The authoritative British publication The Guardian named the best games of the outgoing year. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, an exclusive life simulator for the Nintendo Switch hybrid console, was recognized as the main project of the past 12 months. The second place went to an action RPG from indie studio Hades. Rounding out the top three is the horror adventure The Last of Us Part II, a PS4 exclusive.
The entire top 15 looks like this:
- Life Simulator Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch);
- Action RPG Hades (PC, Switch);
- Action adventure The Last of Us Part II (PS4);
- Hardcore action game Demon’s Souls (PS5);
- Platformer Ori and the Will of the Wisps (PC, Xbox One, Switch);
- Kentucky Route Zero Adventure (PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch)
- Flight simulator Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC);
- Action adventure with RPG elements Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PC, PS4, Xbox One);
- Doom Eternal shooter (PC, PS4, Xbox One);
- Fall Guys Battle Royale: Ultimate Knockout (PC, PS4);
- Action adventure Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4, PS);
- Visual Novel If Found … (PC, Switch);
- Sandbox Spiritfarer (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia);
- Social game Among Us (Switch);
- Platformer Spelunky 2 (PC, PS4).
A source: My Nintendo News
Microsoft Edge browser updated for streamers and gamers
Microsoft continues to actively promote the Xbox Cloud Gaming service and other gaming features. At the same time, developers add them to the proprietary Edge browser. Back in November last year, it became known about Clarity Boost technology, which improves image clarity when streaming games on Windows 10 and 11. Now, as expected, it will appear in the Edge browser.
In addition, Microsoft advertises the Efficiency Mode in the browser, which should minimize the load on the system and give maximum resources to games.
And on the home page of the updated version of the browser, free casual games are available – Microsoft Jewel, Microsoft Edge Surf, Microsoft Majong and others. It also displays news on gaming topics, live streams, new games and the ability to access the Xbox Cloud Gaming catalog.
Note that this is not the first “gaming” browser on the PC. Previously, Opera Software released the Opera GX browser with aggressive visual design, support for free casual games, related news and so on.
And earlier in Microsoft Edge added a calculator, a unit converter and a utility to check the speed of the Internet.
Valve Specialist Explains Why You Shouldn’t Install Too Long SSDs in Steam Deck
A few days ago, information appeared on the network that it was possible to install a longer SSD in the Steam Deck than planned. However, such interference may adversely affect the life of the console.
By default, the Steam Deck uses a 30mm SSD, however, players were able to install a 42mm long model with more memory. To do this, I had to move the fixing screw on the motherboard and remove the thermal pad.
According to Valve designer Lawrence Young, who participated in the development of the console, this should not be done. The fact is that larger drives consume more energy and heat up more. And ditching the thermal pad makes things even worse as the console starts to overheat.
“Please, do not do that. The charger chip becomes very hot, so do not move nearby thermal pads. In addition, most M.2 2242 drives use more power and run hotter than the ones the Steam Deck is designed to handle. It may seem that this modification works, but it will significantly reduce the life of your portable PC.‘, Young said.
Note that the console officially supports three SSD options – 64 GB, 256 GB and a faster 512 GB.
Previously, it was reported how you can significantly increase the autonomy of the Steam Deck console.
Fan Adds AMD FSR 2.0 ‘Magic Technology’ to Cyberpunk 2077 and Doubles Frame Rates in 4K
A game modification developer under the pseudonym PotatoOfDoom has unveiled a new modification for Cyberpunk 2077. It adds AMD FSR 2.0 “magic technology” to the game, replacing existing anti-aliasing technologies – Nvidia DLSS and the first version of FSR. The author himself notes that the result was impressive.
According to him, when running the game on a system with a GTX 1080 graphics card in 4K resolution, the frame rate rose to 45 FPS, which is twice as much as it was originally. Other users confirm the increase in frame rate. On a GTX 970 at 1080p and maxed out, Cyberpunk runs at 30 FPS. On the 5700XT, with average shadow quality, the figure increased from 50 to 86 FPS.
The author noted that the modification was originally calculated only for the Steam version of Cyberpunk 2077, but it seems that a recent update made it work with the GOG version as well.
AMD FSR 2.0 technology is not yet officially supported in the game, but its appearance will allow the use of older Nvidia video cards older than the 10th series. The developers have not yet announced plans to add a new anti-aliasing system to the game.
Earlier it was reported that AMD FSR 2.0 was added to Unreal Engine 4 and 5 as a plug-in.
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