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Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West are also releasing on PlayStation 4
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
During its PlayStation 5 showcase today, Sony unveiled its new console duo's price points, new trailers for its exclusive games, and more. However, in a blog post following the showcase, the company revealed a surprise decision, which sees several of its upcoming PlayStation 5 titles also releasing on the PlayStation 4.
Horizon Forbidden West, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and SackBoy A Big Adventure are the affected games, which are ditching their PlayStation 5 exclusive status to also arrive on the older platform at launch.
"We know that the PS4 community will transition to PS5 at different times, and we’re happy to announce PS4 versions of some of our exclusives," said Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and president Jim Ryan regarding the change of heart. "While these three games were designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high-speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 owners will also be able to enjoy these experiences when they launch"
Sony is offering free upgrade options to those who are picking up these PlayStation 4 versions. Anyone who purchases the titles digitally for the PlayStation 4 will be able to gain the PlayStation 5 version across the standard and Digital Edition console variants. However, upgrading the games' physical edition will require the PlayStation 5 with the Blu-Ray disc drive.
Universal Media Server 9.8.1
by Razvan Serea
Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server. UMS was started by SubJunk, an official developer of PMS, in order to ensure greater stability and file-compatibility. The program streams or transcodes many different media formats with little or no configuration. It is powered by MEncoder, FFmpeg, tsMuxeR, AviSynth, MediaInfo and more, which combine to offer support for a wide range of media formats. Because it is written in Java, Universal Media Server supports all major operating systems, with versions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
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Universal Media Server 9.8.1 changelog:
Improved speed of renderers and UMS recognizing each other Reduced network and CPU loads associated with renderer discovery Improved loading of external libraries Fixed older macOS auto-updating to UMS for newer macOS Fixed quickrun scripts for developers Fixed not removing the Windows service firewall rule on uninstall Translation updates via Crowdin
English (United Kingdom) (33%) German (98%) Slovak (98%) Dependencies:
Bump assertj-core from 3.16.1 to 3.17.1 Bump git-commit-id-plugin from 4.0.1 to 4.0.2 Bump junrar from 6.0.1 to 7.3.0 Bump maven-resources-plugin from 3.1.0 to 3.2.0 Bump MediaInfo from 18.12 to 20.08 Bump oshi-core from 5.2.2 to 5.2.5 Download: Universal Media Server 9.8.1 | 161.0 MB (Open Source)
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By Namerah S
Ubisoft support site states PS5 lacks backward compatibility for PS3, PS2 and PS1
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
With the holiday 2020 launch for Sony's upcoming console fast approaching, gaming fans are waiting for the Japanese conglomerate to reveal more details about the PS5, especially the price which is still a mystery. Meanwhile, a little piece of information concerning the PlayStation 5 has been uncovered. An FAQ topic under Ubisoft's Australian support website concerning the PS5 has revealed more details about its backwards compatibility.
According to the Ubisoft page, PlayStation 5 owners will be able to play PS4 titles, however, games from the previous generations of the PlayStation will not be compatible. The PS5 will not support PS1, PS2 or even PS3 games.
An excerpt of the page read:
Ubisoft has since taken down the question from its website. The post may have been an accidental slip up, divulging information inadvertently.
In contrast, Sony's direct competitor Microsoft has already confirmed that Xbox Series X owners will be able to play all Xbox One titles as well as all Xbox 360 and Xbox games that are currently supported on the Xbox One via the Backward Compatibility program.
As gaming fans wait patiently - or impatiently, at this point - for Sony and Microsoft to officially confirm the pricing details on the next generation of video game consoles, some may find small comfort in the fact that Monster Energy may or may not have leaked a ball-park figure. According to a contest held by the energy drink company, the Xbox Series X might cost around $599.99.
For now, gamers will have to wait until any further information concerning either console is unveiled by either party. Hopefully, this should not be too long considering the fact that their tentative launch windows are inching closer.
Sony is looking to bring more PlayStation exclusives to PC
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
It seems like Sony is not finished with bringing more of its first-party PlayStation exclusives to PC, as in its 2020 corporate report, the company has stated that it is open to expanding its portfolio on the platform.
"We will explore expanding our first-party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability," stated the report.
Horizon Zero Dawn, the 2017-released open-world title developed by Guerrilla Games, shed its PlayStation 4 exclusivity and hopped over to PC earlier this month. Considering a sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, that would be exclusive to the PlayStation 5 was announced shortly before the PC launch, it is possible Sony is planning to port over more of its first-party PlayStation Studios experiences when they are close to getting a new entry, possibly enticing PC customers to grab a PlayStation 5 to continue the adventure.
Although PlayStation exclusives like Death Stranding and Quantic Dream titles have also been slowly coming to PC, keep in mind that these are third-party titles and aren't connected to Sony's plans.
Microsoft, Sony's rival in the console space, has been on a PC release spree for a while now, though unlike Sony, all of its first-party titles, both current and next-gen, are coming to Windows on day one.
Elsewhere in the report, Sony also states it will "invest in, or acquire, firms with abundant creativity and cutting-edge technologies to build up Worldwide Studios (WWS)". It sounds like more studio acquisition or exclusivity deal announcements by the company are on the horizon as PlayStation 5's launch inches closer.
By Jay Bonggolto
Sony restores some DualShock 4 controller colors for the PlayStation 4
by Jay Bonggolto
Sony announced today that select recent colors of the DualShock 4 wireless controller for the PlayStation 4 have returned. These additions are on top of the more than 25 existing colors already available worldwide.
The DualShock 4 is bringing back the Berry Blue, Red Camouflage, Rose Gold, and Steel Black colors. If you recall, the Red Camouflage and Rose Gold were announced in August of last year along with the Electric Purple and Titanium Blue colors. Other existing colors of the wireless controller include the classic Jet Black, Wave Blue, Sunset Orange, and Red Crystal.
In a blog post, Steve Schwartz, Senior Manager of PS VR and Peripherals Product Marketing, noted that "the DualShock 4 wireless controller family has continued to grow since its launch almost seven years ago". All the returning colors are now available to purchase via Sony U.S.'s PlayStation website for $64.99. The company will also roll out these designs to participating retailers later this month.
It is, perhaps, worth noting that these controllers won't be compatible with the new games coming with the PlayStation 5 when it launches in October or November. This was confirmed by Sony earlier this month, noting that it wanted the next-gen games to make use of the new capabilities and features of the DualSense wireless controller.