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Microsoft provides support for 8 controllers on the Xbox One, why?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 12:31 pm

I've been asking myself this question for a while, but Microsoft continue to give me more and more reasons to not buy the Xbox One, but today's news takes the cake: Microsoft is support support for 8 controllers on the Xbox One, yes, eight.

 

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The PS3 can support seven controllers, so it's not new - but really, who uses seven controllers on their home consoles? Sony haven't announced how many controllers the PS4 will be capable of accepting, but I'm sure it'll be the same. Which developers will build support in their games for 8 controllers? That's yet to be divulged.

 

Sports and casual games would most likely enjoy the 8 controller support, but it is still quite overkill.

Panasonic teases 65-inch 4K LCD with HDMI 2.0 connectivity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 11:32 am

This is something quite unexpected, but Panasonic has teased it's upcoming WT600 television ahead of IFA 2013 which supports the HDMI 2.0 specification. The Panasonic WT600 is a 65-inch 4K-capable TV, that features HDMI 2.0 which handles 4K at 60FPS.

 

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HDMI 1.4 is only capable of handling Ultra HD resolutions at 30FPS, which is a pathetic frame rate for such a high-resolution display. Panasonic's WT600 TV will also include support for DisplayPort 1.2, as well as 4K specific features such as a web browser, media player, rendering engine and THX certification.

 

We saw the HDMI Licensing group announce HDMI 2.0 just minutes ago, which has some very nice super-powers, including the aforementioned 4K at 60FPS. Panasonic's press conference is penciled in for later on today, where we should hear more about the WT600.

Google Glass App Store reportedly launching in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 10:34 am

Google hasn't launched its wearable computing device, Glass, just yet, but the Mountain View-based giant is reportedly set to launch a dedicated Glass App Store for the wearable device.

 

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Google has confirmed to Marketing Land that it will indeed support Glass by providing the Glass App Store, after it was reported over the weekend through a first-person Glass user essay in the New York Times. The Times' author, Clive Thompson, wrote: "The company says an app store is coming next year, when Glass is available to the general public."

 

We don't know much more than this, but it's good to see that Google won't just be dumping Glass apps in the usual Google Play Store, but will instead open up an entire shop for Glass.

iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C shipments to reach US shores before September 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 9:33 am

Apple has confirmed its September 10 event, sending invites out to various media outlets, but now there's some more interesting news about its upcoming smartphones.

 

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MacRumors is reproting that Apple has begun shipments of its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models to the US preparing for a possible September 20 launch. Apple has previously shipped smartphones ahead of its announcements of them, so this is all the norm. Will you be picking up one of Apple's new smartphones in a couple of weeks time?

HDMI 2.0 announced, capable of 4K at 60fps, 32-channel audio and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 9:27 am

HDMI 2.0 has finally been officially announced, arriving at a perfect time to be baked inside of the 4K TVs flowing out of manufacturers' factories. HDMI Licensing took some time of out of its day to announce the new standard, which is quite powerful.

 

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We'er looking at a bandwidth capacity of 18Gbps, which has enough room to squeeze 3840x1260 at 60fps, which is quite nice. HDMI 2.0 also has support for up to 32 audio channels, "dynamic auto lipsync" and additional CEC extensions. The connector itself remains unchanged, which means we should be all systems go for backwards compatibility.

 

The cables themselves also won't change, which is refreshing, with the HDMI Licensing group claiming that current high-speed Category 2 cables can handle the increased bandwidth.

BBM for Android gets unveiled on video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 7:29 am

BlackBerry has to do something to get into the limelight with Microsoft announcing its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division, and Google with its unveiling of Android 4.4 KitKat, don't they?

 

 

Before it's launch, we now have a look at BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android, with a leaked video, above. The interface definitely looks nice, but is it enough to have people flocking to the messaging platform in the midst of apps like WhatsApp, and others? I don't know... tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Microsoft is still committed to Bing, won't give it up anytime soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 6:38 am

Google dominates so many services it's not funny, but Microsoft isn't going down without a fight when it comes to search engine wars. The Redmond-based software giant is very much committed to Bing, and it seems like that is a relationship that will keep on keeping on.

 

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Since 2005, Bing has cost Microsoft's Online Services Division a hefty $11 billion, but the company are still continuing to maintain it, and pump money into the search engine. AllThingsD's Kara Swisher says that all of Microsoft's board members, including recently appointed activist shareholder firm ValueAct, think that Bing is a key part of Microsoft's future in online revenues.

 

I guess we'll see going into the future, but Microsoft's recently acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division might just have a helping hand in the future of Bing, or vica versa.

Sony QX100, QX10 lens camera attachments shown off in leaked video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 5:35 am

A full-length video tease of Sony's upcoming "lens camera" attachments has floated to the surface of the Internet today: Sony's upcoming QX100 and QX10 attachable lenses.

 

 

The lens cameras are expected to be unveiled this week, but the video, above, is actually quite impressive. I think the biggest thing to take away from the video is the fact that these lenses are detachable, and can be used while they're not attached to your Sony smartphone. They are also capable of simple one-touch pairing over NFC, and once paired, can act independently of your smartphone, snapping photos away with ease.

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RumorTT: Sony to unveil VR headset at TGS 2013, works with DriveClub

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 4:35 am

It looks like Oculus VR could have some competition in the VR space, with Sony rumored to unveil a virtual reality headset at the Tokyo Game Show later this month that would work with the PlayStation 4.

 

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CVG and Eurogamer are both reporting the news, and according to reports Sony had plans to reveal the headset at GamesCom, but decided to hold off at the last minute. The reports also state that the Japanese electronics giant is torn between offering its VR headset as an optical add-on, or as a key part of the PS4 that will set it apart from its main competitor: the Xbox One.

 

CVG and Eurogamer's sources have said that at least one developer, Evolution Studios, is working on providing support for the VR headset with its DriveClub game. DriveClub is Sony's latest first-party racing sim, and a PS4 launch title. Evolution Studios is reportedly incorporating support for the VR headset that would simulate the vehicle's cockpit.

Xbox One CPU receives 150MHz boost in CPU clock speed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 3:36 am

The Xbox One isn't too far away, but according to Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, the Xbox One is in full production.

 

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Before going into full production, the next-gen console received a boost in its CPU clock speed - increasing 150MHz from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz. Mehdi announced the news at the Citi Global Technology Conference, giving a quick update on the Xbox One's progress and manufacturing. He also added: "We're on track for launch in November," you'd kind of hope so, considering it's September already.

 

He also said: "We'll announce a launch date shortly. We recently just went into full production, so we're now producing en masse Xbox One consoles. We've had real good progress on the system. In fact, we just updated the CPU performance to 1.75 GHz on top of the graphics performance improvement, so the system is really going to shine [and] the games look pretty incredible."

 

This is the second tweak Microsoft has done to the Xbox One, where we saw an increase in the Xbox One's GPU clock speed in August from 800MHz to 853MHz.

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