KeenGamer weekly news is a series of articles designed to bring you the hottest gaming and pop culture related news. Each news is presented in a bite-sized format and will lead you to the original source of the news if you want to find out more details.
E3 and many other events canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic
Among other events, the E3 2020 is canceled due to the increased presence of Covid-19 in the United States. As if the news wasn’t bad enough, the conference was on its last legs after numerous criticisms as well as Geoff Keighley announcing he would play no part in E3 for the first time in twenty-five years. Many developers and publishers announced their intentions of holding a smaller scale online presentations like what Nintendo has been doing with their directs. To find out more, check out our original coverage of this and other such delays here.
The release of Cyberpunk 2077 happening on schedule, probably
While the world’s industries are being brought to their knees because of the coronavirus outbreaks – not everything will get delayed. There’s some happy news for many gamers eagerly awaiting one of the most anticipated games of the decade – Cyberpunk 2077. As reported, CDPR has been adapting to the new situation and ensured its employees are fully capable of doing their work from home. With that in mind, they state that Cyberpunk is still on track for a September 17th release. For more information and the full official statement by CDPR, check out our original news coverage.
Horizon Zero Dawn is coming to PC really soon
Good news for PC players who’ve up until now jealously been watching at the beautiful open-world dinobot action that is Horizon Zero Dawn. We finally have clear confirmation of the rumor that’s been circulating the web for some time and will see the game release sometime during the summer of this year. What’s great is that it will release in its complete edition, meaning all the DLC, both big and small will be included in the package. For more information on the decision to release the game on PC, do check out our original coverage.
The Witcher series delayed due to the coronavirus
While the Witchers are impervious to diseases that plague the ordinary folk, the production of the series based on them certainly isn’t. While the current news is that the production will be delayed by a mere two weeks, considering the spread of the coronavirus, this is bound to be prolonged. While we didn’t expect to see the second season this year, this will inevitably postpone its premiere. At least we have the Nightmare of the Wolf animated film to look forward to.
Xbox Series X comes equipped with a 1 TB SDD
What do you think is going to be the most expensive component of the upcoming Xbox Series X? The GPU? The CPU? Well, you’d be wrong on both accounts because that honor goes to its storage device. Since Microsoft isn’t as secretive as Sony is about its next-gen hardware, we have a lot more info on what components exactly will be hidden in the belly of the beast. In terms of capacity, the storage will remain the same as in previous generations but it will, however, be a substantially faster NVME SSD. While that’s great and all, plenty of people raised concerns about memory being only 1TB which isn’t a whole lot when you consider that many newer AAA games eat up more than 100GB. The console does have an expansion slot for another TB worth of memory but this isn’t very appealing for a console that’s bound to already cost more than $500 or more.
Concurrent Steam users skyrocket to new records
If anyone is profiting from people staying at home during the coronavirus epidemic, it’s online services with gaming being no exception. Valve is one such company that can be extremely pleased with the results considering that Steam broke the record of concurrent users just last weekend. To be precise, 20 million people were online in one instant, with the average in-game player count being around 6.2 million. We’re hearing plenty of people complaining about going mad due to boredom during isolation or quarantine. We are sure that those people definitely aren’t gamers because we definitely have plenty of stuff to do. In fact, our current backlogs could keep us entertained for a couple of years before we would even consider moving on to games coming out today.