Scott is back with questions about how 4K will affect 3D and what glasses would be best. Sony uses both, but Samsung and LG both use passive technology. Vizio went with the passive glasses in 2013, but this year they dumped 3D altogether. Scott says he likes passive glasses because they're lighter and the TVs are more affordable. Passive is brighter, but even then it only lets in 50% of the light. Active glasses lets in only 30% of the light, and you have to recharge them or change the batteries. Scott also says the one good thing is that 4K offers 1080p in each eye for 3D.
Leo got the new XBox One yesterday and hasn't stopped playing it. This isn't a cheap game console, though. It's $500, plus extra controllers, plus games, plus a required XBox Gold subscription. Since Microsoft has decided to build in non XBox gaming content, it's really a media center more than a game platform.
This week, the Sony PS4 will launch with the XBox One launching 12 days later, just in time for the Holiday shopping season. Target kind of blew it by accidentally sending out a few XBox One's with preorder, rather than waiting. When you do get the XBox One, you'll need to download over 500MB of system updates. Then there's the massive downloads of games.
Roger wants an HDTV that he can use for gaming, and he needs it to have low latency. Leo says that the key feature is response time. Old style TV sets had a response time of virtually zero, which is why they're still the best option. LCDs are about 4 milleseconds, which isn't bad, but it does give some motion blur. Latency has to do with connectivity. If he can turn off processing, he'll get better performance.
Neil just got a new Sony Experia Z Android phone. Leo says he's heard it's a great phone with a great camera, but wonders about the interface. Neil says it's great. Leo says it should be in the top tier of phones for Android.
Another exciting Android phone is the Oppo Find Five. 5" screen, 1080p video and a 13MP camera. Very similar to the Experia. It's $500 for 16GB in white, $569 for 32 GB in black.
Microsoft and Sony both had announcements regarding their next generation gaming consoles at the E3 conference this week. The big news to take away from this is that Sony will have no restrictions for used and borrowed games on its Playstation 4, and it will be priced $100 cheaper than the $500 Xbox One from Microsoft. Both will be out in time for the holiday season this Fall.
Steve wants a good compact camera that he can take quick pictures with, and also works well in low light. Leo says that cameras have gotten faster and shutter lag is almost gone. When dealing with "pocket to picture" or power on time, that's still a challenge. Shooting in burst mode is a good thing as well.
- Sony Cybershot DSC-600
This is a good camera, but pricey. It has great low light performance.