The bullish Intel CES press conference has finally made official what has been leaking around the intermawebs for months. The 14nm backport of its 10nm CPU architecture will finally hit our desktops in the first quarter of this year and maybe, just maybe, using the mature 14nm process means we might actually be able to buy them.
Intel has announced a whole new segment of gaming laptops, with specifically designed, higher-performance, 10nm Tiger Lake processors. The new Ultraportable gaming laptops are designed specifically to offer "great mobility with enthusiast level of gameplay", according to Intel's recent CES 2021 event.
All Battlegrounds players have been there: scrambling against the timer, furiously buying and selling like the market in frozen concentrated OJ has collapsed, only to end with unspent mana, minions stuck in hand, and a board that looks like it could be overrun by the boy scouts. I tend to just blame my 'boomer APM' and take the L, but other players have turned to more unscrupulous methods to sneak a little extra clicking time.
In October 2012, Disney dropped roughly $4 billion to acquire LucasFilm and the Star Wars multimedia empire. Six months later, in April 2013, it pulled the plug on LucasArts, the company’s game development and publishing division. An exclusive deal to make Star Wars games was made with Electronic Arts later that year, a relationship that by some estimates has not gone as smoothly as expected. And today, Disney announced a “new era of storytelling in Star Wars and beyond” that will take place under the revived Lucasfilm Games banner.
Multiplayer survival game Rust has been popular for years, but it's gotten a big boost lately as scores of popular streamers have been playing together on Twitch. As a result, both Steam playercounts and viewership on Twitch have gone through the roof since the start of the year (and there's been a bit of drama as well).
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, the long-rumored remaster of the Mass Effect trilogy that Electronic Arts finally confirmed back in November, may now have a proper release date. EA set a release window of spring 2021 when the game was announced, and now two retailers—Shopitree in Singapore and GSShop in Indonesia—are advertising a March 12 release date.
Well there's a headline I never thought I'd write. But thanks to the eccentric mind of Sean Oxspring, there's now OnlyCans: Thirst Date, where you lust after a variety of different sodas.
Sweeping changes to Valorant's ranked system should make it easier to see where you stack up when Episode 2 (aka season 2) kicks off tomorrow. This week's release introduces a new battle pass and hero Yoru—a tricksy Japanese duellist designed to dominate 1v1 face-offs. But Riot has also been doing some tinkering under Valorant's hood, making dozens of minor changes to Ranked play in an effort to make everything fairer and easier to understand.
Kingston has announced that it has a next-gen PCIe 4.0 SSD on the way. Not only that, but it has a surprisingly cool codename as well, Ghost Tree. Mysterious. SSDs aren't usually the type of thing to get cool codenames, but maybe their improving position in the world is behind the shift.