We've talked about streaming devices and set top boxes from Nuvola in the past. One of the products from the company that we have talked about is the Nuvola NP-H1. Nuvola also has another steaming media set top box called the Nuvola NP-1. This device is billed as the world's first 4K UltraHD media player.
Dell has introduced two new Ultra HD monitors, the UltraSharp 24 and the UltraSharp 32, both of which are available now, as well as the Dell 28 Ultra HD Monitor, which will be arriving early next year. With these monitors comes 4K resolution and ultra-wide viewing angles, as well as pricing that makes the beyond-HD offerings budget-friendly for mainstream consumers.
Details on a new Dell UHD monitor have leaked online. The monitor is the Dell UP2414Q and it packs a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 giving it support for 4K content. The new display will add to the existing UHD computer monitors on the market already including the larger Dell UP3214Q UHD display that sells for $3500.
One thing that is very common for 4K televisions on the market right now is that they tend to cost a lot of money. Some name brand 4K televisions can cost over $10,000. Before most consumers won't start purchasing 4K resolution televisions until the price comes down significantly. Thankfully, some Chinese manufacturers are offering 4K televisions that cost less than some of the full HD resolution TVs on the market today, such as Seiku.
This year at IFA 2013, we got our hands on Panasonic's Toughpad 4k UT-MB4, the world's first 20-inch 4K tablet. With this massive slate comes a resolution of 3840 x 2560 pixels and an IPS Alpha LCD, as well as Windows 8.1 and the durability that comes with the Toughpad designation. Fast-forward a couple months, and now we know pricing and availability.
As 4K televisions pick up speed in the consumer market and prices begin to drop, demand for 4K content is increasing, and it seems Netflix is aiming to be on the forefront. The video service has been testing 4K video streaming, and has recently added a handful of Ultra HD resolution videos to its catalog. If all goes as planned, Netflix hopes to begin providing Ultra HD-resolution content in 2014.
In what's essentially a very, very early build of Star Citizen here at NVIDIA's Montreal 2013 event, we've gotten the opportunity to get up-close and hands-on with the likes of 4K output. This game isn't out on the market yet - it's still rolling in funding cash, in fact, having just reached a $23 million dollar point this week. We've found this game rolling out on a massively powerful dual-card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titans, as it were) gaming build from Maingear - the same we saw yesterday kicking out the jams with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Here we're also seeing some fabulous NVIDIA-pushed next-generation development taking full effect as well.
This week at a special event held by NVIDIA in Montreal, we got the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the near-final build of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag in 4K resolution. This experience was made real on an LG 84LM9600 4K television and was played on a monster custom gaming rig constructed by the folks at MAINGEAR - the build called "The Shift", as it were, with a set of beastly NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics cards inside.
Speaking on stage first this week at NVIDIA's Montreal gaming event series was Tony Tamasi - SVP of Content and Technology, letting it be known that this week's content would work with Game Platforms, Game Works, and Game Technology. He went so far as to suggest that three new technologies (at least) would be revealed this week, making the case first and foremost on the importance of PC gaming. Using a variety of sources - Riot Games, Sports Business Journal, Wedbush Securities, and Nielsen, a few numbers were spilled - perhaps the most boggling being the idea that the number of PC gamers in the world is currently double that of the entire population of the United States.
Toshiba has announced that the L9300U series of 4K ultra HD TVs is now available at select retailers the US. The series of 4K ultra HD TVs are available in 58-inch, 65-inch, and 84-inch screen sizes. Toshiba will also be providing a couple very nice upgrades at no additional cost to buyers of the televisions for a limited time.