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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.

Digital FoundryWipEout on PSVR: an upgrade with no compromises?

The PS4 Pro original vs its new VR companion.

Digital FoundryPUBG Xbox One performance still isn't good enough

The developer agrees, so what's the plan?

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.

Digital FoundryBluepoint's next game is another remake

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

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.

FeatureCrackdown on Xbox One X makes a classic game even better

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

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.

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

No remaster required: another beautiful back-compat showcase.

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

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

Digital FoundrySwitch Bayonetta 2 is a turbo-charged Wii U port

Minor visual boosts and performance improvements in both docked and handheld modes.

Digital FoundryNewcomer Shadow offers GTX 1080 gaming power via the cloud

Low latency PC gaming you can take anywhere. Digital Foundry investigates.

Digital FoundryMeltdown and Spectre: does patching your PC impact game performance?

Security fixes hit some applications hard - but does that include gaming?

Digital FoundryIntel's Core i7 with Radeon RX Vega graphics: full specs revealed

A full gaming PC in a miniature chassis revealed with laptops to follow.

Digital FoundryPUBG Xbox One patch analysis: two steps forward, one step back

Frame-rates improve, but performance is still poor overall - and netcode quality takes a hit.

Digital FoundryPUBG on Xbox One lets you view the PC settings screen

Quality set to "very low", or "medium" on X - but is that really the case?

Digital FoundryPUBG performs badly on Xbox One - and X

Early access code falls short of expectations.

Digital FoundryHow today's games could look and run better on future consoles

Xbox One X provides a compelling proof of concept. Digital Foundry talks to Microsoft's ATG team.

Digital FoundryXbox One backwards compatibility: how does it actually work?

Digital Foundry talks with Microsoft about Xbox 360 support, including the 4K-enhanced Xbox One X titles.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 review

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

Intel Pentium G4560 review: the ultimate budget CPU?

A gaming grade i3 in all but name, and yours for around £60.

Ryzen 7 1700 and 1700X review: better than the 1800X?

AMD's cheaper eight-core CPUs cut little and offer big value.

FeatureIntel Coffee Lake-S: Core i7 8700K review

The fastest gaming CPU money can buy.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600/1600X vs Core i5 7600K review

AMD hits the sweetspot - Ryzen is the better buy.

Intel Coffee Lake-S: Core i5 8400/ Core i5 8600K review

Mainstream CPU performance taken to the next level.

Microsoft Xbox One X review

The Digital Foundry verdict.

Digital FoundryHas Respawn fixed Titanfall 2 on Xbox One X?

New patch delivers a solid improvement.

Digital FoundryThe Intel and AMD partnership: what does it mean for gamers?

Digital Foundry on one of the biggest announcements in PC gaming history.

Digital FoundrySomething's not right with Titanfall 2 on Xbox One X

Dynamic res scales beyond 4K - but intense scenes look better on PS4 Pro.

Digital FoundryTech Interview: Destiny 2 and Bungie's return to PC gaming

How Bungie's engine evolved for the sequel, and why the game runs so well on PC.

Digital FoundryDigital Foundry unboxes the final retail Xbox One X

Plus: details on upcoming review coverage.

Digital FoundryAtaribox: Ouya 2.0, evolved Steam Machine or something more?

What would it take for PC hardware to challenge consoles in the living room?

Digital FoundryDigital Foundry: Hands-on with Switch's 'impossible' Doom port

And can a PC specced to match Nintendo's hybrid deliver the same experience?

Digital FoundryRise of the Tomb Raider shines in HDR on Xbox One X

And Digital Foundry has the gameplay capture to prove it.

Digital FoundryAMD Radeon RX Vega 64 review

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

Digital FoundryiPhone X: Apple bets the future of smartphones on Kinect's failed tech

Face ID shares DNA with Xbox's unloved camera - and seems to have similar problems.

Digital FoundryHalo Wars 2: how Xbox One X compares to base hardware and PC

Digital Foundry's first look at X scalability on a Play Anywhere title.

Digital FoundryWhat does it take to run Destiny 2 at 1080p60?

Digital Foundry on how budget PC hardware can deliver a superb experience.

Digital FoundryHow Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X improves over PS4 Pro

UPDATE: Screenshot and video comparison assets added to the analysis.

Digital FoundryHands-on with 10 Xbox One X games that show us what it's really capable of

Digital Foundry takes on Quantum Break, Titanfall 2, Gears of War 4, F1 2017, Shadow of War - and more.

Digital FoundryDigital Foundry: Hands-on with Skyrim on Switch

Nintendo reveals first playable code at Gamescom.

Digital FoundryWatch Uncharted: The Lost Legacy running at 60fps

Check out Digital Foundry's first PS4 Pro 4K HDR video.

Digital FoundryAMD Radeon RX Vega 64 performance preview

Initial benchmarks from the top-end liquid-cooled AMD graphics card.

Digital FoundryDF Retro: we play every single Sega 32X game

The hardware was terrible and bombed badly - but were the games worth playing?

Digital FoundryCoffee Lake: the most exciting Intel CPU launch in years?

The leaks are remarkable: six-core i5s and i7s with a big price-cut on quad-core chips.

Digital FoundryAMD Ryzen 5 1600/1600X vs Core i5 7600K review

AMD hits the sweetspot - Ryzen is the better buy.

Digital FoundryHorizon Zero Dawn: the making of PS4 Pro's best 4K game

Guerrilla Games on how it met the ultra HD challenge.

Digital FoundryAMD returns to the high-end: Radeon RX Vega unveiled

Two cards to challenge GTX 1070/1080 - and a liquid cooled GPU too.

Digital FoundryIntel Skylake-X: Intel's new six, eight and ten-core CPUs reviewed

Core i7 7800X, 7820X - and the monstrous i9 7900X - put to the test.

Digital FoundryWhy Wii U ports on Switch are good for Nintendo - and for us

A generation of evergreen titles deserve a second chance on the new console hybrid.

Digital FoundryPlayStation Now's PS4 game performance analysed

The technology works - but where's the vision and content that makes it relevant?

Digital FoundryIn Theory: is AMD's Ryzen CPU the game-changer for next-gen consoles?

Improved graphics are a given, but what about gameplay?

Digital FoundryRevealed: Microsoft's Xbox One X benchmarks

Native 4K vs 900p/1080p on Xbox One - plus back-compat metrics.

Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501VI with Nvidia Max-Q GTX 1080 review

GTX 1080 graphics in a 15-inch thin and light laptop - is it too good to be true?

Digital Foundry4K on a budget: the GTX 970 experiment

True 4K PC gaming on mainstream graphics hardware - can it be done?

Digital FoundrySuper Lucky's Tale hits 4K 60fps on Xbox One X

Playful's sequel trades VR for ultra HD resolution and gameplay upgrades.

Digital FoundryXbox One X is $500 - so how much will next-gen consoles cost?

And is a true generational leap actually possible any time soon?

Digital FoundryForza Motorsport 7: Xbox One X's true 4K showcase delivers

Plus: the full story behind Project Scorpio's 'uncompressed pixels'.

Digital FoundryDigital Foundry: Hands-on with Destiny 2 PC at 4K 60fps

Bungie's PC return looks exceptional - and we've got the video to prove it.

Digital FoundryXbox One X looks stunning - but we need to see more

A lack of code at E3 means the jury's still out.

Digital FoundryE3 2017: Why Project Scorpio is good news for PS4 Pro users

More 4K hardware on the market means better support for everyone.

Digital FoundryMicrosoft gives more memory to Project Scorpio developers

9GB of GDDR5 memory for games, 3GB reserved for the system.

Digital FoundryWipEout at 4K 60fps is PS4 Pro at its best

The full resolution, full frame-rate showcase we've been waiting for.

Digital FoundryIn Theory: Where next for the Nintendo/Nvidia partnership?

A more powerful second-gen Switch? A replacement dock with extra graphics power?

Digital Foundry4K gaming: what can PC learn from PlayStation Pro?

If consoles can produce impressive 4K visuals, what about mainstream graphics cards?

FeatureGT Sport on PS4 Pro: 4K impresses, but what about 1080p support?

UPDATE: Enhanced MSAA as well as higher frame-rates confirmed for full HD users.

Digital FoundryWhy can't Destiny 2 run at 60fps on PS4 Pro?

4K resolution more viable than doubling frame-rate.

Digital FoundryIn Theory: Could Sony release PlayStation 5 in 2018?

Digital Foundry on the hardware options available for a next-gen PlayStation and how powerful it could be.

Digital FoundryHands-on with Tekken 7 - and its PlayStation VR mode

How Namco's fighter plays in virtual reality, and how Unreal Engine 4 elevates the series.

Digital FoundryAsus ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC review: top-tier SLI tested

This GPU is incredibly fast, but how much faster are two of them?

Digital FoundryDigital Foundry: Let's play PC games at 8K resolution

With 8K displays coming soon, can two GTX 1080 Tis in SLI run modern games at 60fps?

Digital FoundryWe watched a Scorpio console get put together

Microsoft shows Digital Foundry how it's building the next Xbox.

Digital FoundryProject Scorpio supports FreeSync and next-gen HDMI

Support for new display tech ensures no screen-tearing and reduced stutter.

Digital FoundryForza Motorsport on Scorpio: the full story

How Turn 10's software helped to shape the next Xbox.

Digital FoundryScorpio is console hardware pushed to a new level

Opinion and analysis from Digital Foundry's Rich Leadbetter.

Digital FoundryInside the next Xbox: Project Scorpio tech revealed

Digital Foundry has the specs, has seen it running, and has talked to the people who built it.

Digital FoundryFive ways your Xbox One and 360 games will be better on Scorpio

Smoother frame-rates, no tearing, faster loading - and more.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X review: what's the real story with gaming?

Controversy surrounds Ryzen's gameplay credentials. Digital Foundry investigates.

Digital FoundryStandard Tegra X1 'confirmed' as Switch's processor

Nintendo's claims of a custom chip come under scrutiny.

Digital FoundryZelda: Breath of the Wild uses dynamic resolution scaling

Does this explain why Switch's portable mode runs smoother than docked?

Digital FoundryHas Nintendo Switch already been hacked?

Old browser exploit compromises new console.

Digital FoundryHow Housemarque engineered Resogun for 4K

The story behind the beautiful ultra HD PS4 Pro update.

Digital FoundryZelda on Switch runs more smoothly in portable mode

But do the visuals hold up compared to the docked experience?

Nvidia unveils GTX 1080 Ti: 'faster than Titan X Pascal'

And the biggest leap in performance from a Ti product yet.

Digital FoundryHorizon is a technical masterpiece on PS4 and Pro

UPDATED: What does PS4 Pro's new performance mode actually deliver?

Digital FoundryNew performance mode boosts Switch mobile clocks by 25 per cent

Digital Foundry on how developers can access more Switch GPU power, plus analysis of the recent teardown.

Digital FoundryIn Theory: How AMD's Ryzen will disrupt the gaming CPU market

UPDATED: It's official. Eight-core Ryzen 7 chips will start at just $329.