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Given the huge sales lead that the PlayStation 4 has over the Xbox One in the current generation console race, Microsoft is looking for just about any way to gain an advantage over its rival Sony. Microsoft saw a clear chance to pounce when it was announced that the PlayStation 4 Pro would amazingly not ship with a 4K UHD Blu-ray disc drive (something that the new Xbox One S does include). And while Microsoft won’t be supporting native 4K gaming with the recently released Xbox One S, the upcoming powerhouse Project Scorpio gaming console will be a completely different story. Rather than relying primarily on 4K upscaling, Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis says that "Any... Read more...
Sony is currently leering at DIYer’s with “Na, na, na, na, na, you can’t catch me.” The company recently unveiled its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The device, however, will need to be custom installed by automation system vendors such as Control4, Crestron, and Savant. Yukio Ishikawa, Director of Home Entertainment Systems for Sony, remarked, “The new UBP-X1000ES player has been long awaited by custom installers who desire a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that provides a ‘one-stop’ solution for their clients’ premium entertainment needs.” The X1000ES is compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray discs as well as 4K resolutions and HDR. The device reportedly provides up to twice the color range... Read more...
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months or so, you know that today marks the official PC launch of No Man’s Sky. The game launched for the PlayStation 4 on Tuesday (and has endured a few controversies along the way), but now PC gaming folks can enjoy the epic space adventure in glorious 4K resolutions. NVIDIA of course is hyped about the game and has posted some screenshots of the game with maxed out in detail settings running — of course — in 4K. Needless to say, the shots are stunning: You can simply hop on over to Steam and download the game, where it will set you back $59.99. And based on Sean Murray’s Twitter commentary, it appears as though droves of PC gamers have... Read more...
There are drones, and there are drones that can capture video. And then there are drones like the Teal that can fly at over 70 MPH and capture 4K footage. Whoa. When someone purchases any sort of drone, they'll have a specific use case in mind. Some drones are good for racing, while others are good at capturing amazing photography from the air. There are even drones that can follow you around. What makes Teal a bit different is that it's able to not just go fast, but capture high-res video at the same time. The Teal drone isn't a be-all-end-all drone right out of the box; it's flexible, able to be better configured for your particular needs at the time. You can swap for a heavier battery, for... Read more...
We learned last week that Sony is planning to release an updated PlayStation 4 console, one with much greater capabilities than the original. While specifics are being kept mum until later, Sony's confirmation of the 'PS 4.5' spurred questions about whether or not Microsoft would follow-suit, even though certain executives have shot down the idea in recent months. Well as it happens, Microsoft is going to be releasing an upgraded Xbox One, codenamed 'Project Scorpio'. It's said to be up to four times faster than the original Xbox One, which should put it well ahead of the PlayStation 4.5 (we still don't have confirmation of specs from Sony). While no one who owns an Xbox One is going to want... Read more...
Over the last few weeks, ARM has revealed a number of details regarding its next-generation mobile processor IP. We posted news on ARM’s 10nm Artemis test chip here, which was manufactured in concert with TSMC, and also have numerous details regarding the upcoming high-performance ARM A73 CPU and Mali G71 GPU cores, due to arrive in premium mobile devices by year’s end.Today, ARM is taking things a step further and introducing another building block for next-gen SoCs (system on a chip), a new video processor codenamed Egil.When ARM’s customers license the company’s technology for their mobile processors, different components (or component configurations) are used to build a chip that targets... Read more...
Earlier this morning, we brought you news of fresh Switch 2-in-1 convertibles and business-class TravelMate notebooks from Acer. Not to be left out, the company has also revealed a pretty swanky 32-inch monitor that many people would love to have sitting on their desk at home (or at the office). The Acer BM320 measures 32-inch diagonally and comes with a 4K UHD screen resolution (3840x2160). Acer says that display offers “professional-grade” color accuracy, with the ability to display 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut. If that wasn’t tough, the BM320 covers 100 percent of the Rec. 709 and 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamuts. Other features of the display include Uniformity Compensation... Read more...
Olympus just announced the newest member of the Tough family, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker. It is the first rugged experiential camera to include an advanced Field Sensor System, a 204° ultra-wide-angle F2.0 high-speed lens and Ultra HD 4K 30p video capture to record action video with corresponding activity data. The Field Sensor is capable of capturing location, altitude and depth, g-force, air, and water temperature while users record videos and still images. The Assist GPS can increase the speed of the system’s positioning calculations by downloading satellite information ahead of time. The information can be downloaded with the Olympus A-GPS Utility computer app or the Olympus Image... Read more...
Microsoft and 343 Industries are bringing multiplayer action to Halo 5 on PC, albeit in a roundabout sort of way. Multiplayer will be part of Forge - Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10, the long winded name of Halo's custom map builder and toolset. It will be a free download though it won't feature full multiplayer support. Most notably it won't have online matchmaking with random opponents. Instead, you'll be limited to playing with people on your friends list. Microsoft envisions this as a sort of testing ground for you and your Forge creations, meaning you'll be able to upload and download Forge maps for multiplayer battles. Forge for the first time will feature full keyboard and mouse... Read more...
Sony first announced its Ultra 4K streaming service earlier this year, and we’re now learning that it will launch early next month — April 4th to be specific. However, this won’t be an all-you-can-eat buffet as you might expect with streaming 4K content from Amazon or Netflix. Instead, you’ll be purchasing titles at a hefty $30 each and will be given access to features like High Dynamic Range (HDR) and digital extras that are normally found only on physical discs. Some of the initial titles available on Ultra include Ghostbusters, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Looper, Waterfront, Concussion and The Night Before. “Ultra takes advantage of the latest industry innovations – 4K resolution, high... Read more...
It’d be hard to fault our readers if they rolled their eyes at the reports of an upcoming 4K-capable PlayStation 4. While mid-cycle upgrades are often made to console hardware, it usually takes the form of shrinking the hardware and/or reducing power requirements. But the promise of more powerful hardware for the PlayStation 4 — we’ll simply call it the PlayStation 4.5 from here on out -- raised a few skeptical eyebrows. That skepticism is now starting to fade away just a bit with a fresh report from the Wall Street Journal. The publication builds on the initial report with word that the console will not only include a more powerful processor, but an upgraded GPU. These upgraded internals will... Read more...
Word on the web is that Sony is coming out with a new game console, though don't get your knickers in a twist over the timing. This isn't a next-generation console we're talking about, but an incremental upgrade to the PlayStation 4 with a much beefier GPU capable of letting owners play games at a 4K Ultra HD resolution.This is based on unnamed developer sources who have apparently spoken with Sony on the matter, who then turned around and spilled the beans to Kotaku. If those developers aren't blowing smoke up everyone's backside, then the PlayStation 4.5, or whatever Sony chooses to call it, will wield an upgraded GPU for both 4K resolution gaming and to add more processing oomph for PlayStation... Read more...
By now you're probably burned out on smartphone and VR buzz. We don't blame you, Mobile World Congress week has been a whirlwind akin to only that sort of frenzied pace we experience at CES. Of course we agree, mobile computing isn't just about smartphones and other pocketable devices, even if what's coming is finally breaking the mold with modularity and even possibly someday complete end user repairability and upgradability. Well, even though HP joined the MWC 2016 party with a smartphone of their own (Windows 10 Mobile no less and with impressive scalability), they also decided to drop in a photobomb of sorts, with their Spectre X360 15-inch bad boy (or girl) ultralight arriving to our test... Read more...
Get out your driving gloves and buckle up folks, the newest Need for Speed title from developer Ghost Games and publisher Electronic Arts is burning rubber to PCs next month with a few new fancy features in tow. One of those is a 4K resolution option with uncapped framerates. If you have the necessary horsepower to drive a 4K gaming experience, you'll be treated to some sweet visuals. Ghost Games also added manual transmission support to the forthcoming PC release. This was one of the notable omissions when the Need for Speed reboot launched to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 back in early November of last year, and while console gamers will also be getting this amenity at some point, it's not known... Read more...
It appears that 4K fever has struck with a vengeance in the desktop monitor and television sectors as the “Next Big Thing.” 4K displays are even bubbling up in the notebook market with devices like the Dell XPS 15 and Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro. But what about 4K displays in smartphones? While most would agree that it’s overkill, Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium can playback videos and display pictures in 4K (it defaults to 1080p resolution for all other content to conserve battery life). ARM is betting on 4K becoming a much bigger deal in the smartphone and tablet markets, which is why it has pulled the wraps off its Mali-DP650 mobile display processor. ARM says that the chip is optimized or 2.5K displays... Read more...
At a show where huge, elaborate booths are the norm, LG always manages to outshine most. Year after year, it walks journalists and other attendees through massive displays that positively bristle with new electronics and enormous TVs that fill the room with color. This year, LG is rocking the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with some new 4K TVs and is even talking up a 98-inch, 8K TV. “We’re confident our newest HDR-enabled SUPER UHD TVs in 2016 will generate much excitement not in the industry, but also with consumers in general,” said Brian Kwon, President and CEO at LG’s Home Entertainment Company in a statement. “We are the only company with a dual strategy focused on both OLED and IPS... Read more...
Early last month we first brought you news of Toshiba’s handsome Satellite Radius 12 convertible. Besides the fact that the convertible is sporting the versatile new Windows 10 operating system, we were immediately drawn to its 12.5-inch display, which is bursting with 4K goodness (it sports a 3840x2160 resolution and 353 pixels per inch to be exact). Today, we’re learning that Satellite Radius 12 will be priced from $999, but that is for a model with “only” a Full HD (1920x1080) display. If you want the 4K Ultra HD Edition, you’ll have to part with $1,299. No matter which model you choose, you’ll be well covered on the hardware front with sixth generation Intel Core processors, 8GB of RAM and... Read more...
The last major play in the streaming box market has finally delivered the goods. Apple recently launched its 4K-less fourth generation Apple TV, Amazon upped its game with a 4K-capable and bargain-priced Fire TV and Google just last week unveiled a colorful new Chromecast. Today is Roku’s turn with the introduction of an all-new Roku 4. Roku calls the Roku 4 “its best streaming player ever” and we can definitely see why as it brings with it supports for 4K streaming. Support for 4K TVs is made possible by a [unnamed] quad-core processor that supports 4K streaming at 60 fps. While 4K video streaming is possible, Roku says that the home screen and user interface are still rendered at 1080p. Other... Read more...
Red Digital Cinema is a big name in the professional camera market, and the company’s cameras have been used in films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and the upcoming Matt Damon-helmed flick, The Martian. But not every producer can afford Red’s mega-expensive cameras to shoot films that will end up grossing hundred of millions of dollars at the box office. So the company has announced the Raven, which is a much more affordable camera that while still out of reach for most consumers, is within reason for indie filmmakers. The 3.5-pound Raven uses an 8.8 MP Red Dragon image sensor, which is based on the same sensor that you’ll find in the $29,000 Epic camera. The Raven is capable... Read more...
Around this time last week, Apple was making waves with its all-new Apple TV. Apple boasted that its new streaming device features a brand new motion- and touch-sensitive controller, potent A8 processor with 2GB of memory, support for Siri voice recognition, and a brand new App Store. However, given how long Apple took to trot out a new version of the Apple TV, there was one box on the device’s specs sheet that was curiously unchecked: support for 4K video streaming. Like clockwork, Amazon is ready to respond with its second generation Fire TV, an introduction that we surmised was coming due to the fact that the first generation model went out of stock last month with no signal of when it would... Read more...
Back in mid-2014, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu lobbed quite a few grenades at the nascent market for QHD smartphone displays. At the time, 1080p displays were quite common on flagship smartphones, so Yu stated, “I don't think we need QHD displays on mobiles. Your eyes totally cannot identify between full HD and 2K on a smartphone. You can't distinguish the difference, so it's totally nonsense.” Yu went on to add that the power demand for QHD were immense, and added, “[Your] eyes cannot see the difference, so why should we do that? I think it's a stupid thing." If that is how Yu felt about QHD (2560x1440) displays on smartphones, imagine what he would say about Sony’s Xperia Z5... Read more...
Apple fans may find themselves overwhelmed with new product offerings this fall. Rumor has it Apple is getting ready to release a new smartphone (iPhone 6S) with Force Touch, new iPad models (including the iPad Pro for business users), possibly an Apple TV, and new software (iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and watchOS 2), but that's not all. Now there's talk of a 21.5-inch iMac system with a 4K display.Citing "reliable sources," the folks at 9to5Mac feel they have it on good authority that Apple's planning to announce a new version of its 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K Ultra HD (4096x2304) display by the end of October. The unveiling will take place alongside OS X El Capitan, with shipments expected in November... Read more...
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