What does PS4 Pro enhanced mean?

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The PS5 has officially arrived and with it the sensibility of many gamers has gone with the wind. But despite what consumerist trends might make us think, the move to next gen hasn’t made the PlayStation 4 obsolete.

And for those with a PS4 Pro, there are enhancements that bring next-gen features to last gen systems. Titles that offer additional features, aptly named PS4 Pro enhanced, bring Sony’s mid-generation refresh console quite close to next-gen systems.

Will you get to the potential for 8k and 120 FPS? No, but there’s plenty of visual eye candy to soak in while the PS5 stock situation resolves itself.

What exactly does “PS4 Pro enhanced” mean?

Simply put, Pro enhanced video games offer better graphics, resolution, performance, or a mixture of all 3. Many games with a Pro patch even allow you to choose between a game that looks better or plays better.

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Cross-play: what it is and why it’s so important

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5 minute read

If you’ve ever wanted to play with a friend on a different platform, then you know the struggle of locked down ecosystems.

Cross-platform play, a platform agnostic multiplayer feature, is the antidote for bringing different systems together.

Simply put, cross-play is what allows someone who owns a PS5 to play with their friends on PS4. It is about stripping away barriers and drilling down to the essence of what makes gaming fun – playing together.

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Can PS5 play with PS4 players?

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One of the best aspects of the new generation has been the flattening of compatibility.

Sure, remasters and remakes like Demon’s Souls will undoubtedly continue, but those playing on the PS5 can play almost any PS4 game on their new systems.

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As an extension, cross-play has permeated the next-gen scene in a way that it hasn’t before. In other words, those with a PS5 can play with PS4 players depending on the title.

Population sizes and matchmaking times have seen a significant improvement as a result.

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Does PS5 have DisplayPort?

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One of the best aspects of the continuing evolution of consoles has been the methodical shift towards bringing PC like functionality.

From genres previously exclusive to the PC to added tools, systems like the PS5 show that we’re long past the days of being relegated to a slim subset of features.

A side effect of these blurred lines has been the increased usage of PC monitors to game on systems like the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Thankfully, this use case is as easy as ever and even more pronounced with added features to monitors such as HDR, high refresh rates, and increased resolutions.

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Do Ryzen CPUs have integrated graphics?

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Although Intel is favored overall in the market, AMD has made incredible strides in recent years with their Ryzen CPU lineup. No longer is the latest i5 or i7 the de facto solution for dedicated gaming PCs.

And just as with popular Intel solutions, AMD offers its own line of all in one solutions. That is, some Ryzen desktop and laptop processors come equipped with integrated graphics. Buying into one of these desktop processors means that you won’t need to buy a GPU like the RTX 3070 or Radeon RX 6800.

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Do you need a 4K TV for PS5? What to know.

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With all of the talk of HDMI 2.1, 120 FPS, and 8K gaming, it’s easy to feel like you’ll be missing out on the best of what the PS5 (and Xbox Series X|S) has to offer with your current TV.

And with the rise and maturation of 4K sets, many are wondering if the jump to UHD is necessary when buying into Sony’s next-gen ecosystem.

The short of it? No, you absolutely do not need a 4K television in order to play the PS5. Yes, newer TVs will take advantage of the consoles feature set (namely higher resolution), but they’re also not needed to play the newest games.

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How long should your phone last?

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With flagship phones regularly pushing $1000 it’s no wonder why sales have started to stagnate while people strive to hold onto their devices as long as possible. Features like high refresh rate displays, quad camera setups, and foldable screens are all novel, but they’re ultimately things the majority can go without.

Phones, much like laptops, have reached a point of maturity where more isn’t necessarily better in terms of price to performance. From casual gaming to productivity, most devices are plenty capable of taking on today’s modern demands.

And if you’re like most consumers, you’ve begun to see this when stacking up your own device against the flash of advertisements for upcoming hardware. Even still, it’s natural to wonder exactly how long – whether the latest iPhone or dated Samsung – you can expect your phone to last.

Thankfully, as long as your device is relatively modern, you can go a good while before you’ll need to upgrade.

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Will the PS5 actually support 8K gaming?

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Between 8K, 120 FPS, and ray tracing, half of the appeal of the coming generation seems to be tech based hype. Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have shown that they will be beefy machines, but thus far, Sony has been the one to run away with its console’s technical achievements.

Of these, the bump to 8K resolution is one that stands out. According to Statista, just 31% of households made use of 4K TVs as of June 2018 and, in some ways, the display standard feels like it’s just now finding its footing. But as with most technological pushes, the sentiment is most likely a mixture of driving sales and looking to the years ahead.

Will the PS5 actually support 8K gaming at launch?

In short, it’s unlikely that we will see the PS5 output 8K in any meaningful way for some time to come. This may change with a potential PS5 Pro, but right now, the processing power required for 8K and the fractional market penetration of the standard makes it a very unrealistic proposition.

While more suitable for a mid-generation refresh console, the potential to utilize checkerboard rendering or another reconstruction technique instead of native 8K is there as 8K resolution TVs become more popular.

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Does the PS5 controller have a screen?

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In tandem with Sony’s upcoming console, the newest controller to hit the PlayStation family (DualSense) looks to shake up the status quo of industrial design in more ways than one. The new DualSense controller will still feature symmetrical sticks like the DualShock 4, but it will also introduce new dynamics to the overall experience.

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Rumors and rumblings leading up to the official PlayStation 5 reveal have hinted at radical features of its controller but, as with most mock ups and renders, the truth has turned out to be a much more humble affair.

One particularly “out there” feature rumored to be included in the DualSense is the inclusion of a full fledged screen.

Does the final design of the PS5 controller include a screen?

Despite its departure from the DualShock 4, a screen is not something included in the feature set of the DualSense controller for the PS5.

What this controller does include is exciting changes to how in-game feedback is perceived by the player.

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Why does the PS5 only have 825GB of storage?

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Quick answer: The PS5 only has 825GB of storage most likely due to the proprietary SSD drive used for the system. It is, as this time, the fastest drive on the market and costly as a result.

The PS5 looks to offer improved performance on all fronts when compared to the PS4. Despite this, one area that seems to be oddly hamstrung is the amount of storage included.

It’s not yet known if the PS5 Digital Edition will include more storage, but as of now Sony’s messaging suggests that their next gen systems will ship with 825GB of storage.

Why does the PS5 have less storage than most PS4 models?

Based on what we know, the culprit seems to be a mixture of storage tech and Sony’s insistence on driving costs down.

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