Gaming

Sony PS4 Pro launches today

Published

on

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).

[irp posts=”4592″ name=”Sony PlayStation 4 Pro and Slim hands-on”]

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.

ps4-slim-pro-20160908-01

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.

[irp posts=”4842″ name=”Forget 4K: HDR will make games look far better”]

Gaming

Practically no one is playing Netflix’s games, report says

Despite being free to play

Published

on

Recently, Netflix gambled big on the future of its platform. Besides cutting a plethora of titles in production, the platform introduced a gallery of mobile games for all of its subscribers. As the gaming library grew, it acquired impressive titles from the best of the mobile gaming world. However, despite Netflix’s efforts, only less than one percent of the platform’s subscribers are playing the games.

In a new app study (via CNBC), Netflix’s games average only 1.7 million users daily. Overall, the games have been downloaded 23.3 million times.

Though not an insignificant number, the figure is a tiny, tiny portion of Netflix’s main user base. For reference, Netflix currently has around 221 million subscribers. That’s less than one percent of Netflix subscribers playing their games.

Netflix’s gaming strategy is an ongoing experiment. While the company has eyed the industry for a while now, Netflix is facing deeper gravitas with making sure every endeavor succeeds. As of late, the platform has bled for subscribers, new and old.

For the first time in a while, Netflix has lost subscribers, marking the rise in popularity of other streaming platforms. It isn’t the only shark in the lake. Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max are creating compelling cases for a switch.

That said, if you still pay for a Netflix subscribers, the gaming library comes with the price of admission. Besides inspired titles from its properties like Stranger Things, the library also comes with heavy hitters like Spiritfarer.

SEE ALSO: Netflix’s The Gray Man is getting its own cinematic universe

Continue Reading

Accessories

Razer releases giant-sized gaming mouse mats in the Philippines

The Strider Chroma and Goliathus 3XL

Published

on

Strider Chroma

What’s better than a regular-sized gaming mouse pad? Giant-sized gaming mouse mats! In fact, two new ultra-sized gaming mouse mats from Razer, the Strider Chroma and Goliathus Chroma 3XL, are now both available in the Philippines.

The warp-and-water resistant Strider Chroma measures 900mm by 370mm and is 4mm thick. It is the world’s first hybrid soft/hard gaming mouse which come with 19 customizable lighting zones.

For an even larger mat that can cover an entire desk, the Goliathus Chroma 3XL measures a massive 1200mm by 550mm and is 3.5mm thick.

This soft mat is ideal for gamers who use lower DPI, or need to cover more ground while moving their mouse.

The two new accessories come with non-slip bases and are powered by Razer Chroma RGB to provide dynamic lighting effects while in-game.

The Strider Chroma is priced at PhP 8,490 while the Goliathus Chroma 3XL is available for PhP 6,990 via the Razer official website, Shopee, Lazada, and their authorized sellers nationwide.

Continue Reading

Gaming

Steam will support Joy-Cons soon

Plus other Nintendo controllers

Published

on

For how much they cost, the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons could certainly see more use outside of console exclusivity. Thankfully, developers are finding new ways to use controllers for other applications. If you want to get more use out of your Joy-Cons, Steam is working on compatibility for the Switch controllers.

In a new Steam beta test, Valve released support for Joy-Cons and other Nintendo controllers. As you can do with a Switch, players will soon be able to use either just one Joy-Con or both as a pair. However, since it’s in beta, individual games have not announced support specifically for the Joy-Con.

If anything, connecting the Joy-Con through Steam should be relatively easy. The gaming hub already offers plug-and-play support for most controllers available in the market. Of course, better support means that developers (and fans) can tailor settings depending on controller.

With the number of third-party games on the Switch, it’s believable that there are Switch players who are making first-time transitions to PC gaming. In that case, allowing Joy-Cons into PC gaming — albeit not the best controller for such — will prove a necessary jumping point.

Besides Steam, Apple is also working on support for the Switch controllers, adding new life to the tiny pair. As for Steam, however, Joy-Con support should officially come soon after the beta test.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16 will support Nintendo Joy-Cons

Continue Reading

Trending