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Games: Quake II RTX, Kerbal Space Program, WonderOS and More

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  • Quake II RTX to release June 6th, first 3 levels free for everyone and source code will be up too

    NVIDIA have announced that Quake II RTX, the ray-traced remaster of Quake II is going to release in full with Linux support on June 6th. They've said that anyone will be able to download it and try out the first three levels for free. If you own Quake II, you will be able to play through the campaign in full and play against others online.

  • Kerbal Space Program is getting a big expansion named Breaking Ground, releasing this week

    I haven't really kept up with Kerbal Space Program so I'm a little late on finding this out. On May 30th, the huge Breaking Ground expansion is going to be released.

    The theme of this expansion is all about exploration, experimentation and technological breakthroughs. It's introducing a bunch of new equipment, some of which you will deploy onto the surface of a planet to do science which sounds fun. There's also new features that will be scattered across the surface of planets for you to study, along with a bunch of new building parts for your craft like hinges, pistons, rotors and more.

  • Gaming-Focused WonderOS To Allow PC And Console Streaming On Android

    The gaming-focused WonderOS is finally in active development after tip-toeing for several years. The operating system belongs to the startup “Wonder”. According to the company’s CEO, Wonder is an “all-in-one” gaming platform. Almost everyone currently working on the team has a rich experience in the gaming industry.

    According to its website, Wonder currently has ex-employees from Google, Microsoft, SEGA, Razer, Xbox, Sony, etc. Together, the team wants to transform your Android smartphone into the only device you’ll ever play games on.

  • AMD officially announce the "Zen 2" Ryzen 3 series & new RDNA GPU architecture + Intel tease new CPU

    For those looking at their next upgrade, both AMD and Intel have made announcements recently and there's a lot of big stuff coming.

    On the AMD side, they've officially announce the starting line-up of the Zen 2 core units that make up the Ryzen 3 series processors. To go along with this will be the new X570 chipset for the AM4 socket which supports PCIe 4.0.

  • 2D dodge-em-up 'JUMPGRID' adds an addictive endless mode, my fingers hurt

    JUMPGRID, the 2D fast-paced game where all you do is dodge obstacles is madly addicting and the new endless mode is fantastic.

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ARM Hardware

  • Arm Announces Cortex-A77 & Mali-G77 Valhall

    In addition to AMD announcing their Ryzen 3000 line-up, Arm also used today at Computex 2019 to announce their new Cortex processor as well as a new Mali graphics processor and machine learning chip.

    The Arm Cortex-A77 is their newest processor that promises 20% better IPC performance over the A76. The Cortex-A77 is destined for smartphones and laptops while being mostly an incremental upgrade over the A76. More details on the Cortex-A77 via this blog post.

  • If Huawei Loses ARM's Chip Designs, It's Toast

    It’s important to clarify that nothing at this point is certain, or permanent. The BBC first reported ARM’s move Wednesday morning, citing an internal memo that noted ARM’s use of "US origin technology,” which makes it subject to a sweeping ban put in place by the Trump administration. ARM finally confirmed the ban Wednesday afternoon. As it did with Google, though, the US Commerce Department could grant a waiver that allows ARM to continue servicing Huawei. And broader tensions between China and the US could otherwise resolve, potentially taking some of the pressure off Huawei.

NVIDIA Releasing Quake II RTX and Intel

  • NVIDIA Releasing Quake II RTX Open-Source In Two Weeks

    NVIDIA announced the EGX platform from Computex 2019 for accelerating AI at the edge. But if that news doesn't interest you, they also announced in June will be the formal Quake II RTX ray-traced game port release and will be open-source.

    Since the start of the year we've seen work happening on an RTX / VK_NV_ray_tracing port of Quake II that pairs nicely with NVIDIA's latest RTX Turing graphics cards. Back during GDC they were also teasing this Quake II RTX work while now they announced it will see a formal release on 6 June.

  • Intel Lines Up Initial Graphics Driver Changes Slated For Linux 5.3

    Being well past the period of submitting new feature material for Linux 5.2, on Friday the Intel Linux graphics driver developers sent in their initial slew of patches to DRM-Next of material they want to have in the Linux 5.3 kernel.

AMDVLK 2019.Q2.4 Brings Steam Play Game Fixes

  • AMDVLK 2019.Q2.4 Brings Steam Play Game Fixes, New Vulkan Extensions

    For open-source fans, adding to AMD's exciting day also happens to be a new AMDVLK open-source Vulkan driver update.

    As it's been several weeks since their last code drop, this latest routine code push for their official open-source Vulkan API driver sees several notable additions.

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