The Game Developers Conference is not scheduled to take place online this year. Unlike the past two years, the 22nd edition will take place in person from San Francisco from March 21 to 25. As usual, the GDC will organize its Awards entitled Game Developers Choice Awards, which allow the best games of the past year to be awarded.
As such, the nominees for the various categories, including those for game of the year, have been announced by the organizers. The best that can be said is that there is a strong sense of deja vu.
The surprise It Takes Two once again at the rendezvous
At the beginning of December 2021 the Game Awards took place which saw the game It Takes Two arrogate to the surprise of many observers, the title of game of the year. The Electronic Arts game naturally finds itself among the GDCA nominees for the game of the year 2021.
The game will therefore have the opportunity to demonstrate that at the Games Awards, it was not just a stunt. For this, he will have to fight with four other games which are also part of the shortlist from which the game of the year will have to come out.
Among them are two games that had failed to snatch the trophy from It Takes Two last December. It is of course about Resident Evil Village and of Deathloop, a first-person shooter developed by Arkane Studios.
These three games will be accompanied by Forza Horizon 5 and Inscryption, a game published by Devolver Digital that takes the form of a horror-themed deckbuilder. These last two games can also create a surprise.
The other categories planned for the GDC Awards
Apart from the Game of the Year category, the GDCA has planned eight other categories. These include Best Audio, Best Design, Innovation Award, Best Storytelling, Social Impact Award, Best Technology, Best Debut as well as Best Visual Art.
All nominees for the Game of the Year award are also included in the choices made for other categories scheduled for awards. Deathloop for example will compete in six different categories. where his rivals It Takes Two and Forza Horizon 5 will be in the starting blocks for four categories.
In the different categories of nominees, we find games like Halo Infinite, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Psychonauts 2 or Hitman 3. Games that even if they don’t win any awards will have really marked the past year. Alongside them are also games like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Valheim, Life is Strange: True Colors as well as Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
To know the final verdict, you will have to wait until March 23, which is the date scheduled for the GDC Awards. The ceremony will also be broadcast live on the GDC Twitch channel. Which should allow fans to push their favorite game to victory.
Source: Game Rant
Razer Edge 5G Unveiled, First 5G Gaming Console
U.S. carrier Verizon announced today at Mobile World Congress in Las Vegas that they will be partnering with Razer and Qualcomm to launch the Razer Edge 5G, the world’s first 5G gaming console.
The Razer Edge 5G handheld console will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 SoC and will run Android.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 gaming platform launched in December 2021 is powered by Adreno GPU. It supports game playback at 144 frames per second with native support for 10-bit HDR. In addition, the platform offers both 5G and WiFi 6E connectivity thanks to the FastConnect 6900 system.
Late last year, Qualcomm and Razer released a developer kit to showcase the capabilities of the Qualcomm Snapdragon G3X Gen 1. The device featured a 6.65-inch 120Hz OLED display, four speakers, and controls. It was also equipped with a 5 megapixel webcam on the front and a 6000 mAh battery.
A full presentation of the device is expected on October 15, 2022.
Not long to wait: consoles Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek will be released in December
Chinese handheld game console manufacturer Aya Neo has announced that the first models based on the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor and Radeon 680M graphics will go on sale in December.
Two models are expected to be released at once: Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek. The first version will receive 16/32 GB of RAM and from 512 GB to 2 TB of permanent memory. In all cases, there will be 7-inch 1200p screens. Declared support for Windows 11 and Aya Neo OS based on Linux. Prices start at $949 for pre-orders. Retail prices start at $999. The maximum price for pre-order will be $1199, retail – $1499.
The second Geek model is positioned as more affordable. It has the same processor, but the most basic version will get an 800p screen. It will have 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The maximum version with a 1200p screen, 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB of permanent storage will cost $1149/$1369.
Both devices have fingerprint sensors, gyroscopes, vibration motors and analog sticks. However, the more premium Neo 2 line has LPDDR5-6400 RAM and PCIe 4.0 drives, while the Geek has PCIe 3.0. But support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 is available for all versions. Separately, we note that all models are equipped with 3.5 mm connectors, as well as high-speed USB4 ports with support for external graphics cards.
Also previously reported about the imminent release of the OneXfly console from One Netbook.
The last secret of the “lightweight” PlayStation 5. The console received an updated AMD Oberon Plus platform
Insiders have revealed the last secret of the “lite” version of the PlayStation 5 game console with catalog number CFI-1200 / CFI-1202. As it turned out, it uses the new AMD Oberon Plus single-chip system, which has an important difference from the previous one.
We have already talked about the CFI-1200 in detail: the set-top box is lighter than previous versions, received a modified layout inside and a more compact cooling system. As it turned out, this is not all innovations: the device uses the AMD Oberon Plus SoC, made using a 6-nanometer process technology.
On paper, the transition from a 7nm SoC to a 6nm one does not look like something impressive, but in fact, this is what allowed the set-top box to be lighter and reduce heat. Switching to N6 technology can increase transistor density by almost 20% while reducing power consumption. If the SoC heats up less, then it does not need a large cooling system. That is why the “lightweight” PS5 has a more compact heatsink.
The image above clearly demonstrates how AMD’s 6nm Oberon Plus SoC differs from the 7nm Oberon. Oberon Plus crystal area is 260mm2 – Approximately 15% less Oberon crystal area (300 mm2). There is another benefit of moving to a thinner manufacturing process – more chips fit on the substrate. And this is, at the same time, a reduction in the cost of chips, and an increase in output. The latter circumstance will help Sony reduce the shortage of consoles in the market.
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