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Steve May  |  Feb 01, 2015  |  0 comments

We’ve been harping on about 4K content ever since 2160p panels first broke cover, and now it seems 8m-pixel movies, in the shape of a UHD upgrade to the Blu-ray standard, are in sight. While the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) continues to play some cards close to its chest, it’s confirmed a pre-Xmas 2015 debut for 4K Blu-ray has been scheduled.

Steve May  |  Jan 31, 2015  |  0 comments

This compilation of all things Halo will be a no-brainer for Xbox gamers who have grown up under the FPS tutelage of the Master Chief. All the original games have been remastered for inclusion (which means they still play exactly like they did originally but there’s more texture to the visuals) and there’s a planet-load of extras to explore, too. Featured are Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 campaigns, with all multiplayer and DLC content including more than 100 multiplayer and Spartan Ops maps. The package also includes the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. As a value proposition it’s phenomenal.

Steve May  |  Jan 28, 2015  |  0 comments
A cursory glance might suggest that the AVR-X4100W looks like any other receiver released from the Denon stable over the past decade. However, that notion couldn’t be further from the truth. While the basic form factor promises comfy familiarity, everything from feature set to UI has been dramatically overhauled. This is an AVR ripped from the science labs of tomorrow, an AV hub in a Starfleet uniform.
Steve May  |  Jan 25, 2015  |  0 comments

Faster than an Apple TV and thinner than a Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV streaming player is a little box with big appeal. It’s so good in fact, that it might make Prime Instant Video subscribers out of all of us.

Steve May  |  Jan 22, 2015  |  0 comments

Visually beautiful and refreshingly accessible, DriveClub is an automotive sim with an arcade bent, and as such it’s a tad more fun than Forza. You start with a hot hatch and work your way up to better wheels. Racing solo, progressing from Rookie to Legend, takes some time to unlock the best cars – in multiplayer mode, you’ll make far faster progress.

Steve May  |  Dec 27, 2014  |  0 comments

You can’t approach Assassins Creed: Unity without first acknowledging that it’s an extraordinary bug fest. This has been much documented online, and when you do come across coding issues it’s difficult not to laugh out loud. But this shouldn’t detract from what is a fairly solid addition to the free-running franchise.

Steve May  |  Dec 26, 2014  |  0 comments

Tolkien's Middle-earth has provided rich pickings for games over several generations of console platforms, yet unlike the source material few have stood the test of time. This third-person adventure, nominally set between the Hobbit and Rings trilogies, is a deep and bloody cut above what’s gone before.

Steve May  |  Dec 10, 2014  |  0 comments

Sony has a chequered history when it comes to Blu-ray players. Its last high-end offering was back in 2009, and came in the shape of the admirably over-engineered BDP-S5000ES. Yet back then BD decks were simpler affairs, dedicated to the task of extracting the maximum number of bits from discs.

Steve May  |  Nov 24, 2014  |  0 comments

By the end of the year, nearly all the key AV receiver manufacturers will have models compatible with the new Dolby Atmos 3D audio format. Atmos differs from conventional surround in that it features a height component and 'object-tracking' skills.

Steve May  |  Nov 12, 2014  |  0 comments
Primare, purveyor of high-end AV and hi-fi, isn't a noted follower of fashion. Its stock in trade is immaculately built and designed components for the connoisseur. While this philosophy has a natural affinity with two-channel hi-fi, it’s a less easy fit with AV, where features and functions are typically stacked higher than Godzilla’s galoshes.