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PC Powerplay Issue 277

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PC PowerPlay is Australia's original and best-selling PC games magazine. Offering a mix of games and hardware coverage, the magazine gives a complete picture for the PC entertainment enthusiast. Inside is breaking news of new games, detailed previews of upcoming games, and advice to help readers make sense of the array of hardware and tech products that hit the market each month. PC Powerplay doesn’t just promote tech, it benchmarks and analyses it to help gamers make the most intelligent purchasing decision they can.

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in this issue

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i want to believe

Borderlands 3 may be our cover story, and it may be looking like the best Borderlands game yet... but it’s not what’s floating my boat this issue. That is – once again – Cyberpunk 2077. It’s odd to keep coming back to a game when it’s this far from launch, but calling CP2077 one of the most anticipated games of the year is a bit of an understatement. On top of that, it’s a game that is looking to be rather huge in scope, so it’s worth going back; this issue, we look at some of the room for roleplaying in the game, from multiple ways to approach problems and NPCs, to the different roles you can play in the game. I love the pen and paper game, and I love the genre…

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tim willits is leaving id software

Tim Willits, who joined id Software in 1995 and rose to become studio director under new parent company ZeniMax Media, announced last month that he is leaving the company after this year’s QuakeCon. Willits has design or production credits on virtually everything id Software has done from Ultimate Doom, for which he served as a level designer, to the Doom 3 BFG Edition in 2012, his first as studio head. He’s had an impressive run since then, overseeing the resurrection of the original Quake, Rage, and in particular, Doom. Less happily, he also wound up in a bit of a beef with other id veterans in 2017 when he said that he’d come up with the idea to make maps specifically for multiplayer modes, a claim his fellow developers rejected. “All of…

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gears 5 has an impressive suite of accessibility features

Players participating in Gears 5’s recent multiplayer tech test have noticed the game is sporting an impressive suite of accessibility features. As showcased by Ablegamers program director and community specialist Craig Kaufman on Twitter, Gears 5’s accessibility reach is extensive compared to most games. To start, Gears 5 has several features that are becoming more common among AAA games, like color blind modes and enhanced aim assist (here it’s a “target lock”). Though, it also has features that are still pretty rare, like options to adjust the size of subtitles and make button mashing moments require a hold instead. It even has both speech-to-text and text-to-speech for multiplayer chat. I’m very curious to know how user friendly and accurate the program is, but it’s cool to see it included at all. It’s also…

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rainbow six quarantine expected to launch before april 2020

We haven’t heard anything about the co-op Siege spin-off Rainbow Six Quarantine since its announcement at E3 2019, but thanks to the power of investor calls, we have a better idea of its release date. According to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, Rainbow Six Quarantine will release before the end of the fiscal year. That translates to any time before April 2020. Quarantine was initially announced as an early 2020 game, but this narrows in the date further. As Game Informer pointed out, Ubisoft has a pattern with its releases in the beginning of the year. The company usually releases a game in either January for February, and Quarantine is the most likely candidate for that slot.…

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patriot launches an affordable sata ssd line in capacities up to 2tb

Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen a handful of SSD announcements that focus on faster speeds enabled by supporting the PCI Express 4.0 bus. Patriot will eventually get around to launching a PCIe 4.0 SSD of its own (more on that in a bit), but in the meantime, it’s rolling out a new SATA line that is much more affordable. Patriot’s new P200 series comes in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. Only the first two are in stock and available to purchase right now, but here’s how pricing breaks down for all four: • Patriot P200 2TB SSD – US$239.99, Patriot (~$0.12 per gigabyte) • Patriot P200 1TB SSD – US$110.99, Patriot (~$0.11 per gigabyte) • Patriot P200 512GB SSD – US$49.99, Amazon (~$0.10 per gigabyte) • Patriot P200 256GB SSD – US$31.99,…

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stadia director: we’re going to ‘feel great’ about all our games moving to the cloud

Reddit AMA featuring Stadia director of product Andrey Doronichev that took place yesterday didn’t serve up a lot of new information about what we can look forward to in Google’s upcoming streaming games service. But it did offer a little bit of insight into what the service is (and is not), and what will happen to your games if Stadia goes the way of Google Plus. “To be clear, Stadia Pro is not ‘Netflix for Games’ like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take,” Doronichev wrote. Pro subscribers who let their subscriptions lapse will lose those free games,…