Fortnite’s getting a graphics update soon, at least for some players. On Sept. 17, Nvidia will launch a whole suite of new graphical upgrades mostly focused around real-time ray tracing.
Real-time ray tracing is one of the signature features of Nvidia’s RTX lineup of cards, as well as AMD’s upcoming graphics cards. The new features include ray-traced reflections with shiny glass surfaces that will show what’s behind you in real-time, ray-traced shadows for more realistic darkness and detailed shadows, and a host of other lighting upgrades.
Nvidia has even created a custom Fortnite map called the RTX Treasure Run. This map is designed with the help of members of the Fortnite Creative community to let players hunt for treasure in an environment designed to showcase some of the real-time ray tracing features.
In order to make use of all of Fortnite’s new Nvidia updates, players will need to have a graphics card compatible with real-time ray tracing. This includes Nvidia’s RTX line, from the Geforce 2060 all the way up to the Geforce 2080 Ti, and continues through the recently announced Geforce 3070, 3080, and 3090. A few of Nvidia’s older GTX cards are capable of software ray-tracing as well, but Nvidia suggests sticking to RTX cards. AMD will also have its own line of new graphics cards capable of real-time ray tracing coming out sometime in the near future.
Apple reverses course, removes charging brick from Apple Watch Edition and Hermès
Apple has quietly removed the 5W USB charging brick that it had been previously including with its pricier Apple Watch Edition and Apple Watch Hermès models, bringing the luxury models in line with the remainder of the company’s lineup, as spotted by MacRumors.
At its “Time Flies” event earlier this month, the company announced that it would no longer include the USB power brick with its cheaper Series 6, SE, Series 3, and Nike models in an effort to reduce its environmental impact.
However, it was quickly noted that Apple was still including that brick on its luxury models, which was seemingly inconsistent with its new environmental goals, despite the fact that Apple likely sells fewer Watches from those product lines. (The Apple Watch Edition and Apple Watch Hermès range in price from $799 to $1,499.)
The change appears to have been a last-minute one. Some MacRumors forum users even showed off pictures of Series 6 Edition models that they had ordered that included the brick. But with the new change, Apple has completely eliminated included charging bricks from its smartwatch lineup.
The only question left is whether Apple will continue — as rumored — to go down this trend with the upcoming release of its new iPhone models in October.
Epic has acquired the kid-safe gaming tech company SuperAwesome
SuperAwesome built a platform called Kids Web Services (KWS), a “parental consent management toolkit” that helps developers incorporate child-safe services, including advertising and monetization. KWS is GDPR compliant and has been certified through the KidSafe and other safe harbor programs. It’s used by over 300 companies including Nike, Disney, Hasbro and Lego, according to the company’s About page.
To use the platform, parents must provide identification and give a child permission to use the service. The tech could work with any of Epic’s games, including Fortnite, but Epic told VentureBeat that its main goal is to enable SuperAwesome’s platform for developers that use the Unreal game engine.
On top of that, the two companies plan to build a wide range of child-friendly services. “The internet was never designed for kids so we started SuperAwesome to make it as easy as possible to enable safe, privacy-driven digital experiences for children everywhere,” said SuperAwesome CEO Dylan Collins.
The OnePlus 8 is $100 off ahead of OnePlus 8T launch
OnePlus is gearing up to launch its next flagship in October, so it’s no surprise that prices for the existing generation are starting to fall. The OnePlus 8 is currently $100 off on Amazon and the company’s own website, with the 128GB model now going for $599 instead of $699. The 256GB configuration is now $699 instead of $799, and this appears to be the only model available on Amazon at the moment.
The OnePlus 8 Pro, which is one of our favorite Android phones this year, is similarly discounted, though only the 256GB option is available on Amazon and the company’s website. For the original $900 starting price, the OnePlus 8 Pro offers a 6.78-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED screen with a hole punch cutout for its selfie camera. The display refreshes at a speedy 120Hz for smooth scrolling and animations at that higher resolution, compared to Samsung’s version on the S20 Ultra and Note 20s, which only support 120Hz at 1080p.
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