Welcome back for the second edition of Something for the Weekend. How did you enjoy last week’s premier? As this is still a bit of a work in progress, feel free to drop us a comment saying what you like and what you don’t, or let us know if there’s something else you’d like to see included here.
In the News This Week
- Sony Announce A New Slimmer PlayStation 4, Out September 15th For £259
The new standard PlayStation 4 model is slimmer, comes with the new DualShock 4 controller, and as the leaks suggested, ditches the optical output.
- Sony Announce The PlayStation 4 Pro For £349, Out November 10th
Alongside the Slim comes the PS4 Pro, which boasts double the GPU power, a higher clock rate for the processor, and a 1TB harddrive. Although it lacks a 4K Blu-ray drive, it can output both games and media at 4K resolution thanks to a fancy process called checkerboarding.
- All PlayStation 4 Consoles Will Support HDR With A Firmware Patch Coming Next Week
HRD, or high dynamic range, will allow your TV (if it’s HDR-enabled), to display a wider range of colours at higher rates of contrast, and all 40-odd million existing PS4 consoles will be getting the update next week without you having to spend a single penny. Cool, huh?
- Microsoft Are Getting Pretty Sassy On Twitter
The new PS4 range isn’t perfect, and Microsoft’s marketing team wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t do their best to tell you all about how they have UHD Blu-ray built in, backward compatibility and Fallout 4 mod support.
- The EU PS Store Has A Games For Under £16 Sale
Sixteen quid tends to not get you very far these days in terms of console games, but Sony has your back with a PSN sale – have you picked up any bargains?
- Nintendo Announces Super Mario Run For iPhone And iPad
Yep, Nintendo are unsatisfied with the millions being raked in by Pokemon Go everyday and so are releasing a Mario game on the Apple App Store, followed by the Google Play Store. Is this the start of Nintendo getting serious about mobile gaming?
- Bethesda Blame Sony For Cancelled PS4 Fallout 4 & Skyrim Special Edition Mod Support
Unfortunately it looks like Sony are playing hard to get, and PS4 players will not be seeing Mod support any time soon. Bethesda say the fault lies with Sony, who are yet to respond…
- The Uncharted Movie Has Lost Its Release Date
Is anyone expecting this to be a good film anymore?
Fairly Big Poll
No, it’s not as big as Tuffcub’s occasional Massive Poll, but it’s still fairly big. Let us know what you think about the PlayStation 4 Pro and if you’ll be getting one.
Games in Review
The reviews were fairly black and white this week, there were those that impressed and those that did not. Click through to read the full reviews.
- 140 – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, 3DS – 8/10
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit Of Justice – 3DS – 8/10
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II – PS Vita, PS3 – 7/10
- Verdun (Consoles) – PS4, XBO – 4/10
- Mother Russia Bleeds – Windows, Mac, Linux (PS4 soon) – 4/10
This Week’s Features
Obviously, a lot of this week’s features centred around the Playstation Meeting, where the PS4 Pro was announced. Tef wrote about how it will shape the future for the Playstation brand – and signifies the beginning of VR on Consoles. That said, not everyone was overly impressed with the PS4 Pro – Dom explained how he thought the console didn’t go far enough, and that it probably won’t be long until we start hearing mumblings of the PS5.
From the previews, Jim explained why he thought the recent Battlefield 1 Beta had reignited his love for the series, while Tef looked at Cold War thriller, Outreach, and the upcoming expansion to Rock Band 4, Rock Band Rivals.
For your weekly dose of VR previews, Tef had you covered with the impressive Farpoint, which has convinced him FPS’s and VR can work together. He also took to the track for a look at the ‘outstanding’ Driveclub VR, before requiring a change of underwear for Resident Evil 7.
Although the Round Up and Chronicle may be gone, the familiar What We Played #270 featured Madden 17, Dragon Quest VII & Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Here’s some of the best new videos for some of the biggest upcoming releases. Which one is your favourite this week?
New Horizon: Zero Dawn Trailer Shows More Hacking On A Colossus
Showing off the PS4 Pro’s 4K abilities we see hero Aloy taking on some robot dinosaurs.
Mass Effect Andromeda Looks Lovely On The PS4 Pro
Another game to feature in the PlayStation Meeting, and this time it’s Mass Effect Andromeda, giving us a first look at how the game plays. You can jump!
Columbia Looks Mighty Fine In The Bioshock Collection Trailer
BioShock: The Collection is out this week, and 2K have shown off Bioshock Infinite in their latest trailer
The Tomorrow Children Launch Trailer Is Here
Released earlier this week, Bunimomike commented “Weird trailer! Stunning visual style, though”
Trailer Released Showing The Elder Scrolls Online Running On The PS4 Pro
Getting in on the 4K action, Bethesda gave us a hint of what TESO will look like on the upgraded console
Time to check in on you guys and see what you’ve been achievin’ this week!
DividSmythe had a few days, platinuming both Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens and Riptide GP2 on Vita. Meanwhile, Crazy_Del is powering through Deus Ex and expects to get the Platinum in the next couple of days, once he clears some pesky online trophies.
Andrewww finished playing Abzu – which was a nice counterpart to his playing an underwater demo on PSVR – while the terrible trio of Forrest, Pixel_nme and R1MJAW have all picked up the last few trophies and the platinum for Dead Island. Pixel also defied death and nabbed the platinum trophy in Coffin Dodgers.
The Week Ahead
Finally, the games that you can look forward to seeing released next week, but that’s not all, because there’s the new, slimmed down PlayStation 4 model out at the end of next week as well.
- Recore – PC, XBO – 13/09
- Dead Rising Triple Pack – PS4, XBO, PC – 13/09
- PES 2017 – PS3, 360, PS4, XBO, PC – 15/09
- Slimmer PlayStation 4 – 15/09
- BioShock: The Collection – PS4, XBO, PC – 16/09
Have a lovely weekend!