Happy New Year friends ! I’m trying something new by putting together a daily roundup of the biggest gaming news. I plan to do the recap early evening on weekdays, but we’ll see how it goes. I’ll include the most outstanding news and trailers I can find, so consider this your one-stop-shop for all your gaming news needs.
I’m starting this recap at a fairly fruitful time, as this year’s CES announcements are underway. NVIDIA today announced new GPUs and cloud gaming upgrades. We also have news on Microsoft, Twitch, and Hitman unionizing. So let’s go.
NVIDIA CES Announcements
As expected, NVIDIA has announced its GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics card. It starts at $799 and it’s a cheaper entry point for 40-series cards. You’ll get more for your money than with a 4080. It’s also faster than a 3090 while requiring less power.
The company also unveiled 40-series GPUs for laptops. Laptops equipped with these cards will go on sale on February 8. ASUS is among the companies working on laptops with 40-series graphics cards.
On the cloud gaming front, NVIDIA is upgrading the highest tier of GeForce Now to RTX 4080 technology. That’s promising gameplay at up to 240fps with full ray tracing and DLSS 3 from of the cloud, as well as a click-pixel latency of less than 40 milliseconds to make the service more responsive. 4080 upgrades will be available on the Ultimate tier for $20 per month or $100 for six months. North America and Europe will receive the upgrade starting this month.
Meanwhile, NVIDIA is bringing GeForce Now to cars, starting with Hyundai, BYD and Polestar models. The driver and front passenger can play while parked, while those in the back can be real rear gamers on the road.
There’s already a bunch of other gaming news coming out of CES. Alienware showed off a 500Hz monitor. Samsung also had a bunch of monitors to show off, while Dell, Alienware, and Acer showed off new or refreshed gaming laptops.
Twitch goes down
Tic was broken down for many users for some time on Tuesday afternoon. However, everything seems fine now, so you can go back to your usual streaming or viewing.
ZeniMax testers unionize
About 300 testers at ZeniMax (the parent company of Bethesda, Arkane and id Software, among others) have unionized. ZeniMax Workers United is now the largest union at a games company and the first union at Microsoft, which bought ZeniMax in 2021.
Microsoft (which is trying to curry favor with regulators and the public to push through its proposed takeover of Activision Blizzard) has voluntarily recognized the union. Now the union will have to work with the company to agree a contract. On the other hand, current Activision Blizzard executives have resisted efforts to unionize within their ranks.
Changes in Hitman 3
Hitman 3 is renamed and will include access to the previous two games at no additional cost from the end of the month. I covered the news at Engadget and you can read more details here.
System shock release window
The long awaited System shock the remake should finally hopefully release in March. Developers Nightdive Studios offered some additional gameplay previews, including the dismemberment system, in a Kickstarter update.
Amazon Prime and PS Plus game updates
Finally, today, this month’s Amazon Prime Gaming and PlayStation Plus Essential titles were released. If you have a Prime membership, you can snag The Evil Within 2 Lawn Mower Simulator and others at no additional cost:
This month’s PS Plus Essential games are Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4 and PS5), Fallout 76 (PS4) and Axiom Rod 2 (PS4 and PS5). I think I’m ready to start Fallen order for the third time after dropping it on Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming.
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