Sony is close to the official launch of its faster PS4 Pro console, with the retail packaging now leaking online - and it really doesn't look all that special from the box.
Infamous industry insider Shinobi601 posted on NeoGAF, with a packaged PS4 Pro console that was reportedly secured from Walmart.
Sony states on the back of the box that the PS4 Pro is ready for "extraordinary entertainment", as it supports 4K streaming and 4K "auto-upscaling for video content"... but remember, the PS4 Pro does not have a 4K Blu-ray player.
Sony's new PS4 Pro launches on November 10.
We've been bombarded with teases of Nintendo's next-gen Switch console, but we don't know much about the launch, its games that are in development, or the pricing on the codename NX console that is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra processor.
Nintendo has now announced it will be livestreaming an event for Switch on January 12, 2017 - with Nintendo saying in its press release: "This will be an event for invited media, financial analysts, and trade partners in Tokyo that will be globally livestreamed on Jan. 12, U.S. time. The presentation will include the launch date and pricing for Nintendo Switch, as well as a look at the lineup of games currently in development".
Nintendo will be providing an exact start time "in the coming weeks" for the event, but it will be hosting Switch "sampling events" for media, partners, and consumers in the US and Europe at later dates. Nintendo added: "There will be opportunities for the public to participate in other hands-on events around the same time, details of which will be announced later".
Nintendo impressed the world with the unveiling of its new NVIDIA Tegra-powered Switch console, which blurs the lines between gaming consoles and tablets.
Well, Nintendo hasn't revealed all of the secrets of Switch just yet, with the company talking to The Wall Street Journal recently, teasing: "We haven't shown everything".
WSJ's source said that Nintendo won't reveal any more details about the Switch until 2017, including full specifications, launch games, or pricing.
Nintendo: no more official announcement would come this year on 1) game titles 2) spec details, including region-lock status.— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) October 21, 2016
We're beginning to find out more concrete details on the technical specifications of Sony's upcoming PS4 Pro console, with PlayStation Chief Architect Mark Cerny explaining some of what Sony has done inside of their new console.
Cerny said there are two chips in the PS4 Pro, which lets it play older PS4 games - but when you install the PS4 Pro game, both of the chips work together. Since Sony tapped AMD's new Polaris architecture for the PS4 Pro, is there some CrossFire magic going on?
He explains: "We doubled the GPU size by essentially placing it next to a mirrored version of itself, sort of like the wings of a butterfly. That gives us an extremely clean way to support the existing 700 titles. We just turn off half the GPU and run it at something quite close to the original GPU".
Cerny continued, saying that the team behind the PS4 Pro said games needed "about 10% more memory", which is why they added the 1GB of slower DRAM into the console, joining the much faster 8GB GDDR5.
Sony announced its new PlayStation 4 Pro console earlier this month, but since the unveiling event Sony has added 1GB of RAM to the PS4 Pro.
During an interview with Lead System Architect Mark Cerny and IGN, it was revealed that Sony has added 1GB of DRAM into the PS4 Pro, with the 1GB of DRAM being much slower than the 8GB GDDR5 RAM in the normal PS4. He said: "We felt games needed a little more memory, about 10 percent more, so we added about 1GB of slow, conventional DRAM to the console".
The additional RAM will also be used to store background applications for multi-tasking in your games, instead of reserving some of the unified GDDR5 RAM that it used for the OS and games. The new PS4 Pro will cost $400 and launch on November 10 with a 1TB HDD and remember, no 4K Blu-ray player. For that, you'd have to buy Sony's competitor in the Xbox One S.
Nintendo made its codename NX console official with the announcement of Switch, one of the most interesting consoles ever, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer has nothing but praise for the company and its new console.
Spencer was asked on Twitter about what he thinks about Nintendo's new console, and he replied: "I'm always impressed with the ability to state a bold vision and build a product that delivers on that vision". It's not the first time that Spencer has praised the competition, as he has said good things about Sony and the PS4, and has said that Microsoft's relationship with Nintendo has been "great".
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Nintendo Switch pre-order priced at AUD$999, placeholder price - but still, heart attack alert
Nintendo announced their next-gen Switch console in the last 24 hours, their new exciting console that's powered by a custom Tegra processor made by NVIDIA. But how much is the new Nintendo Switch console?
Australian game retailer EB Games has a placeholder price of AUD $999 for Nintendo Switch, which works out to $762 - very expensive, and more expensive than the Xbox One S, or PS4 Pro. It's a placeholder price, with rumors of a $350 ish price on Switch circling around right now. I would expect Switch to cost $499 in Australia and $349 in the US, but seeing the $1000 price on Switch in Australia had me in cold sweats. EB Games has placeholder prices on Switch, and the next-gen games - these prices will drop, but I'm sure Australian gamers are crying into their hands at that $999 list price right now.
EB Games is also listing Nintendo Switch games at AUD$119.95, or around USD$91.
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Video games are one of the most popular forms of entertainment today, they have become a real competitive sport, and the gaming industry is generating billions of dollars. The "boom" of video games started decades ago. Pong and other early arcade games have shown that there is interest in the market for this type of entertainment, which prompted the engineers to develop home gaming devices.
Although it wasn't the first, the Atari VCS/2600 is one of the consoles which popularized home video game consoles and helped cement the video game movement into mainstream culture. It was released on this day, October 14, 1977 as one of the first second-generation consoles in North America, but it took two years for Atari 2600 to become popular in the market.
By 1979, the VCS was the best-selling Christmas gift (and console), due to its exclusive content, and 1 million units were sold that year. Atari Inc. then licensed the smash arcade hit Space Invaders, which greatly increased the unit's popularity when it was released in January 1980, doubling sales to over 2 million units.
The Atari 2600 was also, at the time, the best-selling American-made console, selling 30 million units. However, when it comes to sold units, the Atari 2600 doesn't come close to the best selling consoles of all time.
Sony is preparing for the launch of its beefier PlayStation 4 Pro console, but that doesn't mean the Xbox One is old and dead now, especially when we have great-looking games like Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4 on the Xbox One.
Well, Forza developer Playground Games and their Creative Director Ralph Fulton, sat down with DailyStar for a chat, where he said: "How much more can you push out of it [The Xbox One]? I would probably just say don't give up on Xbox One, just yet. Developers are always finding new ways to extract more from hardware. ".
He continued: "We're only a couple of years from the Xbox One launch so we're still learning stuff. We're still finding new ways and better ways to do things. It's kinda a point of pride for good developers to always be pushing standards and quality on hardware".
We were the first source in the world to announce that NVIDIA's unannounced Pascal-based Tegra would power Nintendo's next-gen NX console, and it seems more and more outlets are confirming this news - including the latest leak on NX.
According to Direct Feed Gaming, Nintendo NX will be 3-4x more powerful than the Wii U (in raw Gigaflops numbers), adding that game developers won't have too much trouble porting over their Xbox One and PS4 games to NX. Nintendo's new NX console will support Unreal Engine 4 and other mainstream gamer engines, making game ports much easier.
Nintendo will most likely skip on 4K and HDR support for NX, and that the "hybrid" side of the console might be interesting, but all of the other crazy rumors are supposedly just that, rumors.