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Usually seen as competitors, Samsung and Sony are now banding together for the benefit of the consumer - seeing Samsung's Smart TVs released in 2015 include PlayStation Now compatibility.
It's expected to see this feature be presented at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, which is set to kick off in a only few days time - just as PlayStation now was originally announced at CES 2014.
With the announcement of the partnership happening just before Christmas day, North American consumers will be among the first to receive this offer. As with other PlayStation Now compatible devices, the Samsung TVs will contain an app to connect to Sony's Gakai-powered games service, allowing customers to chose from a list of games that they can rent - picking as they wish and playing them almost instantly.
Korean electronics giant Samsung plans to release smart TVs powered by its Tizen operating system, as the company hopes for Tizen to evolve into the "OS of everything." The Tizen-powered smart TVs will be shown off during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, with worldwide availability and pricing details unveiled.
"We are focusing our efforts on Tizen right now," said Kim Hyun-suk, Samsung president of visual display, in an interview with Reuters. "We hope that other TV makers will also use it and help build an ecosystem that will help the platform grow."
Samsung's efforts to expand Tizen to the smartphone market essentially failed, and it continues to rely on the Google Android operating system.
CES 2015: CES 2015 kicks off next week, with my bags not even packed yet and I jump on a plane 49.5 hours from now. But, LG is preparing a bunch of stuff to show off to the world, with a huge push in the world of 4K TVs.
The South Korean giant is reportedly going to be showing off no less than eight different product lines (UC9, UB9800, UF9500, UF9400, UF8500, UF7700, UF6800 and UF6700), where we'll see more than just the usual quantum dot technology and webOS 2.0 Smart TV updates we've been hearing about lately. LG's new Ultra HD TV's are thinner than ever before, with the company promising upgrades for the color balance and black levels.
The built-in 4K video decoder can handle both 30FPS and 60FPS inputs, and is "future-proof" for future standards.
CES 2015: LG has already teased it will be showing off a bunch of 4K TVs at CES 2015 next week, but the South Korean giant has just announced it will also be showcasing its new 21:9 ultra-wide monitors, too.
These monitors will be powered by AMD's FreeSync technology, which make ultra-wide monitors even better for gamers. We only just reviewed the LG 34UC97 and loved it, but it definitely needed better gaming chops and well, here we are. The upcoming 34UM67 is LG's first 21:9 ultra-wide gaming monitor that was designed for gaming, featuring AMD's FreeSync technology.
Roy Taylor, AMD's Corporate Vice President of ISV/IHV Partner Group explains "AMD FreeSync technology is an innovative monitor technology, based on free and open industry standards, to eliminate the tearing and stuttering that has plagued PC gaming for 30 years. We are pleased that LG Electronics stands with us with truly exciting AMD FreeSync-ready displays like the LG UltraWide Gaming Monitor."
I'm an absolutely fan of NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology, but not many people have had the pleasure of using AMD's FreeSync technology at home, a technology that is meant to be virtually identical to that of NVIDIA's. Well, the first FreeSync-powered monitor is now available on Overclockers.co.uk.
The monitor we're talking about is the Iiyama ProLite B2888UHSU-B1, which is a 28-inch 4K monitor with AMD's FreeSync technology baked into it. This monitor is using an identical panel to the Acer XB280HK, which is powered by NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology and also runs a 3840x2160 resolution. The big difference? Price. The AMD FreeSync option is around $600, while the Acer XB280HK is currently $1029 on Amazon.
Acer's XB280HK on Overclockers.co.uk sells for the equivalent of $770 USD, compared to the $600 USD of the FreeSync option, so you can see the appeal of AMD's technology here.
Vizio's P-Series of 4K TVs will soon receive some lovin' from Amazon, in the form of an Amazon app that will support 4K video from its subscription Prime video service.
We can also expect other 4K-ready content thanks to UltraFlix and Toon Goggles, which will join Netflix on the 4K bandwagon for Vizio. An upgrade is coming to Vizio's P-Series of 4K TVs, and once this new firmware is released, it will fix up the bug that over sharpens the picture on still photos, Blu-ray and 4K video.
The new firmware will also improve the LED backlighting and motion processing, too. The new v1.1.13 update should arrive in the "coming days" according to Vizio.
Often seen sitting in the headlines due to their amazingly priced self-branded offerings, Kogan hits the market hard yet again with a crazy-priced 24" 144hz gaming monitor coming in at only $199 AU.
According to some user reviews, Kogan's self-branded products can be a little hit and miss. There are reports of some products being a little too cheap in design and feel, but I'm sure that's exactly what you'd expect from a monitor that's around half the price in Australia from competitors BenQ and ASUS.
Featuring a 144hz refresh rate and a 2ms response time, this 1080p HD monitor is also pre-installed with Kogan's Pro-Eye technology. This feature claims to help you play for extended periods by adjusting the screen brightness depending on the intensity of lighting within your room, helping minimize eye strain and fatigue and maintain focus.
"All curves are not created equal. Samsung's SE790C offers an industry-leading and award-winning curvature for a truly immersive, comfortable and differentiating viewing experience," claims Samsung's Senior Vice President of the Visual Display Business, Seoggi Kim.
The tech-giant has just pushed a press release, claiming a soon-to-be launch of their brand-new 3000R (curvature radius of 3,000mm) monitor, the SE70C. Said to closely match the natural curve of the human eye, this monitor is claimed by the manufacturer to create a distortion-free viewing experience with less eye strain for all.
Incorporating a 21:9 aspect ratio and an ULTRA-WQHD resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, the SE790C has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees, a contrast ratio of 3000:1 and 300 CD/m2 typical brightness. There are some handy features included out of the box including Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture capabilities, alongside two 7-watt stereo speakers located within the build.
Go big or go home! LG Electronics plans to show off a 55-inch 8K display during CES 2015 next month, and the screen will promote a beautiful 7680x4320 resolution (33.2 million pixels). The display prototype will be used to test potential mass production of the model, and wants to see how visitors react to the screen.
"With the know-how acquired from making the prototype, if LG finds good grounds to commercialize the display for mass production, it will do so," according to a source speaking to CNET. "LG has already finished up approving the technological viability of the 55-inch, 8K display, and is now starting preparation to commercialize it to make it a product."
The consumer market is barely becoming comfortable with 4K UHD, but manufacturers are pushing ahead to make us drool with 8K models. LG showed off an insane 98-inch 8K TV prototype during IFA 2014 earlier in the year, so it looks like the Korean giant wants to make sure it has plenty of UHD displays available.
According to Jon Peddie Research and Fool.com, NVIDIA is now pulling away from AMD in total market share - further claiming that "there's no question that NVIDIA has gotten the better of AMD" over the past four years of production.
NVIDIA have gathered 70 percent of the recent Add-in Board (AiB) market share, marking themselves above their average cruising rate of 60 percent as seen through the graph above. In a bid to get back to 50/50 and retaliation to NVIDIA's powerhouse GeForce GTX 970 and 980 cards, AMD have started cutting the retail pricing of their latest models starting around October 2014. However, with new 9 series cards rumored for release by NVIDIA - we're interested to see how the Q4 results will report.