No more dual PC hassle as Nvidia and OBS team up to optimise NVENC streaming

Streaming is really hard on your hardware. Gaming and streaming from the same PC make the frame rates go south. That’s why an overwhelming majority of professional streamers use a dual PC setup to stream. In a dual PC setup, one PC runs the game and the other broadcasts it. But a dual PC setup takes stress away from the PC and puts it on your pocket.

Nvidia and OBS have teamed up to improve and optimise single PC streaming. The only catch is that you must own a capable Nvidia GPU.

Nvidia GPUs use NVENC encoder to live stream your gameplay. In most cases, using a GPU encoder is the better choice as it helps avoid the processor bottleneck that might occur when using a x264 encoder. However, using NVENC encoder makes the GPU multitask, resulting in a significant drop in FPS while streaming.

The improved OBS Studio “reduces the FPS impact of streaming by up to 66 percent compared to the previous version” claims Nvidia. This improvement is supported by all GPUs newer than Nvidia’s 500 series lineup (i.e. 600 GPU series onwards), given that they already are NVENC compatible.

This update is a major optimisation update with an average of 48 percent FPS increase across all trending battle royale titles, including PUBG, Fortnite and yes, Apex Legends. Adding a cherry on the top, Nvidia also claims improved stream quality at a lower bitrate.

However, as one might expect, Nvidia’s new ‘shiny’ RTX series benefits the most from the update.

  • OBS Studio 23 is now available for Linux, MacOS and Windows. So go and live that streamer dream.
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    Horizon: Zero Dawn sales top 10 million

    Total worldwide sales for Horizon: Zero Dawn have surpassed 10 million units, publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Guerrilla Games announced on the open-world RPG’s second anniversary of release today.

    Sales were last reported in February 2018 to be at 7.6 million units, meaning it has sold an additional 2.4 million units in the last 12 months at the very least.

    Horizon: Zero Dawn launched for PlayStation 4 on February 28, 2017.

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    The Division 2 ‘Enter the Dark Zone’ trailer released

    Ubisoft has released a new trailer for The Division 2 dubbed “Enter the Dark Zone.”

    Here is an overview of the game, via Ubisoft:

    About

    Seven months have passed since a deadly virus hit New York City and the rest of the world, crippling the population. When the virus hit, The Division, a unit of civilian sleeper agents, was activated as the last line of defense. Since then, Division agents have been fighting relentlessly to save what remains.

    For The Division, the stakes are higher than ever. Washington, D.C. – the most heavily protected city on earth – is at risk, leaving the entire nation on the brink of collapse. If Washington, D.C., is lost, then the nation falls. As a Division agent who has been in the field for seven months, you and your team are the last hope to stop the fall of society after the pandemic collapse.

    Developed by Ubisoft Massive and the same teams that brought you Tom Clancy’s The DivisionTom Clancy’s The Division 2 is an online open world, action shooter RPG experience set in a collapsing and fractured Washington, D.C. This rich new setting combines a wide variety of beautiful, iconic, and realistic environments where the player will experience the series’ trademark for authenticity in world building, rich RPG systems, and fast-paced action like never before. Play solo or co-op with a team of up to four players to complete a wide range of activities, from the main campaign and adversarial PvP matches to the Dark Zone – where anything can happen.

    Key Features

    • A Transformed Washington, D.C. – In the wake of the virus, storms, flooding, and subsequent chaos have radically transformed Washington, D.C. Explore a living open world full of diverse environments, from flooded urban areas to historic sites and landmarks, during one of the hottest summers in history. The streets have been overrun with enemy factions, each with its own agenda and each vying for control of DC. It will be up to you to liberate the city and protect what remains of society.
    • Best In-Class Endgame Experience – Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 was built with an “endgame-first” mentality, ensuring players always have access to fresh, unique, and diverse activities long after completing the main campaign. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2’s endgame will introduce brand new challenges and progression systems, unique twists and surprises, and for the first time, raids. Players will also be able to access a wealth of post-launch content, including a full year of free additional story-driven missions, map expansions, and gameplay modes.
    • Revamped Player Progression and New Specializations – After completing the main campaign, gain access to new specializations such as demolitionist, sharpshooter, and survivalist. Each specialization will open up an entire new progression system with new skills, mods, and unique talents to acquire and maximize your agent efficiency in your chosen role.
    • Dynamic Living World – Civilians and enemy factions are constantly striving to survive, vying for necessities such as food, medicine, and ammunition. As the factions face off against each other in a ravaged DC, they will fight to seize control of resources and locations – and for their very survival. The various needs and motivations from each faction will collide, triggering different encounters between enemy and friendly factions, civilians, and ultimately you as an Agent, creating a dynamic living world full of surprises.
    • Unite the Civilians – Civilians have banded together in settlements to rebuild their society, but their very existence is threatened. Work closely with them to keep them safe and in turn, they will come to your aid and provide supplies and assistance to build up your base of operations, giving a deeper meaning to the people and the world around you.
    • A Renewed Dark Zone Experience – The Dark Zone is an untamed area of the map with some of the best loot in the game. The Dark Zone is also the most dangerous area in the game, where fear, betrayal, and tension are high, as any other agent can turn against you and steal your hard-earned loot. In Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, this playground was designed to provide a fair and exciting experience to all players, regardless of their level of progression.

    The Division 2 is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 15. An open beta will run from March 1 to 4.

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    Our World is Ended for PS4 and Switch delayed to April 19 in North America and Europe

    Publisher PQube has delayed the PlayStation 4 and Switch versions of visual novel Our World is Ended from its previously announced March release to April 18 in North America and Europe.

    In Europe, the April 18 release date includes both the physical and digital editions. In North America, the release date is only for the digital editions. The physical editions will launch on May 7.

    Digital pre-orders will begin on March 4 on the European PlayStation Store and March 19 on the Nintendo eShop. A pre-order start date for the North American PlayStation Store was not announced.

    As previously announced, pre-orders for the physical edition will include a 100-page art book and key chain of the protagonist Owari Sekai’s mascot character.

    In Japan, Our World is Ended launched for PlayStation 4 and Switch today. The PlayStation 4 and Switch versions are called Judgement 7: Our World is Ended in Japan, as they are enhanced versions of the November 2017-released PS Vita version. Given that the PS Vita version was never released in the west, the PlayStation 4 and Switch versions are simply titled Our World is Ended in the west.

    Our World is Ended is also planned for release on PC via Steam in 2019, but a specific release date has yet to be announced.

    Here is an overview of the game, via PQube and the game’s official website:

    Story

    Our World is Ended follows Judgement 7, a team of young developers working on a brand new game engine called the W.O.R.L.D program. When wearing an Augmented Reality headset, this revolutionary program changes the landscape in real time. When Reiji, the game part-time director, tries the program in the streets of Asakusa, he catches a glimpse of an unsettling cityscape. Could this be a glitch or is there more to it than meets the eye?

    His doubts are soon to be confirmed as the members of Judgement 7 will find themselves trapped between fiction and the real world. Characters and creatures from their previous games have breached into the world and now risk of becoming reality. The city is on the verge of being overwritten. Judgement 7’s battle to bring the world back is about to begin!

    Key Features

    • An Engaging Story with Lovable Characters – Meet the wild bunch that is Judgement 7, a team of eccentric game developers, trapped between reality and the game world where simple glitches can have devastating consequences!
    • Visit Iconic Tokyo Landmarks – Set in a perfect recreation of the popular Asakusa district, Our World is Ended takes players to some of the most eminent places of Japan’s capital city.
    • Outstanding Production Value – Talented and renown voice actors as well as gorgeous visuals rendered in a unique art style turn this sci-fi story into an unforgettable journey.
    • The Interactive Selection of Soul System – Whenever Reiji gets flustered, the S.O.S system will be triggered. His emotions will flow onto the screen before vanishing. Quickly react to see how your choice will affect the dialogues.
    • Over 40 Hours of Gameplay – The deep narrative and plentiful conversation options make for a lengthy visual novel full of humor and otaku subculture references!

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    Devil May Cry 5 final trailer revealed

    Capcom has released the final trailer for Devil May Cry 5.

    The description of the trailer warns, “WARNING! Spoilers ahead, though they may be very motivating… The world as we know it is falling apart and it’s up to Nero, Dante, and V to team up and face the ultimate challenge in Devil May Cry 5.”

    Devil May Cry 5 is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 8.

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    Ghost Giant launches April 16

    Ghost Giant will launch for PlayStation VR diigtally on April 16, developer Zoink Games announced. In Europe, Perp Games will publish a physical edition on April 19.

    Here is an overview of the game, via Zoink Games:

    This exciting puzzle adventure filled with warmth and charm sees a lonely boy named Louis befriend a giant ghost visible only to him. As the Ghost Giant, you’ll have to carefully build trust with Louis and help him through small, big and sometimes overwhelmingly huge obstacles, discovering the true meaning of friendship along the way.

    As the Ghost Giant, you will get to explore the world of Sancourt, helping its citizens with all manner of day to day problems by using your size and strength. Ghost Giant offers a unique, crafty-looking dollhouse world which can be manipulated in multiple ways and is full of hidden secrets.

    Zoink’s aim with Ghost Giant is to recreate the feel of exploring a doll’s house in VR by lifting furniture off the roof and playing around with trinkets and furniture inside, while also giving players a purpose and sense of scale to deliver something truly special and memorable. You’re not just a manipulator from outside the screen, you’re really in there, participating in Louis’ world and being recognized by him as his friend.

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    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Will Be Shown on April 13th

    Respawn Entertainment has been in the limelight with Apex Legends but let’s not forget about their highly anticipated title, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order which is going to be shown at Star Wars Celebration on April 13th as confirmed by a tweet by EA Star War’s twitter account.

    Earlier last year, the game got leaked by a user on Reddit who claimed to have been at a Star Wars-focused marketing presentation which showcased the game among other Star Wars media and stated that the game would release in November 2019.

    Considering that release date, the game being showcased in April makes sense since the marketing campaign will last for about 6 months with maybe a big reveal at around E3 2019.

    The release date being November is being taken seriously because the information about the Star Wars film and Mandolorian TV Show were verified by a website dedicated to Star Wars news and leaks so everyone has been taking these leaks very seriously.

    At Star Wars Celebration, we can expect to see a bit about the story and maybe a little bit of in-game engine footage which will set up the game and also showcase the visuals of the game. This could very well confirm the leaks about the game.

    The developer of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Respawn, has recently struck gold with Apex Legend and went on record to say that EA did not have any input in the development of the game which leads us to believe is the main reason for the game’s success. Besides the amazing gameplay of course.

    Considering the fact that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is going to be a Singleplayer game only, we can hope that the game is free from microtransactions and does not have any “progress boosters” or even cosmetics locked behind a paywall. But since it is a Star Wars game, that too a singleplayer one, EA knows people are going to buy it so they might find a way to sneak in microtransaction.

    Titanfall 1 and 2 had good singleplayer campaigns and the ability to wall-run, double jump and move about quickly could be something that can translate very well into a Star Wars game where you play as a Jedi.

    Our hopes are high but only time will tell what this game has to offer. Are you excited about the game? Let us know your thoughts on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and whether or not it will turn out to be a good game.

    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Leak

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    Cyberpunk 2077 Will be at E3 2019

    It has been a while since we heard or saw any news regarding Cyberpunk 2077 but we finally have something to look forward to. The official Cyberpunk 2077 twitter account tweeted that it will be present at E3 2019.

    Cyberpunk 2077 got it’s first gameplay trailer at E3 2018 last year which collectively blew everybody’s mind and made people get on the hype train faster than Geralt could say “Wind’s Howling”.

    If that wasn’t enough, CD Projekt Red decided to go ahead and get everybody hot and heavy in August with a 48-minute long walkthrough gameplay video that showed off the world of Cyberpunk 2077 along with how different the gameplay is from the Witcher trilogy.

    So you might ask yourself, what does Cyberpunk 2077 being at E3 2019 mean? We’ve seen a lot about the game but we still don’t have any clear information on when the game will release. This E3 might be the one that gives us that information.

    The Witcher 3 was shown at E3 2013 and E3 2014 followed by a release in the middle of 2015 during May. This could mean that Cyberpunk 2077 is maybe about a year away from release or sooner since Cyberpunk 2077’s Creative Director left CDPR to join Blizzard earlier this year.

    If CDPR decides to go for the 7/7/2020 release date, it will be after E3 2020 which is really far away but will be a great way to market the game. However, from all the reports we’ve been hearing about the game being in the final stages, we might get the game sooner than expected.

    E3 2019 is just 3 months away so we don’t have to wait too long to get new Cyberpunk 2077 information. How excited are you for the game and when do you think they might release it? Let us know be commenting below.

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    Trials Rising – Review

    Trials Rising is the latest entry in the long running Trials series, and still offers the same sense of tension and excitement that the series is known for. Physics, skill and absurd obstacle courses come together in this glorious amalgamation of sheer fun in Trials Rising.

    One of the first difference you’ll notice in Trials Rising are the greater variety and depth to the tracks themselves. They has far more twists and turns, going in and out of levels, giving the game a more 3D look in comparison to the traditionally 2D style design. Another welcome change are the improved tutorials – never before had I considered that slowing down and avoiding huge leaps (which look damn cool, btw), would actually give me better control and also a shorter completion time.

    The progression system is also enjoyable, at least for the first 30-40 levels after which the grind begins. You unlock cosmetics (which you can also buy, because it’s 2019, and that’s what games are), and other items as you progress, but it all grinds to a halt towards the later half of the game. There are a ton of tracks to unlock, and they are all really well done. It just really sucks that there’s huge grind attached to it all.

    You could always throw money to get rid of the grind, and this is one of my biggest complains with the game. I may even have given up on the game, but despite my complains, Trials Rising is simply FUN! It’s always easy to jump back in for a few more rounds, grind out a few more challenges, unlock new tracks and items, and repeat the cycle.

    There’s a ton of value to be had with Trials Rising, and once you get a hang of all the tracks in the game you can start competing in leader-boards with friends. Trials Rising has a smooth learning curve and offers a lot to master. If you can get past the grind, which is not really an issue n the first half of the game, you’ll be playing some of the best levels ever made in a Trials game.

    Score – 8/10

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    Versus Evil announces 2019 games lineup

    Versus Evil has announced its lineup for 2019, which includes the previously announced console ports of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire and a slew of new titles from independent developers.

    Additionally, Versus Evil has announced a new indie game development fund as it looks towards 2020 in its publishing ventures.

    “2019 is a momentous year for Versus Evil. It’s a year of unprecedented growth for the company,” Versus Evil general manager and founder Steve Escalante said in a press release. “We have added new team members, new developers and a full slate of fun, unique, independently developed video games from creators located around the world. We’re also excited about our new independent video game fund which will allow us to continue to invest in more games for 2020, 2021 and beyond. If you are a developer that has an amazing game in the role-playing, strategy or action genres, we want to speak with you. Let’s catch up at GDC and PAX East!”

    Here is a full overview of the company’s lineup:

    Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PS4, Xbox One)

    Following on from its PC launch in 2018, the critically acclaimed and award winning RPG, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire heads to console for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year, complete with a brand new turn based mode. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will at long last be able to explore the exotic Deadfire archipelago and experience the classic RPG gameplay and handcrafted adventure which won the hearts of many fantasy RPG players in 2018.

    Pillars of Eternity (Switch)

    Nintendo Switch players will also get a special treat when the original Pillars of Eternity launches on the platform later this year, courtesy of Versus Evil.

    Yaga (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac)

    Versus Evil will soon reveal more on the beautifully animated RPG, Yaga, winner of the Nordic Game Discovery Contest, which tells the tale of Ivan, a one-handed blacksmith cursed with bad luck who must take on a series of impossible tasks from the tzar in this visually stunning Action-RPG inspired by Slavic folktales.

    Cardpocalypse (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac)

    Also launching this year, a new game from Gambrinous, the team that brought Guild of DugneoneeringCardpocalypse follows 10-year old Jess as she starts at a new school where all the kids are collecting and playing the Mega Mutant Power Pets card game. Set in the 1990’s, Cardpocalypse is a single-player card game where you change the cards and the rules as you play, delivered within a charming school-based narrative.

    Hitchhiker (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac)

    Hitchhiker from Berlin-based indie developer Mad About Pandas is another beautifully realized title launching this winter. Described as thought-provoking, spooky, and compulsively entertaining,Hitchhiker propels the player through five different philosophical road trips in which they must piece together clues to solve a mystery. Winner of the Intel Buzz Workshop Developer Award and Game Connection Best Story Award in 2018, Hitchhiker combines beautiful atmospherics, narrative-driven storytelling and Film Noir sensibilities to produce a unique interactive experience.

    Faeria (PC, Mac)

    Versus Evil has also taken over the publishing duties on the strategy card game Faeria, providing assistance to developer Abrakam in releasing and promoting the game to a more diverse set of online gaming stores, as well as bringing the console version to fruition. Versus Evil will be presenting both Faeria and Faeria’s new downloadable content pack at GDC.

    Into The Dead 2 (Switch)

    Last but not least, zombie survival game Into The Dead 2 will be coming to Nintendo Switch. The Into the Dead franchise is finally making its long-awaited debut on console after amassing more than 100 million downloads on mobile. Nintendo Switch players will enjoy PikPok’s thrilling gameplay and high quality audio and graphics as they arm themselves with an arsenal of powerful weapons and do whatever it takes to save their family in the zombie apocalypse.

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