Category Archives: Gaming

A disc-free, hard-drive-only Xbox One could be on the cards

A disc-free, hard-drive-only Xbox One could be on the cards

The months leading up to the Xbox One launch were fraught with indecision and poor choices. We were originally supposed to get an always-online console with very minimal disc support. As late as the summer of 2013, Microsoft was still toying with the idea of releasing an Xbox One model completely lacking an optical drive. That would have been a ...

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AMD announces Mantle delay as BF4 battles bugs

AMD announces Mantle delay as BF4 battles bugs

When AMD announced its new graphics API, Mantle, it showcased Battlefield 4 as the first game to support the tech, with availability supposedly arriving in December. Now that’s been delayed — AMD sent out a public statement to journalists notifying them that the API is “now targeting a January release.” Given the state of BF4, this is scarcely surprising. While ...

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How console add-ons have changed the face of gaming

How console add-ons have changed the face of gaming

Add-ons for video game consoles are an expected part of the hardware cycle. A console comes out, it starts to age, and add-on hardware is released to breathe a little more life into the platform. We’ve already discussed the future of add-ons for the PS4 and Xbox One, so let’s take a moment to reflect on the history of console ...

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What add-ons will we see released for the PS4 and Xbox One?

What add-ons will we see released for the PS4 and Xbox One?

Video game consoles almost always receive numerous hardware add-ons. From the Robotic Operating Buddy for the NES to the Kinect for the Xbox 360, additional peripheral devices are par for the course. The PS4 and Xbox One will certainly receive at least one mid-cycle add-on each, so what can we expect the hot new thing to be a few years ...

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The top 10 tech and science stories of 2013

The top 10 tech and science stories of 2013

1 of 10 Next You are looking at a human retina that has been upgraded with a bionic eye implant. Cool. ExtremeTech, as you’ve hopefully noticed by now, deals primarily in bleeding edge technology and science. Technological advances are, as the French so eloquently say, our raison d’être — our reason for existing. When you spend every day reading about such ...

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The great x86 pivot: Intel and AMD break for new markets in 2014

The great x86 pivot: Intel and AMD break for new markets in 2014

2014 will be a year of tremendous change for both Intel and AMD. Both companies are responding to rapidly shifting market dynamics as the computing market continues its greatest product transition since the PC debuted nearly forty years ago. The two CPU manufacturers are attacking this shift from different directions and with different product strategies; we’ll start with Intel first. ...

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Nvidia’s GameWorks program usurps power from developers, end-users, and AMD

Nvidia’s GameWorks program usurps power from developers, end-users, and AMD

Over the past few months, Nvidia has made a number of high-profile announcements regarding game development and new gaming technologies. One of the most significant is a new developer support program, called GameWorks. The GameWorks program offers access to Nvidia’s CUDA development tools, GPU profiling software, and other developer resources. One of the features of GameWorks is a set of ...

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What will the PS4 and Xbox One redesigns look like?

What will the PS4 and Xbox One redesigns look like?

The PS4 and Xbox One are fresh off the assembly line, and they’re both incredibly popular this holiday shopping season. That feeling of novelty and excitement doesn’t last long, though. After a while, sales will start to dip. Consoles will get discounted, and then the whole world starts to wonder when a redesign is coming out. Hardware revisions for game ...

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