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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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The Digital Foundry Supporter Program is relaunching with new tiers and new benefits

Support DF Retro, preview videos early, get behind-the-scenes access and more.

Digital Foundry | MLB The Show 21: the first multi-platform PlayStation Studios title tested

PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 Pro and Xbox One X under the microscope.

Digital Foundry | DF Direct Weekly: Is Intel's Rocket Lake really that bad?

Plus Xbox Series X performance tests, DF Supporter Q+A and much more.

Digital Foundry | Introducing DF Direct Weekly

The team discuss the week's news and take user questions.

Digital Foundry | Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered: 4K 60fps tested on PS5 and Series X

The upgrade isn't all it should be - and there's no boost for Series S.

Digital Foundry | We played Cyberpunk 2077 PC on an Xbox One CPU

Unbelievably, it works - but is it playable?

Digital Foundry | Resident Evil Village: the Maiden demo examined on PlayStation 5

4K, ray tracing, performance and more discussed by the team.

Digital Foundry | Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - the 'surprise' next-gen patch tested

Everything you need to know about PS5 and Xbox Series console upgrades

There's no way to move PS5 games off the SSD

UPDATE: 'Explorations' on archiving to USB are under way.

Digital Foundry | PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility tested - and it's fantastic

Key PS4 and Pro games run better than they ever have before.

Digital Foundry | Xbox Series X back-compat tested: up to double the performance in the most demanding games

UPDATED: More tests including Ark Survival Evolved, Just Cause 3, RDR2 and Assetto Corsa Competizione.

Digital Foundry | Our first look at the PlayStation 5 user interface - and it could be a game-changer

Cards, Activities and the Control Centre have the potential to change the way we play.

Digital Foundry | Xbox Series X back-compat loading times: SSDs and HDDs compared

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

Digital Foundry | This 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 Foundry | Xbox Series X silicon: the Hot Chips 2020 breakdown

How Microsoft architected its next generation processor.

Digital Foundry | Marvel'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?

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