Playing God of War on PC with an Xbox or Switch controller is ‘amazing’

The PS5 version of Apex Legends is expected to be released soon

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  • You can even use a Switch controller here as well. You can definitely use any of the third-party controllers. We tried to add as many options as possible because why limit people who want to play the game?” It’s a lovely sentiment, and the fact that the team even updated the in-game glyphs to reflect the appropriate controller is a nice touch.

  • God of War, a PlayStation exclusive, is now accessible on PC. While most people who played the game on the PlayStation 4 or 5 used a DualShock controller, that won’t always be the case on PC – but the developer behind the port is fine with that. Matt DeWald, God of War’s lead technical producer, spoke with GameInformer about the game’s debut on PC. Many users use Xbox controllers to play games there, according to GameInformer, but the developers seem unconcerned. DeWald describes it as “amazing.” “We’ve even put all the glyphs in for you so you don’t get confused when you push the button.” Yes, we have no objections to that.

Other aspects of the port took more intensive work though. DeWald previously spoke about the game’s ultrawide mode, one of many new PC features for the game. Ultrawide support required new animation for the entire adventure, as the 21:9 aspect ratio revealed much more of the scenery that you wouldn’t otherwise see. If you want to see it for yourself, have a look at the game’s PC requirements then dive right in. As the pandemic took hold back in 2020 and people retreated inside for months on end, seeking solace in gaming and other technological outlets, it was inevitable that many of the companies in the gaming and tech sector would see a boost to their bottom line. A new survey from market intelligence firm Games One, however, now reveals how much of those 2020 profits went to the CEOs of the companies in question.

The survey calculated its figures from “a mixture of salary, bonus, stock, benefits,” and also included the median employee salary for a handful of companies in order to work out the pay ratio between the average employee and CEO. Activision, unsurprisingly, wound up on the bottom, with a pay ratio of 1:1,560. Indeed, it should be noted that the top three highest-earning CEOs — Antokol, Kotick, and Skillz’ Andrew Paradise — together earned almost three times the combined compensation of every other CEO on the list.

Leading the pack by a significant margin is mobile gaming company Playtika’s CEO Robert Antokol, who earned a staggering $372,008,176 in total compensation in 2020. Nipping at his heels is Activision Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick, who was clearly enjoying his $154,613,318 in the months before stories started hitting the press about his company’s toxic workplace and his own involvement in it.

It’s interesting to see these figures laid out for 2020, especially as analysts will likely soon start seeing similar data for 2021. In the intervening months, both Activision Blizzard and EA announced that they would be cutting executive pay, and Activision was beset by the various controversies with which it’s still reckoning. If the CEO earning figures look too similar to 2020, it could be another nail in the proverbial coffin of some of these high-earning executives.

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