LEAP­ING FOR­WARD

Maximum PC - - EDITORIAL - Tuan Nguyen

AS A YEAR ENDS, peo­ple get sen­ti­men­tal. Re­view the past, see what went right and what went wrong. I say, to hell with look­ing back. It’s all about the fu­ture.

While 2017 brought us some great hard­ware, 2018 is go­ing to be even bet­ter. I feel this is the year when all the ex­cit­ing in­no­va­tion will hap­pen. Case in point: AMD’s Radeon chief jumped ship and went to In­tel. Days after, In­tel an­nounced that it plans to work on dis­crete GPUs! Are we go­ing to see three main play­ers in the graph­ics mar­ket? I hope so.

2018 will also be the year when n VR gets re­ally se­ri­ous. Head­sets are go­ing oing wire­less with full in­side-out track­ing that lets you move around in as much space pace as you can af­ford. This will force wire­less eless video stan­dards to im­prove. I hope that once this hap­pens, con­tent will im­prove.

Other fan­tas­ti­cal things I’m look­ing for­ward to? Bet­ter screens. This means we’ll see screens with higher res­o­lu­tions and higher re­fresh rates. And higher re­fresh rates aren’t just for gam­ing. They make a huge im­pact on the desk­top, too. If you’ve never moved a win­dow at 120Hz, you’re miss­ing out! In fact, the screen is our num­ber one driver of the PC. And to drive the in­creased pixel den­sity, GPUs will need to re­ally up the ante.

And wouldn’t you know—it’s all very con­ve­nient that we’re go­ing to have three ma­jor play­ers mak­ing GPUs now. Good times ahead! Tu an Nguyen is Max­i­mum PC’s ed­i­tor-inchief, also known as“the pointy end of the stick .” He’ s been writ­ing, mar­ket­ing, and rais­ing hell in the te chi nd us try for 19 years.

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