This Week on JungleDrums:
Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s gaming and tech news! Xbox One X will support 1440p, Super Mario Odyssey is awesome, Razer Phone is available to pre-order, and more!
The Xbox One X is being marketed heavily as a 4K-focused machine, but it turns out that’s not the only way to get greater resolution than 1080p. The One X will eventually have native support for 1440p (2560 x 1440) monitors, as confirmed by Microsoft’s Kevin Gammill on Twitter. Gammill later clarified that 1440p support won’t be ready immediately but is “coming soon.” 1440p is a popular resolution for high-end gaming monitors, particularly among players who like to prioritize framerate. While it’s unlikely that many developers will specifically target 1440p displays on the Xbox One X, the addition of system-wide 1440p output at least means that you’ll be able to make the most of the native resolution.
- Reviews for Super Mario Odyssey went live last week, and the game is ticking off an absurd number of perfect scores. Overall, Super Mario Odyssey’s Metascore stands at 97, a lofty score that only five games have ever bested. Super Mario Odyssey is a sandbox 3D platformer in the vein of Super Mraio Galaxy, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario 64, with the added twist that Mario can now possess enemies and friends alike by hurling his sentient hat onto their heads.
- A couple of weeks ago we reported that Razer is getting into the smartphone business. As you might expect from the maker of high-powered gaming laptops, this new phone has outrageous specs and is geared for video games. Indeed, judging from its specs, the Razer Phone, which the company announced Wednesday, could handily beat Apple’s iPhone X, Google’s Pixel 2, Samsung’s Galaxy devices, and other top smartphones, when it comes to performance. But the Razer Phone has another thing going for it that could even tempt non-gamers — its $700 price. That’s a lot cheaper than many other top phones.
- It appears November 2017 might be the month finally putting an end to the dominance of Windows 7. According to latest stats from StatCounter, the user-favorite operating system from Redmond has seen a drop of 1.32 percentage points last month, now sitting at the market share of 42.67 percent. In comparison, Windows 10 got an additional 1.65 percent of Windows market share, helping it narrow the gap with Windows 7. The newest operating system is now at 40.95 percent.
- The world has been invited to meet the Elgato 4K60 Pro. The capture card ships on November 21st for $399 USD. Elgatos states that you will be able to capture immaculate 4K gameplay at 60 fps, powered by ultra-low latency technology. The official subreddit has the latest information, including:
Does 4K60 Pro support high frame rate capture? (1080p120/144/240hz, 1440p120/144hz)
Yes, 4K60 Pro can capture higher refresh rates and resolutions that were previously not possible. There are some limitations and due to differences in setups and equipment, we cannot guarantee that it will work.
JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by Scholarly Gamers’ Content Coordinator, AcuteJungle66. Topics discussed in the show focus heavily on gaming, highlights, streams, and tech, but will typically hover around hot-button topics of the week. Joining AcuteJungle66 are a rotating selection of guests, ranging from friends and those interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as Destiny 2, The Division, or Rainbow Six Siege.
AcuteJungle66 has been dabbling with tech ever since he tried improving the tape deck of his Commodore 64 back in the ’80s. Tech and Gaming have both been interests of his for several decades, but he also enjoys the great outdoors as often as he can.
As a proud Military Veteran who spent much of his life on 3 different continents, he is quite content being back home in Scotland; where he enjoys a much ‘quieter’ life these days.