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Marques Brownlee mindblown by incredible 8K Forza Horizon gameplay

Published: 23/Sep/2020 15:59

by Kieran Bicknell

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Despite being a number of years old, the fourth installment in the Forza Horizon series of games remains incredibly popular. With new 8K gaming technology now available, YouTuber Marques Brownlee explores what Forza is like in UHD.

Having attempted 8K gaming a number of years ago, YouTuber Marques Brownlee is back to test the latest tech that 2020 has to offer. 

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With both the new Xbox series X and Ps5 battling it out for the consoles, he wanted to find out whether the 8K capability of a high-end gaming PC is something “no new console can touch.”

Not only is the PC built with 8K gaming in mind, but was also built around the all-new Nvidia RTX 3090 graphics card. Marques unveils the physical card to the camera for the first time during his video. 

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Marques Brownlee 8K Gaming Setup
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Marques used a brand-new custom 8K setup to test the Nvidia RTX 3090.

Forza Horizon 4 in 8K with the Nvidia RTX 3090

The PC itself is a custom-built Maingear F131 and features a number of high-end components, including an Intel Core I9 processor; 32gb of Hyper X Fury RAM; Msi Motherboard, and a 1tb Samsung SSD boot drive. Coupled with the Nvidia card, the PC is capable of outputting video at 7380 x 4620.

Choosing to play Forza Horizon 4 as a demonstration of the 8K resolution, Marques has his reservations about frame rates holding up. With four seasons of weather patterns to go through, the immersive graphics of FH4 are the perfect test of the RTX 3090.

Immediately he can see the difference, saying that “seeing all the details of the map and the car is going to be a major advantage [for players] of having this many pixels.” Autumn mode is gorgeous, with Marques saying he can see all the details in the leaves and moody skies. 

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Winter and Spring are the two most impressive seasons in 8K. The snow in winter is now super-crisp and hyper-detailed as “you can see every little snowflake falling on the screen” thanks to the insane resolution. 

Thanks to new tech, 8K gaming is now possible

Spring brings about the rainy season in Forza Horizon 4, and the reflections coming from the cars are absolutely mind-blowing. With every little droplet having a reflection of the “world” behind it, while the wet surfaces and cars perfectly reflect the rest of the world, it’s an visual treat for Brownlee.

With a near-constant 60fps throughout, the answer is that you can indeed game at 8K now thanks to new technology. 

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Summing up the experience, a clearly impressed Brownlee says “When you game at 8K, you start to notice every little thing the developer decided to put in, it’s like watching a high-resolution animated movie.”

“If I had this setup at home, I’d never stop playing at 8k!”

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FIFA 21 Ones to Watch Team 1 countdown: OTW release time & players

Published: 7/Oct/2020 13:17

by Jacob Hale

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With the launch of FIFA 21 seeing millions of football fans across the globe start competing to try and become the best in FIFA Ultimate Team, the first Ones to Watch promo team is fast approaching. Here’s everything we know about it.

Ones to Watch follows players that have transferred to other teams, promising them upgrades for every time they make a new promo such as Team of the Week, Team of the Tournament and more.

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As such, OTW cards are highly desirable, and if you get a decent one at the start of the year, you could see a lot of improvements as the season unravels.

So, here’s everything we know about Ones to Watch in FIFA 21, including release dates and times, the players included and more.

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Nathan Ake is a confirmed OTW player after his transfer from Bournemouth to Manchester City.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch release date & time

We now know that the Ones to Watch is going to be up and running soon, with its first availability on the weekend of launch. Here are the dates for the cards being released:

  • October 9-16: OTW Team 1
  • October 16-21: OTW Team 2
  • October 21 onwards: OTW Teams 1 and 2

It’s worth noting that you will get a Guaranteed OTW Item if you preordered the game before August 14, and the card you receive will be based on which date you open the pack, in correspondence with the dates above.

Most FIFA promos drop at 6pm BST (11am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5am AEDT), so expect packs to be available from that time starting October 9.

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Confirmed OTW players

So far, a small selection of players have been confirmed as Ones to Watch cards, though we expect more to be announced over time.

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A number of players and clubs are featured in the first OTW team of FIFA 21.

Here are the confirmed players that will feature in the opening weeks of FIFA 21 Ones to Watch:

  • Timo Werner – 85 – RB Leipzig to Chelsea
  • Gareth Bale – 83 – Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Hakim Ziyech – 85 – Ajax to Chelsea
  • Thiago – 85 – Bayern Munich to Liverpool
  • Martin Odegaard – 83 – Real Madrid
  • Achraf Hakimi – 83 – Real Madrid to Inter Milan
  • Allan – 83 – Napoli to Everton
  • Nathan Ake – 79 – AFC Bournemouth to Manchester City
  • Luis Suarez — 87 — Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
  • Kai Havertz — 85 — Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Tonali OTW SBC

As well as these, Sandro Tonali (77 OVR, on loan from Brescia to AC Milan) is the first OTW SBC in FIFA 21.

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We’ve written up a guide on the cheapest way to complete the SBC if you’re looking to get Tonali in your squad.

Ones to Watch predictions

On top of the confirmed players above, there are several we expect to see have their OTW cards announced soon.

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Here’s who we’re expecting to see included:

  • Leroy Sane – 85 – Manchester City to Bayern Munich
  • Ferran Torres – 81 – Valencia to Manchester City
  • James Rodriguez – 82 – Real Madrid to Everton
  • Blaise Matuidi – 83 – Juventus to Inter Miami
  • Ben Chilwell – 81 – Leicester City to Chelsea
  • Jude Bellingham – 69 – Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund
  • Gabriel – 78 – Lille to Arsenal
  • Victor Osimhen – 79 – Lille to Napoli
  • Willian – 82 – Chelsea to Arsenal
  • Rodrigo – 82 – Valencia to Leeds
  • Donny van de Beek – 83 – Ajax to Manchester United
  • Miralem Pjanic – 85 – Juventus to FC Barcelona
  • Arthur – 84 – FC Barcelona to Juventus
  • Jonathan David – 79 – Gent to Lille
  • Dani Parejo – 85 – Valencia to Villarreal
  • Reiner Jesus – 71 – Loan, Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund
  • Everton – 81 – Gremio to Benfica

As these are only our predictions, don’t put too much stock into that list, but we would be surprised if at least a few of these players don’t get OTW cards.


In the meantime, you can check out @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter for all the latest news and updates regarding FIFA 21.