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It’s showtime for Google, who have ended years of tiptoeing around the games industry and have only bloody gone and done it. Google has announced Stadia, tagged as one place for everyone to play. Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the showcase, with his first words oddly being “I don’t really play games, I’m not a big gamer.”  Solid start.
Nvidia’s real-time raytracing, powered by DXR (DirectX Raytracing), will be coming to many of its GeForce GTX 10 series GPUs in April. All GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GPUs and higher will be capable of ray-tracing, including the GeForce GTX 1660, 1660 Ti, and of course the RTX series.
By now a lot of you have probably feasted your eyes on the Quake 2 real-time ray-traced lighting video that’s been doing the rounds since January. Created by former Nvidia inter Christoph Schied, this brings the RTX experience to Id Software’s classic (and ancient) 1997 shooter.
Today we’re going through some sort of rebirth of PC classics from yesteryear. No sooner have Paradox been teasing a new Vampire: The Masquerade game have OtherSide dropped a brand spanking new trailer for System Shock 3, the sequel to the cyberpunk-horror games that were ultimately the precursors to BioShock. Otherside, you really SHODAN have.
Remedy has revealed another peek at its upcoming sci-fi shooter Control, this time highlighting the real-time ray-tracing features made possible through GeForce RTX.
UPDATE: If there weren't enough clues for you peppered throughout Paradox's 'Tender' dating app, a new Vampire: The Masquerade game has been all but confirmed by their official Twitter account.
They’ve been dropping like flies this year but Bethesda has stood up tall and announced it will be at E3 2019 in June.
We’re into Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice launch week, which probably means From Software fans are sacrificing goats to the blood gods in the hope they’re about to release a stone-cold-banger of an action game.
UPDATE: Just as we suspected, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has confirmed Epic Games paid Ubisoft to prevent keys for The Division 2 from being sold on third-party sellers.
Halo: Reach on PC could be with us a lot sooner than we expected. Microsoft has confirmed the PC beta test for Halo Reach is already primed to go live, with Microsoft taking beta sign-ups through the Halo Insider program.
Practically the entire Halo series coming to Steam is certainly a cause for celebration, but I think we’ve got to be careful before we jump to any radical conclusions about Microsoft’s plans.