It is perhaps the most coveted console of this beginning of the year 2022, apart from next-gen concerns: the launch Steam Deck, Valve’s first portable console, was announced for next February after an unexpected delay—due to shortages of electronic components. But if the latter does not seem ready to stop, the Steam Deck would be on track to meet its launch date…
The Decks are coming
May the lucky ones be reassured: the first wave of Steam Decks seems well launched to be shipped by the end of February as planned. “First of all, Steam Decks deliveries will start right on schedule” can we read on the press release from the manufacturer on its official website. “Despite the global pandemic and supply and routing issues, it looks like we’ll be able to start shipping as early as the end of February.“.
In recent weeks, several videos have circulated on the web showing the Steam Deck in the hands of individuals. These are not timely leaks: Valve confirms that it has already sent development kits to studios wishing to confirm the compatibility of their titles on the nomadic bike. “Hundreds“Would already have shipped within the last month, while”that a new wave of kits” would be about to be shipped.
Valve has thus already set up a whole label system to identify which games will be supported by the Steam Deck according to a graduation system? Games marked with the “Compatible” button will play “perfectly” on the small console, while games marked as “Playable” will require some manual adjustments. Finally, some games will simply be “Unsupported” and therefore incompatible with the Steam Deck. Several titles from Valve’s catalog have already been patched to be compatible with the console, such as Half Life 2, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Americans set an absolute record for spending on Black Friday. They bought smartphones, consoles, drones and games
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.
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.
Similar to Nintendo Switch, but on Windows: OneXPlayer 2 portable console with detachable gamepads will be released in 2023
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.
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.
Nvidia has released a fresh driver for graphics cards that were released 10 years ago. But in games performance will not improve
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.
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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