Overclockers News Roundup: 29th June 2020

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Free Games:

This week on Epic games there are three new titles you can add to your games library for free. The long-running freebie is sludge life which will stay free until May 28th 2021 and is a First-person Indie comedy with a quirky and unique aesthetic. Epic’s weekly free titles are Stranger Things 3 and AER Memories of old. Aer allows you to transform into a bird and fly to explore and experience a vibrant world of floating islands in the sky. The vibrant minimalist art style looks beautiful and it's Free until July 2nd. Stranger Things 3: The Game is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series and it’s also free until July 2nd. Later in the week, you will be able to pick up Conan Exiles and Hue for free on the Epic Games store until July 9th. Hue is a vibrant, award-winning puzzle-adventure, where you alter the world by changing its background colour and Conan Exiles is an online multiplayer survival game, now with mounts and mounted combat, set in the lands of Conan the Barbarian. We might be on Farming Simulator 19 already but if you head over to the Microsoft store HERE you can pick up the slightly older Farming simulator 16 for free. Click the thumbnail to be taken to the Epic Games Store.


Steam Summer sale:

It’s that time of year again! The Steam summer sale is here so get ready to fill your library with hugely discounted games. This year's theme is Road trip and the Road trip special will save you an additional £5 on a purchase of £30. It’s only redeemable once on your entire basket so make sure to stack up and meet the threshold. Brand new this year is the Point Shop, a new rewards program for making purchases on Steam. You receive 124 points for every £1.00 you spend on any game, DLC, hardware, application, soundtrack, or in-game item. Points can be redeemed against items to customise your profile, items from games and be used to award helpful reviews and User-generated content. The full guide on Steam points can be found by clicking the thumbnail. I always hold off for the big 60%+ discounts and there are plenty to be had with games like Assassins Creed odyssey at 67% off, Rainbow six siege bundle 67% off, Dark souls III 75% off, Worms Collection BUNDLE 82% off, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTYE 70% off, Need for speed heat 60% off, Titanfall 2 67% off, Total War: WARHAMMER II 66% off, Ark: Survival evolved 80% off, Sid Meier's Civilization VI 75% off, Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition 82% off, Buy Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition 70% off, HITMAN 2 - Gold Edition 70% off and many more. The Steam Summer sale ends on the 9th of July.


Cyberpunk 2077 News:

There has been a lot more information released on this highly anticipated game over the past week and unfortunately, it’s delayed until the 19th of November. The development has been underway since 2013 and CD Projekt Red still has some polishing to do after already delaying the game once from April 16th to September 17th. In more positive news it was announced the Graphics in Cyberpunk will be utilising ray-traced reflections alongside ray-traced diffuse illumination, ray-traced shadows and ray-traced ambient occlusion. DLSS 2.0 will also be supported to maintain good performance figures and even if you don’t have an RTX GPU you can still experience these features via Geforce Now. On June 25th the first episode of Night City Wire went live and gave us a sneak peek of a new trailer, gameplay and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, an anime series coming in 2022. You can watch Night city Wire by clicking the thumbnail or check out the trailer below.

Direct X

Nvidia driver update brings support for DX12 Ultimate

If you’ve got an RTX series GPU it’s time to check your drivers are up to date. Microsoft recently released the DirectX 12 Ultimate graphics API alongside the Windows 10 May 2020 update, and with this new Geforce game ready driver DirectX 12 Ultimate is now fully supported. The four new features packaged in DX12 Ultimate are DirectX Raytracing 1.1. Variable Rate Shading, Mesh Shaders and Sampler Feedback. To download and install this new driver, simply fire up GeForce Experience and click the "Drivers" tab. You can read more about DirectX 12 Ultimate by clicking the thumbnail.


Apple ditches Intel processors:

One of the biggest announcements at Apple's WWDC 2020 was that intel chips are being replaced with their own custom Apple Silicon A-series chips based on the ARM Architecture. Apple has said that platform consolidation and performance advantages are the main reasons for moving away from Intel and one former Intel engineer claimed that Intel's issues with Skylake chips caused Apple to focus on creating its new Arm-based chips. Iphones and Ipads already use A-series chips that are close in speed to intel CPUs used in Macbooks so we can expect desktop performance to be impressive. Apple's A-series chip packages include custom-built GPUs, Secure Enclave, memory and storage controllers, machine learning processors, Image Signal Processing, custom encryption, and more, all of which will be applied to Mac processors. It’s expected we will see the first updated Macbook Pro and iMac in late 2020 or early 2021 and Apple has confirmed that the first new Apple Silicon products are set to be released in late 2020. You can watch the WWDC below. The Silicon update begins at 1:25:57.


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