Could Xbox Series X’s 12 teraflop GPU deliver even more power than we expected?
Other / 24. 2. 2020

Is this the first attempt to comprehensively answer the big question? Fundamentally, what is next-gen? In Xbox chief Phil Spencer’s latest blog for Xbox Wire, we get a smattering of tech specs for the new Series X, reaffirmation of a frictionless future for gaming thanks to solid-state storage and a reminder that as powerful as raw power is, technological innovation is just as important. However, despite that focus on new ideas, there is still room for Microsoft to clarify and indeed emphasise the extent of the processing power crammed into the Xbox Series X GPU. In a GameSpot story at the tail end of 2019, Spencer invited us to ‘do the math’ based on the notion that the new console had twice the graphics power of Xbox One X and over 8x that of Xbox One. The implication was that the console packs a 12 teraflop GPU – but muddying the waters somewhat is the fact that innovations in GPU architecture meant that Microsoft wouldn’t need 12TF to deliver 2x Xbox One X performance – our tests showed that a ballpark 9-10TF could conceivably get the job done. The new blog clarifies the situation and it’s only good news. With…

Owners Of Cyberpunk 2077 On Xbox One Get The Xbox Series X Upgrade For Free
Other / 24. 2. 2020

All too often players can find themselves picking up a game for current gen only to have to repurchase the game on new hardware when it becomes available. Today, CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk 2077 players on Xbox One will get the upgrade to the Series X when it arrives absolutely free. This should inspire some purchase confidence for those looking to play the game at its best – you’ll get to play it on launch on the Xbox One and then get the more powerful version for free on the Series X when it arrives at no additional cost. Gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades. Owners of #Cyberpunk2077 for Xbox One will receive the Xbox Series X upgrade for free when available. https://t.co/nfkfFLj85w — Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) February 24, 2020 I mean, we’re all going to play through the game at least twice anyway, right? 

There’s a shiny figurehead up for grabs in Sea of Thieves’ new two-week fishing challenge
Other / 24. 2. 2020

If, for some reason, the simple, serene pleasures of oceanic angling aren’t already enough to tempt you to whip our your rod in Sea of Thieves, Rare is offering additional incentive for the next two weeks in the form of a surprise fishing challenge, with prizes. Sea of Thieves’ Hunter’s Haul event, as it’s officially known, starts today, 24th February, and is split into two separate week-long challenges. During the first week, you’ll need to hoist 120 fish of any type out of the water at old Merrick’s behest. Those that manage to do so by Sunday, 1st March, will receive 250 Doubloons to spend in-game. Things get a little more specific on 2nd March, and players will be required to catch 60 relatively rare Trophy fish variants before the event reaches its conclusion on 9th March. Do this, and you’ll be awarded 300 additional Doubloons. Read more

Singer Grimes Reveals Dark Story For Her Cyberpunk 2077 Character
Other / 24. 2. 2020

During a livestream, Canadian singer and songwriter Grimes shared a wild story about her Cyberpunk 2077 character. The archive of the stream has since been removed, but the rough details of what she shared are on Reddit. During the stream, Grimes answered fan questions, and was asked about her role in Cyberpunk 2077. She enthusiastically shared the following (which should be viewed as SPOILERS): “I did my voice acting for Lizzy Wizzy. That game is going to be f—ing good. I mean I haven’t played it, but I saw someone play an hour of the game. The game was fantastic, and I play a pop star who committed suicide on stage, and they had to quickly come and perform emergency surgery and replace her whole body with cybernetics while she was dead for an hour. Then she finished the show as a cyborg. One of the greatest pieces of performance art ever made.” There’s a chance Lizzy Wizzy’s story will unfold through a mission, or it could just be backstory. We won’t know until the game hits on September 17 for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia.

Overwatch League matches in South Korea cancelled following continued coronavirus concerns
Other / 24. 2. 2020

Blizzard is cancelling three weeks of Overwatch League matches in South Korea amid worries over the continued outbreak of the coronavirus. The company made the announcement on Monday, confirming that matches in South Korea between February 29 and March 22 would be cancelled “in order to protect the health & safety of our players, fans, & staff.” In order to protect the health & safety of our players, fans, & staff, we are canceling plans to host #OWL2020 matches in South Korea in Weeks 5, 6, and 7, including the @SeoulDynasty home event. We’ll share more info about when and where matches will take place at a later. — Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) February 24, 2020 This news comes just days after Blizzard announced its plans to move matches originally intended to take place in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou to South Korea. In late January, Blizzard cancelled five Overwatch League matches in China due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak has already affected many events throughout the video game industry this year, including the cancellation of The Taipei Game Show, originally scheduled for February, as wel as disrupting manufacturing operations in China. The toll is predicted to hit Nintendo’s…