This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.
Witcher 3 HDR patch downgrades PS4 Pro quality
The Witcher 3’s HDR patch has brought some visual downgrades for the PlayStation 4 Pro.
According to Digital Foundry, update 1.61 has affected draw distance and shadows of foliage with issues being present in SDR on the PS4 Pro as well. The site wasn’t able to find these issues on the Xbox One X.
For now, there’s a workaround by opting for the 1080p option on your system with no super-sampling. That’ll get rid of the draw distance problem and bring the game as close to update 1.5 as possible, however Digital Foundry notes that the “enhanced ambient occlusion found in the 4K mode” will also be absent.
Last chance to get April’s Xbox Games with Gold
Today is April 30, meaning that it’s the last day to pick up April’s Games with Gold on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
For the next few hours, you can grab Jonathan Blow’s puzzle game The Witness on Xbox One and Dead Space 2 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One with backwards compatibility for the low, low price of free.
Ubisoft’s stealth stab game Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is free until May 15.
Starting tomorrow, a whole new set of Games with Gold will become free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, including Super Mega Baseball 2 for Xbox One and Streets of Rage on Xbox 360. It’s worth noting that Super Mega Baseball 2 is launching for free tomorrow.
Eight games added to Origin Access
Origin Access, EA’s PC subscription service that gives members access to a catalog of free games, has added eight more titles:
- Mad Max
- Torment: Tides of Numenera
- Pillars of Eternity: Hero Edition
- Prison Architect
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Valve won’t release Dota 2 patches during major tournaments
Valve has announced that they will delay patches when they coincide with major eSports tournaments, in the wake of Epicenter XL tournament players having less than a day to adapt to significant gameplay changes.
Super Monday Night Combat closes down because of EU digital privacy law
Super Monday Night Combat, Uber Entertainment’s multiplayer online battle arena, will shut down next month because the cost of complying with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation is too high to keep going.
For those that don’t know, GDPR involves persons’ privacy and right to control their private information online. According to Uber, Super Monday Night Combat uses an older version of its UberNet multiplayer back-end system that isn’t GDPR compliant.
Making it compliant would require either rewriting large parts of that system or porting Super Monday Night Combat to Microsoft’s PlayFab platform. In either case, Uber says the cost of doing so exceeds the budget for the six-year-old game. According to SteamCharts, Super Monday Night Combat has had about two dozen concurrent players at any given time over the last six months.
In a note to players, Uber said the game will remain active through May 23. When the servers are taken offline, no game mode will be available. The company will offer $10,0000 worth of in-game currency so all players can go on a spending spree before the end.