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Saturday, Jun 10, 2023

Future Games Show Today

Future Games website PC Gamer details how to watch today's Future Games Show Summer Showcase, which gets underway in a couple of hours at 1:00 pm EDT. Here's the plan:
The 2023 Future Games Show Summer Showcase from our friends at GamesRadar is happening today—Saturday, June 10—at 10 am PT. If you're not sure when that is in your time zone, here's a handy guide.

The videogame showcase will be streamed on Twitch, YouTube (embedded above), GamesRadar, among other channels, and will feature 10 world premieres, plus new looks at a bunch of games, including:

  • Lords of the Fallen (I'm excited about this one ever since I saw it at GDC)
  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical
  • Life By You (Another cool one I checked out at GDC)
  • Layers of Fear
  • Pacific Drive
  • C-Smash VRS
  • VR Skater

June Humble Choice

The June Humble Choice* is now available for members, it being June and all. Subscribers receive a collection of DRM-free games each month which are free to keep. The headline game this month is Ghostwire Tokyo while other offerings include Remnant: From the Ashes - Complete Edition, Curse of the Dead Gods, Honey I Joined a Cult, and more. Here's an overview from the Humble Bundle Blog:
Explore the spectral streets and haunted rooftops of Ghostwire: Tokyo. Survive the twisted otherworldly realms of Remnant: From the Ashes – Complete Edition. And much more….

June’s Humble Choice games have arrived from places beyond, and this month’s mix will take you on an otherworldly journey through a haunted metropolis, alternate dimensions, cursed temples, across time—and to a crazy golf/race course too for good measure. Eight supernaturally great games are waiting, all yours to own and add to your PC gaming library forever when you’re a Humble Choice member this month!
*Blue's News may receive a commission on sales of this item

Intel on Arc Super Sampling

Intel discusses its foray into the enthusiast market with a post about XeSS support in Intel Arc graphics cards. XeSS, or Xe Super Sampling, is Intel's upscaling tech, and the post goes on to discuss what it brings to the game(s):
Intel Arc graphics have dedicated AI hardware built-in. Leveraging those capabilities for gaming gets the most performance possible out of Arc GPUs, and that’s exactly what Xe Super Sampling does. Let’s look closer: when you turn on XeSS, every frame the GPU renders starts at a lower size than your target resolution. That smaller image renders quickly, then XeSS steps in. XeSS uses a trained AI model combined with motion vectors and frame history to intelligently upscale frames to full HD, 1440p, or 4K. Got all that? The sausage-making can get pretty technical, but the important thing is turning XeSS on scales games to high resolutions faster than traditional rendering could.

FPS numbers aren’t the only thing we’re increasing: over fifty games now include XeSS, from the biggest franchises to your niche favorites. When we launched the Intel Arc A750 and A770, we showed how XeSS works to boost FPS in nine popular games with over a dozen more on the way. Now with our high-performance desktop GPUs out for half a year, our game developer friends have helped deliver even more AI-fueled upscaling to over fifty new and existing games. A full list of every game and demo with XeSS included is at the bottom of this article.

Shadows of the Damned Remaster Revealed

A new trailer from Grasshopper Manufacture touts development of a Shadows of the Damned Remaster (thanks Game Informer). The original version of this action/adventure came to PlayStation 3 and Xbox One in 2011. Platforms go unmentioned, but presumably the remake is coming to the current console generation, and perhaps will arrive on PC as well. This will likely be cleared up next week on the Grasshopper Direct 2023 show. Here's word:
Coming soon from the collective brains of Suda51 and the Grasshopper Manufacture team in collaboration with Engine Software - Shadows of the Damned: Remastered!

Also be sure to check out our very first Grasshopper Direct on June 14th at 9:00pm PST/June 15th at midnight EST/June 15th at 9pm JST right here on the Grasshopper Archives!

Saturday Legal Briefs

Out of the Blue

The air purifier I ordered arrived yesterday, a day earlier than expected. But the haze and smell from the smoke condition were already gone. The device's air quality meter confirmed this. It rated our AQ as "good" to start, which quickly graduated to "very good" after running it for a short time. We're happy with the improvement and pleased to have a filter running. I've mentioned MrsBlue's asthma in the past, which makes this seem like a sensible purchase. Naturally, some of the smoke that left our area is now causing problems elsewhere, so I hope you're being safe if you're in its path.

Cleared-up Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Thanks Acleacius.




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