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Activision confirms it issues hardware bans to
Activision confirms it issues hardware bans to "repeat or serial" Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters
Activision has confirmed it does issue hardware bans to "repeat or serial" Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters. In an update on the company's Call of Duty-related anti-cheat efforts, Activision confirmed it has issued more than 475,000 permabans in Call of Duty: Warzone to date. "Some have asked if we issue hardware bans.
Oculus Quest 2 is getting official wireless PC support
Oculus Quest 2 is getting official wireless PC support
Oculus Quest 2 owners will soon be able to say goodbye to their cumbersome Oculus Link cables to play VR games on their PC, as Oculus have announced that the standalone virtual reality headset is getting official wireless PC support via their new Oculus Air Link tech.
Activision permanently bans over 475,000 Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters
Activision permanently bans over 475,000 Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters
New progress report details efforts to thwart cheaters with hardware bans, two-factor authentication
There's a new batch of AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs on the way
There's a new batch of AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs on the way
AMD have announced six new additions to their family of Ryzen 5000 CPUs today, including their first pair of budget-focused Ryzen 3 chips.
Graphics card stock got you down? A reported 788% one-month rise in 'bad bot activity' might be to blame
Graphics card stock got you down? A reported 788% one-month rise in 'bad bot activity' might be to blame
Firm claims to show the sheer scale of bot use around the launch of next-gen consoles and PC hardware.
There's a new Nintendo Switch Lite, coloured blue
There's a new Nintendo Switch Lite, coloured blue
It might not be the Nintendo Switch hardware news you were waiting for, but Nintendo has today lifted lid on a fresh colour Switch Lite. It's blue.
Nintendo Still Isn't Totally Confident Switch Production Can Keep Pace With Demand
Nintendo Still Isn't Totally Confident Switch Production Can Keep Pace With Demand
"In some cases we may not be able to prepare enough for orders". Last month tech giant Samsung voiced its concern over semiconductor shortages affecting the production of electronics. With this in mind, Nintendo's president Shuntaro Furukawa has now provided an update to Nikkei about the Japanese company's Switch hardware production - stating how it's been "able to secure the necessary materials" in order to continue producing semiconductors in the immediate future. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Shantae's Game Boy Color Adventure Arrives On Nintendo Switch This Month
Shantae's Game Boy Color Adventure Arrives On Nintendo Switch This Month
Take a trip back in time. WayForward has revealed the original Shantae for Game Boy Color will be released on Switch eShop on 22nd April. Along with an announcement on social media, it's also released a trailer showing off the original game in action on Nintendo's hybrid hardware.
Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimized: Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimized: Zombie Army 4: Dead War
One of the biggest benefits of all that power in the hardware is giving developers the ability to make games that are Xbox Series X|S Optimized.
When will the GPU shortage actually end? Join us as we discuss the return to PC building normality
When will the GPU shortage actually end? Join us as we discuss the return to PC building normality
The PC Gamer hardware team discusses what the end of the GPU shortage might look like, and when it might happen.
Borderlands 3: Director's Cut Age Rating Lists Nintendo Switch, Which Only Half Makes Sense
Borderlands 3: Director's Cut Age Rating Lists Nintendo Switch, Which Only Half Makes Sense
It's actually a 'season 2' DLC add-on. Publishing giant Take-Two Interactive Software has been a relatively eager supporter of Nintendo Switch, at least once the hardware became the hottest selling console on the market.
AMD launches an all-black RX 6800 XT – and it’s already sold out
AMD launches an all-black RX 6800 XT – and it’s already sold out
AMD released a new all-black version of its Radeon RX 6800 XT today, and in typical PC hardware fashion it sold out almost instantly.
New Switch Pro Dock Reference May Have Been Datamined in the Recent 12.0.0 Firmware Update
New Switch Pro Dock Reference May Have Been Datamined in the Recent 12.0.0 Firmware Update
The recent Switch firmware update might not have had much to it, but it's possible it was hiding evidence of an upcoming hardware revision in plain sight.
Hardware Review: 8BitDo Pro 2 - The Best Switch Pro Controller Rival Has Evolved
Hardware Review: 8BitDo Pro 2 - The Best Switch Pro Controller Rival Has Evolved
Play like a pro. 8BitDo has a long and enviable reputation when it comes to third-party accessories, having produced some of the best controllers we've seen in the past few years.
Global Electronic Component Shortages Will Continue Until Mid-2022 – Foxconn
Global Electronic Component Shortages Will Continue Until Mid-2022 – Foxconn
Hardware manufacturing in the games industry (and elsewhere) is likely going to continue to be affected for some time to come.
One of the biggest CPU and GPU makers spending $100bn to avoid further hardware shortages
Intel's Core i5-11600K strikes back at AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X
Intel's Core i5-11600K strikes back at AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X
After their 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs got well and truly whomped by AMD's Ryzen 5000 series at the end of last year, Intel have come back fighting with the launch of their 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs.
Intel's Core i9-11900K might be down to 8 cores, but its gaming performance is still just as quick
Intel's Core i9-11900K might be down to 8 cores, but its gaming performance is still just as quick
When AMD launched their Ryzen 5000 series last year, it quickly became apparent that throwing more cores and threads at a game didn't necessarily result in significantly faster frame rates.
Corsair K55 RGB Pro XT review – too much for membrane
Corsair K55 RGB Pro XT review – too much for membrane
Mechanical switches have become so synonymous with gaming keyboards that it's jarring to see a known gaming hardware brand like Corsair releasing a membrane board as part of its gaming range.
Sony shuts down old web version of PS3, PSP, Vita store
Sony shuts down old web version of PS3, PSP, Vita store
The URL now redirects to the new PlayStation Store, but games can still be purchased from the consoles themselves
This $600 gaming laptop has a 120Hz screen and GTX 1650 graphics card
This $600 gaming laptop has a 120Hz screen and GTX 1650 graphics card
You're getting a lot of hardware for not a lot of money.
T-Force announces its DDR5 memory modules for overclocking
T-Force announces its DDR5 memory modules for overclocking
Talk of next generation hardware is about ready to pick back up again in the CPU and memory space.
Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimized: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimized: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
One of the biggest benefits of all that power in the hardware is giving developers the ability to make games that are Xbox Series X|S Optimized.
Collector Offers A Look At One Of Nintendo's Rarest Pieces Of Hardware
Collector Offers A Look At One Of Nintendo's Rarest Pieces Of Hardware
Every nook and cranny of the 64DD Development Kit detailed. We absolutely love seeing rare hardware emerging from Nintendo's past.
Microsoft making its latest special edition Xbox Wireless Controllers more eco-friendly
Microsoft making its latest special edition Xbox Wireless Controllers more eco-friendly
Microsoft has unveiled a number of new special edition Xbox Wireless Controllers, which it says marks another step toward more eco-friendly hardware for the company. The newly revealed Xbox controllers come in two varieties.
Here's a Nintendo 64DD development kit in pristine condition
Here's a Nintendo 64DD development kit in pristine condition
Remarkable photos of a pristine Nintendo 64DD development kit have been published online, giving a rare look at a piece of hardware few have ever seen. The 64DD - Nintendo's disc-based expansion unit for the N64 - is uncommon enough on these shores, since it was never officially released outside of Japan.
XFX's Radeon RX 6700 XT Speedster Merc 319 GPU is true to its name
XFX's Radeon RX 6700 XT Speedster Merc 319 GPU is true to its name
More frames per second than AMD's reference design
Monitor makers AOC are getting into gaming headsets
I think I have escaped the mechanical keyboard clickscape
I think I have escaped the mechanical keyboard clickscape
A decision has or hasn't been reached
Seagate Barracuda Fast SSD review
Seagate Barracuda Fast SSD review
A great value external SSD
Razer sets 10-year sustainability goals
Razer sets 10-year sustainability goals
Peripheral maker pledges to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2025, use recycled or recyclable materials and be carbon neutral by 2030
Upgraded Nintendo Switch reportedly using latest Nvidia graphics chip
Upgraded Nintendo Switch reportedly using latest Nvidia graphics chip
Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling technology uses AI and machine learning to create higher-resolution graphics
Introducing DF Direct Weekly
Introducing DF Direct Weekly
We've been looking to expand Digital Foundry in new directions recently and one of the most fun things we're doing is a weekly show discussing news, shorter stories where we don't have the time or manpower to deliver full-on analysis, plus quick looks at nice hardware that's caught our collective gaze.
Control Developer Says Sony Was 'a Bit More Ready' for Next-Gen Than Microsoft
Control Developer Says Sony Was 'a Bit More Ready' for Next-Gen Than Microsoft
Control developer Remedy's Thomas Puha says that the PS5 version of Control was a bit easier to get working than the Xbox Series version, due to hardware complications.
Watch Dogs Legion’s online mode has arrived on PC
Watch Dogs Legion’s online mode has arrived on PC
The online co-op game mode has arrived on PC for Watch Dogs Legion, less than two weeks after being "indefinitely" delayed due to a late-breaking issue the developers discovered that caused crashing for players with specific graphics hardware.
GeForce Now has just doubled its monthly subscription fee
GeForce Now has just doubled its monthly subscription fee
Existing Founders members can keep their old price for life, though
Alienware's new gaming laptops now come with Cherry MX keyboards
Microsoft are bringing the Xbox Series X's Auto HDR feature to PC
Microsoft are bringing the Xbox Series X's Auto HDR feature to PC
Available now with the latest Windows Insider build
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gets PS5 and Xbox Series X/S ratings in Germany
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gets PS5 and Xbox Series X/S ratings in Germany
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has already received a next-gen optimisation patch to improve how the game runs on new hardware, but it seems a native next-gen version could also be on the way - according to the German ratings website, at least.
Sony unveils PS5 VR controllers
Sony unveils PS5 VR controllers
Separate left- and right-hand controllers will have adaptive triggers, finger sensors, and inside-out tracking
AMD's DLSS rival will hopefully be arriving later this year
AMD's DLSS rival will hopefully be arriving later this year
FidelityFX Super Resolution will be called FSR when it launches
Here's where you can buy an AMD RX 6700 XT today
Here's where you can buy an AMD RX 6700 XT today
Set your watches for 9am ET / 1pm GMT
I am trapped in a mechanical keyboard clickscape
I am trapped in a mechanical keyboard clickscape
I now communicate with a series of clicks
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT review
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT review
A 1440p powerhouse with a very unfortunate pricing problem
Nintendo is Reportedly Expecting Record Hardware and Software Sales in FY 2021-22 Thanks to Switch Pro
Nintendo is Reportedly Expecting Record Hardware and Software Sales in FY 2021-22 Thanks to Switch Pro
The long-rumoured hardware revision is allegedly expected to drive record sales for the Japanese giant.
Switch Is Now Nintendo's Second Best-Selling System In The US, In
Switch Is Now Nintendo's Second Best-Selling System In The US, In "Tracked History"
The Wii is still out in front. The latest NPD data has revealed "total lifetime dollar sales" of Switch hardware in the US has now surpassed the Nintendo DS. This apparently makes the system the second "best-selling" Nintendo platform "in tracked history" within the country.
Feature: A Brief History Of Nintendo’s Home Hardware Add-Ons
Feature: A Brief History Of Nintendo’s Home Hardware Add-Ons
A multi-format menagerie. Nintendo’s handheld console upgrades were so common for so long you could practically set your watch by them: the leap from Game Boy to Game Boy Color via the Pocket; the GBA’s evolution from its original battery powered form to the blazing intensity of the Micro’s beautiful screen; the more recent range of DSis, XLs and New!s.
US game spending jumped 35% in February, says NPD Group
US game spending jumped 35% in February, says NPD Group
Games brought in $4.6 billion as Super Mario 3D World and Switch led full game and hardware charts
Skyrim, 4 Other Bethesda Games Get FPS Boost on Xbox Series X and S
Skyrim, 4 Other Bethesda Games Get FPS Boost on Xbox Series X and S
Bethesda's big classics are getting a framerate boost of "up to 60 FPS" courtesy of the Xbox Series X and S hardware.
How Rust got back online after its servers literally caught fire
How Rust got back online after its servers literally caught fire
The hardware was lost, but could the data be saved?
Japanese Charts: Super Mario 3D World Returns To Number One As Nintendo Dominates Proceedings
Japanese Charts: Super Mario 3D World Returns To Number One As Nintendo Dominates Proceedings
Entire top ten and best-selling hardware secured. Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for the week ending 7th March, revealing that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury has returned to the top of the pile. Nintendo's mega Mario rerelease sold another 53,603 physical copies this week to get that top spot, knocking last week's debut number one, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, down into second place.
Global console market reached record high of $53.9bn in 2020
Global console market reached record high of $53.9bn in 2020
Console hardware, games and services grew 19% year-on-year
Nintendo Will Release Its 2020-21 Fiscal Year Earnings Results In May
Nintendo Will Release Its 2020-21 Fiscal Year Earnings Results In May
Updates on best-selling games and hardware sales. Nintendo has revealed that its financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2021 will be shared on 6th May, falling in line with the company's usual annual timeline of earnings report releases. Typically, these reports provide us with the latest official figures for both hardware and software sales for Nintendo Switch and select past consoles; an overview of the company's performance over the year including its digital and mobile business, and online subscription stats; as well as an updated forecast for the year ahead. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Rumour: Nvidia Is Stopping Production Of Switch's Most Important Hardware This Year
Rumour: Nvidia Is Stopping Production Of Switch's Most Important Hardware This Year
Tegra X1 Mariko coming to the end of its lifespan. Nvidia – the company which produces the Tegra X1 Mariko "system on a chip" that powers both the Switch and Switch Lite – is reportedly bringing production of the SoC to an end this year, fuelling more speculation that a Switch Pro is on the way. The news comes from Gamereactor, which has spoken to a source close to the matter.
Nintendo Switch Pro Will Have Hardware-Based DLSS Capabilities – Rumor
Nintendo Switch Pro Will Have Hardware-Based DLSS Capabilities – Rumor
More rumors about the Switch revision allegedly coming as early as this year.
HTC unveils two Vive trackers
HTC unveils two Vive trackers
The new Vive Tracker and facial tracker will both launch in the US this March
The cloud gaming firm behind Shadow have filed for bankruptcy
The cloud gaming firm behind Shadow have filed for bankruptcy
Blade are currently seeking new investment
Samsung 980 SSD review
Samsung 980 SSD review
Bringing the fight to WD's Blue SN550
Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti laptops might be on the horizon
Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti laptops might be on the horizon
Laptop specs from Acer and Asus have been spotted with RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti GPUs
Oculus Quest 2 is now the most popular VR headset around
Oculus Quest 2 is now the most popular VR headset around
And the Steam Hardware Survey says...
Razer now want to save a million trees with their Sneki Snek plush
Nvidia’s rumoured RTX 3080 Ti could also be programmed to deter cryptominers
Nvidia’s rumoured RTX 3080 Ti could also be programmed to deter cryptominers
Whilst Nvidia's stated that already-released RTX cards won't be nerfed to reduce hash rates in Ethereum mining, it looks as though the yet to be announced RTX 3080 Ti will follow in the anti-mining steps of its smaller RTX 3060 sibling, according to credible hardware leaker Kopite7kimi. According to the tweet, the RTX 3080 Ti will reportedly launch with drivers designed to deliberately reduce Ethereum mining efficiency, just like the RTX 3060, where hash rates are reduced by up to 50%.
MSI meets Neon Genesis Evangelion in this monitor concept
MSI meets Neon Genesis Evangelion in this monitor concept
Anime games are a dime a dozen, but it's a relatively new trend to see gaming hardware companies debut collections based on popular franchises.
Everything you need to know about AMD's RX 6700 XT GPU
Everything you need to know about AMD's RX 6700 XT GPU
Price, specs and release date confirmed
AMD are bringing Smart Access Memory to Ryzen 3000 CPUs
AMD are bringing Smart Access Memory to Ryzen 3000 CPUs
Get up to 16% more performance when paired with an RX 6000 GPU
Resident Evil Village is getting ray tracing support
Resident Evil Village is getting ray tracing support
But will it reflect the true 9ft 6in majesty of Lady Dimitrescu?
Loupedeck Live review — Upping your PC productivity
Loupedeck Live review — Upping your PC productivity
The Loupedeck Live is one impressive piece of hardware.
Watch AMD's new RX 6700 XT GPU reveal right here
Watch AMD's new RX 6700 XT GPU reveal right here
Set your watches for 11am ET / 4pm GMT
Returnal is Getting Everything it Can from the PS5’s Specs, Says Dev
Returnal is Getting Everything it Can from the PS5’s Specs, Says Dev
Returnal developer talks about how the roguelike shooter will leverage the PS5's hardware.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (2021) review
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (2021) review
An expensive, but gorgeous RTX 3080 desktop replacement laptop
Clean your keyboard
Clean your keyboard
Or trap it in amber so future generations can clone you from old skin
PC game audio and the sound of things to come
PC game audio and the sound of things to come
When people think of advancements in PC hardware, it’s usually in regards to faster CPUs and hard drives, as well as the graphics card arms race.
Gamers have a lot to thank Dr Mark Dean for, and the world's first 1GHz chip is only the start
Gamers have a lot to thank Dr Mark Dean for, and the world's first 1GHz chip is only the start
We talk with the man who helped build the foundations of modern gaming hardware.
We played Cyberpunk 2077 PC on an Xbox One CPU
We played Cyberpunk 2077 PC on an Xbox One CPU
Since the arrival of Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the dividing line between PC and console technology has become more of a blur - both last-gen and current-gen hardware from Microsoft and Sony are effectively integrated, customised PCs.
The next AMD RX 6000 GPU is being announced on March 3rd
Sony's VR commitment must be about software, not hardware | Opinion
Sony's VR commitment must be about software, not hardware | Opinion
Will Sony's interest in VR go far enough for the company to commit its most treasured IPs to the medium?
Nintendo to stop supporting 3DS and 3DS XL repairs in Japan
Nintendo to stop supporting 3DS and 3DS XL repairs in Japan
From March 31, Nintendo will no longer support repairs for the handhelds in Japan, as the parts needed are too difficult to source
Hardware Review: Despite The Delays And Drama, Polymega Is The Ultimate All-In-One Retro Machine
Hardware Review: Despite The Delays And Drama, Polymega Is The Ultimate All-In-One Retro Machine
Now updated with impressions of the final retail firmware. This review was originally published on August 11th 2020 and has been updated to factor in our impressions of the SNES, Mega Drive and TG-16 Element Modules, as well as their respective controllers.
Razer's new Kiyo Pro webcam has a whacking great HDR camera lens
Razer's new Kiyo Pro webcam has a whacking great HDR camera lens
This 1080p 60fps webcam can also do HDR video at 30fps
Nioh 2 and Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord get DLSS support
Nioh 2 and Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord get DLSS support
All RTX cards should now be able to do 4K 60fps on max settings
Sony planning new PS5 VR headset
Sony planning new PS5 VR headset
System will feature single-cord setup and new controller using DualSense technology, but won't be ready this year
Samsung Odyssey G9 review
Samsung Odyssey G9 review
Wide of the mark
Don’t Worry: There Are Enough Analogue Pockets For Everyone
Don’t Worry: There Are Enough Analogue Pockets For Everyone
Last August, many of us missed out on pre-ordering a Pocket, the beautiful all-in-one handheld console from Seattle-based hardware manufacturer Analogue.
RetroArch’s Open Hardware project aims to make using real cartridges on emulators easy
RetroArch’s Open Hardware project aims to make using real cartridges on emulators easy
Okay, let's be realistic here. You're probably not plugging your Super Mario 64 cartridge into your PC every time you load up Project64 or Mupen.
PS5 – DualSense Analog Sticks Have an Operating Life of Roughly 417 Hours, as Per New Analysis
PS5 – DualSense Analog Sticks Have an Operating Life of Roughly 417 Hours, as Per New Analysis
PS5's controller uses the same hardware for its analog sticks as the Switch, Xbox, and PS4.
PS5 DualSense teardown reveals potential causes of controller drift
PS5 DualSense teardown reveals potential causes of controller drift
A new PlayStation 5 DualSense teardown has revealed the potential causes of controller drift. The YouTube video, below, from iFixit looks inside the DualSense to find out what is causing the drift that some users have reported. According to iFixit, the DualSense as well as the DualShock 4, the Xbox One and Xbox One Elite controllers all use off the shelf joystick hardware "with a long history of predictable, preventable issues". Read more
Nvidia nerfs cryptocurrency mining capabilities on newest graphics card
Nvidia nerfs cryptocurrency mining capabilities on newest graphics card
Hardware manufacturer releases new line of mining GPUs to avoid repeated graphic card shortages
The Monster Hunter Rise-Themed Switch Is Up for Preorder
The Monster Hunter Rise-Themed Switch Is Up for Preorder
Deck out your entertainment stand with new special edition Nintendo Switch hardware that's themed after Monster Hunter Rise.
AMD’S RX 6700 XT could be arriving March 18
AMD’S RX 6700 XT could be arriving March 18
The first RX 6000 card with a sub-$500 price tag, the RX 6700 XT, could be with us in just a few weeks if a report from French hardware site Cowcotland, which cites insider sources giving a March 18 release, is to be believed.
Nvidia are nuking the RTX 3060's crypto-mining credentials
Nvidia are nuking the RTX 3060's crypto-mining credentials
They're limiting the GPU's hash rate, and launching a new mining-focused CMP series
Oculus Quest 2 is getting 120Hz support in a future update
Oculus Quest 2 is getting 120Hz support in a future update
Facebook have given it a literal 'thumbs up'
The nifty Nuraphone headphones now have a great gaming mic
The nifty Nuraphone headphones now have a great gaming mic
But it's missing one key ingredient for PC
PC gamers spent $4.5bn, equivalent to the defence budget of Denmark, on kit last year
PC gamers spent $4.5bn, equivalent to the defence budget of Denmark, on kit last year
As a whole, PC gamers in the US dropped $4.5bn on new hardware and accessories in 2020, 62% more than in 2019.
This MSI PC with an RX 5600 XT graphics card is just $899 right now
This MSI PC with an RX 5600 XT graphics card is just $899 right now
The hardware is a little old, but it's a good price.
A Switch Development Unit From April 2016 Has Just Surfaced Online
A Switch Development Unit From April 2016 Has Just Surfaced Online
Almost a year younger than the retail release. It's always fascinating to get a look at the early development stages of hardware and software.