Batman Arkham HD Collection Coming to Xbox One and PS4

When it comes to superhero video games, few did it as well as the Batman Arkham series, gripping fans as they explored the prison and then the city in the hopes of fighting crime in Gotham. If you enjoyed the games but miss being able to play them on your Xbox One or PS4 you may be in luck with leaked images showing the Batman Arkham HD Collection.

Leaked via an image sent by a reported GameStop employee, the images appear to show a release date of the 10th June, with preorders going live today (19th April). The collection will include both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City with “updated visuals optimised for Playstation 4 and Xbox One” while also letting you enjoy all the DLC that was previously released for both of the games.

With the last game in the Arkham series, Arkham Knight, giving you control over the Batmobile and a larger city, it didn’t take long before the technical problems scared people off of the game with many companies even offering refunds to anyone who had purchased it on PC. With the Arkham Knight being the last game made by Rocksteady for the dark hero, could this collection tide over fans while we await news about the next superhero series to grip our hearts?

GTA V Redux Will Turn Your World Into a 4K Fireball

These days, when a company releases a game there tends to be two sets of development going on. Internally the company looks to bring out expansions, DLC, and fixes for the game, while externally everyday people look to create a whole new experience by modding the game to open up a whole new world for the player. One such mod looks to bring your GTA V experience to a whole new level with the GTA Redux mod.

The Grand Theft Auto V Redux mod is the successor to the “Pinnacle of V” mod, designed to bring the game to a whole new level of graphics with a variety of new and updated features.

Looking for 4K resolution? They’ve got it. How about updated explosion graphics? Got it. Smoke and particle effects? Got it. The mod even adds new debris textures, making your gameplay experience even closer to that of a movie than an actual game. Redux will include newly worked physics and explosions alongside an overhauled weapon system, meaning that not only does the game look better it will play better as well.

Anyone else excited by this? The mod is made by John Romito, and since releasing his website for the mod he’s received 987 requests for tweaks to be made to the game. Ranging from something as fundamental as an overhaul of the physics engine to re-branding every vehicle and billboard advert found in the game. With so many features being brought to the game it’s only a matter of time before we get the mod released and lose ourselves to the highly detailed world of Los Santos again.

Sony To Offer 4K Streaming Service ‘Ultra’ From April

Rumours have recently been spreading saying that Sony would be working on a 4K variation of their PS4. Sadly it would seem those rumours were overblown but you could soon be watching 4K Videos on demand with Sony offering its streaming service from April.

The 4K films featured as part of ‘Ultra’, their streaming service, will retail at $30, including a selection of special features and will be available through Sony’s new 4K screens. Alongside their new films, people will be able to upgrade films they’ve purchased from Sony’s online store 4K versions at a “discounted” price.

Those with Ultraviolet movies will be able to enjoy them alongside their new films with the ability to link to their UV collections meaning that all those UV codes you’ve been adding to that account may finally see some use.

With 4K players costing upwards of hundreds of powers on their own, $30 a movie doesn’t seem that bad when you compare the prices. The limited collection of movies that will include the likes of The Walk, Concussion and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, may put people off but with it building upon Ultraviolet and other systems people may decide to skip the discs altogether and stick to streaming 4K content in order enjoy the latest quality in movie experiences.

The Iron Giant Will Receive A Collectors Edition This September

The Iron Giant is known as one of the all-time greats when it comes to animated films, with it receiving a digital remastering under the name of “signature edition” last year, with high-definition video and even two additional scenes. Come September you can own the collectors edition of the film and more.

For $14.97 you can own a Blu-ray copy of the signature edition of the film, including both the original and the remastered high-definition forms of the film. Included on the disk will be the documentary, The Giants Dream, a definitive look at the creation of the film.

Feel like you need even more awesome in your life? Go to $74.99 and the Ultimate Collectors Edition is yours, featuring not just the signature edition of the film, the documentary but also a hardcover art book but also collectible Mondo art cards, a letter from the director Brad Bird and to decorate their desks a 4-inch plastic statue of the Iron Giant itself!

With a bunch of other features including looks behind the creation of the film and an alternative opening, the film is there for anyone who wishes to see a classic or relive a dream. If you’re not one for collectors editions as well the film will be available in digital format for downloading, what more could you ask for?

Welcome The First Ubuntu Tablet

When it comes to tablets people are often faced with the decisions between Windows and iOS operating systems, but that could soon be coming to an end with the first official Ubuntu tablet coming soon.

The Aquarius M10 is the first official tablet that will run Ubuntu, the open source Linux-based operating system. Costing you €259 (around £203) for the HD version of the tablet or for a mere extra 40 euros at €299 (around £235) you can grab the full HD variation of the tablet. Featuring a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and 1,280 x 800 display for the HD model or a 1.5GHz processor and 1,920 x 1,200 on the Full HD model, the tablets contain relatively common numbers for the modern market.

With 2GB of Ram, 16GB of expandable storage and 8-megapixel and 5-megapixels on the back and front of the tablet respectively it is a perfect little starter for tablets. The key point is that using Canonical’s open source software, the device will switch to a desktop PC when connected to a mouse, keyboard and external screen. Carry round computer anyone?

The device is slated for release in the second week of April and we are sure that some people reading will be more than interested in these tablets.

Resident Evil 4 HD Comparison Screenshots Revealed

The HD fan remaster of Resident Evil 4 is making great strides, if the recent photo comparisons of the game’s new textures and models are anything to go by. The Resident Evil 4 HD Project – the lovechild of two friends calling themselves “Cris” and “Albert” (monikers adopted in honour of messrs Redfield and Wesker, perhaps?) for the last two years – started life as a high-res texture mod, but has evolved to include 3D models.

While Cris has no previous experience with such an undertaking, Albert has worked on RE4 PC texture packs dating back to 2007. While many such fan polishes have been released over the last decade, what marks the Resident Evil 4 HD Project as different, according to the official site, is:

  • Correcting texture mapping and 3D modeling issues. Texture mapping and 3D modeling errors that weren’t noticeable in the original game being played on a CRT television become more apparent when playing in HD resolutions. Examples include objects floating above the surface they should rest on, improperly placed shadow layers, seams appearing where textures are supposed to flow continuously. We are correct these issues throughout the game.
  • Enhancing flat objects to true 3D models. Due to limitations of the original hardware, objects like lamps, candle-holders, doors, decorative emblems, etc. were originally created as flat objects. In many instances we are able to revise these objects to be true 3D models, observable from any angle.
  • Remaining committed to the original visuals. Our intent throughout the project is to remain true to the original visuals and artistic intent. The best kind of feedback we receive is when people say that the game looks like what they *imagined* it to look like when they first played it 10 years ago. While we are not perfect, we continually refer back to the original texture assets to ensure we do not deviate in a significant manner.

Albert, a Spaniard, even travelled across Spain and Wales to take new high-res photographs of the real-world texture samples used by the original programming team. The project even has the blessing of Capcom, which has pinned a link to the site to the game’s page on the Steam forum.

SpotCam Announces HD Eva Wi-Fi Camera with Free Cloud Recording

Monitoring your home while you are away can be both tricky to setup and manage as well as get quite expensive depending on your needs, but there are simple solutions too. One of those simple solutions is the newly introduced SpotCam HD Eva which is a complete and user-friendly IP webcam solution with free online recording.

The HD Eva can both pan and tilt its wide-angle lens in order to monitor your pets and loved ones anywhere in the room. You can eliminate dead zones with his and get high-quality camera footage with full 3660-degree horizontal movement and 70-degree vertical movement – and this can be controlled from anywhere and any device that has a web-browser.

Most cameras like this offer you a live view for free, but recording will either cost you monthly plans or they are limited to motion-detected clips. The HD Eva offers free unlimited 24-hour cloud continuous video recording out of the box. SpotCam users can rewind and review a full 24-hour’s footage at any time without paying a subscription. That said, you can pay monthly or yearly plans in order to get access to 3-day, 7-day, or 30-day recording options too. All files are stored in Amazon’s cloud, which should keep them pretty safe and it is considered one of the world’s most secure cloud service.

The camera offers 720p HD recordings with sound and H.264 compression to save both bandwidth and storage. It features 18 IR LEDs that make it able to record when it’s practically dark too. Built-in motion and audio detection can also be configured to send out notifications to you.

With a built-in microphone and speaker, two-way communication is possible too. Say hi to your pets or yell at them when they go where they shouldn’t – it’s a small job for the HD Eva. Price-wise it isn’t the cheapest, but considering the features and included 24-recording service, £169.99 is a fair offering.

Serious Sam Anniversary Celebrated with Sale and Steam Cards

When people mention over the top comedic violence, the first game that comes to my mind is the Serious Sam series. Featuring aliens, ancient creatures and over the top weapons, the series made itself a landmark on the gaming landscape 15 years ago on March 21st, to celebrate the Serious Sam anniversary, the creators of Serious Sam, Croteam, is adding Steam trading cards to some of the games.

Released back in 2009 and 2010 respectively, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter and Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter saw improved graphics and even the addition of new multiplayer modes. For example, the Second Encounter features 16-player cooperative play in the campaign while also boasting Survival modes and beast hunt modes.

What’s probably most confusing is that you can still buy the original Serious Sam games on Steam, but only the HD versions will be getting the Steam trading cards this month. If you feel like you need to see what all the fuss is about then don’t worry, as until the 22nd March you can get the Serious Sam Complete Pack for 90% off. That’s a reduction from £69.99 to only £6.99!! The pack includes both the original games, the HD remakes and the second and third games in the series alongside a bunch of DLC for several of the games.

So many good games to play this weekend with the likes of the Borderlands and Dead Rising series on sale, adding Serious Sam to the mix seems to just invite a very long gaming session with your friends, wouldn’t you agree?

Sony Hack Revealed New Blu-Ray Protection Details

When it comes to digital content, companies both love and hate the ease at which they and others can copy and distribute content, with everything from your favourite games to the latest movies being stored in memory smaller than your finger nail. In a move to help protect their content, companies are looking at new ways to stop people from copying their content. Documentation found by Wikileaks points that Sony may be looking to take Blu-Ray protection to a whole new level.

The Blu-Ray disc association is responsible for anything to do with the format, and it would seem that they are now working on an Advance Access Content System (AACS) which would feature not just advanced cryptography in hopes of preventing people from uploading your favourite movies online, but from version 2.0 in their Ultra HD collection would require an internet connection for the “enhanced” protection.

It should be noted that the internet connection is only required for the first time you play the disc on a select device, the idea being that it would download its “key” for later use to the hardware, acting as an authorization token for playing the movie. There are also notes regarding the Digital Bridge device, a device that creates “managed copies” of your favourite movies meaning you can place it on your phone or tablet and still be protected by AACS.

Three New Resident Evil Remasters Coming to Consoles

The early Resident Evil games are some of the best survival horror experiences ever devised due to the tense gameplay, and atmospheric setting. Unfortunately, the franchise has struggled in recent years to recreate this winning formula and received a very mixed reception. This is especially the case with Resident Evil 5 and 6 which felt uninspired. On the other hand, the Resident Evil: Revelations spin-offs are underrated and evoke a similar feel to the older titles. If you’re looking for a classical horror experience, then they are well worth a look!

In the modern era, there’s a whole host of horror games to choose from including Slender: The Arrival, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. This means independent studios are the ones providing a terrifying experience, which properly honours the original PlayStation Resident Evil games. Honestly, Resident Evil 5 and 6 didn’t evoke that scare factor for me, but this is all down to an individual’s personality. The current console generation is sorely lacking in new IPs, and relying far too much on HD remasters. It makes sense for publishers to release slightly improved versions of existing games, because it makes them money without huge investments. However, it’s really quite feeble to see so many remasters, and I expected a lot more from this console generation.

According to a press release, Capcom will be re-releasing Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6 on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4:

“Resident 4, 5, and 6 will all be available digitally for MSRP $19.99 / €19.99 / £15.99 each starting with Resident Evil 6 on March 29, Resident Evil 5 in summer 2016 and Resident Evil 4 in fall 2016. Physical disc versions will also be available in the Americas.”

Console players prefer to own physical media and have a huge collection proudly displayed on a shelf. It seems bizarre to restrict the retail editions to the Amercias, because this is bound to alienate people who dislike digital distribution.

Do you think the current console generation has too many HD remasters?

More Hints Regarding Bioshock Collection on PS4 and Xbox One

We all have those games which you just feel like picking up every now and again to see how you can play it differently, or just to immerse yourself in their world again. One of those games series if the Bioshock series for many. A few months we reported on the fact that a “Bioshock Collection” could be coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4, it would now seem that more information is coming forward with a Brazillian rating board listing a similar title.

With the title of “BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION”, the games are listed for release on PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and the latest generation of consoles in the form of a Playstation 4 and Xbox One release. With re-releases being the rage these days, bundling together games, their DLC’s and more often than not a graphics update, we could soon see you playing the games in a whole new light.

With games like Gears of War getting HD remakes  amongst a slew of gameplay features, is it really that surprising that 2K games are looking at one of their more famous franchises to kick some life into their company following 2K Australia closure.

Would you buy (or even re-buy) the Bioshock games? If you did what platform would you choose? Personally, I love the games but unless it featured something that the previous games didn’t, I would just replay the originals for their amazing storylines.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt HD Reworked Project Updated

The beauty of modding a game to improve the graphics is more often than not in the little details. Tweaking some lighting, smoke effects, adding better grass textures, making water look clearer, and so on. The Wicher 3 HD Project has been doing a lot of work to tweak and improve almost every aspect of the games textures and models, and while it already has a huge impact on improving the fidelity of this already fantastic looking game, it just keeps on getting better and better.

Modder ‘HalkHoga’ released the latest version of his HD texture pack for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While not the biggest update in the packs history, version 2.6 helps improve some LOD issues with the rock in the game and while that doesn’t sound like much, it’s made a big difference in a game that’s heavily populated with rock and stone structures. To help even further, their textures have been improved and further optimized.

“Toadstools!” I hear you cry. OK, maybe not, but you’ll be thinking about being impressed (maybe) when you hear that Toadstool textures have been upped from 256×256/128×128 to a much more detailed 1024×512/1024/512. As I said before, the devil is in the details and when you start going through a game like this, all these little changes add up to a big visual impact.

If you want to upgrade to the latest version, or even install it for the first time, you can head over to the Nexus Mods page and grab the files, which can also be quickly installed using NMM too. If you want to check out even more mods for The Witcher 3, head on over to the main Nexus page and get downloading, there’s lot to choose from and you can really push the limits of the games graphics engine as far as you desire.

Warner Bros Announce Ultra HD Blu-rays Starting Releases

Standards change, we went from video tapes and floppy disks to Blu-rays and USB’s, all the while the video’s we watch became clearer and contained more features. The next standard to come out will be titled Ultra-HD Blu-ray, and is set to include 4K resolution, a term that many are saying is the next must-have piece of technology. Following on from the likes of Fox and Sony, Warner Bros have announced some of their first releases.

With the announcement that by the end of 2016 over 35 titles will be available on the new format, with even more titles available by “digital retailers”. The first available titles released by Warner Bros will be Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, The Lego Movie and Pan.

In their statement, they continue to list some of the technological advantages that will come with the new format. These include Dolby Atmosa new system which is set to surpass surround sound by offering the ability to ‘move’ sound around the room, placing its location anywhere in the room before watching as people turn their head to hear the jet fly overhead or the crash of a pan hitting the floor behind the middle row of seats in the cinema.

With the players for this new format expected to be announced at CES this week, are you looking to upgrade? Do you own a 4k screen already and if so would you recommend it to anyone?

Day of The Tentacle Remastered Trailer Released

Day of the Tentacle is a quirky point-and-click adventure game developed by LucasArts and the successor to the 1987 cult classic Manic Mansion. Created in 1993, Day of the Tentacle is a mind-bending, time travel, cartoon puzzle adventure game which follows the events of three unlikely friends working together to prevent an evil mutated purple tentacle from taking over the world! Day of the Tentacle is one of my favourite adventure games of all time and I’m overjoyed to see a remaster being made. So what does this latest version entail? According to Double Fine Adventures:

“Now, over twenty years later, Day of the Tentacle is back in a remastered edition that features all new hand-drawn, high resolution artwork, with remastered audio, music and sound effects (which the original 90s marketing blurb described as ‘zany!’)”

“Players are able to switch back and forth between classic and remastered modes, and mix and match audio, graphics and user interface to their heart’s desire. We’ve also included a concept art browser, and recorded a commentary track with the game’s original creators Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, Larry Ahern, Peter Chan, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian.”

For those of you interested in this particular remake, it’s well worth checking out the trailer below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Kgj_rPON80

The special edition remaster is expected to release in March 2016 on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, OS X and Linux PCs.

Fan Starts Petition for an HD SEGA Dreamcast

Petitions used to be political tools as a show of strength by the proletariat, signing one’s name to a formal document in protest at, say, a local park being sold off to Barratt Homes. The age of the internet, though, has turned the humble petition into a medium for spoilt children to throw their toys out of the pram.

Do you want a sarcasm font on social media because the concept of the absurd flies over your head? Start a petition! Think that Taco Bell should give a minimum of two hot sauce packets with each meal? Petition away! Have an irrational hated of sporks? This is what petitions were made for! Want your favourite band, S Club 7, to reform? After all, there ain’t no party like an S Club party. You know what to do…

In that vein, Australian gamer Ben Plato has launched a petition for SEGA to release a Limited Edition, HD version of its Dreamcast console, because there is a massive void in the world that only such a box can fill.

“The new console should have a new but similar design, wifi, wireless controllers (4 maximum) 720p or 1080p HD upscaling and HDMI output, internal 500g Hard Drive and a GD-Rom drive,” Plato writes.

“The console should be able to play original Dreamcast GD-Roms and also have the ability to connect online to a Dreamcast Classics Store to purchase and download classic Dreamcast titles in digital form where it can be played directly from the Hard Drive,” he adds.

It should also have a cup holder, a picture of my favourite fictional dog (Snoopy, by the way), and tell me that I’m lovely every 30 minutes. Are you listening, SEGA?

The petition already has 19,273 signatories on Change.org.

“By making the console made to order,” Plato asserts, “there is less risk of financial loss.”

Cue a second petition when SEGA releases its Limited Edition HD Dreamcast with Go-Faster Stripes for £2,000 in order to claw back the R&D costs of producing such a console for only 20,000 people.

The Witcher 3 Mod Improves Evironment Textures and Draw Distance

Pretty much anyone can agree that The Witcher 3 is one of the best looking games that were released this year and that CD Project RED did a really great job on the game. But that doesn’t mean that modders can’t improve further on the game. Games with modding abilities usually draw a big crowd as it opens up to nearly endless possibilities and fixes on things that the original game might have mixed. One place that CD Project RED didn’t pay so much attention to were the environmental textures such as rocks, wood crates, and sacks, and that is where the first new mod comes into play.

The first new mod is the Environmental HD texture pack by modder Halk Hogan PL. It updates the textures of most rocks, wood crates, sacks and checkered floor in the amazing The Wither 3 and best of all, it shouldn’t affect your performance. According to the creator, the new mod didn’t affect the performance on this AMD Radeon HD7970 with 3GB memory but warned that 2GB VRAM models might experience a slight performance hit. That, however, is still unconfirmed and it might run just as well with 2GB VRAM. You can find the mod here.

The second new mod increases the overall draw distance and level of detail for a lot of in-game objects and it was created by the modder sjbox. The mod can increase the draw distance and detail levels by 10 to 40%, but it will naturally have some impact on the performance. This shouldn’t be an issue for high-end gaming systems as it reportedly only is around 5 FPS in crowded areas. When the GPU has to draw more objects, it will need some more power. That’s just logic. You can find the mod here.

You can see comparison screenshots with the two new The Wither 3 mods below:

Environmental HD Texture Mod

Draw Distance and Detail Level Mod (modded then unmodded)

ShiftWear – Shoes With Built-in Displays That Change as You Walk!

So that collection of shoes you own? Those red, black, white, blue trainers? What if you only needed one pair? What if you could change your colour and style of your shoes as you walked? ShiftWear is an IndieGoGo project from David Coelho and it looks like you could quickly pass on the local shoe store.

With flexible HD screens, the concept is an ingenious one, being able to customise your footwear through an app, adding everything from a picture of your friends and family to lightning that sparks with every footstep.

30 days of battery life combined with walk to charge technology means that instead of plugging in your shoes you can just walk to see your art come to life, with a store to not only download and add images to your shoes but also to upload your own, sharing your artwork on canvases all around the world while people walk.

At $150 (£99.79 approximately) for the starting pair and another $50 (around £33) for shipping, you could be putting a lot of money into a single set of shoes. With them being machine washable and Kevlar fiber coated soles, they are built to last and with the screens you would never have to wear the same shoes twice.

If you have $1000 spare you can even get the limited edition ShiftWear, with a screen that covers the entire trainer. Who feels like a little artist today?

4K Television Shipments Predicted to Reach 40% in 2016

The consumer adoption of high-definition Televisions has taken a considerable amount of time but this isn’t surprising considering the fairly low quality footage on traditional broadcasts. Initially, people were told to upgrade to ‘HD Ready’ sets as a way of preparing for high-definition content. However, many of these users felt quite angry when ‘Full HD’ displays replaced the older 720p Televisions. The marketing was incredibly confusing and pretty misleading. While 1920×1080 TVs are the modern standard, broadcasts usually revolve around 720p video.

Intriguingly, a research paper conducted by IHS, predicts 4K TVs will account for 40% of sales in 2016. This is a massive change compared to 2014, and forecasts for the year-end of 2015. Ricky Park, Director of Large Display Research for IHS Technology argued:

“The increased supply of LCD TV panels has caused a downturn in panel prices, providing consumers with a cheaper selection of wide-screen TVs and whetting their appetite for even larger TVs with higher resolution”.

“The consumer requirement for higher resolution will also grow, as more 4K TV video content becomes available”.

4K Televisions are becoming more affordable, and consumers demand the best visual quality available. Additionally, it’s quite common for households to use sets in excess of 40 inches. This was unthinkable 5-10 years ago, when 28-32 inches seemed extremely large. As Televisions increase in size, so does the demand for a greater resolution as low pixel densities cause a sub-par viewing experience.

What is the screen size of your Television?

Blizzard Job Post Suggests Classic Games Will Receive HD Remasters

Blizzard’s back catalogue contains a number of astonishing titles including Diablo II, Starcraft and Warcraft III. Sadly, many of these games struggle to run on modern operating systems and lack native support for high resolutions. As a result, it seems a cogent tactic to re-release these iconic titles with upgraded graphics and a more streamlined user-interface. According to a job post which you can find here, it appears Blizzard is preparing to remaster a number of old classics. The job listing reads:

“Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made them more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation.

We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.

So if you like wearing many hats, know small teams are the most effective, and look forward to challenges that will create millions of new adventures for our players: we would love to hear from you.

Responsibilities: 
Make gameplay first again on modern operating systems.
Create conditions for experiences that look as good as they play.
Own implementation and curation of features new and old.
Combat hacking to improve multiplayer.
Diagnose and fix all the things: crashes, deadlocks, overflows, heap corruptions, etc.”

This is a very exciting prospect although I’m guessing the games will remain exclusive to Blizzard’s store. Some of my earliest memories which made the PC platform so enticing revolved around Diablo II. Over the years I’ve tried to get to grips with Starcraft but failed miserably. Overall, I think this a sensible decision by Blizzard which allows a new audience to experience what makes their previous works so special.

What is your favourite Blizzard game of all time?

Ultra HD Blu-Ray Release Date Revealed

More and more people are upgrading to a 4K capable TV or monitor these days, and with services like Netflix and Amazon Prime offering content, albeit a limited library, ready to stream 4K movies and TV shows, it’s easy to see why. The prices of 4K TVs and monitors have been falling steadily and it now makes perfect sense to go for 4K vs a standard HD set if you’re upgrading.

Of course, streaming isn’t a viable option for everyone, mostly due to bandwidth limitations. I personally don’t have fast enough internet for streaming in 4K, so disc based media is certainly the way to go. I’m also a bit of a movie and home cinema buff, so streamed content, with its limited bitrates, compression and more, are simply a deal breaker for me; although perhaps not so for everyone else.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray has been a long time coming, with the format only having been finalized this year and Samsung revealing the first consumer model player at IFA this month. All the major studios are behind the new format and have helped shape the standards for it, but when can we expect discs to hit the market?

The new format will offer up a greatly improved resolution, wide colour space, HDR, HFR and much more, helping future proof the discs for quite some time and providing formats that we now often see used in the cinema, right in your own living room. The first discs are now expected to launch in January, with many of the major studios and networks pushing the Ultra HD discs on the same day they release the HD Blu-Ray.

Thank you AVForums for providing us with this information.

Sharp Prepares To Launch Worlds First 8k Screen In October

Tech companies are on a constant cycle of innovation with the aim of enticing consumers to spend more and more of their hard-earned cash, Televisions are a perfect example of this and have seen SD being usurped by HD, this was before 3D pushed its way to the front for it to be then beaten by 4K. Now, 4K is not all you need as Sharp are preparing to launch the first ever 8K display which looks set for its market debut in October 2015.

Companies have attempted to develop “super hi-vision” resolution test models, but these have only been as a prototype and have not been commercially available. Sharp hope to break through this barrier with an 8K format which provides 16 times as many pixels as 1080p high-definition, It also creates an image so detailed that it can appear three-dimensional.

I bet you would like to own one, but there might be a slight problem with that. Firstly, Sharp have unveiled the 8K model which is a colossal 85 inches in size. That’s OK, I did not need that front room wall there anyway, and secondly, the price currently stands at $133,000 dollars (£86,000) which is a lot. The market and price point would dictate that only industries which include broadcasters and also other companies involved in testing the format would be able to afford such an expensive piece of kit.

One market analyst has suggested that “8K TVs which are targeted at consumers would be released around 2016, and we don’t expect they will cross one million units until after 2019,” said Abhi Mallick, from IHS Technology.  An image is below to convey the spec of these new screens as opposed to current pixel resolutions, as you can see, Full HD is dwarfed by the sheer detail of 8K.

It’s an exciting evolution in tech, albeit a slightly redundant one considering the lack of 8K featured content which is currently available to consumers. A further angle on this would be the demand aspect for such high-resolution screens, are consumers ready to adopt this format or is it one step to far for the commercial viability of 8K, 3D has been considered a damp squib for home adoption and content would need to be readily available in order for this format to succeed within the next few years or so, this would include an increase in broadband speeds for super hi res streaming content.

Thank you bbc for providing us with this information.

 

D-Link DCS-935L mydlink Home Monitor HD Wi-Fi Camera Review

Introduction


Today I’m taking a look at a somewhat different product than I am used to and that is a wireless home security camera. Security becomes a bigger and bigger issue for a lot of people and many would like to keep an extra eye on the home while they are away. The D-Link DCS-935L Home Monitor HD allows you to do just that and I’ll be taking a closer look at the hardware and software that comes along.

The mydlink Home Monitor HD, as it is known by as full name, allows you to monitor your home from where ever you are and see everything in full-colour high-definition 720p with sound, may it be from a computer, tablet, or a smartphone. The WiFi camera also comes with built-in night vision that allows you to see up to 5 meters in complete darkness.

One of the places that held many people back in the past and stopped them up from entering the world of do-it-yourself home security was the setup. It could be very complicated and require a lot of running of wires at the same time. That made people hesitate and they rather invested in a commercial and subscription-based security plan. Granted, a camera like this cannot do the same, but in return it can be set up by anyone and it only requires the initial purchase.

The DCS-935L WiFi camera is as easy to set up and connects to your Wi-Fi network, all it takes is the press of a button. Simply press the WPS button and you are securely connected to your wireless network at home. There is no need for extra and additional control hubs or other hard to configure interfaces and router settings.

The DCS-935L WiFi camera is part of the mydlink structure of smart home devices, allowing you to create your own smart home, all without a complicated setup. Those devices include music streamers, Wi-Fi motion sensors, Smart Plugs, and also the Home Monitor cameras as the DCS-935L.

Everything is connected through the mydlink Home app that is compatible with both Android and iOS-based smartphones and tablets. You can view the stream from anywhere you are connected to an internet connection, allowing you to always know what is going on in your home. You can also set the camera to alarm you when sound or motion is detected. Again, everything without complicated setup, installation cost, or monthly subscription charges.

The camera stand on the DCS-935L Wireless camera can be used universally in may ways, allowing you to place the camera in a convenient place and at the same time having it pointed where you want it to. You can turn and tip the camera and also hang it on a wall or ceiling that way. The rear of the stand features a cut-out to route the power cable through and still have it mounted properly.

Whether you want the camera to keep an eye on your kids or pets while you’re away, monitor for possible intruders, or something completely different, the D-Link DCS-935L could be a perfect choice. The smart hardware combined with the smart apps allow you to set up a smart home as easy as it rarely, if ever, has been seen before.

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers specification page and can as such be subject to change in possible future revisions of the product.

Key Features

  • WiFi with easy WPS setup
  • 720p HD resolution
  • Microphone for sound recording
  • Nightvision for up to 5 meters in full darkness
  • Motion and Sound detection
  • No charges, fees, or complicated setups
  • Monitoring from Smartphones and Tablets

Packaging and Content

The DCS-935L WiFi camera comes in a little box that displays all the relevant information about the product easy to read. Inside you’ll find a power adapter, the camera in itself, and manuals and guides that allow you to get started quick and easy.

The included power adapter uses a universal plug switch as seen below. Even if you bought it in a foreign market or traveling with it, all that’s required is a new plug part. Flip the old out, put a new in, and you’re done. These plugs are used on many power supply units and there is a good chance that you already have one or multiple of the same principle.

Take A Gander At the Worlds First Ultra HD Player

The explosion of online HD and 4K downloaded content has rendered the typical DVD and Blu-Ray player in many respects obsolete, Samsung hope not and they have unveiled the world’s first Ultra HD player at the IFA show in Berlin.

So, what does this player have to offer? The image detail is rather impressive and offers four times the resolution of Blu-ray and 64 times as many colours. There is no detail on price, but I would have thought it would have to be competitive and comparable in relation to other tech for it to be successful. The player also has a curved design which integrates with its brand of TVs and it also includes a number of UHD streaming services. Below is an image to convey the new player, as you can see, they look stylish to a point.

Samsung has also announced that its new 4K Televisions will be the first to upgrade to the new standard HDMI 2.0a, this is essential to be able to receive the information from the Ultra HD players.

It will be interesting to see how this player is received by early adopters of this tech, are consumers interested in buying a standalone player instead of an all in one piece of tech i.e. computers. Other info includes Fox studios who are committed to releasing a cache of upcoming movies in Ultra HD, which includes Fantastic Four, Maze Runner, Kingsman: The Secret Service and more.

Samsung hopes to launch this player in the first half of 2016.

Thank you engadget for providing us with this information

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Final Fantasy XII Remake Teased at Distant Worlds Concert

Final Fantasy XII, considered the best of the modern Final Fantasy games (by me), is getting an HD remake, according to statements backed up by the game’s composer. During a Q&A session at the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert – an orchestral event that showcases the best of the music from the entire Final Fantasy series – in Pittsburgh, PA, conductor Arnie Roth announced that Final Fantasy XII, the only Final Fantasy game that is not available on modern consoles, is being remade. Hitoshi Sakimoto, who was also in attendance, later confirmed Roth’s statement. Sakimoto was one of three composers for the original game.

Attendees of the concert began furiously tweeting the news as it happened:

https://twitter.com/BlakePawelec/status/627634631391715329

https://twitter.com/BlakePawelec/status/627644789358481408

But, as the Twitter account for fansite Final Fantasy Network points out:

It could be that the news is half-true: non-tech savvy musicians could instead be referring to an HD remaster of FFXII, much like the spit-and-polish given to Final Fantasy X recently.

Final Fantasy Network later tweeted a video of the announcement by Roth, which at least adds an element of legitimacy to the rumour:

It seems likely that something is happening with Final Fantasy XII. But is it a remake or a remaster? Which would you prefer?

Image courtesy of Final Fantasy Network.

Commodore Is Back and Targeting the Smartphone Market With New Android Phone

For those of you too young to know who Commodore is, you should know that it was a big tech company back in the ’80s who went into the Guinness record for selling thousands of Commodore 64 desktop units daily. The craze for the Commodore 64 was so big that it was named ‘the single biggest-selling computer ever’, selling around 17 millions worldwide.

But enough about what the company did in the past, let us focus on the present and the future. If you thought Commodore’s days are over, think again! There have been a bit of confusion when Commodore Amiga, a potential Apple Mac Mini rival, was announced back in 2012, but we haven’t heard anything about it since then and it also seems the Commodore USA website which delivered the latter information went offline.

However, the latest news from Commodore is that the company seems to shift its focus on the smartphone market. Besides the Commodore 64, their first desktop computer was named Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor). Well, their first ever smartphone bears the same name, so say hello to Commodore’s new PET smartphone!

The new, improved and ‘miniaturized’ version of the PET seems to be running on Android 5.0 and features a 5.5-inch IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution display. In terms of performance, it comes with a Mediatek 64-bit Octa-Core CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz and features the ARM Mali T760 GPU. Even the battery seems promising, coming with a huge 3,000 mAh pack.

Other features consist of a 13-megapixel back camera made by Sony, with a f/2.0 aperture, being able to snap pictures at a resolution of up to 4096×2304 pixels and record 1080p HD videos. There is also a 8-megapixel front camera with an 80° wide-angle, which can also be triggered by the side shutter button. You won’t be disappointed in terms of connectivity either, having the handset come with dual-sim support, 4G LTE compatibility.

To bring forth the nostalgia of old times, Commodore said to have built in a VICE C64 emulator and the Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulator and is working with some software developers to port its old ’80 Commodore games to the latest PET handset. So now that some, if not all of you are excited about the information, let’s move on to the most important bit… when will we see it on the market? You’ll be more hyped by that information.

The Commodore PET is said to launch later this week in two versions. The ‘light’ version is said to feature 2GB of RAM, 16 GB storage and be priced at around $300, while a higher-end version will be featuring 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage and a price tag of $365. In terms of storage space, you should know that the handset is said to already be fitted with a 32GB microSD card, but information states it can support microSD cards of up to 64GB. So, this means you can get your very one portable Commodore PET with a total of either 80 or 96 GB, depending on what model you fancy.

The initial launch will be in Europe with the first countries to see the handset named to be Italy, France, Germany, and Poland, but more are bound to be added to the list in the near future. Given the old Commodore fans are still out there, demands for the new PET smartphone is likely to build up really quick. Will you order one? Let us know!

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Revealed at E3 2015!

Nope, I’m not trolling you, I’m really not. Sony on the other hand, might be trolling us all big time, but it’s unlikely that this is fake. The news landed in my inbox this morning that Final Fantasy VII was finally getting a HD remake and I have to admit, I said something I simply can’t repeat here.

The news broke on the official PlayStation Twitter account a few hours ago, leaving many members of the social site in absolutely shock. It’s been rumoured since the PlayStation 2 era, but this year, it’s really happening.

I was really to call Sony’s bluff, but they quickly followed up the announcement by releasing a trailer on their official YouTube account.

Final Fantasy has long been one of the most iconic RPG series in gaming history, well, the older ones have, anything after FFXII got a little “weird” even by Final Fantasy standards.

The game is set to return to the PlayStation 4 in a fully recreated HD version. You’ll be blowing up Mako reactors and spending your hard earned Gil at the Golden Saucer again before you know it!

What do you think of this news? Will you be buying this game again after all these years?

Check out the official website here.

Netflix is Raising UK HD Prices Again!

Netflix is the global phenomenon that allows anyone with a decent internet connection to stream movies and TV shows. The content varies in age greatly and the variety is far superior in the US compared to the UK.

Netflix is trying to counteract this by offering new, original shows such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Daredevil; however, this doesn’t come cheap. Currently, the cheapest price is £5.99 per month, which allows you to connect a single device at standard definition. The highest price is the premium plan, four devices, HD and 4k for £8.99 per month.

The pricing changes only seems to affect the HD basic customers, changing the price from £6.99 to £7.49. This is only applicable for new customers right now, however, those customers who are currently in the price freeze from May 2014 will still only have to pay their current rate.

Speculation is surrounding this price rise as to whether Netflix are having to up the offer for Jeremy Clarkson and Co. for the Netflix car show exclusive after the presenter was sacked from Top Gear earlier this year.

Would this price hike be enough to put you off subscribing to Netflix? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you engadget for providing us with this information.