2016 Tech Promises

Throughout the last year there have been amazing accomplishments in the world of technology and most of us want to know what to expect in the tech world during 2016.

We are going to count down the top 8 expected things to be released in 2016. (This list is in no particular order)

8) Oculus Rift and Touch

Through the past year there have been great boosts in Virtual Reality (VR) however this year we have been promised with the Oculus Rift and Touch which allows a better gaming experience making you feel more inside the game. This VR system is owned by Facebook and needs a PC to connect. It can also be connected to with an Xbox controller. Sensitivity controllers will be released later to this and the product is said to be released in the first quarter of the year.

7) HTC Vive

This is another VR related item. It is an Oculus Rift type headset and was meant to be sold in 2015 but is delayed until April 2016.

6) Sony PlayStation VR

Yet another VR item. Sony have entered the competition with the other VR systems. This console is also known as project Morpheus and this item is promised to be released in the first half of the year.

5) Microsoft HoloLens

This item is more of a virtual display unit as appose to another VR console system. It is used to display images in the user’s vision of sight and will be used for more work type uses. It is promised to be released in early 2016 for 3000$ (Approx. £2121.81)

4) IPhone 7 and 7+

Apple may be swapping the mechanical home button for a touch-sensitive home button and removing the headphone jack altogether.  This is the closest guess to what the IPhone 7 will have to offer however we do know that it will be released in September.

3) Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

This is a raw piece of data but we do know that whatever it has to offer will be amazing.

2) iWatch 2

It is said to have face time calls and integrated camera. It is said to be released in March.

1) Nintendo NX

The NX is a mobile/console hybrid that has a touchscreen controller. This is probably going to be released at the E3 show in June.


by  Harry, correspondent for St. Ambrose Barlow

Xbox One or PlayStation 4 for Christmas?

The console battle continues with Xbox and PlayStation. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (PS4) devices have been around for two years now but the battle continues.

Both companies have had many unique and exclusive games to their console however they both also had different approaches to gain more customers.

Xbox is no longer sending games into the Xbox 360 consoles, forcing users to convert to Xbox one which will cost more money for parents and also might start people worrying if they will be forced to spend even more money when the next Xbox console comes out.

PlayStation are waiting another couple of years before cutting of games on PS3, giving a more free choice whether to convert or not. Also the PlayStation 4 has a greater storage at with 1 TERRA BYTE; however have a greater chance of overheating.

Xbox one has a voice recognition system which might seem great however if hacked (which is unlikely, however, a possibility) would leave you vulnerable in your home but this issue could easily be solved by unplugging the device after usage.

To sum up the Xbox vs. PlayStation battle continues with both positives and negatives in both devices.

By Harry – coordinator for the Science and Technology section.




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