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AMD Radeon 21.7.2 driver adds support for Chernobylite and more Vulkan extensions
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
AMD today brought forth another driver update for its graphics cards in the form of Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.7.2. It's not a jam-packed release, but it does include support for Chernobylite, the science fiction survival game from The Farm 51 team, along with a couple of more Vulkan API extensions, and bug fixes.
Chernobylite is launching out of Early Access this week on PC, and those with graphics cards from the red team will want to upgrade to the latest driver for optimal performance. Unfortunately, AMD has not provided any data on the exact improvements users can expect.
The handful of bug fixes included in this driver are these:
Known issues to keep an eye out for are as follows:
Details on the Vulkan extensions can be found on the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.7.2 release notes page here. The driver is now available for download on 64-bit Windows 10 systems via the Radeon Software app on Windows in the optional section. Links for standalone installations can also be found on the above release notes.
By Abhay V
Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available on Xbox Series X|S and Game Pass
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft announced the return of Flight Simulator back in 2019, bringing its longest-running game franchise to users in its newest form, leveraging Azure for features such as dynamic scenery and real-time weather. The game launched on the PC in August 2020, becoming available through the Microsoft Store, Steam, and Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers. However, there was no word on the release timeline for Xbox users.
Fast forward to E3 this year, and the Redmond firm finally announced a date for the arrival of the game on the latest-generation Xbox consoles. While pre-orders opened back then, Flight Simulator is now available on Xbox Series X|S consoles starting today. The simulation game is being made available to Xbox Game Pass for Console and Ultimate subscribers as well as pre-order customers starting today only on the latest-generation consoles, with the company promising optimizations aimed at console simmers. The firm adds that users can “expect the same level of depth as the PC version”.
In addition to the launch, the company is also listing improvements and feature addition being made to the simulator, which includes enhancements to the world map in the way of satellite images, map labels, new Discovery Flights to famous locations, and more. There are new trainings for those unfamiliar with VFR navigation, takeoff and landing manoeuvers, and flying jets like the Airbus A320neo. A new Flight Assistant tool further provides AI-based assistance for Autoland, navigating to points of interest, and avoiding stalls, aimed especially at beginners and casual simmers. There are also tweaks been made to make it possible to “land anywhere”, including on water.
The latest iteration of Flight Simulator has been a massive hit for the company. The game was termed as being the biggest Game Pass launch yet. The offering has been constantly updated with free ‘World Updates’ bringing complex sceneries, something that will continue to be offered for both PC and Xbox users, bug fixes, and more. The game also gained VR support late last year, bringing a more immersive way for users to experience the simulator.
In addition to the usual World Updates, Microsoft will also be releasing a Top Gun: Maverick expansion on November 19, aligning with the release of the Top Gun: Maverick movie, which the firm is celebrating with Paramount Pictures. The trailer for the expansion suggests that it will include aircraft carriers and an F/A-18 Super Hornet.
You can grab Flight Simulator from the Microsoft Store here, with the Standard Editions starting at $59.99. As mentioned earlier, the game is included in Xbox Game Pass. However, users that have already purchased the game on the PC will have access to it on the console. Though the Play Anywhere tag seems to be missing in the Microsoft Store listing, the firm notes the availability of the feature in an FAQ listing that was updated earlier today.
By Asher Madan
Xbox Ultimate Game Sale feature 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. However, there's also an Ultimate Game Sale going on this week which adds even more games! Titles 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 really isn't much going on this week if you only own an Xbox 360. However, there are a lot of classics like The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on sale.
Which titles are you interested in? Did you buy any up? Let us know in the comments below.
Dark Souls Remastered loyalty discount on Steam is going away this September
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The original Dark Souls by FromSoftware received a remaster in 2018, and since then, those who already owned the original Prepare to Die Edition on Steam have received a "loyalty discount reward" that pulled down the new version's price by 50%. Now, after years of keeping this promotion active, the discount program is going away on September 30, 2021.
Arriving via a Steam community post, the announcement did not give a reason for this change-up, only going on to urge old edition owners to upgrade to the remaster while the discount is still active.
The original Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition has been unavailable for purchase since 2018, but it is still playable for anyone who owns it. It will also remain in player libraries as a separate entry even after gaining the remastered edition.
Dark Souls: Remastered normally comes in at $39.99 on Steam, but with the loyalty discount, Prepare to Die version owners can grab it for $19.99 until the promotion ends in September. Developed by QLOC, the remaster offers enhancements to the visuals, frame rate, resolution, multiplayer, and other areas of the massively popular RPG that's known for its difficult but rewarding gameplay.
The remaster has been missing from Steam sales since 2019, but with the loyalty discount shuttering soon, sales may be returning as well. As it's set up now, any regular discount to the game would also stack with the loyalty discount, offering a massive deal for old edition owners.
Samsung has unveiled its Odyssey Neo G9 gaming monitor
by Paul Hill
Samsung has unveiled its latest gaming monitor, the Odyssey Neo G9. The new product boasts a curved screen for a more immersive experience. To boost gaming immersion further, this monitor is equipped with “next level” Quantum Matrix technology made possible with Quantum Mini LEDs and Quantum HDR 2000.
According to Samsung, with the new Quantum Matrix technology included with the Odyssey Neo G9, the display is capable of “super-fast” response and refresh rates. The technology also helps the monitor deliver an “unrivalled” dynamic picture and premium performance for gamers.
Specifically, the monitor comes with Adaptive Sync on DP1.4 and HDMI2.1 VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and includes support for NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. The monitor's display is 49-inches with a 32:9 aspect ratio that supports Dual Quad High-Definition (5,120 x 1,440 resolution). The refresh rate is 240Hz and the response time is 1ms.
Commenting on the new display, Hyesung Ha, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, said:
Samsung said that the Odyssey Neo G9 will be available for pre-order starting July 29 and shipments will begin on August 9. It didn’t announce pricing.