AMD is gearing up to introduce Smart Access Storage technology. It will debut on the Corsair Voyager gaming laptop, which will be the manufacturer’s first mobile PC.
Nothing has been announced about the technology yet, but there is an assumption that this is an implementation of the Microsoft DirectStorage API. Recall that this is an API that allows the video card to load data directly from the SSD, bypassing the processor, which should allow a significant increase in performance on modern PCs with fast drives. The technology was originally created for the Xbox Series, but Microsoft recently announced that PC games can also support it. Probably AMD will just give this technology its name and finally bring it to market.
As for the laptop, most likely it is based on the Ryzen 9 6900HX and has a Radeon RX 6800M graphics card.
Sales of Xbox and Microsoft games sank. The company reported for the next financial quarter
Microsoft has published a report on the results of the second quarter of fiscal year 2023.
The company’s revenue rose 2% to $52.7 billion, while net income fell 12% to $16.4 billion.
This is far from Microsoft’s best quarter. These results are due to several reasons. First, there is a decline in revenue from manufacturers of laptops with Windows and PC sales in the market as a whole. Secondly, sales of Microsoft devices sank by a considerable 39%.
Also not the best way to feel in the last quarter and the gaming division of the company. In general, the Xbox division was marked by a decrease in revenue. Game sales fell by 13%, hardware sales fell by the same amount, that is, primarily consoles, and revenue from services and services decreased by 12%.
At the same time, Microsoft notes the further growth of the Game Pass service, but, as always, does not name the number of users and revenue.
TikTok was connected to the game browser Opera GX
Opera Software has announced a fresh update for the branded game browser Opera GX. The popular short video service TikTok has been integrated into the sidebar of the browser.
As planned by the developers, this will simplify the search for content. The company explained:
We know that the majority of TikTok users watch gaming content every day, so now you can enjoy content from all your favorite creators and communities right on the big screen.
Opera GX gives you direct access to TikTok: you can discover new creators, create and share your own memes, and more.
New Opera GX users will have immediate access to TikTok in the sidebar. Existing Opera GX users will have to activate the feature in the sidebar settings under Messengers.
Is Intel preparing a new Arc graphics card for budget gamers? Model with 16 Xe cores lit up on the Web
Intel may release another Arc graphics card in the near future.
The unnamed model showed up in CompuBench. It is known that this model has 256 computing units, that is, 16 Xe cores. We have not seen such a configuration among desktop adapters before. Recall that the Arc A580 model, which we were told about back in the summer and which has not yet been released, has 24 Xe cores.
At the same time, Intel has a mobile Arc A550M with 16 Xe cores, which means that the company may be preparing a desktop version of this model. Benchmark says that the unnamed model is 42% slower than the top-end Arc A770. If the difference is about the same in games, then this is about the level between the GTX 1650 Super and the GTX 1660 Super.
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