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Jon Sutton
on 01 March 2019 at 15:48

In case you somehow missed it, the open beta for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 went live today. This is a chance to go hands-on with the co-op loot shooter for four days in one final test ahead of its March 15th launch.

With such a short time period to go until The Division 2 is actually out, this beta test likely provides some great insight into the sort of performance we can expect at launch. 

Neil Soutter
on 01 March 2019 at 11:25

AMD has filed a patent for Variable Rate Shading, or VRS, that looks as if it could be utilised in its next-gen Navi GPU architecture. Navi will power not only the next generation of AMD Radeon graphics cards but also the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett consoles.

VRS is a method for identifying which parts of any given image need rendering priority, diverting more resources to the areas that players will be looking at, or areas that are consistently changing. It tracks colour coherence and spatial movement from frame to frame, learning which pixels don’t need re-rendering.

Neil Soutter
on 26 February 2019 at 14:23

With the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti now out the door, Nvidia is turning its attention to the lower end of its expected GeForce GTX 16 line-up. Rumours for both the GeForce GTX 1660 and the GTX 1650 have been doing the rounds and now we have the expected release dates courtesy of DigiTimes, who claim industry sources have provided them with Nvidia’s release schedule.

First up, allegedly is the GeForce GTX 1660, which will be out on March 15th. Sitting right beneath the GTX 1660 Ti, the GTX 1660 could offer 1280 CUDA cores along with a choice of either 3GB or 6GB GDDR5 memory sat on a 192-bit memory interface.

Jon Sutton
on 26 February 2019 at 11:19

In typically late form for Koei Tecmo, the system requirements for Dead or Alive 6 have been revealed just three days ahead of its March 1st launch on PC. DOA6 is another unmistakeably Japanese 3D fighting game with multi-tiered stages and grappling-centric combat. It's not going to go easy on your system though, here are the DOA6 PC system specs.

Koei Tecmo hasn't exactly endeared itself to PC fans over the years with some dodgy ports. Just recently, Dynasty Warriors 9 was a bit of a travesty on PC with widespread performance issues, and those system specs for DW9 were much lower than these for DOA6. Tread very carefully with Dead or Alive 6, basically, and our advice would be to wait and hear about performance before dropping the cash.

Jon Sutton
on 25 February 2019 at 15:33

The first benchmarks have arrived for Intel’s next GT2 integrated GPI, the Intel Gen11 GT2. The new iGPUs are likely to debut on the upcoming Ice Lake processors due to launch later this year, offering some radical performance improvements over Gen9 GT2. As a quick reminder, Gen10 GT2 was due to arrive with Cannon Lake but issues with the 10nm process caused Intel to skip over this generation entirely.

Benchmarks have been performed across GFXBench, CompuBench, and various other synthetic performance tools. Unsurprisingly, Gen 11 GT2 absolute smashes Gen 9 GT2 performance and even begins to start taking on the AMD’s Vega integrated graphics featured on the Ryzen 2700U and 2400G.

Stuart Thomas
on 25 February 2019 at 14:17

It didn’t seem to dent the PlayStation 4’s chance at success but it’s looking likely that backward compatibility will be a top priority for Sony and the unannounced PS5.

Sony has just registered a new patent in Japan with systems architect Mark Cerny down as one of the creators. He was the lead architect on the PS4, introduced us to the utter magnificence of Knack, ahem, and it’s assumed he’ll also be heading up the creation of the PlayStation 5 as well.

Jon Sutton
on 24 February 2019 at 16:36

Nvidia's top-end RTX graphics cards have disappointed Team Green commercially, but the real battle is arguably at the mid-tier. Nvidia is currently catering to this market with both the newly launched GTX 1660 Ti and the ray-tracing capable RTX 2060 range, with around $70 separating them. If you want to experience the ray-tracing effects in Battlefield V and Metro Exodus though, then the RTX series is the only way to go.

Historically, Nvidia's x60 line has been the mid-range battleground, occupying that sweet spot between price and performance. With Turing, that's all changed. The GeForce RTX 2060 has been given a significant price rise over the previous-gen GTX 1060. This PNY XLR8 RTX 2060 Gaming OC currently retails for around £340 here in the UK ($349 in the States), the same price as the GTX 1070 launched for two years ago. Nvidia's graphics card ranges are getting more expensive across the board then, but does that mean you should be contemplating a step down in tier? Let's take a look.

Jon Sutton
on 24 February 2019 at 10:21

From the minds of a collective of mech action masters, Left Alive is the sci-fi story of war-torn Novo Slava in 2127, where man and machine face off in a battle for survival. The system specs have arrived for Left Alive and it seems you'll be facing a similar battle between man and machine if you're hoping to run it.

Considering what we know of how Left Alive looks, this set of system requirements comes as a bit of a surprise. You'll be needing a fairly beefy PC to run Left Alive, let alone begin cranking it up to the maximum graphical settings. 

Jon Sutton
on 23 February 2019 at 16:04

You’d struggle to call a CPU such as the Intel Core i7-5820K low-end. Launching at the end of 2014, it’s getting on a bit in years but this is a CPU that can handle basically anything you can throw at it. During our benchmark tests for Far Cry New Dawn though, we discovered the PNY XLR8 GeForce RTX 2060 6GB was too much for it to handle.

During our original testing runs it scored 72 frames per second at 1080p/Ultra in New Dawn, and it initially seemed as if the CPU wasn’t being overly utilised. However, it quickly became apparent Far Cry New Dawn is heavily reliant on a single thread. That’s disappointing in this day and age. It means that you need a very high-clocked processor in order to take advantage of high frames at 1080p.

Neil Soutter
on 22 February 2019 at 16:46

Microsoft is going to be revealing not one, but two new Xbox consoles at E3 2019 according to a new report from French videogame magazine JeuxVideo.

The so-called Scarlett project consists of two Xbox consoles, currently codenamed ‘Lockhart’ and ‘Anaconda’. Both of these new consoles are expected to be showcased during Microsoft’s Xbox E3 conference in June.