For years now the question of "can it run Crysis" has been inked onto the PC community, as Crytek's game was more of a benchmark than a game when it was released. Shortly after, Crytek saw the numbers on consoles and wanted the market, all but leaving the super high-end, PC-melting graphics engine business, watering it down to play it on the potato machines, or should I say, consoles.
Well, Silicon Studio has just teased their new tech engine, Mizuchi, and holy hell is it beautiful. The demo itself is run in real-time, with the level of graphics shown off in the game unlike anything you've ever seen before. We're talking Pixar-level and above graphics, but running in real-time, and looking absolutely beautiful.
I don't think we'll see a game running this engine anytime soon, but it would be great if we could have this released as a benchmark for our hardware, wouldn't it? What do you think? Would you want to run something that looks this insane on your PC?
Logitech has just unveiled its new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480, which is capable of working on virtually any OS, better yet, it works on three devices at once. Thanks to the new Easy-Switch dial, you can switch between your devices very easily, and very quickly.
The new K480 can also connect to three different Bluetooth devices at once, whether its Windows, Mac, Chrome OS or even mobile operating systems like iOS and Android. Charlotte Johs, the global vice president of computer peripherals at Logitech explains: "Typing needs have evolved and consumers are computing and texting across multiple screens, often using two or three different operating systems. The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 makes it simple for people to work, create or communicate quickly and comfortably, no matter what computing device or platform they are using."
Logitech will be making its new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 later this month in the US and Europe, with a price of just $49.99.
The gaming laptop market has slowly been expanding, but the screen size on most portable gaming machines have been shrinking down to the 13- and 14-inch range. Not anymore, thanks to Lenovo's new Y70 Touch gaming laptop, which features a 17-inch touchscreen LCD.
The Lenovo Y70 Touch is fully touch-capable, compared to most of the gaming laptops on the market which are not. The Y70 Touch can be configured with a Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of mechanical HDD or 256GB of SSD. Lenovo pegs the battery life at around five hours, but I'm sure that is not while it's gaming.
Lenovo will be making its 17-inch touchscreen gaming laptop available next month with a starting price of $1,299.
Gotham doesn't premiere on FOX until September 22, but Netflix has already inked a deal for the rights of the Batman TV show. Netflix has reportedly shelled out $1.75 million per episode for Gotham, something it won't stream on its service until September... of 2015.
Deadline is behind the report, where the site has said that the deal struck between Warner Bros. and Netflix spans all of Netflix's territories (present and future) and was "put in motion" shortly after the successful screening of the pilot back in May, in LA. Each season of Gotham will be made available after its full broadcast run, with the first episode to kick off on FOX on September 22.
Microsoft is launching its Xbox One console in 28 new countries this month, where it started off in Chile and Columbia yesterday. Tomorrow sees the launch of the Xbox One in Japan, while China receives it on September 23 and Russia three days later on September 26.
September 16 is a big day for Xbox, where the Xbox One launches in 16 new countries. The launch of the Xbox One in China is a big deal, as it is the first time that a console made outside of China has launched in the country, with the Chinese government banning foreign consoles sales in the country over the last 14 years. Microsoft has a full list of dates and countries for the Xbox One launch, which are:
- 9/2: Chile and Colombia
- 9/4: Japan
- 9/5: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
- 9/15: Israel
- 9/23: Hong Kong, India, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan
- 9/23: China
- 9/26: Russia
With more and more people using drones, mixed with companies like Amazon using it for delivering retail goods, the skies will soon be filled up with automated, unmanned drones. Things could get busy up there, and with no management of traffic, it could lead to disaster.
NASA is now leading the pack, by developing a traffic management system designed specifically for drones, with the team at NASA's Moffett Field aiming to construct an air traffic control system for low-flying aircraft. Drones usually fly at between 400-500 feet. The system would be similar to existing traffic control system, where the drone system would monitor weather conditions, as well as keeping an eye out for other drones in the sky.
Buildings and other low-flying news helicopters would have to also be kept in check, with drones easily smashing into them if wind was to funnel up and veer it off course. This is something that traditional planes don't need to worry about, as they're cruising at above 30,000 feet.
This summer's 'Godzilla' reboot did solid business for Warner Bros, grossing half a billion worldwide theatrically and in preparation for this months release of the film on home video, the studio had launched a novel, but very cool interactive promotion at http://stomp.godzillamovie.com/
Utilising Google Maps, users can input their address (or ex-partners address or workplace for that matter) and witness a superimposed Godzilla foot destroy the location in a fiery conflagration. The promotion seems to work worldwide.
'Godzilla' hits Blu-ray in the United States on September 16th and in Australia on October 1st and includes a range of additional features such as featurettes and behinds the scenes snippets.
Lenovo is expected to unveil its new flagship handset at IFA 2014 this week, with the company using an interesting form of marketing. The image below shows that we should expect the Vibe X2 on September 4, but it also has Lenovo saying "We can't say anything either."
It's a nice play on Apple's "Wish we could say more" marketing on its 9/9 unveiling of the new iPhone, but Lenovo has an exciting phone to unveil, too. The Lenovo Vibe X2 should arrive with a 5-inch 1920x1080 display, an 8-core processor running at 2.2GHz, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal flash storage.
The second part of the tease on the Vibe X2 from Lenovo is that we can see that there's a lollipop there - Lollipop has been the rumored codename for Android 5.0, or Android "L", with the "L" being Lollipop, or Lemon Meringue Pie. IFA is going to be filled with huge smartphone releases this year, with the Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung, Xperia Z3 from Sony, new handsets from HTC, smartwatches from pretty much everyone, and then days later Apple will unveil its new iPhone in Cupertino, California.
The tablet market is maturing and in established markets, two consecutive quarters indicate the tablet market is slowing down - as demand in mature markets leveling off. The IDC research group dropped its tablet forecast for 2014 down to 233.1 million units - still 6.5 percent year-over-year growth rate, but significantly less than the estimated 12.1 percent growth rate.
"When we look at the global picture, it would be easy to say that the tablet market is slowing down," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for Tablets. "But, when we start digging into the regional dynamics, we realize that there is still a good appetite for this product category. While mature markets like North America and Western Europe will combine for flat unit growth in 2014, the remaining regional markets will generate 12% unit growth over the same period."
Some journalists and tech enthusiasts said they don't necessarily have demand for a new tablet, as they can use evolving smartphones - and older tablets - to browse the Internet, check email, and play games.
Smartphone maker BlackBerry plans to host a media event on September 24 to launch Passport, its latest device the company hopes will compete with the Apple iPhone and Google Android smartphones. Events will be held in London, Toronto and Dubai - and consumers have known about the smartphone's launch for several months now.
The Passport features a 4.5-inch LCD square screen providing 1440 x 1440 resolution, and features a QWERTY keyboard. The phone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and an Adreno 330 GPU.
"In September, we will host an event to showcase our device portfolio for the [fiscal year 2015]," said John Chen, BlackBerry CEO, during a June earnings call. "We're launching a brand-new device called Passport in September in London. Most of the information has been leaked to websites, so you guys should go ahead and check that out. This will follow by the Classic coming out in November."