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UPDATE: Star Control: Origins is back! The space role-playing game was pulled from Steam at the start of this month after a DMCA takedown request from the IP's original co-creators, Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford.
It’s been a long time coming but the PCIe 4.0 standard is almost upon us. PCI Express 4.0 will officially be supported by AMD’s upcoming Ryzen third-gen Matisse CPUs but in the meantime, Phison, a Taiwanese manufacturer of NAND flash controllers, has been showing off its E16 NVMe SSD controller during demo sessions at CES 2019.
The news pipe is in the midst of a full-scale drought right now but Remedy Entertainment has provided some sweet relief and dropped a brand spanking new trailer for its upcoming supernatural shooter - Control.
RGB lighting has long been known to be the root of all evil*, but now we have definitive proof. An investigation by SecureAuth has discovered several drivers used for controlling RGB lighting have several security vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
Microsoft has published details of its mooted Xbox controllers for mobile gaming, no doubt all tied into its Project xCloud game streaming service for PC and mobiles. These are prototype designs to allow console gaming on the go, all without sacrificing control methods.
Control developer Remedy Entertainment has been talking about both the possibilities of raytracing and its performance hit, during GTC (GPU Technology Conference) Europe 2018.
We’ve been provided with our best look yet at Control, Remedy’s attempt to get back onto a level footing after Quantum Break took a few missteps. And, you’ll be pleased to know, the early footage of Control is looking hugely promising indeed.
Microsoft has had a busy year in terms of studio acquisitions, and with the recent announcement of X018, it doesn’t sound as if it’s going to be slowing up anytime soon. Among the studios bought this year are Playground Games (Forza Horizon 4), Ninja Theory (Hellblade, DmC), Undead Labs (State of Decay 2), and Compulsion Games (We Happy Few).
Valve has been farming data on the gamepads used by Steam users over the years, unearthing some interesting (careful - Jon) results. The data has been getting tracked ever since 2015, when Valve shipped tools to allow Steam users to map controls across various devices, splintering off from the technology used for sharing Steam Controller inputs.
AMD has announced a very generous looking new bundle for those out looking for a new graphics card. Anyway, anyone who picks up a Radeon RX Vega, Radeon RX 570 or Radeon RX 580 from participating retailers will net themselves free codes for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Star Control: Origins, and Strange Brigade.
While it might seem they're all wrapped up in lawsuits, Stardock is actually busy reviving the class Star Control series. Part space exploration, part management, players have a universe at their fingertips and the problem of an alien race known as the Scryve which wants to exterminate humanity. Star Control Origins is a rebirth of a very old game series, but that doesn't mean any old PC going to be able to run it. Here are the official Star Control Origins system requirements.

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