Sony will show off the future of PlayStation gaming tomorrow at their PlayStation Meeting event in New York by unveiling the new upgraded, high-end PS4 Neo console, but what about the games? We lay out our predictions on which games will accompany Sony's massive new PS4 Neo announcement.
Sony has officially confirmed that it will reveal a new PlayStation 4 console during tomorrow's big event, complete with pricing and a release date. But we expect two new PS4 consoles to be revealed: the new cheaper, thinner and cooler PS4 Slim refresh that rocks a shrunken 16nm APU and will replace current PS4 models, and the so-called "hardcore" PlayStation 4 Neo which rocks an upgraded GPU to support gaming in native 1080p 60FPS, upscaled 4K, and boosted VR performance. But what about the games?
We've heard rumors that Rockstar will reveal Grand Theft Auto 6 alongside the PlayStation Neo with native 1080p 60FPS and upscaled 4K support, and that the game will feature a single female protagonist voiced by actress Eva Mendes. We have sufficient evidence that GTA 6 is currently in the works, but there's also a rumor about another big Rockstar game, too. And what about Mass Effect: Andromeda and Sony's strong first-party exclusives like the new God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn? Surely we'll see these games rendered in glorious 1080p 60FPS at the event. So without further adieu, here are my game reveal predictions for Sony's PlayStation Meeting event.
The Bat is back! Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment announced that the Dark Knight will be returning to gaming screens in Batman: Return to Arkham. The remastered edition of the first two Batman games by Rocksteady in Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) and Batman: Arkham City (2011) will be made available on the PS4 and Xbox One on October 18th.
The trailer compares the PS3 versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City to the PS4 version, with the colors much more vibrant, surfaces have greater depth, and the shading is better defined. The overall content is sharper and the quality is greater than seen on other platform games.
The remastered version will be an excellent addition to the Batman trilogy. With problems previously seen in the recall of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC, the launch of Batman: Return to Arkham had to be picture perfect without any performance issues during gameplay. So far the reviews and mood set by gamers/critics seems to be that the new edition is passing the quality test with flying colors.
CD Projekt RED is currently deep inside of the world of Cyberpunk 2077, with the post-Witcher RPG having more game developers work on the game than The Witcher 3 had even during its most intensive month.
The studio posted on the NeoGAF forums, on the dedicated section for shareholder questions, where they said: "There are currently more game developers working on Cyberpunk 2077 than on The Witcher 3 in its most intensive month".
Considering CDPR announced Cyberpunk 2077 back in early 2013, we still don't know much about it - but it looks like the studio is right in the middle of working on it, so let's hope we get to take a look at the game soon.
Now that the insane wave of interest in Pokemon GO is going down, Sony is talking about how much of a "game-changer" the game was.
Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has said that his company plans to "aggressively" get into mobile gaming, saying: "It's quite a shift from being just a console-based business to being on mobile phones as well". Hirai added: "Pokemon Go is a real game-changer. I'm very interested in the fact that it has the potential to really change the way people move, literally".
Hirai continued saying that the use of augmented reality used in Pokemon GO was a "great innovative idea that's going to lift all boats for the video game industry", adding that he'd like to see AR components added to its own mobile games.
Sony is expected to unveil its new PS4 (a slimmer version of the original console) while a more powerful PS4 Neo has most gamers excited in a whole new way, and that's without the release of the PlayStation VR headset next month.
Duke said he was out of gum, and it looks like he was right, because he's back for a cash-in with Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour.
Gearbox Software announced that it's taking pre-orders for Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour, which is a remastered version of the iconic 1996 shooter Duke Nukem 3D. The game will feature a full remaster of the original game, powered by Gearbox's "True3D Rendering" mode which will provide the ability of toggling between the original, and new graphics on-the-fly.
Duke Nukem 3D's original designers, Allen Blum III and Richard "Levelord" Gray have created a fifth episode called Alien World Order, which features 8 new levels with a new soundtrack from Lee Jackson, who was the composer on the original game, and the author of the Duke theme song. Gearbox even has Jon St. John, who is the voice actor for Duke himself, back in the voice acting seat for some new "Duke Talk".
Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour arrives on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 11 for $19.99.
Sony's new thinner and cheaper PS4 Slim console refresh features a shrunken 16nm APU chip to reduce total console power draw, boost power efficiency, and save on space.
After watching Tech-Links' recent PS4 Slim teardown video I noticed something interesting: the PS4 Slim's APU had a different serial number than the current PS4 model. After some digging around, I compared the PS4 Slim's chip with the PS4 in a side-by-side comparison, noticing an obvious size discrepancy when comparing transistor relation size. The PS4 Slim's chip was smaller, and I wasn't the only one who noticed it.
The PS4 Slim's APU has been reduced to 16nm from the PS4's original 28nm chip size, culminating a reduction of about 57%. This means the new slimmer model will draw less power and run cooler than current PS4s, which is a pretty big deal for console owners. The PS4 Slim's PCB has also been redesigned and is much more minimal, and the console only draws 160W of power versus the vanilla PS4's 200W. Although the PS4 Slim enjoys a smaller chip that's more power efficient, don't expect any actual jumps in power: the PS4 Slim does match the Xbox One S' 16nm chip size, but it doesn't have an overclocked GPU, play 4K video, or upscale games to 4K.
Sony Korea has just confirmed that a new PlayStation 4 model will be unveiled during the company's PlayStation Meeting on September 7.
While we pretty much knew it was happening, Sony has now officially confirmed that the release date and price for a new PlayStation 4 console will be unveiled on September 7. While the Sony Korea blog post didn't explicitly say the words "Neo" or "Slim," Sony officially confirmed the existence of the high-end PS4 "Neo" console before E3 2016, and the Japanese console-maker is expected to announce the PS4 "Neo's"pricing and release date info during the meeting, which starts on Wednesday, September 7 at 3PM EST.
@ZhugeEX they will announce the date and retail price of new PS4 on 8th in HK. yeah, it is confirmed.— kan chan (@ChoiKangho) September 5, 2016
According to past evidence, leaks, and reports, Sony's high-end PS4 "Neo" will feature an upgraded GPU possibly based on AMD's new Polaris graphics architecture to enable native 1080p 60FPS gaming, upscaled 4K resolution gaming, and enhanced VR support. An alleged worker at a Foxconn manufacturing facility has sketched out a rough draft of the PS4 "Neo", possibly revealing key features of the console's design.
Batman fans have yet another date to look forward to this month with Telltale Games releasing the second episode for Batman: The Telltale Series digitally worldwide starting on the September 20. This announcement was made for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, as other devices and consoles will have to wait for now until further dates are revealed.
The new episode is called Episode 2: Children of Arkham, and it hasn't had much detail leaked about it so far, but will no doubt entertain Bat-fans regardless.
The five-episode series will also be available to purchase at retailers starting September 13 in North America, sold as a special Season Pass Disc to customers. This means that anyone who purchases this disc, will be able to see episodes before they are released digitally.
Disney have announced that they will be discontinuing the Marvel: Avengers Alliance app for smartphones. With hopes for a second edition to last longer, it now has a shutdown date scheduled for the 30th September, 2016. Both Avengers Alliance 1 & 2 games have failed performance expectations.
With May, 2016 seeing the end of Disney's Infinity collection after it was stated then that the last two products to hit store shelves would be Finding Dory and Alice through the Looking Glass. This poses the question as to whether or not Disney is strong enough to survive in the gaming world?
The website listed that it will no longer be accepting new purchases or downloads, but the games will be available to play until the end of September. The reason given for terminating the two games was to divert Disney's development focus towards other online and mobile play applications.
The sequel to the Disney Magical World is about to hit retailers next month, with The Magical World 2 to release exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in Europe and North America on October 14th.
The Magical World 2 will include new exciting adventures with characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf from the smash hit musical 'Frozen'. Players will also have the ability to dance with Disney princesses, ride with Mickey in the Magical Dream Parade, and take on ghostly mysteries throughout 6 different Disney-themed worlds.
The Disney Magical World 2 simulation lets you live amongst more than 100 Disney characters in Castleton, a magical town created where gamers can decorate and design dream homes, run a café, and buy hundreds of Disney-themed items.