Father’s Day Western Digital Guide for Gamers

If I have done one thing right as a father, it is introducing my kids to the “retro” gaming world. Or as I like to call it, the games I played as a kid. Every time we pull out the old NES or SNES because the kids saw something cool on YouTube, the kids make fun of me and complain about not having any save function on the games to keep their progress.

The world of gaming sure has changed, and today we find ourselves with more and more need for storage. Whether it be cloud or local the shear size of gaming today is sometimes scary.

Don’t worry though, the folks at WD have been kind enough, over the years, to continue to develop some of the best storage hardware on the planet. They are now even making console specific products. Below is a list of the best gaming options that WD has to offer.

I personally run a WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD, and have never experienced a problem and the load time vs the on board HD in my console is ridiculously fast!


Coming in at $154.99 USD for 500Gb, this is a bullet proof option for the gaming enthusiast. Click on the image to check out the technical specs.


As I mentioned before, WD is now heading into console specific territory with a Nintendo licensed drive. Available in three sizes, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

These Nintendo licensed SD cards are not only backed by the WD quality, they look sweet too and you won’t have to spend any of those gold coins we all covet with the $54.99 USD top end for the 256GB card.


Now for the cream of the crop!

If you are a hardcore gamer, this drive is for you, hands down, no questions asked!

This NVMe drive is so fast that I don’t even have time for a bio break during loading screens anymore. This is a must have for anyone building a system for gaming. Best value on these bad boys comes in the 1TB size with a $134.99 USD price tag, and yes I had to check the price twice.

There are quite a few more options on the WD website that I encourage you to take a look at. Dad will love you for it!

Until next time….

 

All images courtesy of Western Digital Store

SCUF + 2

SCUF Gaming has added two new controllers to their line up. SCUFIMPACT and the SCUF INFINITY 4PS PRO.

The idea behind the 2 new controller lines is an upgrade to the internal parts of the new PS4 controllers, giving the external components more accurate and faster response times.

First we took a look at the new Infinity 4PS Pro line. The PRO line has all of the things that we have come to love about SCUF. Including the military grade grip, easily changeable thumb sticks using the Infinity Ring and Lock System, magnetic remapping technology and the SCUF Trigger Systems. What didn’t we mention?

The SCUF paddle system. The new PRO paddle system has been completely updated from the standard paddles. The new paddles are recessed into the back of the controller body, they have upgraded the switch and circuit board hardware and the paddles are now removable!

I am now very jealous that I was not aware of this incoming product seeing as I just bought my SCUF.

This next one I am not so sure about. Having never been a fan of the XBox style of controller. But like I always say to my kids, “be sure to try everything once, and then second time just in case!”

So I will get my hands on the other new line, the SCUFIMPACT before passing judgement!

The biggest difference between the two new lines, as you can see, is the design of the controller itself. The more robust design of the IMPACT also allows for a 4 paddle system on the back.

 

About Scuf Gaming
Scuf Gaming®, global leader and innovator of gaming peripherals and winner of eSports Industry Awards for “Best Hardware” in 2016, provides tactical gear for elite gamers where over 90% of the top professional gamers in the world use SCUF. Selling high-end accessories and customized gaming controllers for console and PC, SCUF offers a number of functional and design features custom-built to increase hand use and improve gameplay. Built to specification, SCUF controllers cater to competitive and casual gamers who recognize that one size does not fit all. The SCUF controller has features, which are covered by 29 granted patents, and another 68 pending; protecting 3 key areas of a controller; back control functions and handles, trigger control mechanisms and thumbstick control area.

Samsung Galaxy S8(+)

In epic fashion Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 line.

I have been an avid Samsung Mobile user for about 4 years now. I started with the Galaxy Note 3 and then moved to the Note 4. I even managed to convince my whole office to convert from Blackberry to Samsung, it was more difficult than you could imagine.

We have had a great experience with the Samsung line, with the exception of the current state of my Note 4 in which I am having huge power consumption issues… I digress…

The rest of the office is successfully running on Note 3s, S6s and S7s. So you can imagine my excitement to see the new Galaxy 8 models being debuted today. I am hoping to get my hands on one soon to do a physical review. For now we will to go on what I know from the white papers.

  • Premium Camera: The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are equipped with an advanced 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front camera and 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing1.
  • Powerful Performance: Packing powerful performance and connectivity, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature the industry’s first 10 nm chip, enabling heightened speed and efficiency.
  • Robust Entertainment: As the world’s first mobile device certified by the UHD Alliance as MOBILE HDR PREMIUMTM, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ let you see much richer colors and more immersive experiences while watching your favorite shows. In addition, the devices offer next-level gaming experiences with vivid and superior graphic technology, as well as Game Pack, featuring top game titles, including select titles supported by the Vulkan API.
  • Mobile Security: Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are built on Samsung Knox, a defense-grade security platform2. In addition, the devices will offer a selection of biometric authentication, including a fingerprint scanner and iris scanner so users can select the method that works best for them.
  • IP68 water and dust resistant
  • MicroSD support up to 256GB
  • Always-on display
  • Fast and wireless charging capabilities

One of the things that caught my attention in the release event was the new Samsung Digital Assistant, Bixby. A seemingly intelligent program, that will learn your habits and routines and apparently bring the things you need to the forefront for ease of access. Including but not limited to, its image recognition technology. See something you like, whip out Bixby and it will tell you what it is and where to get it. I don’t know if this is cool, or scary!?

Then there is beyond the typical phone experience. The Galaxy 8 and 8+ are the brains behind the GearVR w/ Controller powered by Oculus.

From the press release:

The new controller enables combined motion sensors, touchpad controls and a dedicated trigger, offering an even more intuitive, convenient and expressive way to interact and immerse in Gear VR. The new smartphones will also connect to the new Gear 360, capable of capturing up to 4K 360-degree videos, 15MP photos and 2K live streaming.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. I am intrigued to see how No Man’s Sky plays on this device. It is after all the game used in the promo video.

Here is the Availability blurb from the press release:

In the U.S., the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver. Pre-orders for both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will begin at 12:01 EDT on March 30, 20173. AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Sprint, Straight Talk Wireless, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless will carry the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in stores beginning April 21.

In addition, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be available at all Best Buy stores as well as BestBuy.com, ShopSamsung app, Target and Walmart.

Gear VR with Controller will be available beginning April 21, 2017 for $129.99. The Controller will also be sold separately beginning April 21, 2017 for $39.99.

Consumers who pre-order a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ will receive a free Gear VR headset with Controller and Oculus content4. A limited edition premium bundle which adds a 256GB memory card and Bluetooth headphones by AKG will also be available for $99. Additionally, consumers who purchase Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ will be eligible for Platinum Experience Status with Samsung Rewards5. These promotions will last for a limited time and only while supplies last. Terms and conditions apply. Visit samsung.com/us/promotions and samsung.com/platinumexperience for more information.

For additional product information, please visit https://news.samsung.com/us or www.samsung.com/galaxy. 

 

Hopefully I get my hands on one soon and we can have an unboxing video and review!

Have $400,000, you can buy a flying car!

It’s a two-seater on land and in the air, with minimum allowance for luggage. Reports have the transformation time at about 10 minutes. It’s apparently a semi-automated procedure, with the extending of the propellers being the most difficult part. PAL-V has an app that will take conversion time, pre-flight inspection time and calculate what the savings would be in travel time to tell you if it is worth the flight. Smart, but let me tell you, if I have the option to fly, I am flying!

One of the problems is that you must have both your drivers and pilots license in order to operate the vehicle. I suppose it is to be expected, the vehicle is capable of flight up to 310 miles at a maximum operating altitude of 11,480 feet.

There is a bunch of technical stuff on the website (and pasted below) about the vehicle. I am sure gear heads will get a kick out of them, for us though it’s just amazing, who cares about the specs.

The price tag is a bit steep for the average Joe… $399,000 is the starting price and it would be nothing to drop another $200,000 on the Pioneer Edition, which they are only making 90 of.

Interested in ordering one? Just drop us a cheque for $50,000 and we will put one on hold for you and for us!

Really though, it looks like they want a non-refundable cheque for $10,000 for the Sport edition and $25,000 for the Pioneer model. Why non-refundable? Are they already in production? What if they don’t get all the approvals required to fly and drive? Hmmm… not sure I like that…. well there is always the waiting list, $2,500 deposit to get on it (of which $2,000 is refundable), still seems like an awfully high admin fee….

Enjoy the promo video.

 

Looks cool, sounds cool, and the PAL-V website makes it sound like a breeze to get licensed.

Unfortunately, unless PAL-V decides to give RPG one for a test flight, we won’t be getting our hands on one anytime soon.

Here are the full Technical Specs from the website.

DRIVE MODE EU

Max Speed 160 km/h
Top speed acceleration (0-100 km/h) <9 seconds
Engine power 100 hp
Fuel economy: 7.6 l/100km
Range: 1315 km

FLIGHT MODE EU

Economic cruise speed 140 km/h
High cruise speed (90% range) 160 km/h
Maximum speed 180 km/h
Min speed for level flight 50 km/h
Engine power: 200 hp
Maximum operating altitude 3500m
Useful load 246 kg
Take-off roll (MTOW, MSL) 180m
Take-off distance (+ 15m obstacle clearance) (MTOW***, MSL****) 330m
Landing roll distance 30m
Fuel economy 26 l/h
Max Range (with ½ hour reserve fuel*, MTOW) 400 km
Max Range (with ½ hour reserve fuel, single person operation, MSL) 500 km
Max endurance (with ½ hour reserve fuel, MTOW) 4.3 hours

* ½ hour reserve fuel is 100-150 km of fuel left for driving

*** Maximum Take-off Weight

**** Mean Sea Level

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS EU

Capacity 2 persons
Mass Empty 664 kg
Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) 910 kg
Fuel type Euro 95, Euro 98, E10 **
Fuel capacity 100 l
Dimensions Drive-mode 4m L x 2m W x 1.7m H
Dimensions Flight-mode 6.1m L x 2m W x 3.2m H (Rotor diameter is 10.75m)
Maximum baggage load 20 kg

** Unleaded automotive fuel, with max. 10% ethanol (E10), EN 228 specification, min RON 95 (min AKI 91)

 

EveryScape Real VR – Holodeck Anyone?

Boston Company EveryScape Debuts Virtual Reality Creation Tools

**Video is linked directly from the EveryScape website

Virtual technology company EveryScape launches their new virtual experience platform. The suite of online tools and mobile apps allows anyone to transform real experiences into personalized virtual environments. EveryScape’s platform enables users to create and communicate from within their own unique content. A pioneer in immersive technologies for over 10 years, EveryScape is spearheading the movement to make VR creation and access available to anyone, anywhere.

With their 360-immersive technology, Everyscape enables users to capture their favorite moments and experience them with others. Users can easily capture and create VR content using panoramic images from any source. Professionally captured images, 360 point-and-click cameras, smart phone apps or even the pano feature in the Apple camera app can be used to create a virtual experience. These virtual creations can then be experienced across multiple platforms: everything from mobile to desktop to existing VR headsets. Furthermore, individuals can customize their virtual environments, called scapes, by embedding music, videos, text, links, forms and buttons.

The applications [of VR] stretch beyond being just a cool technology. What will really be game changing for the industry is when these technologies provide real value to customers and businesses.

The interactivity introduces new capabilities of VR into the arena. EveryScape’s technology enables users to share and communicate from within their virtual experiences with family and friends. In addition, Everyscape enables a story mode which turns the virtual environment into an automated video. Businesses too can engage potential customers from within their virtual environment; helping customers just as if they had walked into their store.

In order for VR to become a commonplace technology, the impact of its use will need to reach a broader audience. “The applications [of VR] stretch beyond being just a cool technology. What will really be game changing for the industry is when these technologies provide real value to customers and businesses,” says EveryScape CEO Jim Schoonmaker.

In addition to empowering individual users, EveryScape has partnered with over 30,000 businesses including top brands like Bing, YP and NASA. EveryScape assists small and large businesses in building ideal customer journeys, by aiming to merge the best of the real world with the best of the online world. In addition to showcasing their business to wider online audiences, the scapes enable a business’s sales representatives and expert staff to engage one-on-one with customers during a virtual walk-through of their business. Businesses increase their competitive advantage by leveraging what makes them unique: their physical presence, expert knowledge and the experience of their staff. In this increasingly digital age, Everyscape aims to help businesses maximize their potential and compete online.

The EveryScape team has a greater vision of empowering its users to build the future of the digital world.

“The challenge with VR is that it is currently very inaccessible and lacks solution features that enable it to solve more problems,” Schoonmaker says. “Our goal has always been to enable the world to build the world together and focus on problems people experience every day. By equipping people like you and I with these tools, we are enabling anyone to be at the center of this phenomenon.”

Thank you  for the press release.