Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s latest tech and gaming news. Graphic Card prices are normalising, Geforce GTX 1180 specs leaked, Destiny 2‘s Warmind DLC launches, and more!
- The 10 series (Pascal microarchitecture) of video cards has had a good run since their introduction in 2016. But enthusiasts have patiently been awaiting the release of the upcoming 11 series (Turing microarchitecture). Apparently details have surfaced on the TechPowerUp GPU database, and they certainly look very promising. With 3584 CUDA cores and 16GB of GDDR6, this card could potentially mop the floor with the 1080Ti as well as the Titan XP. Rumours say the GTX 1180 could launch as early as July or August.
- The second expansion for Destiny 2 has released this week. Warmind offers a new story campaign that is comparable in size to that of Curse of Osiris, which centers around the legendary A.I. Rasputin and Worm-God Xol. The level cap has been raised to 30 and the power cap is now set at 385, so plenty of grinding for Guardians to do. There are significant changes within the game, and Bungie is clearly trying to improve upon a game that has in many ways been a regression since the original Destiny. Whether it is worth getting back into remains to be seen, we’ll let you know after a little more time with it.
- When I first saw this article, I mistakenly thought Nintendo was launching an official mini-dock that doesn’t brick your console like 3rd party ones. Sorry for the ‘bait and switch’, but as it turns out it is only a charging dock. Even so, it does look like a nice little accessory, and it is good to see that Nintendo is beginning to offer additional peripherals. The charging dock should release on July 13th for around $19.99.
- Frontier Pilot Simulator is a (currently) single player simulator that combines skill-based flying with a story-driven economic system. The game is currently in Early Access, and has quite a way to go before it can be considered a ‘finished product’, but currently features: 2 types of cargo transport, dozens of ship upgrades, an open world, realistic physics, and much more to come. It is worth noting that the price of the game will gradually increase as more content is added, so if this is a title that you see potential in, it would be wise to take advantage of this ‘early bird’ pricing. I’m fairly sure there is going to be special pricing on the week of the 12th as well.
- Steam games will soon be playable on your phone. Valve has announced plans to launch Steam Link and Steam Video apps for Android and iOS. With the correct network setup, Steam Link can be quite useful, I’ve certainly used it a few times over the years. But the introduction of these mobile apps could potentially make it even more useful. Games will no doubt require a compatible controller such as a Gamevice, but if the apps work as intended, it will be a nice little bonus for all of us Steam users.
- Deadstick – Bush Flight Simulator promises to blend the survival genre with flight simulation, and frankly I am quite excited to see how this one turns out. Published by the same folk that have brought us PC Building Simulator, this game looks extremely promising. I have not delved into a flight simulator for quite some time, but the promise of flying in extreme environments such as Siberia and Alaska has certainly caught my attention. We will be keeping an eye on this one for sure.
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, Rainbow Six Siege, or Monster Hunter: World