2020 Razer Blade Pro 17 Unveiled

Details regarding the highly anticipated 2020 Edition of the Razer Blade Pro 17 has been released. This follows after months of speculation from dedicated consumers behind this brand. Razer Incorporated revealed that this year’s model is dedicated to refining former technologies praised by fans. Those wanting a significant overhaul of the Razer Blade Pro will have to wait until 2021.

Selecting the Razer Blade Pro – 2020 Edition as your next gaming laptop will enable multiple customization options to consumers. Choosing the standard model is still a viable option for meeting gaming requirements until 2025. The baseline edition includes a 4K 120Hz Touchscreen Display, which can be upgraded to a 300Hz 1080p Display. 120Hz will be sufficient to operate all modern games over the next generation cycle. This Touchscreen Display also supports 100% Adobe RBG Space capabilities.

The Internals

The internal specifications are identical to the 2019 Edition of the Razer Blade Pro 17. Upgrades to the internals extend towards the updated versions of the Nvidia Processors. Consumers will obtain the 2020 Versions of the 2020 Intel i7-10875H, which is clocked at 2.3GHz with this gaming rig. The graphics card supported with the Razer Blade Pro 17 is the “Nvidia RTX 2070 Max- Q Edition. Those wanting to enhance their graphic card capabilities can select the Nvidia RTX 20170 Super Max-Q Edition. This upgrade boosts the association price to $3,199.00 instead of $2,599.00 for the standard graphics card. Memory space with the baseline model comprises of 512Gb but can be upgraded to two terabytes.

The Vapor-Chamber Cooling System used by Razer Incorporated is implemented into the Blade Pro 17. This allows for gaming laptops to never overheat under any gaming conditions. However, this cooling system is extensive and drastically adds to the associated weight of this gaming laptop. Portability will be minor but possible. Those wanting to purchase this product will find initial exclusivity in North America by May 31st. The 2020 Razer Blade Pro will be released to the European Union & Asia by Mid-June.

Razer will recommend a series of accessories when purchasing this laptop via their online store. Purchase a dedicated gaming mouse from Razer, gaming headphones, and charging accessories. This way, consumers will get the most out of their 2020 Blade Pro 17.

 

Microsoft Unveils Series X Lineup

The Microsoft Company is working towards an innovative & revolutionary year in its historical operations. Their 1st notable announcement in 2020 pertained to the Surface Series Lineup, which combines a variety of tablets and laptops with premium components for retail sale. Microsoft has begun moving towards releasing information on the Xbox Series X, which in their next console slated for release in Holiday 2020. Getting players excited for what’s to come, Microsoft unveiled a series of titles that’ll be available at launch for the Series X.

Those considering purchasing one of these consoles in 2020 will find it challenging. Manufacturing of the Series X has been limited amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic, forcing limited quantities when releasing to North American and European consumers this holiday season. Individuals lucky enough to obtain a Series X when released will receive an immediate hardware boost. There’ll be 4K 120FPS Support, with Direct Cloud Storage Support. Ray-Tracing is enabled, and faster loading times are prompted with enhanced LRDD4 RAM.

Thirteen new titles were unveiled by Microsoft with their teaser video, with some notable developers including Deep Silver and Ubisoft. These games are being exclusively optimized for the Xbox Series X but will also be available on previous generation cycles. This means consumers can select to purchase these titles for their Xbox One or PlayStation Four. It should be noted that hundreds of other games will be revealed with Microsoft unveils the Xbox Game Studios.

Games & Release Date

Those available games releasing on launch date include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla from Ubisoft, Madden NFL 21 from Electronic Arts, Second Extinction from Systematic Reaction, and DIRT Five from Ubisoft. Additional titles being released on launch date include Scorn, Scarlett Nexus, The Medium, The Ascent, Call of the Sea, Bright Memory Infinite, Vampire: The Masquerade, Chorus and Yakuza Six.

Microsoft hasn’t provided an official release date for the Series X. Multiple analysts anticipate that significant delays are following for Microsoft’s manufacturing facilities, which could postpone the launch in Q1 2021. It’d mark the 1st time in Microsoft’s history that they delayed the start of an updated console because of limiting manufacturing capabilities. However, all corporations are dealing with the after-effects associated with COVID-19.

 

Destiny 2 Production Director Provides Update

Bungie, the company behind Destiny 2, is finally revealing its plans for the long awaited update to its most popular game. This comes on the heels of an increase in players being unsatisfied and the company inviting feedback via a recent blog post it made titled ‘This Week At Bungie’  on what they think it should include in the future

Commenting on the list of concerns, the director of production, Justin Truman said; “There’s been a growing list of concerns with the game lately: Trials, the rise in cheaters, our new Seasonal model, the balance between rewards you earn vs. items you buy. We’ve been closely watching and discussing each of these topics as we read your feedback.

Truman added; “When our community managers relay that everyone at Bungie is listening, I assure you, we are … But fixing these issues isn’t good enough if we keep you in the dark the whole time, so we’re going to try something a little different. Every week for the rest of this season, we’ll have updates from different members on the dev team covering the most important topics in Destiny right now, and what we’re planning to do about them.”

Based on this, it is expected that a large number of the changes that will be discussed by Bungie in the weeks ahead may not come into fruition when it next season is released in the fall, which ultimately could be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, whatever is added in terms of fresh content could see the quality of life changes as the company already has stated that season 11 would bring together the disparate elements.

If there is nothing else, at least with the latest happenings, there is hope that the next season will be superior to that of the Season of Worthy and the Season of the Dawn. More so, with the company finally breaking its silence, there is hope that whatever is next to come will improve on the failures of Year 3.

Destiny 2’s Failed Seasons

The latest season of Destiny 2’s, the Season of the Worthy, gave players what most did not want to see, which essentially was more of the Season of Dawn. It did little to change the core gameplay and while it added in Trials of Osiris, the problems that existed in the previous year were still present as were several others, which seems typical in Destiny.

What is clear at this point is that Bungie used it as a template for Year and what also is clear is less played are keen on it. That has not gone unnoticed by Bungie, and that is what is leading players to have hope that the news they get will be good news. That payoff, if it is good news, could be the best seen to date for the series.

 

Nintendo Switch Returns to Costco Briefly

Millions of gamers worldwide have clamoured for their opportunity to obtain a Nintendo Switch. It’s unlike any console available on the market, supporting multiple iterations of usage through hybrid technologies. You can assemble the Nintendo Switch as a handheld console with television support. There’s also a tablet mode featured, where consumers can place the Switch on their tables and play via the controller. The popularity behind this handset has increased recently with the releases of Pokemon Sword and Shield, with this extending towards Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The downfall to wanting a Nintendo Switch is the lack of availability. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic fluctuated daily manufacturing of this console, product availability was limited because of its incredible popularity. Those product inventory limitations have extended tenfold since the epidemic broke out worldwide, with Nintendo cancelling manufacturing of the Switch & Switch Lite across Asia. Manufacturing operations in North and Central America will continue, with shipped consoles dropping by 73% in comparison to reasonable valuations.

The Costco Bundle

Some retail companies are receiving minor influxes of the Nintendo Switch, with the 1st being Costco – America Division. They provided consumers with a specialized bundle for an additional $50.00 on the original $300.00 price tag for the Switch. Those lucky enough to purchase the Switch received a 128gb Micro SD Card, 12 Months of Nintendo Live, a Screen Protector and Carrying Pouch. Obtaining this specialized bundle saved consumed $100.00 in additional funds, with products that are somewhat required when purchasing a Nintendo Switch.

What made this bundle special is the limited availability and access to consumers. Individuals were required to have a Costco Membership, which had to be registered online. Those not already customers with this retail chain would’ve spent an additional $50.00 obtaining a membership. The limited stock sold-out within two hours, marking one of the fastest product sell-offs in Costco history. Those lucky enough to get this bundle won’t receive it until April 24th to 30th. Costco recommended purchasing games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokemon Sword, Super Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong. It should be noted that new titles with the Nintendo Switch cost $60.00.

 

Best Games to Play During COVID-19

Coronavirus, it’s a term that billions worldwide have become familiar with after a global pandemic has unfolded. This pandemic has forced numerous countries to enter lockdown phases and take away the civil liberties of citizens for their protection. Transpiring events prompted millions of jobs to be lost over the last two months, with these individuals now forced to remain indoors. There are few ways to project versatile entertainment into the home atmosphere, with one of them being Video Games. It’s prompted the question for millions as to which game is best throughout 2020. Below we’ve comprised three games that will give players universal experiences in a variety of ways.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – 2019 Edition.

The 1st recommendation we have to our readers pertains to “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – 2019 Edition”. This title is the reboot of the original Modern Warfare franchise, combining a series of updated and newly created maps for consumers to enjoy. New modes have been implemented into Modern Warfare – 2019, with those including a fully-fledged Battle Royale mode named Warzone. Since this game launched in November 2019, Modern Warfare has acquired more than 50+ million players globally. That number is expected to increase by 25% throughout the pandemic.

Elder Scrolls Online

Those wanting to explore a versatile world with endless stories and objectives to complete best suited for Elder Scrolls Online. It’s available on the Xbox, PlayStation and PC for $79.99. There are thousands of hours of gameplay available for players that purchase this title. Furthermore, updates with new content are regularly provided by the ESO Developers. Their latest expansion is called Greymoor and takes place in the well-known region of Skyrim, which has been a desired location since this game’s iteration in 2015.

Formula One 2019

Gamers worldwide craving a racing simulator for a reasonable price are best suited to play Formula One 2019. This title provides games access to all drivers in the F1 Grid, with all official Grand Prix’s supported. Available drivers extend to classics like Michael Schumacher and Niki Lauda. Online multiplayer and career modes are also supported through the PC, Xbox or PS4.

 

Cyberpunk Developers Donate to Covid-19 Relief Aid

CD Project Red announced that they’d provided the equivalent of USD 1 Million to Polish Healthcare Professionals. This video game developer transferred those funds into the national currency, providing this industry with 4 Million Polish Zloty. Donations were provided amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, which has begun affecting the Poland region. CD Project Red is infamous in both these countries, with them having developed the Witcher Franchise and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.

This information was provided through the LinkedIn Page of Marcin Iwinski, the Co-Founder of CD Project Red. Details noted that CD Project Red partnered with a charity organizer, which roughly translates to “The Great Christmas Charity Orchestra”. They typically provide musical venues to rural locations during the holiday season, acquiring donations to assist other charities in Poland. They’ve reformatted their efforts towards helping with the Covid-19 Medical Relief Aids. Contributions were collectively agreed upon by the CD Project Red Board of Directors & Shareholders.

150+ Intensive Care Unit Beds were recently purchased through the GCCO for hospitals in Poland. They’ve also purchased 50+ thousand singular-use protection equipment masks for medical workers. This’ll enable for increased protection, with global suppliers being unable to reach overwhelming demands. Distributed funds through the $1 Million Donation will be determined through the Polish Ministry of Health. This’ll allow the funds to assist the hot zone locations through Poland. It should be noted that 1000+ confirmed cases of Covid-19 have infected Poland, with fourteen individuals dying from the virus.

The LinkedIn Update expressed thanks towards the numerous brave souls that are taking Covid-19 on in the worst conditions seen in the modern medical era. Marcin Iwinski noted that he hopes these funds will enable Polish doctors to defeat Covid-19.

CD Project Red Employees Working from Home

Another element towards Marcin Iwinski’s efforts towards limiting the spread of Covid-19 included sending employees home. Personal systems were upgraded, with additional equipment being delivered to these employees addresses. It’s enabled CD Project Red to continue development on Cyberpunk 2077, while also ensuring their employee’s safety. Infrastructures were also improved to ensure company-wide communication didn’t falter. It’s been noted that employees are keeping morale high by engaging in diverse conversations regarding Cyberpunk 2077s unique atmosphere.

 

EB Games Shutting Down All Canadian Stores

There have been multiple controversies surrounding the GameStop corporation and how they’ve handled the coronavirus pandemic. They initially refused to shut down their stores under the advice of government politicians. Conference calls were then leaked, where executed denied employed wagers for refusing to work during Covid-19. These conference calls also revealed that stores would remain open under potential outbreak conditions and that quarantined employees with Covid-19 wouldn’t receive their salaries.

After receiving continued backlash against their actions from customers and employees, the GameStop Corporation announced that their closing stores across California. These closures will extend to their subsidiary corporation in Canada known as EB Games. All locations under the EB Games brand will be shut down across Canada. It should be mentioned that this gaming retail store believed their products to be essential, refusing to shut down operations against the CDCs advice. Significant fines could’ve ensued for the GameStop Corporation if they didn’t implement these closures. It’s expected that additional closures will be implemented across America.

Lineups Before Closures

When Canadian Gamers heard that all EB Games Locations would be closing by midnight on March 21st, hundreds ignored the policies of government officials. They began lining up for the latest title released by the Nintendo Company. These actions have prompted public shaming against individuals attending EB Games across Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Politicians publicly shaming these individuals included John Tory and Doug Ford. The potential spread of infection was because of Animal Crossing – New Horizons.

Individuals that attended these EB Games lineups waited upwards of an hour or longer before being permitted into the respective locations. Gamers were interviewed on their concerns with the virus, with some saying they’ve remained self-isolated for three weeks. Most of the players noted that after this purchase, they’d return out in public only for essential items to live. Considering that the time for social distancing is now in America, there’s been a substantial backlash from major communities across Canada. Passerby’s seeing extensive lineups cursed these individuals for risking the lives of elderly citizens.

Even mother nature disapproved of their decisions, creating a substantial downpour for Toronto and Vancouver citizens. Some across Toronto believe criminal charges should’ve been enforced or tickets handed out. Canadian citizens breaking the social distancing measures shouldn’t get away without any punishments. Lives are at risk.

 

E3 2020 Cancelled for Coronavirus

Video game enthusiasts were disappointed to learn that the 2020 Electronic Entertainment Exposition had been terminated. This decision was made by the governing association that’s responsible for hosting this annual convention. Multiple news outlets suspect that this announcement was coming, with several reports coming from world health officials on March 12th. Corporations registered to host showcases at E3 2020 confirmed that digital events would be held through streaming services. This included Ubisoft and Xbox, with Activision not making any confirmations.

The Electronic Entertainment Exposition Association provided a formal statement to the public regarding the cancellation. It was expressed that after extensive consultation from members in the medical community, we’ve determined that associated members within our industry must be protected. This includes employees, attendees, E3 partners and exhibitors. These remarks mentioned that overwhelming concerns regarding the coronavirus prompted this decision, with association members believing it’s the best way to move forward with the pandemic. However, disappointment towards this cancellation was noted but that with the information coming in daily, the EEEA should move forward in this manner.

Governing organizers extended guarantees that attendees, exhibitors and partners would receive their respective refunds. There are still chances that a free online experience could be provided through E3 for June 2020, which would require extensive coordination efforts from all partners and exhibitors connected to E3 2020. Most gaming analysts believe that this prompt digital experience will be impossible to organize, forcing the delay of the Electronics Entertainment Exposition until 2021. It should be noted that organizers haven’t provided any details regarding this event, with plans are being processed to move forward for the gaming community hopefully.

Gaming Companies Holding Digital Venues

Limited Run Games, the Ubisoft Corporation and the Xbox Company have noted that they won’t participate in this digital experience with the E3 Expo. They’ll instead operate their digital venues, with Limited Run Gaming confirming that they’ll hold a public press conference on June 8th. It’s rumoured that the Nintendo Corporation will also be holding a digital expo in response to the coronavirus. Specific plans haven’t been confirmed by Nintendo, with the Xbox Company and Ubisoft Corporation not releasing their respective dates for the announced digital venues.

 

Call of Duty Zombies Creator Departs from Treyarch

Supporters behind the Call of Duty franchise were shocked to learn that one of the most influential creators of this series is departing from his role. Treyarch Studios announced that Jason Blundell would be leaving his position. This man is the individual who created the infamous Zombies Mode, with Jason noting that the last thirteen years have been action-packed and that his time with Treyarch was a privilege. Blundell is leaving this well-known studio to move onto a variety of other projects. It’s expected that whatever the Zombies creator does next will be horror-related.

Jason Blundell first began his career with Treyarch Studios under Call of Duty Three. He’d eventually become associated with the zombie’s mode after assisting with the creation of four maps for “World at War”. His influence on this special mode extended to the last four iterations of Zombies under the Black Ops series. Jason would even aid with developing this mode with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and World War Two. These accomplishments allowed for Jason Blundell to become the Co-Head of Treyarch by 2016. It’s anticipated that Jason leads the production behind Black Ops Fives – Zombie Mode.

Black Ops 5 Details

After Activision confirmed that Call of Duty would return throughout the 2020 fiscal year, it was immediately rumoured that the next game is being developed by Treyarch and will stand at the 5th entry into the Black Ops franchise. This wouldn’t be surprising considering Treyarch has posted multiple development roles over the last twelve months. Details regarding the new title have been minimal, with rumours from notable sources providing some insight into the storyline and setting.

Rumours indicate that the latest Black Ops title will be set between the Vietnam, Korea and Cold Wars. It’d mark three new locations for the Call of Duty franchise, which hasn’t found itself in new historical settings for a prolonged period. This means fans of the Black Ops franchise would travel throughs periods again, ranging from the 1950s to 70s. It’s rumoured that the most prominent aspect of the storyline will centre around the Korean War, which saw the North invade into the South. Eventually, international aid was provided, which is where the Black Ops Units will come into effect. These rumours also indicate that this will be the most gritty and gruesome Call of Duty to date.

 

Netflix Producing Resident Evil Series

The Resident Evil Franchise is coming to television for the 1st time. This follows after the Netflix Corporation unintentionally announced the show via their Twitter account, with their pre-emptive social media posting system glitching. The post was deleted minutes later but not before multiple individuals screenshotted the announcement. Details regarding this upcoming series were provided with the unintentional announcement, with the Netflix Media Centre indicating that this show will take place in Clearfield.

Elements like the Umbrella Corporation, Washington officials and the Greenwood Asylum will be incorporated into this series. It’ll take place twenty-six years after the T-Virus was first discovered, with it 1st being released as an outbreak days after secrets are revealed to the show’s characters. The storyline appears to be more consistent with the modern era, potentially being one of the best zombie television series since the Walking Dead.

This marks the first time that a Resident Evil live-action adventure hasn’t started in Racoon City. Clearfield is another infamous location in this universe, with it standing as the original location for the Umbrella Corporations headquarters. This has led diehard fans to believe that Umbrella Corp releases the virus onto Greenwood Asylum, forcing an outbreak that exceeds safety parameters. This forces the United States government to get involved, which is where we meet the four headliners of this show.

Deadline Rumours

Unfortunately, these direct connections haven’t been confirmed but would follow previous games in the Resident Evil franchise. The headliners for this series haven’t been revealed either. It should be noted that Deadline Magazine reported in January that Netflix was potentially developing a Resident Evil-styled series. Nobody anticipated that this franchise reboot would be maintained directly on Netflix. However, this follows after prolonged declining sales of the Resident Evil movie franchise. Television could allow it to thrive once again.

Deadline also reports that the Silent Hill Franchise is also planning on rebooting itself in the following months. It was confirmed earlier this week that Konami’s horror franchise is being re-started by the original director that helmed the 1st film adaptation. Production is expected to begin later in 2020, with release dates rumoured to be around Mid-2022.