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Areca expands its 8050 line up with an USB-C option!
Areca expands its 8050 line up with an USB-C option!
In a bid to pull users away from Steam, the newly launched Epic Store is giving away two games every month for an entire year.
Many PC game stores already offer free games without any kind of purchase or subscription--GOG, Humble Bundle, and of course Steam--and Epic Games' new digital games store is following suit. The fledgling marketplace, which aims to compete directly with Valve's reigning platform, will give away a free game every two weeks. The promo starts with the excellent exploration sim Subnautica (ends Dec. 27) and follows up with the massively tough platformer Super Meat Boy (Dec. 28 - Jan. 10).
There's a caveat to these free games, though. The publishers and devs offering the free games may flood your inbox with newsletters, announcements, and other info about upcoming products in exchange for the free game. On the checkout page for Subnautica's free version there's a curious opt-out tickbox that reads: "The game you are purchasing is licensed by Unknown Worlds Entertainment. Click here to not receive emails from them with the latest information about similar products and services."
The hype for next-gen consoles is beginning to get louder and louder, and while we have been hearing more about Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5 console, that doesn't mean Microsoft's new Xbox Scarlett console has been invisible.
The latest news for the next-gen Xbox comes from Windows Central write Jez Corden, who tweeted the next-gen Xbox development kit is codenamed "Anaconda", with Microsoft staying with its reptile-themed codenames. The original Xbox One was codenamed "Durango" while the beefier Xbox One X console was codenamed "Chuckwalla".
Microsoft should be using AMD's upcoming CPU and GPU technology inside of the next-gen Xbox Scarlett include Zen 2 as well as the custom-made Navi GPU architecture which will be refitted for a new PC graphics side. The new Xbox 'Anaconda' console will see a Navi-based GPU that will use GDDR6 memory technology, over the HBM2 used in Vega and GDDR5 used on the Radeon RX 400/500 series and the Polaris-based GPU inside of the Xbox One/S/X consoles.
Quantic Dream, the developers behind the exclusive PS4 title Detroit: Become Human have announced that their title has surpassed the 2 million units sold mark.
We are thrilled to share that Detroit: Become Human has sold through more than 2 million units worldwide on PlayStation 4 since its launch on May 25, 2018. Congratulations, @Quantic_Dream! pic.twitter.com/b3xVGeerth— PlayStation (@PlayStation) December 12, 2018
The announcement comes from the official PlayStation Twitter account and celebrates that Quantic Dream's title "has sold through more than 2 million units worldwide on PlayStation 4 since its launch on May 25, 2018." The developers also commented on the post saying that Detroit: Become Human has become the companies fastest selling title they have ever made, creating a new milestone for the company.
Detroit: Become Human could be considered a title that wouldn't be for the average gamer as its gameplay is so in-depth and plethora of options could scare some players away. It isn't a battle royale and isn't necessarily a fast-paced game but despite all of this, Quantic Dream has created an experience like no other and should be proud of the milestone they have hit. For more information regarding Detroit: Become Human, visit the official website here.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is one of the best games of 2018, and honestly sits as one of the best games I've played in the past few years. It's a sprawling adventure set in the heart of ancient Greek myth and legend that's full of action and interesting locales. In short, you should totally play it if you haven't already. And you totally can for free without having to download anything if the gods are willing.
If you got into Google's big beta test for its streaming service, then you can get a free copy of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey on PC. Ubisoft today announced the promo and confirmed that all Project Stream saved data progress would carry over to your new PC version, but your Helix credits won't make the jump. We got into the Project Stream beta and I can honestly say it paints a very bright future for gaming.
There's some rules though. Getting in isn't enough; you have to play at least one hour of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey within Project Stream from now until the beta test ends on January 15. It doesn't matter if you've played over an hour in the past, and to get the free copy you need to log an additional hour of playtime...which shouldn't be hard to do in Ubisoft's vibrant and massive open world.
Google's new game streaming service gives us a glimpse at a brighter future of gaming.
I remember when gaming was convenient. It used to be you bought a game, popped it into your console or PC, and started playing. But today's gaming landscape is fraught with large day one patch downloads, long disc installs, and even more frustrating game downloads. Then there's the required patches for live games like Fallout 76 and Destiny 2 that typically annoy gamers when they fire up the game unawares. The point is there's always something to wait on in gaming these days,
and now that most games have live service elements, there's even more opportunities to spend money.
But Google's new Project Stream service introduced me to a convenient, accessible, and easy-to-use gaming experience that really underlines the potential magic of game streaming. Google's remote cloud servers beam games directly into a Chrome browser on your PC and laptop and let you jump right into the action. We got into the Project Stream beta test for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, and going into it I was pretty skeptical. But I can say my experience is one of impressed joy. There's no downloads or wait times, no day one patches, just a recreation of that old feeling of popping a game into your system and playing.
In a bid to continually add value to its lucrative subscription-based game services, EA is bringing Battlefront II to its Access program for free.
EA is one of the major games-makers pivoting towards subscription models to help fortify its business model, which principally includes live games and the billions gleaned from engagement monetization therein. But it's always important to make these services worthwhile so gamers continually spend money on them, especially now that EA is inadvertently competing with Microsoft's own successful $9.99 a month Game Pass on the Xbox platform.
One such way EA is making its subscriptions more attractive is adding new games, and the latest one, Battlefront II, is now free to play for EA Access subscribers on Xbox One. EA Access currently costs $5 a month or $30 a year, and only active subscribers can play the vaulted games--similar to Sony's PlayStation Plus. What's particularly interesting about this is Battlefront II isn't free on the basic Origin Access subscription, which costs the same as EA Access on Xbox One. To play Battlefront II on PC, users have to buy into the steeper Origin Access Premiere which costs $15 a month or $100 a year to maintain.
Red Dead Online's in-game gold can now be purchased with real money.
Rockstar Games today flipped the monetization switch in Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode, despite the content being in beta testing phases. This move is particularly interesting as the devs continually update and tweak Red Dead Online's in-game economy, meaning the time-grind values may not remain static even after players spend money. Gamers earn $RDO cash and gold pieces for doing activities, missions, and completing objectives. 100 gold pieces can be transformed into one gold bar, or users can simply buy gold bars to avoid the grind.
The pricing scheme seems straightforward and mirrors many live service games. There's a distinct pay-to-win element involved as gamers can guy guns and horses with gold, but they must level up accordingly to be able to use higher-level gear. Cosmetics, horse insurance which spawns your horse near you if it dies, and camp customization items can also be bought with gold. Here's Red Dead Online's gold pricing tiers:
Major competitors are stepping into the PC gaming storefront ring to hit Steam where it hurts: the pocketbook.
Steam's long-standing reign in PC gaming may soon be compromised by Epic Games and Discord, both of which aim to attract developers to their new storefronts with better revenue split. Essentially we're seeing competitors take advantage of Valve's missteps, namely with Steam's new earnings policy that favors big-earning games--a move that upset lots of smaller devs.
Now Epic Games and Discord are courting spurned devs with the promise of paying out more earnings for game sales. The newly launched Epic Store lets developers keep 88% of revenues while the platform keeps 12% for operational costs, compared to Valve's 70% - 30% split.
As a result, Epic has already secured various exclusive games like Super Meat Boy Forever and Hades for the store. This trend should continue as the store gains--pardon my pun--steam.
Soulcalibur VI players will have to prepare themselves as Square Enix's 2B will be arriving on the stage of history starting December 18th.
We first heard about 2B coming to Soulcalibur VI back at the end of October when Bandai Namco released the above reveal trailer onto their YouTube Channel. From the trailer we saw 2B using a variety of different moves in both the air and the ground. We also notice that she is of course equipped with her famous swords, Virtuous Contract and Virtuous Treaty.
The announcement of the release date of 2B comes from the Bandai Namco Twitter account and says that 2B will be coming to Soulcalibur VI on December 18th. It should be noted that 2B will be arriving with her very own stage and background music to go with it. In the entirety of this post you will find newly released screenshots of 2B that were featured in the Bandai official announcement. For more information regarding Soulcalibur VI, check out the compiled character trailer article here.
BioWare has decided to release a new trailer for Anthem's Legion of Dawn Edition that will be available to gamers to order. The trailer details some more storyline for the coming game as well as additional weapons and armor.
The trailer has been released onto the IGN YouTube Channel and begins with us diving story for Anthem. We see the forming of the Luminary Legion, exclusive Legion of the Dawn Armor packs for the following classes; Ranger, Colossus, Storm, and Interceptor. We also get a sneak peak at the new Legendary Weapon, Light of the Legion.
Players that decide to pre-order Anthem will also receive exclusive VIP access to a demo of the game ahead of its launch. With also the addition of the Legendary Gear Enhancement and digital soundtrack. If you want to see some more gameplay of Anthem, visit this 45 minute livestream here. Anthem will be released onto the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on February 22nd, 2019.