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ASUS tease new QHD gaming monitor with 165Hz refresh and NVIDIA G-Sync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 6, 2015 2:13 am

When ASUS released the ROG Swift PG278Q last year, it was the gaming monitor that dreams were made of. An awesome-looking 27-inch QHD monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution, it was backed up by a huge 144Hz refresh rate, with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology sprinkled on top.




Well, now we're looking at its successor, something ASUS teased at IFA 2015. The new ROG Swift PG279Q features the same 2560x1440 resolution on the same 27-inch display, but cranks the refresh rate up to an insane 165Hz. This is the industry's first 165Hz-capable monitor, making it the undeniable champion of gaming monitors when it's released later this year.


Inside, we have the QHD resolution of 2560x1440, backed up by 1000:1 contrast ratio, 170/160-degree horizontal/vertical viewing angles, 350cd/m2 brightness, and 8-bit colors. We should expect DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 inputs, too. The new ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q will feature an IPS-based panel compared to the TN panel found in its predecessor, the ROG Swift PG278Q. An IPS panel is something that the Acer XB270HU had over the ROG Swift PG278Q, but now ASUS has beaten Acer at the monitor gaming with not just an IPS-based gaming monitor, but a huge 165Hz refresh rate.

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Fox announce first 4K Blu-ray titles

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 6, 2015 12:05 am

With the upcoming UHD Blu-ray format specification announced and manufacturers gearing up to release product to the market, the first Hollywood distributor has now announced the first wave of titles that will be hitting retail early next year.




Twentieth Century Fox is the first studio to back the 4K successor to Blu-ray, with 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', 'Fantastic Four', 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', 'Wild', 'Life of Pi' and 'The Maze Runner'.


There's still many questions yet to be answered on the new format, including whether legacy Blu-ray issues such as region coding apply, but with movement at the station there's no doubt the future is looking very high in resolution indeed.

Samsung unveils first 4K UHD Blu-ray player with 60FPS playback

By: Derek Strickland | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 5, 2015 10:11 pm

Samsung officially leads the 4K initiative by unveiling the first-ever consumer ready 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray player, ushering a new generation of high-fidelity entertainment into homes around the globe.




Samsung announced its pioneering UHD player, the UBD-K8500, at IFA in Berlin and touts some major performance boosts like ful 4K resolution at a fluid 60 frames-per-second, a 10-bit color palette that's 64 times more dynamic than standard Blu-rays, and object-based sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for UHDBR audio. The UHD Blu-ray player also sports an HDMI 2.0a port to support industry's new high dynamic range (HDR) standard and will be backwards compatible with current Blu-ray discs.


"The new player is also capable of upscaling content to provide UHD resolution for any disc, as well as for 4K streaming services," Samsung's visual display VP Mike Zoller said.

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The Mad Max game looks absolutely stunning in 8K

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2015 10:32 am

Avalanche's new Mad Max game is an explosive rip-roaring high-octane romp through the bloody post-apocalyptic series, and these 8K screenshots show that the havoc-filled wastes are actually a thing of beauty.




The 8K image gallery was shot using the game's quite amazing built-in photo editor as well as a combination of other third-party software and SweetFX shaders. You can see the full uncompressed 8K gallery here.


To hit full 8K, PC gamer k-putt used a tool called SRWE to resize the game's window to 8000x4000, and the program matched its internal renderer to the set resolution. K-putt also had to use DeadEndThrills' cheat table to expand the photo editor's set 16:9 aspect ratio.



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OSVR updates its hardware, delivers 1080p 120Hz display and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 5, 2015 9:25 am

There have been some changes to the OSVR project, with the team updating the specifications of their Hacker Development Kit. The Razer-led OSVR project has also updated the software and API, which is now capable of using NVIDIA's GameWorks VR technology.




The biggest difference is the new 5.5-inch silver-screened OLED display, packing a 1920x1080 resolution with 120Hz refresh rate. OLED technology has a higher response rate to the individual pixels, which will result in a much lower persistence experience. The optics module has also been modified, with a larger eye box that makes it easier to slip the OSVR headset on, as well as increasing comfort.


Inside, there's still the same two lens system that reduces geometric distortion by 13%, with the sensor hub being integrated so that it takes up less physical space. It includes an accelerometer, gyroscope and a compass. There's also two USB 3.0 headers which are perfect for expansion, another USB 3.0 connection has been added to the outside of the OSVR, too.


Razer seems excited that the OSVR headset is now capable of GPU-powered technologies thanks to NVIDIA's new GameWorks VR, with the OSVR now capable of using Direct Mode, Front Render Buffering and Context Priority. The OSVR HDK 1.3 will hit pre-order in October.

WhatsApp is now home to 900 million users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 5, 2015 7:14 am

WhatsApp is continuing to grow, with the Facebook-owned messaging giant now having a huge 900 million active monthly users. This is up 100 million from five months ago, where WhatsApp sat at 800 million active monthly users.




The company said back in January that it had 700 million users, adding 100 million users to its system just three months later. At this rate, the Facebook-owned company should hit 1 billion users before the New Year. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg congratulated WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, where she said: "900 million people now use WhatsApp every month to stay in touch with family and friends around the world. Congratulations to Jan Koum and everyone at WhatsApp on reaching this incredible milestone and for still finding time to make us all laugh".

Toyota pledges $50 million into autonomous car research centers at MIT

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 5, 2015 5:25 am

Toyota has just announced a collaborative partnership with both MIT and Stanford, which will see the carmaker investing $50 million across five years into autonomous vehicle research centers at both universities.




The first goal is to make driving safer while reducing traffic casualties, and over time the carmaker wants to improve the quality of life through improved mobility and tobotics. Toyota has also secured former DARPA Program Manager Dr. Gill Pratt, who will oversee and accelerate activities at both Stanford and MIT.


Pratt said that Toyota is more interested in making human drivers use advanced technology to help with the hazards on the road, as well as the dangerous weather conditions, compared to companies like Google that want to see fully autonomous, human-less cars on the road.

PowerColor's new dual-GPU has 16GB of VRAM, requires 1000W of power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 5, 2015 3:13 am

PowerColor has just unveiled its new Devil 13 R9 390 video card, which features two R9 390 GPUs for some serious horsepower. The card is absolutely huge, with a triple-slot design and triple-fan cooler.




The new Devil 13 R9 390 requires an insane 4 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors so that it can draw between 1000W and 1275W of power. But all of that power won't be wasted, as it packs dual Grenada PRO GPUs, each with 2560 stream processors, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs and 8GB of GDDR5. Each GPU has 345GB/sec available memory bandwidth, so the card has 691GB/sec memory bandwidth in total.




PowerColor adds that the Devil 13 R9 390 has been "built with carefully-designed Platinum Power Kit and ultra-efficient thermal design. It consists of massive 15-phase power delivery, PowerIRstage, Super Cap and Ferrite Core Choke that provides the stability and reliability for such high-end graphics solution. To support maximum performance and to qualify for the Devil 13 cooling system, 3 Double Blades Fans are attached on top of the enormous surface of aluminum fins heat sink connected with total of 10 pieces of heat pipes and 2 pieces of large die-cast panels. This superb cooling solution achieves a perfect balance between thermal solution and noise reduction. The PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 has the LED backlighting that glows a bright red color, pulsating slowly on the Devil 13 logo".

QuakeCon 2016 announced for August 4-7, 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2015 1:33 am

Bethesda will be pulling all of the stops out next year for QuakeCon 2016, which will once again be held in the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. QuakeCon 2016 will take place between August 4-7, 2016.




This year's QuakeCon had over 12,000 people attending, where they received exclusive presentations, new Fallout 4 details, and a hands-on demo of Doom's multiplayer component. Bethesda said in a blog post: "The event is a true 'grassroots' organization; founded by only a group of fans and volunteers 20 years ago. The event has grown and matured over the last 20 years but what has always remained the same is the spirit of community gaming; people coming together to play their favorite games with friends and family".

Fallout 4 has more dialogue than Fallout 3 and Skyrim combined

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2015 11:19 pm

Fallout 4 will have an incredibly huge span of dialogue that consists of over 100,000 lines of voiced text.




The news comes straight from Bethesda, who issued a Tweet yesterday confirming that the studio was in fact done recording all the dialogue. Fallout 4 features approximately 111,000 lines that took multiple years to record, and we have to wonder just how much of the game's data is taken up by the huge helping of voice-overs.


In Fallout 4 players have been given a voice, and a good chunk of that dialogue will be made up of the player character's responses. The game's text options have been consolidated from a list into a short-and-sweet response menu made up of a controller's four face buttons. Voice over actors Courtenay Taylor and Brian T. Delaney will portray the game's male and female protagonists.

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