Multiplayer gameplay and procedurally generated environments will be featured in the upcoming Witcher game, currently codenamed Project Sirius.
While not The Witcher 4, Sirius is a spin-off of the Witcher series currently in development at CD Projekt subsidiary Red The Molasses Flood. Revealed in a investor presentation (opens in new tab) Yesterday, the game is currently in pre-production and is touted as “an innovative take on The Witcher Universe”.
About twitter (opens in new tab), CD Projekt Red has confirmed that Sirius will include multiplayer elements on top of a single-player campaign that spans “quests and a story”. There are still no clues as to whether this will take the form of competitive multiplayer or online co-op.
The Continent as you’ve never seen it before
Some new job listings have given us yet another idea of what witch sorcery The Molasses Flood is in store for. as seen by Radar Games (opens in new tab)they suggest that the next Witcher game will include procedurally generated levels – that is, environments created by algorithms rather than manually.
O lead level designer (opens in new tab) The listing describes Sirius as a game in which “many environments will be procedurally generated”. O senior level designer position (opens in new tab)meanwhile, it requires someone who can create levels that involve both craft and procedural elements, as well as level parts that can be “recombined and organized by a procedural system”.
The Molasses Deluge is no stranger to procedural generation. He is best known for creating the 2016 roguelike survival game The Flame in the Flood, in which you scavenge for resources and tools in a post-apocalyptic version of the USA, while making your way down a procedurally generated river. His 2020 co-op survival game Drake Hollow also featured a procedurally generated map where you would build a settlement and rescue creatures.
The studio was founded in 2014 by a group of developers who had previously worked on the Bioshock, Halo and Guitar Hero series. During last year’s acquisition of Molasses Flood, CD Projekt Red said it would work closely with the studio, but the team “will retain its current identity and will not be merged with existing teams”. Part of that identity seems to be a proficiency with procedural generation.
Minecraft is getting a new crowd – but it’s up to you and the community to decide which option makes the cut. Mojang’s has revealed two potential creatures so far, and there’s a clear winner (in my opinion) that could be a game-changer for farming.
The community will decide in the annual Minecraft Mob Vote which of the three candidates should be added to the game. Mojang’s has revealed just two of the three options so far: the trickster, a hide-and-seek expert who has enchanted tools, and the sniffer, an ancient creature that looks like a cross between a truffle pig and a turtle. But the winner is obvious, right?
The sniffer caught my eye right away, as I need a useful farmmate. When the Sniffer is beside him, he will sniff out the undergrowth and discover all sorts of seeds and plants. Never again will you have to spend countless nights looking for elusive watermelon seeds or stocking up on pumpkins. I can see myself building a very useful automatic Sniffer farm in the future, which would mean I would never run out of seeds again.
Mojang also hinted that if Sniffer is voted on, we may see more plants and seeds added. As someone who is a sucker for creating farms, I’m already organizing the new gardens in hopes of some additions to my automatic food production.
How can the rogue hope to compete with that?
Sniffer has already made a big splash, and more splashes will come if he wins the contest. Sniffers are found in underwater ruins scattered among chests, so you’ll need to swim to the depths of the ocean to collect their eggs if you want to get your hands on them.
But you won’t just need your swimming trunks to find a Sniffer Egg. As they appear in underwater ruins, you’ll be swimming with the Drowned – the rotting corpses of zombies that have sunk into rivers and oceans. They are fast, silent and deadly. Fighting a horde of Drowned while trying to catch your breath underwater is not a fun experience. So make sure you don your best armor and equip your sharpest sword.
Understandably, Sniffers would be just as hard to find, though. In keeping with Minecraft lore, the Sniffers are an ancient mob that have only recently been rediscovered after becoming extinct. It’s up to you to bring these little gardeners back from the dead.
Sniffer looks like a cute and practical addition to Minecraft – my two favorite things. As sweet as it sounds, Rascal does nothing for me and my agricultural dream. Perhaps the third mob will find a place in my heart, but it will have to work hard to force the sniffer out.
According to the ad post (opens in new tab), voting will go live on the Minecraft website on October 14 at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST / 5 pm BST (or October 15 at 2 am AEST). Who knows, maybe the Sniffer will remain extinct.
Xiaomi has started rolling out its Q2 TV series in Europe, offering consumers an affordable way to access premium home entertainment features such as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.
Google TV’s new QLED screen is available in 50, 55, and 65-inch sizes, and with a pretty impressive list of features behind its pixels, Xiaomi’s latest TV could be a tempting, inexpensive alternative to more expensive models. . QLED models from brands like TCL and Samsung, which make some of the best 4K TVs for those on a budget.
The problem, though, is that we still don’t know when – or even if – the Xiaomi Q2 is hitting the market in the US and UK. The 50-inch model starts at €700 in Europe, which would put it close to the $690/£620 mark if Xiaomi kept similar pricing globally. FlatpanelsHD (opens in new tab) also notes that a launch offer dropped the European Q2 price to just €550, which could translate to around $540/£480 in overseas markets.
Should the range be expanded beyond the borders of Europe and China, the Xiaomi Q2 would serve as a worthy competitor to Amazon’s recently announced Omni Fire QLED TV, as well as cheaper options from major TV manufacturers.
Like the Xiaomi Q2, the Amazon Omni Fire TV QLED is positioned as an affordable QLED TV – it’s currently available to pre-order for $799 (65-inch) and $1,099 (75-inch) in the US – but Xiaomi has added Dolby Atmos and DTS :X audio support for their latest offering, where Amazon doesn’t.
You’ll also get three HDMI ports and Google TV interactivity from the Xiaomi Q2, where Amazon’s Omni Fire TV retains the company’s Android-based Fire operating system (which is a benefit or a disadvantage depending on your taste for Google’s software). .
It’s not entirely clear what kind of picture quality to expect more generally from the Xiaomi TV Q2 – unlike its Amazon competitor, its spec sheet doesn’t mention direct backlighting and local dimming, so it could be a more basic LCD offering .
However, Xiaomi says it expects 92% coverage of the TV’s DCI-P3 color gamut, which will put it at roughly the same level as the Samsung Q60B for color reproduction – albeit behind even cheaper OLED TVs like the LG A2. , which provided 98.8% DCI-P3 color coverage in our tests.
Still, for what could end up being a $690/£620 display, the Xiaomi TV Q2 checks plenty of boxes in the mid-range spec department and could be especially tempting for those looking to pair it with one of the best Dolby Atmos. sound bars. We hope it hits shelves in more countries in the near future.
If you wanted your Steam Deck to boot with something other than the handheld logo, a beta update available for installation will allow you to do so.
Going to Settings > System > Steam Update Channel > Betayou can install this update (opens in new tab) which also changes the resolution when connected to an external monitor, saving you the hassle of doing this when your Steam Deck is connected to one.
Enabling a different animation is a simple matter where you drop a video in ‘steamui/replaces/movies/‘ when in Desktop mode, and once the Steam Deck is launched, it will look for a video in this folder and play it when the Deck launches.
there is already one Reddit Thread (opens in new tab) which features several videos that you can download and use in this directory, but it made us think about what we could use.
Of course, this being the 25th anniversary of the Spiceworld album (opens in new tab), you might want to introduce the intro to one of the Spice Girls’ songs, such as Who Do You Think You Are. See that boot surely spice your Steam Deck on every boot.
However, you can install others like the boot videos for game consoles of the past. From PlayStation 1 to Xbox, there’s a lot you can download this link (opens in new tab) and put it in the folder that Valve specified, and your Deck will be able to play a mix of those videos and the Spice Girls.
He talks a lot about how Valve is keeping an eye on innovative community efforts, with youtubers (opens in new tab) bringing unofficial ways to do this previously. With that amount of customization, it just makes us wonder what else we can do when 2022 ends.
Overwatch 2’s launch has been interrupted by a wave of DDoS attacks and server crashes as players struggle to get into the game and access premium content.
Overwatch 2 players faced extremely long queue times when trying to launch the game, with some waiting in four-hour lines containing over 50,000 people. Others were unable to load the game, faced longer wait times when trying to merge their Overwatch accounts, and discovered unlocked cosmetics previously missing from their collection.
Hours after the game’s release, Blizzard president Mike Ybarra confirmed in twitter (opens in new tab) that Overwatch 2’s servers have been hit by a DDoS attack – a deliberate attempt to disrupt and destabilize a network of servers by overloading it with a wave of traffic
Game director Aaron Keller later announced in twitter (opens in new tab) that a second DDoS attack had been recorded. He said Blizzard was “all on deck” and would “continue working through the night” to fix the issues.
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Despite the DDoS attacks, some players managed to get around the long queue times. Logging into the game’s Asia servers on PC greatly reduced wait times and would still match you with players in your region.
Excessively long queue times aren’t the only issues players have encountered. Many were unable to enter Overwatch 2 even after the queue counter reached zero, with some hanging on the loading screen for up to an hour before entering. Others were spontaneously disconnected while queuing or started mid-game.
Players trying to merge their Overwatch accounts – allowing them to combine their PC and console profiles to carry skins, items, and other cosmetics for the sequel – need to join a second, long queue. While accounts can be merged in the background, players will expect their cosmetics and rank to show up. Some even failed to connect as they encounter an error message that says “Unexpected Server Error”.
Additional premium content has also disappeared from user accounts. Some players who purchased the Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack – a $39.99 / £34.99 / AU$59.95 starter pack collecting various cosmetics, premium goodies and access to the Season 1 Battle Pass – found it didn’t appear in your account. Others have also found that cosmetics, items, and in-game currency are missing from their profiles.
Blizzard has published a forum post (opens in new tab) listing known boot issues and bugs. These include merge errors, server disconnects, and missing cosmetics. He says he is working to resolve the issues and will update players when fixes are ready. It has already fixed an issue that removed player match histories and replays and is refunding players who mistakenly purchased the Happi Genji skin twice after the cosmetic did not appear on some accounts.
Instead, the streaming service decided to end the series with season two, but a second season that will arrive, Ozark and Stranger Things style, in two parts. The season will have 16 episodes, with the first nine available to watch starting December 2, and the second batch of seven episodes premiering in 2023.
Firefly Lane stars Scrubs’ Sarah Chalke and former Greys’ Anatomy star Katherine Heigl. Based on Kristin Hannah’s novel of the same name, the show documents the more than 30-year friendship between Tully Hart of Heigl and Kate Mularkey of Chalke. Friends since the age of 14, the couple went through endless ups and downs, loves and losses.
Created by Maggie Friedman, whose credits include Dawson’s Creek and Witches of East End, the show co-starred Ben Lawson, Beau Garrett, Ali Skovbye, Roan Curtis and Yael Yurman, with India de Beaufort, Greg Germann, Jolene Purdy and Ignacio Serricchio joining in. joining the cast for the second season.
Analysis: A surprise move by Netflix?
Netflix’s hottest shows are big-budget affairs like Stranger Things, The Crown and Bridgerton, the underpinning productions that drive the effort to attract new subscribers. The unsung heroes, meanwhile, are shows like Virgin River, Sweet Magnolias, and Grace and Frankie, comfortable viewing shows with modest budgets and loyal fan bases.
These shows return once a year, always returning a slightly larger audience than the last season, and for every $200 million miniseries, you need one or two of these series. You can’t eat gourmet food every night – sometimes you just want a bowl of cereal.
This makes the Firefly Lane ending even more surprising. The show had the same cozy feel as Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias, and while Chalke is recognizable for her roles in Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother, and Heigl is remembered for Knocked Up and 27 Dresses, they’re not A-listers. who would have ordered mega salaries.
For us, this had the feel of a show that could run and run. It wouldn’t have had the same fanfare as Netflix’s tentpoles, there would have been no panel at Comic Con, no flashy presence at Tudum, no billboards, but it should have been a stable banker.
None of the reports about the show’s ending suggested any behind-the-scenes issues such as over-budgets or script issues; this appears to be just a shift in strategy by Netflix, and you might surprise us.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story came very close to stealing one of Stranger Things season 4’s crowns, according to new data from Netflix.
According to the streaming giant’s latest summary of its List of the 10 best TV shows (opens in new tab), the deeply disturbing drama series racked up nearly 300 million hours watched in its second week on Netflix. This makes it the second most-watched English original series, over a period of seven days, in Netflix history. The fourth season of Stranger Things is the only English-language series that has performed better in a single week.
That’s not all either. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story The 299.84 million hours viewed in the week of September 26-October 2 represents a 65% increase in launch week view numbers. For context, the Netflix show racked up 196.2 million hours watched in its first seven days after launch.
In total, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has amassed 496.05 million hours viewed since it debuted on Netflix. According to the streamer, that equates to 56 million households watching the show from start to finish.
Even more shockingly, Monster’s massive viewing numbers make it the ninth most popular Netflix show of all time. Read this again in case you missed it: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is Netflix’s ninth biggest TV series. Ever. And that position was conquered after just 12 days. Not even other hit Netflix shows like The Umbrella Academy, You, Cobra Kai and Shadow and Bone can boast those numbers.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story can beat other really popular shows, including The Witcher and Bridgerton, in the viewing department. It has already surpassed the 484 million hours viewed of The Witcher season 2 – and that number has accumulated over the 28 days following the release of season 2 in December 2021.
Meanwhile, Monster is close to surpassing The Witcher season one (541 million hours), Bridgerton season one (625.49 million hours) and Bridgerton season two (656.16 million hours). release too.
Netflix’s Jeffrey Dahmer series has been so dominant, in fact, that Dynasty Season 5’s 44.6 million hours viewed was a distant second on Netflix’s updated Top 10 TV Series list. Meanwhile, The Sandman is the only Netflix original show – since Stranger Things 4 – since August to come close to any of Monster’s weekly numbers.
Simply put, it just goes to show that any show can become a global phenomenon if the conditions are right. Just look at Squid Game for more proof of this.
Analysis: Why did Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story prove to be so popular?
The reasons for Monster’s success are apparently threefold: the story it tells, its genre positioning, and a helping hand from some negative publicity.
For starters, the Netflix series Jeffrey Dahmer is inspired by real-life events. It tells the story of American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. extremely unsettling, disturbing and shocking details. And that’s putting it lightly.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story also seems like the right fit – if such terminology can be used in this context – for Netflix. The streaming giant has become the go-to platform for documentaries – check out our list of the best Netflix documentaries – and docu-dramas about mass murderers, with its series Conversations with a Killer a particularly dark but fascinating watch. So it seems Netflix subscribers just can’t get enough for shows like Monster.
Then there’s the negative press Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has won since it was released. Many viewers revealed that they were unable to finish the series due to the graphic and extremely distressing content it contains. Meanwhile, Kim Alsup – a production assistant on the show – criticized Netflix for how she was treated on set, saying it was “one of the worst shows” she’s worked on (for entertainment week (opens in new tab)). In an interview with LA Times (opens in new tab), Alsup also said that the show’s trailer gave her PTSD. Relatives of Dahmer’s murder victims also spoke out in the LA Times article, with some accusing Netflix of profiting from her trauma.
Combined, these three factors appear to have given Monster a significant boost and persuaded Netflix audiences to check out the series. Those who watched it likely also discussed it at length with friends, co-workers, and adult family members, with word of mouth likely increasing its popularity as well.
Much like Stranger Things and Squid Game before it, Netflix’s Jeffrey Dahmer series has become an unlikely hit for the streaming giant. It will be fascinating to see if Monster breaks more records in the coming weeks.
For more Netflix-based coverage, check out our list of the best Netflix movies, see what’s leaving the streamer in October, or read about all the new movies coming to Netflix before the end of 2022.
If you currently own a Google Pixel 4 or a Pixel 4 XL, now might be the time to upgrade, as Google is rolling out its October 2022 Update for these phones – as well as all subsequent models, including the Pixel 6 – and that’s the final upgrade that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL guarantee.
according to one official google support page (opens in new tab), October 2022 is the last month these phones are guaranteed to receive Android version updates or security updates; with the latter meaning, they can be increasingly unsafe to use.
It’s worth noting that these are just the ‘guaranteed’ updates, so it’s possible that Google will choose to support the Pixel 4 lineup for longer, but we wouldn’t count on that; especially since Google has not provided more than the guaranteed number of updates for the Pixel 3.
The good news is that the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be fully revealed tomorrow (October 6), so there’s bound to be an entirely new model that you can upgrade to if you want to stick with the Pixel. will cover the announcement in its entirety, so check back in the day for full details.
These new phones will also likely get five years of security patches – just like the Pixel 6 range – which would make an update in the three years the Pixel 4 received, and therefore means you might not need to update again anytime soon. Although Android version updates may still be limited to three years.
Analysis: What This Final Update Contains
If you expected the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL to go out with a bang, you’ll be disappointed as this final software update doesn’t contain much.
It’s basically all just bug fixes, with the update notes (opens in new tab) mentioning a fix for a buzzing sound that is sometimes heard during calls when using wired headphones, a fix for a bug that prevents the volume controls in a media player notification from working on certain occasions, and a fix for an issue that causes the launcher to fail when using a VPN under certain conditions.
There is also a fix for an issue that prevented available Wi-Fi networks from being displayed in the network selection menu, and various fixes for aspects of the interface, including widget compatibility issues, device crashing when playing audio from a local source, and a lot more .
So these are helpful fixes for anyone affected by the above issues, but they won’t change the look, feel or functionality of your Pixel 4. If you’re considering a new handset, there are plenty of top choices – check out our guide to the best phones. for an overview of them.
Finally, the Disney Plus app on PS5 has been updated to support 4K HDR streaming.
Accessible through the media tab, you will be able to enjoy compatible Disney content, which includes Marvel movies and Star Wars TV shows, in Ultra HD and HDR10 through your Sony console, after updating the Disney Plus app to a new one. PS5 native version.
Disney Plus content on the PS5 had previously been limited to 1080p resolution, as the app was just a port of the PS4 equivalent. Companies like Netflix, HBO Max, and Prime Video have been offering 4K playback on the PS5 for some time now.
“A key part of our global expansion strategy is serving consumers wherever they are,” Jerrell Jimerson, Disney’s executive vice president of product and design for streaming, said in a statement. declaration (opens in new tab). “The ability to support 4K HDR video streaming in [Disney Plus] will also improve the viewing experience for fans.”
It’s worth noting that the PS5 doesn’t yet support Dolby Vision HDR or Dolby Atmos audio. So if your TV supports any of the features, you can enjoy a more complete viewing experience by streaming content through dedicated streaming devices (such as Apple TV 4K, Roku Ultra, and Amazon Fire TV Cube) or built-in TV apps. .
Mind you, it’s nice to at least have the option to watch Andor and Thor: Love and Thunder in over 1080p on Sony’s flagship console.
What are Ultra HD and HDR10?
Ultra HD and HDR10 are, for all intents and purposes, the two main components of the modern 4K viewing experience – but what do they actually do?
Ultra HD refers to the level of detail (or definition) in the image. Think of your TV as a grid, with rows and columns. A full HD 1080p image is 1080 rows high and 1920 columns wide. A 4K (or UHD) image approximately doubles these numbers in both directions, yielding approximately four times as many total pixels. Put another way, you can fit every pixel in your 1080p set into a quarter of a 4K screen.
As such, Ultra HD resolution reveals much more nuance and detail than 1080p. Its higher pixel density also means you can get very close to the image without the grid-like structure of the image itself becoming visible – in other words, you can comfortably watch a much larger screen from the same position taken for a normal HD display.
HDR, or high dynamic range, refers to color. Essentially, it increases the difference between the lightest and darkest parts of an image. Blacks are suitably dark instead of milky gray, and whites are blindingly light. HDR comes in three formats; HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. The first is the most basic of the three and is compatible with any modern 4K TV.
So if you’ve been waiting for the chance to stream Disney Plus on your PS5, now is the time to do so. Once you’ve loaded the app, check out our pick of the best Disney Plus shows and best Disney Plus movies the streamer has to offer.
Nvidia’s RTX 4090 can hit over 500 frames per second (fps) in Overwatch 2 at 1440p resolution, a ridiculously fluid level of gameplay – with one notable caveat that we’ll come back to later on the monitor front – Team Green himself told us .
To be more precise, Nvidia’s own benchmarking (opens in new tab) shows the shooter (which was released yesterday) running at 507 fps on average with the RTX 4090, and that was at 1440p with max graphics settings (the test rig paired the GPU with an Intel Core i9-12900K CPU, by the way).
As for the RTX 4080 16GB, which achieved 368 fps, and the smaller RTX 4080 with 12GB (cough, RTX 4070, ahem) still managed 296 fps.
For high-end comparisons, the RTX 3080 hit 249 fps and the RTX 3070 weighed in at 195 fps, with the RTX 3060 hitting 122 fps, all with the same gear and settings, of course.
Nvidia recommends the RTX 3060 for those looking to get 144 fps at 1080p (Full HD instead of 1440p) and the RTX 3080 Ti for those looking to get 360 fps again at 1080p.
Review: The advantage of super-fast resolution and fps
We usually think of Nvidia flagships like the RTX 4090 as graphics cards built to handle high resolution gaming (4K or even 8K with the new Lovelace top dog), but of course competitive gamers want to go the other way. – no more details, but more frames is the priority. This provides the smoothest gaming experience possible.
Seeing 500 broken frames per second in Overwatch 2 is quite a feat, remembering that it’s not a 1080p resolution either – it’s a step up from 1440p, which offers much better image quality (and sharpness) than Full HD. And as Nvidia points out, going to 1440p can have some advantages over 1080p in terms of accurately aiming like a headshot, noting: it displays, when aiming at small targets, like an enemy’s head.”
Add your own spice, naturally, and there are new G-Sync monitors of the 27-inch 1440p variety in the pipeline and coming soon, from Asus, with a 360Hz refresh rate. So the RTX 4080 16GB will be able to drive and fully exploit this refresh rate, as the benchmarks above show (360Hz, which means it can display 360fps).
Of course, don’t forget that you need a high-end monitor with a super fast refresh rate to really display the impressive amount of fps generated by these GPUs in the scenarios presented for Overwatch 2.
And yes, there’s a 500Hz monitor coming from Asus – capable of displaying 500 fps – although we’re not sure when, and anyway, it’s 1080p and will likely cost you an arm and a leg (and possibly another arm). There are also 480Hz models reportedly slated for next year, but this type of monitor will be the province of professional esports gamers who are willing to spend whatever it takes to gain the slightest competitive edge.
On a final note, comparing the relative price of the two RTX 4080 models and the performance here, you’re paying a third more for the top-tier 4080 (16GB), but getting a quarter-up in performance over the 12-bit variant. GB So that makes it sound like Nvidia pushed prices a little further with the faster RTX 4080, but obviously we can’t make comparisons like that based on a single game – it’s more of an interesting observation than anything else.
We’ll need full reviews of both RTX 4080 versions to draw conclusions on this front, naturally, although it’s no surprise to see the lower tier being the value champion for the overall price/performance ratio.