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  1. AlphaAtlas

    Obsidian Comments On Fallout 76's Reception

    Fallout 76's had a rocky launch, to say the least, and many have used previous Fallout games as a reference point to call out what exactly went wrong. Obsidian's own take on the Fallout universe, Fallout: New Vegas, is often cited as one of the best in the franchise, and the developers just...
  2. AlphaAtlas

    Here Are The Metro Exodus Unlock Times

    Metro Exodus drops tomorrow, and reviews are going up all over the web. I've already heard several high-profile sites claim that it's the "best single player first person shooter" they've played in years. Personally, I like to wait (at least) a few days for developers to patch up AAA releases...
  3. AlphaAtlas

    Forbes Tries To Game on Linux

    Thanks to Valve's Proton Initiative and related development efforts, gaming on Linux is faster and easier than ever, but just how easy does that make it? Forbes reporter Jason Evangelho decided to find out, as he (seemingly) used Linux as his primary PC gaming platform for 6 months. Jason said...
  4. AlphaAtlas

    Metro Exodus RTX Settings Analyzed

    As Nvidia reiterated earlier today, Metro Exodus is launching on Feburary 15th, and will ship with a wide swath of Nvidia-specific features. Nvidia says they're debuting "real-time Ray-Traced Global Illumination" in Metro Exodus, and that the game will ship with support for DLSS on Turing GPUs...
  5. AlphaAtlas

    Nvidia Claims Latest BFV Update Can Increase RTX Performance by 40%

    EA DICE posted patch notes for Battlefield V yesterday, which briefly mentioned that they were adding DLSS and RTX "optimizations" to the game without going into any detail. But that update was delayed until today, and now, Nvidia just published some more specifics. They claim that, with...
  6. AlphaAtlas

    Chucklefish Claims Sony Turned Down Recent Crossplay Requests

    Sony has generally opposed cross-platform play on their PS4-generation games, but the rest of the gaming industry has been pressuring them to change. Thanks to the unreal popularity of Fortnite, Sony finally caved late last year and announced a cross-play "beta" for Epic's battle royale game...
  7. AlphaAtlas

    Blizzard To Double Down on Warcraft and Diablo IPs

    Yesterday, Activision-Blizzard confirmed previous layoff rumors, and warned investors not to expect "a major front-line release for Blizzard in 2019." But, even though the company is losing about 8% of their workforce, some snippets VentureBeat spotted in the report suggest that Blizzard are...
  8. AlphaAtlas

    Today's Battlefield V Patch Adds DLSS and Optimizes Ray Tracing

    EA DICE posted a big update to Battlefield V today. Among other things, the developers added a "new system that will ensure consistency between TTK (Time to Kill) and TTD (Time to Death) regardless of the network performance issues," and fixed quite a few bugs and exploits. But the devs also...
  9. AlphaAtlas

    Obsidian Reveals Outer Worlds Combat Details

    As part of their exclusive coverage on Obsidian's big upcoming RPG, The Outer Worlds, Game Informer just posted a video showcasing the game's combat system. While they immediately point out that The Outer Worlds is an RPG first and foremost, the developers say they want the combat to be "fun."...
  10. AlphaAtlas

    The Division 2 Will Get an Open Beta

    While Ubisoft hasn't officially announced an open beta for The Division 2 developers spend hours streaming previews these days, and sometimes, they let things slip. VG247 reports that an Ubisoft Developer inadvertently confirmed an open beta while streaming a private beta for The Division 2. The...
  11. AlphaAtlas

    Apex Legends Performance Tested

    For a game that wasn't even announced until the day it launched, Apex Legends is doing very well. As EA pointed out last week, the game has already breached 1 million concurrent players, though they didn't break down the split between PC and Consoles. Yesterday Digital Foundry put Respawn's...
  12. AlphaAtlas

    SuperMicro Wants to Re-Enter the Gaming Motherboard Market

    SuperMicro is a huge name in the server motherboard business, and there was a time when they were a go-to manufacturer of consumer and enthusiast motherboards. While the company technically still has a "gaming" lineup that stretches to the Z390 generation, SuperMicro's boards are relatively...
  13. AlphaAtlas

    VentureBeat Previews Amazon's MMO

    Amazon's CryEngine Derived, AWS powered New World MMO has mostly been shrouded in mystery, but the tech giant recently gave the press a hands on preview of the game. VentureBeat just posted their take on the game, along with about 20 minutes off footage, and it looks like they were impressed...
  14. AlphaAtlas

    Game Informer Starts Dumping Outer Worlds Info

    Game Informer is running a series of articles on Obsidian's upcoming big budget Outer Worlds RPG. In a rapid fire interview, they've already asked the developer 131 questions about the game where, among other things, they mention that about 20% of the Fallout New Vegas team is working on Outer...
  15. AlphaAtlas

    Rafale Fighter Pilot Plays Ace Combat 7

    In case you missed the launch last week, Ace Combat 7 is out on PC now. To celebrate the occasion, Bandai Namco gave a real Dassault Rafale pilot an opportunity to play the game. Ace Combat 7 is by no means an accurate flight sim, as the turns alone would turn real humans into jelly, but...
  16. AlphaAtlas

    Respawn to Launch "New Twist on the Titanfall Universe" Following Apex's Popularity

    In their Q3 2019 Earnings Conference Call, EA seemed to be quite happy with their recent Respawn acquisition. They repeatedly mention Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order as one of their leading upcoming titles, and Andrew Wilson mentioned that Apex had "nearly 600,000 peak and current users in the...
  17. AlphaAtlas

    Disney Comments on EA Star Wars Partnership

    EA has an exclusive license to produce Star Wars games, but there's been plenty of outrage on the internet focused on what they've chosen to do with that license. Multiple promising projects, like another KOTOR or a "Star Wars Uncharted" game have allegedly been canceled or turned down, while...
  18. AlphaAtlas

    Sapkowski Reportedly Settles Witcher Lawsuit

    Citing a paywalled report from Puls Biznesu, GameStar claims that Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the original Witcher novels, has settled his lawsuit against Witcher game publishers CD Projekt. Sapkowski received about $2200 USD for the rights to the Witcher games, which he negotiated before...
  19. AlphaAtlas

    Apex Legends Hits 1 Million Players, But Replaced Titanfall 3

    Respawn's first attempt at a battle royale game wasn't even publicly revealed until yesterday, but the developers say the game is already doing surprisingly well. The CEO of Respawn Entertainment, Vince Zampella, said that Apex "broke a million unique players in under 8 hours." By many accounts...
  20. M

    $2,700 Gaming PC Build, Any Good?

    Hey guys so I am saving up around $2,500 for a gaming PC, monitor keyboard and everything. My goal was to make a super beefy gaming PC that can play anything I want on max settings with 60+ frames. I want it to be able to at least do this in 2K graphics as I know 4K can be expensive. Now I'm...
  21. AlphaAtlas

    EA Files New Jade Empire Trademark

    PCGamesN spotted a trademark application for what could potentially be a follow up to Jade Empire, Bioware's far eastern fantasy RPG. While generally overshadowed by KOTOR, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Bioware's other IPs, the 2005 RPG was Bioware's first original setting. It came to PC 2 years...
  22. AlphaAtlas

    Project Wingman Releases Uncut VR Gameplay

    Ace Combat 7 is out on PC, and by most accounts, it's loads of fun, but the game's VR mode is still limited to a handful of missions separate from the main campaign on Playstation VR. Fortunately, a group of developers have been working on a arcadey, VR flight sim called "Project Wingman" for...
  23. AlphaAtlas

    Respawn to Unveil New Battle Royale Game Today

    Today, multiple media sources are claiming that the Titanfall devs will reveal a new battle royale game called "Apex" today. Eurogamer says respawn will steam a teaser at 10 AM central time, while the full reveal will happen 12 hours later. On Twitter, Nibel claims that it will be "a mix between...
  24. M

    Gaming PC Build, $2,500

    Hey guys, I have always wanted to build my own gaming PC for as long as I can remember and recently I have decided to make it a reality and finally start saving towards one. My budget is $2,500 and that's for everything, PC, monitor, keyboard, etc. My goal is to build a super beefy gaming PC...
  25. AlphaAtlas

    Subnautica's First Expansion Enters Early Access on Epic and Steam

    Subnautica left early access on PC early last year, was given away for free on the Epic Store late last year, and even got its own multiplayer mod around Christmas time. But developers UnknownWorlds didn't stop with the critically-acclaimed game's release, as they've been churning away on the...
  26. cageymaru

    AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su Says EPYC Will "Double the Performance Per Socket"

    AMD president and CEO Dr. Lisa Su has joined the CNBC "Squawk on the Street" team for an exclusive interview where she discusses the recent AMD financial report and the company's guidance for 2019. Make sure you pay attention to her comments on EPYC performance doubling per socket beginning at...
  27. AlphaAtlas

    Check Clockspeeds and Benchmarks Before Buying a Gaming Laptop

    Nvidia RTX-equipped gaming laptops are out, and both Nvidia and their retail partners are heavily promoting them. But before you jump on one, remember that Nvidia (and AMD) have a long-running habit of using somewhat deceptive branding for their laptop GPUs. As TechSpot points out, the mobile...
  28. cageymaru

    Windows Audio Is Getting DTS:X and Dolby Atmos Upgrades

    Principal Program Manager Lead at Microsoft for Audio, Steven Wilssens has announced that DTS is coming to PC and XBOX in the coming weeks. In a tweet he said, "We also have DTS coming to PC and Xbox in the coming weeks. It will be available to the PC Insider audience first and then move to...
  29. AlphaAtlas

    Bethesda Releases Patch 5 for Fallout 76

    Patch 5 for Fallout 76 just went live, Bethesda detailed the changes they made on their website. In fact, the developers note that they've added "Dev Notes" under some of the larger changes like they did with Patch 4, in an effort to "provide [players] with more context behind things like...
  30. AlphaAtlas

    What happened to Steam's First Early Access Games?

    Many promising titles come out of Steam's Early Access program, but how many actually make it to the finish line? Unfortunately, some games never leave Early Access, while others leave it in a sorry or unfinished state, but these botched releases usually don't draw as much attention as the...
  31. AlphaAtlas

    PubG Lite Graphics Compared to Full and Mobile Versions

    Last week, PuBG's developers announced a free-to-play version of the popular battle Royale Game with significantly lower hardware requirements, in what was clearly an effort to compete with Fortnite's relatively modest system requirements. Seeing how the full version of PubG is notorious for...
  32. AlphaAtlas

    Unity Partners With Google for Game Playing AI Challenge

    Google has pushed the field of game playing AIs by leaps and bounds recently. Last week, their DeepMind AI put up a remarkable fight against two fast-clicking StarCraft 2 Pros, beating them 10-1. And today, in what appears to be a partnership with Google, Unity announced the "Obstacle tower...
  33. cageymaru

    NVIDIA Stock Tanks 15% as the Company Cuts Q4 2019 Financial Guidance

    NVIDIA has updated its Q4 2019 financial guidance where it lowered its Q4 2019 revenue from $2.7 billion to $2.2 billion. This is due to slowdowns in both the Gaming and Datacenter sectors. NVIDIA admits that higher prices for high-end Turing GPUs has negatively affected sales as "macroeconomic...
  34. AlphaAtlas

    Bandai Namco Announces a Dragon Ball RPG

    Following up on the commercially and critically successful Dragon Ball FighterZ, Bandai Namco just announced a Dragon Ball themed RPG. Any hint of a release date more specific than "2019" isn't given, but the trailer does mention that it's being developed on Unreal Engine, and that its coming to...
  35. AlphaAtlas

    Facebook Willingly Encouraged Kids to Unknowingly Spend Money

    If you're reading this, you're probably desensitized to bad news about Facebook by now. But, according a recent report from Reveal, Facebook was allegedly involved in a class action lawsuit over duping "game-playing kids and their parents out of money," and this particular rabbit hole seems to...
  36. AlphaAtlas

    Bethesda Announces a Fallout 76 Survival Mode

    In response to player requests for "greater challenge, fewer restrictions, and more incentives when it comes to PVP combat," Bethesda announced that they're developing a "Survival" mode for Fallout 76. In the main menu, players soon be given a choice between "Adventure" mode, which is Fallout 76...
  37. AlphaAtlas

    Modders Intend to Recreate Fallout 2 in Fallout 4's Engine

    Last month, a group of modders announce their intention to mod Fallout 2 into Fallout 4, Large scale-ambitious mods for Bethesda games are pretty common, and many such projects fizzle out before any sort of meaningful release, but today, the "Project Arroyo" modders uploaded several screenshots...
  38. AlphaAtlas

    The Making of Metro Exodus

    Ukranian game developer 4A Games is posting a series of videos on the production of their upcoming survival FPS, Metro Exodus. The first episode, which was released earlier this year, covers the background and inspiration for Metro Exodus. The second part of the series, which was just uploaded...
  39. AlphaAtlas

    CD Projekt Red Creative Director Takes a Job at Blizzard

    A sharp-eyed user on ResetEra noticed that Sebastian Stepien, creative director at CD Projekt Red, has seemingly left the Polish developer and joined Blizzard Entertainment this month. According to his LinkedIn profile, Stepien started working as dialogue writer at CD Projekt Red in 2006, before...
  40. AlphaAtlas

    Watch Deepmind Play StarCraft 2 at Noon

    DeepMind, Alphabet's subsidiary focused on neural-network bases game AIs, has been steadily training its titular AI to play a variety of games. It's beat the world's best human Go player in 2016. and achieved human-level performance in Quake 3 last year, while the company announced loftier...
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