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Witcher 3 Patch Causes Frame Rate Issues On PS4 And Xbox One

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt got a massive 7.3GB patch a couple of weeks ago, and while it fixes a lot of annoying problems, it’s actually also creating new ones. Patch 1.07 takes a massive toll on The Witcher 3’s performance on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions. Digital Foundry reports that the Xbox One version in particular suffers the most. The PC version’s performance appears to be unaffected.

Digital Foundry’s technical analysis showed the Xbox On version maintained a superior frame rate to the PS4, however intensive areas in the game take a hit. While Novigrad remained relatively stutter-free, rainy Crookback Bog suffered the worst, with that area being up to 8 fps slower under 1.07 compared to 1.05. The reason for this is that the latest patch makes the Xbox One use the PS4’s double-buffer v-sync, which essentially means the frame rate is locked to 20 fps during difficult areas.

The PS4 version also sees a noticeable decline in performance, with areas like Novigrad being very stuttery and overall less smooth than 1.05. But even with the drop in the PS4 version, it’s the Xbox One version that has the most marked difference in performance. Overall, the performance gap in the two versions has closed with patch 1.07, but only because the Xbox One version has decreased so dramatically.

It’s not all bad news for The Witcher 3, however. Patch 1.07 introduced an array of updates that players were sorely after. Chief among those updates is an alternate movement system for Geralt so that he no longer moves like a human tank. It also brings a new stash system, so players can leave items they want to keep in a chest somewhere without clogging up their inventory. The full list of changes is here.

Meanwhile, The Witcher 3 on PC seems to have escaped the bulk of the performance issues that 1.07 brought along. However, some GOG and Steam users have reported that achievements are now not working properly and some players in Europe still haven’t received the patch at all.

CD Projekt Red is working on all of these problems. If you’re a console user and a drop in frame rate would seriously bother you, it’s best to wait for them to release a fix (or for them to patch this patch, so to say).

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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