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  • Feature Should You Buy the PS4 Pro?

    Early impressions on Sony's supercharged system

    We've been playing around with the PlayStation 4 Pro for a few days now, and while we're not quite ready to review it yet, we have fiddled around with the supercharged format long enough in order to bring you some first-hand impressions. We're really against the clock here so can only apologise for the...

  • Video Watch Off-Screen Footage of PS4 Pro in Action

    What's up, Pro?

    You can't really show PlayStation 4 Pro off convincingly on a 1080p camera without HDR; Sony learned this the hard way at the console's reveal event. Still, we got to shoot some off-screen footage of several games taking advantage of the Japanese giant's new hardware, and you can see the results in the video embedded above.

  • Video Let's Unbox the PS4 Pro, Shall We?

    Oh go on then

    We've got the PlayStation 4 Pro, though we can't say much about it until tomorrow. Then again, we did just put together a massive impressions piece, so maybe check that out while you wait. In the meantime, we are very much allowed to show you what's inside the packaging, so please enjoy this unboxing clip. Such original content, eh?

  • Hands On Quit Bitchin'! PS4 Pro Is a Big, Beautiful Step Forward

    HDR you ready?

    As we predicted a few months back, Sony's had a right job on its hands this holiday. Its two latest products – PlayStation VR and the PlayStation 4 Pro – are difficult to sell, because they need to be seen first-hand in order to be truly appreciated. We spent the best part of a year waxing lyrical about t

  • News PS4 Pro Sold Out Until After Christmas, Says Amazon UK

    Dishonored bundle still available, though

    Update (17:00): The standard PS4 Pro appears to be back in stock over on Amazon UK. We assume that the online retailer made a mistake with the listing earlier today. Still, a rather big error to make! Original story: If you're on the market for a PS4 Pro before Christmas and you love Amazon to bits, we hope...

  • News PS4 Pro Is Already Being Sold in Some Stores

    Early doors

    Sony's not dropping the PlayStation 4 Pro until next week, but stock is already in the retail channel, and that's leading to leaks. We've heard of several people who have already managed to purchase the supercharged platform, and one has been posting videos of it running Uncharted 4: A Thief's End in 4K resolution on YouTube. The...

  • News Sony's Giving Away Free Copies of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare This Week

    You'll need to buy a PS4, though

    Thinking of buying a PlayStation 4 this week? Good news, as Sony's announced that starting 4th November through 5th November you'll be able to snag a free copy of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare when you pick up a $299.99 console from participating retailers in the US and Canada. This unfortunately does not include...

  • Feature How PS4 Pro Will Bring Bullshot Quality Visuals to Your Home

    And on a 1080p TV

    Whichever of our esteemed colleagues in the games industry coined the word 'bullshot' deserves a knighthood. The term – a combination of a curse word and 'screenshot' – refers to the practice of publishers releasing images not wholly representative of their games. Indeed, during the PlayStation 3 era particularly, it was common...

  • News Horizon: Zero Dawn's PS4 Pro Version Will Offer Dramatic Improvements on 1080p Screens

    Aloy, Aloy

    We've seen Horizon: Zero Dawn running with HDR enabled on one of Sony's top-of-the-range 4K televisions and it's amazing, but what if you're planning to play the title with the PlayStation 4 Pro on a bog-standard 1080p screen? Writing on the PlayStation Blog, developer Guerrilla Games has revealed that there's lots

  • News PS4 Rapidly Approaches 50 Million Unit Milestone

    Ain't got far to go

    It's looking increasingly likely that the PlayStation 4 will hit the 50 million unit milestone by the end of the year, as Sony has released its financial results for the quarter ending 30th September, revealing that it shipped a whopping 3.9 million units during the period, putting the platform's install base at 47.4 million...

  • News PS4 Pro Consoles Are Starting to Be Shipped to Stores

    10th November nears

    This is very much happening: the PlayStation 4 Pro is starting to be shipped to stores – or its packaging is, at least. These images of the console's cardboard wrapper appeared on Reddit, and seem to be American due to the references to the ESRB ratings board. The slogan on the back states that "game worlds come alive" with the...

  • News Woah! PS4 Pro Goes 80s in Uber-Cheese Commercial

    The world's most powerful console

    Sony's slowly starting to ramp up the hype train for the PlayStation 4 Pro, starting with this uber-cheese 80s commercial. The clip, which is tangentially related to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's DayGlo-donning zombies mode, describes the device as "the most powerful console in the world" – which it is, of...

  • News Sony Restocks European Retailers with Big PS4 Bundles

    But they're not PS4 Pros

    Sony may be days away from deploying the PlayStation 4 Pro, but that hasn't stopped it from announcing a trio of new PS4 Slim bundles. The 1TB packs set to deploy this November will each include a copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, though you will get a couple of extra games on top depending on which you select. The...

  • 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, in...

  • 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 itself...

  • 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 disappointing...

  • 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 these...

  • 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...

  • 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 trying...

  • 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 of...

  • 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 new...

  • 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 does...

  • 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 discs...

  • 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,...