There is so much going on these days!
Just because I slowed down for a bit, doesn’t mean that the rest of the world did. And oh my – so many things have changed only in the last week!
As I enjoy looking back on my week in gaming, I thought maybe a look at things I am looking forward to for the month might be of interest.
So let’s jump into it, shall we?
Well, you knew this was coming 🙂
We are only a few days away, and the entire event is being kicked off by Cyberpunk 2020 creator Mike Pondsmith! NINE DAYS of streaming goodness with panels, games and all sorts of other exciting content.
Split up over three Twitch channels, it’s going to be an exciting time. I do have one teensy reservation – timezones. Setting up a global event is no small feat, and the gratitude and respect I have for the team is real. I just REALLY hope that there will be replays so I can watch panels at decent Australian times. I get up early enough to work as it is!
If you haven’t already, check out the PAX Online schedule here. Expect to see the odd thought on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook throughout PAX Online 🙂
Next-Gen Consoles – PS5 and Xbox Series X
I have talked about the consoles a little bit earlier this year. There are so many exciting aspects to these consoles that have the geek in me in overdrive.
Why am I looking forward to them in September? They release holiday 2020, and that’s a while away yet. But this close to launch, we are surely going to get the pricing. The hammer has to finally drop, and people can working on budgets. The price is actually more important to me right now than the final release date.
Microsoft has not only confirmed the Series S is a thing but confirmed the price of USD$299. This was after the internet was hit with a bunch of photos showing the ‘secret’ console, and it had the pricing on it.
But the more powerful Series X? Oh no. Can’t tell you the price on that. Hush-hush and all that. I don’t know if this is annoying just for the sake of it, or hype maintenance brilliance. Either way, the pricing has to be revealed this month, so that is what I am looking forward to.
Availability in the holidays is going to be interesting, but all new hardware launches are like that. I just hope I am lucky enough to get a preorder in quickly!
What aspects have me excited? Well, the first one has trickled into the next thing I am looking forward to…
Next-Gen Graphics Cards – Nvidia 30 series and AMD Big Navi
This is what I have been waiting for. When the 20 series was announced (and the price), I knew I wasn’t upgrading from my 1070. Then someone that couldn’t be told sold me their 1080 Ti for a ridiculously low sum. That card is still in my machine today, and it is doing very well – ultrawide high framerates and all.
The price/performance ratio Nvidia is touting on their 30 series cards is what I have been waiting for. Let this be a lesson – if you can wait, never buy the first-gen tech – the second-gen always has better bang for your buck. And never preorder any tech without impartial reviews!
And then there is AMD. They are doing the same with their GPUs as they are with their CPUs, and when I finally saw the Ryzen 3000 performance, I kicked myself for buying the i9-9900K. Don’t get me wrong – I didn’t buy a ‘bad’ CPU in the grand scheme of things. There is just a better option for what I tend to do on my computer.
I can’t wait to see what AMD have in store for their next generation of Graphics cards. Will they beat Nvidia in pure performance? Probably not. But that gap is going to be considerably closer than the last generation. Future generations are going to be where the real competition lies. It’s exciting times indeed.
What do the consoles have to do with all this? Well, Nvidia has announced RTX IO, and Microsoft has announced a Windows version of the Series X accelerator tech is coming. What is all this stuff? This is a form of tech that lets console graphics cards get information straight from the storage.
And it won’t be as good as what’s in the consoles. I’m not knocking the tech before it comes out, it’s just can’t be. The consoles are purpose-built to work with one set of hardware. These offerings will have to deal with a wide range of different configurations, and that means it can’t be pushed as hard.
There is a bunch of stuff like this I could talk about for days, but I will stop here. Maybe I will make a video talking about it over the next few days…
Necromunda: Underhive Wars
Way back in the before times, when I was a young man, I got pulled into Warhammer. I loved the idea, the cost and the execution – not so much at times.
Then a friend introduced me to Necromunda. Similar rules, custom minis, but squads of only five. And you could ‘level up’ your members between battles. Or start a new one, because character permadeath was a thing in these campaign games.
I have been peeking into the development of Necromunda: Underhive Wars off and on since it was announced. The developers, Rouge Factor, also did the digital Mordheim which has a mixed reception at best.
Will this be a fantastic game? Honestly, I doubt it. But I think for fans of the series, a digital take for skirmish missions now and then could be a lot of fun. And it comes out today.
This is a game I will personally be ignoring reviews of and trying myself. I don’t think a tactical RPG based on a niche board game has enough widespread appeal for most people. But I am hoping to have fun with it, and you know I will let you know my thoughts in Last Week’s Gaming at some point.
Making my NES Retropie console
Yes, I have spoken about it in my streaming plans. I can’t wait to get my hands into making this little toy for my self. All I need to do is get to Bunnings, create a shelf for my desk, and then start messing with camera/microphone setups. It’s all slowly coming together!
This has been a fun project for me. Learning new skills, exploring new technologies and how to apply them – it’s been a blast. I know in terms of creating ‘quality’ content, streaming myself playing games might not be the most incredible idea. But that’s why I find this exciting – it’s something new, and if it works – great! If it doesn’t, I can change it up.
Plus, I am really looking forward to doing things in a way that will let us interact in close enough to real-time. Talking about games and other things that we enjoy, in an environment filled with like-minded others. It should be a blast!
Until next time,