PS5 Info Blowout: The Next Gen Hype Is Real!

This is it! The next generation of gaming is upon us and there is plenty of reason to be excited. In the past few weeks there has been a ton on information regarding Sony's next generation PlayStation, now officially called the PlayStation 5. We now know it's name, release date, details on the disc drive and controller and first real world impressions of actual software running on it. It's all shaping up to be extremely compelling and we are practically assured a much greater leap forward than what we saw in moving from PS3 to PS4. If you love video game technology and are interested in Sony's next gen vision for gaming, then you're in the right place. Please check out my latest video below and be sure to like, subscribe, and leave comments. There's a lot to cover so pace yourself ;). Thank you and enjoy! #PlayStation5#NextGenConsole#FutureOfGaming

PlayStation 5 Spec Reveal: The Story Behind the Numbers

It's coming! Yes, the next generation of video games is coming soon. We are at the stage when numerous leaks from industry "insiders" start to paint the picture of what the next generation of games will be about. We've seen many leaks over the past few months, particularly on the next PlayStation (i.e. PS5) but also on the next Xbox console (codename: Anaconda). But last week something very interesting happened: on a seemingly random Tuesday morning in April, we awoke to new trending article on wire with the headline "Exclusive: What to Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation". While at first glance it seemed like just another article from a supposed "leak" to be taken with a grain of salt, reading the first line of the article revealed a quote from the lead system architect himself Mark Cerny. Whoa! Is this official information from Sony? Indeed it was and it took the gaming media by complete surprise. While little information was actually r…

Xbox Scorpio vs PS4 Pro: The Truth About What To Expect

There has been a lot of misinterpretation by the media and consumers alike regarding the recently announced Xbox Scorpio specs and how it compares to the PS4 Pro. I've been hearing things like "Xbox Scorpio's massive power advantage..." or "the Xbox Scorpio specs blow the PS4 Pro's specs away..." etc which is not true. There is no question that the Scorpio will have more raw horsepower than the PS4 Pro, but if the reveal by Digital Foundry told us one thing, it's that the Xbox Scorpio is not a radical departure in hardware from the current consoles on the market including the Xbox One, PS4, and PS4 Pro. It essentially uses the same components from the same vendor (AMD) but just has faster versions of those components. It is basically a "supercharged" Xbox One/Ps4 but not anything fundamentally new. That's not to say games won't indeed look best on Scorpio but if you are thinking the difference will be massive over any console on t…

Predicting the Features Of the PlayStation 5

In my article "Top 5 Reasons Next Gen Gaming is Taking So Long", I mentioned that the rapidly evolving technology landscape was a big reason for extended console cycle seen in the Xbox360/PS3 generation. Now in 2017 we are more than 3 years into the 8th generation console cycle (PS4/Xbox One/Wii U) and there is an increasingly clear picture on where the future of gaming is heading.Tech like 4K, Virtual Reality, and cloud computing/streaming are all going to be a huge part of the future of gaming. While PS4 will introduce many of these capabilities, they won't be full fleshed out during the console's life cycle and we will not see the full realization of these technologies until the PS5. We also have the new wrinkle of console refreshes in PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio that are promising higher resolution versions of existing PS4/XB1 games with a focus on 4K. The reality is that neither platform will likely make 4K the standard for console games but will instead serve as …

Will An Amplifier Improve The Sound Quality In Your Home Theater?

What's up everyone? Yes, Idealty has risen from the dead and I am back for a series of posts discussing some pressing things on mind. First up, after recently going through the trials of upgrading my home theater system one of the key questions I had was: will buying a "higher quality" amplifier make a noticeable improvement to sound quality? Sounds like a pretty basic and common question but weeks of google searches, forum visits, and scouring the high-fi websites such as Audioholics, SoundAndVision, and Stereophile, it was surprising to me that nobody seemed to have a simple answer to this question. On one hand, there are a group of audiophiles that believe that spending $5000+ for a boutique brand amplifier from the likes of Krell, McIntosh, Classe etc is justified for the impact to the sound quality, particularly when paired with equivalent level equipment (speakers, processor etc). On the other hand, there are those of the mindset that an amplifier should not and d…

Top Reasons Why Next Gen Specs Do Not Need To Match Top End PCs

One of the hottest topics around the web since the unveiling of the next generation consoles, the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, is how underpowered they are compared to past console generations. Both consoles use a low powered 8-core x86 CPU and a DX11 capable GPU both from AMD. Generally speaking, the CPU is of the type that one would find in a tablet or low powered laptop and is said to be about as powerful as an IvyBridge Intel core i3. The GPUs are relatively powerful with the PS4 GPU on paper sitting in between the AMD 7850 and 7870XT cards and the XB1's GPU sitting somewhere between the 7790 and the 7770. However, when you consider that the fastest GPU made by AMD, the 7970Ghz, is roughly 2x as powerful and that the fastest single GPU on the market today, the Nvidia Geforce Titan, is well over 2x as powerful then you can see how the raw specs of the next generation systems are far from state-of-the-art.

While many enthusiast gamers may scoff at the idea of next generation sys…

Why The 1080p/60fps Dream May Never Be Realized

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If you scour the gaming media, magazines, Internet forums and blogs from the past year or so, you will see countless discussions about whether or not the next generation of gaming delivered by the PS4 and Xbox One will reach the 1080p/60fps "holy grail" for delivering what many feel is the optimal quality experience available today. It's a discussion that has really been going on since the advent of the current generation of consoles: the PS3 and Xbox360 which both promised to deliver "full HD" (i.e 1080p) graphics. Unfortunately, only a relative handful of titles were ever released in the 8 years that delivered on that promise and that trend may continue well into the next generation of consoles. Let me explain why.
Understanding 1080p 1080p is an HD resolution standard meaning 1920 x 1080 (2 million) pixels on the screen. In 2005 when the Xbox360 was released, 1080p was seen as a luxury that not many p…