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If you purchased a new television recently, there's a better-than-good chance that it is a 4K Ultra HD set, as those have become the norm, and not the exception. One way to take advantage of the added resolution (over Full HD) is through select content on Netflix. Depending on the luck of the draw, however, you might be charged an added fee to have access to 4K streams. But wait, isn't that already the case? It sure is, but Netflix is reportedly testing a new tier that is pricier than the current Premium tier. Here is how things currently stand: Click to Enlarge Netflix currently offers three tiers—Basic ($7.99/month), Standard ($10.99/month), and Premium ($13.99/month). The Basic plan... Read more...
We’ve been hearing about 4K G-SYNC HDR monitors with 144Hz panels ever since CES 2017. At the time, both ASUS and Acer announced monitors that adhered to NVIDIA’s announced specs. 2017 came to a close and CES 2018 came and went with no sign of these mythical G-SYNC HDR monitors. However, NVIDIA is now saying that the time has come to unleash the beast, so to speak. The first 27-inch 144Hz monitors supporting G-SYNC HDR will launch in by the end of this month, or early June at the latest. All of these monitors will of course feature a 4K resolution (3840x2160) with virtually zero input lag. A next generation G-SYNC controller is incorporated, while the panel itself will have cover... Read more...
A few days ago, AMD started pushing out a new Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.4.1 driver release that, according to the release notes, introduced support for the April 2018 Update for Windows 10. Other than a handful of bug fixes, there didn't appear to be anything else special about the latest driver package—no game optimizations and no additional features, or so we thought. While not listed in the release notes, AMD's latest GPU drivers enable streaming 4K Ultra HD video from Netflix on your PC. The added functionality was first spotted by Hardware.info, which noticed that latest driver release has built-in support for Microsoft's PlayReady 3.0, a digital rights management (DRM)... Read more...
Philips is cranking out a truly high-end display in the form of the Momentum 43-inch gaming monitor. Besides its rather mammoth (for a gaming display) screen size, the Momentum is notable for its support for the DisplayHDR 1000 standard. Up until now, the VESA standards organization has recognized DisplayHDR 400 and DisplayHDR 600 certified displays, which have brightness ratings of 400 nits and 600 nits respectively. However, given the DisplayHDR 1000 rating, the new Philips Momentum boasts a brightness rating of 1,000 nits. The display supports 4K resolutions (3840x2160) and 10-bit color input.  In addition, it is able to cover 97.6 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. Other features... Read more...
Blackmagic rolled out a slick-looking new cinema camera this week at the National Association of Broadcasters Show. It's a camera that uses a compact handheld still camera design and records video in 4K. The big deal here is that the cinema camera has a very affordable price tag that should put it right in reach of the movie shooters and videophiles out there looking for 4K support. The retail price for the camera body is $1,295 and it uses lenses with the Active MFT mount. The body can control iris, focus, and zoom on supported lenses and the dynamic range has 13 stops and the effective sensor size of the camera is 18.96mm x 10mm. Supported shooting resolutions include 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI),... Read more...
DOOM has been a popular game for the PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch platforms since it first launched back in 2016. However, id Software is delivering an update to owners of the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro that will unlock the full processing potential of the consoles. The patch will be available starting tomorrow and will enable 4K resolution support for both consoles, which will finally put the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro on even footing with what's possible on the PC platform. Bethesda says that the increase in image fidelity means that you will likely want to revisit the game in all its gory glory. "Every blast of the BFG, every demon glory kill and every chainsaw slice through... Read more...
Graphics professionals and anyone looking for a larger size HDR monitor may want to take not of something new that ASUS cooked up. As we head into the weekend, ASUS launched its ProArt PA32UC, a 32-inch monitor with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel and enough brightness to drive a true high dynamic range (HDR) experience, which is not something to take for granted when shopping an HDR monitor. Here's the thing about HDR. Whether it's a television or a computer monitor, ideally you want a display that is capable of cranking up the brightness to 1,000 nits (cd/m2). Many HDR displays fall woefully short, however, with some of them only capable of 350 nits. That's even below the entry-level DisplayHDR... Read more...
Canon has unveiled its latest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera called the EOS M50. Canon is very clear in calling this camera an entry-level unit, and the camera maker wants smartphone users to think of this as their step up from primary shooter. The EOS M50 will most certainly offer better image quality than any smartphone camera out there. M50 has the distinction of being the first EOS M-series camera able to record 24fps video at 4K resolution. Canon also fits the M50 with a Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which is a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor that captures images with less noise and higher definition in low-light situations. "Our core goal when developing new entry-level interchangeable lens... Read more...
This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas officially comes to a close today, though by this time, most of the exhibits have been torn down. That's okay, because we were in attendance earlier this week, gathering up information and snapping photos on some of the more interesting stuff on display. One of the vendors we visited was ASUS, and the company did not disappoint. From next-generation wireless routers to a Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD), ASUS brought the goods. Let's have a look. We will start things off with the company's BFGD. It is a 65-inch gaming display based on NVIDIA's BFGD blueprint, and is intended specifically for gamers. ASUS is one of several companies to unwrap... Read more...
It's not as hard as it once was to procure content that takes full advantage of the latest crop of beautiful 4K televisions (and monitors), but to some, 4K is just half of the equation. The other half, of course, is HDR (high-dynamic range). With HDR, colors gamut coverage is delivered over a much wider area (hence, "range"), and accurate. In effect, colors will pop and, to borrow an old cliche', make the picture "more lifelike" than ever before. Netflix has offered HDR on some platforms for a while now, but has just now rolled it out on the PC. If you've been on the hunt for 4K Netflix in the past on your PC, the solution for HDR content delivery is probably not going to come as a... Read more...
LG has announced that it will be bringing new computer displays to CES 2018, and they are both quite impressive. The first is the LG 32UK950, which is a 32-inch UHD 4K monitor with support for HDR600 and LG's Nano IPS technology integrated. That Nano IPS technology uses nanometer-sized particles within the screen's LEDs to absorb excess light wavelengths. That application enhances intensity and purity of colors according to LG allowing for a more life-like viewing experience. The monitor is able to show 98% of the DCI-P3 color spectrum, which LG says is comparable to the monitors used when mastering Hollywood films. The 32UK950 monitor has peak brightness of 600 candela. LG also says that this... Read more...
Dell has a long history of producing high-quality displays, and the recently released Dell UltraSharp 27 Premier Color UltraHD 4K monitor (model UP2718Q) we will be showing you here -- the company’s first to support HDR10 -- is no exception. Though this display demands a premium price, it is also chock full of sought after features that target graphic designers and content creation professionals. The 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) IPS panel used in the UP2718Q features UHD Alliance Premium certification and support for 100% of the Adobe color gamut. It can display approximately 1.07 billion colors, includes Dell Premium Color software, and supports 100% sRGB, Adobe RGB, REC 709,... Read more...
Today is Cyber Monday, the online equivalent of last week's Black Friday. For all the folks who couldn't be bothered with getting out in the crowds, it’s time to start crackin' online. Walmart has announced that its Cyber Monday sale kicked off at midnight and is going right now. There are some good deals to be had on electronics and gaming devices with this sale. Perhaps the most interesting is that Walmart has the PS4 Pro on sale for $349. This is the same price other retailers were offering on Black Friday so if you missed out in store, you can possibly land the deal online now. Walmart is offering a standard PS4 Slim 1TB console for $199, which is a price we have seen at multiple... Read more...
There are more resolution options for the upcoming Xbox One X gaming console than many expected. We all knew that the Xbox One X, hailed as the most powerful game console ever, would work with 1080p TVs, 4K TVs and monitors, but many gamers don’t want either of those resolutions. What some gamers want is support for 1440p, which is WHQ or 2560x1440 resolution. While we haven't heard much on support for this resolution, the game console will support that resolution and do so natively. Some feared when they connect their 1440p monitors, they would be met with screen images that were simply 1080p supersampled to work on the higher resolution screen. Those fears have been squashed by Kevin Gammill,... Read more...
It's not a shark with frickin' laser beams on its head, but Dr. Evil would most certainly put the slick new Hisense 100-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Laser TV on the wall inside his evil lair. This isn't really a TV in the traditional sense, it's more like a projector and screen with a full speaker system right in the box. "It's time to rethink TV," said Dr. Lin, Vice President of Hisense Group. "In addition to an unapologetically amazing viewing experience, the Hisense Laser TV can be easily incorporated into any home environment as it does not require a special darkened environment or cumbersome equipment. The thin, lightweight, 100" screen hangs effortlessly and elegantly, complementing any space... Read more...
There are plenty of options out there for cable and satellite TV service and while many people are more concerned with cutting that cord and using streaming services, DISH Network is still a big choice for many people. DISH has announced a new feature today that fans of Netflix in 4K will want to know about. While DISH started supporting 4K Netflix streaming via its own app back in April of 2016 for Hopper 3 users, only the main TV with the Hopper 3 directly connected could stream Netflix in 4K. That has changed with DISH announcing today that the 4K Netflix app is now available for its 4K Joey set top boxes. That means streaming of Netflix 4K content in your entire home is now enabled. If you... Read more...
When the current generation Apple TV was first announced back in September 2015, it was conspicuously missing one important feature that was becoming available with competing devices: 4K streaming support. This omission was made even more perplexing given the devices starting price of $150, putting it at a disadvantage to cheaper rivals like the Roku 4 and Amazon Fire TV. Now, two years later, Apple is rectifying that "mistake" with the Apple TV 4K. The Apple TV's internal hardware has been beefed up to include a triple-core A10 Fusion processor and 3GB of RAM (the same CPU used in the iPad Pro), which is a huge upgrade compared to its predecessor, which features an A8 processor and 2GB of RAM.... Read more...
Apple iPhone fans by and large are eagerly anticipating the launch of the iPhone 8, the next-generation handset that will mark the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. However, that is not the only electronic gadget Apple is planning to unveil next month. Tim Cook and the Cupertino gang will trot out a new Apple TV set-top box, one that will be upgraded 4K streaming and high dynamic range (HDR) support. The streaming device sector is a crowded field these days with competitive solutions such as Google's Chromecast, Amazon's Fire TV, and of course the Roku. Versions of all three of these popular devices support 4K streaming, while both the Chromecast Ultra and Roku Ultra support HDR as well (Amazon... Read more...
It is finally happening, folks. Final Fantasy XV is trading its console attire for PC digs, Square Enix announced at Gamescom 2017. The game will arrive on PC early next year, bringing with it all available DLC and updates. It will also come dressed to impress with several graphical upgrades, including a bump to native 4K resolution graphics (if your PC can handle it), with graphical options to support up to 8K. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will also feature high dynamic range (HDR10) support, provided you pair the game with a Windows 10 Creators Update compatible display, several NVIDIA technologies underneath the hood to spruce up the graphics. And the following are the recommended system... Read more...
The official trailer for Destiny 2 already has us all jacked up for the game's release, but now that we have seen it running at 4K Ultra HD at a silky smooth 60 frames per second, we are chomping at the bit (or champing at the bit, if being grammatically correct—look it up) to spend some hands-on time with this multiplayer title. You can see it in 4K as well, courtesy of NVIDIA. With Activision and Bungie's blessing no doubt, NVIDIA posted a minute-long video to YouTube showing the forthcoming Destiny 2 beta for PC running in glorious 4K. It takes some serious PC horsepower to game at 4K, but if your system can handle it, you are welcome to play Destiny 2 at that resolution, and do so without... Read more...
Remember when mobile phones were used primarily for making actual voice calls while on the go? Pshaw! These days we use our handsets for all kinds of things, and for some, they are used most often for snapping pictures and recording videos. Smartphone makers have responded by using higher quality camera sensors, and with the iPhone 8 that is just around the bend, there is evidence to suggest that both the front and rear cameras will be able to record 4K resolution video at 60 frames per second. Image Source: Forbes via Gordon Kelly and Nodus Apple has not said a peep about the iPhone 8's camera capabilities, though the possible upgrade in functionality was discovered by digging through lines... Read more...
If we are allowed to be hyperbolic, we can say your local movie theater is obsolete. Or more specifically, the large screen displays inside your local theater are outdated. Sure, there might be exceptions in various spots around the country, but next to Samsung's new Cinema LED Screen, a massive 33.8-foot (10.3 meters) wide display with a 4K resolution (4096x2160) and high dynamic range (HDR) support, most theaters are left found wanting. Samsung has found its first customer for this display in Korea, where it recently installed the Cinema LED Screen at the Lotte Cinema World Tower. In addition to delivering 4K visuals and HDR support, the screen boasts a peak brightness level of 146fL, nearly... Read more...
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