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Why Sony will win first in VR

February 3rd 2016

Ease of use, price, and one-stop shopping.

Now that Oculus has revealed its consumer version of the Rift HMD, consumers can start planning how they might engage with VR, and they have a choice—a DIY rig with a PC and Rift, or a turn-key system with Sony.Sony’s HMD will be about 30% less expensive than the Oculus HDM. And Sony buyers probably already have a PS4, and possibly PS4 accessory controllers. Most importantly, Sony also has content. Oculus requires the user to have, or get a high-end PC rig, and when available the Touch controller, at a price not yet revealed. Read more of Dr. Peddie's views on VR and Sony on JPR Blogs.

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Techwatch February 3rd 2016

Too early to call it DOA, but definitely among the walking wounded The good news and bad about being a first mover is everyone looks to you as a bellwether—the leading sheep of a flock.  As reported elsewhere in this issue, Facebook’s CEO and founder—and Luckey Palmer’s patron saint—Mark Zuckerberg, was asked during Facebook Q4 2015 earnings call whether he was happy with Rift pre-orders, and what the upstream shipment level looked like. He said, “Yes, I am happy. I don’t show much joy, but I&rsquo

Is this a test?

I once had a cat named Alice. She was great company when I was working late at night, or very early in the morning. I would talk to her and she would look at me attentively, and sometimes answer with a little meow. During WWII Alan Turing developed the Turing Click here to read this blog entry

Is the sky really falling? Chips for the TV market

ST Microelectronics just completed the Genesis Microchip acquisition, Trident’s stock has dropped like a rock, and Pixelworks still can’t get itself sold. Who could have predicted all this three years ago? Actually, we did. Jon Peddie Research published the ATV Report in 2005 and it addressed the difficulty of Click here to read this blog entry

DVD wars — it’s all over but the shouting

The death blow came last month with the announcement that Warner Brothers would support Blu-Ray and only Blu-Ray. After that, HD-DVD was dead, it just wouldn’t fall down. Most recently Wal-Mart announced that it would sell Blu-Ray and only Blu-Ray DVDs and machines. You win some and you lose Click here to read this news article

S3, back in the game

S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series discrete graphics processors, designed to provide the latest gaming experience for energy-efficient desktop systems and portable notebook PCs coupled with outstanding HD content playback at the highest performance-per-watt ratio ever. “S3 Graphics has developed a product that will deliver incredible, high Read the complete article

SLI on Skulltrail – how?

That’s what I wanted to know – how’d you get SLI to work on the 5444 chipset. I asked the folks at Intel. I got shrugged shoulders and apologetic smiles. Not being coy, the people I was talking to just didn’t know, but did, in Click here to read this blog entry