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Richard Leadbetter

Technology Editor, Digital Foundry

Rich has been a games journalist since the days of 16-bit and specialises in technical analysis. He's commonly known around Eurogamer as the Blacksmith of the Future.

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Digital FoundryXbox Series X back-compat loading times: SSDs and HDDs compared

It turns out that off-the-shelf solid state storage works great.

Digital FoundryNvidia GeForce RTX 3090 review: a Titan in all but name

Decadent performance at an extreme price-point.

Digital FoundryThis is how Xbox Series S backwards compatibility really works

1440p for OG Xbox and enhanced 360 titles, 2x performance on select One S titles - and more.

Digital FoundryCrysis Remastered: this is what ray tracing looks like on consoles

An impressive technical feat for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.

Digital FoundryXbox Series X silicon: the Hot Chips 2020 breakdown

How Microsoft architected its next generation processor.

Digital FoundryMarvel's Avengers: our first look at the upcoming generational divide?

Challenged on base consoles, great on enhanced - but is the next-gen the place to be?

Digital FoundryIntel's plans for gamers in focus: Tiger Lake and Xe graphics are coming soon

Plus: an enthusiast-class GPU with ray tracing due in 2021.

Digital FoundryHow Death Stranding PC delivers on Kojima Productions' original vision

Initially designed to run at 60fps - and now capable of much more.

Digital FoundryNext-gen consoles: why we'll still be playing games at 30fps

Plus: See how Marvel's Spider-Man looks running at 60fps.

Digital FoundryXMG Apex 15 review: Ryzen 9 3950X in a laptop - and we're not kidding

Can AMD's flagship 16-core CPU actually work in a 15-inch notebook?

Digital FoundryIn Theory: Can the PS5 Digital Edition deliver a cheaper next-gen console?

Removing the Blu-ray drive adds options, but the economics are still challenging.

Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Warzone declassified - the Digital Foundry tech deep dive

Infinity Ward reveals how it delivered 150 players on the biggest COD map ever at 60fps.

Digital FoundryNvidia uses AI to recreate Pac-Man on its 40th anniversary

No game engine, no rasteriser - everything's generated by a neural network.

Digital FoundryThis is next-gen: see Unreal Engine 5 running on PlayStation 5

A genuine generational leap that must be seen to be believed.

Digital FoundryYes, Switch's Streets of Rage 4 port is just as good as PlayStation 4

Xbox One is missing a few options, but it's still superb.

Digital FoundryInside Xbox Series X: the full specs

We visit Microsoft for a briefing on the impressive tech of its next flagship console.

Digital FoundryCould Xbox Series X's 12 teraflop GPU deliver even more power than we expected?

Confirmed: RDNA 2 tech offers more performance than any AMD graphics card available today.

Digital Foundry4A Games on next-gen: "We are fully into ray tracing"

And teasing even more exciting features in the pipeline.

Digital FoundryMetro Redux on Switch: the making of an 'impossible' port

4A Games reveals how its PS4 and Xbox One titles transitioned to Nintendo hardware.

Digital FoundryBayonetta and Vanquish 10th anniversary: the new Xbox One and PS4 ports tested

The games are incredible - but what about the conversion work?

FeatureThe cost of PlayStation 5: are we looking at a $500 console?

Prices might rise - but Sony has room to manoeuvre.

Digital FoundryHas GeForce Now quietly killed Google Stadia?

Free access for all, play your existing PC games library, low-cost sub for RTX ray tracing.

Digital FoundryIn Theory: Could the next-gen Switch use Nvidia DLSS AI upscaling?

Preliminary experiments produce some extraordinary results.

Digital FoundryIn Theory: Can Microsoft deliver next-gen experiences while still supporting Xbox One?

With no Series X exclusives at launch, what should we expect from first-party cross-gen games?

Digital FoundryProject xCloud tested: has Microsoft really delivered a portable Xbox One?

Can smartphone streaming come close to the local experience?

Digital FoundryHow does Halo Reach on PC improve over Xbox 360?

The Master Chief Collection's enhanced mode revealed.

Digital FoundryDell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 review: can an ultrabook run the Crysis Trilogy at 60fps?

Intel's Ice Lake processor and Iris Plus graphics take on a legendary stress test.

Digital FoundrySony's latest PS5 details: the Digital Foundry analysis

Even the minor reveals count as major headline news.

Digital FoundryRadeon RDNA vs GCN: how much faster is AMD's next-gen architecture?

Performance rated teraflop for teraflop: what could it mean for PS5 and Scarlett?

EG20Let's play Quake 3, Half-Life and Unreal on vintage PC hardware

Eurogamer is 20 years old - and so is this retro PC.

Digital FoundryGamescom 2019: did ray tracing finally find its killer app?

Hands on with the new range of RTX-accelerated games.

Digital FoundryHands on with Minecraft RTX - the most astonishing ray tracing demo yet?

DF delivers a guided tour of the stunning Gamescom demo.

Digital FoundryThe new Nintendo Switch review: the updated Tegra X1 tested in depth

A massive increase to battery life - but what else has changed?

Digital FoundryThere's a PC Game Pass title that changes the graphics settings on Xbox too

Use the options menu to improve console frame-rate - or cripple it.

Digital FoundrySwitch overclocking: how powerful is the fully unlocked Tegra X1?

Demanding games tested with CPU and GPU pushed to the max.

Digital FoundryNvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super review: evolution, not revolution

More cores, more frequency and improved RAM - but just how much faster is it overall?

FeatureHow PlayStation 4 Pro is evolving into a great 1080p games machine

Why you should upgrade your console - even if you don't have a 4K screen.

Digital FoundryAMD Ryzen 7 3700X review: can gaming performance compete with Intel?

Team Red's best value eight-core chip takes on the Core i7 9700K.

Digital FoundrySwitch's next Tegra X1 looks set to deliver more performance and longer battery life

Nvidia's cooking up a new chip - and details are starting to emerge.

Digital FoundryAMD Radeon RX 5700/ 5700 XT revealed: full Navi specs and analysis

Team Red says they're faster than RTX 2060 and RTX 2070.

Digital FoundryAMD pitches its new wave of Ryzen 3000 CPUs to gamers

All the multi-core advantages of prior Ryzens, but with gaming power comparable to Intel's best.

Digital FoundryIn Theory: Is a Switch port of The Witcher 3 actually viable?

Rumours suggest it's happening, but if true, the technical challenges are immense.

Digital FoundryIn Theory: Could the Sony/Microsoft cloud partnership end the console war?

Why would rival platform holders join forces - and what does it mean for gamers?

Digital FoundryPlayStation 5 tech demo footage surfaces at investor conference

Spider-Man SSD speeds showcased, future plans shared.

Digital FoundrySwitch's 'boost mode' tested: what is it and how does it work?

Mortal Kombat 11, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey analysed.

Digital FoundryAMD board leak hints at next-gen 'Navi' graphics tech

Our first look at the next Radeon mainstream contender?

Digital FoundryIn Theory: is PS5 powered by an AMD Gonzalo processor?

Specs have leaked for a new AMD console chip - but what is it?

Digital FoundryRay tracing now runs on older Nvidia GPUs - but how fast is it?

GTX vs RTX: can brute-force compute match hardware acceleration?

Hellblade on Switch: just how close can it get to the PS4 experience?

An ingenious port of one of Unreal Engine 4's most challenging games.

FeatureDangerous Driving's sublime action and handling works best at 60fps

How PC, Pro and X power ahead of the standard consoles.

FeatureThe big interview: Phil Harrison and Majd Bakar on Google Stadia

How a global megacorp aims to change gaming forever.

Digital FoundryGoogle Stadia specs: is this our first taste of next-gen?

Vastly improved CPU power, 10.7TF graphics - and unique cloud features.

Digital FoundryDevil May Cry 5 PC's Denuvo DRM has a CPU hit

Capcom leaks unprotected code and it does run faster - but will you actually notice?

Digital FoundryIs Anthem performance really improved in the final game?

And to what extent is the E3 2017 vision actually delivered?

Digital FoundryNvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti review: the new 1080p champion?

No ray tracing, but great performance for the price.

Digital FoundryApex Legends: the Titanfall 2 engine evolved?

PC and console versions under the microscope.

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