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.
Warner Bros. and Intel subsidiary Digital Content Protection have filed a lawsuit against LegendSky, the creator of the HDFury series of devices that can be used to bypass HDCP 2.2 copy protection on 4K video content.
4K video content flooded torrent sites at the end of November last year, indicating that the copy protection on these materials – in this case, primarily ripped from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video – had been cracked. The lawsuit filed by Warner Bros. and Digital Content Protection indicates that HDFury gear could have been responsible for obtaining this 4K content. The two plaintiffs accuse LegendSky of being in breach of DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions and enabling copyright infringement.
“The HDFury Devices harm copyright owners like Warner Bros. because they enable Digital Content to be displayed without the protections of HDCP, thereby enabling users to access copyrighted works, make and/or distribute copies of copyrighted works […] all without the permission of the copyright owner,” Warner Bros.’ complaint, courtesy of TorrentFreak, reads. “The HDFury Devices harm DCP because, among other things, they undermine the effectiveness of HDCP, lower the value of HDCP, and thereby jeopardize DCP’s ability to license HDCP to Digital Device manufacturers and Digital Content owners.”
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 Atmos, a 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?
Did you spend all your money on a 4K television in the Black Friday sales, leaving you unable to afford food, clothing, or legal on-demand video streaming services? Well, fear not, because 4K content from Netflix and Amazon has hit torrent sites with a vengeance. Granted, it won’t fill your belly or cover your modesty, but who needs basic human comfort when you can watch Jessica Jones in Ultra HD?
Online video content is, more often than not, protected by High-Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection (HDCP) version 2.2 or higher, but pirates have discovered a loophole that allows them to bypass the protection and rip 4K video.
The first Ultra HD file – an 18GB copy of Breaking Bad’s first episode – hit three months ago, with more content expected to follow, but encoding problems and quality issues stymied the tide. Those issues seem to have now been resolved, though, with 4K copies of Marvel’s new small-screen offering Jessica Jones and movies such as Looper, Spider-Man, and The Bridge on the River Kwai leaking to torrent sites within the last few days, with many of the initial 100GB+ files being squeezed down to a more manageable 5-15GB.
“Many groups started releasing 4K rips recently and they are working perfectly. I expect that 4K resolution releases will become more popular now,” an anonymous source from a release group responsible for the recent 4K content told TorrentFreak.
Some of the content, though, has been criticised for its quality. For that, the source added, the blame should be aimed at Netflix itself: “For example for Marvel’s Jessica Jones new TV series from Netflix the 4K captures look bad, because the master from Netflix is probably bad [sic].”
CES 2016 is rapidly approaching and there’s no doubt that many of the leading technology manufacturers from all around the world will be there, showing off their latest wares. CES is no stranger to huge product launches and reveals, but without many hints at what we will actually see at the event, which is due to kick off in the first week of January next year, here’s a quick run down of what I’m hoping to see. Of course, these aren’t so much predictions, as wishful thinking, but I like to think I’ve been going to CES for long enough to make an educated guess of how things will go down.
Cheaper 4K Displays
This one is obvious, some of the first 4K displays in the world were first seen at CES, then the year after, we saw them finally dropping down below $1000 both in the home cinema and desktop display markets. Panel production is quickly ramping up and the hardware is becoming more consumer friendly by the day, with increasing levels of content and more so, 4K gaming capable PC hardware.
Ultra HD Blu-Ray Players
Ultra HD is coming, with the first prototype player being shown at CES 2015 and Computex 2015. The format officially launches in January and discs will be available at retail, so that means we need consumer ready players and CES is the perfect launch pad for them. Expect all the big names, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and many others to have something ready to show off and bundle with their 4KTV ranges throughout 2016.
Oculus, Vive, PlayStation VR and about a dozen others are set to fully launch throughout 2016, so you can bet they’ll all have something to show. We’re nearing the end of the first wave of development for consumer VR and that means they’ve got one big show to say “we’re better at this than the other guy!” Personally, I’m thinking Oculus will be the front-runner, but Vive is certainly the strongest contender to take them down a few pegs.
Smart watches, clothes, shoes, glasses, the list goes on and on. There’s no doubt that the market is crammed with wearable tech right now, but for me, even the most recent wearable tech such as the Apple Watch and well, any smartwatch actually, has done little to excite me or make me feel compelled to reach for my credit card. This year, I’m hoping to see something really worthwhile in this part of the market. Lighter, faster, more features and longer battery life, that’s where this market needs to go.
Faster processors, more powerful graphics cards, new feature packed motherboards, innovative CPU coolers, kick-ass PC cases and so much more, this much is pretty much a given for any big technology event. What we will see will no doubt features dozens of amazing products and you can rest assured that we’ll be there in Las Vegas bringing you the latest.
What are you hoping to see revealed or launched at CES 2016?
4K monitors and TVs are quickly growing in popularity, but I’m often asked “where can I find 4K content?” and that’s something I hope to help you with today. Sure there’s some movies online, such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, where you can stream 4K content straight to your device, permitting you have the appropriate subscriptions, but what if you’re seeking some completely free content to enjoy? Here’s a quick round-up of some of the best free 4K resources you’ll find online.
Tears of Steel
This is one of the best out there, a short movie about robotics and the future that uses Blender for the CGI. The acting is a little silly, but it’s certainly an enjoyable watch and it’s a visual feast that’ll really flex your new 4K display and wow your friends with rich colours and detail. Download the full 6.3GB file for free for the best experience.
Another project that is available for free on Blender really pushes the limits of home cinema technology and computer displays, not only because it’s 4K, but you can also download it in 4K 3D and a 60fps HFR version, which really is a treat for the eyes and showcases some of the best of the best technologies, the same kind you can expect to see on Ultra HD Blu-Ray, which launches next year.
While not a movie as such, NASA has a simply mind-blowing array of 4K content and they update their library regularly. Now that the space station has its own 4K camera, as well as a library of space exploration content that has been given the 4K treatment, science and space fans will find a lot of wonderful things to view here, such as the recently released Jupiter video. To make it super easy, all of this content is ready to view in 4K on YouTube.
Another YouTube entry, with Panasonic showcasing all of their show-reel content on their channel. This isn’t the most exciting stuff, but when it comes to showing off the detail that 4K can do, time-lapse videos can be almost hypnotic and they’re well worth checking out if you’re eager to see the differences between HD and 4K (change the resolution on YouTube.
Reddit is a huge community, offering all kinds of subreddits full of user-curated content and 4K is no exception. There’s a huge range of images, gifs, videos, downloads and much more on the 4kUltraHD subreddit and it’s regularly updated. Be sure to check out the Top section for the most popular and the New section for regular content.
Vimeo is great for finding user-created 4K videos, from people showing off their stunning drone footage, to amateur and pro movie makers showing off their latest talents, there are all kinds of cool things to find here. Some of the videos require a premium subscription, but there’s still a lot of free content to enjoy in 4K.
Netflix has been phasing in 4K content since last year, and industrious pirates have now found a way to circumvent the video streaming site’s copy protection. Netflix’s Ultra HD version of Breaking Bad’s first episode – the one file alone is nearly 18 gigabytes – has hit torrent sites this week, with more Netflix 4K rips expected in the near future.
Before the leak of the first episode of Breaking Bad from Netflix’s 4K catalogue, the High-Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection (HDCP) version 2.2 (or higher) encryption used to protect the Ultra HD content was considered uncrackable. Now this has been proven untrue, it’s only a matter of time before a torrent of 4K TV shows and movies hit your favourite pirate sites. It has not yet been revealed whether HDCP has been truly cracked, or simply bypassed.
A pirate group known as “iON” are responsible for the 2160p Breaking Bad leak, which clocks in at 17.73GB, approximately 50 times the size of its standard definition equivalent. It’s only available on private torrent trackers for the time being, but the file is expected to leak to public sites soon.
“Piracy is a global problem. We, like others content providers, are actively working on ways to protect content featured on our site,” a Netflix spokesperson told TorrentFreak.
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The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced that Ultra HD Blu-ray is ready, completing the specifications and releasing new logo (above). The new 3,840×2160 resolution format is expected for consumer release later this year.
“For years, Blu-ray Disc has set the standard for high-definition picture and audio quality in the home. Ultra HD Blu-ray will do the same for UHD home entertainment,” Victor Matsuda, chairman of the BDA Promotions Committee, said. “The technical capabilities of Blu-ray Disc, in particular its significant storage capacity and high data transfer rates, will enable the delivery of an unparalleled, consistent and repeatable UHD experience.”
As well as 4K resolutions, Ultra HD Blu-ray boasts high dynamic range (HDR) – delivered using BD HDR or other supported HDR formats, such as Dolby Vision – high frame rate, a wider colour gamut, and object-based immersive sound. Ultra HD Blu-ray players will be backwards-compatible with standard Blu-ray discs, so there’s no need to replace your entire TV and movie library immediately.
The first Ultra HD Blu-ray licences are scheduled for this Summer, and in the meantime the BDA will be working with industry leaders to test the format, making it ready for market later in the year.
Drone photography company Brain Farm have coveted the Phantom Flex4K camera for some time, but were concerned that, at over 30lb, the bulky unit would be too heavy to launch into the air. The company decided to try it anyway, mounting the ultra HD camera to a modified Aerigon Drone, customised especially for them by manufacturer Intuitive Aerial. It worked, and the results are spectacular.
Intuitive Aerial boosted the Aerigon’s power output by 40% in order to manage the fully-rigged Flex4K, calling the modified remote vehicle “the most technologically advanced drone flight of all time… or a quarter million dollar crash.” Thankfully, the endeavour was successful, and will surely excite ambitious filmmakers across the globe.
Sony and Microsoft are due to release Ultra HD iterations of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year as part of the console manufacturers’ “traditional two-year refresh” cycle, according to Netflix.
Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer for Netflix, suggested at CES 2015 that Sony and Microsoft are both planning hardware upgrades for their current consoles, and now Forbes has confirmed that Netflix fully expects new models for the two platforms, supporting Ultra HD video output, by the end of this year.
The Xbox One is thought to already contain the hardware necessary for Ultra HD output, so it is conceivable that a mere software update is all that is required to unlock its potential, while Samsung has hinted that it will be providing GDDR5 memory modules for a redesigned PS4.
A rumour claims that Sony’s forthcoming tablet will boast some very impressive specs, notably an ultra HD display and a huge RAM capacity.
A post on Chinese website Padnews conjectures that the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra will feature a 4K resolution 13-inch screen, at a 16:10 resolution, 6GB RAM, double that of the current leading tablet, and a 2.86GHz Quadcomm Snapdragon processor. Speculation says the tablet will also have 64GB internal storage and a 12,100mAh battery. Padnews’ supporting evidence is an image of the tablet with the specs listed at the side.
We will have to wait until January 2015, the rumoured release date of the Z4, to find out whether the rumours are true.
Samsung announced at the AMD Future of Compute event that, as of 2015, every one of their Ultra HD monitors will support AMD’s adaptive frame rate system FreeSync, becoming the first company to officially support the technology. FreeSync works by synchronising the refresh rate of a monitor with that of the graphics card, reducing latency and stuttering on higher resolution displays.
Samsung’s announcement followed the reveal of five new Ultra HD monitors – the UE590, with two variations sized 23.6-inches and 28-inches, and the UE850, available in 23.6-inches, 27-inches, and 31.5-inches – for release in 2015, all of which will support FreeSync. FreeSync was first announced at CES 2014 as AMD’s open and non-proprietary alternative to NVIDIA’s G-Sync, and is supported by all AMD graphics cards with a GCN 1.1 GPU or higher, such as the Radeon R9 290 or Radeon R9 290X.
NEC has launched its newest flagship monitor aimed at the professional video and still-photographers who require the most accurate colours in their line of work. The new PA322UHD is a 32-inch Ultra HD 4K monitor with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.
The display uses wide gamut white LED backlight and an IGZO technology IPS-type LCD panel that delivers excellent image quality with low power consumption. It is capable of delivering 99.2 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and 136.3% of the sRGB spectrum. The display has 140 pixels per inch and a typical response time of 10ms while displaying 1.07 billion colours. It does all that at a 120Hz refresh rate to reduce motion blur and the viewing angle is 176° in all direction.
The monitor has an 6-axis colour control for precise and simplified colour, colour temperature and saturation adjustment. It also has an Ambient Light sensor to adjust the backlight. The included stand allows for both landscape and portrait modes while the display automatically rotates the image when the physical display is rotated.
“The PA322UHD offers a high-resolution, color accurate solution that videographers, photographers and print production specialists can trust for almost every application,” said Art Marshall, Product Manager of Professional and Medical Displays at NEC Display. “These professionals will enjoy the higher pixel density and commercial-grade features in this cutting-edge display.”
The PA322UHD monitor boost a long-range of connectivity options with two DisplayPort, four HDMI and two DVI-D ports. It also has a built-in USB3 hub with 2 up and three downlink connections that support DisplaySync Pro technology. The last mentioned allows you to connect your input devices to your monitor and use it as KVM switch for multiple computers.
This is also the first desktop display to feature an Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) compliant option slot for expanded input options, including the SB-04HC 3G/SD/HD-SDI and SB-01HC HD-SDI input cards available from NEC.
This monitor has so many functions and abilities, but another one worth highlighting is the picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes that can split your monitor in up to four full-HD images. It can also tilt, swivel and pivot as well as being wall-mounted with a VESA 100 x 100mm or 200 x 100mm compliant system.
These monitors wont come cheap as it has a MSRP of $2,999.00 USD. You will however get a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable, a normal DisplayPort cable and a USB 3.0 A to B cable included with the purchase. This monitor is backed by a 4-year warranty with 48-hour advanced exchange.
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All we ever hear about lately is 4K and how it’s the latest and greatest technology and for the most part it is, and with lower prices occurring every day, it’s becoming more and more affordable for the average gamer.
For those not in the know, 4K offers four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p and if you haven’t had a chance to experience that yet, we advise you to stop what you’re doing and head down to your local Best Buy, PC World or wherever to check it out for yourself in all its glory.
For those who have experienced 4K, you may be wondering what the next logical step is, and of course (even with the mention of 5K surrounding the watercooler) it’s actually 8K. We had our first experience of this at CES 2014 when we saw Sharp showcasing their 8K TV, but compared to the quality of the illustrious 4K 85″ monster from Samsung, it didn’t actually look that impressive, but I guess it was still early days, as they were the only brand showing off 8K, most likely trying to win the numbers game, I guess.
PCGamesN took some time to dig into 8K a little bit further, and to discuss with both AMD and NVIDIA to get feedback on this upcoming technology and exactly what they are both doing to bring it to market. Upon speaking to AMD’s Chief Gaming Scientist, Richard Huddy about 8K, he had the following to say:
“If we get to a display resolution of about 8k horizontally and about 6k vertically then, for a player with 20/20 vision, they will have something that is close to perfect for their visual system.”
After looking at the human eye, we know that beyond the above mentioned sizes, the eye won’t be able to see any more detail, meaning that 8K and beyond could potentially be pretty pointless, apart from being part of the numbers game, as Sharp have already tried showing.
NVIDIA also commented on the same issue, with their head of GeForce GTX saying:
“4K for most GPUs is pretty tough, the 980 handles it well but it’s still one of those things that the more GPUs you have the better it looks.”
Obviously having the raw GPU power is one thing, but we also need a few extra pieces of the puzzle to make it all fit together, and this includes the DisplayPort bandwidth and of course the extreme refresh reate that will be needed too.
Looking at the further comments from Richard Huddy, he believes that 8K won’t blossom like 4K did, out of no where, but instead will utilise AMD EyeFinity in conjunction with AMD Radeon graphics cards in their patented CrossFireX configuration.
I definitly think the future of vision is something to get excited about, and with the cost of 4K panels dropping in price fairly rapidly, 8K could be just around the corner, and with comments both from AMD and NVIDIA about how the technology is going to be implemented, it’s clear that both the red and green teams have it in their sights.
While I say that it’s just around the corner, if you look at the official Steam survey and what resolutions are used in the mainstream, you’ll find that a lot of people still game on Netbooks and the like, meaning that HD 1080p isn’t even at the top of the list and 4K being a small dot in comparison, so while it may just be around the corner for the future of ultra HD 8K resolutions, it may only be for the rich and famous at the present time.
Anyone with the space and budget, of course, looking to buy themselves a new TV should consider saving up for Samsung’s 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV. Though this is not your ordinary living room apartment TV, it does fit very well in a spacious estate or mansion. People owning such a property and are movie marathon enthusiasts should know that Samsung just made the TV available for pre-order at about the same price as us common folks would loan from a bank to buy a car, namely $120,000.
For anyone that missed its reveal back at CES, the TV is one of the largest in the world and boasts both Ultra HD resolution and curved OLED technology. The resolution on the TV is said to be 5,120 x 2,160, with about 11 million pixels and a 21:9 aspect ratio. Though many 4K videos have some black bars on the side, given the small resolution compared to the humongous screen, it is said that many blockbusters are shot in 21:9.
It is said that besides the TV that will amaze all your friends, family and even dog, owners of the Samsung UN105S9W are also provided with the “Samsung Elite Service”. What the service does is send a Samsung engineer to your home, estate mansion, etc, to help you install it, optimize it for the room your want to put it in and show you all the features it bears. Samsung is said to also provide an optional wall mount for the TV for those who want to have the giant on their “Berlin wall”. The ‘optional’ feature does state that the mount has to be paid for separately, but if you are willing to give this much for a TV, it surely means you can afford a wall mount as well.
Proud owners of such a TV should also be relieved to know that Samsung has added its Evolution Kit support to it, meaning that you can upgrade its hardware (such as connectors) as soon as new technologies appear on the market.
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For those who are unaware, MMD (Multimedia Displays) is a company of TPV established in 2009 through a brand license agreement with Philips, and its role is to exclusively market and sell Philips branded LCD monitors and displays worldwide. Having said that, the company has just announced the latest Phillips 4K Ultra HD display, bearing the 288P6LJEB model number, which is said to deliver unbelievable detail and colour in the sharpest and most brilliant picture ever seen.
The Phillips 4K Ultra HD display is said to have a 4K resolution of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels, which should pack four times the pixel density compared to the traditional Full HD. Coming with a 28-inch display, users are also said to be able to spread out more and thanks to the high number of pixels, texts and images deliver extra brilliance, clarity and a more true-to-life picture.
The 28″ 4K UHD monitor is stated to be suitable in homes as well as business. Normal home users are said to benefit from upcoming 4K TV streaming, as well as view their UHD pictures and videos perfectly and clearly on the Phillips solution at hand. Looking at the business sector, the 4K UHD can help with large text documents as well as complex spreadsheets thanks to its crystal clear image and big 28″ diagonal, making work with the latter more easy and enjoyable.
It is said that the Phillips 4K Ultra HD display is one of the fastest 4K displays on the market thanks to the 1 ms response time, as well as it being calibrated to support over 1 billion colours, having it be able to reproduce the finest colours with total accuracy. Gamers can also benefit from the response time, having the Phillips display boasting the company’s overdrive technology, which is able to automatically adjust the response time to suit the application’s needs.
MultiView is another technology added to the Phillips 4K Ultra HD display solution, giving users the ability to split two sets of content and place them in parallel. Users can for example connect a notebook to the display and display the content on half of the screen, while streaming video content on the other half.
In terms of connectivity, the Phillips 4K Ultra HD display comes with one Display Port 1.2 digital PC-to-Desktop with a speed of up to 10.8 Gbps, a MHL-enabled HDMI port, a DVI-D and a VGA port, while also offering data connectivity support with the help of its two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports.
Other features included consist of the Smart ErgoBase, enabling the display to be lowered almost to desk level for a comfortable viewing angle, having the low bezel-to-table height able to deliver a perfect viewing experience for users who use bifocals, trifocals or progressive lens glasses for screen work.
The new Phillips 288P6LJEB 4K Ultra HD display is said to become available this summer, having a recommended retail price tag of £599 including VAT.
The Toshiba Tecra W50 is not for their faint of heart, its specifications are immense and the price is crazy enough to make your heart skip a beat. Created by Toshiba’s DPD division or Toshiba America information Systems Inc, the Tecra W50 is the worlds first mobile workstation t feature an Ultra HD 4K display and prices will be starting from $2,249 for the basic model.
Workstations need to be powerful, especially given they’re often tasked with visual rendering, engineering tasks, scientific applications and more. To complete such tasks, the Tecra has been fitted with a precision colour calibrated 15.6″ Ultra HD IGZO panel that runs at 3840 x 2160, with a 282 PPI pixel density.
“4K Ultra HD extends the possibilities of content creation, engineering and design and enables healthcare providers to offer higher-precision care by giving doctors amazing visibility into diagnostic imagery anywhere the laptop can be carried,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We have applied years of experience and engineering resources developing Ultra HD 4K TVs to help engineers and 3D designers bring their creations to life like never before and enable better.”
Powered by a full-voltage 4th Gen Intel Core i7 Quad-Core CPU, four high-speed memory slots that can hold up to 32GB, 2GB GDDR5 Nvidia Quadro K2100M graphics, the Tecra W50 is a powerful weapon for tasks like SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Yet with all it’s size and power, it clocks in at just under six pounds, making it one of the thinnest and lightest designs in its class.
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The new Nvidia GeForce 337.81 driver has rolled out and is now ready for you to download. The latest beta software suite addresses a couple of major issues for Nvidia GPU’s, especially for those running Ultra HD monitors.
The biggest fix is that Ultra HD (4K) displays haven’t been working properly with SLI configurations. With some displays such as the Samsung U28D590D having issues at the higher resolutions. The new fix adds SLI and multi-GPUconfigurations support for single title monitors.
Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs has been given an early SLI profile, and as usual you can expect a few minor tweaks and adjustments to compatibility and a few minor bug fixes.
The new drivers are available to download right here, but at this time they’re only available for Windows Vista, 7 and 8.x.
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The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is no ordinary graphics card, it’s the flagship of the AMD army right now and feature two Hawaii 295X cores on a single PCB, for some seriously powerful dual-GPU action. The card is kept cool by a custom 120mm all-in-one water cooler and the whole thing will set you back a staggering $1500. When it comes to gaming in 4K, this is the kind of GPU you want at your disposal, but when it comes to gaming in triple monitor 4K Eyefinity, you’ll often need even more power than this.
The R9 295X2 is a very powerful card, something that has been recently demonstrated by one of AMD’s lead testers, Jason Megit. He tweeted “Testing Lichdom Battlemage at a super high resolution ;). Preparations for the next #work trip. @AMDRadeon@Xaviant” along side two pictures of a gaming PC build which was running Lichdom: Battlemage. The game is running at 11520 x 2160 pixels, that’s a 3 display Eyefinity setup using Ultra HD monitors that can push 3840 x 2160 each!
Lichdom: Battlemage is powered by the ever popular CryEngine 3, the same engine that powers the gorgeous Crysis 3. The game is available for pre-order on Steam for $19.99, so if you have a few spare UHD monitors and a R9 295X2 at your disposal, you could always give it a try for yourself. I am of course curious what the FPS was on this, as I imagine even the mighty 295X2 has trouble keeping a smooth frame rate at this resolution.
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4K is one of the hottest buzzwords in the industry right now, offering huge gains in resolution and picture quality that can help with productivity and provide stunning pictures for movies and gaming. With 4K screens offering a resolution that is around 4 times higher than 1080 displays it can take a lot of graphics horse power to get desirable results, even many of today’s top graphics cards will struggle to get modern games to 60FPS on high and ultra settings.
Of course not everything is about gaming, productivity is king for 4K as it allows you to fit a huge amount of content onto your display with amazing clarity, something that will no doubt prove popular with photographers, designers and more. The new system from Toshiba will called the P55T and sports a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels on its 15.6″ display with a PPI of 282, making mincemeat of the mere 220 PPI of the gorgeous display fitted to the new 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display!
That kind of resolution needs some series power and you’ll find it is well catered for with the AMD 2GB DDR5 Radeon R9 M265X discrete graphics card, as well as the 4th Gen Intel Quad-Core i7 and 16GB or DDR3L memory. The display is a Technicolor certified IPS panel, something that will again prove popular with graphics designers, and Toshiba know this, no wonder they’ll also bundle it with Adobe Lightroom 5.
For storage you’ll find a 1TB 5400 RPM mechanical hard drive… so no SSD as standard, which is a big surprise, but the real winner is obviously the core hardware, personally I would buy this and throw that stock hard drive in the bin, something like the P55T deserves a powerful SSD in my opinion, especially given that the RRP on this beast is $1500.
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The transition from 720p to 1080p went faster than expected on mobile devices, and it is not going to settle in the near future as Qualcomm intends to up the pace once again with faster processors capable of higher resolutions on mobile handsets. In an interview with Tim McDonough, Qualcomm’s Vice President of Marketing, he explained that Qualcomm’s main focus at the moment is 4K resolutions.
“I think 4K is one of the primary things you are seeing from us, 4K is pretty cool because it means that not only can you do 4K video, but once you can push that number of pixels and the chip has the ability to do 4K video, anything that is multimedia related – think about gaming – that gets better too.”
The 4K resolution has been extremely appreciated by users last year, and manufacturers haven’t kept their eyes closed on this as well. They sped up and optimized the process of delivering 4K capable displays which can be seen in Ultra-HD TVs lowering their prices from around $30,000 to less than $1000. 4K monitors haven’t fallen behind, with Dell releasing the 28-inch 4K display at a price tag of $699. Even so, most consider that 4K displays aren’t a necessity for handsets, but that won’t stop manufacturers such as Qualcomm from releasing 4K capable handsets this year. Even researches in South Korean haven’t neglected the 4K resolution, since they are working on the 5G network connectivity which will be dedicated to streaming Ultra-HD videos.
“In November we announced Snapdragon 805, the next-generation of 800. Our shorthand for that is that it is the Ultra HD mobile processor and it runs Ultra HD. It will shoot it with video, it will play it back, it will play it back with surround sound and it will run an Ultra HD UI, It has already sampled and we said the first half of 2014 for devices to launch.”
Will 4K on handsets be just a waste of money and a battery drainer, or will it be the next big thing? Given that even Apple is planning on releasing iPhones with bigger displays, and taking into account the current 12.2-inch tablets and 6-inch smartphones available on the market, 4K resolution would most probably be required for future mobile devices.
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South Korea is reportedly working on delivering 5G network connection by 2020. This comes as a $1.5 billion dollar project from the South Korean science ministry, which is said that users will be able to download a movie in a split second through the 5G connection.
“We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G around 2010. Now it is time to take pre-emptive action to develop 5G,” the ministry said in a statement.
The science ministry also admits that there will be “fierce” competition between nations, including the EU, US and China to develop this new technology. If all things go to plan, they are going to launch a trial in 2017, followed by the full commercial release estimated to be somewhere around December 2020. The priority is said to be given to Ultra-HD and hologram transmissions, though the ministry here is clearly going way ahead of themselves since we don’t even have a prototype hologram-capable device at the moment.
Things are moving quite fast, only a few years ago we saw the launch of 4G and some countries don’t even have 3G coverage, yet alone 4G. Even so, most users are still operating on the 3G network and few have switched to 4G. And we now hear of 5G connectivity in the works. First of all, the 4G connectivity should still be given a chance to evolve and be more appreciated by users, and secondly, given the 5G connectivity announcement, we are now looking into seeing 5G capable handsets in the near future as well.
This years CES is just days away and with all the major tech companies in the world preparing to promote their newest tech at the show in Las Vegas, you can bet the next few days will be crammed with teasers and announcements. Few announcements come bigger than this one, mostly because this is now the biggest consumer product that Samsung produce.
Due to be on display at CES 2014, Samsung’s 110″ Ultra HDTV will be going on sale this Monday. This version will be limited to China, Middle East and some parts of Europe, but Samsung have said that they will make it available in more regions in another 9 weeks time.
Don’t go shaking down your penny jar just yet though, this TV is freaking huge! Not only will you need a pretty big room to house this screen, you’ll also need some seriously big numbers in your bank account. The 85″ model that was the flaghship Samsung screen at CES 2013 will still set you back a whopping $40,000 (£25,000), this one is bigger and better in every way possible, so you can bet that while Samsung haven’t revealed the price, it will be skyward of £25,000, perhaps even about £40,000.
eTeknix will be heading out to CES in a few days time for coverage of the event, you can bet we’ll be checking out this TV, maybe if we ask nicely they’ll let us hook up a gaming rig to it.
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The Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort and miniDisplayPort are on the market but it looks like the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has just announced that it is working on defining a micro-DisplayPort standard which will still be backward-compatible with existing DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort devices and offer beyond 4K Ultra HD connectivity for phones, tablets, and ultra-portables.
VESA won’t solely concentrate on the port itself. Instead, it will be figuring out the final design for the docking connector, receptacle, and cable as well. The new standard is “designed to support data rates for future display bandwidths beyond today’s 4K resolutions” as VESA states, while another goal is to support passive cables up to 1.5m ( 5 feet ) in length, without requiring any sort of repeater or other active component, tech which would be particularly important in smartphones and other portable devices.
The micro-DisplayPort will also allow laptop, tablet and smartphone manufacturers to make even thinner devices. That said, it remains to be seen how Apple and Intel will respond to the smaller connection. Currently, the Thunderbolt technology used on the Mac line-up, with a full six Thunderbolt 2 ports, relies on a mini-DisplayPort connector, which is also backward-compatible with traditional DisplayPort monitors.
A switch to micro-DisplayPort could allow Apple to trim its notebooks even further, and looking at the MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display for instance, having a spec of just 3.46 pounds and 0.71-inches thick, who knows how light or thin they could get if the micro-DisplayPort gets standardized.
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Got a spare $20,000 for your next gaming rig setup? If you answered yes, then lucky you! But if like me you’re are shopping on a more modest end of the PC gaming market, then here is something for you to at least drool over. Nvidia took to showing off a monster gaming rig, fitted out with triple 4K displays running Assassin’s Creed IV, that’s 24.9 Megapixels of gaming gorgeousness.
4K gaming is the new buzz word, the new “cool”, the new target for benchmarking and while it may still be out of the reach of many gamers, not only because the GPU power needed is pretty epic, but also because screens often cost around £3000 / $4500 each. Adding three monster screens and 3 high end GPU’s into a finely tuned gaming rig to push triple 4K is an incredibly expensive endevour, but the end result is truly something to behold.
Each of the three Asus PQ321Q 31.5 4K Ultra HD monitors is running at 3840 x 2160 in portrait mode, giving you a total of 6480 x 3840 resolution. Which according to my own made up statistic is about as many pixels as you need to melt your brain. Three GTX Titan 6GB cards make up 18GB of GDDR5 memory and the rest of the PC is no slouch either, the Maingear Shift gaming PC. Gameplay may have been relatively smooth, but even triple Titans were being stretched to their limit and some graphics settings were wound down from maximum to keep FPS at a good pace.