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5 Things the PlayStation 5 Will Have and 5 Things it Needs

Confirmed – The PlayStation 5 Will Load Games Faster One of the biggest problems with gaming is loading time. If you’re a PC gamer, you can simply upgrade to an ultra-fast SSD and – with the right hardware – you’ll cut down loading times exponentially. But, if you’re a console gamer, you’re stuck with whatever hardware the console comes with. You can always buy an external SSD, but it’ll only do so much. Sony is looking to solve that problem, and even make it so that games load instantly. This has been confirmed by a recent patent that tells use Sony is looking to give the PlayStation 5 a RAM-intensive loading system which should dramatically lower game loading times to as little as a second or two. Needed – The PlayStation 5 Needs a Larger Hard Drive Sony might not be jumping on the same disc-less bandwagon that Microsoft is riding, but that doesn’t mean that a majority of gamers buy games digitally instead of going to the store and getting the usual game disc. It saves time, and you have to install the game to the console anyway,...

The New Acer Predator Helios 700 Gaming Laptop Has a Sliding Keyboard

Acer unveiled two new Predator Helios gaming notebooks today at the next@acer global press conference in New York. Both Windows 10 notebooks offer new technologies and innovative designs to keep gamers ahead of the competition. The all-new Predator Helios 700 includes a unique HyperDrift keyboard that slides forward, allowing increased airflow directly through the top of the notebook, enabling gamers to push the powerful components to their highest potential. The redesigned Predator Helios 300 includes a sleek modern look and is powered by either up to an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™2070 with Max-Q Design, or the latest GeForce® GTX GPUs, yet still retains its budget-friendly price tag. It’s well-suited for task-heavy computing, as its high-end hardware provides the performance needed for gaming, streaming, and video and photo editing. “Continuing to deliver best-in-class performance, gamers can look to Acer’s Predator Helios line for powerful and affordable gaming notebooks,” said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Product Business, Acer Inc. “They are innovative, future-proof and reliable thanks to advanced thermal technologies that keep them cool during intense gaming sessions.” “With the new...

Meet the Samsung Galaxy A80 Slide Phone

Samsung Electronics reveals the new Galaxy A80 – a smartphone created for the way people are engaging in the Era of Live. People are increasingly using their smartphones to share live interactions – capturing spontaneous photos, streaming live video and connecting over shared experiences that are happening right now. We are moving from the ‘era of the selfie’ to the ‘era of live’, where people are fostering more genuine and meaningful connections. Built to drive this evolution, the Galaxy A80 offers compelling innovations: a captivating, full-screen display, Samsung’s first revolutionary rotating camera and an intelligent battery. “Consumers are at the center of everything we do and they search for devices personalized to their specific lifestyle. Armed with our expertise, global capabilities and rich consumer insights, Samsung is uniquely positioned to provide innovations for everyone,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy A Series provides a range of models so everyone can choose a device that fits their unique needs and enables them to pursue their...

Hatch levels up to 5G gaming with Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Hatch is kick-starting the 5G era in mass-market consumer services as part of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S10 5G device launch in the world’s fourth-largest games market. As part of the cooperation, three months of Hatch Premium is included with purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in Korea. Starting today, Samsung will also promote Hatch in retail stores across the country, while featuring Hatch as a 5G hero service in the Galaxy App Store and the Game Launcher app. High-profile Hatch League events - casual mobile eSports tournaments where everyday players can step up and become a star - are also planned for later this year.  For Hatch, the partnership with Samsung comes on the heels of recently announced collaborations with leading teleoperators such as NTT DOCOMO in Japan and Sprint in the United States. Working together with the world’s top operators and device manufacturers signals a major escalation of Hatch’s go-to-market pace globally, following the battle-tested service’s European soft launch. Arkanoid Rising: A showcase for 5G gaming Galaxy S10 5G users will also be among the first to play the Hatch...

Lexar’s New 1TB Portable SSD Dethrones Samsung; Could Be the Fastest On the Planet

It’s hard to believe that something small enough to fit in the palm of your hand can provide 1TB of ultrafast data storage, but Lexar claims to have accomplished just that with the new SL100 Pro portable SSD. According to Lexar, it can deliver read speeds of up to 950 MB/s and write speeds almost as good at 900 MB/s. For those of you that don’t know, that’s like inventing the first warp drive for portable data storage. To put it into perspective, Samsung’s T5 portable SSD delivers about half of that speed at best. The only downside to Lexar’s SL100 so far is the fact that you can only get 1TB of storage. The Samsung T5 can be purchased with storage up to 2TB. And, despite the fact that it’s small, it’s still not as rugged as LaCie’s Xtreme Key 128 GB portable drive either. To achieve the outrageous read and write speeds offered by Lexar’s new SL100 SSD, you’ll need to have a second-gen USB 3.1 USB port. And, that’s even if you want to come close as we’ve yet to see...

Everything We Know About Google Stadia

The gaming market is constantly changing, and word has it that next-gen consoles from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo could be the last dedicated gaming consoles, with cloud-based game streaming taking over. The possibilities with cloud-based gaming are endless, but there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. Predictions have pointed to the possibility of gaming on almost any device at any time with superior graphics and no need to invest in expensive or bulky hardware. PlayStation Now, for instance, does stream games to PC and PS4 consoles, but you still need the hardware. Microsoft also has its own service in the works, known as xCloud, that should go through public trials sometime this year. It looks like Google is going to beat everyone to the punch with its new Google Stadia streaming service. What was once expected to be a console has turned into an all-out streaming service that will allow you to play the same games on your computer, smart TV, smartphone, tablet, or any other device with an internet connection it seems. The new service is expected to kick off this...

Valve’s Newest VR Headset – the “Index” Will Launch in May 2019

Valve has launched a new page on the Steam website dedicated to its new VR headset that will drop the “Vive” name, suggesting that the company has chosen to stay away from the partnership with HTC that helped deliver previous-generation headsets. The new Valve Index is expected to be more powerful, hence the “Upgrade your Experience” slogan and matches the prototypes (seen below) that were leaked just last year. The new Valve Index is expected to at least match the Vive Pro’s resolution of 1440x1600 pixels per eye or 2880x1600 combined. It should also feature a boosted 135-degree field of view and two tracking cameras. This new headset should compete with the new Oculus Rift S headset, but could be little more than a moderate update to the older Vive headset that’s on the market now. Whether or not it will be self-contained is still a mystery, but even if it doesn’t the brand will soon be releasing a number of headsets. In cooperation with HTC, the upcoming Vive Pro, Vive Pro Eye, and Vive Cosmos headsets should be hitting the market sometime this year as well....

Watch How Samsung Tests the New Galaxy Fold

Part smartphone, part tablet, Samsung’s category-defying Galaxy Fold offers users an entirely new kind of mobile experience, featuring fun and innovative ways to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more. Samsung subjected the device to several rounds of extensive tests in its state-of-the-art reliability labs to make sure that the Galaxy Fold is ready to come to market. Naturally, given the smartphone’s design, a Folding Test was a pivotal part of the Galaxy Fold’s durability assessment. This test, which examines whether the Galaxy Fold can outlast 200,000 folds and unfolds (or around five years of use, if used 100 times a day), takes a full week to complete. While the extent of the test may seem like overkill to some, Samsung viewed it as vital to ensuring the durability of device’s hinged design and Infinity Flex Display. Watch how Samsung ensures that the Galaxy Fold will be up to the task with each and every fold and unfold.

Samsung Just Reached 5G Speeds — 1Gbps in Korea with the new Galaxy S10

KT Corporation (KT) and Samsung Electronics today announced that they have successfully achieved 1Gbps speed over the air using KT’s 5G commercial network deployed in Seoul, which has been providing 5G mobility commercial service from December 1, 2018, in collaboration with Samsung’s Networks Business unit. KT has used its 5G commercial network using 3.5GHz frequency deployed in Gwanghwamun, Seoul, which comprised of Samsung’s 5G NR end-to-end network solutions including 5G radio and virtual core (vCore) supporting both 4G LTE and 5G simultaneously, and 5G smartphone (Galaxy S10 5G). The two companies have focused on providing end users with real-world outdoor mobile experiences, achieving overall 1Gbps speed on 5G smartphone connected to 5G commercial network. This has been one of the key accomplishments for the two companies – proving that 5G commercial network is ready to deliver stable gigabit speed for end-users since last December – signifying the impact of 5G commercialization and promising enhanced user experiences in a real outdoor environment. After KT selected Samsung as the key 5G network solution provider in November 2018, the companies...

The Best Intel CPU for Gaming in 2019

Intel Core i9-9900K Fastest CPU for Gaming Hands DownLittle Overclocking HeadroomRequires Purchase of Aftermakret CoolerPlenty of Cores for Tasks Outside of Gaming If you’re someone that’s into pure gaming without all of the bells and whistles, you’ll probably find that the Intel i9-9900K is overkill in terms of what you actually need. Then again, if you’re building a high-end machine with an extreme graphics card, the i9-9900K will definitely be your go-to. The truth is that this processor offers the kind of performance for those that do more than just game, so it serves a dual purpose, really. It’s perfect for you if you’re someone that works during the day and games at night. It is the fastest CPU you can get from a mainstream brand for the LGA1151 platform hands down. It only has 8 cores, so it doesn’t compare with other high-end CPUs out there in terms of core count, but it does offer the highest clockspeed of any processor on the market at the moment. With the right motherboard, you’ll get out-of-the-box clocks that range from 4.7Ghz up to as much as 5.0GHZ, without overclocking,...
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