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Are Valve and Steam Helping PC Gaming or Hurting It?

When Valve launched Half Life 2 back in 2004, it didn’t just ship the sequel to one of the greatest first-person shooters ever made. Bundled along, as a mandatory component of the experience, was a service called Steam. Gamers, including those who bought boxed copies of the title in their local computer stores or GameStop (back when GameStop had a ...

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What Is Mixed Reality, and Can It Take Augmented Reality Mainstream?

The term “mixed reality” has been thrown about a lot as of late, but pinning down a precise definition has proven elusive. After spending the day at Stanford University’s SCIEN-hosted workshop, which was full of augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) luminaries, it appears the one thing everyone can agree on is there isn’t a standard definition for either ...

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How Do SSDs Work?

Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with new technologies, like Intel Optane? To understand how and why SSDs are ...

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Prey’s Demo Is Well-Optimized on PS4 and Xbox One

Last year, Bethesda ruffled many feathers by announcing that reviewers will no longer get early access to new games. So with this week’s release of Prey, the reboot of the tumultuous franchise of the same name, Bethesda can’t rely on pre-release reviews to help move copies. Their solution? Bring back the good ol’ days of the pre-release demo! If you’re ...

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Nintendo Defends Killing NES Classic, Even With 2.3 Million Sold

Most companies, having unexpectedly stumbled into an extremely popular product, would gear up for production, hire more people, increase supply, and ride the revenue train for as long as they could. Nintendo is not most companies. According to Reggie Fils-Aimé, the company killed the NES Classic Edition after selling 2.3 million units, because it had a lot of other stuff ...

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Nintendo Announces New 2DS XL, Returns to Clamshell Design

A few years back, Nintendo launched a low-cost follow-up to its 3DS. The 2DS was a slate instead of a clamshell, and it dropped the 3D capabilities Nintendo built into the 3DS, all while selling for a lower price ($ 129 at launch compared with $ 170 for the 3DS at the time). Now, Nintendo has released a new budget-oriented ...

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Nintendo Switch Sales Boom, Could Surpass Wii U in Just Over a Year

When Nintendo announced the Switch, many weren’t quite sure what to make of it, or how much of an opportunity it represented. The platform’s hybrid living room / portable mode was something new and the launch lineup was frankly anemic. Fortunately for Nintendo, all of these issues have proven minor hiccups rather than show-stopping problems. The Switch ($ 299.99 at ...

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