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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.

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Sony Reveals All 20 Games on the PlayStation Classic

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The wave of pre-packaged retro consoles has begun. Last month Sony announced the PlayStation Classic, a miniature replica of their first 90s era console. The announcement only teased five of the 20 included games. Instead of teasing out the rest, they revealed the full library this morning.

The bolded games were the five that were previously announced.

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

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The result is a bit disappointing. No Tony Hawk, Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot, Castlevania, and the only other JRPG is the first Persona game. Licensing is always a major hurdle with older games, which is why Nintendo has such a big advantage releasing its mini-console replicas.

There’s also some overlap with newly released and upcoming ports. In the case of Castlevania, a bundle including new ports of Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night was recently launched on PlayStation Store. A similar situation can be applied to the Crash and Spyro remakes, hence their exclusion here.

The good news: Metal Gear Solid, Twisted Metal, Oddworld, and Resident Evil are all solid inclusions.

Comparing the official list to our wishful speculation, only two games made it (Metal Gear Solid and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee), yikes!

The PlayStation Classic includes 20 pre-loaded games and two classic controllers (NOT the iconic, but later released Dual Shock design). It’s out December 3 for $99.99.

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Sony Reverses Policy, Opens Cross-Platform Play for Fortnite

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Good news for Fortnite players on PlayStation 4! In a sweeping policy change for Sony Interactive Entertainment, they announced a Cross-Play Beta for Fortnite launching today on PlayStation 4. For the first time, Fortnite players will be able to play with players on mobile, Switch, Xbox One, and PC. It also means you can login with one account across PlayStation 4 and other platforms.

Note that since this feature is currently in beta, expect lots of technical hiccups and issues.

“For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective,” writes John Kodera, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.”

Previously Sony has been notoriously tight-nit when it comes to cross-platform play. Fortnite’s incredible popularity has finally caused a paradigm shift in company policy (much like Minecraft and Early Access games on consoles). This change can and most likely will also apply to future online games. Kodera goes on to say: “We we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change, […] and what this means for other titles going forward.”

No specific dates or time frames have been announced for the cross-platform beta. Fortnite Battle Royale is currently available on every modern gaming console, and the lines between them are rapidly shrinking.