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It’s Official… PS4 Slim to be released next week and PS4 Pro in November

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I’m not sure Sony was ever trying to keep the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro a secret, but today the consolemaker announced full technical specs, price, and release date for the new models.

The PS4 Slim will arrive first, and it’ll actually be available on store shelves beginning September 15. Priced at $299, the PS4 Slim will include a 500GB Hard Drive and a considerably lighter profile:

The internal architecture of the new PS4 system has been revamped, reducing its volume by more than 30% compared to the previous models and reducing its weight by 25% and 16% compared to the first (CUH-1000 series) and current (CUH-1200 series) models respectively. Also, the new PS4 system is more energy efficient, as the power consumption has been cut by more than 34% and 28% compared to the very first and current models.

But the real star of the show was the PS4 Pro, which will launch on November 10. Priced at $399, the PS4 Pro will deliver an “enhanced experience” with a 1TB Hard Drive, support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) image processing (the PS4 Slim will also include HDR support), and 4K image resolution:

By boosting the performance and capability of the system architecture including the CPU and GPU, PS4 Pro allows games to deliver graphics with far more detail and unprecedented visual precision. Users with 4K TVs will be able to enjoy all PS4 titles in higher quality, such as 4K quality resolution and faster or more stable frame rates. In addition, PS4 Pro supports 4K video playback to deliver 4K streaming video services such as Netflix and YouTube.

The PS4 Pro will upconvert all PS4 games to 1080p, and according to the PlayStation Blog, some high-profile games will be further enhanced for the PS4 Pro including Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and Days Gone. But Sony was quick to reiterate that they have no plans to release any PS4 Pro-exclusive titles.

However, unlike the Xbox One S, the PS4 Pro won’t include a 4K UHD Drive for playback 4K UHD movies.

But the PS4 Pro is still an impressive package and it’ll be interesting to see if these higher-end mid-generation systems will be embraced by the gaming community.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild named E3 2016’s “Best of Show” by Game Critics Awards

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The Game Critics Awards has handed out their annual “Best of E3” honors for this year’s show, and unsurprisingly, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was named “Best of Show.” The massive open-air game also took home awards for “Best Console Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game.”

Even though Battlefield 1 secured the most nominations, only one other game was able to collect more than a single award, and that was Civilization VI, which was named “Best PC Game” and “Best Strategy Game.” This year’s “Special Commendation for Graphics” went to Sony’s God of War reboot.

All told, 13 games (and the PlayStation VR headset, which won for “Best Hardware”) were honored this year by the Game Critics Awards. The full list of winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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Battlefield 1 blows away the competition with five nominations from Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2016

e3expologoThe Game Critics Awards has announced their annual Best of E3 nominations, and DICE’s Battlefield 1 has asserted its greatness with five nominations, including one for “Best of Show.” Battlefield 1’s other nominations include “Best Console Game,” “Best PC Game,” “Best Action Game,” and “Best Online Multiplayer.”

Five other games will compete with the historical shooter for top honors including Dishonored 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Sea of Thieves, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Titanfall 2. With four nominations apiece, Dishonored 2 and Horizon: Zero Dawn will surely provide some stiff competition for Battlefield 1.

The Game Critics Awards will announce the winners for Best of E3 2016 next Tuesday, July 5. A complete list of this year nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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Another Horizon: Zero Dawn trailer revealed at E3 2016

During their 2016 E3 Press Conference, Sony once again demoed Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn, showing the game’s heroine hunting mechanical hybrid animals. We also learned that the PS4 game features a conversation wheel, and that you can ride certain animals. Stealth kills, and a rather detailed weapon wheel also made an appearance in the trailer. The demo culminated in an intense battle with a very powerful creature. This is one I am definitely looking forward to.

Horizon: Zero Dawn was originally scheduled to be released this Fall, but Sony pushed it back to February 2017 a few days before E3 began.

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Guerrilla unveiled a new trailer for Horizon: Zero Dawn… but also delayed its release to February 2017

If you’ve got three minutes, I highly recommend sitting down to watch the latest Horizon: Zero Dawn trailer. It’s fantastic, and provides plenty of new insights into the character of Aloy and the fusion of high technology and lumbering beasts in her post-apocalyptic world.

Unfortunately, this gift comes with a price, and Guerrilla Games sadly announced a short delay for Horizon: Zero Dawn on the PlayStation Blog today. Previously scheduled to launch in late 2016, the game’s release has now been pushed back to February 28, 2017. Here’s what Hermen Hulst, Guerrilla’s Managing Director, had to say about the delay:

As you can see in the trailer, we’ve decided to push the release date for Horizon: Zero Dawn to February 28, 2017. It wasn’t an easy choice to make; we know many of you have been anxious to play the game since we first announced it. However, we also want to ensure that Horizon: Zero Dawn lives up to the visuals and gameplay quality that our games are known for. The new date affords us the extra time required to deliver fully on our ambitious vision for Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is exclusively in development for the PS4 and will be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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Game Critics Awards panel declares Fallout 4 the “Best of Show” at E3 2015

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The Game Critics Awards, a panel comprised of journalists from 38 different publications, have handed out their 2015 “Best of E3” honors and Bethesda’s Fallout 4 took home the big prize… which should come as a surprise to pretty much no one. In addition to being named “Best of Show,” Fallout 4 was also awarded “Best PC Game” and “Best Role Playing Game.”

However, Fallout 4 couldn’t win all the awards, and its quantity was actually matched by Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which collected three awards of its own. Among the traditional awards, Nathan Drake’s next adventure won “Best Console Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game.” But it was also selected for a “Special Commendation For Graphics” award by the Game Critics Awards panel.

Star Wars: Battlefront was the only other multi-award winner, taking home “Best Action Game” and “Best Online Multiplayer.” More interestingly, this year’s Best of E3 awards included two repeat winners… Super Mario Maker for “Best Family/Social Game” and No Man’s Sky for “Best Independent Game.”

A full list of this year’s winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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Guerrilla’s Mark Norris breaks down Horizon: Zero Dawn’s E3 2015 trailer

Guerrilla Games came back in a big way at this year’s E3 Expo with the announcement of Horizon: Zero Dawn, a post-apocalyptic third-person game where a hunter named Aloy goes head-to-head with the robotic “animals” that now control the landscape. Mark Norris, a Senior Producer at Guerrilla, recently added a developer commentary to the game’s trailer to further flesh out its world.

In the video embedded above, Norris revealed that the team wanted to get away from the grays and tight corridors of the Killzone franchise. For Horizon: Zero Dawn, they instead wanted to focus on a wide and open world bathed in “beautiful” colors. Norris also talked a bit about the combat and showed that players will have to be strategic in how they hunt as Aloy will only be able to hold four weapons, though each weapon can be further customized with three different types of ammo.

Finally, Norris stated that Horizon: Zero Dawn is a “fully fledged RPG” and players will be able to build up Aloy with experience points earned through a variety of quests and robotic kills.

Horizon: Zero Dawn will be released exclusively for the PS4 sometime in 2016.

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The Changing Face of Bethesda’s Heroes Led the Way at E3 2015

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Bethesda’s first-ever E3 Press Conference was chock-full of goodies, from Dishonored: Definite Edition for next generation consoles to a new Doom and its intuitive SnapMap creator. But there was also something else to celebrate during the presentation, as the company’s two biggest announcements, Fallout 4 and Dishonored 2, both offered the choice to play as a female character. And believe it or not, every game showcased by Bethesda will give players that same choice. (more…)

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