Is Bethesda Prepping for the Release of Fallout 5?

Bethesda, straight on the heels of the latest Elder Scrolls Online release, are now teasing the release of a brand new entry into the Fallout franchise. When Bethesda posted a Fallout themed screenshot that read “Please Stand By,” fans naturally assumed that it would be a port, possibly Fallout 3 being ported to newer consoles or Fallout 4 for the Nintendo Switch, but Kotaku is reporting that it is an entirely new game on the way.

 

Fallout 4 was released only a few years ago, and fans are saying that there hasn’t been nearly enough time for a true Fallout game to be made. Perhaps, taking a queue from the success of Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda is planning to release an online MMORPG that takes place in the Fallout universe. It would certainly add some variety to the genre, drawing players in my the droves.

 

The timing of the announcement would line up perfectly to the release schedule of Fallout 4, which was released in 2015. Bethesda announced the game in June of 2015, and it was released in November of 2016. If Bethesda announces a new entry into the Fallout series, fans should expect the game to hit shelves in November, just in time for the holiday season.

 

Bethesda will be showcasing the game at this year’s E3 event. Bethesda will take the floor on June 10th at 6:30PM to show off the game and give fans a taste of whats to come in the very near future.

 

Whether the game is a remaster, a port, an MMORPG, or the next main series in the franchise, fans may be able return to the wasteland very soon.

NVIDIA Might Be a Bridge Between PC Gaming and AI

NVIDIA isn’t the only choice for gamers looking to get the best graphical performance. But they’re close enough that they might as well be. It’s almost impossible to get exact numbers. But statistics from Valve show that about 2/3rds of Steam gamers use NVIDIA based systems. However, it’s not immediately apparent at first glance why this is the case.

 

Bt a recent story highlights one very important reason. The article discusses NVIDIA’s new HGX-2 platform. It’s not something gamers can simply plug into their computers. In fact, much of its point comes from the fact that it’s invisible to end users.

 

The HGX-2 puts heavy focus on two seemingly disparate technologies. It demonstrates exemplary cloud performance. And it also uses revolutionary new techniques in AI. The link between gaming, the cloud and AI isn’t easy to see.

 

But it becomes a lot easier to see when reconsidering why NVIDIA is so ubiquitous. The short answer is that they haven’t limited themselves to graphical performance within their graphics cards. They were aware that bottlenecks are inevitable for any given platform. Essentially, most of their competitors have put all their eggs in one basket.

 

The competitors were focused on singular methods used to reach an end goal. But NVIDIA has instead considered their ultimate goal to simply be putting as high quality graphics as possible onto a screen. Traditional methods are often the best way to do so.

 

But NVIDIA has invested quite heavily in cloud based technologies. Even unintended side effects of these techniques are quite impressive. For example, NVIDIA uses a proprietary system to stream graphical output between their PC based graphics cards and their tablets.

 

But an independent 3rd party implementation of their protocol can work on a wide variety of devices. This even allows Sony Vita users to play PC games using NVIDIA’s streaming system. This is something even Sony themselves has struggled to support on the aging device.

 

But the new announcement showcases that NVIDIA is moving to the next level. The new system can push a reasonably large hard drive’s worth of data in around three seconds. And the AI techniques make it far easier for a system to properly manage such large amounts of data.

 

The end result of NVIDIA’s HGX-2 on gaming remains to be seen. But it might well become the new standard for cloud execution and remote display of PC games. This could turn into PC gaming suddenly becoming available at almost any time and any place.

PC Gaming Site has some Great New Offerings

Steam, the popular pc gaming site has made some recent changes which will expand the experience for game users. Steam Spy is closing down after changes in the privacy policy of the company have eliminated the effectiveness of the option. Spy Steam provided valuable analytics to players and game developers that shows how many games were sold and played with.

 

The enhancement for users of Steam comes in the form of additional privacy that protects them from marketing and data abuse. It also comes after a number of scandals for companies like Facebook which have hurt the reputation of these sites and impacted their appearance in the form of regulators.

 

Android smartphone users now have a new game streaming app that they can download and use from Valve. Valve owns Steam, the popular online desktop PC gaming site. The name of the mobile app streaming service will be called Steam Link Game Streaming Service. With this service you will be able to use your Steam Controller or any other Bluetooth controller.

 

The point of this Steam app is to allow players to enjoy PC or desktop games on their mobile device. While mobile devices have a lot of computing power, the real challenge is managing the limited screen space and the input devices for the computer.

 

This is not Steam’s first attempt to step outside of the world of the PC gaming model that they dominate. Steam also created the Steam Box which allowed players to play PC games on their local television screen. These devices didn’t take off, despite the intuitive steam controller, that many gamers used.

 

There is no news on pricing of the mobile Steam App or if Valve will rely on increased game sales through the device to fuel its development.

 

Steam Link is currently available in beta mode for android devices but the intention is for it to be launched live later in 2018 and also expanded to the Apple iOS platform.

How is “Fortnite” Making So Much Money?

One of the most popular games right now is “Fortnite”. Chances are you’ve heard of it. Although it was already popular, it became more popular when Drake played “Fortnite” live on Twitch with the streamer Ninja. They played the free side of the game which is named Battle Royale.

Not only can you play this game against your PC friends, but it is also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, iPhone and iPad. Cross play is available with all platforms except for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, so many people are currently a player. I just recently just played “Fortnite” with my friends on Xbox and it was a great experience to finally have the opportunity since I am also a PlayStation 4 user.

Since “Fortnite Battle Royale” is a free game, people have been wondering how they make so much money. The answer is quite simple. They offer in-game purchases.

Players have the opportunity to purchase “V-Bucks” which are used to then buy the different skins they can use for their character, purchase different dance moves for their characters to use during the game, and also purchase other in game items that make the experience more personalized.

Although “Battle Royale” is free to play, they also have a paid version of the game which is the “Save The World” side. While “Battle Royale” is a player-versus-player game, the “Save The World” side is a paid version.

There is also money to be made on the “Save The World” side since it is a paid version. Also, “V-Bucks” are used to buy “Loot Llamas” which are used to upgrade your weapons, traps, characters, and survivors. These are used to power up your character and help you get further in the game and to save the world!

By utilizing it’s in game currency, “Fortnite” is having no problem making as much money as they need, plus some.

New Details Released for Iron Harvest

Iron Harvest is an upcoming real-time strategy game based in a 1920’s-era steampunk environment. A recent Kickstarter success story, the developers were able to earn a $1.2 million budget to make their game with.

As expected, in-depth information is fairly hard to come by for a game that was only recently crowdfunded and is still heavily in development. However, King Arts Games recently took time out of making the game to do an interview with PC Gamer, giving some insight into what players can expect from the finished product.

In this interview, the business development manager for King Arts Games, Julian Strzoda, talked about how surprised the team was that they managed to make as much as they did through Kickstarter, mentioning that it was more than their last three Kickstarter endeavors combined. They also mentioned that, in preparation for beginning work on the game, they played through many classic RTS games and asked fans for input on what they wanted to see in Iron Harvest.

Polish artist Jakub Rozalski and games like StarCraft, Dawn of War, and Company of Heroes were all cited as inspirations for the setting, aesthetics, and gameplay featured in Iron Harvest. Strzoda described their method as combining everything that worked from the work that inspired them while finding fixes for what didn’t, with a finished product that hopefully ends up the best of everything.

Additionally, he mentioned that players will be able to choose from over 30 different mechs to play with during the game, with different advantages and disadvantages depending on which of the three factions the player is aligned with in a match. And, while each faction has their own mechs to choose from with three of nine available heroes in each faction, he specifically says that the factions aren’t supposed to feel as radically different as something like StarCraft.

Basic gameplay is planned to include a basic infantry unit and six different “specialist” classes, giving players options on how to play. There will even be stealth components to the game, with “one or two stealth-heavy maps” being promised.

While that is about all the information available, more is sure to come as development continues forward.

Fortnite Season 4: What To Expect

For the past several weeks Epic Games has been teasing its thousands of players with hints about what was to come in Season Four. There were several hints and easter eggs that hinted at one of the most popular spots on the map meeting its demise as a meteor or comet could be seen hurling toward the land below, seemingly headed right for the famous landing spot. After weeks of speculations and playing the guessing game on forums, blogs, and countless YouTube videos, we finally have our answer, and it is not what anyone expected!
What Was The “Meteor”?
There was a school of thought, after reading deeply into some of the hints left behind by Epic Games, that the meteor was no meteor at all, but an out of this world superhero coming to save the world from… well who knows what! Last week as the Season 4 patch rolled in, Fortnite: Battle Royale players all over the globe got there answer. It was a meteor, after all, However, Titled Towers remained on the map, and Dusty Depot is now the massive crater known as Dusty Divot. There is a great trailer Epic Games released at the beginning of Season Four, and it is a must watch. If you haven’t seen it, go now!See The Season Four Trailer Here!
What Else Can Players Expect?
Down in the newly created “Dusty Divot” are little purple crystals you can consume that will allow you to hover in the air after jumping, similar to the way a jetpack might work. But be careful, if you leave the divot, the ability will dissipate, and you will not be able to jump like you did if you are still fighting with an enemy. If you haven’t had a chance to log in and jump into a match of Battle Royale since the season started, what are you waiting for! Grab your friends and head into the game for some Epic fun!

The Benefits of Gaming

Despite all of the hate that gaming gets from parents and society, it can actually be really beneficial for your child’s cognitive development. Not only can it be fun and engaging but your child can also interact with other children during the gaming. In the end, it is a win-win. As long as your child is playing educational games, he or she can learn a lot. In this article, I’m going to present how you can benefit from gaming.

1. Improves Coordination
The basics of gaming are hand-eye coordination. You are constantly having to use your hands to press buttons on the controller. How does a person gradually get better at a game? Their hand-eye coordination improves. This skill can also transition into other areas of life

2. Improves memory
In games, you often have to remember things and be aware of your surroundings. This improves memory and overall retention. It also improves awareness as your brain is actively engaged in the game. You have to remember every button on the controller and what controls what in the game.

3. Improves the brain’s speed
When you are playing games, especially first-person shooter games and multiplayer games, you have to have quick reactions. This improves your brain’s overall reaction time to certain stimuli. A good example of this would be Call of Duty and Mario Cart. I’d recommend Mario Kart for the kids and Call of Duty for the adults.

4. Improves social skills
When you are playing multiplayer, you are constantly having to communicate with your teammates. This builds social skills and communication skills at that. In the end, your child will be a better communicator because of it.

All in all, gaming presents a wonderful opportunity to everyone involved. Not only is it fun but it improves your brain at the same time. As long as you aren’t obsessed with the game you are playing, the activity can really help you mentally over the long term.

‘Sea of Thieves’ Offers a Fun Gaming Experience

Microsoft has unleashed a game that is sure to get a great deal of attention. It allows players to team up in groups of four and become pirates who are looking for treasure. The game is called “Sea of Thieves” and it is quite thrilling. The game shows off some of the skill of the Microsoft design team. The game is played online. You and your team will go up against other ships controlled by opposing players. This ads to the adventure and intrigue of the overall game. There is no question that this is one of the best PC games that Microsoft has released in a very long time.

This game has been very highly anticipated ever since a trailer for it was released last summer. The trailer generated quite a bit of buzz within the PC gaming community. People wanted to be able to play it right after seeing the trailer. However, they were forced to wait six months for the game to finally be released. It is safe to say that “Sea of Thieves” has lived up to every gamer’s expectations. The characters are beautifully rendered. The missions require a lot of strategy in order to complete them successfully. Therefore, people who want to find a very challenging game do not need to look any further.

It should be noted that this is not a game that you can enjoy for a few minutes here and there. You need to devote a considerable amount of time to this game if you are going to succeed at it. You also need to find three other people to be on your team who also have a similar amount of free time. This can be challenging to do. However, the payoff will be well worth it if you can get past the logistics of playing the game for several hours at a time. There are already rumors that a sequel will be released in a few years.

Intel’s 6-Core Processors Debut In A Handful of Laptops

Recently, Intel announced a lineup of hexa-core processors for its Core-i7 and new Core-i9 lineup. The new processors are designed for laptops and come with a notable performance increase over previous chips. A handful of new gaming laptops were announced alongside the processors as well. Without a doubt, such a revelation is exciting news for gamers, especially those that want to game on the go.

A Look At The New Gaming Laptops

Acer, Gigabyte, Samsung, and Asus announced gaming laptops featuring these 6-core processors. Most of the machines include Core-i7 processors and GTX 10-series GPUs. However, Asus unveiled a behemoth Core-i9 machine with a GTX 1080. The specs are eye-watering while the price tags are as high as expected. Each laptop will be released throughout the coming months and provide ample gaming performance.

Why All Of This Matters

By itself, the announcement of 6-core laptop processors isn’t too noteworthy. Laptops will receive expected performance gains and better energy efficiency. The real story here is that laptops continue to make noticeable strides in performance and capabilities. With a hexa-core processor and higher end Nvidia GPU, these machines can provide real performance not seen in laptops before.

It doesn’t hurt that gaming laptops continue to shrink in size and power usage. Manufacturers continue to shrink down hardware into more sleek packages. In the past, a gaming laptop might look like a stuffed briefcase. Now these machines are starting to look like somewhat slim machines hiding powerful capabilities. Gaming laptops in the near future may even start to resemble ultrabooks in some ways.

Either way, Intel’s hexa-core processors are an exciting development for laptops. These processors might even find their way into non-gaming laptops, too. More powerful laptops with less demanding power needs are good news for everyone. It’s an exciting period of time for CPUs, GPUs, and computer hardware in general.

PUBG’s New 4×4 Map Unveiled

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds rocketed into the spotlight in no time due to its fast paced battle arena-style free for all combat. While its wide open spaces and long match times are part of the appeal for most players, some might be turned off of the game because of these features, finding them too inhospitable or slow paced for newcomers. It appears that the developers have a solution in the works for these types of players, with a new game mode set to begin testing next month.

This new map will be a 4 kilometer-by-4 kilometer area, intended to make the game more fast paced and “intense”, remedying one of the major problems some have with the more traditional gameplay on the normal 8-by-8 maps (that being the large amount of waiting or wandering around looking for other players). At the same time it is released, another 8-by-8 map will seemingly be put out, as well.

Not much is currently known about the smaller map outside of the fact that it will be smaller than what players are used to. The developers have mentioned that it will be designed after locations in southeastern Asia, but not much else has been said about aesthetics beyond that.

Additionally, the devs are planning to allow users test the new map early in April, wanting to give players something fun as a way to celebrate the game’s one year anniversary. PUBG Corp.’s CEO, Chang Han Kim, has said this comes out of a desire to, essentially, get back to the game’s roots during development in Steam Early Access, giving players the chance to help in development through testing new features and giving feedback prior to official releases.