These antitrust law changes are becoming a real thorn Microsoftits backside as the company struggles to get approval for its mammoth $67.8 billion deal to buy Activision Blizzard. In the latest development from this case, the Xbox team has just retracted its claim that the Federal Trade Commission process violates the Constitution.
Meanwhile, AMD is fighting a battle of its own after the latest version of its Radeon graphics card flagship – called the RX 7900 XTX – met the same fate as its Nvidia counterpart the RTX 4090, which is that it got too hot to function properly. . In other news, an actor from The last of us cast has just warned fans that the show will be taking some liberties with the game, so check all that out in today’s game roundup.
Microsoft realizes that the last thing they want is to pick a fight with the FTC
It would be absurd to suggest that consolidation of Activision could create a vacuum in the games industry despite what Sony might claim. Microsoft still has a hard time getting the deal approved, at least if the FTC has any say in the matter. In a recent filing to convince the court that its purchase of Activision would not “stifle competition,” Microsoft had included a clause claiming that the FTC validation process violates the Constitution, but it quickly retracted it and even offered something in the way of an apology. The last thing they want is to pick a fight with the FTC, which could still move to block the acquisition altogether.
AMD confirms that some RX 7900 XTXs have a defective vapor chamber and offers to give you a new one
Just when we were almost convinced to jump on the Nvidia hate bandwagon and call them out on their ridiculous pricing of the RTX 40 series cards, reports started pouring in about AMD’s new flagship also overheating due to faulty parts. Now, amid all the hype surrounding CES 2023, AMD has confirmed that some RX 7900 XTX cards are indeed causing overheating issues due to not having “enough water” in the vapor chamber. Only reference cards seem to be affected, so if you bought a custom one you don’t have to worry. AMD also offers to give you a brand new flawless GPU if you call their tech support line.
The last of us takes some liberties with the game’s story, but nothing too serious
The last of us at HBO has kept Neil Druckmann on hand to make sure it doesn’t deviate too much from the source material, but that doesn’t mean the show is going to be a one-to-one adaptation of the 2013 video game. In fact, according to As Nico Parker (Sarah Miller) has just revealed in a recent interview, there will be inconsistencies, but nothing remotely breaking knowledge. “A lot of the way we’ve interpreted the characters is just incredibly similar to the game,” she said. “But there was a sense of freedom with it.”
That’s all for now, but stay tuned tomorrow for another recap of today’s most important developments in the gaming sphere.