AMD Announces $379 Radeon RX 6600 XT GPU, Available in August

AMD Announces 9 Radeon RX 6600 XT GPU, Available in August

AMD has announced the latest entry in its Radeon RX 6000 line of graphics cards today. The RX 6600 XT is the first GPU in the RX 6000 series designed for 1080p high-refresh-rate gaming and aims to compete with Nvidia's RTX 3060.The RX 6600 XT includes 8GB of GDDR6 memory with a memory speed of 16Gbps, 32 compute units, a 2359MHz game clock, and a 165 thermal design power, meaning you can use a 500W power supply if you decide to build a PC around the RX 6600 XT.Like other GPUs in the RX 6000 line, the RX 6600 XT is based on AMD's latest RDNA 2 technology, the same graphical architecture that is also available in the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Valve's Steam Deck. Meaning this card supports hardware-accelerated ray-tracing. Like other RX 6000 cards, the RX 6600 XT will support FidelityFX Super Resolution, AMD's open-source supersampling tech that was released last month. While it seems odd for AMD to release a 1080p card, AMD says that 2/3 of displays shipped in 2020 were 1080p. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”slug=amd-radeon-rx-6600-xt-spec-comparisons-and-target-performance&captions=true”]Although the performance charts for the RX 6600 XT aren’t necessarily a representative sample of its gaming performance, does this sort of performance appears to aim to be a better choice for 1080p gaming, according to AMD. The RX 6600 XT will not have a reference model, and all the RX 6600 XT cards are designed by AMD's partners, such as ASUS and MSI. Nine RX 6600 XT desktop GPUs will be available for purchase at launch. AMD also confirmed that several gaming laptops such as the HP Omen 16 and ASUS ROG Strix G15 will offer RX 6600 XT as a GPU configuration option. At the same time, some desktops prebuilt from computer companies such as Alienware and Acer will have the GPU as a configuration option.AMD's Radeon RX 6600 XT card will release on August 11 starting at $379 — $50 more than the starting price of the RTX 3060.[widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”slug=amd-radeon-rx-6600-xt-product-options&captions=true”][poilib element=”accentDivider”]Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.
Source: AMD Announces 9 Radeon RX 6600 XT GPU, Available in August

Aussie Deals: Horrifyingly Slashed Prices on Gaming's Greatest Hair Raisers!

Aussie Deals: Horrifyingly Slashed Prices on Gaming's Greatest Hair Raisers!

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David Ayer Shares a Personal Story and Insight on Full Suicide Squad Cut

David Ayer Shares a Personal Story and Insight on Full Suicide Squad Cut

Ahead of the release for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, some have brought up David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad as a comparison. However, Ayer has maintained that the theatrical release of Suicide Squad is not his vision for the movie and in a lengthy, passionate statement he shared some details about his director’s cut and why he will continue to work as a director despite setbacks.In a personal letter Ayer published on Twitter, the director says he put his life into Suicide Squad and called his cut an “intricate and emotional journey with some “bad people” who are sh*t on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul). The studio cut is not my movie.”Ayer’s version was edited by longtime Christopher Nolan collaborator Lee Smith, who worked on the film after editor John Gilroy. The music, by Steven Price, would have scored the entire soundtrack “with not a single radio song in the whole thing,” according to Ayer.My turn… https://t.co/E5uumAwvdp pic.twitter.com/ckr9kzeGFD— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 29, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, a solid 3rd Act resolution,” Ayer adds before writing that only a handful of people have seen it. So if someone says they’ve seen it, “they haven’t” Ayer says.Ayer’s full letter charts his personal history growing up in foster care and then on the streets of South LA and getting involved with gang activity. Ayer joined the Navy after dropping out of high school and later wrote Training Day starring Denzel Washington based on his own South LA experiences with the law and drugs.This history also informed his approach to Suicide Squad, but that vision will likely not be released and Ayer says he “will no longer speak publicly on this matter.”Source: TwitterHowever, Ayer congratulated James Gunn and WB for the film and ensuring the franchise continues. Ayer’s letter was met with thanks from other DC directors including Gunn as well as Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan.Ayer first began talking about his cut of Suicide Squad around the time fans began their campaign to release the Snyder Cut of Justice League. After WB finally released Zack Snyder's Justice League as an HBO Max exclusive, a campaign began to #ReleaseTheAyerCut. But WB says it had no plans to follow up with any more director's cuts of DC films.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/07/23/the-suicide-squad-exclusive-official-clip-ign-premiere”]You can read Ayer’s full letter in the tweet embedded above, or check out IGN’s The Suicide…
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Original Suicide Squad Director Calls Out Studio Over Original Cut, Endorses The Suicide Squad

Original Suicide Squad Director Calls Out Studio Over Original Cut, Endorses The Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad director David Ayer hopped on Twitter this week to air his grievances with critics and the studio that released the 2016 film. In the three-page letter, Ayer distances himself from the theatrical cut of Suicide Squad yet again and wishes and wishes director James Gunn well.My turn… https://t.co/E5uumAwvdp pic.twitter.com/ckr9kzeGFD — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 29, 2021″I don’t know what quit is. I am not who you think I am,” Ayer says in the letter. The director describes his difficult upbringing and youth before joining the Navy and working odd jobs prior to becoming a screenwriter.”I put my life into Suicide Squad,” Ayer wrote of the 2016 film. “I made something amazing–my cut is [an] intricate and emotional journey with some “bad people” who are s*** on and discarded (a theme that resonates in my soul). The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: Original Suicide Squad Director Calls Out Studio Over Original Cut, Endorses The Suicide Squad

Halo Infinite: 343 Asks For Patience As It Prepares Its Largest Tech Preview Ever

Halo Infinite: 343 Asks For Patience As It Prepares Its Largest Tech Preview Ever

Update (7/29/21 – 3:49pm PT) – Jarrard has said on Twitter that the team is "proceeding with a full global server re-deploy as part of this fix, which will take time. As soon as we get USWest online we can start prelim testing there in parallel. Team is working nonstop, as fast as they can. Our "afternoon" PT target is pushing into "evening."As fans eagerly await the first Halo Infinite Tech Preview, 343 Industries is asking for patience as it prepares for fans to finally play the long-awaited next entry in the Halo franchise."Original story follows.[poilib element=”accentDivider”]The Halo Infinite Tech Preview is scheduled to start today, July 29, and run through the weekend, but 343 has yet to give an exact start time. Halo community director Brian Jarrard took to Twitter to share an update on the Tech Preview's status, saying that this is a "technical test at a scale unlike anything we've done to date."[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/halo-infinite-full-slayer-match-on-xbox-series-x-multiplayer-gameplay”]"As we are all eager and increasingly impatient, just a friendly PSA this is a technical test at a scale unlike anything we've done to date," Jarrard said. "Driven by production. Not a game launch. Things are proceeding but there are many steps to navigate."Jarrard also warned that that Halo Waypoint's load is also dramatically increasing, and that even though the team has been able to work out additional deployments, it'll "likely be bumpy when everyone slams the site for their messages, please bear with us."He also wants to set expectations for those waiting to get in, noting that this is a technical preview, not an official launch, meaning there will "be hiccups" as they get as many people in as they can.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/halo-infinite-tech-preview-multiplayer-academy-weapon-drill-developer-walkthrough”]In a message to the international Halo community, Jarrad also says that these test times are designed around the team's Pacific Time Zone as the team is based there and it's "the reality of our business and this isn't a game launch."It's been a roughly six-year journey for 343 Industries in their quest to make the best Halo Infinite it can, and it's important for everyone to remember that "folks are working incredibly hard, hitting new issues and overcoming then, and moving through the process. This is exactly why we flight. Thank you for your support and understanding!"While today's launch still has no start time, the rest of the weekend has a pretty set schedule, barring any other setbacks. The full…
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Halo Infinite Technical Test Is Not A Game Launch So Expect Hiccups Says 343 Industries

Halo Infinite Technical Test Is Not A Game Launch So Expect Hiccups Says 343 Industries

343 Industries wants fans to remember that the Halo Infinite technical test is, as the name implies, a technical test. This is not the same as a game launch, so there will be hiccups.”As we are all eager and increasingly impatient, just a friendly PSA this is a technical test at a scale unlike anything we’ve done to date,” Halo community director Brian Jarrard wrote in a Twitter thread. “Driven by production. Not a game launch. Things are proceeding but there are many steps to navigate.””Also a great scale test for our systems as we’ve seen Waypoint load dramatically increasing. Team has already been able to work out additional deployments but it’ll likely get bumpy when everyone slams the site for their messages, please bear with us.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
Source: Halo Infinite Technical Test Is Not A Game Launch So Expect Hiccups Says 343 Industries

The World Ends With You and Surprise Game Updates – NVC 571

The World Ends With You and Surprise Game Updates – NVC 571

Welcoooome to Nintendo Voice Chat! This week, Casey DeFreitas is joined by Seth Macy and Rebekah Valentine to discuss NEO: The World Ends With You, the long-awaited sequel that's out now on Nintendo Switch. Plus, hear about new updates for New Pokemon Snap and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo shutting down Dr. Mario World, and a whole lot more.NVC is available on your preferred platforms!SpotifyApple iTunesStitcherPodbayPlayerFMPodbeanYou can also Download NVC 571 Directly HereAnd when you're done and want to jump back to the old Skyward Sword NVC episode Peer mentioned in the show, you can download the entire audio podcast here. You can listen to NVC on your preferred platform every Thursday at 3pm PT/6pm ET. Have a question for Question Block? Write to us at [email protected] and we may pick your question! Also, make sure to join the Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast Forums on Facebook. We're all pretty active there and often pull Question Block questions and comments straight from the community.[poilib element=”accentDivider”]Logan Plant is the Production Assistant for NVC, and he sincerely hopes you enjoyed his one line on NVC today. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.
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Destiny 2 Season 15 Will Add Cross-Play

Destiny 2 Season 15 Will Add Cross-Play

In a This Week At Bungie blog post, the studio laid out information about cross-play between Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia is coming to Destiny 2 in Season 15.With Destiny 2 on so many platforms, you may be wondering what will happen to everyone’s name. Bungie will require all Destiny 2 players to create a “Bungie Name” that will stay the same across all platforms. These Bungie Names will consist of the player’s Bungie Name, display name, and numeric ID.To make it easier for console friends to search for other players, Bungie will reduce the number of characters used in a Bungie Name. They addressed how some player names on Steam with extended character sets won’t be available. Also, all names will be moderated and filtered to prevent offensive terms. “It is possible that due to removing these characters, players will end up with empty names, or names that result in offensive terms,” Bungie explained. Unfortunately, if players are stuck with an empty or offensive name, they won’t be able to change it at launch and will have to wait a couple of months. Basically, think thrice before creating your Bungie Name.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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