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Good News: New PlayStation State of Play this Week, Bad News: No PS5

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Sony announced the date and time for their second ever State of Play live streamed broadcast. The new episode will air on Thursday, May 9 at 3 pm Pacific/6pm Eastern. You can tune in via Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook.

The second State of Play episode will only be about 10 minutes long and focus entirely on PlayStation 4 games. Sony confirmed in the announcement that we won’t be getting any more PlayStation 5 (working title) news.

The program will show off an extended look at the upcoming MediEvil remake by PlayStation Worldwide Studios. The remake was originally announced with a trailer last fall. MediEvil is a full HD remake of the original PlayStation action-adventure from 1998. We wouldn’t be surprised if we also got a release date announcement.

This week’s State of Play will provide a “first look at a new title” as well as “updates and announcements from upcoming PS4 games.” We’re not sure if the new title is a brand new unannounced game, however.

We previously learned several intriguing details about Sony’s next console via a Wired interview with console lead designer Mark Cerny. Details include a solid state drive, 8K resolution support, native PSVR support, and backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 4. Cerny confirmed that we won’t be seeing the new console this year, but all signs point to Sony announcing its new console some time later this year, possibly during one of these State of Play broadcasts.

State of Play’s third episode will air later this year.

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Sony Reveals Details For Still Unannounced PlayStation 5

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In a surprisingly candid interview with Wired, PlayStation lead system designer Mark Cerny shared many juicy details regarding Sony’s next major console release. At this point we’re only guessing that it will actually be called “PlayStation 5,” since Sony hasn’t formally unannounced or revealed it (Cerny refers to it in the interview as “the next-gen console.” The official PlayStation twitter account tweeted the Wired article, confirming the details within.

Here are the hardware details according to the interview.

  • AMD Ryzen 8-core CPU.
  • Radeon Navi GPU that supports ray tracing.
  • “Custom unit for 3D audio.”
  • Support for PSVR.
  • Solid State Drive.
  • 8K resolution support.
  • Disc-based games.
  • Backwards compatible with PlayStation 4.

Most of these are expected incremental improvements. The biggest and most noticeable upgrade is the solid state drive (SSD). Anyone who has experience using one with their PC (or externally with a console) knows how vastly you can improve load times.

In the Wired article, Cerny uses last year’s Marvel’s Spider-Man as an example of using an SSD. Not only are fast-travel load times nearly non-existent (from 15 seconds to less than 1 second) but just moving quickly through the world is much smoother. Cerny tells Wired it’s “the key to the next generation.”

Cerny confirmed the PlayStation 5, or whatever it’s called, won’t be launching this year. But there’s an excellent chance that Sony will be formally announcing the console some time later this year. Sony is not attending E3 this year (for the first time ever). Most likely we’ll see a special Sony presentation, like their recent State of Play series.

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You Can Finally Change Your PSN Name, and The First Time is Free

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After years and years of being stuck with the same goofy or embarrassing name you chose as your PSN online ID, Sony has finally added the ability to change your user name. There are a few caveats but everyone can change their name once for free. After that it’ll cost you.

Here are the step-by-step instructions to changing your PSN online ID:

PlayStation 4:

  • Step 1: From your PS4 go to [Settings].
  • Step 2: Select [Account Management] > [Account Information] > [Profile] > [Online ID].
  • Step 3: Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions.
  • Step 4: Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change.

Web browser:

  • Step 1: Sign in to your  and select PSN Profile in the menu.
  • Step 2: Select the Edit button that’s next to your Online ID.
  • Step 3: Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions.
  • Step 4: Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change.

The first name change is free. After that each additional name change will cost $9.99, or $4.99 each for PlayStation Plus Members. When changing your name you have the option of displaying your old name in your profile for 30 days, so friends can notice the change. Your old ID is not released back into the system, and remains only available to you, and reverting back to an old name is free.

The biggest caveat with the name change is that not every game supports it. All non-remastered games released after April 2018 should support ID changes without issue. The keyword here is ‘should’ as Sony apparently found at least one game where that wasn’t the case.

Older games were developed before Sony planned on supporting this feature, and may run into problems. Sony has divided them into two categories: Games with Issues Identified, and Games with Criticial Issues. Critical Issues include loss of save data and trophies, while the former category could might mean having to redo your game settings and re-linking accounts.