TSMC’s head of marketing believes lithographic process node naming convention needs to change in the near-future. The company’s most advanced node today is 7nm, or N7, which is used across AMD’s Ryzen and Navi range, but soon it will be shifting to 7nm+ (N7+), 5nm (N5), and then onto 3nm (N3). Following that same cadence, where does a foundry go after 1nm, and will it be representative of the physical silicon?
Tag: Gaming hardware
Sony has patented a VR motion controller with the USPTO, suggesting the popular PSVR accessory might be in line to receive a next-gen makeover sometime in the PlayStation 5’s lifetime. The design of Sony’s crude patent might appear somewhat familiar to PC VR enthusiasts, too. It operates per finger tracking – just like the Valve Index Controller.
It’s no secret that the PC gaming industry has mostly turned its back on physical media in favour of downloadable media. Gone are the days of disc-filled shelves and rentable hard-copies; instead, we have downloadable game libraries and game streaming services such as Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now. This switch to digital media has outpaced advances in internet bandwidth and speed, however, making it difficult for our internet connections to keep up. This might be where quantum physics can save us (no, really!).
Atari is lending its name to eight hotels (yes, hotels) to be constructed in its image within Phoenix, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. While the inner workings of this deeply strange licensing move remains a mystery beyond human comprehension, the proposed hotels are, surprisingly, a rather splendid throwback to retro arcade aesthetic.
The search could well be over, people. We may only be a few months away from the release of the absolute best gaming monitor, maybe even the perfect gaming monitor… the Eve Spectrum. The Spectrum is a 27-inch crowd-developed display and Eve has just released the final specs for its suite of new LG-built panels and the price of the first Spectrum units.
Cherry’s new Viola switch promises to bring fully mechanical switches to the cheap gaming keyboard market. That’s right, the days of flaky, rubbery dome switches, those hideously named membranical switches, and mecha-membranes from Razer are numbered… all because the big name in keyboard switches has turned its attention on making the value keyboard market mechanical.
Panasonic has unveiled its prototype of a VR headset that looks like it was ripped straight out of the Mandalorian. Yeah, Panasonic. Not necessarily the first name you’d think of when talking about PC-connected VR headsets, but the new Panasonic VR glasses are the world’s first HDR-capable UHD virtual reality goggles and they look frickin’ great.
Modern datacentres require a huge amount of energy to keep on trucking, and with more and more services, and an explosion of data being shunted across the globe every year, that’s only going to keep on rising. For 2020 the amount of energy swallowed by the world’s datacentres is expected to rival that of Canada. Good lord.
Sony has officially confirmed it is launching a rear button controller attachment for the Dualshock 4 controller. The aptly-named Back Button Attachment, which is supposedly real and not a goof, adds two programmable buttons to the rear of the controller along with an OLED display (yes, on the back). All to replicate a little of the high-end controller magic in the PlayStation corner.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has unveiled the Xbox Series X (né Xbox Scarlett), a machine that’s as much a games console as my desktop PC is a calculator. Taking design notes from Apple and Corsair, the new Xbox Series X is a towering monolith of a PC. The launch bundle includes the new Xbox Wireless Controller and a set of tiny apes who will bludgeon each other to death beneath the Series X when it’s placed atop your coffee table.