This Week on JungleDrums:
Your host, AcuteJungle66, is joined by SergeantJay and CptGimboid, to delve into this week’s gaming and tech news! USB Webcam support is coming to Xbox One (for Mixer), Skyrim Special Edition is receiving a survival mode, SNES Mini hardware is identical to NES Mini, and more!
- Support for USB webcams on Xbox One has arrived for Xbox Insiders (Preview Alpha Ring) — including the ability to plug in and use them for broadcasting on Mixer. If you’re not yet in the Xbox Insider program but are interested in joining to help test this and other new features, it’s easy to get started. Just navigate to the Store on your Xbox One console, search for the “Xbox Insider Hub,” download the app, and start testing new console updates, games, and apps.
- Much like it did with the post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4, the video game publisher and developer Bethesda has now announced that Skyrim Special Edition will be receiving its very own Survival Mode in order to ratchet up the difficulty for players of the fantasy title. Skyrim Special Edition‘s Survival Mode disables both fast travel and automatic health regeneration, reduces characters’ carrying capacity, and it also forces players to sleep in a bed if they want to level up.
- Nintendo has rather cunningly re-purposed the exact same technology used in last year’s NES mini. Crack open the cute SNES-styled outer layer and the main board within is almost a complete match for last year’s model. Hardware-wise, we’re looking at the same off-the-shelf Allwinner R16 SoC (system on chip), featuring four ARM Cortex A7s paired with an ARM Mali 400 MP2 GPU.
- If you’re trying to pre-load Forza Motorsport 7 on PC so you can be ready for launch, there’s a decent chance your download will halt at some random point midway through, prompting you to start over. The Windows Store spits out an error code, and when this happens, resuming the download does not in fact pick up from where it left off – it restarts the whole thing from the top. With Forza 7 on PC, this means re-downloading close to 100GB of data. The issue is so widespread, it’s the only thing people are talking about now on the Forza Reddit and the official forums.
- Bioware has been pretty quiet about Anthem since E3 this year. Jonathan Warner, game director on Anthem, has now returned to Twitter after over a month without a tweet. The game’s subreddit picked up on this and started directing questions at Warner, keen to find out more about the game and how development is progressing. While responding to tweets, Warner confirmed that the game will receive a beta.
- There have been two embargo breaks in the last 48 hours; first Intel had to let reviewers publish the 8th Generation desktop processor details two weeks earlier because the information was out already and now one of the top Chinese tech sites, Expreview, has leaked out the entire review of the upcoming Coffee Lake flagship processor, the Core i7-8700K.
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.