Read and Watch this week's news roundup! August 14th 2020
Overclockers News Weekly:
Marvel Avengers Beta available soon:
Marvel Avengers was announced back in 2017 and we got a first proper look at the game during E3 2019. Anticipation for such an exciting game has been huge, and you can finally try it for free on both PC and console. A closed beta took place for PS4 players who preordered the game between August 7th August 9th. Initial reviews have been mixed with gamers praising the cinematics and different hero’s but finding the repetitive gameplay boring after a while. If you want to try it for yourself, there will be a closed beta for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows from August 14th to the 16th, with an open beta for all Playstation 4 users also available during this weekend. The final large open beta before launch is taking place from August 21st until the 23rd for all platforms. The start and end time are at 9 pm, and the Beta offers single-player campaign content, Co-op online missions, HARM challenge rooms and levelling progression. Your Beta progress will be wiped before the official launch. Still, there are unlockables such as two exclusive nameplates when you complete certain objectives and unlocking the Marvel’s Avengers rewards in Fortnite. Click the thumbnail to check out the official website.
Halo Infinite Delayed:
It wasn’t long ago we got to see official Halo infinite gameplay footage for the first time during the Xbox Games showcase. The gameplay looked promising and rather fun, but the graphics were heavily criticised, and the Craig meme was born. Halo Infinite was expected to launch alongside the next-gen Xbox series X console but Microsoft and 343 Industries announced on August 11th the game is being postponed until 2021. The official statement from Chris Lee is as follows. “We have made the difficult decision to shift our release to 2021 to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision. The decision to shift our release is the result of multiple factors that have contributed to development challenges, including the ongoing COVID-related impacts affecting us all this year. I want to acknowledge the hard work from our team at 343 Industries, who have remained committed to making a great game and finding solutions to development challenges. However, it is not sustainable for the well-being of our team or the overall success of the game to ship it this holiday.” Chris finishes up the statement by thanking the community for their support and passion and letting us know the extra time will be used to give fans the high-quality game expected. It’s unfortunate that we will have to wait for next year to experience Halo infinite. Still, the developers will now have plenty of time to iron out any issues and address feedback from the gaming community before launch. Click the thumbnail to check out the original tweet.
EA Access for PC is coming soon to Steam:
EA left Steam back in 2011 when it first launched Origin and recently EA has slowly been releasing several of its titles back to the platform. The big hitters include Dragon Age, Need for Speed, Battlefield, Sims, Mass effect and more which have returned to the marketplace. EA Access is a subscription service that allows you to get instant access to a collection of EA's best-loved games and the store page just appeared on Steam. This lets us know that the service will be available through Steam very soon and there’s plenty of information about the benefits the £3.99 per month pass gets you. There’s member-only content such as early access trails, 10 hours of gameplay on new titles, a catalogue of older games to try and 10% off all EA digital purchases. The service was originally only available through Origin, and you will have to stay using Origin to get the premier version of Access which lets you play the new games on release day with DLC. If you’re a big fan of EA’s expansive collection of titles, it’s well worth considering, and I’m glad to see EA giving us more choice when it comes to our game library and preferred launcher. Click the thumbnail to see the page on Steam.
Nvidia GPU launch coming soon:
There have been rumours for months on when we can expect to see the next generation graphics cards from Nvidia. Nvidia had stayed very quiet up until recently when on August the 10th they sent out a very cryptic message on Twitter. There’s a GIF which appears to signify the start of the universe with the big bang and the hashtag #ultimatecountdown. Nvidia’s twitter banner has also been updated with another teaser with text that reads “21 days. 21 years. It seems something significant is coming after August the 31st, and I’m willing to bet it’s the highly anticipated ampere 3000 series graphics cards. The 21 years is likely to reference the 21 years since the GeForce 256 GPU was launched in 1999 which Nvidia tweeted on August 11th. Nvidia’s twitter bio reads “Look back before looking forward.” and for the next 21 days, we are likely to be treated to more posts surrounding tech and gaming history as we count down the years to 2020’s launch date. Nvidia’s ampere architecture was announced for the professional market back in May, and we’re still not sure what will be released for the gaming market, but it’s rumoured to be 15-20% faster than the current RTX2080Ti. Impressive. NVIDIA has also announced they will be holding a GeForce Special Event on Sept 1, 2020, at 5 PM UK time to highlight the company’s latest innovations in gaming and graphics and the host will be CEO, Jensen Huang. We’ll make sure to keep you updated when the new graphics drop and in the meantime click the thumbnail to check out Nvidia’s twitter for yourself.
Two brand new cases from Kolink:
Kolink is once again expanding its wide range of affordable PC cases with two new additions. The Kolink Rocket Heavy and Stronghold Overseer are both updates of existing cases that improve on the original designs. The Rocket heavy is a small form factor case that’s perfect for impressive, and compact Mini-ITX builds. The front panel is constructed using aluminium for a premium aesthetic, and the new attractive hexagon cutouts ensure good ventilation and airflow. The dual tempered glass side panels allow a complete view of the interior which is spacious enough for high-end components. There’s room for a vertically mounted triple-slot GPU, 240mm radiator for your AIO cooler and 2 x 2.5” SSDs or a 3.5” HDD. There’s even excellent front IO connectivity on this small case with big features available now for £109.99 The Stronghold overseer is a subtle black case with an aluminium front panel and tempered glass side panel. It comes equipped with a pair of PWM fans, and there’s ample room for a variety of high-end hardware. You can fit up to a 380mm radiator, ATX motherboard, Vertical GPU, three 2.5” SSDs and two 3.5” HDDs. The all-black interior and PSU shroud are a great backdrop to your setup, and best of all it’s available for only £46.99 Click the thumbnail to check out these cases on the OCUK website.
Personally, the most exciting story in this weeks news is the countdown to the next generation of Nvidia Geforce graphics. It will be interesting to see if the rumours about performance and specifications are correct and I hope we can learn more about the pricing. It’s great to see EA returning to steam and make their subscription service more accessible, and I’m also looking forward to trying out Marvel Avengers in a few weeks.