By Imran Khan
Out with old and in with the new. 2014, here we come.
From the Gadget Buddies team we would like to wish our readers a happy
new year. 2013 was quite a year of technological advancement. We saw
the PlayStation 4, next generation smart phones, faster computer
processors and more practical gadgets being brought to the market. How
will 2014 improve on this? We took a look into some advancements that
will be coming this year.
Steam has been an online gaming platform that worked with all Valve
games since their inception. Gamers may remember the likes of ‘Counter
Strike’, ‘Half Life’ and ‘Portal’, all of which were games that could be
played seamlessly online in real time.
The platform has become so popular in recent years that servers have
been created in South Africa to allow local gamers to connect and play
against each other. For 2014 Steam has decided to up their game by
going into console development. Steam is looking into bringing a pc type
console running on their Linux-based system for television use. So you
could soon be playing your favourite online game directly on your
television set. That would be quite an advancement. However, we do fear
that it will kill LAN based events that take place in the city, where
hundreds of gamers gather for a weekend of nonstop gaming. Only time
AMD is coming
A while back for every game box under recommended cards, Nvidia came
up top of the list, while Radeon, well it was in that small unreadable box.
AMD is biting back and bringing in a new line of high end Radeon Graphicscards this year. What’s even more amazing is that they are managing to
offer the same amount of graphics processing power as Nvidia, but at a
fraction of the price. Radeon was always without a doubt seen as the
underdog but the cards that are coming to store in 2014 will give
consumers big bang for their buck. The Radeon R7260x card will play
practically any game and if you are doing animation or graphical work, it
will definitely stand up to a Geforce equivalent card. The R7 packs 2 gigs
of ram that runs at 1625 megahertz and has a total of 896 cores. We will
admit that it uses a lot of power, but if you want to run that latest ‘Crysis’
game on full spec, then it’s definitely worth it.
We foresee 2014 as being a year of great change, with new technology
companies coming on board and smarter faster devices hitting shelves. All
we can advise is that you keep watching this space for all the latest.