Game News: Xbox Series X: What’s Velocity Architecture All About? Microsoft Explains

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In a blog post, Xbox’s Jason Ronald mentioned that, with current-generation games, designers oftentimes need to create things like elevators and hallways to hide things in the background as the game loads certain in-game elements. “This challenge would continue to increase exponentially and further constrain the ambition for truly transformative games,” Ronald said. “This feedback influenced the design and development of the Xbox Velocity Architecture.”

To understand what Xbox Velocity Architecture is, Ronald said you can think of it as “the soul” with the Series X’s new custom processor as the heart. “Through a deep integration of hardware and software innovation, the Xbox Velocity Architecture will power next-gen gaming experiences unlike anything you have seen before,” Ronald said.

The four major components of the Xbox Velocity Architecture include the Series X’s NVM SSD, hardware-accelerated decompression blocks, a new DirectorStorage API layer, and a Sampler Feedback Streaming.

Ronald provided an overview of each of these components, and you can see his comments further down the page. His comments get deep into the specifics, but in short, Xbox Velocity Architecture is a new system that will allow developers to access capabilities “beyond the raw specifications of the hardware itself.”

“The Xbox Velocity Architecture fundamentally rethinks how a developer can take advantage of the hardware provided by the Xbox Series X,” Ronald said. “From entirely new rendering techniques to the virtual elimination of loading times, to larger, more dynamic living worlds where, as a gamer, you can choose how you want to explore, we can’t be more excited by the early results we are already seeing. In addition, the Xbox Velocity Architecture has opened even more opportunities and enabled new innovations at the platform level, such as Quick Resume which enables you to instantly resume where you left off across multiple games, improving the overall gaming experience for all gamers on Xbox Series X.”

The Xbox Series X is due to release this year, with Halo Infinite as a launch title. Microsoft will show off more of Halo Infinite during an event on July 23, so keep checking back with GameSpot for more very soon.

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Game News: A Number Of NBC Affiliates Are Refusing To Air The 30 Rock Reunion

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The issue, according to a Vulture report, is that the new special focuses too much on promoting Peacock, the streaming service NBC is launching on Wednesday July 15. The station groups who are boycotting the special consider Peacock to be a competitor.

Featuring bits from original cast members Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer filmed remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, the 30 Rock special will also serve to promote NBC’s upcoming slate of programming. The special was produced by NBCUniversal’s marketing department.

The special is still set to air in major markets such as New York City and Los Angeles where NBC owns its own stations, as well as other markets comprising of around 40% of the country. A rebroadcast on Friday will also see the special aired on the USA Network, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, and CNBC–and yes, it will be available to stream on Peacock.

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Game News: Halo 3’s Release On PC Helps MCC Reach 50,000 Concurrent Players On Steam

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Steam’s own publicly available data shows that The Master Chief Collection reached a peak concurrent player base of 54,761 people on launch day, July 14. With numbers that big, MCC moved inside of the Top 10 list for the most-played games on Steam’s entire platform.

Halo 3 and MCC are also available to buy on PC directly from Microsoft’s Store, while Xbox Game Pass members on PC can get the games, too. As such, the total player count for Halo 3 and MCC overall is surely much higher.

MCC and Halo 3 are also tracking well on the Top-Sellers charts for Steam, with MCC and Halo 3 ranking as the No. 2 and No. 3 best-sellers on Steam right now, only behind another new release, Death Stranding.

Halo 3 is available to buy as an individual game for $10 USD or through MCC for $40 USD. MCC on PC currently includes Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3. ODST and Halo 4 will follow later on to complete the package.

To celebrate the release of Halo 3 on PC, 22 developers from 343 Industries shared their stories about how the game changed their lives.

The next brand-new Halo game is Halo Infinite, which sees the return of the evil Banished enemies. Microsoft will show off Halo Infinite’s campaign during an event on July 23, so it won’t be much longer until we learn more about the next-generation Halo game.

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Anime News Love Live! Superstar!! Is Officially the Title of the New Love Live! Series. Story Revealed!

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Love Live! Superstar!! Is Officially the Title of the New Love Live! Series. Story Revealed!

【楽しみ】『ラブライブ!』新シリーズのプロジェクト名が『ラブライブ!スーパースター!!』に決定https://t.co/Hqt2Djwrx4

15日発売の総合マガジンでは、メンバーのグループ名募集企画などについて掲載する。 pic.twitter.com/ff7G5blB9g

— ライブドアニュース (@livedoornews) July 14, 2020

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Source: Live Door News

Yuigaoka Girls High School is a new school between the neighborhoods of Omotesando, Harajuku, and Aoyama in Tokyo. With no history, no upperclassmen or alumni, and no reputation, it is a school full of unknowns. The story focuses on the first batch of students.

Five girls, among them Kanon Shibuya, have a fateful encounter with school idols. Kanon decides, “I love singing. I want to make something come true with song!” A storm of feeling come over a budding star. The future is open and full of possibilities for these girls, and their story, which everyone will make possible, has only just begun. Soar with your wings, our Love Live!”

Love Live! Superstar!! uses the catchphrase, “Watashi o Kanaeru Monogatari — Hello!!! Love Live!” (“The story of my dreams coming true. Hello!!! Love Live!”).

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Game News: MLB The Show 20 Will Now Mirror The Real-Life 60-Game Season Schedule

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MLB The Show 20 earned an 8/10 in GameSpot’s review. Reviewer Richard Wakeling wrote that the latest iteration in the series “doesn’t make any large strides forward, choosing instead to focus on refining areas that needed improvement from last year.”

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Anime News Amazon Removes J-Novel Club Manga and Light Novels, More Likely to Follow

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Amazon Removes J-Novel Club Manga and Light Novels, More Likely to Follow

We verified today that starting July 11th, all books in the series The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan, I Shall Survive Using Potions (Manga+LN), How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, and Clockwork Planet (LN) are no longer available for sale on Amazon Kindle (except .co.jp)

— J-Novel Club (@jnovelclub) July 14, 2020

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Game News: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Brings Back A Classic Mechanic From The Original Game

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While the first hands-on demo GameSpot previewed for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was very action-heavy, the developers have promised that the entire game doesn’t follow this mould.

“We do bring social stealth back in a lot of our quests and a lot of parts in our world,” said assistant level design director Laurence Letalien in an interview with GameSpot’s Jordan Ramée. “We do have this mechanic of disguise where you can put your hood on and in different locations where you want to blend in more get less detected, you can put it on and it’s a mechanic you can use to social stealth between crowds. We are also bringing back the social stealth of the monks walking around you can blend with them.”

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The new-old mechanic was shown off in the Valhalla section of the Ubisoft Forward presentation, showing protagonist Eivor pulling up the hood of their cloak to blend with a crowd of people. While this mechanic was used extensively in the first three Assassin’s Creed games, it fell out of favor as the games took on more of a focus on combat and RPG elements. Now, it’s coming back to make Valhalla feel more like a classic Assassin’s Creed game.

Of course if stealth isn’t your jam, the option to fight your way into and out of any situation is still available.

“Stealth was a super important part for us to bring back and focus on,” Letalien said. “And we do have both approaches… the demo was a bit more action-y but you could, before the raid, before calling your crew, go alone and take out enemies stealthily before calling your crew to the battle.”

Valhalla will release on November 17 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia. It’ll also be available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X when the consoles release, with players who buy the game on current-gen getting an upgrade to the next-gen edition for free.

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Anime News GRANRODEO Launches Official YouTube Channel! First Global Online Concert Announced!

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GRANRODEO Launches Official YouTube Channel! First Global Online Concert Announced!

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Source: Official Press Release

Date: July 31, 2020 (Fri) 19:30 JST

URL: https://youtu.be/aP_HSmB2b3A
*During the live event only, but a YouTube archive will be available later.

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Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga Opening Theme “Jonetsu wa Oboete iru”

Release Date: September 9, 2020
Limited Edition (CD+BD): LACM-34008 / 1,900¥ (excluding tax)
Regular Edition: LACM-24008 / 1,200¥ (excluding tax)

CD Tracks
1. Jonetsu wa Oboete iru
2. Scorn
3. Jonetsu wa Oboete iru (without vocals)
4. Scorn (without vocals)

BD (Limited Edition only)
Jonetsu wa Oboete iru (Music Clip)

Special illustration (Limited Edition and Regular Edition)

*The title song “Jonetsu wa Oboete iru” will be available on music streaming websites
ahead of the launch on July 15 (Wed)
Music streaming services: https://lnk.to/LZC-1684

*A package that includes all the songs will be available from the CD release date.

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Game News: Sony Is Now Preparing 9-10 Million PS5 Consoles For Production, Report Says

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The company has increased its production orders from 6 million units to 9 million units, though the window of time for their production was not mentioned in the report. These units will be assembled at Sony’s new factory in Japan where robots outnumber humans. Separately, Bloomberg reported that Sony is aiming to produce 10 million PS5 consoles by the end of 2020.

“The electronics giant has informed assembly partners and suppliers it’s radically increasing orders for its next-generation console, though logistics may yet pose a challenge to delivering all those machines on time for the holiday shopping season, the people said, asking to remain anonymous,” Bloomberg reported.

Nikkei’s sources mentioned that order numbers could change in either direction based on market demand, so the 9-10 million figure is likely not set in stone.

Neither report had any details on the breakdown of production orders for the PS5 by SKU. In addition to the standard PS5, Sony is producing a disc-free PS5 edition. On top of these two consoles, Sony will continue to manufacture the PS4 and the PS4 Pro.

Karn Chauhan, a senior analyst with Counterpoint, told Nikkei Asian Review it makes sense that Sony would seek to increase its production pipeline for the PS5 due to the pandemic and how it’s led to a surge in gaming. “During the pandemic, the gaming industry witnessed a record number of online player additions as more consumers are considering gaming as entertainment at home,” Chauhan said.

The same Nikkei Asian Review report said Facebook is looking to increase the production of Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets to 2 million units.

Recently, a pre-order page for the PS5 went live on Amazon, prompting some people to speculate that Sony might announce a release date and price soon. As of yet, that hasn’t happened, but the console is confirmed to release this holiday season.

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