Youtube 360 Videos and the Ricoh Theta 360 m15 camera

It was reported back in January by Gizmodo, that YouTube would soon support 360 Degree Video Uploads, and that Google confirmed that it would be adding native support to its browser for 360 degree video support.   

Well fast forward to about a week ago, when it was officially announced and released that YouTube now has support for uploading 360-degree videos.  So, YouTube, Google, 360, videos... what does it all mean?  To some it will mean just one thing, Amazing new way to watch videos! But, on the other end of the spectrum, it may mean videos that could leave you feeling a bit woozy.

Just like the technology that allows you to use Google Maps in street view, and pan around from left to right, up and down, in a complete 360 degree motion,  YouTube (using Google Chrome only) will allow you to see videos that have been recorded in this 360 degree format.  If this hasn't grabbed you attention yet, and has you yelling "Show me the Videos!," then think of the next possibility... VR!   

Most notable VR headset like the Oculus Rift for example.  With just your computer screen, you are able to set a 360 degree video to full screen and use the mouse or the directional control wheel located at the top right of a video to move around and see the entire 360 degrees.  Sure, its amazing, but image if you had an Oculus Rift VR headset,  if the comparability is there, you would just have to move your head, left right, up down, to view the same video. Just like being there and experiencing the same thing as the person who recorded the video!  How awesome would that be.

Now take that one step further,  imagine being able to go to a movie theater or watch a movie at home, with that same 360 degree field of view.  Being able to watch Intersellar in 360-degrees would be mind blowing.  

Sure, VR will definitely be amazing, no doubt about it.  There are already game studios developing games for this purpose and some, like Euro Truck Simulator 2 and Mirror's Edge that already have this support,  and the possibilities is so much more.

Currently there are a handful of new cameras that support or will support this 360 Degree spherical panoramic recording capability.  The Ricoh Theta, Kodak SP360, Giroptic 360cam, VSN V.360, Bublcam, and other down the line.  For the everyday person, YouTube video creators, and anyone really, these would be considered the "affordable" cameras, with most starting around the $400 USD price tag. 

One of the most sleek and portable cameras on the market is the Ricoh Theta, priced at around $415 on at the release of this article.  The Ricoh Theta weighs 0.25 pounds, measures 5.08 x 0.9 x 1.65 inches, has 4GB of internal memory with no expansion option, which gives it only a maximum of 3 minutes of recording and charged via USB.  Just  look just like an over sized USB flash drive, the device is sleek and simple, 2 spherical cameras (back and front) are able to records in 1080P* video.  Note regarding the video; the entire video is recorded in 1080P, but when viewing the actual video, the section you are looking at may appear lower quality since that section is not at 1080P.  

Below is a great review by Jvlogger: Hikosaemon, a Kiwi (from New Zealand) who has been living in Japan for some time now and creates some awesome videos on his YouTube channel.   He's just purchased a Ricoh Theta and has been using and shooting videos for the past week since the YouTube update for 360 degree video uploads was announced.  He has a great video review of the Ricoh Theta, and videos that have been recorded with the Ricoh Theta, which is recommended to watch using Google Chrome for the full 360 effect.  

Check out the videos below, check out Hikosaemon's channel for more 360-degree videos!  Let us know in the comments below what you think about the YouTube 360-degree capability!

Jaws Of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition

A few days ago, the first expansion was released for Dragon Age: Inquisition, called  Jaws Of Hakkon for the Xbox One and PC.  Today, it was announce via the Dragon Age Twitter account, that the Jaws Of Hakkon DLC will be available for the rest of the other platforms (Playstation 4, 3 and Xbox 360), coming May 2015.

Jaws of Hakkon, brings us a new adventure through the lands of Thedas in which you will discover the fate of the last Inquisitor, and his prey in the form of a very powerful dragon.  The lands of this dense new wilderness will be filled fierce hunters called Avvar, who settled in the Southern most mountains of Thedas.  You will be able to explore the Avvar culture and find clues that will help you uncover the mystery of the last inquisitor and the dragon he hunted.

This new expansion gives you a new adventure, a new area and new allies, all the while facing powerful foes, and gaining new unique armor and weapons.  

Check out the DLC announcement trailer below.  Let us know if you've played Dragon Age: Inquisition and if you have or will be picking up the this new expansion in the comments below!

BlizzCon 2015: Ticket Sale Dates Announced

BlizzCon 2015 may still be months away, the actual ticket sales date is fast approaching!  Usually split into two separate days of sale,  the first day is set as Wednesday, April 15th @ 7:00 PM PST and the second day will be Saturday, April 18th @ 10:00 AM PST.  Make sure to mark your calenders and set up your reminders!

Guaranteed to sell out and sell out fast, it best to be prepared!  The folks over at Blizzard released some helpful information located on their blog:  2015 Ticket Purchasing Guide.    You can also get an overview of the event, and ticket prices on their Event Information page.

You can also head over to the Evenbrite page where you will use to purchase your BlizzCon 2015 tickets and set up a reminder for the Event and check out prices as well:  BlizzCon Ticket Purchase Page.

Hope everyone is able to purchase their tickets and is able to attend.  You never know, you might even see some EVGA Techs there as well!!

For Science! How G-Sync and FreeSync are Different

Nvidia's G-Sync technology has reigned supreme for the past couple of years.  Now with the official release of FreeSync, the gloves are off and we are seeing more and more comparison reviews and videos.  Set to become another Standards battle to see who will come out on top, like the mini-disc vs CD's or HD DVD vs BluRay.  

Both technologies have their pro's and con's, and have their own set of rules like: you can only use an Nvidia based graphics card for G-Sync and a Radeon graphics card for FreeSync.  

The guys over at PC Perspective, Allyn Malventano and Ryan Shrout, have gone a bit further in their review and investigation on how G-Sync and FreeSync differ from each other in their latest video, which you can see below.  Their findings are very interesting on how both technologies handle the bottom end of their advertised refresh rates, and you will be surprised at their findings!!  Their video be a bit on the long end, but the information provided and the use of their oscilloscope to test with, is worth watching!

Let us know what you think of their finding in the comments below.  Do you currently have a G-Sync monitor or are you planning on getting one?  

Battlefield: Hardline Battlefest!

Starting March 26th,  in commemoration of the Battlefield: Hardline launch and in celebration of the faithful Battlefield players,  the teams over at Visceral and Dice are proud to bring you:  Battlefield Battlefest event.  

March 25th-March 30th:  Battlefield Hardline will have a double XP weekend.  
Martch 27th,  Log into Battlefield Hardline and receive a free Gold Battlepack.

These are just a couple of the events that will take place during the next few days.  For more details and more events check out the Battlefield Hardline News post here!

Also don't forget to make sure you sign up and participate in our own gaming event ending soon, on March 31st:  EVGA's Pot o' Gold!! 

World of Warcraft: WoW Tokens

A few weeks ago, Blizzard announced the WoW Token.  For years, WoW has been the #1 MMORPG and has always been on the monthly subscription model for years.  With the introduction of the Wow Token players will now be able to trade gold for game time.  

A player will be able to purchase a WoW token in game with real money.  That player will then have an in-game Token available to sell on the auction house for in game gold.  When another player wins the in-game auction the token becomes soul bound and the player will have 30 days to redeem the in-game time.  

For a list of FAQs and further Details check out the WoW Blog here.  For an update on the Wow Token rollout and more check out the recent article here.  Launch of the WoW Token is expected to release after the March 24th release of Patch 6.1.2.

You can see an example of the transaction below:  
Want to buy a WoW Token for gold? Head to the new Game Time tab in the Auction House, and purchase one immediately for the current gold buyout price—there’s no bidding involved.

When you put a WoW Token up for sale, you’ll be quoted the amount of gold you’ll receive once someone buys it—you’re guaranteed to get that amount no matter how the market moves.

Win a Torq X10 Gaming Mouse!!!!

The EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse. Built with the highest quality materials, this mouse was designed from the ground up to satisfy the needs of the hardcore gamer with a high quality laser sensor that provides up to 8200 DPI, an adjustable weight system, nine programmable buttons and a unique sizing system that allows you to adjust the height of the body.

We didn't stop there though. The EVGA TORQ X10 features the highest quality Omron switches with a lifespan of over 20 million clicks. We also included a full metal base that provides solid construction, the latest Avago 9800 laser sensor providing up to 8200DPI with 1000Hz polling rate, a 6FT silver coated USB cable, and much more.

The EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse provides you with the precision and control you need for every day tasks and for those intense First Person Shooter gaming sessions to come out on top!  Five (5) lucky random winners will be able to WIN an EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse (non carbon).  Yes, that's right, for this contest we will be selecting Five (5) Winners! Thus the questions may require a little further research through the EVGA website!  

Wondering what the EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse looks like up close?  Check out some awesome beauty shots from one of our EVGA community members (Renovatio_Design) on the EVGA Forums >> Here!! <<

Contest Questions:
Question #1:  What type of Switch is used in the mouse and how many click is it rated for?
A.  Omron switches,  10 million click life-cycle.
B.  Orion switches,  7.5 million clicks life cycle.
C. Omron, switches, 20 million clicks life-cycle.
D. Omni switches, Over 9 thousand!!

Question #2:  The EVGA TORQ X10 has the option to add weights for a more personalized feel.  What are the three different weight options that come with the TORQ X10 mouse (in grams).
A.  Three cube weights:  1g, 3g, and 5g.
B.  Three barrel weights:  2g, 4g, and 6g.
C.  Three barrel weights:  1.5g, 3g, and 5.5g.
D.  Three triangle weights; 0.5g, 4g, and 5g.

Contest Rules:
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2)  Multiple comments don’t qualify for extra entries,
3)  Entries will run for Six (6) days, starting March 25th, 2015 @ 6:00 PM PST and will end March 31st, 2015 @ 6: 00 PM PST
4)  Five (5) winners will be selected at random and announced on April 1st, 2015.

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