Sony's PlayStation 4 Neo is officially called the PS4 Pro, a high-end 4K-ready console that targets the "hardcore gamer" with double GPU power, HDR support, and a boosted CPU.
The PlayStation Pro will feature a 1TB hard drive, upscaled 4K resolution support, High Dynamic Range (HDR), higher memory bandwidth, an internal GPU that's double the power of the original PS4 and an overclocked CPU with a "boosted clock rate." According to PlayStation 4 architect Mark Cerny, the PS4 Pro supports "streamlined rendering techniques" instead of brute force 4K rendering to deliver smooth 4K upscaling.
Sony's new upgraded PS4 Pro will not replace current PS4 models, and will not have exclusive games; it will play all existing PlayStation 4 games, and older first-party games like Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4 and Sucker Punch's Second Son will be upscaled to 4K resolution with HDR support. "The same discs and downloads will run on both the standard model, and the PS4 Pro," said SIE President Andrew House.
Check out our PSM 2016 predictions here, and be sure to look at our giant list of everything we know about Sony's PlayStation 4 Neo console below:
UPDATE: Super Mario Run will only be timed exclusive on Apple's App Store, and will eventually come to Android platforms at an unspecific time.
Nintendo has announced that its first-ever real smartphone game will be exclusive to Apple's iOS platform.
In a surprise move, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage at Apple's iPhone 7 event to reveal Super Mario Run, a light Mario Bros. platformer built around collecting coins, for iOS devices. Interestingly enough you can actually play Super Mario Run one-handed, and the game looks pretty spiffy from what we've seen so far. Sadly, Super Mario Run will feature in-app purchases, so that means microtransactions.
Super Mario Run offers three different game modes:
- The first mode features challenging courses for you to complete.
- In the second mode, you challenge the play data of other people's completed courses. You compete to see who can finish the course with the most style!
- In the third mode, you can create your own Muschroom Kingdom using coins collected by playing the first two game modes.
At long last, Halo has returned to PC. Today Halo 5: Forge launches on the Windows Store, allowing map and mode creators to get to work, while everyone can enjoy some sweet, sweet multiplayer content, regardless of platform.
Forge on PC boasts 16 player matches, a cross-platform content browser, official and fan-created maps and modes, 4K support, and more. If you're a console gamer only, the release of Forge on PC means you'll be able to enjoy the creations of PC gamers.
Riot Games are celebrating their 10th anniversary by releasing a League of Legends digital art book. Art enthusiasts will be able to purchase a hard copy valued at $75 or $150 for the Collector's Edition from the website, but the digital version is absolutely free to download.
The new release of the digital download is designed to save money, whilst giving customer's the satisfaction of enjoying a digital copy, which can be read on tablet, smartphone and laptop devices. The Art of League of Legends is structured and designed just like a normal picture art book, with the only difference being instead of thumbing pages, everything is at the convenience through the click of a mouse.
The game art in general, especially the pencil art sketching, is outstanding with great tones, colors and shading. Even those who haven't played the Leauge of Legends can appeal to the art images detailed in the digital copy. The download shows progression and effects used in order to create characters and scenery, etc.
Bethesda games haven't shown up on Nintendo hardware for quite some time, but if Nintendo's new NX hardware meets certain technical requirements, the studio says it "will absolutely be something that we consider."
In a recent interview with Metro, Bethesda's vice president and PR specialist Pete Hines says that the studio will seriously consider Nintendo's new NX hardware if it meets certain criteria. Hines gives key insight on why Bethesda has strayed away from Nintendo's hardware in the past, saying that the studio would have to make too many sacrifices to make their games compatible with the limited hardware--ie the Wii U.
But what if Nintendo's new NX changes all that with some beefy hardware? We have reports that the NX will be a transforming handheld hybrid which doesn't bode well for Bethesda game support. Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime has officially said that the NX "isn't about specs, it's about the content," but in this case Bethesda will only provide the content if the specs match. Here's what Hines had to say:
Details on Cyberpunk 2077 are less than scarce, but a new job listing from CD Projekt RED hints that we'll be able to take control of our own aerial vehicles and fly around the game's futuristic open-world cyberpunk cities.
CD Projekt RED is currently hiring a Vehicle Gameplay Programmer that will design Cyberpunk 2077's futuristic flying ships and cars. "The person in this position will cooperate with Gameplay & Level Designers teams to create the whole architecture of vehicle related code, and the physics of driving / flying in those vehicles," reads the listing.
Based on the way the listing is worded, it sounds like players will be able to actually pilot said vehicles in the game. The developers aren't any strangers to vehicles: Geralt can use a number of locomotion in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, including riding on horseback or slicing through the waters in a sailboat. But horseback and sailing are very different than three-dimensional aerial flight, and it'll be interesting to see how the devs pull this off.
Every PlayStation VR headset comes with a demo disc with a sampling of eight virtual reality "games".
We already knew that Sony's PlayStation VR headset comes bundled with a demo disc, but up until now we weren't sure exactly what the disc contained. As it turns out the included demo disc is beefy in its selection, containing a free copy of the PlayStation Worlds "game" as well as snippets from upcoming PSVR games like DriveClub VR, Battlezone, and EVE: Valkyrie.
Remember that the full PlayStation VR games will be "passive, simple experiences", so don't expect very much from the demos as the actual full games won't be very big--certainly not anything like what we're used to. Resident Evil 7 is practically one of the only full PSVR games available. Oh, PSVR games will cost anywhere from $10 to $60, and that's on top of the minimum $399 price of the headset--not including the ~$300 PlayStation 4 console needed to power everything. Sony also plans to release more than 100 PSVR games through the headset's lifecycle.
Nintendo and ESL have teamed up to organize weekly Splatoon tournaments in Europe where players compete for a rather mysterious grand prize: Nintendo's new NX system.
The tournaments are called Go4Splatoon, and will be held every week starting this Sunday for six months. Every month the top players will compete with one another in a ranking bracket, and ESL and Nintendo will monitor the results and post them online. At the end of the season the top players will compete for Nintendo's new NX system.
Before you get too excited, I've already combed the ESL website and Go4Splatoon page for any mention or tidbits about Nintendo's NX, and there's zero info. It's possible Nintendo could reveal the NX before the event kicks off on Sunday, but it's also possible the company could wait many months before it's officially unveiled--but Nintendo has promised to reveal the NX sometime this year. One small thing to note is that the NX itself is described as a "video games system" instead of a console, but that's just simple nomenclature. There's been tons of reports on the NX thus far, and the major consensus is that Nintendo's new system will be a powerful handheld with detachable that transforms into a "console," that it will use cartridges for games, and that it'll be powered by NVIDIA's new Tegra SoC.
Racing fans will be excited with the news that Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is out of beta, and now available on the Windows 10 Store, with some new abilities to boot.
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex now supports a bunch of racing wheels from Logitech and Thrustmaster, as well as H-pattern shifters including support for some of Logitech's racing wheels, except for the G29 which will have support soon. What about H-pattern shifters for other wheels? The team says that other shifters will be supported in a future patch. As for the supported wheels:
- Logitech G27 Racing Wheel
- Logitech G25 Racing Wheel
- Logitech G29 Racing Wheel
- Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Racing Wheel
- Logitech G920 Xbox One Wheel
- Thrustmaster T300RS
- Thrustmaster T500 RS Gaming Wheel
- Thrustmaster T150
- Thrustmaster TX Xbox One Wheel
- Thrustmaster TMX Xbox One Wheel
- Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Racing Wheel
Microsoft has said that it will eventually have support for different brands of wheels, with support for some of Fanatec's wheels arriving next month in a Windows 10 and Apex patch.