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Report: PS5's God of War Ragnarok sequel delayed past 2021

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Tue, Feb 23 2021 1:19 PM CST

God of War Ragnarok will miss its planned 2021 release date, Sony strongly hints.

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Today Sony confirmed Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed from 2021 over to 2022, and it might not be the only high-profile PS5 game to get pushed back. In a recent GQ Magazine interview, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan outlined all the first-party PS5 exclusives launching in 2021; Returnal in April, Ratchet and Clank a Rift Apart in June, and Horizon: Forbidden West in 2H 2021. The hugely anticipated God of War sequel wasn't among those games.

Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, who has close knowledge with the games industry, also says Ragnarok won't launch in 2021. While neither Sony or God of War developer Sony Santa Monica hasn't officially confirmed a delay, the game's omission from the high-profile press interview speaks volumes.

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Sony breaks console exclusivity, launching big PS4 games on PC in 2021

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Tue, Feb 23 2021 12:29 PM CST

Sony confirms first-party PS4 exclusive Days Gone will release on PC this Spring, and more games are coming in 2021.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn's Steam launch was just the beginning of Sony's new PC focus. The next PS4 game dropping on PC will be Sony Bend's open-world zombie game Days Gone, Sony's Jim Ryan confirmed in a new GQ Magazine interview.

The port should release with modern PC enhancements like improved FPS, ultra-wide support, and high-resolution textures. Expect the game to be unrestricted by the PS4's and PS4 Pro's limited Jaguar-based APU, and there's a possibility we could see a PS5 optimized re-release as well. No exact information on Days Gone's PC performance has been announced just yet.

Continue reading: Sony breaks console exclusivity, launching big PS4 games on PC in 2021 (full post)

Gran Turismo 7 delayed to 2022 on PlayStation 5 due to COVID-19

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Tue, Feb 23 2021 11:32 AM CST

High-profile PlayStation 5 exclusive Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed to an undisclosed date in 2022, Sony has announced.

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Delay season continues: Gran Turismo 7 has been pushed back from its original 2021 release date to an undetermined launch in 2022. The reason? COVID-19, of course. Polyphony Digital has transitioned to a work-from-home environment, which places new stressors on communication, iteration, and overall development.

"GT7 has been impacted by COVID-related production challenges and therefore will shift from 2021 to 2022," a Sony PR rep told GQ Magazine.

"With the ongoing pandemic, it's a dynamic and changing situation and some critical aspects of game production have been slowed over the past several months. We'll share more specifics on GT7's release date when available."

Continue reading: Gran Turismo 7 delayed to 2022 on PlayStation 5 due to COVID-19 (full post)

Next-gen PS5-powered PSVR headset announced, won't come in 2021

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Tue, Feb 23 2021 8:30 AM CST

Today Sony announced a PS5-powered PSVR headset is in the works, complete with boosted resolution and a new and improved controller.

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Sony officially confirms a next-gen PlayStation VR headset is coming to the PS5, but a finalized HMD hasn't been revealed just yet. The headset will connect directly to the PlayStation 5 with a single cord and circumvent the current PSVR's rat's nest of connections and break out boxes.

"We're taking what we've learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input. It will connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience."

Continue reading: Next-gen PS5-powered PSVR headset announced, won't come in 2021 (full post)

GPU-Z has early support for AMD's new Radeon RX 6700, RX 6600 cards

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Mon, Feb 22 2021 11:35 PM CST

GPU-Z is an invaluable tool for any PC gamer or enthusiast, with GPU-Z now including support for AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 6700 and Radeon RX 6600 series graphics cards.

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AMD hasn't officially made some of these cards a reality just yet, while we know the Radeon RX 6700 XT might be coming in two flavors with a March/April 2021 release we don't know much outside of that. The Radeon RX 6600 is the newer out of the two, with not much know about it so far outside of its leaks earlier this month.

The latest version of GPU-Z also has support built-in for NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 30 mobile GPUs, and all of their new GeForce RTX 30-series powered gaming laptops from various partners. The new GeForce RTX 3060 is also supported, which officially launches on February 25 with an MSRP of $329... well, I guess because it's available early for $500.

Continue reading: GPU-Z has early support for AMD's new Radeon RX 6700, RX 6600 cards (full post)

Portable AYA Neo console: fits in your hand, also plays Crysis

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Feb 22 2021 8:30 PM CST

AMD has its CPU and GPU technology inside of the AYA Neo console, an upcoming handheld console that has been in development for many years now. It's getting closer, and yeah -- it can run Crysis. Check out the specs:

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As you can see it has some pretty beefy specs inside of it for a handheld console, with the AYA Neo powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor offering 6 cores and 6 threads -- no SMT here -- with a base clock of 2.3GHz and boost clock of up to 4.0GHz.

The AYA Neo console also features 16GB of LPDDR4X @ 4266MHz RAM, 512GB of NVMe SSD storage, a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS LCD display, Wi-Fi 6, BT 5.0, and a 47 Whr battery with 65W fast charging technology. The battery is said to be good for around 6 hours of normal use, or around 2 hours of gaming use.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 spotted for around $500, up from $329 MSRP

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Mon, Feb 22 2021 7:26 PM CST

We are just days away from NVIDIA releasing the GeForce RTX 3060, where at the time of writing I'm knee-deep in benchmarking graphics cards at 7 o'clock in the morning -- but US retailers are listing the GeForce RTX 3060 early and it ain't pretty.

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Now we have some leaked photos from US retailers courtesy of Coreteks, where the $329 MSRP that NVIDIA has stamped onto its GeForce RTX 3060 not even making it to launch. NVIDIA will not be making a GeForce RTX 3060 Founders Edition graphics card so it is all left to the AIB partners, and boy is it going to get messy.

$329 MSRP but a shelf price brand new of $485 for the MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ventus X2 graphics card, while the flagship MSI GeForce RTX 3060 GAMING X TRIO costs $515 -- $180+ over the MSRP that NVIDIA itself has set for the GeForce RTX 3060.

Continue reading: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 spotted for around $500, up from $329 MSRP (full post)

GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 HOF can now be pre-ordered, costs up to $3400

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Mon, Feb 22 2021 7:00 PM CST

The GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 HOF family of graphics cards is now up for pre-order worldwide, depending on the market that is, with the GALAX Malaysia pre-order page stating 1 card will be distributed to each of the 11 participating stores in that particular country.

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Just quickly, the HOF display does look pretty awesome -- if not a bit wanky, but still awesome.

But what price are you looking for? Well, the cheapest model out of all of the new GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 HOF cards is the regular RTX 3090 HOF which will cost at least $2600 -- while the higher-end GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 HOF Limited Edition will cost $3100 or so.

We all know they're expensive, we can sit here and moan about it all day long -- but these cards will be sold out instantly. So to be more positive about it, GALAX includes some nice pre-order gifts with HOF Links RGB figure, and a HOF hoodie which is pretty awesome... and welcomed for the many thousands you're spending on the GeForce RTX 3090 HOF graphics card.

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Nintendo's next-gen Super Switch rumored to include NVIDIA DLSS tech

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mon, Feb 22 2021 6:21 PM CST

It was back in May 2016 when I exclusively revealed to the world that NVIDIA secured the chip supplying contract from Nintendo for their at-the-time 'NX console' which turned out to be the phenomenally successful Nintendo Switch.

Yeah, well, what's next? The next-gen Nintendo Super Switch -- that's what I've been referring to it as -- is in the headlines where it will reportedly feature a next-gen SoC with NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology support.

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ResetEra insider NateDrake explained: "Won't really talk more about the tech specs than I have. It has DLSS & it has 4K functionality. No reason to go deeper than that right now. That's enough to illustrate the device is a meaningful upgrade. First party support with span the new hardware and current Switch for at least a couple of years".

Now the big question is whether we are looking at NVIDIA DLSS or DLSS 2.0, because if the next-gen Nintendo Super Switch has DLSS 2.0 then the party is really just beginning. DLSS 2.0 is a large upgrade over DLSS and would be very welcomed on a handheld console.

Continue reading: Nintendo's next-gen Super Switch rumored to include NVIDIA DLSS tech (full post)

Tencent raises $8.3 billion, may target big gaming acquisitions

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Feb 22 2021 5:35 PM CST

Tencent has raised over $8 billion across twelve worldwide banks, and this massive horde of cash could be used to buy new gaming studios (and publishers).

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Previous reports said Tencent might be eyeing huge acquisitions like EA or even Grand Theft Auto-maker Take-Two Interactive, and now it has the money to back up a buyout of this caliber. The Chinese juggernaut recently raised a staggering $8.3 billion for "general corporate purposes," Bloomberg reports.

While Tencent could shake up the games industry with a high-profile buyout, it's more likely the company will focus on Asian developers like Nexon and NetMarble. Tencent may shy away from stake buyouts or full-on games acquisitions and put its new funds into other markets--Tencent invests its money far beyond just gaming and has put cash into e-commerce, medical, and even has its own credit score system.

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