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For PlayStation 5, Sony Says Next-Generation Hardware Is Necessary

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A new console generation almost upon us, and the PlayStation 5 will be in the thick of it.

Despite not outright calling it the PlayStation 5, Sony has confirmed that it is indeed developing a new PlayStation, and it will have next-generation hardware.

When asked about the possibility of a PlayStation 5 in an interview with the Financial Times [Paywall], company CEO Kenichiro Yoshida stated that “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware.”

Yoshida didn’t quite call the next console PS5, but — who are we kidding? — it will likely be called just that.

The PS5 will be based on a similar architecture to the latest PS4, which shouldn’t be surprising considering how comfortable developers are with x86 platforms.

Citing industry sources, The Financial Times also revealed that Sony is possibly working on a tablet that can be connected to multiple devices, relying on game streaming in a similar way to Xbox’s Project xCloud.

With the PlayStation 4 doing so well, the next PlayStation is probably a couple of years away. Make sure to stay tuned to Gametribute for future developments.

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PlayStation 5 Has GPU With Ray Tracing, High-Speed SSD

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The PS5 will be a powerful beast of a gaming machine.

In an interview with Wired, PlayStation’s lead architect Mark Cerny revealed that the PlayStation 5 features a GPU that supports ray tracing, as well as a solid state drive with higher bandwidth than any SSD currently available for PC.

More specifically, Sony’s next-gen game console uses a third-generation Ryzen CPU that’s based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture and utilizes eight cores, while the GPU is a custom chip based on Radeon’s Navi family, with ray tracing support.

The company worked with AMD on components for the PS4, so it comes as no surprise that the PlayStation 5 uses AMD’s Ryzen CPU tech.

The SSD inside the console is super fast. In a demonstration by Cerny, it only took 0.8 seconds to fast travel in Insomniac Games’ critically-acclaimed Spider-Man compared to 15 seconds on the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Wired confirmed that the PS5 supports 8K resolution and will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games. It also contains a disc-tray,  3D audio integration, and is compatible with the current PSVR model.

Despite having a disc tray, the PS5 will place a bigger emphasis on cloud gaming than the PS4. Sony’s vision for cloud gaming will become clearer as the console nears launch.

Speaking of launch, the PlayStation 5 will not release in 2019. In fact, Cerny didn’t even call it “PlayStation 5”, nor did he provide a working codename.

The fact that the original PS4 and the PS4 Pro were revealed after E3 and during an event in New York leads us to believe a full console reveal will take place later in 2019 or early 2020.

What are your hopes for the PS5? Share your thoughts int he comments below.

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

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Cal holding his lightsaber in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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.

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Cal holding a Lightsaber
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Second Sister with Purge Troopers
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Does The Next Assassin’s Creed Take Place In The Viking Age?

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Red-bearded Viking in Ubisoft's For Honor gam

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…

Poster in The Divsion 2 -- Viking Age Assassin's Creed game
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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.

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.

MK11 Character Roster

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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