looking to continue the rolling of the medieval hype ball with a Lord of the Rings TV show. Now, a Game of Thrones writer has been poached to work on Amazon's upcoming show.
Only a few days out from its finale, Amazon has hired one of the main writers from Game of Thrones. The writers name is Bryan Cogman, he wrote 11 episodes of the show and was described by Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) as one of the backbones of the series. Amazon have now hired Cogman as a consultant for the show, his exact title has yet to be revealed.
News surrounding the coming Lord of the Rings TV show is quite scarce at the moment, all we know is that the show will be based before the events of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It is speculated that we will be diving into the second age of Middle-Earth, and perhaps see the descendants of Numenor and the rise and fall in power from Sauron. For more information about the show, check out my breakdown on it here.