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Halo 5: Guardians was noticeably absent from the list of existing Xbox One games that Microsoft announced at E3 would receive a 4K upgrade for its upcoming Xbox One X console. If you were miffed at the apparent snub, we have good news—developer 343 Industries has now confirmed that a 4K patch is coming the fifth main entry in the Halo franchise, and it will deliver true 4K visuals. "The team here at 343 always had a desire to bring players the best Halo 5 experience for Xbox One X, but we weren’t quite ready to make the announcement during the E3 time frame. Today we are excited to officially confirm that Halo 5 will receive a game update to support true 4K with the release of Xbox One X later... Read more...
Microsoft has hyped up the Xbox One X as “the most powerful console ever made”, which is undeniable, and proclaims that it is the only current generation console that can render in “True 4K”. Although Microsoft has told us that titles like Forza Motorsport 7 will be able to easily break the 60 fps barrier at 4K, the company has been less than forthcoming about the 4K performance of other games. Fortunately, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry has given us a highly detailed analysis of nine gaming titles and how they perform on the Xbox One. Digital Foundry sourced its information from a number of developers, who were reticent to providing both the performance figures and the title of the games being... Read more...
Blizzard is remaking one of the most popular games ever to grace the PC, and one that is largely responsible for Battle.net online service. We are of course talking about StarCraft, the best selling game of 1998. It is especially popular in South Korea, though it has a rabid fan base in all corners of the globe. Those fans are being treated to a remastered version that will introduce upgraded graphics and audio while keeping the core gameplay experience the same. StarCraft: Remastered is a "return to glory," according to Blizzard, which is offering exclusive content to fans who pre-order the title. "Prepare to rediscover a classic. StarCraft: Remastered upgrades Blizzard Entertainment’s original... Read more...
In a sense, the era of 4K gaming is already here. All it takes is a powerful PC with a burly graphics card (or two) and a 4K monitor. While not as robust, 4K gaming has even spilled over into the console space—Sony with its PlayStation 4 Pro, and Microsoft with its forthcoming Xbox One X. The latter will be the more powerful of the two in terms of raw horsepower, and if you're wondering what all the fuss is about, just take a peek at some of 4K screenshots of Forza 7 and Sea of Thieves. You'll need a 4K monitor or television to get the full effect. If you have one, you can view a bevy of screenshots—41 in all— from both games that a user posted to Reddit. Starting with the latter, screenshots... Read more...
Google developed a high-tech whiteboard that costs $4,999 and is now available to purchase. While that seems a bit pricey, it is a much more affordable solution compared to Microsoft's competing Surface Hub, which starts at $8.999 and goes up from there, depending on the size and configuration. In this case, Google's Jamboard measures 55 inches and comes with a pair or styluses, and eraser, and a wall mount. What makes Jamboard unique from a regular whiteboard is the technology inside. It is described as a cloud-based collaborative whiteboard, which allows teams in different parts of the world to collaborate on projects in real-time as if they were in the same room. It's a rather neat concept,... Read more...
Amazon has been in the news a lot recently, mainly for its popular Alexa AI that powers its Echo family of products. The company last week announced the Echo Show, which features a 7-inch display, and today the company has revealed a partnership with Element to produce 4K Smart TVs. Element isn’t a brand that you would normally associate with high-end picture quality or plentiful features — it’s a brand that you would typically find at retail stores like Walmart or Target with budget pricing. However, Amazon isn’t letting that “cheap” stigma get in the way of spreading Alexa AI magic to more people. First and foremost, these new Fire TV Edition sets are running Amazon’s FireOS, which gives you... Read more...
We’ve already introduced you to three new gaming notebooks from Acer, but the company hasn’t forgotten about you desktop freaks. So, we present to you the Predator X27, which manages to cram in a lot of high-end features in a menacing package. First and foremost, the Predator X27 has a — surprise, surprise — 27-inch panel with a 4K resolution. But Acer doesn’t stop there, the display is also HDR-enabled with a refresh rate of 144Hz. NVIDIA G-SYNC technology provides a stutter-free gaming experience, and it is backed up by NVIDIA Ultra-Low Motion Blur (ULMB) technology. The Predator X27 makes use of Quantum Dot technology, which allows for more life-like color representation, covering 99 percent... Read more...
Microsoft is betting big on the follow-up to its current Xbox One S gaming console. It’s next big console, codenamed Project Scorpio, will be formally introduced at the E3 expo, which is less than two months away. In the meantime, we’re learning a little bit more about the console in the lead up to its official unveil. Today, we’re being treated to some screenshots which show the difference in image quality and detail between games rendered at 1080p versus 4K that’s possible with Project Scorpio. Although the screenshots were taken from a tech demo that Microsoft showcased at a private event, the differences between 1080p and 4K are still impressive. You’ll have to hit up the source link below... Read more...
There’s no doubt that the NVIDIA SHIELD TV is an incredibly powerful media platform that not only allows for immersive gaming, but also supports popular 4K streaming services. Powered by a Tegra X1 processor (which also powers the incredibly popular Nintendo Switch), the SHIELD TV does battle with devices like the Apple TV, Fire TV and various Roku models. Today, NVIDIA is expanding the streaming capabilities of the SHIELD TV by adding 4K streaming support for Google Play Movies and TV. The SHIELD TV already had 4K streaming support for services like YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Video (among others), but the inclusion of Google Play Movies and TV now puts the media streamer far above all others... Read more...
Catering to the creative professional, HP today unveiled both a gorgeous new Cinema 4K display, as well as a slew of mobile workstations - all of which are certifiably HOT. At the forefront, HP's DreamColor Z31x Studio Display is a 31.1" display equipped with a proper Cinema 4K resolution (4096x2160) and a ton of treats for those who use their displays for work. The display sports a 10-bit panel, with a luminance rating of 250 cd/m2 - typical of displays used for photography and video content. One of the best features of the DreamColor Z31x is that it has a built-in calibrator, allowing you to get the right color for your work without the need of an external peripheral. Color is really the... Read more...
There are plenty of competent monitors on the market these days to cover a wide variety of segments. Whether you need a basic display to browse the internet and read emails, or a fast gaming monitor with G-SYNC/FreeSync and ultra-fast response times, or a professional monitor with high-quality color representation; chances are there is a product out there to suit your specific needs. AOC is targeting creative professionals with its new C4008VU8, which is a curved screen 4K UHD (3840x2160) display with 10-bit color. The C4008VU8 can output over 1.07 billion colors with “more depth and richer color to produce more vibrant images.” AOC definitely isn’t targeting hardcore gamers with this display,... Read more...
Get out those wallets. Dell’s visually enticing 30-inch UltraSharp 4K OLED Monitor UP3017Q is now on sale. According to Dell, the monitor provides “incredibly realistic imagery that’s unlike any other panel”. Dell’s first 4K UltraSharp offers a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The 30 panel comprises some 8 million pixels, a color depth of 1.07 billion colors, and quick image transition response time of 0.1 milliseconds (black to white). Dell notes that, “Every color onscreen is intensely rich and vibrant against true black, and enhanced by individually lit pixels on an expansive 30-inch display.” The monitor is also the first OLED display on the market with USB Type-C connectivity.... Read more...
Samsung earlier this month blitzed the home consumer market with a bevy of new 4K Ultra HD televisions with high dynamic range (HDR) support and its fancy quantum dot technology, though rather than hedge its bets on a single sector, it's bringing some of those same technologies to the big screen. We're talking movie theater screens—the new Samsung Cinema Screen is a 34-foot display with "unprecedented picture quality." This is a shot at digital projectors. The 34-foot display "easily accommodates modern theater dimensions" and delivers LED quality visuals at a 4K (4096x2160) resolution. It is also the first movie theater display to support HDR for vibrant colors, and according to Samsung, it... Read more...
Nintendo did not concern itself with getting into a specifications war with Microsoft and Sony when it developed its hybrid Switch console. As such, even though it is the newest game system on the block, it is not the most powerful, nor is it built for 4K Ultra HD game play. That means the widely praised The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is destined to live in 1080p on the big screen and 1,280x720 on the Switch's 6.2-inch display, though wouldn't it be neat if it could be rendered in 4K? Well, it has been, through a port to the PC. Exzap, developer of the Cemu Wii U emulator for PC, got the newest Zelda title working for PC and posted a video of it running at 4K. It does not run all that... Read more...
On the desktop, a 4K resolution isn't just hard on our graphics cards; it can be hard on our eyeballs as well. When the first 4K monitors hit the market, most of them used similar form-factors as 1440p models, despite needing to cram way more pixels into that space. Speaking from experience, 4K on a 28" monitor can be headache-inducing, and it's for that reason that larger 4K panels can hold a lot of appeal. Philip's latest foray into 4K definitely has a lot of appeal with its 40-inch screen size, which means it'll require a fair bit of desk space, but your eyes won't bleed from squinting at the desktop. The Brilliance BDM4037UW is also priced attractively ($999) and foregoes a TN panel... Read more...
At CES 2017, NVIDIA launched its next generation SHIELD TV, which it claims has three times the compute performance of garden variety media streamers on the market and can interface with the Google Assistant. In addition, the new SHIELD TV has support for Spot, which are tiny microphone-equipped devices that you can scatter throughout your house (similar in concept to the Amazon Echo Dot). The new NVIDIA Shield TV is also running Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0. Thankfully, NVIDIA hasn’t forgotten about existing Shield TV owners, as it today announced that Shield Experience Upgrade 5.0, which is based on Android 7.0 Nougat, is now available for legacy devices. As an aside, it’s a bit amusing that... Read more...
It looks like Pioneer will be the first company to release a line of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drives for PCs. Pioneer in Japan announced two models that are expected to go on sale later this month, both of which stick to the standard half-height 5.25-inch optical disc drive form factor. However, both also require Windows 10, at least 6GB of system memory, and a Kaby Lake processor. The two models are the BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X. They've very similar to one other, with the higher end BDR-S11J-X sporting a paint job that's better at dissipating heat, low resistance flat cable, anti-vibration components, and the ability to check and display the playback quality of an audio CD (CD-DA) in four different... Read more...
In the words of Toby Keith, “one more is never enough”. Razer just introduced “Project Valerie”, the first portable laptop with three built-in monitors. Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan, remarked, “Multi-monitor desktop set-ups are becoming more necessary for professionals, creators, and gamers. For the first time, we’ve engineered a solution that users can take with them. Project Valerie promises all of the functionality of three screens and none of the hassle.”  Many customers will probably come for the three screens, but stay for their quality. Each 17.3-inch 4K IGZO monitor boasts NVIDIA G-SYNC, which helps produce smooth framerates. The displays are also equipped with 180 degree... Read more...
Mass Effect fans will have to stay sharp and focused if they are to have any hope of surviving the brutal landscape in Bioware's upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda game. Bioware recently posted a 4K trailer of the third-person shooter that shows off lots of actual gameplay footage, and there is plenty to look for, including a barrage of enemies that don't take kindly to the protagonist's presence. The game's producer, Michael Gamble, took to Twitter to encourage fans to dissect the nearly five-minute long trailer. "Pick it apart. The whole thing. There's TONS in there. :) Powers, weapons, locations. New friends...and enemies," Gamble said. In a followup Twitter post, he added that he and his team... Read more...
In the words of Google, “Live has never looked so good”, as the company has just rolled out 4K live streaming on YouTube with standard and 360-degree viewing at up to 60 frames per second. According to Google, “Supporting this new format will let creators and partners stream incredibly high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices.” 4K videos have a total of eight million pixels, giving the four times more image definition than their 1080p counterparts. Live streams therefore have crisper, more detailed images and do not become as blurry when the camera is moved quickly. Google will be showing off its latest feature... Read more...
We are now just a week away before the retail launch of the PlayStation Pro, a beefier version of the original PlayStation 4 console with burlier hardware and support for 4K video output and High Dynamic Range (HDR). As we get closer to launch, the question on everyone's mind is how many games will support the PS4 Pro's new capabilities out of the gate. The answer is more than 30. That figure comes straight from Sony. And by the end of the year, Sony said there will be more than 45 titles optimized for the PS4 Pro. In both cases, some of the games will need an update to support the PS4 Pro's new tricks while others will already be optimized. "Some games have updates to add Pro support, while... Read more...
Mark Cerny, lead system architect of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, recently made a curious comment about rendering games in 4K Ultra HD. What he said is that by his estimation, it would take at least eight teraflops of computing muscle to render content natively in 4K. On the surface he sounds like he is disparaging the PS4 Pro, but he's really throwing shade and Microsoft and its Project Scorpio. Here's the thing about the PS4 Pro—it kicks out 4.2 teraflops of computing power, a massive increase from the original PS4's 1.84 teraflops. That is only about half of what Cerny reckons is the minimum required to handle native 4K content, but that isn't what the PS4 Pro aims to do. Instead,... Read more...
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