34 – Playstation 5 Gets Raytracing! – Tech Time Podcast

  • Our thoughts on the “picture” of the Black Hole
  • Our thoughts on Julian Assange

Disney Plus Video Streaming Announced

  • November 12 2019 (USA)
  • $6.99 (USD) a month or $69.99 a year (Ad Free).
    • Netflix is around $11.
    • Less due to significantly less volume of shows.
  • Devices = Roku & PS4 (Confirmed).  Most likely on Apple TV, Amazon Fire & Android (maybe Nintendo Switch).
  • Programming = Traditional Disney, Star Wars, Marvel.
    • Marvel – Loki, Hawkeye. What If (Heros and Villans in different realities).
    • Live Action Star Wars (Mandalorian – Space Gun Slinger with Carl Weathers! LOL).
    • Monsters At Work
    • Simpsons
    • Traditional Disney
      • 500 films, 7000 episodes of Disney TV.
  • Hulu will continue with more “adult” content.  Maybe shows like Dare Devil, Jessica Jones…
  • Netflix Stock dropped 5% or $8 billion in market capitalization after Disney Plus announcement.
  • Disney Stocks jumped 12% or $25 billion.
  • Discussion
    • Has Netflix become the “Basic Cable” of streaming with Disney Plus as an add on?
    • Will Apple price their service as low as Disney?
    • Is it worth it to subscribe?
      • Rank? Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube TV, Crackle, HBO Now

PlayStation 5 Details Announced

  • Mark Cerny (Lead architect on the PS4 and PS5) was interviewed by Wired.
  • Wouldn’t confirm it would be called the PlayStation 5.
  • It will not release in 2019 – Maybe 2020???
  • CPU Based on 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processor
  • GPU on AMD’s Radeon Navi.
    • Perform Ray Tracing – Complex rendering used in Hollywood for high quality visuals
    • 8k output.
    • Better Audio Experinces “more immersive” sound.
  • SSD (Solid State Drive)
    • Shrink lengthy load times, faster online play.  
    • Higher bandwidth than anything currently on PC’s.
  • Backwards compatible.
  • Working prototype – showed Marvel’s Spider-Man
    • Fast Travel through New York on Subway 0.8 seconds (PS4 Pro 15 seconds).

Disc-Free Xbox One S Could Land on May 7 “ALL DIGITAL”

  • Microsoft is about to launch an even cheaper Xbox One S. In order to cut costs, the company is removing the Blu-ray disc drive altogether.
  • According to leaked marketing images spotted by WinFuture, the console could launch on May 7th for $258 in Germany.
  • From a report: Given that the launch is just a few weeks away and that those marketing images line up perfectly with previous rumors, chances are this is the real deal.
  • As you can see on WinFuture’s images, it looks exactly like an Xbox One S without the disc slot.
  • The console is called Xbox One S All Digital and comes with a 1TB hard drive — most standard Xbox One S consoles currently also feature a 1TB hard drive. Microsoft states clearly that this console is only for digital games. If you already have physical Xbox One games, you wonâ(TM)t be able to insert them in the console.

Tesla Ends Online Sales of $35,000 Model 3

  • Tesla is changing up its retail strategy yet again, this time deciding to end online sales of the long-awaited $35,000 version of its Model 3 sedan
  • The move comes just over a month after the company announced that the $35,000 version was finally coming to market.
  • Tesla said customers wanting the $35,000 version of the Model 3 would have to make the purchase by phone or in person at one of its stores.
  • The cheapest Model 3s ordered online will now include Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assistance system and a longer battery range, features that increase the price to $39,500.
  • The blog post said Tesla was making the changes to “simplify vehicle choices and to make Autopilot more affordable.” Such a configuration would previously have cost $40,500, it said (it’s actually a thousand dollars cheaper)
  • A Tesla spokesman said the change would allow the company to produce one version of the Model 3 and use software to limit the battery range and turn off features such as heated seats for customers who wanted the $35,000 model. A longer range and additional features will be switched on in the $39,500 car, known as the Standard Plus model.
  • Tesla’s announcement also said it would begin leasing the Model 3, but would not offer customers the option to buy the cars after their leases expired, a departure from the typical industry practice and its own policy on other models.
  • Tesla said it aimed to upgrade Model 3s returned after a lease to allow them to drive themselves, with no human at the wheel, and be deployed in a driverless taxi fleet. The company acknowledged that the technology for driverless taxis was still in development and would need to be approved by safety regulators before such a business could begin.

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