It's that time of year again: that is, time to promise that Steven Spielberg's Halo TV series isn't dead. In an interview with TV Guide, Showtime CEO David Nevins promised that the live-action, gaming inspired show is "still in very active development." He didn't provide more details, but did note that he had seen scripts and that the network was "encouraged by what we've seen so far." He was confident it would not only please Halo fans, but Showtime's overall drama audience.
HP is getting into the game streaming arena -- though probably not in the way you'd expect. With the aptly titled "Omen Game Stream" app, it'll integrate the feature in all of its gaming PCs later this spring. Basically, you'll be able to take advantage of the powerful hardware from an Omen machine to play games on just about any PC over the internet. It's the sort of thing we've seen from NVIDIA and Valve, both of which offer in-home streaming solutions. With this app, HP could make life a lot easier for gamers who need their Overwatch fix when they're away from their rigs.
NVIDIA is diving into curious new territory with its next GeForce Experience update: filters. With a new beta feature called Freestyle, you can spice up your gameplay with 15 different filters. Because who wouldn't want to play Grand Theft Auto V in sepia tones? While it doesn't seem particularly useful, there's likely a crowd of gamers who might actually enjoy re-experiencing their favorite titles in new ways. So far, Freestyle supports 100 games, and it'll likely get even more come its official release.
For 2018, AMD is building on its major innovations from last year: its new Ryzen CPU architecture and Radeon Vega graphics. Indeed, Vega is so versatile even its main competitor, Intel, has tapped it for its upcoming high-performance laptop chips. At CES, AMD revealed the Radeon Vega Mobile GPU, a dedicated graphics offering that'll go toe-to-toe with NVIDIA's GTX 10-series. Additionally, it'll be bringing Vega graphics into upcoming Ryzen desktop chips, as well as a new machine learning product.
We've seen the rumors and speculation about an Apple TV, but it turns out NVIDIA beat them to the punch. At CES today, the company unveiled its "Big Format Gaming Displays," monstrous 65-inch 4K screens with a ton of embedded technology. That includes NVIDIA's own G-SYNC and built in Shield functionality, as well as 120Hz panels and low latency. And no, this isn't meant for your living room -- NVIDIA envisions people using them on their PC desks.
The fruits of Intel and AMD's unprecedented partnership are finally here. Intel just unveiled its 8th generation Core CPUs with AMD's RX Vega M, bringing together its fastest mobile processors with graphics capabilities that used to required a dedicated GPU. Together, they'll lead to thinner and lighter laptops with decent gaming chops. While we got an overview of the chips back in November, we finally have more details at CES. And, simply put, gamers should be pleased.
We've called Intel's NUC "the future of tiny desktops." That's truer than ever with the newest version of the device, which is powered by the company's new 8th generation CPU with AMD RX Vega M graphics. In fact, it sports the fastest version of that chip, making it an even better desktop replacement. Intel claims it's so powerful, the 1.3 liter NUC is the smallest VR-ready system so far. And based on its specifications, we're inclined to believe them.
We're on the ground in bright and dry Las Vegas for CES 2018 and ready to get this party started. We'll be stuffing your eyes and ears with all the latest news from the world's biggest tech conference this week. Google is already the talk of the show, but it won't be hosting a press event of it own (at least not this year). But there are still plenty of big name companies taking the stage to tell you about their latest gadgets. We'll definitely see tons of laptops and TVs for sure. But don't be surprised if there's a few odd ball smart home products and more than few car-related announcements. Of course, we'll be covering the big press conferences live. So make to come back for all our liveblogs starting bright and early Monday morning. Check out the full liveblog schedule is below.
The Meltdown vulnerability is bound to have far-reaching effects on the computing industry, but it's having a very tangible effect right now: it's causing chaos for multiplayer gaming. Epic Games has blamed Meltdown patches for login problems and downtime in Fortnite, pointing to the increased processor use at the third-party cloud services the battle royale game needs to run. There may be other "unexpected issues" over the next week as other services are updated, Epic said.