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The rise of the RTX 3060 and the unexpected surge of interest in the RTX 2060. Updated Steam statistics

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October is over, which means the Steam stats have been updated. And there are quite interesting changes.

The rise of the RTX 3060 and the unexpected surge of interest in the RTX 2060. Updated Steam statistics

If we are talking about video cards as the most interesting item of statistics, then the leaders are still the same. If you look at the statistics, as it is presented by Valve, then the GeForce GTX 1060 remains the leader, which significantly increased its position, up to 7.62%. However, we recall that before the release of the RTX 30 line, Steam statistics did not have a division into mobile and desktop cards. Thus, a few months ago, the GeForce RTX 3060 became the real leader. By the end of October, the total share of the desktop and mobile versions of this card is 8.86%.

The rise of the RTX 3060 and the unexpected surge of interest in the RTX 2060. Updated Steam statistics

By the way, it is worth noting that the past month was notable for significant jumps in the shares of a number of cards. For example, the share of the RTX 2060 jumped almost 1 percentage point, putting the card in second place (third, if you count correctly). The share of the desktop RTX 3060 grew by almost 2 p.p., while the GTX 1650 lost 0.71 p.p.

Intel Arc video cards are not yet in the statistics, as is the RTX 4090. This means that they occupy less than 0.15% each, which is logical, given that they came out very recently.

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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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