The Radeon RX 470 and 460 graphics cards join the Radeon RX 480 unveiled at Computex earlier this month.
LOS ANGELES—At the PC Gaming Show here today, AMD CEO Lisa Su expanded the company’s new Polaris line of affordable graphics cards.
AMD showed off the $199 Radeon RX 480 at Computex earlier this month. Today, Su revealed the Radeon RX 470 graphics card for “refined, power-efficient HD gaming,” and the Radeon RX 460 aimed at the “ultimate e-sports gaming experience,” both of which will be less than $300.
Su also displayed the AMD VR Backpack we saw at Computex, an all-in-one gaming system using an Alienware reference design that makes virtual reality and PC gaming completely wearable, before wrapping things up with a teaser video for AMD’s upcoming Zen CPUs.
The PC Gaming Show—presented by PC Gamer, AMD, and Razer—was created to serve as a PC gaming-focused answer to the splashy press conferences held by big names at E3. Rather than a single publisher or manufacturer-specific platform, it provides smaller developers the opportunity to show off upcoming games and expansions for PC.
Tripwire and Oculus, for example, announced a new virtual reality Killing Floor game. Rather than a port of Killing Floor 2, Killing Floor: Incursion is a completely new game that will support the Oculus Touch motion controllers. Tripwire also showed off its upcoming content patches for Killing Floor 2, and made some of the content available in early access live, during the show. Oculus also showed a teaser for Superhot VR, an Oculus Touch-compatible VR version of the unique time-stopping shooter Superhot.
Other reveals included:
- A gameplay demo of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3, complete with crimson Space Marine (I know it’s a specific WH40K faction, I just don’t know which) on the stage. The real-time strategy game will be a PC exclusive and looks to field far more units on-screen than Starcraft 2 or previous Dawn of War games. With Blizzard’s Starcraft 2 trilogy completed, there’s plenty of room in the RTS space for Dawn of War 3 to find a popular home. The thematic similarities between the two properties, a long and bitter story of inspiration versus adoption between Blizzard and Games Workshop, makes the game even more appropriate for the time and platform.
- Klei Entertainment, developers of Mark of the Ninja and Don’t Starve, then teased their latest game, Oxygen Not Included. No details were given outside of a short teaser trailer.
- The developers of Ark: Survival Evolved showed off a mod called Primal Survival by Instinct Games. It was originally a fan mod called Primitive Plus, and will be added as an official mod for the game in the near future. It includes the Titanosaur, a new mega-dinosaur on top of which players can build strongholds; it looks super-radical. Other third-party mods will be added to the game in the future.
- Open Ocean’s newest game is Giant Cop, and the premise is exactly what it sounds like. You play a Giant Cop tasked to solve crimes in Micro City. It will be a VR title, and use the HTC Vive’s motion controls. Which will lead to every player inevitably picking up and throwing cittizens as far as they can, because as Black and White showed us that’s a natural and obligatory behavior in any you-are-a-very-large-thing game. It’s like randomly attacking people on the street in third-person open-world games.
- TaleWorlds Entertainment showed off Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord’s Seige gameplay. The medieval strategy/action game adds destructible castles and siege tactics with catapults, battering rams, and other historically accurate methods of brutality and conquest.
- Deck13 Interactive announced The Surge, a Dark Souls-inspired game, like Deck13’s Lords of the Fallen, but in a sci-fi setting. The high-tech caveat makes The Surge’s premise sound much more interesting than Lords of the Fallen, which suffered from criticism that it too slavishly followed Dark Souls’s design conventions.
- Cliff Bleszinsky came to the stage to show off Boss Key Production’s upcoming multiplayer shooter Lawbreakers. The game has been in alpha testing for a while, but the PC Gaming Show let CliffyB show off a new level depicting a rebuilt Los Angeles without traffic. He also announced an open alpha starting June 18, with early access for Lawbreakers planned for late August.
- Dontnot, developers of Remember Me and Life is Strange, showed off gameplay footage of its upcoming third-person action horror game Vampyr.
- Pillars of Eternity (and Fallout: New Vegas, and Knights of the Old Republic 2, and many other RPGS) developer Obsidian launched its first full trailer for Tyranny. It’s a third-person RPG in the vein of Pillars of Eternity, that explores how to function in a world where a world-conquering villain won long ago.
- Bloober Team teased Observer, a horror game where you play a member of a law enforcement unit that hacks people’s memories and explores their fears. Bloober Team previously made Layers of Fear, a thoroughly atmospheric horror game that’s largely effective, with the exception of a single hilarious hallway where you can have an army of ghost children knock their heads on a cabinet forever.
- Bohemia Interactive, developers of ARMA 3, showed off a massive expansion called Apex, which adds a four-player co-opt campaign, new weapons and vehicles, and greatly expanded maps with new, jungle-like terrain. ARMA 3: Apex launches July 11, but a preview build lets players in the game’s developer branch try some of the expansion ahead of time.
The PC Gaming Show also provided first looks at other upcoming indie games, including sci-fi shooter/puzzler The Turing Test, post-apocalyptic strategy game Overland, massive online sci-fi exploration game Dual Universe, World War II shooter Day of Infamy, and first-person multiplayer melee-and-magic game Mirage: Arcane Warfare. Oddly, the show wrapped up with a non-indie title, Square-Enix’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Regardless, it packed a lot of looks at a lot of games into just over an hour of presentation time.