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It’s become a bit of a running joke now, but Microsoft’s Crackdown 3 has been delayed. Again. Previously scheduled to be the premiere launch title for the Xbox One X on November 7th, Crackdown 3 has now been moved to a vague Spring 2018 date.
Creative Assembly has at long last revealed the fourth and final race for Total War: Warhammer II. It is, drum roll please, the Skaven! I for one am shocked. Whoever saw this coming? Creative Assembly, you never cease surprising me.
And here we are, at the final round of the first knock-out stages. These are final games that stand a chance of being crowned the best videogame series in 2017. All you've got to do is vote for your favourite game franchise to boost its chances of making it to the final. It's Gears of War v Mortal Kombat v Uncharted v Borderlands. Let's make it a clean fight.
As far as unnecessary things go, a 480Hz monitor is probably right up there alongside a smart salt dispenser. Most of us could only dream of achieving frame rates that high in the latest games, let alone having a monitor that could display. Yet there’s a prototype panel out there that can achieve this lofty 480Hz refresh rate.
It’s officially beta season, what with Destiny 2 and how Call of Duty: WWII’s upcoming private multiplayer beta. It’s pre-orders only (Boo! Hiss!), but Sledgehammer has at least provided us with a brand spanking new gameplay trailer to celebrate the occasion. And, well, it doesn’t disappoint. Call of Duty looks firmly back on track.
As predicted prior to Vega’s launch, Nvidia isn’t in a hurry to get its next generation Volta GPU in gamers’ hands. While initial rumours pointed to a launch in the back half of 2017, Nvidia has now made it pretty clear that GeForce Volta won’t be ready until early 2018. Following the launch of AMD Radeon Vega, Nvidia has ramped up 12nm production to increase supplies of its Volta based GPUs. In short, Nvidia is stockpiling, gearing up for a major graphics card launch in around six months time.
Console gamers are busy gearing up for Destiny 2’s September 6th launch, in all likelihood the biggest gaming launch of the year, but before then PC players will get a little taste of Bungie’s sci-fi sequel with the PC open beta. Its open beta is due to kick off on August 29th and will include the opening story mission, ‘Homecoming’, a co-op Strike, ‘Inverted Spire’, and competitive multiplayer modes in the Crucible. It’ll be available to play through the Blizzard Battle.net client.
We’re on the cusp of Intel revealing its 8th generation of Core processors, codenamed Coffee Lake. While we’re all thinking short-term though, Intel has much longer-term plans in place. It’s just announced Ice Lake, a new processor family that will be the successor to the 8th generation CPUs out shortly.
Our mission to find out which game series is the best of all time continues. Now it's time for Round 15 to find the best game franchise in 2017. An all-star lineup includes the biggest shooter franchise of all time, among others. It's Batman Arkham v Wolfenstein v Call of Duty v Dark Souls, and there can be only one game to make it through to the semi-finals. Over the course of 20 rounds, we will be pitting the biggest gaming franchises of all time against one another in order to determine the definitive list of the best game series in 2017.
The rumours from Overclockers were false - AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 isn’t the cryptocurrency mining powerhouse that we’d been led to believe. Rumours were swirling a fortnight ago that AMD’s latest enthusiast tier graphics card was capable of hitting between 70-100 MH/s while mining Ethereum, far in excess of the 31 MH/s the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is capable of.
Nvidia’s just pushed its GeForce 385.28 driver out the door, providing the usual smattering of bug fixes and day one game ready optimisations. New drivers are always exciting because that usually chimes with the arrival of new games. In this instance it’s the pairing of Agents of Mayhem and Killing Floor: Incursion, the VR exclusive spin-off for Tripwire’s shooter.