Monthly Archive: August 2017

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PS5 rumours and release date: When can we expect to see Sony’s PlayStation 5?

The PlayStation 5, or PS5 as it’ll eventually be known, is the inevitable follow-up to the PlayStation 4[1] and PS4 Pro[2]. Sony brought the PS4 into the world at the tail end of 2013, with a Japanese release following a few months later.

Four years on, Sony has released another PlayStation console in the form of the PS4 Pro, and seems to be promising us that it won’t be cutting off the PS4 any time soon. But, with rumours increasing around a PlayStation 5, and Sony in dire need of a competitor to Microsoft’s overpowered Xbox One X[3], way could see one land sooner, rather than later.

Even Sony’s Shawn Layden confirmed the existence of a PS5 in an interview with German website Golem.de[4], but how long will you be expected to wait until its launch? And what kind of specifications are we expecting?

We’ve rounded up the best rumours on PS5 specifications and release dates, to give you a comprehensive guide to what you can expect from the PS5, and when you can expect it. We’ll keep on updating this page as and when we learn more about the PS5.

PlayStation 5 release date: When will it arrive?

There have been debates aplenty from analysts over the launch date of the PS5, with estimations ranging from 2018 to the fiendishly futuristic-sounding 2020s. Safe in the knowledge that a fifth-generation PlayStation is indeed in the works – as mentioned above, Sony bosses have confirmed it is “coming[5]” – fans are now attempting to decode a loose timeline for the release.

If we cast our eyes back a few years, we know the initial PlayStation was brought out in 1994, a staggering 23 years ago. Fast-forward a few *decades* and 2013 saw the launch of the original PS4. Four years later still, and we’ve just seen the excellent (albeit not exactly revolutionary) PS4 Pro emerge. Our sister site Alphr[6] reckons that, according to these time cycles, we’ll see the PS5 emerge in 2019 at the earliest, with 2020 looking like the more feasible release date for the fifth-generation PlayStation.

David Thong, an analyst at Macquarie Capital Securities who boasts good track record on PlayStation predictions, believes[7] that we’ll see the PlayStation 5 rolled out in the second half of 2018. He’s one to keep an eye on, as he successfully predicted the launch of the PS4 Slim[8] and the PS4 Pro, so his ostensibly dubious foresights shouldn’t be dismissed.

The principal flaw in Thong’s prediction remains, of course, that it’s unlikely Sony would unveil another flagship product so soon after the release of its PS4 Pro. We’re with Alphr[9] on this one – like marriage or settling down to read Proust, if you’re waiting it out for the PS5, you’re in it for the long haul.

PlayStation 5 release date: What to expect?

Given the far-off release date, rumours circulating the PS5’s specifications aren’t exactly what you’d deem reliable. We can, however, make educated guesses. As the successor to the already excellent PS4 Pro[10], we can safely assert that Sony will need to roll out some impressive new technology in order to shift the new console.

Whilst we loved the PS4 Pro, one arena it failed to pack any punches in was innovation. We dubbed it “not a gamechanger”, and deemed its extra £100 price tag unworthy. With reviews like that, it’s understandable if Sony is galvanised into some seriously creative product development.

The PS5 will definitely need to up its power game, so we predict it’ll shed the AMP-based processor and start using Nvidia’s technology, something that the Nintendo Switch carried off with aplomb. The only thing that makes us waver on this front is that it would invalidate compatibility with the AMD-based PS4 and PS4 pro models.

We will update this page as and when we learn more about the PlayStation 5.

(Image: Ninac26[11] used under Creative Commons)

References

  1. ^ PlayStation 4 (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  2. ^ PS4 Pro (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  3. ^ Xbox One X (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  4. ^ Golem.de (www.golem.de)
  5. ^ coming (www.golem.de)
  6. ^ Alphr (www.alphr.com)
  7. ^ believes (www.wsj.com)
  8. ^ PS4 Slim (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  9. ^ Alphr (www.alphr.com)
  10. ^ PS4 Pro (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  11. ^ Ninac26 (www.flickr.com)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Battle of the palm-stretchers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is here, and it’s brilliant[1]. But, Apple has finally lifted the lid on its own plans for the iPhone 8 – and a large version is here, as expected. So how will the iPhone 8 Plus stack up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

You can read all about Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcements here[2]. In the meantime, we’ve pitted the iPhone 8 Plus against Samsung’s newly released Galaxy Note 8. We take a look at every aspect, from design, display, performance and most importantly; price, so you know which phone is right for you. Let’s get started.

Preorder the iPhone 8 now for just £90 upfront and £48/mth from Carphone Warehouse[3]

Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Design and screen

Samsung has excelled in the aesthetics department for the past couple of years, and the Galaxy Note 8 is no exception. The “infinity display” design of the Galaxy S8; peeling back the side bezels with a screen that fills almost the entire face of the phone, is used to even stronger effect in the Note 8. The result is a 6.3in QHD+ display, with image quality like no other thanks to Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology.

The iPhone 8 opted for a different route with the screen. And by different, I mean the same display Apple has incorporated for the last few years, albeit with one crucial difference. While the iPhone X went for the all-display route akin to the Note 8, the iPhone 8 Plus adopts a 5.5in Full HD LCD display. This time around, however, the iPhone 8 Plus takes advantage of Apple’s True Tone technology – the same tech used in the firm’s recent iPads.

READ NEXT: Best smartphones 2017[4]

While we’re yet to do any proper testing with the iPhone 8 Plus, the Note 8 – given its display utilised Super AMOLED – is likely to be the sharper option.

Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Specs and camera

The Note 8’s innards are similar to the Galaxy S8, with a 10nm CPU, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, expandable by up to 256GB via microSD. Depending on what region you’re in, the Note 8 will either come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835) or Samsung’s own Exynos 8835 chip.

The iPhone 8 ships with Apple’s A11 Bionic, although we don’t know too much about performance. Apple did say the A11 would provide a 70% bump in multi-core performance over last year’s iPhone 7, but I remain sceptical until I get an iPhone 8 Plus in the office. Samsung’s flagship is certainly no slouch, though.

Preorder the iPhone 8 now for just £37/mth and £125 upfront from Mobiles.co.uk[5]

In terms of camera, the Note 8 boasts a dual-sensor arrangement, with a wide-angle 12-megapixel f/1.7 camera, and a f/2.4 telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. Both of these come with optical image stabilisation (OIS) for seriously stable shots. For comparison, the iPhone 8 Plus also adopts a dual-camera setup – but arranged vertically instead of horizontally on the rear of the device with a wide-angle 12-megapixel f/1.8 camera, and a f/2.8 telephoto lens. Camera quality has been one of Apple’s big advertising drives in the past, so expect it to make much of image quality in the iPhone 8.

Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Verdict

The main question you’ll have is: should I opt for a Samsung Note 8, or hold off for Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus launch? Given that the latter device’s release is imminent – 22 September to be exact – it wouldn’t hurt to hold on for a few more weeks if Apple is usually your go-to smartphone choice.

On the other hand, our experience with the Note 8 so far has been stupendous, and the iPhone 8 Plus will have a serious struggle to compete in terms of performance and aesthetics. With a stellar design, outstanding screen and industry-leading performance, the Note 8 is a very strong handset indeed. Apple’s plus-sized handset could very well be special, but for now the crown sits firmly on Samsung’s head.

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Dota 2 Card Game Artifact Announced

Coming 2018.

By Alex Osborn[1]

Artifact, a new Dota 2-based card game was announced today by Valve at TI7.

A brief teaser trailer was released for the game ahead of its 2018 launch. Watch it below:

As reported by Polygon[2], Artifact differs from traditional card games in that it involves three boards. While Valve didn’t share too many details about the game, it appears to feature a number of elements from the studio’s popular MOBA, including creeps, barrack building and multi-lane strategies. Naturally, a selection of characters from Dota 2 will be featured as well.

Artifact will almost assuredly be compared to Blizzard’s wildly popular card game Hearthstone, a new expansion for which launches later this week.[3]

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @alexcosborn[4].

References

  1. ^ Alex Osborn (people.ign.com)
  2. ^ Polygon (www.polygon.com)
  3. ^ launches later this week. (www.ign.com)
  4. ^ @alexcosborn (twitter.com)
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Valve announces Artifact, a Dota-themed digital card game

Enlarge[1] / Want more info on Valve’s upcoming card-battling game Artifact? Too bad! All you get for now is this logo.

Rather than wait until the end of The International, the major Dota 2 tournament taking place in Seattle all week[3], to announce major Dota news, Valve surprise-announced an entirely new video game on the event’s second, early-rounds evening.

“It’s not Half-Life 3,” broadcaster Sean “Day9” Plott said, and he insisted that the game was not a re-release or fine-tuning of an existing game a la Counter Strike: GO or Dota 2. Then, he introduced a vague, 35-second teaser video[4] that prominently featured a triangular logo. It ended with the phrase: Artifact: The Dota Card Game, which Valve says will publicly launch sometime in 2018. (Technically, Plott wasn’t lying, but gosh, did he come close.)

Sadly, Artifact‘s reveal was not followed with anything in the way of screenshots or gameplay. Instead, Plott described having played test versions of the game already, and his brief description hinted at a one-on-one digital card-battling game, like Hearthstone, only with a Dota-themed three-lane system and other Dota-like tweaks. “I played a game where I was getting my ass kicked in two lanes,” Plott told the bemused[5] crowd. “I kept building barracks in the third [lane], and I kept flooding the lane with creeps.” What Plott didn’t tell the crowd was that this is the game developer Brad Muir has been leading at Valve since he left Double Fine[6] (where he previously led development on the tactical RPG Massive Chalice).

We’ll have to wait for more information on Artifact‘s card-based systems like spells and movement cards, and whether or how players will juggle the Dota series’ hundred-plus roster of heroes. We’re also still waiting to hear about Valve’s other games in the oven, especially following promises of three bespoke virtual reality games[7] in development.

References

  1. ^ Enlarge (cdn.arstechnica.net)
  2. ^ 1 posters participating (arstechnica.com)
  3. ^ The International, the major Dota 2 tournament taking place in Seattle all week (arstechnica.com)
  4. ^ a vague, 35-second teaser video (www.youtube.com)
  5. ^ bemused (twitter.com)
  6. ^ he left Double Fine (www.vg247.com)
  7. ^ promises of three bespoke virtual reality games (arstechnica.com)
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All of Today’s Biggest FOX Stories

The Gifted, 24, and The Simpsons were all discussed on Fox’s TCA day.

By Jonathon Dornbush[1]

Fox hosted its Television Critics Association summer press tour day, bringing the talent and teams behind its biggest returning and brand new shows.

The day’s panels included news about The X-Files[2], The Simpsons, and much more, so read on for a recap of the biggest stories, and stay tuned to IGN for continuing coverage of the TCAs.

How The X-Files Will Balance Mythology and Standalone Episodes

FOX President of Entertainment David Madden offered a number of teases about what The X-Files’ next season will hold[3], including how much the mythology will be present. Madden also discussed what lessons the creative team learned from the season 10 revival, the returning faces on screen, and the new faces joining the show’s creative team.

To refresh yourself on all things X-Files, read IGN’s review of Season 10[4], and check out our recent interview with David Duchovny[5].

Fox Execs on the Future of 24, The Simpsons, and Wayward Pines

The executive session also offered a number of hints at the future of other Fox franchises.

Fox TV CEO and Chairman Dana Walden said she doesn’t foresee The Simpsons coming to an end anytime soon[6] and that the show’s producers have more ideas for unique episodes, like last season’s live Homer Simpson segment.

Walden also addressed whether the long-running 24 franchise has come to a close[7] with the decision to not pick up 24: Legacy for another series. She also teased that the real-time format is something the network wants to apply to other ideas beyond the cataclysmic stories 24 focuses on.

And though Wayward Pines has been off the air for over a year, the network is in early discussions for a third season of the M. Night Shyamalan-produced series.[8][9]

How The Gifted Connects to the X-Men Universe

Fox also highlighted its upcoming X-Men series The Gifted[10] at the TCAs. Executive producers Matt Nix and Jeph Loeb addressed on the show’s panel whether The Gifted has any connected to the X-Men films[11], while also teasing that the idea the X-Men are gone in this universe is a core mystery to the series.

The Gifted, which includes Jamie Chun as Blink, Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, and Emma Dumont as Polaris, premies on Fox on October 2.

Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville Isn’t a Star Trek Parody

Though MacFarlane is most recognizable for his comedy work like Family Guy and Ted, the creator’s new space series The Orville is very much not a parody-focused comedy[12], nor is it meant to be just another dark and brooding space opera.

“I’m tired of being told everything is grim and dystopian and people are going to be murdered for food,” Seth MacFarlane said during the show’s panel.

Ghosted Producers Push Back on Ghostbusters Comparisons

While Fox’s new sitcom, on the surface, may sound heavily inspired by major paranormal touchstones like Ghostbusters, the show’s producers said the show is more inspired by “buddy-based relationship comedies.”[13] Ghosted is also not intended to be a parody of reality shows about paranormal activity.

Ghosted premieres on October 1.

Bonus: While not about his upcoming Fox show Star, Benjamin Bratt told IGN he’s “optimistic” about his Doctor Strange character Pangborn returning in future Marvel films[14].

Stay tuned to IGN for more coverage of the summer Television Critics Association press tour.

Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush[15].

References

  1. ^ Jonathon Dornbush (people.ign.com)
  2. ^ The X-Files (uk.ign.com)
  3. ^ a number of teases about what The X-Files’ next season will hold (www.ign.com)
  4. ^ IGN’s review of Season 10 (www.ign.com)
  5. ^ our recent interview with David Duchovny (www.ign.com)
  6. ^ foresee The Simpsons coming to an end anytime soon (www.ign.com)
  7. ^ whether the long-running 24 franchise has come to a close (www.ign.com)
  8. ^ Wayward Pines (uk.ign.com)
  9. ^ the network is in early discussions for a third season of the M. Night Shyamalan-produced series. (www.ign.com)
  10. ^ The Gifted (uk.ign.com)
  11. ^ Matt Nix and Jeph Loeb addressed on the show’s panel whether The Gifted has any connected to the X-Men films (www.ign.com)
  12. ^ space series The Orville is very much not a parody-focused comedy (www.ign.com)
  13. ^ the show’s producers said the show is more inspired by “buddy-based relationship comedies.” (www.ign.com)
  14. ^ Doctor Strange character Pangborn returning in future Marvel films (www.ign.com)
  15. ^ @jmdornbush (twitter.com)