Category Archives: Gaming

Can Valve’s Steam Machine actually pull off in-home game streaming?

Now that we’re a few weeks removed from Valve’s Steam Machine announcement, we’ve had enough time to let the implications of its three-tiered approach to living room PC gaming sink in. If you think it’s not the best idea and Valve has gone a little crazy, the saving grace of the Steam Machine is supposed to be its ability to ...

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PS4 and Xbox One: Just how strict is the DRM?

This has been an interesting year for gaming consoles. Both the PS4 and Xbox One were announced to huge fanfare, but it wasn’t polygons or frame rates that attracted the most attention. Instead, DRM has been the biggest point of contention leading up to the launch of the next-gen hardware. Microsoft came out strongly in favor of an all-digital future, ...

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PS4 and Xbox One: Just how strict is the DRM?

This has been an interesting year for gaming consoles. Both the PS4 and Xbox One were announced to huge fanfare, but it wasn’t polygons or frame rates that attracted the most attention. Instead, DRM has been the biggest point of contention leading up to the launch of the next-gen hardware. Microsoft came out strongly in favor of an all-digital future, ...

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Xbox One will not support AMD’s Mantle, and PS4 is also unlikely. Is Mantle DOA?

One of the highlights of AMD’s Hawaii event last month was the introduction of AMD Mantle, a new, close-to-metal API that would supposedly unlock huge additional performance and address many of the issues that plague DirectX. The implications of this move, given that AMD technology is powering every upcoming console and the current Wii U, was that the new API ...

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Xbox One graphics currently output in 900p, worse than PS4′s 1080p [Update]

In the ongoing prerelease war between Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, the PS4 continually appears to be the clear victor, from Sony’s E3 showing and Microsoft’s DRM and indie game debacle, to the PS4′s superior hardware and the Xbox One’s higher price. Now, a mysterious insider that has leaked correct Microsoft info in the past, is claiming that the ...

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AMD R9 and R7 GPUs: A bold new direction for 2014 that uses old rebadged chips from 2012

AMD’s new Radeon family of GPUs have launched, with a new set of products, a new brand strategy, long-term plans for the Mantle API, a new hardware audio acceleration engine, and, oddly enough, fundamentally the same GPU core that has powered the company’s graphics cards since 2012. Historically, GPU enthusiasts aren’t very thrilled with rebrands, but the concept of what ...

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Pokemon X and Y: When will the game’s graphics be as good as the TV show?

In the first 24 hours of their release, Pokemon X and Y sold 5.5 million units, making them two of the fastest-selling games of all time, just behind Grand Theft Auto 5. Pokemon X and Y are being universally received as excellent additions to the second-biggest-selling game franchise of all time — and beyond the addition of full networking/multiplayer functionality, ...

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PS4 and Xbox One won’t support your expensive third-party headset – for now

If you’ve invested in a nice wireless headset for the next-gen launch, prepare for some bad news. Unfortunately, the majority of third-party and wireless headsets will not work with the PS4 or Xbox One at launch. While Sony does plan on releasing compatibility patches down the road, and Microsoft will eventually release an adapter to enable other headsets, this news ...

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Sony’s PS4 is made with the blood and tears of unpaid blackmailed student laborers

This November, the PS4 will herald the eighth generation of console gaming, bringing more hardware horsepower to living room gamers than ever before. Unfortunately, a new report suggests that all that horsepower is the result of the toil of unpaid student interns. Making matters worse, these unpaid student interns were forced to work overtime in order to help Foxconn meet ...

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