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Wolfenstein: Youngblood Gets NVIDIA Ray Tracing Update

January 13, 2020 – MachineGames and Arkane Studios Lyon released an update for Wolfenstein: Youngblood on PC that includes the highly anticipated NVIDIA ray tracing support. Players can now experience the ray-traced reflections throughout each of Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s levels. Any surface, if it’s reflective, will feature accurate, high-quality, high-detail, lifelike reflections that elevate graphical fidelity. In action, ray tracing truly shines, with weapon effects reflecting, and dynamic real-time reflections being reflected on enemies and moving game elements.

In addition to this, the update boosts performance throughout Wolfenstein: Youngblood, allowing the game to be enjoyed in higher framerates.

Read up on all the details and get a look at some videos with ray-tracing in action here: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/news/wolfenstein-youngblood-ray-tracing-nvidia-dlss-highlights/

 

Thermaltake Unveils RIING Pro RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – January 10th, 2020 –Thermaltake, a leading brand in PC DIY for cooling, gaming gear, and memory solutions, today announced the RIING Pro RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset. Whether you are looking for 7.1 premium virtual surround, oversized 50mm drivers, or dynamic RGB illumination, choosing the RIING Pro RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset would be able to fulfill your needs. RIING Pro RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset features 7.1 premium virtual surround, and oversized 50mm drivers that minimize distortion while producing clear and precise sounds at both low and high frequencies, ranging from 20Hz – 20KHz. Enjoy a new level of audio quality with built-in ESS ES9018 DAC and SABRE9601K amplifier that delivers 24-bit/96kHz lossless playback with extraordinary dynamic range and ultralow distortion. The headset comes with an in-line control box that provides on-the-fly 7.1 virtual surround sound, preset EQ, and volume controls. The comfortable padding of the ear cups are memory foam based, and it offers auto headband adjustment for hassle free and perfect fitment. More powerful features of the headset include 16.8 million RGB color illumination across two separate zones; customizable lighting effects via the iTAKE engine software; and syncable lighting effects with TT RGB PLUS compatible products. The headset also works with Razer Chroma, enabling gaming and RGB lighting effect synchronizations. Furthermore, it is compatible with Amazon Alexa Voice Service that lets you control the lights by talking to an Alexa enabled device.

Further information on Thermaltake at CES 2020 is available on our dedicated website: https://ces.thermaltake.com/2020/

Surviving the Aftermath Adds Expeditions

January 10, 2020 – Paradox Interactive and Iceflake Studios have kicked off 2020 with the launch of Update 3: Expeditions, a free content update to Surviving the Aftermath that introduces vehicles and enhances trade between societies. Vehicles allow players to quickly send groups of Specialists across the World Map while trade allows the player to leverage their colony’s reputation in exchange for favors and resources.

Check out this video showcasing the new features in Update 3: Expeditions:

 

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners New BTS Video

January 10, 2020 – Today, Skydance Interactive released an all new behind-the-scenes look at The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners which delves into the unique story the team has developed, with roots in the core concepts from the iconic universe.

You can check out the video on YouTube (ready for embedding):

Set in the flooded remains of New Orleans, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners will launch on January 23, 2020. Freedom of choice and visceral combat offer players a new way to live survival horror in a deep-rooted VR gaming experience. As players dive deeper into this unforgiving journey they will uncover the mystery at the heart of the conflict that threatens to tear the city apart.

AO Tennis 2 Launch Trailer

Lesquin, France, January 9, 2020 – BIGBEN and Big Ant Studios are thrilled to announce that AO Tennis 2, the second game in the official Australian Open game series, is now available for PC in North America and will be released for PS4™, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch™ on February 11.

Released to coincide with the Australian Open, the first major tennis tournament of the year, AO Tennis 2 offers an unprecedented level of depth and an extensive range of customization options for a tailor-made gameplay experience. In the brand-new narrative-driven career mode, you’ll be able to dominate the court, build your reputation, climb to the top and become a Tennis legend!

Thermaltake Unveils New Gaming Peripherals at CES 2020

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Jan 10th, 2020 –Thermaltake, a leading brand in PC DIY for cooling, gaming gear, and memory solutions, today announced the TK5 RGB Gaming Keyboard, TM5 RGB and TM5 RGB Wireless Gaming Mice, these new gaming devices are made to challenge the top of the game with a whole new and ultra-modern design.

TK5 RGB Gaming Keyboard’s top plate is a streamlined curve made of premium grade aluminum and incorporates a floating keycap design for easy dust extraction between the gaps. One outstanding features of the keyboard is the 360 degree underglow, which gives users a whole new level of lighting experience. It also includes dedicated multimedia controls with metal scroll wheel for volume adjustment, audio and USB pass-through ports, and a detachable magnetic wrist rest made out of synthetic leather for both functionality and comfort. Other powerful features of the keyboard include 16.8 million RGB color illumination with 13 dynamic lighting effects; ability to customize lighting effects, set macros and more via the iTAKE engine software; and sync lighting effects with TT RGB PLUS compatible products. The keyboard also works with Razer Chroma and Amazon Alexa Voice Service for further setup customizations. With the use of the Cherry MX switches that are rated for 50-million keystrokes, the TK5 RGB Gaming Keyboard aims to provide the most durable, precise and responsive tactile feedback for users. Available switch types are the MX Speed Silver and MX Blue.

TM5 RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse supports 2.4GHz gaming grade wireless speed, ensuring strong wireless signal transmission for uninterrupted gameplay. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0 and USB wired connection, allowing users to game according to their needs. It is an ambidextrous gaming mouse designed to suit both right- and left-handed gamers. It features powerful pixart PMW-3335 optical engine with up to 16000 DPI which offers superior tracking across a variety of surfaces. It is equipped with OMRON switches rated up to 50 million clicks, and ARM based 32-bit MCU with 1M flash memory to meet the needs of hardcore gamers. More powerful features of the gaming mouse include 16.8 million RGB color illumination across two separate zones; ability to customize lighting effects, set macros and more via the iTAKE engine software; and sync lighting effects with TT RGB PLUS compatible products. It also works with Razer Chroma and Amazon Alexa Voice Service for further setup customizations.

TM5 RGB Gaming Mouse is an ambidextrous gaming mouse designed to suit both right- and left-handed gamers. It features a powerful pixart PMW-3389 optical engine with on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments between 100 to 16000 DPI. The mouse is equipped with OMRON switches rated up to 50 million clicks, and an ARM based 32-bit MCU with 64Kb flash memory to meet the needs of hardcore gamers. The exterior is coated with advanced matte and comes with large Teflon mouse feet for the ultimate comfort, durability and effortless glide. More powerful features of the gaming mouse include 16.8 million RGB color illumination across three separate zones, including the 360 degree underglow function; ability to customize lighting effects, set macros and more via the iTAKE engine software; and sync lighting effects with TT RGB PLUS compatible products. It also works with Razer Chroma and Amazon Alexa Voice Service for further setup customizations.

Availability, Warranty and Pricing

The TK5 RGB Gaming Keyboard, TM5 RGB and Wireless Gaming Mice will be available in Q1 via the TT Premium online store, authorized retailers and distributors. Keyboards and Mice are both backed by a two-year warranty and supported by the Thermaltake worldwide customer service and technical support network. For up-to-date pricing, please refer to the Thermaltake website or contact your local Thermaltake sales or PR representative.

For more details please visit Thermaltake CES microsite:

https://ces.thermaltake.com/2020/

Stories Untold Coming to Nintendo Switch

January 9, 2020 – My narratively-inclined adventurer, Independent developer No Code and label Devolver Digital have announced the celebrated experimental thriller Stories Untold will launch on Nintendo Switch next week on January 16.

Combining a mix of classic text-adventure and point-and-click adventure in a modern presentation, four short stories are packaged together into a single mysterious anthology that earned widespread critical acclaim since release. Developer No Code has reworked their debut game’s user experience and controls to take advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments Back on PS4 Store

9 January, 2020 – Dublin, Ireland | Frogwares is happy to announce that they have restored Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments to the PlayStation 4 store in the United States.

After being removed due to a dispute with the previous licensee, Frogwares was concerned the game would not be salvageable due to various technical reasons. But a small internal team worked to rebuild the game for submission.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is built around 6 intricate and twisting cases. Each mystery not only tests player’s detective and sleuthing skills, but also their moral compass. While sloppy detective work can get innocent people incarcerated, moral conflicts can ultimately decide who you believe is the true criminal in each case. Bend the law into your hands to help decide the punishments given out – whether the perpetrators are guilty or not.

As a flagship title for Frogwares, its return helps ensure the studio will remain afloat as it continues its push into self-publishing all of its future releases. The team hopes a similar result can be expected soon on other platforms were the game was also removed.

The Surge 2 Kraken Expansion Release Date Trailer

January 8, 2020 – Deck13’s acclaimed Action-RPG The Surge 2 today announces the release date for the upcoming Kraken expansion, which comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on January 16. Check out the newly unveiled teaser trailer here, for a glimpse of the retro-themed suburban environments you’ll soon be exploring.

The Kraken expansion adds hours of narrative-driven content with a brand-new storyline and location, as well as a wealth of new weapons, implants and armor to discover and craft. On the outskirts of Jericho City, enter the VBS Krakow, a massive decommissioned aircraft carrier retrofitted as a retreat for the rich and famous. Battle robot pirates, deranged security systems, and an imposing new boss, each with their own unique combat mechanics. Fight hard and uncover the truth behind the desolate military vessel!

Get every DLC with the Premium Edition of The Surge 2, which not only includes the Kraken Expansion, but also has plenty of new content to discover such as the URBN Gear Pack, the Public Enemy Weapon Pack, and the latest Jericho’s Legacy Gear Pack.

The Surge 2’s Kraken Expansion and Premium Edition will both be available to download on January 16. In addition, all Surge 2 Season Pass owners will get an exclusive 48 hours early access, meaning they can play starting January 14.

Creative Labs to Preview SXFI Gamer Headset at CES 2020

SINGAPORE – 2 January, 2020 – At CES 2020, Creative Technology will be providing a sneak preview of its upcoming USB gaming headset, SXFI GAMER, which features a specially-designed sound profile which optimizes the Super X-Fi audio profile for first-person shooter games.

Gaming Gets Real Like Never Before

Super X-Fi Headphone Holography is an award-winning technology which recreates the soundstage of a high-end surround speaker system in headphones, and personalizes it with Artificial Intelligence (AI) for a natural listening experience. Since its worldwide launch and award-winning run (15 best-of-show awards) at CES 2019, users and critics have been blown away by the realism of personalized audio, which is tailored according to their anthropometric profiles.

At CES 2020, Creative is launching the all-new Super X-Fi Gen2, an improved version of the Super X-Fi audio profile which incorporates key enhancements like higher precision in personalizing a user’s audio profile, the preservation of more details in the surround sound configuration, higher positioning accuracy and audio fidelity.

The gaming sound profile in SXFI GAMER incorporates all of these, and optimizes it to a perfect fit for first-person-shooter games – environmental imaging, audio cues, distance projection and directionality are all enhanced for the competitive gamer’s benefit.

Developing a custom gaming profile came as a natural step for Creative when creating the Super X-Fi sound signature. As Lee Teck Chee, Vice-President of Technology at Creative and inventor of Super X-Fi said, “Audio design for gaming realism in first-person-shooter games has a different approach, for example as compared to the realism of a movie. So that presented a challenge when working on a Super X-Fi sound for gaming, but our expertise and experience have put us in good stead. Since the earliest days of Sound Blaster more than 30 years ago, we have had a long history of working on games, and have a deep understanding of optimizing audio performance for various game types.”

Look and Feel like a Pro Gamer

Besides its sharpshooter audio quality, the SXFI GAMER headset performs in various ways befitting a bona fide pro gamer.

SXFI GAMER sports a RGB lighting profile that is more aggressive and stylish than previous Creative gaming headsets, and provides more comfort for users with leather earpads. A key feature is its microphone with an all-new design for enhanced gaming communication. It features an integrated pop filter, improved uni-directionality to remove unnecessary ambient sound, better noise reduction, and a clearer yet more natural sound overall.

SXFI GAMER is tentatively scheduled for launch in Q2 2020, and will be attractively priced to target the mass market.