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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Animal Crossing: New Horizons sells over 22 million units and shows no signs of stopping

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Animal Crossing has often been a series that confounds the definition of a video game, and it’s part of the reason why the newest release, New Horizons, has done so well this year. The mixture of excellence with the bizarro world we currently live in has meant that the series has not only resonated with long time fans, but those that wouldn’t otherwise venture into gaming as a hobby.

Read more: What is the point of Animal Crossing?

According to Nintendo’s official sales chart for first party games, the play has gone so well that roughly 22.40 million people have bought into island living.

The massive growth in good fortune is hardly limited to Animal Crossing. CNBC, based on official financial statements, has reported that Nintendo’s operating profits have grown 428% in the fiscal first quarter. This growth has resulted in a profit of $1.4 billion.

And based on continued excitement from the gaming sphere, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, along with other Nintendo holdings, look to have plenty of steam left when all is said and done. At once pointless and endlessly structured, it continues to be the perfect escape from the unpredictable stress of 2020 and beyond.

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New Sony patent points to 4K and beyond on PS5

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1 minute read Similar to Sony’s use of checkerboard rendering on the PS4 Pro (as opposed to upscaling), a new patent has been published that points to the companies continued efforts in refining lower resolution imagery. It’s not yet known how exactly (or if) this reconstruction technique will be used on the PS5, but it … Read more New Sony patent points to 4K and beyond on PS5

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.

Read more: How long does the PS4 controller last?

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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Will the PS5 make the PS4 obsolete?

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With hype building and the launch of the PS5 looming on the horizon, it’s hard not to wonder if sticking with the PS4 is pointless. New games, better graphics, instantaneous loading – Sony’s new console looks to be better in almost every way, and contemplating the sundown of the current generation is only natural.

Will the PS5 edge out the PS4 to the point of making it obsolete?

It’s a loaded question, and one that’s often ambiguous depending on how you go about playing games. Yes, the PS5 introduces redundancy to the PS4 in some ways, but the current generation isn’t necessarily going to dust.

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PS5 FPS: your guide to next-gen framerate

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The next generation of consoles is right around the corner and with it are a whole host of new tech buzzwords. 8K, variable refresh rate, auto low latency, HDMI 2.1 – the list goes on and generally makes for a certifiably confusing time as a player.

One gameplay element that has heavily entrenched itself with the PS5 marketing machine as of the late is the attitude towards FPS and how it will play out over the coming years.

Both the technical advancements of HDMI 2.1 and the increase in computational power brought by the PlayStation 5 offer exciting possibilities in terms of framerate.

How is the game of FPS likely to pan out?

Read on for a comprehensive guide on recent developments and how they may affect gameplay fluidity.

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Does PS4 have Discord?

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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.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer update makes the old new

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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.

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