Late tonight PS4 owners can download a new system update (version 1.60) that delivers support for Pulse and Pulse Elite Edition wireless stereo headsets to the PS4. At the same time, Sony announced the imminent arrival of its new Gold Wireless Headset, which launches "early this month," and like the Pulse headsets, offers 7.1 virtual surround sound.
The new headset also includes developer-created custom audio modes for specific for PlayStation games (the free Headset Companion App hits PlayStation Store in February), a noise-cancelling microphone for voice chat, and customizable faceplates. Sony says the Gold Wireless Headset … Read more
An update that could hit Windows 8.1 in March should prove more friendly to plain, old-fashioned PC users.
The update already had been revealed in January, courtesy of screenshots from Windows leaker Wzor. But now that update is making the rounds of file-sharing sites, allowing more people to peek at it.
One major change spotted by The Verge is a new title bar for Windows 8 apps. Clicking specific icons on the bar lets you close, minimize, and snap apps side-by-side, just as you can do with regular desktop applications.
Right-clicking on the Start screen displays a popup menu … Read more
The Metro screen certainly has had its detractors. Is Microsoft now one of them?
The touch-friendly tiled start screen, aka Metro, that greets everyone in Windows 8.1 may be in danger of being demoted, if reports are to be believed this week.
One report claimed that Microsoft is testing a scenario where the OS boots to the desktop by default (not as an option), bypassing the touch-centric Metro screen.
(Update: ZDNet is calling the report into question, saying, "if Microsoft did make skipping the Metro Start screen a default option, the company would give developers even less of a reason to write Windows Store/Metro Style apps.")
The expected update for Windows 8.1 could bypass the touch-centric tiled start screen and jump directly to Windows desktop, according to a fresh report.
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The Xbox One rumor mill is on overdrive. Word has it that the console could come in white, might get an update in March, will arrive in more markets, and could soon be available without a Blu-ray drive.
These speculations come via a report from The Verge, which has been checking out online forums and talking to inside sources. Chief among the rumors is a possible major update to Xbox One's dashboard. Apparently, Microsoft is working to fix various issues with the console's Live service. This update release could come as soon as March.
The Verge has also … Read more
You'll have to wait a little bit longer for that KitKat goodness to come to the HTC One.
In a letter to customers posted on its site, HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie said that the company would be a week or two late in delivering Android 4.4, known as KitKat, to the HTC One.
The company had a self-imposed deadline of updating its flagship smartphone with KitKat 90 days after the official release of the software. With those 90 days almost up, Mackenzie provided an update.
HTC previously said the update was being certified by all four of the major US carriers. … Read more