Posted March 05, 2018 14:27:12 Microsoft announced today that it will start shipping the new Surface 3 with a new graphics engine for gaming, but will keep the previous one.
The Surface Pro 2 had an Intel Iris Graphics processor, while the Surface Pro 5 with the Intel HD Graphics 520 has an Nvidia GPU.
The new Surface models will run Windows 10 Pro.
The device’s 3D capabilities will also be updated with a more powerful GPU, according to Microsoft.
The graphics processor will be called “Kaveri,” and will be used to “process 3D imagery, render 3D objects, and render 3-D depth information,” Microsoft said.
Microsoft will also start shipping new Surface-branded peripherals in the next few weeks.
“We’ve built Surface 3 in a way that allows us to focus on what’s most important: gaming, not only on the hardware, but also on the software,” said Mark Hachman, the company’s vice president of engineering.
“The Surface Pro 4 has a lot of power, but it’s not as powerful as what the Surface 3 has, and there are a lot more features in the Surface 5 and Surface Pro 6.”
Microsoft is launching the Surface Mini with a similar 3D chip, but the new model is expected to run on the same platform as the Surface.
The company also announced that it plans to release a Surface tablet, codenamed “Surface Pencil,” with a 3D sensor.
The pen will be able to do a variety of things, including drawing, scrolling, and even editing photos, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Microsoft has also been releasing the Surface Pencil with a “truly immersive, multi-touch interface.”
Microsoft’s Surface Pen has been the subject of a lot a fuss recently, as some have pointed out that the Surface’s 3-inch touchscreen is too small to actually draw on.
The issue has also caused some controversy for Surface Pro users, who have had to pay $99 for a new Surface Pen, which was originally available for $159.
The latest Surface Pro is priced at $499, though it will ship in early March, according a listing on Amazon.