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Neil Soutter
on 03 May 2019 at 16:36

UPDATE: Valve's Index VR headset officially sold out within half an hour of going on sale. Pre-orders for the premium quality virtual reality device went live on Steam, and it seems the $1000 price tag attached to the complete package wasn't enough to put early adopters off.

The Valve Index is now no longer available for shipping in June; reservations for the Index VR kit are now listed as shipping by September 30th, while the headset and controllers bundle will be available by August 31st.

Stuart Thomas
on 03 May 2019 at 15:32

Intel has confirmed its upcoming Xe GPU architecture will support hardware accelerated real-time ray-tracing. At the moment, Intel has only confirmed ray tracing will be supported in the initial wave of Xe GPUs designed for data centre usage, although this is a heavy indicator that the first consumer Intel graphics cards will support ray tracing technology when they launch next year.

“The Intel Xe architecture roadmap for data center optimized rendering includes ray tracing hardware acceleration support for the Intel Rendering Framework family of API’s and libraries,” confirmed Intel in a blog post.

Jon Sutton
on 03 May 2019 at 11:05

Bethesda has revealed the PC system requirements for Rage 2. The upcoming post-apocalyptic open-world shooter launches on PC on May 14th, developed through the twin talents of Avalanche Studios and id Software. Rage 2 combines the open-world chaos of Just Cause with the fast-paced FPS action of Doom. Here are the system specs you'll need to run Rage 2.

Despite the involvement of Id Software, Rage 2 is actually being developed in Avalanche's Apex Engine rather than id Tech 6. It's the same engine as the one used for Just Cause 4 and so is evidently well suited to an open-world adventure. It's a relatively unproven engine in the world of first-person shooters, but id's involvement should steer on the right track.

Neil Soutter
on 02 May 2019 at 12:40

UPDATE: And just like that, it appears Slightly Mad Studios' slightly mad plan for a new high-end console could be dead in the water.

The Project Cars developer announced plans for a top-spec 'Mad Box' games console earlier this year, promising 4K/120fps that always sounded like a pie-in-the-sky proposition.

Neil Soutter
on 01 May 2019 at 15:36

UPDATE: AMD has confirmed during a recent earnings call that the next-gen Navi GPU will be launching in Q3 2019. It'll be AMD's second chip to utilise the 7nm process (after the Radeon VII), although should be much more power efficient and, crucially, cheaper. 

Previous rumours pointed toward a July 7th launch for Navi. That still falls within the Q3 bracket although separate reports are now also proffering Gamescom in August as a potential launch window.

Jon Sutton
on 30 April 2019 at 14:05

Intel CEO Robert Swan has been forced to break the news to investors that shortages of Intel CPUs will continue through until at least Q3 2019.

Team Blue has long been beset with supply issues for its 14nm chips, even more so for 10nm production which, according to leaked roadmaps, may not be ready for commercial release until 2022.

Neil Soutter
on 29 April 2019 at 15:39

Right on cue, AMD has launched the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Radeon VII ‘Gold Editions’ to commemorate the tech giant’s 50th anniversary.

Confusingly, the Radeon VII Gold Edition isn’t gold at all, but rather a shade of AMD red. Aside from the colour change, the Radeon VII 50th Anniversary Edition is exactly the same as the bog-standard Radeon VII silver version and will retail for $699.

Jon Sutton
on 29 April 2019 at 14:21

Nvidia was rather clandestine with last week’s GeForce GTX 1650 launch, choosing to withhold third-party benchmarks and performance reviews until after the budget graphics cards hit store shelves.

Suffice to say, buying a graphics card before you know what it’s even capable of probably goes down as foolish endeavor, but you know what they say about a fool and his money. Nevertheless, the GeForce GTX 1650 is now out in the wild, which means we also have the game performance benchmarks for Nvidia’s latest yet not-quite-greatest.

Jon Sutton
on 26 April 2019 at 16:33

Market analysts Jon Peddie Research have waded in with a bit of an odd report on PC gaming. JPR forecasts that some 20 million PC gamers will switch to ‘TV gaming platforms’ over the next three years, in line with a "decline of the PC gaming platform globally."

The full Worldwide PC Gaming Hardware Market Report costs an eye-watering $27,500, which is a little outside my pay grade, but JPR has handily provided a nice little summary of what’s included. Phew, that’s saved me my downpayment on my mortgage.

Jon Sutton
on 26 April 2019 at 11:20

Sony has been hosting its latest financial results briefing for investors, teasing out some of its plans for the next fiscal year. Crucially, the PlayStation 5 console, which was talked about by lead architect Mark Cerny earlier this month, won’t launch within the next 11 months. Sony has confirmed there’ll be no next-gen PlayStation launch this fiscal year.

That means the PS5 is set to launch during the period from May to December 2020. Sony’s release schedules for consoles have been a bit all over the place, with the PS4 being the first Sony console to enjoy a truly global launch. Past performance indicates that Sony prefers a Q4 launch though, so Holiday 2020 looks to be the natural target for the PlayStation 5. Sony could well buck the trend though and release the PS5 as early as May 2020.