Gamers In Beta Podcast 168: We Go Pro

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Last week was quite the week for Sony. With the announcement of the PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim, and lack of mod support, many gamers were left scratching their heads. We try our best to break it all down and make sense of things.

Games we’ve been playing are: Mother Russia Bleeds, Livelock, Pit People, Murdered: Soul Suspect, DOOM, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Pokemon Omega Ruby.

Intro:
PS4 Pro (out November 10, for $399)
– CPU goes from 1.6 GHz to 2.1GHz
– Flops go from 1.84 to 4.2
– HDD is 1TB
– Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3 (2 in the front, 1 in the back)
– Better network: Ethernet IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
– Sharing: 4K screenshots and capture 1080p video at 30 frames per second, supports 1080p video at 60 frames per second for broadcasting
– NO UHD Blu-Ray; 4K content via Netflix and YouTube
– RAM remains the same at 8GB
– Sharing videos to YouTube and DailyMotion will support up to 1080p at 60 fps
– Twitch will support up to 1080p at 30fps
– PS4 Pro coupled w/PSVR, optimal experience

*Project Scorpio will be, on paper, approximately 43 percent more powerful than the PS4 Pro

High dynamic range color, which is coming to both the PS4 and PS4 Pro if you have a TV that supports it, essentially gives a television the ability to show a broader range of contrast. So whites can look whiter and blacks, blacker. More importantly, a TV show, movie or game can display a much more nuanced range of whites and blacks and most colors to bring more life to an image. http://www.polygon.com/2016/9/9/12863078/ps4-pro-hdr-development

HDR Patches will NOT cost $$
http://www.polygon.com/2016/9/9/12861310/ps4-pro-4k-hdr-patch-fee

Quote from Andrew House
“We think that for a really substantial period of time this is the PlayStation 4 lineup. We’re very comfortable with that.”

PS4 Slim is the end of the OG PS4, Slim is now the new standard PS4
– Out 9/15 in 500GB and 1TB, $299 for 500GB
– Two USBs on front (not 3) – Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen1) port × 2
– No optical
– Better wireless signal and bluetooth – IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth®v4.0
reduced volume by 30 percent, weight by 16 percent, and power consumption by 28 percent *from DigitalFoundry “using FinFET fabrication technology for its processor (a 16nm design manufactured by existing PS4/Xbox One chipmaker TSMC is almost certain). In turn, this means a cooler unit, and yes, it is much quieter overall.”
just like Xbox One S, the PlayStation 4 Slim model sees around a 40 per cent reduction in overall volume

From Digital Foundry “Fundamentally, it addresses one of the weakest points of the current generation PlayStation 4 – the noise level: it appears to be significantly quieter in many scenarios. In fact, in the tests we ran using digital content (ie no BD drive noise), it’s up there with the original Xbox One and marginally quieter than the Xbox One S.”
New DS4 controller

Mods not coming to PS4
https://bethesda.net/#en/events/game/ps4-mod-update/2016/09/09/199

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