Battlefield 5 has shipped on PC, accompanied by our first look at a revolution in gaming graphics - real-time ray tracing via Nvidia's new RTX line of GPUs. It's a watershed moment in many ways and a phenomenal technological achievement - not just from the RTX hardware that makes it possible, but also from the engineers at DICE who committed to ray tracing in all of its shiny, real-time reflection glory. But alongside the revolution in visuals is the reality of the implementation - this is an alpha patch running on first-gen hardware. Real-time ray tracing remains massively expensive from a computational perspective, performance isn't completely ideal - but this is emergent tech, optimisations are coming, and having spoken to DICE directly, we know what kind of strategies the developer is pursuing to push frame-rates higher.In fact, at the end of our analysis piece, you'll find our in-depth interview with DICE rendering engineer Yasin Uludağ, who has been working with colleague … [Read more...] about Battlefield 5’s RTX ray tracing tested: is this the next level in gaming graphics?
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For a lot of PC gaming’s history, modders have played an instrumental role, collectively building the foundations for many of its cathedrals, such as Counter-Strike, PUBG and League of Legends, as well as the details, from hats to resolution fixes. Modding was the throbbing engine that gave PC gaming its vibrant and dynamic soul. But something’s changed. Modding isn’t the only way hobbyist game makers can express their ideas any more. Cheap and free game engines make it much more straightforward to build games from scratch, and the likes of itch.io and Steam give new developers a place to sell them. What’s more, big modern games are so much more complex and harder to mod than ever before, and they’re usually given constant updates, including new features which would once have been the province of mods.And yet at the same time, today modders have greater support than ever. With the rise of Patreon and programmes that give official commercial support … [Read more...] about The precarious business of living off modding
Despite no official confirmation, it's more than likely that we'll see new eight-core CPUs from Intel in the next month or so, delivering the ability to comprehensively outperform the already stunning Core i7 8700K - our pick as the fastest gaming CPU money can buy right now. The additional benefits for gaming in the short-term may be limited but once the new wave of Ryzen-powered consoles arrive, the need for faster, wider processors in the PC space should become abundantly clear. First up, let's round-up the various rumours - which actually begins with a cold, hard fact. Motherboard supplier Asrock has attached stickers to its latest H310 motherboards, citing eight-core CPU support. Not only does this confirm that octo-core chips are coming, but that the existing range of Coffee Lake motherboards will support them. Beyond that, we are moving into rumour territory. Chinese site Coolaler has delivered leaked specifications for the three top-end ninth-gen Core processors, citing a new … [Read more...] about Why we need the power of Intel’s next-gen eight-core CPUs
You know how in Crysis 2 you're basically a pile of hamburger meat kept alive by a super-powered exo suit? Helping Hand is what you would get if you took the exo suit out of that equation. It's a new game by developer Hubblegum that reminds me of Surgeon Simulator in that you can only move your left hand on account of every other bone in your body being broken. You communicate by making signs and gestures with your hand, moving each finger individually using your number keys and spacebar: 1 for your pinky finger, 2 for your ring finger, 3 for your middle finger, 4 for your index finger, and Space for your thumb. It's a neat and surprisingly nuanced control scheme. It starts with me in my hospital bed, and I quickly flashback to the accident that put me there: while fiddling with the buttons on my radio, pressing everything but my index finger to poke them, I accidentally plow head-on into a semi. (Relatedly, I'd like to remind everyone: don't text and drive.) I was wondering what … [Read more...] about You can only move your left hand in this game, so I flipped off my mean nurse
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the PC's first big game of 2018, and deservedly so—as our review notes, it's a sprawling and intricate RPG. It's also quite demanding—but then, you'd expect that from just about any game built using CryEngine, right? Kingdom Come is certainly playable on a modest rig, and you can even get by with integrated graphics if you're willing to run at low quality and 720p. Crank things up to the ultra preset (which technically doesn't even max out a few options), however, and it will pummel any current PC. The minimum requirements list a GTX 660 or HD 7870 with an i5-2500K or Phenom II X4 940 processor—and you could still get reasonable performance at lower settings. The recommended hardware consists of an i7-3770 or FX-8350, with a GTX 1060 or RX 580. The problem is that there's no indication of what sort of performance you'll get from minimum spec or recommended spec hardware. But that's why I'm here. I'll run through all the settings in a … [Read more...] about Kingdom Come: Deliverance may be the new heir to the Crysis throne