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Sony's new PlayStation Neo is pissing off lots of developers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

As Sony's new PlayStation 4.5 sports hardware upgrades to upscale 1080p games to 4K, gamers are pretty excited about the new console. Finally, we'll be able to hit native 1080p 60FPS in every game, along with light 4K gaming. Developers, on the other hand, aren't too happy about all the extra work they'll have to do.




In today's age of gaming, developers typically have to port games across three systems: PS4, Xbox One, and PC. With Sony's PlayStation 4.5 on the way, that number has been bumped by one. Reports say that all PS4 games made after October must have two versions: a PS4 version, and a new PS4.5 flavor. The new PS4.5 version also has to match the FPS of the base port. Even though the PS4.5 will likely be built on the same basic x86 architecture as the PS4, developers will still have to make tons of adjustments to add in 4K upscaling, on top of getting used to the new hardware.


"A trusted source tells me most developers are not happy with PS4.5, and having to develop around it. Extra cost, planning, other nonsense," says ex-IGN editor and KindaFunnyGames co-founder Colin Moriarty. Since Colin has tons of contacts in the industry, this is probably true. BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk mirrors the sentiment, saying that the PS4.5 will be a "gigantic pain in the ass" for developers.

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Microsoft testing new Xbox prototypes with higher-end hardware

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Since Sony is working on a new PlayStation 4.5 model that features upgraded CPU, GPU and RAM, Microsoft has to counter with their own Xbox refresh in order to stay relevant. Now the word is that Microsoft has been testing various new Xbox prototypes, all of which are outfitted with boosted hardware that overshadow the beleaguered Xbox One.




According to reports published by The Verge, the new mid-cycle Xbox prototypes mirror the kind of hardware you'd find a gaming PC. "Sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans have revealed to The Verge that the company has been testing a variety of prototype Xbox devices. Some of the prototypes have been tested with upgraded components you'd use to improve the performance of a PC gaming rig."


Recent FCC filings confirmed the new Xbox by revealing the console's wireless chip, and Brazilian communications board Anatel even showed the new chip. Furthermore, we've had reports that the new mid-cycle Xbox will be called Xbox NeXt.

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Razer announces Turret, its new living room friendly mouse/KB combo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Razer has just announced its new living room friendly mouse and keyboard combo, Turret. Razer is pushing its new Turret for $160, with both peripherals being wireless for your convenience.




Both of them connect to Bluetooth and proprietary connections and are designed to be used on your lab. The keyboard sports a lapboard that has a flat surface for high-precision gaming thanks to its 3500 DPI gaming mouse.


Razer is positioning its new Turret for PC gaming on your TV, but it has dedicated Android keys just in case you're going to use it with an Android-powered STB.

Vizio teases new 80-inch 4K TV for just $4000, features HDR abilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Vizio has just unveiled its new M-Series and E-Series sets, with both of them being 4K capable and some super-awesome features with a great price point.




The new M-Series TV features a 6-inch Android tablet remote running Vizio's SmartCast app, and includes support for Google Cast so that you can stream from other devices throughout your house. The M-Series 4K TV features better image quality than its predecessor, with twice as many active LED lighting zones (64) for higher contrast ratios, and HDR video and Dolby Vision support.


The new 4K-only line of TVs from Vizio start at $850 for the 50-inch model, while the 80-inch model is priced at $4000. The updated E-Series has less options, with the 43-inch model setting consumers back $470, while the bigger 70-inch model costs $1700. No HDR support is provided, nor is Dolby Vision, and there are only 12 active LED zones, down from 64 on the M-Series.

Intel does it, announces major restructuring, cutting 11% of its jobs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

We reported a couple of days ago that Intel was preparing for major global workforce cuts, with the chipmaker announcing that they will indeed be cutting jobs over the next year.




The employment cut is part of Intel's larger and continued restructuring efforts, as the company is facing a slower PC market, and continued struggles in the mobile market. The job cuts will see 12,000 employees sliced away from the company, or 11% of its global workforce. Intel will begin most of the layoffs in the next 60 days, with the entire process working its way through to 2017.


Patrick Moorhead, President and Principal Analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy reached out to us about the global workforce layoffs at Intel, saying: "In spite of the announced layoffs, Intel had a good quarter and even showed PC growth in a very down PC quarter. In fact, all but one segment showed improvements year on year".

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Universal announces Warcraft movie in 4K, 100 more 4K movies this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

4K Blu-ray movies will be picking up steam this year, with Universal Pictures announcing new movies like Warcraft, Jason Bourne, and The Huntsman: Winter's War for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital formats.




Each title will be mastered in Dolby Vision as well, including HDR and brighter colors across digital and physical releases. We can expect newish movies like Lucy, Lone Survivor, and Everest on 4K Blu-ray, too. Universal is promising more than 100 titles in 4K Blu-ray by the end of 2016.

Tesla's autopilot system saved someone from a severe accident

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Tesla Motors has one of the most advanced vehicles in the world with its Model S electric car, but this latest example will have more orders than ever. The autopilot system is shown off in the real-world, saving someone from an accident.



As you can see, a truck is coming up on the left of the driver, with the autopilot system kicking in and swerving to the right to get out of the way of the accident. Model S driver Joshua Brown had his vehicle automatically move out of the way, posting the video to YouTube.


Brown said: "I was driving down the interstate and you can see the boom lift truck in question on the left side of the screen on a joining interstate road. Once the roads merged, the truck tried to get to the exit ramp on the right and never saw my Tesla. I actually wasn't watching that direction and Tessy (the name of my car) was on duty with autopilot engaged. I became aware of the danger when Tessy alerted me with the immediately take over warning chime and the car swerving to the right to avoid the side collision".

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AMD playing the rebranding game again with Radeon M400 mobility range

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

AMD has an exciting piece of technology with its Polaris architecture, but its upcoming Radeon M400 mobility series will reportedly be filled with rebrands, except for the high-end designs, which will be based around Polaris.




VideoCardz is reporting that AMD will be launching the rebranded lineup, followed by Polaris-based mobility offerings later in the year. The new Radeon R9 M470X will be a rebranded Radeon R9 M385X, with both of these SKUs using the Bonaire XT GPU. It'll rock 896 stream processors, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs.


Then we have the Topaz XT-based Radeon R7 M460, R7 M440, R5 M445 and R8 M445DX which will be rebranded Radeon R7 M270DX, R7 M260, R7 M265DX, and R7 M360, respectively. The Radeon R5 M430 will be based off of the R5 M330 and its Sun XT-powered GPU, while the Jet Pro will power the new Radeon R5 M430 which is jus the R7 M260DX.

Purported GeForce GTX 1080 photos tease a more aggressive look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

With the launch of next-gen video cards only weeks away, photos of the purported NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 have appeared, teasing a very aggressive looking video card.




The cooler itself looks similar to the previous GeForce video cards, including the GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti, with a silver metallic body and black accents, with a small acrylic window that is placed above the vapor chamber and heat sink fin array.


The new-look cooler design is much more aggressive, with sharp angles that give me the feeling of Transformers for some reason. We should expect NVIDIA to unveil the new Pascal-based GeForce cards next month, with a launch in early June at Computex.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst PC requirements spotted, Ivy Bridge reins again

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Mirror's Edge Catalyst is coming soon, and the Faith driven shooter, powered by DICE's latest Frostbite, is going to be a graphical powerhouse on the PC. At least potentially. The PC requirements are now out and it looks like the recommended requirements, for a 1080P 60FPS experience, aren't terribly steep.




For the minimum level of enjoyment, DICE and EA seem to recommend a modest Ivy Bridge-based i3 or a six core/three module AMD FX processor paired with either an NVIDIA GTX 650 or an AMD Radeon R9 270X. Those cards are not the most expensive on the market, and with the right combination of settings, Catalyst should run just fine. The Frostbite engine is a very versatile one, capable of scaling up and down while still looking quite good. It's also very well optimized in the majority of games it's been employed in, with good multi-GPU support.


The beta for Mirror's Edge Catalyst begins on the 22nd of April and goes through the 26th. They had such a large response to the prospect of playing the beta that they actually stopped accepting any new applications after a mere 45-minutes after they opened up registration. The game will make use of the classic mechanics from the first, letting you run around the city of Glass completing missions in an open-world setting while free-running to get to where you're going. This time, it should be an even more open and fluid experience. The full PC specification recommendations are after the break.

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