People have been speculating and reporting about the upcoming Nintendo NX for months now but a new report by Eurogamer seems to bring the NX into focus before its targeted launch of March 2017. Their report says that the NX will be a powerful portable console that can also serve as a home console by connecting it to your TV and detaching the controllers from the mobile unit.
Just when you thought that your smartphone had the latest and greatest tech, NVIDIA has set the bar for mobile processors even higher. Just one year after unveiling the Tegra 4 processor, NVIDIA has unveiled something more akin to a next-generation mobile processor rather than a little increase in horsepower with the Tegra K1.
When AMD announced the prices for their new R9 series of graphics cards, everyone expected it to kick off a price war, especially when the flagship R9 290X was competitive with NVIDIA’s GTX 780 and Titan for only $550. Now, the green brand is answering the bell and is slashing the prices on some of its top offerings.
It’s a good month for the Shields of the world. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was picked up by ABC for next season. Now, NVIDIA has announced that their Shield handheld would hit store shelves by the end of June for $350.
At that price, the Shield is immediately pushed straight to luxury item levels, even for a gaming console, but you are also getting what is likely the best handheld console on the market (or at least the most powerful) thanks to the HD screen and ability to stream games from computers with compatible GTX graphics cards.
While CES officially runs through the end of the week, the big unveils and tech demos of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show have come and gone. With nothing in the way of big breaking news yesterday, I thought that today’s CES Roundup would be a good time to look back at some of the more interesting news that we haven’t covered so far.
NVIDIA Tegra 4 – It’s the world’s fastest mobile processor. Can I ask what we’ll use it for?
When I mentioned the new NVIDIA Project Shield portable/handheld console on Monday, I kinda overlooked NVIDIA’s big announcement. They officially unveiled their new Tegra 4 processor which they’re promoting as the world’s fastest mobile processor.
It’s a quad-core processor with four Cortex A15 CPU cores, 72 GeForce GPU cores and 4G LTE network compatibility. It also comes with a new internal graphics processing engine which NVIDIA says gives the Tegra 4 ten times faster image processing and rendering. Just for added fun, the Tegra 4 will have 4K Ultra HD video support. So your phone will soon be able to handle higher resolution video than even your TV can handle. I’m not sure whether that’s funny or not. Read the rest of this entry
I reckon that we can’t start up a geek blog without doing a little bit of CES coverage. Obviously, we’re still a little small to be in Las Vegas for the show but that doesn’t mean we can’t sum up some of the bigger and more interesting news from the 2013 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show.
Samsung OLED TV – Coming soon to store shelves
We’ve been hearing about OLED (organic light-emitting diode) over the years but haven’t seen them outside of trade shows like CES yet. However, Samsung is planning to change that this year. They’re planning to release their F9500 series of OLED TVs this year. This will be an HDTV with 3D capabilities. It will also have a quad-core CPU to power Samsung’s smart hub and gesture controls (finally a practical use for Kinect-like technology).
The most interesting thing from the announcement was the inclusion of multi-view with the TV. This uses Samsung’s 3D glasses with built-in headphones which allow two people to watch two different programs on the same TV. The 55″ Samsung OLED TV will be the biggest application of this sort of technology. Land Rovers have used this sort of technology on dashboard touchscreens since the 2010 model year which allowed both the driver and passenger to see two different things on the same screen. Read the rest of this entry