Fortnite is Launching with Next Generation Systems

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Epic Games announced its hit battle royale game Fortnite will be available for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X when they are released later this year.

In an announcement over Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest and online post, The Fortnite Team stated it will let users transfer their progress over seamlessly to next generation consoles. The newer game will also be getting a graphics overhaul when developers “migrate” Fortnite into their upcoming Unreal Engine V next year.

The company’s latest tech demo showed off the new graphics with dynamic lighting and photorealistic in-game objects. This also makes it interesting to see how the studio would bring its unique 3D style into a sharper setting from Unreal Engine V.

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Epic also stated the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will keep cross platform intact, letting players drop together on two generations’ worth of consoles. It also means current generation PS4 and Xbox One owners will still be kept in the loop when Fortnite transitions into new systems.

The game is currently on its Fortnite Chapter 2 build while its spy-themed season 2 was extended from April 30 to June 4. It’s playable on all major systems including the PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and mobile phones. No release date was confirmed for the PS5’s launch while the Xbox Series X is set to release on Holiday 2020.

Mafia Trilogy Remasters a Familiar Crime Saga for Consoles

Mafia Trilogy Remasters a Familiar Crime Saga for Consoles

Mafia Trilogy was revealed to be the latest project by 2K Games and Hangar 13, adding a high-definition coat of paint over the open world third-person shooter set in the 1930s to 1960s.

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A teaser showed off some of the new graphics engine that would give Mafia, Mafia II and Mafia III an overhaul while keeping the core gameplay intact for major systems. It’s also the first time both the original Mafia and its sequel are available for current generation systems with their DLC. The Mafia Trilogy starts in the 1930s, with players becoming the member of a crime family as they rise through the ranks. Its character, Tommy Angelo, later makes an appearance with others to connect later titles. New protagonist Vito Scaletta later brings Mafia II into across the 40s and 50s against multiple gangs.

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Mafia II – 2K Games

Development for the game was rare, as Illision Softworks and Gathering of Developers created the original Mafia in 2002. It later came back with a sequel in 2010 after 2K took ownership over the label and was published in house by their own developers for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Six years later, Mafia III was released as the debut title for 2K’s own Hangar 13 studio. It became the last Mafia release until the game’s Twitter account was resurrected to tease Mafia Trilogy.

Mafia III realized the original game’s scope and gave players customization over their character and war veteran Lincoln Clay. It also included a bigger open world which could set itself apart from the more streamlined approach to Mafia and Mafia II. But players will be going back into a traditional setting at the fictional Empire Bay, under a compelling story and fun third-person action. As with all remasters, 2K and Hangar 13 are likely to make some patches to the first two games while adding tighter controls seen in Mafia III. The driving and shooting mechanics were also ahead of their time with incredibly responsive cover controls.

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Mafia III – 2K Games

The teaser came with an announcement that is set to officially unveil Mafia Trilogy and more details on May 19. The game is confirmed to be coming to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. A Microsoft Store listing for Mafia II: Definitive Edition states the remastered trilogy could be launched shortly after the reveal.

MAINGEAR Announces 10Th Gen Intel i9 10900k Suite of PCs and Laptops

MAINGEAR Announces 10Th Gen Intel i9 10900k Suite of PCs and Laptops.

MAINGEAR, the award-winning distributor of high-spec desktop computers announced today that the company has begun to offer pre-orders for the latest Intel 10th Gen Core i9 10900K CPU for both their workstation and gaming configurations. 

The Intel i9-10900K sports impressive clock speeds up to 5.3Ghz with 10 cores and 20 threads that take full advantage of Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology. Additionally, the 10900k features Intel Thermal Velocity and Performance Maximizer technology which ensures ample horsepower for both creatives and high-end game enthusiasts. MAINGEAR promises that the Intel 19-10900k series of processors will be available for their VYBE, F131, R1, RUSH and PRO WS line of desktop and workstations. A spec breakdown of the Intel i9-10900k from the official press release can be viewed down below:

  • Unmatched processing power: A Processor Base Frequency of 3.70 GHz all the way up to a blistering 5.3 GHz single-core turbo frequency, plus 10 cores and 20 threads means unequaled power potential
  • Extreme performance at the highest level: Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency and Intel® Performance Maximizer technology allow you to take the already substantial performance and push it even further
  • Two threads are better than one: Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology provides double the capabilities by using two processing threads per physical core, which means crunching data quicker and completing tasks faster.
  • Intelligent, adaptive processing power: Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost is a feature that will take advantage of cooler temperatures and spare power budget by increasing clock frequency even further than Intel® Turbo Boost Technology when workload and cooling allow. 

Those interested in purchasing machines that feature the Intel i9-10900K can pre-order any of the award-winning desktop and workstation SKUs from MAINGEARS website.

Dell Refreshes Alienware’s Area-51m, m15, and m17 for 2020, with Intel 10th Gen Chips and Newer GPU’s

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Dell revealed the latest upgrades to the Alienware range of gaming laptops, offing with improved specs across the board with new Intel’s 10th gen CPU and the latest in GPU’s from Nvidia.

The Area-51m R2, Alienware is offering up four processor options for consumers to choose between. The entry-level Core i7-10700 (eight cores, 2.9GHz base clock speed with up to a 4.8GHz boosted speed) and the unlocked Core i7-10700K, which boosts base clock speed to 3.8GHz and boosted speed up to 5.1GHz. For the people that demand only the best, and need the power for creation or the most intensive gaming, there is also the options for the 10-core Core i9-10900 (2.8GHz base speed and 5.2GHz boost speed) along with the unlocked Core i9-10900K boasting a crushing 3.7GHz base speed and 5.3GHz maximum boosted speed.

On the GPU side of things, the Area-51m R2 comes with the choice between the Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Ti with 6GB of memory, an RTX 2060 with 6GB of memory, an RTX 2070 Super with 8GB of memory, or an RTX 2080 Super also with 8GB of memory. If you want to live on the AMD side of the GPU debate the newly added AMD Radeon RX 5700M (with 8GB of memory) should fit the bill.

Dell did not stop there, the rest of the internals have also received a nice boost to performance. The Alienware Area-51m R2 now offers up even faster RAM options with the potential for 2933MHz DDR4 configurations at up to 64GB., or up to 32GB of 3200MHz DDR4 XMP memory. As with most Alienware laptops, there are a range of storage options that should meet most gamers, or creators needs.

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There are also two new options for the 17.4-inch display: a new 300Hz refresh rate 3ms FHD option, and a 4K UHD panel with 500 nits of breaighness that boasts 100% Adobe RGB colour gamut. This is in combination to the previous FHD 144Hz , and the FHD 144Hz Nvidia’s G-Sync display options.

The new Area-51m R2 will be available starting June 9th and has a starting price of $3,049.99 USD for the base model.

The new m15 R3 and m17 R3 are a bit more of a standard upgrade over last year’s offerings. Both laptops have been updated with Intel’s 10th Gen H-series chips with the configurations almost identical across the board, beyond display sizes that is.

Both the m15 R3 and m17 R3 will offer three choices of CPU: the quad-core i5-10300H, the six-core i7-10750H, and the 8-core i9-10980HK, with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM. There is a range of storage options that start at 256GB to 2TB of PCIe M.2 SSD storage, with options for up to 4TB in a RAID0 configuration or 4.5TB in a RAID0 Plus setup.

Much like the Area-51m R2, there are new GPU options including the Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Ti, 1660 Ti, RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2070 Super, and RTX 2080 Super, along with the AMD Radeon RX 5500M.

On the display side both laptops offering 144Hz FHD, 144Hz FHD with G-Sync, and 300Hz FHD options in their respective 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch sizes. There’s also a 4K UHD option with Tobii eye-tracking for both laptops: the m15 with a 400-nit OLED panel, with the m17 delivering a brighter 500 nit LCD panel.

Both laptops will be avalable starting May 21st, with the m15 R3 starting at $1,499.99 and the m17 R3 sitting at $1,549.99 to start.

Dell Announce New XPS 17 and redesigned XPS 15 Laptops for 2020

Dell Announce New XPS 17 and redesigned XPS 15 Laptops fro 2020

While much of the world is sitting in lock-down, and events like Computex cancelled for the year, Tech companies continue to push out new exciting products, keeping with the cycles of releases we have grown to expect. To this end, Dell today announced a range of new products including a refresh of the XPS line, delivering stunning, new laptops that push the bar on Windows-based machines.

The new designs feel like a modern refresh of the classic range. The displays show even less bezel, the legacy ports are finally replaced by USB-C and they come baring Intel’s latest 10th Gen processors. If that were not enough, some models now give the options for an Nvidia based GeForce GTX 1650 TI Max-Q graphics solution, for when you want to game, or simply want your creative based software to run at its best.

On the XPS 15, the screen now offers a 15.6-inch display, with almost no bezels to be seen on any of the sides. The screen also now supports a 16:10 aspect ratio, similar to the XPS 13 released earlier this year. You also have more choices on resolution this time around, with the choices of a 4K (3840 x 2400) or the standard FHD (1920 x 1200), with all offering a top-mounted web camera for all the zoom calls you may be doing in the future. You can configure the XPS 15 with up to 64GB of RAM, 2TB of storage, and up to a Intel’s Core i9 10885H 45W chip.

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Dell also changed up this ports this year, gone is the proprietary charger, offering instead two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, a USB-C 3.1 port, and full-size SD card reader. The XPS 15 is also thinner than ever, measuring only 18mm at the highest point. Dell is also promising more battery than ever before, boasting up to 25 hours on the FHD display option. The Dell XPS 15 will start shipping today, and will start at $1,299.99 USD.

If that were not enough, Dell also reintroduced the XPS 17, and after a 10-year hiatus, it is a welcome sight. The larger XPS offers up a thin, powerful option for people that demand the best out of their mobile computers. Offering up the same 16:10 aspect ratio we see on the XPS 13, the 17-inch model offers the same resolution seen on the smaller models: 4K (3840 x 2400) and FHD (1920 x 1200). The XPS can also be configured to offer for performance with up to a Intel’s latest 10th Gen Core i9 45W processors, 64GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage.

The XPS-17 can also be configured with a Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q or the RTX 2060 to push as many polygons as you can manage in such a thin design. The XPS-17 also has a new thermal design that is said to improved airflow and offers a custom vapor chamber to keep the chips cool even when playing the most intensive games, or rendering that new Blender design. In terms of ports you will find four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and a full-size SD card reader. The XPS 17 will launch this summer and will start at $1,499.99 USD.

The Dark Eye: Book Of Heroes Character Creator Details Shown In New Trailer

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With The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes quickly approaching its June PC release, a new trailer from Random Potion and Wild River Games outlining the character creation process has been released.

Like any good RPG, The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes will feature a robust character creator that has players pick several cards that feature beautifully illustrated watercolour depictions of traits and other character quirks that make up the starting player avatar. The cards include everything from species, class, profession, character origins, amongst other key attributes.

Non-critical, cosmetic changes are also included within the character creator, allowing players to change things such as skin tone, hair colour, and other more-nuanced facial features. For those unfamiliar with The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes, the forthcoming RPG is based on the popular German tabletop game of the same name and is similar to titles such as Dungeons and Dragons.

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The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes will see release on June 9. 2020 for $29.99 USD or $42.49 CDN.