Will the PS5 make the PS4 obsolete?

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

ps5 fps

6 minute read

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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What to do if your AllTrails HTML embed won’t display in WordPress

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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.

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Pennypack Trail review

field near ratharn farm

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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.

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Does PS4 have Discord?

does ps4 have discord

3 minute read

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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What we know about Stray for PS5

stray game logo

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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.

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PS4 noise: why Sony’s console gets as loud as it does

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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.

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How long can you play Animal Crossing?

how long can you play animal crossing

4 minute read

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.

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The point of Animal Crossing is that there is none

what's the point of animal crossing

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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.

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