By now, people have long forgotten about just how bad Sony’s reveal of the long-rumored, much-anticipated PS4 Pro was, but what still has many talking is the systems capabilities, or lack thereof.
It took us a while to come to terms with the PS4 Pro’s feature set, and, frankly, we are not impressed. Yes, the system is a lot more powerful than the original PS4 and, yes, it makes all PS4 games look better with its 4K capabilities, but it is wrought with several questionable business decisions on the part of Sony that still has us scratching our heads.
For your convenience, we have put together a list of the top five things wrong with the PS4 Pro, issues that might put you off from buying one:
1. Doesn’t Do Native 4K Gaming
According to Sony, the PS4 Pro’s “4K quality images” are made possible by “graphic rendering or up-scaled” means, indicating that the console’s 4K visuals are not native.
This is actually the first time that the video game industry has relied on upscaling to provide a means of high definition visuals, seeing as both the Xbox One and PS4 output native 720p and 900p resolutions for some games.
The lack of native 4K gaming for the PS4 Pro is especially noteworthy because the upcoming Xbox One Scorpio — poised to become the PS4 Pro’s closest rival — will do native 4K gaming. Why settle for an imitation if you can have the real thing?
2. Doesn’t Play UHD 4K Blu-Rays
That’s right, the PS4 Pro actually doesn’t have UHD 4K Blu-ray drive, which means it doesn’t support 4K Blu Ray movies. This is a confounding omission considering that Sony invented Blu-Ray and that the cheaper, much less powerful Xbox One S comes with one.
Granted that there has been a shift from physical media towards video streaming, physical media still remains a big enough part of gaming to warrant a Blu-ray drive in the PS4 Pro. Microsoft got the memo; why not Sony?
3. You Need a 4K TV to Fully Benefit
Although one is not mandatory because the PS4 Pro makes games look better on just about any high-definition TV, you need an UHD 4K TV to take full advantage of everything the system has to offer.
If you don’t already own one, get ready to spend anywhere from $500 to $3,000 to get one, in addition to the $400 you’ll need for a Pro. A serious investment, no doubt …
That of course begs the question: Should you pick up a PS4 Pro if you don’t have a 4K TV? Probably not. The boost in visuals on a regular, non-4K HD TV will likely not be worth the $400 you’ll pay for the system.
4. Makes PS4 Slim Almost Pointless
At launch, there will only be $100 difference between the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, making us wonder why anyone would choose the former over the latter.
The PS4 Slim is nothing more than the original PS4 squeezed into a smaller shell, whereas the PS4 Pro offers double the power, 4K upscaling for games, 4K video streaming, and HDR support. Not only will they look better but all PS4 games, even those that will be released in the future, will run faster and at more stable frame rates on the PS4 Pro.
All of this for only $100 dollars more … I mean, while money can be an issue for most gamers, is it really that hard to save $100 over a few months and wait for an opportunity to buy the PS4 Pro rather than be saddled with a console that offers a fraction of its intrinsic value? It’s a no-brainer, if you ask me.
5. One of the Ugliest Designs Ever
When the PS4 Slim was first revealed, people were quick to poke fun at its resemblance to burnt toast. It has an uninspired, cheap-looking and, to some, even ugly design. No way Sony was going to beat the more important PS4 Neo with the ugly stick, right? Wrong!
Looking at the PS4 Pro, one can’t help but wonder who at Sony thought taking the PS4 Slim, making it bigger and taller, and giving it another layer of burnt bread would be a good idea. Rather than toast, the system looks like a burnt Big Mac with sharp edges. How appetizing …
Needless to say, the PS4 Pro isn’t going to win any styling awards anytime soon, not unless it’s for the dubious honor of ugliest console ever made.
Is the PS4 Pro the complete upgrade over the original PS4 you were hoping for? Head to the comments section and let us know what you think about Sony’s questionable decisions.
This Is What You Get When Spider-Man Meets Mortal Kombat
Knocking out enemies would have some visible snap, crackle and pop.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is a game full of fast-paced combat that allows you to knock enemies out in many different ways, but as a T-rated game, the action is presented in a cartoony, less violent way that might leave some gamers wishing for more. You can bet things would have looked different if NetherRealm Studios was trusted with its development.
In fact, knocking enemies out in Spider-Man may not have looked that much different from Mortal Kombat fatalities if such was the case, as demonstrated in this small footage shared by NetherRealm creative director Ed Boon…
— Ed Boon (@noobde) September 27, 2018
As convincing as the combat looks, it is carefully edited sequences from Spider-Man with Mortal Kombat fatalities. This is not some early prototype of a NetherRealm Spider-Man game, though I wish it was.
Would like to see an M-rated Spider-Man game sometime in the future?
Gamers Win! PS4 Owners Can Now Play With Xbox One, Switch, PC Players
Sony finally holds hands with Microsoft and Nintendo, and embraces cross-play.
On September 25, 2018 — a date of great progress — the video game industry was suddenly and deliberately united from all corners when Sony finally allowing PlayStation 4 owner to play online with Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile players from around the world.
Games have offered the option of cross-play between console and PC for years, but shared servers between rival console hardware is a relatively new feature and a major highlight of eight-generation of gaming.
While Sony had been completely unwilling to entertain cross-platform play, insisting that the feature would jeopardize the gaming experience for their player base, a progressive Microsoft and Nintendo forged ahead to offer multiplayer functionality across rival hardware for popular games like Rocket League and Fortnite.
The company’s reasoning was downright nonsensical — it held out likely to further consolidate its dominant position in the market and maximizing profits — but it eventually changed its policy regarding cross-platform multiplayer on PS4.
Fortnite is the first game to allow PS4 owners to use their accounts on PC / Mac, Xbox One, Switch, and Android / iOS devices, allowing them to carry over their progress, purchased items, and all stats across every platform the game is available on.
“Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players,” Sony Interactive Entertainment president John Kodera said. “In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.
“This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organisation to support this change.”
In the end, all the flak it got for being the only holdout against cross-platform multiplayer and seeing Microsoft’s unwavering commitment to improving all aspects of the user experience on the Xbox One forced Sony’s hand, but it’s sad it had to come to that.
Either way, thank you Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo for sweeping your bitter rivalries aside and putting gamers on top as god intended. This day was a long time coming.
Get Hyped With The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Launch Trailer
This is an Assassin’s Creed game unlike any other.
Set in ancient Greece, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey builds on what made origins so good, bringing back some of the beloved features the franchise is known for while introducing radical new changes and departures — most notably, an RPG-driven dialogue wheel, the ability to play either as a male or a female protagonist, and the ability to choose between romance options — that could potentially change the face of the series forever.
Unlike the previous Assassin’s Creed games, this launch trailer uses gameplay footage rather than CGI, but it still manages to be engaging. It showcases some of the gameplay elements players can expect, as well as the locations they will frequent. We also get a bit on the story and how the choice you make will affect it.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is playable on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Watch the trailer here, and let us know if it gets you hyped…
Red Dead Redemption 2 Has 200 Different Animal Species With Unique Behaviors
Hunting was an important part of life in the untamed American frontier, so animal lovers are in for treat.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has a diverse range of wildlife to kill, skin, eat and sell, with Rockstar revealing via Twitter that players can expect around 200 species of animals, birds, and fish in the game.
Better yet, the animals have their own unique behavior and interact with each other in different and expected ways. Predators will hunt for herbivores, some animals are solitary, some hunt are pack hunters, some can only be seen at night, etc.
Preparing animals for consumption or other uses require some work. For instance, larger animals must be cut up into smaller pieces and, once prepared, physically taken either to your camp to be eaten or to a shop to sell. If neither is done, the meat will spoil.
Moreover, leaving blood on your horse could attract unwanted attention from predators.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is playable on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Gameplay Launch Trailer Is Action-Packed
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is primed and ready for your enjoyment.
Activision and Treyarch have unveiled a new gameplay launch trailer for the shooter, showcasing all three modes of the game: Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Check out the trailer here…
Watch The New Death Stranding TGS 2018 Trailer
The PlayStation 4 exclusive remains cryptic.
Sony and Hideo Kojima used the 2018 Tokyo Game Show to unveil a new trailer for Death Stranding, shedding more light on what players could expect from the game.
In the trailer, we get to see an adversary for Norman Reedus’ character in action, one voiced by Troy Baker who played Joel in the 2013 hit game The Last of Us, as well as Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite.
The new antagonist wears a golden mask that he uses to summon strange ethereal forces, creating a huge lion-like monster out them before vanishing into thin air. It’s as if he’s playing with Reedus’ character.
The trailer looks brilliant, but despite being less cryptic than the previous ones, we are still left wondering what the hell the game is about. Watch it, and let us know what you think…
Death Stranding releases on the PlayStation 4 sometime in 2019.