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Sony enables PlayStation 5 SSD upgrades via M.2 slot for beta testers
by Chandrakant Isi
Sony's PlayStation 5 shipped with a dormant M.2 expansion slot. Months after the launch, the Japanese company is now opening up the M.2 slot to beta testers. Those who like to tinker with their gaming console can boost its internal storage by adding an SSD. If you would like to give it a shot, Sony has provided an elaborate guide with some software and hardware requirements.
For starters, PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSDs with capacity ranging from 250 GB to 4 TB are advised to be used with Sony's console. The recommended sequential read speed is 5,500MB/s or faster. More importantly, you can't simply stick any SSD into the PS5. Sony requires it to feature an effective heat dissipation system. You can either go with an SSD with a built-in cooling system or buy an aftermarket cooling solution and add it yourself. However, you will have to ensure the SSD module size including the heatsink element should be less than 110 mm (L) x 25 mm (W) x 11.25 mm (H).
If all this hasn't deterred you from going ahead with the storage expansion process, it is time to ensure your system software is compatible with this feature. At this point, only the beta firmware supports the M.2 slot. So first, head over to this link to register for the PS5 beta program. It is only open for gamers in the US, Canada, Japan, UK, Germany, and France. If you are lucky enough to get selected for the beta program, the next step is to install the beta system software from Settings > System > System Software > System Software Update and Settings.
Once you have the software ready, the next part requires you to pop open your expensive PS5, which is quite hard to come by due to the global chip shortage. Hence, we recommend heading over to PlayStation.com and carefully follow the steps provided by the manufacturer.
Mothergunship and Train Sim World 2 are free on the Epic Games Store this week
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Weekly double giveaways continue to drop from the Epic Games Store, and the latest arrivals are Mothergunship and Train Sim World 2. These have replaced the Verdun and Defense Grid: The Awakening freebie duo from last week.
Developed by Grip Digital and Terrible Posture Games, Mothergunship offers a bullet-hell first-person shooter experience with extremely deep gun customization elements, from twelve-barrel homing missile gun to a lightning spewing shotgun, and much more. Co-op is also included, so you can fight the hordes of robotic invaders and massive bosses with a friend.
Here's how the Epic Games Store describes the title:
Alongside it arrives Train Sim World 2. As evident by its name, the game is a train simulation, and it boasts highly authentic locomotives, routes, and locations. Developed by Dovetail games, the game has you hauling freight across mountain routes in the United States and tackling the rush hour of the London Underground among other popular lines.
The Epic Games Store description is as follows:
Here are the system requirements for the two games:
Mothergunship Train Sim World 2 OS: Windows 7 64-bit CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 / AMD FX-6300 GPU: Nvidia GTX 750 Ti 2GB / AMD Radeon R7 26 Memory: 4 GB DirectX: 11 OS: 64-bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8 / 8.1 or Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X @ 3.7 GHz GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 270 with 2 GB VRAM or more Memory: 8 GB Storage: 20GB DirectX: 10 The Mothergunship and Train Sim World 2 giveaways will be available on the Epic Games Store through next Thursday, August 5, for claiming. A Plague Tale: Innocence and Speed Brawl are up next on the giveaway schedule.
Call of Duty, Uncharted, and The Last of Us developers team up to form a new studio
by Chandrakant Isi
Video game industry veterans behind blockbuster titles such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, and Call of Duty, have teamed up to start a new studio dubbed That's No Moon. The independent studio's first project is a AAA third-person action-adventure game that focuses on a single-player campaign.
As per the official website, this new studio is led by CEO Michael Mumbauer, who previously headed PlayStation's Visual Arts Group. Creative director, Taylor Kurosaki is known for single-player narrative in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Jacob Minkoff, who was involved in the development of games such as Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, The Last of Us, Modern Warfare, Warzone, will serve as a game director. Currently, the company has nearly 40 developers coming from several big studios. With office locations in Los Angeles and San Diego, That's No Moon has plans to get 100 developers on board by 2022.
The studio has received $100 million funding from the South Korean video game company Smilegate best known for creating the Crossfire series. That's No Moon hasn't shared many details regarding its first project, however, there's a clear emphasis on building "genre-defining" and "narrative-driven" games. Sure it is too early to say this, but the studio would like its games to be adopted in film and other media.
That's No Moon isn't the only new studio to pop up this year. Just a few weeks ago, Rockstar Games co-founder, Dan Houser reportedly started his new company.
Rocket League and James Bond crossover brings in the iconic Aston Martin DB5
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
After many returning collaborations in the past months, Rocket League developer Psyonix today announced a brand-new crossover event that has James Bond's 1963 Aston Martin DB5 coming into the game as part of a promotion involving Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and Aston Martin.
Driven by 007 in a multitude of Bond movies, including the upcoming entry No Time To Die, the DB5 in the popular rocket-powered vehicular soccer game features the signature Silver Birch Paint finish, as well as unique engine audio, wheels, and a Reel Life decal. The car will be using the Octane hitbox. As with other crossover items, most other customization items won't be usable with the DB5.
Rocket League players will be able to pick up the DB5 starting on July 29 across all platforms via the Item Shop, where it will cost 1100 Credits. It will be a short stay though, as the iconic car will leave the store on August 4.
This won't be the only James Bond-themed car to arrive at the free-to-play game either, with Psyonix going on to tease that more content from the franchise is planned for the future.
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