Cyberpunk 2077 features ray-tracing
Nvidia has confirmed that the latest Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay footage was running at a resolution of 1920×1080 at 60FPS with ray-tracing.
The preview build also featured DLSS 2.0 anti-aliasing supported by the tensor cores in the latest Nvidia GPUs. Ray-tracing was used for ambient occlusion and diffused illumination, which simulates light bouncing off surfaces.
Home stretch: The press has seen around 5 hours worth of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay, and their impressions are very positive. That certainly makes it easier to stomach the recent delay from September until mid-November.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which items do you need to unlock the Secret Cow Level in Diablo 2 ?
- A perfect skull, a rare item, and the Horadric Cube
- The Staff of Kings, The Viper Amulet, and the Horadric Cube
- A Tome of Town Portal, Wirt’s Leg, and the Horadric Cube
- There is no Secret Cow Level
Banjo-Kazooie was almost narrated by pictograms and animations, not words
The iconic Nintendo 64 platformer Banjo-Kazooie was originally supposed to feature what Rare called bubblespeak. Speech bubbles would contain still or moving pictures rather than words, and the goal was to make the game both funnier and easier to localize.
Before Rare started developing Banjo-Kazooie, they were working on something called Project Dream that got cancelled for being too ambitious. They tried to salvage parts of it by replacing the main character – a boy named Eddison – with first a bunny and then a bear. They liked the bear so much that he got his own game, which became Banjo-Kazooie.
Xbox Series X Leaks
Unannounced Xbox model codenamed Lockhart more or less confirmed
There have been rumours and mounting evidence that there are two versions of the next-generation Xbox.
The Xbox Series X motherboard has an anaconda stamped on it, reflecting its codename. The other version is codenamed Lockhart, and the next-gen Xbox developer kits have separate profilers for Anaconda and Lockhart.
Sony is also launching two different PlayStation 5 models, but the only difference between them is the presence of a Blu-Ray drive.
Xbox Series S: Microsoft has yet to announce the other and presumably weaker console. It seems likely that Microsoft will stick to the X and S naming scheme introduced to differentiate the Xbox One models.
Budget contract: Microsoft has already revealed their plans to sell next-gen consoles on a contract, much like mobile phone providers do. You get the hardware for free, and pay a monthly subscription to use it. Perhaps there will be budget and premium subscriptions including different hardware?