PS5 architect Mark Cerny on game developers influencing hardware design

The PlayStation 5 started with a simple brainstorm. Or at least, that’s how Mark Cerny, the console’s lead system architect, puts it.

In a new video from Wired, Cerny explains how Sony built the PS5 was built, and goes into detail on why each component was chosen and how they all help power the system. Beyond all the technical talk of graphics processing units (GPUs), solid-state drives (SSDs), and the computation behind real-time ray tracing, Cerny shines a light on the kinds of people who helped Sony prioritize what should (and shouldn’t) be included in the console.

Cerny begins

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Google will give you free Stadia hardware if you buy a game

Google is giving away a free Stadia Premiere Edition kit if you purchase a regular Stadia game. This hardware bundle includes a Chromecast Ultra and Stadia controller, and you’ll need to buy a full price game ($59.99 or above) to qualify for the offer. Google’s free offer will run until 11:59PM PT on October 10th, and codes will be distributed by October 20th.

The free Stadia Premier Edition offer will run in the US, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Austria, and Switzerland. Google usually sells its Stadia Premiere Edition for $79.99.

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Xbox Game Pass and hardware sales push Microsoft gaming revenue up 11%

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Gaming continues to return growth for Microsoft. The company reported its fourth-quarter earnings today, and game division generated $357 million more in the three-month period that ended June 30 than in the same period in the previous year. That is up 11% year-over-year. Hardware was the big winner, as Microsoft is selling a lot more Xbox systems that also cost a lot more money thanks to the start of the Xbox Series X/S generation. The excitement for that hardware also overcame a drag from content and services, which

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Valve Says it Hasn’t Found a Game the Steam Deck Can’t Handle

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According to Valve, the Steam Deck is more than capable of chewing through titles on the PC platform, despite its relatively low hardware specs. Whether an APU has the necessary chops to drive traditional PC gaming is a valid question. While Nintendo has sold a huge number of Switches with weaker hardware than the Steam Deck. Nintendo also has an army of developers who explicitly code for its platforms and their hardware. Valve’s Steam Deck might get some special attention from developers that want

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Steam Deck Game Compatibility Will Be Limited by Anti-Cheat Software

Yesterday, Valve surprised everyone by announcing the Steam Deck handheld, which is essentially just like a Nintendo Switch, but for playing your library of Steam games. It’s an impressive piece of kit, especially considering the $399 price tag, but it turns out not all Steam games are guaranteed to work.

As PC Gamer reports, around half of the top 10 most popular games on Steam will not work on the Steam Deck. At least, not at first. Those games include Apex Legends, Destiny 2, PUBG, and Rainbow Six Siege. It’s not Valve’s fault, though. The problem lies with the

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Android 12 system has its own game mode

The Android 12 Beta 1 is now official and it is currently available for a plethora of devices. This new system comes with a brand-new interface. There is also a significant change in the notification bar and control styles. According to reports, some developers found that the Android 12 system has its own “Game Mode”. After activating the game mode, it unlocks a series of new features.

Users can activate the “Game Mode” in the Android 12 settings interface. First, you need to enter the “Notification” menu and go to the Do Not Disturb interface. From there, click

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How to play GTA 5 on Android devices using Xbox Game Pass in May 2021

Players have longed to play GTA 5 on Android devices, but they’ve been unable to, as Rockstar Games has not ported GTA 5 to mobile gaming platforms. Hence, players have been looking for ways to enjoy GTA 5 on mobile devices, and Xbox Game Pass is one of them.

Currently, players can only enjoy five GTA titles on Android and iOS devices. GTA 5 APK files are not legitimate, and players are advised not to download them.

Apart from Xbox Game Pass, players can also enjoy the game on their Android devices by streaming GTA 5 using their Xbox. The

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The Lavie Mini is a modern netbook that doubles as a game console

With tablets and full-size laptops as pervasive as they are, it can be easy to forget that — for a few years there, at least — netbooks were all the rage. And why wouldn’t they be? What they lacked in pure power, they made up for with portability and cost-effectiveness. It’s no wonder some people get nostalgic over them; we just didn’t expect them to be in a position to pitch new products at Lenovo. Enter the NEC Lavie Mini: a sort of modern take on the classic netbook that, with the right accessories, doubles as a Switch-style game

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