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GTA 6 could push CPUs to their limits with new next-gen NPC tech

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Jan 18 2021 2:41 PM CST

A new patent filed by Take-Two Interactive in October 2020 sheds light on possible next-gen NPC tech in Grand Theft Auto 6.

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The patent itself is immensely technical and describes new advanced methods to improve in-game NPC movement schemes and virtual navigation. The documents are actually pretty illuminating and highlight how NPC systems actually work in Rockstar's games; the NPCs and vehicles move linearly across nodes throughout the game world.

The information is admittedly difficult to decipher, but the main gist seems to be that Take-Two (and by extension, Rockstar Games) wants to find ways to enhance its NPC systems to allow more immersion and realistic interactions. This ranges from how characters move, what they do, how they collide and interact with the game world, and how NPCs drive across huge metropolises. The document specifically focuses on vehicles and strongly indicates that Grand Theft Auto 6 (and other Take-Two games) will have next-level NPC AI, especially when it comes to vehicles.

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How to move Xbox screenshots to a USB stick automatically

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jan 17 2021 10:52 PM CST

Want to move your captured screenshots and video to a USB stick or external device? Here's how to do it.

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Unlike the PS5, the Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X consoles don't let users easily transfer/export screenshots to USB sticks. Instead, the sticks or external USB devices have to be formatted and configured as separate storage. Here's how to do it so you can auto-save your captures to a USB device and not have to mess around with the confusing and awkward Xbox LIVE/One Drive sharing features.

First you'll need a USB 3.0 device. Older USB 2.0 drives aren't compatible (again this is unlike the PS4 and PS5, which both allow you to use older drives to store console-generated media). Then you'll need to properly format the drive. Here's a step-by-step guide with pictures.

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Zack Snyder's Justice League no longer 4-part series, now 4-hour movie

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Sun, Jan 17 2021 7:25 PM CST

Zack Snyder himself has confirmed that his own Zack Snyder's Justice League will be an epic 4-hour movie, and not a 4-episode miniseries airing on HBO Max.

Vero user @bethebeast asked Snyder if Zack Snyder's Justice League would be a "series or a one shot watch of a movie" to which Snyder simply replied "one shot". The movie was originally teased as a 4-part series for HBO Max with a runtime of 4 hours -- but now Snyder has confirmed it'll be one continuous epic saga that goes for 4 hours instead.

There's no release date for Zack Snyder's Justice League other than rumors of March 2021, which isn't far away -- but there's also rumors of a cinema release and even IMAX release of Zack Snyder's Justice League for later this year.

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Cornelis Networks secures ex-AMD and Intel exec Nick Knupffer

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sun, Jan 17 2021 6:54 PM CST

Cornelis Networks has just secured ex-AMD and Intel executive Nick Knupffer, who was the Head of Brand and Creative at AMD for just under 4 years and previously the Director of Worldwide Marketing Communications, Intel Datacenter Software Division at Intel -- among other positions within Intel, for nearly 13 years.

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Who are Cornelis Networks? They're a provider of purpose-built interconnects focused on high-performance computing (HPC), high-performance data analytics (HPDA), and artificial intelligence (AI) and were spun out from Intel's Omni-Path Architecture Business. They'll be fighting against NVIDIA and their HPC efforts, especially in the wake of NVIDIA spending $6.9 billion acquiring networking giant Mellanox -- which is now called NVIDIA Networking.

What will Nick be doing at Cornelis Networks? Nick assumes the role of Vice President of Marketing at Cornelis Networks where he is responsible for all marketing and communications. Previously, Nick has held senior engineering, marketing and PR roles around the world and was most recently AMD's Head of Brand and Creative. Previously Nick was Global Director of Brand Strategy and Campaigns for AMD's Radeon Technologies Group and prior to that, held senior PR and marketing roles at TIBCO Software and the API management start-up Mashery, all following a 16 year stretch at Intel Corporation. Nick has extensive global experience, having worked in the UK, France, California, Hong Kong, and Oregon.

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Elder Scrolls 6 is Todd Howard's main focus, not Indiana Jones

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jan 17 2021 4:34 PM CST

Todd Howard is working on a ton of projects right now, but Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 are the most important of the bunch.

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Bethesda Game Studios and its publishing branch, Bethesda Softworks, are developing a multitude of new games including a new Indiana Jones game with Lucasfilm, two big new RPGs Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6, a new game that could be Fallout 5, and it's even helping on a new Fallout TV show.

Bethesda's main star, Todd Howard, is particularly very busy as executive producer on a handful of these projects. But according to Bethesda exec Pete Hines, Howard's main focus is on Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6. The new Indiana Jones game won't take Howard's eyes away from the RPG mainstays the company is known for. Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 come first above all else.

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Best New Year Sales 2021: Get Windows 10 CD-Key for free with Office!

Sponsored Content | Deals | Sun, Jan 17 2021 3:25 PM CST

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New AC Valhalla patch fixes A Rivalry for the Ages quest and many more

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jan 17 2021 2:36 PM CST

Ubisoft finally fixes major Assassin's Creed Valhalla quest bugs that prevented gamers from progressing or complete missions.

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A new Assassin's Creed Valhalla patch 1.1.1 update has fixed a ton of quest bugs that've plagued the game since its November launch. The game released with a ton of mission bugs that simply prevented players from moving forward, including a multitude of side missions.

The update makes a bunch of changes and optimizations, including tweaking sets, abilities, and boosting textures on base PS4 consoles, but the biggest alteration is the quest fixes. I myself have encountered a few quest glitches like the missing key in A Rivalry For the Ages. Luckily, this has been fixed (along with a ton of other objectives).

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Xbox planning huge first-party game blitz for 2021, dev says

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jan 17 2021 1:43 PM CST

Microsoft still has a number of Xbox exclusives that haven't been announced yet, a DICE developer says.

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The next few years will be exciting for Xbox fans. There's lots of high-profile first-party games in the works, including a new Fable reboot, new Bethesda games, and a fully-fledged new fantasy RPG from Obsidian, and more games that push Microsoft's new emphasis on RPG dominance. 2021 in particular should be a horizon-pushing year, just like Microsoft's Phil Spencer recently asserted.

According to a DICE developer, Microsoft will reveal a lot of new Xbox exclusives in the coming months. We don't know exactly when these games will release, or exactly when they'll be revealed, but they're on the roadmap. "There are quite a few things that are not yet announced," the DICE dev said on the ResetERA forums.

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Rumor: PS5 to get this legendary RPG in 2021 alongside PC release

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jan 17 2021 12:55 PM CST

Square Enix could re-release Final Fantasy 7 Remake on PlayStation 5 and PC in 2021, a new rumor suggests.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake's PS4 exclusivity is set to end in April 2021, and Square Enix is likely to re-release the game on Steam sometime later this year. A new rumor suggests the publisher could also re-release a full-priced next-gen port this year as well. This is a fairly obvious game plan for Square Enix especially given the company's lower-than-expected 2019 results.

The rumor comes from ResetERA's KatharsisT, who's fairly well known for accurately predicting industry moves.

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Cyberpunk 2077 director has this to say about recent allegations

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sun, Jan 17 2021 11:45 AM CST

Bloomberg recently claimed the Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2018 trailer was almost entirely fake. Now CD Projekt RED is stepping in to comment.

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A new scathing report from Bloomberg shines light on what went wrong with Cyberpunk 2077's development. Bloomberg's Jason Schreier spoke with 20 CD Projekt RED developers and uncovered a more realistic picture on the game's troubled creation and release. The report alleges CDPR suffered from mismanagement, delusions of grandeur from lofty ambitions, and an unwavering faith that everything would work out in the end despite warnings from developers.

The report reveals how Cyberpunk 2077 nearly buckled under the weight of its own ambitions. Particularly interesting was the assertion that the E3 2018 demo was almost entirely fake, and that journalists--and gamers--had been misled and misdirected away from the game's core problems. It's these problems that are now made bare and apparent, the very issues that've led to controversy, mass refunds, and even class-action lawsuits.

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