JungleDrums

Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s latest tech and gaming news. A ‘Gaming’ heater arrives, Microsoft is purchasing Obsidian, PSN name change confirmed, and more!

  • Vortx is the world’s first environmental simulator for PC Gaming. The folks over at Engadget got their hands on this strange new peripheral from Whirlwind FX, which is effectively a $120 desktop fan that almost looks like a subwoofer enclosure. The Vortx responds to whatever is happening on-screen, providing a unique immersion experience in the mode of blowing air into your face. The jury is out as to whether this is must-have piece of kit or not, but it is fascinating to see a company develop a very unique product such as this.
  • PlayStation gamers have been begging for the ability to change their Online ID for years, and Sony has finally caved in according to GameSpot. The much-requested PSN Online ID Change feature is currently entering PlayStation’s Preview Program. The first change will be free, but subsequent changes will cost $10/£7.99, whilst PlayStation Plus members will only pay $5/£3.99. One issue however is that not all games will be compatible with this feature, and users might see issues or errors in certain games. What that exactly means is currently unknown, but many are speculating it could result in a loss of games which have been purchased digitally.
  • We discussed Microsoft’s upcoming cloud gaming system quite some time ago, but the newest development from Team Green promises the ability to play AAA games from our mobile phones. According to the Express, Project xCloud is a state-of-the-art game-streaming technology that will offer gamers the freedom to play on the device they want to; making it possible to play thousands of games from your mobile phone. The technology is still in early development, with public tests being speculated to occur sometime in 2019, but certainly could be a game-changer.
  • According to PC Gamer, Microsoft is reportedly close to finalising a deal to purchase RPG developer Obsidian Entertainment. If this deal goes through, it would be a huge change for Obsidian Entertainment who has remained independent for 15 years while developing beloved RPGs like Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fallout: New Vegas, and the more recent Pillars of Eternity series.
  • The recent announcement of the Intel i9 9900K CPU has been surround by controversy. TLDR: Intel commissioned a series of benchmarks to Principled Technologies, comparing the i9 9900K to the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, the testing was inherently flawed and heavily weighted in Intel’s favour, the Internet subsequently went crazy. Full details can be read over at WCCFTech.

About JungleDrums:

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.

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