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Cyberpunk 2077 is coming back to Sony's PlayStation Store on June 21
by Subir Kathuria
CD Projekt S.A., the parent company of Cyberpunk 2077 developer has announced in a regulatory filing that the game would be re-listed on Sony’s PlayStation Store on June 21. Sony has agreed to reinstate the game more than six months after it was removed on December 17, 2020, due to crippling issues with gameplay, primarily on the old-gen consoles.
In a statement to Polygon, Sony said the following regarding the game's return:
Cyberpunk 2077 went to sell over 13.7 million copies before the end of 2020 despite its controversial launch. While Sony removed the game from its store and gave refunds to players, Microsoft instead kept the listing and offered refunds without any questions, and also added a warning label for Xbox One players. Due to the issues, an investor even sued CD Projekt for making false claims and releasing it in an unfinished state
Some of the launch issues ranged from the game not utilizing all cores of AMD's Ryzen CPUs to 8MB save file limits which corrupted save games files. Later, CD Projekt Red delayed promised DLC's and vowed to fix the issues with the game first, and has since released multiple major bug fixing updates.
Xbox June update has text-to-speech party chat accessibility options and more
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The June update for Xbox has landed heralding new features and changes to both Microsoft's game consoles and Xbox app on mobile platforms.
Today's release brings speech-to-text and text-to-speech transcription support for party chat on Xbox consoles. With speech-to-text, anything spoken while in a party can now be converted to text which appears as an adjustable overlay on top of gameplay, while text-to-speech has text chat being read aloud by a synthetic voice (with multiple voices available) for others in the party.
Both functions can be found in Settings > Ease of Access > Game and Chat transcription page. Options > Configure Ease of Access settings can also be used to access it from inside of a party chat.
Elsewhere, the guide has been updated to allow customizing the order of custom game groups. In the My games & apps screen now exists a 'Move groups' button alongside the 'Create a new group' button for easy sorting.
Cross-network play requests — involving games like Minecraft that can be played with Windows 10 and Switch players — made by Xbox child accounts in a family group can now be handled by parents or guardians via the Xbox Family Settings mobile app or from an Xbox console. Speaking of mobile, Microsoft is also rolling out improvements to the Android and iOS Xbox apps that will let users see official social posts from games, while offering like, share, and commenting capabilities.
As for known issues in this update, not much has changed since last month except a single new problem that has surfaced. Microsoft says it has received reports regarding controllers not responding when returning to a game using Quick Resume and suggests restarting the game to resolve it. The update is available now, and users can trigger it to happen right away or wait until it completes automatically.
By Asher Madan
Xbox Deals Unlocked Sale features Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, and more
by Asher Madan
Every week, Microsoft and select publishers discount a number of titles for a weekly Deals with Gold sale. This week, games from the Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, and other franchises are available for substantially less. Below, you'll find the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 games with their respective discounts. The deals and games marked with an asterisk are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members, so you'll need an active paid subscription for the additional discount.
Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
Many of the games are also backward compatible so you can play them on your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One. There are some stellar Xbox 360 titles in there too if you only own that device.
Which titles are you interested in? Did you buy any up? Let us know in the comments below.
Games with Gold: Injustice: Gods Among Us and Shadows: Awakening are now free
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Since it's the halfway point of a month again, it is time for another Games with Gold promotion. As previously scheduled, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can now claim two more bonus games as a membership benefit, with them being the fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us and the isometric RPG Shadows: Awakening.
Both games have backward compatibility support for newer generation consoles. As such, Shadows: Awakening can be played on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S systems, while Injustice: Gods Among Us is up for grabs across the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S systems.
Use the links below to directly claim the games on to a Gold activated account:
Shadows: Awakening (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S)
If anyone missed it, The King's Bird from the previous Games with Gold wave is still available for claiming as well. This is slated to be replaced by the July games of the promotion on June 30.
Keep in mind that the games claimed through the service are attached to accounts in different ways depending on their original platforms. Xbox 360 titles will continue being playable even after Xbox Live Gold is allowed to run out, but Games with Gold Xbox One games are only playable while the account has an active subscription.
Razer finally goes Ryzen, new Blade 14 powered by Ryzen 9 5900HX is here
by Sayan Sen
Razer - known for its gaming and related lifestyle products - has always used Intel processors in its laptops and notebooks. However, that is set to change as the firm announced today its new 14" thin and light Blade 14 gaming notebook powered by a Ryzen 9 5900HX.
The 5900HX is a part of AMD's Zen 3-based 5000 series mobile processor lineup that the company launched earlier this year at CES. It is one of AMD's new 'HX' mobile CPUs and that means the chip can burst past the 45W TDP which most of the other 'H' rated chips are specced at. Thanks to the available power, the 8-core Ryzen 9 5900HX comes with a pretty high base clock of 3.3GHz and can boost even higher, reaching 4.6GHz. You can view the entire Ryzen 5000 mobile processor lineup here.
The Razer Blade 14 features a 165Hz Quad HD (1440p) screen and to power these many pixels at such a high refresh rate during gaming sessions, the company has included Nvidia's RTX 3080 as dedicated graphics.
Despite all this power-hungry hardware, the firm claims up to 12hrs of battery life. To keep the notebook cool in the thin chassis, Razer has used vapor chamber cooling instead of heat pipes used in bulkier systems.
In the audio department too, Razer claims the laptop is pretty impressive as it features 7.1 channel surround sound powered by THX Spatial Audio.
In terms of ports, the Blade 14 has:
2x UBC Type-C (3.2 Gen 2 Charging - Display Port), 2x USB Type-A (3.2 Gen 2), 1x HDMI 2.1 (Up to 4K 120Hz), 1x 3.5mm audio port. Price-wise, the new Ryzen-powered Razer Blade 14 starts at USD $1799.99 / €1,999.99 MSRP and is available now at Razer.com, RazerStore retail locations, and with select retail partners. You can read more about the Blade 14 here.