AMD, Breaking, E3, Entertainment, Gaming, Microsoft, News, Opinion, Sony, Virtual Reality (VR)

Microsoft Tick-Tock: Xbox One S and Project Scorpio

Microsoft Xbox One S compared with the original Xbox One. Credit: The Verge

At it’s pre-E3 2016 conference, Microsoft announced the long awaited shift of its console model. In a nutshell, Xbox is becoming an regularly-refreshed product just like the Surface line of tablets and convertible PCs. Future Xbox refreshes will occur in an annual cycle, moving to a strategy that Intel used to call “Tick-Tock”. Just like Intel, Microsoft plans to release a high-end version of the console first, followed by a slimmed down version. Microsoft did not disclose the exact refresh cycle strategy, but we would not be surprised if the company decides to use E3 as the place where their annual or bi-annual refreshes will be announced. The exact

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Breaking, Gaming, Microsoft, News, VR World

Free Forza Motorsport 6 to arrive in Windows 10 Store

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex

Windows 10 Store was recently exposed to a healthy dose of criticism showing the issues customers face if they purchase games inside Microsoft’s e-tail platform. Titles such as ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ and ‘Quantum Break’ come with a list of incredible limitations that software developers will really have to remove if Windows Store is to become anything else but “Games for Windows 2”. In order to bring the platform to the level of experience delivered by Valve’s Steam or EA’s Origin, Microsoft prepared a flagship title. This game will utilize all the latest technologies offered by Windows 10. We’re talking about DirectX 12 API, high-resolution textures and support

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Hardware, Intel, Reviews, Smart Home

From HPC to HTPC: Can HTPC Become Your Main PC?

Intel Mini PC NUC5i5RYK

In the world of computing, the big iron – workstations, servers and HPC, were my main focus for the most of the past three decades. However, something on the opposite end of the spectrum from HPC, the kind of uber-mini desktop device, even smaller than HTPC – attracted my attention. This miniature box platform, using laptop CPU and chipset platforms & integration, but desktop peripherals and connectivity, is called many names: from NUC (Next Unit of Computing) by Intel, whose ex-desktop mainboard division is in charge is this product line; to Gigabyte’s BRIX line, likely named in the honor of their ex director and our

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AMD, Gaming, Intel, Nvidia, , Software Programs, Uncategorized

5 Must have Pieces of Software for Gamers

I Love Gaming by Mahbub Ahsan Rashid.

There is no doubt about it; gaming represents one of largest, if not the largest entertainment business in 2015. The growth in this market has been underpinned by innovation and technological advancement, as new hardware is developed to refine the gaming experience across multiple platforms. With modern-day hardware also enabling cross-platform gaming experiences, this sector is set for even further growth in the next decade. Software is also a key component of the modern gaming experience, and there are several must-have programs for aspiring designers and developers. Here are five of what I believe are the most important tools you need for flawless gameplay: Graphic Drivers

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3D, AMD, Analysis, Breaking, Companies, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

AMD Radeon Fury X Performance Revealed

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Introduction slide

While VR World is currently working on a detailed series of analysis into how AMD is changing its future by unveiling a completely new product line-up, we were informed by the company’s representatives that the company decided to lift the embargo on performance data for the AMD Radeon Fury X earlier than expected. Thus, while you wait for the architectural analysis of the part (this article will be updated in due course), we are pleased to bring you details from the AMD Radeon Fury X Review Guide, which contains internal performance data of this new, $649 graphic card. This price pitches liquid cooled Radeon Fury X

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Analysis, Companies, Entertainment, Google, Intel, Nvidia, VR World

YouTube Says: 8K is Future, Launches Video Format Support

In the entertainment industry, general consensus around “4K” is that the file format is what 720p and 1080i were before Full HD appeared. For the industry, adoption of 8K video format will be the key towards ‘glassless 3D’ concept, as demonstrated by Toshiba, Sharp and Panasonic on CES. While last weeks’ Computex Taipei and next week’s E3 in Los Angeles will be dominated by 1080p (Full HD) and 4K (Ultra HD), we had the privilege of working with display manufacturers on next generation of displays. 8K is poised to become your reality, to be followed by 10K, 12K and even 16K. Your windows to digital

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AMD, Companies, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

LG Launches FreeSync’ed 4K Display with Quad Split Screen

LG's latest 4K panel, the 27MU67 offers IPS panel and several cool tricks.

While all the attention is being spread between Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the upcoming AMD Radeon Fury series of graphics cards, perhaps the most important question for computer users, be them gamers or professionals is – what is the ideal display form them? The answer (at least for AMD users) might come from South Korea, in a form of brand new LG 27MU67, a 27-inch, 68.5cm diagonal 4K panel intended for gamers. According to the press release, the manufacturer claims this display is “intended for graphics-intensive gaming and the fast-paced action of the latest first person shooter (FPS) games and Real-Time Strategy (RTS)

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3D, Companies, CPU, Exclusive, Hardware, Intel, Opinion

Intel’s 2015 Roadmap Conundrum: Tick-Tock is Not a Swiss Clock

Intel Core i7-5775C, one of just only two LGA models in Intel's lineup.

In my 30-year career as an IT hardware expert, I’ve seen thousands of roadmaps, leaked, manage-leaked and official alike. Many were on target, yet still quite a few headed for the “failed” dustbin. Among all of them, Intel’s “tick-tock” plan was probably the most ambitious one in terms of attempted consistency and predictability. Knowing the multiple interlinked uncertainties of semiconductor process, CPU architecture, ecosystem changes and others, it was a wonder in itself that it lasted for several years, until the major slippages occurred in the Sandy Bridge generation. From then on, not only there were major delays introduced to the high end lines as the

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VR World

Vizio Releases Low-Priced 4K TV Series

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Vizio’s M-Series of 4K TVs start at $599.

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2015, Analysis, Business, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Mobile World Congress, VR World

Resolution Overkill: Why QHD and 4K are Too Much for Smartphones

Resolution on mobiles is pushing past the point where changes are visible to the human eye.

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VR World

Forget 4K. This is 10K

10K-zoom-test-head-12

This tech demo shows what the future holds for high-resolution video.

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Graphics, Hardware, VR World

Embedded DisplayPort Standard 1.4a Supports 8K, AMD FreeSync

VESA-8K

The latest eDP standard will allow your mobile to drive an 8K screen.

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Gaming, Rumors

Rumor: 4K Ready PS4 and Xbox One Models Incoming

Xbox One vs PS4

Sony and Microsoft might be readying new console models for 4K video playback, but 4K gaming won’t be included.

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2015, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, VR World

CES 2015: HP Rolls Out 5K Monitor Along With 4K And 3D Offerings

HP_Z34c

HP’s 5K monitor is not exactly affordable, but it is less costly when seen against other alternatives available today.

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2015, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Opinion, VR World

PC Enthusiats: What Can We Expect to See at CES 2015?

CES Logo

With CES right around the corner and the industry’s marketing efforts going into overdrive, what is it that we will likely see next week?

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Audio/Video, Guides, Holiday Shopping Guides, VR World

Get an Acer 4K Monitor for $349

Acer B286HK 4K Monitor

Newegg is running a crazy good deal right now where they are selling an Acer 4K monitor for under $350, which is half of its original sale price.

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Business, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

AMD Partners With Samsung for FreeSync Displays

AMD FreeSync

Today at AMD’s Future of Compute event in Singapore AMD announced that it has partnered with Samsung to put out FreeSync displays.

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Graphics, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, VR World

Top Five Graphics Cards of 2014

Graphics Cards

We take a look at the best graphics cards of 2014 and give you an idea of which are the five best of the year in terms of value, performance and price.

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Graphics, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, VR World

Top Five Graphics Cards of 2014

Graphics Cards

We take a look at the best graphics cards of 2014 and give you an idea of which are the five best of the year in terms of value, performance and price.

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Audio/Video, Business, Entertainment, Hardware, Mobile Computing

MHL Alt Mode Enables HDMI Through USB Type-C

MHL Cable

MHL is enabling users to connect their laptops and other mobile devices with USB Type-C to their TVs thanks to their new MHL Alt Mode standard.

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