Microsoft surprised last year by announcing its acquisition of ZeniMax Media, which includes Bethesda. Today it became known that the European Commission and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the deal worth $ 7.5 billion, so that it can be considered closed.
Microsoft’s purchase initially alerted gamers, since Bethesda owns franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Starfield, DOOM, Quake, Dishonored, Prey, Wolfenstein and others. And in theory, Microsoft could make some of these games exclusive to its platforms: Xbox and PC.
A little later, the head of the Xbox said that they have no desire to limit gamers, but still decisions regarding exclusivity will be made for each project separately.
Now we can unequivocally say that some games Microsoft will really make exclusives.
With the rise of Bethesda Studios, gamers should know that Xbox, PC and Game Pass consoles will be the best places to experience new Bethesda games, including some new games in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.
What kind of games it will be is unclear. One of the options: Microsoft can make exclusives the most iconic series: The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. On the other hand, this can significantly affect the revenue from the sale of such games.
Published the first live photo of the virtual reality helmet Sony PlayStation VR2
The PlayStation VR2 virtual reality helmet has not yet got a release date, but its photo has already appeared on the network. Developers from Bit Planet Games have published a photo of new items. True, then they promptly deleted the photo, but copies have already been distributed over the network.
The new helmet is being created for the PlayStation 5 console, although many hope to be compatible with the PC. The novelty is expected to receive OLED displays with a resolution of 2000 x 2040 per eye, support for HDR, a frequency of 120 Hz and a viewing angle of 110 degrees. The novelty is also credited with eye tracking and a single data and power cable, while the new controllers will receive adaptive triggers and an advanced vibration mechanism.
The new helmet is said to support Horizon Call of the Mountain, No Man’s Sky, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners: Retrebution and Resident Evil Village. Other games are also expected to appear.
There is no exact release date yet, it is assumed that the helmet will appear in the first half of 2023. He is credited with a cost of 400 euros.
Valve has quietly degraded some Steam Deck, although it claims that gamers will not feel the difference
Valve recently announced that it plans to double Steam Deck shipments in the coming months. However, it seems that this may not be to the liking of users. Reportedly, some new 256GB and 512GB storage Steam Deck models will now ship with PCI Express 3.0 x2 SSD instead of PCI Express 3.0 x4. This halves the read and write speed.
Valve responded to this information and stated that during testing they did not notice any effect on gaming performance. It’s hard to say if this is true yet, but it can be assumed that slower drives will increase the loading time of level games.
It’s funny that this happened in parallel with the company’s statement about why you should not put long SSDs in the console. After all, for this it is necessary to remove the thermal pads, which can lead to overheating of the power system.
To find out which SSD is installed in the console, you need to go to the list of drives and the SSD model will be visible on the right panel. If E13T is not listed in its name, it is most likely a slower version.
Not only Valve creates portable consoles. The Chinese brand Ayaneo is preparing a Next II solution with discrete graphics and powerful processors.
The world’s first portable game console with a discrete graphics card. Ayaneo Next II will be available on AMD and Intel platforms
Thanks to the Ryzen 6000U processors, a lot of portable game consoles with excellent performance will appear on the market in the near future. But the new Ayaneo company shows that you can do without the new AMD processors.
The console called Next II will be released at the end of the year and will offer the most unexpected configuration. The fact is that this will be the first portable set-top box with a discrete graphics card!
The novelty will be available either with a combination of a Ryzen 6000 processor and a Radeon RX 6000 3D card, or with a pair of an Intel Alder Lake CPU and a DG2 GPU, that is, the Arc family.
Unfortunately, there are no details, but we can assume that we are talking about the Radeon RX 6300M and Arc A350M or A370M. And it’s still not very clear whether it makes sense to use such components in a portable set-top box, especially considering that there is a Ryzen 6800U.
There are no other technical details about the console yet, but it is known that it will be very large, and the price will be very high.
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