After Microsoft Flight Simulator finally arrive on Xbox, console players are also waiting for the port of another great game consecrated on PC: age of empires 4. And, according to the tweet below, the game would be on the way, in a port being organized by the folks at Relic.
XIP_CAR_JANUARY_2022 (aka CARDINAL_JANUARY_2022) now available for internal testing in the Xbox Insider Hub
— Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) January 8, 2022
The account responsible for the tweet is always exploring Microsoft’s databases looking for privileged information about the company’s products, mainly Windows and Xbox.
In this case, the account states that “Cardinal” is the codename of age of empires 4, which is already being tested on Xbox consoles in the Insiders Hub.
There are several reasons to be skeptical of rumors, as always. The information may be wrong, “Cardinal” may not be a codename for Age, and even if everything is correct, internal testing doesn’t always necessarily result in a public release.
But there are reasons to believe too. The main one is that it would not be surprising – in fact it is even expected – a port of age of empires 4 for the Xbox Series X|S, and who knows even for the last generation as well. Or, if the game is only ported to the new one, people from the old one could still play through the cloud.
At the moment we are still in the speculation phase, and age of empires 4 was only released on PC. It can be played through Xbox Game Pass or purchased through Steam.
Aya Neo portable consoles introduced with Ryzen 6800U, OLED and Windows OS
Aya Neo has announced Aya Neo Air and Aya Neo 2 handheld game consoles. Aya NeoAir is the first Windows-based handheld console with an OLED screen, while Aya Neo 2 is powered by AMD Ryzen 6800U chipset.
Aya Neo Air is equipped with a modern vibration motor, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a USB-C port and a microSD card slot. It also has RGB lighting and speaker holes on both sides. The Aya Neo Air is very similar to the Nintendo Switch Lite but powerful enough to match the Steam Deck.
Aya Neo is equipped with a 6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution screen that covers 109% of the NTSC color space. Aya Neo Air is based on the Ryzen 5000 APU. The device weighs about 420 grams.
The Aya Neo Air is available for pre-order now in China, where the device is priced at $647.
The Aya Neo model has a 5.5-inch OLED screen and AMD Ryzen 6800U chipset, which is the first to be used in a handheld game console. There are no details about the device, but it is known that it will be released at the end of the year.
AYANEO2 game console graphics performance is twice that of Steam Deck
The AYANEO2 handheld game console from China has become the first device in its category based on AMD Rembrandt APUs (Ryzen 6000U series) with Zen3+ architecture CPU and RDNA2 GPU. More specifically, AYANEO2 is based on the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U APU.
Probably, at the moment AYANEO2 is the most powerful device in the segment, since the same AYANEO NEXT and ONEXPLAYER Mini are based on the Ryzen 7 5800U. As for the Steam Deck, it is architecturally similar to AYANEO2 in terms of the graphics subsystem, only the Radeon 680M, which is part of the Ryzen 7 6800U, has 50% more computing units and 600 MHz higher GPU frequency. Therefore, the performance is 3.38 TFLOPS versus 1.6 TFLOPS in favor of the Chinese news. This is about graphics, but in terms of CPU, AYANEO2 also has an advantage: 8 cores, 16 threads and a maximum frequency of 4.7 GHz versus 4 cores, 8 threads and a frequency of 3.5 GHz for Steam Deck.
The developers have already demonstrated AYANEO2 in popular games like Metro Exodus, Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3 and Elden Ring. From what they showed, the screen resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels.
Alas, the date of the full-fledged premiere of AYANEO2 has not yet been announced. But the appearance of the device on sale is promised by the end of the year.
The new PlayStation 5 model is ready for production: the console will receive a 6-nm processor from AMD
Sony Interactive Entertainment has registered a new PlayStation 5 model in Japan. The company received certification for a console with model number CFI-1200 with updated radio equipment. The original PS5 uses the CFI-1XXX model numbering scheme, while the 2021 version uses the CFI-11XX model numbering scheme.
The product has been certified by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, which guarantees that radio and wireless communications equipment meets certain technical standards.
In May last year, it was reported that Sony would begin production of the updated PS5 console in 2022. It will use a “new semi-customized” 6nm processor from AMD (the original processor was manufactured on a 7nm process). Taiwanese business website DigiTimes said that suppliers, including semiconductor factory TSMC, planned to begin production of the updated PS5 console between the second and third quarters of this year.
Last year’s redesigned PS5 was purely component-focused and didn’t see any significant external changes. It is quite possible that this will happen again with the CFI-1200 model.
Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki said last year that the company is looking at various solutions to help it deal with the global shortage of hardware components, including potential redesign or finding secondary suppliers.
Sony announced on Tuesday that it shipped 11.5 million PS5 consoles during the fiscal year ending March 2022, missing its original goal of 14.8 million by more than three million units, due to a shortage of parts.
However, the company has said it expects to sell significantly more PS5 consoles (18 million units) during the current fiscal year ending March 2023.
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