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“My 12-year-old account is ‘too new’ for them”: netizens complain about problems pre-ordering Steam Deck

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"My 12-year-old account is 'too new' for them": netizens complain about problems pre-ordering Steam Deck

On July 16, Valve opened the opportunity to reserve a Steam Deck for subsequent redemption without waiting in line. The network reported that the Steam servers could not withstand the influx of applicants, and various technical problems arose on the site.

According to some users, after 20: 00, the page with the Steam Deck simply stopped opening. When trying to access it, clients received an error message E502 L3.

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Users who have gained access to the site have encountered problems of a different kind. Steam could display a warning that the client has recently made too many purchases and needs to wait. This happened even in cases where purchases had not been made on the account for several days before. Tom Warren, the editor of The Verge, also faced this problem.

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Some users, when trying to reserve the console, received a message saying that their account is too new, even if the account is several years old.

In some regions, the Steam Deck is no longer available for reservation after 40 minutes after opening the option. Those who managed to leave a request noted that in some cases, the Steam website indicated that the order would be available in the first quarter of 2022, although Valve promised to start sending orders in December 2021.

According to the founder of the SteamDB service Pavel Dundik, the number of applications for a console with 512 GB of memory in North America exceeded 55 thousand units.

In December, the Steam Deck will go on sale in the countries of the “first wave”, and in other regions, the device is going to be released in 2022.

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Horizon Forbidden West would be delayed to 2022

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Horizon Forbidden West would be delayed to 2022

Horizon Forbidden West will be pushed back to 2022, according to insider Jeff Grubb’s sources. A few months ago, Sony itself said that they were not sure of its release date, as its development was affected by the pandemic.

The Horizon Forbidden West release date is one of the big unknowns of the year, keeping PlayStation users on edge. Although it was always planned as a 2021 game, at the game’s last State of Play, in May, it had no release date. The reason is that he had not yet been able to specify the date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sony’s Hermen Hulst himself explained how the complications of working on the pandemic had greatly affected the development of their games, and for that reason, they did not promise to give a date that could fall short, as happened with God of War, officially delayed to 2022 .

According to well-known journalist and insider Jeff Grubb, unfortunately, Guerrilla Games would not have been able to reach the goal of the end of 2021, and Horizon Forbidden West would have been delayed to 2022. That has commented on a program of the podcast Giant Bomb.

Grubb himself responded to one of the Reddit posts echoing the rumor, clarifying that the delay ” is something you’ve been hearing about,” but it’s not certain. What Grubb contends is that based on what he has heard from his sources, they believe the game will be delayed to 2022, but he can’t say so (or at least, Grubb’s sources couldn’t confirm 100%).

Grubb also said he expects there to be the State of Play in September, without specifying whether it is exclusive to the Guerrilla game or general. But given the way the summer is playing, full of delays, it could be the rumored event for August, which finally takes place in September, and in which Sony finally reveals its plans for the next few months.

At that rumored PlayStation summer event (be it August or finally September) it is very likely that we will see a new God of War trailer, something that several insiders have also claimed.

“We’re on our way to launch this holiday season. But it’s still not entirely certain, and we’re working as hard as possible to get it confirmed as soon as we can,” said Hermen Hulst last June, the head of PlayStation Studios (and coincidentally, formerly a Guerrilla employee).

The new waves of coronavirus could make that goal difficult, so if Horizon 2 finally ends up being delayed to 2022, it would be a disappointment, but something perfectly natural and understandable.

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The Ascent does not have Ray-Tracing on Xbox Series X | S

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The Ascent does not have Ray-Tracing on Xbox Series X | S

Neon Giant’s new title was released yesterday July 29 both in digital stores and Game Pass. The Ascent has received very good reviews in general, both in the press and among users, thanks to its excellent visual level, its cyberpunk setting, or its gameplay that draws from the Action RPG. Some users had a doubt about a graphical feature of the title on consoles, and Neon Giant has had to clarify that The Ascent does not have Ray-Tracing on Xbox X Series X|S, leaving the PC version as the only one that has.

In an interview, the creative director of the title, Tor Frick, confirmed that the only version that has the Ray-Tracing option is the PC version, leaving out of the equation the Xbox consoles, both current and previous generation.

Even with the lack of this option, the Xbox versions look great, and the omission of Ray-Tracing won’t be much mourned by Xbox users. The Ascent is now available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, also available on Game Pass.

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Sony launches beta for the console that allows the installation of external cards

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Sony launches beta for the console that allows the installation of external cards

One of the most requested features by the PlayStation 5 community is the ability to expand storage capacity. Sony’s next-generation console has an SSD that many users consider insufficient and therefore want to install their own card.

With no date announced, Sony promised that this feature would arrive in the future and now it seems that it is closer than ever. The Japanese company has published a guide on its website in which it announces that a beta update already includes this possibility.

It is key to emphasize that only users who are in the beta phase of the console will be able to introduce an M.2 SSD, a function that will arrive in “an upcoming software update.”

Among the details that are included to determine the compatibility of this SSD card, it is shown that it must be Gen4 x4 M.2, its capacity can range between 250GB and 4TB and a reading speed of 5,500 MB / s or faster is recommended.

When will this update arrive for everyone? The doubt remains since it could be in the next firmware update if everything goes well or maybe we have to wait for more. Sony has the last word.

More features for the latest beta

From The Verge, they reveal that other features are being tested in this beta. For example, 3D audio support is being implemented for integrated TV speakers. To achieve an optimal configuration, DualSense will be in charge of measuring the acoustics of the room and applying the ideal measures.

Improvements are also added to the Game Base sections or the Control Center, being able to reorganize or write direct messages to friends. On the other hand, it seems that we will try to tackle the problem when it comes to differentiating which version of a title we are playing, whether the PS4 or the PS5. They will appear separately, both at the start and in the library, and correspondingly indicating which consoles they correspond to.

The PlayStation Now service will add the option to switch between resolutions between 720p or 1080p, which had already been announced a few months ago.

First SSD drives compatible with PS5

The Seagate company has announced the arrival of new units for its SSDs, which in this case contain the peculiarity of already being compatible with the new generation console. FireCuda 530 NVMe m.2 is the name given to this device, which has been developed through collaboration with Sony. The prices will be the following:

  • 500GB: $ 149.99.
  • 1TB: $ 254.99.
  • 2TB: $ 514.99.
  • 4TB: $ 999.99.
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