Sony recently released an update for the PlayStation 4 consoles out there and in this update, they are also asking people to register for a beta test for some kind of “major” update that the console might be getting soon. There were few rumors about some big update in past few days which have been officially confirmed by the PS4 update 5.5. However, the update is not rolled out to everyone but only to selected users of the console.
One thing that you need to know about the PS4 update 5.5 is that it brings a lot of changes to different areas of the PS4 UI. The whole Library looks like redesigned and has been divided into two separate sections. The first section allows the user to see all the items that he or she has purchased from the PS Store using that account. The second section of the Library basically display the games, apps and other things installed on your PS4. Not only that, in case you have a PS Plus subscription, you can also see all the games you own via PlayStation Plus. These games are locked when your subscription ends and you will have to re-subscribe to PS Plus to play them again. Since the purchase list display all the Demos, Beta versions and trials, there is an option that allows you to hide them from the screen and Library.
There was some progress visible to the custom wallpaper in the previous update but with the new PS4 Update 5.5, the users can import any image from a USB Flash Drive and then set it as the PS4 background. You will find a new section named “USB” added in the Themes section under Settings. There are some handy tools for cropping and zooming the images and for making the picture fit perfect in the background.
One new addition to the feature list is “Play Time Management”. This new feature is developed focusing the time your kids spend on PS4. The parents can now set a daily time limit for their children and prevent them from sticking to their TV screens for hours. You can also track the time played using any profile from your PC or even from your Smartphone. In case you wish to warn someone about the approaching limit cutoff, you can send them a notification using your phone or PC and could even decide whether to shut them off right away or not.
The other feature includes a Supersampling feature that might be of some interest to you in case you are not using a 4K display monitor for playing games on your PS4. The Supersampling feature is going to enhance the existing supersampling capabilities and will allow it to be utilized for some more games as well. For those who do not know what SUpersampling is, it is a process in which the game is rendered at a very high resolution but then scaled down to the resolution that your monitor supports, thus offering better and clearer images.
There are few improvements made to the Quick Menu, you get some shortcut buttons that could be used to Play and Pause the music. The users can delete the notifications manually now and there is a new Customization option added to the Tournament team pages.
However, at the starting of the post, we talked about some kind of Registration for the beta PS4 update. Well, in case you have got a choice to register for it and if you do, keep yourself updated with your email inbox regularly as you may get some info on how to access it. There is no official word about the release date of the beta future update, but it might bring a lot of new and cool features to our existing PS4 and PS4 consoles.
There is a big question to all the gamers out there, could playing video game lead to any kind of health disorder? Well, soon it is going to be as WHO (World Health Organization) is going to declaring excessive gaming a disorder in 2018.
Yes, too much gaming will soon be made a disease in the Classification of Diseases manual, which is published by none other than WHO. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a professional manual which is referred by health professionals all over the world for defining the standard definitions of different types of health conditions. However, it has been long since the manual was updated with new diseases, to be precise, it was last updated in the year 1990, 27 years from now.
The next, as well as the eleventh edition of the Diagnostic manual, will be released next year in 2018, and along with many disorders and health issues, gaming disorder will also have a mention as a serious health condition that should be monitored.
This is definitely new for most of us as we have never even thought excessive gaming and overnight extended gaming sessions as a dangerous health condition. The exact working of gaming disorder is still not revealed. But if we believe the reports from New Scientists, there is a draft that tells us the symptoms and other criteria to decide whether a person is suffering from gaming disorder or not.
The draft says that gaming can start as a hobby, but too much of it makes it a lot more than that for the players. It becomes really dangerous when people are not able to control themselves to decide how often they start playing and start ignoring other important things like sleep, food and other oral hygiene for it. It also said that sometime for some people gaming and games take over their personal life and gets into the way creating problem or distractions in their day to day activities. It seems that people who are addicted to playing video games can’t hold themselves and nothing can stop them from playing, even if they are fired from their jobs for skipping too many work days.
The WHO draft says, “The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning. The pattern of gaming behaviour may be continuous or episodic and recurrent.”
The gamers are always going to defend themselves saying that it's not that serious as it looks. But spending 12-18 hours in front of the TV screen is definitely going to harm your body as well as your mind. You might not believe us but in 2015, a man in Taiwan was dead due to cardiac arrest after playing a video game for three consecutive days, exhaustion being the main reason behind it. But that does not make video games wrong. They are still the best stress busters, great entertainment, and fun.
Call of Duty: WWII was launched last week, and it’s already Christmas for COD fans who have played Call Of Duty since the beginning. And this time, no more running-on-the-wall it’s only boots-on-the-ground. Soldiers show up more individual and human, instead of looking like a few futuristic, cyber-mutant Marine. And since the soldiers' physical ability is limited, that they cannot sprint for a long time before tiring or leap longer than just a couple foot, the plan is presently a priority.
Call of Duty: WWII is about strategy, decision-making and weapon skill. But more or less, the new game goes back to World War 2 era. Fans are pleased about it, and it seems like the COD franchise is finally back on its track of what the developing team was famous for. Although, Call of Duty: World At War includes a much better campaign along with the zombies have been fresh afterward. While a return to its origins setting is appreciated, the entire thing still is a well-executed formula.
The secret, I think, is Sledgehammer’s commitment to going back to Call of Duty’s core. This doesn’t mean that it strives for realism or that it cuts back on preposterous action sequences, as this remains a Hollywood vision of WWII; there are set pieces which Michael Bay might have considered a bit much. Yet COD World War II puts gritty, fast-paced combat at the heart of everything while trying to give you the most definite feeling yet that you’re part of a platoon being tested to its limits. Sure it can be dumb, gung-ho and prone to uncomfortable shifts of tone, but it can also be powerful, emotive and thrilling.
This isn't about the presentation; it's more incredible because of the way the developing team has executed the entire game. This is easily the best-looking and most visceral Call Of Duty available, and while you've seen a number of those warfare battlefields earlier, you've never seen them quite like this.
Ravaged buildings, rain-drenched woods and the shores and trenches of all Normandy have never looked so grim and realistic in any other games. For all of the discussion of 'boots on the floor,' it's more accurate to say 'boots in the sand' or 'tramping through the snow.' Not any of the previous Call Of Duty has received environments which feel and look so grounded in real-world locations. The environment in COD: WWII is from the real world which feels and look very realistic in the game.
This time COD went back into the fundamental mechanics. You have a supporting cast of well-trained soldiers in your squad. Moreover, they directly assist you during combat based on your needs and performance.
But this isn't about photorealism, but about a confident, dramatic approach. There is a sequence after the Battle of the Bulge in which you have to fight and survive in an icy area which looked more the "Band of Brothers" television series. Playing on PC, I was amazed and thrilled by the noise and atmosphere of the entire experience.And that's not the only factor which produces this kind of warfare vibe.
All these contributions and squad factor are tied to your health and cooldown as you kill enemies. This excellent squad communication and method of supply are gamified. But I think it's a creative and thrilling subject to bond with your squad and kill some enemies on the battlefield.
The outcome isn't necessarily a stricter Call of Duty game. But it's the first in years at which I have not felt like an action movie fighter. You are right in the World War II era with merely a little bit extra care and caution which the past handful versions of Call of Duty didn’t have. But it’s certain that few maneuvers will surprise you, however, too the scripting and pacing give you a few tight situations and enough tiny scratches to maintain your heartbeat pace. It's fantastic at making the predictable exciting.
Sony recently released the new PS4 5.0 firmware which contained most of the features, that fans from all over the world requested, but at the same time, it also brought an Error E-801809A8. This error prevents the users from downloading the latest available update putting all the blame on some faulty blue ray disc drive. The problem has been there since for more than a week now and there is no effort from the company till now.
However, reports from different sources tell us that Sony is actually aware of this error and the developers are still working on this issue. They are looking for a fix to release soon as they wrote in their PlayStation Forum:
Herbert (Sony Customer Support): Thank you so much, let me explain to you what’s going on. We’re currently experiencing a glitch with this error code, our engineers are working on getting fixed as fast as possible, we’re going to launch a patch to fix this issue, you will receive a notification on your console once this happens.
Since the patch is still not ready, the gamers need to wait for a few days more to get rid of this annoying error. But, for gamers who were successfully able to get the update, they can stream their games at full HD quality and at 60 FPS on Twitch. There has been other upgraded to accounts and family accounts details about which can be read here.
Some other changes include modification of the notification interface, which you can turn off while you are busy watching a movie. In addition to that, you also have an option to change the color or the notification you see on the screen.
In case you are facing the same error and have got some fix or workaround, please share with us in comments below. Otherwise, all we can do is wait for Sony to come up with a patch as soon as possible. Whatever be the case, we will keep you update on the news proactively.
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:
Here is good news for all PlayStation 4 lovers! As always, there is a lot more to look forward to for the year 2017. Scroll down for a list of the most exciting and awaited games this year. They are sure to make this year an exciting one.
Scheduled to release on 21st March, 2017, this one falls under the RPG genre.
This game is a successful return to the brilliant series by BioWare. Only this time there is no shepherd to guide you along.
The people who signed up for EA access will get to play this game from March 16th, six hours before the actual release. One plays this game as Scott or Sara Ryder as the pathfinder. Your ship emerges from 600 years, and the main idea is to find humanity a new home after this. The Andromeda Initiative’s advance probes hoped that the seven “Golden Words” would support life. But, these have been blighted by some mysterious alien vaults. So, you have to play along to solve this galactic puzzle and fight new villains and succeed by making sweet music with your teammates and unlocking new tech upgrades. It is a non-linear story-line game with amazing graphic features best experienced on 4K gaming monitors.
This RPG game is set for release on April 4, 2017. The concept revolves around an average student who takes the train to school and falls asleep in class and also hangs out at the mall with friends. Moreover, the character is also a master thief!
Persona 5 has its own kind of students who have all the pressure of being a high school student and much more to deal with. It is not only about getting popular, ending up with a date or managing acne. This group consists of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. The challenges include sneaking past guards, avoiding the various traps on the way, and also using your Persona, which is a Guardian Spirit, to defend yourself in battles.
The sequel of the very popular Persona 4, Persona 5 is expected to be much more interesting and exciting.
Expected to release on April 11, 2017, this one is a Platformer type of game.
This game is a Rare Return. Kickstarter icons aim to become the Banjo-Kazooie of the modern world.
Over the last decade, games under the Platformer genre have not been many or much popular either. Yooka Laylee attempts to change this trend with an anthropomorphic chameleon and bat combo. Well, this might remind you of Banjo-Kazooie, and that is purely because the team which is making Yooka Laylee, Playtonic games, has a lot many of ex Rare staff who was behind Banjo. Now that is something to look forward to!
Prey would release on May 5, 2017, and it is an FPS type game.
Prey is a completely mind bending FPS that promises to terrify you. After the success of Skyrim: Special Edition, Doom, and Dishonored 2, this is a much awaited game from Bethesda, the publisher.
Prey is expected to be a trippy first person alien shooter game, as revealed by the trailer. It shows the protagonist walk up in an apartment multiple times as if stuck in a boring life. Moreover, he also has some disease due to which he could see himself talk to himself in the mirror. That is something to give you brains a kick. The gameplay shows the player shotgun blast out shadow like creatures and smash them with melee weapons. This looks quite straightforward, though.
Injustice 2 is a fighting game planned to release on May 16, 2017. It is a sequel to the brutal fighting game where you have DC comic heroes and villains fighting against each other.
Injustice 2 is powered by the same engine that was behind Mortal Kombat X. That itself raises expectations that this one would also have a solid and nasty fighter. You could see the dark side o DCU here, and there is no sympathy when it comes to brutality. You get to collect gear to change your character over time and give yourself newer abilities.
Rime is all set to release in May 2017.
After 2 years of silence, this game will finally be out for gamers. The mysterious ruins and colourful landscapes would definitely be exciting to explore.
This third person action adventure speaks the journey of a young boy. After a storm at the sea, the boy is washed on a beach. When he wakes up, he sees an island that has ancient marble ruins and a giant tower in the middle of it. Through platforming and puzzle solving, you have to reach the tower. A fox companion will help you out in this quest.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a simulation game expected to be out on 30th May, 2017. It is an exciting VR experience that lands you up on the bridge of the USS Aegis, the brand new Starfleetship.
You get to command a ship in Starfleet! Well, if that is not cool enough for you, then you would love the fact that it is a multiplayer VR game. Along with three of your friends, you could adopt the key roles in the bridge crew – engineering, helm, tactical, and the captain. All the crew members need to cooperate with each other to make this maiden voyage a success. Moreover, since it is a VR game, you get to yell back and forth about the game tactics.
Scheduled to release on June 2nd, 2017, Tekken 7 will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Since 2015, Tekken 7 has been available in Japanese arcades. The transition to western consoles has been a slow process, but definitely worth it. It is the next iteration of the 3D fighting series by Bandai Namco. You have the veterans from the King of Iron Fist tournament and also a number of newcomers. Get set for heavy animations, amazing backdrops, and devastating ground bounce combos which is best experienced on 4K gaming monitors. If you are interested in getting yourself a gaming monitor, visit our homepage and get the best deals on such high end gaming monitors.
This PS4 game will release on June 30th, 2017.
This is finally an answer to the several rumours about the potential revival of the Crash Bandicoot. The once famed PlayStation mascot’s first three outings are compiled in this remake. It completely utilises the 4K high definition to give you an amazing experience. The enemy bopping, precision jumping, and fruit collecting are all the same. These are the things that have kept fans glued to the game for years. Additionally, you could also expect new textures, art, and animations.
This Action-Adventure game will be available on August 22nd, 2017. A sequel to surprise hit of 2014, this game is drastically scaled up with dynamically engineered fortress sieges and friendly war trolls.
The first game’s Nemesis system, which generates a long term rivalry with the enemy Orcs according to the gameplay, is now applied to all the different facets in Middle Earth. As such, friendships and alliances will now depend on how you play. The same is the case with the huge army that you have. A whole swathe of Helm’s Deep style forts could be taken down from all across the map, but the systematic interactions with your units is what defines every battle you play. Also, the units will be defined based on your relationships and history with them.
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So, now you have the list of the most awaited games of 2017. Stay tuned and get your hands on the games a soon as they are in the market. Happy Gaming!!