• 10 OF THE COOLEST GADGETS AT CES 2017

    With CES 2017 wrapping up in Las Vegas, the event was full of a mix of a lot of interesting gadgets that will be making there way to us in the near future. Here a 10 top that i found interesting and that you should keep an eye out for, so in no real order let’s begin.

    Plume Pollution Tracker

    Now with our cities become more power hunger and our reliance on focal fuel, pollution can be a really problem to our health and overall wellness. The Plume is a wearable device that tracks pollution around you –similar to a Fitbit but for air quality if you will. It tracks particulate matter (part per million 2.5), nitrogen dioxide, ozone, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), temperature and humidity. So in theory you could attach it to you bag, had anaylsis your journey pollution level, which in turn can lead you to make informed decision on the route you may choose.

    The Milo Breathalyzer

    Now i’m not much of a drinker, so personally i won’t have much need for this, but anything that has the potential to save lives and improve a person’s health without them having to give up a something that they are passionate by helping the user make informed decision, knowledge is something i can get excited for. Milo Sensors is a company built around wearable sensors that detects various chemicals in your body based on perspiration from your skin with this wristband.

    Motiv’s fitness tracker ring

    With fitness tracker becoming all the crazy in recent years and now with Motiv’s fitness tracker it’s all been squeezed into a small titanium-encased  ring. It tracks sleep and fitness, including steps, calories and distance. It also manages to pack in an optical heart rate sensor, boasting a battery life of three to five days on one charge.

    Osterhout AR/VR glasses

    AR and VR is still in its early stages with Microsoft, Hive and Oculus being the front-runners. Osterhout Design Group (ODG) unveiled its first consumer combo AR/VR glasses, using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip. The R-8 and R-9, two models of augmented/virtual reality smart glasses aimed at a wider range of consumers and light business users. Price wise it look like it’s not gonna be cheap around $1,799 and released Q2 this year.

    Razer’s Project Valerie

    Razor showed of something that i think looks cool, a laptop with not one but 3 screen! Razer’s Project Valerie concept adds two fold-able displays that expand out from the primary screen in the centre. Each display is 17 inches diagonally and supports 4K resolution, and Razer says they can be used independently or together as one giant display. But all that comes with a hefty weight, around 12 pounds.

    TPCAST ‘s 60Ghz Wireless Transmitter


    So this is what i have been waiting for, when it comes to VR, the ability to walk around with no cable, allowing for a truly immersive experience. The TPCast-designed add-on that makes your HTC Vive VR experience completely wireless. The company also launched a bunch of new software, most notably the world’s first VR subscription service, which it claims will be “Netflix for virtual reality.” HTC has confirmed that the TPCAST wireless VR solution for the Vive VR headset will be available worldwide in Q2 this year at $249. As predicted in our recent VR retrospective, there were a lot of companies showing solutions that promise to cut the cord on desktop headsets via wireless video streaming. The solution that HTC themselves have been promoting exclusively up to now however is the TPCAST ‘Wireless HD’ powered 60Ghz solution, developed inside company’s own ViveX incubator program.

    Cerevo shoe VR sensor

    How to move your feet in VR has been the prevailing question over the past year, and with the Cerevo VR shoes, that question may be answered. Interestingly, Cerevo isn’t initially targeting high-end headset owners with Oculus Rifts, HTC Vives, or PlayStation VRs, but instead Google DayDream owners. Considering the steep price starting at $1000, we’re not to sure how it’ll take to become more affordable for the general public.

    LG W-Series TV

    LG hopes to make large-screened TVs blend into the living room as naturally as wallpaper. The company’s new 77-inch TV is incredibly thin and light for its size, weighing just over 27 pounds, Similarly-sized smart TVs from Samsung and Sony weigh around 80 and 73 pounds respectively. That’s because LG’s new TV is designed differently; the screen itself is separated from the guts of the system, which are contained in a Dolby Atmos sound bar that also includes I/O ports for connectivity.

    Giant USB Flash Drive

    For sheer guts at CES 2017, you’ve got to admire Kingston, who, amidst the slew of snazzy new TVs, high-spec laptops, and shiny smartphones, announced a USB stick at CES. Except it’s not just any ol’ USB stick. It’s a big USB stick. A USB stick that, metaphorically speaking, is piled higher than Cartman’s plate would be at a Vegas buffet. Yes, we’re talking about Kingston’s new DataTraveler Ultimate GT, a monster 2TB USB flash drive that’s now the world’s largest device of its kind.

    Lego Boost

    Okay first of i’m a massive Lego fan, all the way back from my childhood. And now Lego new Boost set lets you build five different motorized creations and program their actions with the accompanying tablet app. It’s similar to Lego Mindstorms but much simpler — created with younger builders in mind. Naturally, too, you can augment your creations with any other Legos you have tucked away in the closet. While this kit seems great for kids, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in checking it out myself.

    HoloLamp

    How about a game of Dejarik? Star Wars fans everywhere can finally play the board game first seen in Star Wars: A New Hope with this new AR machine. No special glasses or smartphone is needed, and the lamp can even be controlled with a PlayStation 4 controller. The device will ship early this year with an animated chess game attached. this has great potential and i’ll be keeping an eye out for it. 

    So what do you guys think? has CES 2017 got you pumped for new upcoming gadgets? Leave your interesting comments below and lets have a discussion.

  • Nintendo Switch Details Released

    Now that Nintendo’s event is over, we finally got more information about their flagship console. The Switch will release globally on March 3, 2017 alongside the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1 2 Switch, Nintendo is sprinting out of the gates with a surprising price point and some strong exclusive titles for £280/$299. The European price will be set by retailers, with pre-orders yet to open.

    The number of games announced throughout Nintendo’s recent presser was pretty overwhelming, so we’ve listed all we have so far below:

    • 1 2 Switch
    • Arms
    • Splatoon 2
    • Super Mario Odyssey
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
    • Fire Emblem Warriors
    • Shin Megami Tensei Switch
    • Project Octopath Traveler
    • No More Heroes 3
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    • Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
    • FIFA 18
    • The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
    • Super Bomberman R
    • NBA 2K18
    • Ultra Street Fighter 2
    • Minecraft
    • Just Dance 2017
    • Disgaea 5
    • I Am Setsuna
    • Rayman Legends
    • STEEP
    • Redout
    • Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
    • Sonic Mania

    The Spec’s

    As we know the Nintendo Switch is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra processor with a GPU akin to architecture found in some of the company’s top-notch graphics cards.
    When in “Nintendo Switch Dock” that is used to connect to your TV. Once removed from the dock, it will automatically transition to portable mode. When away from the dock the Switch will use only 40% of its potential GPU power.
    The GPU will run at 768MHz when plugged in and 307.2MHz when used on the go. This could change before release, but it’s unfortunate to see such a drop in performance when using what is arguably the console’s biggest selling point.

    Other details announced:

    • Console comes with 32GB of storage – expandable with a MicroSD card slot
    • Plans to end regional locking – meaning games could be played on all consoles – no matter where in the world they were bought
    • Multiplayer online gaming – initially free but later paid-for
    • A smartphone app for social aspects of games including chat function

    The reveal trailer also gave us a glimpse at the new and improved gamepad, which will be rechargeable through the console itself and capable of accepting cartridges: Switch’s primary form of physical media when it comes to games. The battery life can range from 3 to 6 1/2 hours depending on the game you’re playing. For example, Breath of the Wild will keep you going for 3 hours after a full charge.

    A Pro Controller, in the style of a traditional console controller, costs $69.99 (£57.50), additional Joy-Con controllers are $79.99 and a spare dock to use the Switch with another TV or monitor is $89.99.
    As previously rumoured, the gamepad’s screen will render at a native 720p, and can be used to project any and all games to your TV of choice.

    Top Nintendo Switch games to watch out for

    Super Mario Odyssey

    Release Date: Winter 2017

    Odyssey is a fully-fledged 3D Mario experience, echoing the open world design found in Nintendo Gamecube’s Super Mario Sunshine. The reveal trailer showcased a mixture of realistic and fantastical environments alongside a slew of innovative new gameplay mechanics. Mario can now hurl his signature red hat at enemies while also using it as a handy platform for reaching precarious new areas.

    Splatoon 2

    Release Date: Summer 2017

    None of us were expecting a direct sequel to Splatoon so soon after the first, especially one that oozes such a charming sense of lovable style. The inklings are back with new weapons, maps and fabulous outfits to duke it out with. The objective remains the same: cover the map in as much gooey paint as possible before time run outs. Alongside new game modes, Splatoon 2 will also support local multiplayer for the very first time using the Switch’s Joycon controllers.

    1 2 Switch

    Release Date: March 3, 2017

    1 2 Switch is essentially a collection of traditional and motion controlled minigames that can be played by using the Nintendo Switch’s Joycon controllers. These games are designed to showcase the system’s capabilities while also encouraging you and your friends to get off the sofa and have some fun. Experiences range from a western shoot-out to a fast paced game of table tennis. There is plenty here that should entertain family and friends at launch who are trying out Switch for the very first time.

    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    Monolith Soft arguably stole the show with this surprise announcement, blowing us away with a trailer featuring some truly gorgeous environments and a goosebump-inducing orchestral score. Acting as a direct sequel to the Nintendo 3DS original, Xenoblade 2 will likely provide us with a vast open world to explore filled with monsters, quests and characters to encounter. The last game in the franchise, Xenoblade Chronicles X, was a masterful swansong for Wii U, and this could usher in a new age for JRPGs on the Switch.

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Release Date: March 3, 2017

    After months of rampant rumours and speculation, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally confirmed as a launch title for Nintendo Switch. The happy news was broken with an achingly beautiful new trailer that shows Princess Zelda and a range of other characters speaking for the very first time. Breath of the Wild marks the first time in history where Hyrule will be dotted with voiced NPCs, interacting with Link as he explores the world in search of mythical treasures and dungeons.

    The games listed above are just some of titles coming to Nintendo Switch in 2017. We’ll be putting a together an upcoming games round-up in the near future, so keep an eye out for that.

    So what do you guys think? Are you excited for the switch or do you feel like its massively under powered and overpriced? Leave your interesting comments below and lets have a discussion.

  • Anime 2017 Thats Got You Pumped!

    Hey Guys
    First of hope you had a great X-mas and New Years holidays! now we are in 2017 i was wonder what up coming anime series/movies have go you guys pumped!!
    For me i can’t wait to see:
    • One Man Punch Season 2
    • Attack on Titan Season 2
    • Blue Exorcists Season 2
    • My Hero Academia Season 2
    • SteinsGate Zero
    • Sword Art online Season 3
    • Boruto
     Movies wise, i could find much:
    •  Overload
    • Sword Art Online
    • GANTZ:O
    These are Just a few i’ll be watching over this next year, what about you guys?
  • Video Game Releases For December 2016

    It’s that time of the year with friend and family coming over for the holidays, but when it’s also time for some great game releases, so let’s have a look at what’s upcoming:  

    So here are some of the big video game releases for the month of December 2016.

    DEC. 1:

    Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (Android and iOS)  

    With the Ace Attorney coming to the mobile platform. This is fourth entry in the visual novel series was the first not to have Phoenix Wright in the lead role, fulfilling the wishes of its creator, Shu Takumi. The Android version of the game will be released one week later on Dec. 8.

    DEC. 2:

    Steep (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One)

    It’s been awhile since we have had some extreme sports games, and with Steep it looks like we have a return to the genre. Steep is an open-world game that combines a variety of extreme sports, including snowboarding, skiing and gliding through the air in a wingsuit.

    Super Mario Maker (Nintendo 3DS)

    Nintendo has finally made a portable version of last year’s Wii U game will let players create and play their own Mario levels in the style of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros.Players will be able to share their Mario creations via local wireless and StreetPass, but players won’t be able to upload them to the internet for others to play, which really is a bad decision on Nintendo part.  

    Dead Rising 4 (Windows PC and Xbox One)

    Dead Rising series has always been a fun game and with the fourth entry it looks like they are keeping the silliness and bringing back Frank West. ‘ The fourth entry in the wacky zombie punching simulator will drop the timer restrictions, letting players explore the open world and not “feel like they’re under the gun.” In one of the game’s downloadable add-ons, Frank West will have a limited amount of time to find a cure, lest he become a zombie himself.

    The Last Guardian (PlayStation 4)

    After years in the making and lots of delays, Team Ico’s long-awaited release is finally here. Now here hoping that this is not going to be a let down like with the long awaited Duke Nukem Forever was.

    Bastion (Xbox One)

    Bastion was one of my favourite games I played on steam and now with its release on Xbox One, Supergiant Games’ debut role-playing game is available on nearly every platform known to man. You can play it on a Chromebook, seriously. Owners of the original release on Xbox 360 will get a copy of the game for free as long as they redeem it before Jan. 1, 2017.

    Super Mario Run (iOS)  

    Nintendo’s key character and everyone’s favorite plumber will star in his very own auto-run platformer on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices for the first time. Nintendo believes Super Mario Run cost of £9.99. A free version of the game will be available, showcasing all three modes of the title. There is no word on when the game will be coming to Android devices as of yet.

    The Walking Dead: A New Frontier (Android, iOS, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)

    Set almost four years after the series began, A New Frontier follows Clementine, who is now a teenager, and newcomer Javier. Players will take control of Javier as he tries to find the family that was taken from him by the devastating zombie attack. Both Clementine and Javier will be playable characters, but according to Telltale, “you may not be playing each character within the same frame of time.”

    What are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

    Note: This is not a comprehensive list of releases and only games with specific dates are listed below. Some games are announced for December but have no firm release date.

  • Overwatch: Counters guide

    The most important issue for any Overwatch player who suddenly finds themselves hitting a brick wall in match after match, will be to find out which Heroes are best at countering the other Heroes in the wider pool. The game is designed from the ground up to support this philosophy, after all, with individual characters representing solutions to the particular problem posed by the others.

    When you have this kind of knowledge to hand, it can make it much easier to deal with a specific threat that’s stopping your team from making progress. If you can make the right switch and deal with the threat, after all, you will make a massive difference to your team’s fortunes. This is particularly important in the random queue, where you’ll often see people repeating the same mistake in battle, and falling to the same defensive setup.

    To help you out, we’ve pulled data together from a number of different sources in order to determine our breakdown of who counters who in Overwatch. For a start, there’s the official information released by Blizzard, such as the Hero cards which outline how each character, broadly speaking, is designed on paper to nullify a specific counter-threat. Then there’s our own experience from the live game since launch along with the aggregated opinions of some of the world’s best players.

    The end result should be a pretty solid, at-a-glance, understanding of which characters you might like to consider swapping into if you’re struggling to make meaningful progress on any given objective. As the metagame evolves over time, and new character combos and strategies emerge, these rankings are going to change a little – it’s never going to be as tic-tac-toe as the table below might suggest, and that’s what will keep Overwatch exciting in the long-term.

    We’ll be updating this list regularly, so keep us bookmarked and make sure you check out the individual Hero guides we’ve linked to as well. Not only do they contain a huge amount of insight into how to play each character to an extremely high standard, they also go into a little more detail about just why these match-ups and counters are so effective. A little knowledge goes a long way in Overwatch…

    Counters

  • Let’s Play: Shadow Warrior 2 Episode 1

    Hey guys,

    Five years have passed since Lo Wang open a can of whoop ass on his old boss and the the darkness corrupted the world, creating a strange and savage new order where humans and demons live side by side.

    So we rejoin in on our first part of this adventure!

  • New Nintendo Console Revealed called “Switch”

    It's Finally shown!!

    Nintendo has revealed that its NX Console will be a handheld, portable device that doubles up as a home console and be called the “Switch”!

    Previously code-named NX, now named the Nintendo Switch, the device looks like a tablet computer with controllers that attach to its sides.

    Analyst and most gamers feel that the device could be Nintendo’s “last shot” at selling a home console.

    “The Wii U was a car crash, basically,” said Paul Jackson of the Ovum consultancy.

    “They fudged the communication and confused everybody with the controller and what the screen was for.

    “As a result it sold about a tenth of what the original Wii sold.”

    So what he is saying in simple terms is that they f**ked up! They aim for the casual market but used marketing tactics that worked for hardcore gamers and it didn’t work! The reason being is that us hardcore gamers activity look for information about our hobby whereas causal gamer don’t so they need to be feed the information via marketing.

    The Wii U destroyed in sales by Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, but Nintendo has enjoyed success with its handheld 3DS device.

    20-nintendo-switchThe new Switch console can be seated in a dock to play games on a television, or used as a stand-alone portable device.

    There’s no word on whether the Switch will be backward-compatible with the Wii U or other Nintendo systems, but most likely it won’t (the “Switch may not have a disc drive) and you’ll have to buy these games a second time from the Nintendo online store! The trailer included glimpses of games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a Mario Kart title, a Super Mario game and the Wii U title Splatoon. But Nintendo said it will announce the launch lineup and show game demos “prior to the March launch.”

    Nintendo has announced that leading games studios and publishers such as Activision, Bethesda, EA Games, Sega, Ubisoft and Warner Brothers had signed up to produce software.

    However, it yet to reveal the technical specifications of the device, but Nvidia confirmed that Switch uses a system-on-chip from its Nvidia Tegra family of products “based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards”, and a custom API.

    The reason why Nintendo might have not released the information about the specs could be that it’s going to be very underpowered (just like the Wii was) compared to the current console and upcoming PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio  But the official information will be released later (hopefully soon) and with the console released date estimated to be around March 2017.

    Update From Rumour Mill

    Hey Guys found some more rumoured information from arcadegirl64

    “Disclaimer: Everything in this blog post is rumour until proven otherwise. Please take everything with a grain of salt.”

    Here is what you can expect from the final retail product:

    • Custom Nvidia GPU chip
    • Region Free (No region lock)
    • 3 hour battery life when no connect to unit
    • Six inch (6.2 inch?) multi-touch screen (Heard nothing about a stylus)
    • The touchscreen has 720p resolution.
    • 32GB of built-in internal storage
    • SD card support
    • Supports USB 2.0 and 3.0
    • The dock has two 2.0 usb ports and one 3.0 usb port.
    • The portable device is around 14 – 15 mm in thickness.
    • The right analogue stick (or circle pad?) will be below the face buttons.
    • Camera and microphone are not built into/inside the NX portable device.
    • Cooling is still a little noisy
    • Detachable controllers (motion controls and next-gen vibration technology) <– Everything Laura Kate Dale said in her article was correct.
    • Share / Social button that Laura Kate Dale posted is true.
    • There are *at least* two shoulder buttons.
    • Battery Life — Ehhh not great. I haven’t heard an exact number of hours, but it doesn’t sound great.
    • Below PS4 and XB1 in raw power.
    • Supports Unreal Engine 4 and Unity Engine.
    • Toshiba, Megachips, and Macronix are all involved with the Nintendo NX.
    • Toshiba is the world’s second-largest NAND chip maker after Samsung. They also manufactured the flash memory chips for the Nintendo 3DS.
    • NX hardware is finalized. Don’t expect any drastic changes.
    • NX is now entering a very early stage of production.
    • Zero percent chance of NX being delayed from its March launch.

    Note: I am not saying that NX won’t have a mic or camera. I am saying that the camera and mic aren’t built inside of the NX portable device. I’ve heard that the info in this blog post is close to the final retail product. Take all of the information with a grain of salt because this is just a rumour.

    So what do you guys think? Are you excited to get your hands on the upcoming Switch or will Nintendo mess up again since they are aiming for the casual market? Leave your comments below and let’s have a discussion.

  • Overwatch Junkenstein Revenge – New Skins, Intros and How to Play

    Overwatch: Junkenstein Revenge

    Overwatch’s Halloween-themed brawl Junkenstein’s Revenge is a horde mode packed with horrors. here a look at the new skin intros and how to play and win with Anna without ding!

    So What do you guys think? Are you guys having Fun with the new game mode? Did i miss something? Leave you interesting comments below and lets have a discussion 🙂

  • Overwatch – How to play tracer and Not die!!!

    Tracer

    Hey guys,

    Here is my second video on how to play tracer, this time focusing on how not to die and help your team win at the same time enjoy 🙂

    what do you guys think? did i miss something? leave your comments below and lets have a discussion.

    YouTube channel

  • Battlefield 1 PC requirements released!

    The Battlefield 1 PC system requirements are out, and as you’ll see there quite demanding.

    battlefield-1-1BF1 uses DICE’s gaming engine called Frostbite, DICE’s DOT Per-Olof Romell said “BF1 uses the most optimized version of the Frostbite engine yet, but is still an intensive game”. The fact that the min CPU is a Core i5 6600K (which my pc has). EA also announced that they have made some changes coming to BF1 as a result of the feedback from the open beta.

    So let’s have have a look, and in the words of Sam Jackson “hold onto your butts”!

    The minimum spec:

    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
    • Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
    • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
    • Memory: 8GB RAM
    • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
    • Graphics card (Nvidia): Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
    • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
    • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
    • Hard-drive space: 50GB

    The recommended spec:

    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
    • Processor (AMD): AMD FX 8350 Wraith
    • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 4790 or equivalent
    • Memory: 16GB RAM
    • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
    • Graphics card (Nvidia): Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
    • DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
    • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
    • Available Disk Space: 50GB

    In a separate blog post, EA said that as a result of feedback from the open beta, the Conquest mode is being changed so that capturing objectives and scoring kills will both contribute to the final score of a match, and the Rush game mode is being added.

    “We’re also looking into balancing other elements, including the weapons and vehicles. The Light Tank, which is a bit too effective in the Open Beta, will definitely receive some work, and we agree that Horses can take a few too many rounds at the moment,” lead world designer

    Daniel Berlin explained. “We’ve also learned through the Beta that you guys need more tools to deal with vehicles earlier, which we’ll definitely look into (including a Gadget for the Support class which should help neutralize powerful vehicles).”

    The specs and demands on the CPU seems to be increased, it could be down to the more complex systems involved,

    My PC spec are:

    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
    • Memory: 16GB RAM
    • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ RX 480 8GB
    • Monitor: ultra wide 3440 x 1440 (freesync)

    Hopefully i will be able to run this at my screen Res and 70  fps, Battlefield 1 will be out on October 21.

    So what do you think? Does you PC meet the requirements? Are you going to be upgrading your PC or will you get it on console instead? Lets us know in the comments below and lets have a discussion about it.