Valve surprised us all with a handheld console. $ 399 arrives in December, and availability expands to more regions later.
Looks like an unholy alliance with Sega’s Game Gear and Nintendo Switch, the hardware includes a seven-inch touchscreen with 1,280 x 800 resolution at 60Hz refresh rate. There is no shortage of control options either, with two thumbs, two fairly large square track surfaces, an old school directional block, four main surfaces, triggers and a quartet of grip buttons.
Maybe not surprisingly, it’s just shy of a foot long. Eesh. Valve has made sure that there is enough power inside to tempt PC players who already have an extensive Steam library. It is an AMD 2.4-3.5 GHz processor and a 1.0 to 1.6 GHz GPU with eight RDNA 2 computing devices. There is also 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM inside. Valve promises a battery life of between two and eight hours on a single charge, depending on how much power you need for your games. Given the power many AAA PC games require, you can probably expect many experiences to hover around the lower estimates.
While Steam Deck may not be as powerful as your gaming PC, Valve uses Proton, a compatibility layer that lets games run without developers having to do anything to port titles – you apparently have access to your entire game library. This price point makes it a little more expensive than the switch, and the same price as the digital PS5. Due to the steam hooks, however, it is a completely different proposal. How well will PC games play on a seven-inch handheld?
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It is good hardware for streamers.
Elgato’s first $ 200 webcam is not that unique. It’s a thick rectangular box that you can easily cut on top of a screen, and it lacks a microphone or anything approaching 4K resolution. It shoots 1080p at 60 frames per second, which should be enough for streamers who use the camera output as picture-in-picture. Continue reading.
The film contains three quotes that Bourdain never recorded.
Today, Roadrunner: A movie about Anthony Bourdain opens in American theaters. Like many documentaries, the film collects archival material, including interviews and showing excerpts, to tell the story of the subject in its own words. It also includes words that Bourdain never spoke to a camera before the suicide in 2018, and yet you will hear his voice say them. The film’s director, Morgan Neville, explained The New Yorker that there were three quotes he wanted Bourdain to tell, and to do so, Neville recreated them with software instead, creating an AI model of Bourdain’s voice from existing sound. The system was apparently fed about a dozen hours of audio to an AI model. Continue reading.
Emojipedia has shared a list of characters
Tomorrow is World Emoji Day, and it’s the boundary for new draft emoji options. The list includes a melting smiley face (thanks to global warming), a greeting emoji, a disco ball, beans and new index fingers, and there are more varied skin tone options for existing hand emojis. Remarkably, due to technical limitations, it was one of the few characters you could not change with a skin color in earlier versions of Unicode. Continue reading.
Think binders, think Clippy.
Twenty years after he retired from Microsoft Office, Clippy is back to ruin your day. As part of Microsoft’s update to 1800 emoji, the one-time assistant will replace paperback emoji in Office, Teams and Windows. Microsoft is updating the emoji library to make the characters 3D and add animation to around 900 of the icons. The company said they plan to roll out the new characters to Windows and Teams sometime in the upcoming holiday season. Continue reading.
And social companies need to do more to stop it.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has issued an advisory warning on the dangers of health information, calling it an “urgent threat” that companies in social media and technology platforms need to do more to address. The counseling contains a 22-page report on steps that individuals, health organizations, researchers and journalists can take to reduce the spread of misinformation. Continue reading.
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