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On Friday Sony released the PlayStation 4 onto the world. The first new console launch in 7 years, the PS4 has a lot to live up to, but our story today isn't going to attempt to weigh the value of the hardware or software ecosystem. Instead, after our PS4 teardown video from last week, we got quite a few requests for information on storage performance with the PS4 and what replacement hardware might offer gamers.
Hard Drive Replacement Process
Changing the hard drive in your PlayStation 4 is quite simple, a continuation of a policy Sony's policy with the PS3.
Installation starts with the one semi-transparent panel on the top of the unit, to the left of the light bar. Obviously make sure your PS4 is completely turned off and unplugged.
Simply slide it to the outside of the chassis and wiggle it up to release. There are no screws or anything to deal with yet.
Once inside you'll find a screw with the PS4 shapes logos on them; that is screw you need to remove to pull out the hard drive cage.
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2013 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: shield, nvidia, gamestream, Android
Neoseeker traded in their Star Wars Limited Edition PSP for an NVIDIA Shield to see the evolution of portable gaming in action. It was love at first sight, from the design of the box it came in to the shape of the actual device. The actual performance of the device involved changing some habit, years of touchscreen usage were working against them when navigating with the D-Pad but that was quickly overcome as they became accustomed to the device. Once they got comfortable with Shield and tried out both GameStream and Console Mode it was no longer possible to separate them from NVIDIA's new toy and it became a permanent fixture, much like their cellphones. At launch this device was impressive and as people continue to use it and develop new applications it will only get better.
"Through SHIELD, NVIDIA offers a new approach to Android gaming by providing an all-in-one platform combining beautiful display and console-grade controller."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Dell Alienware 14 @ The Inquirer
- HP Chromebook 11 @ The Inquirer
- Thermaltake Massive 14² Notebook Cooler @ Funky Kit
- Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Massive SP Notebook Cooler @ Funky Kit
- Cooler Master CM Storm SF-17 Gaming Notebook Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- iPad Air review @ Bjorn3D
- Sony Xperia Z1 @ Techspot
- iconBIT NetTAB MERCURY Q7 (NT-3602M) Smartphone Review @ Madshrimps
- exus 5 @ The Inquirer
- ASUS Nexus 7 Gen 2 Android Tablet Review @ TechwareLabs
- Hands-on with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet @ Hardware.info
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- iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 head to head @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech, Systems | November 15, 2013 - 02:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: video, teardown, ps4, playstation 4, APU, amd
Last night Ken and I headed over the local Best Buy to pick up my preorder of the new Playstation 4. What would any hardware geek immediately do with this hardware? Obviously we take a screwdriver to it and take it apart.
In this video, which is a recording of our live stream that started last night at 12:30am EST, you'll see us unbox the PS4, turn it on, take it apart and put it back together. And I only had to fix one piece with gaffers tape, so there's that.
(We'll have a collection of high-resolution photos later today as well.)
Though they are out of stock, Amazon.com appears to be getting more PS4s in stock pretty regularly, so keep an eye out if you are interested in picking one up still.
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2013 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
More Win8 touchscreen deals today from LogicBuy, a more powerful model of Inspiron 15 with an i5-4200U and HD4400 graphics, 6GB DDR3 and a 500GB HDD. It is less than an inch thick in most spots, weighs a mere 4.5 lbs and is made of aluminium and Gorilla Glass making it very portable. Road warriors with clean fingers should check this deal out.
- Dell Inspiron 15 Touch (3537) 15.6" 4th-gen Core i5 Laptop for $549.99 with free shipping(normally $899.99 - use coupon code: 5D?0D15W9LP822).
- Toshiba Satellite E55D-AST2N01 AMD A6 Quad-Core Laptop w/8GB RAM for $499.99 with Free Shipping (normally $579.99).
- Lenovo IdeaTab S5000 7" 16GB Android 4.2 Tablet for $179.00 with Free Shipping (normally $249.00 - use coupon code: USPS5121114).
- Nikon COOLPIX L820 16MP Digital Camera w/ 30x Zoom + $25 eGift Card for $199.99 (normally $280.99).
- 9" Tablet Protective Leather Case for $6.87 with free shipping (normally $8.08).
- Ion Sound Splash Bluetooth Waterproof Shower Speaker for $49.99 wifh Free Shipping(normally $69.99).
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2013 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: qubit, quantum computing
Researchers at the Canadian Simon Fraser University have made major progress in creating stable qubits, managing to store information for over half an hour which is a huge jump from the previous record which was measured in seconds. That length of time also allowed them to bring the temperature of the qubit from near absolute zero to 25C which makes the usage of qubits much more feasible. The data retention still needs to be improved as only a third of the nuclei actually succeeded in holding data, connectivity is also something which needs to be developed but now that the lifespan of qubits has been increased this work can be done. Dig deeper into the details of this development at The Register and have fun watching TV news casters who have no grasp of bits, let alone superposition, attempt to explain this research
"Researchers have managed to store information in a qubit – a quantum computer's binary bit – and maintain it in a superposition state, where ones and zeros exist simultaneously, for 39 minutes, beating the previous record of just a few seconds"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Google, I love you, but you're bringing me down @ The Tech Report
- A-DOH!-BE hack: Facebook warns users whose logins were spilled @ The Register
- Who's hogging Amazon's cloud CPUs? I'll kill 'em ... oh, look, it was me @ The Register
- The TR Podcast 145: The mailbag and top-tier graphics
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 14, 2013 - 07:54 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: never settle forever, never settle, battlefield 4, amd
UPDATE (11/14/2013): After many complaints from the community about the lack of availability of graphics cards that actually HAD the Battlefield 4 bundle included with them, AMD is attempting to clarify the situation. In a statement sent through email, AMD says that the previous information sent to press "was not clear and has led to some confusion" which is definitely the case. While it was implied that all customers that bought R9 series graphics cards would get a free copy of BF4, when purchased on or after November 13th, the truth is that "add-in-board partners ultimately decide which select AMD Radeon R9 SKUs will include a copy of BF4."
So, how are you to know what SKUs and cards are actually going to include BF4? AMD is trying hard to setup a landing page at http://amd.com/battlefield4 that will give gamers clear, and absolute, listings of which R9 series cards include the free copy of the game. When I pushed AMD for a timeline on exactly when these would be posted, the best I could get was "in the next day or two."
As for users that bought an R9 280X, R9 270X, R9 270, R9 290X or R9 290 after the announcement of the bundle program changes but DID NOT get a copy of BF4, AMD is going to try and help them out by offering up 1,000 Battlefield 4 keys over AMD's social channels. The cynic in me thinks this is another ploy to get more Facebook likes and Twitter followers, but in truth the logistics of verifying purchases at this point would be a nightmare for AMD. Though I don't have details on HOW they are going to distribute these keys, I certainly hope they are going to find a way to target those users that were screwed over in this mess. Follow www.facebook.com/amdgaming or www.twitter.com/amdradeon for more information on this upcoming promotion.
AMD did send over a couple of links to cards that are currently selling with Battlefield 4 included, as an example of what to look for:
As far as I know, the board partners will also decide which online outlets to offer the bundle through, so even if you see the same SKU on Amazon.com, it may not come with Battlefield 4 as well. It appears in this case, and going forward, extreme caution is in order when looking for the right card for you.
END UPDATE (11/14/2013)
AMD announced the first Never Settle on October 22nd, 2012 with Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, and 20% off of Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The deal was valued at around $170. It has exploded since then to become a choose-your-own-bundle across a variety of tiers.
This bundle is mostly different.
Basically, apart from the R7 260X (I will get to that later), all applicable cards will receive Battlefield 4. This is a one-game promotion unlike Never Settle. Still, it is one very good game that will soon be accelerated with Mantle in an upcoming patch. It should be a good example of games based on Frostbite 3 for at least the next few years.
The qualifying cards are: R9 270, R9 270X, R9 280, R9 280X, R9 290, and R9 290X. They must be purchased from a participating retailer beginning November 13th.
The R7 260X is slightly different because it is more familiar to Never Settle. It will not have access to a free copy of Battlefield 4. Instead, the R7 260X will have access to two of six Never Settle Forever Silver Tier games: Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite (V2), Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, DiRT 3, and (for the first time) THIEF. It is possible that other silver-tier Never Settle Forever owners, who have yet to redeem their voucher, might qualify as well. I am not sure about that. Regardless, THIEF was chosen because the developer worked closely with AMD to support both Mantle as well as TrueAudio.
Since this deal half-updates Never Settle and half-doesn't... I am unsure what this means for the future of the bundle. They seem to be simultaneously supporting and disavowing it. My personal expectation is that AMD wants to continue with Never Settle but they just cut their margins too thin with this launch. This will be a good question to revisit later in the GPU lifecycle when margins become more comfortable.
What do you think? Does AMD's hyper-aggressive hardware pricing warrant a temporary suspension of Never Settle? I mean, until today, they were being purchased without any bundle what-so-ever.
Qualifying R9-Series Cards (purchased after Nov 13 from participating retailers) can check out AMD's Battlefield 4 portal.
Qualifying R7 260X owners, on the other hand, can check out the Never Settle Forever portal.
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2013 - 07:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Graphite Series 230T, atx
You may recognize the Corsair Graphite Series 230T ATX from the Halloween contest which has yet to be won, Ryan promises to do it soon. While you wait you can read [H]ard|OCP's review of this case and their thoughts on its construction. As you can see from the picture below the case can hold GTX 280 cards, it is 505x210x440mm (19.9x8.3x17.3") which gives you quite a bit of space to work with. It is not often you see a case that costs less than $90 picking up a Silver Award.
"Corsair has been known for RAM for well over a decade now, but it has become a big player in the computer case market in the last few years. The Corsair Graphite Series 230T ATX case is designed for "fast and straightforward system building, by design." Its list of features is impressive, so let's see how it hold up under pressure."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Lian Li PC10-N Mid-Tower Case Review @HiTech Legion
- Fractal Arc Midi R2 Midtower Case Review @ Modders-Inc
- In Win H-Frame Mini mITX Aluminium Chassis @ eTeknix
- BitFenix Prodigy M Micro-ATX Chassis @ eTeknix
- BitFenix Ronin @ techPowerUp
- Raidmax Vampire Case Review @ OCC
- Enermax Ostrog Limited Edition Mid-Tower Chassis @ eTeknix
- NZXT H230 @ techPowerUp
- Enermax iVektor Case Review @ Hardware Asylum
- SilverStone Kublai KL04 Mid-Tower ATX Chassis @ Benchmark Reviews
- Phanteks Enthoo Primo: Giant Tower Case @ SPCR
- SilverStone Raven RV04 Case Review @ OCIA
- Fractal Design Adjust 108 Fan Controller Review@ TechwareLabs
- Lamptron FC-10 fan controller @ DVHardware
- Raijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- CoolerMaster Glacier 240L @ LanOC Reviews
- Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- Noctua NH-U12S Cooler & NF-F12 Fan @ Funky Kit
- Thermalright HR-22 CPU @ SPCR
- Project Build: Lunchbox v3 Part 3 @ LanOC Reviews
- Antec Kuhler H2O 650 AIO CPU Water Cooler @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2013 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking for the easiest way to get a powerful gaming machine and have more money that patience? The Alienware Aurora r4 is a custom built watercooled PC with a fairly impressive list of internals. From the Core i7-4820K @ 3.7GHz and 16GB of DDR3 to the pair of GTX 680's in SLI you will be able to play most new games at the highest settings. Storage is handled by a 3TB drive so you might want to consider getting an SSD and reloading the included Win7 64-bit Home onto it.
- Alienware Aurora r4 4th-gen Core i7 Gaming Desktop (Liquid-cooled) w/ Dual GTX 680 SLI for $2,099.00 with free shipping (normally $2.374.00 - use coupon code: KHK36BLFWDM9LH).
- Toshiba Satellite C50T-AST2NX2 15.6" Core i3 Touch Laptop w/6GB RAM, 750GB HDD for $519.99 with Free Shipping (normally $769.99).
- XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB DDR5 Video Card + 3 FREE PC Games for $269.99 with Free Shipping (normally $369.99).
- Nikon Coolpix AW110 16MP Waterproof Digital Camera w/ Built-in GPS & WiFi for $239.00 (normally $299.00 - use coupon code: LOYALTY10 ).
- XtremeMac InCharge X3 Docking Station for iPod/iPhone/iPad for $69.00 with free shipping (normally $99.99).
- Samsung UN60F6300 60" 1080p 240CMR LED Smart HDTV + $200 Dell eGift Card for $1,497.99 with Free Shipping(normally $1,900.99).
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2013 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: running gag, microsoft, azure, cloud, office 365
Microsoft's Azure and its applications such as Office 365 are quickly gaining a reputation and it is not a very good one. On November 11th Azure suffered an outage on some of its services across the entire planet and last night saw the Lync and email servers die. That doesn't seem to have stopped companies from adopting the service, though perhaps that is more a decision being made by beancounters than it is by people who understand what is meant by "that is not a lot of 9s". Since email is considered by most users to be the absolute most critical business service there are going to be a lot of complaints; at least you won't hear them until after Microsoft gets onmicrosoft.com working again. The Register will post more on this as they receive confirmation but for now the hypothesis it was a DNS issue.
"Numerous other sub-domains of onmicrosoft.com were also affected, we've verified, and the issue appeared to be briefly widespread. It was initially feared a DNS cockup was to blame, but we're still investigating."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Mantle to power 15 Frostbite games; DICE calls for multi-vendor support @ The Tech Report
- AMD reveals 2014 APU roadmap for tablets, convertibles @ The Tech Report
- AMD’s Project Discovery sneak peak @ Kitguru
- Nokia Lumia 1520 specs, release date, price and where to buy @ The Inquirer
- The TRUTH about mystery Trojan found in SPAAACE @ The Register
- Red Hat announces it has cooked up Fedora 20 'Heisenbug' Beta @ The Inquirer
- ASUS RT-AC56U Gigabit Router @ LanOC Reviews
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2013 - 12:38 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, video, gtx 780ti, Vector 150, ocz, r9 290, R9 290X, 290, 290x, WD, My Cloud, EX 4
PC Perspective Podcast #277 - 11/14/2013
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