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Intel Core i9-10980XE: 18C/36T 'Cascade Lake-X' rocks 4.7GHz boost

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 15 mins ago

Intel is preparing its next-gen Cascade Lake-X family of CPUs with the new flagship Core i9-10980XE being leaked and detailed in some new juicy benchmarks.

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Intel's upcoming Core i9-10980XE will be a beast CPU with 18C/36T of power with boost CPU clocks of up to 4.8GHz, as well as what we should expect to see as 24.75MB of L3 cache, and 18MB of L2 cache.

The new Core i9-10980XE leaked benchmark is courtesy of Momomo_Us, who teases the beasty 18C/36T chip with some Geekbench results. The Core i9-10980XE utterly destroys the AMD Threadripper 2950X in Geekbench v4.2.2 single- and multi-threaded benchmarks.

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Apex Legends Season 3 kicks off on October 1 with new hero 'Crypto'

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 49 mins ago

Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that Season 3 of Apex Legends will kick off on October 1, with its latest hero Crypto joining the fray.

The developer celebrated the S3 announcement of Apex Legends with a new animated character short titled 'Forever Family'. Respawn is already preparing the world of Apex Legends for the arrival of Crypto, with the details on Crypto's backstory and already teasing his arrival into the game.

Season 3 of Apex Legends begins on October 1 and will not just include Crypto but a new charge rifle weapon, tweaked ranked mode, and over 100 new in-game items to collect.

Terminator: Resistance: new FPS based on original Terminator movies

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 14 mins ago

Here we go... just as the hype train takes off for Terminator: Dark Fate we have a new Terminator game coming and it looks, well -- judge for yourself:

Terminator: Resistance is set in the world 30 years after Judgement Day, where you will play Private Jacob Rivers who is a soldier in the Resistance Pacific Division. The team developing the game are Teyon, who handled the Rambo game from 2014 (yeah, I didn't even know about it, it must be that good) while Reef Entertainment acts as the publisher.

The new game will release after Terminator: Dark Fate releases, but only focuses on the original James Cameron-directed Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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David Lynch inspired Control's bizarre visuals and surreal overtones

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 58 mins ago

As if it needed to be said, Remedy confirms its strange new game Control was directly influenced by Twin Peaks director David Lynch.

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Even when Control was first announced we could identify the exact vibe Remedy was going for. I described it as The Twilight Zone meets Twin Peaks meets The X-Files, and that comparison still stands today. It's a monument to all sorts of pop culture influences, melded together in a strange brew, a fever dream of weirdness. In many ways it's like travelling to another dimension that doesn't follow the rules of logic, reason, or general physics--it bends the mind and contorts expectations, creating something unique.

Now Remedy discusses how its aesthetics, tone, and visuals came to be, citing influences from Kubric, Lynch, and even FromSoftware's hard-as-nails Dark Souls series.

"We've been lifelong fans of David Lynch and his peculiar take on realistic situations observed through a strange lens: All his movies and TV shows are inspirational as he manages to find that compelling setup with elements that are unexpected and unsettling," Control game director Mikael Kasurinen told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Cuphead's soundtrack is tremendously popular, tops Billboard's charts

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 4 mins ago

Cuphead's tunes become the first video game soundtrack to top Billboard's jazz charts.

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There's nothing quite like Cuphead. With hand-drawn animations straight out of a golden age cartoon, it's probably the most visually-striking indie on the market. But it'd lose a lot of magic without its soundtrack, and apparently jazz fans agree: The game's soundtrack is #1 on Billboard's jazz music charts for the week of September 14.

Cuphead is like time-travelling to the 1930s, when fast-tempo jazz and old-time piano notes invigorated smoke-hazy clubs. It's a unique and spellbinding journey, and the soundtrack really captures the authentic vibes of the period. Whether it's a slow meandering melody as you roam across the world map, or a pulse-racing xylophone beat punctuated by bombastic trumpets, the soundtrack is absolutely excellent and worth your time (and money).

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Microsoft further obfuscates Xbox gaming earnings figures

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 4 mins ago

Microsoft will now include services in with Xbox earnings, making it harder to discern specific revenue sources.

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Microsoft is a service-first company. With a ton of subscriptions, monetization hooks, and engagement services, Xbox is now a service-first business and game sales are essentially ancillary to these recurring revenues sources. Every quarter we tackle Microsoft's Xbox earnings metrics, and soon it'll get more difficult to chart growth or loss. Right now Microsoft only reports two gaming metrics in its investor report slides: Xbox LIVE monthly active users and Xbox Gaming revenue. Soon even this will change.

Microsoft is notorious for withholding key data from consumers, investors, and analysts. For example, it stopped reporting total Xbox hardware sales a while back. Now it's going to lump in its billion-dollar services and subscriptions like Xbox LIVE, Xbox Game Pass, and soon Project xCloud with game and hardware sales. This also includes microtransactions. The new label is Xbox Content & Services Revenue Growth and will replace the current recorded revenue metrics.

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Sony State of Play set for September 24, won't include PS5 news

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 59 mins ago

Sony today announced its next State of Play event will kick off September 24, 2019 at 4PM EST.

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Sony's new State of Play showcase should highlight progress made on first-party games, but there won't be any news on the next-gen PlayStation 5. So what can we expect? New The Last of Us Part II info is guaranteed (possibly with its rumored February 2020 release date), and we'll likely get updates on Ghosts of Tsushima and maybe even some Death Stranding content. The show will last a brisk 20 minutes but it should 100% be focused on games without any filler.

The company teases some exciting reveals, too. We could see a confirmation of Insomniac's next game (probably Spider-Man 2) and maybe even a reveal of Guerrilla's next Horizon Zero dawn sequel. There's also rumors Sony Santa Monica is crafting the next God of War, too.

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Steam ordered to allow digital game reselling in France

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 6 mins ago

French courts order Valve to allow game reselling on Steam, and order various terms of service agreements to be amended.

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A new court order could change Steam's digital business forever, turning the one-sided marketplace into a free trade platform. A ruling from the District Court of Paris says Valve should allow resale of digital, dematerialized goods on its platform. The courts ruled in favor of UFC-Que Choisir, France's federal consumer-oriented force, who's been taking aim at Valve's storefront policies as far back as 2015.

The ruling states that Valve "can no longer oppose the resale of this copy (or copy) even if the initial purchase is made by downloading," a move that could upend Valve's storefront. Predictably, Valve currently prohibits the sale of games, and there's really no tangible way to do this besides selling an entire account tied to specific games. This is a violation of Steam's terms of service.

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Epic Games Store is going big with free games

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 14 mins ago

Epic's free game selection is kicking it up this month with the entire Batman Arkham collection and Metro 2033.

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When it comes to consumers, Epic has three major advantages over Steam: It gives out free games every month, Fortnite's massive numbers, and timed exclusives. The Epic Games Store has been dishing out indies and older titles for months since launch, but now it's starting to belt out some big goodies. In September, gamers can grab six Batman games including the Arkham trilogy and three LEGO games alongside Metro 2033.

Epic's gimmick is simple. The company wants to pull as many people over to the storefront as possible, and freebies are a great way to do that. The idea is to get people to download EGS for the free games and then maybe they'll stay for anti-Steam exclusives like Borderlands 3, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, or Control.

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GTA V is now online-only on PC thanks to Rockstar Games launcher

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 24 mins ago

UPDATE: Rockstar has rolled out a patch that fixes the issue. GTA V and San Andreas can both now be played offline without and internet connection.

In order to Play GTAV in Offline Mode, players will need to:

  1. Run the Rockstar Games Launcher and update it to the latest version
  2. Sign in to the Rockstar Games Launcher
  3. Update GTAV to the latest version
  4. Launch GTAV via the Rockstar Games Launcher while online

Grand Theft Auto V and even GTA San Andreas now require internet to play on PC.

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Yesterday Rockstar Games released its own proprietary games launcher on PC, bringing some unwelcome new restrictions to its most popular games like GTA V. Right now neither Grand Theft Auto V nor San Andreas can be played offline. We heard reports of this issue and tried it for ourselves, and can verify that the games require internet to launch even in singleplayer.

Games must now be authenticated via the Social Club service and pass through the Rockstar Games launcher on PC, regardless if you're launching them through Steam or another platform. Apparently this process can only happen if you're online. The launcher does have an offline mode, and we were able to actually save our sign in credentials in the offline mode, but every time we tried to launch a game without internet access we got an error message.

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