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Hier — 18 février 2020KitGuru

Apple reportedly set to launch a new iPhone during March event

We are used to seeing Apple announce new products in June at WWDC and September for the annual iPhone event but it looks like we can expect some new launches even sooner this year. According to new reports, Apple is planning an event for the end of March, where we will see the iPhone 9. 

The rumour mill can’t quite settle on a name for the next iPhone, with some indicating that it will be called the iPhone 9, while others refer to it as the iPhone SE 2. We’ve been hearing about a return to the iPhone SE line for a long time now, so no matter whether it ends up being called ‘iPhone 9’ or not, it is still expected to be a spiritual successor to the iPhone SE.

According to iPhone-Ticker (via 9to5Mac), Apple’s event will take place on Tuesday the 31st of March, with the rumoured iPhone set to hit store shelves on the 3rd of April. This launch is also expected to coincide with the launch of iOS 13.4, which will add some key new features, like iCloud Drive folder sharing.

There are plenty of rumours around accessories too, so we could see the return of Apple’s own wireless charger, a new pair of Bluetooth headphones and possibly even a new budget-friendly iPad. Aside from that Apple may have updates planned for its various services, including Apple Arcade, Apple Music and Apple TV+.

KitGuru Says: March was already going to be interesting tech-wise thanks to the Game Developers Conference, but it seems that we’ll also be keeping an eye out for some new announcements from Apple too. Do you think Apple will fill in the gap in its lineup with an iPhone 9, or will we be seeing an SE 2 instead? 

Overclockers UK is having a 20th birthday party and a big sale

Overclockers UK is turning 20 years old this month and there is quite the celebration planned to mark the occasion. Not only will there be two big events, one involving an in-store party, but there will also be a special sale and giveaways!

The in-store event is going to be particularly fun for those able to make the journey on the 29th of February. Those attending can expect food, drinks, raffles, goodie bags, deals you won’t find anywhere else and some good gaming-related fun to take part in. Those interested can head over to the landing page for full details on dates, times and the address to get there- there is also a Facebook event set up so you can let everyone know you’ll be there.

Those who can’t make it can still take part in the festivities through OCUK’s online sale, which will begin on the 27th of February. As for what kind of deals you can expect, you’ll be finding big discounts on gaming monitors, GPUs, gaming chairs, cases, SSDs, peripherals and more.

If you head over to the Overclockers UK forum, you will find a few planned deals being announced early, including the LG 38GL950, a 38-inch 3840×1600 ultrawide gaming monitor with a Nano IPS panel and 144Hz refresh rate with £250 knocked off the price tag. The Lian-Li O11 Dynamic (ROG Edition) will be going for less than £100, as will a few popular Phanteks cases. This is just a taste of what is planned though, so keep an eye on the forum for more early news on upcoming deals.

So far, partners like AMD, ASUS, Phanteks, Sapphire, Zotac, Lian-Li, WD_Black, Nitro Concepts, noblechairs, Palit, TeamGroup, PowerColor and more are confirmed to be participating in the event.

KitGuru Says: We’ll be looking forward to learning more about OCUK’s 20th birthday plans over the next week. Are any of you thinking about going to the in-store event on the 29th?

PlayStation is challenging its fans to earn 2.7 million trophies

A large element to video gaming is the sense of community and togetherness. PlayStation is celebrating its 100 million plus fans through a community challenge which sees users earning trophies in order to win exclusive PS4 themes and PSN avatars. Dubbed the PlayStation Player Celebration, fans will have until the 15th of March to reach the requirements and win the prizes.

In order to participate, users must sign up HERE. Registration is now open, but the challenge won’t begin until the 24th of February. Each stage of the challenge will require users to play a certain number of games and achieve a certain number of trophies. In order for a game to be considered ‘played’ participants must have played at least an hour total during the period.

Stage one, which begins on the 24th of February, requires participants to play 125,000 games, and achieve 500,000 trophies. Stage two, which starts as soon as stage one is achieved, requires 375,000 games to be played and 1.5 million trophies to be earned. The final stage requires 675,000 games to be played and 2.7 million trophies to be earned.

Stage one will net participants an exclusive PS4 static theme and an exclusive PSN avatar. Stage two will gift its participants five exclusive PSN avatar images, featuring Joel from The Last of Us; Ellie from The Last of Us Part II; Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn; Nathan Drake from Uncharted 4; and Kratos/Atreus. The final stage will give users an exclusive PS4 dynamic theme, featuring some of the console’s most well known franchises.

Participants will have until the 15th of March to achieve these targets. You can keep track of how well the community is doing HERE. That isn’t all however, as some lucky users will win a real life Platinum Trophy with their PSN ID engraved on it, a Playstation Store voucher valued at £75 and voucher codes for a selection of PS4 games. Full details on the PlayStation Player Celebration can be found HERE.

KitGuru says: What do you think of community challenges such as these? Do you enjoy participating in them? Or do you think the time could be better spent providing other services? Let us know down below.

Xigmatek introduce a new open-air PC chassis

Xigmatek has had a busy start to the year with a bunch of new product launches coming in quick succession, the company hasn’t finished just yet since it has recently announced the launch of a new open-air PC chassis. The Zeus Arctic features a fresh white colour scheme and is an update of the original Xigmatek Zeus open chassis.

The original Xigmatek Zeus open-air chassis debuted back in 2019 with a black design. The new Zeus Arctic version is simply the same chassis but in a wintry white colour scheme. The majority of the Xigmatek Zeus Arctic metal frame panels are covered in a matte white finish with contrasting dark tinted tempered glass side windows, black thumbscrews and standoffs.

Xigmatek has not included any fans with the Zeus Arctic, however, there is space for up to eight 120mm fan in total. Three in the front panel,  three 120mm or 140mm fans can be installed at the top of the chassis and a further two 120mm fan mounting locations are situated in the rear. This vast selection of fan mounting locations also provides ample support for radiators, a 360mm radiator can be installed in the front or top of the case, with space for a 120mm radiator at the rear.

As well as excellent cooling options, the Xigmatek Zeus Arctic also support motherboards up to ATX form factor, graphics cards up to 320mm long and CPU air coolers up to 160mm tall. Behind the motherboard tray is room for either a single 3.5-inch HHD or two 2.5-inch SSDs to be installed, the front I/O consists of power and reset buttons, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and HD Audio jacks for headphones and a microphone to be connected.

Xigmatek announced the new Zeus Arctic in white on 17th February but is yet to confirm availability or pricing. The case is expected not to include any fans out of the box, however, Xigmatek suggests to use RGB fans with white frames to best complement the aesthetics of the system.

KitGuru says: We have seen a few of these type of open-air chassis in recent months in the form of the Antec Torque and the Thermaltake AH T600. We would love to hear what you guys think of them and which one is your favourite, let us know in the comments section below.

New games announced for Xbox Game Pass on console and PC

As we approach late February, Microsoft is giving us updates on the Xbox Game Pass library for both PC and console. Not only do we have a decent list of games arriving on the service, we unfortunately have news on some titles leaving, including a few big games from the likes of Square Enix and Bethesda. 

On console, Game Pass subscribers can expect to see Yakuza 0, Kingdom Hearts 3, Ninja Gaiden 2, Wasteland Remastered, Two Point Hospital and Jackbox Party Pack 3 all arrive on the library over the next couple of weeks. Over on the PC side, Game Pass is getting Yakuza 0, Wasteland Remastered, Reigns: Game of Thrones, Two Point Hospital and Indivisible.

As is regularly the case, some games need to leave Game Pass in order to make room for newer ones. Game Pass on PC will be mostly unscathed, with just Snake Pass leaving the library. On console however, there are quite a few big games leaving the library:

  • Batman: Return to Arkham (Asylum and City)
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Fallout 3
  • Just Cause 4
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Snake Pass

These new games should be added to Game Pass on February 25th, so keep an eye out if there is something on the list you’d like to play. Personally, I’d recommend Yakuza 0 and Two Point Hospital for those who have not already played either of those games.

KitGuru Says: Xbox Game Pass on console is going to have a pretty huge month with Kingdom Hearts 3 and Yakuza 0. It is a little less impressive on the PC side but that should change later in the year with games like Wasteland 3 and Gears Tactics. Do many of you still regularly use Xbox Game Pass? What do you think of the new games hitting the library this month? 

Overwatch and Diablo TV shows confirmed through LinkedIn profile

Though film and TV adaptations of video games are certainly nothing new, it seems as though 2020 will see more projects come to light than usual. A Diablo TV show featuring an anime art style, and an Overwatch animated series have both been confirmed to be in development thanks to the LinkedIn profile of Activision Blizzard’s president of film and TV.

Nick Van Dyk is the current President of the film and TV division of Activision Blizzard. In his LinkedIn profile, he claims to be the “Executive producer of Diablo, a TV adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s IP, rendered in anime style,” with the show currently being “in pre-production for distribution worldwide through Netflix.”

Though talks of a Netflix Diablo can be found as far back as September 2018, it was never confirmed and was left largely forgotten until now. This won’t be the first time that Netflix has produced anime adaptations of popular video games. A Castlevania anime will soon be seeing its 3rd season hit the service, and a Devil May Cry anime adaptation is currently in the works.

The other show, which features far fewer details, is the Overwatch animated series. According to Van Dyk, it’ll be “an animated series based [sic] Blizzard’s Overwatch franchise”. Little more is known about it, aside from the fact that it won’t be developed in-house due to Van Dyk’s use of “developed and sold” in reference to the series.

Overwatch has in the past released CG animated shorts which have fleshed out the characters and world of Overwatch. The game doesn’t feature a story mode however, and so an animated series based on the game is likely to be welcomed by fans of the franchise.

It is unknown when these shows are set to be announced or released, but regardless it’s nice to know that fans who are urging for more Diablo and Overwatch content – while waiting for Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 – will have their wishes granted.

KitGuru says: Are you looking forward to these TV shows? What other Activision Blizzard properties would you like to see receive adaptations? Do you generally enjoy transmedia franchises? Let us know down below.

The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch to get graphics settings and PC save transfers

Saber Interactive had already done an impressive job with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Nintendo Switch but a new patch might just take this version to the next level. The game’s next big update has reportedly begun rolling out in Korea, adding additional graphics options and even adding in save transfer compatibility between PC and the Switch. 

Graphics adjustments include Blur, Bloom, Sharpening, Depth of Field, Light Shafts, Underwater effects and draw distance for foliage. Adjusting these settings can help make the game look a bit sharper, although you are trading off blurriness for more pop-in, so the visuals will still be far from perfect.

Back when Divinity Original Sin 2 launched on Switch, the game garnered praise for including save transfers and synchronisation between PC and the Switch, allowing you to download your Steam cloud saves to take with you on the go. That same feature appears to be coming to The Witcher 3 on the Nintendo Switch too, with support for Steam and GOG save files. With save transfer features, you can get the best of both worlds by playing on PC at home, and then picking up that progress again on the Switch.

We don’t know when the patch will roll out worldwide, as Saber Interactive and CD Projekt Red haven’t actually officially announced it yet. However, folks on Reddit seem to have the update already, so we should hear something more official this week.

KitGuru Says: I have a few save files that I wouldn’t mind transferring over to the Switch version, particularly so I can skip past the Baron quest line- as amazing as it is, I’ve done it about 10 times at this point. Do any of you own The Witcher 3 on Switch? What do you think of the new features coming in the next update? 

Future Gran Turismo titles will focus on pushing frame rates up to 240fps

Gran Turismo is well established as one of the premiere racing franchises in video games. With over a dozen titles, and the most recent game, GT Sport, selling an estimated 8 million copies, developer Polyphony Digital’s words hold weight in the market. In a recent round-table discussion, the studio’s CEO Kazunori Yamauchi stated that moving forward, frame rates will take precedence over resolution in future GT titles – with 240fps being the ultimate target.

Though GT Sport has already been used to showcase 8K in the past at tech events featuring Sony’s own 8K televisions, it seems that an 8K GT will remain just that – a showcase. In the round-table, Yamauchi stated that “I think, display resolution-wise, 4K resolution is enough” when asked about how the series was going to evolve with the next generation of systems.

Adding further details to his plans for future GT titles, Yamauchi claimed “rather than a spatial resolution that you’re talking about, I’m more interested in the advancements we can make in terms of the time resolution. In terms of frames per second, rather than staying at 60 fps, I’m more interested in raising it to 120 fps or even 240 fps. I think that’s what’s going to be changing the experience from here on forward.”

Being a racing series, Gran Turismo relies on solid frame rates in order to give the player as much control with as little latency as possible. The PlayStation 5 will feature HDMI 2.1 support which allows for up to 4K120 support, or 8K at 60hz.

Polyphony Digital is of course, a first-party PlayStation studio, so it’s interesting to note that they believe that Gran Turismo, which is known for being a graphical showpiece, will be able to hit 120fps on the next-gen console.

KitGuru says: Do you think 120fps is necessary? What about 240 frame per second? What do you think is the perfect balance between resolution and frame rate? Let us know down below.

A new coral Nintendo Switch Lite has been announced

When Nintendo released the Switch Lite back in September, the handheld was available in 3 colours: grey, yellow, and turquoise. It was only a matter of time before more colours joined the line-up, and that time is now. The console manufacturer has announced that a 4th colour, coral, will be arriving soon. Currently announced for Japan, it’ll be releasing on the 20th of March.

Nintendo is no stranger to offering multiple colour and design variants for its handhelds. The 3DS featured dozens of different colours and designs, some limited, some not. So it comes as no surprise that the Nintendo Switch Lite would receive a similar treatment. Though it is currently only confirmed for Japan, the coral Switch Lite is set to release on the 20th of March, with preorders going live on the 7th of March. 

This isn’t the only console variant releasing that day however. For those who are looking to buy the regular Switch, Nintendo will be offering a special Animal Crossing Switch to coincide with the release of New Horizons. The Animal Crossing Switch has been confirmed for a worldwide release, and features art on the Switch dock, with pastel colours on both the dock and Joy-Cons.

The Animal Crossing Switch is currently on its second-wave of preorders, which won’t be expected to arrive until the 17th of April. This is likely due to the Coronavirus outbreak, which Nintendo confirmed would lead to stock shortages. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the coral Switch Lite receives a Western release.

KitGuru says: What do you think of the coral Switch Lite? Which colour is your favourite? What other colours would you like to see Nintendo release? Let us know down below.

ADATA launch the SE760 External SSD series

ADATA has announced a new external SSD series due to be launched very soon. The SE760 external SSD features a stylish design in a compact form factor that makes it easily portable and offers high-speed data transfer rates via a USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface.

A compact and streamlined design means the ADATA SE760 external SSD is ideal for busy users while on the go. The SE760 external SSD has a sleek looking, brushed metal exterior finish for a premium appearance. With a USB 3.2 GEN 2 interface, the SE760 offers read/write speeds of up to 1000MB/s, which is over 12x faster than traditional external HDDs.

This high-speed interface means the ADATA SE760 external SSD can transfer a 10GB 4K video file in approximately twenty seconds. Simple connectivity to a wide range of devices is provided via a USB Type-C connector, so there’s no wrong way around to connect the cable like there is with older USB connections.

The device also features other useful advantages including shock and vibration resistance and has a completely silent operation. The SE760 external SSD is fully plug and play compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Android platforms, which means that users can seamlessly transfer files between different operating systems without limits.

Capacity options of the ADATA SE760 external SSD include 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. The device is available in two different colour variants, Titan-Grey and black, with dimensions of 122.2mm x 44mm x 14mm (L x W x H) and it weighs in at just 95g, which makes it ultra-portable. Official pricing and availability have not been disclosed just yet, however, the device will be provided with a limited 3-year manufacturer warranty.

KitGuru says: I quite like the look of these new external SSDs from ADATA and with 2TB capacity options, it should offer enough storage for almost any scenario. What do you guys think of the new SE760 external SSD series from ADATA?

Here are the winners of the 2020 D.I.C.E. Awards

Every year, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) give awards to the best games at the the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards annual ceremony. This year, Untitled Goose Game won Game of the Year, beating out the likes of Control and Death Stranding.

Out of the five nominees for the Game of the Year award at D.I.C.E., Untitled Goose Game walked away as the winner. Developed by the indie studio House House and published by Panic, the game lets “players take the reins of the titular goose to manipulate and torment the inhabitants of a proper little English village”.

Out of the 23 categories at the awards, Control won the most with four wins, while Untitled Goose Game won three and Kojima’s Death Stranding was honoured with two.

As part of every D.I.C.E. Awards, someone from video game industry is inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. This year, Connie Booth, the vice president of Product Development at Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), was the inductee for her work in multiple critically acclaimed SIE titles. In the last 25 years, Connie helped with the development of games such as: Syphon Filter, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs, Jak and Daxter; Sly Cooper, Ratchet & Clank, Infamous, Uncharted, The Last of Us, and Marvel’s Spider-Man, among others.

The full list of winners and nominees of the 23rd D.I.C.E. Awards follows:

Death Stranding
Disco Elysium
Outer Wilds

Untitled Goose Game (Winner)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Control (Winner)
Devil May Cry 5
Gears 5
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Death Stranding
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Resident Evil 2

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Winner)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

A Short Hike
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Ring Fit Adventure

Super Mario Maker 2 (Winner)
Yoshi’s Crafted World

Dead or Alive 6
Jump Force

Mortal Kombat 11 (Winner)
Samurai Shodown

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
DiRT Rally 2.0
F1 2019

Mario Kart Tour (Winner)
Trials Rising

Disco Elysium
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Kingdom Hearts III
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

The Outer Worlds (Winner)

FIFA 20 (Winner)

Madden NFL 20
MLB The Show 19
NBA 2K20
NHL 20

Anno 1800
Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Winner)
Oxygen Not Included
Slay the Spire
Total War: Three Kingdoms

Asgard’s Wrath
Blood & Truth (Winner)
Pistol Whip
Westworld Awakening

Asgard’s Wrath
Blood & Truth

Pistol Whip (Winner)
The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets
Trover Saves the Universe

A Short Hike
Disco Elysium
Sayonara Wild Hearts

Untitled Goose Game (Winner)
What the Golf?

Call of Duty: Mobile

Sayonara Wild Hearts (Winner)
Sky: Children of the Light
What the Golf?

Apex Legends (Winner)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
Tetris 99

Baba Is You (Winner)

Disco Elysium
Outer Wilds
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Slay the Spire

A Short Hike
Control (Winner)
Disco Elysium
Outer Wilds
Untitled Goose Game

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Days Gone
Death Stranding
Devil May Cry 5
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Winner)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Concrete Genie

Control (Winner)
Death Stranding
Resident Evil 2

Control (Jesse Faden)
Death Stranding (Cliff Unger)
Death Stranding (Sam Porter Bridges)
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Greez)
Untitled Goose Game (The Goose) (Winner)

Arise: A Simple Story
Control (Winner)
Mortal Kombat 11

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Death Stranding (Winner)
Mortal Kombat 11
Resident Evil 2
Sayonara Wild Hearts

Disco Elysium (Winner)
Outer Wilds
Telling Lies
The Outer Worlds

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Concrete Genie

Death Stranding (Winner)
Metro Exodus

If you want to learn more about the D.I.C.E. Awards, you can visit AIAS’s official website.

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KitGuru says: Do you agree with the winners? Did any of your favourite games of 2019 receive an award?

SMART Modular adds 32GB Mini-DIMMs to its ULP and VLP series

SMART Modular has launched a new series of low profile DDR4-3200 Mini-DIMMs designed for industrial applications. The Mini-DIMM range now includes 32GB registered and unbuffered EEC modules in both Ultra Low Profile (ULP) and Very Low Profile (VLP) formats.

The new series of Mini-DIMMs from SMART modular have been extensively tested to ensure they operate in a wide temperature window of -40 °C to +85 °C, making them ideal for industrial applications such as telecom and networking equipment that is deployed in harsh environments. As well as extensive testing, the modules can be customised with rugged features such as conformal coating, anti-sulfur resistors or underfill to protect against excessive vibration and extend lifespan.

SMART Modular helped in the development of the JEDEC standard Mini-DIMM format. Mini-DIMMs are built with additional power and ground pins compared to traditional DIMMs to ensure a more robust operation under harsh conditions.

32GB Mini-DIMMs from SMART are available in ULP format with a height of 17.78mm and VLP height of 18.75mm, which makes them compatible with a wide range of system board height requirements. Mini-DIMMs support both Molex and Foxconn connection so the DIMMS can be mounted either vertically at 22.5° or at right angles to the board with a robust latching mechanism designed for a seven year or longer life-cycle.

SMART offers a whole range of robust solutions for industrial applications and will be showcasing these new Mini-DIMMs, along with other products at the Embedded World Exhibition and Conference 2020 between 25th-27th February at the Nuremberg Messe in Germany.

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KitGuru says: These new ruggedized Mini-DIMMS from SMART should be ideal for high capacity memory installations in system that operate under harsh environmental conditions, thanks to a wide operating temperature range and customisation options.

Corruption 2029 is now available on the Epic Games Store

Only a few days ago, the developer behind Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden announced a new tactical squad game called Corruption 2029. Despite that announcement only coming on February 10, the game is already available on the Epic Games Store.

According to RockPaperShotgun, the story of Corruption 2029 puts the player in command of a squad in a near-future dystopian America. The squad’s objective is to uncover the wave of corruption that has been spreading throughout the country. As players progress through the missions on offer, it becomes possible to choose between avoiding enemies, through stealth mechanics and non-violent methods, or to battle against them, in a similar way to Mutant Year Zero.

A 28-minute gameplay trailer in an early level of the game has been posted by the developer. Although the game is now available on Epic Games Store, the developer tweeted about the “almost certain possibility” that the game would also release on Steam, but it won’t “happen for a while”. Regarding a console version of the game, The Bearded Ladies said that is yet “to be decided”.

Corruption 2029 is now available on the Epic Games Store for £15.99/€19.99. You can buy the game HERE.

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KitGuru says: Do you like tactical strategy games? Are you interested in Corruption 2029?

Final Fantasy VII Remake Part One will be 100GB and ship on two Blu-Ray discs

We were all astonished when Titanfall released with a 50GB+ file size back in 2014 but since then, game sizes have been growing even more, with console releases for Gears 4, Halo 5, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and more creeping up over the 100GB mark. Later this year, Final Fantasy VII Remake will join that growing list, with physical boxed copies confirming a 100GB HDD space requirement. 

We don’t know why Final Fantasy VII Remake is so huge on PS4, particularly since this is just part one of a multi-part release. There are a few ideas that come to mind though, from 4K pre-rendered cutscenes to the game simply being even bigger than anticipated, despite being limited to the Midgar region.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be over 100GB pic.twitter.com/WNgBjpgGD7

— Pixelbuster (@Nitomatta) February 17, 2020

Pixelbuster over on Twitter confirmed the news by posting an image of the back of a Korean version of the physical game box. Needless to say, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be shipping on two Blu-Ray discs to accommodate the massive file size and remove the need for a huge digital download.

With Part 1 of the remake coming in at 100GB, one has to wonder how big the full series will end up being later down the line. If this trend continues, you may need a dedicated HDD just to play all of the Final Fantasy VII Remake parts from start to finish.

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KitGuru Says: I imagine cutscenes will have a lot to do with this, as Square Enix will be looking to make this its most graphically impressive game of the generation. Are any of you planning on picking this one up? Will you be needing to clear some HDD space in order to install it? 

Warface is the first CryEngine game to launch on Nintendo Switch

Crytek first launched its free to play shooter ‘Warface’ on PC back in 2014, with the biggest updates since then being the addition of a Battle Royale mode in 2017, followed by Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game. Now in a surprise move, the game is also landing on the Nintendo Switch. 

This appears to be the first CryEngine based game to launch on the Nintendo Switch, which is good news for other developers working with the engine and wanting to get their game onto Nintendo’s platform. Oddly enough, the Warface website and social media pages haven’t been updated with news on the Switch version, but it is listed and downloadable on the Nintendo eShop.

As you might expect, the Switch version of the game is limited to 30 frames per second at 720p in docked mode and 540p in handheld mode. Switch-specific gameplay features include in-game voice chat, HD rumble support and gyro aiming. Since this is a free to play title, you can play it without a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Warface has five main PvP modes including Team Deathmatch, Free For All, Bomb, Storm and Blitz. There are also a number of PvE missions that you can play to get up to speed with the game before jumping into competitive play. The game is already available via the Nintendo eShop and the Xbox One/PS4 versions have received the most recent content update, bringing parity with the PC version of the game.

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KitGuru Says: Warface often goes under the radar, so it will be interesting to see how much of an audience the game finds on Switch. Have many of you played Warface at all recently? Is it a game you would try on the Switch? 

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Ubisoft is making a Triple-A VR game based on one of its ‘greatest IPs’

Virtual escape rooms for arcade locations aren’t the only VR projects that Ubisoft is working on. After a break from ‘high budget’ VR game development, Ubisoft is hiring as it begins work on an “unannounced AAA” VR game based on one of the publisher’s “greatest IPs”. 

Ubisoft has several standout IP, ranging from Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry and Watch Dogs all the way to forgotten gems like Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia. The latter is already getting a VR escape room and we’ve seen similar style games created around Assassin’s Creed, so perhaps Ubisoft is targeting something different here.

Specifically, Ubisoft is hiring a Narrative Designer for this project, who will work out of Ubisoft’s offices in Germany. The designer will need to be well versed in supplying “a strong narration through active means”, meaning gameplay, mechanical systems, characters etc.

We have no idea which IP could be involved here, but there was talk last year of Ubisoft reaching an agreement with Oculus to create two VR titles based on Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed, so perhaps this is where those efforts begin.

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KitGuru Says: While there are some stealth games created for VR, nothing has really reached ‘Splinter Cell’ levels of excellence, so it would certainly be interesting to see Ubisoft take on that challenge. However, there is also the possibility that the publisher wants to start off with a safer bet, as its other franchises remain well established in the modern gaming landscape. 

Nvidia has made a limited edition Cyberpunk 2077-themed RTX 2080Ti

Many of us are excited for the release of Cyberpunk 2077 later this year and it seems that Nvidia is just as hyped as the rest of us. After some teasing of a limited-edition Cyberpunk-themed GPU over the weekend, today Nvidia announced the RTX 2080Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition, with only 200 units made. 

With just 200 of these GPUs in existence, they are without a doubt deserving of the ‘Limited Edition’ moniker. Unfortunately, they aren’t going up for sale, so you will need to test your luck in a sweepstakes competition in order to get hold of one.

Each Cyberpunk 2077 RTX 2080Ti GPU comes with a custom AL5052 aluminium shroud, with the game’s signature yellow styling and logo. The GeForce RTX logo on the side is also blue instead of green, further matching the game logo.

In order to win one of these, you’ll need to enter the giveaway via the Nvidia GeForce social channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Just like/retweet/comment on one of the posts and reply tagging a fellow gamer and saying something positive about them while using the #RTXOn tag. Both you and the person you tag will be entered to win.

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KitGuru Says: I’m not usually big on custom-themes for hardware but I do quite like the look of this one. We don’t get a lot of ‘Yellow’ in PC builds nowadays but I think it works well. Perhaps we’ll even see some modded systems with one of these later in the year. What do you all think of the Cyberpunk 2077 RTX 2080Ti? Will you be entering to win one? 

Sonic overtakes Detective Pikachu, with the highest opening weekend domestic record

The Sonic the Hedgehog film has had a tumultuous development. From the near universal dislike for the original trailer, to the studio completely redesigning Sonic, leading to delays in the films release, concerns were raised that these served as a bad omen for the film itself. It would seem that hasn’t been the case, as the film has now overtaken Detective Pikachu to achieve the best domestic opening weekend record for any video game film ever.

Having released on the 14th of February, the Sonic the Hedgehog film managed to achieve a three-day opening weekend total of $57 million, which is greater than Detective Pikachu’s $54.3 million. The film is predicted to make a 4 day domestic total of $70 million. Worldwide, the film has managed to rake in over $111 million. With a budget of $85 million, the film is set to make great returns.

The success doesn’t end there, as Sonic the Hedgehog represents only the third video game film to be rated at over 50% on Rotten Tomatoes – currently standing at 63% (and an audience score of 95%). This marks a positive shift in the narrative of the Sonic the Hedgehog film.

Back in April 2019, Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for the film. Originally set to be released in November that year, the trailer saw mass criticism mainly due to the design of sonic, which was deemed to have been in the uncanny valley. In response, Paramount opted to delay the film, in order to redesign Sonic.

Later in November, a second trailer was released, featuring the newly designed Sonic. Reception was much more positive, but concerns were raised that perhaps it was too little too late, and that people had made their minds up already. If early response is anything to go by, this hasn’t been the case.

It’s good to see that both fans and critics seem to be enjoying the film. Though it is a shame that the studio responsible for fixing the design shut down, at least their final project is being regarded as a success.

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KitGuru says: What did you think of the Sonic the Hedgehog’s design change? Have you seen the film? What other video game film adaptations would you like to see? Let us know down below.

StarCraft: Ghost resurfaces with new gameplay footage

StarCraft: Ghost has been one of the biggest ‘What If?’ stories in Blizzard’s history. The game was famously announced as a shooter spin-off for the franchise before being scrapped several years later. We’ve not seen much of the game in action up to this point, but that changed this week thanks to a leaked gameplay demo. 

The original footage was removed from YouTube but other users have re-uploaded it. The video below contains the leaked footage in 720p quality and at the time of writing, it has not fallen victim to YouTube’s copyright strike system or been pulled through other means:

The video description mentions the Xbox Classic, indicating that this particular build was for the original Xbox and not the Xbox 360. If that is the case, the game looks surprisingly good graphically for a console of that era.

The gameplay wouldn’t really hold up by today’s standards, although since the game never came out, this is likely a very early demo build of just one level and not entirely representative of what the final product would have been.

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KitGuru Says: StarCraft Ghost is unlikely to ever see the light of day, but it is interesting to see new leaks coming out well over a decade later. Were any of you looking forward to this game before it was ultimately cancelled? What do you think of the recent gameplay leak? 

Dishonored and Wolfenstein go DRM-free on GOG, Bethesda publisher sale live

Bethesda has been supporting GOG for a few years now, offering up DRM-free versions of older Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Quake titles. Now, a few newer titles have been added to the library, accompanied by a catalogue-wide Bethesda Publisher Sale. 

As usual, each game offered through GOG is DRM-free, so you can download it and play at your leisure without worrying about account log-ins or online store checks. Newly added games to the Bethesda catalogue on GOG include Dishonored: Definitive Edition, Dishonored 2, Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

As part of the publisher sale, you will find games at up to 75% off, so Dishonored: Complete Collection is down from £54.99 to £16.49, you can grab both Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Old Blood in a £5.99 bundle, Fallout 3: GOTY Edition and Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition are going for £4.49 each.

Of course, you will also find discounts on legacy titles too, like Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Fallout 1/2/Tactics, Quake 1-4, DOOM etc. You can see the full sale, HERE.

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KitGuru Says: I already own a few of these games through GOG, although I am tempted to grab Dishonored now that it has joined the library. Are any of you picking up something from the GOG Bethesda sale? 

You can now Rickroll your friends in Fortnite with an official emote

One of Fortnite’s most well known features is its plethora of dance moves and emotes that players can purchase and perform. Epic games has in the past been accused of stealing these moves without crediting its creators. In response, it seems like Fortnite will be getting officially licensed dances, as Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” dance is now purchasable in-game, and even plays the actual song.

Available to purchase for 500 V-bucks, the emote features not only the dance as performed by Rick Astley in the popular song, but also plays the original song as you perform the emote. This is the first known case of Fortnite officially licensing a dance move and its associated song. This is notable due to the fact that Epic Games was in hot water over dance moves that it had featured in the game previously.

Epic Games has previously faced four different lawsuits over Fortnite’s inclusion of famous dances in the game, with the argument being that the creators of these dance moves weren’t credited nor compensated for its inclusion.

It would appear as though Epic Games has chosen to avoid similar situations in the future by outright licensing the official use of dances and songs. Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna” emote, which features a 1:1 recreation of the famous dance, while the chorus from the song plays, appears to be the first example of this. This differs from previous emotes which have had to resort to using similar sounding, but ultimately different music to accompany the dances.

It’s good to see that Epic Games has figured out a way to include these popular dances, while also supporting the artists known for creating them. It’ll be interesting to see which dances are added in the future, and whether they too will feature the original songs.

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KitGuru says: Are you glad to see Epic Games crediting the artists? What other dances or emotes would you like to see added? Have you ever Rickrolled anyone? Let us know down below.

PS4 and Xbox One hardware sales seeing ‘sharper than expected’ decline

While we have been expecting next-gen consoles to arrive in 2020 for a long time, we did not expect such early announcements from both Sony and Microsoft. The next-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles were confirmed in late 2019 and it would seem these early reveals are having a pretty major impact on the sales of current-gen console hardware. 

The NPD Group has been tracking January console sales with year-on-year comparisons, working out that US hardware spending is down by 35 percent in January 2020 compared to January 2019. $129 million was spent on consoles in the US last month, with Xbox One and PS4 seeing significant drops, while Nintendo Switch sales remain steady.

As Niko Partners analyst, Daniel Ahmad, points out, the declines this year are sharper than expected but there are multiple factors at play. For starters, key ‘early 2020’ games like Final Fantasy VII Remake, Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us Part 2 and Marvel’s Avengers have been delayed, so some may be putting off their console purchases.

Beyond that, the PS5 and Xbox Series X have both received early announcements, with confirmation of backwards compatibility with current-gen titles. This seems to be the biggest factor, as current-gen console sales are declining faster than Xbox 360 and PS3 back in 2013.

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KitGuru Says: Given rumours around higher than normal pricing for next-gen consoles, it does make sense for some to hold off and save up. With backwards compatibility included too, it is likely that some of this year’s best games will be cheaper to pick up and play by the time new consoles roll out. Are any of you considering picking up a current-gen console this year at all? Or will you be holding off for new hardware? 

PS4 exclusive ‘Yakuza Remastered Collection’ performs strongly in UK charts

The first two months of 2020 have proven to be relatively quiet ones when it comes to big video game releases. That being said, it has allowed for other titles, which would have perhaps been largely forgotten, to shine. Such is the case with the Yakuza Remastered Collection, which managed to reach third place in the UK boxed charts, only behind Fifa and Call of Duty.

The Yakuza Remastered Collection is a bundle featuring Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 all in one remastered package. Though Yakuza 1 and 2 received the ‘Kiwami’ treatment, a full remake, this wasn’t necessary for the next three titles in the series, as they had released originally on the PlayStation 3 and so were deemed modern enough to warrant a more simple remaster.

Yakuza 3 Remastered initially released in August 2019, with 4 following in October (and the collection releasing alongside 5 on the 11th of February). It is therefore impressive to see the collection perform so well, and is doubly impressive when considering the fact that the collection is currently exclusive to the PlayStation 4.

The other notable entry in the top 10 list is Media Molecule’s Dreams. Having released on the 14th of February, the game managed to reach number 8 on the boxed charts for the week. While this may seem low for a first-party PlayStation 4 exclusive, Dreams was on the market for less than 2 days as of the chart’s release, and furthermore, the game had a lengthy Early Access period, meaning that many of the initial potential sales could have been absorbed by that. With the universal acclaim that Dreams has been receiving however, it is likely that word of mouth may assist Dreams in performing much higher in the long run.

The rest of the top 10 is littered with familiar faces, with the full list as follows: • Fifa 20 • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare • Yakuza Remastered Collection • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order • Grand Theft Auto V • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe • Minecraft • Dreams • Luigi’s Mansion 3 • NBA 2K20.

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KitGuru says: Have you played any Yakuza titles? Which one is your favourite? Do you think you’ll pick up Dreams, especially after the high praise it’s been receiving? Let us know down below.

Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Master Review

Par : Luke Hill

Gigabyte’s TRX40 Aorus Master is aiming to offer enthusiasts with a positive balance of features, high-performance cooling, and an eye-catching aesthetic design for their Threadripper system. Coming in at just below £500 in the UK, the TRX40 Aorus Master competes directly with ASUS’ TRX40-E Gaming but does many things in a very different manner.

Can Gigabyte’s offering prove itself as the ‘Master’ at this price point?

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AMD’s TRX40 platform is unequivocally feature-rich when it comes to options for motherboard vendors. As such, Gigabyte has made the decision to deploy the TRX40 Aorus Master on an Extended-ATX PCB in order to squeeze in all the necessary features and cooling hardware.

With a 16+3 phase power delivery solution and active cooling for the finned VRM heatsink, it is clear to see that Gigabyte is not cutting corners with its power capabilities. The emphasis on cooling performance even continues to the back of the TRX40 Aorus Master with Gigabyte deploying a ‘NanoCarbon Coated’ backplate (which is marketing speak for a thermally enhanced sheet of aluminium).

Featuring 5 Gigabit Ethernet, triple M.2 slots, a right-angled 24-pin connector, and the promise of superb fan capabilities, let’s take a close look at the Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Master.

Features (information taken from the Gigabyte webpage):

  • Supports 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors
  • Quad Channel ECC/ Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 8 DIMMs
  • 16+3 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink, Heatpipe with Extended Heatsink and NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • AQUANTIA® 5GbE LAN and Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 3 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5
  • 130dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9218 DAC, ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • USB TurboCharger for Mobile Device Fast Charge Support
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C™ Header
  • Q-Flash Plus Update BIOS Without Installing CPU, Memory and Graphics Card

Ratings board outs XCOM 2 and Catherine: Full Body for Nintendo Switch

Developers have found plenty of success on the Nintendo Switch by giving some older titles renewed time in the spotlight. We are already expecting a number of games to land on the hybrid console this year, including the Metro Redux games and the BioShock trilogy. Now it looks like Catherine and XCOM 2 will be joining the list as well this year. 

Thanks to South Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee, we know that XCOM 2 Collection and Catherine: Full Body will be joining the Switch library this year. XCOM 2 Collection will include the incredible base game as well as the praised expansion ‘War of the Chosen’, available to play in handheld form for the first time.

Catherine: Full Body is a slightly newer release, remastering the original game and making a couple of changes to bring Atlus’s last-gen classic into the modern era. Just recently, Atlus also ran a survey asking Nintendo Switch owners if they would like to see more of its games on the console, including the likes of Shin Megami Tensei and Persona, so this appears to be a first step in that direction.

The rating application filings were finalised in January, so this could be another pair of announcements being saved for the long rumoured ‘early 2020’ Nintendo Direct.

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KitGuru Says: The Nintendo Switch is a great platform for strategy games like XCOM 2, so I’ll be looking forward to that release. We are getting a lot of ports this year though, so it would be nice to see some new game announcements when Nintendo is ready to air the next Direct. 

We are hiring – YouTube reviewers wanted!

We are currently looking to expand our YouTube review team and are on the look out for talent. If you’ve ever wanted to review hardware on video, now is your chance as we are looking to bring a fresh face on board to help us expand our YouTube channel. Previous experience is welcome, but not strictly necessary.

Our YouTube channel reviews a broad selection of items every month, from computer cases and full systems, to peripherals, gaming chairs and other hardware. There will be a variety of items regularly in the review schedule so a high level of all-round tech knowledge is important.

KitGuru is a great company to work with, we are all tech enthusiast hardware guys who enjoy gaming, so we all have very similar interests. Behind the scenes it is very close knit environment and many of our team have been with us for 5 or more years.

Due to a greater focus we will be placing on video – we are looking for another team member to join the group. Ideally the person would be in the United Kingdom as we have to ship a lot of hardware back and forth for review.

To be considered for this position you need:

  • Skillset to present well on camera – and in English.
  • The ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Some knowledge of video editing would be useful, but we have that capability in-house if we find the right candidate.
  • Strong writing ability.
  • This is a freelance position.

The successful applicant should ideally be based in the United Kingdom, and we pay very well for this kind of work. If you are interested and feel you can meet the criteria above and want to work in this fast moving, extremely demanding sector then please send your CV along with any samples of your work to our Deputy Editor in Chief, Dominic Moass – dominic(at)kitguru.net. We would like to see samples of your work, so please send us links to any video review you have produced.

KitGuru says: Good luck – we are looking forward to seeing your application!

Rainbow Six: Siege will come to PS5 and Xbox Series X; will feature cross-play

Rainbow Six: Siege is without a doubt one of Ubisoft’s greatest success stories. With over 55 million registered players, the tactical first-person shooter continues to receive regular content updates. With 2020 well under way, and next generation consoles set to release late in the year, the future of the shooter was uncertain. Ubisoft has now confirmed that Siege will not only support PS5 and Xbox Series X but could bring with it cross-play too.

Speaking to Windows Central, Leroy Athanassof, the game’s director, stated that Rainbow Six: Siege is targeting a launch day release for both the upcoming consoles. While it has already been confirmed that both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will feature backwards compatibility, the purpose of Athanassof’s statement is twofold: not only will Rainbow Six: Siege leverage the increased power of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (potentially through higher resolutions or increased framerates), but also Ubisoft is committed to continuing its post-launch support of the title. This dedication to a launch day release is due to Ubisoft not “want[ing] to break our community. So, we want people who buy the new system right away to play it with their friends.”

This means, of course, that Rainbow Six: Siege will feature cross-play – at least between the same family of consoles: “If you play on the next PlayStation, you will be able to matchmake with the previous PlayStation”, claimed Athanassof. Full cross-play between Xbox and PlayStation is something that Ubisoft would like to achieve, however according to Athanassof “this is more a discussion between Microsoft and Sony”. It is likely that cross-play between Xbox and PlayStation is inevitable however, as other games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare already support the feature.

Unlike Modern Warfare however, Athanassof is unsure whether Siege will ever see console and PC users play together, saying “I don’t think there will ever be console cross-play with PC. The only way we could do that kind of stuff is by letting you do that if you want to. By default, you’re always with console. But if you want to match with these players, to have better matchmaking, or whatever, and get your ass kicked by a keyboard and mouse, up to you.”

Rainbow Six: Siege recently announced Operation Void Edge, featuring new operators, new maps, and other tweaks and additions. With Rainbow Six: Siege set to enter its 5th year, it’ll be interesting to see how much longer Ubisoft plans to support the title, and whether the game will ever see a sequel – or if it’ll remain perpetually updated.

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KitGuru says: Do you plan on buying a next-gen console on launch day? Would you like to see cross-play? What would you like to see out of a Rainbow Six: Siege sequel? Let us know down below.

Thrustmaster announce the T-LCM sim racing pedal set

Thrustmaster has added to its sim racing ecosystem with the introduction of a new racing pedal set. The T-LCM pedals are the company’s most advanced set to date and feature Thrustmaster’s HallEffect AccuRate Technology (H.E.A.R.T) magnetic sensor system that provides an extended lifespan with precise accelerator and clutch pedals.

With a combination of H.E.A.R.T technology for accelerator and clutch, plus the Load Cell force sensor integrated into the brake pedal allows for an impressive range of adjustment and configuration of the T-LCM, making them the ideal choice for all types of sim racing setups and driving styles.

H.E.A.R.T technology offers a 16-bit resolution to provide sim racers with 65,536 data values per pedal. A Load Cell sensor in the brake pedal allows users to apply up to 220lb / 100kg of pressure to the brake pedal, with a set of six springs included that offer customisation and adjustable brake pedal feel and response.

The T-LCM pedal set features premium non-slip metal pedals mounted on a sturdy structure that has been tried and tested by the most seasoned sim racers to ensure optimal grip and enhanced feel and durability, even after many hours of use. A large textured footrest stops the drivers’ feet from sliding around. The whole unit weighs 11lb / 5kg and features adjustable height, spacing and vertical/horizontal inclination allowing the pedals to be set up for maximum comfort.

Another great feature of the Thrustmaster T-LCM pedal set is compatibility with the company’s previous pedal heads from the T3PA or T3PA-PRO pedal sets, so owners of these previous Thrustmaster pedals sets will be able to use the pedal heads that they are most comfortable with. Thrustmaster has also introduced some new accessories to the T-LCM ecosystem such as the T-LCM Cockpit Adaptor, T-LCM Rubber Grip and the T-Pedals Stand.

The new T-LCM pedal set from Thrustmaster is compatible with PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, its available to pre-order now, priced at £179.99 and is expected to become commercially available from 26th March 2020.

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KitGuru says: These new T-LCM pedals look like a high quality and durable pedal set, all the adjustability and customisation options mean they should suit any type of driving style or sim racing setup. What do you guys think of them?

SilentiumPC launch a trio of cost-effective PC cases

SilentiumPC has announced a trio of new PC cases designed to please different gamers tastes with three new Armis AR6 models offering tempered glass window panels, RGB lighting and a selection of striking front panel designs, all at an affordable price.

The new Armis AR6 series is aimed at gamers looking for a versatile yet stylish design. The series is built on the company’s new Natissis internal structure that features a dual-chamber layout. SilentiumPC claims the dual-chamber layout offers excellent flexibility when it comes to choosing the right components for a high-performance system, with support for motherboards up to E-ATX form factor, graphics cards up to 360mm long, CPU air coolers up to 162mm tall and radiators up to 360mm in length.

With a tempered glass side window and front panel, the Armis AR6X EVO TG ARGB allows the internal components to really stand out with spectacular RGB illumination via the included four Stella HP ARGB CF fans. In the front of the case are three pre-installed Stella HP ARGB CF fans, another one in the rear and a single Sigma HP 120mm fan in the top of the case to exhaust warm air and ensure effective cooling of system components.

The Armis AR6X TG ARGB also includes tempered glass panels to the side and front, with four Corona HP RGB 120 mm axial fans offering a more discreet appearance with the ring-type RGB lighting. Three Corona HP RGB fans come pre-installed behind the front glass panel, with one more at the rear and a single Sigma HP 120 mm fan is pre-installed in the top of the case. An included Aurora Sync Evo PWM ARGB controller takes care of the RGB lighting and PWM fan speed control.

SilentiumPC has also added the Armis AR6Q EVO TG ARGB case to the series, which looks a little different. The AR6Q EVO TG ARGB is the most affordable of the three and features an enclosed front panel with an ARGB lighting strip providing a simple understated appearance. Included with the AR6Q EVO TG ARGB is a tempered glass side window panel and a single Stella HP ARGB CF 120 mm case fan in the rear.

All three models include a front I/O located at the top of the front panel that is equipped with two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 3.5mm audio jacks, power/reset buttons and LED status indicators. The trio of Armis AR6 cases from SilentiumPC are available to purchase now, starting at €65.00 for the AR6Q EVO TG ARGB, while the AR6X TG RGB and AR6X EVO TG ARGB are both priced at €83.00.

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KitGuru says: The new Armis AR6 series from SilentiumPC seem to offer all the features of a high spec gaming PC case with a budget price tag. What do you guys think of the new Armis AR6 PC case series from SilentiumPC?

Bitspower Introduce the Premium Summit M CPU water block

Bitspower has added a new CPU water block to its current stack of PC custom water cooling hardware. The Premium Summit M water block is built from a new metal design with RGB accents incorporated into the top section.

The Premium Summit M CPU water block from Bitspower is the first of a new line of PC water cooling components to be manufactured using a new Bistpower Premium metal range of finishes. The top cover of the Premium Summit M is copper, with RGB lighting built-in for a durable yet elegant looking appearance.

The implementation of RGB lighting in the Premium Summit M CPU water block has been done in a subtle way, so not to overpower the overall theme of the system. As well as the RGB lighting, on top of the CPU block is a Bitspower logo on either a Gunmetal or Black Metal cover, along with two standard G1/4” outlets.

A copper thermal transfer plate features a layer of 0.3mm microchannel fins that increase surface area to maximise thermal dissipation, a Bitspower water injection design provides a high flow of coolant across the top of these fins to further increase heat dissipation performance. The Premium Summit M CPU water block is compatible with all mainstream desktop CPU socket types, with brackets and accessories for installation on both Intel and AMD platforms.

The Bitspower Premium Summit M CPU water block is available to purchase now from the Bitspower online store, in Gunmetal and Black Metal finishes, priced at NT$4,030 which roughly converts to around £100.

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KitGuru says: I quite like the look of these new CPU water blocks from Bitspower, the combination of metal finishes and RGB gives them a premium appearance, something different to the acrylic look. What do you guys think of them?