• We’ve provided an in-depth look at the technical details of the Nvidia Turing architecture, talked about ray tracing, and gathered everything you need to know about the GeForce RTX 2080. There’s a sturdy foam shell that conforms nicely to the GeForce RTX cards, rather than cheap cardboard or Styrofoam. The RTX 208 as an example has 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connections, while the RTX 2080 Ti has dual 8-pin connections. Between the motherboard PCIe x16 slot and the PEG connections, the 2080 has
    GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti unboxed

  • 4A Games has said previously that Metro Exodus will be more open than the previous games in the Metro series, but it won’t be a completely open world like that of Stalker. For one thing, individual levels in Exodus will be much larger than anything seen in the previous games. The biggest outdoor level in Last Light was roughly “200 meters to 100 meters,” Prokhorov said,. That means everything from weapons, attachments, and other loot, to “frozen stories” that reveal more about the game world and
    Metro Exodus is bigger than 2033 and Last Light combined

  • In general, prices have come down quite a bit on SSDs, including NVMe models, if you’re looking for something faster than SATA. Intel sent us a note to let us know it’s rolling out its highest capacity Optane SSDs to date, topping out at 1.5TB for the Optane 905P add-in card (AIC). That’s a nice capacity bump, for those who need (and can afford) the added storage. The U.2 model is also getting a getting a capacity increase, with new 960GB and 1.5TB options. Part of the premium is because these d
    Intel's extremely fast Optane SSDs now come in 1.5TB models

  • Star Control: Origins, Stardock’s reboot of Accolade’s famed deep-space strategy-RPG, is now available, so let’s take a couple minutes out of our busy lives to kick back and watch the launch trailer. But for Star Control: Origins, polish has been a priority. I haven’t played Star Control: Origins so I have no idea if it lives up to the hype, but I hope it does. The Star Control games, particularly Star Control 2, were a smart, sharp, and funny blend of genres, and after so many years away (Star
    Star Control: Origins launch trailer showcases the perils of interstellar exploration

  • We included Fortnite’s Close Encounters LTM in our list of the best and worst of Fortnite’s limited time modes, but I’m not completely certain about which side it was meant for. The Close Encounters LTM is back! “We’ve also added the Grappler to this LTM and decreased the burn rate of jet fuel by 50%,” he wrote. The Close Encounters LTM is live now. Epic hasn’t said when it will wrap up, but hopefully it will run at least a little longer than last time.
    Fortnite's short-lived jetpacks and shotguns mode is back

  • With Fortnite Season 6 and the one-year anniversary of Battle Royale coming up next week, Fortnite just had its biggest month yet. “August was Fortnite’s biggest month yet, with 78.3 million of you showing up to play.” That’s 78.3 million unique accounts on six platforms. That number also includes the slowly growing Chinese audience, where Fortnite is being rolled out in waves via a priviate beta on Tencent’s WeGame platform. Even if you divide that number by how many platforms Fortnite is playa
    Fortnite had over 78 million players in August, its biggest month yet

  • UL Benchmarks is fleshing out its 3DMark benchmarking suite with a couple of new tests, one of which is built specifically for evaluating systems with integrated graphics. The other is a ray tracing benchmark that we covered last month. The one that is being built for PCs with integrated graphics is called “Night Raid.” As for the ray tracing benchmark, it still doesn’t have a name. Night Raid is slated to arrive in October, followed by the ray tracing test sometime in the fourth quarter.
    3DMark adds a new 'Night Raid' benchmark for PCs with integrated graphics

  • The old-time MMO scene will grow a little larger next month with the launch of Lineage 2 Classic, “a return to those days when ‘hardcore’ truly meant something,” as publisher NCsoft put it. It’s not a complete reversion to the good old days, however. Lineage 2 Classic will remain free to play, with a new shop that will offer cosmetics, experience-boosting buffs, and other handy in-game items. Lineage 2 Classic will open its doors on October 3. NCsoft will hold a preview livestream (and give away
    Lineage 2 Classic brings back old-time MMOing in October

  • Washington DC’s new, as-yet-unnamed Overwatch League team has announced the signing of Kyoung Ey Molly “AVALLA” Kim as its assistant coach. Kim, a top-100 player on the Korean Overwatch Ladder who has also served as an assistant coach for OpTic Academy and Meta Bellum, will be the league’s first female coach. As far as I know, I think I am the first female coach to make it here. I gave up law school to coach here 🤓September 20, 2018DC also signed analyst Mikael “mkL” Skjønhaug, previously of the
    The Overwatch League signs its first female coach

  • Most of the food I ate in Fallout games was scrounged from bombed out grocery stores or picked up off the ground, so it’s not a series I necessarily associate with culinary delight. But following in the footsteps of the World of Warcraft cookbook, Bethesda’s RPG series now has its own book of recipes, the Vault Dweller’s Official Cookbook, out on October 23. Personally, I think I’ll pass on the Mole Rat Wonder Meat Dip, but Mississippi Quantum Pie sounds mighty nice. Author Victoria Rosenthal ma
    Make and eat food from Fallout, minus the radiation poisoning

  • Last night, EU guild Method’s hard work and dedication paid off as they secured the world-first kill of mythic G’huun, the final boss in Battle for Azeroth’s first raid, Uldir. Method decided to add to the pressure, this time, by live-streaming their entire mythic progress—something that’s never been done before. The gamble paid off with the final, world’s first kill coming on the eighth day of raiding. Luckily for Method, Limit were unable to secure the kill, despite the early advantage. Method
    World of Warcraft guild Method clears mythic Uldir and claims world-first G'huun kill

  • Capcom has released a story trailer for the Resident Evil 2 Remake, due out early next year. Perhaps she’s saving it for a special occasion, like a dinner party or the opening of a casino. The video also shows Claire Redfield’s first encounter with Sherry Birkin, and we get a glimpse of Leon’s first encounter with the not-so-healthy-looking William Birkin. Once again, it underlines the differences in tone between the remake and the ’90s original—you never know how silly Resident Evil will end up
    Resident Evil 2 Remake shows off some old friends in this story trailer

  • Bandai Namco has announced that four new playable characters have been added to the Jump Force roster, as well as four original story characters, created by Dragon Ball’s Akira Toriyama. The four new characters, shown in the video above, are Killua and Kurapika from Hunter X Hunter, and Yusuke and Toguro from Yu Yu Hakusho. The story characters, created specifically for Jump Force by Akira Toriyama, cover multiple roles and are showcased in the video below. A season pass for the game will releas
    Jump Force adds four more characters, gets early 2019 release date

  • (Image: © Intel)It looks as though hardcore overclockers and enthusiasts who have been wanting Intel to swap out its current greasy TIM (thermal interface material) for a soldered solution will finally get their wish. According to Eurocom, both the upcoming Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K will use solder. “New Intel [Core] i9-9900K and [Core] i7-9700K CPUs are coming with gold soldered TIM/IHS to the CPU die. Eurocom’s statement also essentially confirms that Intel is prepping Core i9-9900K and
    Eurocom says intel is slapping soldered TIM on Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will soon be getting a ranking system with Update #22. The system is currently on the Test Servers and is hoped to go live in early October. There will be eight ranks which will be assigned based on Rank Points earned and you’ll need to play ten provisional matches to earn your first rank. Various other updates and fixes will be added, thanks, in part to the launch of FIX PUBG, a website dedicated to, well, fixing PUBG. A number of bug fixes will also be implemented
    PUBG's latest update finally adds a ranking system to the game

  • Nvidia is pushing out an updated driver package that adds support for its newly minted GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 graphic cards. The driver release, version 411.63, is an incremental bump over the 411.51 driver release that Nvidia provided to us and other reviewers for testing. If you pre-ordered one of the new cards, or plan to pick one up, this is the GPU driver you’ll need to take full advantage of your new hardware. Among other things, it adds support for Nvidia’s RTX technolog
    Nvidia’s 411.63 GPU driver release adds support for GeForce RTX graphics cards

  • From September 25, Valve plans on moderating the many forums that belong to Steam’s games. Currently, Valve reviews reported content on Steam such as screenshots, artwork, user profiles, community groups, and user reviews, but it’s down to the developers to keep an eye on their own forums and respond accordingly. It seems that an increasing number of developers have been contacting Valve, requesting help with their communities, specifically “handling posts that are reported by other players.” Wi
    Valve will moderate game forums for reported content on Steam, starting next week

  • AMD makes three other performance claims, all pertaining to the Radeon RX Vega 64. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, AMD says performance gains check in at up to 4 percent at 2560×1440. There are a few known issues, one of which is that Radeon RX Vega cards could see elevated memory clocks when the system is at idle. AMD also warns that configurations with 16 or more CPU cores might experience a random reboot when upgrading from a driver release older than 18.8.1. Go here to download the new driver
    AMD rolls out 18.9.1 GPU driver optimized for Fortnite and Shadow of the Tomb Raider

  • Keeping these factors in mind and staying consistent throughout the game helps make the explosions feel grounded in the world.” It’s also important to note that, while most explosions effects involve some kind of animation, they are often highly dynamic, a blend of simulation and script. Originally, explosions were composed of sprite animations, but today’s explosions combine animation with particle simulation, resulting in explosions that respond dynamically to other in-game elements, such as w
    How great game explosions are made

  • Ancestors Legacy has received a free update, adding a singleplayer Slav campaign which includes five new missions. Developed by Destructive Creations, Ancestors Legacy is an RTS set in a medieval world, where you can choose to control one of the four playable nations—Viking, Anglo-Saxon, German, and Slav. The trailer above does its best to offset the harshness of war with a little humour, and gives us a glimpse at what we can expect from full-scale battles. The price of the game has also been dr
    Ancestors Legacy's new singleplayer campaign arrives with a trailer

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