• Sony Added Boost Mode to the PS4 Pro to Improve Performance in Old Games

    Posted on February 6th, 2017 Henry | 80 comments

    Sony is currently pushing a new firmware update to its PlayStation 4 console. It’s a beta preview of the update, version 4.50. And it added a new feature to the PS4 Pro console which the early owners of the console would find pretty useful. Many old PS4 titles run better on the new hardware which requires no further optimization by developers. Once you’ve install the update, there would be a “Boost Mode” option added to the settings menu. And only the more powerful Pro models will have this new option, the regular PS4 won’t.

    A company spokesperson told The Verge that when the Boost Mode is activated, it “lets PS4 Pro run at a higher GPU and CPU clock speed in order to improve gameplay on some PS4 games that were released before the launch of PS4 Pro,” He also claimed “Games that have a variable frame rate may benefit from a higher frame rate, and load times may be shorter in some games too.”


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    Sony is in no way saying that it would work well for all titles, but Boost Mode still shows Sony’s sincere attempt to improve the user experience of the already powerful console. Other than 4K and HDR, now Sony also throws in this feature which helps you improve the experience when playing your old games. Sony also advices that Boost Mode might cause unexpected behavior in some cases with the PS4 Pro running at full speed. Turning off the option should resolve the problem.

    In addition to the Boost Mode, Sony will also add the support for external hard drives to all PS4 models and some redesigned menus. And the new update also lets users to watch 3D Blu-rays in PSVR.

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  • Sony’s Big Event on September 7: What Do We Expect?

    Posted on September 7th, 2016 Yuson Zou | 419 comments

    On September 7, 2016, besides Apple’s New iPhone release event, there is another event organized by Sony. Sony is holding a press conference that reveals detailed information about the upcoming PlayStaion 4 Slim (PS4 Slim) and PS4 Neo.

    How to watch:

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    Sony’s PlayStation event is happening in New York, at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square. It starts at 3 p.m. ET, which is noon PT. Yes, that’s the same day as Apple’s iPhone 7 event in San Francisco, although the Sony event starts two hours after Apple, which should give you ample time to watch both. The PlayStation event will be streamed live on Twitch, the video broadcasting platform already built into the PS4 operating system.

    What to expect:

    The PlayStation VR headset is already dated for October 13, at $399 (£349 or AU$550), so don’t expect to see much more new information about that, aside from perhaps some new game announcements.

    PS4 Slim:

    It seems much more likely that Sony will talk about either one or two new console hardware products. The first is a slim version of the current PlayStation 4 console. For the moment we’re calling it the PS4 Slim. This comes on the heels of the Xbox One S, itself a slim version of Microsoft’s Xbox One. It’s worth noting that both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 eventually begat slim versions after a couple of years. In fact, Sony also did slimmer versions of the PlayStation 2 and even the original model.

    While the Xbox One S adds 4K video support and a couple of other new features, the leaked information to date about the PS4 Slim suggests it’s simply a smaller version of the original PS4. The PS4 Slim has already been spotted in the wild, and it looks as if there’s nothing much new about it, save a smaller footprint and modest controller differences.

    PS4 Neo:

    There’s also a good chance Sony will talk about its next console, which is rumored to be an upgraded 1.5 version of the PS4. Similar to Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, this semi-new console, code-named Project Neo, will reportedly add a new processor and graphics chip to the basic PS4 hardware, allowing for better game visuals, better VR experiences and maybe even 4K support.

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  • Sony Will Release 2 PS4 Models in September: High-end 4K Model and Slimmer Standard Model

    Posted on August 24th, 2016 David Brooks | 936 comments

    Microsoft has already released its Xbox One S weeks ago. The new Xbox One S comes with a big shinning feature: 4K compatibility. People could not only play games with Xbox One S, but also play 4K Blu-ray on Xbox One S with ease. As the main rival, Sony’s PS4 will also come out soon in September. According to the reports, Sony would release 2 models of new PlayStation on September 7 conference: one high-end 4K model and one slimmer standard model.

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    The reports pointed out that Sony targets both hard-core fans and casual users of its PlayStation platform. Sony hopes to stay and improve loyalty of its users by creating a community and non-game content. The community would bring a constant stream of revenue via software downloads and subscriptions, while the non-game content includes cloud-based TV streaming service, PlayStation Vue, etc.

    According to the reports, Sony would release a premium model of PlayStation 4 packed with superior graphics capabilities, which is greatly referring to 4K. And the report from Damian Thong, an analyst with Macquarie Securities, there would be a standard PS4 which comes with a slimmer case and a more affordable price. The existing PS device is $350. All these have shown a strategy improvement of Sony to grab more users with both high-end model and low-priced model.

    It’s easy to learn that the high-end PlayStation 4 will be mainly outstanding in compatibilities, especially to 4K. After all, its major rival, Xbox One S, has already come out with the 4K support. Besides, the high-end 4K model PS4 will have faster processing speed. The new, cheaper PS4 will be thinner and cost less than the current price tag of $350.

    All these reports would come out to be proved soon in September. For PS fans, another exciting news is that Sony’s Playstation VR is set to go on sale Oct. 13, bringing the company into the emerging virtual reality gaming sector with competitors like Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive.

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  • Xbox One vs. PS4: Which One is Your Dish?

    Posted on May 24th, 2013 Wiki | 784 comments

    Microsoft has already unveiled the Xbox One, its next generation gaming console that aims at being the central focus of your living room to let you watch TV and movies, listen to music, check fantasy stats while watching live sports, and much more. However, the new Xbox will soon face the fierce competition from the PlayStation 4, the game console Sony has introduced in February but plans to formally reveal at E3 this year. The 2 console giants will be fiercely fighting for your attention, your adoration and more importantly your dollars.

    Although we are far from knowing all the details of both systems, we can still take a gander at the information we have so far. So right here I collected all the available specs of both consoles to let you get a clear understanding of how they stack up against each other. Here is what we know thus far:

    Xbox vs. PS4: Hardware specs

    While both consoles make use of an 8-core AMD Jaguar processor, there is still a big winner in terms of AMD. The PS4 features 1,152GPU cores as compared to the Xbox One’s 768 graphics cores. Sony’s new console drives 1.84 TFLOPS, while compared to the new Xbox’s 1.23 TFLOPS.

    Besides, the PS4 also has the edge when it comes to system memory. It features 8GB of 5500MHZ GDDR5 memory as compared to the Xbox One’s 8GB of 2133MHz DDR3 RAM. So as for gaming power, Sony’s PS4 is the clear winner. However, what should be highlighted is that Microsoft and Sony’s missions appear to be quite different, as Microsoft continues to layer more home entertainment elements on the top of Xbox’s gaming element. Both the Xbox One and PS4 comes with a Blu-ray optical drive. So for diehard gamers, the PS4 seems like the better choice at this point. If you focus on both gaming and entertainment, go for Xbox.

    The hardware specs battle is just the beginning, below I also put my spotlight on the 4 most important next-gen combat zones to let you see how the two consoles compare. Keep reading.

    1. Launch games

    Indeed launch games make a big difference for a console. Sony has revealed tons of exclusives and special titles from first parties on its reveal event, like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, and Driveclub. On top of that, Sony also scored third party titles like Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Watchdogs.

    For the Xbox One event, Microsoft also shows off games like Forza 5. Quantum Break is also set for release although Microsoft’s trailer was incredible cryptic. The company also promised 15 Xbox One exclusives will be shown at E3.

    Winner: PS4. Although Microsoft made more noise, but right now PS4 looks like more stunning. Hope Microsoft shows off more heavyweights at E3.

    2. Share Media

    Sharing your gaming media is one of the key points of Sony’s PS4 reveal. There is a dedicated share button on the controller, which allows you to send snippets of recorded video straight to a friend or even invite them to watch your game, or ever perhaps participate in it in some minor way. On top of that, Sony has a partnership with Ustream, one of the most popular streaming sites online.

    Although Microsoft spent quite less time to talk about sharing media, it is still a big part of the new Xbox Live. There is a feature called Game DVR, allowing you post recorded gameplay to Live and on unspecified social network services. Besides, you could attach videos on your Achievement list, letting everyone see exactly how you increased said Gamerscore. It is a pity that there is no info showing Xbox one could stream.

    Winner: PS4. Obviously Sony’s sharing solution looks far more convenient, particularly for the less technologically inclined.

    3. Controllers

    Xbox One’s pad looks quite similar to Xbox 360′s, which is consistently voted one of the best controllers of all time. Meanwhile, Microsoft promised to fix the old design’s weakest point- the d-pad. Also, do remember that your entire body is the controller thanks to the new Kinect technology that you even track swivel in your wrists. That’s a great progress.

    PS4′s controller is a variant of its tried-and-trusted DaulShock design. However, its built-in light on the top edge of its casing can be seen by the PlayStation Eye, meaning it can be used as a pointer. There is also a front touch pad which can act as a rudimentary display thanks to the colored LEDs.

    Winner: Actually the focus is on the pad of each, but no one now has used either pad yet, so no winner.

    4. Price and release date

    This part is the hardest to judge, possibly, since Microsoft and Sony are playing this part very close to the vest. Both giants promise to formally release the consoles at the end of 2013. Similarly both are likely coming in the days before Black Friday, maybe even on the same day.

    Although neither Microsoft nor Sony has announced how much their next game consoles will cost, analysts have agreed that the consoles are likely to sell for around $400~$500.

    Winner: There are too many unknowns at the moment. Ask again later.

    So which one is your dish?

    Indeed at the moment there are too many unknown factors for us to make the decision, but the deeper look at the currently known hardware and features will help you better decide which system you believe is right for you. If you have already made the choice, why not share it with us in the comments?

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