Friday Tech Roundup (22 March 2013): Nvidia slams the PS4′s specs, and how real medi-gel is on the way

NVIDIA vs PS4

By on March 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is a weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of Nvidia’s dismissal of next-gen console processing power, a videogame controller for your feet, real-life Medi-gel, and more on science’s intention to destroy us all with robots.

Nvidia bares teeth, gnaws on PS4 specs

“Compared to gaming PCs, the PS4 specs are in the neighborhood of a low-end CPU, and a low- to mid-range GPU side,” said Nvidia’s senior vice president of content and development Tony Tamasi in a scathing interview with TechRadar. “If the PS4 ships in December as Sony indicated, it will only offer about half the performance of a GTX680 GPU (based on GFLOPS and texture), which launched in March 2012, more than a year and a half ago.”

Tamasi goes on to point out that the closed nature of console platforms means that upgrades are impossible, and if history repeats itself, “these next-generation consoles, while being more powerful than the current ones, will very quickly end up more than an order of magnitude behind the PC.” In a tonally similar interview with Gamespot, Tamasi insinuated that Nvidia considered and discarded the idea of working with Sony on the PS4, “I’m sure there was a negotiation that went on and we came to the conclusion that we didn’t want to do the business at the price those guys were willing to pay.”

Logitech release G series rebranded line of gaming peripherals

It’s been a while since Logitech last refreshed their range of gaming peripherals, but the newly announced Logitech G series is set to change that, and bring with it some thoughtful design choices that could benefit gamers of any stripe. The lineup includes four new mice, two keyboards, and two headsets. The new series focuses on comfort and customisation options, with vented surfaces, hydrophobic coatings, and fingerprint-resistant shiny bits designed to protect the fancy new gear from we sweaty users. Stay tuned for some fast-talking with Charles, the Gaming Community Coordinator at Logitech as he runs us through the new range.

The Stinky Footboard turns fancy footwork into keyboard inputs

While the name is somewhat self-deprecating, the company behind the Stinky Footboard is confident in the need for their upcoming oddball foot-controlled peripheral. “Why should we limit ourselves to two hands to control games?,” says Luc Levasseur, co-founder and R&D Director, Stelulu Technologies to MaximumPC’s Paul Lilly. The concept is that the Stinky Footboard sits on the floor, and the user rests their foot on the surface.

The Footboard should remain centred when the user is at rest, but respond to them tilting their foot in any of the four cardinal directions. Tension springs can be individually switched out for heavier or lighter versions based on the preference of the user. The four buttons can be mapped to keyboard inputs, and used in the same way. For example, forward and back could be respectively mapped to accelerate and break in driving games, or the four buttons could be used for weapons or inventory management in shooters and character action games. Stelulu intend to float the concept on Kickstarter after gathering public hands(feet?)-on impressions at PAX East.

Taking the “fiction” out of science fiction: Medi-gel is very nearly an actual thing

A substance named Veti-Gel has been developed by NYU student Joe Landolina, which is astonishingly similar to the all-purpose Mass Effect fixer-upper, Medi-gel. Veti-Gel is designed to instantly stop bleeding upon the application of the substance to any open wound, without the need to apply pressure. “In all of our tests we found we were able to immediately stop bleeding,” says Landolina in a recent interview with Humans Invent. “Your skin has this thing called the extracellular matrix,” he explains. “It’s kind of a mesh of molecules and sugars and protein that holds your cells in place.”

Landolina is able to synthesise ECM using plant polymers, which forms the basis of Veti-Gel’s amazing restorative properties. “It goes into the wound and the pieces of the synthetic ECM in the gel will recognise the pieces of the real ECM in the wound and they’ll link together. It will re-assemble into something that looks like, feels like and acts like skin.” The video below demonstrates Veti-Gel’s ability to stop profuse bleeding, but if the sight of blood makes you queasy, maybe you’d be better off taking our word for it.

Robotic birds of prey could spell the end of aquabots and robo-rodents everywhere

Okay, what is it with researchers attaching claws to robots? First BigDog was given a cinderblock-throwing arm, and now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have attached a claw to a quadrotor, which can snatch up stationary objects while flying past at horrifyingly high speeds.

Taking inspiration from birds of prey, an articulated 3D-printed claw has been designed to hang from centre-point of a quadrotor chassis, and can scoop up its “prey” while travelling at a startling three meters per second. The researchers plan to add a camera to the system that would allow the quadrotor and claw to automatically adjust angle of attack and elevation to improve accuracy and success. Eventually the researchers hope that UAVs fitted with limbs will be used to open doors and carry burdens from locations unsafe for human access.

30 comments (Leave your own)
Village idiot

You know what… The foot thingy isn’t actually a bad idea I guess. I don’t know if it would be overly practical, but I could see some uses for it.

Then again… It would probably retail for about $100 and it’s not really worth it for four extra buttons, hah.

 

You can already get an AMD 8 core CPU and 2+ Teraflops AMD videocard – I got one from OZPC last week and its a beast! And yes I can record games and all of that stuff that the PS4 can do. Not to mention I’ll be able to plug in my Oculus Rift VR helmet, oh and the PC has steam. PC is always 5 steps ahead of console.
Besides everyone has a PC anyway, why not just have a slightly more powerful PC that can do it all?

That medi-gel looks cool though! Put it in my shaving cream :P

 

Waiting for more details on the new Logitech gear. Apparently they’re not coming to PAX Aus.

 

That Veti-Gel is amazing. I wonder if it has a display of your current HP after you apply it?

 

Ahahaha…. Nvidia… butthurt much?

 

I love the whole stinky feet thing. Sim Racers have had that kind of thing for ages, they are called pedals -.-

Nvidia blasting the PS4, what a shock. Oh hang on, most intelligent people had already worked out that the “next gen” consoles are so very last gen PC’s…

 

frontl1ne,
My thoughts exactly.

RSOblivion,
I would’ve hoped that most intelligent people would’ve already worked out that to expect absolute top of the range hardware in a new console is foolish at the least and ignorant at the worst and that even with these “low” specs the PS4 will outperform the average, and even a lot of top end PC’s for at the very least a year due to no small part from superior optimization potential.

 

exe3:
frontl1ne,
My thoughts exactly.

RSOblivion,
I would’ve hoped that most intelligent people would’ve already worked out that to expect absolute top of the range hardware in a new console is foolish at the least and ignorant at the worst and that even with these “low” specs the PS4 will outperform the average, and even a lot of top end PC’s for at the very least a year due to no small part from superior optimization potential.

Not even close, it’ll be half as powerful as 1-2 year old top end hardware on release. Sure there may be some gains due to minimal OS layer [yet to be determined]
Its going to retail for $700-$1000 at launch and anyone here should realise that spending the same money upgrading a PC will yield much better results.
It isn’t the ’90′s any more when most people still didn’t have a PC to start with.

Just as it is with the Xbox360 and PS3, the next set of consoles will all be a case of how much less performance can you stand?
they will never out-perform a mid-range PC as available at their release.

 

trb,

Except you do not understand any of the benefits of coding to a closed hardware environment. Making a game to use the 8GB of ram it has and interface directly with the GPU and CPU will give you performance that the PC version of the game on equivalent hardware WILL NOT be able to match.

Have a look at some of the amazing stuff on the PS3 that is possible with the hardware that is inside (although, the PS3 uses a cell broadband engine so it is kind of hard to compare it one for one)…

 

PinothyJ,

this. From a developer point of view consoles are amazing – a lot of it due to its closed system. Consoles might not ever be as strong as pc’s but they don’t need to be. Current pc’s are more than strong enough for the next 2/3 year’s worth of games, perhaps even longer.

One thing that has always interested me is how they are able to keep pushing out new hardware that isn’t needed = its a conspiracy! the diamond industry controls the pc hardware market!

 

This just in: Consoles continue to have lower specs than gaming PCs due to cost, no one surprised.

 

trb,

I’m sick of people making these general statements of what they *think* the average gaming PC has that is just blatantly untrue. Look at the latest steam survey, the average computer has MUCH less power than a 7850. As for an 8 core CPU? Steam says 0.27% have 8 cores so the argument that 8 core CPU’s are available on PC’s is irrelevant as no one actually has them.

The PS4 WILL outperform the vast majority of computers for at least a year or two, just like the last generation did, not only because of better potential for optimization but also because as shown by the Steam survey the average gaming PC is far lower in raw power than what a lot would like to think.

To be clear, yes the latest Quad SLI setup with a 12 core CPU and 32gigs of RAM has more raw power than the PS4 but who cares? That’s like comparing said PC to a super computer, the comparison is meaningless. The PS4 does have very good specs and will also have a far superior, real world, performance to price ratio than an equivalent PC.

I just don’t get this need to bash the PS4 because it isn’t rocking SLI 780′s or something. I’d understand if it was actually underpowered like when it was rumoured to have a 6650 but that thankfully wasn’t the case, the specs ARE good and are very comparable to the latest PC’s.

 

I find the console vs PC argument odd. Unless you are 13 and have your parents get all your gaming needs why not just buy a console and a PC? And if for some reason you don’t want to spend your money on a console/PC then your opinion is moot.

 

exe3:
trb,

I’m sick of people making these general statements of what they *think* the average gaming PC has that is just blatantly untrue. Look at the latest steam survey, the average computer has MUCH less power than a 7850. As for an 8 core CPU? Steam says 0.27% have 8 cores so the argument that 8 core CPU’s are available on PC’s is irrelevant as no one actually has them.

The PS4 WILL outperform the vast majority of computers for at least a year or two, just like the last generation did, not only because of better potential for optimization but also because as shown by the Steam survey the average gaming PC is far lower in raw power than what a lot would like to think.

To be clear, yes the latest Quad SLI setup with a 12 core CPU and 32gigs of RAM has more raw power than the PS4 but who cares? That’s like comparing said PC to a super computer, the comparison is meaningless. The PS4 does have very good specs and will also have a far superior, real world, performance to price ratio than an equivalent PC.

I just don’t get this need to bash the PS4 because it isn’t rocking SLI 780′s or something. I’d understand if it was actually underpowered like when it was rumoured to have a 6650 but that thankfully wasn’t the case, the specs ARE good and are very comparable to the latest PC’s.

omg :facepalm …. the pile os shit 4 will be outdated once released and won’t even come close to a standard pc of today’s world. “8 core @ 1.9″ underclocked LOL .. built into a APU / gpu > cpu on one die, yer its going to out-perform pc’s for a year or 2 ahahhahahaha .. it wil lsux . end of story..

 

schkorpio:
You can already get an AMD 8 core CPU and 2+ Teraflops AMD videocard – I got one from OZPC last week and its a beast! And yes I can record games and all of that stuff that the PS4 can do. Not to mention I’ll be able to plug in my Oculus RiftVR helmet, oh and the PC has steam. PC is always 5 steps ahead of console.
Besides everyone has a PC anyway, why not just have a slightly more powerful PC that can do it all?

That medi-gel looks cool though! Put it in my shaving cream :P

O_O that is an awesome idea ’bout putting the gel in your shaving cream!

 
steve_rogers42

kano69,

trb,

and any other PS4 haters, please read comments to be found here:
http://games.on.net/2013/03/ps4-to-out-power-most-pcs-for-years-to-come-says-avalanche-cto/#comments

<3

Also Logi' back on the ball with more gaming peripherals…. i loved Razer's CEO post on FB http://www.facebook.com/minliangtan?fref=ts regarding this announcement from logitech. I only hope their products live up quality and driver wise.

 

I won’t bother getting technical, but put simply a console does not need the same specs as a PC to perform the same. They are a lot more optimized. Next gen consoles will easily out perform most gaming rigs for at least a year. Maybe two.

 

Damn… No LCD mechanical keyboard.

 

So you lot are comparing a new $600-$1000 console with computers people have owned for years.

omg! news at six! brand new top of the line PC smokes console I’ve owned for year and years …

as I said above, it will not out-perform a PC that has the same $$ spent on it in upgrades as buying a whole new console at the time the console launches.

Try comparing whats available when the console launches rather then whats available when the last generation of console was still leading the console line-up.
you know, apples to apples, rather then apples to compost.

and thats without even getting into how much people actually have to spend to go from no console+peripherals to consoles that actually does as advertised.

console
extra controller(s)
TV that actually can display the difference in gfx quality .etc.

main point: spend $1000 on a your PC instead of a console and the PC will be better in every way and the games will even cost less.

 

We get it TRB, consoles picked you last for kickball at recess..

 
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