Hardware - News

October2016

  • News Yakuza 6 Scores a Snazzy PS4 Hardware Bundle

    But it ain't a PS4 Pro

    We're not entirely convinced that we understand Sony's decision to promote the PlayStation 4 Slim ahead of the impending PS4 Pro, but we're sure that it's all part of some masterplan. Nevertheless, the platform holder will be spotlighting the diminutive device ahead of its triple-tiered brother for the release of Yakuza 6,...

  • News PS4 Pro Requires Very Little Investment from Developers

    Flip the switch

    Developers hoping to support the PlayStation 4 Pro but worried it will require lots of resources need not panic, as lead architect Mark Cerny has pulled out his calculator and crunched the numbers. Speaking with Gamasutra, the venerable veteran has concluded that studios need only invest 0.2 to 0.3 per cent of their budget into the...

  • Talking Point What Do You Want to Know About PS4 Pro?

    Pro talk

    We said earlier in the year when it was rumoured that Sony would launch both PlayStation VR and PlayStation 4 Pro this holiday that it would have its work cut out, and it's clear that the company's putting in overtime right now. Fresh from what appears to have been a very successful virtual reality release, the organisation now finds...

  • News Sony Confirms SATA 3 Hard Drive Support for PS4 Pro

    Nice to know

    There were whispers coming out of Japan that the PlayStation 4 Pro would support the SATA 3 hard drive configuration, but the company has now officially confirmed that to be the case. Speaking with GameSpot, it said that you will be able to swap out the 1TB HDD included with the console for another and that those upgrading to SSDs...

  • News PS4 Pro Has More Memory Than the Base Model

    Level up

    Sony has revealed that the PlayStation 4 Pro has an additional gigabyte of memory compared to the existing unit. This bonus is not directly for use in games, but to help the console with application switching; currently that process is handled by the existing 8GB GDDR5 RAM included with the PS4, but now it can be offloaded to the extra...

  • News PlayStation VR Shifted Over 50,000 Units at Launch in Japan

    VReasonable

    PlayStation VR got off to a solid if unspectacular start in Japan, with the futuristic facemask shifting 51,644 units during its first week on sale. Reports coming out of the East suggest that the accessory is totally sold out, so this is likely the sum of what Sony shipped to its home region. PlayStation VR Worlds moved a...

  • News PS4 Slumps to Third Successive NPD Defeat

    Choppy waters

    Batten the hatches, spit in Shawn Layden's face, and curse Kaz Hirai's complacency: Sony failed to defeat the Xbox One in the September NPD, meaning that's three times in a row now that the PlayStation 4 has not been the best-selling system in the United States. We suppose after three straight years on top, it had to give everyone...

  • News PlayStation VR Can Be Used with Wii U, Xbox One, PC

    Well, kinda

    You can use PlayStation VR's spiffy Cinematic Mode to enjoy non-virtual reality PlayStation 4 games using your expensive new purchase – but did you know that it also works with a PC, Xbox One, or Wii U? The setup itself is simple: replace the HDMI cord coming out of your PS4 and into the Processing Unit with your console or computer...

  • News Japan Lines Up for PlayStation VR Ahead of Launch

    As stocks start to sell out worldwide

    You can always judge the interest in a product in Japan by the size of its lines, and it looks like PlayStation VR has captured the attention of the tech enthusiasts in the East. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that many stores have been sold out of the headset since as early as June, with one man from...

  • News PS4 Pro Will Be Compatible with SATA 3 Hard Drives

    That's a SATA of fact

    Sony hasn't said much about the PlayStation 4 Pro since it was revealed, with much of its attention being focused on PlayStation VR over the past few weeks. But one thing it has clarified following an interview with Japanese website 4Gamer.net is that the new system will support SATA 3 hard drives, unlike its predecessor...

  • News PlayStation's Adventure Icons United in UK PS4 Bundle

    Nate and Lara together at last

    If you haven't purchased a PlayStation 4 yet but love action adventure games, then Sony's got a great bundle for you in the UK. Available from GAME today, the £329.99 set includes Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Rise of the Tomb Raider alongside a 1TB PS4 Slim console. That's a pretty amazing package if you enjoy...

  • News PlayStation VR Will Provide Some Headaches for People with HDR Displays

    Time to change your cables

    While we're technically under embargo, we can probably just about get away with saying that PlayStation VR's setup has some… Minor shortcomings. Hopefully the Sony Ninjas don't lynch us for typing that. Anyway, it's about to get more complicated if you have an HDR television, because the Processing Unit – which is...

September2016

  • Video PlayStation VR Comes with an Absurd Number of Cables

    Spaghetti junction

    We weren't going to do a PlayStation VR unboxing because tons of better websites with better camera gear already have that corner of the market on lock. But you know what? We were going to take the headset out of its box anyway, so why not film it? We're gunning for the rudimentary, hobbyist sector of YouTube with this clip. In...

  • News Amazon UK Sells FIFA 17, LEGO Star Wars PS4 Bundles for £149

    How low can you go?

    You may have caught our earlier story about some frankly insane PlayStation 4 offers, and now Amazon UK has thrown its not-so insignificant hat into the ring. The mega online retailer is selling the 500GB PS4 alongside either FIFA 17 or LEGO S

  • News UK PS4 Prices Plunge Lower Than £150 with FIFA 17

    Insane savings as stores clear stock

    With the PlayStation 4 Slim now on store shelves, there's a bit of a price war going on in the UK as retailers attempt to clear out stock of the old model. At the time of typing, ShopTo will sell you a 500GB CUH-1200 unit alongside FIFA 17 for… £139.85! Smyths Toys is doing a similar thing in-store from...

  • News Microsoft Didn't Expect Sony to Ditch 4K Blu-ray Either

    What the 4K?

    We probably all expected the PlayStation 4 Pro to have a 4K Blu-ray player – Sony's one of the founders of the physical media format, after all. But the supercharged system doesn't, with the Japanese giant favouring streaming ahead of the disc-based playback option. And it turns out even its main competitor Microsoft expected the...

  • News PS4 Pro Requires Very Little Investment from Developers

    One or two people working on Sony titles

    CD Projekt Red's decision not to update The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the PlayStation 4 Pro has prompted some people to ponder just how many resources developers need to commit to the new machine. According to Digital Foundry, the answer is very few, as it's reporting that just one person from Sony Bend is...

  • Poll Should the PS4 Pro Have a UHD Blu-ray Player?

    A moment of clarity

    Sony took a bath on the PlayStation 3 just to get Blu-ray into as many homes as possible, so it's strange to see the company ignore the fledgling Ultra High-Definition Blu-ray format a decade later. Times have changed since the turbulent days of 2006, of course: streaming is, for many, their primary means of consuming media now...

  • TGS 2016 Ogle Some Off-Screen PS4 Pro Images

    Final Fantasy XV! Uncharted 4! Horizon: Zero Dawn!

    With regards to 4K resolution and HDR, you really need to see the PlayStation 4 Pro with your own eyes in order to appreciate the improvements that it offers. However, at the Tokyo Game Show this week, Sony is showing off a handful of titles on a very expensive panel – and Game Watch took a few...

  • News Sony 'Pleasantly Surprised' by Strong PS4 Pro Pre-Orders

    That's a pro, then

    We suppose that the reaction to the PlayStation 4 Pro could be described as mixed, but its sales seem to be off to a decent start. It's dominated the best sellers list on Amazon for some time now, and we've heard from a couple of retail sources that pre-orders are looking decent in both the UK and in the US. And now Sony has...

  • News UK Store GAME Will Sell You a PS4 Pro for £174.99

    But you'll need to make some trades

    Many have asked whether retailers intend to offer trade-up programmes for the recently announced PlayStation 4 Pro, and it looks like GAME is the first. The UK outlet will sell you one of the supercharged systems for £174.99 – assuming that you're willing to make some trades. It's worth noting that this offer...

  • Video We Got One of Those PS4 Slim Things

    And ours isn't off the back of a lorry

    Leaks presumably irritate every organisation operating in the games industry, but Sony must have been particularly peeved by the PlayStation 4 Slim's premature reveal. Today we learned an important lesson about the diminutive device: it's not very photogenic. Like, at all. To the degree where we gave up...

  • News Final Fantasy XV's PS4 Slim Bundle Will Cost You More Than a Pro

    But it does come with a lot of goodies

    Final Fantasy may not be the juggernaut that it once was, but it's still comfortably one of the most iconic franchises in PlayStation's stable. And after a brief dalliance with Microsoft around the launch of Final Fantasy XIII, it's nice to see the series back where it belongs – firmly under the PlayStation...

  • TGS 2016 Sony Hasn't Forgotten About the PS Vita Entirely

    New colours incoming overseas

    The PlayStation Vita put in an appearance at Sony's TGS 2016 press conference today – albeit a rather fleeting one. The platform holder took a moment to announce that two new colours will be available in Japan starting 1st December: Silver and Metallic Red. Both models will retail for ‎¥18,980 (~$186).

  • TGS 2016 Final Fantasy XV PS4 Slim Is Over the Moon

    Another Noctis in the bedpost

    Sony announced the first custom PlayStation 4 Slim hardware design – and it's a tasty one. The Luna Edition – which, sadly, won't be available in the PS4 Pro format it seems – will cost ¥‎39,980 (~$392) and will feature the moon motif from Final Fantasy XV on its front. It will come with a copy of the game,...

  • News Uncharted 4's PS4 Slim Bundle Is An Absolute Steal

    Canadians getting robbed, though

    Sony announced this week that the new PlayStation 4 Slim will retail for $299.99 in the United States. Good price, right? Well, it gets better, as starting 15th September, you'll be able to buy the diet device as part of an Uncharted 4: A Thief's End bundle – which will also cost you a meagre $299.99. Pre-orders...

  • News Will PS4 Pro Improve Games on Traditional 1080p HDTVs?

    Yes, and here's a quick look at how

    Sony will have learned a lot about PlayStation 4 Pro and how to market the machine this week, with the way it talks about traditional 1080p televisions being a crucial reality check. While the new hardware has clearly been designed to excel in 4K with HDR switched on, it's simply not true that the console will...

  • News There'll Be a Logo on PS4 Pro Enhanced Game Cases

    Oh great

    It's usually around this stage in the generation that box art gets completely murdered by superfluous logos, and between PlayStation VR and the new PlayStation 4 Pro, the Japanese giant is planning to make a right old mess. Games Radar reports that titles enhanced by Sony's new hardware – which should, we must stress, end up being all...

  • Feature Everything You Need to Know About PS4 Pro

    All of your questions answered

    Sony was always going to have difficulty explaining what the PlayStation 4 Pro is – and, perhaps more importantly, who it's for – during its PlayStation Meeting press conference this week. The console, which represents a kind of half-step for the existing PS4 model, is not intended to blur generations or begin...

  • News This Is the Best PS4 Pro Sales Pitch You'll See Today

    On the Mark

    Mark Cerny's got a way with words that makes everything he says - no matter how outlandish - sound completely and totally reasonable. The PlayStation 4's lead system architect, Cerny is essentially responsible for the design of Sony's current-gen platforms - including the newly announced PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. Who better to sell you a...

  • News The New PS4 Controller Offers More Than Just Another Lightbar

    Mark Cerny shares a secret

    Hmmmm, this is an interesting little detail. In a new video on the official PlayStation YouTube channel, lead system architect Mark Cerny reveals that the revised DualShock 4 controller, which will be packaged with the PlayStation 4 Slim and PlayStation 4 Pro, won't just add another lightbar - it will, in fact, offer...

  • Reaction Shrewd Sony Looks to Continue Market Domination with PS4 Pro

    Pro tip

    Sony announced two new consoles at its PlayStation Meeting press conference today: the new PS4 Pro system and the already-leaked PS4 Slim. But with reactions mixed across the web, what do we think of the Japanese giant's bold new strategy? In this article, editors Sammy Barker and Robert Ramsey react to today's presser. Sammy Barker,...

  • News Pre-Order Your PS4 Pro Console Right Now

    PS4 Slim pre-orders also live ahead of launch

    A few hours ago, we didn't really know what the PlayStation 4 Pro was going to be. Now, however, pre-orders are beginning to go live. Amazon, as is so often the case, is one of the first major retailers to hop aboard the pre-order train – and here are all the links you'll need to nab Sony's latest...

  • News Here's Your First Look at Sony's New PS4 Pro Console

    Big Mac

    As anticipated, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 Pro during its PlayStation Meeting press conference earlier this evening, which will boast a significantly enhanced GPU and tons of bells and whistles on top of the current model, like 4K resolution and HDR support. And it will release on 10th November, with a price of $399.99. But what...

  • News PS4 Pro Doesn't Appear to Have a 4K Blu-ray Player

    4K off

    In what may be the first bloody nose that Sony's sustained this generation, the PlayStation 4 Pro won't come with a 4K Blu-ray drive. The platform holder didn't mention Blu-ray once during its press conference this evening, and now a slew of senior reporters in New York are claiming that the console won't support Ultra High-Definition...

  • News Every PS4 Console to Be Upgraded with HDR Support

    Patch incoming to unlock new potential

    Much of Sony's press conference today, of course, centred on the new PlayStation 4 Pro console – but there was good news for existing owners of the system, too. Speaking during the PlayStation Meeting 2016 press conference, suit Andrew House announced that every single system will be updated to support high...

  • News PS4 Slim Will Release by 15th September for $299

    Hitting shelves on 15th September

    Bet you weren't expecting this: the PlayStation 4 Slim was finally announced at today's PlayStation Meeting presser. Right off the bat, Andrew House announced that this more energy-efficient, smaller system (which looks exactly as the many leaks claimed it would) will be available from 15th September this year,...

  • News PS4 Pro Confirmed, Launches November 2016 for $399

    #4ThePros

    Sony has confirmed that the PS4K or 'Neo' is real - and that it's actually called the PlayStation 4 Pro. As leaked reports earlier in the year suggested, the Pro will support 4K televisions, and it's more powerful than the regular system. It'll supposedly allow for more graphical detail, better frame rates, and faster load times in your...

  • Rumour PS4K Neo Launches This Week According to Report

    That was fast

    We're now a couple of days away from a Sony press conference, so that can only mean one thing: rumours, and lots of them. This latest whisper comes from the Financial Times via GameSpot, who report that the PlayStation 4K, codenamed Neo, may well release later this week. Wait, what? As many of you are no doubt aware, Sony is hosting...

  • News So, Where Did Those Leaked PS4 Slims Actually Come From?

    The UAE, apparently

    The PlayStation 4 Slim will be officially announced on the 7th September at Sony's PlayStation Meeting - that much is guaranteed at this point - but where did all of these leaked consoles actually come from? If you haven't been keeping up to date on this story, Slims, in all of their real, physical glory, have been found in the...

August2016

July2016

  • News GameStop's Boss Just Hinted PS4K Is Coming in 2016

    Surprise

    GameStop is far and away the biggest video game retailer in the United States, and CEO Paul Raines is privy to information that none of us know. Fortunately, every time that he appears on national television, he tends to let us in on the secret – he more or less dated PlayStation VR before Sony had a chance to, after all. And now he's...

  • News Amazon Readies for Release of New PS4 Console

    Spanish arm expects new system on 13th October

    Amazon Spain has added a new product page for a brand new PlayStation 4 console set to release on 13th October, prompting speculation that it could be the anticipated PS4K – or Neo as it's also known. The listing includes a €399.99 price point, which is exactly what we'd expect the upgraded...

  • News PS4 Was USA's Best Selling Box for the Eighth Month Running in June

    View from the top

    The latest NPD report has been delayed while digital data is added to the tracking, but it has been confirmed that the PlayStation 4 was the best selling console for June 2016. This is the eighth month in a row now that Sony's system has been on top, with Halo 5 being the last game to cause a temporary upset all the way back in...

  • News Devs May Start Submitting PS4K Compatible Titles Next Month

    Developer documentation leaks

    As alluded in our Talking Point earlier today, we suspect that PlayStation 4K may happen fast. Sony's talked about its desire of selling the system soon after its announcement, and that could come any day now. Indeed, developer documentation which has leaked online suggests that studios will be able to start...

  • News Hey, the Steel Black PS4 Controller Isn't Bad Either

    It's no crystal, but what is?

    You've heard us go gaga over the sublime crystal DualShock 4, but Sony clearly isn't content with just one lavish hardware trailer. The PlayStation maker's just thrown out another video showcasing the steel black controller, which, while not quite as impressive as the aforementioned transparent beauty, is still rather...

  • News These PS4 Bundles Are Getting Bigger and Bigger

    Putting on weight

    Console bundles become a less interesting point of discussion the older a platform gets, but while we've been ignoring PlayStation 4 packages for some time, Sony's been quietly making them bigger and bigger. Take this 1TB bundle available from UK retailer GAME starting tomorrow: it includes Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Bloodborne,...

  • News Drool Over This Crystal PS4 Controller Trailer

    Phwoooooar

    This particular author remembers being distinctly jealous of a kid back in primary school who had a crystal Game Boy Colour. It wasn't a "sexy" piece of hardware, per se, but there's just something strangely compelling about transparent tech. We're sure that some of you won't agree, of course, but before you start gobbing in the...

  • News Analyst Reckons Sony May Release a PS4 Slim as Well as PS4K

    How many PS4s do you need?

    Hmmmm, let's put this one in the 'we're not convinced but maybe' pile. According to comments from Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong, Sony could well release a PlayStation 4 Slim as well as the recently confirmed PlayStation 4K - or 'Neo', as it's more commonly referred to. If there's truth to this, then it would...

June2016

May2016

  • News GameStop's Anticipating New Console Reveals at E3 2016

    PS4, k?

    Who's ready for new consoles? You're… Not? Well, it seems like you're going to get them anyway, with GameStop hinting that E3 2016 next month will host the reveal of new hardware. Sony is, of course, rumoured to be prepping the announcement of the rumoured PlayStation 4K, while recent reports have pointed to about a dozen different Xbox...

  • News PS4 Is a Beast! Sales Surpass 40 Million Units

    Still Sony's fastest-selling system

    While the industry may be awash with rumours of iterative hardware upgrades, the PlayStation 4 is continuing to quietly chug along at an intense pace, with the platform holder confirming today that sales have now surpassed 40 million units worldwide. This means that the system is still the fastest-selling in...

  • News Sony Expects to Sell a Lot of PS4 Consoles This Fiscal Year

    Like, a lot

    Sony's released its sales forecasts for the fiscal year which started in April, and they paint a very interesting picture for the PlayStation 4. According to the company, it expects to sell 20 million new-gen systems through the period which ends 31st March, 2017. That's a sizeable increase on previous fiscal years, with the console...

  • News Is PS4K Scheduled to Launch Before October?

    For the upgraders

    The PlayStation 4K, or Neo as it's supposedly codenamed, is not a rumour anymore; Sony may have refrained from commenting on the upgraded hardware, but it's almost certainly happening. The big question is: when? Previous rumours pegged the supercharged platform for October, which is when PlayStation VR is also set to deploy.

  • News PS4 Was the Best Selling Console in the US Last Month

    Confirmation at last

    Sony refrained from releasing its usual self-fellating PR statement following last night's NPD report, leading many – ourselves included – to assume that the PlayStation 4 had failed to secure a seventh successive spell at the top of the US hardware charts. However, it's since confirmed to IGN that its new-gen system was...

April2016

  • News Sony Is Making 1080p a Requirement for Neo Mode Games on PS4K

    Frame rate can't be lower than the base game, either

    The internet's still reeling from the news that PS4K seems to be the real deal, but the details just won't stop dripping. On the latest Giant Bombcast - the podcast of Giant Bomb, the publication that initially revealed the contents of the PS4K technical documents - it's pointed out that Sony...

  • Feature Everything We Know About PS4K So Far

    Neo way

    Whether you like it or not, the PlayStation 4K – or Neo, as it's purportedly codenamed – is real. The system, which has been a hot source of speculation since the Game Developers Conference earlier in the year, was blown wide open earlier today, as

  • News Sony's Sending out PS4K Dev Kits Right Now

    And so it begins

    Bloody hell, it's all kicking off today isn't it? Following Giant Bomb's earlier leak and probable confirmation of the existence of the PS4K, our pals over at Digital Foundry have stepped into the fray, backing up the claims and stating that they've also got their hands on the leaked technical documents. In short, everything...

  • News PS4K Is Codenamed Neo, Has Upgraded Specs, Will Not Supplant Existing PS4 Systems

    Devs requested to support both consoles starting this October

    Sony probably won't be happy today, as the PlayStation 4K has leaked in full – assuming that Giant Bomb's sources are correct. We've already heard a lot about the Japanese giant's hypothetical hardware half-step, but it seems that documentation regarding the device is now in the hands...

  • News GameStop's Stoked About the PS4K At the Very Least

    Money, money, money

    While most of you remain unconvinced by the heavily rumoured PlayStation 4K, the big cheese at GameStop is rubbing his hands like a pantomime villain. Speaking at an investor day, COO Tony Bartel told an audience that, while the company's not basing its forecast particularly heavily on new formats, it's hyped about all of the...

  • News Is This the Beginning of the End for the PlayStation Vita?

    Sony starting to cease shipments, it seems

    It seems like, over four years since its original launch, the PlayStation Vita is nearing the end of its run. Reports are swirling that Sony has ceased shipping the system to the Netherlands, with major retailer Bol.com currently having only two units left in stock. And now a retail source has told NDTV...

  • News These PS4 Bundles Are Getting Better All of the Time

    Such games! Much low prices!

    We were reporting on PlayStation 4 console bundles constantly around launch, but they've gotten less interesting as the machine has matured. This one deserves a quick post, though, because NewEgg is currently selling a 500GB Star Wars Battlefront bundle with Dark Souls III and Fallout 4 on its

  • News So, the PS4K Has Been Under Our Nose All Along

    We just didn't pay attention

    This whole PlayStation 4K lark has been like a bullet train: we're already sick of writing about it and you've expressed your dissatisfaction regarding our regular posts about it. But it's kinda come out of nowhere, right? Well, we've been thinking about the hypothetical hardware half-step for a few days now – obvs...

March2016

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