NVIDIA To Release Faster Versions of RTX 2070 and 2080 Soon

If you have been saving up to buy one of NVIDIA’s RTX graphics cards, you may want to wait just a little bit more. According to Tom’s HW Germany, the green team is about to start selling faster versions of their Turing GPUs.

To shed more light on this, NVIDIA currently has two different variants of the TU104 and TU106 chips, the ‘A’ and non-A variants. For instance, there’s the TU106-400-A1 (non-A variant) and TU106-400A-A1 (‘A’ variant). The non-A variants have a lower quality and slower clock speeds, while the ‘A’ variants are better dies with higher clock speeds, currently being sold in factory overclocked RTX GPUs. The same goes for the TU104 chips. As expected, the cards with ‘A’ variant chips are more expensive.

What makes this news great for users is that NVIDIA is also going to stop the production of non-A Turing RTX cards, which means that going forwards, you can expect to get better and faster GPUs. Additionally, the factory overclocked cards that are available right now should get cheaper as well. However, in the beginning it will also mean that users will have to be very careful about which versions they are buying as some stock of the older cards will include the slower GPUs. But overall, it seems like things are about to look up for gamers. So, if you were planning to buy a new RTX 2060, 2070 or 2080, you should hold on to your wallet for just a little bit more and try getting your hands on a better variant.

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Valve Index VR Sold Out In the US In 30 Minutes

Virtual reality may not be as mainstream as we’d hoped it to be, but things are looking up for Valve’s new Index VR. So much so, that the VR bundles sold out in 30 minutes.

UploadVR reports that not only did the Index VR sell out within 30 minutes in the US, it is also sold out in the other supported regions. The kit costs $999 and is right now sold only via Steam. The Buy now option is currently been replaced by a “Reserve Yours” option, with the shipping date for the whole kit listed at 30th September 2019 in the US.

You can still buy the base stations and the controllers, though. The Index controllers cost $279 and will start shipping by 28th Jun, while the base station will cost $149. You can buy the headset separately as well, at a price point of $499. The headset will ship by 31st July.

Earlier speculations had suggested that the $1000 price point may be too high for a lot of users, but considering this news, it doesn’t seem like that. Of course, we don’t know the exact number of units sold, but even then, being sold out in 30 minutes after launch can only be seen as good.

The Steam page also spells out the required system specs, with a GTX 970 or an RX 480 as the minimum GPU requirement and a GTX 1070 as recommended. The supported inputs for the Index VR are mentioned as well, which include both DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0.

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Future of the Mad Box In Jeopardy As Investors Pull Out After Stadia Announcement

You remember the Mad Box, the mad gaming console from Slightly Mad Studios, the makers of Project Cars? It’s the same console that the company claimed would be able to power VR at 60 FPS per eye, or as they put it, 120 FPS overall. Not only that, but the concept design is killer as well. I mean, just look at this bad boy (or mad boy, if you will).

The whole thing kinda too big to be true to begin with. And thanks to Google’s Stadia, we may never get to see that apparent beast. Apparently, two major investors have gotten cold feet and backed out of Mad Box, according to Nathan Bell, the online marketing director for Slightly Mad Studios.

Even when the console was first announced, its feasibility was questioned, with the current console market players already involved in heavy competition. With Sony’s PS4 doing incredibly well, Nintendo focusing on both home consoles and handheld segment with the Switch and the Xbox One X being the most powerful console in the market, there have been speculations whether there’s more room for such a device. And that’s without considering Microsoft’s investment in more studios and the specs being touted by Sony for the PS5. Needless to say, the Stadia seemed like the least of Slightly Mad’s worries when they announced the Mad Box.

But this development does raise a good point in the light of the future of gaming. It’s become apparent that anyone who doesn’t already have a hold in the market will find it extremely difficult to try something new, but with Google’s push towards streaming and future becoming increasing digital in terms of how people buy games, what can we expect from future consoles?

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Subverse Is A Mass Effect Inspired Adult Game

Since the dawn of time, humankind has stared up at the cosmos with a mixture of trepidation and wonder. Turning our curious eyes toward the glittering stars speckled around our little blue planet, we have often asked ourselves the eternal question: 

Are we alone in this universe? What is out there? More importantly… can we bone it?

That’s why we made Subverse – a tactical RPG/SHMUP hybrid that takes place in a fully explorable galaxy where you get to be the Captain of your very own ship…which is crewed by the sexiest and deadliest waifus you can recruit. Oh, and you can also befriend a perpetually stoned imp mechanic with six testicles.

Enter the Prodigium Galaxy – a place ruled by a by a bunch of puritanical, oppressive douchebags who pretty much hate anything sexy. Naturally, it’s up to you lead a covert revolution to overthrow these dickheads with your very own black ops squad of knockout waifus backed up by genetically engineered monsters and a top-secret stolen military fighter ship – all of which can be upgraded into an unstoppable force with loot and credits. 

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Close to the Sun Out Today On The Epic Games Store

Award-winning global publisher, Wired Productions and leading Italian game studio, Storm in a Teacup, are today proud to announce that the Nikola Tesla-inspired first-person horror game, Close to the Sun, is available now at EpicGames.com, for £24.99 in the UK, €29.99 in most European countries* and $29.99 in North America. Players will aboard themselves onto a breath-taking and unforgettable experience.

Grounded in an alternative 19th Century where famed inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla was able to fulfil his potential and change the world forever, Close to the Sun sees players step onto the Helios, a colossal vessel for scientific research, steeped in horror and mystery. As the heroine, Rose, players find themselves walking the massive area looking for their lost sister on the majestic yet mysterious ship created by Tesla. Where is Ada and what happened? Grand halls stand empty. The stench of rotting flesh lingers in the air. Silence. A single word is painted across the entrance… QUARANTINE!

Furthering the game’s experience is an exclusive single from pioneering Australian folktronica act, Porcelain Pill, that players can listen to right now on YouTube or Spotify. Composed by Porcelain Pill founder Adam Scott-McGuinness, the Close to the Sun single was created for the atmospheric horror game of the same name, exploring the title’s dark themes and warnings through stunning vocals and mesmerising instrumentals.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Close to the Sun out on the Epic Games store for fans to experience,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director at Wired Productions. “From the beginning, this was a true passion project for all involved, which grew into an amazing journey that is ending in a stellar and memorable release which we can not wait for players to get their hands on.”

Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi, CEO & Founder, Storm in a Teacup, added: “Nikola Tesla once said “Our virtues and our failings are inseparable.” Everything we have learnt so far has carried us here, we have poured all of our knowledge and passion into Close to the Sun and are truly excited to see players finally experience the incredible world our team has created.”

Using the raw power of the Unreal® Engine 4 and embracing leading-edge technology to increase fidelity and quality within the game to deliver a breathtaking experience for players, Close to the Sun has already garnered considerable interest and praise from critics as well as fans. Close to the Sun is out now on the Epic Games Store and slated to release later in 2019 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For more information, visit closetothesungame.com.

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Bloodstained Coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on June 18, Switch on June 25

Development Update: The Release Date Is Here! 

Hey there everyone, Roberto from 505 Games here today with something one or two of you have been waiting for, I’ll let the trailer above do the talking for me.

BLOODSTAINED’S RELEASE DATE IS LIVE!!!11!1!

Bloodstained will be launching June 18, 2019 on Steam, GoG, PS4 and XB1, and on June 25, 2019 for Switch. (Gotta get that polish!)

We’re looking forward to announcing more very soon, including details about full game features, stretch goal content, how the game will be offered for sale and where, preorder info etc.

Thank you everyone for your tremendous support and as always, come talk to us on Discord, we actually reply and stuff!

Roberto Piraino (Angel-Corlux) – Global Brand Manager, 505 Games

Kickstarter Update.

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World War Z Post-Launch Roadmap Unveiled

Saber Interactive’s World War Z unveils post-launch content roadmap on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC New Tokyo Mission, Enemy Zombie Type, Six-Skull Difficulty Setting, Weekly Challenge Mode and More Arriving Soon

Saber Interactive, in partnership with Focus Home Interactive, has announced the first phase in its post-launch content roadmap for World War Z, the action-packed co-op shooter inspired by Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster film. After celebrating more than 1 million units sold in its first week of launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC via the Epic Games Store, the World War Z team is moving forward to deliver new gameplay, features and improvements to the game month to month.

In May, a brand-new mission set in Tokyo will drop alongside a terrifying zombie type that spits a deadly virus and can resurrect if not properly dispatched. June will bring a new six-skull difficulty setting with a unique reward, as well as bonus cosmetics and more. And in July, players can discover the new Weekly Challenge mode, plus additional cosmetics and other goodies.

Other major upgrades in development for further free updates include a wave-based survival mode, private lobbies, the ability to switch classes during PvPvZ matches, field of view (FOV) and level of detail sliders on PC, and more.

Powered by Saber’s dynamic Swarm Engine™, World War Z unleashes hundreds of fast-moving, bloodthirsty zombies – able to move and strike as one collective herd as well as break off into individual attackers – at a time on players. Choose from six distinct classes and an arsenal of deadly weapons, explosives, turrets and traps. Outlive the dead through intense four-player co-op campaign missions around the world, including New York, Jerusalem, Moscow and Tokyo, and battle both zombies and real human opponents in competitive, team-based Players vs. Players vs. Zombies (PvPvZ) multiplayer.

World War Z is currently available digitally and at most major retailers on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $39.99, as well as Windows PC via the Epic Games Store for $34.99.

For more information, visit wwzgame.com.

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Life is Strange 2 Episode 3 Launching May 9th

Square Enix is excited to present the trailer for Episode 3 of Life is Strange 2! From Square Enix External Studios and the Life is Strange team at Dontnod Entertainment, the second season of the award-winning franchise continues on May 9th 2019 with Episode 3, titled “Wastelands.”

In Episode 3, the long journey from Seattle to Mexico continues as Sean and Daniel Diaz arrive in the Redwood Forests of California, a few months after their dramatic escape from Beaver Creek.

Reunited with Cassidy and Finn, the brothers experience life on the fringes of society as they befriend a close-knit community of drifters and runaways, and begin working on an illegal farm in an attempt to scrape together enough money to continue their journey.

New friendships, relationships, and mentors influence Sean and Daniel, encouraging them to learn more about themselves and each other. Friction arises between the brothers and their resolve is tested once again. As tensions rise, can their strong bond survive?

Tune in here to find the latest updates from the Life is Strange 2 developer blog: lifeisstrange-blog.tumblr.com and visit the Life is Strange official website: lifeisstrange.square-enix-games.com.

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AMD Giving Away Ryzen 7 2700X and Radeon VII GPUs As Part Of 50th Anniversary Celebration

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, AMD revealed the special edition for their flagship CPU and GPU. Both the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Radeon VII have gotten special birthday treatment. The 2700X comes with a laser etched autograph of AMD CEO Lisa Su while the Radeon VII has been coated in the signature red Radeon finish. And you also get access to two games for free! Both World War Z and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Gold Edition are available with the parts along with some other goodies. But that’s not all.

Last night, AMD’s Twitter handle posted that they’ll actually be giving away the Ryzen 7 2700X to ten lucky people and the Radeon VII to five. Of course, there’s a link to the full rules and regulations that redirects to you the company’s website.

All fans need to do in order to win is share their favourite AMD story, tagging AMD’s official handle and include the hashtag “#AMD50” and the winners will be announced on 17th May.

You can head on to Twitter or AMD’s website to find out the rules. As the case is with these kind of sweepstakes, the winners will be chosen at random. So go on, and may the odds ever be in your favour.

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AMD Radeon VII, The World’s First 7nm GPU Available In India Now

The Radeon VII was first launched by AMD at CES on February 7th. Based on 2nd gen Vega architecture or (Vega II, if you will), the card is the world’s first 7nm GPU. Unfortunately, the stocks were kinda low and the card hasn’t been available in India. That is, until now.

Spotted on retail website VedantComputers, there’s a classy Sapphire Radeon VII available for INR 63,500. It is supposed to compete directly with NVIDIA’s RTX 2080, which starts at around INR 60,000. The high price point of the Radeon VII is attributed to the whopping 16GB of HBM2 VRAM, which certainly feels like overkill. You can check out the specs below:

  • Compute Units: 60
  • Stream Processors: 3840
  • Boost Frequency: 1800 MHz
  • Transistor Count: 13.2 Billion
  • Memory Size: 16GB HBM2
  • Memory Bandwidth: 1024 GBps
  • Ports: DP, HDMI
  • Recommended PSU: 750W

Unfortunately, even with these beastly specs, the Radeon VII lags behind the RTX 2080 in performance, as we’ve seen in the reviews. Fans had expected a less expensive version of the card with less memory, but AMD hasn’t said anything about that officially. And considering that Navi is supposed to be announced soon, things could actually go either way. AMD CEO Lisa Su will be giving the opening keynote at Computex this month, where the company is expected to announce their 7nm Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 processors. Come to think of it, it’s quite possible that AMD may announce at least one more Vega GPU before moving the line up to Navi.

Would you be excited to buy a more affordable version of the Radeon VII? Or would you rather just stick with your older GPU and wait for Navi cards instead? Feel free to let us know in the comments!

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