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Playdate gets preorder date, games, and a weird new accessory

Playdate gets preorder date, games, and a weird new accessory

If you thought the crank on this video game machine was weird, wait until you see the Stereo Dock. The Playdate is a handheld video game machine that has a black and white display, directional pad, A and B buttons, and a crank. As of today, the device has a pre-order date and a new "Playdate Stereo Dock" with Bluetooth audio and a pen holder, that holds a pen!

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Microsoft Flight Simulator patch significantly reduces the game’s download size

Microsoft Flight Simulator patch significantly reduces the game’s download size

One of the biggest complaints about modern games today is the massive size of the downloads required. Take the new Microsoft Flight Simulator, for instance. The initial download for the game was 170 gigabytes. Even on a fast Internet connection, a download of that size would take a significant amount of time. Consider that much of the United States has "broadband" speeds that aren't considered broadband in many parts of the world, and massive downloads are a significant inconvenience for gamers.

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Intel Labs shows off new enhanced photorealism techniques

Intel Labs shows off new enhanced photorealism techniques

Video game developers are always looking for more realism in their games. The more realistic images look, the more engaging and immersive video games can be, particularly in virtual reality. Researchers from Intel Labs have presented a new approach to enhancing the realism of synthetic images. The images are enhanced by a convolutional network designed to leverage intermediate representations produced by conventional rendering pipelines.

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