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PlayStation Vue is dropping a few things, and some subscribers are likely to be unhappy. All Viacom-owned networks, including Comedy Central, Spike, and MTV, will no longer be available on PlayStation Vue. Vue will cut the stations at 12:01am EST on Friday, November 11th. According to Sony, “As part of our ongoing evaluation of the PlayStation Vue offering, we have determined that removing the bundle of channels from Viacom is the best way for us to continue to offer the most compelling value to our fans.” Sony did not explicitly state its reason for dropping Viacom. The change is likely an attempt... Read more...
We are now just a week away before the retail launch of the PlayStation Pro, a beefier version of the original PlayStation 4 console with burlier hardware and support for 4K video output and High Dynamic Range (HDR). As we get closer to launch, the question on everyone's mind is how many games will support the PS4 Pro's new capabilities out of the gate. The answer is more than 30. That figure comes straight from Sony. And by the end of the year, Sony said there will be more than 45 titles optimized for the PS4 Pro. In both cases, some of the games will need an update to support the PS4 Pro's new... Read more...
Mark Cerny, lead system architect of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, recently made a curious comment about rendering games in 4K Ultra HD. What he said is that by his estimation, it would take at least eight teraflops of computing muscle to render content natively in 4K. On the surface he sounds like he is disparaging the PS4 Pro, but he's really throwing shade and Microsoft and its Project Scorpio. Here's the thing about the PS4 Pro—it kicks out 4.2 teraflops of computing power, a massive increase from the original PS4's 1.84 teraflops. That is only about half of what Cerny reckons is... Read more...
Sony has a new ad for its not-yet-released PlayStation 4 Pro console, though it is not what you might expect. The trippy ad-spot goes into full retro mode with hat tips to 1980s culture, an odd time period to promote a new PS4 console considering the original PlayStation didn't debut until halfway through the 1990s. Nevertheless, it is an amusing and nostalgic flashback to a bygone era in gaming. The grainy ad plays like a VHS tape, for those of you old enough to remember the defunct media. Saturated colors and grainy video highlight the "super-charged PlayStation 4 Pro console system" with its... Read more...
PlayStation 4 players wishing for a controller that is shaped and design more like an Xbox One Elite gamepad are in luck. Sony announced two officially licensed pro controllers coming to the SIEE region for the PS4 this year, the Razer Raiju and Nacon Revolution, both of which sport a similar overall shape to an Xbox One controller but with familiar PS4 buttons. "To give our competitive and pro players more choice, we invited Razer and Nacon to use their knowledge and expertise in developing eSports peripherals to design two unique pro controllers for PS4," Sony stated in a blog post. "Through... Read more...
Sony's now an official contender in the VR gaming space with its PlayStation VR, which as the name implies is a VR headset designed for the PlayStation 4 console. Naturally, the teardown specialists at iFixIt wasted no time getting their nimble fingered mitts on one for a complete deconstruction. That's to be expected, but what we didn't expect was the level of praise they showered on Sony and its headset. "The verdict: Sony just won the war. Regardless of resolution and actual games, this thing is really well-constructed, cheap, pretty accessible, and has the entire PlayStation marketplace backing... Read more...
For the most part, Sony's chosen to focus on the broader picture for its PlayStation 4 Pro console and is more than happy to discuss all the things it supports, such as 4K output and High Dynamic Range content. But turn the talk to detailed hardware specifications and Sony quickly clams up. Well, usually. In a rare moment of reveal, Sony told a Japanese-language blog that the PS4 Pro will feature a SATA 3.0 interface.That revelation came by way of a correction. Initially, Sony Interactive Entertainment vice president Masayasu Ito told 4Gamer that the PS4 Pro wouldn't support the faster SATA interface... Read more...
At long last, Bethesda is bringing mod support for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition to PlayStation 4 players after working out an arrangement with Sony. That was the plan all along, of course, with Bethesda originally intending to bring modding to the PS4 back in June. But then Sony set up a roadblock by refusing to approve mods as Bethesda wanted to implement them. "Sony has informed us they will not approve user mods the way they should work: where users can do anything they want for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim Special Edition," Bethesda stated a month ago. "Like you, we are disappointed by... Read more...
Sony's prepping for a busy holiday shopping season with its PlayStation 4 Pro, an upgraded version of its PlayStation 4 released in 2013. The PS4 Pro has a 30 percent faster processor along with an onboard GPU that's twice as powerful as the one it's replacing, paving the way for 4K HDR gaming. But as it turns out, raw horsepower isn't the only developers have to play with. There's a bit of "secret sauce" that Sony has yet to reveal. The hint of greater things to come originates from Eurogamer's invitation to spends on hands-on time with Mantis Burn Racing on Sony's forthcoming console refresh.... Read more...
It's always interesting to hear what the bigwigs behind major game consoles have to say about the future of gaming on their platforms. That's especially true now that both Sony and Microsoft have announced or released mid-cycle upgrades with faster hardware. In that respect, it appears that consoles are becoming more like PCs, but is that the future of consoles? Don't count on it, says Sony boss Andrew House. Sony has begun taking pre-orders for its forthcoming PlayStation 4 Pro, essentially a beefed version of the PS4 that can deliver faster frame rates and better visuals (4K streaming and HDR).... Read more...
Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky is a beautiful disaster. Although there are approximately 743,000 owners of the game on Steam, reviews for it have been less than stellar. Much of the game’s criticism has come from the developer Sean Murray’s misleading (to some) marketing strategy. Sony’s president Shuhei Yoshida has recently criticized Murray’s PR performance. Yoshida remarked that he personally “really enjoyed” the game. He played No Man’s Sky before its launch and on the day of its launch once the patches had been released. Yoshida is also sympathetic to those who believe that Murray dabbled a little... Read more...
Sony is currently leering at DIYer’s with “Na, na, na, na, na, you can’t catch me.” The company recently unveiled its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The device, however, will need to be custom installed by automation system vendors such as Control4, Crestron, and Savant. Yukio Ishikawa, Director of Home Entertainment Systems for Sony, remarked, “The new UBP-X1000ES player has been long awaited by custom installers who desire a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that provides a ‘one-stop’ solution for their clients’ premium entertainment needs.” The X1000ES is compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray discs... Read more...
At a time when biometric security solutions seem to be gaining traction in the mobile market, Sony for whatever reason has decided to remove the fingerprint scanner from its Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact handsets before releasing them in the United States. The curious decision comes after Sony released the same handsets with fingerprint readers in the European market.A visit to Sony Mobile's U.S. website shows the full specs and list of features for each phone, and in both cases there's no mention of a fingerprint scanner. It's possible that Sony simply forgot to jot the feature down, though the... Read more...
Sony's next major update for the PlayStation 4 console, version 4.00 (otherwise known as Shingen) has left the beta stage and is going out today to all PS4 owners, bringing with it a refreshed system user interface (UI), Folder organization, updates to the Quick Menu and Share Menu, improvements to Library, and several other goodies.Starting with the Quick Menu, Sony has made it easier to access without leaving your game by having it take up a portion of your screen. It's also more customizable than before and has several new menu items, plus an enhanced Music section that was featured in the beta... Read more...
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