Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MS Implementing Ranked Cross-play Between Win10/Xbone for Gears of War 4

The cross-play social playtests have shown to be beneficial to the game's online population. Now Xbone players will have the option to enable/disable cross-play in ranked matches.

Phil Spencer mentioned giving players this choice a year before GoW 4 was even announced. Good to see they're following through. 

Another smart move.

MS Now Allowing Self-Service Refunds (A La Steam) For Win 10 and Xbone

Smart move.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Digital Foundry Exclusive: Xbox Project Scorpio Final Specs Revealed

Well, looks like MS has finally taken console gaming seriously. True custom hardware and software improvements to push the fidelity and performance of current and future games. I still doubt many games will run at true 4K, especially not 4K/60fps, but Scorpio is a huge step forward. Hopefully MS keeps pushing their Win10/Xbox cross-play/cross-buy initiative.

It's a shame it took getting their ass kicked by Sony to push them foward, but that's the great thing about competition. 

As for marketing, it was a smart move to reach out to an established, legitmate and unbaised group like Digital Foundry for the technical reveals. And it looks like they'll be releasing a constant stream of details up to the anticipated Oct launch. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Breath of the Wild - Full Game Running On PC With Wii U Emulator (Cemu 1.7.4)

This is really impressive considering the game has only been out for a few weeks. Unfortunately, the Nintendo developers capped the game to 30 FPS so it'll never be able to run stable at 60 without messing up the speed of objects in the game. However, once they get it running at a solid 30 FPS I'll definitely play it. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Destiny 2 Confirmed For PC, Sept 8 Release Date

(click pic to watch "Rally the Troops" trailer)

Finally. And is that a beard on the character in the cover art? Hope they've improved on all the faults of Destiny 1 (story, character customization, content, grind, enemy variety, RAID matchmaking, weapon balancing). 

I won't pre-order this time but look forward to any PC-exclusive feature announcements (4K, unlimited refresh rate, high quality textures/shadows/particles) and performance anaylsis.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nvidia Announces GTX 1080 Ti, Releases Next Week For $700

Even at stock speeds it's 35% faster than the GTX 1080 and faster than the Titan X Pascal, but $500 cheaper. 

Nvidia is also dropping the price of the GTX 1080 by $100, down to $500. 

I was still going to hold out for the AMD Vega announcement but I might have to pull the trigger on this beast. Gotta love competition!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mass Effect Andromeda (PC) Pre-Order For $42.19 (30% Off) On

Also found a good deal on the ME:A pre-order. It's looking good but I'm still going to wait until some positive tech analysis and gameplay reviews release before pulling the trigger.