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PC Powerplay Issue 284

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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

in this issue

1 min.
space... the final

So last month I pondered how little time I had for flight sims... and then along came Star Wars: Squadrons to show me that if that sim is set in space... well. I’ve been clocking a lot of time in the cockpit of a U-Wing or TIE Fighter, so I guess that’s who I am now. I also never quite got around to buying Crusader Kings 3, though I still look at it longingly on Steam. I don’t know what’s holding me back. Actually, I think I do - for some reason I thought now might be a good time to give Warframe a try, and $diety help me, I think I’m falling down the rabbit hole. I have the wiki open all the time, I’m running missions in every break…

1 min.
war thunder gets a brand new engine and prettier graphics in its big ‘new power’ update

War Thunder got its long-awaited ‘New Power’ update last month, updating the game’s engine and vastly improving its graphics in the process. According to the update notes, the skies will look prettier and more realistic, as will bullet contact, explosions and fire. Aircraft destruction has been revamped, as well. Most of the graphical buffs focus on realism: ground vehicles will now have more realistic shell hits, destroyed ground vehicles now look even more on fire (both inside and out), and the “shape of the penetration now depends on the angle of impact” when missiles hit ground vehicles. Meanwhile, armour-piercing shells will now protrude from tanks. There are new war machines involved as well, in the form of 15 new aircraft, 14 new tank models, as well as battleships and aircraft carriers. New…

1 min.
sea of thieves will see its ‘biggest year yet’ in 2021

Sea of Thieves executive producer Joe Neate has promised 2021 will be the “biggest year yet” for the treasure hoarding pirate sim, which as of July boasted 15 million players. Neate made the claim on Twitter, in concert with a new dev update for the game, which proclaims roughly the same thing. While the update falls short of any specifics, it does indicate that next year’s changes and additions will be substantial. “We’re hard at work behind the scenes on some significant changes that will lead us into 2021, with plans in motion for how we continue supporting the game and some major news still to come,” Neate wrote. “Sea of Thieves isn’t slowing down any time soon.”…

1 min.
former ea boss patrick söderlund’s new studio is making a pvp shooter

Embark, a studio founded by former EA Games boss Patrick Söderlund, has begun work on a competitive first-person shooter. Writing for the first time since July 2019, the former Battlefield executive penned a blog post covering the studio’s year under the pandemic and gave updates on the team’s first project (a free-to-play military action game). But after receiving questions regarding job listings at the company, Söderlund announced that Embark has a second game in the pipeline-an as-yet-unnamed team-based shooter. “To be honest, I thought I was done with PVP-shooters having worked on them in one form or another for almost my entire career,” Söderlund writes. “But a while back, some of us here put together a small pitch that was too irresistible to ignore.”…

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twitch criticised over its ‘exploitative’ affiliate fast-track scheme

Twitch has been accused of exploiting its current DMCA struggles via a new partnership with music label Monstercat, one that grants a shortcut to affiliate status for US$5 a month. As the platform’s first monetisation tier, affiliate is a crucial first step for folks who want to make it big on Twitch. Traditionally, a streamer needs to unlock it by meeting a set criteria of 50 followers, 500 total minutes of broadcast across at least 7 days, and an average of three or more concurrent viewers. Alternatively, starting this week, you can just pay for a subscription to Monstercat Gold through its new Twitch program. “This seems amazingly unfair to all those folks who have worked hard to get to affiliate,” Spawn On Me’s Kahlief Adams tweeted, “but it also feels like…

3 min.
intel’s manufacturing is broken and new rocket lake cpus prove it

Intel’s upcoming Rocket Lake CPUs prove it is in a crisis of existential proportions. The next six months will decide both its fate and the future direction of the PC as a whole. Hyperbolic? Much? Actually, no. It’s a somewhat speculative interpretation, to be sure. But tales of Intel’s woes have become so routine of late that the very existence of Rocket Lake and what it implies has been largely overlooked. Rocket Lake says very, very bad things about the viability of Intel’s entire business model. And that, in turn, makes it very significant for the PC as a whole. Rocket Lake, of course, is Intel’s next desktop CPU architecture. It’s essentially a 14nm backport of Intel’s 10nm Sunny Cove CPU core architecture, as seen in 10th Gen Ice Lake notebook chips.…