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Western Digital announce new high-powered SSDs for PC gaming

Published: 27/Jan/2019 22:02 Updated: 27/Jan/2019 22:11

by Alan Bernal

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Western Digital is slated to come out with an upgraded solid-state drive that could improve how players’ computers access and read files, potentially providing smoother gameplay experiences.

PC players should be all too familiar with Western Digital, the makers behind many of the most popular hard drives around today, who are looking to make another splash with an more optimized entry to their line of SSDs.

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In a new announcement, Western Digital have unveiled the WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD, a brand-new solid-state drive with heatsink features that lets it perform at top speeds for longer periods of time.

New solid state drive from Western Digital.

The new SSD features impressive stats that could lend a hand in quicker load times for games, increased cache referencing that can make rendering much faster, and should ultimately ease up the demand PC’s need for gaming.

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Popular titles such as Battlefield 4,  Fortnite, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout will especially benefit from the quicker load times, allowing players to pick up weapons and loot before their enemies can. 

“VR, immersive features, and larger game file sizes mean longer load times for levels, maps and other in-game actions. All of these require faster storage and higher capacity,” Western Digital Vice President of Marketing, Data Center and Client Computing, Eyal Bek said. “… We have pushed the boundaries of storage to give hardcore gamers the competitive edge they desire.”

The company suggested that the WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD could also go a long way in improving frames-per-seconds for some users. Moreover, the SSDs will have fewer moving parts, making it much more durable and easy to take to LAN events. 

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The company hopes that the integrated heatsink will see players use less power, which is vital for notebook users who like to take gaming on the road.

With games coming in larger file sizes (such as Rainbow Six: Siege’s many texture packs), Western Digital hopes that this new entry to their line of SSDs will give players plenty of hard drive space and a greater edge than ever before.

The new line of drives will come in Spring 2019 and be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB sizes, at $80, $130, $250, and $500, respectively.

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Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.

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As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.

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Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.

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