Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition 4K Blu-ray Review

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition 4K Blu-ray Review

The very first Star Trek feature gets a 4K Blu-ray digital nip and tuck with generally stunning results. Join us as we take a close look.

Acer teases the best-looking custom Arc A770 graphics card yet

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Oct 2, 2022 8:28 PM CDT

You've got to give it to Acer, they've crafted one of the best-looking custom Intel Arc graphics cards so far, with a very brief tease of the "Predator Bi Frost" graphics card.

The new Acer Arc A770 Predator BiFrost will feature an interesting design: a hybrid-style blower + open-air fan design that hasn't been done before. It looks fantastic, and I'm sure even better inside of your PC. Inside, the Acer Arc A770 Predator BiFrost will feature the full ACM-G10 GPU with 32 Xe-Cores, but we don't know if it will have 8GB or 16GB of GDDR6 (Intel's in-house Arc A770 Limited Edition has 16GB, but AIB-made Arc A770s can have 8GB).

Acer didn't provide any details of its new Arc A770 Predator BiFrost graphics card, but it will require dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors, while the Intel Graphics Twitter account joining in the launch fun saying "Bravo, team! We're excited to have you on board". Jarred Walton of Tom's Hardware tweeted, asking if it were the 8GB or 16GB model, and what was the TBP, the GPU and GDDR6 clocks.

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GPU-Z 2.50.0 supports GeForce RTX 4090 and Intel Arc A770 + A750 GPUs

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Oct 2, 2022 7:21 PM CDT

The release of NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce RTX 4090 and Intel's first-gen Arc A770 and Arc A750 graphics cards will all release on October 3, with GPU v2.50.0 here to support all three of the cards.

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GPU-Z v2.50.0 supports everything you need to know about your GPU, especially if you've got a new GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card: detailed BIOS information, GPU clock and GPU overclocking information, power limits, and a very cool and important new feature: a built-in NVIDIA DLSS scanner. This scans your PC for all of the games installed that use DLSS, detailing which exact version of DLSS the game uses (which is very useful for reviewers).

The team hasn't just added support for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 and Intel Arc A770 + A750 graphics cards, but GPU-Z 2.50.0 now also has Intel Arc VRAM temperature monitoring, as well as having GPU-Z fixing the issues with Intel Arc temperature sensors. The last part of the GPU-Z 2.50.0 changelog is that instead of showing a blank window, a proper message is now displayed when the DLSS Game Scan feature finds no games with DLSS supported.

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AORUS GeForce RTX 4090 WATERFORCE is tiny, but uses a 360mm AIO cooler

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Oct 2, 2022 6:27 PM CDT

GIGABYTE has a monster graphics card in its behemoth AORUS GeForce RTX 4090 MASTER graphics card, but on the other side of the scale we have the small -- at least for the card -- powerhouse card with the upcoming AORUS GeForce RTX 4090 WATERFORCE graphics card.

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The new AORUS GeForce RTX 4090 WATERFORCE has been teased with a tiny RTX 4090 card, but a large 360mm AIO cooler that will surely keep the next-gen Ada Lovelace GPU nice and cool. GIGABYTE is re-using the same look, design, and size as its current-gen Ampere-based AORUS GeForce RTX 3090 Ti WATERFORCE with the new AORUS RTX 4090 WATERFORCE.

Inside, you've just got a much faster GPU -- NVIDIA's next-gen AD102 GPU powers the GeForce RTX 4090 -- while GIGABYTE is keeping things cool by using a 360mm AIO cooler that has 3 x 120mm fans, a large copper base plate, and 460mm long braided tubes. It's not going to be complicated to install, but you're going to need to have the room to have a 360mm AIO cooler installed into your chassis... something that might be difficult if you're using a 360mm AIO cooler to keep your CPU cool.

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PlayStation's Jim Ryan met with regulators to discuss Activision deal

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 2, 2022 5:35 PM CDT

Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan reportedly met with European regulators in Brussels to discuss the ramifications of Microsoft's mega-billion merger with Activision-Blizzard.

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Sony's Jim Ryan is believed to have met directly with European Commission regulators that are currently overseeing the approval of gaming's biggest merger. Ryan has publicly voiced his opposition to Microsoft buying Activision-Blizzard for $68.7 billion, with Call of Duty's exclusivity at heart of Ryan's arguments.

Ryan has publicly confirmed that Microsoft had plans to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation 3 years after Activision's current contracts had ended. This has likely been noticed and recorded by regulators as a key point to consider; the UK's Commission for Markets Authority (CMA) had also stated concerns about exclusivity.

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Horizon ZD, one of the best-looking PS4 games, is getting remastered

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 2, 2022 5:01 PM CDT

Sony reportedly has plans to release a remastered version of Horizon Zero Dawn, which is already one of the best-looking games on PlayStation 4.

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In an effort to capture resales and engage a next-gen audience, Sony has been releasing remakes and remasters to help fill the gaps in between its PS5 first-party lineup. The PS5's release saw the remake of Demons' Souls (which isn't a first-party game but published by SIE) alongside remasters of the best-selling Marvel's Spider-Man. The most recent high-profile remake was The Last of Us, which was significantly overhauled with impressive visuals, effects, and in-game adjustments to gameplay.

Now reports indicate that Horizon Zero Dawn is the next best-seller to get the remaster treatment. Sources have told MP1st and Video Game Chronicle that Guerrilla Games plans to refresh Horizon Zero Dawn to take advantage of the PlayStation 5's power.

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Rumor: Horizon multiplayer game coming to PS5 and PC with co-op

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 2, 2022 4:21 PM CDT

Guerrilla Games is reportedly working on a new online Horizon game that will release on PlayStation 5 and PC, sources have told MP1st.

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Horizon Zero Dawn was originally supposed to feature some form of online co-op play, but the feature was scrapped due to time and technical constraints. Despite early reports, the feature didn't show up in Horizon Forbidden West either. Now it looks like Horizon's online multiplayer will be a standalone live service game.

Sources have told MP1st that the Horizon franchise will get a new online multiplayer game that bridges both PS5 and PC. The game is expected to have some sort of co-op or PVP action (naturally, given it's a MP game). This news fits right in line with Sony's new multi-platform business model that targets big games across mobiles, PlayStation 5, and PC.

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Google may have a compelling argument against MSFT's Activision buyout

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 2, 2022 3:10 PM CDT

Google may have a compelling argument against Microsoft's proposed buyout of Activision-Blizzard.

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Right now worldwide regulators are sifting through data and conducting interviews with the biggest players in the $198 billion video games market. The goal is to determine whether or not Microsoft merging with Activision-Blizzard would harm competition. After the merger, Microsoft would be the second biggest video games company on the planet and own multiple billion-dollar franchises like Call of Duty, a $30 billion franchise that dominates PC and consoles, and Candy Crush, a top-earning mobile app with over $11 billion revenues since 2015.

The case involves an alphabet soup of worldwide regulators including the FTC in the US, CMA in the UK, and the European Commission in EU all trying to determine whether or not the deal is fair to competitors and consumers. Everyone is involved in this merger scrutiny, including competitors like Sony, Epic Games, and even Google--the latter of which may have an interesting argument against the deal.

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Tencent will aggressively purchase majority stakes in games companies

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Oct 2, 2022 2:02 PM CDT

Tencent reportedly plans to buy more majority stakes in video games companies to continue earnings growth and counteract falling share prices.

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Sources tell Reuters that Tencent will aggressive buy up more majority stakes in overseas games companies. The Chinese gaming giant, who earned $33 billion in 2021 and more than Xbox and Nintendo combined, wants to spark growth in gaming as domestic games revenues stagnate due to strict regulations. Tencent's solution is to buy more stake in overseas countries with the hopes of riding consistent revenues.

Reuters reports that Tencent is targeting companies in Europe. This is on the heels of Tencent acquiring nearly 50% of controlling stake in Guillemot Bros. Limited, a company run by the founders of Ubisoft. The Guillemot brothers sold stake in their company in order to fend off a hostile takeover from Tencent. As part of the deal, Tencent's stake in Ubisoft can rise as high as 9.9%, but can't exceed this threshold for 8 years.

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Elon Musk reveals humanoid Tesla bot 'Optimus' and its price

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Oct 2, 2022 2:03 AM CDT

Tesla's brand new AI robot named Optimus was revealed at the company AI Day 2022, with Tesla CEO Elon Musk even discussing the price of the next-gen robot.

Elon Musk has appeared at Tesla's AI Day, and to kick off the show, the CEO brought out the highly anticipated Tesla bot that has been nicknamed Optimus. Musk gave a brief overview of what the company plans on achieving with Optimus and how it would impact the wider economy if Optimus could perform general manual labor. Musk said that the potential for Optimus is "appreciated by very few people" and explained that the current economy is held back by people and their productivity.

To surpass these limitations, Musk proposes Optimus as a solution, and if Optimus can handle general manual labor, "an economy becomes quasi-infinite". The Tesla CEO explains that if the new Tesla bot is rolled out and the economy is increased in terms of output, the future will be a place "where there is no poverty" and that people "could have whatever you want in terms of products and services," says Musk. Additionally, Musk said that Optimus' impact will be a "fundamental transformation of civilization as we know it".

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EPA doubles clean school bus rebate awards to almost $1 billion

Michael Hatamoto | Electric Vehicles & Cars | Oct 1, 2022 1:43 PM CDT

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the Clean School Bus Program rebate awards have been doubled up to $1 billion. Last May, the EPA announced $500 million in rewards, but US school districts showed so much interest in the program, the US government has decided to double the amount of funding available.

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Replacing a single diesel school bus can greatly help the environment, reducing greenhouse emissions by a whopping 54,000 pounds per year, according to Dominion Energy. In addition, toxic diesel fumes emitted by the bus while it idles find ways inside the cabin, putting the health of the passengers at risk.

School districts also have a keen interest in reducing the cost of fuel and repair costs through the operating life of each bus.

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