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.
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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The GameSir G8 Galileo is great for PS Remote Play
While we wait for the PlayStation Portal
We happen to be in a region where the PlayStation Portal has yet to be released. Good thing, PS Remote Play is available and GameSir has a controller you can hook up to your smartphone that’s readily compatible. Enter the GameSir G8 Galileo.
You might not see it right away, but the biggest difference with the G8 Galileo compared to other smartphone controllers (even the ones GameSir made themselves) is it’s actually full size.
Most smartphone controllers prioritize portability. Thus, they’re more compact. That means smaller face buttons, smaller thumbsticks, and generally smaller overall profile.
Usable, sure. But not exactly ideal for people with chubby hands like yours truly.
This is also one of the primary reasons why, despite owning a Backbone One, I’ve rarely used it for its intended purpose. And the reason why the PlayStation Portal is appealing to me.
The GameSir G8 Galileo changes all of that because of its size. It’s also not just larger. Its ergonomics are great too. Your hands will sit nicely on the nice, curved handles for a more comfortable, more enjoyable handheld gaming session.
PS Remote Play
Another big area of convenience is you don’t necessarily have to have the GameSir app to make it work. Simply download the PS Remote Play app, register, and fire it up.
To make sure it’s on PS Remote Play compatible mode, just press the Share and Options buttons simultaneously. Those are the tiny buttons on the left and right hand side of the controllers right above the left thumb stick and the face buttons.
Upon pressing simultaneously, make sure the color on the GameSir logo on the lower right part of the controller is white. That’s how you know it’s on PS Remote Play mode.
Once done, just easily plug-in your smartphone with a USB-C port on GameSir’s signature flexible USB-C plug and off you go.
Actual play time
Here’s a quick Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gameplay using the GameSir G8 Galileo along with the HONOR Magic5 Pro with Remote Play:
— rodneil (@rodneilquiteles) November 30, 2023
This under a minute clip, naturally, isn’t representative of the entire Remote Play experience. Anyone who has tried it before knows that with extended play time, you’ll likely experience a few hiccups here and there. That’s just the nature of the beast.
That said, this whole set-up has been generally great. Other than Spider-Man 2, I’ve managed to play a handful of quick NBA 2K24 games like this. I still racked up a handful of wins despite suffering from occasional latency trouble.
The feel of the controller is fantastic and is easily the most enjoyable out of every other smartphone controller that I’ve tried before. And I’ve tried a few other than the Backbone One. There’s the GameSir X3, GameSir X2 Pro-Xbox, and the Razer Kishi V2.
Compatible games, mapping
Depending on the platform you’re on, the GameSir G8 Galileo will work on multiple other games. If you’re an iPhone 15 Series user, Remote Play, select Apple Arcade games, and even the AAA games set to release for that iPhone will work with this controller.
For Android users, it’s the usual handful of controller supported games that will work with this. For everything else, you’ll have to resort to mapping — a task for those with patience.
You can buy the GameSir G8 Galileo here: https://bit.ly/gsg8galileo
Use G8Creator on the Coupon Code for 10% off.
Netflix is getting three classic Grand Theft Auto games next month
All three in remastered glory
If you need something light to play amid the bushel of bigger games released this year, you might be sleeping on Netflix’s growing library of games. After packing a significant amount of indie classics on the platform, Netflix is now adding more mainstream hits starting next month. Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will arrive on the platform in December.
While it’s no Grand Theft Auto V, the trilogy collection three of the most iconic titles in the series: Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas. The three games represent an era when Rockstar Games had unparalleled dominance in the open-world genre. Released in 2021, the collection releases the trilogy for modern systems, complete with upgraded (albeit controversial) graphics.
The trilogy is a big get for Netflix. Though the platform’s games catalog already has certified hits (such as Spiritfarer and Into the Breach), Netflix’s new feature hasn’t taken off as much as the company would want. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy might be its most iconic addition yet, potentially boosting its value for subscribers (especially those who don’t want to pay full price for old games).
For Rockstar Games, the addition couldn’t have come at a better time. The studio has already confirmed that it will release the first trailer for the much-awaited Grand Theft Auto VI next month. The series is about to get a big boost.
If you want to play Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, the three games will drop on Netflix starting December 14. As with all of Netflix’s other games, the trilogy is available for free for all subscribers through a mobile device.
Dragon’s Dogma 2 release date known; pre-orders now open
The Arisen are back
Dragon’s Dogma 2, the much-awaited sequel to Dragon’s Dogma which debuted in 2012, is officially releasing on March 22, 2024 as confirmed by Capcom.
Pre-orders for the single player narrative driven action-RPG is now open. It will be available on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam in the Standard and Deluxe editions.
The Deluxe Edition includes the following additional items:
- Explorer’s Camping Kit
- 1500 Rift Crystals
- Dragon’s Dogma Music & Sound Collection
- Items: Wakestone, Art of Metamorphosis, Harpysnare Smoke Beacons, Ambivalent Rift Incense, Heartfelt Pendant, Makeshift Gaol Key
The story of the sequel still revolves around the Arisen, whose heart is taken by the Dragon.
Players control the Arisen and can customize them. The development team has simplified the process of creating characters.
These Arisen are accompanied by mysterious beings called Pawns who are devoted to serving them.
In the game, the Arisen get caught in between the human kingdom of Vermund and the beastren nation of Batthal. They differ in their thoughts towards the Arisen and Pawns, all while having to deal with the Dragon.
The sequel mirrors the world setting of the first game. However, the adventure takes place in a parallel world that is much bigger.
New vocation, new monsters, new settlement
Dragon’s Dogma 2 also features a new vocation exclusive to the Arisen called Trickster, which wields the Censer and uses the smoke it produces to conjure illusions.
This leads to the enemy being confused into fighting themselves through illusions or increasing the power of Pawns for a limited period.
Additionally, the giant Talos emerges from the sea, giving players another monster to figure out how to stop.
The showcase also previewed a glimpse of the Sacred Arbor, an elf settlement where elves communicate with each other but will need the help of a nearby Pawn to be understood by players.
A first glance at the upcoming game’s footage and additional information can be viewed on the Dragon’s Dogma 2 Showcase 2023.
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