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Breaking News On The New PS4

PS4 news this year has gamers around the globe anticipating all its new features.  Sony’s PlayStation has constantly shaken up the world of gaming since it first burst onto the scene at the Consumer Electronics Show in June of 1991.  By 2011 the sale of PlayStation 2 consoles had exceeded 150 million units.  With PlayStation 4, Sony continues its tradition of invention and innovation in the art of electronic gaming.

New PS4

New Engine

The new Sony Play Station 4 debuted at the 2013 E3 to generally enthusiastic reviews.  This Play Station update is built with an impressive 8 core X86AMD Jaguar CPU and a 1.84 teraflop AMD Radeon graphics engine, it has specs to match any modern PC; it comes with a 500 GB hard drive, 8GB GDDR5 memory, 3 USB 3.0 ports, Blu-ray drive, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.  It is has Ethernet, HDMI, Bluetooth 2.1, plus optical audio and analog AV out.  These features put it years ahead of any other gaming system and virtually eliminate lag time; it has fast background downloading, allowing you to play the game while it’s in the process of being downloaded.  But these impressive figures are just the beginning of the new PS4.

Share And Swap Discs With Friends

PS4 allows people to share discs, something that gamers have been asking for.  You can now buy a used game or swap with your friends and enjoy all the excitement of a “new to you” game.  However, since publishers are free to make their own rules, you probably won’t have total freedom but you will have more than with previous PlayStation gaming systems.

Versatility And Convenience

Sony has added several advantages to the new PS4.  For instance, you can play DVDs and use video services like Redbox and Flixster to make the PS4 a versatile entertainment system.  You also won’t have to check in online and verify your game account, routines which were instituted to compete with Xbox One.  Sony decided to simplify PS4 and concentrate on the gaming experience rather than duplicating features of their competitors, sometimes to the dismay of their users.

Broadcast Your Games

Another great new feature is the use of Gaikai cloud technology that Sony bought in 2012.  By 2014 and perhaps sooner, you can use this cloud to broadcast your games if you’d like to, similar to OnLive.  The DualShock 4 has a “share” button that lets you scan and upload the last few minutes of your game as well as clips and screenshots to share.  Gaikai services will also be available for PS3 and the streaming features can be used with Facebook and Ustream.  One of the most popular uses of the cloud will undoubtedly be the ability to try games before you buy them.The technology of the games made possible the deployment of eye 3d models , helicopter 3d models and  dragons 3d models by flatpyramid.

Design And ControllersNew PS4 Controller

As for appearance and function, PS4’s new angular design is sleek and smooth with ports that blend into its shape for a futuristic look.  What’s really impressive, though, is the redesigned controller called DualShock 4.  At first it doesn’t look much different than the DualShock 3 but once you pick it up, the changes are obvious.  The shoulder buttons are soft and comfortable. It’s light and easy to hold, fitting comfortably in your hands with ergonomically designed handles; the contours are easy to grip and all the right surfaces are textured to prevent slipping.  The thumbsticks are also textured and designed for a comfortable grip.  The DualShock 4 has a touchpad comparable to a laptop; it audibly but softly clicks when depressed so you are sure the connection has been made.

PS4 doesn’t take full advantage of their new controller yet, as shooter games use it like a D-pad, employing up and down swipes for maneuvers.  The DualShock 4 is also used to deploy gadgets in the games but Sony undoubtedly designed it more for future games than the ones available now.

New Games

PS4’s graphics are superb, seamlessly moving at around 60 frames per second.  This makes game playing much more realistic than with previous consoles, allowing nearly total immersion in the game’s environment.  There are free titles available but it’s the games built specifically for the new PS4 that will really impress dedicated gamers.  If any game personifies the advantages and innovations of PS4, it’s Killzone: Shadow Fall.  This is a serial game that continues the storyline of Killzone 3 which is played behind enemy lines with a series of tasks that they are free to complete in any order they like.  Killzone: Shadow Fall has a faster pace with new and different weapons that can be enhanced with the touch of the pad into something better, faster, or bigger.  The graphics are astoundingly realistic and colorful.

DriveClub for PS4

The realism of the new PS4 really shines in Driveclub, a game that doesn’t at first appear to be much different from Gran Turismo 6.  A huge difference in the two is Driveclub’s social play, allowing the participants to challenge each other as well as online friends with a variety of tasks requiring skill and dexterity.  The avatars that can be built are also part of the fun.  Driveclub also motivates players with a different point system that rewards them for nearly every move they make.

Not all the games are intense and competitive, as Hohokum proves.  It’s a fun game that takes elements from both LocoRoco and Snake, combined with exquisite visuals and audio effects.  The game is one that you can relax with as you make your way through a fascinating landscape; it’s made even more interesting since there are no real instructions.  It’s as if you have just landed in a new body on a new world and into a life that is filled with random charms and surprises.

Price

PS4’s lower price and less restrictive policies are a good selling point; you can get PS4 for around $400 with one controller.  You can buy additional controllers for about $60 each and the PlayStation Eye is also sold separately, which helps hold down the price.  New versions of Halo and Call of Duty are already starting to make waves on the market.  Play Station 4 has only released a few new titles but has announced that there will be 20 new titles this year with 10 more to come.

The Most Anticipated Tech Products for 2013

It seems that every year brings outstanding advances in technology.  Even though we might think a product has reached its apex, we will yet see new games and products in 2013 that will astound us with regards to technological advancement.  The cool thing about technology is that companies are always trying to come up with the next hot thing and there is no shortage of talented people to build them!  Here are just a few of the things to watch out for in 2013.

The New Smart Phones

The newest technological development that is becoming more and more common in smart phones is NFC.  NFC is short-range wireless connectivity using magnetic field induction to facilitate electronic devices’ ability to communicate when they are close to each other.  It allows you to scan a code into a retail checkout, take advantage of coupons and share with another NFC-capable phone such as a video, web pages, and contacts.  You can even print pictures from your phone by touching it to an NFC-enabled printer and make payments and other transactions.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 III Mini was recently launched with NFC-based file sharing ability.  This phone can now share content fast and easily; you can exchange or share videos, photos, music files and more with another NFC enabled phone without the use of a cellular signal or a WiFi connection.  Your phone will have better resolution, too; high-end models typically use 720p while mid-range phones usually use qHD or WVGA resolution.  Now the high-end phones will use 1080p display for crisper, sharper images and the mid-range phones will generally be manufactured with 720p.Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung recently introduced the new Galaxy S4 which includes a 5” screen with 19201080 pixel resolution, making the smart phone even more like a miniature computer with enhanced communications capabilities.  It will have a 13 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording capabilities and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.  Powered by the next iteration of Android, this new Galaxy model is sure to be wildly popular.  Rumor had it that Samsung wass prepared to ship 100 million units for the first release!

For a smart phone that is truly different, you’ll want to check out the Nokia Kinetic, a phone that is controlled by twisting, bending and squeezing.  Just twist it forward to scroll through files, controlling the speed by twisting the more you twist, the faster the scroll.  If you go too far, just twist it back until you find what you want then bend to take action or open the item menu.  To answer the Kinetic, just hold it to your ear and squeeze it.  While touchscreen technology is superior for some things, it is very difficult to operate if you’re wearing gloves or if you have compromised tactile function.  It is even capable of being programmed to respond only to your particular grip.

Fun and Games

Although the sales of videogames are down 30% from 2011, there’s reason to believe that the new games in 2013 will allow the market to recover well.  Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II hit the stores around Christmas in 2012 and have been selling well.

But what the gaming industry hinges on is the new game consoles, which promise to have exciting innovations to complement gameplay.  Microsoft is expected to release the Xbox 720 sometime this year; it is expected to have something quite similar to AMD’s 6000 series processor and will have six times the power of the still popular Xbox 360.  It will have 20% more performance capability than the new Wii U.  Although it may not be released until late November, fans are on pins and needles awaiting its unveiling.

The Sony Playstation 4 features social interaction, game streaming and remote play.  The company has also announced that it has forged a partnership with mega-popular gamemaker Blizzard.  This should produce addictive, exciting games for the new system and with the new DualShock 4 controller gamers should be in for an exciting year.  The controller has better grips, a new touch pad on top and a light bar that identifies players.  There is a button to let you record game play and share it across Sony’s network or even put it on video-sharing sites.  It allows players to take over a friend’s network to help them out of tough scenarios and the console also allows you to play older PlayStation games.  Best of all, you can try full versions of any game for free before you buy them.

Tablets are the New Laptops

The tablet is fast replacing the traditional laptop and the new Apple iPad has a significant share of the market.  The lates release has been upgraded with new memory and storage capacity geared toward the typical business user.  Its Retina Display runs the most recent iOS and it comes with the new “lightning connector” for faster connectivity.  It will cost more, is heavier than previous models, has no USB ports and is weak in the multitasking department.  However, it has the potential to be a substantial business tool and should do well in that market.

You’ve probably seen a lot about the Microsoft Surface Pro, an interesting device that looks like a tablet outside but more like an ultra book PC inside.  It has a full Window suite, dual core i5 processor, up to 128GB of storage with 1080p resolution and USB 3.0 and micro-SDXC slot.  Although it is heavier than your standard tablet it is amazingly lightweight for all its functionality.  The battery life is pretty short, which some people cite as a reason they are waiting for improvement before they invest in this particular tablet.

Who’d Have Thought?!

Google Glass is essentially a smart phone that you wear like a pair of sunglasses; instead of seeing what’s in front of you, you see digital displays, graphics, documents or whatever else you would normally call up to display on your computer, tablet, or smart phone.  Android smart phones already use this technology in a limited capacity.  Google began testing the glasses in April of 2012 and the finished product, rumored to become available in 2013, will be able to stream music, be connected to the internet and made video calls.  They will have GPS.  You will control it with gestures and vocal commands, lifting your head to access the menu and vocalizing menu selections.

As if that isn’t futuristic enough, how about a foldable car?  The Hiriko Folding Car is an ingenious vehicle only 100” long that can be folded into a 60” package to fit in the narrowest of parking spaces!  It manages this partially by building the windshield to double as a door.  It is not necessary for the driver to leave the car in order to fold this two-seater.  Its unique wheels allow the car to turn in place around its center and its steering wheel also controls the braking system.  It is completely battery operated and can go 75 miles on a single charge.  The visibility is panoramic with little to block your view and the ride is surprisingly comfortable.

This year promises to be an exciting year for new games and tech products.  It seems like every year finds a way to outdo the previous year and 2013 will be no different.

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4K Ultra HD TVs Coming To A Living Room Near You

Welcome to the digital TV revolution. Just when you’re getting used to the HD world where it seems like everyone you know and every place you go has an HD TV, out comes a new technology with the buzz words to go along. If you had the opportunity to attend the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), then you would know that the Ultra High Definition TV was all the talk.  This is the place where all the major television manufacturers introduced their new Ultra HD or “4K” TVs.  So what is a 4K Ultra HD TV?  Just to give you an idea, HD has a resolution of 1920 x 1080p or about 2.1 megapixels per frame. An Ultra HD TV has a resolution of 3840 x 2160p which at 8.3 megapixels, has 4 times the pixels of HD TVs.

4k ultra hdNow I’m sure all the new tech digital TV aficionados are thinking, great, I’d love to get one but where are my simulcast channels on my cable provider’s menu – I only see SD and HD channels.  Well guess what, it ain’t there. Just yesterday, a good friend of mine started telling me about his new 3D TV and how he recently saw the Indiana vs. Michigan game on 3D and what a wonderful and different experience it was compared to his HD TV.  He also said that it is slim pickings when it comes to trying to find 3D broadcast programs to watch. To get a better understanding, with the shift from standard definition to HD in the late 90’s, the TV displays were introduced several years ahead of when networks started broadcasting in HD.  We are experiencing this lag now with 3D and you can expect more of the same with 4K, where at this point, the displays are just being introduced into the market.

Sony comes to the rescue with content. You had to expect one of the leaders of the Ultra HD push to come up with something. On January 7 of this year, Sony announced a press release announcing “Mastered in 4K Blu-ray™ titles.  These releases will be sourced from 4K masters and presented at high-bitrate 1080p resolution.  Sony also announced at CES that the company would be introducing a downloadable movie service for 4K.  This is a good start to procuring content but a lot more needs to happen.

For now 4K upscaling seems to be where most of the content will be derived from and who knows when native 4K content will be produced for wider distribution.  The good news is that most of the movies today have already been shot in native 4K format.  In fact when you go to a digital cinema, what you’re watching is most likely in 4K definition.  This should help in shortening the time it takes from the introduction of the Ultra HD TVs to when the native 4K content will be made available to wide appeal.

You’re probably asking “how much?”  Do you have an extra $20K lying around?  Yup, that’s right.  That’s how much LG’s 84-inch model is going to cost you, and even more for the Sony model.  Actually, most of the models available from 4K TV manufacturers are of the larger sizes, 55-inch displays and up.  Of course with all new advancements in digital television sets, the first models always cost several times the price of where it will eventually settle.  Remember the introduction of plasma televisions?

I still think we are a little ways away from the wide adoption of Ultra HD TV’s into people’s living rooms.  Pricing, content and broadcasting, to name a few, all have to come together to make it viable.  What I do know is that it will happen and it will take place sooner than most people think.  Just ask anyone who went to CES 2013 and had the full 4K TV experience and they will all probably tell you that there is a gap up from HD to Ultra HD and just like when you first experienced your first HD TV show – there is no going back.  Now I’m just curious as to what people will think when 32K holographic images blasts into your living room with Star Trek 23 playing – stay tuned.

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Check Out Sonys New 4K TVs From CES 2013