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A California artificial intelligence start-up known as Cerebras Systems has unveiled the largest semiconductor chip ever manufactured. Cerebras revealed the “world’s largest computer chip” during a Hot Chips conference in California.
Age of Empires 4. The prime reason why any of us tune into any of Microsoft’s countless Inside Xbox shows these days. So far, we’ve come up empty handed. AoE4 was revealed two years ago and we’ve heard the square sum of nothing so far. But, now that’s all changed. Xbox general manager Aaron Greenberg has said we can expect to see our first Age of Empires 4 gameplay on November 14th.
The official Homeworld Twitter account has sprung into life. After radio silence for almost a year, the Homeworld account simply said “Incoming Transmission”. Oh boy, this could be it, the return of an all-time strategy great.
CD Projekt RED are currently deep in the mix at Gamescom 2019, showing off the latest build of Cyberpunk 2077. We’re all itching to see how it’s looking since we got our first peek last year. And now, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for - CDPR has confirmed an all-new gameplay stream of CP2077 will be taking place next week. 
It’s been kicking around for what feels like an age now but at Gamescom publisher Deep Silver has finally confirmed a release date for Iron Harvest. The alt-history real-time strategy game is now locked in for a September 1st launch in 2020.
I don’t know how I missed this one but Sega shadow-dropped The Yakuza Remastered Collection during Gamescom. Yakuza: Remastered Collection restores the PS3 Yakuza trilogy in 1080p, 60 frames per second for the first time.
Those of you expecting a Cyberpunk 2077 blowout at Gamescom 2019 were probably left feeling a little disappointed, but the Stadia Connect event played host to some enlightening snippets of gameplay. 
It was somewhat optimistically scheduled to launch around about now but The Settlers reboot has been delayed until 2020. It’s not all bad news though, Ubisoft has used this opportunity at Gamescom 2019 to deliver us a frankly idyllic new trailer for its legendary village builder.
Nvidia has released a special edition new GeForce 436.02 GPU driver to tie into Gamescom, adding in a ton of new performance enhancements to some of the biggest games around. Nvidia is touting up to 23% frame rate increases, although the majority of the benefits appear to be limited to graphics cards with Turing GPUs (GeForce GTX 16 and GeForce RTX 20 Series). 
UPDATE: Gears 5 has taken centre stage at Gamescom 2019 for Microsoft. It's their tent-pole release this autumn and it's also kick-starting another big change for PC gamers - Gears 5 is launching on Steam day and date with the Windows Store version. In amongst all the new trailers and whatnot though, Gears 5 developer The Coalition also provided the finalised PC system specs for Gears of War 5, as well as news ofsome juicy PC-exclusive features.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will finally be coming to Steam Early Access, some eight years after it was originally announced. TaleWorlds Entertainment has confirmed you’ll be able to buy and play Bannerlord from March 2020. It’s a bit of a wait but what’s another seven months after eight years?

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