Categories
Game

Cyberpunk 2077 delays updates, fixes, DLC roadmap to 2022

Shortly after Cyberpunk 2077 released and fans expressed their discontent with the game, CD Projekt Red committed to fixing its various issues. When it made this commitment, it shared a roadmap that detailed its plans for updates, DLC, and the next-gen upgrades for 2021 and beyond. Today, however, we’re learning that the remainder of the roadmap for 2021 has been delayed into 2022, suggesting Cyberpunk 2077 won’t get any more major updates for the rest of the year.

Earlier today, CD Projekt Red updated the original post containing the roadmap and the FAQ regarding the state of Cyberpunk 2077. The new roadmap says that more updates, improvements, and DLCs will be coming in 2022 and states explicitly that the next-gen console update will be landing at some point in Q1. You can check out the updated roadmap below.

Unfortunately, the new roadmap shows patch 1.31 as the final release for 2021. Patch 1.31 went live back in September as a follow-up to the much larger 1.3 update. According to this roadmap, patch 1.31 is the last significant update we’re getting this year.

That doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any more updates for Cyberpunk 2077 this year, but it does suggest that any other updates coming down the pipeline will likely be smaller in scope. Of course, we already knew some of the information contained within this new roadmap, as CD Projekt Red recently confirmed that the next-gen updates for both Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 had been delayed into next year.

The big question is whether or not we’ll see any more major patches beyond 1.3 at all. Late last year, when Cyberpunk 2077 was still fresh out of the gate and fans were voicing their opinions, CD Projekt Red said that most of the changes for the console version would come in two big patches. Presumably, the company was talking about updates 1.1 and 1.2 there. With updates 1.3 and 1.31, we’ve moved well beyond those first two patches, so it’s entirely possible that CD Projekt Red isn’t planning any other major patches at all.

Assuming that’s the case, we’ll likely see bug fixes ship in smaller (hopefully more frequent) updates. We’ll just have to see what CD Projekt Red announces in the new year. We’ll let you know when those announcements are made, so stay tuned for more.

Repost: Original Source and Author Link

Categories
Game

Intel’s revised roadmap looks beyond 1 nanometer chips

Forget about “SuperFin Enhanced,” the previous name for the node powering Intel’s upcoming 10nm Alder Lake processors. Now, that node is just called “Intel 7,” according to the company’s revised roadmap. But don’t go thinking that means Intel is somehow delivering a 7nm processor early — its long-delayed “Rocket Lake” 7nm chip still won’t ship until 2023, and its node has been renamed to “Intel 4.” Confused yet? It’s almost like Intel is trying to attach a new number to these upcoming products, so we’ll forget it’s losing the shrinking transistor war against AMD.

But Intel’s prospects are more interesting as we look ahead to 2024, when the company expects to finalize the design for its first chips with transistors smaller than 1 nanometer. They’ll be measured by angstroms, instead. The “Intel 20A” node will be powered by “RibbonFET” transistors, the company’s first new architecture since the arrival FinFET in 2011. It’ll be coupled with PowerVia, a technology that can move power delivery to the rear of a chip wafer, which should make signal transmission more efficient.

Pat Gelsinger Intel

Intel

“Building on Intel’s unquestioned leadership in advanced packaging, we are accelerating our innovation roadmap to ensure we are on a clear path to process performance leadership by 2025,” Intel’s new CEO Pat Gelsinger (above) said during the “Intel Accelerated” livestream today. “We are leveraging our unparalleled pipeline of innovation to deliver technology advances from the transistor up to the system level. Until the periodic table is exhausted, we will be relentless in our pursuit of Moore’s Law and our path to innovate with the magic of silicon.”

Before it reaches the angstrom era of chips, though, the company also plans to release a processor with an “Intel 3” node in 2023. You can think of it as a super-powered version of its 7nm architecture, with around an 18 percent performance power watt improvement over Intel 4. It’ll likely fill the timing gap between Rocket Lake chips in 2023 and the Intel 20A products in 2024. Intel is also daring to call its shot beyond 2024: it’s also working on an “Intel 18A” node that’ll further improve on its RibbonFET design.

For consumers, this roadmap means you can expect chips to get steadily faster and more efficient over the next five years. If anything, the announcements today show that Intel is trying to move beyond the 10nm and 7nm delays that have dogged it for ages. 

As we’ve previously argued, it’s ultimately a good thing for the tech industry if Intel can finally regain its footing. Its $20 billion investment in two Arizona-based fabrication plants was a clear sign that Gelsinger aimed to bring the company into new territory. But now that it’s laid out a new timeline, there’ll be even more pressure for Intel not to let things slip once again. 

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Repost: Original Source and Author Link

Categories
Computing

AMD Ryzen Roadmap Shows Big Gains For Gaming Laptops

Leaker @Broly_X1 shared a road map on Friday detailing AMD’s mobile plans through 2022. The road map confirms and adds context to multiple leaks and rumors, showing that AMD is working on a Zen 3+ refresh for mobile, which is slated to launch in 2022.

The two green sections of the road map are what matter. Rembrandt is the code name for the tentative Ryzen 6000 mobile chips. We don’t know if that’s the name AMD will end up going with, but it’s as good a guess as any. The road map shows that these mobile chips will be built on the 6nm Zen 3+ architecture, which is a revision of the 7nm Zen 3 architecture that’s currently available.

Assuming AMD will continue partnering with semiconductor manufacturer TSMC, these chips will show modest improvements over their Zen 3 counterparts. The 7nm process and 6nm process are closely related at TSMC, with the latter showing minor improvements. Basically, Rembrandt isn’t an entirely new generation of processors.

The mobile chips will also feature RDNA 2 graphics cores. AMD’s current Ryzen 5000 mobile chips still use the older Vega graphics cores, so Rembrandt will offer a significant boost to gaming laptops. These cores could provide hardware-accelerated ray tracing, too, just like the RDNA 2-based RX 6000 graphics cards. They’re rumored to offer up to a 50% increase in graphics performance.

Rembrandt “U” chips are targeting thin and light laptops with only 15 watts of power, while Rembrandt “H” chips will go up to 45 watts for dedicated gaming laptops. Both chips will feature support for PCIe 4.0, DDR5, and USB 4. AMD will likely pair these chips with RX 6000M laptop graphics cards, which are rumored to launch soon.

The road map also reveals some other, less exciting chips coming down the pike. Van Gogh and Dragon Crest chips are special designs for devices without a lot of power. Dali and Pollock chips are already out on the market, built specifically for manufacturers and targeted at budget laptops. AMD will release Barcelo processors alongside Rembrandt, likely using the same branding but targeting lower-spec machines. That’s what AMD is doing with Ryzen 5000 mobile chips.

Laptop enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to. Despite AMD stomping through the desktop market, it has struggled to gain a foothold in the mobile space. Bolstering the already powerful Zen 3 architecture with RDNA 2 graphics and a more power-efficient design is a winning strategy, but we haven’t seen what Intel has in store for 2022 yet.

Editors’ Choice






Repost: Original Source and Author Link

Categories
Tech News

Spotify’s roadmap to dominate the music streaming industry

Listening to music has gone past the days when one had to download it on their devices. Music streaming services have changed that for good. These not only bring your favorite music right to your fingertips with the convenience of cross-platform accessibility but also do much more. The ability to discover new music, engage with the audiophile community, and share tracks seamlessly with fellow listeners are some benefits.

Sweden-based Spotify has been a force to reckon with in the industry thanks to its clean UI and a very potent algorithm that adapts to the listener’s preference and mood. It already enjoys a slight upper hand over competing services like Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube Music, and Pandora, if you compare the complete package. Now Spotify wants to fix the chink in its armor and has a roadmap chalked out to dominate the music streaming industry and leave a massive impact; here’s how.

Advanced AI that knows your mood

Spotify had filed a patent in 2018 that was granted on January 12, 2021. It allows the app to analyze the emotional state of a listener and a slew of other things like age, gender, or even the user’s voice (pitch and loudness), and amount of ambient background noise. The latter will give the advanced AI a fair idea of the kind of setting you are in – be it a picnic with friends or at home in your room.

This means the streaming service will understand your current mood and suggest music based on it. Of course, Spotify will use it in conjunction with the smart AI algorithm that is able to suggest music based on the time of the day and history.

Some other patents such as the one that has a karaoke-like feature to overlay a track with vocals of the user or one that matches the tempo of the music with the physical activity (courtesy of the cadence-based media content selection engine), will also give the service strategic advantage in the coming future.

HiFi streaming tier

One thing Spotify didn’t want to talk about when it comes to services like TIDAL, Dezeer and Amazon Music HD, is its high-quality audio streaming capability. It has been one of the most requested features on the app, and now it’s finally coming to Spotify. Announced last month on 22 February, the CD-quality streaming tier will come in late 2021 for Spotify Premium subscribers who can upgrade the membership for high-quality lossless audio streams.

Currently, for paid subscribers, the best option for audio quality is 320 kbps. With HiFi lossless coming into the picture users will be able to listen to their favorite tracks at a higher 1,411 kbps bitrate. What will be pricing for the Spotify Hi-Fi audio streaming tier or when will it be released (in select markets initially) is still unknown.

One thing is for sure, going by how Spotify releases new features, users in the US and Europe are going to get it before most others. Same would hold true for the devices such as PlayStation 5 that are Spotify Connect enabled. Such devices could receive support before other devices that are not Connect enabled.

Podcast streaming coming together

Although Spotify’s podcast efforts have not seen a huge spike, the progress has been steady, and now things are coming together. According to a recent market forecast, the service is going to surpass Apple in monthly US podcast listeners. This comes at the back of spending millions of dollars to gain exclusivity over the new Barack and Michelle Obama podcast featuring Bruce Springsteen.

It’ll get past Apple with 28.2 million users in the US and a two-year prediction estimates the number of users will reach 33.1 million monthly by 2022 and 37.5 million by 2023. The strategy to put music and podcast under one roof has paid dividends, and Spotify now wants to walk over the competition.
Spotify is very smart when it comes to suggesting users tracks they might like based on their history. That novelty is going to seep into the podcasts with Spotify announcing that the machine learning algorithm is coming here too. Searches for podcasts will get a bump-up with a better suggestion platter for broader terms. The feature is currently being tested in the US and will roll out to other parts of the world.

For content creators, Spotify’s partnership with WordPress brings the ability to create new podcasts by using the Anchor tool to convert written content into speech. Other such tools, be it the feature that allows users to ask questions or create polls in the podcast, or include a video in a podcast will also be so beneficial.

International expansion

Spotify has plans to double its footprint internationally in an effort to enhance the aggressive approach to kill the competition. The streaming service plans to launch in 85 more countries (and 36 new languages) including ones in developing nations across the Caribbean, Pacific, African and Asian continent.

It wants to add another billion users to the existing 345 million active user base – 155 million are premium users – in 95 countries. In fact, as we speak, Spotify is already launching in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Samoa, Jamaica, Pakistan, and more. This is by far the most aggressive expansion strategy in years by this Swedish firm.

Of course, all this will give Spotify the edge over fierce competitors like Apple who also have their cards hidden in the deck. For now, Spotify looks on course to strengthen the grip of its dominance in a key market, and the expansion drive will help it attain global popularity.

Repost: Original Source and Author Link

Categories
AI

IBM quantum computing development roadmap envisions applications running 100 times faster

Even as the hype around quantum computing continues to build, plenty of skeptical voices have emerged questioning the lofty predictions and growing venture capital pouring into the sector. In an attempt to cut through that debate, IBM has published a quantum computing development roadmap intended to bring some clarity while also reinforcing its belief that this emerging technology will have a major impact.

IBM believes it has an achievable timetable to advance its quantum hardware to reach the power and reliability that will allow for commercial applications within 5 years. The challenge then is enabling the tools and the environment to let companies and developers start experimenting with writing the applications that will allow them to harness this power.

“Nobody is using quantum computing commercially yet,” IBM vice president of quantum ecosystem development Bob Sutor said. “That will follow mid-decade or so. But it’s not something you can wake up and just suddenly be an expert in overnight. So typically, what you see is that the leaders in the field will move to new technology and they start experimenting with it to develop that expertise.”

Big tech companies such as Google and Microsoft are plunging ahead with ambitious quantum computing programs. Meanwhile, quantum startups have been raising steady amounts of money from VCs, including Zapata with $38 million for quantum machine learning, IQM with $46 million to commercialize its quantum computers, and Classiq with $10.5 million for its modeling tool for building algorithms for quantum computers.

IBM has been among the most aggressive in trying to build momentum for quantum computing. In 2016, the company launched the Q Network, which allows companies to begin experimenting with quantum computers via the company’s cloud service. According to Sutor, the Q Network now has more than 135 organizations, including corporations such as JP Morgan Chase and Exxon, as well as universities and startups.

According to IBM’s quantum hardware roadmap, the company expects to achieve 100 qubits (the measure of a quantum computer’s processing power) this year, 400 qubits next year, and 1,000 qubits by 2023. While there are still major scientific hurdles to clear to make quantum computing superior to classical computing, Sutor said IBM is in a strong position to overcome them.

“This is significant because it represents that we have now the scientific and engineering confidence that we’re able to break through only having small systems to get to the larger systems that we are going to need to have quantum computing be useful to do things better than just classical systems can do,” he said.

Next quantum steps

That has brought greater focus to the question of what companies will do with this new computing power and how to bring them along. Part of that involves setting expectations.

“When we talk about quantum computing, the first thing you want to remember is that this not a wholesale replacement for classical computers,” Sutor said. “We’re not going to throw away our classical computers. Quantum computers need classical systems to work.”

Sutor said quantum computers will work best for offloading certain specific tasks. Among the most promising areas where quantum can bring more powerful calculations are natural sciences and chemistry, problem optimization, and some parts of artificial intelligence. In these scenarios, it’s possible to imagine a developer is running an application on their laptop but at a specific stage sends a request across the cloud to a quantum computer to perform a calculation which is then returned to that laptop.

To make the quantum portion of that equation more accessible, IBM has created an open source quantum programming framework called Qiskit. Sutor said that Qiskit will help speed up computation for applications by 100 times.

To leverage Qiskit, IBM is also trying to enlarge the pool of developers who can write applications for quantum computers. So IBM has been making a big push to train and expand the talent base of people who have a working knowledge of how to code for quantum.

The company started with a free online course expecting about 200 attendees. Instead, it drew 4,000 developers. And then IBM partnered with a coding school to create a program for 5,000 students. When 10,000 developers tried to register, the partners agreed to expand it to 6,000 attendees. Much of this teaching material is now also available on YouTube.

“We’re raising the first generation of quantum-native developers,” Sutor said. “These are people who are learning quantum computing at the same time they’re learning how to code.”

That growing developer community will, in turn, allow more companies to begin laying the groundwork for their own quantum strategies.

“If you’re a software developer, with this roadmap, you can decide where and when you should jump into quantum,” Sutor said. “This is obviously extremely important because developers are people who will be creating the software for all of us. And on the other hand, if you’re looking at this from a company perspective, they’re saying, ‘When will quantum be powerful enough to be relevant to me?’ And they’ll turn to developers for answers to that question. This roadmap should give them confidence that we will continue on a pace of very aggressive developments.”

VentureBeat

VentureBeat’s mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact.

Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:

  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform
  • networking features, and more

Become a member

Repost: Original Source and Author Link