Even though they didn't this time, that would be pretty awesome!
Agree!. It's a common feature on FPV headsets. You just need to have the camera on a gimbal and a couple open channels on the RC link to make it happen. Might cause sensory overload in a racing situation!
Imagine it with two cameras and an oculus for 3D!
This looks stupid bad. Can we please stop trying to beat physics? That thing will never be anything but a novelty, there are much better ways to ahieve a similar goal. Like fuckin' walking.
Agh. I feel like it's really hard to find the "perfect" phone, at least for me. Everything comes with Caveats. I had to get rid of my Nexus 5, which I was extremely happy with, but I'm worried the issues of this phone aren't worth the trouble.
I was hoping this would be the phone I'd end up with soon, but I'm not sure...
Why couldn't the Nexus 6 just be a straight upgrade to the Nexus 5?
I work at a Best Buy so maybe I should just play with some phones, look at battery rundowns, and make a decision from there. I just want a Nexus 5 sized phone with a good 1080p screen that doesn't compromise with subpixels and crap.
The transparency on the OS UI looks fucking terrible to me. Makes the whole thing look cheap and weird.
Bleh. I was super excited seeing the headline for this as I am on the cusp of replacing my old Nexus 5, but 6 inch? Bleh. The screen/form factor of the Nexus 5 was perfect! And it didn't need to be any higher resolution. If this was just the same screen/size with a better battery, better performance, and shipping with Android L that'd be worth picking up for me especially if they either offered a 64GB option or allowed for memory expansion. This just seems to be worse to the same in every way. I have to wonder if the battery life will be any different because of that battery, thanks to the size and resolution of the screen. And the battery on the 5 wasn't great already.
Let phablets be phablets. Don't make that your flagship, holy shit.
I will never understand how these guys get away with their prices. You can get entry level audiophile cans for that price, christ.
No offense Jeremy, but there's a reason YOU don't know anyone buying PCs. PCs sell better than the other options, even now. This comes from someone involved in a retail location that sells Macs and PCs. At least 2/3s of the laptops I see going out the door are Windows systems. And even high end PCs are going to windows more often than you'd think. Macs are still WAY more expensive than PCs, and people know they aren't really getting what they are paying for. Macs aren't stealing a ton of business from what I've been seeing, it's Chromebooks that are eating into Windows, and that's almost always sub $300 PCs. And it's RARE. We see a lot of people interested in the price, and then veering off as soon as you tell them what they are actually buying.
Windows is the way people go. It's just too expensive to buy a Mac unless you're already a Mac user.
I'm thinking of getting a Moto X soon, but I'm curious if anyone knows if the ATT logo on a leather back would be removable easily? Or on any of the wood backs, for that matter. One thing that I've always appreciated is how easy it is to remove logos from phones, but I imagine with more organic surfaces that's much harder.
@DJFARTH: At the end of the day you basically just gave up a little extra money and maybe slightly better shadows and textures in some cases. Not like the card you got is suddenly shit, it's still excellent.
I'm eager to get into the swing of work and start getting finances stabilized from my summer off, because as soon as I get into the swing of things I'm getting a couple of 980s to upgrade my single 680, so I can push a ROG Swift (1440p, 144hz with Gsync!) or 3. Super excited for this generation!
I want to buy the GTX 980 but I am not sure if my current processor would be bottlenecking the GPU and holding it back.
I have a i5-3570k and currently have a EVGA GTX 680 4gig OC. If my processor is an issue then I will hold off untill I can buy both at the same time.
Also has there been any mention yet on when the 980 6gig models would be coming out?
Extra memory options are probably a ways out, sadly that stuff has been taking it's sweet time to come out for a while. I really wish they'd just fuckin put that out there.
@ebeatty: Run rings? Not at all. They aren't more powerful, just more specialized. And they are so much more expensive pretty much entirely because of the market they sell to: companies that need what they are selling and can afford to pay a huge premium.
When it comes to that stuff, they are usually fairly close in theoretical gaming performance in most ways to their consumer equivalents. And usually it leans towards consumer stuff for consumer performance. Quadro's are usually slower (but not SLOW exactly).
In your specific example, the K5000 vs the 780, I think the 780 will come out fairly far ahead of the K5000 for gaming performance. All of the relevant spends are higher for the 780.
@DJFARTH: To be fair, we all could have told you to wait. Always research roadmaps and stuff before you buy into fairly old generations, especially if you're buying the latest and greatest. That's pretty much on you sadly.
Having worked in the music industry I don't get why sound should be that hard!?
Sound engineers have tons of software that can build up entire virtual orchestras, having full control of where every single musician is positioned. Even having the ability to listen in realtime how the sound changes as they move the virtual musician or virtual microphone. Even the reverb can be generated by building up your own spaces or loading in 3d models of rooms and halls. And these things were already possible 5 years ago.
It's funny and shaming to read the negative comments about the Oculus and VR. It all boils down to the basic principal: it's new, I don't know it, so it must be bad and I don't like it. It being only for the rich... That's how people slow down progress.
Great article @norm. Wasn't interested in GearVR but you make a valid point with the movie watching. It would be great to have this thing during long commutes or maybe at home when every one is sleeping.
It's specifically setting it to work with stereo headphones and simulating the ears. Reverb isn't that hard. But modeling things like occlusions and delay and even how sound moves through the ear is a bit more challenging. Also? Mastering music is ENTIRELY different from creating a system that can place a sound in 3D space as it dynamically moves, etc. Doing that dynamically in real time with hundreds of sounds as well as reverb, object occlusion, etc is pretty challenging. To get decent 3D audio we'd need really good reverb sim, and at least conetracing style occlusion similar to the GI that nVidia showed off on Maxwell (that way something on the other side of a wall or object wouldn't sound the same as it would with a clear LOS to you.
Just throwing blank space when you "squish" things down is really bad looking. Why not just bring notifications down or something automatically?
@edvarim: I agree a large ereader is needed. Lot of the books don't format for the small screen, especially the text books for school that Amazon keeps pushing, and cookbooks. I also want to get an ereader for my parents but the screen is wayy to small since they will need to increase the font size. Since you can turn the font size up on a regular book this would be an excellent selling point to an older crowd. Otherwise, there is no value in switching from paper for a lot of folks. There is a huge opportunity here for Amazon that they are missing. I am hoping they are just refining the tech and are planning on it. Maybe when color eink is ready.
Agreed. The size they have now is great for traveling, but not much else. I'd prefer a bigger screen as an option. If there was an up to date, larger Kindle I'd own one by now but it just isn't that appealing to me at the current size.
I also feel like I've been pretty spoiled by my Nexus 5, as the "e-ink" looked pretty gnarly on the last Kindle iteration compared to the super high density screens I've become accustomed to. Where as the Nexus's screen rarely looked like a screen because the pixels were hard to spot, the Kindle's still looked like a screen to me because of how lacking the density of the display was. Even with the advantages of the e-ink screen.
Love the video, definitely want to see more. I am also insanely jealous, that looks like buttloads of fun.
Love the video, definitely want to see more. I am also insanely jealous, that looks like buttloads of fun.
Sorry guys, but saying that the Titan Z is for gaming is a bit silly. Especially with the fact that every time they mention the popularity of the card, they mention science uses, not gaming. Titans are certainly sold for gaming, but they are very popular for research, and for workstations that need real-time capabilities for a pipeline that benefits from interactivity.
@MordeaniisChaos: oh you're right. I'm surprised they showed so much bias. They could have said the bigger Xbox one or something that's not pejorative. I find tested is generally quite good at having a unbiased outlook on things. I'm a bit disappointed.
My experience is that the main dudes and fellas like Loyd are great at being unbiased at least in articles (podcast is different but also fair game IMO).
I've never hidden my distaste for this particular writer's tendency to make statements like that in articles. Just comes off as childish, but I guess that's what a vaguely freelance/young writer gets you.
bulky slab that is Microsoft's Xbox One.
So it's a typo?
And I think the PS4 would look acceptable on it's own on a stand or something, but with other cubic devices it sticks out like a sore thumb, and the angles are a little too hip and cool for me to really say they look "adult."
Bulky black slab? Huh, I wonder who has a particular leaning. I think the Xbone looks a little better actually. I dont' mind that it looks bigger and more solid, and at least the back of the thing isn't completely fucked by "engineering" that was actually all design. And it looks less like it's trying to look "cool" and more like something that would look good in a living room of adults. The PS4 looks cool, but with other devices the first thought people will have in a house with one in the entertainment center is "One of these is not like the others." The Xbox One on the other hand looks like it fits right in with the rest of my entertainment system components (which are big boxes with sharp edges and simple glossy fronts). There's something to be said for not trying to be the raddest looking thing in the cabinet and just looking reasonable and classy.
I'm also really not a fan of the texture on the non-glossy part of the PS4. I think a satin/matte finish would have looked nicer and helped tie things together a bit better. The contrast and sort of cheap look of the grainy surface is a bit off-putting.
After hearing them totally downplay the difference in resolution between 720p and 108p I'm done with Tested for good. There's a minimum level of competence I expect out of the people who work for a tech site, and they fell well below that.
No one who hooks their PC up to a 40+ inch TV does so just to play in 720p which they could have done with a much cheaper console. Almost all PS4 games being in native 1080p is a big step forward because displaying a game at a panel's native resolution is always much preferable to relying on a scaler to stretch out 720p or less worth of pixels to fit on a 1080p screen.
It's all preference man. I think that it's easier to ignore 720p on the couch because either your TV is big enough that either way aliasing is an issue or you're far away enough that the difference isn't HUGE. 720p isn't the end of the world. And keep in mind, if you think the last generation was ever 720p, you have a totally skewed idea of what 720 is. Because that was more like 540p.