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God of War Getting PS5 Optimization Update

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Santa Monica Studios is finally releasing a next generation update for their award-winning game God of War. Originally released on the PlayStation 4, God of War is one of the free games in the PlayStation Plus Collection, a digital assortment of the best PS4 games available to PlayStation 5 owners. Taking this into consideration, it is surprising that it has taken so long for Santa Monica to release any life-improvement updates to the game for the next generation console.

What is the update?

On Feb. 2, players will be able to download the free update, which adds a new display setting to the game that is “the best of both performance and resolution,” according to Santa Monica Studios. In the original PS4 Pro version, players could choose between a graphics setting that favored performance and one that favored resolution. With this new update for PS5, players won’t have to sacrifice anything in either category, as the new default graphics setting will be their best option, showcasing both resolution and graphics.

Santa Monica Studios states the enhanced performance experience on the PS5 will include the following: the game will sync to 60 FPS, have 4K Checkerboard Resolution (with 4K devices), and play at 2160p (with capable devices).

If players prefer the original PS4 performance modes, they can switch back to them by selecting Original Performance Experience in the graphics settings, which will play the game in 4K Checkerboard Resolution synced to 30 FPS.

For a game that initially wowed players with crisp, vibrant graphics and dynamic gameplay, this improvement to the game will only make fans love it even more. The enhanced performance, especially the framerate improvement to 60 FPS, will reinvigorate past players to dive back in, while enticing new ones into trying 2018’s Game of the Year.

I’m Sara, a blogger, writer and editor specializing in video games and the gaming industry. Games and writing have a permanent place in my heart, which is why I chose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the latest and greatest in exciting news to readers. When I’m not gaming or writing, you can find me reading, drinking coffee or taking naps.

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Genshin Impact to be Released on PlayStation 5

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Genshin Impact became quite the sensation when it was released last year. It took a rather generous amount of elements from Breath of the Wild and added in its own flare. It’s become a bonafide hit with over 4 million players on mobile, PlayStation4, and PC. There have been mild criticisms stemming from the “gacha” nature of the game, but players are still more than happy to continue adventuring because of the smooth and satisfying gameplay.

PS5 players have been waiting for a release on the next-gen console and it seems like they won’t have to wait much longer. Genshin Impact is set to release on April 28th for PS5 players around the globe. It’s been available via backwards compatibility since the PS5 came out, but the next-gen rerelease will include some features more suited to the new platform. It will come alongside the 1.5 update titled “Beneath the Light of Jadeite” which includes brand new enemies to fight, events to participate in, and two new characters to play as.

Yanfei will be a fire-based character with attacks that can buff her in a couple of different ways, namely stamina and attack power and range. She is the lower-rated character of the two, being four stars.

Eula is equipped with a claymore and has a cryo damage base. She can increase her defense, resistance to interruption, and deal cryo damage with her new elemental skill Icetide Vortex. She’ll also have an area of effect attack that deals cryo damage and creates a Lightfall sword that will assist her in battle.

There are also two new bosses to defeat and earn rewards from. It’s looking like PS5 players are receiving a whole lot of fun to kickstart Genshin Impact’s release. New content isn’t all that’s coming to PS5 though. The official launch will include a number of upgrades to bring Genshin Impact up to spec on the PS5.

What’s Different on PS5?

The most noticeable difference is going to be the enhanced textures. Genshin Impact is already a very pretty game, but players can look forward to seeing a downright gorgeous world as the new version of the game makes the most of the PS5’s GPU power. Players can also expect the PS5 version to have an improvement in resolution. Genshin Impact will be native 4K to elevate the game another notch. Behind the scenes, there will also be shorter loading times due to PS5 adopting incredibly impressive SSD technology, even when compared to PC.

It’s not a full remake, but it doesn’t need to be. The release on PS5 serves more as a complete quality of life upgrade for players who were previously playing the PS4 version via backwards compatibility.

You’ll be able to get your hands on the PS5 version of Genshin Impact on April 28th, 2021 on the PlayStation store.

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Sony is Developing a Remake of the PS3 Classic The Last of Us

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In 2013, Naughty Dog had a huge impact on the gaming industry with arguably one of the greatest games ever created, The Last of Us on PS3. The idea seemed a little bit lackluster at first since it was another post-apocalyptic zombie game in a sea of mediocre zombie games, but there was something important that set it apart from the rest: an incredible storyline. In the first 15 minutes of the game, players were engaged and shook to the core as the writers made their intentions abundantly clear. The Last of Us is not your run-of-the-mill third-person shooter. It’s a serious, character-driven drama with legitimate storytelling and literary elements. Even alongside masterclass games like Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us managed a laundry list of awards and earned a spot as the greatest game of all time for many gamers.

The Last of Us: Part 2 came out in 2020 and was met with a combination of passionate dialogue on why it topped the first game or destroyed it. Many were upset about the narrative decisions made for Part 2 and called it shallow virtue-signaling while others praised it as a deep and nuanced critique on revenge and violence. Despite some of the storyline issues, the gameplay was widely regarded as an immense step up from the last game. It was fluid, brutal, and satisfying. The fanbase is still split on this even a year later, but the hype has essentially disappeared at this point and players are looking forward to what Naughty Dog has in store for us next. Now we finally know it’s a remake of the original.

The Last of Us has received one major upgrade since it first came out. It was remastered for PS4 just a year after its initial release. Of course, it still sold like crazy since fans wanted to experience it all again with upgraded graphics on a next-gen console. Even now, the less spoken about, underrated multiplayer is still active on PS4, so players clearly aren’t getting tired of it eight years later. 

Now as we move into the PS5 era, The Last of Us will be receiving a remake, and fans aren’t opposed to that at all. Reliving the experience with brand new graphics and fighting on the Dualsense controller can bring an entirely new feel to the game. Knowing Naughty Dog, it’s not likely this will be a half-hearted attempt to slap on shiny new graphics. They’re probably going to have to take the excellent gameplay from Part 2 and incorporate it into the new game which was one of The Last of Us’ worst issues. In fact, they might take both the gameplay and graphics from the second game and merge it with the original. That would take The Last of Us Remake to a completely different level of quality. They could virtually eliminate all of the issues from the first game and create something that makes a masterpiece something even better.

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PS Now is Trying to Compete with Xbox Game Pass…and Failing

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Since its launch in 2014 on the PS4, PlayStation Now has been struggling to be a moneymaker for Sony. Initially, PS Now was supposed to make up for the PS4’s lack of backward compatibility that the Xbox One has. Consumers were predictably not paying the $20 (now $9.99) per month to play older games. It did have a decent catalog though and some people ended up keeping their subscriptions active. However, most PlayStation gamers didn’t give PS Now a second thought. In fact, it only hit 1 million subscribers 5 years after its launch. 114 million PS4s have been sold meaning less than 1% of PS4 owners are subscribed to PS Now. It suffered mostly due to the high price and the fact that it was cloud-based. That means all of the games’ data relies on a fast and stable internet connection which excludes a good chunk of potential subscribers. The service was quickly put to the wayside by gamers, but PlayStation is trying to bring it back to compete with Xbox’s Game Pass.

Microsoft did it the right way with Xbox Game Pass. It debuted early in 2017 and was a smash hit amongst Xbox players. It has fewer games than PS Now, but the value and quality of the content are what really sets it apart. Several AAA titles have been available for Game Pass subscribers right on release. It also has a focus on local play instead of game streaming which comes with some give and take. Game streaming isn’t available for Game Pass with the standard subscription. Players need to download games in full to play them. This has been seen as a nonissue for most subscribers. If you want to stream games instead, you can pay an extra $5 a month for that feature. 

The gap between PS Now and Xbox Game Pass really comes down to one thing, and that’s the actual quality of their content. PlayStation just can’t (or won’t) compete with Xbox right now. Microsoft had blockbuster titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Kingdom Hearts 3, Doom Eternal, and a whole lot more available for download. The choice of high-quality games is always great. PS Now has a few solid games and exclusives, but right now Xbox just has more.

What Is PS Now Adding to the Mix?

PlayStation is trying to remedy that with two new major games being added to the service. Subscribers will be able to stream Marvel’s Avengers and Borderlands 3. The Long Dark, an FPS survival game, is also being added to PS Now’s collection. Even with these titles, PS Now still feels like it lacks the qualities of a truly great game streaming service. For now, Xbox Game Pass seems like the way to go.

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