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Stuart Thomas
on 17 June 2019 at 14:13

The Battle of the TFLOPS is about to begin in earnest. Both Sony and Microsoft have their next-generation consoles cresting the horizon, and both will be trying the outmuscle the other in terms of being the fastest console on the market. Right now though, it appears it’s advantage PlayStation 5, with a number of developers alluding to Sony’s console being faster than Xbox Scarlett.

Colin Moriarty, formerly of IGN, claimed in a new episode of his podcast that a number of developers have said the PS5 is "definitively more powerful" than Xbox Scarlett.

Jon Sutton
on 17 June 2019 at 12:42

We have to admit, a strategy RPG set in the heart of 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago wasn't quite what we were expecting next from John Romero, the legendary creator of Doom, Wolfenstein, and Quake. His team at Romero Games unveiled Empire of Sin at E3 this year. It's a turn-based strategy set in the seedy mob underworld. Build a crime empire, defend and expand territory, and become the number one mob boss in Chicago. Paradox Interactive are picking up publishing duties, which brings certain expectations in terms of strategic depth and longevity.

Judging from the system specs as well, Empire of Sin could be perfect for those long-haul laptop gaming sessions. Here are the official PC system requirements for Empire of Sin.

Jon Sutton
on 16 June 2019 at 16:15

It's been 18 long years but Shenmue is almost back. Shenmue 3 broke Kickstarter records when it was revealed in 2015, and since then we've seen Yu Suzuki and the team at Ys Net have been cooking up an experience that's very true to the franchise's roots. Unfortunately for some, Shenmue III is now a confirmed Epic Games Store exclusive. If that doesn't put you off though, then here are the system requirements needed to run Shenmue 3.

As my grandma used to say, ahhh that's a lovely spread. Shenmue III's PC system specs run the full gamut from bottom-rung graphics card at the minimum all the way up to a fine specimen of a gaming PC for the recommended specs. It doesn't exactly look like a game which is pushing Unreal Engine 4 to its absolute limits but you wouldn't kick it out of bed either.

Jon Sutton
on 14 June 2019 at 16:35

It was finally announced during E3 2019 that the Spyro Reignited Trilogy will be coming to PC on September. It was always a matter of when, rather than if, but it's nice to have it all confirmed. Spyro Reignited Trilogy includes full remakes of Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. The port is being handled by Iron Galaxy, who also handle the Crash Bandicoot remakes on PC.

If you ever picked up a copy of the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy remaster then these system specs for the Spyro Trilogy are much the same story. That game actually ended up running pretty damn well so we're hoping for much the same with Spyro. Get a hold of a GTX 1070/Vega 56 or so and you should even have enough to start messing around with 4K.

Neil Soutter
on 13 June 2019 at 13:17

Tucked in among AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 series reveal were a few interesting tidbits on AMD’s plans to support real-time ray tracing. And, well, its aims sound less than desirable.

While Nvidia is busy making DXR-powered ray-tracing one of the chief selling points of its GeForce RTX graphics cards, AMD is taking a slightly different approach.

Neil Soutter
on 12 June 2019 at 16:24

Remedy Entertainment’s Control promises to be quite the showpiece for Nvidia’s RTX ray-tracing technology. All those glistening metallic surfaces and lovely lighting effects look well placed to benefit from all the advantages of real-time ray-tracing.

Control looks as if it’ll be one of the most complete packages yet in terms of ray-tracing features, offering up ray-traced reflections, contact shadows, diffuse global illumination, and transparent reflections. It’s basically enough to get even RTX owners shuddering with fear at the performance hit, but all great tech advantages come at a cost.

Jon Sutton
on 12 June 2019 at 14:53

It sounds as if AMD’s moment in the sun isn’t going to last long. Fresh rumours abound that AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 series may even be usurped by Nvidia before AMD can even get its new graphics cards onto store shelves next month.

Take a liberal pinch of salt with this one but WCCFTech has an exclusive scoop which claims Nvidia’s GeForce ‘Super’ series GPUs will be revealed on June 21st and should launch shortly afterward.

Jon Sutton
on 11 June 2019 at 12:52

AMD 7nm Navi is here. Team Red took the wraps off of its new graphics processors overnight, revealing a pair (or three, if you’re feeling generous) of AMD Radeon RX 5700 GPUs designed to compete near Nvidia’s high-end GeForce graphics cards.

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series comprises the AMD Radeon RX 5700, the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the limited edition Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition. Each of these graphics cards will be launching in July and will the first to utilise AMD’s new RDNA architecture.

Jon Sutton
on 10 June 2019 at 12:16

One of the highlights of the Xbox E3 conference was the reveal of Blair Witch, a new story-driven psychological horror game designed to study and gauge a player's reaction when placed under extreme fear and stress. It all sounds like a proper jolly time. Blair Witch is from Bloober Team, the Layers of Fear studio, and it's coming to PC and Xbox One real soon, landing on August 30th. In the meantime, if you were wondering what the PC system specs for Blair Witch are, we've got you covered.

At first blush, you could take a look at the recommended specs for Blair Witch and be quite taken aback. They're actually pretty much identical to the recommended specs for Layers of Fear 2 though, and that's a game that runs reasonably well. There's also a huge disparity between the minimum and recommended specs, providing plenty of wiggle room for those with lower-end systems.

Jon Sutton
on 08 June 2019 at 16:28

I'm going to just have to hold my hands up and admit - I've never heard of Rune. It's a hole in my gaming know how but it's a hole alright. It turns out Rune was one of the earliest games from Human Head Studios, developer of the original Prey as well as lending a hand with BioShock Infinite. A Viking-themed action adventure game, it came out in 2000. 19 years later, it's back. Rune II is a Norse adventure through Midgard as players, either alone or co-operatively, work to take down Loki and prevent Ragnarok.

It all looks very nifty in the early screenshots, that's for sure, so Rune 2 could be one to keep an eye on when it comes to the Epic Store later this year. In the meantime, here are the PC system requirements needed to run Rune II.