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Google thinks Stadia will have less lag than your PC in two years

(Image credit: Google) In an interview with Edge Magazine, Google’s VP of engineering Madj Bakar claims Google Stadia will be superior to gaming on desktops and other local hardware “in a year or two.” With the tech it’s been developing in modeling and machine learning, Bakar says that Stadia will make games feel more responsive in the cloud, and make them run faster than they do locally “regardless of how powerful the local machine is.” He says this can be done through something called “negative latency.”  Now, there actually isn’t such a thing as negative latency, but Bakar is talking …

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‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ on PC will support 4K and HDR

While it’s a bummer PC owners have had to wait a year to play the new Red Dead, the good news is that they’ll get to take advantage of all the additional work Rockstar has poured into the title. One good example is HDR. When Red Dead Redemption 2 first came out on consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners noticed something strange with the game’s HDR implementation. An investigation by Digital Foundry eventually found that Red Dead‘s HDR mode did mostly nothing. Rockstar later fixed the feature when it released the game’s 1.09 patch this past May. There are …

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The original Half-Life just got patched for some reason

Valve may or may not be working on Half-Life 3. (This guy might know, but he’s no squealer.) What it is working on, it turns out, is Half-Life. Yesterday—20 years, 10 months, and 19 days after Half-Life was released—Valve released a new update for the game that fixes a surprising number of, admittedly, very minor problems. Here’s the full list of changes: Fixed setting monitor refresh rates through -freq when used with -nofbo Fixed unnecessary texture rescaling with NPOT textures Fixed slist command, will now show servers on the local network Fixed erroneous return in SV_ClipToLinks (HL #1685) Fixed inability …

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Our predictions for the biggest games and surprises for the rest of 2019

It’s videogame season. Don’t get us wrong—we’re playing games year round—but fall is here, and that means the big hitters are coming out for the holidays. We’re looking backwards to think about our games of the year and prepping for some big events, like BlizzCon and the launch of Google Stadia. Here’s how we think the rest of 2019 is going to play out—the stories and games you’ll be reading about on PC Gamer in November and December. Google Stadia’s technology will be cool—but beyond the buzz, won’t make a big impact anytime soon Jarred: I think Stadia will end …

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PC used to be Destiny 2’s smallest platform – now it’s the biggest

Destiny 2 has had a big week with the launch of Shadowkeep and its free-to-play debut, and all the hype has brought in a bunch of new and returning players. While it’s no surprise to see the Destiny 2 player count reaching new heights thanks to its newly-removed price of entry, the launch has shuffled the platform hierarchy, and PC is now the game’s top platform. Steam players currently comprise 41% of the overall Destiny 2 pie, according to data from the community-built tracker, Charlemagne. PlayStation 4 comes in second with 34% of players, and Xbox One trails in third …

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 will include a Destiny 2 raid, Bloodlines, and Sekiro

A list of the games being tackled by speedrunners at Awesome Games Done Quick in January of next year has been released, and it includes a bunch of highlight PC games. A team will be taking on Destiny 2’s Last Wish raid with all encounters, which should be an interesting one. Speedrunning a live-service game presents an interesting challenge—here’s hoping Destiny 2 doesn’t get patched between now and January in a way that completely invalidates their plan. There’s also a 45-minute Nosferatu speedrun of Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines, which will presumably involve memorizing all the sewers, as the Nosferatu vampires are …

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‘Atlas’ (ALL) Available On Xbox Game Preview, PC Cross-play Enabled

Long-ago, far above the watery world of ATLAS there once existed a magic-powered “Golden Age”– where great Empires of the Sky lived at peace alongside magical creatures, flourishing upon floating continents above the clouds, all powered by a magical source of energy known as the Heart of the Goddess, granted by the powerful beings who dwell in the stars beyond. However, a powerful warlord known as Xevos sought to unite the human civilizations over the magickind, and launched a war that broke the Heart into pieces, unleashing a wave of destruction that shattered the floating landmasses and plunged them into …

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Rabbids Coding, Available Now, Is a Free to Play PC Game Attempting to Make Coding Fun and Accessible

Rabbids Coding is a new free-to-play game for PC, available now via UPlay. The game, developed by Ubisoft Montréal, aims to make coding fun and accessible for everyone. Olivier Palmieri, Game Director on Rabbids Coding, said: Related Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong DLC Trailer Unleashes the Fury of Rabbid Cranky Ubisoft is committed to preparing the next generation of video game developers, and what better way to start teaching them the basics of coding than with a fun and interactive learning experience. We strongly believe that video games can play an important role in learning new technical skills, and we’re …

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Epic’s store helped us reach new Borderlands fans, Gearbox says

Launching exclusively on the Epic Games Store helped Borderlands 3 reach a new audience. That’s according to the title’s senior producer Anthony Nicholson, who told PCGamesInsider.biz that Borderlands 3’s success on PC was a combination of built-up excitement for the game and new players coming to the franchise via the Fortnite firm’s platform. Following the game’s launch, the CEO of developer Gearbox Randy Pitchford said that Borderlands 3 had double the peak concurrent player figure of its predecessor, meaning it had around 248,000 people playing at one time. Ten days after release, publisher 2K revealed that this new entry had …

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61.7% of Codemasters H1 2019/20 sales were digital

The portion of Codemasters products bought digitally rose 8.7 per cent year-on-year, rising to 61.7 per cent for the six months ending September 30th, 2019. That’s according to the racing firm’s report for the first half of its 2019/2020 fiscal year, in which the company reports revenue of £39.8m ($48.6m). That’s a small increase of just 0.25 per cent year-on-year. The increase in digital sales saw Codemasters’ gross margin rise 0.8 per cent to 89.3 per cent. The company also says it has £24.6m ($30m) in the bank, 44.7 per cent on the £17m ($20.8m) that it boasted 12 months …

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The rise of Japanese indie games on Steam

This is part three of a five-part series exploring PC gaming in Japan. The features originally ran in issue 335 of PC Gamer UK. We’ll be publishing a new one each day this week, so be sure to come back for more of Wes’ roadtrip. Inti Creates may be the largest developer in Japan I’d call indie, at just shy of 100 people. It helps that their games look indie, with deliberately throwback pixel art and a devotion to old Japanese platformers like Mega Man. Hell, they made the Mega Man Zero games on the Game Boy Advance in the …

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Activision knows your age, sex, and location, and wants to use it to make NPCs

Activision wants to blur the lines between human players and online bots, and a patent application suggests that the publisher plans to use your profile to make it happen. The patent concerns methods of monitoring player information, mining profiles for data that can make NPCs seem human, and using that info to populate your online games. The ‘System and Method for Transparently Styling Non-Player Characters in a Multiplayer Video Game,’ was published recently, but is a child application of a patent dating back to 2014. The actual claim covers the duplication of player profiles, but the description of the invention …

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Blizzard is facing a boycott after removing a Hearthstone Grandmaster

Blizzard’s removal of Hearthstone pro Ng Wai “blitzchung” Chung from the Grandmasters has prompted a backlash from players, not just of Hearthstone, many of whom are now boycotting the company.  The Grandmaster player was removed from the tournament after he called for the “liberation” of Hong Kong in a post-match interview. This, according to Blizzard, was a breach of the extremely broad tournament rules that allows the company to give players the boot for acts that, “in Blizzard’s sole discretion”, damage Blizzard or the player’s public image, or offend a portion of the public.  “As you know there are serious …

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Windows, Xbox now allow parents to set per-game screen time limits for kids

Windows, Xbox now allow parents to set per-game screen time limits for kids | PCWorld ‘); consent.ads.queue.push(function(){ try { IDG.GPT.addDisplayedAd(“gpt-superstitial”, “true”); $(‘#gpt-superstitial’).responsiveAd({screenSize:’971 1115′, scriptTags: []}); IDG.GPT.log(“Creating ad: gpt-superstitial [971 1115]”); } catch (exception) { console.log(“Error with IDG.GPT: ” + exception); } }); Both you and your kids will have to be part of the Microsoft ecosystem, of course, with the proper accounts. Microsoft Today’s Best Tech Deals Picked by PCWorld’s Editors Top Deals On Great Products Picked by Techconnect’s Editors “); }); try { $(“div.lazyload_blox_ad”).lazyLoadAd({ threshold : 0, // You can set threshold on how close to the edge ad …

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A man broke into Valve four times, stole equipment and games, and sold them at GameStop

How bad do you want a look at Half-Life 3? Seattle police say that 32-year-old Shawn Shaputis has brought a year-long burglary spree to Valve. A series of break-ins at Valve’s Bellevue, Washington office led to $40,000 in stolen equipment and games. There are multiple warrants for Shaputis’s arrest, and he’s previously spent time in jail for unrelated robberies. Charges for the Valve burglary at the company’s office in Lincoln Square were filed in September, as local news station KIRO 7 reports (via GamesIndustry.biz), but the break-ins date back to June of 2018. Police say Shaputis has admitted to burglarising …

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