Another day, another report of AI beating humans at a game. This time, looks like they might have their sights set on multiplayer games. This leads to some interesting developments…
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CES 2019 is just a few days away, but Samsung is getting an early start with some new monitors, including the CRG9, an upgraded version of Samsung’s massive 49-inch desktop monitor that now offers even higher resolution. The old CHG90 model offered a mere 3840 x 1080 resolution, which is equivalent to two 16:9, 1920 x 1080 displays mashed together. But with the CRG9, Samsung is bumping that up to QHD, with 32:9 aspect ratio and 5120 x 1440 resolution display, which is essentially two 2560 x 1440 QHD screens mashed together.
Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell has revealed the company is developing a standalone console. Exact hardware and software specs haven’t been announced yet, but Bell has provided a few details. The first mention of the console came via Twitter, when Bell tweeted, “The Mad Box is coming.” Bell told Variety that the Mad Box will probably release in about three years and support up to 120 frames-per-second for virtual reality play. “It will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a very fast PC two years from now,” Bell wrote. “We’re in early talks with manufacturers of components so we can’t say much more right now other than we have the designs specced out in detail.”
It has taken a few years, but USB Type-C is finally becoming common on new computers, smartphones, and tablets. This connector comes with a lot of benefits like higher power capacity and a reversible design, but there’s also greater potential for abuse and damage to your devices. That’s why the USB-IF, a trade group that promotes and oversees the USB standard, has launched a USB-C authentication program.
Vuzix has been making smart glasses for well over a decade, primarily for enterprise use such as medical applications or stocking shelves in warehouses. Last year, Vuzix teased a prototype of the Blade, a smaller, slimmer pair made for consumers. Not only does it come with a floating display a la Google Glass, it’s also compatible with Alexa (and, eventually, Google Assistant). Now the company says it’s ready to ship the Blade for $1,000 as it attempts to pick up where Google Glass left off. “This represents a huge step forward for us,” Vuzix CEO Paul Travers told Engadget. “It’s the beginnings of a brand new category of product.”
If the established rotation for which developer is responsible for each Call of Duty game continues into 2019, then it’s Infinity Ward’s turn next. And a recent tweet of a skull by the company’s senior communication manager Ashton Williams may confirm that it is Infinity Ward that’s at the helm and also hint at what the next Call of Duty title might be. Although there was no accompanying text, the skull itself could imply that Infinity Ward is working on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4.