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All posts tagged "PlayStation 4"

  • PS4 Pro Boost Mode: which games benefit most?

    The 4.50 firmware for the PlayStation 4 finally brings external hard drive support, but PS4 Pro users in the beta programme also got Boost Mode. The feature uses the extra grunt of the Pro model to deliver smoother performance in vanilla PS4 games (that aren't patched for the Pro). So which games benefit most? Eurogamer has done a preliminary round of testing, putting the likes of Project CARS, F1 2016, Knack and Assassin's Creed Unity to the test. It found that Project CARS saw the biggest framerate improvement, "in the region of 35-38 percent". In other words, a full race at Le...

  • PlayStation Network is down: here’s what we know

    Anyone looking to enjoy some online gaming fun on any of the PlayStation consoles tonight will be in for some unwelcome news. The PlayStation Network, for the second time this week, is down. Sony confirmed the issues on its status page, flagging the PlayStation Networks social, gaming and sign in systems in red. Checking connections on consoles also suggests that PSN is undergoing maintenance. DownDetector largely suggests that most users seemed to suffer connection issues around midnight Thursday SAST, pretty much exactly when we were kicked out of our gaming session. A vast majority of its users are reporting issues with...

  • PlayStation 4 Pro gets Boost Mode for non-Pro titles

    Microsoft's Xbox One S was notable for more than just its HDR gaming capabilities, as the machine also received a modest GPU speed boost (roughly 8%). This translated to smoother performance in some games. Now, Sony has quietly enabled a PS4 Pro feature, dubbed Boost Mode, that also yields performance improvements. First spotted by NeoGAF, the Boost Mode is available as a toggle within the system menu, offering performance gains for games that haven't been patched for the PS4 Pro. "Experience improved gameplay, including higher framerates, for some games that were released before the PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 Series). Turn this off...

  • PlayStation 4 finally getting external HDD support in next update

    Oh, and it's getting some other features as well. It seems as though Sony is finally listened to fans and will be implementing external hard drive support for games in its forthcoming 4.50 firmware update. It's not like the Xbox One and Wii U have had that for quite a while now (yeah, we know that neither console has upgradeable internal storage). The feature will be compatible with external hard drives up to 8TB in size and will only work with USB 3.0 devices. Sony also announced a slew of other features included with the update, of which there is no ETA yet. PlayStation 4...

  • Nioh review diary: git gud or die trying

    Welcome to my Nioh review diary. This will be the parchment on which I document my struggle to git gud with yet another Japanese RPG. How will it end? With me dead, probably. Nevertheless, I will be adding entries fairly frequently to this review, as I make my way though the game's grisly worlds. If you're interested, please bookmark this page and remember to return regularly. Entry #1: introducing Nioh Time played: 3 hours Chapter: 1, escaping the Tower of London Mental state: good, but blood pressure is worrying Note: although I'm still downloading the bulk of Nioh's bytes, the game does allow you to...

  • Steam gets native PS4 controller support with new update

    Prefer your PS4 controller and want to use it for PC games? Well, support hasn't exactly been consistent, but that looks set to change with the latest Steam update. The PC gaming storefront has introduced native support for PS4 controllers with its latest update. Just how deeply integrated is the support though? Let's just say that it's actually on par with the Steam Controller, owing to gyro and touchpad features as well. "When enabled, PS4 controllers will have access to the same sort of customization/configuration support as Steam Controllers, including native API support," Valve explained in the Steam update notes. PS4 controllers now...

  • No Man’s Sky update 1.12 debuts with more bug fixes

    After its Foundation Update debuted late November, Hello Games has announced patch notes for No Man's Sky's latest update for PC and PlayStation 4. Marked as patch 1.12, the live update fixes a slew of bugs on both platforms, but doesn't add any content. According to a Reddit post, the update is around 400MB. If you we're hoping that Hello Games would add some sort of multiplayer element to the title before the Holidays, you'll have to hold back the tears. No Man's Sky's latest update doesn't add much content, but does fix a slew of bugs The indie developer also posted a...

  • PS4 gets two promotions in SA for December

    Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has announced two promotions for the PS4 for the month of December. "The first promotion will commence from 9 to 14 December offering consumers who purchase any standalone or bundled PS4, a free copy of EA Sports FIFA 17 on PS4 resulting in a saving of up to R1200," the local PlayStation distributor wrote in an emailed statement. The standalone PS4 currently has a suggested retail price of R5199. "Immediately following this consumers will be able to pick up the brand new standalone PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system with a 500GB HDD at an astonishing R3999.99 from 15-24 December," SKE wrote. Want a PS4...

  • The Last of Us Part II: yep, Joel and Ellie are back

    One of the bigger surprises at the PlayStation Experience this past weekend was the reveal of a sequel to The Last of Us, in the form of The Last Of Us Part II. The game seemingly takes place a few years after the events of the first, with the trailer showing a slightly older Joel and Ellie in a house of sorts. "Like many of you, we have a deep love for the world of The Last of Us and its characters, and while a sequel may have seemed like a foregone conclusion, it wasn’t the case," wrote Naughty Dog creative...

  • Ace Combat 7: lasers and Starfighter in new trailer

    We've seen plenty of news at Sony's PlayStation Experience event over the weekend, but air combat fans will no doubt be pleased by the new trailer for Ace Combat 7. Ostensibly a PlayStation exclusive, the latest trailer shows the Strangereal universe of earlier Ace Combats, as opposed to the real world of the Assault Horizon entry. So what else does the new trailer show? Aircraft Some of the more notable planes spotted include a Sukhoi Su-27 or derivative (most likely Su-33 or Su-35), F-15 Eagle, an F-22 or F-35 of sorts, F/A-18 Super Hornet, a typical flying wing aircraft called Arsenal Bird (dropping dozens...