The launch lineup of the PlayStation VR snuck up on me.
I’m not sure how it happened — I’ve been covering the device since E3 2014, back when a VR shark encounter was the best of what Sony had to offer. Two years later, I’m now finding it difficult to remember the last time a console had such a compelling collection of software on day one.
In order to illustrate this point, I thought we’d go back a few years and reexamine the launch lineups of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U.
This might be the best holiday for video games since the new generation kicked off in 2013. Not only are we getting new entries in many of our favorite franchises, but we’re also getting new hardware in the form of the PlayStation VR and PlayStation 4 Pro, and in all likelihood, an announcement regarding Nintendo’s NX.
About a month ago, Bethesda had to share some disappointing news with its fans: Mod support wouldn’t be coming to Fallout 4 or Skyrim Special Edition on PS4 after all. According to Bethesda, Sony wouldn’t “approve user mods the way they should work,” and the two companies hit an impasse.
Thankfully, at some point in the past few weeks, Bethesda and Sony appear to have reached an agreement, as Bethesda revealed on Wednesday afternoon that mod support would in fact be coming to the PS4 versions of both games.
When PlayStation VR launches in the middle of October, there will be more than 20 games available for the platform. Although I’ll have had a chance to play a chunk of them before launch, I won’t have time to cover each and every game individually on the site. So instead, I’ve decided to put together a continually updated ranking of every launch game that I play based on how much I enjoy it.
I’d nearly soured on virtual reality altogether before PlayStation VR arrived.
It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy VR gaming — I just didn’t see a future in it. The amount of money you have to spend on the necessary equipment to use an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive is ludicrous. And even if you can afford a head-mounted display (HMD), you basically have to dedicate an entire room of your home to the hardware.
Although the PlayStation VR doesn’t solve all of these problems, it’s a far more viable product, and one that signals a brighter future for the medium.
As of this week, fall has officially begun. That means a whole lot of things—changing colors, cooler temperatures, the weirdest presidential election of all time—but more importantly, it means that a truckload of video games are coming out.
And by truckload, I means dozens and dozens for each and every platform (save for the Wii U). But rather than list all of the titles, we’ve decided to round up the best of the best; the ones you really need to be looking out for this fall.
The most substantial PS4 update since launch has arrived.
After years of anticipation, Sony has finally brought some of the most frequently requested features to its latest console, including the ability to create folders and organize your library, overhauls for the Quick Menu and Share Menu, HDR support and a major UI refresh that will change the way you interact with your PS4.
When Bethesda showed off Fallout 4 at E3 2015, the biggest surprise of all was that user-created mods would be coming to both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for the very first time. It took some time, but Bethesda was finally able to bring mods to Xbox One in May — just a month after their were made available on PC.
Unfortunately, mod support on PS4 had hit a snag, but Bethesda assured fans that it would arrive soon enough. On Friday, September 9th, Bethesda backtracked on that promise, revealing that mods wouldn’t come to PS4 after all.
Before the end of the year, Sony will have launched not one, but two brand new PlayStation 4 consoles. The slim model will simply replace the launch PS4 as the new standard console on store shelves, but the PS4 Pro will be a genuine upgrade, bringing new features and improvements to the PlayStation 4.
At the keynote event in New York City on Wednesday, Sony spent far more time showing off 4K games than it did actually discussing what the PS4 Pro could do, so we’ve decided to collect every piece of information we could find about the high-end console and wrap it all into a convenient bullet point list.
On Wednesday afternoon at the PlayStation Meeting in NYC, Sony finally took the wraps off of the PlayStation 4 Pro, which it originally announced back in June. The console, as expected, is a significant upgrade over the PS4 (and PS4 Slim), featuring upgraded specifications and support for 4K gaming and video.
Although it had already been repeatedly spoiled by leaks from around the internet, Sony officially announced a new, slim PS4 at the PlayStation Meeting on September 7th. As expected, the sleeker PS4 model isn’t so much an upgrade as a hardware redesign, but there are a few interesting tweaks and additions worth noting.
After weeks of anticipation, Sony will finally take the stage in New York City on Wednesday afternoon for its PlayStation Meeting. Sony has yet to reveal what the event will focus on, but countless leaks over the past several weeks seem to have spoiled the biggest surprise. Still, there’s no telling what else Sony has in store.