Nvidia RTX 2080 Teased; Debut At Gamescom

Rumours have been aplenty for the new series of graphics cards that Nvidia has been working on, however, there has been no confirmation about these GPU or their naming scheme. Today, Nvidia decided to tease gamers and PC enthusiasts all over the world by releasing a small teaser video that unveils it’s Turing architecture GPUs.

The video teases a new GPU and Reddit users were quick to spot easter eggs that were seemingly hidden in the video that form to spell out “RTX 2080”. The usernames displayed that are RoyTeX(RTX), Mac-20 and Eight Tee spell out RTX 2080 while username Not_11 is them letting us know that it won’t follow the 11xx naming system. The Discord messages shown also feature GPS coordinates for Cologne. The video ends with flashes of a GPU with a backplate design, cooler and shroud design. The dates that pop up at the end also show “2080” first.

The new RTX GPUs are going to be focused towards gamers and will have Nvidia’s new Ray Tracing technology. Gamescom is in less than a week and many folks have high hopes from Nvidia and it looks like they’re going to deliver in spades.

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The GCS Grand Finale Results

The GCS Grand Finale was a thrilling competition that had spectators and participants on the edge of their seats till the final whistle blew and crowned Saransh Jain the champion. The best FIFA 18 players in the country duked it out in matches that were incredibly close and nerve-wracking to prove their skill and to win the grand prize of Rs 50,000. They say football is a gentleman’s game played by hooligans but the only hooliganism going on here was the banter between the players that livened things up, however, at the end of the day, it was good sportsmanship between them that prevailed.

The winner of the finale, Saransh Jain beat Charanjot Singh, a 15-year-old from Chandigarh, in an extremely close match that could’ve gone either way. In the end, it was Saransh’s clinical finishing that edged him over the finish line. Charanjot while only being 15 years old went toe to toe with some of the best in the nation and nearly came out at the top. He goes back home with Rs 20,000 and has proved that when it comes to eSports, it’s skill that matters and not age.

The final tournament standings can be seen below.

Winner- Saransh Jain
Runner Up- Charanjot Singh
3rd, 4th- Saksham Rattan | Nihal Thomas
5th-8th- Vivek Negi | Siddh Chandarana | Siddharth Rohira | Arjun Saini
9th-16th- Suhaas | Sahil | Karan | Lalin | Sanchit | Faisal | Ansh | Uday Pratap

We had a lot of participants over the course of three days and here’s what some of them had to say about their experience at the GCS Finale

While GCS is over, we still have tournaments on a daily basis for games like FIFA 18, CSGO and PUBG. And yes, these tournaments also have cash prizes that you can win. Fancy your chances? Want to earn some money while playing some of your favourite games? Click here to see the list of upcoming tournaments and here to sign-up.

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Xbox and their New Hardware at Gamescom 2018

With Gamescom 2018 right around the corner, we have confirmation as to what we can expect from Xbox at Gamescom 2018. Microsoft has stated in a post that they will not have a Conference this year however they do have a few other things in store for Xbox fans. Instead of a conference, they will be hosting a special episode of Inside Xbox, broadcasted live from the Xbox booth in the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 21 where they plan on talking about new Xbox One bundles, new Xbox Accessories and features on upcoming titles while also teasing a few surprises.

Speaking of Accessories, earlier last month, Xbox posted about showcasing new hardware at Gamescom this year which made the internet collectively lose their minds because people expected a new Xbox SKU. However, they later clarified that it’s not a new Xbox SKU but instead accessories for the current Xbox One and Xbox One X. They revealed a controller that they designed specifically for gamers who have disabilities so we can expect to get a better look at that. There are also rumours floating around of a new Xbox Elite controller. In case you missed our earlier post, Xbox has been working on an updated version of their high end Xbox Elite controller that features a lot of new additions like weighted analog sticks and more.

When it comes to games, we can expect to see Forza Horizon 4 having a playable demo available for people to try out, a look at two of the new upcoming DLCs for Sea of Thieves titled Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores. There’s also a little bit of hope to get more information about Crackdown 3 but sadly there’s no confirmation. They also stated that a few surprises would be coming our way so we can expect Xbox’s presence at Gamescom 2018 to be a fun and informative one.

Want to read about how Ubisoft or Square Enix’s conference is shaping up? Or maybe you want to read up about the leaked Xbox Elite Controller. In any case, stay tuned for more news regarding Gamescom 2018.

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Square Enix exhibits a range of heavy-hitters before Gamescom.

With Gamecom fast approaching, a little over 2 weeks left before the fest kicks off, Square Enix brings much more to the table making this year’s unveil even more exciting. Gamescom will take place in Cologne from 21-25th August.

Here’s the lineup.

  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (PS4, PC) – At the Square Enix booth, RPG fans can also experience the all-new adventure in the timeless Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest XI with an extensive playable demo which showcases the many content improvements and brand-new voice-over ahead of the game’s release.

  • Final Fantasy XIV Online (PS4, PC) – Critically-acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Online returns to Gamescom once more, with intense challenges and great prizes in tow. A special promotion for show attendees offers anyone registering at the booth a free copy of the Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition, while an exclusive program of stage shows with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Sound Director Masayoshi Soken will be taking place throughout the week, all culminating in a big cosplay competition on Saturday 25th August. Finally, on Friday 24th August and Saturday 25th August the Final Fantasy XIV Eorzean Symphony will have its European premiere at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. More information on this event can be found here.

  • Kingdom Hearts III (PS4, Xbox One) – Gamescom attendees are invited to share the magic of Kingdom Hearts III with two playable demos, a boss battle against the Rock Titan from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules and uncovering the Toy Box world from Toy Story alongside Woody and Buzz. Visitors can also take part in prime picture opportunities including a giant Keyblade and becoming a real life toy in a replica of Andy’s room from the Disney Pixar classic Toy Story.

 

  • Just Cause 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – This year, fans will also be treated to an exclusive presentation of Just Cause 4 at the Square Enix booth. Just Cause 4 takes the series’ incredible destruction and unique physics to a whole new level with the introduction of fully simulated tornadoes and other Extreme Weather events. Rico Rodriguez returns in Just Cause 4 with his trademark parachute, wingsuit and, of course his grapple hook, now enhanced with new functionality and fully customisable. Making it the most powerful and creative tool the player has ever had.

  • Life is Strange 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – Adventure-Fans rejoice: Life is Strange 2 is coming to Gamescom 2018 as a world premiere. Not only will the development team share all the details about the highly anticipated sequel to the award winning and critically acclaimed Life is Strange – it will be playable for the first time at the Square Enix booth on the Gamescom show-floor.

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – The themes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider have their influence on the appearance of the Square Enix booth as well: the area is set up in the style of an imposing Mayan pyramid with numerous game stations. Visitors can get an even more intense feel for Lara Croft’s biggest adventure yet with a demo version of the action adventure.

 

Visitors can go and experience all these games at the Square Enix Booth as well buy products exclusively available at Gamescom.

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The GCS Grand Finale: July 27th to 29th

After multiple tournaments across 7 cities in India, the GCS Grand Finale is finally here. With players from all these cities showing up to claim their right to be the champion, this is going to be an exciting and thrilling event. From 27th to 29th July at antiSocial in Hauz Khas, New Delhi players will take part in a tournament with a prize pool of Rs 1 Lac, where the winner can take away Rs 50,000. For the players who couldn’t take part in the tournament, there’s good news. Walk-in registrations are available on 27th and 28th July up until 3pm so you still have a chance of taking home that 50k. You can also pre-book a spot by buying your tickets at BookMyShow and Insider.

After a year long wait, the Grand Finale is here. It’s been a spectacular journey, we travelled to 7 cities to scout the best players in India. Here are the players who made it this far.

 

Winners from all these cities have earned their spot to the Finale, but the journey doesn’t stop here, to say the least, these players are the best in their respective region, their skills will be put to test as they fly down to Delhi to face opponents from all across India to be crowned as the ultimate champion. With a prize pool of INR 1 Lac, we’re sure to see an intense competition.

Player interviews, livestreams & much more. A platform for them to come out and shimmer. The entire FIFA community will be brought together to witness this action-packed tournament as we find out the best FIFA player in the country. This is your chance to start your eSports journey right.

Speaking of players, here are a few players you should keep an eye out for:

  1. Siddharth Rohira
  2. Saransh Jain
  3. Lokmanyu
  4. Faraaz
  5. Raheel
  6. Charanjot

And what do the players get for advancing? Here’s the Prize Pool distribution for you curious folks.

  • 1st Place: Rs 50,000
  • 2nd Place: Rs 20,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: Rs 7,000
  • 5th-8th Place: Rs 2,000
  • 9th-16th Place: Rs 1,000

Here’s when and where you got to be to stand a chance to win the grand prize:

Address:

antiSocial, Hauz Khas Village

9A & 12, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, Delhi 110016

Date and Time:

27th-28th July 2018 from 11AM to 7PM

29th July 2018 from 11AM to 11:30PM

Rules:

  • Difficulty Level: Legendary
  • Half Length: 4 minutes, 5 minutes in playoffs
  • Commentary Volume: 0
  • Music Volume: 0
  • Time/Score display: On
  • Camera: Tele Broadcast
  • Radar: 2D
  • HUD: Indicator
  • FIFA Trainer: OFF
  • Legacy Defending prohibited
  • Goalkeeper Switching is not allowed.
  • Custom tactics are allowed.
  • Custom formations are disallowed but changing formation and using preset formations is allowed.
  • Modifying controls to your config is permitted. 

 

Squads used will be from the latest FIFA update. Classic XI, World XI and Adidas All-Star Team are prohibited from use. You may get your own Dualshock 4 controller however a Valid ID is required to ensure that there is no theft of equipment from the event.

If you think you’re good at FIFA then head on over and claim your right to be the very best and take away that grand prize.

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Our Favourites From E3, 2018. Hands On – Bethesda, Xbox, EA & More

E3 put up a great show this year with publishers unbinding their premier games. PlayStation, Xbox,  EA, Square Enix, Bethesda to name a few unveiled their hottest titles. After a long wait we finally catch glimpse into the biggest gaming show of the year.

Here are some top picks from the conference.

Fallout 76

“Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome you to Fallout 76, the online prequel where every surviving human is a *real person*. Work together – or not – to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, you’ll experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe.”

Multiplayer is now in the game. Taking the form of S.P.E.C.I.A.L forces to explore the post nuclear MURICAAA! . It has been said that the game is 4 times bigger size of it’s prequel, Fallout 4. Risks surround every corner in this catastrophe struck world.

Get your Beta access by pre-ordering the game. 14th November, 2018,. Mark your calendars.

 

FIFA 19

Die Meister, Die Besten, Les grandes équipes,The champions. *Champions League Theme*

I can’t speak for the rest of you but when the trailer kicked off, I certainly had goosebumps. We’ve waited for this for years now. After a 10 year wait, EA has officially acquired the official license for UEFA Champions League from it’s age old competitors Konami (PES).

Right into action, Ronaldo catches a hold of the ball & unleashes his magic on the pitch, followed by Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar & many others, we see a lot of fancy goals & shimmies. “Champions Rise, Be A Champion”

  1. Active Touch System – Giving you much more control on the ball & options for various exits to beat the defender inducing unpredictability which actually contributes to having a much more realistic gameplay
  2. New tactics & mentalities from the touch of a button
  3. NO PARK THE BUSSSSSSSSSSS
  4. Timed Finishing – Goodbye to spamming the shoot button, won’t work this year. Thank you EA!
    Watch the trailer below to catch a glimpse to what the game offers, we’ll update you as we find out new features.

CyberPunk

A combination of a RPG, first person shooter and an Open world game. CD Projekt Red‘s Cyberpunk 2077 can be described as a “narrative-driven First Person RPG”. It takes place in an alternate-reality version of Northern California, in a sprawling mega-city filled with augmented humans. You can choose your character’s gender, pick a look, and assign skill points to better suit your playstyle. But Cyberpunk 2077 also goes a step further, and lets you craft your own simple backstory. You can choose from childhood events that shaped your character, and these in turn will influence how people perceive you in the game. You can also upgrade your skills and physical stats as you go on with your storyline.

World of CyberPunk 2077

Particularly impressive were the citizens, who all moved about naturally, as if they had their own lives going on. CD Projekt Red says that each non-playable character has their own day / night cycle, so that they behave differently depending on the time of day. They can also behave differently depending on what you do in the game.

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, though there’s no word on a release date yet.

 

Shadow of Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an upcoming action-adventure video game developed by Eidos Montréal in conjunction with Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. It is the third entry of the rebooted Tomb Raider series and a sequel to 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider.

The story takes place after the events of Rise of the Tomb Raider. The protagonist Lara Croft is an archaeologist on an expedition to Latin America looking for a Mayan relic which has a connection to her late father. Trinity, a paramilitary organization dedicated to investigating the supernatural, seek the relic to reshape the world. During the expedition Lara sets off a Mayan apocalypse and she attempts to save the world.  There are numerous adjustments made to gameplay, which is otherwise identical to Rise. The controls for swimming have been completely revised, as Lara is now able to hold her breath underwater for a longer period of time due to the introduction of air pockets. She also gains the ability to rappel down a cliff using a rope. Stealth becomes an important part of the game, with Lara being able to disengage from combat when she escapes from enemies’ line of sight. Like its predecessors, the game allows players to hunt wild animals, craft materials using the resources collected, solve puzzles and explore optional tombs. Shadow of Tomb Raider is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox one and PC on 14th September 2018.

 

 

Anthem

An eye catching 3-D snippet at the kick off of the EA Play 2018 conference was of Bioware & EA’s collaborated development “Anthem”, a Sci-Fi action role playing game which already left a pleasing impression back in E3 2017 with its superbly sophisticated yet gorgeous environment. The game focuses on the storyline of how a natural phenomenon threatens to wipe out the entire mankind and how a faction by the name of “Freelancers” struggle from keeping things from going south. The game is set to release in February 2019 which seems to be a decade long wait but like the saying goes, ‘patience always lead to sweeter results’.

Jump Force

It might be true that ‘Marvel Avengers: Infinity War’ was “the most ambitious crossover”, but “Jump Force”, a revelation at the Microsoft E3 2018, surely knocked the socks off for Marvel. A new generation all-star brawler developed by Bandai Namco, brings the major characters from the most beloved works in the Anime & Manga world in an arena, which is, prima facie, based in the United States. A confirmed release date hasn’t been announced yet but it’s for sure that the Manga & Anime fanatics will have to wait till the next year.

Forza Horizon 4

 

Developer Playground Games have always impressed the racing video games fanatics with each of their Forza’s franchise till date and the developers, now acquired by Microsoft, have hit the right note this time as well with their upcoming release “Forza Horizon 4” According to GameSpot, “During a meeting at E3 2018 this week, Playground’s Ben Penrose spoke about how Forza Horizon 4 offers the “biggest paradigm shift” since the Forza Horizon series began back in 2012.” ‘Seasons’, the new gameplay mode offered in Forza Horizon 4, will be this franchise’s ace card apart from the beautifully rendered seasons in Britain. Forza 4 is expected to roll out this fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

E3 2018, Sony has set the bar high unbinding it’s top acclaimed games.

For the past few years we’ve seen PlayStation put up a great show when it comes to delivering triple A’s, this year wasn’t any different.

Blockbuster titles from  leading developers like Naughty Dogs (The makers behind Last of us), Hideo Kojima etc really makes it a bad time to own an Xbox! To be honest I was always an Xbox fan but to my luck I got my hands on God of War & I just can’t go back, PlayStation never fails to impress when it comes to exclusives.

Here are our top picks from the conference.

Last of Us 2

The conference kicked off with Naughty Dog’s famed classic, Last of Us, only if the first part wasn’t good enough, they’ve come up with the sequel. The trailer starts off with Ellie W/ her girlfriend at a party & skip to 30 seconds & it’s a flashback to killing a bunch of people & surviving her way through. Stealth centred gameplay with ground breaking graphics in the dark lighted environment truly makes it a one of kind experience.

Spider-man

Marvel’s spider-man provides us with a new thrill into the world of danger, It will cover both the Peter Parker and Spider-Man aspects of the character, set in the modern day New York City, the trailer starts off with Spider-man jumping right into action, after a prison outbreak & stumbles on Electro, Rhine & Scorpion, juggling his way through them to face all 5 main enemies as he gets his back against the wall. The action-adventure includes a lot of fighting, the combat is compelling & provides a unique experience, abilities include web slinging and wall-crawling as well as new gameplay elements, one of which will be the ability to traverse using parkour. The game is set for a release on 7th September, 2018.

 

Death Stranding

Produced by the industry’s very own Hideo Kojima, the father of survival horror, the terror was unleashed in the live reveal at E3. We’re as confused as anyone else but the trailer gives us more insight as to what the game has to offer which includes an invisible creature who roams around freely in the unknown world. Starring Norman Reedus, the protagonist sets out to explore the world with a body hanging entrapped in a bag pack. The more I try to make sense of the game, the confusing it gets. Please watch the trailer & come back to it. Pheww!

Control 

From the makers of Quantum Break & Max Payne, Control is a time-control game, players will take the role of Jesse Faden, who becomes the new director of the “Bureau of Control. The trailer includes a lot of action on similar grounds at par with Quantum Break where we saw time control as a ability to counter your enemies & a lot of slo-mo shooting. Watch the trailer to find out more.

 

OnePlus Launches Asphalt Cup With Gameloft in India

OnePlus has tied up with leading game developers & publishers Gameloft to launch the Asphalt Cup in India where mobile gaming enthusiasts will join each other to come over one single platform & compete for a brimming prize prize pool of Rs. 12 Lacs.

Gamers will play the new Asphalt Airborne 8 & compete in end number of races to climb up the leaderboard for cash prizes & a chance to win the newly launched OnePlus 6.

During each of the four (4) TLEs of the competition, the participants accumulate ranking points which will ultimately determine the leaderboard rankings.

After the end of the cup the top positions will receive the following prizes.

  • Winner – INR 5 Lacs, OnePlus 6 & Bullet Wireless Earphones
  • Runner Up – INR 3 Lacs, OnePlus 6 & Bullet Wireless Earphones
  • 2nd Runner Up – INR 1 Lac, OnePlus 6 & Bullet Wireless Earphone

Along with cash prizes, players will receive in-game credits to redeem. (Approx value – 2 Crores)

“We are extremely delighted to work with OnePlus to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience to their users. This endeavour with OnePlus demonstrates our ability to generate special initiatives in our games with hyper-real graphics providing high engagement for end-users,” said Nitin Goel, Country Manager, Indian-subcontinent, Gameloft

The month long cup starting from 13th June till 8 July is for all the mobile-gaming enthusiasts, divided between 4 TLE’s (Time Limited Events)

  1. 13th – 17th June
  2. 20th – 24th June
  3. 24th June – 1st July
  4. 4th – 8th July

How to Participate?

*Minimum 13 years of Age.

Register Here – http://asphaltcup.in/

1. Download Asphalt 8: Airborne game from your platform store. The game is available on Google Play. App Store and Microsoft Windows.

2. Tap on the events tab in the main menu. Click on ‘OnePlus Asphalt Cup’ Event.

3. Select the ‘OnePlus Asphalt Cup’ and choose your car and booster.

4. Play the race and beat other users. You can play unlimited times to improve your rankings on the leaderboard!

Competition Rules & more can be found here – http://asphaltcup.in/assets/asphalt_cup_tnc.pdf