It’s a little hard to believe that more than a year has passed since the launch of the new generation of consoles. Without revealing the figures internally, Phil spencer—Director of the Xbox Gaming Division — spoke about industry news in an interview for the podcast Sway from the New York Times. Among other things, we learn that the generation Xbox Series X | S is the generation of consoles is already the strongest in the history of the brand.
Xbox is breaking out
Phil Spencer thus assures that the sales of the consoles of this new generation have sold more quickly than the preceding ones over a similar period — a performance thus superior to those of Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. “To date, we have come more from Xbox of this generation, which are the Xbox Series X | S, than we have sold from previous console versions.”Says the director of the gaming branch of Microsoft.
Stock problems would thus be caused not only by production chain problems, but also not particularly strong demand. “It is not because the offer has never been so low. On the contrary, the offer has never been so high. It is simply because the demand exceeds all of our expectations.“
We should not wait for concrete figures for sales of Xbox Series X | S around the world: Spencer is content to describe trends vis-à-vis the sales of consoles of previous generations. This culture of secrecy is not new — when the Xbox One launch began, Microsoft made the decision not to release sales figures to the public; a decision undoubtedly motivated by the much higher sales of the PlayStation 4 at the time. By comparison, the Xbox One had sold nearly 10 million units a year after its launch.
The choice to release two different console models — while keeping similar functionalities in their hearts — seems to have paid off for the Richmond firm. Placed at a sliding scale of € 299, the Xbox Series S is positioned as the cheapest entry-level platform for the new generation on the market. It is thus considerably cheaper than the Xbox Series X, priced at € 499, but also less than the disc drive-less version of the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, placed at € 399.
GPD Win 4 Slider Handheld Game Console with Ryzen 7 6800U Starting at $800 Coming Mid-December
The Chinese company GPD at the beginning of the year introduced a portable game console for Windows – the GPD Win 4 model. The novelty is made in a rare slider form factor and is equipped with a full keyboard, as well as a productive hardware platform. And it will reportedly go on sale in mid-December.
GPD Win 4 is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, Radeon 680M graphics, a 6-inch Full HD display and a large amount of memory, both RAM and permanent. Prices start at $800.
The options look like this:
- 16 GB RAM / 512 GB SSD for $799;
- 16 GB RAM / 1 TB SSD for $899;
- 32 GB RAM / 1 TB SSD for $999;
- 32 GB RAM / 2 TB SSD for $1199.
All options use LPDDR5-6400 RAM soldered on the motherboard, and the drives support the PCIe 4.0 NVMe standard. They can be replaced. Among the ports, we note USB4 with support for data transfer rates of 40 Gb / s and the connection of an external video card. There are also USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and Type-A.
Among other features, we note a 6-axis, improved vibration motor, analog sticks and additional buttons on the back. LED backlighting and a full keyboard are also announced. It is also illuminated, the brightness can be adjusted.
The 6-inch display is characterized by a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with support for a refresh rate of 60 Hz. There are also Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 adapters, a fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a microSD card reader.
You can optionally add a 4G LTE cellular modem and a Win 4 docking station with HDMI 2.1, Ethernet, and USB 3.2 ports. Prices for these options are not listed.
Nvidia graphics card with 48 GB of memory, which is more powerful than the RTX 4090, but not for games. RTX A6000 Ada unveiled
Nvidia has quietly expanded its portfolio with next-generation RTX A professional graphics cards. Recall that these are the cards that were previously called Quadro, but the company abandoned this brand.
Interestingly, the new generation is called RTX A6000, like the old one on the Ampere GPU, so you need to be careful when buying. The older model RTX A6000 (perhaps they will be called RTX A6000 Ada) is based on the AD102 GPU with 18,176 active CUDA cores, that is, even more active blocks than the RTX 4090. In addition, the accelerator has 48 GB of memory and a 384-bit bus . The GPU runs at 2.5 GHz and the memory runs at 20 GHz.
The novelty has already lit up on various sites at a price of 7378 to 8210 dollars.
Pimax Portal unveiled, the first entertainment system for the Metaverse is a hybrid of a game console, tablet and VR helmet
Pimax Technology started making consumer VR headsets in 2015. But now they have launched a campaign to raise money for a new project – Pimax Portal. It is claimed to be the first entertainment system for the Metaverse.
Portal is a powerful all-in-one Android gaming device that combines the capabilities of a game console, VR headset and tablet.
The console uses a 144-Hz QLED panel with a diagonal of 6 inches and a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The display will be touch sensitive. If necessary, you can buy another one – on a MiniLED matrix with a diagonal of 8.8 inches and a frequency of 120 Hz. He will get permission
Powered by Qualcomm XR2 Snapdragon SoC, Mini Station Dock features AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M integrated graphics, 32GB RAM, 1TB storage, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1, WiGig, and 56Wh battery . It is equipped with HDMI, Ethernet and USB Type-A and Type-C ports, and also doubles as a charging dock and storage space for up to 4 game controllers.
There will be a second docking station – Pimax Portal Dock. It will allow you to connect Portal Max to your TV for playing on a large screen and will be able to support up to 6 wireless controllers for multiplayer games.
The console will receive a total of 32 buttons, and outwardly it will be similar to the Nintendo Switch. And the Pimax Portal will also remove the controllers, although they will be fixed with magnets, and not in the way it is done on the Switch.
In VR mode, the tablet will be inserted into the helmet, and the field of view (FOV) offers two configurations – with a 100° or 60° field of view. This is provided by interchangeable lenses. A 10,000 mAh battery is responsible for power.
Other features include cameras and sensors for eye, face and mouth tracking, as well as hand tracking when working with wireless controllers.
- As for prices, they are as follows:
- Pimax Portal with 8 GB + 128 GB – $299.
- Pimax Portal with 8 GB + 256 GB – $399.
- Pimax Portal QLED with 8 GB + 256 GB QLED + MiniLED – $549.
- Pimax Portal View with 8 GB + 128 GB VR controller and VR helmet – $449.
- Pimax Portal View with 8 GB + 256 GB VR controller and VR helmet – $499.
- Pimax Portal QLED View with 8GB + 256GB QLED + MiniLED VR Controller and VR headset – $599.
It was previously reported that the PlayStation VR2 headset for PS5 will cost $549.99.
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