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Sony BRAVIA XR TVs are ‘Perfect for PlayStation 5’

New campaign is keeping the Sony connection alive

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Sony Electronics is elevating the way PlayStation 5 users can experience console gaming as it is introducing new exclusive features to its BRAVIA XR TV line.

Sony calls the new BRAVIA XR features ‘Perfect for PlayStation 5’. The company seeks to offer PS5 gamers the absolute “fantastic gaming experience with immersive picture and sound.”

Sony’s ‘Perfect for PlayStation 5’ TVs will bring in two brand-new PS5 exclusive functions — Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode.

The BRAVIA XR TVs will also deliver unique sound-from-screen technology that puts you right in the heart of the action whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie.

Auto HDR Tone Mapping

Auto HDR Tone Mapping instantly optimizes HDR settings on your PS5. Your PS5 will automatically recognize individual BRAVIA TV models and select the best HDR setting for the TV accordingly.

The optimized HDR tone mapping level to your BRAVIA display specification will allow users to witness crucial details and colors even in high contrast scenes. This ames everything more tailor-fit towards their viewing experience.

For instance, you will get the addition of detailed objects on the track in Gran Turismo 7. This will let you know what next move to make.

The BRAVIA XR TVs support frame rates up to 120fps in a super-crisp 4K resolution. This is as specified in HDMI 2.1 in compatible games, for more stunningly realistic pictures with vibrant colors and complementary contrast.

Additionally, with input lag as low as 6.0ms on the Z9J models, gamers are now expected to achieve extraordinary smoothness and responsiveness in first-person shooter, sports and high-performance games with instant on-screen action.

Auto Genre Picture Mode

When it comes to Auto Genre Picture Mode, BRAVIA XR TVs can detect whether you are playing a game or watching movies and shows. It’s a hassle-free experience without needing to keep toggling settings controls.

The TV automatically switches into Game Mode when gaming. This minimizes input lag to make the action more responsive. It then switches into Standard Mode when watching you’re movies.

In Standard Mode, picture processing becomes the priority. This prioritizes a more expressive picture when watching movies, using a streaming service or from an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc on the PS5.

The smarter and more advanced Auto Genre Picture Mode feature will be made available via future software updates on PS5 and BRAVIA TVs by the end of January 2022.

Soundbars for better audio

Sony recommends to partner the BRAVIA XR TVs with its array of sound products to elevate the experience. These include the HT-A9 Home Theatre System or the HT-A7000 and HT-A5000 soundbars.

These can directly be connected to your PS5 as you experience the innovative Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode BRAVIA XR functions.

With these features coming in early 2022 exclusively to the BRAVIA XR TVs, Sony hopes PS5 users will get the perfect gaming experience at the comfort of their own homes, gaming corners or entertainment areas at home.

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits isn’t for everybody

And, that’s fine

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an action-adventure third-person video game. The game is developed and produced by Ember Lab. In the game, you play as Kena. She’s a young spirit guide who uses her magical abilities to help people pass on into the spirit world.

The game is stunning and deep dives into spiritual aspects like emotional entanglement with the physical word after passing away.

In case you don’t have a working pair of eyes

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a gorgeous game. Stunning yet scuffed at times, this game is nothing short of eye-candy. The background details and character design is just *chef’s kiss*. But, big butt (Editor’s Note: Not sure if this is a typo but we’ve decided to keep it as is), by the way, this aesthetic might not be to some people’s liking. Hear me out: this game looks and feels like you’re playing through a Disney Pixar movie. And, honestly, that might not be for everyone.

On the scuffed end of things, you’ll find that some things glitch through objects and terrain. But, to that, I think it adds to its charm. The silliness is often welcome and strangely expected in the whole gaming sense. This isn’t the first scuffed game to come across a gamer’s life and it won’t be the last. I think each game has its improvements and patches to develop and incorporate and the glitches make the whole experience memorable and meme-able.

The crutch everyone won’t shut up about

This game is weirdly forgettable for people who’ve played a lot of third-person action adventures. Why? Well, this isn’t the first of its kind. Kena: Bridge of Spirits takes from many games before it and blends its inspirations together pretty nicely without overcomplicating its mechanics.

I would say though, that this can be what I personally found to be endearing with Kena. It unapologetically makes for a good entry-level action-adventure game for people who might not normally gravitate to games like it. With its beautiful visuals and memorable take on grievances, Kena pulls at sentimental heartstrings without the stupidly complicated skill building of most other action adventures out there.

Don’t hate the game

Nor, the player. The game is simple. That can be refreshing for some players or just boring to some. Which, I’ll say now, to each their own. Most games under the same category are far more convoluted and complex. So, if that’s something you like, this isn’t for you. And that’s totally fine.

Most of the game plays on collecting cute Rot along the way. And, on top of the usual skill building, most rewards you’ll find in hidden spots are either more Rot or hats for them. It doesn’t really require that much mental gymnastics to play this game. You can play to relax and just enjoy the journey. Which, for me, is great! Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the perfect game for when you want to play with family watching. I’m sure it’ll feel like a movie to them.

Is this your GAME Match?

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a game worth trying no matter how familiar you are with video games in the same category. The barrier of entry is super friendly and simplistic so, you won’t need that much video game experience to immerse in the story. Plus, you can customize the game for when you want more of a challenge.

I do have to say though, that this game might fight to keep your interest at times but, it sure can lure you back in. As for me, I was happy to play this game. It was challenging at times and, it might not be the best one on my list. But, it gets honorary points for being simple, gorgeous, and family-friendly.

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Call of Duty announces a new anti-cheat system, Ricochet

Will this solve all the rampant cheating in game?

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Picture this: you just finished up a good amount of work for the day and you just wanna play video games. Specifically, you boot up your PC or console and play some good ol’ fashioned Call of Duty: Warzone. All of a sudden, even playing this game isn’t enjoyable because of all the cheaters in your server. It’s not fun, but the developers of Call of Duty have a solution for that with their new anti-cheat system, Ricochet.

Basically, Ricochet will serve as the game’s way of tracking and investigating any and all kinds of cheating activity taking place on the server. Apart from this, the anti-cheat system allows for tighter account security especially when playing on your PC. With a dedicated PC kernel driver, the system will assist users in identifying cheaters and cheating software present in their systems.

In terms of rollout, Ricochet will be available on Call of Duty: Warzone later in the year. Meanwhile, the anti-cheat will make its way to Call of Duty: Vanguard at a much later date.

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Nintendo Switch OLED Unboxing and Review

Should you upgrade?

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Michael Josh might have forgotten to pre-order the newest Nintendo Switch OLED, but that doesn’t stop him from lining up to the nearest Nintendo Store in New York.

After hours of waiting and shopping spree, he finally ordered not one, but two on the line!

Other than the classic red and blue Switch, there’s also a new white version available.

But should you upgrade? Or do you just need to keep your existing Nintendo Switch for now?

Head over to our Nintendo Switch OLED Unboxing and Review now!

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