TT Show Episode 30 - Samsung's new 4K and 8K TVs, Frame Generation on Xbox and PS5, and more!

Kosta Andreadis | TweakTown | Apr 12, 2024 9:11 PM CDT

This week on The TT Show, Jak and Kosta talk about their recent trip to Sydney, where they attended a special launch event for Samsung's impressive TV line-up for 2024. The line-up includes Samsung's new flagship 85-inch 8K display, which features the latest in AI technology, and the company's new OLEDs, which ditch the reflective finish for a more matte Glare-Free look better suited to bright rooms.

TT Show Episode 30 - Samsung's new 4K and 8K TVs, Frame Generation on Xbox and PS5, and more!

It's a lengthy discussion covering everything from TV tech for sports, games, and movies to Samsung's interesting new wall-hanging speaker. In the world of impressive displays, the duo also looks at the new Razer Blade 18 gaming laptop for 2024, which features the world's first 4K+ 200 Hz display for a portable device.

In gaming, AMD's FSR 3.1 update means that Frame Generation is finally coming to the world of consoles - with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S gamers set to get their first taste of the groundbreaking tech with Immortals of Aveum. Also, Kosta talks about how the next-gen Xbox's giant technical leap could come from AI - with Microsoft touting a suite of next-gen 'Gaming AI' technologies coming.

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Overwatch 2 is finally punishing players who leave mid-match, more tweaks with Season 10

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Apr 12, 2024 11:09 PM CDT

Blizzard is making some more changes to Overwatch 2, with its upcoming Season 10 to see changes to the game that will punish players who leave a game mid-match... finally.

Overwatch 2 is finally punishing players who leave mid-match, more tweaks with Season 10

Starting with Overwatch 2 Season 10, the developer is taking a "firm stance" on leavers in Competitive Play, with a new update for that game mode, too. Starting with Competitive Play, with Overwatch 2 players being suspended from Competitive Play whenever they leave a Competitive Play match, with a ban of 15 minutes.

But, if you leave more games, that penalty gets harsher and harsher: 2 games left out of 20 games, there's a 2-hour ban, while leaving 3 of your last 20 played games results in a huge 8-hour ban. From there, leaving 4 out of the last 20 games played will see you with a whopping 20-hour ban, while leaving 5 games out of the last 20 played results in a major Competitive Season BAN, while 10 games left throughout the entire season (at play) will result in a Competitive Season BAN.

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Corsair unveils its first DDR5 workstation RAM with new WS DDR5 RDIMM ECC memory kits

Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Apr 12, 2024 10:07 PM CDT

Corsair has just announced that it has entered the DDR5 workstation memory market, with the introduction of its new WS DDR5 RDIMM memory kits.

Corsair unveils its first DDR5 workstation RAM with new WS DDR5 RDIMM ECC memory kits

The new Corsair WS DDR5 RDIMM memory kits have been engineered to offer uncompromising performance and reliability. They are compatible with Intel's new 4th Gen Xeon and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series CPUs. If you want to fill every DIMM slot of your motherboard, they come in huge 256 GB DDR5 memory kits.

Corsair says that with its memory kits coming in huge 256GB capacities, it will set a new standard for memory-intensive tasks like high-resolution media editing, 3D rendering, and of course, AI training. Corsair has carefully screened each DIMM, with the modules passing JEDEC specifications with higher timings and higher speeds, making sure you get the optimal performance for the huge workloads these DIMMs will crush.

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NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce RTX 5090, RTX 5080 rumored for Computex 2024 reveal

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Apr 12, 2024 9:32 PM CDT

It was just days ago I spotted a small part of a UDN report that said AIB manufacturers were getting ready for a launch of only the top-end NVIDIA GeForce RTX 5090, and high-end RTX 5080 graphics cards to launch later this year, and now we have some more confirmation in new leaks.

NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce RTX 5090, RTX 5080 rumored for Computex 2024 reveal

In his latest video, Tom from Moore's Law is Dead has a few sources inside of the industry that have talked about NVIDIA's impending GeForce RTX 5090 and GeForce RTX 5080 graphics cards.

NVIDIA is reportedly waiting until workstation-class RTX 6000 series GPUs are detailed, as the GB202 and GB203 dies used in RTX 6000 and B40 workstation variants are the same GPUs that will be used inside of the RTX 5090 and RTX 5080, respectively.

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'$70 games aren't unsustainable,' says CEO that's selling a game for $70

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 12, 2024 5:30 PM CDT

Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch believes $70 is too much to charge for a game, but his studio is nonetheless selling Space Marine 2 for $70 on all platforms.

'$70 games aren't unsustainable,' says CEO that's selling a game for $70

At the start of Gen9 in November 2020, publishers like Take-Two Interactive, Activision, Electronic Arts, and Sony were among the first to charge $70 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of games. This trend has continued well into 2024 and shows no signs of stopping, especially now that publishers are laying off workers en masse in an attempt to stem bleeding budgets and shrinking profit margins. The $70 game was an attempt to offset high production costs (some games like Spider-Man 2 cost $200 million to make).

But not everyone agrees with the new software MSRP. Consumers have pushed back against the pricing--in 2023, we surveyed over 25,000 gamers on the subject of $70 software and most agree that it's too much. Some industry figures like Saber Interactive's Matthew Karch have even spoken out against the price tag, saying that it's just unsustainable.

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Lossless music could finally come to Spotify soon via the Music Pro add-on

Oliver Haslam | Software & Apps | Apr 12, 2024 4:00 PM CDT

Lossless music is something that Spotify has been working on for a long time and we've often wondered whether it would ever actually launch. Spotify still hasn't confirmed when it will happen, but we might now finally be getting closer to it arriving.

Lossless music could finally come to Spotify soon via the Music Pro add-on

Lossless audio was first known as Spotify HiFi before it was rumored to be part of a new Supremium subscription tier that would sit above the current options. Now, it appears that we could see the lossless audio become part of the new Music Pro add-on that is already being previewed.

That Music Pro add-on will include the DJ remix features that have been touted of late, and a new report by The Verge, based on a Reddit poster's research, suggests that lossless audio could also be part of that option.

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Apple Original Films' Argylle is now available to stream on Apple TV+

Oliver Haslam | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Apr 12, 2024 3:30 PM CDT

Apple TV+ subscribers have a new movie to watch this evening after Apple Original Fillms' Argylle was made available to stream for free. The movie, which has already had a stint at the box office, includes a ton of stars including Superman Henry Cavill, and many more.

Apple Original Films' Argylle is now available to stream on Apple TV+

The movie's star-studded ensemble includes Howard, Cavill, Rockwell, John Cena, DeBose, Richard E. Grant, Dua Lipa, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O'Hara, Sofia Boutella, Samuel L. Jackson and Chip, the real-life cat of supermodel Claudia Vaughn (nee Schiffer).

You can get a feeling for what the movie has to offer via the trailer embedded above, but the gist is that Elly Conway, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, is a reclusive cat-loving author of a series of bestselling espionage novels about the impossibly glamorous secret agent Argylle (Henry Cavill). Argylle is on a mission to unravel a spy syndicate.

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Franchise-as-a-service bleeds into subscription gaming to create supplemental revenue streams

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 12, 2024 3:03 PM CDT

Microsoft's fragmented but synergistic approach to software and services is helping introduce new business models to the $200 billion interactive entertainment industry.

Franchise-as-a-service bleeds into subscription gaming to create supplemental revenue streams

Xbox is making big disruptive power plays in the world of online gaming. Microsoft is no stranger to disruption, having shaken up the games market with its Xbox Game Pass subscription, the first dedicated multi-game subscription to define an emerging "Netflix of gaming" business model. The reality is that Game Pass was on the beginning, and it has helped iterate on multiple new trends in gaming.

You might be familiar with Games-as-a-Service (GaaS), terminology that publishers use to refer to an online game with microtransactions and a cadence of updates. On top of GaaS, I think I've spotted two new business concepts: Games-as-a-Platform (GaaP) and Franchise-as-a-Service (FaaS).

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Game Pass to reach 200 million subscribers by 2034, analyst predicts, double MSFT's forecast

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 12, 2024 2:03 PM CDT

Xbox Game Pass will grow nearly 500% across the next 10 years, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter predicts.

Game Pass to reach 200 million subscribers by 2034, analyst predicts, double MSFT's forecast

Analysts often ponder their orbs in private, but rarely do we see ambitious forecasts given to everyday consumers by key industry figures. Michael Pachter is one such figure, and he's gained fame through his very public predictions. Pachter's latest estimate is nonetheless eye-opening: According to the analyst, Xbox Game Pass will break 200 million subscribers by the year 2034.

"In the next 10 years, I think it'll go to 200 million. I'll make that bet with anybody. I promise I'll pay. It will be 200 million in the next 10 years--they are that committed to it," Pachter said in the latest episode of his question-and-answer talk show, Pachter Factor, on SIFTD Games.

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Google Chrome Enterprise Premium is the new paid-for web browser for businesses

Oliver Haslam | Software & Apps | Apr 12, 2024 1:30 PM CDT

Business users have a new web browser option after Google revamped its business approach with Google Chrome Enterprise Premium. The browser is available to enterprise users for a monthly fee, bringing with it features that are designed to offer additional value to businesses.

Google Chrome Enterprise Premium is the new paid-for web browser for businesses

Google Chrome Enterprise has been around for a little while and offers administrators more features to help manage the devices and software that people are using. Chrome Enterprise offers advanced data protection as well as protection against phishing, things that could understandably be a boon in a business setting.

The new Chrome Enterprise Premium offering costs businesses $6 a month per user. There are two versions on offer with Core available for free, but it's the Premium offering that costs the additional fee. That is the tier that includes data loss prevention and deep malware scans, making this the go-to option for businesses that need additional protections. The Core option includes neither of those things.

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New Google Pixel 8a renders have leaked as a launch likely nears

Oliver Haslam | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Apr 12, 2024 12:45 PM CDT

The Google Pixel 7a has proven to be a popular Android phone, just like the Pixel 6a that came before it. We can likely expect something similar from the Pixel 8a as well, and while Google hasn't yet officially confirmed the device we're seeing it leak more and more in recent weeks. Now, a new leak appears to have shared a number of renders that show the Pixel 8a in a variety of different colors.

New Google Pixel 8a renders have leaked as a launch likely nears

The Google Pixel 8a is set to take its place in Google's budget lineup this year, with the Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro sure to sit above it for people who are willing to spend a little more to get additional features, performance, and capabilities. However, the Pixel 8a is expected to cost around $50 more than the Pixel 7a does which itself cost more than the Pixel 6a before that.

In terms of features, the Pixel 8a is sure to be a capable operator. The device is expected to sport a 6.1-inch FHD+ 90Hz display while processing is set to be handled by a Google-designed Tesnor G3 chip - likely the same as the one that debuted with the Pixel 8 last fall. A main 64-megapixel camera is expected, while a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera has also been touted. Given the improvements that the Google Pixel 7a offered in terms of camera capabilities last year, it isn't thought that any big upgrades will be offered this time out.

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