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All posts tagged "PlayStation 4"

  • PS4 Pro to actually support 4K video in media player

    It's rather weird that the PS4 Pro doesn't support 4K video files via the media player app, given the fact that 4K content is a big sell for the console. Now, Sony has announced that a new media player update will indeed enable 4K video. "Following this update, 4K videos in mp4 format saved on a USB stick or home server can be played on the Media Player app," the company wrote on its blog. Sony also reminds gamers that you can't use USB storage formatted for games and apps (extended storage) to play/store 4K video files. The media player update also has a...

  • PS Store sale hits SA: get FFXV for R214, much more

    The PlayStation Store is currently holding a European sale and, fortunately, South Africa is included in the mix. So what are some of the more notable deals, then? Well, CheapGamer reports that BEYOND: Two Souls (R159), Bloodborne (R399/R328 for PS Plus members), Final Fantasy XV (R641.40/R213.80), God of War 3: Remastered (R249/R166.65), Infamous: Second Son (R249/R154.65), The Last Guardian (R399) and Uncharted 4 (R399/R309.10) are some of the more notable deals. Otherwise, PS4 gamers can also look forward to Knack for R95. Hold the "it's still not worth it" jokes. Got a PS3? Well, you're in for a treat as well, with...

  • Horizon Zero Dawn hits 2.6 million units sold, DLC on way

    Horizon Zero Dawn has enjoyed brisk sales since its launch at the end of February. Now, Sony has announced that the original AAA title has sold 2.6 million units during its first two weeks. Sony noted in an emailed press statement that the game's performance made it the "best-selling new first party IP" for the PS4. "We knew Horizon Zero Dawn was going to be something special, so to see the incredible critical reaction to a brand new game world translate into this level of sales is really gratifying," said Shawn Layden, Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios. "Guerrilla has created a game...

  • PS4 hard drive support: everything you should know

    The latest firmware update (4.50) for the PlayStation 4 has finally brought support for external hard drives, among other notable features. But before you go splashing out on a drive, there are a few things worth noting, as the PlayStation blog points out. Requirements and preparation First of all, you'll want to make sure that your external hard drive supports USB 3.0. As for size requirements, your drive needs to be a minimum of 250GB or a maximum of eight terabytes. Even if you do meet these requirements, Sony notes that there's no guarantee that your drive will work anyway. Once you've got your...

  • Nintendo Switch vs PS4: how does first cross-platform game fare?

    There's no doubting that the Nintendo Switch is less powerful than the PS4 and Xbox One, but what is the disparity exactly? Well, Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has spent some time with Dragon Quest Heroes 2, available on PS4 and Switch. The publication noted that they couldn't get their hands on the PS3 version, which would've given us a better idea of where the Switch sits (i.e. closer to PS3 or closer to PS4). So what were their findings anyway? For starters, it was noted that the game ran at 1080p on both the PS4 and Switch version. The former then switched (heh) to...

  • Gran Turismo Sport closed beta open for (US) entries

    It may have been delayed from its original 2016 release, but there's still a lot to like about PS4-exclusive Gran Turismo Sport. Between the motorsport focus, heavy esport emphasis and official FIA backing, it signals a very different approach to the GT formula. Now, Sony has announced that interested gamers can sign up for the closed beta test here. However, the biggest downside is that this stage of the beta is only available for US gamers. "The initial phase of the closed beta, starting on 17 March, will only be open to selected US PSN IDs. After this initial phase, the...

  • PS4 firmware 4.50 out tomorrow, Boost Mode in tow

    The 4.50 firmware update for the PS4 represents a rather exciting upgrade for PS4 and PS4 Pro owners alike. And now, gamers can see what all the fuss is about, when the update launches tomorrow. Yep, Sony has confirmed the launch date for the system update, which finally brings support for external hard drives to the platform. We've also seen other features revealed ahead of the release, such as a Boost Mode for PS4 Pro (delivering framerate/quality gains for unpatched PS4 titles) and custom wallpapers. But Sony has more features to share in its blog post. "If you're playing a game in PS VR and...

  • 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...