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Whatever you think about Valve, Steam, and their effects on PC gaming, you have to admit that the Steam Deck is a pretty cool piece of kit. If nothing else, Valve deserves respect for trying to carve out a game-console-like niche within the world of PC gaming, without shipping a locked-down, totally-proprietary... Read more...
If you're reading HotHardware, chances are we don't need to tell you about the ongoing chip shortage. Vendors worldwide have been struggling under an extreme shortage of etched silicon to power their products, and it's not just the tech industry that's feeling the crunch. Almost every industry has suffered, from... Read more...
If you own a Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card, a free performance boost in Halo Infinite awaits—you just need to download and install the latest driver package, Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.12.1. According to the release notes, the driver update can yield up to a substantial 19 percent FPS gain when playing the... Read more...
By all accounts, AMD is back in the game with its Zen architecture, and has especially hit its stride with Zen 3. From the desktop (Ryzen) to the data center (EPYC), AMD has been gaining ground on its rival, and at times has even laid claim to the performance crown. Be that as it may, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has a... Read more...
NASA's Curiosity rover has been sending images back from the surface of Mars since its landing in 2012. The latest of those images was a 360-degree selfie that would make any teenager back here on Earth envious. The Mars Rover Curiosity landed on the surface of the red planet on August 5, 2012. Since that time it... Read more...
Don't fret over Black Friday and Cyber Monday having technically come and gone, retailers are still discounting products far and wide for the holiday season. That's pretty much been the case in past years, though it is perhaps heightened more recently with social distancing pushing an increase in online shopping. In... Read more...
Increasingly potent gaming laptops running a combination of Alder Lake and Ampere hardware appear to be right around the corner. As it pertains to the former, Intel has not yet introduced any mobile CPUs based on its 12th Gen Core Alder Lake architecture, but it's only a matter of time before it does. And while we... Read more...
Valve has published updated Steam Hardware Survey results for the past month and one of the interesting standouts is the uptick in Windows 11 usage. According to the latest survey data, 8.28 percent of systems pinged last month had Windows 11 installed. That's a nearly 6.5 percent monthly gain, and it propels Windows... Read more...
Robots have long brought both amazement and fear into our imagination,and Hollywood has capitalized on those emotions with futuristic movies about robots taking over the world. Now a robotics company in the UK is eliciting both of those emotions in present time with its own robot, named Ameca. The movie I, Robot... Read more...
As we've discussed on many occasions since the initial announcement, NVIDIA is trying to buy Arm from current owner Softbank. Jensen Huang was confident that the deal would close by March of next year, but that's looking less and less likely as time goes on. First, the EU rejected NVIDIA's concessions and launched an... Read more...
Given inflated prices and limited availability making it difficult for consumers to buy graphics cards, it's been a reasonable play for PC gamers to build machines with the intent to game on their integrated graphics solutions in the interim. Modern IGPs from Intel and especially AMD are quite capable, and can hold... Read more...
Slowly but surely, Microsoft is making improvements to Windows 11 as it continues to welcome more users into the fold. Not all of the changes are available yet, but there is definitely work going on behind the scenes. These can be seen in the Windows Insider program, where the latest build in the Dev channel (build... Read more...
The Epic Games Store refreshed its freebie titles today and if you're a fan of the multi-player horror genre, you're going to like this one. It's Dead by Daylight (which you already knew from the headline), a four-versus-one that is somewhat similar in vein to Friday the 13th, in that one person is the killer and the... Read more...
Tesla has become synonymous with electric vehicles, but its latest product is one that probably caught everyone off guard—an electric "Cyberquad for Kids" priced at $1,900. It's basically a smaller version of the adult-sized Cyberquad ATV (all-terrain vehicle) it rolled onto stage two years ago during its Cybertruck... Read more...
Comet Leonard is set to debut in the night skies during the first part of December. This will be the first time the comet has been this close in roughly 70,000 years. Stargazers have been seeing a lot of action in the night sky as of late. Just last month the Leonid meteor shower put on a show of shooting stars... Read more...
If you read our Alder Lake performance review, then you're already familiar with how Intel's upper-tier 12th Gen Core processors handle themselves in a variety of workloads (Spoiler: really well). But what about the other end of the spectrum? We can't say for sure until Intel fleshes out its lineup with more SKUs and... Read more...
After being delayed due to possible danger from space debris, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) went for a stroll in space to repair a faulty antenna.  Astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron have been given the go ahead to complete a spacewalk that was originally scheduled for November... Read more...
Battlefield 2042 has had quite a few issues since launch and in trying to fix them all, the developers inadvertently introduced a few more bugs, like horizontal mouse input and being unable to load into a server. For those who have been playing Battlefield games for a long time this will probably not come as a... Read more...
Following months of speculation, leaks, and rumors, the re-release of the GeForce RTX 2060 with double the amount of memory and some other key upgrades is now official. NVIDIA's latest GeForce driver package seemingly confirmed the card's existence, and leaving little doubt, the specifications are plastered on... Read more...
It's been a few years since Qualcomm introduced its first Snapdragon 8cx compute platform to usher in the era of always on, always connected Windows on Arm laptops. Then came the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 last year with a faster foundation and increased capabilities, and now Qualcomm is expanding its portfolio with the... Read more...
Gaming is a lucrative business, and that includes the mobile front, which generates around $175 billion per year from an audience of 2.5 billion mobile gamers. Compare that to the movie industry that raked in less than $45 billion last year and you'll understand why gaming is such an important consideration for many... Read more...
Remember that 2700-page, $1 trillion dollar infrastructure bill that the US government passed back in August? Well, have you read it? Of course we're joking -- we know you haven't read it. Most of the legislators who voted on it probably haven't either. Some folks have, though, and they're finding some pretty alarming... Read more...
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