I recently ran into this issue after posting my review of Pennypack Trail, and I’m sure I’m not the only one in the world that has run into this issue. There seemed to be no documentation of this exact issue but with some searching the fix was actually quite simple.
One of the few unabated activities in a post pandemic world, I’ve recently been making an effort to seek out walking and hiking trails in my general area. My latest outing, at the suggestion of my girlfriend, was Pennypack Trail. Beautiful, well maintained, and ripe with scenic spots – it’s a trail I highly recommend for those living in Montgomery and Bucks County, and one I’ll definitely make my way to in the future.
Quick answer: No, the PS4 does not offer native Discord support. It also does not offer Rich Presence integration. There are workarounds to both shortcomings, but they are far from being plug and play or, arguably, worth the effort.
Despite the PS4’s mature (and updated) party chat functionality, its utility is still trounced by comparable services on the market. Discord, the de facto option for PC players, is one such service that offers an unparalleled feature set, better stability, and superior VoIP quality.
While the official party chat functionality may offer convenience, many Sony players have taken to using the official Discord app in order to organize play sessions with randoms and friends alike. The improved call quality and ease of use features are just a couple reasons why it’s become used by console players over the past few years.
Similar to some of the biggest titles in gaming, Nintendo has taken to their own spin on the GaaS approach with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. So far, the game has received two minor content updates and the latest, Summer Update Wave 1, is set to release on July 3, 2020. As per the official gameplay trailer, Nintendo has made it clear that a second summer update (Wave 2) will release sometime in August.
Formally announced at the recent PS5 event, Stray is an adventure game that pits you as a cat making its way around a fictionalized Kowloon Walled City among robot dwellers.
- Genre: Adventure game
- Platforms: Timed console exclusive for PS4 and PS5, PC (Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and possibly Switch at later date)
- Developer: BlueTwelve Studio
- Release date: 2021
- Check out PlayStation Blog’s brief glimpse into how Stray came to be
Originally known as HK_Project, Stray is being developed by French developer, BlueTwelve, and published by Annapurna Interactive. Although written in French, the official Stray (HK_Project) blog details the evolution of BlueTwelve’s time developing the game. The first post on the official devblog dates back to October 7, 2015.
There are few things in life that can break immersion like a noisy console. Unfortunately for Sony fans, the PS4 has plagued thousands of players with the infamous “jet engine” spectrum of sound.
Running into the issue of a rambunctious sounding console isn’t a guarantee, but it’s enough of a risk to do your homework in order to minimize the annoyance.
Whether you’re buying a PS4 for the first time, looking to upgrade, or quiet an existing console, there are a few things you can do make the noisiness less maddening.
Quick answer: You can play Animal Crossing indefinitely. While some may get their fill early on, the series offers an endless amount of ways to hang out, collect, and express yourself. Hitting 100 hours or more is easy if the game sinks its teeth into you.
Playtime is sometimes incorrectly associated with the value offered by video games, but it still remains one of the key markers of worth in the minds of gamers.
- Developer: Nintendo
- Genre: Life simulation
- Platform: Switch exclusive
- Release date: March 20, 2020
These days, the line between the beginning and end of a journey has become blurred due to the overabundance of checklist driven gameplay and endless updates. Even still, becoming aware of the systems in place makes it easy enough to know how long you’ll be playing.
In the case of Animal Crossing, a series which has consistently diverted from tradition, the potential for hours played is near endless. In a similar vein as Minecraft, The Sims, or even Dreams, there are tools in place to make your own fun.
Cute, comfy, calming.
While games have always had inherent loops or hooks to gameplay, the modern stock has started to blow things out of proportion.
Nearly every AAA experience is saturated with some sort of progression constantly calling to be chased.
Games, as a result, are much less about playing to play than working through endless checklists. It’s why a series like Animal Crossing, one of Nintendo’s most unique, never ceases to confuse in terms of its appeal.
Animal Crossing’s mix of real world connection, aimlessness, and mellowed atmosphere means its something that’s always flown in the face of well timed rewards and spikes of pleasure.
Mindfulness replaces an eye for what’s ahead and it’s all the better for it.
Quick answer: No, Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not have a story mode in the strictest sense. The game falls under the umbrella of the life sim genre. Most of what you buy, find, create, and do is on your own terms.
Whether you’re playing on Xbox One, PS4, or Switch, games typically fall into one of two categories – narrative based or multiplayer focused experiences. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a game that has lit the world on fire in these off kilter times, bucks this trend. Similar to Minecraft or The Sims, Animal Crossing is absent of a well defined story mode. Instead, the crux of the game is personal expression, progression, and finding a way of (virtual) life that works for you.
Quick answer: Yes, you can play Fortnite on the Switch Lite. As with other platforms, the game is free. The only differences between playing on the Lite versus the regular Switch lie in the disparity of features. Find out how the two versions compare below.
Enough players to support playing video games as a job and an unending influx of updates, Fortnite still remains as one of the most popular games on the market.
- Developer: Epic Games
- Release date: September 26, 2017
- Genre: Battle Royale
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, mobile, PC, Mac
It also happens to be legitimately fun while catering to many different gaming tastes.