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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ASUS's latest ProArt Display is a 32-inch 8K Mini LED HDR beast for professionals

Kosta Andreadis | Displays & Projectors | Apr 13, 2024 7:02 AM CDT

Professional displays are very different from those designed for gaming, where response times, refresh rates, and VRR support sit pretty high on the list. Professional displays are about accurate and vibrant color reproduction for designers and professionals to create and edit with reference-quality visuals.

ASUS's latest ProArt Display is a 32-inch 8K Mini LED HDR beast for professionals

At the NAB Show 2024, ASUS was on hand to present its latest professional monitor, the new ProArt Display PA32KCX - described as the "world's first 8K HDR Mini LED monitor with LuxPixel Technology." The 32-inch display features a native 8K resolution (7680 x 4320) with a 4096-zone Mini LED backlight, 97% of the cinema-grade DCI-P3 color gamut, 1200 nits peak brightness, and 1000 nits full-screen sustained brightness.

That last bit makes it one of the most impressive 32-inch displays for 2024 and perfect for HDR workflows. It's a tasty display and comes packed with ports. It has HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 2.1, a USB hub, and dual Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports with up to 96W Power Delivery.

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More people are buying classic Command and Conquer RTS games than new releases

Kosta Andreadis | Gaming | Apr 13, 2024 6:28 AM CDT

There has been a lot of negative talk lately about the current state of the videogame market. The most popular and played games are several years old, titles like Fortnite, Counter-Strike, Apex Legends, and other popular competitive and online games. Outside of a few exceptions, new games are struggling to find an audience, and as budgets increase dramatically, the risk for developers and publishers to launch something new is on the rise.

More people are buying classic Command and Conquer RTS games than new releases

Looking at the best-selling games, new titles are few and far between. In Europe, half of the top 10 best-selling games for March 2024 were old Command & Conquer games. Throw in Grand Theft Auto 5, which continues to sell, and Ubisoft's aging Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - old games are selling.

The best-selling title for the month was EA Sports FC 24 (the FIFA replacement), with Helldivers 2 in second place and Dragon's Dogma 2 in third place - the latter debuting in March. After that, five Command & Conquer games are on the list, which is impressive because the European data includes PCs, consoles, and digital data from storefronts like Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and the Nintendo eShop.

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Blackmagic's new URSA Cine 12K camera shoots 12K video at 90FPS for $15,000

Anthony Garreffa | Cameras, Printers & Scanners | Apr 13, 2024 4:47 AM CDT

Blackmagic showed off some new cameras at the 2024 NAB Show in Las Vegas, including the new Blackmagic URSA Cine 12 K, which was designed from the ground up as its new high-end digital camera. It costs $15,000.

Blackmagic's new URSA Cine 12K camera shoots 12K video at 90FPS for $15,000

The new Blackmagic URSA Cine 12K has a wide variety of inputs and outputs, including 10GbE ethernet and dual M.2 SSD slots for some super-fast, massive SSDs to handle the 4K, 6K, 8K, and 12K video you can capture with it. The company has a bunch of new design tweaks on the URSA Cine 12K, with all configurations on the camera done through locking nuts, making it easy to put it on a tripod, slider, or go handheld shooting 12K video.

Inside, Blackmagic built a completely new 12K 35mm large-format sensor for the URSA Cine 12K camera, supporting five different 12K formats. The 12K resolution itself is an eye-popping 12,288 x 6912 for the 16:9 aspect ratio, up from the 8192 x 4608 capable of 8K full frame with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Impressive stuff.

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LG expands self-developed on-device AI chip, will go into 46 products in LG's product families

Anthony Garreffa | Artificial Intelligence | Apr 13, 2024 1:37 AM CDT

LG has announced plans to expand its home appliance-specific on-device AI chip -- DQ-C -- to 46 models through 8 product families.

LG expands self-developed on-device AI chip, will go into 46 products in LG's product families

The new LG DQ-C chip supports AI control, LCD display driving, and voice recognition and is specialized for operating systems inside of home appliances. LG has designed the DQ-C AI chip in-house, with previous chips produced by other semiconductor companies, while LG outsources to TSMC on its 28nm process node in Taiwan to make its DQ-C AI chip.

LG has spent three years deep inside research and development of the DQ-C chip, first announced in July 2023, and is used inside of five LG products including washing machines, dryers, and air conditioners. LG first introduced washing machines and dryers with its DQ-C chip under its Home Appliances 2.0 series in July 2023, showing off the actual DC-Q chip at IFA last year.

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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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