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Vampin' Gamer with Tim Webb: A new year...a new way to game


January 05, 2017

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With 2016 behind us, console gaming has a very promising and cutting edge future in store for gamers.  Enhanced by virtual reality and high-end video graphics, Sony and Microsoft will be pushing new iterations of current cycle consoles as attractive upgrades for gamers.  The PlayStation 4 Pro and next year's Project Scorpio will allow consumers to play in 4K resolution and bring consoles to an area only traversed by PC gamers.  Not to be outdone and left in the void, Nintendo has also taken a different approach with its new console the Nintendo Switch which will be more powerful than previous Nintendo consoles while also allowing the owner to take the console on the go for mobile console gaming.

Available in the market now, Sony has graced gamers with a PlayStation 4 Pro.  The newest version of the console allows dynamic 4K gaming and 4K entertainment.  This means that gamers can expect rich, vivid gaming worlds, faster frame rates, and 4K streaming & 4K upscaling for video content.  High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques will also be present to allow the system to balance lights in the games, basically bridging the gap of the full spectrum of light we see with the human eye.

Not to be beat, Microsoft has titled its new console Project Scorpio as "the most powerful console ever."  This beast of a console will allow true 4K gaming, 6 Teraflops of power, 320GB/s memory bandwith, and 8 CPU cores.  On top of all of this, the console will still be compatible with Xbox One games and accessories.  Coming during the holiday season of 2017, Scorpio will be the closest a console has been to a gaming PC.  A console that will truly render at 60 Hertz, fully uncompressed visual and HDR is exciting news for gamers.  It will also be interesting to see how Microsoft handles the VR options with the power found in the Scorpio.

And finally, Nintendo Switch will now allow gamers to play AAA titles normally only found on consoles made by Sony and MIcrosoft.  With the added power and graphics found in the Nintendo Switch, they've also added the mobility found in a handheld to the console itself.  According to Nintendo.com, "Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you."

It's an exciting new frontier for gamers and electronics as 4K and VR take center stage.  The big three gaming companies are all ringing in the new year with a bang and we the gamers get all the spoils.  I've been gaming for 34 years of my life starting way back in 1982 with the Atari 2600 and this is by far probably the most exciting and promising era of gaming.  I think gamers are in for a real treat in 2017 and I cannot wait to see what the new year has to offer!


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