Daily Archives: March 10, 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s ‘recommended’ system predicted to run 30 fps at 1080p (Updated)

Update (March 10): We've received a little clarification on the question of exactly how well Mass Effect: Andromeda will perform on a 3GB GTX 1060. At PAX East today, we asked producer Michael Gamble if the card would really deliver 30 fps at best on high. The recommended, at least on my machine at home, I have a 1060, I run at higher than 30 [fps] for the majority of the game. We have a GTX 1060 in the office, so as soon as we can we'll test Andromeda with it and report back on how it performs.

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Meet the PC with a transparent video screen for a side panel

It was different than the usual PC gaming hardware that was flooding the market. Going beyond just internal RGB lighting, iBuyPower developed a case that integrated a transparent side panel that was also a full LCD panel. Sure, you can get a case with a clear side panel, but Snowblind allows you to display essentially anything you want: video, images, programs, or you could even set the side panel to be completely opaque. The Snowblind panel is a full secondary display, connected via HDMI to one

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This week’s highs and lows in PC gaming

It might not happen anytime soon, nor ever, but I'd really, really, really love to see this idea taken further. Andy Kelly: Link to the pastThis week I wrote about how the Steam Link has changed the way I play PC games , which remains the high point of my gaming week. We are steadily approaching the point where there will be more Mass Effect: Andromeda trailers than there are stars in the actual Andromeda galaxy. breaking: new mass effect andromeda trailer just goes ahead and shows 100% of the g

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Quake Champions will be free-to-play, with an option to buy it outright

Id Software creative director Tim Willits told Polygon today that the upcoming arena shooter Quake Champions, which id and Bethesda have recently been showing off, will offer players both free-to-play and paid options. Access to Ranger, the lead character of the original Quake and a prominent face in Quake 3: Arena, will be free for everyone. With him, you'll earn the in-game currency called "favor" that can be used to gain access to other Champions for as-yet-undetermined periods of time. If yo

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No Man’s Sky’s Path Finder update has turned me into a destructive asshole

I've been taking No Man's Sky's new Path Finder update for a spin: it's another big addition to Hello Games' sprawling space exploration game. But now we have tires, great big knobby rubber tires, and these tires change everything. But the destruction before Path Finder felt so limited in scope, apart from sometimes mining an entire deposit of copper or heredium. Moving on: base sharing and racing are also new to the update, and I've toyed with that as well. Progress isn't saved while you're the

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Watch Breath of the Wild running at 4K in Cemu emulator

Earlier this week Wes spoke to Exzap, developer of the Wii U emulator Cemu, about a video he'd posted to Reddit showing the newly-released Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on the software. "There is this common misconception that because the game runs so well already, it will run perfectly equally soon, Exzap said. Exzap released the latest Cemu build which can properly boot Breath of the Wild, and YamGaming has posted an 11-minute video of it rendering at 4K. You can already see that

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Elite: Dangerous PAX trailer hints at trouble ahead for the human race

The search for the mysterious alien race known as the Thargoid in Elite: Dangerous seemed to finally bear fruit back in January, when a pilot encountered a bizarre, flower-like alien ship. Going by the "Unknown" trailer released today at PAX, he was 100 percent right—and it's time to start splashing. The trailer is unfortunately brief, and to be fair to all involved it may have ended with a handshake and the friendly exchange of information and technology under the shadow of that massive alien s

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What open-world games on PC need to learn from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Its lineage has cross-pollinated to almost every singleplayer open-world game, dotting their landscapes like acne in case, god forbid, I miss something. Yet the irony here is that Breath of the Wild treats its audience with a respect that few open-world games ever do these days. Breath of the Wild treats its audience with a respect that few open-world games ever do these days. To find them, I must observe the environment in a way I haven't done before in open-world games. Unfortunately, open-wor

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The PC Gamer Show special: an immersive sim design roundtable

What's this? A bonus episode of The PC Gamer Show? During the Game Developer's Conference, our weekly livestreamed podcast, we pulled together an all-star group of guests to talk about immersive sims: games like Deus Ex and Dishonored and System Shock. Hear stories from the people who made some of the PC's best games. This week's topicsWhat makes an immersive sim, and why they're greatAnecdotes from the development of Prey, Dishonored, Deus Ex, and Ultima VIWarren Spector talks a tiny bit about

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Mass Effect: Andromeda contains over 1,200 speaking characters

In a livestream from PAX East today, Mass Effect: Andromeda creative director Mac Walters compared Andromeda's dramatis personae to Mass Effect 3's. Whereas Mass Effect 3 had "something like 670 unique characters who would speak to you," according to Walters, Mass Effect: Andromeda contains "over 1,200" speaking characters. "When you look at the dialogue options, we're basically [at] the equivalent of Mass Effect 2 and 3 put together," he said. It's been a big day for Mass Effect news: Earlier t

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