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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 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.

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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?

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Digital FoundryPlayStation 5 tech demo footage surfaces at investor conference

Spider-Man SSD speeds showcased, future plans shared.

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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.

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

Our first look at the next Radeon mainstream contender?

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

How a global megacorp aims to change gaming forever.

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

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

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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?

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Digital FoundryIs Anthem performance really improved in the final game?

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

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

No ray tracing, but great performance for the price.

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Digital FoundryApex Legends: the Titanfall 2 engine evolved?

PC and console versions under the microscope.

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Digital FoundryAMD Radeon 7 review: taking the fight to RTX 2080

Does 16GB of ultra-fast RAM beat cutting-edge ray tracing tech?

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Digital FoundryNvidia FreeSync support tested - and it's a game-changer

It works well and the implications for display tech are profound.

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Digital FoundryRazer Phone 2 review: as smooth as silk

Gaming is slick, but the 120Hz interface is on another level.

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Digital FoundryNvidia GeForce RTX 2060: Ray tracing comes to the mainstream

But just how powerful is the new mid-range contender?

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Digital FoundryHow Xbox One S is falling behind - but also defining the future

X addresses the hardcore, while S tech is set to target new audiences.

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Digital FoundryiPhone's new Fortnite's 60fps mode tested - and it's a tech milestone

How Epic Games doubled performance with the latest Apple silicon.

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Digital FoundryJust Cause 4 performance analysis: every console tested

The game's massively more ambitious than JC3 - but do frame-rates hold up?

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Digital FoundryJust Cause 4 has next-level physics - but does it run smoothly?

An early look at the PC version, with consoles to follow.

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Digital FoundryNvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review: a good GPU - and potentially a great one

The DF verdict on the latest - and cheapest - Turing graphics card.

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Digital FoundryMSI GS65 Stealth review: the ultimate all-in-one laptop?

Games machine, ultrabook... heavy duty 4K editing workstation?

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Digital FoundryHands-on with the Subor Z-Plus: AMD tech tested in new Chinese console

How powerful is it - and how does it stack up against PS4 Pro?

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Digital FoundryDigital Foundry to host GeForce RTX panel at EGX 2018

Is ray tracing really the future of gaming graphics?

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Digital FoundryNvidia reveals GeForce RTX 2080 performance numbers

It's not just about ray tracing - there are big frame-rate increases.

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Digital FoundryNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB review: the best budget graphics card?

A cut-back design offers up surprisingly decent performance.

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Digital FoundryNvidia unveils new Turing architecture and teases 'RTX 2080'

Workstation products announced, gaming GPUs to follow.

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FeatureThe rumours are true - Fortnite on Android doesn't use Google Play

The full install procedure revealed plus comments from Epic's Tim Sweeney.

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Digital FoundryWhy we need the power of Intel's next-gen eight-core CPUs

New consoles will reset the baseline - and CPU will be the biggest gen-on-gen leap.

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Digital FoundryWhy next-gen consoles shouldn't focus on 'true 4K'

With GPU power at a premium, new ideas and technologies must trump pixel-count.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 review

The red team brings the fight to GTX 1080 - but is that enough?

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs 6GB review

Is three gigs of VRAM enough for top-tier 1080p60 gameplay?

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti review

The best choice for 4K PC gaming at 60fps.

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Digital FoundryAMD Radeon RX 580/ RX 570 review

Just how much faster are the new second-gen Polaris cards?

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 review

The mainstream 1080p graphics card you've been waiting for?

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 review

The entry-level Vega takes the fight to GTX 1070.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 review

Titan X Maxwell performance just got a whole lot cheaper.

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Digital FoundryNier Automata's surprise Xbox One port tested

Does X deliver the best console experience?

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Cyberpunk 2077 E3 demo PC specs revealed

CDPR's tech showcase runs well on today's top-tier kit.

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Digital FoundryIn Theory: Will there be more than one next-gen Xbox?

And if so, what form could the new console family take?

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Digital FoundryIs Halo Infinite our first look at a cross-gen Xbox game?

343's stunning engine demo under the microscope.

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Digital FoundryFar Cry Classic Edition is a barebones PC port

It's still a huge upgrade over the last-gen console releases.

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Digital FoundryNvidia GTX 1180/2080 specs and performance: what should we expect?

A new GPU flagship is coming - but how powerful will it be?

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Digital FoundryH1Z1 on PS4 offers Pro owners a gameplay advantage

The 'supercharged' console delivers higher frame-rates and smoother action.

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Digital FoundrySamsung adds FreeSync support to select 4K TVs

Tear-free, smoother action for AMD GPU and Xbox One owners.

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Digital FoundrySony is working with AMD's Ryzen CPU tech - and PS5 is the most likely target

PlayStation programmer improving Ryzen support on a key developer tool.

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Digital FoundryDF Retro: Revisiting E3 2004 - PlayStation Portable vs Nintendo DS

How these machines defined mobile gaming, from smartphones to Switch.

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Digital FoundryPC gaming in the palm of your hand: Steam Link tested on iOS and Android

Hands-on with Valve's streaming tech for phones and set top boxes.

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Digital FoundryIntel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK review: how powerful is the i7/Radeon Vega combo?

The great Intel/AMD hardware collaboration put through its paces.

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Digital FoundryWipEout on PSVR: an upgrade with no compromises?

The PS4 Pro original vs its new VR companion.

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Digital FoundryIn Theory: Can a Switch hardware revision extend its lifespan?

Nintendo wants Switch to last beyond 2021 - and improved tech is the natural solution.

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Digital FoundryBluepoint's next game is another remake

And it's bigger in scope than Shadow of the Colossus.

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Digital FoundryHow does Xbox One X's 4K-enhanced Witcher 2 compare with PC?

CD Projekt Red's vintage 2011 visuals still look great - even on ultra HD screens.

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FeatureCrackdown on Xbox One X makes a classic game even better

Prettier and smoother - and the action is still immense fun.

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Digital FoundryDF Retro: What was actually real in PS3's E3 2005 reveal?

Beyond the target renders, a vision for the future of gaming technology.

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Digital FoundryThe original Forza Horizon looks stunning on Xbox One X at 4K

No remaster required: another beautiful back-compat showcase.

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Digital FoundryFinal Fantasy 15 Windows Edition looks beautiful but at what cost?

Square-Enix's PC benchmark preview challenges even the most powerful hardware.

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