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

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Valve finally speaks out on Steam Deck vs. Nintendo Switch comparisons

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.

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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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