The highly unusual handheld console Panic Playdate is finally ready to hit the market. The developers said that pre-order will be available in July.
Recall that the console was shown back in 2019, promising to release it in 2020, but the pandemic has adjusted plans. Moreover, during this time, the price has also increased: from $ 150 to $ 180.
But the developers of Panic did not waste time, so for that very $ 30 increase, buyers will get something. Firstly, there will be not 12, but 24 games for the console in the first season. Nothing is known about the next seasons. Secondly, the console will get 4 GB of memory instead of 2 GB.
In addition, at yesterday’s event, not only new games were shown, but also the Playdate Stereo Dock accessory. This is a charging dock that doubles as a speaker. The price has not yet been announced. But the Playdate Cove case shown was priced at $ 30.
In addition, the creators of the console showed Pulp, a toolkit for creating games for the console that runs in a browser.
Also, we finally revealed the characteristics of the console. It is based on a Cortex-M7 processor with a frequency of 180 MHz, there is 16 MB of RAM, a Wi-Fi 4 adapter, Bluetooth, the display is characterized by a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels, and the autonomy is up to 8 hours or 14 days in standby mode. Dimensions are 76 x 74 x 9 mm.
Windows 11 latest update brings tons of fixes, fixes annoying crashes with games, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Microsoft has released a fresh update to Windows 11, which brings a large list of fixes for problems that users of the OS have complained about.
As noted on the network, crashes with games were especially annoying. Microsoft explains that games have stopped working when using certain technology to play sound effects. In addition, crashes when reconnecting Bluetooth devices and when using the Wi-Fi hotspot function, among many others, should be fixed.
For corporate users, the Windows 11 update brings the Search Highlights feature, which suggests content based on what day it is. For example, important events and holidays, and corporate users – important contacts and recent files. The new interface appears when the user clicks on the search box on the taskbar and doesn’t type anything.
An optional update for Windows 11, number KB5014668, is available through Windows Update (Windows Update), as well as for manual installation. It is not automatically installed unless the user clicks the “Check for Updates” button.
No Man’s Sky release on Nintendo Switch pushed back to October
No Man’s Sky will be released on the Nintendo Switch handheld console on October 7th. It was originally planned that the game will be released in the summer, but now it has been postponed to the fall. The project will be released in a physical and digital edition, at the release the game will receive all 20 updates that have been released for it since 2016.
According to the game’s head of development Sean Murray, porting the project to the Nintendo Switch was “an almost impossible task”, since the game heavily uses procedural generation of the universe. Because of this, the console had to process a lot of data.
Simultaneously with the release on Switch, the game will be released on discs for PS5, which will also contain all the expansions available today.
Earlier it was reported that the game will appear on the iPad and Mac this year. however, it will only work on models with M1 or M2 chips.
Targeting the budget segment? Intel showed the power of mobile video cards A770M and A730M in games
Intel continues to declassify data about its new graphics cards. This time the company has released official gaming performance figures for the A770M and A730M mobile graphics cards.
Both models are based on the Alchemist ACM-G10 GPU and can compete with Nvidia’s budget models. The company positions the A770M as a competitor to the mobile RTX 3060, while the A730M will compete with the mobile RTX 3050 Ti. Note that the list does not include the RTX 3070 and more powerful solutions, so it seems that the “blue” video cards are aimed at the lower price range.
Here are the configurations Intel tested:
- Intel Arc A730M (TGP 80 – 120W): Core i7-12700H, 16GB DDR5-4800;
- Intel Arc A770M (TGP 120 to 150W): Core i9-12900HK, 16GB DDR5-48004
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (TGP 60W) (ROG Zephyrus M16): Core i7-11800H, 16GB DDR4-3200;
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (TGP 85W) (MSI Pulse GL66): Core i9-12900HK, DDR5-4800.
And this is what the game tests look like:
A total of 17 games were tested at 1920 x 1080, with the A730M averaging 13% faster than the RTX 3050 Ti and the A770M running 12% better than the RTX 3060.
Note that until now, A730M laptops were presented only in China, and models with A770M are not yet available to anyone.
And earlier, official specifications and tests of the Intel Arc A380 desktop graphics card were published.
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