‘God of War: Ragnarok’ has a new story trailer and limited-edition PS5 controller

It’s been awhile since Sony teased us with the next installment in Kratos’ story. Earlier this year, a first look at God of War: Ragnarok showed us a father and son on a search for Tyr, the God of War of the Norse mythology. In the new trailer revealed during the September State of Play event, they have apparently found him, as he questions their motives, their quest and what they even know of so-called Godhood.

It’s a trailer that teases a complex story that seemingly has Kratos following his son’s lead this time around. Together, they will determine if they are bound by fate and prophecy, or make their own destiny — all while marching through a parade of stunning visuals and fast-paced combat while wielding familiar weapons like the Blades of Chaos and Leviathan Axe.

Between the story hints and action, the trailer definitely teases what looks like a worthy successor to 2018’s God of War — but if that’s not enough to convince you to pick up the game when it launches on November 9th, Sony is hoping a special limited-edition controller might do the trick. The God of War Ragnarok DualSense wireless controller is a blue and white affair decorated with a wolf and bear. The two-toned design is so subtle, you probably wouldn’t even recognize it as a God of War tie in at a glance. On the other hand, it’s not obnoxiously ugly, either.

God of War: Ragnarok, and its limited-edition gamepad, are both available on November 9th. Pre-orders for the controller open on September 27.

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DLSS Support Coming To God Of War, Horizon Zero Dawn

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With more PlayStation games coming to PC, graphics card manufacturer Nvidia has been working on making the PC versions of titles better than their console counterparts. Horizon Zero Dawn is getting the DLSS treatment, while God of War will get the same, along with a suite of other graphical improvements.

Starting today, anyone with one of Nvidia’s beefier cards in their computer can play Horizon Zero Dawn on PC with Nvidia’s DLSS tech. DLSS, or Deep Learning Super Sampling, boosts frame rates in-game without reducing resolutions by using A.I. rendering. The technique lets players run their games at high resolutions, with maxed-out settings, or even with ray tracing enabled, without shedding too many frames. While Horizon Zero Dawn doesn’t have ray tracing, the game is quite demanding, although Nvidia claims that DLSS can boost the game’s performance by “up to 50%.”

As for next year’s PC rerelease of God of War, the blockbuster title will receive numerous changes and improvements when it moves off of consoles. Along with Nvidia’s DLSS, anyone playing God of War on PC with an Nvidia graphics card will be able to use Nvidia Reflex, which reduces latency. The game will also have a full bevy of graphics settings options, letting players turn on high-resolution shadows, higher rendering resolutions, and more. And thanks to an uncapped frame rate, players can finally play God of War at 144 frames per second.

Nvidia also shared God of War‘s PC system requirements, revealing that the title won’t be too demanding to run. God of War is set to launch on PC on January 14, 2022.

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God of War PC requirements revealed: What you’ll need for top performance

Next month, we’ll see what is almost certainly the biggest Sony PC release yet. After bringing Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone to PC, Sony will be bringing 2018’s God of War to the platform in January. Today, Sony’s Santa Monica Studio revealed the PC specifications for the game, and it looks like it will run on a rather large array of configurations.

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Minimum specs and maximum performance

Sony Santa Monica shared lists for five different specifications today, starting with the minimum required specifications ranging all the way up to the hardware needed to run God of War at ultra settings. As you might imagine, there’s a pretty big disparity between those two specs, with “recommended,” “high,” and “performance” specs in between.

The minimum required specifications will be good enough to run the game on the low graphics preset in 720p at 30fps, which isn’t great. Still, we work with what we’ve got in the world of PC gaming, and if you have at least an NVIDIA GTX 960 (4GB)/AMD R9 290X (4GB) GPU in your rig along with an Intel Core i5-2500k/AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPU and 8GB of RAM, it’s good enough to run God of War.

Compare that to the ultra specification, and you’ll see just how big the difference between the minimum and maximum are. In order to run God of War on the ultra graphics preset in 4K at 60fps, you’ll need an RTX 3080 (10GB)/RX 6800 XT (16GB) along with an Intel Core i9-9900k/AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and 16GB of RAM. Considering how hard it is to get both the RTX 3080 and RX 6800 XT, we’re guessing that most gamers will probably have to settle for a lower spec.

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Thankfully, that’s what is required to run the game at 4K60, so lower resolutions will ease up on the hardware requirements a fair amount. You can check the other specifications in the image we’ve embedded above, but hardware specifications aren’t the only thing Sony’s Santa Monica Studio revealed about the PC version of God of War today.

The studio also confirmed today that God of War will support NVIDIA DLSS in rigs with an RTX GPU, which uses supersampling to allow the game to run at higher resolutions without sacrificing framerates. The game will also support NVIDIA Reflex to cut back on system latency, though that requires at least a GTX 900-series GPU. Finally, God of War will support AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution, so Sony Santa Monica’s partnership with NVIDIA doesn’t mean that AMD users have to be left out in the cold.

You can see a sampling of God of War‘s PC features in the trailer above. Otherwise, look for God of War to land on Steam and the Epic Games Store on January 14th, 2022.

Sony’s PC game port plans

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In March 2020, PlayStation Worldwide Studios head Herman Hulst confirmed Sony’s plan at the time to bring Horizon Zero Dawn to PC (via PS Blog). The port raised new questions about the company’s plans for future major PlayStation exclusive games and whether they, too, would eventually make their way to desktop. At the time, Hurst reassured PlayStation fans that Sony is “very committed to dedicated hardware” and “very committed to quality exclusives.”

With that said, Hurst also went on to note that the company was “going to be very open to experimentation,” one example of which was the eventual Horizon Zero Dawn PC release. The studio’s leader indicated bringing a major PS game to PC served as a way to “introduce more people to PlayStation,” potentially making them aware of the kinds of games they can enjoy if they pick up a PlayStation console.

Hurst went on to state that “releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC.” The statement left many doubtful that select other major PlayStation titles — including God of War — would make their way to PC. Fast-forward nearly two years and it’s clear Sony is continuing with this plan, though if the trend holds, it looks like PC gamers can expect to wait a couple of years after a major game’s release before it (potentially) makes its way to desktop systems.

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God of War Is Coming to Steam Next Year With 4K Support

God of War, the 2018 PlayStation 4 hit, is making its way to PC via Steam on January 14, 2022. It will retail on the service for $50. This new port is the latest in Sony’s initiative to bring more of its first-party titles to PC.

Last year in a corporate report, Sony expressed interest in bringing more of its first-party exclusives to PC following the success of Horizon Zero Dawn‘s PC launch. “(PlayStation) will explore expanding our 1st-party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability,” the company stated at the time. God of War‘s new port makes good on that initiative and is the biggest Sony exclusive to come to PC yet.

The God of War PC port will be available on Steam and includes 4K support, an unlocked frame rate, controls customization, Nvidia DLSS and Reflex support, and ultrawide monitor support.

Sony said these features will offer players a wide range of graphical settings: “From higher resolution shadows and improved screen space reflections to enhancements to the ambient occlusion pipeline with GTAO and SSDO”

PlayStation also confirmed that God Of War on PC will support both DualShock 4 and DualSense controllers natively. Keyboard and mouse players will be able to fully customize their controls to find the best setup possible.

The port will also contain previously released digital content. Here’s the full list of extras that come with the PC version.

  • Death’s Vow Armor Sets for Kratos and Atreus
  • Exile’s Guardian Shield Skin
  • Buckler of the Forge Shield Skin
  • Shining Elven Soul Shield Skin
  • Dökkenshieldr Shield Skin

God of War will hit Steam on January 14, 2022.

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‘God of War’ heads to PC on January 14th

Nearly four years after debuting on PlayStation 4, God of War is heading to PC. Sony will release its 2018 exclusive on Steam and the Epic Games Store on January 14th, the company announced on Wednesday. 

Provided you have the necessary hardware, the PC port will allow you to play God of War at an unlocked framerate and true 4K. Additionally, the port will support both DualShock 4 and DualSense controllers natively, as well as NVIDIA’s DLSS and Reflex technologies. If you would rather play with a mouse and keyboard, the game will also allow you to fully customize your keybindings. 

In recent years, Sony has slowly started to bring its PlayStation exclusives to PC, with plans to port more titles down the line. God of War will join Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone among the list of games that have made the jump to Windows. The timing of the release should also help Sony build excitement for God of War Ragnarök, which is expected to come out sometime in 2022.

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Elon Musk’s new statue in NYC is proof that God is dead

What do you get the man who has everything? In the case of Elon Musk, you could get him a life-sized monument to his ego.

But that would be nearly impossible. You’d need to build a skyscraper to accurately represent the tycoon’s self-importance.

With budgetary constraints and planning permissions presumably in mind, investing app has instead constructed a six-foot statue of Musk to mark the great man’s 50th birthday — and plonked it in Manhattan.

The pose encapsulates Musk’s characteristic sense of smugness, but didn’t reveal the cause of his pleasure in the moment it was captured. Was it the arrival of another income tax bill of zero? A Twitter pile-on after baselessly slurring a heroic cave diver as a pedophile? A cryptocurrency collapse triggered by a sudden U-turn he made on bitcoin?

[Read: Why entrepreneurship in emerging markets matters]

One can only imagine the horrors that caused such rapture. But surely the residents of New York would welcome the new addition to their cityscape?

Apparently not. Rather than genuflecting before the statue of the blessed billionaire, the city’s ingrates have suggested throwing the chunk of bronze into the nearby Hudson River. One monster even envisioned using it as a public restroom.

It might not be the public artwork that New Yorkers wanted. But an unwelcome monument to the planet’s third-richest person is a timely totem to the USA‘s rising income inequality.

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Fortnite Crew bundle for July 2021 brings Marvel’s god of mischief

Epic has revealed the content that’ll be included with the July 2021 Fortnite Crew bundle. The pack will revolve around Loki, specifically the god of mischief found in Marvel’s superhero universe. Players who still haven’t purchased the Season 7 Battle Pass will also get it with next month’s Crew pack, as well as other rewards.

The company revealed its plan for next month’s Fortnite Crew pack but didn’t actually reveal the Loki skin. We’ve heard rumors that the god of mischief would arrive on the battle royale island soon, so it’s not surprising to see that it’ll be available as part of the subscription.

The Loki bundle will replace the current Mecha Cuddle Master Crew pack offered for June. Players will get the expected 1,000 V-Bucks alongside the Loki skin, as well as skin’s pickaxe and back bling — though we don’t yet know what those two latter items will look like.

There are still five days left in the current season’s battle pass, so we’ll likely see the July bundle unveiled in the very near future. If you’re a current Fortnite Crew subscriber, you still have time to get the Mecha Cuddle Master and other items.

Assuming the larger Loki crossover that has been rumored is true, we’ll likely see the skin hit the Item Shop at minimum. This won’t be the first time Marvel characters have arrived in the game, and not all players are happy that they’re back again.

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God of War Sequel Delayed to 2022, Confirms Hermen Hulst

A new interview with the head of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios, Hermen Hulst, revealed a swath of information on the platform’s upcoming first-party games. In the interview, Hulst confirmed the release windows of both Horizon Forbidden West and the upcoming God of War game. According to Hulst, the former is “on track to release this holiday season,” while God of War has been pushed back to 2022.

In the interview, Hulst lists these games as the “two very big, very narrative-driven games in development.” However, their size and scope have also slowed down their production. “And for both of those,” Hulst continued, “they’re frankly affected by access to performance capture and talent.”

In terms of the next God of War game, Hulst said “we’ve made the decision to push that game out to next year, to ensure that Santa Monica Studio can deliver the amazing God of War game that we all want to play.” While Hulst’s comment on the delay in the upcoming God of War game’s development was slightly vague, Santa Monica Studio put out its own, clearer statement. On Twitter, the developer stated that “We remain focused on delivering a top-quality game while maintaining the safety and well-being of our team, creative partners, and families. With this in mind, we’ve made the decision to shift our release window to 2022.”

Hulst said he couldn’t confirm that Horizon Forbidden West will be ready to ship this holiday season but did say, “We’re working as hard as we can to confirm that to you as soon as we can.”

Hulst also revealed that Horizon Forbidden West won’t be the only cross-generational game coming soon from PlayStation’s studios. The upcoming God of War title and Grand Turismo 7 will launch on both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5.

While we haven’t seen any news on the upcoming God of War title since it was revealed in 2020, Horizon Forbidden West has recently taken PlayStation’s center stage. Sony recently hosted a State of Play event centered entirely on the upcoming game that featured 14 minutes of new gameplay. However, a release date for the game was not revealed.

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God of War PS5 sequel delayed beyond 2021

Those of you who are looking forward to the next God of War now have a longer wait ahead of you. Sony Santa Monica today announced that the game has been delayed, likely surprising few people given that we haven’t actually seen anything from the game yet. Indeed, it looks like PS5’s big releases for 2021 will be Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon Forbidden West now that this God of War sequel has been delayed.

Sony Santa Monica announced the delay on Twitter today. “Since the release of the next God of War teaser last year, we’ve been humbled by the amount of love our community has shown us,” the statement reads. “We’re incredibly grateful to see so many people excited to experience the next chapter of Kratos and Atreus’ journey.”

“We remain focused on delivering a top-quality game while maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our team, creative partners, and families. With this in mind, we’ve made the decision to shift our release window to 2022. Thank you all for your continued support, we’ve got some exciting things in the works and we can’t wait to show you!”

The PS5 sequel to God of War was originally slated to launch sometime this year, but we never received a more specific release date than that. We haven’t seen anything regarding the next God of War game since that teaser was released last year, leading many to assume that the game probably wouldn’t make its 2021 window.

This might be good news depending on how successful you’ve been at procuring a PlayStation 5. It isn’t hard to imagine that many people are looking to buy a PS5 specifically to play the next God of War game, but with chip shortages and high demand making stock hard to come by, this delay at least gives them more time to get their hands on a console. We’ll let you know when more is shared about the next God of War game, so stay tuned.

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The PocketGuitar is the way to becoming a guitar god even when you don’t have your guitar

TLDR: The PocketGuitar Bluetooth-Enabled AI Guitar is like playing and practicing on a real guitar…but without the guitar.

If you’re ready to learn to play the guitar, you know it won’t just happen overnight. In fact, it won’t just happen, period. It’ll only happen with lots and lots and lots of hard work.

Experts suggest young players practice a bare minimum of 15 minutes each day. Hub Guitar estimates that to become a competent rhythm guitar player, you’ll need to spend over 600 hours playing, or the equivalent of about 6 months of practicing around 4 hours a day. To become an expert, someone who doesn’t just play the right notes, but can actually shred like an absolute guitar god, you’re talking several years of 3-4 hours per day to attain that mastery.

Forget how many hours of playing that means. Just consider for a second everywhere you have to tote that freakin’ guitar to get all the practice hours in to get that good. Logistics alone is a total nightmare.

Thankfully, the PocketGuitar Bluetooth-Enabled AI Guitar ($34.95, 12 percent off, from TNW Deals) can take that concern right off the table, offering a learning experience that’s basically like practicing and playing on an air guitar that really sounds like the real thing.

The PocketGuitar itself is about the size of a guitar pick, but when it’s synced to your phone and the AeroBand app, it turns the whole package into a realistic-sounding guitar. Your right hand strums the strings, while your left hand changes chords on your phone, replicating the mechanics of a real physical guitar in your hands through the use of artificial intelligence.

And this isn’t just button pressing here. The PocketGuitar responds like an actual instrument, vibrating and matching the intensity of the playing with the real-world sounds you’d be making. 

For young players, they can attack learning guitar from a variety of directions, from learning actual songs to improv playing to even turning lessons into a game by challenging their talents or even friends who play. The PocketGuitar is also well suited for old hands as well, offering a convenient way to either keep skills on point or as a perfect compliment to songwriting.

The app pairs to earbuds or headphones, so players can jam out in virtual silence, and the PocketGuitar also works as a foot sensor with AeroBand’s other cool music tech device, the PocketDrum. 

Regularly $40, you can get serious about playing with the PocketGuitar Bluetooth-Enabled AI Guitar and save over 10 percent off the price, dropping your final cost to only $34.95.

Prices are subject to change.

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