Valve has announced that it has solved many problems in the supply chain, so it will be able to bring more Steam Deck consoles to the market.
Hello! We are pleased to announce that we will be able to meet the demand for everyone in the booking queue faster than expected. Many of the supply chain issues are slowly fading away and we continue to ramp up production so we’re making Steam Deck faster than ever. We’ve updated the booking windows so that all queued users will receive their Steam Deck payment emails this year – many of those who were waiting for their device in Q4 or later are now in the “Q3 (July-September)” window, and everyone else is in the window “4th quarter (October – December)”. Now new bookings also fall into the quarter 4 window, but when full, the queue will move to the next quarter. We’re excited to be able to get you a Steam Deck faster than we thought. We are very pleased to see your positive feedback, opinions and everything that you are already doing with your Steam Deck. We are looking forward to a new portion of impressions in the coming months.
Thus, even those who only now place an order for the console will have the opportunity to get it this year. Given the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays, for many, Steam Deck may be the best gift.
In addition, the normalization of supplies will lead to lower prices both from resellers and on the secondary market.
Intel introduced Arc Pro A40 and Arc Pro A50 graphics cards. But these are not the models that ordinary users and gamers are waiting for.
Everyone is waiting for real gaming graphics cards of the Arc line from Intel, but the company is in no hurry. But today, the range of Intel video cards has been replenished with two discrete models at once – Arc Pro A40 and Arc Pro A50. As the name suggests, they are designed for professional use. However, the characteristics are modest, so this most professional application will be limited.
Both models have 6GB of GDDR6 memory, support real-time ray tracing and AV1 hardware encoding, and feature four Mini DP 1.4 ports. Arc Pro A40 has a peak consumption of 50 W, this card is a single-slot version, Arc Pro A50 is a dual-slot version, and its peak consumption is 75 W. Performance in the first case is 3.5 TFLOPS with single precision, in the second – 4.8 TFLOPS. For comparison, the performance of the old Radeon HD 6970 (it came out at the end of 2010) is 2.7 TFLOPS.
Together with discrete solutions, the Intel Arc Pro A30M mobile GPU is also presented – it is in many ways similar to the Arc Pro A40, only there is less memory (only 4 GB GDDR) and the power consumption level is adjustable – from 35 to 50 watts. The new Intel GPUs will appear in off-the-shelf products later this year.
The Nintendo Switch Lite has a cheap competitor. Retroid Pocket 3 Handheld Game Console Launched With 4.7″ Screen, Quad-Core Processor And Android 11
Retroid has unveiled the Pocket 3 handheld game console with a design similar to that of the Nintendo Switch Lite. The novelty is inexpensive ($120 for the version with 2 GB of RAM and $130 for the version with 3 GB of RAM), but the performance is far from impressive.
So, the configuration of the Retroid Pocket 3 includes a screen with a diagonal of 4.7 inches and a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels (frame rate – standard 60 Hz). The hardware platform is based on the SoC Unisoc Tiger T310 with one Arm Cortex-A75 core at 2.0 GHz and three Arm Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8 GHz. The GPU is PowerVR GE8300.
The console runs Android 11. It is endowed with an HDMI video output (the maximum resolution of the broadcast picture is 720p), a 4000 mAh battery, a standard headphone jack, and a pair of speakers. Sales of new items will start on August 20, while pre-orders are being accepted.
Brewpub Simulator is Coming to Steam
Steam has announced a pub simulator Brewpub Simulator. The game should be released in 2023, but the description, screenshots and system requirements have already been published.
According to legend, the player will have to breathe new life into the old pub, inherited from his grandfather. He opened his small business in the 60s and his craft beer quickly became popular with the locals and the business flourished. And then big companies entered the market, and the pub fell into disrepair. This is where the game begins – the user will have to return the family business to its former glory.
As noted, the user will be able to decorate the pub in accordance with their vision, they will also be able to create their own beer recipes and optimize the brewing process.
As for the system requirements for the simulator, they are very modest: you need a Core i5-2500 processor or more powerful, 3 GB of RAM and a 3D card like a GeForce GTX 780 GTX or Radeon Radeon R7 260X.
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