Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, joined by Gimboid and SergeantJay, delves into this week’s latest tech and gaming news. Another free BR game, 9th Gen Intel CPU details, Roblox makes the headlines, and more!
- Whether you love it or hate it, the battle royale craze is not going anywhere anytime soon. Whilst the Darwin Project released quite some time ago, it was re-launched this week as a free-to-play game on Xbox One. Darwin Project takes a relatively unique spin in their version of BR, with only 10 players in each match; one of whom acts as the ‘Show Director’. Darwin Project is also available on PC for free, but no details yet on whether it will be coming to other platforms or not.
- Intel is preparing their new round of processors, which most of the tech community has been patiently waiting for. It was speculated that 9th generation i7 CPUs would possibly be 8 core/16 threads, but unfortunately it appears that will be reserved for the Core i9-9900K. The i3 and i5 variants all appear to be around 100MHz to 200MHz faster than the current 8th gen chips, which unfortunately means that the 9th gen appears to be nothing more than a refresh of Coffee Lake.
- Warframe‘s latest update has released for consoles. Titled The Sacrifice, this update adds a new cinematic quest line as well as new items and noticeable changes to the UI. The inventory menu has been revamped, UI themes are customisable, new UI sounds, and of course as with any new update there is a new Warframe: Excalibur Umbra. Keep in mind, to access The Sacrifice you will need to complete The Second Dream, The War Within, Chains of Harrow, and Apostasy Prologue before you will be able to access the new quest. Get to grinding Tenno!
- Roblox is the latest game to hit the headlines, but not in a good way. Whilst the incident mentioned in that article is unquestionably horrible and disturbing, I do not agree with Roblox specifically being blamed for this. Much like the recent coverage in regards to Doki Doki Literature Club! I find that media is quick to blame the game explicitly, all whilst the parent is not held accountable for their inability to monitor their child’s activities.
- NVIDIA has a stockpile of over a million next-gen graphics cards waiting for us! (allegedly) According to Digitimes, the mining market has gone stagnant since cryptocurrency took a dive; resulting in medium sized mining operations going out of business and larger operations cutting down on the acquisition of new machines. This has resulted in an overproduction of current gen GPUs, which are now sitting idly due to a lack of demand. In fact, this overproduction is most likely the reason that the next gen cards are yet to be released; as NVIDIA will likely want to clear that inventory the best they can before launch. But a source stated that whilst there is an inventory of several million units, around a million of these GPUs are waiting to be released. Hopefully the prices will be ‘normal’ when they do finally launch.
- The July update for Xbox just released this week, and introduces a variety of features and enhancements. As mentioned at E3, FastStart has been enabled for selected titles and gamers can now group their games and apps. Mixer streamers will notice several quality of life improvements, such as increased broadcasting quality and stability improvements; but more importantly, streamers can now go full screen with their webcam whilst broadcasting. Perfect for when you want to conduct a talk show, or just chat to your audience whilst switching games. It is no wonder more and more aspiring content creators are making the switch to Mixer.
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