Tech Bytes: PC version of Batman game gets an update

PC version of Batman game gets an update

Ten weeks after its first release, the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is finally getting a much-needed update.

When the game was launched in June, it ran fine on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

But PC gamers complained of fluctuating frame rates, random freezes, audio glitches and a host of other problems which made the game so bad that it was pulled from  online video game distributor Steam.

This latest patch promises to fix the most glaring issues, although the game is still not yet available for sale on Steam.

Samsung unveils three new smartwatches

Samsung has unveiled three new smartwatches: the Gear S2, a 3G-enabled version of the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic.

The Gear S2 is a sleek-looking smartwatch housed in a silver stainless steel case, while the Classic version has a black body and a leather strap.

The watches have a rotating bezel, which users can turn to select menu options on their Amoled screens. They will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, and have 4GB of storage.

The Gear S2 and the S2 Classic will be released in the United States next month. There is no word yet on when they will be out in Singapore.

New trio of Sony Xperia smartphones

Sony has announced a new trio of Xperia smartphones, the Z5 Compact, Z5 and Z5 Premium.

The largest phone of the three, the Premium, will feature a 4K 5.5-inch, 3,840 by 2,160 pixel screen, the first of its kind in the market.

The Z5 will have a 5.2-inch screen, and the Z5 Compact a 4.6-inch display.

All three phones will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor and have up to 32GB of internal storage.

The Z5 and Z5 Compact phones will be available globally next month, with the Premium following in November.

Samsung announces first Ultra HD Blu-ray player

4K movies in home cinemas will soon be a reality with Samsung's newly-announced Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the first such consumer player available.

It will support a 3,840 by 2,160 pixel resolution, four times the current Blu-ray capability, and have 64 times as many colours.

Details about its pricing have not been released, but it is expected to be launched early next year.

Compiled by Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2015, with the headline 'Tech Bytes'. Print Edition | Subscribe