Intel launches Xe HPG Scavenger Hunt on March 26th
As turns out the cryptic message is hidden in the Xe-HPG teaser video that we immediately spotted actually does mean something.
The code has been cracked by duckofdeath over at Wccftech. The binary code did not refer to ASCII (text), but rather an IP address that leads to the special event page dedicated to Xe-HPG Scavenger Hunt. The IP 188.8.131.52 leads to xehpg.intel.com.
The message says that the Hunt will begin on March 26th at 9 AM PST. This is 3 days after Intel’s CEO Pat Gelsinger webcast. It is likely that we might hear more about the Xe-HPG Scavenger Hunt during this webcast. It is also possible that the codes will be shown during the webcast, so stay tuned and you might actually be able to find something.
It is unclear why is Intel announcing the Scavenger Hunt right now, whether this indicates that the launch of new DG2 GPUs is actually closer than previously believed. Intel’s Raja Koduri has recently been sharing photos from Intel labs where the new gaming microarchitecture is currently being tested. It certainly did not indicate that Intel is ready to launch its first high-end discrete GPUs.