Revealed PS5 Controller Signals Sony’s Clear Attempt To Diversify

Sony revealed what they are calling the DualSense wireless controller which will come paired with each PS5 when the console launches later this year.

The controller is busy to look at it, that’s not altogether a bad thing but certainly, it’s a departure from the traditional simplistic look that Sony have traditionally adopted.

Two colours, black and white, with the same blue lightbar visuals that this time are placed on either side of a largely unchanged touchpad.

Prior to the reveal, some speculated that the next controller could forego the touchpad entirely as it was largely unused by a lot of developers on the PS4. Sony has decided to stick with it, and in all honesty, it’s probably the aspect of the new pad that remains the same.

Gone are the colours of the four facing symbols, they’re now clear white/grey and the same for the D-Pad which has a slight, albeit cheaper looking design feel.

The back triggers are where it gets really interesting this time around. The R2 and L2 triggers are both adaptable and will be programmed to work differently with different games, something Sony says will make gamers more immersed in what they’re playing, using the example of the tension felt when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.

The haptic feedback exceeds just the triggers and takes on the whole controller, providing sensations the gamer can feel in their hands, Sony using the example of the slow grittiness felt when driving a car through the mud.

Form factor and size-wise, whilst they might say it’s designed to feel less bulky in the hands, first impressions are that the controller will be the direct opposite, a big plastic and surely heavier form factor from Sony this time around.

The share button is now called the ‘create’ button and the controller also features a built-in microphone, USB-C port for charging and a slight rework of the analogue sticks.

Is the DualSense Controller Needlessly Radical In Design?

Sony themselves say that the DualSense represents the most radical departure from previous controllers in the PlayStation stable. They aren’t wrong, and whilst this isn’t close to the worst moments in product reveals by Sony, there is a sense of 2005 about all of this.

Remember the infamous boomerang controller originally slated for the PS3 way back when?

In terms of simplicity on the eye, Xbox surely takes the win on the controller battle heading into the next generation.

In contrast, the DualSense looks needlessly radical and points to just as striking a console design when, for the first time, it’s likely that Sony goes with a largely white look for the PS5 box.

If nothing else, what Sony revealed today signals that they’re serious about making all aspects of their new console feel, and look, like a big leap from the current into the future.

Whether that means a controller that will feel good in the hands, and develop games for, remains an interesting scenario still to play out.

Google Stadia Signals Potential Shift In Gaming Industry

Google Stadia is set to release in 2019 and could, potentially, be the cloud-based streaming platform for gamers that will change an industry at the peak of its powers.

With eyes transfixed, Google announced ‘Stadia’, a new streaming platform that will provide a revolutionary change to the gaming industry. Stadia isn’t a new piece of hardware to unbox (although Google did show off a controller), but it is a cloud-streaming platform that will allow gamers to play on any device that supports web browsing.

Stadia will feature the ability to play on phones, tablets, computers, and on TV’s, with Chromecast functionality also available.

Stadia is described as a ‘Netflix for gaming’ and requires a fast and reliable internet connection. Users simply open a new tab in Chrome, wait five seconds, and the process is complete. Gamers can use mouse and keyboard or connect the Stadia controller using Wi-Fi.

All the back-end work is done through Google servers, not like traditional gaming platforms where graphics and gameplay works through the internals of the hardware.

This is a big deal for gamers because it doesn’t force them into buying hardware, though Google gave no indication on the cost of games for Stadia nor the official controller.

Expect games to retail for a similar price as digital releases currently, but also, monthly subscriptions to the service are also likely (like Netflix) with varying packages on offer. Upcoming shooter Doom: Eternal is confirmed to be releasing on Stadia, but no other announcements about launch titles were given. 

Google promises 4K resolutions, but interestingly, Stadia features a built-in Google Assistant feature that will allow gamers to seek help in game (for passing a certain level or finding a treasure etc.) without having to switch screens.

Stadia will release in the US, Canada, Europe, and in parts of the UK later this year.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy won’t be a DLC worth overlooking

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy appears to be an expansion that isn’t just another DLC, but a serious and credible title worth the price of admission.

Naughty Dog (the developers of the Uncharted series) have said that they’re keen to move on from Uncharted, at least for the time being.

Nathan Drake’s story spanned through four games, three of which were critically acclaimed. The ending of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End didn’t rule out a return to the series in the future, but it certainly all but ended Drake’s role.

And yet – in just a few weeks players will be able to re-enter the Uncharted world with The Lost Legacy DLC. All the early discussion about the game has suggested that it will be an enjoyable experience, too.

Focusing on two female characters, Chloe and Nadine, whereas originally, fans of the franchise predicted that Sully and Sam Drake (Nathan’s older brother) would be the two characters that would appear in any DLC.

Naughty Dog did the direct opposite, choosing not one, but two female leads.

A larger open world and a storyline that provides intrigue and suspense is what fans can expect from The Lost Legacy.

Concerns from the gaming community were around the length of the game, but with well over 40-minutes of gameplay in just one chapter, all signs point to a lengthy story mode at the very least. Uncharted’s multiplayer will also feature in the expansion.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy comes out on August 23rd.

Price of Xbox Scorpio’s could make or break its success

Microsoft will launch their much-talked abut high end games console onto the market in a few months, but if the price isn’t right, then you can forget about it being a success.

The Scorpio is always running at its highest capability of performance. Old games will not only look graphically enhanced, but they will run better overall as well. At least that is what Microsoft’s Phil Spencer is claiming.

Microsoft had planned on releasing two more consoles in the Xbox One generation. First was the Xbox One S, released last year, followed by the Scorpio in late 2017. Microsoft’s aim is all about immersion and creating a console that appeals to the core gamer – not the casual.

Speaking on YouTube last week, Spencer promised that the Scorpio will deliver the best console version of games, both third party and exclusive.

There is little doubt that the Scorpio will outshine Sony’s PS4 Pro in almost every aspect. The next time you hear Sony talk about new hardware will likely be the announcement of their next generation console – so Microsoft have the market interest for the time being.

With the PS4 Pro, it looked like Sony were leaning toward targeting that core audience as well, but the effort seemed lackluster from the start. In terms of sales, the PS4 Pro is well down on what Sony would have hoped and that will result in big drops in price prior to Microsoft’s launch of the Scorpio.

How the Scorpio is priced will be important to its success. For a console that is the closest thing ever to a high-end PC, pricing point will make or break its potential mass sales.

The price and release date for the Scorpio will be announced at E3 in June.

 

Call of Duty: WWII must succeed for gamers wanting a change

Call of Duty: WWII’s new trailer is set to drop as Activision announces their new shooter for 2017.

Call of Duty is one of the most anticipated, and scrutinised, games releases annually. Since its conception the series has radically changed styles, most noticeably in 2016 when Infinite Warfare took players into space. The decision was highly criticised because gamers felt that 1) there were already too many games on the market doing similar things and 2) it couldn’t live up the likes of Halo, the king of space shooters.

EA’s Battlefield 1 forced the hand of Call of Duty with its decision to go back to a proper wartime shooter. Battlefield 1 received mostly positive reviews, meanwhile criticism for Infinite Warfare only increased.

With Call of Duty: WWII, developed by Sledgehammer Games, the series has a chance to get a much-needed freshness added to it. Not only that, WWII sees Call of Duty return to its roots and will offer its highly successful multiplayer component something a little different too.

But that doesn’t mean a season pass won’t be available -leaks this week confirmed that gamers will have the chance to purchase additional content that developers say “enhance the experience”.

WWII will also feature a standalone co-op story mode that provides multiplayer experience for the games campaign.

 

Rockstar Games: A studio like no other

Red Dead Redemption 2 promises to be the best title of 2017 for gamers, but this certainly won’t be anything new for Rockstar Games.

Some of my all-time classic gaming moments have been from games made by this studio. Rockstar Games simply aren’t afraid to ‘push the boundaries’ and have always released games that have stirred up some kind of controversy.  Continue reading Rockstar Games: A studio like no other

Red Dead Redemption 2 officially announced

After months of speculation, Rockstar Games has finally announced Red Dead Redemption 2 and will launch the Western-based shooter next year.

Due to release next Spring in the US (Autumn in New Zealand), Red Dead Redemption 2 will be Rockstar’s next big release following the phenomenal success of GTA V in 2013.

Since then, gamers have been desperate for news on just when the series would return, with speculation being rife for months. During the past week, Rockstar have released several pieces of artwork teasing the game before officially confirming its existence days later. Continue reading Red Dead Redemption 2 officially announced

Xbox Scorpio is already beating PS4 Pro

Microsoft Scorpio is an impressive system, but could it be the next-gen console it has the timing to be?

We are in the middle of a big change to the console gaming space, and it is Sony that has suddenly become the big loser. With the big push toward 4K gaming, both Sony and Microsoft are releasing ‘more powerful’ versions of the PS4 and Xbox One.

Starting with the PS4 Pro, Sony will be the first to drop their upgrade this November, and yes, it will be more expensive than the existing consoles currently on the market. Continue reading Xbox Scorpio is already beating PS4 Pro

PlayStation Pro: Is it worth it?

In a conference that didn’t provide any ‘wow’ factor, Sony finally revealed their newer, and more powerful PlayStation.

Officially named the PlayStation Pro, the more powerful version of the PS4 will be available in New Zealand from November 10th – at a stiff price of $649.95.

It will release just a month after the PlayStation VR and will allow Virtual Reality to run smoother thanks to its upgraded capabilities.  Continue reading PlayStation Pro: Is it worth it?

Red Dead Redemption 2 Likely For 2017 Release

Following its re-launch on Xbox One, Red Dead Redemption 2 is now a question of when, not if.

The original Red Dead Redemption was one of the best games of the Xbox 360/PS3 console generation. Dubbed “GTA but with horses”, the game followed the adventures of John Marston, a horseback rider gunman of sorts, and

The game would go on to sell millions of copies. Continue reading Red Dead Redemption 2 Likely For 2017 Release