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Mystery iPhone 15 chip could mean slow USB-C charging
It's not clear how quickly the iPhone 15 will charge (Apple)
Newly leaked images purporting to show the USB-C connector in the iPhone 15 Plus suggest that Apple could be planning to put certain limits on charging speeds as it switches the iPhone to USB-C – and it's not the first time we've heard this rumor.
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Indiana Jones 5 gets a potential streaming release date
Indy's most recent adventure is coming to the small screen (Walt Disney Studios / Lucasfilm)
Word reaches us that Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will be available to stream from August 29 via video-on-demand services, although you're going to have to pay to see it. The Disney-developed movie isn't expected to hit Disney Plus until later in the year.
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Android 14 will protect you from annoying ads
New ad controls are heading to Android (@MishaalRahman)
The upcoming Android 14 will bring with it a welcome tool for blocking adverts that try and take over the whole of your phone screen, according to code spotted in the latest testing version. In short, there will be a setting that lets you block full-screen notifications.
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Netflix wants to bring ​​games to your PC, Mac, and TV
Netflix has been offering games since 2021 (Night School Studio)
Netflix has announced that it's running a limited test enabling users to play its games on larger screens: think PCs, Macs, and TVs. As we previously reported, you'll be able to control these games using your phone, though there's no word yet on a wider roll out.
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Apple's M3 Ultra chips promise a huge performance jump
More Apple silicon is on the way (Songquan Deng / Shutterstock)
Anticipation levels are high for Apple's rumored M3 chipsets, and they just went up a notch: one reliable source on everything Apple says that the M3 Ultra processor is going to offer a substantial performance boost, though it might not appear until late in 2024.
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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 7:20 AM
     One of the greatest strategy games ever is now free, but not for long

Europa Universalis 4 remains one of the best strategy games ever made. Taking control of four different nations, you guide your armies and civilization through several centuries, battling it out to forge one of the most powerful empires in history. With a realistic map, myriad units and buildings, and an in-depth diplomacy system, Europa Universalis 4 has just hit its tenth anniversary, and to celebrate, you can now pick it up for the low, low price of absolutely nothing. But you need to move fast.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Europa Universalis IV DLC guide, The best Europa Universalis 4 mods, Play Europa Universalis 4

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 7:18 AM
     Your new favorite fantasy RPG just got delayed at the last minute

Ahead of its early access release, originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 15, Airship Syndicate has announced that Wayfinder will be delayed for a further two days as the team is "ironing out some final issues" for players on PC and PlayStation. The exact nature of the issues plaguing Wayfinder at this late stage was not disclosed, but an apology has been issued to players eager to get into the early access version of the RPG game.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 7:14 AM
     Diablo 4 player trading suspended by Blizzard

Diablo 4 player trading is suspended "until further notice," Blizzard says, after a glitch is discovered in the RPG game which allows for the duplication of gold and items. As the Diablo 4 1.1.2 update removes an exploit relating to dungeons, Blizzard says that accounts that are found using the gold and item duplication bug will be "actioned." Blizzard says it will update Diablo 4 players and reinstate trading once the glitch has been resolved.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 6:42 AM
     AMD FSR 3 release date may coincide with Starfield

News on AMD FSR 3 and the company's Fluid Motion Frames has been thin on the ground, but this may all be set to change soon with the arrival of Starfield. Now, it appears that AMD may be gearing up to push FidelityFX Super Resolution 3 into the world, and that Starfield could be one of the first games to support it.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 6:55 AM
     Starfield system requirements

What are the Starfield system requirements? You don't need space-age hardware to blast off with Starfield, as the sci-fi RPG runs on older components. However, Bethesda does say you will need to leave behind your mechanical hard drives to get on board.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield release date, Starfield companions, Starfield system requirements

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 6:31 AM
     All Starfield factions and groups

What are all the Starfield factions? Many Starfield factions live in the Settled Systems, all with wildly different ideologies, areas of expertise, and fashion sense. While this upcoming space game will likely play into the fear of the unknown that's synonymous with the inky black expanse of the cosmos, it's still your fellow humans who pose the greatest threat to your survival.

When you begin your voyage in the space game, you are doing so on behalf of Constellation, one of at least seven different Starfield factions. As a new Constellation recruit, it's your mission in potentially one of the best PC games to seek out and expose the secrets of the known galaxy. As a result, you may come face-to-face with one of the other factions during your travels in Starfield, and first impressions are vitally important.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield release date, Starfield companions, Starfield system requirements

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 6:13 AM
     Armored Core 6 system requirements

What are the Armored Core 6 system requirements? You don't need cutting edge components to suit up in Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon, as the mecha shooter runs comfortably on older hardware. However, FromSoftware specifies you'll need a fair amount of space on your drive to fit the whole adventure on your system.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best graphics card, Best gaming PC, Best SSD for gaming

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 5:32 AM
     Starfield just hit a huge milestone, and now feels closer than ever

Starfield is all grown up, ready to fly the in-development nest and finally leave home. With the Starfield release date almost upon us, it's almost bittersweet, watching the Bethesda RPG game cross one of the final milestones before it faces the world. Elder Scrolls went through it - so did Skyrim and Fallout. But with five years gone by since it was first officially introduced, this feels like saying goodbye to the in-progress, speculation-magnet Starfield that we know and love. Yes, the day has finally arrived. The Starfield mods page is up and running, and to celebrate, you can even win a free copy.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield release date, Starfield companions, Starfield system requirements

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 6:30 AM
     Baldur's Gate 3 quest list – all main and companion missions

How many Baldur's Gate 3 quests are there? There are many missions in your time throughout the lengthy, epic game, usually unlocked by the main campaign. Some quests are also given by NPCs, or are triggered by certain events.

Your Baldur's Gate 3 companions can set optional quests to unlock more of their BG3 background and discover more stories, as well as gaining rewards, experience, and loot. As we mention in our Baldur's Gate 3 review, it is not a short game, and it will take you a long time to get through the story missions. Beware that even though we don't get into the specifics of these quests, the names alone could be considered spoilers - you have been warned!

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 5:05 AM
     Best Baldur's Gate 3 builds

What are the best Baldur's Gate 3 builds? There are so many ways that you can shape your character in BG3 that it can be difficult to know where to start. Between races and backgrounds, classes and skills, there are countless combinations – and some are undoubtedly better than others. Thankfully, we're here to help, with a collection of builds to create characters you love that can still pack a punch.

After extensive testing and research, we bring you our absolute favorite builds for all Baldur's Gate 3 classes in Larian Studios' long-awaited RPG game, including their optimal subclass, race, and background. To keep it simple, we've provided a general overview of each build alongside the opportunity to delve into dedicated guides for their best skills and weapons as you refine your character in Baldur's Gate 3. If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the choices presented to you in character creation, our guide to the best BG3 builds is guaranteed to help you create the best character possible.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 15, 2023 5:59 AM
     Starfield on PC better be lightyears ahead of Xbox

Reality set in for console gamers when Bethesda revealed during Summer Game Fest 2023 that Starfield's frame rate will be capped at 30fps on Xbox Series X and S. While current-gen consoles enjoyed a brief period of solid 60fps performance modes, we're starting to see triple-A titles revert to being best played at a 30fps lock. While this is the new(old) norm on consoles, word of a low frame rate lock would be like nails on a chalkboard for PC players.

The Starfield Direct likely convinced people with aging rigs to upgrade their machines for the first time in years, but our gaming standards are higher than they've ever been. Technology has evolved to the point where 60fps is viewed by some as low. With that in mind, we need to know that Starfield on PC won't be held back by a low frame rate cap, allowing us to push to 120fps or beyond.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 15, 2023 6:58 AM

I've been itching to play The Lords Of The Fallen since I discovered that it's a closet Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver homage (see my bio), with a sorcerous lantern that lets you switch between the living and unliving worlds of Axiom and Umbral. Each realm has a different layout, architecture and ambience, and you'll need to alternate between them to expose routes and bypass obstacles, as indicated by clumps of ashen butterflies, making your way back to Axiom by means of an Effigy of Emergence.

You're also dropped into Umbral when you die, which gives you another chance to bump off whatever it is that slew you; die a second time, and you'll have to restart from one of the game's Vestige bonfires. Another thing to worry about: the longer you spend in Umbral, realm of death and despair, the more numerous the monsters that spawn from its shadows. I'm hoping the two-worlds mechanic will usefully mutate the game's many debts to Dark Souls into a brand new playstyle (though as Ed Superior noted in his Lords of the Fallen hands-on, it stands up pretty well as a straight Souls clone). It already poses some fun possiblities for the ever-thorny question of multiplayer.

As in Dark Souls, players can invade each other's worlds for glory and plunder, with certain parts of the world specifically designed for PvP. The twist is that only the host player is in charge of world-switching. So if some wannabe saboteur appears standing on an Umbral-only platform, all you have to do is switch dimensions and treat them to a "date with gravity", in the words of Hexworks head of studio Saul Gascon and Creative Director Cezar Virtosu (thanks MP1st).

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 15, 2023 6:01 AM

Comedy platformer Orbo's Odyssey is a game about being locked in your boss's office. Here are some things I might do if I were locked in my boss's office (sorry Katharine): approve expense claims, sift their browser history for blackmail material and oh, who am I kidding, what I'd really do is perch on the desk, quiet as a churchmouse, waiting to be let out. Orbo's boss keeps an... atypical office, however. It harbours product portals that take you to alternate worlds, hewn from the same seam of weirdness as Psychonauts.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 15, 2023 4:07 AM

Bethesda have published a timeline detailing events in the Starfield universe from before the player's arrival. The scrollable chronology, which runs from 2050 to 2160, charts the origins of the war between the United Colonies and Freestar Collective factions, who sound more and more to me like the Union and the Confederacy in the US Civil War. We're also told about the formation of the Constellation organisation, a group of swashbuckling pioneers who are concerned with the origins of certain mystic Artifacts. And we get to read a little about a few key Starfield characters, such as space cowboy Sam Coe, careworn ex-soldier Sarah Morgan and sciencehunk Barrett. But the timeline also leaves plenty of mysteries. Join me, as I make a show of poking around in the collapsing space-museum with my tricorder.

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Twinfinite Tuesday, August 15, 2023 12:15 AM
Erase those character creation mistakes.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, August 15, 2023 12:05 AM
     Baldurs Gate 3 Mimic Guarding Harper Stash In GrymforgeIn Baldur's Gate 3, you'll find all manner of treasure. Most of it is out in the open, or on the other side of a locked door. That's all standard and easy to handle. However, some treasure requires more determination to unearth. The Harper Stash is a good example. Here's our guide telling you how to access the Harper Stash in Baldur's Gate 3. Baldur's Gate 3 – how to access the Harper Stash Late during Act 1, you can enter the Underdark. This sprawling, dangerous area hides myriad secrets. One of those secrets is the Harper Stash. To access the Harper Stash, find its hidden location near Grymforge and defeat the monsters guarding it before disarming it and opening it. Screenshot by PC Invasion A journey to Grymforge The first matter is to find Grymforge itself. You do by heading south from the Myconid Colony (itself northwest from Selunite Outpost) to reach the Beach waypoint. If you have trouble finding the Underdark, check our gu...

Gamer Empire Tuesday, August 15, 2023 3:47 AM
     The Bozja Southern Front is an instance in FFXIV where you complete FATEs and level your jobs. The quests you do in the area take you on a path to collect FFXIV relic weapons.  If you've had trouble finding Bozja and getting to the Southern Front, you're not alone. Bozjan troubles are common, but help […]

Gamer Empire Tuesday, August 15, 2023 3:29 AM
     When playing any type of PVE activity in Destiny 2, it can be difficult to go very long without spotting Orbs of Power. Orbs of Power are a very versatile tool, with many mods, weapons, and builds relying on them. Today, we will be going over the different methods for creating Orbs of Power, as […]