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PS5 Pro will have an 'ultra-boost' mode that increases graphics and framerate

Jak Connor | Apr 16, 2024 11:15 AM CDT

It has been a day for PS5 Pro news as The Verge has posted yet another article revealing more details about the upcoming console.

PS5 Pro will have an 'ultra-boost' mode that increases graphics and framerate

As I have previously outlined, Sony's upcoming console slated to be launched in the 2024 holiday period, will come with significant performance hikes compared to the standard PS5, and with these performances jumps will be a bump in visual fidelity for games, as indicated by the PS5 Pro "Enhanced" label Sony will be putting on games that meet specific criteria. But what about old game that don't get the new label? Will they run better on the PS5 Pro?

Sony has thought of that and has provided developers with an "ultra-boost" mode that will help Variable Refresh Rate modes run at a higher framerate, and games with a variable resolution may render at higher resolutions. Furthermore, framerates are believed to be more stable on the PS5 Pro.

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New NVIDIA GPU driver supports Steam's most-wanted game Manor Lords, and No Rest for the Wicked

Darren Allan | Apr 16, 2024 10:58 AM CDT

NVIDIA has pushed out a new GeForce Game Ready Driver and it comes toting support for a couple of imminent high-profile PC games.

New NVIDIA GPU driver supports Steam's most-wanted game Manor Lords, and No Rest for the Wicked

Those are Manor Lords and No Rest for the Wicked, both of which are now supported with driver version 552.22.

Manor Lords recently had its release date announced, and the city builder that takes place in a medieval setting - featuring social and economic intrigue mixed with Total War-style tactical battles - is out on April 26.

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Canceled Tomb Raider-style game for the Nintendo 64 finds its way online, and you can play it

Kosta Andreadis | Apr 16, 2024 10:31 AM CDT

A lost piece of videogame history has been discovered and preserved: a canceled game for the Nintendo 64 called Riqa, a 3D action adventure in the style of Tomb Raider. The first Lara Croft games were exclusive to the PlayStation console, so the N64 getting its own Tomb Raider clone was a big deal.

Canceled Tomb Raider-style game for the Nintendo 64 finds its way online, and you can play it

Nintendo first announced the game in its official magazine in 1999. Riqa was described as a "sci-fi adventure featuring action and puzzle elements" and has been developing for some time. The title, Riqa, gets its name from the female protagonist. However, the art style was more anime than the realistic look of Tomb Raider.

The now-defunct UK developer Bits Studios led the game's development, with Nintendo set to publish. Originally shown off at E3 1999, the game disappeared, only to surface 25 years later with one of the original developers sharing a few different prototype builds online.

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Fallout TV show only works in binge format, here's why

Derek Strickland | Apr 16, 2024 9:31 AM CDT

The Fallout TV show has sparked a debate among viewers: Is it better to binge the entire season on day one or take your time with weekly episodes?

Fallout TV show only works in binge format, here's why

The new Fallout TV show on Amazon Prime is an example of incredible execution. The entire transmedia campaign was clearly planned out from the get-go by people who A) know their audience, B) care about the franchise, and C) have a bunch of products at the ready. The Fallout show is a huge success, but it only works because of the engagement firestorm that is binge culture.

I've seen a few articles criticizing the Fallout show's binge format. This thinking is a bit myopic and loses sight of why the Fallout show actually exists in the first place: To shine a lighthouse beacon on the Fallout games. The Amazon show brought Fallout front and center, exposing the post-apocalyptic franchise to Prime's 200 million subscribers.

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Sony devs waiting for FSR 3.1 before adding AMD's Frame Gen to Horizon Forbidden West on PC

Kosta Andreadis | Apr 16, 2024 9:01 AM CDT

The PC version of Horizon Forbidden West has been well received, not only as an expansive sequel to a great open-world action-adventure but also as one of those rare PC ports that does justice to the source material while leveraging all of the additional goodies that come with the platform, from improved visual fidelity to uncapped frame rates to ultrawide monitor support to upscaling and even Frame Generation.

Sony devs waiting for FSR 3.1 before adding AMD's Frame Gen to Horizon Forbidden West on PC

Horizon Forbidden West's impressive PC port was developed by sony studio Nixxes, image credit: PlayStation Studios.

For its upscaler support, Horizon Forbidden West includes support for AMD's FSR, Intel's XeSS, and NVIDIA's DLSS. However, when it comes to frame generation, this is limited to NVIDIA's DLSS 3.5 version of Frame Generation, which works great. Still, it is limited to the GeForce RTX 40 Series because it requires specialized AI hardware - so there's room for AMD's frame gen.

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Fallout 76 broke its all-time player count record on Steam thanks to the Fallout TV show

Kosta Andreadis | Apr 16, 2024 4:32 AM CDT

The Fallout TV show is a hit, with fans and newcomers alike falling in love (or getting reacquainted) with one of the most recognized and beloved franchises in gaming. As expected, the show has brought people back into playing Fallout - but in a surprise twist, the online multiplayer Fallout 76 just broke its concurrent player count record on Steam with 39,455 peak players this past weekend. This is notably higher than the previous launch record of 32,982.

Fallout 76 broke its all-time player count record on Steam thanks to the Fallout TV show

Every major game in the franchise, including older titles like Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4, has experienced a massive surge in players on Steam. The show faithfully captures the fun, bleak, and violent world of post-apocalyptic America, as seen in Fallout, so it's no wonder people have been flocking to the wasteland.

Fallout 76 is interesting because the game launched in an abysmal state, with a litany of bugs and a string of controversies. But, Bethesda has spent the ensuing years fixing the game's many issues, including the addition of actual NPCs, with the latest update to the game expanding the world to include a post-apocalyptic Atlantic City.

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PlayStation 5 Pro release window has a major issue no one is talking about

Jak Connor | Apr 16, 2024 3:10 AM CDT

The specifications for the PlayStation 5 Pro have leaked and it now seems we have a very good idea of what Sony has been baking behind the scenes and when they plan on releasing it.

PlayStation 5 Pro release window has a major issue no one is talking about

The specs for the PS5 Pro were originally leaked back in March, which reportedly sparked an investigation by Sony into which developer seemingly broke the silence on what is under the PS5 Pro's hood, leading to a further assumption the specifications were legitimate. Now, we have a double confirmation of the specifications as The Verge obtained what appears to be a more detailed developer blueprint for the PS5 Pro, which listed many of the same March specs and even more that weren't previously known. Check out that full specs list below.

One piece of information that surfaced was the release window for the PS5 Pro - the 2024 holiday period. This got me thinking. What game will Sony market with the PS5 Pro to sell it? Or is the company going to entirely rely on the performance hike from the standard PS5 to entice gamers? I proceeded to check what Sony has in the 2024 pipeline in terms of games, specifically system seller-caliber titles such as the God of War franchise from Santa Monica Studios or the Spider-Man games from Insomniac Games.

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Overwatch 2 Season 10 'Venture Forth' launches tomorrow, check out the trailer here

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 15, 2024 9:34 PM CDT

Overwatch 2 Season 10 is nearly here, and developer Blizzard has unleashed a new trailer for the season, which it has dubbed "Venture Forth." So go forth, pun intended, and check out the trailer below.

Overwatch 2 Season 10 'Venture Forth' launches tomorrow, check out the trailer here

The upcoming Overwatch 2 Season 10 will deliver multiple changes and new things, including a new DPS hero called "Venture" which will be unlocked immediately once Season 10 is live. A new limited-time mode called "Clash Trial" is included, where teams must battle over 5 capture points, with each captured objecting adding to a point to the prevailing team's scores.

You can win in one of two ways: by controlling all five objectives at once or by scoring five points in total before the other team. Clash will be available as a limited-time trial until April 29. There will be new Mythic Hero Skins, and the introduction of Mythic Prisms which can be earned in the Premium Battle Pass and used in the Mythic Shop to purchase the current featured Mythic Prisms when you complete the Premium Battle Pass.

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth sales are underperforming, Square Enix profit goal likely impacted

Derek Strickland | Apr 15, 2024 8:01 PM CDT

Square Enix may issue yet another one of its "failed to meet expectations" notices, and this time it could be Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth that's to blame.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth sales are underperforming, Square Enix profit goal likely impacted

New reports indicate that Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth isn't selling nearly as well as Remake, the first game in the new reboot series, and it's possible that Square Enix's profit targets will be affected by the potential sales miss.

The news comes by way of Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, who relayed the info on Twitter: "Rebirth is underperforming sales-wise. It's selling about half of what Remake sold in the same timeframe and looks like it'll have a weaker tail," Ahmad said, citing equities research firms as the source of the data.

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PS5 Pro specs leak: ray tracing, release window, upscaling from 1080p to 4K

Jak Connor | Apr 15, 2024 7:40 PM CDT

Sony is preparing to release the PlayStation 5 Pro, and ahead of its release, a full specifications list has been leaked online to a publication.

PS5 Pro specs leak: ray tracing, release window, upscaling from 1080p to 4K

It was only last month that Insider Gaming's Tom Henderson confirmed previous leaks regarding Sony's PlayStation 5 Pro console, codenamed Trinity, with the insider saying that the previous rumors stating the PS5 Pro was a powerful ray tracing console that will arrive with AI hardware designed to deliver Sony's custom DLSS upscaling technology called PlayStation Spectral Super Resolution (PSSR) was all true.

Additionally, previous rumors stated the PS5 Pro would have a GPU 45%+ more powerful at rendering than the PS5, and the CPU would only be a 10% increase over the standard PS5. Now, The Verge has obtained a full list of specs for the upcoming console, confirming many of the previous rumors and adding more details to the equation.

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