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Horizon Forbidden West won't release in 2021 after all

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jul 30 2021 2:19 PM CDT

Horizon Forbidden West has been delayed to early 2022, sources tell Bloomberg's Jason Schreier.

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Sony and developer Guerrilla Games has apparently decided to push back one of the year's biggest PlayStation exclusives. Sources say Horizon Forbidden West, the sequel to 2017's Horizon Zero Dawn, will no longer meet its 2021 release slate. The game is instead being delayed to early 2022, and it's possible the game will launch before Sony's fiscal year ends on March 31, 2022.

The sequel is a much more ambitious game and features major innovations over the original including free climbing, a grappling hook, and even a glider for open-world exploration. It will also fully leverage the PS5's capabilities with high-end visuals and instant loading times.

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Valve interested in making an upgraded Steam Deck in the future

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jul 30 2021 11:44 AM CDT

The Steam Deck may not be abandoned like the ill-fated Steam Machines or Steam Controller--Valve could make new successors to its handheld-PC hybrid.

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Valve is open to the possibility of making new Steam Decks with better specs and upgrades in the future, not unlike the jump from a 3DS to a Switch. The system's future depends on one thing: Sales. If the Steam Deck sells enough units and garners enough demand, then Valve might continue making new models similar to its bold vision for VR.

"We look at this as just a new category of device in the PC space. And assuming that customers agree with us that this is a good idea, we expect not only to follow up in the future with more iterations ourselves, but also for other manufacturers to want to participate in the space," hardware designer Greg Coomer tells IGN.

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Capcom's best-selling franchises: A look at three-year sales growth

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jul 30 2021 10:32 AM CDT

We take a look at the growth of Capcom's top five best-selling franchise to get a better perspective of the games company.

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Capcom just reported record Q1 earnings with an all-time high of 48 billion yen in sales, up over 100% from last year. Game sales from big franchises like Resident Evil and Monster Hunter were the major driver; Resident Evil Village alone made up 33% of the 13.3 million games sold during Q1'21.

While Capcom does have a diversified lineup of games, the majority of its yearly sales are propped up by tentpole franchises. The same is true for the likes of Take-Two, Ubisoft, EA, and Activision-Blizzard, who each have heavy-hitters like NBA 2K, Assassin's Creed, FIFA, and Call of Duty.

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Fortnite streamer arrested, allegedly raped two children

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Fri, Jul 30 2021 1:42 AM CDT

I hate writing these stories, but sometimes a torch needs to be shined into the darkness -- Brazilian Fortnite streamer Raulino de Oliveira Maciel aka "RaulZito" has been arrested, allegedly raping two children.

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The arrest was performed by the Police of Child and Adolescent Victims after one of the victim's mothers reached out to authorities about it. The mother said in the police report that RaulZito had sexually abused her son in February and then again in May 2021, while another report from another child claims the Fortnite streamer also abused him, too.

RaulZito reportedly used his decently sized reach online -- with 200K+ followers on Instagram, 118K+ followers on Twitch, and 144K+ followers on YouTube -- to get in contact with children between the ages of 10 and 14 years old.

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AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT: 8GB GDDR6, launches August 11 for $379

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Fri, Jul 30 2021 1:18 AM CDT

AMD's new mid-range RDNA 2 graphics card is here, with the introduction of the Radeon RX 6600 XT debuting during Chinajoy (and a press event online that I attended).

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The new Radeon RX 6600 XT is aimed at the 1080p gaming market, and will be competing directly with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060. AMD's new Radeon RX 6600 XT rocks 8GB of GDDR6 memory, while NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 features 12GB of GDDR6.

Inside, the new Navi 23 XT-based Radeon RX 6600 XT has 32 Compute Units, has its GPU clocked at 2359MHz (at least in reference form), 32MB of Infinity Cache, and 1 x 8-pin PCIe power connector and 160W TDP.

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LAX jetpack sighting: not a UFO, pilot says 'we did not see Iron Man'

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Thu, Jul 29 2021 9:30 PM CDT

It's happened again: someone has been caught flying around LAX in a jetback, with pilots calling air traffic control to say they have a "possible Jetpack man in sight".

With the huge uptick in UFO chatter, sightings, and the infamous UFO report -- it should come as no surprise that the pilots thought it was a UFO. But nope, it's someone in a jetpack, and with all of the advanced radar technology, surveillance technology (private and military) they still don't know who is doing this.

FOX 11 got their hands-on audio recordings of the pilots talking with air traffic control at LAX, here's what they said:

  • PILOT: "Possible Jetpack man in sight."
  • ATC TOWER: "Was he off your left or right sir?"
  • PILOT: "Right wing [inaudible]"
  • ATC TOWER: "Do you know what altitude?"
  • PILOT: "About 5,000."
  • ATC TOWER: "Skywest 3626. Did you see the UFO?"
  • PILOT: "We were looking but we did not see Iron Man."

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SAPPHIRE's new TOXIC Radeon RX 6900 XT air-cooled GPU revealed

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Thu, Jul 29 2021 8:57 PM CDT

SAPPHIRE has just unveiled its latest custom RDNA 2 graphics card with the introduction of the TOXIC Radeon RX 6900 XT air-cooled, joining the ranks of the AIO liquid-cooled version of the TOXIC Radeon RX 6900 XT Limited Edition that I reviewed not too long ago now.

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The new SAPPHIRE TOXIC Radeon RX 6900 XT air-cooled graphics card should have the same PCB as its liquid-cooled sibling, while GPU clocks are 2235MHz and 2425MHz for the game and boost GPU clocks, respectively.

You'll need an 850W PSU for the card (you'll get away with less) while the card itself will consume up to 400W or so, but you will need 2 x 8-pin and 1 x 6-pin PCIe power connectors.

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SAPPHIRE unveils its tiny Nitro M01 case, and I totally want it

Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Thu, Jul 29 2021 8:11 PM CDT

SAPPHIRE right out of nowhere has unveiled something actually a little exciting: its new Nitro M01 chassis, which can fit a surprisingly powerful amount of hardware in its small footprint.

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SAPPHIRE's new Nitro M01 case can handle a huge CPU cooler -- air, or an AIO liquid cooler -- but more importantly, a super-long graphics card. You can also throw in a big PSU (up to 245mm in length) while you can chuck in a graphics card that measures in at up to 335mm -- hell, the Nitro M01 can handle a GPU with an AIO cooler, too.

The Nitro M01 case can take 7 x 2.5-inch SSDs and up to 2 x 3.5-inch HDDs for storage, so you can have terabytes and terabytes of storage without an issue.

Continue reading: SAPPHIRE unveils its tiny Nitro M01 case, and I totally want it (full post)

JEDEC announces LPDDR5X specs: up to 8533Mbps for 5G and AI tech

Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Thu, Jul 29 2021 7:31 PM CDT

JEDEC has just announced the new LPDDR5X memory standard, which is an update to the current LPDDR5 standard but will boost performance, lower power, and more.

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The new LPDDR5X standard boasts transfer rates of 8355 MT/s compared to LPDDR5 with 6400 MT/s, which represents a 33% performance improvement -- not too damn bad at all. What will this do for you and I? Inside of next-gen SoCs, used for AI and machine learning, and other high-bandwidth tasks including graphics.

LPDDR5X has improvements made to its signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio, which allows for higher clocks and of course, performance improvements. We'll see LPDDR5X memory used inside of next-gen SoCs and used for AI, high-res AR and VR, and AI-powered edge computing.

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PS5's new update patch notes: M.2 SSD expansion, big QoL improvements

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Thu, Jul 29 2021 4:42 PM CDT

PlayStation 5's new v2.0-04.00.00 beta firmware is the largest update yet that makes big changes to the console's functionality and UI.

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Sony is currently testing a new PS5 update that enables the console's expansion slot, which finally lets gamers expand their storage space with a compatible PCIe 4.0 SSD. There's a lot more to the update though, including some awesome quality-of-life improvements.

Sony released a huge list of patch notes for the beta update that confirms some great UI changes are coming. At the top of the list are big changes to trophy viewing, how your installed games are shown in the UI, being able to customize and view different things in the Game Base sub-menu, and you can even turn off the annoying screenshot confirmation indicator (about time!).

Continue reading: PS5's new update patch notes: M.2 SSD expansion, big QoL improvements (full post)

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