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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.

Jon Sutton
on 22 February 2019 at 12:46

4A Games has pushed out a new hotfix for Metro Exodus on PC, specifically taking aim at stability, RTX optimisation, DLSS improvements, and optimisation for running Metro Exodus on low-spec PCs.

All of these tweaks should, in theory, mean Metro Exodus runs better and looks better than it did on launch day, particularly for GeForce RTX owners. On launch day, DLSS support caused extremely blurry image quality, particularly considering the comparatively minor increase to frame rates.

Jon Sutton
on 22 February 2019 at 11:19

AMD has cut the price of the Radeon RX Vega 56 across the board in an attempt to fend off the impending threat of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

The Radeon RX Vega 56 is now available for its lowest ever price of $279, which naturally translates to around £276 here in the UK. That is a massive reduction for the £500-600 they were selling for last summer though, and the $399 they were supposed to be available for stateside. $279 is also the exact expected retail price of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, so these two graphics cards are going to be very competitive indeed.

Stuart Thomas
on 21 February 2019 at 17:36

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is yet to even be officially announced but already we’re hearing the first reports of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. The 1660 Ti is due to launch tomorrow, and unsurprisingly this will be followed up by a lower-end model as Nvidia looks to replace its entire GTX 10 Series.

Assuming Nvidia’s naming conventions, the GeForce GTX 1650 will be the successor to the GeForce GTX 1050. Like the rest of the series, it’ll be using the Turing 12nm architecture, albeit with a number of key RTX features carved out, including real-time ray tracing and DLSS support. The cut-down GPU is allegedly dubbed TU117.

Jon Sutton
on 21 February 2019 at 09:57

There's something ludicrously addictive about Trials' particular brand of hair-pulling difficulty and motorcycle mayhem. It's a series that's more than the sum of its parts. Trials Rising is out next week and a free beta test is available to play now, providing a taster of what to expect. Naturally, this also means the Trials Rising PC system specs have been revealed. 

Considering Trials Rising is a game that's also coming to Nintendo Switch next week, it should come as little surprise to see it's very forgiving in terms of system requirements, particularly for a Ubisoft title.

Jon Sutton
on 20 February 2019 at 15:35

Long the domain of beardy wizards, Age of Wonders: Planetfall takes the long-running strategy series in a trip to the stars and beyond. It's a radical revamp for the turn-based strategy series and one that 4X fans are keenly looking forward. Paradox Interactive has now revealed an August 6th release date for AoW: Planetfall, which is quite a bit further away than we were expecting.

Along with the news we also got a new story trailer and our first look at Age of Wonders: Planetfall's PC system specs.