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PS5 Players Can Play with PS4 Players Using Backwards Compatibility, Sony Confirms

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When you stop to think about it, this should be pretty obvious, but it’s nice to have it confirmed by Sony all the same. Yes, PS5 players will be able to play with PS4 players thanks to backwards compatibility. If you nab a PS5 at launch but your PS4 friends don’t, you’ll still be able to enjoy your favourite online titles with them. Again, it’s all about this “seamless” next-gen transition that Sony keeps mentioning.
 

Cross-generation play was brought up during the company’s most recent investor relations question and answer session. When talking about backwards compatibility in general, vice president John Kodera was quick to add that cross-generation play will be important to the PlayStation community. Keeping existing players invested is clearly of high priority to Sony as it looks to introduce the PS5, supposedly next year.

There has been a great deal of speculation about when Sony might actually launch the PS5, especially considering the fact that the PS4 Pro is less than three years old. But if the PS5 plays PS4 games natively, and PS5 owners can seamlessly play games online with PS4 owners, then the launch timing becomes somewhat trivial.

Here’s a quote from newly-minted PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan about the importance of backwards compatibility when it comes to the next generation of consoles:

Backwards compatibility, in a networked era, becomes something that is incredibly powerful. Because the gaming community is somewhat tribal in its nature, backwards compatibility gives us the opportunity to migrate that community from PlayStation 4 to next gen using the ability to play the PS4 games they have on their next generation console – groups of 10, 20, 50 gamers. So we see this, given the size of the community that we’ve been able to accumulate over all these years and hard work on PlayStation 4 as a really critical success factor for us. We think it’s incredibly important.

Are you happy to hear this? Don’t worry about leaving your friends behind in the comments section below.

[via twinfinite.net]

The PS5 feature PlayStation gamers desperately wanted just got confirmed

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When it comes to PS5 hardware and feature reveals, Sony has been knocking it out of the park as of late.

Gamers wanted 8K resolutions from the PlayStation 5, and Sony delivered, revealing the next-gen console would support the ultra high definition resolution. Gamers also wanted more processing and graphical power, and the Japanese maker delivered that, too, confirming that the PS5 packs a 7nm Zen 2 Ryzen CPU and custom Radeon Navi GPU.

Heck, Sony even delivered details on things gamers hadn’t even been talking about, such as how the PlayStation 5 will come with a custom 3D audio processor for incredibly immersive in-game sound, and that it would boast a rapid SSD.

Arguably, though, the one feature that PlayStation gamers desperately wanted had not been officially talked about. That, though, just changed dramatically, with Sony bosses Jim Ryan and John Kodera explaining not just how important backwards compatibility is to the PlayStation 5 but, crucially, that PS4 gamers will be able to play with PS5 gamers in cross-generation games.

“Cross-generation the community can enjoy the games together,” noted Kodera at the same event where the PS5’s incredible graphics rendering power was shown off in a video, with Ryan then elaborating that:

“Backwards compatibility, in a networked era, becomes something that is incredibly powerful. Because the gaming community is somewhat tribal in its nature, backwards compatibility gives us the opportunity to migrate that community from PlayStation 4 to next gen using the ability to play the PS4 games they have on their next generation console – groups of 10, 20, 50 gamers. So we see this, given the size of the community that we’ve been able to accumulate over all these years and hard work on PlayStation 4 as a really critical success factor for us. We think it’s incredibly important.”

And, from T3’s perspective, that is smart business from Sony. PlayStation has absolutely smoked Xbox this generation in terms of hardware sales, with more than twice the number of PS4s sold compared to Xbox Ones, so it makes sense that Sony would look to protect that install base by making the transition to PS5 as easy as possible.

This way PS4 gamers who can’t afford to jump up to the PlayStation 5 immediately at launch can continue to play a lot of the latest games with their friends, thereby keeping them in the PlayStation ecosystem. Of course, the awesome gaming experience that the PS5 delivers (a great selection of PS5 games looks to be incoming) will be front and center, too, with happy PS5 gamers spreading the word of just how fantastic the console is.

After all, the last thing Sony want is gamers getting their heads turned by the next Xbox flagship console, which “very reliable” sources recently said was going to be even more powerful than PlayStation 5.

However, by offering these amazing backwards compatibility and cross-gen gaming features, on top of the jaw-dropping hardware package making gamers salivate the world over, Sony seems to be very much aware of this Microsoft threat and is arming up accordingly.

The best thing about this? For gamers it truly is a win win situation.

[ Via : GamesRadar ]

PS5 – Welcome to the future of Gaming

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The French site VR4Player has released the video of a new PlayStation 5 fan concept, which shows a particularly innovative design, certainly not in line with the tradition of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, but even in part recalls the lines of the first historic console Sony.

Although curious, the final design of PlayStation 5 will certainly not come close to this concept, as well as that of the new DualShock 5 controller, perhaps a look too close to the past while there are those who are willing to bet that PS5 will stand out for a minimal look and not too flashy, similar to what is proposed with the current console of the Japanese house.

This video is not an official Sony Interactive Entertainement ad. It was entirely created to illustrate an article on the VR4Player.fr website. All the elements which compose it are only an artist’s view and have nothing official.

When will PlayStation 5 be released? According to analysts, PS5 will be released in 2020 at a price of $499 and Sony may be able to sell 21 million pieces in the first two years of market presence. Interesting hypotheses but for now it is only analytical data, to learn more we should wait for the official presentation of the console, in April Mark Cerny revealed the technical specifications of PS5 reiterating the desire to focus on 8K, Ray-Tracing and SSD support instead of the traditional hard disk.

Sony will not participate in E3 in Los Angeles but it is not excluded that the company is planning a reveal in the coming months.

PS4 console news: Great news for PlayStation fans as secret projects are finally revealed

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PS4 news this week includes updates on some significant projects, as well as new features coming to PlayStation consoles.

PS4 gamers will soon have access to a gaming library that has only been available on Xbox One and PC. EA Access will be the latest big feature to land on PlayStation consoles, following a lengthy wait. It has been confirmed that the digital library will be coming to PS4 console this summer, meaning some interesting changes for the future.

When EA Access goes live on PS4 in July 2019, PlayStation fans will no longer have to wait for early access to certain games.

If you have EA Access on Xbox One, you can start playing certain titles early, which is not something you can do on PS4s right now.

This will all change with the official launch and it wasn’t the only big news shared this week by Sony PlayStation.

Several major projects have also been teased, including the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

While it wasn’t a secret that Final Fantasy 7 was coming to PS4, there hadn’t been any substantial updates on the project for years.

That all changed this week with a new trailer from Square Enix during the State of Play live stream event.

Following the big trailer being shown, it was revealed that more news would be shared about the project during E3 2019.

Square Enix is hosting their own conference, and you can expect the Final Fantasy 7 Remake to be the main draw.

Fans are hoping for a release date announcement for the first portion of the game, but it’s hard to tell just how much new information we will receive.

A recent post from FF7 Producer Yoshinori Kitase teases: “Finally… the long-awaited moment has come. Sorry to keep you all waiting so long!

“We hope you enjoyed the footage shown during State of Play. It was quite short, but hopefully, you enjoyed seeing Cloud and Aerith brought back to life with such realistic graphics.

“And oh my god! Did you notice he was there too…?”

Fans of the PlayStation classic will welcome a big update on Final Fantasy 7 Remake, but it hasn’t all been good news this week.

Recent reports suggest that GTA 6, known to be in development but still be kept under wraps by Rockstar, will not be coming to the PS4 due to “memory restrictions”.

If that’s the case, then GTA 6 will also be skipping the Xbox One and solely focusing on next-gen consoles.

An alleged leaker online has provided a few tidbits of information, all of which should be taken with a big pinch of salt.

They wrote: “In the title which will make you a kind of a drug lord, you will start as a small time guy in Liberty City doing odd chores and small-time thefts and eventually work your way to Vice City, where you will join a famous gang.

“You will be tasked to look after business in Liberty City until you are brought back to Vice City and soon become the drug lord.”

It also claimed that GTA 6 would be set in Liberty City and Vice City, something that would prove a huge change for the series.

Another big PS4 secret revealed this week was the announcement of the MediEvil release date.

MediEvil launches on PS4 on 25th October 2019 and will include some new content that fans can enjoy.

A recent post on the return of Sir Dan reads: “And make no bones about it, even if you’re familiar with Dan’s first outing, everything you remember (and a lot that you don’t!) is back in ways that will make your head spin.

“In addition to a complete graphical overhaul, an improved camera system, and a brand-new narrator (brought to life by veteran voice actress Lani Minella) we’re adding a whole casket full of secrets to this PlayStation classic that we can’t wait for you to dig up.”

[via : express.co.uk]

PS5 Release Date Could Be November 2020 at $499 – Expected to Sell 22 Million Units by March 2022

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Sony Interactive Entertainment hasn’t said when the PlayStation 5 will release, or how much it will cost. But according to one analyst, the PS5 will release in November 2020, and cost $500.

More specifically, Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda, who has built a reputation over the years for his analysis of the video game industry in Japan, claims the next-gen PlayStation console will cost $100 more than the PS4, but like the current-gen system, will release in November.

According to Yasuda, the new console from Sony is focusing on correcting the flaws of the PS4, which sounds about right based on the few details we know of the console. For example, it will support backwards compatibility with the PS4, which notably still doesn’t support the same feature with the PS3.

Interestingly, the analyst currently predicts the system will sell six million units by March 31, 2021, and then 15 million units by March 31, 2022, which isn’t the fastest start ever, but is decent.

Meanwhile, Yasuda doesn’t believe Google Stadia or any other Cloud Based gaming will pose a threat to the new Sony console, which seems to be doubling down on games and hardware, and not the streaming future that others are chasing.

Of course, all of this is just speculation by Yasuda. It all could be wrong. And it’s also subject to change. However, Yasuda has built a name for his industry analysis, which is to say, his predictions and forecasts are certainly worth more than mine or yours.

That all said, Sony hasn’t suggested when the PS5 will release, though it did note it won’t be before April 2020. Meanwhile, it also hasn’t divulged a price, but did note that it be “appealing to gamers” in light of its advanced hardware, which to me sounds like $500. $600 is too expensive for the tastes of many, while $400 is too cheap given the system’s specs.

Resident Evil 3 remake may have just been given a cheeky tease by Capcom

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Capcom has seemingly given a cheeky hint at the long-rumoured Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake in a post on Twitter.

The company posted a snapshot of Resident Evil 2 remake, specifically a location on the second floor where there’s a massive hole in the wall. Check it out below.

So what, right? Well, let’s look at some facts. Resident Evil 3 takes place 24 hours before and after Resident Evil 2, during which time you visit the Raccoon Police Department before Leon and Claire arrive. As Jill Valentine, you are chased by Resi 3’s titular bio-weapon, the Nemesis, who is on the hunt for surviving S.T.A.R.S. members.

So, we know that Nemesis did pay the local cop shop a visit, and what’s more, it was before Mr. X rocked up, so it wasn’t him who smashed the wall. In the original Resident Evil 3, that wall doesn’t exist as such, as that area was redesigned for the Resi 2 remake.

However, it’s entirely conceivable that Capcom has planned for Nemesis to make like a bulldozer and knock the wall down in the revamped R.P.D.

A remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis hasn’t been officially confirmed by Capcom, but the studio has said that it will be down to fan demand. Despite this, rumours have suggested it’s already in development.

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PS5 Could be Compatable with PS4, PS3, PS2 and Original PlayStation Games

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It might be time to dust off the games in the back of your closet because the latest Playstation rumor is that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with all its previous systems

According to Techradar.com there is a patent online that could reveal some information about the upcoming system. One of those things is the fact that they may capable of emulating the PS4, PS3, PS2 and original Playstation. Since they are all disc format it would make it simple to read using the PSX.

Another reason that they may be focusing on backwards compatability is the fact that the XBOX One has had a growing list of what you can play on it from the XBOX 360. For many who had and loved the 360 it was an easy decision, buy the new console and possible be able to play your old games eventually or shell out for the PS4 where there was no chance of that happening.

The only model that Playstation has had as far as playing older games is an online version, similar to the Switch model, where you can connect and stream the games. This requires a good internet connection and yet again another monthly or yearly fee.

Now it seems that they are recognizing that they have an edge in the competition. They have so many games that are unique to their consoles that if they were to make the PS5 able to play them all from generation 1 they would no doubt kill it in the marketplace. I for one am itching to replay Guitar Hero Rock the 80’s which was only ever released for the Playstation 2. Some games however would also depend on if there was a peripheral adapter for those older guitars and controllers, or if the newer versions of these would be able to work with the games.

Whatever the case may be I certainly hope that this rumor is true, and I’m glad I held out on buying the PS4 for this long. For a potential system like the PS5 I can wait.

What do you think of this? Do you think that we will get backwards compatability? Tell us in the comments what game you would most like to play!

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GTA 6 release date UPDATE: Great news for PlayStaton and Xbox fans? Huge Rockstar rumours

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GTA 6 rumours are coming in thick and fast, with PlayStation and Xbox fans potentially being given a major boost about Rockstar Games’ next title.

GTA 6 release date news today includes what could be a big hint for PlayStation and Xbox fans about Rockstar Games’s next hit. GTA 6 has not officially been confirmed by Rockstar Games but that hasn’t stopped fans from getting excited about the next Grand Theft Auto game. And in recent weeks they’ve had plenty to go on with some eye-catching GTA 6 release date rumours emerging.

The floodgates were opened after a shock rumour emerged claiming GTA 6 would have a release date in 2020 and be a timed launch exclusive for the PS5.

According to an anonymous post on Pastebin Sony allegedly paid “big money” to get one month’s worth of exclusive PS5 rights for GTA 6.

Another rumour later emerged on the same site which claimed GTA 6 would only be out for the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Allegedly GTA 6 won’t be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One “because of memory restrictions”.

And a new GTA 6 rumour might have shed a light on why this could be the case.

It had previously been claimed by alleged leakers that GTA 6 would be set in multiple cities – Liberty City and Vice City.

However, a new rumour has claimed that GTA 6 could be even bigger than that – potentially the largest open-world Rockstar Games has ever created.

It’s been claimed that GTA 6 will not only be set in Liberty City and Vice City but also Los Santos.

That would be the locations for all the PS2 GTA games, with Liberty City also appearing in GTA 4 and Los Santos in GTA 5 after that.

The rumours were sparked after a Rockstar Games employee posted a review on Glassdoor.

The site lets current and former employees anonymously review companies, and these write-ups are independently verified before appearing online.

In the section “advice to management” the anonymous poster left multiple comments with each one on a separate line.

And the beginning letters of each of these sentences spells out GTA6LSVCLC.

This could be hinting that GTA 6 will be set in Los Santos, Vice City and Liberty City.

If that’s the case then GTA 6 will be the biggest Grand Theft Auto game ever, and likely the biggest open world Rockstar has ever made.

Fans of the series would surely relish the chance to revisit maps that made them fall in love with the series.

And having such a huge open world available to players would surely make GTA 6 a day one purchase for many Grand Theft Auto fans.

The latest rumours were revealed in a post by Dexerto, who reported the Glassdoor review may also have left hints that a new Bully game is in the works.

Both GTA 6 and Bully 2 are games that have long been rumoured to be in development at Rockstar Games.

[via : express.co.uk]

PS Plus FREE GAMES subscription rival coming to PlayStation 4 this July

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FORGET PlayStation Plus, Sony has just confirmed plans to launch a new free games service on the PS4.

PS4 owners have been given a boost today, as Sony announces plans to make EA Access available on PlayStation. Launching in July, EA Access will be available for £3.99 a month or £19.99 for the entire year. PlayStation 4 users can sign up for EA Access by visiting the official website. Much like the Xbox One version, subscribers to the PS Plus rival will receive free games, exclusive discounts and early access game trials.

This includes 10% discounts on all EA games, season pass content, downloadable extras and even Ultimate Team packs.

Subscribers will also be able to play limited versions of new EA games days ahead of release.

Any progress made during the pre-release trials will be carried over should you purchase the games in full.

But the biggest and best reason to join EA Access is to get hold of the free games.

The EA Access Vault on Xbox One contains a library of more than 60 games.

This includes relatively new releases like NHL 19 and Madden 19, as well as titles like Unravel 2, Fe and Burnout Paradise Remastered.

Classic games like Battlefield Bad Company, Black, Dead Space and Skate 3 are also available on Xbox One.

Presumably these games will be available to stream on PS4.

Sony previously ruled out EA Access for PS4, telling Eurogamer that it didn’t offer good enough value for PlayStation customers.

“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” a Sony spokesperson said.

“PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200% since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price.

“We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer.”

[via : express.co.uk]

PS5 Loading Times Will Be 19x Faster Than PS4

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This week, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Mark Cerny officially confirmed the PlayStation 5, and provided the first details on the system, which includes word that it will be backwards compatible with the PS4. One detail that went relatively unnoticed in the information dump though is word on the system’s hard drive and the load times it will provide.

According to Cerny, the PS5 will use a SSD (Solid State Drive), which is a “game-changer” for the PlayStation console and “the key to next generation.” All of the finer details on the SSD and what it means for the PS5 haven’t been specified, but we do know, in some cases, it can provide load times 19x faster than the PS4.

“The raw read speed is important, but so are the details of the I/O [input-output] mechanisms and the software stack that we put on top of them,” said Cerny while speaking to Wired. “I got a PlayStation 4 Pro and then I put in a SSD that cost as much as the PlayStation 4 Pro—it might be one-third faster.”

With the SSD, not only will load times be drastically improved, but other facets will be improved as well. For example, the speed at which a game’s world is rendered will be better. This should mean less pop-in for dense open-world games and fast-paced racers and shooters. Meanwhile, character’s themselves will also be able to move faster with less jarring visuals.

According to Cerny, for a game like Marvel’s Spider-Man, Insomniac Games really had to push the PS4 to get Spidey to move at the pace he does while maintaining the other aspects of the game. However, Cerny demonstrated the game on PS5 to Wired, and apparently Spidey was whipping around at the pace of a “fighter jet.”

All of this is to say, not only will load times be considerably reduced, but games, especially games in certain genres, will be better because of the system’s SSD.

For more news and information on the PlayStation 5, be sure to peep all of our previous and extensive coverage of the system by clicking right here. And as always, feel free to leave a comment letting us know what you think or hit me up on Twitter @Tyler_Fischer_ and let me know there.