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Neil Soutter
on 20 November 2018 at 17:36

Nvidia has unveiled its new Adaptive Shading technology, a new feature enabled specifically for its GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards. While the innovation was briefly touched on during the GeForce RTX reveal in September, Adaptive Shading’s capabilities remained largely a mystery to us.

Well, Nvidia Adaptive Shading (NAS) is an advanced shading technique that provides developers with an additional means to improve performance, and it’s making its debut today in a new patch for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Jon Sutton
on 20 November 2018 at 13:25

Turn-based strategy fans will be all-to-aware The Bearded Ladies could be cooking up something pretty special with Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. The tactical strategy game takes combat cues from XCOM but also includes full-blown exploration and stealth between combat segments, providing a more story-based, adventure experience. That and you can play as a shotgun-toting duck. MYZ: Road to Eden is coming to PC this December, but in the meantime here are the official PC system specs for Mutant Year Zero so you can make sure you're good and ready.

Funcom has set a wide bar for Mutant Year Zero's system requirements, stretching from low-end minimum specs up to a set of recommended requirements that align fairly neatly with modern game demands.

Jon Sutton
on 20 November 2018 at 11:49

Last week's 18% stock drop wasn't just a blip for Nvidia, with Team Green's share value tumbling even further during the start of this week, down an additional 12%.

Nvidia's share value currently sits at $144.70, down from $289.36 on October 1st. Basically, over half of Nvidia's entire market cap has been wiped off in just seven weeks. This has undone around 15 months of steadily increasing value.

Neil Soutter
on 19 November 2018 at 09:59

SK Hynix has revealed the first DDR5 memory that’s fully compliant with JEDEC standards, showcasing 16GB DDR5 RAM that can far outperform today’s current DDR4 standard.

The DDR5 memory is clocked 5200 MHz, whereas typical DDR4 memory tops at 4600 MHz, with most commercially available DDR4 memory hovering around the region of 3200 MHz. It’s unclear where SK Hynix’s DDR5 module is the fastest it can push the new standard or an example of a more typical mid-range offering. For a point of reference, the first DDR4 RAM modules shown had clock rates of 2133 MHz, so they typically low-ball it with the initial spec.

Stuart Thomas
on 18 November 2018 at 16:31

A rumour has emerged that Microsoft is planning to embrace the all-digital future with an Xbox One S that doesn’t have a disc drive.

Microsoft gurus Thurrott.com say they’re expecting the console to cost less than $200 in stores, and that Microsoft will be launching the console alongside an initiative whereby physical games can be traded in at participating stores for a digital download code.

Stuart Thomas
on 16 November 2018 at 12:59

AMD officially launched its Radeon RX 590 graphics card yesterday, and also unveiled a new AAA game bundle for participating GPUs.

At the time we’d assume this just applied to the Radeon RX 590 but AMD is also rolling out new games bundles to any prospective Radeon RX Vega 64, Vega 56, RX 590, RX 580, or RX 570 customers.

Neil Soutter
on 16 November 2018 at 11:29

Sony Interactive Entertainment has confirmed it will not host a conference at E3 2019, nor will it appear on the show floor. It’ll be the first time PlayStation hasn’t been present during E3’s entire 24-year history.

“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” wrote a Sony representative in a statement. “PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”

Jon Sutton
on 16 November 2018 at 09:45

UPDATE: Having brushed it off as a perfectly normal issue a fortnight ago, Nvidia has confirmed there is an issue with an early batch of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition graphics cards.

In a statement on the Nvidia forums, [email protected] said "Limited test escapes from early boards caused the issues some customers have experience with RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition. We stand ready to help any customers who are experiencing problems.

Stuart Thomas
on 15 November 2018 at 14:17

MSI has announced the first mini ITX graphics card based on the Turing GPU. The MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Aero ITX is a shortened ITX graphics card designed for small form factor (SFF) PC builds.

As it currently stands, the MSI RTX 2070 Aero ITX is the smallest GeForce RTX 20 Series graphics card in existence. Like all ITX form factor GPUs it will have to make a few sacrifices to earn its small stature, but for those looking to build living room PCs and the like, it could end up being a killer component.

Jon Sutton
on 15 November 2018 at 11:45

The Onimusha Warlords Remaster is due to arrive in January 2019, providing a much-needed graphical touch-up for one of Capcom's most beloved cult classics. Neatly summed up as samurai Resident Evil, Onimusha: Warlords is a slow-paced adventure game with puzzle-solving and blood splatter demon combat. But, just how much more demanding will the Onimusha Warlords Remaster system specs be than the original? Let's find out...

Onimusha Warlords is an old game. The remaster doesn't look like much of an upgrade outside of a resolution bump. So we're a little surprised by just how demanding the system requirements for Onimusha Warlords Remastered are. They're not a patch on modern AAA games, sure, but a GeForce GTX 760 as the minimum spec graphics card for an up-rezzed 17-year-old game does set a few alarm bells ringing. There's also a large performance disparity between the 760 and the weaker AMD Radeon R7 260X. Nevertheless, most PC gamers should still have few troubles meeting the minimum specs for the Onimusha Warlords Remaster.