On the night of August 1-2, the ability to pre-order any editions of STALKER 2 was removed from the Xbox store, although the game page itself remained. But in the Steam, EGS and GOG stores, this opportunity has been preserved. Users began to assume that the game was canceled, postponed, or something else happened.
At first, the developers did not comment on the situation in any way, and also did not give explanations. And only about a day later, the data appeared on the official Discord channel of the creators.
“According to the rules of the Xbox store, until we announce the exact release date, pre-orders will not resume. As soon as the date is known publicly, the pre-order button will become available to you again, ”said the community manager.
Given that the game has already been moved to 2023, but no exact date has yet been announced, such a move seems quite logical.
Earlier, a pseudonymous blogger leaked an early version of the STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl console build to the network.
The Nintendo Switch Lite has a cheap competitor. Retroid Pocket 3 Handheld Game Console Launched With 4.7″ Screen, Quad-Core Processor And Android 11
Retroid has unveiled the Pocket 3 handheld game console with a design similar to that of the Nintendo Switch Lite. The novelty is inexpensive ($120 for the version with 2 GB of RAM and $130 for the version with 3 GB of RAM), but the performance is far from impressive.
So, the configuration of the Retroid Pocket 3 includes a screen with a diagonal of 4.7 inches and a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels (frame rate – standard 60 Hz). The hardware platform is based on the SoC Unisoc Tiger T310 with one Arm Cortex-A75 core at 2.0 GHz and three Arm Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8 GHz. The GPU is PowerVR GE8300.
The console runs Android 11. It is endowed with an HDMI video output (the maximum resolution of the broadcast picture is 720p), a 4000 mAh battery, a standard headphone jack, and a pair of speakers. Sales of new items will start on August 20, while pre-orders are being accepted.
Brewpub Simulator is Coming to Steam
Steam has announced a pub simulator Brewpub Simulator. The game should be released in 2023, but the description, screenshots and system requirements have already been published.
According to legend, the player will have to breathe new life into the old pub, inherited from his grandfather. He opened his small business in the 60s and his craft beer quickly became popular with the locals and the business flourished. And then big companies entered the market, and the pub fell into disrepair. This is where the game begins – the user will have to return the family business to its former glory.
As noted, the user will be able to decorate the pub in accordance with their vision, they will also be able to create their own beer recipes and optimize the brewing process.
As for the system requirements for the simulator, they are very modest: you need a Core i5-2500 processor or more powerful, 3 GB of RAM and a 3D card like a GeForce GTX 780 GTX or Radeon Radeon R7 260X.
Intel says older games may not run well on Arc cards
Intel Arc graphics cards have issues running older games – they will run but slower than similar Nvidia/AMD cards. Games based on the DirectX 11 and DirectX 9 graphics APIs are reported to experience significant framerate drops. The company explained this by poor optimization of games for new cards.
Intel Graphics spokesman Tom Petersen explained that some games on DirectX 11 will work as well as on other cards, but others may slow down. It is assumed that this is due to the peculiarities of the video card drivers. Older types of GUIs rely on the GPU driver for memory management.
According to Petersen, Intel needs more time to improve and optimize graphics cards for games. At the same time, he clarified that Intel cards work very differently than Nvidia counterparts.
He also clarified that Arc accelerators have been optimized for games running on the new DirectX 12 and Vulcan APIs. For example, the version of Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the Intel Arc A770 card produced about 80 FPS when using DX12. And on DX11, the rate dropped to 40 FPS.
Earlier in China, they introduced the A380 video card in the version from MSI.
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