Leaked: Rumored specs on the PlayStation 4 – what to expect

We already heard that the next-generation PlayStation 4 was set to be more powerful than the next-generation Xbox, but now we have found some better details (leaked) on the exact hardware being baked into the next-gen console.

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Both the next generation PlayStation – and its Xbox competitor – feature eight-core CPUs clocked at 1.6GHz according to sources trusted by Digital Foundry.
The main processor architecture driving both consoles is said to be derived the new “Jaguar” technology currently in development by AMD which are said to be low-power processor cores designed for the entry-level laptop and tablet market and thus offering an excellent ratio between power consumption and performance. This is a perfect solution as console power consumption is a huge problem, and looks like it will be solved in the PlayStation 4. The PC bound Jaguar technology from AMD is set to ship after 8-9 months, but next-generation consoles are looking to double the number of cores with some customization to the main architecture.

The PlayStation 4, will also feature a high-end Radeon HD as GPU. Looking at the mobile GPUs from AMD, “Pitcairn” design, or 7970M, could provide strong graphics solution in terms of performance, power consumption and die-size. 7970M runs at 850MHz, features 20 of AMD’s “Graphics Core Next” compute units. But in this case ‘Orbis’ will take off 10% of that number, offering GCN compute unit count to 18, and the core clock mildly downclocks to 800MHz.

However, there’s a fair amount of “secret sauce” in Orbis and we can disclose details on one of the more interesting additions. Paired up with the eight AMD cores, we find a bespoke GPU-like “Compute” module, designed to ease the burden on certain operations – physics calculations are a good example of traditional CPU work that are often hived off to GPU cores. We’re assured that this is bespoke hardware that is not a part of the main graphics pipeline but we remain rather mystified by its standalone inclusion, bearing in mind Compute functions could be run off the main graphics cores and that devs could have the option to utilize that power for additional graphical grunt, if they so chose.

Not this is some serious gaming potential!

We should begin to get excited, as this is going to inject some serious graphics awesomeness into the PC gaming market – and it’s about time.

Source: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/df-hardware-orbis-unmasked-what-to-expect-from-next-gen-console

Office 2013 set to launch on 29th January as pre-orders begin to pour in

The long wait is almost over. Fasten your seat-belt! Office 2013 is set to launch on 29th January. This info comes from a pre-order page on a Canadian retailer Future Shop’s website for Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription service.

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Office 2013, Microsoft’s latest version of its iconic productivity suite, has been available to businesses since mid-November, it has been available for consumers to preview for quite some time now, with a version of the preview being installed on all Windows RT-based tablets.

Price: The company previously revealed that its Office 365 subscription service giving users access to the Office 2013 suite would cost $99.99 per year, while different standalone versions of the suite will range from $139.99 to $399.99.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/18/3891478/office-2013-set-for-january-29th-release-date

Windows 8 Pro upgrade price to increase by 400%

Planning to upgrade to Windows 8? Still thinking about upgrading? Be quick. Your time for cheap upgrade is running out.

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Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is set to become a lot more expensive. An upgrade of Windows 8 from Windows 7 will set you back by $200 from the beginning of February. Currently the upgrade costs only $40, which was an introductory offer by Microsoft to get customers more interested in Windows 8. Microsoft claims that they sold a whopping amount of 60 million licenses of Windows 8 till date, but we don’t really know how many of those copies have actually been activated or used.

Another comparatively good news is, Microsoft will still offer a cheaper upgrade to a more basic version of Windows 8 for $120, but it is still quite a bit more than the currently ongoing $40 upgrade offer.

Microsoft also used today’s announcement to remind users who have bought a Windows 7 PC between 2nd June and 31st January that if they want to upgrade to Windows 8 for $15, they need to register before the end of the month.

From Microsoft Blog:

  • The Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $199.99 MSRP (U.S.).
  • The Windows 8 upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $119.99 MSRP (U.S.).
  • The Windows 8 Pro Pack will cost $99.99 MSRP (U.S.).
  • The Windows 8 Media Center Pack will cost $9.99 MSRP (U.S.).

But we have our promotional offer available until January 31st 2013, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 ERP* (U.S.) via Windows.com using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant or pick up a DVD copy at a local retailer for just $69.99 ERP* (U.S.). If you bought an eligible Windows 7 PC between June 2nd and January 31st, 2013 – be sure to register for the Windows Upgrade Offer and upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 ERP*** (U.S.).

If you have any interest in Windows 8 at all or plan to upgrade in future, we’d strongly consider the upgrade offer for $40. But that will end at the end of January, so you better make up your mind soon. You can upgrade over at Windows.com.

Foremay releases world’s first 2.5″ SATA 2TB SSD

Foremay, an OEM SSD manufacturer, has released (leaked) world’s first 2TB SSD drives with a standard 2.5″ SATA interface. Both new models seem to only be available for OEM and industrial applications though at this stage.

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Actually, No.

It’s been relatively easy for awhile to get a solid-state drive with 2TB or more of storage – if you’ve been willing to buy a large PCI Express card, and if you have a lot of money. Foremay is bringing that kind of capacity to a more portable form. It claims that both its TC166 (for end users) and SC199 (industrial) drives are the first to stuff 2TB of flash memory into a 2.5-inch (2.5”) SATA enclosure. The 9.5mm thickness should let them fit into many laptop hard drive bays and space-sensitive machinery without having to give up existing HDD or SSD. Before you plan to reach for a credit card, however, we should warn that:

  1. There aren’t many details and thus we don’t know the performance,
  2. We don’t know how much it costs to buy either model.

We’ve reached out and will get back if there’s firmer details, but at least corporate customers who want speed and ample storage in one drive will be glad to hear that Foremay’s new SSDs are already in mass production.