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PlayStation 5 Could Be Backwards Compatible, According To Sony Patent

A recently discovered patent from Sony provides a strong hint that the recently confirmed PlayStation 5 console will feature a backwards compatibility function.  The newly discovered patent suggests that Sony are planning a new way to bring their back catalogue to the PS4 by “remastering with emulation”- a feature which has long been requested for the

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A recently discovered patent from Sony provides a strong hint that the recently confirmed PlayStation 5 console will feature a backwards compatibility function. 

The newly discovered patent suggests that Sony are planning a new way to bring their back catalogue to the PS4 by “remastering with emulation”- a feature which has long been requested for the current PlayStation console.

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Microsoft has prided itself on delivering a ton of backwards compatible titles this generation, adding new (old) Xbox and Xbox 360 titles every month via their much-loved backwards compatibility program.

One would imagine then, that Xbox finding success in their older games this generation hasn’t gone unnoticed by Sony. The patent – originally filed in November 2016 and recently discovered by Gearnuke – would certainly suggest this is the case.

According to the patent:

Each asset such as a texture called for by legacy software such as a legacy computer game software has a unique identifier associated with it. The unique identifier can be rendered by imposing a hash on the asset, and then the asset stored with its identifier in a data structure. An artist remasters the textures for presentation on a higher resolution display than envisioned in the original software, and stores them back in the data structure with their identifiers.

In short, it looks very much like Sony is working on a way to make older games play in high-res with no lag. There’s no confirmation that this is  for the PlayStation 5, but given the PS4 is definitely nearing the end of its lifecycle, it seems like backwards compatibility would be a strong selling point for any future console.

Some have argued that since the patent was filed in 2016, it’s unlikely it’s for the PlayStation 5, as work on the console wouldn’t have started at that point.

Personally, I’d argue that a company like Sony would have been thinking about their next steps as soon as the PS4 launched, so it’s not a stretch to imagine the patent is indeed for the PS5.

For now, we’ll just have to wait for an official word from Sony on the PlayStation 5, and hope that they have enough sense to make Hogs of War playable on a console as soon as possible.

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Far Cry New Dawn: Plot, Release Date, And Everything Else We Know

farnewwebFar Cry New Dawn is indeed the post apocalyptic follow up to Far Cry 5 we all assumed it was, set 17 years after Hope Valley was engulfed in nuclear fire during the climax of the last instalment.  New Dawn will tell the story of what it’s like to to fight, rebuild, and survive in a world that is

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Far Cry New Dawn is indeed the post apocalyptic follow up to Far Cry 5 we all assumed it was, set 17 years after Hope Valley was engulfed in nuclear fire during the climax of the last instalment. 

New Dawn will tell the story of what it’s like to to fight, rebuild, and survive in a world that is recovering from the fact that it pretty much destroyed itself.

It might sound like a Fallout game on paper, but it certainly doesn’t look like one. I’d imagine Ubisoft has consciously embraced a much more vibrant colour palette so as not to draw too many comparisons with Bethesda’s own nuke-happy franchise.

The game is still set in Far Cry 5’s fictional Hope County, but it’s a world that’s been destroyed and then reclaimed by nature once more. I’m personally all for a post apocalyptic game that isn’t just muddy browns and sickly greens.

It’s the players job to attempt to restore some kind of order to Hope County. A group of raiders known as Highwaymen roam the wasteland doing whatever they like, so as in Far Cry 5, it’ll be up to us to build up a resistance and fight back.

There’ll be new friends to recruit, and even a couple of new animal chums to get acquainted with on the way.

Judging by the end of the trailer, it looks like Far Cry 5’s terrifying antagonist Father Joseph Seed will be returning, too. Whether as friend or foe is unclear, but he certainly sounds like he regrets kicking off a nuclear winter – which I’m sure we all would, to be fair.

Moment to moment gameplay looks to be exactly what you’d expect from a Far Cry game – run around and shoot people in gloriously violent set pieces – but it does look like there are gonna be plenty of cool Mad Max style twists on weapons, vehicles, and the like.

I, for example, am a big fan of the CO2-powered crossbows that shoot saw blades, and I look forward to seeing how much damage they can do. Probably a lot.

Far Cry New Dawn hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15, 2019. Just to rip this particular band aid off now by the way, Boomer is almost definitely dead. Sorry.

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CS:GO Goes Free To Play, New Battle Royale Mode Added

dangerwebValve has announced that its popular competitive shooter CS:GO has gone free to play. They’ve even introduced a brand new battle royale mode called Danger Zone. Clearly, someone’s been peeking at Fortnite. Danger Zone is described as a “a fast-paced battle royale game mode built on CS:GO’s tactical gameplay where players use their wits, skill, and resources to

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Valve has announced that its popular competitive shooter CS:GO has gone free to play. They’ve even introduced a brand new battle royale mode called Danger Zone. Clearly, someone’s been peeking at Fortnite.

Danger Zone is described as a “a fast-paced battle royale game mode built on CS:GO’s tactical gameplay where players use their wits, skill, and resources to fight to the finish”, which sounds really interesting to be honest.

The mode doesn’t hold quite as many players as Fortnite, PUBG, or Blackout though. Danger Zone will only host 16 players in singles, or 18 players in duos or triples.

The good news is that it sounds like Valve want to make this battle royale a much snappier alternative than its brethren, with matches that shouldn’t ever really last more than ten minutes.

Meanwhile, weapons will behave exactly the same as they would in a standard game of CS:GOwith the usual damage outputs. There are some battle royale influenced changes to the formula, of course.

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Each player publicly claims a landing zone before rappelling into the match, armed with just a knife. The map is divided into hexagonal zones, which is randomly attacked by airstrikes for good measure.

You can track other players via an upgradeable special tablet device, and weapons will be delivered to you via airdrop. You have to purchase these weapons using cash which can be picked up around the map – but be aware that ammo is scarce.

There’s only one map at the moment – called Blacksite – and while it’s pretty small by standard battle royale measurements, it’s big compared to most CS:GO maps.

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Danger Zone is available, and absolutely free to try now. If you’ve never played Counter Strike before, now could be the perfect time to dive on it and learn the hard way that there will be people much, much better at it than you.

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Obsidian’s New Game Looks Like Fallout: New Vegas In Space

outerworldswebRevealed at The Game Awards, Obsidian’s new game is a gorgeous looking single player RPG called The Outer Worlds. It’s basically Fallout:New Vegas in space, and that’s fine with me. The studio behind classic RPG hits like Knights of the Old Republic, and New Vegas have clearly been cooking up this game for a while, as it’s looking gorgeous. The two minute trailer

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Revealed at The Game Awards, Obsidian’s new game is a gorgeous looking single player RPG called The Outer Worlds. It’s basically Fallout:New Vegas in space, and that’s fine with me.

The studio behind classic RPG hits like Knights of the Old Republic, and New Vegas have clearly been cooking up this game for a while, as it’s looking gorgeous.

The two minute trailer they shared during the awards show was a highlight for gamers everywhere, especially since it represents the kind of Falloutesque single player experience fans are hungry for.

Despite the fact that Microsoft purchased Obsidian earlier in the year, The Outer Worlds will be coming to Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4, and reportedly has a budget somewhere between the indie Pillars of Eternity and the AAA New Vegas.

The game is being published by Private Division, which is a new label started by Take-Two. As I’m sure you know, Take-Two also owns 2K and Rockstar, so this is another solid string to their bow.

I’m sorry to continue to draw comparisons with New Vegas, but The Outer Worlds doesn’t just look similar to Obsidian’s Fallout game, it also seems pretty close in tone, with a knowing sense of humour as corporations like Spacer’s Choice and Auntie Cleo’s have taken over entire planets.

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The Outer Worlds doesn’t have a solid release date beyond “2019”, and I’d probably even expect that to change at some point to be honest. This looks like one game worth waiting for though.

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