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PC Powerplay Issue 281

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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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Future Publishing Ltd
6 Issues

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1 min.
well ain’t this fun?

Remember last issue, when I said it felt like the first couple of months of 2020 felt really and unusually long? Well, boy-howdy did I not know what was coming around the corner! This issue of PCPowerPlay was produced almost completely during the COVID-19 lockdown, with everyone in the office working remotely from home. For obvious reasons, it’s a pretty disrupting and distressing time. But, on the upside, it means I can sneak in a little gaming during the work day and no one will ever know! Shh, don’t tell anyone... It’s also a handy time for some gentle nostalgia, so I hope this issue’s walk down memory lane tickles your fancy as much as it did mine. I can remember watching on avidly as a friend downloaded Doom on a screaming,…

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pope simulator promises a ‘realistic’ depiction of life as the supreme pontiff

“You’ll set out to influence the course of the world through the application of “soft power”. Did you ever say to yourself when you were young, “When I grow up I want to be the Pope?” No? Well here’s your big chance anyway, sort of: Pope Simulator, a new addition to the menagerie of weird, ultra-niche sims on PC that promises to immerse players in a “realistic” depiction of life as the Pontiff. The game begins on Conclave day, when the College of Cardinals elects a new Pope – that’s you. You’ll begin your reign by choosing a coat of arms, which will apparently impact the course of your papacy, and from there you’ll set out to influence the course of the world through the application of “soft power”: Organising pilgrimages, advocating…

1 min.
crysis remastered is coming to pc with ray tracing, higher resolution textures

Crytek has now officially confirmed that Crysis Remastered is on the way. A release date hasn’t been announced, but the now-updated website at crysis.com says it’s “coming soon.” The game was revealed, seemingly accidentally, on Crytek’s website. The page is gone now, but screenshots were all over social media. According to the official description on the site, Crysis Remastered will have “new graphic features”, higher quality textures and “CRYENGINE’s native hardware and API-agnostic ray tracing solution.” The Crysis series kinda lost its way as it went on, but the original features some brilliantly chaotic, freeform action set-pieces. But will it hold up almost 12 years later, even with the addition of ray tracing?…

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the new msi rtx 2080 ti gets 16gbps memory and a shot at nvidia’s titan rtx

Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti remains the most powerful graphics card in the GeForce lineup, and with that hallowed ground comes an equally harrowing Founders Edition price tag of US$1,199. Yet that hasn’t halted efforts to build bigger, better, and even more expensive graphics cards. In the true spirit of one-upmanship, MSI is now set to be the first to shove 16Gbps memory into its enthusiast-grade RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Z Trio. According to MSI’s news post, the memory switch counts for a 5% performance increase over the otherwise identical 14Gbps RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio. Both feature the same GPU boost clock of 1,755MHz, and the cooling solution remains the same beefy, slightly screwy, design. However, the tweaked memory on the Gaming Z Trio tips it over the line a…

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f1 2020 will be releasing this july with a new team management mode

Codemasters has announced that F1 2020 will be released on July 10. The racing sim will launch on Steam, PS4, Xbox One, and, for the first time in the series, Google Stadia. F1 2020 will feature a new team management mode alongside its already established career mode. The new management mode, called ‘My Team’, lets players act as a driver and manager of their own F1 team. There have also been changes to Career mode that will now allow players to choose between a 10 race season, 16 race season, or the full 22 race season. Additionally, the Hanoi Street Circuit in Vietnam and the Zandvoort Circuit in the Netherlands will be joining the other racing tracks. Formula 2 will stay in the game after being added to the series…

4 min.
the destructor cometh

JAMES COTTEE has seen the future, and it is a poorly optimised executable, stamping on the face of your computer, forever. Jonathan Blow is making his own programming language. He calls it ‘Jai’, and he envisions it as a fully-functional replacement for C++. Not just for making games, but for all other applications. This may seem like quite the departure for the creator of Braid and The Witness, but it’s an idea that’s been brewing in Blow’s mind for some time now. In university he dabbled with making experimental programming languages. After graduation the delirious day-to-day drudgery of coding in C++ compelled him to craft a clean break from its conventions – its thick sedimentary deposits of legacy cruft. Blow believes that Jai could ultimately make programmers 50-80% more efficient. He also hopes…