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2:45 PM on 10.24.2013

AMD's shiny new Radeon R9 290X GPU launches for $549

I usually go with Nvidia when I buy graphics cards, but AMD's new flagship card, the Radeon R9 290X really has my attention. It's definitely a high-end card that can compete with Nvidia's Titan, but it comes at a much more af...

Joshua Derocher

11:45 AM on 10.24.2013

Killzone: Shadow Fall gifs showcase power and design

The Killzone series has always pushed graphical horsepower as one of its biggest selling points, and it's hard not to get excited at all the pretty lights and motion blur. As such, gorgeous gif images tend to crop up whenever...

Jim Sterling

12:45 PM on 10.21.2013

Nvidia announces GTX 780 Ti without giving any details

Last week Nvidia announced a new graphics card, the GTX 780 Ti. What it didn't do was say much about the GPU. All the company said was that this new card would be right below the Titan. Nvidia didn't talk about the card durin...

Joshua Derocher

3:45 PM on 10.10.2013

Steam Machines will feature AMD hardware next year

Valve has assured that the upcoming line of Steam Machines won't exclusively feature Nvidia GPUs. Considering that multiple hardware manufacturers are involved with the initiative, that seems fairly obvious, but the tech spec...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 10.08.2013

Valve talks GPUs for its Steam Machines prototype

There's a lot of work left to be done before Valve's vision of a future where gaming moves away from Windows and thrives on Linux is fully realized. For the time being, however, we do have those high-end Steam Machine prototy...

Jordan Devore



Valve details its high-end Steam Machine prototype photo
Valve details its high-end Steam Machine prototype
by Jordan Devore

Later this year, Valve will ship out 300 prototype Steam Machines for beta testers. If you thought you wanted in on this action, just wait until you see the official system specs. "The prototype machine is a high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts," says Valve. "It is also fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard if you really want to."

  • GPU: some units with Nvidia Titan, some GTX 780, some GTX 760, and some GTX 660
  • CPU: some boxes with Intel : i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB DDR5 (GPU)
  • Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
  • Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
  • Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

For reference, the current slim Xbox 360 4GB console's dimensions are 12.4 x 11.9 x 7.4.

As we know, multiple manufacturers will be introducing their own SteamOS-powered systems next year. "Some of those companies will be capable of meeting the demands of lots of Steam users very quickly, some will be more specialized and lower volume. The hardware specs of each of those machines will differ, in many cases substantially, from our prototype."

Steam Machines - Prototype Details [Steam]

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7:00 PM on 10.03.2013

You'll need a 64-bit OS to play Watch Dogs on PC

[Update: Watch Dogs graphics technical director Sebastien Viard has stated on Twitter that the system specs that went out on the Uplay site and made the rounds today are not correct. The real ones, which are supposed to be lo...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 10.01.2013

Nvidia VP says consoles can't be better than PC

Nvidia's senior vice president of content and technology, Tony Tamasi, had a chat with PC PowerPlay, and he thinks that consoles can't compete with PCs as much as they used to. "It's no longer possible for a console to be a b...

Joshua Derocher

10:00 PM on 09.30.2013

'You'll never see the same zombie twice' in Dead Rising 3

While each and every building and interior is said to be "hand made and hand crafted" in Dead Rising 3, a different approach was used to design the game's undead. According to Capcom producer Mike Jones, "It's all procedurall...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 09.27.2013

Watch Dogs is sticking to 30 FPS on Xbox One, PS4

Is it wrong to go into this next console generation with the expectation that games will achieve 60 frames per second? I hope not. But I still feel like I'm setting myself up for disappointment here. Take Watch Dogs, for inst...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 09.25.2013

Check out this PC benchmark tool from Unigine

Are you itching to test out your brand new PC, or do you want to see how your current one holds up? Feel free to use this new benchmark tool, which renders a 64 million square meter environment that can be explored. You can v...

Chris Carter

7:00 PM on 09.09.2013

Ignorance was bliss: Official Battlefield 4 system specs

After seeing the skyscraper destruction in the Battlefield 4 E3 demonstration, my first thought was a standard "Wow, that's impressive!" The folks at DICE know their stuff from a technical standpoint. Then it hit me. I'm goin...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 08.22.2013

Yep, it's pretty: New CryEngine demonstrated

Here's a tech demonstration out of gamescom for the latest iteration of CryEngine, which supports current-gen, PS4, Wii U, PC, and Xbox One, with further platforms to come. Calling it simply "CryEngine" is not an oversight o...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 08.16.2013

The evolution of PlayStation's graphics over the years

The PlayStation Access channel has been doing a great job of building up hype for the upcoming launch of the PlayStation 4. Their latest video is no different, as it takes a bunch of games from across PlayStation's history a...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:30 PM on 08.02.2013

Microsoft increases Xbox One GPU clock speed

In the new episode of the Major Nelson podcast, chief product officer Marc Whitten brings word of a higher GPU clock speed for the Xbox One. Since E3, the team has increased the speed from 800 MHz to 853 MHz, which sounds lik...

Jordan Devore



PS4 and Xbox One specs compared using equivalent PCs photo
PS4 and Xbox One specs compared using equivalent PCs
by Tony Ponce

On paper, Sony's PlayStation 4 has 50% more rendering power than Microsoft's Xbox One. How will that translate to real-world performance? How will multiplatform games be affected? The people must know, and they must know now!

Ever the instigator, Digital Foundry has decided to temporarily sate gamers' technolust by creating a set of completely hypothetical spec comparisons. Using PCs with equivalent guts to the two upcoming consoles, DF ran a few games, such as Tomb Raider and Crysis 3, to see how well the machines could maintain a high frame rate. Some numbers are tossed around, big words are used, and an early hypothesis is drawn.

My opinion? It looks like we'll have another PS3 / Xbox 360 situation on our hands -- the PlayStation performance boost is not as drastic and some have made it out to be. I predict multiplatform games will be more or less identical, but that won't stop certain gamers from splitting hairs and claiming unequivocal superiority. I'll never understand those people.

Check the Eurogamer link below for two more video comparisons.

In Theory: Can Xbox One multi-platform games compete with PlayStation 4? [Eurogamer]

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