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Overwatch 2 PvP fans have a huge treat coming next week

Overwatch 2 PvP fans have a huge treat coming next week

It's been a little while since we last heard from Overwatch 2, but that's all changing soon. Today, Overwatch 2's new director Aaron Keller delivered his first Developer Update on Overwatch - a series that former Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan started in the early days of the original game - to tell us when our next look at Overwatch 2 will be coming around the bend. As it turns out, we don't have to wait very long.

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Overwatch boss Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard

Overwatch boss Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard

It's something of the end of an era over at Blizzard today, as Jeff Kaplan has announced that he's leaving the company. Kaplan has been at the company for nearly 20 years, and got his start at Blizzard working as a designer and one of the game directors on World of Warcraft and later its first two expansions, The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. Kaplan is perhaps best known, however, as the lead game designer and game director on Overwatch.

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NVIDIA Reflex enabled for Overwatch to score more critical hits

NVIDIA Reflex enabled for Overwatch to score more critical hits

Almost half a year ago, NVIDIA introduced a new technology that went beyond just displaying breathtaking graphics. Although it still had something to do with what you do see in the end, NVIDIA Reflex is more focused on reducing the gap between clicking a mouse button and seeing its effect on the screen. This latency-reducing technology, however, needs more than just NVIDIA hardware. It also needs games to actually support Reflex and Overwatch is just the latest to join that exclusive club.

Display technologies are naturally concerned about things like refresh rates, response rates, tearing, and the like but, in the world of competitive esports, there are other factors that could mean the difference between glorious victory and embarrassing defeat. NVIDIA Reflex tries to solve the problem of system latency, also called input lag, that sometimes makes enemies seem almost invincible just because your god-like bullet missed your opponent's head.

Unlike with other NVIDIA technologies like G-SYNC, it takes more than just hardware to see Reflex in action. Games have to actually integrate the tech and support it, which is why there were only 14 games that supported it. Now there are fifteen, with Overwatch jumping into the fray, guns a-blazing.

With NVIDIA Reflex enabled on Overwatch, the game is advertised to be 50% more responsive, a critical increase for a fast-paced, twitch-based competitive shooter. It's even better if you have a "Reflex Latency Analyzer-compatible Monitor", one that can raise the response rate up to 360 Hz. At that point, you might as well invest in a Reflex-compatible mouse while you're at it.

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NVIDIA Reflex is compatible with GPUs as old as the GeForce GTX 900. Users will need to get the latest Game Ready Driver and update Overwatch before they see the switch to toggle it in-game.

Are Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 launching in 2021? Don’t get your hopes up

Are Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 launching in 2021? Don’t get your hopes up

If you were holding out hope for either Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2 releasing in 2021, then we unfortunately have some sour news for you. It looks like neither game is going to make it out the gate this year, with Activision-Blizzard reporting in a recent call with investors the launches of Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 aren't being included in its outlook for 2021.

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BlizzCon 2021 “Celebration Collection” bundles revealed

BlizzCon 2021 “Celebration Collection” bundles revealed

This week the folks at Blizzard responsible for pumping up their next major games conference revealed a set of "packs" before the show. These packs include goodies for games of all sorts, including Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, and StarCraft II. Also in the mix for goods were Diablo III, and World of Warcraft. The packs were made available this week for approximately $20, $40, and $60 USD, depending on which level you were looking for.

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Overwatch ends 2020 with a free play promo – Here’s how to start

Overwatch ends 2020 with a free play promo – Here’s how to start

If you're looking for something to play over the holidays, it seems that Blizzard has you covered. As it tends to do every once in a while, Blizzard has made Overwatch free-to-play for a limited time, allowing those who have yet to take the plunge check it out without spending any money first. The difference this time around is the length of time Overwatch is going free-to-play.

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Razer Halo Infinite gaming gear releases set for Xbox Series X, PC

Razer Halo Infinite gaming gear releases set for Xbox Series X, PC

Halo Infinite will be released attached to an array of gaming accessories made by Razer this holiday season. Razer announced their partnership with 343 Industries this week. Razer and 343 Industries did not yet reveal the specific products that'd be released in this collaborations, but we can make a few assumptions based on collaborations Razer's done in the past.

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Overwatch Cities & Countries soundtrack arrives: How to stream it

Overwatch Cities & Countries soundtrack arrives: How to stream it

Blizzard has released a new free soundtrack for its hit Overwatch game, offering fans new music related to the cities and countries featured in the fictional world. This isn't the first album Blizzard has offered Overwatch for free; anyone can also stream its "Collector's Edition Soundtrack" and the "Synaesthesia Auditiva" album, as well.

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Blizzard just cancelled their yearly convention: No BlizzCon 2020

Blizzard just cancelled their yearly convention: No BlizzCon 2020

As of this afternoon, Blizzard made it official: There will be no BlizzCon 2020. This is an update to a previously-released statement that said they'd be considering the future. Now it's become a more solid understanding that BlizzCon 2020 will, indeed, be cancelled outright. This does not mean that future BlizzCon events will be held, only that here in 2020, there will be BlizzCon whatsoever.

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Overwatch players get better communication tools in PTR patch

Overwatch players get better communication tools in PTR patch

Despite the fact that many people are working from home, Blizzard has managed to serve up a new PTR patch release for its Overwatch game, one that focuses entirely on communication. The team explains that Overwatch's Communication Wheel has been updated; players now have the opportunity to customize the responses they have quick access to, say new phrases, and more.

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Overwatch League cancels more matches over coronavirus outbreak

Overwatch League cancels more matches over coronavirus outbreak

In recent days, Overwatch League announced that it had rescheduled certain matches that had originally been set to take place in China, but that had to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The makeup matches were rescheduled to take place in South Korea, but now the league has been forced to cancel those matches, too, as the virus spreads into the nation.

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Overwatch League moves matches to South Korea over coronavirus

Overwatch League moves matches to South Korea over coronavirus

Overwatch League, the professional esports league that was forced to cancel a number of matches in China over the novel coronavirus outbreak, has announced that it will hold makeup matches for those events in South Korea. The decision to hold these matches in Seoul was made 'in order to protect the health and safety of our fans, players, and staff,' according to the league.

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