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The New Sony PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Pro, and PlayStation 4 Slim Announced

Sony held a press conference of their own Wednesday to a packed house. Sony announced not only one new PlayStation 4, but two. PlayStation’s Project Neo is now officially called PlayStation 4 Pro. The PlayStation 4 Pro will launch November 10th at the cost of 399. Which is great considering with updated hardware, Sony could have charged more.

The PlayStation 4 Pro will be able to output games in 4K. The Pro will also include a 1TB hard drive. The pro will be able to play other PlayStation 4 games, and even HDR video thanks to the upgraded GPU. Mark Cerny, the man behind the PS4 said YouTube, and Netflix are currently developing apps just for the PlayStation 4 Pro, while pointing out that the PlayStation VR experience would be ramped up with the Pro, allowing for more detail, Higher frame rates, and other improvements.

The other PlayStation 4 announced was a new slimmer model. The PlayStation 4 Slim will come with a 500gb hard drive, and a new price of 299. The new slim option is only .5 inches more narrow, and .75 inches shorter. Sony has removed the power, and eject invisible touch zones, and replaced with actual buttons. These buttons had been angering fans since the PS4 launch. The new slim model will launch September 15, 2016.

Sony seemed to impress today, and is probably looking at a very successful holiday season. I have held out on buying the PS4 personally because I tend to do most of my gaming on the pc. However, with the 299 price tag, I will finally purchase one.

Sources: Sony

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No Man’s Sky Patch 1.08 is Live

Sean Murray’s No Man’s Sky Gets Patched

No Man’s Sky gets a patch numbered 1.08. There seems to be zero communication from the developer about what was patched. This game studio is so disorganized and out of the loop when it comes to modern game releases. AAA game titles have community managers who collect information from the developers and release that information to their players via channels of social media.

This is just another example of an overpriced game. Hire some people Sean, it’s absurd.

We had to dig through Reddit and other places to find information on what “seems” to be different from previous patch to now.

This what we found:

  • the game no longer freezes after saving a location.
  • opening galaxy loading screen is much smoother than before.
  • this patch really smoothed out the edges it seems.
  • reports that space combat has been changed.
    • the lock-on feature has been changed so that locking on is more difficult now.
  • reports that way points have disappeared.
  • noticed an improvements regarding:
    • lens flares
    • weather (storm) effects
  • new puzzles in the transmission towers.

If you have found other changes please list them in the comments below and we will update the list as we can. We also heard their are new bugs from this patch.

We heard that the galaxy map is no longer working correctly so that you can’t advance to the galactic core.

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Sony Jumpstarts Mobile Gaming Division

PokEmon Go causing Sony to aggressively pursue Mobile Gaming

Sony has been watching Nintendo’s success with the immensely popular Pokemon Go App. Sony Chief Executive Kaz Hiarai said that Sony will be “Aggressively getting into” mobile gaming. He should have said, again.

Hiarari told the Financial Times at the IFA consumer electronics expo in Berlin that “It’s quite a shift from being just a console-based business to being on mobile phones as well.”

This marks another console maker to reluctantly pursue the platform of mobile gaming. Nintendo had also been resistant for years, before Miitomo, and now Pokemon Go this year. It should be noted, however, that Nintendo is part owner of the company that made Pokemon Go. Also the Pokemon Go Plus device that they made to go with the app, has yet to hit shelves.

Sony in the past has had a handheld device called the PlayStation Portable and even an Xperia smartphone line. It seems that Sony will use the Apps, not to make money, but to sell more consoles and games with them. Sony even tried cross platform development using it’s Vita handheld and Android games, and announced it would leave mobile gaming in 2015.

Sony established ForwardWorks Corporation in March of 2016, which will make apps based on PlayStation games, and characters.

As someone who has played PlayStation Games since the PS1, I am looking forward to seeing what Sony has in store for us mobile gamers.

Sources: SCEI Press Release

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