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4K Blu-ray is dead on the PC, and there's no reason why

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week ago

Begin rant: I'm sitting in front of my computer looking at the price of the Xbox One S console, as I'm about to buy my first console since the PS3. I never owned an Xbox 360, Xbox One or PS4, but the new Xbox One S has me convinced. I'm moving back to consoles for a very big thing: 4K Blu-ray, which doesn't exist on the PC right now - the mightiest platform of them all.

 

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Seriously, it doesn't make sense.

 

Years later, I went to a PC store in my state and purchased a Pioneer DVDROM with an MPEG2 decoder card, and getting The Matrix on DVD right after. That night, I launched into the next generation of entertainment, with my PC at the center of it. The quality was on another level, but having my PC power by DVD drive was really something else for entertainment at my desk.

 

Fast forward to 2016, in a world of incredibly powerful smartphones, high-res/refresh rate displays, massively fast graphics cards, SSDs and CPUs - 4K Blu-ray is completely dead on the PC. What. The. Hell.

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Gears of War 4 could run at 4K 60FPS on Xbox Scorpio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

In an article earlier today, I wrote about Gears of War 4 shaping up to be one biggest games for the PC this year. But during the interview with Technical Director Mike Raynor, it looks like Xbox Scorpio could run it at close to PC settings, at 4K.

 

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Raynor said: "When we built this game over the last three years and went to a new engine, we optimized for a new console generation. We've made a foundational technology for the franchise to work over the next 10 years. We've authored content with 4K in mind. We support 4K texture resolutions, additional features".

 

He added that Gears of War 4 is ready for future hardware, with more horsepower and new features. Raynor continued: "We're not gonna hit reset [with the next game] and be thinking, 'How are we going to do this? We're not ready for it.' I can't go into specifics about Gears 4, but look at what we're doing on Windows, what we're doing on Gears 4-it looks pretty good for what we'll be able to do on future hardware".

 

Future systems = Xbox Scorpio and next-gen PC hardware, which is incredibly exciting to hear. We now need more developers following in these foot steps, and throw Vulkan into the mix and we could see a real resurgence of high-end games that push our hardware and make us need multi-GPU setups before next-gen architectures arrive to run it on a single card.

Gears of War 4 ready for future PCs and multi-GPU rigs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Gears of War 4 is nearly here, and we're beginning to hear very positive things about the PC version of the game, which almost feels like we've slipped into a Bizarro world with PC ports these days.

 

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Ars Technica got their hands-on some preview code of the PC version of Gears of War 4, with the site confirming the game includes an 'Insane' graphics setting, something they ran on their GeForce GTX 1080, Core i7 processor and 32GB of RAM. This hardware is pretty beefy, and it wasn't enough to handle the game at 4K.

 

The resolution was dropped from 4K to 1440p, with Ars noting it "still looked gorgeous" and ran at 60FPS with the graphics settings set higher than the Insane settings. Technical Director Mike Raynor told Ars: "DirectX 12 is a big part of how we're able to get additional performance out of the PC. The DX12 graphics API takes away a bunch of layers from the developer and hardware. It's letting us have more direct control over what the GPU's doing...".

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SanDisk unveils the world's first 1TB SD card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week ago

We should be used to SanDisk continuing to push the storage barrier, but their announcement of the world's largest SD card is an impressive one; with the company unveiling their massive new 1TB SD card.

 

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SanDisk's new 1TB SD card is quite the card, perfect for those moving into 4K video production, upcoming 6K and 8K formats, 360-degree and VR video, and more. Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios and also a member of the American Society of Cinematographers said that SanDisk really has owned the storage market.

 

Nicholson said: "Just a few short years ago the idea of a 1TB capacity point in an SD card seemed so futuristic - it's amazing that we're now at the point where it's becoming a reality. With the growing demand for applications like VR, we can certainly use 1TB when we're out shooting continuous high-quality video. High-capacity cards allow us to capture more without interruption, streamlining our workflow, and eliminating the worry that we may miss a moment because we have to stop to swap out cards".

 

SanDisk hasn't released any pricing on the 1TB SD card, but I'm sure I can be confident in telling you to prepare your wallets. But, this is a beast of an SD card, with professionals now able to tote around multiple gigabytes of data thanks to 1TB SD cards.

Intel's Core i7-7700 CPU up for pre-order in EU for $400

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week ago

Intel's new Kaby Lake architecture is so close I can smell it, with the upcoming Core i7-7700K processor already up for pre-order on an Estonian online retailer website for what equates to $402.

 

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The specs listed on the website state the Core i7-7700K is a quad-core processor with 8 threads at 4.2GHz, but it'll hit 4.5GHz under Turbo Boost, a higher frequency than previously reported. Intel's upcoming Core i7-7700K should rock 8MB of L3 cache, and a 95W TDP, while slotting into the LGA1151 socket.

 

Kaby Lake will work on some current Z170-based motherboards, while newer Z270-based boards should be launching in the near future. The new Kaby Lake architecture is made on Intel's latest 14nm+ node, which provides up to 12% more performance over the older Skylake architecture made on 14nm.

 

Intel will have a bunch of Kaby Lake-based CPUs, including: Core i7-7700, Core i7-7700T, Core i5-7600K, Core i5-7600, Core i5-7600T, Core i5-7500, Core i5-7500T, Core i5-7400, and the Core i5-7400T.

Star Wars Battlefront 3 footage from 2008 appears online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Some gameplay footage of Star Wars Battlefront 3 has emerged, in its alpha build form that was being developed on all the way back in 2008.

 

 

LucasArts cancelled the game before it launched, but with the leaked footage, we get a good glimpse at what the team was working on. The video shows off a little of the campaign from Star Wars Battlefront 3, with Old Republic heroes X1 and X2 arriving on Tatooine, with a new mission. They fly out of the hanger on their starfighters towards Tatooine, without a single loading screen - impressive, especially for 2008. We're only seeing this type of thing in games now, nearly 10 years later.

 

 

The second video is a continuation of the first, following X1 and X2 as they respond to a Tusken Raider attack. The sound effects used a hilariously bad, but we can see the overall shape of what LucasArts were working on, especially when it comes to the lack of loading screens.

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Alien: Isolation could soon have official VR support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

If it wasn't already scary enough, it looks like Alien: Isolation could soon have official VR support. The game has been demoed in VR at some trade shows, partnering with Oculus and throwing you into Alien: Isolation on the Rift. I've played it, and it could shape up to be one of the best VR horror games.

 

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Sony European head Jurgen Post spoke with MCV, where he said: "VR has caught the whole company's attention. We have a lot of VR kits in the office and people are playing with it. We are exploring ways to release games. We've not announced anything, but we are very close to making an announcement".

 

The best bit: "We did Alien: Isolation about three years ago on Oculus Rift, it was a demo that was bloody scary. To bring that back to VR would be a dream and dreams can come true". Yes please, Creative Assembly.

HP printers new firmware rejects non-HP cartridges

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: 1 week ago

Not long after Samsung sold its printer business to HP, its new owner has HP printer owners up in arms over printers no longer accepting non-HP branded ink cartridges.

 

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HP has said that in its latest firmware update, they had made changes to HP printers so that they only worked with HP-chipped cartridges, completely cutting down third-party ink manufacturers out of the picture. Dutch printer ink company 123inkt said it had over 1,000 complaints filed within 24 hours.

 

The company suspects that wasn't aware of a new firmware update, with the last one being in March, suggesting that the change in HP's ink cartridge compatibility was switched on just recently, after being pre-programmed in the firmware from March. 123inkt said: "The purpose of this update is to protect HP's innovations and intellectual property".

 

123inkt has also said that this isn't the end of third-party ink cartridges for HP printers, as they have developed new chips for its own cartridges which work with HP printers and their new firmware. These new cartridges are in production now, with 123inkt adding: "Printer manufacturers regularly execute firmware-updates, claiming that they improve the operation of the printer or solve security issues. The (un)intended result usually is that the operation of lower price private label cartridges is disturbed and error messages are triggered".

Google's new Pixel smartphones looks like the iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

Seriously, I'm loving all of these leaks on Pixel in the last 24 hours, and now this is the best yet - our first look at a somewhat real version of the Pixel, and its bigger sibling, the Pixel XL. We only just reported that Google will unveil the new Pixel smartphones on October 4, too.

 

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As you can see from the front of the Pixel and Pixel XL, that they have a very iPhone-like style, down to the circular home button. The Pixel XL on the left looks to rock the 5.5-inch panel we've been hearing about, while the smaller Pixel will use a 5-inch panel.

 

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On the back, we have the circular fingerprint reader - making a pattern with the circular home button. We can also see the flush rear-facing camera and LED flash, with some branding by the looks of things in the middle of the Pixel handsets, under the fingerprint sensor.

 

Google is hosting an event on October 4, which is where we will see the Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled, with a rumored $649 price on the Pixel, we could be emptying our wallets a little more for Google this year round.

iPhone 7 loses cellular service in a newly found bug

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

Can you believe how many problems we're seeing with the Galaxy Note 7 and now the iPhone 7? Samsung is having Note 7s exploding all over the world, while Apple has users enjoying hissing sounds and now - 'no service' bugs when disabling Airplane Mode.

 

 

Apple is aware of the issue, which sees cellular service completely disabled after turning off Airplane Mode. The company has talked with service providers, authorizing them to restart their iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. If there's still no service, Apple advises its customers to remove, and then re-insert the SIM card.

 

MacRumors reader Yasser El-Haggan showed the above video of turning Airplane Mode off on his iPhone 7 alongside an iPhone 6S, with the iPhone 7 not having service while the iPhone 6S enjoys two bars of LTE. He explained: "All of a sudden today my iPhone 7 Jet Black model started not getting internet service -- can't make outbound calls or receive calls -- even though it showed 4 bars. I then put it in Airplane Mode, and back off, then it showed no service. It got pretty warm in the top right hand corner".

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