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Thousands of people in the US lined up for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series

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Queues on the streets for new iPhones are a thing of the past for various reasons. Now the actual queues for video cards, processors and consoles.

A large retailer BestBuy recently announced that it had acquired another batch of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X game consoles. As a result, impressive queues formed to some of the more than 300 stores indicated in the announcement. In at least one city, the queue consisted of about 250 people.

Not only did people start queuing up a day before the start of sales, but in some cases they continued to stand outside the store in the pouring rain. The store promised to sell only one set-top box per hand, which increased the chances of ordinary people getting the console. Considering that this was the first such sale of set-top boxes in the BestBuy network since the devices entered the market a year ago, it is not surprising that the excitement was significant.

For the year, the total consoles of Microsoft and Sony sold more than 16 million units, and there is still a huge deficit on the market. Unless the younger Series S in many markets can be bought without problems and expectations.

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Gordon Freeman has become the hero of a new game in the Half-Life universe: it will appear soon on Steam

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Gordon Freeman has become the hero of a new game

Developer PinkyDev has revealed that the game, codenamed Codename: Loop, which is a spin-off of the Half-Life shooter, has received permission from Valve to be placed on Steam in the near future.

The main protagonist of Codename: Loop is the protagonist of the Half-Life series, Gordon Freeman. The project will combine an isometric shooter and roguelike elements. The project is expected to be released this year.

Gordon Freeman has become the hero of a new game in the Half-Life universe: it will appear soon on Steam

An important point of Codename: Loop is its compatibility with the original Half-Life BSP file format. This allows Codename: Loop to take advantage of the GoldSrc engine while maintaining the look and feel of Half-Life in the Unity engine. Codename: Loop also features third-person views and a classic first-person view for fans who want to create FPS-style levels. BSP compatibility enhances the potential of Codename: Loop to support the modding community, as level designers can use existing tools to create maps and campaigns in Codename: Loop.

Keeping the classic spirit of Half-Life alive is a top priority for PinkyDev, who wrote in the project’s latest update: “I will do my best to support the Steam Workshop so everyone can share campaigns and levels and support this game forever.”

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The Dead Space remake will need a very powerful PC to run, and against this background, the comparison with the 2008 game raises questions.

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The Dead Space remake will need a very powerful PC

Yesterday, the developers published a gameplay video of the Dead Space remake, and today we can evaluate the system requirements of the project.

The Dead Space remake will need a very powerful PC to run, and against this background, the comparison with the 2008 game raises questions.

The Steam page states that the minimum requirement to run the game is a PC with a Ryzen 5 2600X or Core i5-8600 processor and a Radeon RX 5700 or GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. 6700 XT or GeForce RTX 2070. In both cases, you will also need 16 GB of RAM and 50 GB of storage.

System requirements can be called very high. For example, Battlefield 2042, released last year and based on the same Frostbite engine, can be content with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

Another feature is that the Radeon RX 5700 is much more powerful than the GTX 1070, and the RX 6700 XT is incomparably faster than the RTX 2070, so it’s not very clear why these cards are listed as equal in the requirements, but this is a common problem.

You can also appreciate the comparison of the fresh video of the Dead Space remake with the original game. Despite the fact that the new project is definitely head and shoulders above the original in details, in general, the difference cannot be called catastrophic. The original game was released in 2008. By the way, its requirements include GeForce 6800 or Radeon X1600 Pro.

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Sony, so far this doesn’t sound like a generous offer. To buy a game for loyalty points in PlayStation Stars, you need to spend 600-2000 dollars on real games

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Sony so far this doesnt sound like a generous offer

The PlayStation Stars loyalty program has already started in some countries, which means that some gamers have already managed to try it out and understand what exactly Sony offers, because the company did not explain the details.

Sony, so far this doesn't sound like a generous offer.  To buy a game for loyalty points in PlayStation Stars, you need to spend 600-2000 dollars on real games

So, empirically, users have determined that when they buy games in the PS Store, for every dollar spent, they are awarded 10 points. That is, for the most expensive games, which cost $75 in the US, 750 points are awarded.

Points are also awarded for various completed tasks and achievements, but there are no details yet.

But it is already clear that in this way it is quite difficult to collect points for a new game, because the prices are high. For example, Hades, which costs $25 on the PS Store itself, is asking for 6,250 points. That is, to buy such a game, you need to spend $ 625 on the purchase of games. For The Quarry, we are talking about 17,500 points, that is, 1,750 dollars. The regular price of the game in the PS Store is $70.

That is, while the loyalty program does not look like something profitable enough. However, there is an assumption that these are only indicators for the first level of the loyalty program. In total there will be four main and one secret. Presumably, with the transition to new levels, the number of points earned will increase.

It should also be noted that PlayStation Stars requires a PlayStation Plus subscription to work.

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