Author - Jerry Paxton

Corsair Unveils 5000 Series PC Chassis

CORSAIR®, a world leader in high-performance gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced a new series of mid-tower ATX cases to suit nearly any build: the CORSAIR 5000D, 5000D AIRFLOW, and the iCUE 5000X RGB. Every 5000 Series case offers simple and tidy cable management thanks to the CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system, terrific cooling from included fans featuring CORSAIR AirGuide technology, and a spacious interior that fits multiple radiators, including two 360mm simultaneously. Between the understated styling of the 5000D, the optimized airflow of the 5000D AIRFLOW, and the eye-catching RGB lighting behind four beautiful tempered glass panels of the 5000X RGB, the 5000 Series has a case to meet any builder’s priorities.

Debuting in the recently launched 4000 Series, the CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system has proven to be a hit with PC builders looking to minimize the hassle of cable routing while still achieving a clean, professional look for their system. The 5000 Series takes RapidRoute even further, with a concealed cutout, wide enough to fit all major connectors to your motherboard, and multiple removable routing channels through which you can run all your cables out of sight. With a generous 25mm of cable routing depth behind the motherboard, and a magnetic door behind which to hide your cabling, it’s exceptionally easy to build a top-tier PC that also looks the part.

The 5000D and 5000D AIRFLOW include two 120mm fans with CORSAIR AirGuide technology, built with anti-vortex vanes that concentrate airflow for enhanced cooling directed towards your PC’s hottest components. The 5000X RGB goes a step further with three included SP120 RGB ELITE AirGuide fans equipped with eight individually addressable RGB LEDs each, controlled by an included iCUE Lighting Node CORE controller and CORSAIR iCUE software.

The spacious interior of all three cases offers great cooling potential, with room for up to 10x 120mm or 4x 140mm cooling fans. A specialized motherboard tray with customizable fan mounts enables you to install an additional 360mm radiator into the side of a 5000 Series case to bolster your cooling. With room for up to 4x 2.5in SSDs and 2x 3.5in HDDs, along with a host of front panel I/O connections including a USB 3.1 Type-C port and 2x USB 3.0 ports, the 5000 Series has all of your needs covered.

With the full range of features available in all three cases, the only choice is which style you prefer. The 5000D is equipped with a minimalist solid steel front panel, complete with dedicated ventilation channels for air intake. The 5000D AIRFLOW’s steel front panel is perforated with triangular cutouts for maximum airflow to your components. The 5000X RGB makes for a breathtaking build encased in four tempered glass panels, perfect for displaying the vibrant RGB lighting from the included SP RGB ELITE fans and all your RGB components. Whichever case from the 5000 Series you choose, one thing is clear: you’ll have an immaculate build that keeps its cool.

To learn more about the CORSAIR 5000 Series, please visit:

5000D: https://www.corsair.com/5000d

5000D AIRFLOW: https://www.corsair.com/5000d-airflow

5000X RGB: https://www.corsair.com/5000x

For a complete list of all CORSAIR cases, please visit:

https://www.corsair.com/cases

OUTRIDERS PC Spotlight Trailer Released

We know many PC fans have been waiting to find out what the PC specs for OUTRIDERS are, and finally, we’re able to share the official system requirements for PC players, along with confirmation of PC specific features.

OUTRIDERS features an extensive suite of advanced display options for players to tweak their setup to get the most out of their PC, along with support for 13 languages, UI customization options, full cross-play across all platforms, ultra wide screen support, Dynamic Resolution Scaling to ensure performance stays solid, and full NVIDIA DLSS support.

The People Can Fly team has worked hard to ensure a consistent frame rate regardless of PC capabilities, and our hardware requirements are geared towards ensuring players will always be enjoying buttery smooth 60fps on PC.

Play the OUTRIDERS demo on February 25, 2021, available free for everyone on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

OUTRIDERS will release on PlayStation 5®, PlayStation 4®, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC on April 1st, 2021, and Google Stadia later in 2021.

For more information, visit www.outriders.net

EVERSPACE 2 Gets Steam Early Access Date

ROCKFISH Games has announced their highly anticipated upcoming single-player space looter shooter EVERSPACE™ 2 will arrive in Steam Early Access and the GOG Games in Development program on January 18, 2021. Priced at €37.99 / $39.99 / £31.99, the game will launch in English with professional voice acting for the first 12+ hours of the story campaign and several side missions that take place in the first two star systems of the final game. The initial version will be good for at least 25 hours of gameplay, while introducing pilots to EVERSPACE 2’s core gameplay mechanics of space combat, exploration, mining, puzzle-solving, traveling, trading, itemization, crafting, ship customization, player and companion perks as well as five different player ship subclasses.

The full version for PC, including Mac and native Linux support, will be released at a reasonably increased price in the first half of 2022 and come with UI and text language support for German, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

“After multiple rounds of community testing by some 2,000 players, and great feedback from various gaming outlets and content creators on the closed Beta, EVERSPACE 2 is ready for Early Access. We can’t wait to receive feedback on the initial release version from space game enthusiasts on Steam and GOG,” says Michael Schade, CEO & co-founder of ROCKFISH Games. “Of course, the game is far from being finished. On top of the two star systems EVERSPACE 2 pilots will be able to explore in Early Access at launch, we plan to have four to six more as well as several additional player ship subclasses beyond the Interceptor, Sentinel, Striker, Gunship, and Scout at launch, to be gradually added on a quarterly basis. In the final game, players will also be able to enjoy twice as much story content plus lots of worthwhile endgame activities. We look forward to working closely with our community over the course of the next 12 to 18 months to make an outstanding narrative-driven open-world space looter shooter.”

Also, due to high demand from hardcore space simulation fans, the Early Access version of EVERSPACE™ 2 will offer fully configurable HOTAS support and presets for popular Logitech and Thrustmaster joysticks hardware setups.

EVERSPACE™ 2 can be wishlisted on Steam where the initial prototype version of the game is also available as a free demo. On GOG, the game can be wishlisted here.

The Medium Adds Ray Tracing and NVIDIA DLSS

Announced from NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX: Game On showcase event, Bloober Team, the studio behind acclaimed horror games including Blair Witch, Observer: System Redux, and Layers of Fear, today revealed their partnership with NVIDIA in implementing real-time ray tracing support for the upcoming psychological horror title The Medium when the game releases on Jan. 28.

The Medium will utilize the full potential of the latest version of the Unreal Engine 4, alongside Microsoft DirectX Raytracing and NVIDIA DLSS technology at launch, to deliver stunning real-time ray tracing reflections and shadows to showcase one of the most graphically immersive worlds and most ambitious projects from Bloober Team. With the latest tech and support from NVIDIA, The Medium brings fresh ideas and unique gameplay, all with petrifying ray-traced visuals powered by DLSS throughout the horror game’s mind-bending challenges and eerie puzzles simultaneously in two realities.

Visit GeForce.com for more comparison images and technical analysis.

Preorders are now open on www.themediumgame.com for Xbox Series consoles and PC platforms via Steam, Epic Games Store and the Microsoft Store at the price of $49.99/€49.99/£41.74 with a 10% off discount before launch. Players who preorder via Steam will receive The Medium Original Soundtrack (by Akira Yamaoka and Arkadiusz Reikowski) and The Art of The Medium (digital artbook).

Developed and published by Bloober Team, and rated “M for Mature” by the ESRB and PEGI 18, The Medium will launch on Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store and the Microsoft Store on Jan. 28. Akira Yamaoka, known for his work on the Silent Hill series, and Bloober Team’s Arkadiusz Reikowski are working together on the game’s original ‘dual’ score, creating truly unique atmospheres across both worlds.

For more information on The Medium, please visit www.themediumgame.com; Follow us on Twitter @TheMediumGame; Like us on Facebook @MediumGame, or follow us on Instagram @the_medium_game.

Razer Unveils Hazel Smart Mask and Brooklyn Gaming Chair Concepts

Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced two new concept designs for CES 2021; Project Hazel, the world’s smartest and most socially friendly face mask, and Project Brooklyn, a compact, integrated gaming chair for next generation immersion.

Concept designs at Razer are explorations of innovation by the Razer design and engineering teams to evaluate feedback from the community and influence Razer’s future product portfolio. Earlier concept designs have either gone to market or elements of which have been included in shipping products.

The smart mask intends to help improve the convenience of daily wear while overcoming common social interaction challenges, while the new transformable gaming chair brings full-scale immersion from its haptics, graphics and lighting in a flexible form factor.

For an exclusive preview of these concepts, Razer invites all CES 2021 attendees and the global gaming community to join the RazerStore Live event on January 12th at 10am PST, simulcast on Razer’s YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels. For more details on the Project Hazel and Project Brooklyn concept designs, please read on.

PROJECT HAZEL – THE WORLD’S SMARTEST FACE MASK

From the start of the pandemic, Razer has been proactive in the fight against COVID-19, including the conversion of its manufacturing facilities to produce certified medical masks and the donation of 1 million surgical face masks to the healthcare frontline under its Razer Health initiative. A natural progression and evolution of this initiative, the multi-use Project Hazel smart mask from Razer addresses the increased emphasis on hygiene and preparedness for unexpected health risks as well as the environmental issues of disposable masks, while enhancing the features of a multi-use personal protective covering.

Further preparing consumers for the new normal in the road ahead, the mask concept design innovates with N95 medical-grade respirator protection using detachable and rechargeable active ventilators and Smart Pods that regulate airflow for optimal breathability. Its high bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) Smart Pods filter at least 95% of airborne particles and have a high fluid resistance.

For improved social interaction, Project Hazel has a clear, transparent design so those around you can view facial cues such as a smile or laugh and allow the hard of hearing to lip read what the wearer is saying. Interior lights activate automatically in the dark, allowing wearers to express themselves clearly regardless of the lighting conditions.

In addition, because masks can also muffle voices, a new Razer VoiceAmp Technology (patent pending) uses a built-in microphone and amplifier to enhance the user’s speech for clear communication while staying safe in social situations.

To reduce the waste created by disposable masks, the Project Hazel smart mask uses replaceable and rechargeable disc-type ventilators that can be conveniently sanitized of bacteria and viruses by placing it inside its dual-purpose wireless fast charging box with disinfecting UV-light interior. Lighting indicators show charge levels, and long-lasting battery life from a full charge easily enables all-day mask use. The waterproof, scratch-resistant mask is as tough as it is sustainable—made of recyclable plastic to greatly minimize the waste created by disposable masks.

The silicon-lined smart mask delivers comfort with active air cooling and regulation, bringing in fresh air and venting out CO2. The result is an air-tight seal from its adjustable ear loops, permitting custom sizes for a secure fit that keeps from obstructing the mouth. For extra user entertainment and style, wearers can activate two customizable Razer Chroma™ RGB lighting zones offering 16.8 million colors and a suite of dynamic lighting effects.

The smart mask concept will continue to be optimized through rigorous testing and user feedback to ensure safety compliance and maximum comfort and usability.  Design improvements will also be ongoing to support the evolving user needs and to deliver value without compromising functionality and performance. Project Hazel will be foundational to Razer’s ongoing support and commitment to public health and safety within the community.

“Razer acknowledges the uncertainty in the road ahead, and so it was our duty to help protect our community members and prepare them from invisible threats,” said Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer. “The Project Hazel smart mask concept is intended to be functional, yet comfortable and useful for interacting with the world, while maintaining a sociable aesthetic.”

For more information on Razer’s Project Hazel, please see here.

PROJECT BROOKLYN – TRANSFORM INTO NEXT-GEN IMMERSION

Designed for all types of gamers and engineered to conveniently fit in your bedroom or game room, the Project Brooklyn gaming chair concept design transforms from an ergonomic gaming chair into a full-fledged entertainment powerhouse that delivers breathtaking, next-gen immersion for both PC and console gaming.

Project Brooklyn is a cutting-edge gaming chair built with carbon fiber and RGB lighting, transforming easily into a fully immersive gaming station complete with panoramic visuals from a 60” rollout display, riveting tactile feedback built into the seat, and 4D armrests that roll out into adjustable peripheral tables. The existing types of all-in-one chairs that deliver “cockpit” style seating and mounted hardware are typically room-sized and the costs are astronomical.

With design inspiration from the Razer Iskur introduced in October 2020, Project Brooklyn takes leaps forward in user touch points, connecting the gaming chair to the display and its more functional components like armrests, while still delivering on comfort from plush, high-density foam cushions that support your unique body shape. The leather-stitched seat back is constructed in a robust carbon fiber body to maintain perfect posture throughout gaming marathons.

The adjustable platform on which the chair sits is complete with cable-routing and takes design cues from the Razer Raptor monitor. Mounted from the chair’s backbone and deployable with the touch of a button is a 60” full surround OLED display for stunning visual detail. Folding into the chair back when not in use, the roll-out display assembly plunges you into the center of the action with crisp detail and a savory panoramic experience.

The fully modular 4D armrests neatly tuck away collapsible tables with flexible ergonomics, allowing you to switch easily between PC gaming with a mouse and keyboard, and console gaming. There are separate panels in each armrest allowing for different keyboard and mouse ergonomics and each half folds away when not in use.

Building on the success of Razer’s audio-driven haptic feedback prototype shown at CES 2019, a new native Razer HyperSense integration has been built around the chair’s framework for the ultimate in tactile immersion. The independently activated high-fidelity modules offer feel for the most sensitive vibrations felt during gameplay, such as jumping into water or landing on a platform for truly immersive gameplay.

Razer Chroma RGB have been integrated along the outsides of the seat cushions and stand for personalization using 16.8 million colors, triggered as you game alongside other synchronized peripherals by over 150 integrated game titles.

“Project Brooklyn is an exciting concept developed on the true essence of a fully immersive gaming station,” said Min-Liang Tan. “The haptic feedback, visuals and overall functional design with attention to ergonomics will deliver a one-of-a-kind gameplay experience.”

Razer will continue to develop this gaming chair concept, conducting testing with top esports athletes and influencers to benchmark feasibility, comfort and performance. The Project Brooklyn concept is intended to offer insights on how to improve user mechanics and design to deliver a more immersive gameplay experience and inspire Razer’s growing portfolio of gaming chairs in the near future.

For more information on Razer’s Project Brooklyn, please see here.

For exclusive previews of the Project Hazel and Project Brooklyn concepts, please tune in to the RazerStore Live broadcast on January 12th at 10am PST via Razer’s YouTube, Twitch and Facebook channels.

Razer is constantly strengthened by its passion for taking on new challenges and innovating in categories that gamers appreciate, in ways that address the road ahead.

Netflix 2021 Film Preview

Netflix is giving you a reason to get excited about 2021: Netflix has a new movie coming out every single week! This is just a sneak peak of the full list, which ranges from superheroes, to westerns, thrillers, rom-coms, action, comedy, and sometimes all of those things combined — and always with the world’s biggest and best stars, directors, and fresh faces. Get hyped, people, because this year is gonna be a big one.

 

COLORFUL Releases NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Neptune and RTX 3060 GPUs

Colorful Technology Company Limited, a professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards, all-in-one gaming and multimedia solutions, and high-performance storage, releases the iGame GeForce RTX™ 3090 Neptune OC-V graphics card featuring a high-performance all-in-one liquid cooling solution. The COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX™ 3090 Neptune comes in a slimmer 2-slot form-factor with a 240mm AIO liquid cooler. It features RGB lighting on its central core fan that delivers eye-catching RGB illumination that’s fully customizable via the iGame Center App.

COLORFUL also introduces its line-up of GeForce RTX 3060 Series graphics cards which consist of the Advanced, Ultra White, and NB Series models. Each model comes with a different set of premium features, designed to deliver performance for gamers today.

Premium Liquid Cooling, Premium Design

The COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX™ 3090 Neptune OC-V features a high-performance all-in-one liquid cooler with a 240mm radiator paired with two silent 120mm cooling fans. The NEPTUNE cooler sports the “Marine Eye” high-performance pump with integrated RGB lighting that provides mesmerizing lighting effects. The iGame Neptune cooler uses an advanced precision CNC-milling process on its copper base plate to produce a denser fin design for improved heat dissipation. The GeForce RTX™ 3090 Neptune OC-V comes with premium sleeved thin and durable tubing. For easy installation, the premium tubing supports 360° rotations, supporting vertical and standard mounting orientations. The RTX™ 3090 Neptune also comes with a sturdy metal backplate for added rigidity.

One-Key Overclock

The COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX™ 3090 Neptune OC-V sports a one-key overclock feature that offers a quick and easy performance boost in just one press of a button. A conveniently accessible one-key overclock button is located at the graphics card’s rear I/O.

COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX™ 3090 Neptune OC-V Specifications

Learn more about the COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX™ 3090 Neptune OC-V graphics card at COLORFUL

COLORFUL GeForce RTX 3060 Series

With its efficient, high-performance architecture and the second generation of NVIDIA RTX™, the GeForce® RTX 3060 brings amazing hardware ray-tracing capabilities and support for NVIDIA DLSS and other technologies and is priced starting at $329.

Like all RTX 30 Series GPUs, the RTX 3060 supports the trifecta of GeForce gaming innovations: NVIDIA DLSS, NVIDIA Reflex and NVIDIA Broadcast, which accelerate performance and enhance image quality. Together with real-time ray tracing, these technologies are the foundation of the GeForce gaming platform, which brings unparalleled performance and features to games and gamers everywhere.

iGame GeForce RTX™ 3060 Advanced OC 10G -V

The COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX™ 3060 Advanced OC features the same cooling design as the RTX 3060 Ti Advanced OC model. The graphics card features a premium shroud with a metallic finish that diffuses the central fan “Energy Core” lighting to give it a sophisticated and mysterious “Light Frozen” lighting effect. The triple-fan cooling solution includes a high-performance heatsink with four 8mm-diameter heat pipes that deliver aggressive heat dissipation.

iGame GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ultra W OC 10G-V

Expanding the Ultra White Series graphics cards, the COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ultra W OC’s white-colored fans, backplate, and aesthetics fits all-white theme PC builds. It uses a triple-fan cooler for fast heat dissipation to maximize performance. The cooler uses two 90mm and one 80mm cooling fans. Its high-performance heatsink has two 6mm-diameter and two 8mm-diameter heat pipes connected to the fins using integrated reflow soldering.

COLORFUL GeForce RTX™ 3060 NB 12G-V

The COLORFUL GeForce RTX™ 3060 NB features a triple-fan cooler for full coverage cooling and aggressive heat dissipation to deliver reliable gaming performance tested to ensure stable operations for long gaming sessions. It sports a sturdy metal backplate with the COLORFUL BATTLE-AX styling for added structural rigidity.

Pricing

See manufacturer’s suggested retail price below.
COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX™ 3090 Neptune OC: US$1,999.

ViewSonic Unveils New Gaming Monitors at CES 2021

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of display solutions, expands its ELITE gaming monitor series with new models that offer the latest technologies for the best gaming experience. With a range of monitors that go from cost-effective 1080p 240Hz, to a 4K model with 144Hz delivered via a single HDMI 2.1 cable, the ViewSonic ELITE™ line of gaming monitors can take console and PC gaming to the next level.

The ViewSonic ELITE gaming line-up delivers the ultimate experience for gamers and offers unsurpassed display solutions for any gaming environment. With features such as Mini-LED backlights, 1440p 240Hz and G-SYNC Ultimate, ViewSonic ELITE is ready to meet the needs of next-generation gamers.

“With these new ELITE XG gaming monitors, ViewSonic showcases our commitment to deliver the best gaming monitors with the latest technologies to make the gaming experience even better,” said Jason Maryne, vertical marketing manager of Gaming for ViewSonic ELITE monitors. “We’re offering monitors that are capable of leveling up to match next-generation hardware and software. With the latest AMD and NVIDIA technologies, latest panels and design enhancements, ViewSonic wants to set the standard for amazing color, clarity and immersion for every type of gameplay.”

ELITE Gaming Monitors

XG320U

  • 32-inch IPS gaming monitor with native 4K (3840×2160) resolution
  • AMD FreeSync® Premium Pro technology
  • 144Hz refresh rate at 4K via single cable (supported by HDMI 2.1)
  • VESA DisplayHDR 600 and Adobe 99%* color coverage; Brightness of 600 cd/m2
  • 1ms response time (MPRT) with PureXP™ (MPRT) technology 
  • Connectivity includes: HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort, USB-A/B and Audio-Out
  • Available: Summer 2021

XG320Q

  • 32-inch IPS gaming monitor with native 2K (2560×1440) resolution
  • 165Hz refresh rate 
  • G-SYNC Compatible 
  • VESA DisplayHDR 600 and Adobe 99%* color coverage
  • 1ms response time with PureXP™ (MPRT) technology 
  • Connectivity includes: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, USB-A/B and Audio-Out
  • Available: Summer 2021

XG321UG

  • 32-inch IPS gaming monitor with native 4K (3840×2160) resolution
  • Absolute control 144Hz refresh rate
  • G-SYNC Ultimate with NVIDIA Reflex
  • Supports VESA DisplayHDR 1000 and Adobe 99%* color coverage; Brightness of 1400 cd/m2
  • Mini-LED backlights with 1,152 zones for high luminance and deep darks
  • Connectivity includes: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, USB-A/B and Audio-Out
  • Available: Summer 2021

XG271QG

  • 27-inch IPS gaming monitor with native 2K (2560×1440) resolution
  • 240Hz refresh rate; 1ms response time 
  • G-SYNC with NVIDIA Reflex
  • Supports VESA DisplayHDR 400 and Adobe 99%* color coverage
  • Connectivity includes: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, USB-A/B and Audio-Out
  • Available: April 2021 

XG2431

  • 24-inch IPS gaming monitor with native 1080p (1920×1080) resolution
  • 240Hz refresh rate; 1ms response time 
  • AMD FreeSync Premium technology
  • Supports VESA DisplayHDR 400 
  • Connectivity includes: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, USB-A/B and Audio-Out
  • Available: March 2021 

For additional news and information about ViewSonic ELITE, visit the website, and follow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To find out more about ViewSonic, visit ViewSonic.com

Panasonic Unveils New Flagship OLED TV at CES 2021

Today at CES 2021 Panasonic announced the launch of its flagship OLED TV for 2021, the JZ2000, available in 65 and 55-inch sizes.

Hollywood tuning and superb color accuracy have always made Panasonic OLED TVs the best choice for viewing films and high-quality television. New for 2021, Panasonic introduces the JZ2000 OLED TV with low-latency and support for HDMI 2.1 variable refresh rate (VRR) and high frame rate (HFR) which will satisfy avid gamers as well as movie watchers.

Perfect for audiences and gamers who prefer a frictionless experience, the JZ2000 eliminates the guesswork of finding ideal settings for a variety of content. It features a new AI-driven processor that automatically identifies and optimizes the content being played for ideal picture and sound so audiences always enjoy a high-quality experience without having to adjust settings manually.

The addition of side-firing speakers, to Panasonic’s unique use of upward-firing speakers, also delivers outstanding surround sound, enhancing films, sports, and the gaming experience. Its surround sound performance, together with Panasonic’s custom modified OLED panel, which delivers significantly better peak and average brightness levels, makes the JZ2000 a one-box powerhouse.

“The JZ2000 is a symbol of what we at Panasonic want to achieve,” said Yasushi Murayama, Executive of Product Strategy for Panasonic’s Visual and Sound Business Unit. Building on the superb accuracy which makes Panasonic’s TVs ideal for watching films, we are further improving the experience in other areas such as gaming too. Through the use of AI, we want our viewers enjoy the best picture and sound settings automatically. Our aim is simply to support our customers to really, truly experience their favorite contents. Whether they are into films, games, sports, or something else, we want them to enjoy heightened visual and aural experiences which leave them feeling happy and satisfied.”

HCX PRO AI PROCESSOR AND AUTO AI MODE

The JZ2000 will include an all-new processor, the HCX Pro AI, which delivers an optimum experience by accurately detecting what the viewer is watching and automatically adjusting picture and sound quality.

The HCX Pro AI processor identifies in real time the content being played by analyzing the picture every second. The AI processing enclave within the processor compares what the viewer is watching to a library of learned content in order to automatically optimize picture and sound quality.

For example, if the JZ2000 detects a user is watching football, it adjusts the picture quality to make the grass more life-like and the players more realistic, while also automatically adjusting the sound to make it feel like the viewer is right there inside the stadium. Alternately, if the television detects that a user is watching a film, it dials in the most accurate colors and, based decades of Hollywood collaborations and expertise, adjusts the picture quality to give a more cinematic experience.

GAMING ENHANCEMENTS

The powerful HCX Pro AI processor also significantly reduces latency when gaming. Latency, also known to as ‘input lag’, refers to the delay between pressing a button on a gaming controller and that action being displayed on screen. Latency in the JZ2000 is one of the lowest the industry for an OLED TV and is the result of significant engineering enhancements by Panasonic. This latency improvement is a key component of the JZ2000’s ‘Game Mode Extreme’, which includes:

  • Low latency
  • Support for HDMI 2.1 variable refresh rate (VRR) and high frame rate (HFR)
  • A dedicated picture mode for gaming (“game mode”)
  • Support for HDMI Signal Power Link, which will improve the experience and ease of using Panasonic TVs with CEC non-supported devices like old Set Top Boxes or PCs
    ‘Game Mode Extreme’ delivers a smooth gaming experience for professional and amateur gamers alike.

AUDIO ENHANCEMENTS

The JZ2000 pushes the boundaries of what is possible in an all-in-one package that delivers an amazing sound experience in addition to stunning picture quality.

The JZ2000 includes side-firing speakers in addition to upward firing speakers, which were featured on the JZ2000’s predecessor. This speaker combination, known as 360° Soundscape Pro, is capable of delivering Dolby Atmos immersive audio experiences. The multiple built-in upward-firing, side-firing, and front-firing speaker units produce a spatial soundstage with Dolby Atmos content.

The addition of more speakers allows the JZ2000 to convey directional sounds better than ever before, providing viewers with a realistic immersion experience. Powerful and dynamic outputs are complemented by a powerful bass, creating a total sound system developed with the support of engineers from Panasonic’s acclaimed audio brand, Technics, making it “Tuned by Technics”.

CUSTOM OLED PANEL

Like its predecessor, the JZ2000 features Panasonic’s proprietary Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel, propelling it ahead of other OLEDs in the market when it comes to brightness.

The bespoke Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel has been exclusively customized by Panasonic research and development engineers, resulting in even greater control of picture quality. Compared to standard OLED TVs, the Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel delivers higher peak and average brightness levels resulting in increased dynamic range.

TUNED IN HOLLYWOOD AND FORMAT SUPPORT

The new JZ2000 OLED represents the combination of Panasonic’s technical accuracy, knowhow and engineering with the color-tuning skills of Stefan Sonnenfeld, founder and CEO of Company 3, a trusted collaborator of some of the world’s best filmmakers. Sonnenfeld is among a handful of leading artists who has championed the power of color grading to tell stories and communicate emotion. Described by NPR as a “da Vinci of the movies,” Sonnenfeld has applied his skills as a colorist to many of the most acclaimed and popular features of the past decade: A Star is Born, Wonder Woman, Man of Steel, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, 300 and many more. Like many other leading colorists, he uses Panasonic OLED screens as large-format client reference monitors in his daily workflow.

The JZ2000 supports a very wide range of HDR formats, including Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Vision, Filmmaker Mode, and HLG Photo, the still image format which brings still photography into the HDR world. For Filmmaker Mode specifically, Panasonic has added its original “Intelligent Sensing,” which dynamically adjusts the picture based on ambient light levels.

Dolby Vision IQ extends the benefits of Dolby Vision beyond HDR by intelligently optimizing picture quality experiences for viewers regardless of ambient light or content type – all without consumers picking up their remote.

The JZ2000 also supports HDR10+ Adaptive feature which dynamically adapts HDR content to the room lighting conditions of the viewing area, maintaining creative intent in any condition whether dark or bright without any loss of detail or contrast.

MY HOME SCREEN 6.0 ENHANCEMENTS

The JZ2000 features the latest iteration of Panasonic’s popular smart TV OS, My Home Screen 6.0. The new version delivers considerable usability enhancements:

  • “My Scenery” allows viewers to choose a selection of restful images and videos, or set their own, to reflect any mood or time of day—perfect for mindfulness sessions or preparing for bed. In addition to photos from LUMIX CLUB which highlight the beauty of Japan, Panasonic also collaborated with LoungeV Studio (www.loungev.com) to provide viewers with the most beautiful videos to encourage rest and relaxation.
  • Dual Bluetooth Connection permits sound transmission to two separate Bluetooth devices simultaneously, meaning, for example, two people can listen to a film late at night via Bluetooth headphones without disturbing others.
  • The menu interface has been improved to allow quick access to the most commonly used picture, sound, and other settings.
  • The JZ2000 also supports major voice services built-in, allowing users to operate some key TV functions using just their voice.

Distribution of the JZ2000 is not yet finalized for the US market.

OtterBox Unveils Gaming Products at CES 2021

OtterBox unveiled a full portfolio of gaming products that will bridge the gap between console and mobile gaming experiences. Designed for Xbox, OtterBox is bringing to market new accessories to complement controller + smartphone gaming in addition to gaming-specific smartphone accessories.

With the advent of 5G and innovative new cloud-based platforms such as cloud gaming (beta) with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, gaming is changing in unprecedented ways. Smartphone gaming is evolving to merge mobility with the elegance of a console experience. The OtterBox Gaming portfolio enables you to enjoy your favorite titles around the house or anywhere on the go without compromising your competitive advantage.

“Gaming is one of the unique spaces where everyone has the opportunity to compete and connect, especially as we are physically distanced. This connection is enhanced with advances in cloud gaming and fast 5G networks,” said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke. “OtterBox is the best in the world at providing trusted mobile accessories, and we’re better positioned than anyone to deliver a premium gaming experience. This portfolio and our accessories designed for Xbox marks a major entry into the gaming market for us.”

The OtterBox gaming portfolio, unveiled at CES, leverages decades of design expertise in mobile accessories. From protection to portability, OtterBox is offering an end-to-end gaming ecosystem that allows gaming to happen anytime, anywhere.

  • Mobile Gaming Clip: An ergonomic answer to seamless mobile gaming, the OtterBox Mobile Gaming Clip is great for at home or on-the-go. This adaptable clip attaches your smartphone to your Xbox Wireless Controller and boasts trusted OtterBox quality. The Mobile Gaming Clip adapts to your environment with adjustable angle and balance based on your preferences and lighting. This versatile clip can also be used as a table-top stand and folds down for compact travel. The Mobile Gaming Clip is compatible with Xbox Wireless Controllers and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, as well as the OtterBox Easy Grip Controller Shell. The Mobile Gaming Clip will work with virtually all smartphones, with or without an OtterBox protective case.
  • Easy Grip Controller Shell: Take your Xbox Wireless Controller on the go and protect it at home with the OtterBox Easy Grip Controller Shell. This compact gaming controller shell lets you personalize the look and feel of your controller while maintaining hand-feel and access to buttons and triggers. Get a pro-level experience with swappable grips with lasting antimicrobial protection.The OtterBox Easy Grip Controller Shell is available for Xbox Wireless Controllers.
  • Gaming Carry Case: Get your gaming up and out in no time with the OtterBox Gaming Carry Case. As the first gaming controller case designed for mobile use, this compact carryall guards joysticks and triggers from damage during transport. When it’s ‘game on,’ the case converts to a gaming stand to create the ultimate mobile command center. The case is compatible with Xbox Wireless Controllers and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and designed to house all of the elements in the OtterBox gaming ecosystem.
  • Easy Grip Gaming Case: OtterBox is taking protective phone cases to the next level. The Easy Grip Gaming Case is made to game on the go. Ergonomically designed for entertainment-mode, the Easy Grip Gaming Case integrates cool-to-touch materials to keep the console protected and feeling great in your hand level after level. The Easy Grip Gaming Case will be available for the latest iPhone devices with more designs coming soon.
  • Gaming Glass Privacy Guard: Screen protection is now a staple for mobile devices. These increasingly expansive and high-resolution displays are perfect for gaming, but also prone to scratches and breakage. OtterBox Gaming Glass Privacy Guard is the first screen protector in the world to be optimized for mobile gaming. This scratch-resistant glass provides industry-first screen privacy in entertainment (landscape) orientation to prevent visual hacking while you game wherever you are. Gaming Glass Privacy Guard also boasts an antimicrobial agent that blocks microbial growth and will be available for the latest iPhone devices. 2

The OtterBox gaming portfolio addresses both convenience and performance with trusted products that meet you where you are and takes you where you want to go.

The OtterBox mobile gaming products will be available for pre-order starting Jan. 25 on otterbox.com, the Microsoft Store, GameStop.com and Verizon.com. Get connected with OtterBox and get in the game.