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Forza Motorsport 7 is being removed from storefronts in September
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft's Turn 10 Studios released Forza Motorsport 7 back in October 2017, to high praise. We awarded it a 9/10 rating in our review, praising the dynamic weather system, multiplayer capabilities, and the wide assortment of cars and tracks on offer. However, the developer has now announced that the game is being delisted from storefront in September.
In a blog post, the company mentioned that Forza Motorsport 7 will hit its end of life status on September 15, 2021. This essentially means that the title and its DLC will be delisted from the Microsoft Store and won't be available on Game Pass either. That said, players who already own the game will still be able to re-download it and play as usual, including online services.
Game Pass players who purchased DLC but not the title itself will also be given a token for the full game through the Xbox Message Center. This token will be provided by August 2, and is redeemable up until September 15, 2023. Additionally, Forza Motorsport 7 is up for a massive discount until September 15, 2021. The Standard Edition can now be purchased for $9.99 (previously $39.99), Deluxe costs $14.99 (previously $59.99), and Ultimate can be yours for $19.99 (previously $79.99).
The reason for the game being delisted just four years after launch is quite simple, albeit unfortunate. All Forza titles utilize licenses to use real names of cars, tracks, and brands. Once these third-party licenses expire, these games have to depart from storefronts. The in-engine trailer for the next Forza Motorsport was already shown a year ago while Forza Horizon 5 is scheduled for a launch this November as well.
Steam is getting a fancy new Downloads page, beta available now
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Valve has been trickling out Steam UI overhauls to specific components in recent years, and the company's latest target is the client's Downloads page. The newly overhauled section can be accessed by switching to Steam's beta client, though in this initial public version, some bugs are to be expected. See how the new Downloads page looks in the screenshot above.
At first glance, the biggest change is happening to the header, with the download status information being moved to the right while the currently downloading game's key art and name are visible on the left. Disk usage is now more visible than before as well, which should alleviate situations where it looks like the download has stalled, even though space is being allocated in the background.
Instead of fiddling with the "to the top" button like before for individual downloads, users can drag and drop the available updates to change the queue order now. If an update being downloaded is not solely game content, a tooltip can also be triggered that shows if it's DLC, workshop, or shader cache that's incoming. A clear all button for completed downloads and a shortcut to quickly access Steam download settings are available too.
Moreover, relevant patch notes will be easily accessible via a button next to downloads when the corresponding update is available. However, this will only be for games where the developer is using Steam Events to publish patch notes.
Updates have also arrived to the Library section in this beta build, with the brand-new Storage Manager being the biggest change, as seen above. Other than moving games, which currently has an issue, the new storage options and information displayed should be extremely useful for Steam users.
Find the complete patch notes for the beta update here. To join the beta, head to the Steam Settings menu, then in the Accounts tab, use the CHANGE button in the Beta participation section and select the "Steam Beta Update" from the dropdown. Once Valve is happy with the implementation and bugs have been squashed, the Downloads revamp will roll out to all Steam users.
Halo Infinite's first Insider test is now live, here's what's in it
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Halo Infinite is finally coming out this holiday, but before then, select Halo Insiders can now join a technical preview by 343 Industries to test the brand-new features on the game's multiplayer side. Although server issues held the launch back a little, the first ever flight for Halo Infinite is now active across PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, with it running from today until 10AM PT on August 2.
Insiders will be battling against bots in 4 vs 4 Slayer matches across the Live Fire, Bazaar, and Recharge maps during the test. As the test progresses through the weekend, the difficulty of the bots will ramp up and the map rotation will change.
In an interesting twist, 343 says it will be enabling Social Arena Slayer for player versus player matches at the tail end of the flight if some engagement criteria are met. In the meantime, players are encouraged to go after those bots with a vengeance.
Also being tested in this flight are weapon drills from the Academy training section for 12 guns, the battle pass (with free credits) and menu UIs, as well as the revamped Halo Waypoint experience (vNext) across the web and mobile platforms.
The known issues of this flight can be seen here, which include a particularly nasty one that enters players into rounds with only three players, with the final player being added a minute into the match. Updating graphics drivers is recommended too. 343 pointed at the Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.7.2 driver that released this week specifically to get a large performance boost on AMD graphics cards.
343 has also made available helpful pages with flight installation instructions, a rundown of content, and active play sessions in the Insiders portal in Halo Waypoint. Keep in mind the website will only work for those who have received an invite for this preview session.
There still may be some hiccups in the Waypoint invites department or the Xbox Insider Hub app, and 343 is working on fixes. PC players still waiting on their code or unable to access Waypoint to activate the flight can head here and scroll down to see if they have received a "July Tech Preview" Steam key for redeeming.
Time loop hit Outer Wilds is getting an expansion: Echoes of the Eye
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Mobius Digital's indie hit Outer Wilds, not to be confused with Obsidian's The Outer Worlds, is getting an expansion. The original game sent players into a time loop set in a universe endlessly repeating a cataclysmic event, and somehow, the story is being made even more intricate with the Echoes of the Eye expansion.
The announcement trailer arrived during publisher Annapurna Interactive's first dedicated games showcase. Not much is known about this mysterious expansion other than what Annapurna is sharing in the trailer description, which says:
Mobius Digital creative director Alex Beachum also shared a cryptic message before the trailer rolled, saying inquiries by those who've experienced the original story firsthand like why the expansion is being made and how will it fit into the overall narrative are "very good questions." More details will be shared later as the launch gets closer.
Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye will be releasing on PC (Steam and Epic Games Store), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on September 28. It was also confirmed this will be the first and only expansion that will reach Outer Wilds. Meanwhile, the base game is coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime this holiday season.
Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit unveiled, suited for high-end gaming
by Paul Hill
Intel has announced its latest computer designed for high-end gaming, the Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit. The new product, codenamed ‘Beast Canyon’, is a ‘highly modular’ PC running on Core i7 and Core i9 10nm Tiger Lake processors. What’s interesting about this product is that the high-end hardware has been crammed into an 8-litre case and comes with features usually found in larger machines.
Despite this machine being ideal for high-end gaming, it doesn't come with an operating system installed by default so you'll also have to set aside at least $139 for a copy of Windows 10. If you're content with a more slender game library, you could opt for Ubuntu or Linux Mint which are free to use. It also ships without a GPU, which you will have to shell out extra for.
Commenting on the new product, Intel said:
The complete specifications for the Intel NUC Extreme Kit are as follows:
NUC11BTMi9 NUC11BTMi7 Processor 11th Generation Intel Core i9-11900KB
3.3 GHz - 5.0 GHz Turbo, 8 core, 16 thread,
24 MB Cache, 65 W
11th Generation Intel Core i7-11700B
3.3 GHz - 4.9 GHz Turbo, 8 core, 16 thread,
20 MB Cache 65 W
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics, 350 MHz - 1.45 GHz
PCIe x16 Gen4 slot, up to 12" card length, dual-slot capable
Memory Dual-channel SODIMM slots DDR4-3200 64 GB max Storage Four M.2 key M slots: 2280 CPU-attached PCIe X4 Gen4 NVMe,
Two 2242/80 PCH-attached PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe or SATA3 SSD, RAID-0 and RAID-1 capable, CPU-attached 42/80/110 PCIe X4 Gen4
Intel Optane Memory M10, H10, H20 and Intel Optane SSD ready
Other Features & Technology
HDMI 2.0b port, Two Thunderbolt 4 ports, Intel 2.5GB Ethernet port, Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 and Bluetooth 5.2, Eight USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, SDXC slot with UHS-II support, Supports up to three 4K displays, All-around customisable RGB lighting with user-replaceable RGB-backlit front logo, 3.5 mm front stereo headset jack, Kensington lock ready, 3-Year limited warranty What's Needed Memory, Storage, Operating System If you’re thinking about picking up the new Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit you’ll be able to find it on sale from the third quarter. Pricing for the computer starts at $1,150 for the Intel Core i7 kit and $1,350 for the Intel Core i9 kit.