Overclockers News round up for August 21st 2020!
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Intel announces Xe HPG GPU’s:
Intel’s architecture day 2020 took place on the 13th of August and amongst other announcements, Intel announced plans for creating dedicated graphics solutions for gaming and beyond. One of the stand-out products is the new Xe HPG microarchitecture which will be used in desktop GPU’s for both the mid-tier and enthusiast gaming market. There’s not a huge amount of information available when it comes to performance, pricing and availability but it will take features from Xe-LP which will soon be available in the upcoming Tiger lake processors. Technology from the professional, server and supercomputer microarchitectures Xe-HP and Xe-HPC will also be used. It is expected the performance from Xe-HPG will be comparable with next-gen Nvidia and AMD graphics as it will also use GDDR6 memory and have raytracing support. Interestingly Xe-HPG will not be manufactured by Intel in house and an external foundry will handle the process. An announcement from Intel has not yet been made on which foundry will be handling the process but it is likely to be TSMC. There are still many questions to be answered but it’s exciting to have another competitor entering the gaming graphics industry. Intel stated we can expect dedicated gaming graphics cards to be available sometime in 2021 and if you want more information click the thumbnail to read my blog post on the subject.
AMD Launches A520 Motherboards:
On August the 18th AMD officially unveiled the new A520 Chipset which is set to replace the older A320 chipset which was released in 2017. This means there is now a range of affordable entry-level motherboards available that are compatible with Ryzen 3000 and any future AM4 processors. A520 does lack features such as Overclocking and PCIe Gen 4 support but the attractive under £100 pricepoint makes it perfect for budget builds. Over previous generations, you will find improved USB connectivity and faster ethernet and wifi controllers which greatly improve the user experience. If you want to read more about A520 you can click the thumbnail to check out my recent blog post. There is currently a range of ASUS A520 motherboards available on the OCUK website starting at only £61.99.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is off to a flying start:
The long-awaited latest edition of Microsoft flight simulator arrived on August the 18th to both PC and Xbox game pass and so far the reviews have been extremely positive. There has been a huge amount of hype surrounding the game thanks to the incredibly detailed graphics and the unique way the map, weather and flight data is streamed via the Microsoft Azure cloud. After a plethora of positive critic reviews, Microsoft flight simulator is currently sitting right at the top of the Metacritic chart with a score of 93, the same as Half-Life Alyx. Reviews on steam are more mixed but reading through them most of the complaints are to do with the frustrating launcher as opposed to the enjoyable simulation content. I’ve written a blog post on specifications and well the game runs after you manage to get past the huge 150GB download which you can find by clicking the thumbnail. In general, it will run smoothly on a reasonable gaming PC and there features, challenges and tutorials to ensure it’s fun for both the dedicated simmer and casual gamer.
Fall guys are selling off a custom skin to the highest bidder:
Fall guys was released on the 4th of August and is already immensely popular on both PC and PS4. There’s a huge audience on twitch, thousands of active players and positive reviews across the board. Between the fun and sometimes frustrating gameplay, you can take a break to customise your fall guy with various costume combinations. The developers behind fall guys have wasted no time partnering up with various companies to create some pretty cool skin designs. Recently there’s a leak on twitter for both upcoming Portal and my friend Pedro themed skins. The Fall guys twitter account are also auctioning off a custom skin to the highest bidder with the funds going to UK charity “Special effect” which helps gamers with physical disabilities. The contest is running for 2 weeks and there have been big bids from G2 Esports, Mr Beast, Ninja, and many more. The current highest bid is $420,069.69. But it’s likely to keep changing over the coming week. I’m sure marketing teams are currently scrabbling for permission to blow their entire budget. I recommend following the Fall guys twitter to see how far this escalates and you can click the thumbnail to see the original tweet.
New early access date announced for Baldur’s Gate:
Larian Studios recently delayed the August Early access launch of Baldurs gate and now a new date has just been announced during the panel from Hell event. On the 18th of August, the developers said early access will now be available on September 30th and that It will be coming to both Steam and Google Stadia. The EA version of the game will include Roughly 25 hours of gameplay and you’ll get access to the entire first act. There’s five Origin characters and six classes to choose from and plenty of opportunities to test out different combat mechanics. he game is expected to be in early access for quite a while with the description stating “We anticipate Baldur’s Gate 3 being in Early Access for at least one year”.There’s clearly plenty of work still to be done with the developers admitting there’s lots of plenty of bugs and issues still to be fixed. Another part of the statement reads “Only buy the game now if you want an early look or if you want to participate in community feedback”. It’s clear that Larian studios want lots of input and feedback from the community during the last development stages and It’s great to see a big developer interacting with the audience to help create a better game. Click the thumbnail to learn more about the PC requirements you’ll need to play.
Epic is suing both Apple and Google over the removal of Fortnite from App stores:
You might have heard that both Apple and Google have removed Fortnite from the App Store and Google Play. The companies said that the game violated their guidelines by allowing players to purchase V bucks without using Google and Apples own payment systems. Apple and Google both currently take a 30% fee away from developers. Both companies claim the strict payment rules are in place to protect consumers but Epic is speaking out against these restrictions which it deems to be anti-competitive and accused the companies of operating a monopoly. Epic Games has filed two Anti-trust lawsuits and even made a video parody of Apple’s 1984 advert which called out IBM’s monopoly over the computer market at the time. Epic has also called out Google for going against it’s famous “Don’t Be Evil” slogan. Apple has retaliated by cutting off Epic's access to development tools which stops the company creating future versions of the Unreal Engine for use on iOS or macOS. This will have a huge impact on developers that use the Engine and I think we are in for a very public, bloody battle as the situation continues to escalate. You can watch Epic’s parody trailer by clicking the thumbnail.