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Steam has set a record for the number of players online – over 25 million

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Portal PCGamesN, referring to the specialized resource SteamDB, writes that today the digital distribution service Steam has set a historic record for the number of simultaneous players. Over 25 million gamers were online at once. The peak value is 25,415,080 people.

Steam has set a record for the number of players online - over 25 million

The most popular game was Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It simultaneously contained more than a million virtual fighters. The top 5 online games are as follows:

  • Team shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 1,079,804 gamers;
  • Multiplayer Dota 2 – 694,687 players;
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battleground Battle Royale – 426,721 at its peak
  • Role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 – 225,555 simultaneously playing;
  • Action adventure game in the open world of Grand Theft Auto V – 185,083 players.

Curiously, there are three multi-user projects and two single-user projects in the top 5.

A source: PCGamesN

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Americans set an absolute record for spending on Black Friday. They bought smartphones, consoles, drones and games

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Americans set an absolute record for spending on Black Friday

US consumers spent a record $9.12 billion online during Black Friday this year, according to Adobe, which tracks sales on retailer websites.

Total online sales the day after Thanksgiving rose 2.3% year-on-year, with electronics the biggest contributor, with online sales up 221% over the past year. Another popular category among buyers were games, which saw a 285% increase in sales, and exercise equipment, which saw a 218% increase in sales.

Buy Now, Pay Later payments are up 78% from last week and revenue from the program is up. Some of this year’s hottest merchandise included gaming consoles, drones, Apple MacBooks, Dyson products, and games like Fortnite, Roblox, Bluey, Funko Pop! and Disney Encanto.

Americans set an absolute record for spending on Black Friday.  They bought smartphones, consoles, drones and games

Black Friday shoppers also broke the record for mobile device orders, with 48% of online sales coming from smartphones, up from 44% last year.

The record spending followed a successful Thanksgiving shopping day, when consumers forked online for a record high of $5.29 billion, up 2.9% from last year.

Even though Black Friday is over, e-commerce activity will remain strong over the weekend, according to an Adobe report. $11.2 billion is expected to be spent this year on Cyber ​​Monday, up 5.1% from last year.

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Similar to Nintendo Switch, but on Windows: OneXPlayer 2 portable console with detachable gamepads will be released in 2023

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Similar to Nintendo Switch but on Windows OneXPlayer 2 portable

The OneXPlayer 2 line of handheld gaming PCs will launch next year with a Nintendo Switch-inspired design. This version will not only have powerful hardware, but also detachable gamepads, which will allow you to use the novelty as a compact tablet or laptop if necessary.

Similar to Nintendo Switch but on Windows OneXPlayer 2 portable

The Indiegogo fundraising campaign starts on December 20th. Initially, they wanted to start it already on November 25, but then the dates were shifted. The first copies of the consoles will be sent to customers in March or April 2023.

As for the features of the novelty, the OneXPlayer 2 will receive an 8.4-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor or some Raptor Lake generation Intel Core i7. Also, rumors attribute to the novelty from 16 GB to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of permanent memory, but this has not yet been officially confirmed.

The main feature will be removable controllers and support for the stylus on the screen – 4096 pressure levels are promised. The price has not yet been announced, but it can be assumed that the cost will be at least $ 1,000.

And on October 30, the OnexPlayer Mini Pro console launched with a Ryzen 7 6800U and Radeon 680M starting at $1,199.

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Nvidia has released a fresh driver for graphics cards that were released 10 years ago. But in games performance will not improve

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Nvidia has released a fresh driver for older GeForce 600 and GeForce 700 video cards. Support for these adapters has long been discontinued, so the new driver is only intended to fix important vulnerabilities.

Nvidia has released a fresh driver for graphics cards that were released 10 years ago.  But in games performance will not improve

More specifically, we are talking about two vulnerabilities CVE-2022-3602 and CVE-2022-3786 that affected mail servers and open source VPN protocols such as OpenVPN.

Unfortunately, the latest driver will not improve the performance of older video cards, as support was discontinued over a year ago.

However, some adapters of those times are still quite good for modern games, given their age. For example, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is capable of about 70-80 fps in Full HD in GTA V at maximum graphics quality settings, and even provides about 60 fps in The Witcher 3 at high settings.

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