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Sony Releasing a PlayStation 4.5

Sony is coming out with a “PlayStation 4K” later this year for $400, and its as hilarious as it’s moniker is misleading. Its a slightly more powerful version of the Playstation 4 hardware, with the ability to “output at 4K resolution”. However, the hardware is not powerful enough to actually run games at 4K natively. Even high end PCs with thousands of dollars in graphics cards have issues doing this. Its simply not possible that this hardware is going to be able to do it at $400 and at that form factor. What the console is really doing is upscaling to 4k from whatever native resolution the games will actually be running at (likely still around 1080p).

Supposedly there are already games in development that will be specifically advantage of the increased PlayStation 4.5 hardware. This, in my opinion, completely negates one of the biggest reasons why people go with a console rather then a PC. Lots of people go the console route because PCs are “more expensive”, and that you “have to upgrade all the time”. Historically, console hardware have been pretty static within a generation, with only trivial updates to the hardware over their lifetimes (smaller form factors, more power efficient). With Microsoft talking about doing a similar refresh to the Xbox One, this seems like its no longer going to be the case. So I have to ask, why buy a console now if the plan going forward is to refresh the hardware every three years or so? I get way better life out of my PC hardware, and PCs can actually run games at 4K natively if that’s a selling point for you.

“Consoles lock the hardware and the software platforms together at the beginning of the generation. Then you ride the generation out for seven or so years, while other ecosystems are getting better, faster, stronger,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer said. “When you look at the console space, I believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we’ve ever seen. You’ll actually see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation allowing the same games to run backward and forward compatible because we have a Universal Windows Application running on top of the Universal Windows Platform.”

Sony is essentially splitting its player base for very little gain. What’s really the point? Developers are either going to take good advantage of the extra hardware power and require players to upgrade to play new games, or they are going to use it in trivial ways to keep the games compatible with the old console. I suspect the majority of it is going to be the latter, which makes value of the hardware refresh rather dubious. And if that is true then the PlayStation 4.5 is basically just there to upscale your content, which is something 4K TVs already do a pretty decent job of.

Head over to Digital Foundry for some more technical information. Either way, I think this is now officially the most disappointing console generation ever.



P.A.M.E.L.A

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An open world survival game set in a sci-fi city with hints of System Shock? Consider me interested.



What Ever Happened to Halo?

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I could not agree with this video more. It perfectly sums up the current state of the Halo franchise as far as I am concerned.



Planetside 2 New Player Videos

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I have had to send these to a couple of people, and I always have to go find them again. So here is a post of a lot of good videos for players new to Planetside 2. All of them by Wrel. If you play Planetside 2, go subscribe to his channel. He has tons of content over there, including weapon reviews, montages, loadout reviews, and equipment reviews.


First up is the general overview of the gameplay in Planetside 2. This covers the three factions, how base captures work, and how to join up with other players.

Basic Training – How To Get Started

Basic Training – How to Capture a Base

Basic Training – Squads and Platoons

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System Shock 1 Remastered Pre-Alpha Gameplay

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Oh. My. God. This is how you remaster a game the right way. I know its only a teaser, but it looks like they are doing everything right. The gameplay looks completely intact from the original. Everything from level layout, item placement, enemies & weapons looks to be perfect. Its like they somehow magically took the game, stuck it in a modern engine, updated the UI and art assets, made some tweaks here and there and called it day. I was pretty skeptical before that they could pull of a proper remaster of this game but now I am super excited for it. For more detail, check out the Polygon Article.

Now they just have to do the same for System Shock 2. C’mon Night Dive Studios, you can put a price tag of $1,000 on it and I will still buy it.

For those of you that can’t wait until 2017 for this, there is an enhanced edition of the original out on Steam.

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