Connect with us

News

Valve announces Steam Deck, a hybrid console very similar to Nintendo Switch

Published

on

Steam Deck: Trackpad could enable unique functions in games

The device page with details about it appeared on Steam. For now, you can only reserve the Deck for purchase to be notified when it goes on sale.

Information that Valve is working on such devices appeared on the network a month and a half before the official release. First, references to the console were found in the Steam database, and later the information was confirmed by media sources.

General device details

  • The price of Steam Deck will start at $399. Regional prices are not known at the moment.
  • Valve promises that all games from the Steam library will be available on Deck – just log into your account.
  • The device will also be able to use the other functions that are tied to your account – for example, a list of friends, chat, shop, and cloud savings.
  • Deck runs on a specially adapted version of SteamOS 3.0 and includes a Proton compatibility layer – at the expense of which “games are unlikely to need porting”.
  • Windows and third-party software will be allowed to be installed on the PC.
  • The system has been specially redesigned with an overlay and various menus for easy control on a small screen.

Specifications

  • Three models will go on sale, identical in everything except the storage capacity: 64 GB (eMMC), 256 or 512 GB (NVMe SSD). In addition, each will have a microSD card slot.
  • The device is equipped with an AMD APU, which uses the Zen 2 and RDNA 2 microarchitectures. The central processor operates at 2.4-3.5 GHz, while the graphics processor operates at 1.0-1.6 GHz.
  • 16GB LPDDR5 RAM.
  • The Deck will feature a 7-inch touchscreen display with a 1280×800 resolution, 400 nits brightness, and a 60Hz refresh rate.
  • The computer is equipped with a USB-C port and 3.5 mm audio jack, also supports Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi connection.
  • The approximate weight of the device is 669 grams, and the dimensions are 298 x 117 x 49 mm.
  • Separately, a docking station with ports for peripheral devices and connection to TV, as well as the Internet via cable will go on sale. They promise to share details about her later.

Cost and purchase details

Prices for three Steam Deck models with different drives will differ by about $120:

  • 64 GB – $ 399
  • 256 GB – $ 529
  • 512 GB – $ 649

In December 2021, sales will begin in the US, Canada, UK, and EU countries. Later, the list of regions is planned to be expanded, but Deck will not appear in other countries before 2022.

At the moment, Valve only proposes to reserve the console for residents of the countries of the “first wave” – ​​for this you need to make a special deposit of five dollars. To combat dealers, a special system is in place, which until July 17 will not allow users who did not buy anything on Steam in June 2021 to leave their own application.

News

Lst Ark: Servers are shutting down today to allow more fans to play

Published

on

Lost Ark: Tier 1 Island Route

On February 11th the new MMORPG Lost Ark was released in its Free2Play version for all people who just want to try it. That’s a lot though, which is why the game is still struggling with server issues. That should change now.

Update 8:05 a.m.: The servers are now down.

When will the servers shut down? As announced by Amazon via the Lost Ark official website, the servers will go offline this morning, that is, on February 13, at 8 a.m. GMT.

The downtime affects all European servers equally and you will not be able to log into the game in the meantime.

How long will they stay offline? The maintenance work is planned for about 3 hours. So if all goes well, you’ll be able to return to the world of Arkesia at 11 a.m.

We’ll keep you up to date in the live ticker when the servers return and if there will be any delays again.

Lost Ark’s last scheduled server maintenance was scheduled for 4 hours, but ended up lasting over 10 hours, leading to some negative reviews on Steam.

Why are the servers going down? Since Lost Ark was released, the new MMORPG has been struggling with long queues and server problems. At the prime time on February 12, more than 1.3 million people played the action game at the same time.

This also meant that some servers had to be completely closed to new players. Especially the server Asta, on which many German players gather, is affected by long queues.

Sometimes the fans have to wait up to 6 hours just to log in. Incidentally, this only works if you already have a character on the Asta server. New players were completely denied access until the evening hours of February 12th.

To address this situation, Amazon is working with Smilegate to increase server capacity. At this point, however, they are not telling us exactly how this is supposed to work.

Are the queues gone then? No, probably not. In the blog post, the publishers emphasize that they only want to create the basic framework for further updates and more server capacities during the downtime.

We, therefore, do not assume that you will be able to continue gambling directly at 11 a.m. without queues, even if that would be desirable.

Continue Reading

News

Lost Ark: An exact time when the servers will go online

Published

on

Lost Ark: Tier 2 Island Route

Today at 6 p.m. the Lost Ark servers should (re)open to all players after the scheduled maintenance. But nothing will come of the official Lost Ark Launch! The launch is delayed due to “deployment issues”.

An exact time when the servers will go online again has not yet been announced. “We hope that this problem will be fixed in a few hours,” the announcement simply says.

We’ll keep you posted on updates here!

Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed due to deployment issues. We hope this will be fixed in a few hours.

Your patience is appreciated and we will update you soon.

Restart Lost Ark Client

We have received important information from the Community Team. Waiting in the server screen doesn’t seem to help. The server list does not appear there automatically. So a reboot is required.

Waiting at the server screen won’t help, as it will require a fresh launch of the client as far as I’m aware.

You can read our guide for Lost Ark here.

Continue Reading

News

New pioneer package with server change in Lost Ark

Published

on

Lost Ark guide: List of runes and their effects

Lost Ark has been better received than many thought. Even Amazon did not expect this rush. And so there were long queues on some servers, as was the case with New World. Since a real server change is not possible, many players simply created a new character on a new server. However, some of these players have already redeemed their pioneer package on the first server and thus used it up unnecessarily.

As Amazon has now announced, we will get an additional set of exclusive items on the new server. These items are bound to the character and thus cannot be traded. They can soon be redeemed on every new server.

During the Head Start period for Lost Ark, a massive number of heroes arrived in Arkesia. While we are thrilled to have so many players joining us, we also recognize that this has brought about large queues on our more popular servers, leading to a less than ideal experience for these players.

In an effort to improve the player experience for those who have faced queues, we will be taking several steps to put preventative measures in place ahead of our full launch tomorrow morning, in addition to addressing some of the outstanding issues surrounding Founder’s Pack claims.

Founder’s Pack Redemptions

Players have let us know one of the reasons they are reluctant to switch to lower population servers is because many of them have already redeemed their Founder’s Packs on another server. To help combat this and make exploring new servers a more reasonable choice, we will be granting ALL Founder’s Pack purchasers that redeem their pack by 12 PM PT (8 PM UTC) on Monday, February 14th with an extra set of the exclusive items from the Founder’s Pack they redeemed (e.g., the Founder’s Exclusive Pet and Founder’s Title from the Bronze pack; see full list below) as well as some additional Royal Crystals for Silver, Gold, and Platinum Pack purchasers. These items will not be tradeable, and will be delivered to a player’s Product Inventory so they can be claimed on a new server. Your original Founder’s Pack will not be affected by this, and will remain on the initial server where you redeemed it (or in your Product Inventory, if you have not yet redeemed it).

We are currently working to get these item grants ready to go, and will update players when they are ready to claim — these will be claimable on any new server you choose, so in the meantime we encourage you to find a perfect server to call home.

Bronze Pack
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Silver Pack
150 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Gold Pack
500 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)

Platinum Pack
1,000 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Platinum Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Exclusive Mount (Untradeable)
Platinum Welcome Crate (Untradeable)

Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper*
Founder’s Exclusive Structure
Legendary Rapport Gift Selection Chest
Launch Limited Card Pack
*If the Founder’s Title or Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper are used on the same Roster where a pack has already been redeemed, you will not be able to use these items.

Please note that this is a one-time grant, and we do not have plans to continue to make additional grants of items available to players in the future. For example, there will be Starter Packs available for purchase at full launch tomorrow (more details to come), and we highly recommend only redeeming them once you settle into your permanent home server.

Continue Reading
Manage Cookie Settings