Tag: Gaming hardware

Are 7nm CPUs really 7nm? TSMC says “we need to look at a different descriptor”
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Are 7nm CPUs really 7nm? TSMC says “we need to look at a different descriptor”

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? read more

Quantum lasers could let you download your full Steam library in under 3 minutes
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Quantum lasers could let you download your full Steam library in under 3 minutes

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!). read more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles producer to design eight Atari-themed esports hotels
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles producer to design eight Atari-themed esports hotels

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. read more

Cheap mechanical gaming keyboards are coming… thanks to Cherry’s Viola switch
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Cheap mechanical gaming keyboards are coming… thanks to Cherry’s Viola switch

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. read more

Sony’s controller add-on turns any Dualshock 4 into a high-end gaming pad
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Sony’s controller add-on turns any Dualshock 4 into a high-end gaming pad

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. read more

Microsoft has admitted defeat in the console wars and just built a limited PC
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Microsoft has admitted defeat in the console wars and just built a limited PC

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. read more