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For the Xbox to sell better than the PlayStation. Microsoft paid for priority access to chips

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Since last fall, gamers around the world have noticed that the Xbox Series X has become much easier to buy in online stores than the PlayStation 5, and even easier than the cheaper Xbox Series S.

For the Xbox to sell better than the PlayStation.  Microsoft paid for priority access to chips

At the time, it was said that this was due to less interest in the older Xbox console. But the new data tells a different story.

According to insider Nick Baker, an agreement was struck last year giving Microsoft priority access to critical and scarce components, including console APUs. As a result, Microsoft has been able to produce more Xbox Series consoles, which was especially noticeable last fall.

Sometime last April, I got a message that Microsoft would have a lot of consoles this fall. And in the end they did it, didn’t they?

Microsoft paid for chip priority in the factories, so we’ve seen a lot more Xbox offerings and are seeing a lot more now… it’s a smart investment for me

Unfortunately, the details of the deal are not available, so it is not clear how much it helped Microsoft increase sales. As for the source, Nick Baker often specializes in leaks related to Microsoft and Sony. For example, he is often the first to name games that will get into the Xbox Game Pass or will be given away in PS Plus.

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GeForce RTX 4090 – the people’s flagship? The video card has already entered the top 70 most popular video cards among Steam users

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GeForce RTX 4090 the peoples flagship The video card

In the statistics of the most popular video cards of the Steam service for January of this year, the GeForce RTX 4090 was first noted – and it immediately took 69th place. It would seem that this is not the most significant result, but everything is known in comparison: the GeForce RTX 4090 immediately outperformed the Radeon RX 6900 XT, although it has been on sale for only a few months, unlike the ex-flagship AMD.

GeForce RTX 4090 - the people's flagship?  The video card has already entered the top 70 most popular video cards among Steam users

The situation is even more revealing if we take into account that there is no GeForce RTX 4080 in the ranking. Perhaps the rumors that the GeForce RTX 4080 is nowhere near as popular as its “big sister” are not rumors at all. There is no GeForce RTX 4070 Ti in the rating yet, but this card is very actively sold at least in Europe, so its appearance in the statistics is only a matter of time.

And the Steam statistics are headed by old acquaintances – the GeForce GTX 1650, GeForce GTX 1060 and the mobile GeForce RTX 3060. Moreover, the first one even gained a little audience since December last year.

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The smallest PC based on AMD R7 6800U is presented. Ayaneo Air Plus looks like Nintendo Switch OLED

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The smallest PC based on AMD R7 6800U is presented

Ayaneo has announced a new Air Plus laptop based on AMD R7 6800U, equipped with a 6-inch 1080p screen. The device is very similar to the Nintendo Switch OLED handheld console.

The smallest PC based on AMD R7 6800U is presented.  Ayaneo Air Plus looks like Nintendo Switch OLED

The 6-inch Ayaneo Air Plus is almost the same size as the 7-inch Switch OLED. Ayaneo Air Plus is currently the smallest AMD R7 6800U-based portable device with a 6-inch screen, according to the official statement from the developers.

The device is equipped with a fingerprint sensor and has a 46.2 mAh battery, as well as a USB4 connector. The power consumption of the device reaches 28 watts. An external video card is also supported. In addition, this laptop will also be available with Intel i3-1215U and AMD 7020 series (Mendocino) processors.

The smallest PC based on AMD R7 6800U is presented.  Ayaneo Air Plus looks like Nintendo Switch OLED

The Ayaneo Air Plus laptop is expected to be available for sale soon.

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Sales of Xbox and Microsoft games sank. The company reported for the next financial quarter

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Sales of Xbox and Microsoft games sank The company reported

Microsoft has published a report on the results of the second quarter of fiscal year 2023.

Sales of Xbox and Microsoft games sank.  The company reported for the next financial quarter

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.

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