PlayStation 4’s big 4.5 update hits tomorrow, bringing ‘Boost Mode’ to PS4 Pro

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PlayStation 4’s big 4.5 update hits tomorrow, bringing ‘Boost Mode’ to PS4 Pro

Tomorrow is the release date for the PlayStation 4’s big 4.5 firmware update, which brings a number of welcome features as well as a huge benefit to PlayStation 4 Pro owners.

The 2D performance of the PlayStation VR will improve when you’re playing standard games in the headset, and you’ll also be able to use voice chat when taking advantage of remote play. You will now be able to use external hard drives on your PlayStation 4, as well.

Sony PlayStation is hosting a summer camp for young girls interested in game dev

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Sony PlayStation is hosting a summer camp for young girls interested in game dev

Girls Make Games, the all-girls game development summer camp, is in its fourth year and still going strong. Now they’ve got a new sponsor, Sony PlayStation, and a super-sized, three-week camp in California.

In a press release, Girls Make Games announced its newest camp would take place at Sony Interactive Entertainment’s San Mateo offices July 10-28. Middle and high school-aged girls will learn how to design, program and publish their own video games. By the end of the camp, they’ll have created fully functional games with the help of local game studios and other industry pros at Sony.

Why The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild dropped Gamepad support on Wii U

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Why The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild dropped Gamepad support on Wii U

In comparing a 2014 demonstration (above) to what they got last Friday, Wii U owners realized that GamePad second-screen support was stripped out of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo fessed up to why in an interview with IGN.

Hidemaro Fujibayashi told IGN that developers "aimed to provide the same gameplay experience across both on Switch and Wii U," noting that when development began, well before the Switch was announced, touch screen features were present.

Just Cause movie in development with Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa

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Just Cause movie in development with Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa

Avalanche Studios and Square Enix’s Just Cause franchise is heading to the big screen. According to a report from Variety, a movie based on Just Cause is currently in development with Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Justice League) set to star as protagonist Rico Rodriguez.

Brad Peyton, the director who’s worked with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in San Andreas, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and the upcoming Rampage — another video game adaptation — is reportedly attached to helm Just Cause. Writer John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) adapted the screenplay.

Crytek sells of Black Sea studio to Sega, Total War creators

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Crytek sells of Black Sea studio to Sega, Total War creators

Sega Europe and Creative Assembly have acquired Crytek’s Sofia, Bulgaria-based Black Sea Studio, according to an announcement from Crytek. The studio, previously known as Crytek Black Sea, will now operate as Creative Assembly Sofia.

Crytek announced in December it was closing five studios — including its Bulgaria office — with only the developer’s Frankfurt, Germany and Kiev, Ukraine studios remaining. That announcement came after reports that Crytek employees were not being paid.

Breath of the Wild would be a perfect game if you could just pet the dogs

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Breath of the Wild would be a perfect game if you could just pet the dogs

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched last week to stellar reviews from critics. Fans continue to praise the game, now that they have their hands on the Switch and it — but some players are lodging a complaint so major, it threatens to ruin the whole experience.

The issue concerns dogs, which Breath of the Wild has in spades. Upon discovering that Link can feed the adorable canines living in this game’s version of Hyrule, many players were ecstatic.

Another Uncharted game from Naughty Dog is ‘unlikely,’ studio says

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Another Uncharted game from Naughty Dog is ‘unlikely,’ studio says

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the upcoming Uncharted side story starring Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, will almost certainly be the final entry in the franchise from developer Naughty Dog, the studio said in an interview with Game Informer.

The adventures of series hero Nathan Drake concluded in last year’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but Naughty Dog is following up that acclaimed game with a stand-alone title featuring the franchise’s strongest female characters not named Elena Fisher.

Overwatch’s new hero isn’t ready to come to consoles just yet

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Overwatch’s new hero isn’t ready to come to consoles just yet

Orisa, the 24th Overwatch hero, will continue to be exclusive to Windows PC players for the time being, according to game director Jeff Kaplan. That may seem like a longer wait for eager console players than usual, a concern Kaplan acknowledged in a forum post.

“We're getting great feedback and fixing a lot of issues. I know this feels a little longer than other PTR periods, but we think it will be for the better,” he wrote on the Battle.net forum. “We know how anxious you all are to have Orisa join your ranks... and she will soon... but most likely she will go live later in the month rather than this early.”

MLB The Show 17 gets you straight to baseball’s exciting moments

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MLB The Show 17 gets you straight to baseball’s exciting moments

MLB The Show 17 will introduce another feature to help players realistically manage the 162-game season of Major League Baseball — the longest in professional sports — without missing out on big moments.

Coming in MLB The Show 17’s Franchise mode is something called Critical Situations, announced today on the PlayStation Blog. It sounds a lot like Madden NFL 17’s “Play the Moments” feature, in that MLB 17 will simulate in the background the more mundane parts of a ballgame and summon the user when a pivotal at-bat occurs.