Sony is going to make it very easy to know which games are enhanced for the new PlayStation 4 Pro, with the company using a "PS4 Pro Enhanced" sticker or icon on the PS4 packaging.
Sony says: "You can check PlayStation Store for games that take advantage of PS4 Pro specific features, or look for the PS4 Pro Enhanced icon on software packaging. PS4 Pro Enhanced features vary by game. Select titles may have enhanced visuals, frame rate, HDR 10 support, or increases in resolution".
Some of the new games that are enhanced for the new PS4 Pro include Battlefield 1, Horizon Zero Dawn, Elder Scrolls Online, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Watch Dogs 2, Mass Effect Andromeda, and more.
UPDATE: In addition to the 14 games listed here, the following games will also feature upgraded performance on Sony's PS4 Pro: Titanfall 2, The Last of Us Remastered, Paragon, Shadow of Mordor, Infamous Last Light, Uncharted 4 and Elder Scrolls Online. More games will be added as well.
There is a list of games that will have built-in support for the upgraded PlayStation 4 Pro console, with some of the biggest new games of the year making the list. These games include Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Watch Dogs 2, and more.
The games that have PS4 Pro support will use the additional horsepower and 4K output for better looking games that will also run better on the PS4 Pro, so we should expect most of these games to [hopefully] run at 60FPS on 1080p HDTVs. Sadly, it's up to devs how these upgrades are applied, so not every game will run at native 1080p 60FPS on PS4 Pro. Older games will need to be updated with Forward Compatibility updates to leverage the PS4 Pro's new hardware, and Mark Cerny affirms that more older PS4 games will be supported in the future:
"You may have noticed that several of these titltes including Paragon, Infamous: Last Light, and Shadow of Mordor are already released. That's another aspect of the PS4 Pro experience. A number of games you already own may have been patched to play better on the console. We're referring to this upgrading of your library as Forward Compatibility. Patches for over a half dozen of our first-party titles are in the works, as well as quite a few from our third-party partners," Cerny said during the PS4 Pro's reveal.
Sony is still keeping some of the more detailed technical specifications on its new PS4 Pro under wraps, but during a roundtable interview session with some of the development team on Horizon Zero Dawn, there were questions asked about the "nitty gritty" of the PS4 Pro and its performance.
Guerrilla Games' managing director Herman Hulst along with art director Jan-Bart Van Beek gave some details, but PS4 lead system architect Mark Cerny will provide a more detailed response soon. GameSpot reports that a PlayStation representative talked about Cerny's comments in the roundtable, saying that Sony will "have more technical details in the near future".
The question asked was if Horizon Zero Dawn's assets are rendered in 4K for the PS4 Pro version of the game, with Van Beek saying that it's not quite 4K, adding that it's "so close" that you might not be able to tell. He said: "It's not native 4K. It is perceptively so close that you wouldn't be able to see the difference with normal human eyes".
Sony made its PS4 Pro official yesterday, after months of teasing it as the PS4 Neo, Sony's new console whimpered onto the market without a 4K Blu-ray player, and it won't be anywhere near as fast as Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Scorpio console.
Microsoft has been on the offensive since the reveal of the PS4 Pro, tweeting that its new Xbox One S console includes a 4K Blu-ray player, but now the company has reiterated that Xbox Scorpio will be the "most powerful console ever", something it claimed when unveiling Scorpio at E3 earlier this year.
Senior Director of Product Management and Planning at Xbox, Albert Penello, chatted with IGN, where he said: "I believe that the difference between what we're going to deliver with Scorpio from a performance perspective and PS4 Pro will be obvious to customers. I believe we have the best value this holiday, and I think we're going to have the most powerful box next year".
Sony's entire focus of their PlayStation Meeting was the unveiling of the new PlayStation 4 slim and PS4 Pro models, but the company also unveiled a newly designed PlayStation Camera.
The new PlayStation Camera will launch on September 15 for $59, and is required for the PlayStation VR headset, with the camera acting as a head-tracking device. The redesign has the PlayStation Camera looking much better, with a compact cylindrical form. It also includes a stand that lets you adjust the angle of the camera, too.
Sony has finally announced the new PS4 Pro, after months of it being codenamed PS4 Neo (which sounds way cooler), the newer, more powerful PlayStation 4 will cost $399 when it launches on November 10.
The new PS4 Pro is faster, rocking a new Polaris-based GPU from AMD, and Sony took some time to explain the innards of its new PS4 Pro, which lacks a 4K Blu-ray player. Microsoft announced its Xbox One S console a few weeks ago, which is priced from $299 and it rocks a full 4K Blu-ray player. As soon as Sony made the announcement on the PS4 Pro, Microsoft's social media team jumped on it, tweeting out that their Xbox One S features 4K streaming and a 4K Blu-ray player.
Head of Xbox Games Marketing, Aaron Greenberg, tweeted out the specs of the PS4 Pro, saying that the upcoming Xbox Scorpio console will be faster. Xbox Scorpio rocks 6 TFLOPs of performance, while Sony's new and improved PS4 Pro is capable of just 4.2 TFLOPs of performance. The lack of a 4K Blu-ray player is a big deal, considering how important Sony's role is in the Blu-ray standard.
The rumors on Nintendo's next-gen NX console are flying thick and fast, but the latest rumor has me intrigued: Nintendo will be moving back to cartridges for its NX console, according to The Wall Street Journal. The WSJ says that "people familiar with the matter" said that Nintendo will "adopt cartridges for its next-generation" NX console.
Physical media in the games industry is still a very large business thanks to cheap manufacturing and storage of discs, versus every single gamer who purchases every single game needing to download tens of gigabytes of data for a single game. Industry insiders have said that cartridges were a reasonable choice for Nintendo's next-gen NX console, because the Japanese giant goes after a much wider range of consumers compared to Microsoft and Sony.
Atsushi Osanai, an ex-Sony employee said that "no doubt today's best format to physically distribute games", and with cartridges being tougher than discs that can be scratched, Nintendo might have a big win with NX.
Sony should just come out and at least announce it has a PS4 Slim on the way after all of these leaks, but that's what the PSM event on September 7 is all about. Until then, we have a new teardown video on the PS4 Slim to enjoy:
The PS4 Slim video provides a detailed look inside of the new PS4, which will replace the current model. The refreshed PS4 is slimmer, will run cooler and hopefully quieter, and rocks a new 16nm-based APU from AMD.
A new exciting console is coming to store shelves this Fall! The highly anticipated Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition, or as it's been nicknamed, the 'NES Mini' will be available for purchase, November 11, 2016.
The newly developed miniature NES console will include 30 classic pre-loaded games, along with a single NES controller. Some of the games include Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, plus more!
Nintendo has now revealed that the emulator running the NES Mini is a brand new creation, developed differently from the emulator used for console games on the standard Wii and Wii U. This now means the NES Mini will provide different modes of display, from regular, to upscaled and even a "pixel perfect" mode, giving the old school vibe amongst gamers on their TVs.
Mark your calendars for September 7, which is when Apple will be unveiling its new iPhone and Sony to finally unveil its PS4 Neo console. It's going to be a huge day, with both media events happening within hours of one another.
Sony will unveil its PlayStation Neo console, as well as the PS4 Slim in New York City while Apple will be unveiling its new iPhone 7, and most likely the new Apple Watch. Apple is first, with its event kicking off at 10AM PT / 1PM ET, while Sony's event begins at 12PM PT / 3PM ET.
We will be covering both announcements, so be sure to tune in for the iPhone 7 and PS4 Neo/PS4 Slim news on September 7!