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Sony: Most of PS4 Pro's games will be upscaled 4K

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Sony has confirmed what tech enthusiasts already knew: most of the games played on Sony's new PS4 Pro will be upscaled to 4K resolution, not native 3840 x 2160p 4K.



Sony is marketing its new high-end PS4 Pro towards "hardcore" gamers, offering a "premium" 4K HDR gaming experience. The truth is, however, that the PS4 Pro's highly customized Polaris GPU--while a massive improvement over the original PS4--isn't capable of hitting true 4K resolution in every game. Developers use "streamlined rendering techniques" like Checkerboard Rendering to multiply native 1080p textures at the PS4's original High preset four-fold to simulate 4K resolution on the PS4 Pro. Sony President Andrew House has now admitted that the majority of games upgraded with the PS4 Pro--including both old and new PS4 games--aren't rendered in native 4K, so you're not going to get a full 4K experience with every title.


"I would say the majority will be upscaled - at least based on the game portfolio I have seen to date," Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House told Digital Spy in a recent interview. But wait, isn't Sony promising 4K gaming? Isn't it misleading not to disclose most PS4 Pro games will be upscaled 4k, not native? House doesn't think so.

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Smart strap lets you take calls through your fingertip

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

If you want to add more spy/cyberpunk-esque gadgets to your life, Sgnl has you covered. A "smart strap", it replaces the current strap on your watch and allows you to answer calls by placing your fingertip on your ear and speaking through the microphone on the strap. It's also said to allow for outbound calls. To put it another way, it's a much cooler take on the "traditional" Bluetooth headset.



Sgnl -- created by Samsung spin-off Innomdle Lab -- is discrete in that audio is directed into your ear directly through bodily vibrations, and noise canceling capabilities means you'll be able to hear whoever's on the other end clearly.


It's not hard to imagine a smartwatch company will design a product with this functionality built in before long, especially if Sgnl takes off (and it may very well, with $834,308 raised on Kickstarter in about a week, far above its $50,000 ask). If you don't want to wait, $99 will get you the tech before long.

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Land 11 tech certifications with this course collection

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago



In the realm of networking equipment, no name is as respected as Cisco, and the company's networking certifications are heavy hitters in the tech world. So, if you're looking to snag a lucrative network administration gig, getting a few of these certifications under your belt with the Cisco Associate Certification Training Bundle is a great start. Get it on sale for just $79.


This training bundle will help you prepare to ace 11 networking certification exams. You'll dive into every facet of the Cisco Career Certification program from installation to network security, and you'll emerge with Associate-level training. You'll learn how design networks for enterprises big and small and support in-house and mobile networks.


The Cisco Associate Certification Training Bundle can prepare you for a bright future in networking environments, and it's on sale for only $79, over 90% off its $7,853 retail price.

Sony blames Hello Games for No Man's Sky PR failure

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

No Man's Sky will go down in history as one of the biggest blunders in recent gaming, but who's to blame for all the misleading advertisements, trailers, and footage? Not Sony, of course: it's all Hello Games' fault.



Despite signing a deal with Hello Games to publish No Man's Sky, promoting a massive advertisement campaign built on misdirection and misleading content, and putting out an actual TV commercial for the game, and promoting almost a dozen misleading trailers for the game, Sony pretty much shrugs off all accountability for No Man's Sky's massive PR failure.


"It wasn't a great PR strategy, because he didn't have a PR person helping him, and in the end he is an indie developer," Sony Worldwide President Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer in a recent interview. "But he says their plan is to continue to develop No Man's Sky features and such, and I'm looking forward to continuing to play the game." Wait...let me get this straight. Sony talked about No Man's Sky nonstop for months and months before it came out, directly contributing and celebrating the misleading content. Hello Games did have a PR rep: it was Sony. Sony used its massive network of 40-million strong PS4 owners to endorse and push pre-orders, going lengths to remind everyone that No Man's Sky was a PS4 exclusive.

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BioShock Collection streaming problems begin

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

BioShock streaming is not avaliable! Yes, that's right - 2K has posted on their support boards confirming this to be the case, but has not explained to gamers as to why the content is unavailable.




For those wanting to stream from their console, no date or time frame has yet been given to users as to when it will be back online. With this weeks release of BioShock: The Collection for PS4 and Xbox One, which have all three Bioshock games and content included, the unavailability of streaming may create frustration for gamers wanting to stream, as neither console supports the ability to do so.


2K support did release this for customers: "Unfortunately, streaming BioShock: The Collection isn't an option right now. We will update this article should this situation change".

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Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition is just $15 on Uplay

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition is back! After being released for a limited time in June this year, the latest in the Tom Clancy's franchise has returned, with explosive features not available in the Standard Edition. The offer will be valid from September 15 to October 11.




Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition is available through Ubisoft's Uplay store. The title will be sold for PC and comes with the multiplayer perk , allowing users to team up against rival teams.


The new release does differ from the Standard Edition of the game, in which players will be given 4 original Operators, already unlocked for play. The exclusive also enables players to have full game access and content, including weapons, maps, game modes, characters and more.

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Logitech acquires Saitek, with a tease of VR peripherals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Logitech has announced that it has acquired Saitek for $13 million, taking the company away from competing peripheral maker MadCatz.




Logitech G gaming brand boss Ujesh Desai said that the acquisition of Saitek allows the company to build peripherals that Saitek are known for, including joysticks and customized wheels for racing games and sims. But it was the tease of VR peripherals that is the bigger news in a way here.


Desai said that Logitech G could jump into the VR market with input devices, and with Saitek concentrating more on game-specific peripherals like Star Citizen with themed controllers, Logitech G now owns Saitek and could do this in a much bigger way in the VR market. Saitek will also enjoy the success Logitech has built over the years, solidifying itself with more support and money to continue development on even better products under Logitech G.

T-Mobile warns iPhone users to not upgrade to iOS 10 yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Samsung has its own problems with the US government recalling Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, but now Apple has hit a snag with iOS 10, with some users reporting their iPhones and iPads were being bricked after the new OS upgrade.




T-Mobile has now warned its customers against upgrading to iOS 10 on their current iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone SE models. T-Mobile took to their website saying that the iPhone could "lose connectivity [to the T-Mobile network] in certain circumstances" by upgrading to iOS 10.


You can get around this issue, but it's a headache: you'll need to totally power down your iPhone and restart it. Apple is expected to push out an update for this issue in the next 48 hours.

IMAX VR experiences: Doctor Strange, new Star Wars movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

IMAX Entertainment boss Greg Foster has revealed some details on the next leap in storytelling, with the company teasing they are working on IMAX VR theaters.




Foster teased details on the future of IMAX:


  • Six pilot VR locations will open at end of 2016 at your local multiplex.
  • Moviegoers will be able to put on VR glasses and view the immersive cinema-like VR experiences.
  • He used Star Wars as an example, saying that moviegoers could experience them in the same complex they view Star Wars: Episode VIII.
  • The VR experiences will be "six- to nine-minute content stories, fully separate and you buy that ticket as well or buy it bundled with the IMAX movie presentation" of a film.
  • The first IMAX VR location is set to be Los Angeles, although the exact location was not stated. I would assume that it would be set up at the TCL IMAX Theatre as that is their signature Hollywood location, although Universal Citywalk gets much more traffic and the tourist crowd would probably be a better fit for this kind of offering.
  • They expect to open future VR theaters in China in conjunction with their IMAX locations.
  • The plan is to "grow them as fast as we can."


SlashFilm reports that the first six of these new IMAX VR theaters will open later this year, with some big movies opening in IMAX that could be used in the new IMAX VR experiences, these include:


  • Doctor Strange: An IMAX 3D Experience, IMAX Corporation, Walt Disney
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The IMAX Experience, IMAX Corporation, Warner Bros.
  • Rogue One: An IMAX 3D Experience, IMAX Corporation, Walt Disney

Quantum Break dev working on coop multiplayer games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Now that Remedy is over the Quantum Break mess on Xbox One and Windows 10, the developer is beginning to tease its future games, with a post on the official Remedy website.




Creative Director and the face of Max Payne, Sam Lake, with Game Director Mikael Kasurinen teased their future goals, and their decisions on various games. They said: "As announced last July, we're busy working on CROSSFIRE 2 story mode with Smilegate, as well as building something totally new with a second (as of yet unannounced) game project. This includes working on the long-term roadmap for Northlight, our proprietary game engine and tools".


As an independent studio in the highly competitive games business, it is crucial to constantly evaluate and define our direction. We want to keep doing and improving on what we do best: exciting stories, memorable characters, believable worlds and cinematic action. Single-player experience has always been an important focus for us. At the same time, we want to challenge ourselves to find ways to also expand these elements to include cooperative multiplayer.

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