Archive for January, 2008

PC Gamer Guitar Hero III Un-review

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Guitar Hero III

PC-Gamer Jan 2008 gave Guitar Hero III a low rating because of “low frame rates”.
Let me be the first to tell you this is not fair.
They review Crysis in the same magazine, and that game requires serious horsepower and a new graphics card.
If they had actually tried Guitar Hero III on the same system, they would get results like I do for both games on my now 2 year old AMD dual core 4200+ with the latest Saphire ATI 3870 chipset HD video card.
It’s all in the video card.

I will be the first to admit that Intel was the place to be for the last 2 years, however I do not buy computers *that* frequently.
I plan to upgrade soon, but not before some serious comparisons (as opposed to ridiculous speculation) come out between Intel and new AMD technology.

Anyway more to the point, with the latest video card, Guitar Hero III’s game play is amazing and the graphics are great.
Yep, Crysis is good too.
Sorry to break the news to you, but unless you’re in nVidia 8800 or ATI 3800 chip territory, you’ve got crap.
Now upgrade and buy some games to wow yourself on your 1920×1080 flat-panel TV.
Actually, a $500 Samsung 245BW 24″ 1920×1200 monitor works just fine.

One other little thing, the games utilize 5.1 sound, so be sure to grab a $70 logitech X560 or better set of speakers.
(I’ve had something like that for many years, actually).

HBO Goes Blu-Ray

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

High-Def Digest
reports that HBO
publishers of fine series like The Sopranos and The Wire
is dropping HD-DVD.

The dominos look to be falling, spelling the end of HD-DVD..

HD-DVD is toast!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Mark your calendars, January 8, 2008, the day Bluray won over HD-DVD.

Paramount may drop HD-DVD support

Bluray outsells HD-DVD in Europe

Bluray chosen by Warner Bros.

Slightly higher bit-rate AVCHD

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Sony HDD 16Mbps AVCHD Camcorder
The Sony HDR-SR12 16Mbps AVCHD camcorder

AVCHD is another name for H.264, a very popular video codec that is also used in Apple’s iPod.
One handy feature of AVCHD is that you can burn it directly to Blu-ray discs and Blu-ray players
will play them as-is.

via camcorderinfo.com,
an excellent camcorder news site

CES 2008 is in full swing, and
Sony has announced
3 new hard-drive-based AVCHD camcorders, one feature of which was “The maximum bit rate has been incrementally increased from 15Mbps to 16Mbps. This is true only for the HDD AVCHD camcorders, not the DVD models.”

The AVCHD codec—which is becoming the de-facto standard for HD video cameras—is unfortunately hobbled by its picture quality level, which is below that of its tape-based predecessor, HDV.
The low quality is likely due to the CPU power required to do good H.264 encoding.


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