JungleDrums

Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s latest tech and gaming news. Telltale begins liquidation, PS5 hardware revealed (kind of), Ray Tracing is finally here, and more!

  • Telltale games have begun liquidating the company and pulling their titles from Steam. This article from Variety provides a little extra context concerning the events surrounding the layoffs. Hopefully the former employees can all find new homes, and with any luck the rights to these games will be picked up by — or sold off to — a team that can pick up where Telltale left off.
  • A headline from the Express grabbed my attention immediately: Next-gen PlayStation 5 Hardware REVEALED. Unfortunately, and much to my disappointment, the reveal was not concerning the actual CPU/GPU hardware of the upcoming PlayStation 5; but rather the new controller. According to a patent filing, the next-gen console will feature a touchscreen rather than a trackpad on the controller. Will this become a feature that nobody asked for but will find themselves unable to live without? Only time will tell.
  • The Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809) is now live. Microsoft must be using a different calendar, as I am fairly sure it is now November. Throwing shade aside, the update had been pulled due to some issues; but is now live and introduces several features including the update to DirectX: DXR. The newest update is required if you wish to turn RTX On with your fancy new Nvidia GPU. More details concerning the update can be found at Anandtech.
  • Speaking of Ray Tracing, IGN recently posted that it has finally arrived in Battlefield V. If you were beginning to regret purchasing a new RTX card from Nvidia, since no games were taking advantage of it yet, then you can now rejoice that you will now be able to experience ray traced reflections. Be forewarned though, you will most likely now regret adopting the technology this early, as RTX On = FPS Off. Oh dear.
  • Another headline from the Express that caught my eye this week was concerning Fortnite vs Red Dead Redemption 2 Online; which is a rivalry that I did not realise was going to become a thing, especially considering RDR2 Online is not even out yet. Allegedly the online component of RDR2 is going to feature a Battle Royale mode, so Epic is ‘fighting back’ with a limited-time mode in the flavour of the Wild West. Limiting weapons to shotguns and hunting rifles, whilst also allowing the use of dynamite, this new mode is expected to launch alongside next week’s content update.

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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