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Activision has announced that the Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4 was the most viewed Call of Duty esports event in history. The CWL Championship took place at Call of Duty XP, Activision’s biggest fan celebration for Call of Duty September 1-4.

Activision says the peak viewership record was 40% higher than the previous records set at Stage 1 Finals and previous

Broadcast across five languages, the worldwide peak concurrent viewership topped the previous record for Call of Duty esports events by more than 40%, including previous COD Championship and Stage Finals. Combined the Call of Duty Championship matches surpassed more than 20 million views.

“Sunday’s Finals were the perfect conclusion to the biggest fan celebration in our history with Call of Duty XP and to the debut season of the CWL,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty, Activision. “With over 1,000 teams participating from all over the globe, it came down to the final two elite squads, one from North America and one from Europe. It was an epic, raucous finale that capped an incredible weekend of action that was watched around the world by millions. We cannot thank the Call of Duty community enough for their support, it has been incredible all year long.”

Team Envy won the 2016 Call of Duty World League Championship, which had the highest prize pool for Call of Duty esports ever at $2 million. In the end of the inguarual season of the CWL, Activision says they’ve handed out over $3.5 million.

Activision also announced that fan engagement online was the highest ever during the Call of Duty XP event.

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The contents of the box will be as follows:

  • “PlayStation 4” console (PlayStation 4 Pro, HDD 1TB, body color: Jet Black) × 1
  • Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 4) Jet Black (CUH-ZCT2) × 1
  • Monaural headset × 1
  • Power cord × 1
  • HDMI cable × 1
  • USB cable × 1
And here are the full specs:

  • Main processor: Single-chip custom processor
    CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
    GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon ™ based graphics engine
  • Memory: GDDR5 8GB
  • Hard Disk: 1TB × 1
  • External dimensions: About 295mm × 55mm × 327mm (width × height × depth)
  • Weight: about 3.3kg
  • Optical drive (read-only)
    BD 6-speed CAV
    DVD 8 speed CAV
  • Input and output:
    Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen1) port × 3

    AUX port × 1
  • Communication:
    Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
    IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
    Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
  • Power supply:
    AC 100V, 50 / 60Hz
  • Power consumption: up to 310W
  • Operating environment temperature: 5 ℃ – 35 ℃
  • AV output:
    HDMI® output terminal (4K / HDR output)
    Optical digital output terminal

£350 out 10/11/2016
Activision announced during the PlayStation Meeting that Call of Duty will be supporting the brand new PlayStation 4 Pro. The PS4 Pro allows for 4K quality gaming, HDR, and more.

Both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will support the PlayStation 4 Pro out of the box on Day 1.

In addition, Treyarch will be updating Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to support the PlayStation 4 Pro on Day 1 as well.


If you’re the type who loves to look at the components inside a game console, here’s a video which cracks open, and takes pieces of the PlayStation 4 Slim system apart.

In the video posted on YouTube, Links-Tech (thanks, GamesRadar) not only takes everything apart, but provides a bit of information on the console.

According to him, the console doesn’t support 4K, comes in both 500GB and 1TB models, and while it runs rather quiet, it gets rather hot almost immediately, as various rumblings from those in the know have heard, previously. If you head through the link there to RealModScene, you can also take a look at stills.

PS4 Slim is also said to include support for 5Ghz WiFi networks, which is a step-up from 2.4Ghz support in both former and current PlayStation consoles.

This is just the most recent leak for the Slim console. Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry visited the house of someone who managed to get hold of one last month and was able to video the console booting up and what have you. Eurogamer had to remove the video after receiving “legal advice.”

Another leak occurred in August as well, via an unboxing video showing the 500GB model.

Leaked stock of the consoles in everyone’s hands was said to have come from United Arab Emirates (UAE), which seems to be a haven for broken street dates.

The Slim version of PS4 is expected to be revealed alongside PS4 Neo at tomorrow’s PlayStation Meeting. Sources suggest Sony will announce the Slim being made available for purchase either right away or later this month.

Sony’s PlayStation Meeting is scheduled for 3:00pm on September 7 at the PlayStation Theater in New York. It will be relief for all involved to finally put all the Neo rumors and Slim leaks to bed.

Hopefully, like the initial PS4 reveal, Sony will announce some interesting titles coming alongside the system.

We will not only have a man on the ground at the event tomorrow, but we’ll be bringing you the news out of the meeting as it happens.


After months of speculation and rumors, we finally have some concrete information about the PlayStation 4 Pro (formerly known as the PS4 Neo). On the outside, it appears to be a challenger to Microsoft’s Project Scorpio. As tempting as it is to want to compare Sony and Microsoft’s upcoming systems, they are actually fundamentally different machines.

Let’s start with the PS4 Pro. We now know that it will support High Dynamic Range (HDR) visuals and output at 4K resolution. This is for any game made before and after the PS4 Pro launches. While this is all well and good, the titles themselves will not be native 4K. This means that, while the games may end up looking better than they did on a regular 1080p TV, they still will not look as good as they could if had they been built from the ground up with 4K in mind. It should also be noted that the PS4 Pro won’t be able to play 4K Blu-rays.

While Project Scorpio is essentially vaporware at this point, it promises to have games running at native 4K resolution at 60 frames a second. One thing that struck me as odd about this PlayStation Meeting is how there was no word about frame rates. Sony’s Andrew House promised “smoother frame rates” but that isn’t the same as higher frame rates. The emphasis was clearly on resolution, which tells me that 60 fps isn’t a priority. Microsoft has said that not every game on Scorpio will be at 4K/60fps and that it is up to the developers to decide whether to implement that or not. Will developers working on the PS4 Pro have this same choice, or will they be restricted by the hardware?


As I discussed before, Project Scorpio is effectively an Xbox Two. The Xbox One did well this generation, but it was destroyed by the PS4, which has outsold it by 20 million units. Microsoft seems to want to cut this generation short and start over with Project Scorpio. The system’s supposed 6 teraflops GPU is far more powerful than that of the Xbox One, making it more than just a slight update. The fact that it will run games natively at 4K and at 60 fps also tells us this is a next-gen system.

The PS4 Pro is Sony’s attempt to lengthen the lifespan of the PlayStation 4. Higher resolutions aside, this system will not be providing gaming experiences that are radically different from what we currently have. Though Sony did say that those who have regular 1080p televisions will benefit from the graphical upgrades of the Pro, it is clear that those with 4K TVs will be the ones to reap the most. But as I said earlier, this is all somewhat moot since the games are just being upscaled to run at 4K. If you also consider how even the current PS4 will get HDR via an upcoming firmware update, it makes the PS4 Pro seems somewhat unnecessary — at least compared to Project Scorpio.

If you’re in the market for a new, more powerful PlayStation 4, then the PS4 Pro is definitely the way to go, especially if you have 4K TV. For $400 — the exact price of the original PS4 when it launched — it isn’t a bad deal at all. Just understand that you won’t be getting the full 4K experience that Project Scorpio is promising. At the end of the day, people will choose a system based on brand loyalty, but the fact remains that the PS4 Pro is not a direct competitor to Microsoft’s more powerful Project Scorpio.

Pre-orders for the PlayStation 4 Pro are now available at Amazon.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016 22:28 GMT By Marshall Lemon

Wondering which PS4 games will looks best on your 4K TV? Look no further.

These are the PS4 games best supported under PS4 Pro

Perhaps the best news alongside the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim announcements was that fact that all games would be cross-compatible each other. You can buy a single PS4 copy of Battlefield 1 and know it’s going to work on any PS4 system, even if you upgrade later on. Even multiplayer features will work across platforms, which is a nice perk.

With that in mind, some games will simply make better use of the Pro’s 4K technology. While those games still run perfectly fine on the classic PS4, you’ll need the Pro if you want to run them at their highest settings. Here are the titles Sony mentioned during the PlayStation Meeting which will have PS4 Pro support built-in:

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (with day one patch)
  • FIFA 17
  • Battlefield 1
  • Dishonored 2
  • Mass Effect Andromeda
  • For Honor
  • Spider-Man
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

You may have noticed several games on that list which launched before today’s PS4 Pro announcement. That’s because previously released PS4 titles can receive developer patches which take better advantage of the Pro’s capabilities. It’s not an issue for the average gamer – even a Pro system should run unpatched games just fine – but it’s a nice bonus for those spending the extra cash.


Almost since the start of the year, we’ve heard a lot about upgraded consoles from both Sony and Microsoft. Though Microsoft was the first to mention the idea of updating consoles the way cellphone manufacturers upgrade their products, it was Sony who first officially announced it was working such a system. Today, months of rumors came to an end when Sony finally unveiled the PlayStation 4 Pro. Along with that, it also announced a new, slimmer PlayStation 4 model.

The new PlayStation 4 — which is actually the leaked slim console we posted about a couple of weeks ago — will replace the existing PS4 model. It will be available starting on September 15 and retail for $299. Sony’s engineers have reduced the system’s volume by 30%, its weight by 15%, and its power consumption by 28%. Though it runs cooler than its heftier predecessor, it contains all of the features we’ve come to expect from a PlayStation 4. That means it doesn’t have the same sort of 4K capabilities of the recently launched Xbox One S.


As for the PlayStation 4 Pro, we didn’t learn much that wasn’t already rumored, though we now know that it will launch on November 10 for $399. The system will feature 4K resolution, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and smoother frame rates. This is all thanks to the machine’s new GPU and CPU. Though this console reaches its full potential on 4K televisions, those with regular 1080p TVs will notice a bump in graphics as well. Services like Netflix and YouTube will have new PS4 apps that will support 4K. Despite being able to display 4K images, the PS4 Pro won’t be able to play 4K Blu-rays.

The PS4 Pro will be both backward and forwards compatible. This means that not only will you get to enjoy all of the games in your current PS4 library, but you will also be able to play games made for future iterations of the system. Currently, developers like Naughty Dog, are working on patches for games that will take advantage of the Pro’s features. Upcoming titles like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Mass Effect: Andromeda and Days Gone will include PS4 Pro enhancements.


Sony promises that whether you have a launch PS4, a PS4 Slim, or a PS4 Pro that there won’t be features exclusive to any one system. In fact, an upcoming firmware update will make all PS4 systems HDR capable. This is being done to ensure that the PlayStation community isn’t fractured and remains cohesive. The PlayStation Network and PlayStation Plus (which will cost $60 by the end of September) will be available on all PlayStation machines.

Despite an admittedly lackluster event, the PlayStation Meeting ultimately put an end to some of the rumors that have driven the internet mad. Though we’re still not privy to the exact hardware specs of the PS4 Pro (at least not officially) or the new PS4, it is nice to finally know when they will release and at what price. The question now is: will having two PlayStation consoles and a PlayStation VR peripheral be too confusing to consumers? We’ll have to wait and see how things turn out for Sony this holiday season.


Ubisoft wants to tell you all about how every bit of Watch Dogs 2 is better than the first game.

Ubisoft has released a new Watch Dogs 2 video that aims to reacquaint you with everything the game has to offer. The 20-minute playthrough goes over the broader strokes of the game’s mechanics, and introduces the different ways they’ll work in tandem.

This is the first free-roam demo we’ve seen. It’s directed, but it manages to show the many things you’ll be doing as you play the game, from hacking and stealth combat, to specific modes like multiplayer and the wide customisation options available.

We also get to see how some of the returning mechanics have improved since the first game, such as driving, world building and the way the game introduces missions and narrative.

It’s a very comprehensive video, and definitely serves the game much better than previous trailers. Particularly interesting is the driving part, where we learn that Ubisoft Reflections, developers of the Driver series, have reworked driving mechanics in the sequel.

Watch Dogs 2 is out November 15 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.


Resident Evil 7 is taking a drastic departure from previous titles. Instead of being a balls-to-the-wall action game, it is heavily leaning on the survival horror aspects that originally made the franchise so popular. All of the trailers we’ve seen so far suggest a game that will have players trying to hide from enemies. However, according to Resident Evil 7‘s official rating’s summary, the upcoming Capcom title won’t leave players completely helpless.

“From a first-person perspective, players explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures,” reads the summary. It also says: “Combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and exaggerated blood-splatter effects.” Though the game will likely limit your access to these weapons in order to stay as horror-centric as possible, we now know for a fact that players will at least be able to fight back and defend themselves in some capacity.

The ratings summary also states that you will play as a man named Ethan who is searching for his wife inside of a mansion. Even though Ethan will be the main character of the game, players will be able to take on the roles of other people. This is done by discovering video tapes scattered throughout the residence. It should also be noted that the game taking place inside of a mansion is an overt homage to the very first Resident Evil.

From what we’ve seen of this game, Resident Evil 7 is shaping up to be one of the scariest games in the franchise. Knowing that we can fight back with stronger weapons than a two-by-four brings some small comfort for those (like me) who may find this game to be a bit too scary.

Resident Evil 7 will be released for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 24, 2017.


Microsoft has promised to bring future Xbox titles to Windows 10, and now Sony is making a similar offer. Soon, you won’t need to own a piece of PlayStation hardware in order to play PlayStation games. And it’s all thanks to PlayStation Now.

The PlayStation Now service came about after Sony paid $380 million to acquire streaming service Gaikai back in 2012. It did take them two years to convert it into PlayStation Now, but all that work means PS4 owners can enjoy playing streamed versions of PS3 titles for a monthly subscription.

There’s around 400 PS3 titles to choose from, with the service set to continue expanding to embrace PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PSP titles. I imagine PS Vita will eventually join that list, too. It’s not cheap though, costing $19.99 for a month of $44.99 for 3 months. However, soon you’ll be able to save some cash by not being forced to buy a console to access the service.


Sony has announced that PlayStation Now is being made available on Windows PCs across Europe and North America. To enhance the experience and make it feel like you’re playing the games on a PlayStation, Sony is also releasing a DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter for $24.99. It will allow all the features of a DualShock 4 controller to work while playing on a PC.

Here’s the recommended PC spec for running the service

  • Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10
  • 3.5GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8GHz AMD A10 or faster
  • 300MB or more; 2GB or more of RAM
  • Sound card; USB port
  • Minimum 5Mbps connection
  • Wired Internet connection suggested for optimal experience

Removing the need to own PlayStation hardware in order to play PlayStation games may seem a little counter-intuitive to Sony’s gaming business. But PlayStation Now is a very long-term play. We are going to reach a point in the not-too-distant future where dedicated games consoles simply don’t make sense anymore. By introducing PlayStation Now and regularly updating the selection of games it offers, Sony likely won’t care when that day comes due to very healthy subscription revenue from hundreds of thousands of gamers.

I don’t know about you all, but to me, this has been a rather lackluster year in gaming. We’ve had a few standouts like Uncharted 4, Doom, and Far Cry: Primal, but for the most part I haven’t played much that has excited me in the way games from the recent past have. Enter Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the first game I have played in 2016 that could save the year from being a complete bust. Though I have only played a few hours of this massive RPG, it has been enough to make me strongly believe this could be a game of the year.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution was one of the best games I played last generation. Like many console gamers, this was my first experience with the franchise since it had mostly been relegated to PC. The game dealt with a lot of issues: primarily those surrounding what it meant to be human and of the nature of free will. It was a bold game that left a lasting impression after I put it down. It was brilliant.

When it came to the sequel, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, I wasn’t worried about whether or not it would live up to its predecessor. I expected it to be every bit as good. The more I saw of the game, the more I knew the team at Eidos Montreal were on the right track. Human Revolution had a very deep story and this one seemed to be taking things in a more provocative and engrossing direction.

I played just enough of Mankind Divided to let me get a sense of how the in-game world had changed since the last one. I also got a taste of the new gameplay mechanics, and got to check out two of the main locales: Dubai and Prague. This is a huge and multi-faceted game, so five hours is just the tip of the iceberg. However, even with that short amount of time I can tell that this has the makings of being another spectacular title, and yes, a game of the year contender.

In the last game, people with cybernetic augmentations (Augs) were treated the same as normal humans. The technology had been ubiquitous for decades in the fictional world of Deus Ex and wasn’t anything people saw as unusual. Things changed when all of the world’s Augs were hacked and went on a killing spree. By the beginning of Mankind Divided, Augs are viewed upon with suspicion, contempt, and downright hostility.

The first level takes place in Dubai and serves as painless way to get players acquainted with the control scheme. I should actually say control schemes as there are four different options available. The first is called “Mankind Divided,” which is the default setting. “Human Revolution” controls like the last game. “Standard” is more akin to control set ups of modern FPS games. Then there’s “Breach,” which I’ll talk about later. I began with Mankind Divided, but after finding it too weird (Triangle as the sprint button? Madness!) I went with Standard.


Human Revolution was a game I put a lot of time into so playing this one felt natural. I did notice the controls, particularly aiming and going from cover to cover, were much improved. The only drawback — and this was true of the previous title — was the wonky first person platforming mechanics. I forgave this the first time around because no first person game I played had done platforming right. However, after playing titles like Dying Light and Doom, I can’t be so forgiving anymore. Regardless of the clunky platforming, the game felt right and I didn’t encounter any major issues.

One of the improvements that stood out right away was with the character animations. Even though this series centers around cyborgs and robots, having NPCs move and behave robotically was off-putting, and sometimes dragged me out of the experience. Don’t get me wrong, character animations are still far below what is expected from a modern game, but when compared to Human Revolution, things are much better. The voice acting has thankfully remained as strong as ever. Couple that with better animations and the overall presentation was top notch.

I completed a few main and side missions, and all allowed me to finish them however I wanted. I have played enough games where you shoot first and ask questions later, so I purposely took on missions in the most stealthy way possible. Being that I was so early into the game, I wasn’t able to take advantage of the full array of stealth options, but I could still (mostly) do things covertly. Knocking enemies out silently and hacking into computers to open doors was very satisfying.


When things went south, I resorted to using firearms. Aiming and shooting in Mankind Divided doesn’t require one to play hand-Twister on the controller like with the previous game, so I was able to just concentrate on hitting my marks. I will admit that the game’s auto-aim borders on being too helpful since it tracked enemies with unusual precision. I didn’t get into too many shootouts, but the few I did engage in were very enjoyable.

The city I spent the most time in (and am still currently playing through) was Prague. I appreciated the mix of old-world and futuristic buildings. Graphically, the city looked gorgeous, though I did feel a sense of claustrophobia within the tightly packed edifices and narrow streets. Littered throughout were numerous air vents, manholes, and locked doors just begging for me to discover where they lead to. This city feels like just a small taste of bigger locales that’ll pop up later in the game.

After messing around with the campaign, I tried a little bit of Breach. This is the game’s multiplayer mode and it certainly stands out because of its visual design. Eschewing the realistic aesthetics of the campaign, Breach mode features a world composed entirely of old-school looking polygons. I only played the tutorial level, so I wasn’t able to upload results to the server and compare my score to that of others across the world.

There is also a pseudo-gambling system in place where you can bet how well you’ll do in a mission. If you win the bet, you get money and experience points used for upgrades. Fail, and you’ll lose any items you put up as a bet. This is a neat mode that I look forward to spending more time with.


Before I wrap this up, I wanted to talk about the way I felt about how the world treated Augs. I have played games where characters discriminated against others, but it didn’t have the same effect as it does here. Seeing Augs being pulled over and threatened by the police was unsettling considering some of the things happening in the real world. Playing as an Aug, I also felt as if everyone I encountered hated me thanks to their snide remarks and disgusted stares. This wasn’t a great feeling, but it certainly went a long way toward pulling me into this fictional world while reminding me that there are actual people being treated this inhumanely.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has renewed my hope that 2016 still has exciting titles to offer. I will admit to speeding through some of the game to take in as much as possible, so I plan to start over and do things in a slower, more methodical manner as a second playthrough.

Mankind Divided is all about choices and that is what makes it so great. If you liked Human Revolution or just love deep RPGs, this is one game you need check out.

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PS4 Slim CUH-20XX

One bad thing it has no optical out port.