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Seldom a week goes by where some sort of record isn’t broken by solid state drive manufacturers. Nimbus Data is the latest to join the throng, announcing a frankly ridiculous 100TB SSD with three times the storage capacity of any 3.5” storage drive that has come before it. The announcement comes just a month after Samsung announced the world’s largest 30TB SSD, which now looks teeny tiny in comparison.
Right on cue, Nvidia has taken the wraps off its “groundbreaking” RTX (Ray Tracing) technology during GDC 2018. RTX brings cinematic-quality rendering to game developers, providing realistic and lifelike lighting, reflections and shadows. The downside is it sounds as if Nvidia RTX will be exclusive to Nvidia Volta GPUs and upwards. Which, for now, means GameWorks Ray Tracing is only compatible with Nvidia Titan V, but it will, of course, be compatible with upcoming GPU generation, rumoured to be dubbed ‘Turing’.
BattleTech has been flying so far under my radar it's barely registered as a blip. Until I laid eyes on it that is. From the tantalising duo of Harebrained Schemes (Shadowrun) and Paradox Interactive, BattleTech just screams hardcore tactical strategy. It's a turn-based mech combat game at heart, one in which MechWarriors can be customised down to the smallest nuts and bolts, while terrain, position, weapon selection and special abilities all must be mastered in order to outplay your opponents.
Nvidia is allegedly gearing up to announce a new real-time Ray Tracing (RTX) technology for GeForce GameWorks tomorrow, created in partnership with Microsoft. The new cinematic rendering technique will afford developers the opportunity to add real-time Area Shadows, Glossy Reflections, and Ambient Occlusion to their games, offering hitherto unforeseen levels of lighting and shadow quality.
This week a rumour emerged that both Nvidia and AMD are considering slowing down their graphics card release cycles in order to generate greater profits from each generation. To my surprise, I discovered most folks in the comments were actually supportive of investment in new technology being lessened, pointing towards the fact they wouldn’t be required to upgrade as often. This could save PC gamers hundreds of dollars a year, particularly those who just can’t resist the allure of a new GPU generation.
Yet more benchmarks have leaked for AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7 2700X, providing us with some further insight into the sort of performance we can expect from AMD’s upcoming chip. The first wave of AMD 2000-series Ryzen CPUs are due to launch in April, and the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X will be near the top of the pile in terms of performance.
One year on from Ryzen’s launch, AMD is being incredibly bullish about its current place in the CPU market. Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of computing and graphics at AMD, has said that he anticipates that AMD could once again begin to dominate the market in the fashion it did over a decade ago.
Wow, this is a bit of a blast from the past; V-Rally 4 has been announced. The rally racing series was a big hit back in the PlayStation / N64 era but sunk without trace after the 2002 appearance of V-Rally 3.
We may have to wait until Q3 2018 before Nvidia’s next-generation Turing GPU architecture even enters mass manufacturing, sources close to DigiTimes have suggested. It could then potentially be months before these graphics cards are ready for store shelves, and even longer for AIB partners to get their mitts on the silicon and add their custom spin to it.
He's taken his sweet time, but everybody's favourite anthropomorphic marsupial is finally PC-bound. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy packages together the original trilogy of games (Crash 1, Crash 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash 3: Warped) totally remade and with bang up to date visuals. It makes for a 3D platformer that's very easy on the eye and, crucially, available to play on PC for the first time ever.
Rumours have been swirling this week that PlayStation 5 development kits have begun to make their way into the hands of third-party developers. Numerous people have come forward to suggest this may be the case, although it’s all absolute conjecture at this point.