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  1. The World Health Organization has been contemplating a new classification, “Gaming Disorder,” and they’ve finally made a final decision on the classification. The WHO has officially acknowledged the disorder this weekend, at the 72nd World Health Assembly. This means the organization will officially recognize gaming as a potentially addictive behavior. The group defines gaming addiction for both offline and online gaming in a similar way. Both are “characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurring gaming behavior,” while online gaming is “primarily conducted over the internet” and offline gaming is clearly not. The supposed disorder arises in three ways: Impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context) Increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences. The behavior pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning. “The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent,” the WHO state. “The gaming behavior and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.” Gaming regulatory bodies like the ESA and IGDA, as well as a multitude of professional psychologists, have all decried the WHO classifying gaming addiction as a clinical disorder. Now that the WHO has recognized gaming addiction as a disorder, they have until 2022 to introduce new preventative measures and treatments, which I’m sure will be hilarious. SOURCE
  2. Indie developer DEVGRU-P Corporation (Attack Helicopter Dating Simulator, Stay! Stay! Democratic People’s Republic of Korea!, more) has put their latest game – Mein Waifu is the Fuhrer – up on Kickstarter. As the name implies, the “parody visual novel” sees the entire German high command on the eve of World War II turned into anime characters. Considering the circumstances, “shenanigans ensue.” Featured above, you can view the pitch video. Since the Nazi high command has undergone a massive transition, the events of history change as well. Instead of simply invading Poland, Rommel is stuck preventing their world from crumbling early, as the Anime-Führer is creating blunders at every turn. You’ll be able to make friends (enemies mostly, though) ranging from the Battle of Stalingrad to the Invasion of Normandy. There’s currently five potential waifus to romance, and you can expect enough content for multiple playthroughs. The visual novel has already blown past their $8,000 funding goal, and is currently sitting at roughly $15,000. The “Harem Ending” and “Albert Speer” stretch goals have been reached, with a $25,000 stretch goal to secure Japanese voice actors, and more. If you’re interested in backing the project, you can head over to their Kickstarter page. SOURCE
  3. Remember the OUYA? It was a crowdfunded micro gaming console that ran on Android, and promised a wealth of smaller, yet cheaper games. It ultimately failed to sell, and then PC hardware manufacturer Razer acquired the company. Now, Razer has announced they’re shutting down the OUYA store, effectively killing off the console. The OUYA store, as well as Forge TV are both shutting down on June 25th of this year. Users of either service won’t be able to access their respective online services after that point, and Razer can’t guarantee OUYA owners with games pre-installed will still be able to play them. Here’s the full message: SOURCE
  4. That's right, like so many great games before it, The Outer Worlds will have a home on the Nintendo Switch. Obsidian announced it's working with Virtuos - the developer which helped bring the likes of Dark Souls and L.A. Noire to the Switch - to assist with the port of The Outer Worlds. Without any Fallout games lined up for the Switch, it looks like The Outer Worlds is still looking to "fill the void" left by the Fallout series. It doesn't have a set release date for the Switch just yet, but we do know its launch will be at some point after that of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions on 25th October. SOURCE
  5. https://gbatemp.net/threads/psa-brickers-abound.547270/
  6. Following the epic backlash from Sonic fans the world over after the debut trailer for the hedgehog's upcoming movie, director Jeff Fowler vowed to change the controversial design. It seems that the VFX artists actually doing the work thankfully have a little more time to get it right this time. While many Sonic fans - many of whom had taken to rectifying the situation themselves - breathed a sigh of relief at the initial news a redesign was in the works, others questioned the logistics involved in a redesigning the CG star of the movie in such a short space of time. Assuming it wasn't just a simply alteration to his face, retooling the entire film was going to be an epic undertaking and many worried that VFX artists would be crunching until the movie's previous November release date. Well, it seems that those involved are committed to giving those artists the time they need. The director has taken to Twitter and confirmed that the movie will now open on Valentine's Day 2020: We're sure the VFX artists charged with fixing things are happier with the new release date - that is assuming Paramount won't have them chained to their desks over Christmas. Looking at the image itself, we can see a conspicuously gloved hand and the silhouette on the sign appears very much like the hedgehog's classic Sonic Team logo. Hopefully this sign is a not-so-subtle hint at the direction of the redesigned character. The pressure is still on though - the filmmakers can't afford to get it wrong a second time, so hopefully Sonic fans will be satisfied come February 14th 2020. If you need a reminder of the original trailer, here it is: SOURCE
  7. Nintendo has unveiled the next mainline Pokemon games. Titled both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, the eighth generation Pokemon games are coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime later in 2019. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the games. Nintendo Blurb: The games feature a trio of new starters: Grookey: The Chimp Pokémon! This mischievous Pokémon is full of boundless curiosity. Scorbunny The Rabbit Pokémon! Scorbunny is always running about, bursting with energy. Sobble The Water Lizard Pokémon! Sobble is a bit timid, shooting out attacks as it hides itself in the water. The game is naturally set in a new region as well: Galar. Nintendo describes Galar as a land “filled with idyllic countryside” and “contemporary cities,” as well as “vast plains and snow-covered mountains.” There’s also clearly some European-inspired architecture. Here’s some more screenshots: SOURCE
  8. Following a report and rumors of Japanese developer Nippon Ichi Software having financial troubles and employees supposedly going unpaid, we’ve gotten some clarification from the company on the whole ordeal. “We deny rumors of NIS staff not being paid. Current operations at the company are not affected, which include employee salaries,” a NIS America representative said to Niche Gamer. To recap, the Japanese company Nippon Ichi Software (who NIS America represents in the west) was reportedly selling off stocks for low prices, in an effort to generate quick income. This, however, devalues the stock(s) already owned by investors. The financial report, which is really the only thing actually confirmed, was then followed by rumors the company wasn’t able to pay its staff. We now know this to be untrue, per the above statement. SOURCE
  9. Almost a year has passed since the tragic announcement of Telltale Games closing its doors for good. Even after eight months, the studio's closure is still having an impact on the industry, specifically digital storefronts, in this case, as GOG has informed its users that any Telltale titles that haven't already been delisted will soon be. On May 27th, anything that Telltale developed will no longer be available to purchase on GOG. Following a quiet delisting of Tales from the Borderlands today on Steam, this may also be the case for Valve's storefront as well. No mention has been made towards digital availability on consoles yet. The following titles will be affected: The Wolf Among Us Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Hector: Badge of Carnage Batman: A Telltale Game Series Sam and Max: Save the World Same and Max: Beyond Time and Space Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Puzzle Agent 1 and 2 As is normally the case with delisted titles, if you've already purchased them you'll still be able to download them from your library. SOURCE
  10. Things just keep getting worse for Huawei. The company was barred from being a member of the SD Association, the trade group responsible for standardizing SD and microSD cards. The change in status means that Huawei will no longer be able to offer official SD or microSD support in its devices, including phones and laptops. The SD Association confirmed to Engadget that Huawei was dropped from the trade group in order to comply with recent orders from the US Department of Commerce. Last week, the government agency placed Huawei and 70 of its affiliate companies on its "Entity List," a decision that signifies the government believes Huawei may be undermining American interests. It also makes the company ineligible to receive items or funding without government approval. That, in addition to the executive order signed by President Trump that bans the sale and use of telecommunications equipment from companies that pose "unacceptable" risks to national security, has placed Huawei in a significant bind. Huawei told Android Authority that its customers will be able to continue purchasing and using SD and microSD cards with its products for the time being. It's not clear how the move will affect the company's future phones and devices, but Huawei has been moving away from the format in favor of its own "Nano Memory Cards." Being dropped by the SD Association is certainly a blow to Huawei, but it's a relatively small one given some of the other hits the company has taken in the last week. Google suspended Android support for the company's phones and chipmakers Intel, Qualcomm and AMD have cut off supplies to the Chinese tech maker. SOURCE
  11. Spike Chunsoft has revealed that a western release of visual novel adventure YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World is headed to Nintendo Switch. We do love good, snappy game titles. Believe it or not, this game was first released way back in 1996 featuring much racier scenes than the version you'll experience today. Switch will be receiving a port of the much more recent HD remake, which has still received an 'M for Mature' rating despite the cutbacks. The game follows the story of Takuya Arima, who receives a suspicious package from his late father. It contains a device which allows him to travel between parallel worlds, and with help from his friends, teachers, and lovers (plural, it seems), Arima must unearth the mystery of his father's legacy. We have a key feature list for you below. Key Features The Power of the Reflector - Explore multiple timelines and revisit events through the unique gaming mechanic of the Reflector Device. This allows you to explore every timeline in detail. Activate the Reflector Device’s Auto Divergence Map System to return to an event with more knowledge and new items. Your Father's Clues - Solve all the mysteries of Sakaimachi to uncover the secrets lying beneath Sword Cape. Collect items from one timeline and use them in the next to unlock Sword Cape's hidden truth. Love Beyond Worlds - Can you find the hidden world waiting beyond Sakaimachi? Fall in love with every character to reach the true ending to this 40+ hour visual novel. Nintendo Switch will receive a Day 1 Edition which includes a voucher code for '8-BIT YU-NO'S GREAT ADVENTURE'. This add-on is an action game featuring the characters from the main game in 8-bit style. The game will be releasing on 1st October for $49.99. At present, we only have confirmation of a North American release; here's hoping European news will follow shortly. SOURCE
  12. Fancy a beach holiday? How about a free trip to New Zach Island in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet? Soon you'll be able to visit paradise on your Nintendo Switch when Koei Tecmo releases the "Basic Free Edition" of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet on the Japanese eShop at the end of this month. Provided you have access to a Japanese eShop account, on 30th May you'll be able to download and play this version of the game regardless of your own regional location. So, what's the catch? According to Japanese Nintendo, additional characters will cost ¥1,296 each and a casino membership will set you back ¥2,160. In case you forgot, this Dead or Alive spin-off arrived on the Switch at the start of this year but was never released in Europe or North America. If you do end up enjoying the free version, you could always consider importing a full copy of the game, which includes English language support. Check out our import review for more details on this one. SOURCE
  13. The sexy “Sandwich” outfit has been censored out of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet on the PS4. However, the outfit is available on the Nintendo Switch version of the game. The outfit is basically short-shorts and suspenders. That’s it. The suspenders barely cover up the girls’ nipples and areola. It’s an outfit designed to showcase the Soft Engine’s boob jiggling physics as the suspenders barely keep the boobs in place as they wibble and wobble about. However, you won’t be able to make use of the outfit on the PS4 version of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet because it’s been removed. The discovery was made by Twitter user eroaholic, who shared an screenshot from the PS4 version of the game via the #PS4Share function. Eroacholic laments the lack of the “Sandwich” outfit, stating… The image shows that in the list, the “Sandwich” outfit is not selectable or even available for purchase. Further into the thread another tweet showed a screenshot from the Nintendo Switch version of the game, where the outfit is available to purchase in several variations. Take note that this outfit was available in the original 2015 release of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 on the PS4 in Japan. However, for Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet, which came out this past March in Japan and Asia, the outfit set has been completely removed. Technically, this was announced before the game came out in Japan and Asia, where Koei Tecmo had a rundown of the differences between the Nintendo Switch and PS4 versions of the game, and how the PS4 version would be censored and not receive certain special bikinis. Now we’re starting to see which bikinis and outfits aren’t being made available in the game. Now if you’re not familiar with the way the “Sandwich” outfit set looks in Dead or Alive Xtreme, there’s actually a video compilation that was put together by Mi M, who showcased three minutes worth of footage from the game with Ayane in the getup. Basically this is just further proof that Sony’s censorship policies are really crippling the creative breadth of the developers on the PS4. The major drawback in this case is that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet does have better graphics and frame-rate on the PS4 version, but it has more content on the Nintendo Switch version. So you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to picking and choosing which version to purchase SOURCE
  14. If you've been left frustrated by Nintendo's lack of options for voice chat support with the Switch, this new controller may well be worth a good look. First revealed at the beginning of April, the new Faceoff Deluxe+ Audio Wired Controller from accessory maker PDP features an audio jack for game audio and integrated in-game chat - which is sorely lacking on Nintendo's official controllers - and onboard audio controls which let you adjust your sound on the fly. You can use it with headphones for all games on Switch, but the voice chat feature is naturally restricted to those games which actually support it, such as Fortnite. It has been licensed by Nintendo and comes in Black Camo, Blue Camo, Purple Camo and Red Camo colourings for a recommended price of $24.99, and it also features two additional programmable buttons on the back and interchangeable faceplates. You can pre-order your own right now from either pdp.com or Amazon - it releases on 22nd July. SOURCE
  15. The next generation of gaming isn't quite here yet, but we're starting to see glimpses of what will be, through teases and hinting. Today, we got another look at what Sony has up its sleeves, during a corporate strategy meeting. Takashi Mochizuki, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal attended the meeting, where he took video of Sony showcasing "immersive" and "seamless" loading for their next-gen successor to the PlayStation 4. In the footage, we can see Spider-Man running on a PlayStation 4 Pro, as well as the upcoming new PlayStation system. Quickly loading the game world on the PS4 Pro results in pauses for the game to render everything, while the "PS5" that's running the same game has no major loading times. According to the press release, this is partly due to "a customized, ultra-fast broadband solid state drive". ARTICLE SOURCE SONY PR SONY BRIEFING
  16. If you've ever dreamed of wrangling the lives of little computer people into abject misery and ruin (or something nicer, I suppose), but still have a Sims-shaped hole in your games library for some reason, you might be interested to know that The Sims 4 is currently free on PC. When The Sims 4 launched back in 2014, it was widely considered to be a little on the scant side, having ditched features from previous games - most notably the open-world structure of its predecessor - to create a more compact, focussed life sim experience. That's not to say it was a dud, though; the series' endless loops of busywork were as mesmerising ever, and significantly bolstered by powerful character customisation, building, and social tools, that placed much greater emphasis on personalisation and creativity. These days, of course, The Sims 4 is a considerably more substantial experience than it was at launch, courtesy of six expansion packs, seven Game Packs, 14 Stuff Packs, and a raft of free updates - although, at £34.99 per expansion, £17.99 per Game Pack, and £9.99 per Stuff Pack, going all-in is an expensive proposition. Even so, and I say this as someone who recently tumbled right back down The Sims 4 hole after a long period away, there's a more-than-decent amount of entertainment to be found in the omniscient manipulations of the base game alone, particularly for those of a creative disposition. So if you've been curious to familiarise (or reacquaint) yourself with the series, now is probably the perfect time while The Sims 4 is discounted to zero pence on Origin. You will, unsurprisingly, need an Origin account to redeem your Sims 4 freebie, and the promotion continues until May 28th. SOURCE
  17. AMD's next-gen Navi graphics cards have been subject to intense rumour and speculation for years, but the end is in sight. A PR director and product manager from Sapphire, an AMD partner known for their Nitro graphics cards, leaked to the Chinese press that Team Red is planning to announce two Navi GPUs on Monday. This date coincides with AMD's Computex keynote, which is scheduled to begin on May 27th at 10AM Taipei Standard Time (GMT+8). The Sapphire representatives revealed that both cards will be upper mid-range products that sit below the Radeon 7 in AMD's product stack. The Navi Pro will outperform the RTX 2060 for $400, while the Navi XT will beat out the RTX 2070 for $500. Barring any reactionary price drops from Nvidia, that should mean that AMD regain the price-for-performance crown for 1080p and 1440p gaming once the cards are launched on July 7th. The leak was first posted online on Zhihu, a Chinese social media platform, and quickly spread to community sites such as the AMD subreddit and Western press including Tech Powerup. Since then, the original Zhihu post has been deleted. You can get an idea of the performance we expect from the new GPUs in the Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1440p benchmark embedded below. The new Navi cards, which some rumours have called the Radeon RX 3070 and Radeon RX 3080, could be cheaper to manufacture and more power efficient than their Vega predecessors while providing better performance. However, neither card will include support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing. Earlier this year, AMD CEO Lisa Su stated (via PC World) that AMD's ray tracing efforts were "deep in development" but "the consumer doesn't see a lot of benefit today because the other parts of the ecosystem are not ready". Sapphire executives did suggest that ray tracing could be added to AMD's next architecture, which remains unfinalised. As well as stealing AMD's thunder, the Sapphire executives took the chance to promote their own cards. Reps stated that Sapphire would relaunch the Toxic brand last seen in 2013 with a new water-cooled Navi card. The team also confirmed that they have no plans to create a custom Radeon 7 design, which will remain AMD's top card for the foreseeable future. If these rumours are accurate, we have only a few days to wait before Navi is officially revealed. However, we expect to get more information from AMD at E3, where the company has scheduled its 'Next Gaming Horizon' event on June 19th. SOURCE
  18. Things appear to not be going well for Nippon Ichi Software, as reports, comments, and outcries of financial problems begin to crop. NIS is not to be confused with its North American localizing and publishing branch, NIS America; NIS itself is the Japanese studio that develops titles such as Disgaea, Phantom Brave, Labyrinth of Refrain, The Witch and the Hundred Knight, and many other niche JRPGs. Currently, they are working on Disgaea RPG, a mobile phone game, which was delayed "indefinitely" earlier this year after a rocky launch that saw the game taken down entirely, which caused company stocks to plunge in the aftermath. A month after the delay has now seen further complications for NIS, as blogs, news outlets, and employees have come forward to say that they will soon go without pay, as the company doesn't have the funds for salaries. As reported in Japan, Nippon Ichi Software has gone through with a Moving Strike Warrant, meaning that they're selling their stocks far below value, in order to quickly make money at the cost of current stockholders investments. As Disgaea RPG has been in development for two years and wasn't ready for launch, there has been no income to provide the development team with their wages. For the few Japanese players that bought in-game items before the game was pulled, they can now request a refund, through opening a support ticket on the official website. It is not currently known how this will impact future Nippon Ichi Software games, such as the in-development Disgaea 6. SOURCE
  19. The Nintendo Switch continues to be nothing short of amazing, when it comes to sales, breaking tons of records in multiple countries ever since its 2017 launch. As of May 2019, the Switch has made another landmark achievement, in overtaking the PlayStation 4's sales in both company's homeland of Japan. The Nintendo Switch now sits at 8,125,637 sales, while the PS4 is just a tad less, clocking in at 8,077,766. What makes this even more impressive, is that the PS4 launched far before the Switch ever did, with the former having released on Feb. 22, 2014, and the latter on Mar. 3, 2017. On a global scale, the PlayStation 4 still reigns supreme, at 91 million units shipped, and the Switch at 34 million. SOURCE
  20. Unless you were in on the Active Desktop craze in the late 90s, your wallpaper has probably been a static image for as long as you can remember. Now, you can spice things up thanks to rockdanister‘s GBWallpaper, a Windows program that allows you have a GameBoy game as your desktop background! As its name suggests, GBWallpaper is a program that lets you have a fully functioning original GameBoy game as your wallpaper. This program, which was done as a tribute to the console’s 30 year anniversary, lets you play classics like Pokemon, Tetris and Castlevania in a nice 4:3 window with a blurred background to fill up the rest of the screen without hogging resources as it automatically disables itself when you have a fullscreen window open (it still runs if you have a non-fullscreen explorer window open for example). Other than being efficient in how it works and making use of a proper aspect ratio, it also has the following features: Sound support so you can experience the mighty chiptunes of the GB-era in all their glory Obviously, they get disabled when you switch to another fullscreen window Obviously, the game’s state is saved when it’s paused by opening a full-screen window so you can pick it up where you left off Saving works for games that support it although there’s no word on save states You can save macro input or a series of moves and automatically play it back like an animated wallpaper (which you could also turn into a screensaver with little extra effort) A basic audio visualiser and different screen layouts Perhaps in the future, the set of WMP9 audio visualisers could be added in the background which would be pretty cool! Other features listed in the README below While it has many features, it must be noted that what was just released is a version 0.1 release which means that it may have some bugs (like Super Mario Land not working) and some features aren’t included. Among the stuff that rockdanister plans to add in future releases, we find multi-monitor support, a better pausing algorithm and more macro input options. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work on Windows 7 as it requires Windows 10 (although it curiously works on Windows 8.1) but according to a Reddit comment by the author, it should be easy to port it over. Installing GBWallpaper is pretty simple and can be done by following these steps: Grab the GBWallpaper ZIP file from the GitHub link below and extract it (some antiviruses like Avast may take issue with it but it should be safe) Open ‘Start.exe’ and right-click the tray icon that pops up Here, you can modify any options you please and there are quite a few Select Open ROM File and navigate to the GameBoy game of your choice Enjoy having a GameBoy game as your wallpaper – do note that your desktop icons disappear while a game is on (as per the screenshots) even though they can just stay in the space not occupied by the game without interfering anything SOURCE DOWNLOAD
  21. Yes it's from Microsoft, yes it's blocky and yes, it's pretty much Pokemon GO: Minecraft Edition w/o Pokemon! Announced today, Minecraft Earth is an AR mobile game allowing you to superimpose Minecraft blocks in the real world. Some of the game's features include: Collect! Minecraft Earth features many of the mobs you know and love, along with a bunch of new ones we can’t wait to show you. Over time, you’ll get the chance to discover unique variants, and use them to populate your builds. Minecraft pigs parading around your local park? That’s about to become your reality. Explore! Your real-life neighbourhood is about to take on a new dimension. Gather resources, take on challenges, and experience a whole new world to discover! Collaborate! Build even better by teaming up with other Minecraft Earth players. You can craft amazing creations together. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Survive! Sure, you’re good at fighting hostile mobs in Minecraft, but are you ready to battle Minecraft mobs in real life? Best of luck, because we’re going to put your survival skills to the test! There is no release window for this title but a limited beta is planned for this summer and registrations are live on the official website. SOURCE BETA SIGNUP
  22. Publisher Ultimate Games S.A. and developer MrCiastku have announced Wanking Simulator, a new “masturbating chaos” game that has you running around town, furiously masturbating around the unsuspecting townsfolk. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the game. Due to the highly controversial subject of sexual content in games, this game is meant to be humorous only, and thus you cannot actually ejaculate in the game. You can only endlessly masturbate while running around, throwing things and kicking people. Protagonist Winston Gay must have a serious case of blue balls. A release for Wanking Simulator is set for sometime in Q3 of this year for Windows PC, via Steam. Here’s a rundown on the game: Welcome to Gay Bay, a town in which you need to take matter into your own hands You play as Winston Gay, a man whose house was taken away by the corrupt government after being called out for wanking too loud by his neighbours. Now, Winston is on a mission to make everyone in the town pay a price for taking away his home. Wanking Simulator is a mix of destruction & wanking – you are thrown into a town called Gay Bay consisting of a church (God bless), a number of houses and a few other places, such as high school, a garage etc. The main goal is to destroy as many things as possible before getting caught by the police and collect points by wanking to the chaos we caused. You are free to go wherever you want, and destroy anything you want. Our protagonist is given unlockable superpowers, such as making gravity weaker, spawning a rifle in your panties, teleport etc. Key Features: Explore a nice neighbourhood full of things ready to be sent flying into space Destroy things, throw people around, blow up cars (fun), or be a civilised man whose goal is to quietly wank (boring) Unlockable abilities, such as teleport, or gravity switch Sandbox Mode – customize everything as you wish, gravity, the power of your mighty kick, amount of NPCs etc. Achievements & Global Leaderboard – upload your highscore and compete with other wankers 5 days cycle – each day there are different events happening in Gay Bay Try to cause as much property damage as you can before getting caught by the police SOURCE
  23. It seems that NetherRealm is one of the first third-party studios to have taken advantage of Switch's 'boost mode', according to our friends over at Digital Foundry. The behind-the-scenes mode, which released with the console's latest firmware update, enables developers to take advantage of increased clock speeds to improve game performance in several ways. At launch Nintendo limited the console's docked CPU speed to 1020MHz and the GPU to 768MHz. These figures were both substantially below the performance found in Nvidia Shield Android TV, which uses the same Tegra X1 processor as the Switch. In handheld mode, however, the GPU was further slashed to 40-50% of that figure (between 307.2 and 384MHz). While this conservative clock speed helps prevent your Switch from cooking itself into a mess of melted plastic and electronics, it presents developers with some very stringent limitations. Richard Leadbetter from Digital Foundry has used his tools and considerable nous to test the machine and its supposed new 'boost' mode and has confirmed these improvements with hard data. As we reported last month, temporary CPU clock increases to 1785MHz are helping in certain circumstances (loading screens in Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, for example) and it appears that Mortal Kombat 11 is benefiting from GPU speed increases along with Nintendo's games, too. The video explains everything in detail: In handheld mode all the mentioned titles benefit from a GPU jump from 384MHz to 460MHz helping to reduce the impact of dynamic resolution scaling, among other things. Interestingly, the GPU clock also seems to change dynamically in some situations - a six-minute section of DOOM saw the clock speed change no less than 28 times. If you're at all interested in the nitty-gritty, we highly recommend you watch the whole video for a detailed breakdown and check out more of Digital Foundry's videos. Their forensic work on consoles both retro and modern is fascinating if you've got a head for numbers and an interest in the challenges that face developers across all platforms. In the meantime, it seems a little more wiggle room for developers is expanding the potential of your favorite handheld hybrid console - everyone's a winner. Source
  24. Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update puts you back in control of updates and Separates Cortana from Windows Search! Microsoft is planning to start rolling out its Windows 10 May 2019 Update next week to testers before it’s more broadly available in late May. The new update is the next major version of Windows 10, codenamed “19H1,” and it’s a relatively light update in terms of features. Microsoft’s big visual change is a new light theme for Windows 10, alongside Kaomoji support, a Windows sandbox feature, and the separation of Cortana and Windows search. The May 2019 Update will also allow Windows 10 users to take control of how they get feature updates. Microsoft has been aggressively pushing these updates to machines once they’re ready, ensuring that consumers are on the very latest version of the operating system. That’s about to change: the May 2019 Update will now let you choose when to install the latest major version. Windows 10 users will be able to simply stay on an existing version and continue to receive monthly security updates, avoiding the latest feature update. Microsoft is letting Windows 10 users avoid feature updates and delay patches Microsoft is also allowing Windows 10 Home and Pro users to pause feature and monthly updates for up to 35 days, and it’s introducing intelligent active hours so the OS can detect when you’re still using your PC so updates don’t get installed and annoy you. Windows updates have been a particular pain point for Windows 10 users, and Microsoft is clearly listening and providing far more choice now. There will still be prompts to push people to get the latest feature update, but it won’t be forced immediately anymore. Microsoft is also addressing some of the quality issues of Windows 10 updates that we saw throughout 2018. The software maker was forced to delay its April 2018 Update due to Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) issues, and then it pulled its October 2018 Update after a few days of some users complaining that files were being deleted. Microsoft is taking a far more careful approach with the May 2019 Update this time around. The update will arrive to Release Preview testers next week, and there’s now a far larger gap between that final test phase before it rolls out more broadly later next month. That’s weeks of additional testing and checks, instead of the days we saw with the last release. Microsoft is also tweaking the way it sorts through the thousands of pieces of feedback it receives each day about Windows updates to spot issues like the data loss problems from the October 2018 Update. On top of all of this, Microsoft is even launching a new dashboard later this month to track the health of Windows releases, so if you experience any issues, you’ll be able to check to see these against real-time known problems. It’s encouraging to see Microsoft making these changes and the increased transparency around the status of Windows updates, in general. While the issues we saw in 2018 weren’t widespread, Microsoft is carefully working to avoid that from happening again. Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/4/18294944/microsoft-windows-10-may-2019-update-features-availability-control-updates
  25. Last month, Devil May Cry 5 director Hideaki Itsuno and producer Matt Walker said how they would "love" to see the popular hack and slash series on the Nintendo Switch. Now, in a recent interview with German magazine M!, Itsuno said the latest game in the Devil May Cry series would be considered for the Switch if Capcom's April release Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen "sells well" on the platform. Below is the translation: As for why Devil May Cry 5 wasn't announced for Nintendo's hybrid system in the first place, it's because development began before the team had access to Switch development kits. SOURCE
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