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Richard Leadbetter, Blacksmith of the Future

Rich has been a games journalist since the days of 16-bit and specialises in technical analysis. Commonly known around Eurogamer as the Blacksmith of the Future.

Recent articles by Richard Leadbetter

Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Oculus Rift

Exciting new display technology or the beginning of a revolution in gaming?

By Richard Leadbetter

Oddworld vs. PlayStation Vita

The inside story of what it's like working with Sony's powerful handheld

By Richard Leadbetter

Spec Analysis: PlayStation 4

Digital Foundry's take on the final confirmed spec, the capabilities of the hardware - and the surprise 8GB announcement.

By Richard Leadbetter

Durango Kinect 2.0 specs leak

Increased resolution, lower lag, new IR sensor for better low-light performance

By Richard Leadbetter

Next-gen Xbox specs leak

Layout diagrams and part details uncovered for Microsoft's Durango console

By Richard Leadbetter

Orbis unmasked: what to expect from the next-gen PlayStation

Digital Foundry presents hard data on the technology inside Sony's new console... and its upcoming Xbox rival

By Richard Leadbetter

What's inside the Piston Steam Box prototype?

Digital Foundry on what to expect from the Valve-funded mini games machine

By Richard Leadbetter

Wii U blitzes PS3 and 360 as the "greenest" console

Digital Foundry assesses the power consumption of Nintendo's new home console

By Richard Leadbetter

Nintendo Wii U review

Does the next-gen start now? Digital Foundry reviews the US Wii U

By Richard Leadbetter

iPad mini review

Digital Foundry gets to grips with the iPad mini to assess build, performance and gaming prowess

By Richard Leadbetter

Tech Focus: The New PlayStation 3 Hack

Digital Foundry analyses the latest assault on Sony's console security protocols.

By Richard Leadbetter

Tech Focus: iPad Mini and the Fourth Gen iPad

Digital Foundry's take on the latest brace of Apple tablets

By Richard Leadbetter

Tech Focus: Extreme Resolution Gameplay

Digital Foundry on the arrival of Retina screens and next-gen 4K HDTVs - is the graphics power there to run cutting-edge gameplay on these phenomenal displays?

By Richard Leadbetter

The OS Factor and the Rise of Transmedia Gaming

Digital Foundry on why Wii U dedicates 1GB to its background operating system - and how Durango could see that double

By Richard Leadbetter

Tech Evolution: How Devs Pushed Consoles To Their Limits

Digital Foundry on major tech advances this generation, and how it will transition into the next

By Richard Leadbetter

Is Wii U Too Expensive? And What Happened to the PS3 Price-Cut?

Digital Foundry on console build costs and the decisions facing the platform holders this holiday season.

By Richard Leadbetter

Whatever happened to the iPad mini?

Why the new iPod Touch is a better bet than a downsized iPad, plus the Digital Foundry take on the iPhone 5 reveal

By Richard Leadbetter

Spec Analysis: The New Kindle Fire HD Tablets

Digital Foundry's assessment of the new Amazon slates' gaming prowess

By Richard Leadbetter

Tech Focus: The Evolution of Steam and the "Windows 8 Catastrophe"

Digital Foundry on why Valve is embracing Linux as a hedge bet against the new Microsoft OS.

By Richard Leadbetter

Tech Focus: Can Sony Make a 99 PlayStation 3?

Digital Foundry breaks down the challenges facing Sony with its upcoming console revision

By Richard Leadbetter

Ouya, Surface and Nexus 7: The Rise of Tegra 3

Is NVIDIA's processor the best fit for a new tablet or console launch? Digital Foundry investigates

By Richard Leadbetter

Tech Focus: Tablet Wars

Digital Foundry looks at the challenges Apple faces with the arrival of the Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface.

By Richard Leadbetter

Sony's Cloud Platform: The New Gaming Frontier

Digital Foundry on why the Gaikai acquisition goes beyond simply streaming PlayStation games

By Richard Leadbetter

Tech Focus: Second Screen Gaming

Digital Foundry takes a look at SmartGlass, the Wii U GamePad and the PS3/Vita connection.

By Richard Leadbetter

The Xbox 720 Leak: Fact or Fantasy?

Digital Foundry presents its assessment of the controversial document

By Richard Leadbetter

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