This Week on JungleDrums:
Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s latest tech and gaming news. Intel rolls out new Spectre patches, Overwatch League skins can be ‘earned’, new Coffee Lake processors are available, and more!
- Intel is once again attempting to patch Spectre again today with a new round of patches for Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, and Skylake based platforms. Whilst Intel had previously issued patches, these were sometimes causing computers to randomly reboot; resulting in the company advising users to ‘skip’ the patches until a better version could be deployed. Allegedly, this time has now come.
Blizzard had released a bit update for Overwatch that introduced a collection of ‘League-themed’ skins to coincide with the the launch of the Overwatch League. These skins were unique in the way that they could only be obtained by purchasing them, which was intended as a way to generate revenue that could be shared with the teams. Twitch has partnered with Blizzard to reward Overwatch League viewers with Overwatch Tokens. This new type of currency will reward viewers of the league with a single token for every ‘live map finish’ they view. As each skin costs 100 tokens, it will take a fair bit of watching to grab a skin for free.
- The Intel Coffee Lake platform will soon receive more CPU options, including: Core i5-8600 (non K), Core i5-8500, Core i3-8300 and several Pentium and Celeron chips. The launch of these new CPUs will also see the release of cheaper motherboards based on B360 or H370 platforms. Whilst the new processors are fairly decent ‘bang for your buck’, AMD’s Ryzen processors still appear to off more processing power for even less cash.
- Veteran players of Assassin’s Creed Origins having something to whet their appetites as they patiently awaiting the final expansion The Curse of the Pharaohs. Ubisoft has introduced a New Game + mode for the game, which will enable players to experience a more challenging version of the game once they have beaten the main story. Most of your progression will carry over-except for discovered territories, quest completion status, etc.-and NG+ offers a unique reward when you beat the game.
Streaming service Shadow does not just want to replace your gaming PC, their goal is to put your entire high-end computer in the cloud. *Update* – The Shadow service has launched in the US (with data centres specifically being made and located in the US to comply with legal requirements) with the service priced as follows: $34.95 a month with a one-year service commitment, $39.95 a months with a three-month commitment, or $49.95 a month with no commitment whatsoever. For that subscription fee, users are give access to a $2,000 remote Windows 10 PC. If you want to purchase the Shadow Box, you can either purchase it outright for $139.95 or rent it for $9.95 a month. (In the UK, we do not have the option to purchase the shadow box; but we can rent it for no additional charge.
- Mixer Direct Purchase is set begin rolling out shortly, which will let viewers purchase a game or piece of DLC directly from a streamer’s channel page within Mixer. This happens seamlessly with no need for any codes or activation process, the content is automatically added to your Xbox or Windows 10 library; and the streamer receives a 5% slice of the revenue. Whilst initially this feature will only roll out to partners, it will be available to all streamers in the coming months.
JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by Scholarly Gamers’ Content Coordinator, AcuteJungle66. Topics discussed in the show focus heavily on gaming, highlights, streams, and tech, but will typically hover around hot-button topics of the week. Joining AcuteJungle66 are a rotating selection of guests, ranging from friends and those interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as Destiny 2, The Division, or Rainbow Six Siege.