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Xbox One X And S To Add FreeSync 2 Feature

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A new visual feature is coming to both the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X.

Both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X will support AMD FreeSync 2, an advanced adaptive sync technology that is present in a lot of gaming monitors which eliminates screen tearing resulting in a much smoother experience when it comes to fast-moving images.

The most common refresh rate is 60Hz but high end gaming monitors can reach up to 120Hz and 144Hz. The issu is that games typically fluctuate framerates and the console struggle to always hold the target FPS.

When refresh rate and framerate are out of sync, screen tearing can occur which can make it appear as if all, or part of, the image is split.

AMD FreeSync is a sync technology that forces the display adjust it’s refresh rate according to the game’s framerate on the fly, so to speak which negates screen tearing.

Doing this requires a display that does FreeSync over HDMI and currently there are no TVs with the tech that a lot of monitors have.

FreeSync 2 s a new version that offers lower latency and HDR support and will soon be compatible with both versions.

Microsoft did not give a specific date when its consoles will be able to use this technology, but stated that it has release window of Spring 2018.

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Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon Winning in United Kingdom

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FromSoftware title ‘Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon’, which is published by Bandai Namco, has laid claim to the top spot of the boxed charts in the United Kingdom this week following it’s August 25th release.

Armored Core 6’s debut pushed Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to the second overall spot in news that video game journalists have been covering extensively.

According to GamesIndustry.biz, Bandai Namco believes that ‘Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon’ is a “big step up in the franchise’ and communicated their hopes that it would surpass previous Armored Core games following the increased popularity in the game developers work on Elden Ring.

The United Kingdom charts also saw The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom move back to the 3rd spot, and FIFA 23 holding the 4th spot.

The biggest rise was from Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which jumped back in the top top from it’s previous 24th spot to land in 6th with a 146% increase in sales. That game, along with Hogwarts Legacy, is currently a part of a Playstation 5 bundle.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year edition entered the Top Ten this week with an appearance in the 9th spot.

The news wasn’t so good for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which saw a debut in the 13th spot last week but has now dropped to 37th following a 43% decrease in sales week-on-week, despite it’s initial push on every video game streaming platform following it’s heavily hyped arrival.

Here is a breakdown from the United Kingdom Boxed Top Ten for the week ending on August 26th, via GamesIndustry.biz.

Last Week This Week Title
New Entry 1 Armored Core VI: Fires Of Rubicon
1 2 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
4 3 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
3 4 FIFA 23
9 5 Hogwarts Legacy
24 6 Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
5 7 Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
7 8 Minecraft (Nintendo Switch)
12 9 The Witcher III: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition
2 10 Grand Theft Auto V
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Scriptic Raises $6 Million in Additional Seed Funding

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Interactive drama developer and BAFTA-nominated studio Scriptic has raised a total $6.2 million in additional seed funding, including $500,000 from the Sony Innovation Fund, bringing the total seed investments to $8.7 million.

The funding will be deployed to continue going towards the expansion of its mobile narrative offerings, and the studio aims to provide its generative AI developer tools to more writers and storytellers.

“It’s a huge honor to have Sony Innovation Fund join our roster of stellar investors, and we’re thrilled that they share our vision for the future of interactive media and storytelling,” Scriptic CEO Nihal Tharoor said, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

This marks another example of  studios who find Angel Investors and find VC investors to fund their initiatives, and those deals making waves in the gaming industry.

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Xbox Scheduled to Release Baldur’s Gate 3 Later This Year

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Following news earlier this year that Larian Studios cited technical issues developing the port, there is now official confirmation that Baldur’s Gate 3 will be launching on Xbox Series X|S consoles this year.

Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke officially announced the update on social media following a meeting with Xbox head Phil Spencer.

“We’ve found a solution that allows us to bring Baldur’s Gate 3 to Xbox players this year still, something we’ve been working towards for quite some time,” Vincke said in the announcement. “All improvements will be there, with split-screen coop on Series X.”

The Xbox Series S console version of the RPG will not feature split-screen coop, a disappointing part of the update, but Baldur’s Gate 3 will have cross-save progression functionality between Steam and Xbox Series consoles.

Stay tuned here or other prominent video game journalists for more information on Baldur’s Gate heading to Xbox in 2023.

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