Total War: WARHAMMER II’s upcoming Vulkan-based macOS and Linux port will be releasing on November 20, as announced today by Feral Interactive. Originally developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, the game launched for Windows via Steam in September last year.
Here are the minimum specifications required to run the game on Linux:
As for those on macOS, here’s a list of supported Mac models:
All 13" MacBook Pros released since 2016
All 15" MacBook Pros released since Late 2013 with a 2.3GHz processor or better
All 21.5" iMacs released since Late 2017
All 27" iMacs released since Late 2013 with a 2GB graphics card or better
Late 2012 models with a 2GB Nvidia 680MX graphics card are also supported
All 27" iMac Pros released since Late 2017
All Mac Pros released since Late 2013
Additionally, these Mac models are capable of running the game, but as per Feral, “do not consistently meet the standards required for official support”:
All 15" MacBook Pros released since Late 2013
All 21.5" iMacs released since Late 2013 with a 2.7GHz processor or better
Feral Interactive also ported the first game in the series – Total War: WARHAMMER – to Linux and macOS in 2016. At the time of its launch, the Linux port received a fair bit of criticism due to its inability to play multiplayer across platforms. It’s unclear whether this port will suffer with that same issue.
Steam is also strangely absent from the announcement of this port, with Feral directing those interested in pre-ordering the ported version to its own store. This means that those who have already purchased the game on Steam may not receive its Linux and macOS version automatically. We have reached out to Feral Interactive for clarification.
At the Feral Interactive store, Total War: WARHAMMER II is available for the price of $59.99. The DLCs – Curse of the Vampire Coast, Rise of the Tomb Kings, The Queen & The Crone, and Blood for the Blood God II – are also available for purchase separately.
While Microsoft's next generation of Xbox consoles - codenamed Scarlett - is right around the corner, it seems that the firm isn't done producing new hardware for the current generation. According to a report from Brad Sams of Thurrott,the company will be releasing an Xbox One console without a disc slot in 2019.
According to the report, this should lower the price by at least $100, meaning that the new console will come in at under $200. There should also be a new version of the Xbox One S on the way that does have a disc slot, and that's also aimed at lowering the barrier of entry.
But perhaps that's burying the lede, as Microsoft is also working on a program that will allow you to take all of your discs to a participating retailer and make them downloadable. This is worth noting, as there are surely some gamers out there that purchased discs when the Xbox One first came out, only to find out that they'd still have to download tens of gigabytes worth of data anyway.
Sams also reported that Microsoft was working on an Xbox streaming stick back in May 2016, a device that was later scrapped. It's notable though, as the company really doesn't have a proper streaming device that has a low barrier of entry. While you can get an Amazon Fire TV Stick for $49, the price for being able to play your Microsoft Movies & TV content in 4K in your living room starts at $299 for an Xbox One S.
With the new consoles, the price is lowered significantly, into a price range that's much more affordable, and it's closer to being in line with set top boxes. For example, an Apple TV 4K starts at $179, and it doesn't have the same gaming capabilities as an Xbox One console.
Microsoft's new Xbox One hardware should arrive in 2019, presumably at E3, just a year before the firm launches the next generation of Xbox consoles.
Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. It offers great security, privacy, and protection against viruses, spyware, malware, and it can also easily block pop-up windows. The key features that have made Firefox so popular are the simple and effective UI, browser speed and strong security capabilities.
Quantum is Mozilla's project to build the next-generation web engine for Firefox users, building on the Gecko engine as a solid foundation. Quantum will leverage the fearless concurrency of Rust and high-performance components of Servo to bring more parallelization and GPU offloading to Firefox.
Firefox (Quantum) users will be impressed by the modern new design that puts their needs first. With the new (fast and fluid Photon) design, Firefox leaps ahead with a new interface that reflects today’s reality of High DPI displays and users who are more task focused than they’ve ever been. Photon doesn’t just look good, it’s also smarter. If you’re using Photon on a Windows PC with a touch display, the menus change size based on whether you click with a mouse or touch with a finger.
The new, minimalist design introduces square tabs, smooth animations, and a Library, which provides quick access to your saved stuff: bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, and screenshots. Firefox Quantum feels right at home with today’s mouse and touch-driven operating systems: Windows 10, macOS High Sierra, Android Oreo, and iOS 11.
Firefox has historically run mostly on just one CPU core, but Quantum takes advantage of multiple CPU cores in today’s desktop and mobile devices much more effectively. This improved utilization of your computer’s hardware makes Firefox Quantum dramatically faster.
Firefox Quantum enhances Firefox’s integration with Pocket, the read-it-later app that Mozilla acquired last year. When you open a new tab, you’ll see currently trending web pages recommended by Pocket users so you won’t miss out on what’s hot online, as well as your top sites.
A focus on privacy brings an option to turn on tracking protection, which blocks known tracking scripts, at all times, not just in private browsing mode. Protection against HTML5 canvas fingerprinting - another way that users can be tracked around the internet - will be released in v58, This is a feature borrowed from Tor Browser.
Firefox includes pop-up blocking, tab-browsing, integrated Google search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online.
Firefox 59.0.1 release notes:
Various security fixes
Reference link to 59.0 release notes
Unresolved -- No sound in Firefox 58 and 59 on Linux in some configurations. See support page for details and workarounds.
Ubisoft is offering quite the lucrative deal for those who've been wanting to try out Rainbow Six Siege for a while now, but just haven't had the chance to, yet. From today till Sunday, November 18, the game is free to play and the company is also offering a number of discounts if you enjoy your weekend with the game so much that you can't help but purchase the game outright.
The game's Starter Edition features a discount of 30%, bringing the entry price of the title to just $7.94. Going up to the Standard Edition and above is when the deals become particularly lucrative, as Ubisoft is shaving off 65% of the normal priceof the Standard ($13.23), Advanced ($16.54), Gold ($26.46), and Complete ($39.69) Editions of the game during the weekend.
Unfortunately, unlike previous promotions of this kind, the free weekend is only available via Ubisoft's own UPlay platform, and not Steam. The game will also take a while to download, with just the base components coming in at around 75GB, while the Ultra HD texture pack will run you another 34GB so you'd better get pre-loading if you want don't want to miss even one minute of your free weekend with the game.
During the weekend, the game will also be hosting its Pro League finals, where Ubisoft is expected to unveil a new operation called Wild Bastion and new Moroccan operators.