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Intel GPUs may feature native ray tracing capabilities. (Image Source: Guru3D)

New evidence for hardware-accelerated ray tracing support in Intel Xe GPUs comes to light

Fresh evidence for hardware-accelerated ray tracing in what is purported to be Intel GPU driver code has surfaced. The driver references several ray tracing features of the DXR API. Although speculation about ray tracing support i...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 13:03:00 +0100
PCs are still the favorite. (Image source: Asia Pacific University)

Game developers are more interested in working with the PlayStation 5 than the Nintendo Switch or Xbox Series X but the PC rules the roost

An interesting survey released by the Game Developer Conference has shown which platforms are the most interesting to developers at the moment. In the console wars, the PlayStation 5 just pips the Nintendo Switch for being the dev...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 08:50:00 +0100
Austere's new 8K HDMI 2.1 Cable. (Source: Austere)

Austere releases an HDMI 2.1 cable for 8K UHD content

8K is the next up-and-coming thing in display-tech standards. However, devices that support it may only be so effective at showing it without compatible, high-quality cables. The company Austere has put just such a product on the ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:25:00 +0100
The RX 5600 XT, a card that comes in many guises. (Image source: AMD)

Opinion | AMD has messed up the release of the RX 5600 XT, but it still emerges victorious over NVIDIA

Paraphrasing Radeon VP Scott Herkelman, has AMD jebaited NVIDIA again, or has it pulled one on itself this time? The Radeon RX 5600 XT may be an excellent mid-tier desktop GPU, but the manner in which AMD has released it is nothin...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:39:00 +0100
Dr Kawashima's Brain Training is one of the few games on the Nintendo Switch that utilises a stylus. (Image source: Nintendo)

Patent publication gives rise to the idea of a Joy-Con stylus attachment for the Nintendo Switch

While talk of the Nintendo Switch lately has been about a Pro version of the console, Nintendo may have an accessory or two up its sleeve too. A new patent publication demonstrates how the company could bring stylus functionality ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:48:00 +0100
The Zephyrus G14 will come with a choice of two Renoir processors. (Image source: ASUS ROG)

A Ryzen 5 4600HS edition of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is on the horizon

ASUS ROG is bringing a Ryzen 5 4600HS version of the Zephyrus G14 to market, the company has confirmed. The hexacore Renoir chip will come with up to 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, an RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU and a 1 TB PCIe SSD. ASUS ROG will...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:49:00 +0100
Will a Nintendo Switch Pro ever come to pass? (Image source: Nintendo)

Rumour | Nintendo may release a Switch Pro with a custom NVIDIA Volta GPU, but not before the end of the year

Rumour has it that Nintendo and NVIDIA are working to bring a Volta-powered Switch to market, and possibly as a Pro SKU of the console. It may not arrive before the end of the year though, and it may not live up to expectations an...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:42:00 +0100
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Klaus Hinum, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:12:19 +0100
Even though these prototype leaks appear to be legitimate, Microsoft could still change a few things for the commercial version. (Image Source: Thurott)

Alleged Xbox Series X front/back pictures and PCIe 4.0 SSD details get leaked

The console prototype pictures appear to be legitimate, as the serial number on the back of the console was already claimed by a twitter user. Apart from the usual connectors, there also is a debug slot for gaming developers. As f...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:41:00 +0100
What has AMD got up its sleeve for its "Big Navi" GPUs? (Image source: AMD via Guru3D)

Rumour | AMD is apparently planning 80 CUs and beyond for its 2020-bound "Big Navi" GPUs

The RX 5600 XT has been well received so far, but a new rumour claims that AMD has 80 CU and beyond GPUs planned for this year. The lower-end model in what will supposedly be called the RX 6000 series will target the RTX 2080 Ti t...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:32:00 +0100
The PS4 UI is currently on update 7.00. (Image source: IndianExpress)

First glimpse at potential PlayStation 5 user interface shows similarity with PS4's UI

A picture of what is claimed to be the first look at the PlayStation 5’s user interface has been posted on a well-known imageboard. The poster of the image states that they work at a game studio that is currently utilizing PS5 dev...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:46:00 +0100
The entire Half-Life series is available to download on Steam for free till March. (Source: Valve)

Valve's Half-Life series is free on Steam for the next two months

To help drum up the hype ahead of the launch of Half-Life: Alyx in March, Valve is offering gamers an unbeatabale deal. For the next two months, anyone with a Steam account can download and play each of all previous Half-Life titl...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 02:57:00 +0100
The PS5 could be revealed on February 5. (Image source: @FalconDesign3D)

PlayStation 5 concept renders based on recent purported design have the X Factor

Some new concept renders of the PlayStation 5 based on a recent alleged leak have started appearing online. The console in the renders features the questionable X-shaped design that has led to growing concern over potential overhe...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 02:23:00 +0100
The NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super Max-Q shows up on Geekbench. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super Max-Q and Core i9-10980HK appear on Geekbench, expected to launch later this quarter

A Geekbench result showing the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super Max-Q's OpenCL score has surfaced confirming our earlier exclusive report about NVIDIA's plans of bringing the new RTX 20-series Super GPUS in Max-Q versions for laptops. We als...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:54:00 +0100
HP Pavilion 14

79% HP Pavilion 14 Laptop Review: A stylish all-rounder with a bright display

A dominant fan. With the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng, HP is selling a 1,000-Euro (~$1,109) multimedia laptop based on Intel's brand-new Ice Lake architecture. As it turned out in our test, the 14-incher has several unnecessary quirks.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | NVIDIA GeForce MX250 | 14" | 1.6 kg
Florian Glaser, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 22:13:00 +0100
Phantom Canyon may be the NUC 11 Extreme on launch. (Source: FanlessTech)

Panther Canyon is the Intel NUC 10 Performance series' successor: new leak

According to a new leak, Intel has a replacement for the NUC 10 Performance mini-PCs in the works. It apparently goes under the heretofore-unknown code-name Panther Canyon, and will be powered by Tiger Lake-U processors with Xe gr...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:38:00 +0100
NVIDIA RTX 3080 spec leak points to an enticing upgrade. (Image Source: NVIDIA)

Rumour | More alleged NVIDIA Ampere GPU details leak — GA103 RTX 3080 could feature 3480 CUDA cores, 320-bit memory bus, and 20 GB GDDR6 RAM giving Big Navi a headache

Details about NVIDIA's upcoming Ampere GPUs have leaked online, and it looks like we may in for a treat this year. We are getting to know a few hardware specs about two Ampere GPUs — GA103 and GA104, which could eventually be desi...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:41:00 +0100
The NVIDIA GeForce MX350, a Pascal throwback. (Image source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA returns to Pascal with the GeForce MX330 and GeForce MX350

NVIDIA may be moving onto 7 nm GPUs this year, but there is still life in its old 14 nm architecture yet. The GeForce MX330 and MX350 were teased at CES 2020, and now a new driver release has unveiled their hardware IDs.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:41:00 +0100
The Radeon RX 5600 XT will launch at US$279. (Image source: AMD)

AMD sees off NVIDIA RTX 2060 price cuts with 10-15% RX 5600 XT performance boost

AMD and NVIDIA are locked in a battle for the midrange currently, with both manufacturers pulling moves to make their cards look more attractive. First we had NVIDIA, which cut the RTX 2060 by US$50, and now AMD has reportedly pus...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:57:00 +0100
AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs have higher GPU horsepower despite sporting a reduced CU count. (Image Source: PCWorld)

This is why Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs can offer 59% higher performance per CU despite still being on Vega

The AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs have a reduced number of compute units (CUs) compared to Raven Ridge, but improvements to the architecture means that they can offer higher clocks and a 59% higher performance per CU. AMD plans to ev...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:52:00 +0100
PUBG Season 6 brings in a new Motor Glider. (Source: PUBG Corp)

PUBG Season 6 releasing January 25, brings a new Karakin map, Motor Glider, Survivor Pass, and more

PUBG is getting a new Season 6 update next week. Season 6 offers a new 64-player map, Karakin, which is designed to offer a challenging gameplay and a new hazard called Black Zone in which the map layout changes with every match. ...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:10:00 +0100
Google is already investing heavily in AAA gaming with its Stadia streaming platform. (Source: Google)

Native Steam support in the works for Chrome OS

Google is working on bringing support for Steam to its Chrome OS, reports Android Police. The platform would run on inside Linux on Chrome, which is already backed into Google’s lightweight browser-based operating system.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:39:00 +0100
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC

MSI GF63 Thin 9SC Notebook: Entry-level gamer with compact case

Amazing price-to-performance ratio? Affordable gaming laptops are in demand, which is why almost every manufacturer has devices available for around $1000. One particularly interesting model is the GF63 9SC from MSI, which is equi...
Florian Glaser, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:34:00 +0100
A concept render of the PS5 and DualShock 5 (Image source: Gaming Instincts & LetsGoDigital)

New DualShock 5 speculation amid latest PlayStation 5 rumours

Three new rumours have appeared about the PlayStation 5, of which two are verifiable. Apparently, the DualShock 5 will not only have context-adaptive triggers but will also be backwards compatible with the PS4. The DualShock 4 wil...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:54:00 +0100
AMD will apparently debut the RX 6000 series this summer. (Image source: RedGamingTech)

AMD RDNA 2: New rumors allege 50% better performance than RDNA 1 with no added power consumption

If you thought that 2019 was good for graphics cards and gamers, then think again. 2020 is already shaping up to be even better than last year, with not only new consoles and RTX 3000 around the corner, but also RDNA 2. AMD's next...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:21:00 +0100
Image via CD Projekt Red

Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September, multiplayer delayed until after 2021

After announcing that Cyberpunk 2077 would be delayed until September, CD Projekt Red later disclosed on an investment call that the multiplayer component of the game likely won't be ready until after 2021. While the wait is disap...
Sam Medley, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:07:00 +0100
The RTX 2060 Founders Edition now costs US$299. (Image source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA responds to the RX 5600 XT; price cuts incoming

Is NVIDIA worried about AMD's RX product stack? Well, its latest round of price cuts would suggest so. The company has unexpectedly dropped the RTX 2060 Founders Edition from US$349, conveniently just ahead of the release of the R...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:12:00 +0100
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC

78% MSI GF63 Thin 9SC Laptop Review: Lightweight gamer for just under $1000

Good package with some limitations. While budget gaming notebooks often have difficulties displaying current games at maximum details, the price-to-performance ratio is good in most cases. MSI's GF63 Thin 9SC is a fairly affordable representative of this species.
Intel Core i5-9300H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
Florian Glaser, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:37:00 +0100
Horizon: Zero Dawn will come to PC sometime in 2020

Horizon: Zero Dawn reportedly coming to Steam and Epic Games Store sometime this year

PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn is reportedly coming to PC sometime in 2020, according to a report by Kotaku. The title will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 03:57:00 +0100
The logo for the PlayStation 5 was recently revealed. (Image source: Depor)

Rumor | Latest PlayStation 5 release date and price rumors for worldwide markets

There has been no shortage of speculation in regard to the actual release date of the PlayStation 5 and its final recommended retail price. The latest suggestion has come up with a slightly earlier date than many believe, while th...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 03:11:00 +0100
Alleged PS5 consumer model patent designs. (Image source: 4channel via CCN)

Alleged PlayStation 5 consumer model designs and supposed first real-world image of the next-gen console appear on imageboard

A couple of so-called patent designs for the consumer model of the PlayStation 5 have been shared on the well-known imageboard 4channel. Along with those, an even more unlikely image, claiming to be a real-world shot of the PS5, h...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 01:57:00 +0100
Google Stadia will get over 120 games in 2020

Google Stadia to get over 120 new games in 2020, 10 of which will be exclusives

A Google Stadia spokesperson stated that the platform will be getting over 120 games in 2020, of which 10 will be exclusives. The company also promised some QoL upgrades such as 4K gaming on the web, better Google Assistant functi...
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:16:00 +0100
The GameCube Joy-Cons provide the ultimate Super Smash Bros. experience. (Image source: Shank Mods)

A modder has crossed Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and a GameCube WaveBird controller with amazing results

Ever fancied a wireless and a detachable set of GameCube controllers for the Nintendo Switch? Well, one modder did and they have posted their results online. An incredible amount of attention to detail has been paid to creating th...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:59:00 +0100
Image via Square Enix

Mobius Final Fantasy will terminate service on June 30

Mobius Final Fantasy, a popular mobile spin-off of the Final Fantasy franchise, will end services in the United States on June 30. The game garnered fairly positive reviews over its 4-year tenure on iOS, Android, and Steam.
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:56:00 +0100
AMD has a new Radeon driver update. (Source: AMD)

The latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 update brings support for the newest Dragon Ball Z title

AMD has just announced the release of the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition (20.1.2). It confers support for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, as well as Vulkan 1.2. It also fixes a problem for some UE4-based games in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:10:00 +0100
Xiaomi equipped the Black Shark 2 with a 60 Hz and 1080p panel. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Rumor | The Xiaomi Black Shark 3 looks set to receive a next-generation display too

So, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 will not only have 5G capabilities and 16 GB of RAM, but also a 120 Hz and 2K display? Well, that is the latest rumor about the Chinese company's next gaming smartphone, at any rate. Would 120 Hz and 2...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:46:00 +0100
How about a more colourful version of the PS5 logo? (Image source: Twitter)

The internet has been having fun with the PlayStation 5 logo

CES 2020 marked the arrival of the PlayStation 5, in logo form at least. Unsurprisingly, it looks like the one that the company used for the PS4, and the internet has reacted in particularly humourus fashion.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:27:00 +0100
Are you in the mood for new Navi GPUs? (Image source: AMD via PCGamesN)

High-end AMD Navi GPUs appear in new trademark filing

Excited by the prospect of a high-end Navi GPU or two? Well, AMD's partners are seemingly prepping themselves for some new product releases too, with one filing trademarks for four unreleased Navi SKUs at the EEC. We discuss wheth...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 14:38:00 +0100
Asus blog gives a handy rundown on everything they announced at CES 2020 (Source: Asus)

Asus blog gives a handy rundown on everything they announced at CES 2020

Asus goes over core details on the upcoming VivoBook S series, Chromebook Flip C436, TUF Gaming A15/A17, G-Sync-enabled TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A monitor, ROG Strix GA35 gaming desktop, and the Zephyrus G14 laptop equipped with 4th gen...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 22:01:00 +0100
You'll have to wait another month to play Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Marvel's Avengers delayed

According to developer statements, both Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Marvel's Avengers will be delayed. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is now slated to arrive on 10th April, while Marvel's Avengers will only launch on 4th December.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 19:22:00 +0100
Phison's E18 controller will be featured in quite a few PCIe 4.0 SSDs this year. (Image Source: PCGamesN)

Upcoming Xbox Series X consoles could benefit from PCIe 4.0 SSDs thanks to Phison

Industry sources claim that Microsoft has chosen Phison as the SSD controller supplier for the upcoming Xbox Series X, so there is a fair chance we could see PCIe 4.0 read speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s and 1 million IOPS, essentially...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:35:00 +0100
MediaTek now offers a new line of mobile gaming SoCs. (Source: MediaTek)

Get ready for a year of budget gaming phones with the new MediaTek Helio G70 SoC series

MediaTek has announced the Helio G70 and G70T, a pair of processors that, like the G90s before them, are aimed at gaming-phone OEMs. However, the new chipsets are also intended for a lower tier of that market compared to their pre...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:14:00 +0100
The Asus Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini is designed for Intel's 'Ghost Canyon' NUC 9 Extreme. (Source: Asus)

Asus creates first 'Mini' RTX 2070 GPU for Intel's 'Ghost Canyon' gaming NUC

Asus has launched its first custom GPU for Intel’s forthcoming ‘Ghost Canyon’ modular gaming NUCs. The new card is a compact version of Nvidia’s RTX 2070 features two Axial-tech fans two help maximize frame rates during play....
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:40:00 +0100
VVVVVV's simplistic graphics mask its brutal difficulty. (Image via Steam)

Indie smash hit VVVVVV is now open source

The popular Indie platformer VVVVVV is now open source and available on GitHub. Terry Cavanagh, the creator of the game, detailed the process of porting the original Adobe Flash release to C++ for release on PC on his blog. It's a...
Sam Medley, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 05:30:00 +0100
Sony won't be making an appearance at E3 2020

PlayStation skipping E3 for the second consecutive year

A Sony spokesperson just confirmed that the company won't be attending E3 2020, because it thinks that the event is not an ideal platform to unveil the PlayStation 5. This makes it two years in a row, as Sony was absent from E3 20...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 03:14:00 +0100
Might & Magic: Chess Royale will be available on Android and iOS starting January 30th

Might & Magic: Chess Royale coming to Android and iOS on January 30th

Might & Magic: Chess Royale is Ubisoft's upcoming mobile game. It is an Auto Chess game based in the Might and Magic universe. The game will release on January 30th on Android and iOS, and is available for pre-registration now.
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:28:00 +0100
The Red Magic 3. (Source: Nubia)

Red Magic 4: Nubia executive hints at 144Hz spec for this 2020 gaming phone

The Red Magic 3 was one of the most interesting gaming phones of 2019. Now, its OEM's president Ni Fei has posted an image on Weibo suggesting that this device's successor's refresh rate could be cranked up to 144 hertz (Hz). Howe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 21:24:00 +0100
Asus introduced a 360Hz G-SYNC display at CES 2020 (Source: Asus)

Are high refresh rate displays worth your money?

With the incredibly wide range of refresh rate displays available, 60Hz is starting to look like a thing of the past. While high refresh rate displays have numerous benefits, is it really worth it in the long run?
Loki Rautio, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:31:00 +0100
Do you really need a 240 Hz or 300 Hz laptop display? The common misconception about high refresh rate monitors

Update | Do you really need a 240 Hz or 300 Hz laptop display? The common misconception about high refresh rate monitors

No, you don't need a stable 144 FPS to take advantage of a 144 Hz display. For gaming laptops in particular where CPU and GPU power are limited, these 240 Hz and 300 Hz high refresh rate panels are more useful for their wide range...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:51:00 +0100
NVIDIA may have brought consumer Ampere GPUs from Computex 2020 to GTC 2020. (Image source: HKEPC)

NVIDIA may have brought forward the release of consumer Ampere GPUs

Ampere GPUs may be back on track for a Q1 2020 release, according to current rumours. Previously slated to arrive in 2H 2020, the likes of the RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti could arrive as soon as March.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:26:00 +0100



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