This Week on JungleDrums:
Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, joined by Gimboid and Sergeant Jay, delves into this week’s gaming and tech news! RED’s Hydrogen phone will ship this summer, Xbox Game Pass steps up its game, and Bioware’s Anthem is delayed.
Boutique Android phone makers didn’t have a good 2017, but RED aims to reverse that trend with its high-end Hydrogen handset, which founder Jim Jannard talks up in a recent post on the company’s forums. The chunky, unique device will ship in the summer, but those who have pre-ordered will be able to test out its “4-view” display in April.
- Microsoft’s head of Xbox marketing, Aaron Greenberg, has clarified that Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to play ‘Play Anywhere’ titles on PC as well. Following the announcement of Xbox One exclusives being added to the Xbox Game Pass, Greenberg took to Twitter to answer some questions from fans regarding the subscription.
Anthem, BioWare’s ambitious action role-playing game announced at E3 2017, will not come out until 2019, according to a report from Kotaku, representing a delay past the launch window originally said to be the last quarter of this year. Kotaku’s report characterizes Anthem’s delay as a sign of increasing pressure on the Electronic Arts studio to come back with a big hit following the disappointing performance of Mass Effect: Andromeda last year. Unidentified sources connected to the studio told Kotaku that the fall 2018 window was never realistic; Kotaku speculates that BioWare cannot delay the game beyond March 2019, which is when EA’s 2019 fiscal year ends.
Intel Core i3-8300 and Core i5-8500 appear online with “ETA 14 February”. New entry-level Intel CPU SKUs are beginning to surface online. The new processors will be available from 64 to 329 AUD, which can be converted to 51 to 264 USD. The Pentium G5000 series are dual-core and quad-thread CPUs with base clock varying from 3.7 GHz to 3.9 GHz and 4MB of cache. The cheapest Coffeelake processors will be Celeron G4920 and G4900, which are dual-core and dual-thread CPUs listed with 2MB cache. Additionally, Intel will launch Intel i5-8600 non-K for a slightly lower price than the overclockable variant. This SKU will be joined by Core i5-8500 and i3-8300 processors.
JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by Scholarly Gamers’ Content Coordinator, AcuteJungle66. Topics discussed in the show focus heavily on gaming, highlights, streams, and tech, but will typically hover around hot-button topics of the week. Joining AcuteJungle66 are a rotating selection of guests, ranging from friends and those interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as Destiny 2, The Division, or Rainbow Six Siege.
AcuteJungle66 has been dabbling with tech ever since he tried improving the tape deck of his Commodore 64 back in the ’80s. Tech and Gaming have both been interests of his for several decades, but he also enjoys the great outdoors as often as he can.
As a proud Military Veteran who spent much of his life on 3 different continents, he is quite content being back home in Scotland; where he enjoys a much ‘quieter’ life these days.