SONY has put out a call for eager gamers to test the next version of its PlayStation 4 software. Version 6.0 of the PS4 firmware - the software that you see when you load up your PS4 before going into games, video apps, and the like - is likely to include some significant updates. Sign-ups are currently open in Japan and the USA, and should open for European gamers. The European page currently indicates that enrolment has closed -- but that's just because it hasn't been updated since enrolment closed for the 5.5 update, not because they're not longer looking for 6.0 update testers. All you need to be eligible this time around seems to be an active PSN account, and working PS4. Previously PS Plus or PS Now subscriptions have also been required. We don't know what any of the changes will be yet, but expect them some to leak as soon as the beta goes live, and be officially confirmed shortly thereafter. Last time there were a raft of interface changes and bug fixes, as well as a … [Read more...] about PS4 to get major firmware update soon – here’s how to sign up to beta test version 6.0
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PS5 is happening… but reports that Sony's next generation console may launch as soon as 2018 (via semiaccurate.com) seem unlikely given a recent flurry of updates. Sony Interactive Entertainment's CEO John Kodera admitted that PS4 was entering 'the final phase of its life cycle' at the company's investor relations day on May 22nd, but claimed that the PlayStation brand's 'next big leap' won't happen until March 2021. It's entirely possible that the brand's big leap isn't PlayStation 5, but the evidence is stacking up.Sony's new console was the subject of some after-hours chatter at the Games Developers Conference (GDC 2018) in San Francisco during March 2018. "We need to talk about PlayStation 5", joked one industry figure we know (perhaps not that jokingly, in hindsight), before the recent round of leaks and rumours. In the last few months, we've had PS5 processor rumours via SemiAccurate (a $1000 premium tech news site, which has a surprisingly solid track record), and insight … [Read more...] about Sony PS5: What tech will power the next PlayStation? And when will it release?
ife Nintendo Labo launches on Friday, April 20, and the make-it-yourself, toy-slash-game kit brings with it a wealth of possibilities, many of which we haven’t seen and may not have considered yet. Labo, which melds cardboard D-I-Y contraptions with a versatile game-design interface, may seem to be an unusual angle for what is, effectively, video game console peripheral. But longtime Nintendo fans know it fits squarely within the company’s character — a toy-maker’s approach to video games, if you will. Nintendo has always supplemented its consoles and handhelds with more than just alternative gamepads and joysticks or carrying cases. Some of this stuff has been pretty straightforward. And this post is about the stuff that wasn’t. Nintendo’s systems lent themselves to, erm, some really weird gadgets, peripherals and doodads over the years, much more than any other competitor’s console (though Sega came close). These things aren’t … [Read more...] about A look back at some of Nintendo’s strangest hardware and accessories
What would a week be without another game-changing update to Fortnite Battle Royale? Just another week, I’d imagine, but best not to dwell on worst case scenarios like that. Instead, let’s have a look at what’s new in Patch 3.5, which has been rolled out by Epic Games today, and comes bearing lots of big changes to the crafting-survival deathmatch formula that the game now has a monopoly over. The big stuff first: the much talked about Port-a-Fort, a grenade which instantly creates a metallic sniper’s perch when thrown, is now available in the game as an item. That means you’re about to see a lot more towers than you might be used to, though it’s not yet clear how rare an item the Port-a-Fort is, or how quickly it builds said tower upon hitting its target.Next, Replay Mode, which was originally shown off at GDC 2018, is also live on PC and console (sorry mobile players), complete with “a suite of cinematic settings [that means] you … [Read more...] about Fortnite Battle Royale Patch 3.5: 50v50 is back, the Port-a-Fort is live, and Replay Mode is finally here
This article was originally published in PC Gamer issue 316. For more quality articles about all things PC gaming, you can subscribe now in the UK and the US. Larian Studios is, for now, the Divinity: Original Sin studio. Its last two games, both Kickstarted and publisher-free, are the biggest successes the studio has ever seen. The Belgian developer didn’t go from obscurity to success, however, and it has been designing notable RPGs and strategy games, within and without the Divinity universe, for over two decades. Founder Swen Vincke picks 1997 as the year when Larian started, and an RTS called LED Wars as the studio’s first game, though there had been some experiments and projects before that. Indeed, one of them, The Lady, the Mage and the Knight, had many of the hallmarks of today’s Original Sin series, 20 years before it made its debut. “It was an RPG where you controlled three characters and could play in multiplayer,” Vincke … [Read more...] about How Larian Studios skirted bankruptcy before making Divinity: Original Sin