Have you bought a PS4 Pro yet? No? What's wrong with you? Have you played Horizon Zero Dawn yet? No? Seriously?
Well, you're in luck. Target has a pretty nifty deal that fixes all your problems.
I always thought this should have been a launch feature, but not to worry, it's available now thanks to the latest PlayStation 4 firmware update.
If you have a PlayStation 4 Pro, and you're playing one of those pesky games that haven't been patched for PRO PERFORMANCE, you can now activate 'boost mode' to make them perform better.
When I first started Horizon: Zero Dawn, I didn't think Guerrilla Games' version of a post-apocalypse saga was going to pull me in. Twenty hours later, I can't stop hunting — and getting wrecked by — robot animals. It's a very good video game with a chilling, scifi vision of the far-future at its core.
I only bought the PS4 Pro because Sony told me to. Sure, I knew what 4K was, and I could spell HDR, but that was about it. My TV at the time was still merely “full” HD (a descriptor I’d since learn to be a vicious lie) and I always figured 30fps was about the best a console scrub could hope for.
So what exactly was the PS4 Pro for then? It wasn’t clear. It’s what was next. So I bought it.
Video: Guerilla Games, the studio responsible for making Horizon: Zero Dawn — a Playstation exclusive that looks like it'll make amazing use of the PS4 Pro's beautiful HDR — hasn't made an open-world game before. In the past, it made the Killzone series of tight corridor shooters, but FPS is a very different beast to RPG. A short series of videos from Sony looks at how Guerilla evolved to adapt to the challenge, and what it means for the gameplay of H:ZD.
I've been stubbornly holding off upgrading to 4K for a while now. I mean, what am I going to do with it? Watch South Park? My current TV is adequate enough, and there's just not enough content out there yet to justify the investment, I tell myself. For anything where gorgeous gaming is super important I turn to PC, I tell myself.
Then PlayStation Experience 2016 happened. The Last Of Us Part II. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Horizon Zero Dawn. I'm now overwhelmed with a need to do these games justice. Dammit.
Here's all the trailers from the event so you can see for yourself.
Whenever I hear about a sale on the PlayStation Store, I always wonder — is this available in Australia.
This one is. 100%. And this is a list of absolutely every discount available on the store today.
I was slotting my grappling gun back into place on my belt when it became clear to me that Playstation VR isn't just really good VR. Playstation VR is the first virtual reality any regular person should bother with. More than the fantastic gaming experience you get with Sony's new system, I was floored by how easy it was for me to go from watching a TV show to popping on the headset and turning on Batman Arkham: VR. Playstation VR is VR for people who don't care about having the best system in the world — they just want to have a good damn experience. It's actually fun, which despite the lofty ideas spouted by technologists is what playing games is all about.
2016 is the year that VR is actually getting good. You can click a few buttons on the internet and a Vive or a Rift will appear on your doorstep a few days later — although you'll have to pay through the nose — for your gaming PC, which is more powerful than ever. Or you can buy a PlayStation VR instead.
Or, down at PAX Aus in Melbourne in November, you can try all three — in a dedicated 'VR Freeplay' area, with three-directional treadmills that let you walk around in virtual reality.