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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 Drains the Battery While Gaming, Even When Plugged In

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When Microsoft announced its refreshed Surface Book 2 last week, it was quite clear about how it wanted to position the product. “This is a desktop,” Panos Panay, Microsoft’s corporate VP of devices, declared. “For many, this is likely the most performant desktop they have ever seen.” Apparently Panay was working with a different definition of “performant” than the rest of us, however, because the Surface Book 2’s true stand-out feature this time around isn’t…

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Microsoft’s Project Scorpio picks up FreeSync, but VR support remains hazy

Last week we discussed the new Project Scorpio Xbox refresh, and what the enhanced gaming capabilities can do in terms of 4K and VR support. Now we’ve got some new information on what the developer kit hardware can do, but signs are mounting that VR capabilities may not be baked natively into the platform. A story by Gamasutra discusses details of the new hardware and how the dev units differ from the mainstream product. While the consumer version of the console has 40 CUs (2,560 GPU cores total), the developer variant…

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Microsoft’s new Project Scorpio Xbox could blow the PS4 Pro out of the water, challenge high-end PCs

Microsoft finally announced some of the specifics of its upcoming Project Scorpio refresh, and the implications for the Xbox One product line are enormous. This isn’t just a refresh or a doubling-up of existing resources, like Sony used with the PS4 Pro. This is something altogether different, and Microsoft doesn’t seem to be just gunning for the PS4 — it’s taking on the PC market as well. Project Scorpio tech specs Project Scorpio will feature 40 ‘customized’ Radeon compute units (2,560 cores, presumably) clocked at 1172MHz. The clock speed boost…

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Microsoft’s Project Scorpio will improve games at 1080p as well as offering 4K

With Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro now shipping, there’s a great deal of speculation around Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio. Microsoft has implied it wants to leapfrog both the Xbox One and the PS4 Pro by a significant margin, but details on how these improvements would impact the existing Xbox One ecosystem have been few and far between. While Scorpio will have extra bells and whistles for 4K players, the console’s advantages won’t be reserved for them, Windows Central reports. Existing Xbox One games with dynamic resolutions will hold their target resolutions and…

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Tim Sweeney is positively steam-ed about Microsoft’s Windows Cloud operating system

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Microsoft’s newest operating system isn’t even out of the gate, but Tim Sweeney has Thoughts about it. As you may have guessed from his previous comments, he’s not much of a fan. The post Tim Sweeney is positively steam-ed about Microsoft’s Windows Cloud operating system appeared first on ExtremeTech. ExtremeTechGaming – ExtremeTech

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Leaked PDF sheds light on Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, 4K gaming plans

Details on Microsoft’s Project Scorpio and how it might handle 4K gaming have been hard to come by ever since Microsoft announced the new platform. All we’ve known are a few basic specs, like the platform’s memory bandwidth (320GB/s), eight-core CPU, and available computational horsepower (6TFLOPS). Now we have more details thanks to a leaked PDF from a Microsoft developer website. Eurogamer has the full details on the PDF, which doesn’t appear to be publicly available. According to Microsoft’s documentation, the Xbox Scorpio ditches the ESRAM cache the Xbox One…

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Now we know what Microsoft’s upcoming ‘Game Mode’ for Windows 10 will do

A few weeks ago, sharp-eyed users spotted something new in a Windows 10 Insider Preview build — reference to a new “Game Mode.” Discussions on what the feature might do, or how it could improve performance, have made the rounds since. But a new investigation suggests the new feature won’t make much difference for the vast majority of Windows 10 gamers. PCGamesN has details on the latest Insider Preview build (15007) and what it exposes in the OS. While Game Mode can’t be enabled yet, you can read the description…

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