Sony Starts Their Pre-E3 Press Conference Today At 6PM Pacific Time

The PlayStation 4 Pro may be getting a price cut tonight as the company digs in to go head-to-head with the new Xbox One X. Sony has had the edge since the first PS4 rolled out as far as power and graphics, so it will be interesting to see how Sony responds tonight now that it is clear that Microsoft has closed that gap, and taking gaming to a new level on consoles.


We’ll also hear more about games like Days Gone, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and hopefully an update on The Last Of Us 2. We’re also hoping to hear more about PlayStation PS VR with possibly some new titles added to the list of compatible games.

One thing is for sure, everyone will be watching tonight to see what Sony has to offer. They are in a position they haven’t been in this current generation of console gaming, but everyone knows to never count Sony out. It will be a great show and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for tonight’s event.

PS4 Pro vs PS4: Should You Upgrade?

Sony launched two new versions of the PS4 in 2016. The PS4 Pro represents a more powerful unit that delivers better performance and capable of near 4K gaming and HDR.

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The other new console known as the PS4 Slim offers the same basic functionality as the launch model but is sleeker and refined for both performance and efficiency.

Here are some of the biggest questions asked when comparing the PS4 Pro vs PS4 Slim:

  • Is the PS4 Pro more powerful?
  • Is there a graphic difference?
  • Is a 4K HDR TV worth it?
  • Does the PS4 Pro work better with PlayStation VR?

The simple and quickest answer if you already have a 4K TV is: Yes…to all of them. The graphics processor (GPU) in the PS4 Pro is just over two times as powerful as that in the PS4. The Pro also has an¬†upgraded processor, which handles things like physics and artificial intelligence in games. The new PS4 Pro runs at 4.2 teraflops, compared to the 1.84 teraflops of the original PS4.

Although the PS4 Pro has the same amount of memory as the original PS4 ‚Äď 8GB GDDR5 ‚Äď it runs at a higher speed to improve performance¬†and has an extra 1GB of memory for non-gaming applications, like Netflix and Amazon.

Developers can use the extra power and improve the quality of textures and lighting effects, leading to more realistic graphics and smoother performance with fewer slowdowns. All the PS4 games will work on the Pro, and of course vice-versa. So, no one is left behind no matter which system you decide to buy.

Take Horizon Zero Dawn, the¬†graphics, and lighting difference between the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro when playing on a 4K TV with HDR is jaw dropping. The Pro’s environment¬†is much more colorful, such as extra plants, grass, and vines. The PS4 Slim still looks great, but after we played on the Slim first for ten hours, and then the Pro for ten hours, it was almost impossible to go back to the Slim.

 

But, I’ve heard that the PS4 Pro won’t run games in full 4K? Well, that is technically true. Some games will run at a native 4K Ultra HD resolution which is 3,840 by 2,160 lines pixels, but the most demanding games won‚Äôt. Many games will run at a resolution close to 4K, and then be upscaled to 4K.

If you don’t already have a PS4 then strongly consider getting the Pro. If you already have a PS4 and a 1080p TV and don’t plan on going 4K right now, then I wouldn’t suggest upgrading until you add 4K to your arsenal. But, if you have a 4K TV (hopefully with HDR) and you want to play games at the very best level offered on PlayStation, the PS4 Pro is worth the investment.

The only downside to the Pro is that for whatever reason (and I’m assuming for cost issues) they didn’t add a 4K HD player. So, if you have some 4K movie titles you’re wanting to watch on your shiny new PS4 Pro, sadly, it’s not going to happen. But, as far as gaming goes, the graphics and lighting are worth going with the Pro.

I spend a lot of time just looking around at the lighting and detail when I’m playing Horizon¬†Zero Dawn, and I think I’m better off for it…I’m not sure how, but that’s what I tell myself anyway.

Are You Buying ‘Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind?’ Yes, You Are…

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind¬†is releasing June 6th, 2017 on Xbox One and the PS4. Maybe you are even thinking of skipping this chapter because you have played ESOL to death…I mean, come on…you’re better than that.

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First off, I‚Äôm really excited that it’s less than 24 hours until it releases. My adventure will begin¬†just¬†before my¬†birthday so¬†thanks¬†for the early present, it’s just what I wanted.

Secondly, I tend to get ‘lost’ whenever I play games like Fallout, Skyrim, and of course ESOL. These games are huge and I can’t leave an area unexplored, or a side-quest along the way showing pending, yeah, it’s a problem.

There are a lot of new features coming in TESO’s new chapter, including an epic story in a massive explorable region, a new pet-based Warden class, 12-player Trial, and 4v4v4 battlegrounds. The story is set 700 years before The Elder Scrolls III and focuses on helping the deity-king Vivec regain his powers and derail a major disaster.

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Morrowind¬†has a fresh¬†newer look than what we’ve¬†seen previously in the game. They have really done a great job adding new textures, creatures, NPCs, and environments. If you think this is just a DLC, then you’re wrong, like my wife tells me whenever I start talking about bringing back parachute pants…I may have used this before, but it still fits.

ZeniMax and Bethesda‚Äôs MMORPG will not disappoint¬†fans if you already love ESOL,¬†but if you weren’t a fan of the original game,¬†there may not be enough here to change your mind. And vote yes on bringing back parachute pants…it’s just the right thing to do.

All You Need Is A Game Console And A Campfire…

There are few things a gamer¬†needs in their life, whatever console you prefer to play on, Doritos, Diet Coke, and a campfire…and one of those you can’t technically take with you.

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In this mediocre graphics world that I’m told we live in, I find there are rules that apply that I still don’t quite understand. Let’s go with one of those that bugs me the most…no fast-travel. I’m sorry, what?

I know we aren’t allowed to do certain things in real life, like jump on the hood of a car and run across them like in Grand Theft Auto. I’m also told I’m not allowed to fly through the air without being in an actual airplane¬†or drive a Warthog while taking on the Covenant. Sometimes, I feel like I’m the Matrix and everyone else has taken the ‘red pill’…and in this scenario, I actually like the ‘blue pill’.

When we’re driving in Fort Worth (in Texas you may have heard of it) traffic and distance can really work against you. Don’t these people know that we have games to review, videos to edit, and possibly…work to do? I have more than once wished to see those sweet embers of flames from Dark Souls…like when I’m waiting to check out at Wal-Mart, or sometimes at a family Thanksgiving…don’t act like you haven’t thought about it.

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Campfires have seen their way into several games for fast travel or saving spots, like Tomb Raider and¬†Horizon¬†Zero Dawn, and the list continues to grow. I don’t know if campfires will ever see their way into this ‘red pill’ world but if I ever get one, I know I want it with Bluetooth…because everything is better with Bluetooth.

Battlefield 1: Still Dominating My Console

I have a ton of reviews to finish, deadlines to meet, one more chapter to write, and a ton of videos to edit…maybe after one more Battlefield 1 round…four hours later…

I don’t like hitting another guy in the face with a shovel or taking down a behemoth…said no-gamer…ever. Let’s face it, there’s no other game like Battlefield.

The decision for the¬†Battlefield franchise to go with the World War 1 setting was simply brilliant. The futuristic shooter-styles that¬†most games have gone to was fun for a while, but it’s also why I kept going back to Battlefield for MP.

When you think of WW1, you imagine long drawn out trench battles, poison¬†gas, enemies everywhere you turn, and heavy fog and indiscriminate artillery fire. You can’t rely on modern technology¬†or running on¬†walls to¬†get you through it. That’s what makes this game so awesome, it’s man vs. man (and sometimes hand to hand) combat.

They added what soldiers had available to them, early tanks, zeppelins, biplanes, flamethrowers, original rifles and guns, and the brutal reality of melee combat, which has made me cringe several times being on the giving and receiving side of it.

Battlefield 1¬†keeps things simple, and also makes you appreciate what soldiers had to go through on a daily basis. It was bloody, brutal, and horrifying, with death around every trench corner, and Battlefield¬†captured just that. When I’m playing it makes me think of how long I would have lasted in something like that…short answer…not long. It is the most realistic MP I’ve ever played and leaves me stressed at the end of every match.

I’m still shocked every time I see someone running on fire and screaming as bullets and grenades are going off all around me. The crazy part is, that’s what I play when I’m trying to relax and just have some Gary time, I mean, the guy works hard, he deserves it.

If you haven’t played this game before then you should really give it a try. And, if you’re a Medic please for the love of everything drop a freaking med pack…or if you have ammo, please drop some instead of me running around in front of you screaming, “I need ammo!”

This is hands down my favorite all time MP game. I’m really hoping that Call of Duty can capture the WW2 era in a way they did back in the day as well. I’m off to play some Battlefield…I mean, edit¬†some videos…I totally meant edit videos…hey, look over there…

Do You Have Video Game Collectibles?

Do you collect video game merchandise like a hoarder? Just look at it like it’s actual ‘real-life’ trophies or achievements…I saw you smile just then.

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These pictures may, or not be (but they are), just a few pictures of our collection that have moved their way to our living room from my office. Yes, I said living room. My office desk is spilling over with game stuff. For some reason, they think I’m supposed to make room to use that MacBook for like, work…I know, right?

When people come to the house and walk into the living room they do get a strange look on their face, and they usually ask the same question, “So, you’re still doing that, video game thing…huh?” Does it make me want to put on Corvo’s mask and stealth…wait, to dark?

Yes, we have so many ‘achievements’ that they have taken over our living room, and we’re running out of house. But, that’s OK, we’re looking at buying a new one. We know that it must have a huge basement (or at least a big, and I mean big split living room) because we’re making the most epic game room of…game rooms. It will be our Justice League, our Spartan Base, our Bat Cave…you get the point.

We have boxed up so much stuff that I’m not even sure what we have now. My wife is a huge gamer too so that makes life much easier. Guys (and Gals), one important thing you need to look for in that special person is that they enjoy playing games as much as you do.

I make no apologies that a lot of pictures have been replaced with Master Chief, Bethesda figures, and Minecraft swords…I mean, I know the people, I know what they look like. Not many wives let their living rooms appear like GameStop and ThinkGeek had a baby, and shacked up with you in the main living area, she is a special lady.

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We have more than enough stuff already to fill a massive game room, along with a green screen for taking pictures and videos with all the merchandise (and a Director‚Äôs chair, just because). I still want to make a video-movie with our three Granddaughters and soon to be Grandson. We’ll have a popcorn maker, a Keurig brewer, and a soda fountain machine for all your gaming needs, I mean, we’ll have to have the basics.

I know people who just collect the metal video game cases, they don’t keep the game, just the cases. I also know people who collect just the statues that come with Special Editions. ThinkGeek has really tuned into a huge market demand that was honestly pretty hard to find before they came along. There is nothing wrong with collecting gaming merchandise, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself…but I know me, so it has to be right.

What about the pictures of the family? We can just move those into the hall and hang them up there, right? Batman and Pip Boy have priority and that should just go without saying…but if you need me to say it out loud…you may not like what you hear.

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All kidding aside, what do you do with your gaming collectibles (AKA. Toys as I’m regularly told)? Is that something you’re even into? Or, is just playing the game enough for you? There is no wrong answer to these questions. There is no doubt when you come to my house that I’m a gamer, even though a guy did come in once and didn’t know what any of this stuff was…yeah, he hasn’t been back since.

Well, it’s Friday and I’ve shown you just a few of the items that we have out and frankly, I’m really craving a Krispy Kreme donut and a Starbucks. So, have a great weekend and remember, actually I forgot where I was going with this…so just pretend I said something really funny here and we’ll all laugh together, HA-HA-HA…that Gary, he’s a funny.

‘Call of Juarez: Gunslinger’ May Help Those ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Delay Blues

If you are like the rest of America you are trying to deal with the news that Red Dead Redemption¬†2 was delayed until 2018. But stay with me, we have the perfect game to get you by…for like, several hours anyway.

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If you have an Xbox One or 360 and need a ‘western fix’ due¬†to the delay of Red Dead Redemption 2, then¬†Call of Juarez: Gunslinger¬†may be just what the doctor ordered. I already know what you’re thinking, “Is it covered under my HMO?”…probably not…maybe…but, probably not.

Call of Juarez is a western-themed FPS adventure/story and is backwards-compatible¬†so you can be firing that six-shooter as soon as today. It has it all, fast-paced revolver duels, horseback riding, and is a lot like ‘Borderlands-western-style.’

You play as Silas Greaves, an old bounty hunter in a saloon telling stories of his wild adventures involving almost every old west outlaw you can think of. Like who, you ask? How about names like Butch Cassidy, Jesse James, and Billy The Kid? That’s just a small list of gunslingers you’ll face and to put it mildly, they ain’t happy.

¬†Call of Juarez: Gunslinger messes with you the entire ride by adding false endings, starting at the end and working backwards,¬†and not to mention totally re-telling history…or is it?¬†The¬†spaghetti-western stories have you laughing but I wouldn’t go in guns blazing, you can get surrounded quickly.

No, the game is not open world or Red Ded Redemption (1 and for sure not 2), but it’s a lot of fun and the good news is, it’s available to download today for $14.99. But wait, if you act now…