Last to last month Sony launched the private beta version of the update that was expected any time before the end of the year. Well, the wait has finally come to an end, since the PS4 5.0 update is now available for PS4 consoled all over the world. This new update is a mixture of many small as well as some big features. Its size is just 375 MBs and the company has made it mandatory for all the console owners. Well, you do not have to worry about updating it manually. Whenever you will turn on your PS4, and if the internet connectivity is available, the update will download itself automatically and install.
Talking about the new enhancements, first of all, Sony has updated the Friend List and included a lot of new tools increasing the management capabilities of the user. For example, now you can make your own separate private list of friends that are specific to a particular game like FIFA 18. By doing this, the player will also have an option to send a combined invite to all the player on your private list at one go. This new feature has replaced the “Favorite Groups” tab that is available in the previous version.
There are new additions to enhance the game streaming via PS4. Now the PS4 Pro users will be able to stream their game in full HD 1080p resolution and at 60 frames per second. Not to mention, you will need a really strong internet connection for that. In case you are a PlayStation VR users, you can now see the new incoming messages as well as the comments on it in the form of a broadcast in front of your eyes. There is another good news for PSVR users too, you now get 5.1 channel and 7.1 channel virtual surround sound support with PS4 5.0 update.
One big problem that most of the users complained about in the previous PS4 4.0 was that the main menu was very slow and consumed a lot of time. The company recognized this problem by updating the quick menu. When compared to the quick menu in the older version, the newer one has a lot more options like the progress of downloads, new invites etc.
Another problem that the previous version had was the notifications which used to pop up in between while you are watching your favorite movie or show. Well, in the latest update, there is an option to disable the notification popups while you are enjoying your favorite media on PS4.
There has been a major change in the Parental Controls and they have been enhanced to a whole new “Family of PSN” level, Sony says. This new system is going to replace the old Master account and Subaccount system. Instead, there will e a Family Manager, who will be responsible for creating the other accounts. The new accounts could be given the role of Parent / Guardian, Child or Adult. Parents, as well as Guardians, will have the control over the restrictions and permissions of the Child’s account. Sony says that the parent can control “use of online features and communication with other players, set restrictions for games, restrict the use of the internet browser, and set spending limits for PlayStation Store.
In the Beta version which was released by Sony in the month of August, stated that in case the user is setting up is PS account for the first time, he will have to pay $0.50 as the one-time fee in order to verify that you are an adult. The release notes that came along with the update do not mention anything of such kind.
Given below are the PS4 5.0 final Update’s Patch Notes:
Dell, one of the leaders in PC and laptop market has announced its latest gaming PCs and laptops in the country at an event held in Delhi recently. Four Laptops and one desktop were launched at the event- The Alienware 15 and 17, Inspiron 15 5000 and 15 7000 Gaming and the Alienware Aurora Desktop. All the new models will be available at Dell Exclusive Stores.
The base model of the Alienware 15 ships with Windows 10 64-bit, a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS anti-glare display, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost), Intel HD Graphics 530, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD, and a 68Wh battery. The Alienware 15 weighs 3.49kg.
The Alienware 15’s big bro, the Alienware 17 comes with very similar hardware. But it’s bigger having a display size of 17.3-inch. Otherwise, everything else is same. Due to its bigger overall size it weighs more at 4.42kg. Both of these Alienware laptops come with Tobii eye-tracking software.
Moving from the Alienware to Inspiron Series, the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 will come with Windows 10 64-bit, up to a 15.6-inch full-HD Truelife LED-backlit On-Cell touch display (14-inch variant also available). The Inspiron 15 5000 will let you choose between Intel and AMD processors, it can have a very powerful and capable GPU– Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 video memory, it can hold up to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and up to a 512GB PCIe SSD. It weighs up to 2.55kg and will be available in Black color variant only.
The base model of Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming comes with Windows 10 64-bit, a 15.6-inch full-HD anti-glare LED-backlit display and is powered by an Intel Core i5-7300HQ quad-core processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and a 1TB 5,400RPM HDD. It weighs 2.65kg and will be available in Matte Black or Red color variants.
The last product announced is a desktop- The Alienware Aurora R6. The desktop’s base model comes with Windows 10 64-bit and is powered by Intel Core i5-7400 quad-core processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB video memory. There is 1TB HDD storage onboard.
Dell has also tied up with HTC in an exclusive partnership for a limited period to set up VR experience zones across 125 touch points.
After announcing the Dell Visor and its refreshed lineup of XPS and Inspiron hardware, the company today unveiled some new hardware as part of its gaming lineup for 2017 at the IFA Berlin. The hardware consists of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series gaming laptop, the refreshed Inspiron Gaming Desktop and the massive 34-inch Alienware 34 curved gaming monitor with their respective price tags.
The 7000 series Inspiron 15 gaming laptop packs-in the slightly older seventh-generation Intel quad-core CPUs along with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Dell may upgrade these to the eighth-generation processors a bit later.
There’s a dual fan system to keep the laptop cool and anti-glare display options that are available in 1080p and 4K resolutions, depending on the option you choose. Also available are Thunderbolt 3 ports and this laptop is also VR-ready for the Dell Visor along with the many other options available in the market.
Pricing of the Inspiron 15 7000 laptop starts from $999 for the base models and $1,499 for models with the high-end 4K configurations. The laptop will go on sale globally starting 12 September.
Moving from laptops to desktops, we have the Inspiron Gaming Desktop by Dell. Cosmetically, not much has changed, apart from the clear panel window on the side. The gaming desktop starts from $599 and will go all the way up to $1,249 for the VR-ready configurations.
And where there’s a desktop, there has got to be a display. Dell announced the Alienware 34 Gaming Monitor that will be available in two options. The first model comes with a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate and is priced at $1,499. The second lower priced model sports a 2,560 x 1,880 with a 160Hz refresh rate and will be priced at $1,199. Both monitors will up on sale starting 30 August.
AOC has been into new for their new gaming products since quite few time. Now they have announced two more new gaming focused monitors in their Agon 3 monitor series. A fast, as well as accurate monitor, is very crucial for an HD gaming experience. And it looks like AOC has come up with these new monitors keeping high definition gaming experience in mind. One of them is a G-sync gaming monitor while the other one is a FreeSync 2 gaming monitor. The two AOC monitors are special since they offer a very little response time of 0.5 milliseconds.
For those who have very little idea how it matters, a normal TN panel has an average response time of 5 milliseconds. The notebooks that most of the people use possess IPS panels and they have a response time of around 30 to 60 millisecond.
However, the AOC monitors, with so little response time and with super high refresh rate and along with the sync technology, have emerged as two amazing options for the gamers to grab right away.
Both the new AOC monitors spread 27 inches in diameter and feature a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440. Another best thing about them is that they are curved in design.
However, there are some minute differences in both the gaming monitors. One of the offers 144 Hz refresh rate along with FreeSync and HDR support for better color output. On the other hand, the better one feature refresh rate of 165 Hz and a VA panel for much better as well as accurate color detailing but does not features HDR.
But, there is one bad news. Both of these monitors will be launched next year. The company has given no official date, but looking at various sources, we can expect the monitor with FreeSync to hit the European market in April 2018. The consumers will have to pay around $715 or 600 Euro for it. While the other monitor which features G-Sync technology will be available in the month of May 2018 and consumers will have to pay $835 or 700 Euro for it.
Xbox One X, previously known as Project Scorpio, is Microsoft’s 4K UHD console coming later this year. Many gamers are waiting for this beasty console to experience high definition gaming in the latest hi-tech console. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about the new system including its specs, release date, price, games and more.
Microsoft has finally let out most of the details of the upcoming Xbox One X, and it looks like it has been worth the wait.
For starters, the Xbox One X will be fully backward-compatible with Xbox One games – and offer improved performance on these titles to boot.
There are certain additions as well as improvements in the specifications of the console. The processor is cooled using a liquid vapor chamber, a technique that’s becoming more common on more compact devices. It’s obvious that old traditional methods like cooling fans are no longer efficient enough to handle a powerful gaming machine. There’s also a brand-new power-management system for the most efficient delivery of electricity seen on an Xbox console.
And finally, Microsoft revealed the Xbox One X’s price and release date. Read on for full details of everything we now know about the Xbox One X.
• Xbox One release date: 7th Nov 2017
• Price: $749
CPU: Eight-core 2.3GHz processor
GPU: 40 compute units at 1172MHz
RAM: 12GB GDDR5 (shared between system and GPU)
Storage: 1TB hard disk
Disc: UHD Blu-ray player
Video: 4K output, HDR 10 support
Audio: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Atmos, PCM 2.0, 5.1, 7.1
Wireless: Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, IR blaster
Connectors: 2x HDMI (2.0b out, 1.4b in), 3x USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, Ethernet.
There are various methods mentioned by the company that will ease your transition from the old Xbox One or the Xbox One S to the all new Xbox One X.
1. Settings back-up – your existing Xbox One settings data (presumably including the new modular Home menu) can be copied to an external storage device and reapplied to an X.
2. Early 4K updates – Patches for 4K game enhancements are likely to be weighty. You’ll be able to download these early on your existing Xbox, then copy them to external storage, or transfer them over a home network when your X arrives.
3. Game and app transfer – After you have received all your X, entire games, as well as apps from your original console, can be transferred over your home network, which should be faster than re-downloading them or copying via external storage.
During Gamescom, Xbox vice president Mike Ybarra also made clear that any Xbox One games currently stored on an external hard drive will be plug-and-play on a new X model.
You can find all this functionality in the tool present in Xbox One X, as shown in the screenshot below:
Yesterday was really big for all the PC gamers as well as Final Fantasy lovers as the latest installment of the game, i.e. Final Fantasy XV was finally announced for PC. Yes, it did surprise us all but earlier this year, the director of the game, Hajime Tabata did say that he wanted to see the game running on PC at some point of time.
In addition to the release period, the company also unveiled some additional information about the game. One point that took us aback was the storage size that the game would require on your hard disk. Final Fantasy XV will occupy 170 GB hard disk space. The original trailer video uploaded on YouTube by Square Enix mentioned few more points regarding system requirement.
However, we do not know why, but the video was taken down from YouTube later. But some smart people did capture the screenshot of the specifications before it was made non-available.
Raio Mitsuno, the Global Brand Manager told PC Gamer that “We can say now that FF15 on PC supports native 4K and also up to 8K, as well as HDR 10. But we haven’t really revealed anything like minimum specs yet because we’re developing at such a high end which means we can’t really define it with current standards now. At some point, we will publish the recommended and minimum specs, but we can’t say exactly what they are at the moment.”
The Global Brand Director, Akio Ofuji, added to the Brand Manager’s statement:
“Obviously when developing for PC we have to keep in mind the demographic and players that play on PC and what they’re looking for. From from a technological standpoint, we’re trying to meet their standards and obviously, when we think about PC gamers we put in a first-person camera mode in the PC version.
We’re doing stuff to cater to the PC audience and we hope that by appealing to what they’re used to, that’ll bring them into the franchise and make them into fans of Final Fantasy.“
We still do not have a clear picture of the game that we will be seeing on your desktops. Square Enix said that the Final Fantasy XV PC Edition will come out in the early months of 2018.
Last April, Acer promised the world an outstanding monitor named Predator X27, which according to the company would possess a “jaw dropping showstopper” display. You would have agreed the same looking at the initial specification sheet that was provided by them. However, Acer promised the consumers that they will bring Predator X27 monitor out this year, but now it looks like the fans will have to wait till next year to get their hand on this brilliant display screen. Acer has postponed the launch of Predator X27 until the first quarter of the next year, i.e. 2018.
If you have been waiting for ROG Swift PG27UP gaming monitor, we have another bad news for you. The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ was announced by the company almost at the same time when Acer Predator X27 was announced, but after delayed the launch of their beastly monitor, Asus also updated that they are planning to release their super monitor next year as well.
Both of the companies, i.e. Asus and Aced did not provide any specific reason for the delay. Not only that, they do not have any fixed released date for the monitors as well. So, all you can do is wait till next year to get these monitors included in your gaming setup.
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In case you have very less idea about these upcoming monitors from Asus and Acer, they will feature a huge 27 inch IPS display panel with 4K resolution, as expected. The screen will have a resolution of 3840 x 2160 with super-fast 144Hz frequency. Apart from this common spec, there is a list of other features that Acer is planning to offer along with its monitor which includes:
• Support for HDR10
• The users get support for Nvidia G-Sync
• The Acer monitor will possess Tobii eye-tracking technology and Nvidia Ultra Low Motion Blur
• There will be 384 LED lighting zones which will be individually controlled
• 1000 nits of brightness
• There is 100% sRGB color space coverage
• A response time of 4ms.
There is no doubt in the fact that these monitors will offer outstanding visuals to the gamers with well-defined whites, spectacular color reproduction as well as dark deep blacks. However, we will have to wait and test whether these specifications actually matches the real-time performance of the monitors. Still, we can predict that with 4ms response time and inbuilt Nvidia G-Sync support, gaming on them are going to be ultra-smooth.
Since, both the Asus and the Acer monitors have similar specification sheet, we think that both the giants are getting the monitor panel from the same manufacturer and then putting the additional specification and firmware on top of it. In addition to the release date, they have also not hinted the price of the monitors. But we expect them to fall somewhere between $1000 to $1500 tag which is quite expensive but that hardly matters when it comes to HD gaming experience.
There is a good news for all the professional gamers and gaming junkies out there. If you love playing video games, it is your life and passion, you can host your country in the Gaming tournament that we might have in 2024 Olympics to be held in Paris. The Paris Olympic bid committee’s co-president told the Associated Press that they are going to discuss the possibility of hosting a video gaming competition after having a discussion with the Olympic committee and the with people representing various gaming circles.
The co-president, Tony Estanguet said that “We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,'” Estanguet said. “The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.”
He added, “I don’t want to say ‘no’ from the beginning,” he added. “I think it’s interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the eSports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success.”
Estanguet accepted that the idea of having a gaming competition at least deserves to be a part of the discussion.
However, the official list of event that are going to be held in the 2024 Olympics will be formed in the year 2019. And the final list of sports will be announced by the committee in Tokyo after the 2020 Olympics.
Not only that, in 2014, Rob Pardo, the former Blizzard chief said that video games have a good chance of becoming a part of the Olympics. He said, “I think the way that you look at eSports is that it’s a very competitive skill set and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and they’re having to make very quick decisions on the fly,” he said. “When you look at their ‘actions per minute’, they’re clearing over 300.”
But, Paris is still not the official host of Olympics 2024. The final call will be made next month in September. There was a doubt between LA and Paris, but later Los Angeles was picked as the host for Olympics 2028.
Well, let’s wait and watch what is coming for the gamers. There are no rules and regulations around video gaming and what games would be picked for competing, nothing is known. What do you think should happen? Share with us in the comments below.
Many of us are looking for some interesting Puzzle plus Adventure game to play in our pass time. And one such upcoming game is Hob, which has been developed by Runic Games coming to your PC and PS 4 console next month on September 26.
If we look at the game, it is going to be an adventure game with lots of action elements in between and puzzles too. The players will have to solve those puzzles in order to progress further in the game. You play in a different evil and brutal world filled with chaos. As you go deeper in the game, you will understand that you need to have the responsibility of saving this strange colorful world by exploring it and solving its mysteries.
The gameplay is a bit different than many other platform puzzle games. It is a story without narration, without any kind of dialogue. The only way to explore what the game is about is to explore the surroundings. And this is what makes it even more interesting to play. The players get to see various kinds of living beings; it is really fun to interact with them to extract information that would help you to move forward. You will really have to look keenly to find what actually is going on in this world you are in.
The game will hit the stores coming fall and you can pre-order the game at 10 percent discount for PC and 20 percent discount for PS4. Not only that, if you are a PS Plus subscriber, there is 20 percent discount for you as well. Apart from these offers, people who pre-order the game will get access to an additional feature “World Shift” dynamic theme.
People who loved simulation games will love it too as it involves a lot of interaction, utilization of resources, solving puzzles and special glove arm abilities. In case you wish to know more about the game, you can head over to the game developer’s web site, i.e. runicgames.com.
Recently, the giant game publisher EA invited investors for a financial call. During this financial call, EA did talk about an up and coming Need for Speed game along with an unknown BioWare game as well. However, the company did talk about the new Nintendo Switch console as well.
If you don’t already know then we will remind you that EA is one of the major game publishers out there and games like Titanfall, Battlefield, StarWars: Battlefront, and Fifa are all owned by and published by EA.
EA’s sports division, also known as EA Sports which releases games like Fifa, NFL Madden, etc has already revealed its plans to release upcoming Fifa 18 on the Nintendo Switch console later this year.
During the financial call, the company talked about its upcoming releases and also had a few positive words to say about the Nintendo Switch. Company’s CEO assured its investors that the company has quite tremendous relations with Nintendo and looking forward to utilizing the Nintendo Switch platform for its games.
It’s also worth noting that EA did stand up on stage during the Nintendo Switch release and publically claimed that they were backing Nintendo’s new console.
Fifa 18 is already confirmed for the console. However, we are not sure how different the “Custom” build of this game for the Nintendo Switch would be from the regular Xbox One, PS4, and PC release.
Could the all-new Madden 18 game make its way to the Switch? It’s possible, but EA Sports would have to put in some work to change the game according to the requirements of the Switch.
On the other hand, Mass Effect: Andromeda could also get a Switch variant that will probably help with the mediocre reception of the title on its release. Mike Gamble, Producer of Mass Effect: Andromeda, did reveal that BioWare was not planning to release the game on Nintendo Switch, however, if people really wanted a Nintendo Switch version of the game then the developers will definitely think about it.
However, one EA published game can be safely crossed off the Nintendo Switch list and that’s none other than the hyped up Titanfall 2. Game’s Senior Designer Mohammad Alavi clearly stated that it’s impossible to bring Titanfall 2 onto the Switch because the console won’t be able to support the game at all. This is sad news because Titanfall 2 is definitely one of the best shooters out there in the market right now and Nintendo Switch definitely needs some solid shooters.
These are some plausible games that could make their way to the Switch, but EA could also go back to their popular backlog of games and port some of their top-sellers onto the Switch. These games include but not limited to Unravel, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 and a few more titles.Even Sim’s could get the latest Switch port before EA decides to bring their AAA titles onto the platform.
If EA decides to take the Nintendo Switch seriously and bring their major titles over to the platform then many other developers would also look at the Switch console in a different way and probably consider releasing their games on the platform as well.
Even though we did report about the all new flagship Acer Predator X27 gaming monitor a while back but another amazing monitor by the same company has been overshadowed by its powerful brother and not getting as much attention as it deserves. This amazing gaming monitor is the Acer Predator Z271UV. It lacks the premium features offered in the Predator X27 like HDR and 4K resolution, however, it’s being marketed as a budget-friendly monitor for all the hardcore gamers who want to upgrade their displays without breaking the bank.
The Acer Predator Z271UV is a budget-friendly 27” gaming monitor with a WQHD resolution boasting a decent 2560 x 1440p. An 1800R curve that will provide a much wider angle of view for the gamers. It also sports a TN panel that supports 400 nits of brightness, wide viewing angles of 170°/170°, and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The panel supports 16.7 million colors and uses a premium quantum dot film which supports 95% of the DCI-P3 and 130% of sRGB color gamuts. The panel on this monitor possesses a response time as low as 1ms and the refresh rate is clocked at 144Hz. However should you choose to overclock it then the refresh rate should go up to 165Hz, but your mileage may vary. Combine all the above-mentioned stats with NVIDIA’s G-Sync and Ultra-Low Motion Blur technologies and you will find that this monitor is the perfect choice for hardcore gamers since it has no problems with motion blur, tearing, and stuttering.
The Predator Z271UV also comes with Tobii eye-tracking feature, which uses built-in infrared lights on the monitor to track your face and head movements along with your eyes. This feature is actually designed to complement the usage of both mouse and keyboard, however, you can forego the usage of a mouse and just pan around the virtual world using your eyes and head just like a VR headset. There are also around 100 different gaming titles that support eye-tracking technology so you can try those out as well.
Gamers will also love the integrated GameView technology which allows them to adjust colors and dark levels on the monitor and save these settings to three different profiles. These profiles can be switched during the gameplay easily without hindering the gameplay experience. Acer’s own features like VisionCare, ComfyView, and BluelightShield are also available that help reduce eye strain and fatigue during long hours of gaming sessions.
Acer Predator Z271UV boasts a ZeroFrame design which means there is a quite thin bezel that will greatly improve the viewing experience of people who have a multi-monitor setup.The monitor also has two 7watt speakers built-in with Acer’s TruHarmony technology.
This is all the information that Acer has revealed so far in the press release and we’re still not sure about the pricing or availability of the Z271UV. However, Acer has already stated that it’s supposed to be a wallet-friendly gaming monitor so it should be quite cheap compared to the premium Predator X27 monitor by the company.