We had some troubling news as well as new games revealed this week.
PSA: Diablo IV is Bricking Gigabyte 30-Series GPUs
Several reports after last weekend's closed beta in the Blizzard forums revealed issues that seem consistent amongst Gigabyte's 30-series GPUs. Though one report did mention an EVGA card that also ran into issues when playing Diablo IV. The most common Gigabyte card that was bricked was the Gigabyte 3080 Ti. If you have a Gigabyte 30-series card, it might be best to wait until further notice, which is unfortunate as the open beta is a lot of fun.
Counter-Strike returns this summer with a fully modernized enhancement of the beloved first-person shooter from 2000. Counter-Strike 2 brings new features like dynamic and responsive smoke clouds– such as smoke billowing and conforming to an enclosed area or having bullets pierce and chip away parts of smoke clouds.
Tick rates are being retooled to be more precise than the current rate with "sub-tick" counts allowing for more information in a small amount of time to make it to the server in time.
Maps are presented in three different categories.
Touchstones are maps returning as you love or hate them already, with no major changes outside of lighting and character read, but is a good way for veterans to see if the Source 2 engine has changed something to the way Counter-Strike is played.
Upgrades are maps with significantly enhanced visuals with the same geometry. Upgrades will have enhanced lighting, physically-based rendering materials, and reflections from the Source 2 engine.
Overhauls, as the name implies, completely revisualize Counter-Strike and modernize maps that will rival your other popular FPS titles. These are the oldest maps brought back with lots of artistic integrity.
In addition to existing maps, new tools will be coming for map makers to really dive into their creative itches.
Watch Valve's breakdown of the enhancements coming to Counter-Strike 2. It's probably the last Counter-Strike we'll ever see.
Resident Evil 4 Remake came out on the 24th with praise
The new Resident Evil came out with everyone in the industry loving it. The game takes you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane of the game that changes 3rd person survival horror. Everything is beautiful in this remake, from the ever-growing storm to Leon's character model. Go play it now for an awesome time!
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is coming this September?
This year already has been jam-packed with stellar releases. Now it appears that Microsoft's Starfield will be heading for a collision course with none other than Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man 2 on PlayStation 5. This leak came from the voice of Venom himself, Tony Todd, known for his role in 1992's Candyman series as the titular character.
Looks like September! Massive publicity coming in august. Commercials start dropping in august so I’m told. Hold on to your … and hold breath! Gonna be necessary
— Tony Todd (@TonyTodd54) March 21, 2023
If you are eagerly anticipating suiting back up and taking on Venom this September, but wish you could use your Steam Deck, worry not. Take a few moments to learn how to stream your PS5 wirelessly through Chiaki on your Steam Deck.
A fix for Nintendo Wii U's recent error code plague.
Because the Wii U eShop (and 3DS) are closing next week, people are rushing to their Wii U for last-minute purchases only to find an unusable system with an error code. Well, it turns out that with the help of an $8 Raspberry Pi Pico and an SD card, you can get your Wii U up and running again. Read more if you would like a detailed guide on how to fix your Wii U.
Thinking of getting an AYANEO?
We love the Steam Deck over here, but that doesn't mean we don't have our issues with it. Ayaneo provides a great alternative, such as an answer to USB4, multiple USB ports, and supports average-sized NVMe SSDs, but for a hefty cost.
We have two articles depending on your answer. Read up on an opinion piece on the recently released AYANEO 2 and AYANEO Geek. Including some concerns regarding the rapid release schedule that the company has been on.
But if you do end up wanting an AYANEO, maybe consider taking our advice: upgrade the lowset-end AYANEO while SSD prices are falling, rather than paying extra for more storage.