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Civilization VI is set to get its first full expansion pack this coming February. Civilization VI: Rise and Fall has the unenviable task of making this huge game even larger, adding in eight new civilizations, a Great Ages system, a new city loyalty system, Governors, expanded Diplomacy and Government systems, and all the usual new units, districts, wonders and buildings we’ve come to expect.
As if the rising price of memory and spiralling demand for crypto-mining GPUs wasn’t enough, the cost of silicon wafer is set to increase dramatically over the next few years. It’s time to start paying wallet emptying prices for glorified sand.
The average price of a PC bought in the UK has risen by 30% in the last year along. Data collected by market analyst CONTEXT revealed that the average selling price for all desktops, notebooks and workstations hit £480 during the month of August 2017, up from £340 the prior year.
Ever since we started noticing the rising price of DRAM we’ve been awaiting the inevitable knock-on effects - rising price of hardware. Reports are now emerging that the shortage of GDDR5 memory will begin to impact the cost of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards from the end of this month.
Despite No Mans Sky's frosty launch, Hello Games is intent on improving their game. Influenced by gamer feedback, the latest patch fixes graphical user interface issues as well as general tweaks to make the experience a better. The most pressing issue that was fixed was the problem of the save file becoming enormous. This patch will shrink its size so you don't have to worry about visiting multiple portals.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has amassed over 765,781 concurrent players according to SteamCharts, making it without doubt one of the most successful Early Access games of all time. Creator Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene has spoken regarding the success of the game in an interview, saying he was shocked at the success of the game.
First, they came for our DRAM, and now they come for our VRAM. Both Samsung and SK Hynix have bumped up their VRAM prices by more than 30% this month alone due to spiraling demand from phone manufacturers.
They don’t have awards for greatest patches of all time, but right now No Man’s Sky’s Atlas Rise 1.3 update would have to be placed near the top of the list. After teasing it for a month, Hello Games has dropped a new trailer and a full down of content for this ridiculous update. Highlights include more than 30 hours of story-based gameplay, 16-player co-op, terraforming, reworked space combat, low flight on planetary surfaces, a new alien race, a mission system, new ships, new biomes, new planet types, a new Galaxy Map. The list goes on and on. It’s the sort of thing you expect from a full-blown expansion pack, not a patch. Perhaps there’s life in No Man’s Sky yet.
It was exactly one year ago today that No Man’s Sky hilariously splatted onto the gaming world. It was a high profile disaster despite its indie origins. That didn’t stop Hello Games shifting several million copies of the game though, and they’ve spent the last 12 months trying to make things right. The next major 1.3 update is due for No Man’s Sky imminently, and Hello Games has teased that it’s going to be a biggie, expanding on the story elements and adding heaps of new features.
Last year’s Gamescom was practically ignored by the larger publishers when it came to announcements and live conferences, but it’s looking as if things are on the up for the 2017 event. EA has announced it will be hosting an EA Live Show conference on August 21st, where we can expect new gameplay, live demos, “and a few surprises as well.”
Semiconductor manufacturer Micron has been forced to temporarily close one of its two Taiwanese manufacturing plants due to a malfunctioning nitrogen gas dispensing system. The fault has contaminated both the wafers and the manufacturing equipment itself, forcing its Inotera Fab-2 plant to shut down.