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When the current crop of consoles came out we witnessed what was probably the largest single leap in average system requirements of all time. Within a matter of months, the trusty GTX 8800 was obsolete and the reliable GeForce GTX 660 slid into the pile marked ‘crap’. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not consoles that hold PC games back, it’s the pure economic cost of advancing technologies. What a console generation does serve to do, however, is accelerate the bottom end upwards in one fell swoop. Where once we were comfortably playing games, now we were dropping settings like crazy in order to achieve a decent frame rate.
In the land of ye olde video games, there are few bigger gets than ‘winning’ E3. You don’t get a prize. You don’t even get an award. But the ramifications of a blockbuster E3 press conference are far reaching, even now as E3’s most burning bright light becomes a fading force. Just ask Sony, who’s E3 2013 press conference effectively secured its placed as the number one console manufacturer in the world.
A wise man once said, "There are two sides to every coin." Nowhere is this idiom apter than Microsoft's Windows 10, a divisive product which makes headlines if a journalist fails to open Chrome. It's coming up to two years since Windows 10 was announced by Microsoft, kicking off two years of incessant debate about the whys, the wherefores and the whats.
My how the time flies. The first few months of 2017 have been a blur of incredible releases. No sooner have we go through that then E3 2017 is upon us. The event itself takes place from June 13, 2017, through to June 15, 2017. However, the big publishers are getting their live press conferences out the way earlier and earlier. Several are vying for our attention on Sunday, June 11, as the E3 2017 blitzkrieg begins.
AMD Radeon CEO Raja Koduri has confirmed the live Computex Radeon RX Vega event will be a soft launch only for its next enthusiast tier graphics cards. Earlier this week we saw the unveiling of the Radeon Vega Frontier Editions, the first such Radeon Vega graphics cards. These particular chips are aimed at the professional market rather than for gaming, and as such are going to be attached to a sky-high price tag.
I suspect a few of you have already ploughed through Arkane’s Prey, but just in case you’ve erred on the side of patience, AMD has squeezed a new driver release containing some nice performance boosts for Radeon owners. The AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.2 (AMD’s drivers are becoming a bit of a mouthful) provide up to date performance optimizations for Prey, improving performance by as much as 4.5% if you’re rocking a Radeon RX 580.
If you were holding out hope that Ubisoft would one day stop going down the route of always online, microtransactions, season passes and subscriptions, then think again. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has said all of Ubisoft’s AAA titles going forward will be live operations, meaning games-as-service with continued support, paid-for content and regular updates, providing long tails rather than short, sharp impact.
In a slightly disappointing turn of events, Bungie has said the PC version of Destiny 2 will be coming at a later date than the console release. The Xbox One and PS4 release is on September 8th, while PC Destiny 2 will be delayed as Bungie “is committed to doing the PC version right.” Fair enough; it beats having another Batman: Arkham Knight travesty on our hands.
After a good few months of teasing, Bungie finally took the lid off Destiny 2 last night, showcasing a brand new trailer and the first gameplay taken from the early portion of its MMO. For better or worse, Destiny 2 looks to be very much the same game as the original, albeit with a few tweaks and nifty additions.
Fresh off the success of hitting three million copies sold, Dontnod Entertainment has confirmed Life is Strange 2 is in development. The sequel to the smash-hit episodic adventure series has been in the works for the best part of a year now, with a separate team working on it those putting the final touches to Vampyr.
The Destiny 2 live stream will be taking place today at 10am PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST and you can watch it all live here. We’re expecting the first ever footage, and indeed PC footage, showcasing just how glorious a Bungie game actually developed for PC looks.