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Sony PS4 Pro launches today

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Don’t be surprised to see a line of giddy people snake around electronics stores; they’ve waited long enough. Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro launches today in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., laying out its vision for the future of console gaming.

And that future will be built on the backs of 4K and HDR games and video-streaming services. The PS4 Pro isn’t a completely new system, but rather a mid-life cycle refresh meant to deliver a better gaming experience, visually at least (because technology permits it, and because Sony’s TV business could profit greatly from the new console).

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The Pro is meant to bring eye-melting graphics to existing and future PlayStation 4 titles by rendering them at super-sharp 4K resolution and applying a fresh coat of colorful paint on them.

To get the job done, it’s got a custom AMD processor that delivers around 4.20 teraflops of graphics performance, or more than twice the power the standard PlayStation 4 can muster. Also on deck are a 1TB hard drive and a port for 4K HDMI out.

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2016 PS4 (left) and PS4 Pro (right)

However, it’s important to note that while Sony says the Pro is capable of running games natively at 4K, the console only upscales current titles at the moment. Curiously enough, it has skipped support for physical 4K Blu-ray discs, whereas the Xbox One S system it competes with doubles as a Blu-ray player.

Games that support 4K upscaling at launch include Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and The Last of Us: Remastered. The full list can be found on the PlayStation Blog.

The PS4 Pro retails for $399.

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Ubisoft offers Far Cry 5 for free this weekend

Experience the violence in Hope County for a limited time only

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Ubisoft has another weekend offering for everyone, focusing more on their popular franchises. In previous offerings, they gave players one whole weekend to play games such as Assassin’s Creed Origins for free. As such, any progress accumulated will carry over when you purchase the game. This time around, they’re offering the same mechanics to those who wish to play Far Cry 5 this weekend.

For those who are still unaware, Far Cry 5 is the fifth installment in one of Ubisoft’s most popular first-person shooter franchise. The game tackles socio-political and religious topics as you play a Deputy in Hope County, Montana attempting to detain Joseph Seed. Throughout the game, you will encounter members of Seed’s congregation, the Eden’s Gate, who will stop at nothing to see a prophecy fulfilled.

From August 5-9, 2021, Ubisoft is offering players for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S access to Far Cry 5 for free. For each platform, here are the timings:

  • Ubisoft Store (PC) – August 5, 9 PM
  • Epic Games Store (PC) – August 6, 1 AM
  • PlayStation Store (PS4, PS5) – August 5, 3:01 PM
  • Microsoft Store (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One) – August 5, 3:01 PM

 

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Horizon Forbidden West reportedly delayed to 2022

Another delay this year

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When the console was announced last year, the PlayStation 5 revealed an impressive lineup of games coming for the next generation. The list included highly anticipated sequels to popular PlayStation 4 titles likes Spider-Man: Miles Morales, God of War Ragnarok, and Horizon Forbidden West. However, because of some reason or another, the titles were delayed beyond the near future. Unfortunately, one of the titles, Horizon Forbidden West, is reportedly delayed once again.

According to Bloomberg, the title is now set for a release sometime in 2022, rather than its formerly projected timeframe for this year’s holiday season. The report does not reveal what the reason is for such a delay. If anything, it’s not the first delay for the gaming industry this year. The games’ respective developers have also reportedly delayed God of War Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7.

Of note, however, the supposed delay hasn’t been officially announced yet. There’s still a chance that the game is coming this year.

Even if the game is truly delayed to next year, 2022 is looking like a great year for PlayStation gamers. Besides the aforementioned games, another title announced during the console’s launch event, Stray, is also coming next year. The delays, at least, compensate for the still-ongoing chip and console shortages plaguing the industry today.

SEE ALSO: Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact

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Bring out immersive FHD gaming with the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

A graphics card fit for the modern gamer

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AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

For most competitive gamers, high frame rates matter in the grand scheme of things. Apart from seeing just the right amount of detail, it’s almost imperative to have more than enough frames to react to. Whether you’re playing on a 4K TV or a 1080p gaming monitor, a high frame rate keeps you locked in — something AMD is offering with its latest graphics card: the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT.

The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT comes with 8GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM, which is capable of playing most modern games at high frame rates. Built on the RDNA 2 architecture, this new GPU promises to also bring a high-fidelity and responsive gaming experience.

To achieve this, the graphics card comes with full support of AMD’s FidelityFX and Smart Access Memory technologies. Although, AMD designed it for the FHD space, meaning those with 1080p monitors will heavily benefit from this GPU.

Beginning August 11, 2021, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT will be available starting at US$ 379. It will be available across most global retailers and etailers.

 

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