More on the Series X, Rimworld gets new DLC, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming update for Tuesday, February 25th. Lots to get into here today, so let’s jump in.

Lots of details about the Series X

Today we got a whole bunch more information about the Xbox Series X. Here are some of the features making its way to console. First of all, it will have a Quick Resume feature for multiple games, not just one like many of our devices today. An interesting one here is a feature called Smart Delivery. And essentially what this means is that if you buy a game for the Xbox One, then you will also get the Series X version for free. This will be guaranteed for every first-party Xbox game, and is an optional feature for third-party developers. Thus far, Cyberpunk 2077 has already confirmed that it will be in on that. So you don’t have to wait for the Series X to buy Cyberpunk, you can just get in for the One, and then whenever you get the Series X you’ll upgrade for free. That’s pretty cool. Regarding backwards compatability, basically anything that you can currently play on your Xbox One will also be playable on the Series X, including various 360 and original Xbox games, so no real big changes there. Now, they also released some more information about the hardware. I don’t understand this stuff all that well, but for those of you who do, here it is. The GPU will have 12 teraflops, and the console will have AMD’s new Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures. It will also have variable rate shading, and hardware accelerated directx raytracing. That’s about everything they mentioned, looks like it’s a pretty powerful machine, and hopefully people will be happy with it.

Rimworld adds surprise DLC “Royalty”

RimWorld has put out a free update to game, which add some quality of life changes, as well as new content. However, also available with no warning is a brand new DLC, which I believe is the first one for the game. It’s called Royalty, and it adds characters to the game who are quite literally royalty figures. It also adds a bunch of sci-fi technology, as well as psychic abilities and body implants. Bit of a weird one, but I like it. Alongside that is the addititon of quests, which are also procedurally generated, and will reward you with various in-game items. I know a lot of people call RimWorld one of the best colony sims on the market, so I’m happy to see that it’s still being supported.

Coronavirus affected lots of conferences

So as you know, a bunch of companies have been pulling out of various conferences around the world thanks to the Coronavirus. Well, this has occurred yet again with Kojima Productions and the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. GDC has also lost Sony and Oculus, with a number of reps from those companies no longer giving talks, and presumably a few announcements being interrupted. Interestingly Sony has also opten out of Pax East, which takes place in Boston, and the mayor of Boston has just made a public request to Sony to reconsider its decision. It’s certainly an interesting time with all of this, but hopefully things will get remedied soon.

Rainbow Six Siege breaks record for concurrent players on Steam

Alright and last story for today, Rainbow Six Siege has broken its record for concurrent players on Steam. 180,000 people played it at the same time, which does not include uPlay or console statistics. Despite the game being 4 years old, it looks like now would not be a bad time to start playing it for the first time. The devs still work on it continually, and it will be available on next gen consoles.

I’d like to thank you very much for tuning in here today, and thank you to an anonymous user for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon. I will be back tomorrow with the news, as I am every Monday-Friday, so until tomorrow, Happy Gaming everyone.