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If you’re the sort of person who’s so rich you don’t have to check your bank balance on a weekly/daily/hourly basis, you may just be the sort of person who could be interested in Nvidia’s monstrous new laptop GPU. Unveiled yesterday, the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 is the fastest laptop graphics chip in existence.
Okay, so we got a bit ahead of ourselves earlier with the stories about Nvidia bringing RTX raytracing support to Minecraft and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It turns out those were just the tip of an increasingly deep iceberg. No fewer than 10 upcoming games have been given the RTX treatment, heralding Nvidia’s arrival at Gamescom, Cologne in some style.
Sega has made the surprise announcement of SolSeraph, a new retro-inspired game that fuses side-scrolling hack and slash combat with top-down strategy. Players take on the role of Helios, the child of both god and man, come to save humankind by growing a tribe’s village and battling away against the invading monsters.
Having sort-of-conquered the 3D platformer landscape, the team at Playtonic are back with Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, a new platformer featuring the bug-eyed duo that platforms 2.5D platforming with a 3D overworld.
Cloud Imperium Games has revealed the next major content update for Star Citizen is hitting the servers this very weekend. Star Citizen Alpha 3.5 adds a hefty bunch of new features, including playable female characters for the first time (that took six years, well done lads), and a significantly expanded character customisation utility.
Tucked in among Epic’s frantic week at GDC 2019 was ‘Troll’, a new state-of-the-art real-time ray-tracing showcase built using Unreal Engine 4.22, as well as Rebirth, a look a photorealism tech in UE4.
Heavily rumoured for years now, Valve has taken the veil off its upcoming Steam redesign during a GDC panel.
Google has started sending out press invites to a gaming-related event due to take place on March 19th. This tallies up with rumours that have persisted over the last year that Google has been planning take on the might of PlayStation and Xbox. Nintendo, well, they march to the beat of their own drum and we’ve long ago learned they’re unpredictable and tenacious.
Razer and Microsoft have announced the first wireless keyboard and mouse designed specifically for use with the Xbox One. The second generation of the Razer Turret features a tenkeyless keyboard with Razer Green Mechanical Switches, a retractable mouse board, and a wireless Razer mouse.
One of the most interesting things we were looking forward to during the Game Awards was the reveal of Obsidian Entertainment’s new project. Just as expected it’s a sci-fi space RPG called The Outer Worlds, offering 3D first-person adventuring antics in a wacky world.
Intel and AMD’s ‘Core Wars’ have stepped up another gear - Intel has revealed its first every 48-core processor. The Intel Xeon Cascade Lake AP series is designed for server processing, moving away from single-chip monolithic designs to a multiple die design.