DDR4 RAM is incoming, next-gen consoles finally launch, Microsoft tries to woo PC gamers, and we compare a retail R9 290X to the press board
It's time for episode #214 of the No BS Podcast! On this week's episode we break down the details surrounding the looming release of DDR4 memory, then have a brief discussion about the next gen consoles and what it means for PC gamers. We also discuss Microsoft's recent statements about how it abandonded PC gaming. Next, we talk about the AMD R9 290X retail board we acquired, and compare it to the press board, then we wrap it all up with our editor picks. Gordon ends the proceedings by delivering his usual rant, but this time paints his targets a little closer to home.
Sony's selling each PlayStation 4at a slight loss according to an analysis by IHS. The preliminary findings list the total material cost at $372 with an additional $9 manufacturing cost. Add in other expenses (like marketing and shipping costs) and the PS4 isn’t profitable yet without the sale of additional accessories and games at its $399 price point.
Sony offers up some tips for bringing a bricked PS4 back to life
We're not trying to beat a dead horse here, but there certainly exists a problem with an unknown number of recently released PlayStation 4 consoles that's prevented affected units from booting up. Following a mountain of online complaints and media attention over the issue, Sony has come out and confirmed that there are PS4s exhibiting the so-called "Blue Light of Death" (BLoD) syndrome.
PlayStation 4 is off to a fast start, but not all owners are happy
At long last, Sony's PlayStation 3 is a last generation console. It took a good seven years to officially reach that status, but with the PlayStation 4 launching to retail over the weekend, Sony can look ahead to a new era in gaming, just as soon as it can figure out what's causing so many reported "Blue LIght of Death" errors. Otherwise, the PS4 is off to a great start with 1 million units finding new homes in the first 24 hours.
Since the beginning of time (or thereabouts), Intel has dominated the x86 scene, even when AMD blazed a trail into 1GHz territory (Athlon) and 64-bit computing (Athlon 64) on the consumer side several years ago. Both of those architectures represent design wins for AMD, and if we fast forward to today, AMD has done well to get its hardware inside all three major game consoles, especially the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which feature x86 foundations.
A fantastic look at all the parts of Sony's upcoming game console
New product releases are almost always shrouded in mystery, as if sharing details about a particular electronic device will upset some unseen force and cause the planet to implode. We understand a company wanting to protect its IP, but firms often go way overboard with secrecy, refusing to share even the simplest of details. Sony has been guilty of this on occasion, but not today. What started off as an unboxing video by Sony director Yasuhiro Ootori turned into a full blown autopsy of the PlayStation 4.
Sony executive promises basic compatibility with PC
The PS4’s DualShock 4 controllers will work with Windows PCs “by default” according to a series of tweets by Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios at Sony. Basic functions like the analog sticks and buttons will be available without extra drivers although the controller’s special functions, like the front-facing touchpad and gyroscope, won’t work.
You could say that the next generation console wars began when Nintendo's Wii U launched a year ago. Fair enough, though Sony and Microsoft have yet to release their much anticipated consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, respectively. Well, come November 15, 2013, Sony will officially join Nintendo in the next generation console battle with its PS4, which will be available on that date in the U.S. and Canada, the company announced.
With Mecha-Intern Chris Zele busy battling new challenger intern Julian-Zilla for desk space, the podcast was left to the gang of five staff editors: Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung, Associate Editor Tom McNamara, Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang, Editor-in-Chief Katherine Stevenson, and podcast host/Senior Editor Josh Norem.
We had the chance to check out E3 2013 in Los Angeles, California last week. As expected, the gaming/tech event was a big one withMicrosoft and Sony showing off their new Xbox One and PS4 consoles. But it wasn't all about the next-generation consoles. PC vendors such as Nvidia, AMD, Alienware, and Razer were at the expo showing off their latest gaming toys and there were a bunch of PC-exclusive titles at the event.