Sea of Thieves' gorgeous world looks ripe for exploring in latest dev diary

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Sea of Thieves' gorgeous world looks ripe for exploring in latest dev diary

As much as I fancy the idea of treasure hunting, storm-weathering, and drunken sea shantying, I'm most looking forward to exploring Sea of Thieves' vibrant world when it docks later this year. Call me a scaredy cat if you will, but while you're off getting your head kicked in by some belligerent console swashbuckler, I'll instead be visiting some of the gorgeous sights that feature in the game's latest developer update. 

Bungie on Destiny 2 Faction Rally token changes: 'This was on us, no excuses'

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Bungie on Destiny 2 Faction Rally token changes: 'This was on us, no excuses'

Let me offer you a brief glimpse behind the scenes at PCGamer.com. On Tuesday, a new Destiny 2 Faction Rally kicked off whereafter it emerged a throttle had been applied to the event's faction tokens—the markers of success which, once converted into engrams, can be used to obtain armour, cosmetics and weapons. 

Welcome to 2018, it's time for new AMD Adrenalin drivers

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Welcome to 2018, it's time for new AMD Adrenalin drivers

Whatever you might think of AMD's current GPUs and their rather inflated prices (thanks, cryptocurrencies), credit to AMD's driver team for pumping out regular updates. Two weeks into 2018, we already have the first of what will likely be many driver releases. By my count (which may be off by a few), AMD had 29 driver packages in 2017, or slightly more than one driver every two weeks. So if you don't like the current drivers, just wait a bit and there will be something new to try out.

Intel reveals 0-25 percent performance impact from Meltdown and Spectre patches

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Intel reveals 0-25 percent performance impact from Meltdown and Spectre patches

Intel today revealed additional information regarding its ongoing testing of the Meltdown and Spectre firmware patches it has released. To date, the company says it has released firmware updates for 90 percent of processors made in the past five years. That says nothing about processors from before that time, but that's a different topic. Intel executive VP and GM for the Data Center Group also mentions the reboot issues previous discussed and says that it's "making progress toward identifying the root cause" and will be "providing beta microcode to vendors for validation by next week." But the bigger topic is the performance testing results for data centers.