News - 2020, Week 42

Sunday18th Oct 2020

  • Guide All Free EA Play Games on PS4

    Every EA Play game in the PS4 Vault

    What free games are available to download as part of EA Play – formerly known as EA Access – on the PS4? And how much does it cost to subscribe to EA Play on the PS4? The behemoth publisher’s subscription service has been rebranded on the PlayStation 4, and in addition to early access and discounts, it also...

  • News PS5's Fan Will Be Adjusted with Firmware Updates

    Sony will collect data on how games perform first

    Sony’s invested heavily into the PlayStation 5’s cooling solution, which fuses an enormous heatsink with liquid metal and one ginormous fan to keep the console running efficiently. Speaking with 4Gamer.net, as translated by ResetEra user orzkare, PlayStation’s Yasuhiro Otori revealed that...

  • News Watch Dogs: Legion Runs at 4K, 30FPS with Raytracing on PS5

    Ubisoft reflections

    Just a teensy confirmation from Watch Dogs: Legion’s live producer Lathieeshe Thillainathan writing as part of a Reddit question and answer: the game will run at 30 frames-per-second in 4K with raytracing enabled on the PlayStation 5. There’s no word on whether the title will have multiple graphical options, such as a 60...

  • News NBA 2K21 Is the Next Game to Include Unskippable Adverts After Launch

    Authentic or insulting?

    If it's not EA, it's publisher 2K causing controversy by applying unskippable adverts to load screens after launch. PlayStation 4 title NBA 2K21 now sports in-game ads before you hit the court as the game loads in the players, crowd, and arena. In the tweet below, you'll see how the Oculus Quest 2 is advertised to PS4 users...

  • News Sony Looking into Feedback on Roundly Criticised PS4 Party Changes

    "Thanks for speaking up"

    To be fair to Sony, we can see what it’s trying to do with Parties on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Effectively, it wants them to be more Discord-esque, enabling you to communicate with your pals in a variety of different ways. The problem is that this change comes at the expense of the simplicity of the previous...

  • News Watch the Opening of Ghost of Tsushima's Outstanding Legends Update

    A new legend

    If you haven’t played Ghost of Tsushima: Legends yet, then what are you waiting for? This is an incredible addition to an already sublime PlayStation 4 exclusive, transforming the samurai open worlder into a thoroughly enjoyable co-operative campaign. There are multiple classes for you to choose, gear to unlock, story missions to...

Saturday17th Oct 2020

  • News PS5 Revives One of PlayStation's Iconic Bugs

    Time to kill

    If you asked us what PlayStation’s most iconic bug is, we wouldn’t need to think about it for very long: it’s the legendary oversight on the PlayStation 3 which showed your DualShock 3’s battery indicator on top of the clock. We battled with this for years, pushing the PlayStation button to see the time only to have it obscured...

  • News Fans Are Trying to Figure Out if PS5 Has Quick Resume

    Pick up where you left off

    Quick Resume has been billed as one of the defining features of Xbox Series X’s offering, allowing you to toggle between different games at will. From what we understand, this functionality works like an evolved version of the PSPgo’s old Suspend Mode, which effectively allowed you to create a custom save state in the...

  • News PS5 Controllers Begin to Appear in the Wild

    New way to play

    It looks as though PlayStation 5 controllers are beginning to arrive at retail warehouses around the world. Over on Twitter, one eagle-eyed fan spotted a DualSense shipment at Walmart, and promptly took a photograph of the pad’s packaging to prove it: And on

  • News Another Indie Dev Suggests Sony's Denying PS Store Sale Requests

    And they're not alone

    You’d think Sony would be all too happy to discount PlayStation Store games at a developer’s request, but we’ve been hearing for a few weeks now that the Japanese giant is being, well, less than helpful in that department. The latest to speak out is Lucas Pope of Return of the Obra Dinn fame, which is currently half-price...

  • Quiz How Much Do You Know About the PS5 UI?

    Interface intelligence

    Earlier this week, Sony finally unveiled one of the most important PlayStation 5 elements: the user interface. We had been waiting a seriously long time to get a glimpse of the UI, so when it did arrive, it set the internet ablaze with excitement all over again. Having digested all it has to offer though, how much do you...

  • News Sony Explains PS5's New Voice Chat Reporting Feature

    Keeping it clean

    PlayStation was trending for all the wrong reasons this week, when PlayStation 4 firmware update 8.00 introduced a new warning message indicating that voice chat conversations may be recorded. This led to all sorts of privacy concerns, prompting the platform holder to put out a state

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue 346

    Another weekend closer to PS5

    As another week concludes, we’ve learned a bunch more about the PlayStation 5 and its various features. Gone are the days where Sony kept us in the dark, because it’s had quite a rhythm these past few weeks, and we now know all of the essentials about Sony’s console. Good stuff! Sammy Barker, Editor: I dived...

Friday16th Oct 2020

Thursday15th Oct 2020

  • Guide All PS5 Launch Games

    Every PlayStation 5 game available day one

    Looking for a list of all PS5 launch games? You probably want to know which PlayStation 5 games you'll be able to buy alongside the system. As part of our PS5 guide, we're going to list all PS5 launch games. You can also find out more about the PS5 release date, PS5 pric

  • News Sony: 'We Do Not Record' PS4 Party Chats

    Users can, but Sony doesn't

    Update: Sony has also issued the following statement on the matter: "Following this update, users are seeing a notification about Party Safety and that voice chats in parties may be recorded. Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches, and will enable users to record...

  • News PS5 UI Revealed in New State of Play Presentation

    Activities, tips, and the Create Button

    Sony has today posted an 11-minute video detailing everything there is to know about the all-new PlayStation 5 user interface. Taking the form of a State of Play presentation, the Japanese giant takes a deep dive into a completely new set of features. Sony has gone very big on putting as much information...

  • News Ghost of Tsushima's Massive 1.1 Update Heavily Inspired by Fan Feedback and Community Suggestions

    All together now

    Ghost of Tsushima's huge 1.1 update is less than a day away (at the time of writing), and developer Sucker Punch has acknowledged that fan feedback and suggestions from the game's community have helped shape what's in store. Posting on Reddit, the official Sucker Punch account writes: "Thank you to everyone here for your feedback...

  • Poll What Do You Think of the PS5 UI?

    What's your favourite feature?

    Sony has revealed the PS5 user interface, with an in-depth video demonstration giving us a pretty good idea of how the next-gen system will operate. Obviously we all need to go hands on with the PS5 before jumping to any complete conclusions, but in our humble opinion, the UI is looking impressively slick. But of...

  • News Burger King Provides Your First Look at PS5's Box

    It's a Whopper

    This is your first proper look at the PlayStation 5’s physical box, courtesy of Burger King. If you enjoy watching the NFL, then you may want to get used to this 15-second television spot, because we’re expecting it to run a lot – presumably starting this weekend, as there’s no Thursday Night Football tonight. We already knew...

  • Reaction PS5's User Experience Is Made for Modern Games

    The way we play

    Sony occasionally gets criticised for being a bit out of touch with the wants and needs of gamers, but we don’t think you could lobby that criticism at the company when it comes to the PlayStation 5’s user experience. Announced today after months of enthusiastic speculation, it’s alarming that we’re still learning new things...

  • News Destiny 2 PS5 Upgrade Lands on 8th December, Bungie Shares Key Details

    4K, 60fps, FoV slider

    We've known for a while that Destiny 2 will receive a free PS5 upgrade, bringing big improvements on the next-gen system. Well, that upgrade now has a release date: the 8th December 2020. What's more, developer Bungie has detailed everything that you can expect from its looter shooter when it takes advantage of Sony's upcoming...

  • News Here's How Spider-Man: Miles Morales Eliminates Load Times on PS5

    They're gone

    If you ever need video evidence of how much of an advancement PlayStation 5 is over the current-gen PlayStation 4, just check out the clip we've embedded below. Courtesy of Game Informer's coverage, we've got a good look at the load times of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5. Or, rather, the complete lack of them when...

  • News Spider-Cat Is the Reason to Buy Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

    We ain't kitten

    There’s a new Spider-Man game coming out, which is pretty cool, right? But what if we told you there’s a side-quest where you rescue a cat, and that pussy will then accompany you on subsequent missions – even fighting by your side?! Yeah, we pretty much figured that would sell you on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, but...

  • News PS5 In-Game Hints and Tips System Requires PS Plus Subscription

    Cash for help

    Sony has officially unveiled the in-game hints and tips system shipping with the PlayStation 5 console next month, dubbed Game Help. It's built into the user interface and allows you to bring up the Command Centre at any time to get a bit of help if you're stuck. You'll then be able to stream a video displaying the solution to your own...

  • News Watch Another Minute of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5

    Peter Parker cameos

    If you’re on a Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales media blackout after the incredible Spider-Cat clip, then know that we completely understand. Everyone else, though, may want to enjoy this new cut-scene which sees the titular hero hook up with Peter Parker as the pair escort a violent villain across New York City. There’s...

  • News PS Store Is Integrated into PS5, Means Instantaneous Access

    Shop until you drop

    Do you remember those glory days mid-way through the PlayStation 3’s lifecycle where its PlayStation Store was part of the operating system itself? Many people look back on that period fondly, because accessing the storefront was lightning fast. Sony looks poised to return to those days, as the PS Store on the PlayStation 5 is...

  • News Cyberpunk 2077 Vehicles Trailer Details the Rides of the Dark Future

    Economy, executive, heavy-duty, sport, hypercars

    As part of the latest Night City Wire livestream, CD Projekt Red took a deep dive into the vehicles you'll be able to drive and steal in Cyberpunk 2077. They range from the basic economy class and executive line-up through to heavy-duty trucks and the fast sport motors. All of them are detailed in the...

  • News PS5's User Interface Runs in Native 4K with HDR

    Eye candy

    You’ve seen the PlayStation 5’s user interface in all of its gorgeous glory, now you want to know some more details, right? Well, how about this: the UX runs in native 4K with HDR applied. That means it’s going to look razor sharp and seriously pop on your television at home – especially with those gorgeous key arts you find on the...

  • News PS5 Accessories Shipping This Month in the United States

    Nice and early

    Sony will ship PlayStation 5 accessories purchased from its PlayStation Direct store this month in the United States, and if you pre-ordered you should have an email from the platform holder confirming as much. If you ordered a console then that may be listed in the correspondence as well, but to be clear this just includes...

  • News Rain Gameplay in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Will Make You Wet

    Blood is thicker than water

    Rain is joining the Mortal Kombat 11 roster as part of Kombat Pack 2, and here’s your first look at the aquatic ninja in action. As you’d expect from the character, he’s able to summon water on command, soaking his enemies in both H2O and blood. We also get a look at his Fatality, which effectively functions like a...

  • News Dress to Impress in Cyberpunk 2077

    Thread bare

    One of the coolest things about Cyberpunk 2077 prior to release has been its artwork and the emphasis the game has placed on fashion. This new trailer goes into a little more detail about the styles you can expect to find in the upcoming role-playing release, including the colourful hues of Kitsch through to the more practical looks of...

  • News Planet Coaster Takes a Ride to PS5 At Launch

    Free upgrade from PS4 to PS5

    You may want to stock up on cotton candy ahead of the PlayStation 5’s launch, as Planet Coaster: Console Edition will be queuing up for the next-gen system from 12th November in North America and 19th November in Europe. Also available on the PlayStation 4 from 10th November, you’ll be able to upgrade your...

  • News Borderlands 3 Has Two More Weirdly Named DLC Packs in the Works

    Designer's Cut and Director's Cut

    The Borderlands franchise really does enjoy giving its pieces of DLC the strangest names, doesn't it? Borderlands 3 alone has already had Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright and Hammerlock as well as Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck, but now it

  • News PS5 Has Speech Dictation for Fast Messaging

    Say it out loud

    Anyone else just hate typing with on-screen keyboards? The PlayStation 4 is pretty good with this stuff, using a mixture of predictive text, gyroscopes, and even the touchpad to speed up the process – but it’s still a frustrating and cumbersome experience overall, isn’t it? The PlayStation 5 will solve that problem with speech...

  • Live Watch the Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire (15th October) Livestream Right Here

    City life

    Still feel like you need to know more about Cyberpunk 2077? CD Projekt RED has one more Night City Wire episode scheduled before launch, and you can enjoy it live right here. The digital event starts at 9AM PDT / 5PM BST, so hop into the live chat and let's see what unfolds. Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire Livestream: <liveblog...

  • News Digimon Survive Unsurprisingly Slips into 2021

    Survive!

    Tactical, story-heavy RPG Digimon Survive was supposed to launch this this year on PS4, but rather unsurprisingly, the title has been pushed into 2021. A statement from producer Kazumasa Habu was posted on Twitter, confirming the delay. As we've come to expect, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on development. Habu says...

Wednesday14th Oct 2020

Tuesday13th Oct 2020

Monday12th Oct 2020

  • News Rockstar Acquires Ruffian Games, Rebrands Rockstar Dundee

    Rockin' out

    In a move that’s almost sure to guarantee more Grand Theft Auto Online content, Rockstar Games has acquired Ruffian Games, the developer of Crackdown 2. As is standard procedure for the juggernaut label, it’s rebranded the studio Rockstar Dundee – and you can see confirmation of that courtesy of a Companies House listing on the UK...

  • News Cyberpunk 2077 Promotes 'Great' PS5 Support at Launch

    Despite being a PS4 game

    Cyberpunk 2077 certainly finds itself in a curious position, given that it’s effectively going to be a PlayStation 5 launch game for many people – despite it technically being a PlayStation 4 release. Yes, developer CD Projekt RED has promised a free PS4 to PS5 upgrade next year, but that’s still some time away. The...

  • Guide PS5 Game Boost: All Major PS4 Game Improvements

    All major enhancements to backwards compatible games

    PS5 Game Boost is a feature that improves the performance of backwards compatible PlayStation 4 games on Sony’s next-gen console. When enabled, you will see improved resolutions and framerates in select titles due to the increased horsepower of the PlayStation 5. As part of our PS5 guide,...

  • News PS5 Is Now Officially Just One Month Away

    Play has no limits

    PlayStation 5 will launch exactly one month today in the United States, meaning we’re now on the home stretch ahead of the console’s release. Europe will follow on 19th November. Key launch titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Bugsnax went gold last week, while Sony released a teard

  • News PS5 Accessories Release Dates Bumped Up in UK

    Now due out on 12th November

    You’ll be able to get your hands on the DualSense controller before your PlayStation 5 arrives, as it appears Sony is bumping up the release date of all its next-gen accessories in the UK. While the console is still not scheduled to launch until 19th November on these once sacred shores, the manufacturer’s roster of...

  • News Fall Guys Season 2 Adds Sonic the Hedgehog Costume

    Gotta go fast

    Forgive us for the incredibly predictable tagline, but it's just too perfect isn't it? That's right, the Blue Blur himself is coming to Fall Guys. As part of the game's Season 2 content lineup, an official Sonic the Hedgehog costume will soon be made available, on the 14th October. It'll cost you 10 Crowns to unlock. This outfit is...

  • News Looks Like Genshin Impact Has Been a Gigantic Hit

    Chinese free-to-play has really taken off

    After originally causing controversy due to its similarities to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, free-to-play PlayStation 4 action role-playing release Genshin Impact has turned out to be a bit of a juggernaut for Chinese de

  • News UK Sales Charts: FIFA 21 Physical Sales Suffer Unsurprising Decline

    Still the biggest release of the year

    With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the high street and more consumers choosing digital than ever before, FIFA 21’s physical sales are down year-over-year in the UK. EA Sports’ latest soccer sim sold 42 per cent fewer copies than its predecessor, but still managed to cement itself as the biggest...

  • News Black Desert Online Confirms PS5 Backwards Compatibility After Some Scepticism

    Worry not

    It wasn’t on the list of PlayStation 4 games that won’t work on the PlayStation 5, so naturally free-to-play MMO Black Desert Online will play on Sony’s next-gen console. There had been some scepticism after the company effectively confirmed backwards compatibility with Xbox Series S|X, but failed to do the same f