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PS4.5 Report

I'm not sure why both Sony and Microsoft didn't support 4K out of the box with their latest-generation consoles as 4K was already becoming mainstream when these products launched. That being said, Sony alone is prepping an in-between launch update for their PS4. It's essentially a PS4.5 and it will support 4K. Essentially, all other software and hardware capabilities will stay the same, but it will have a faster GPU and more robust video output options to support fast 4K video.

The beefier specs come with a mandate from Sony to developers: Games running on the NEO need to "meet or exceed" the frame rate of the game when it ran on the standard PS4 hardware. Pricing is unknown, but the possibility of this releasing for $400 while the base model finally gets a price cut to match the Xbox One doesn't seem too far fetched.

Source: Engadget

Does VR Have a Fit in Your Home?

Companies are pushing VR in a really big way. Some of the solutions are very compact and can be enjoyed almost anywhere, where others require a room - much like a Home Theatre room - to be immersive and enjoyed to the fullest. The question is, does it actually fit in my home - regardless of the space or not? More and more are saying yes, but I still like to talk to people... I guess I'm old fashioned that way.

The obvious answer, for me, is to install the HTC Vive in my office where I keep my computer. The office is narrow, leaving little available room to actually stand and walk around while wearing the headset. I'd need to remove my couch to free up some space, but removing furniture for a VR headset seems like an impractical sacrifice.

Source: TheVerge

Windows 10 Mobile Ready for Snapdragon 830

So why does it matter that Windows 10 Mobile is ready for a Snapdragon 930 CPU? Windows phones are traditionally older hardware that have slower overall performance from their Android counterparts. The new Snapdragon 830 is a beast of a chip that supports up to 8GB of RAM and be based on a power-sipping 10nm process. Finally, Windows 10 Mobile devices will have be able to run Continuum smoothly and be able to replace something. Now that NexDock is looking a little more appealing.

At Mobile World Congress this year, HP announced the long awaited Elite x3, a Windows 10 Mobile device powered by a Snapdragon 820 that wouldn't be coming until this summer. This led many to speculate about why it wouldn't be released until summer, suggesting that it would be released alongside the Anniversary Update - or Redstone 1, as it was known at the time.

Source: Neowin

Micorosoft Xbox Elite vs Razer Wildcat

Microsoft's Xbox Elite controller is pretty awesome, but Razer has stepped into the high-end controller ring with their Wildcat version. This head-to-head compares comfort, analog performance as well as D-Pad performance, buttons, triggers and pretty much every aspect of your controller experience. It could quite possibly be the definitive controller review. The winner is... announced at the link below.

The standard Xbox One controller provides a solid base, and works well across a wide range of titles, but there's plenty of room for enhancement and this is where premium controllers really add value. The bottom line is that both of these pads are clearly superior to the standard controller, and do indeed improve gameplay, connecting you more closely to the experience.

Source: Eurogamer

Drone Hits British Airways Jet - Drone Owner on Death Row

Over the weekend a drone owner was flying his drone around London's Heathrow Airport and flew it into the path of a British Airways Jet. The moral of the story here is that people suck and drone owners apparently feel they have right to fly their toys wherever they want and endager whoever gets in the way of their "amazing shot". Investigators are trying to determine who exactly is responsible and the owner really should be put on death row for terrorism. It's just stupid what these people get away with.

The Civil Aviation Authority said: "It is totally unacceptable to fly drones close to airports and anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including imprisonment." British Airways said in a statement: "Our aircraft landed safely, was fully examined by our engineers and it was cleared to operate its next flight.

Source: Independent

Sony @ PAX East

Sony has been working hard on getting a bunch of new titles ready for the upcoming PAX East convention and has released a list of 20 new titles they'll have available for demo as well as 10 VR titles. Apparently Sony is serious about their PlayStation VR platform and will have a bunch of titles available at launch. GameSpot has the full details.

With the sold-out public gaming show PAX East coming to Boston next week, Sony today announced all of the games it will have playable at its booth on the show floor. Sony is bringing 19 PlayStation 4 games to the event, headlined by Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (multiplayer). Gamers can also check out third-party games such as Paragon, Hitman, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.

Yahoo is still for sale

Yahoo has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the past few months, profit decreases and job cuts have been the primary reason. The rumors of Yahoo selling "core business" assets is the newest news item as they've asked for interested parties to submit bids if they are interested.

Who are the interested parties? The names change but Microsoft was rumored to be in the running but now companies like Verizon and Comcast are rumored to be in the running. The interested parties seem to change on a regular basis and the only thing I know for sure is that us here at BCCHardware are not submitting a bid to purchase Yahoo.

Forbes has all the details of the seemingly never ending "Yahoo is for sale" story.

If you believe everything you read about Yahoo, then you’d expect the company to soon be drowning in takeover offers from upwards of 40 suitors. But Fortune has learned that many of the “bidders” identified by media reports have not even signed the 14-page nondisclosure agreement required to view Yahoo’s sale book. This doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t make a preliminary offer, but it makes it far less likely.

Virtual Reality (VR) Guide

If you are thinking about making the plunge and buying a VR device then you might want to check out this guide over at gaming2016. They take a look at what you'll need to get started, what video cards are the best suited for VR, and what devices are going to be available in 2016. 

We are at the very beginning of a VR revolution. Virtual Reality is not simply a new technology, bringing more opportunities when using our PCs, but will revolutionize the very way we interact with them. Whether you’re crazy about it or not, everyone should know the most important facts about VR.

The Coolest Cooler Kickstarter disaster

Some of you might remember the Kickstarter sensation named the Coolest Cooler that raised a cool $13 Million in funds last year. Well the success story has turned into a gong show as tens of thousands of people haven't received their coolers yet, even though the company is now selling their product on Amazon (for a much higher price). Apparently the $13 million they raised has dried up and now they are asking backers to pay another $97 for "expedited delivery" if they want to get their cooler before summer. Even for products that raise millions, this is a good reminder that crowdfunding has its risks and nothing is guaranteed. Engadget has the full story.

Coolest Cooler is the latest proof that there are a lot of interesting ideas on Kickstarter from companies that lack a plan to execute them. The company set a funding record in 2014 with $13 million for a do-it-all cooler with a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, USB charger, cutting board and blender. However, it burned through the entire amount after shipping just a third of the products, showing that the tempting $185 price tag was way too generous. To complete orders, the company now says that existing backers (who already paid the full Kickstarter price) will have to pony up another $97 for "expedited" shipping of their Coolest Coolers.

Piracy isn't killing the movie industry

Remember when we were told that piracy was killing the movie industry and in particular the box office/movie theater business? Apparently that might have been a slight exaggeration as the numbers have come in and shown that 2015 was a record year for movie theaters seeing a 5% increase over 2014 (which was also a very good year). Also interesting to note that 70% of North Americans went to the movie theater at least once in 2015. the MPAA still insists that piracy is hurting them to the tune of $1.5 Billion, which is a whole lot lower than they had previously reported in years past. TorrentFreak has the full story.

Piracy is not killing the movie business. According to the MPAA's Theatrical Market Statistics report the industry has just turned in a record year, with $38.3b taken at the box office. Meanwhile, MPAA chief Chris Dodd is set to meet Napster founder Sean Parker, whose Screening Room threatens to upset box office revenues.

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