It's been another big week of news and happenings in the tech, gaming, and science space, and Jak and Kosta are back with a new episode of The TT Show - TweakTown's official podcast. From leaked GeForce RTX 5090 specs to more Nintendo Switch 2 rumors from leaked Activision documents, the duo also touches on a potential fossilized avocado found on Mars.
Of course, it's just a rock that looks like one. In addition, with the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty expansion, Kosta went hands-on with the new Update 2.0 and was blown away by the improvements that have come with the new DLSS 3.5 Ray Reconstruction update.
And then there's a closer look at the new INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 Twin X2 OC with Stealth Cable Management - which sparks a chat about the abundance of cables. There are just too many. Plus, Intel's new 14th Gen CPUs get benchmarked, a Redditor digs into whether NVIDIA DLSS requires AI hardware, and more!
MSI's new 'Limited Series' products will see the company stealth drop a limited quantity of custom hardware that will only be produced once and made available for a limited time. With only 6,000 units produced, the first drop is the new GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming X NV Edition, sporting a stylish green design with RGB accents.
MSI notes that the green colorway on this custom Gaming X graphics card represents the company's "enduring partnership" with NVIDIA and is a testament to their "friendship and collaboration through the years."
It's not simply a green GeForce RTX 4060, as the aesthetic also means that the limited edition GPU sports Eco packaging that is 100% paper-based and plastic-free. Per MSI's announcement, the MSI GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming X NV Edition is available at select retailers across Europe, with the United States and Asia to follow.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro might only have been on sale for a few days but the rumors mill has already turned its attention to what comes next. And what comes next is the iPhone 16.
While the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max both have the new Action button in place of the familiar mute switch, it seems that Apple isn't yet done with the idea of moving buttons around. In fact, it's going to add an entirely new button and move another component to the other side of the iPhone to make space according to a new report.
That report comes out of MacRumors which claims that the iPhone 16 will include a new capacitive 'Capture Button," something that is currently being developed under the codename Project Nova. The report goes on to say that it is likely that the new Capture Button will be a main selling point of the new iPhone, although it then goes on to say that it isn't currently known what the button will actually be used for.
When Apple announced the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max earlier this month it was confirmed that only the latter model would feature the new tetraprism lens that allows for an improved 5x optical zoom feature. But that will all change in 2024 with the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max.
That's according to a new report by the well-connected supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who says that the next Pro iPhone will benefit from the same tetraprism lens despite the fact that it wasn't part of the iPhone 15 Pro setup this year.
Writing in a lengthy Medium post discussing Apple and its supplier plans moving forward, Kup said that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will both feature a tetraprism telephoto camera lens. He expects the current specifications to remain to ensure camera performance, with the number of tetraprism-enabled iPhone shipments expected to increase by around 100% as a result.
Xbox Game Pass will likely see another price increase as time goes by, Microsoft gaming CEO Phil Spencer says.
Microsoft recently raised the prices of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and console--a meager $2 and $1 respective increase as compared to Sony's 35% price jump on PS Plus--but this hike might not be the last.
In an interview with Japanese gaming outlet Game Watch, Xbox chief Phil Spencer candidly says that another increase is "inevitable". As inflation increases, games are becoming much more expensive to make, and companies are spending more to develop titles (Horizon Forbidden West, for example, cost over $200 million to bring to market).
When Apple unveiled the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro it made a very big deal about the fact that it intended to ditch leather for good, making the move to a more environmentally friendly material instead. The new FineWoven cases are joined by Apple Watch bands, but it's the cases that are capturing the most attention right now. And none of that attention is positive.
If there's one complaint that has so far been repeatedly leveled at the micro twill FineWoven iPhone cases, it's that they easily mark and scratch. And a new photo of an iPhone 15 case display in an Apple Store just drives the point home. And it makes for poor viewing if you're planning on picking one of these new cases up.
The photo shows a number of FineWoven cases on display, many of which have what appear to be permanent scratches caused by fingernails. People have have already taken delivery of such cases have said that they easily mark and cannot be repaired or buffed to make them look better. Apple Stores have only had their cases on display for a limited time and they're already starting to look pretty grim indeed.
Apple might be ready to announce a new iPad mini before the end of the year, according to a new report. That's despite a report by a well-connected supply chain analyst who claimed that there would be no new tablets before 2024.
This latest report comes via the supply chain watchers at DigiTimes and claims that there have been orders for a new small-size iPad for the fourth quarter of this year. That would presumably be the seventh-generation iPad mini, with the last model having been released way back in 2021.
Little is known about the new tablet and it wasn't even expected to be in the cards for a 2023 unveiling. While Bloomberg's Mark Gurman had suggested that it wasn't out of the question that there would be a new iPad mini this year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo poured cold water on that idea by saying that there would be no new iPad mini until 2024. In fact, Kuo said that he didn't believe that there would be any new iPad models at all this year.
Elon Musk's X social network is already hard at work on bringing video and audio calling to the platform and now it appears that it is closer than ever to fruition. Musk confirmed that he wanted to bring calls to X last month, and code suggesting the feature is on the way is already being found in the iPhone app.
That code was spotted in an iPhone version of the X app and appears to suggest that audio and video calls are closer than ever. The feature will bring calling support to anyone who has the iPhone app installed and also happens to pay for X Premium, the subscription offering previously known as Twitter Blue.
Musk believes that X is in a unique position to handle voice and video-based calling because he sees it as the world's address book, adding that the feature will be available on iPhone, Android, and the web. The cross-platform support could be a big deal, although X won't be the first to offer such a thing.
After Apple announced the iPhone 15 Pro and said that it would be able to run a console port of Resident Evil Village, that's something that a ton of gamers have been waiting for. The new iPhones went up for sale on September 22 and now we also know when they will get their flagship new game, too.
It's now been confirmed that Resident Evil Village will come to the App Store on October 30, complete with the Winters' Expansion. It'll be available to play on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro Max as well as the iPad Air and iPad Pro so long as yours happens to have the M1 chip or later inside.
The new game will be a free download in the App Store, but that'll only act as a demo version of sorts. If you want to play the full game that's going to cost you. With this being a console game, it's perhaps no surprise that its pricing also reflects that. The Resident Evil Village game will set gamers back $40, while the Winters' Expansion DLC will go for another $20.
Cyberpunk 2077's big 2.0 update has landed, ahead of the launch of the incoming Phantom Liberty expansion (which arrives tomorrow), and there's good news for Steam Deck owners.
While it's true that Cyberpunk 2077 version 2.0 (with DLSS 3.5 on board) does up the system requirements for the game, it still remains perfectly playable on Valve's handheld.
This is according to testing conducted by German tech site Computerbase as flagged up by Tom's Hardware.
Apple's iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models are now available to buy and people have been doing that since the September 22 launch last week. Those who got their preorders in quickly will already have their new phone in their pockets. And it turns out that there's one person picking up Apple's latest phone that you might have heard of.
The new models are the best iPhones that Apple has ever sold and now it appears that the owner of X, the social network previously familiar to us all as Twitter, would agree. Elon Musk took to Twitter to confirm that yes, he is picking up a new iPhone this year.
Musk was replying to a tweet by Apple CEO Tim Cook who was saying that the new iPhones were officially on sale on Friday alongside the Apple Watch Ultra 2, Apple Watch Series 9, and updated USB-C AirPods Pro 2. Musk replied to say that he's buying one and we have to imagine it's that fancy new iPhone that he was talking about.