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Neil Soutter
on 19 February 2019 at 16:53

Google has started sending out press invites to a gaming-related event due to take place on March 19th. This tallies up with rumours that have persisted over the last year that Google has been planning take on the might of PlayStation and Xbox. Nintendo, well, they march to the beat of their own drum and we’ve long ago learned they’re unpredictable and tenacious.

The barebones invite from Google tells invitees to “Gather around” at 10am on March 19th in Moscone South, San Francisco, where Google will be dropping a gaming-centric Google Keynote.

Jon Sutton
on 19 February 2019 at 15:58

Codemasters rarely disappoint and Dirt Rally 2.0 looks as if it's brought rally racing back with a bang. The more sim-like spin-off from the Dirt series provides a massive visual overhaul, a revamped campaign and content galore.

We've put together a Dirt Rally 2.0 PC performance guide to help you achieve the perfect balance between visual fidelity and high frame rates. We've benchmarked each and every one of Dirt Rally 2's 30 (thirty!) graphics options. Using the chart below, you can find out just how demanding each graphics option is in Dirt Rally 2.0. demonstrating the percentage drop in frame rates when turning the graphics setting from Low to Ultra. This can provide an at-a-glance look at which graphics settings affect the frame rate the most in DR2.

Stuart Thomas
on 19 February 2019 at 10:05

Most of the doubts around real-time raytracing centre on its adoption. As it currently stands, you need a minimum $350 graphics card in order to even enabled the feature. This means any game using raytracing is targeting a very small minority of PC gamers, becoming a question of whether it’s worth implementing tech that only benefits a few people. It’s a chicken and the egg situation, and it’s why AMD is sitting around waiting for the chicken and the egg to mysteriously pop into existence.

One of the least recognised drivers of technology uptake is new consoles though. While we all occasionally have a good moan about them holding PC games back, the reverse is often true. Each new generation brings a massive bump in PC system requirements as we all upgrade to meet the demands of the cross-platform titles. It’s the sort of thing that could allow raytracing to go mainstream if it also comes to consoles.

Jon Sutton
on 18 February 2019 at 13:28

It's a new year and a new Far Cry, but does Far Cry New Dawn's performance differ all that much from its predecessor? We've put Far Cry New Dawn through a series of benchmark tests to see how performance shapes up, including a video card below its minimum specs, as well as a member of Nvidia's new GeForce RTX family.

Over the weekend we took a look at FC: New Dawn's PC graphics settings, benchmarking which Far Cry: ND graphics options are the most demanding as well as providing examples of the visual differences.

Jon Sutton
on 16 February 2019 at 16:30

Long in development, Crackdown 3 is with us at last. I suspect this particular game has been in a bit of development hell over the last five years, but we've got is another old-school superhero-style beat-um-up romp across a giant city. When Crackdown 3 was originally announced it was all about 'the power of the cloud', but if you're playing single-player on PC it's all about the power of your PC.

This Crackdown 3 PC performance guide is designed to help you hit the sweet spot between graphics and performance. You can find out just how demanding each graphics option is in Crackdown 3 using the chart below. These demonstrate the percentage drop in frame rates when turning the graphics setting from Low to Ultra. This can provide an at-a-glance look at which graphics settings affect the frame rate the most in Crackdown 3.

Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque
on 16 February 2019 at 09:53

Nvidia has just released its figures for Q4 FY 2019 and its revenue of $2.21 billion has beaten analyst expectations. Experts were expecting Nvidia to take a hit due to the decline in cryptocurrency mining and hence, fewer sales of GPU hardware units.

Previously, Nvidia had projected revenue of $2.71 billion for this quarter but due to the above-stated market conditions, it was forced to revise its estimations down to $2.20 billion.

Jon Sutton
on 15 February 2019 at 17:54

We've taken a look at ray-tracing performance in Metro Exodus, as well as the most demanding of its (limited) graphics options, but how does Metro Exodus shape up for the average player who isn't looking to take advantage of those snazzy ray-tracing effects? Here we've taken a quick look at general gaming performance in Metro Exodus for the GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce GTX 1070, both if which slot in bang in line with the recommended system recommends for Metro 3.

In theory, both the RTX 2060 and GTX 1070 should be capable of playing Metro Exodus at 1080p on High, but we're going to see if we can push this pair even further.

Jon Sutton
on 15 February 2019 at 16:30

Finally, Metro Exodus has arrived, and so too has another opportunity to see what all the fuss is about in terms of raytracing. Metro Exodus uses a totally different form of raytracing to the reflections seen in Battlefield V. 4A Games instead chose to focus on ray-traced global illumination. Global illumination isn't new to gaming, but it is new in its ray-traced form.

Traditional game lighting uses fixed light sources with direct illumination. Put a lamp in a room and it'll light it up, and it'll also cause a shadow to be cast behind a table, for example. However, direct illumination fails to account for how light reacts in reality. It bends and distorts, reflects and pools. The light cast on a polished table would illuminate a room more than a dirty one. There are techniques used to present global illumination in games in a cheat sheet form used rasterized techniques, but this isn't true global illumination. 

Jon Sutton
on 15 February 2019 at 14:20

It's a big day for fans of high-end visual tech. Metro Exodus has arrived on PC with some graphics card-destroying performance demands and ray-traced global illumination. 4A Games' Metro Exodus has comfortably earned a spot as of the most demanding games on PC, becoming the new Crysis for those who want to max it out.

This Metro 3 PC performance guide can help you hit the sweet spot between graphical excellence and performance. Using the chart below, you can find out just how demanding each graphics option is in Metro Exodus, demonstrating the percentage drop in frame rates when turning the graphics setting from Low to Ultra. This can provide an at-a-glance look at which graphics settings affect the frame rate the most in M:E.

Jon Sutton
on 13 February 2019 at 17:27

It’s time to get prepped for Metro Exodus, the new graphical behemoth that looks like it’s set to become the next Crysis of benchmark tests. Nvidia has dropped the GeForce 418.91 Game Ready Driver, bringing day one performance optimisations for the eagerly anticipated post-apocalyptic FPS.

Metro Exodus is going to be of particular interest to Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 series owners due to its ray traced global illumination and it promises to be a worthy testing ground of the technology.