At Google’s opening keynote at this year’s Game Developers Conference, CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled the future of game-streaming: Stadia.
The correct plural pronunciation of the word ‘stadium’, Stadia will offer gamers an arena to watch and participate, game and stream their games to the wider world. It’s ambitious and, despite some huge unknown factors like cost, game library and recommended specs, potentially game-changing.
Part and parcel of Stadia is the new Stadia Controller – a Wi-Fi-enabled gamepad created by Google’s hardware team that will help you get the most from the streaming service when it launches later this year.
Now, you don’t need the controller to use the streaming service: Stadia can be played with any controller you already own, including your keyboard and mouse if you’re playing on a laptop and PC.[……]
Nvidia launched G-Sync five years ago, promising the end of screen tearing and visual artifacts. And, while the technology has certainly had its fair share of controversy, it’s become one of the best monitor technologies. Recently at CES 2019, Nvidia decided to port its G-Sync technology to FreeSync monitors designed to work with AMD graphics cards.
After testing 400 FreeSync monitors, Nvidia recently announced that 15 of them were worthy of G-Sync, opening the tech up to more affordable displays. But, how do you find the best FreeSync monitor for G-Sync?
So, when you go out to pick up the best FreeSync monitor for G-Sync, there are just a couple of things you need to take into consideration. First, is obviously going to be a high refresh rate. Because G-Sync will automatically change the monitor’s refresh rate to match your framerate in-game, shoot for the highest refres[……]
Up until now, Nvidia has been treating ray tracing as an exclusive feature available only to its Turing RTX graphics cards, but now the company is suddenly enabling it on graphics cards as low-end as a GeForce GTX 1060.
On the first day of GDC 2019, Nvidia announced that it will introduce a driver in April that will enable both Pascal and Turing GTX graphics cards to render ray tracing effects using DirectX Raytracing (DXR). The list of supported graphics cards includes both the recently introduced GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1660 as well as everything in between a GTX 1060 (6GB) and Titan X.
These Turing and Pascal GTX cards will be able to handle games running with basic RT effects and a low ray count – or, in other words, RTX Low settings – though your mileage may vary with the titles you play.
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How well does it work?
In our briefing, we were told Battlef[……]
Nvidia’s graphics cards have long been pack-leaders when it comes to performance, often making them the best graphics cards around. Where AMD may offer a great value, Nvidia’s flagship cards like the RTX 2080 Ti push performance to the limit. So, when you’re looking for a card to spend your money on, it’s worth seeing what the best Nvidia card you can get is.
Whether you want to build the most powerful gaming rig possible, are looking to put together a compact Mini ITX build, or just want to get the most framer per second for your dollar, there’s an Nvidia graphics card to fit the bill. We’ve got our rankings for the best Nvidia graphics cards in a variety of categories, so you can find the right GPU for your build.
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Nvidia’s Turing graphics cards didn’t come cheap when they first launched, but that was in part because there wasn’t a mid-tier model. Now the Ge[……]
If you haven’t yet taken the chance to secure your next year of internet for a mere £11.99 per month, then we suggest that you shake a leg. The scarcely believable bargain broadband deal comes to an end this Wednesday.
When it comes to cheap broadband deals, this effort from little-known Onestream manages to top the rest. Forget Plusnet, Post Office and Vodafone for the next few days, because only Onestream can give you monthly bills as low as this – the next cheapest we’ve seen is £4 a month more.
Check out this astonishingly cheap broadband deal from Onestream here
For that you get unlimited broadband, average speeds of 11Mb, a free router (with £9.99 delivery fee), free activation and your phone line included, too. And because this offer is only available to TechRadar readers, you get a comforting level of smugness thrown in gratis as well!
But when the clock strikes mid[……]
Anthem, BioWare’s cooperative, team-based shooter is a change of pace for the makers of Dragon Age and Mass Effect. With a focus on cooperative PvE combat popularised by the likes of Destiny, it landed amid a swirl of hype and expectation, which it has so far failed to meet.
Anthem has a big challenge in front of it then – with arguments that its endgame content is weak, its loot system broken and its story not up to scratch when compared with previous narrative-driven BioWare RPGs, it’s fighting to win back the hearts of those who were initially in awe of its promise.
With EA backing it and BioWare’s heritage at its heart, there’s hope yet that Anthem will be redeemed. It’s being touted as a “living” game after all – one that will evolve over time to keep its fans entranced long after launch – and the likes of behemoths such as Destiny and Fortnite all went through rough[……]
Since Lenovo purchased the Motorola brand, the company has come out with an ever-broader range of phones for plenty of price points. That can make it a bit confusing when picking between them, so here’s a list of the best Moto phones on the market.
While none of Motorola’s phones go toe-to-toe with flagships like the iPhone XS or Samsung Galaxy S10, they are reliable and well-specced for their cost. Some of these can overlap, so we’ll be sure to point out what each one is best suited for.
That’s why we’ve made this buying guide: to suggest the best Moto phones out now and point out the pros and cons for each.
The company has a leading mid-range model, the Moto Z3, that can be augmented with attachable Moto Mods…including an upcoming one that will allow users to hook into Verizon’s 5G network in the US.
Its just-released, lower-cost G7 line is a bit more affordable, with four options[……]
Small businesses are key to preventing future data breaches in the UK according to a new report from Business in the Community (BITC) that details how SMBs can be part of the solution to prevent cybersecurity issues from impacting customers.
The report, launched to coincide with ‘Would you be ready? Week’, aims to raise awareness of business resilience in organizations across the UK. Surprising though, BITC’s report revealed that 40 percent of the SMBs surveyed had not taken any action on cybersecurity in the past 12 months.
The organization also found that one in three small businesses do not have any cybersecurity strategies in place at all and more than three quarters (77 percent) said they have no policy for controlling access to their data systems.
- Online SMBs aggressively targeted by fraudsters
- SMBs ‘need to completely reinvent’ in next five years
- Ransomware is the most significant cyb[……]
If you’re in the market for an affordable Android tablet that covers the basics, Walmart might have something of interest: the US retail giant is reportedly prepping a budget Android tablet to take on the iPad.
Bloomberg describes the upcoming tablet as “an inexpensive, kid-friendly” device that’s going to carry the ONN store brand that Walmart uses for other products.
According to product filings registered with the US Federal Communications Commission, the tablets will be manufactured in China and come with Google’s mobile operating system on board – though perhaps with a Walmart twist.
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A Walmart spokesperson did confirm to Bloomberg that such devices were indeed on the way, but we don’t have any other details like a price, a launch date or international availability informat[……]
Get your brackets ready because March Madness 2019 is finally here.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament or March Madness as it’s more commonly known, is a 68-team college tournament that starts on Sunday, March 17 with the selection show and lasts until the National Championship game on Monday, April 8. And with TechRadar’s handy guide, you can make sure that you get a March Madness live stream from wherever in the world you are.
Villanova won last year’s national championship and currently Duke, Tennessee, Virginia and Gonzaga are this year’s top seeds. We won’t find out how the rest of the 68 teams stack up until Sunday at which point we’ll have a better idea of how this year’s tournament will play out.
While we don’t yet have our hands on this year’s bracket, some notable players to watch are Duke’s Zion Williamson who is proje[……]