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Everything You Need to Know About PS4 Pro, Facts and Pictures

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The long-rumored, much-anticipated PS4 Neo has been unveiled, with Sony officially christening it the ‘PS4 Pro’.

Announced at the 2016 PlayStation Meeting in New York City, the PS4 Pro’s design is unimaginative, to say the least, and is essentially a bigger PS4 Slim with an additional slab. It’s not going to win any styling awards anytime soon.

But don’t judge a book by its cover, right? Unlike the PS4 Slim, the PS4 Pros is an actual technical improvement over the original PS4. Here is everything you need to know:

  • The PS4 Pro is powered by the Jaguar CPU found in the standard PS4, but its eight CPU cores have been clocked higher for a significant increase in processing power
  • The GPU sees a more substantial boost, offering over double the power of the standard PS4 GPU
  • The Pro’s more powerful CPU and GPU allow for better support of 4K and HDR visuals
  • Every PS4 game, including those of the past and future, will run on all PS4 console variants, including PS4 Pro. However, certain games (e.g. Mass Effect Andromeda) optimized for the Pro will be able to take advantage of its 4K and HDR technology

It must be noted that you will need a 4K HDR TV to see the difference in picture quality and take full advantage of everything the PS4 Pro has to offer. Older HD TVs will still work with the console and all games will look better on them, but just not 4K or HDR better.

The PS4 Pro will also improve the visuals of PS VR games, but it’s not mandatory. Interestingly, it doesn’t come with a UHD 4K Blu-ray player.

Here are the full specs:

  • Product code – CUH-7000 series
  • Manufacturer’s suggested retail price – JP44,980yen, US $399, EU €399, and £349
  • Main processor – Single-chip custom processor
  • CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
  • GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
  • Memory – GDDR5 8GB
  • Storage size – 1TB
  • External dimensions – Approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length) (excludes largest projection)
  • Mass – Approx. 3.3 kg
  • BD/ DVD drive – (read only) – BD × 6 CAV, DVD × 8 CAV
  • Input/ Output – Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3; AUX port × 1
  • Networking – Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1; IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
  • Power – AC 100V, 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption – Max. 310W
  • Operating temperature – 5ºC – 35ºC
  • AV output – HDMI™ out port (supports 4K/HDR); DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port

The PS4 Pro releases on November 10, 2016, for $400 in the United States (~$500 in Canada), £350 in the United Kingdom, €400 in the European Union, and ¥44,980 in Japan.

The PS4 Pro will be Sony’s answer to the monstrous Xbox One Scorpio. Are you happy with its design, performance, and features? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Stars Keanu Reeves, Releases April 16, 2020

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It’s a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Are your surprised?

CD Projekt Red used E3 2019 to release a new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer that reveals Keanu Reeves as the main star.

Not only that, but the big-name Hollywood actor also stepped onto the stage after the trailer was shown to announce the long-awaited RPG ‘s release date.

Isn’t he such a wonderful man? Watch the trailer and let us know what you think…

Cyberpunk 2077 comes out on April 16, 2019. Are you happy to see Keanu Reeves as the main star?

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Meet Cal The Fugitive In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Reveal Trailer

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Are you ready for the next big Star Wars Game?

Respawn Entertainment has finally revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and plans to have it ready by November 2019.

The reveal trailer is rendered in-engine and focuses on the story.
“Trust No One” is the overarching theme.

Like the The Force Unleashed, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-melee game that takes place after Order 66. You play as Cal, a fugitive a lightsaber -wielding, Force-endowed Padawan on the run from the Empire.

Respawn stresses that combat is an integral part of the experience. Each enemy will have a unique fighting style, requiring you to approach them differently and identify and exploit their weaknesses.

You’ll will have Cal’s Force Powers and various melee combinations at your disposal, as well as traversal and other platforming abilities to overcome enemies and solve puzzles.

In addition to the main character, we get to see his best-friend, a droid called BD-1; a mysterious companion by the name of Cere; and Second Sister, one of the Empire’s elite Inquisitors pursuing you.

Your adventure begins on Bracca, one of the brand-new Star Wars planet introduced in the game, where you will encounter droids, a number of familiar faces, various Trooper types and a slew of other interesting characters.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on November 15 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-ordering it will get you “unique cosmetic content” for your lightsaber and droid companion.

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Does The Next Assassin’s Creed Take Place In The Viking Age?

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An Easter Egg may hint at a new Norse setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game.

An Easter egg uncovered by wiki user AlifMorrisonudin in The Divsion 2 could point to the Assassin’s Creed series moving from Norse mythology to the Viking age.

AlifMorrisonudin found a poster that depicts a Norse god wearing the Assassin’s Creed colors of red and white and holding an Apple of Eden artifact, another hallmark of the franchise.

Ubisoft has a long history of stuffing Easter eggs into its games that either allude to or even reveal upcoming releases. A Watch Dog 2 mission, for instance, unveiled new sci-fi game Pioneer to players.

What’s interesting is that the tease in The Division 2 is both subtle and in plain sight. There are multiple copies of the poster (some very large) scattered throughout particular parts of the game, yet who would have thought to look for the Apple of Eden in it?

Have a look at the poster in question, and let us know if it is indeed a revelation of a Viking setting for Assassin’s Creed or if we are overreaching…

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The Assassin’s Creed series was rumored to be code-named Legion and set in ancient Rome at around 169 AD, particularly near the end of Marcus Aurelius’ reign. However, more recent reports claim it’ss code-named Kingdom and does indeed star Vikings. 

Either way, Ubisoft hasn’t officially confirmed anything other than the fact that the next Assassin’s Creed will be released in 2020, so while the poster could be a hint of what’s to come, it could also be nothing more than a mere Assassin’s Creed Easter egg.

Where do you want the next Assassin’s Creed to take place — Ancient Rome or the Viking Age? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Elder God Cetrion Is The Mother Nature Of Mortal Kombat 11

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Elder God Cetrion in Mortal Kombat 11 showing off her brutal elemental attacks.
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She looks like a god, talks like a god and fights like a god.

NetherRealm Studios has revealed a brand new playable character in Mortal Kombat 11, and she looks insanely powerful.

Judging my her reveal trailer, Elder God Cetrion is able to  harness the powers of Mother Nature, freely using earth, fire, wind, water elementals in her brutal attacks. She can even grow in size until she is literally towering over the planet and shoot a giant mouth laser as part of her fatality.

Watch her in action and let us know what you think. Do you see yourself playing her?

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New PlayStation Store Refund Policy Lets You Get Refunds Within 14 Days

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Sony has updated its PlayStation Store refund policy.

Players that purchase digital content on the PlayStation Store now benefit from a 14-day refund policy that allows them to get their money back under certain conditions.

The 14-day refund applies to purchases of full games and add-ons (DLC) that you haven’t started to download, install or stream. If the content is “faulty”, as Sony puts it, you ‘may’ get a refund after downloading or installing it about are not guaranteed one.

In the same way, pre-order games can be refunded anytime before the official release date and for up to 14 days following the release date — assuming the content wasn’t downloaded or installed, that is.

PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, and Spotify Premium and other subscription services can be cancelled within the 14-day trial period. After that, Sony will deduct a certain amount of the subscription fee based on how much the service was used.

Unfortunately, changes to your PSN name are not refundable.

Unlike Steam, Xbox Live and other digital media store, the PlayStation Store’s refund policy is not automated and requires you to contact support to request a refund. Regardless of the payment method used, the refund gets added to your PlayStation wallet balance.

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Mortal Kombat 11 – Why Should You Be Excited?

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There is a lot to look forward to in Mortal Kombat 11.

As the creator of two Injustice games and the mastermind behind the most popular fighting game series of all time — Mortal Kombat! — NetherRealm Studios has built a solid reputation for developing compelling fighting games and continues to deliver quality time and time again.

The Mortal Kombat fighting games have been captivating worldwide audiences with immeasurable violence, blood, gore, incredible narrative, and of course, unprecedented gameplay ever since the franchise’s birth in arcades back in 1992. Mortal Kombat 11 marks a new chapter for the fan-beloved franchise, and there is certainly good reason to be excited about it.

The Story

Mortal Kombat 11 story revolves around a new antagonist named Kronika, who has the ability to manipulate time. In Mortal Kombat 11 players will be able to fight as past and present versions of Mortal Kombat characters, which should make up an interesting narrative.

The Official Story Prologue trailer gave players a glimpse at the direction designers took in MK11. In it, we see Raiden torturing Shinnok, something that’s very out-of-character for our beloved God of Thunder. Brace yourself for some serious conflict in Mortal Kombat 11.

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The will be over 25 playable fighters in Mortal Kombat 11, including DLC characters

The Characters

As with any new Mortal Kombat game, there are many characters to choose from, including plenty of familiar faces and some newcomers. Mortal Kombat should feature at least 25 unique characters in game’s roster on launch, with additional characters coming as DLC content.

In addition to being the first to experience debutants such as Geras or Kronika, you will get to explore the the changes NetherRealm Studio made to Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Johnny Cage, Baraka,  Kano, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Raiden, and many other old-school characters.

Those who pre-ordered receive Shao Kahn as a playable character, while those who purchased the premium edition of Mortal Kombat 11 get the base game, plus a Kombat Pack that grants them six new DLC playable characters released over time and early access to DLC characters.

One of those DLC characters is Shang Tsung, who is voiced by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, the actor who played the iconic character in the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie.

Pit Scorpion against Sub-Zero in a classic face-off

Gameplay And Progression

Like previous installments, Mortal Kombat 11 will reward you with plenty of different game modes after you finish the main story. You will be able to play online, compete in various online ladders and so on. It also features a new campaign-style game mode called The Krypt, which will have you complete a variety of individual challenges in order to unlock rewards.

The long list of rewards includes a new progression system for every playable character in a game, similar to the one seen in Injustice 2; custom variations for every character;  the ability to create your own look for your fighter of choice; and a much of gear.

All things point to Mortal Kombat 11 becoming a great fighting game worthy of its legendary name. The game launches  on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 23rd, in May for the Nintendo Switch.

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