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10 years ago, Nvidia launched the G80-powered GeForce 8800 and changed PC gaming, computing forever

On November 8, 2006, Nvidia officially launched its first unified shader architecture and first DirectX 10-compatible GPU, the G80. The new chip debuted in two new cards, the $ 599 GeForce 8800 GTX and the $ 449 GeForce 8800 GTS. Today, the 8800 GTX’s specs seem modest, even low-end, with 128 shader cores, 32 texture mapping units, and 24 Render Outputs ...

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Don’t buy the Windows Store version of Infinite Warfare if you want to play with other people

For years, it’s been nearly a given that the Xbox, Sony, and PC versions of a game all use separate servers, with their own playerbases. While there have been a handful of exceptions, most games segment each console and PCs into their own sandboxes. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare takes things one step further, locking Steam players and Windows 10 ...

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The Witness, Nioh get PS4 Pro upgrades, show how developers can use Sony’s updated console

With the official launch of the PS4 Pro less than a week away, we’ve started to hear how developers will use the increased horsepower available to improve existing titles. Sony has released a list of all the games that’ll formally support the PS4 Pro at launch, but we’ve got some specific information about how indie hit The Witness and the ...

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Comparing Skyrim: Enhanced Edition with the classic version

Now that Skyrim: Enhanced Edition has hit shelves, plenty of people are going to be checking to see whether a five-year-old game is worth playing for the first time or generally good enough to justify a second playthrough. Special Edition is free if you own all of the Skyrim DLC and $ 39.99 if you don’t (the new game contains ...

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The PS4 Pro’s chief architect shares surprising details on the system’s architecture (Updated)

Update (10/26/2016): When I wrote this story, I based it on the Verge’s coverage and statements regarding the capabilities of the PS4 Pro. Eurogamer’s discussion on the same topic with Mark Cerny contains more information and much clearer quotes. Based on his statements, it seems clear that the GPU inside the PlayStation 4 Pro is based on Polaris, which is ...

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Apple built its own custom GPU core starting with the iPhone 6 — and nobody noticed

Apple’s path from licensing standard ARM cores to building its own CPU design was well-documented, starting with the company’s decision to purchase PA Semi in April 2008. Its GPU cores, in contrast, have been broadly assumed to be licensed from Imagination Technologies. According to a new report, however, Apple has been building its own GPU cores for years — it’s ...

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PSVR hands on: a week with Sony’s virtual reality headset

The PlayStation VR ($ 399) has been out in the wild for about a week now, and I’ve been busy giving it a thorough workout. Since my headset arrived last Thursday, I’ve spent countless hours fixing cars, golfing, defusing bombs, and leaning perilously over the virtual abyss. With a few days of VR exploration under my belt, I’ve emerged from ...

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