CES 2017: The Future Belongs to 8K With New HDMI Specification

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So many Ks.

Forget 4K, that’s so 2016. The resolution of the world of tomorrow is 8K, and thanks to a new HDMI specification, it will be beaming into your eyeballs sooner than you might have expected.

The HDMI Forum, the people in charge of HDMI, announced version 2.1 of the HDMI specification. The 2.1 version supports 8K resolution at 60Hz, as well as 4K at 120Hz.

Also included in the new specification is Dynamic HDR, and a new cable supporting uncompressed HDR 8K video data transfer at a staggering 48Gbps. The new cables are also backwards-compatible with earlier HDMI specifications, and work with existing HDMI devices. That means you don’t need to toss your TV into a fire just yet!

The 8K resolution, which is 7680×4320 pixels (as opposed to the usual 1920×1080 found in most HD displays), is the top of the heap when it comes to ultra-high definition resolutions. However, there’s a good chance we could see even higher resolutions in the future, as scientists believe there are an infinite amount of numbers greater than 8.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is filmed on a RED 8K professional digital camera, so big-name content is already on its way to greet our new 8K overlords.

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New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

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A teaser of what’s to come.

Electronic Arts has released some new screenshots for Mass Effect Andromeda.

This most recent batch of media comes ahead of tonight’s upcoming reveal of new Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay footage. Check them all out in the gallery below.

New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

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New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

New Mass Effect Andromeda Screens Revealed

Mass Effect Andromeda Assets – CES 2017
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Earlier today, EA formally announced Mass Effect Andromeda’s release date, and it’s coming a lot sooner than most of us thought. Tune in to Nvidia’s CES 2017 keynote later today to watch the new footage debut.

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New Mass Effect: Andromeda Screenshots Emerge Prior to Its CES Showing

With new footage of Mass Effect: Andromeda set to be shown during tonight’s Nvidia press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show, we’ve gotten a new batch of screenshots from the RPG.

The screenshots (via Game Informer) show off a mixture of environments and combat, a lot like the gameplay video that debuted at The Game Awards in December. A few of these images show the game’s HUD; in the upper-right, you can see one of the objectives you’ll face, which involves eliminating the “Remnant threat.”

New Mass Effect: Andromeda Screenshots Emerge Prior to Its CES Showing
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You can check out a selection of these screenshots in the gallery above or see them all at Game Informer.

Earlier today, BioWare and EA announced Andromeda launches on March 21, the same date that multiple leaks previously pointed to. We’ll be learning more about Andromeda later today, as Nvidia’s CES keynote will afford us a look at “environments and gameplay.” That’s scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM PT, and you can watch it here.

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Game Release Dates in January 2017

January is beginning the new year with a solid lineup of some of the most anticipated games to play in 2017, including Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Gravity Rush 2, and much more. With a handful of big games to keep an eye on this month, we’ve compiled all the biggest releases for your convenience. Below you can find brief descriptions of some major upcoming games, as well as a comprehensive table covering each game coming out in January.

Gravity Rush 2 — January 20 (PS4)

The sequel to 2012’s Gravity Rush isn’t defying gravity on PS Vita this month; rather, it’s taking its vertigo-inducing antics to PS4 instead. The upcoming successor once again puts you in control of the super-powered Kat, as she embarks on an epic adventure to defeat the evil forces terrorizing the aerial city of Hekseville.

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Yakuza 0 — January 24 (PS4)

Yakuza 0 is a prequel to the long-running Yakuza series. The game is set in 1988 and depicts the fledgling years of series regulars Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majina, as they each work to climb the ranks of Japan’s criminal underworld.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard — January 24 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a return to form for the time-honored survival horror series. Rather than utilize the more action-focused stylings of recent entries, the game opts for the haunting, atmospheric stylings of earlier games. It puts you in control of Ethan Winters, who is looking for his missing wife. His search eventually leads him to a derelict plantation mansion owned by the Baker family, a cannibalistic group of murderous psychopaths that attack and imprison him.

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Tales of Berseria — January 24 (PS4, PC)

Tales of Berseria is the 16th entry in the fan-favorite Tales Of series. It tells the story of the ill-tempered Velvet as she journeys across the sacred kingdom of Midgand with a group of pirates.

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Full January Release Schedule

Game Platform Release Date
Milkmaid of the Milky Way PC, Mac, iOS January 5
Hopiko PC, Mac, Linux January 6
Ladykiller in a Bind PC, Mac, Linux January 9
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone PS4 January 10
Criminal Girls: Invite Only PC January 11
Pit People (Early Access) Xbox One, PC January 13
Rise & Shine Xbox One, PC January 13
Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea PSVita January 17
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star PS4, PSVita January 17
Gravity Rush 2 PS4 January 20
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 3DS January 20
Urban Empire PC January 20
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue PS4 January 24
Motoracer 4 PS4, Xbox One January 24
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard PS4, Xbox One, PC January 24
Tales of Berseria PS4, PC January 24
Yakuza 0 PS4 January 24
Memoranda PC, Mac, Linux January 25
The Wardrobe PC, Mac, Linux January 26
Disgaea 2 PC January 30
Double Dragon IV PS4, PC January 30
Constructor HD PS4, Xbox One, PC January 31
Digimon World: Next Order PS4 January 31
Divide PS4 January 31
Hitman: The Complete First Season PS4, Xbox One, PC January 31
The Flame in the Flood PS4 January TBA
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Mega Battle Xbox One, PS4, PC January TBA
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Razer Deathadder Chroma Review

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A no frills RGB weapon.

Razer is one of the most recognizable names in the PC peripheral game, and is synonymous with high-end hardware specifically designed for PC gamers. Regardless of how you feel about its products or its branding, you have to respect its commitment to the PC as a gaming platform. It got its start way back in the day with the OG Boomslang mouse and now has a lineup of scary-sounding peripherals, and this time around I’m testing its Deathadder Chroma USB gaming mouse. It’s the company’s entry-level RGB mouse featuring a comfortable design and a simple button layout for $70 MSRP ($49.99 on Amazon for now).

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Ergonomics

The first time I wrapped my hand around Deathadder Chroma I was in love. It’s an absolute joy to hold and use. The rubberized textures on the right and left side of the mouse kept it from slipping out of my hand, but also felt comfortable on my thumb and fingers. Other mice I’ve used generate some discomfort after extended use, but my initial impression was that the Deathadder Chroma is easily the most comfortable mouse I’ve ever used.

Though it lacks the ability to fine-tune the weight of the mouse like the Logitech G502 ($51.99 on Amazon), Razer did an excellent job on its design by giving it the perfect weight so that it has just enough heft without feeling cumbersome. The right and left mouse buttons are contoured to allow my fingers rest on them in a way that feels natural. It’s almost like the default resting position of my hand was scanned and a mouse built around it. There’s no fighting with the mouse or awkward finger or button placement.

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Also, if you’re a lefty, Razer hasn’t forgotten you. It sells a Deathadder Chroma for southpaws named the Left-Hand Edition, and it’s exactly the same as this one except the buttons are reversed. Since the large majority of gaming mice are made for right-handers, it’s nice to see an option for the 10-percent of people whose left hands are dominant.

Customization

For the most part, the Deathadder Chroma is no-frills mouse that doesn’t offer much in the way of tweaking it to your liking. There are only five buttons total, including the mouse wheel, which is pretty much the minimum number of buttons we expect on a mouse. All but the left-click button can be programmed using the Synapse software, so if you’re a power user who requires customization for macros or even DPI sensitivity switching, the Deathadder Chroma isn’t for you. I like its simple design though, because I could just game without worrying about what button does what, or accidentally touching something inadvertently and dying.

Lighting is also pretty low-key, as only the Razer logo and the mouse wheel are illuminated. Razer lets you change the style and color of the Razer logo and the mouse wheel independently of one another, which is appreciated. However, none of the lighting schemes are particularly exciting. The colors are limited to two options on the scroll wheel: static, or spectrum cycling. On the logo, there’s an additional option for “breathing.” Chroma-enabled apps can control the lighting on the device, but with your hand on the mouse and eyes on the screen, you never really see the lights anyway. Since its an RGB mouse you can choose from 16.9 million colors, but I personally think it’s weird to use a Razer product and not have it glowing bright green.

Razer Deathadder Chroma  Review

Software

The Deathadder uses Razer’s Synapse software, and if you’ve used a Razer product before you probably already have it installed on your computer. It’s used for all of the company’s products, so if you already have a Razer keyboard or headset you don’t need to reinstall anything. As soon as I connected the Deathadder the software detected the mouse and went about making sure both the software and firmware were updated. It’s a nice touch since most people would never think about updating the firmware on their mouse or keyboard.

After it’s updated, the Razer Synapse software lets you customize the buttons, adjust the lighting scheme, tweak the sensitivity of the optical sensor, adjust the polling rate, and calibrate the mouse to whatever surface you’re using. The calibration software has presets for several of Razer’s mousepads, but you can run a quick calibration test to make the mouse work best with whatever surface you’re using.

Razer Deathadder Chroma  Review

One interesting option that is offered is the ability to adjust how far you can lift the mouse off the surface before it detects it as movement. Personally, I was unable to tell any meaningful difference between the lowest and highest settings, but your mileage may vary.

Gaming

After a few hours of using the Deathadder Chroma, I found myself thinking I could easily make it my mouse of choice for both gaming and everyday applications. It fit comfortably in my hand, and I liked that there are no extraneous buttons or weird angles to get in the way. There’s not a whole lot to the Deathadder Chroma other than the usual right and left mouse buttons, a clickable mouse wheel, and a pair of forward and back buttons near the thumb rest, but that’s what I like about it. It’s simple, and easy to use. Even after hours of gaming with the Deathadder Chroma my hand never felt fatigued, which was the opposite experience I had with the similarly-priced Logitech G502. It’s simple, precise, and was always comfortable.

When I jumped online with the Deathadder it really seemed like this mouse made me a better player. For the first time in my admittedly short CS:GO career I got MVP during a casual session of bomb defusal. Having switched through two other gaming mice during my time with the Deathadder, I don’t think the results are just from the power of suggestion. The comfortable, perfectly weighted Deathadder really did help my game. It lacks some of the fine-tuning features available on other gaming mice. For example, the SteelSeries Gaming Engine allows adjustments for acceleration and deceleration, not found in the Synapse software for the Deathadder. Still, for an honest and easy plug-and-play experience, the Deathadder is hard to beat.

Purchasing Guide

Although the Razer DeathAdder Chroma technically carries a suggested price of $70, it’s often available at a healthy discount. For now you can grab it for $49.99 on Amazon or around that price at other big box retailers. Durinf extreme sales events like Black Friday, the DeathAdder Chroma can drop to as low as $35.

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The Verdict

The DeathAdder Chroma is a low-frills RGB gaming mouse that’s a perfect “starter mouse” if you’re looking to move from a vanilla model into the world of specialized gaming peripherals. Customization and button-mapping options are on the lower end of the spectrum though, but comfort, build quality, and accuracy make up for any lack of personalization. It’s a great mouse to start a lifelong obsession with PC gaming peripherals, and It even comes in a left-hand configuration.