4k Gaming  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com 4k Gaming  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network TCL P-Series 55-inch TV Review: 4K Gaming on a Budget https://www.gameskinny.com/vwxxb/tcl-p-series-55-inch-tv-review-4k-gaming-on-a-budget https://www.gameskinny.com/vwxxb/tcl-p-series-55-inch-tv-review-4k-gaming-on-a-budget Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:38:34 -0400 Ethan S (Point Blank Gaming)

If you are at all in the market for a 4k television, you have heard the buzz around TCL's new P-series. With built-in Roku, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Dolby Vision support, and its too-good-to-be-true $599 price point, TCL made a huge splash into the American television industry.

Sure, you can go to Rtings.com and pour over the minutia of this TV's specs, obsessing over the gray levels and peak brightness, but...

If you were looking for a real consumer and gamer's perspective on this TV's performance, not useless data and inconsistent user reviews, you have most certainly come to the right place. Without further ado...

Design

A TCL's P-Series 55-ion TV sits on a TV stand and shows its main menu with red backgroundSource: CNET

TCL really made a slick piece of hardware with this set.  It's thin, attractive, and lightweight if you are looking to mount it. If you plan on using a table or stand, the legs it comes with screw on easily and are more than adequate.  The minimal bezel on the sides give the screen a nice 'frameless' look, especially when placed flat against a wall.

You should have no issues with input and output; Multiple HDMI 2.0 ports, a USB port, and even a headphone jack occupy the right side of the TV (if you are facing the screen). And, thankfully, there are some physical buttons on the back of the television.

Functionality

The Roku logo

This TCL model comes built-in with Roku TV's smart software, and it is impressive to say the least. The tile-based user interface is snappy, customizable, and easy on the eyes. Roku provides a great platform for streaming, with both their own free channels and access to the usual suspects (Netflix and Amazon). 

The platform is surprisingly comprehensive in its offerings, including live sports content, and I have yet to use a console or laptop for streaming since getting this TV. Being able to rename and quickly switch between inputs has been a godsend for gaming, and the remote even has dedicated Netflix and Hulu buttons for your binge-worthy compulsions.  

With applications galore and plenty of cable TV alternatives, Roku's software should be able to cover almost every base for the typical consumer.  

Performance

Horizon Zero Dawn played on a TCL P-Series

It's the most important question and likely the reason your here, how does this set actually perform? First, a quick overview.

This model is only produced and sold with a 55-inch screen, so those looking a for a larger display are out of luck. Tech-wise, this panel touts a 10-bit wide color gamut for HDR content, 72 separate lighting zones for its "local-dimming" feature, and a bevy of picture settings to tinker around with. For convenience sake, we'll break the performance section down into a few categories...

HDR Gaming

Gaming is arguably the best reason to own a TCL P-series, and I wasted no time hooking mine up to a PlayStation 4 Pro console. I used the included HDMI cable, enabled a few options in the Playstation and TV settings, and was up and running at 4k/60Hz in no time.

First off, turning on the television's game mode lets you play with a rapid 13 millisecond response time, even in 4K with HDR enabled. Online multiplayer feels responsive enough for the most discerning gamer, and going back to a standard 1080p TV or playing at a friend's house will likely feel sluggish in comparison. 

Visually, HDR is stunning if not inconsistent. I may have disparaged the in-depth tech specifications on websites like Rtings, but it is fair to say that this TV is right on the threshold of being HDR capable. Its color gamut is just wide enough, its screen just bright enough, and so the quality of HDR being implemented is often left to the game's developers. 

Horizon: Zero Dawn and Assassin's Creed Origins look unbelievable in HDR, whereas FIFA 18 is dull and unimpressive. The result is a television that can display HDR as intended but cannot carry the load for sub-par implementation.

Every game somewhat suffers from strange light and color shifting due to the local dimming feature, but the individual zones work well enough to increase contrast across the entire screen. Do not get me wrong: your gaming experience with this television will be miles ahead of your current setup.  Games that are patched to run at a higher resolution look noticeably crisper than standard 1080p. But if you want the deepest blacks and brightest colors possible across the board, you will need to buy a more expensive set than this one.  

HDR Movies & TV

Breaking Bad played on a TCL P-Series shows Walter White and Jesse Pinkman wearing hazmat suits

While I maintain that gaming is the best reason to own this television, non-gaming 4K content is often more beautiful and consistently well-implemented.  Whether you are watching a disc or streaming on Amazon, the level of detail, realistic lighting, and possible shades of colors are certainly head and shoulders above your current television. Even older series like Breaking Bad look brand new in 4K resolution -- HDR or not. Despite the low price point, you should expect a cinema-like experience with this purchase, especially if you invested in a 4K Blu-ray player (unfortunately, the PS4 Pro does not play 4K Blu-rays).  

Glaring Issues

Although my thoughts on this TV are overwhelmingly positive, there are a few glaring issues that are worth talking about. 

Live sports do not look too good unless you are watching in 4K resolution.  The local-dimming feature seems to have trouble with the camera panning across a single-colored background, which football, soccer, hockey, and basketball all suffer from. 

In regards to screen brightness, this set does have some reflection issues in a well-lit room, as well as a narrow viewing angle. Ultimately, it's not the best choice for a big living room.

Lastly, you are going to want to avoid up-scaling content. 1080p Blu-rays look incredible off disc, but streaming regular HD content or playing off of a base PS4 will start to look blurry as your eyes adjust. You'll ultimately want to upgrade your hardware to get the most out of this television.

Source: Kevin the Tech Ninja

Verdict

Overall, I would strongly recommend the TCL P-series as your first 4K television. You simply will not find a better or more capable set at this price point -- especially with the same impressive gaming features and true HDR support. It doesn't hurt that Roku TV is the best built-in software I've used on any smart television, completely eliminating the need for an external box. You really have to marvel at how much they crammed into this budget television.

And while it is easy to get carried away with the overall value of this purchase -- as I certainly have -- this TV is still not for everyone. Having 72 separate contrast zones ultimately works for HDR content, but there are still some issues with the "local-dimming" feature and how it shifts colors across the screen. Discerning viewers may consider this a deal-breaker, but the overwhelming majority of you should be happy with the results.

If you plan on buying this television for more traditional uses, like watching cable TV or sports broadcasts in a large room, you may want to look elsewhere. Not that the P-series isn't capable enough, there are just cheaper options better suited to that experience. Issues with viewing-angle and glare ultimately hurt the P-series in a living room setting.

However, if you are salivating at the chance to test your shiny new game console, if you are ready to binge all the 4K content on Netflix and Amazon, if you want real High Dynamic Range color and lighting to elevate your 4K experience, then you will look no further than the TCL-P series.

This is the cheapest way to make your 4K dream a reality.

You can buy the TCL P-Series 4K TV on Amazon for $649.99.

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Forza Motorsport 7 Speeds Past the Competition https://www.gameskinny.com/ao9kz/forza-motorsport-7-speeds-past-the-competition https://www.gameskinny.com/ao9kz/forza-motorsport-7-speeds-past-the-competition Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:47:11 -0400 Ty Arthur

While patiently waiting for the hours to tick by as Forza 7 downloads I'm staring at the title screen and suddenly it dawns on me... is the Xbox One getting old? Wasn't Forza Motorsport 5 a launch title nearly four years ago?

We've come quite a way from those launch doldrums, with new iterations of Xbox classics like Gears Of War and even the new Shadow Of War nearly here. Among those new entries in hallowed series, Forza 7 sits triumphantly as the cream of the crop in the new AAA racing entries.

Now, you might have noticed I said "hours" of waiting for the download to finish. Make sure to clear some space out on your hard drive, and set aside a block of time, because the Xbox One version is an unbelievable 96 gigs! Luckily, though, there's a whole lot of both style and substance to be found in this hard drive-devouring game.

Life In The Fast Lane

Obviously the cutscenes look better than the campaign gameplay, but there's a phenomenal level of graphical polish to the actual races that makes the transition between the two nearly seamless.

It's not just the vehicles that look amazing (although they do) -- it's things like the dynamic weather effects and a load of small intricacies that really please on the eye candy front, from rattling car parts to drifting sand in Dubai.

Honestly, it all makes me wish I had pre-ordered an Xbox One X so I could see this thing in its full graphical glory next month. But alas, I'm just a poor game reviewer.

 Game screenshot, or work of art? You decide.

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of the game beyond the visuals, its worth mentioning that I was playing with a standard Xbox One controller, not a racing wheel -- so you might want to take that into account if you are a wheel-only sort of racer.

On a controller, Forza 7 handles incredibly smoothly, with each car feeling different, and there's room for beginners or returning vets alike by changing up the Assists and Drivatar difficulty systems.

So. Many. Options.

Once you get past the shiny new coat of paint, what you have here is essentially Forza 6, just with more options.. and I mean a LOT more options.

From racing semi trucks with drivers who aren't afraid to nudge you off the road to tense, high speed tracks slicked over with rain, every map has something completely different to offer.

At launch, there are a ludicrous 700 different vehicles to pick in different game modes, from sports cars to semi trucks to a stable of cars pulled from the Fate Of The Furious movie.

 Each of these has about a dozen races to choose from

It's not a car free-for-all right off the bat either, and there's a satisfying sense of progression here that offers a reason to keep playing. The Car Collection system controls what you can get next, so you have to unlock new tiers of vehicles by buying or winning a set number of other cars first.

Along the way of building up your roster of vehicles, duking it out in multiplayer, or playing one-off challenges, you aren't ever really going to run out of things to do.

Adding an extra layer of progression are the endless stream of randomized loot crates to pick up with in-game currency. You might get some minor change to a component on a vehicle, or you might get a big bonus to your next racing win, giving you enough credits to buy that next car.

This prize draw system might be a pro or a con depending on how you feel about randomized loot crates as a reward scheme.

If you like the thrill of picking up a series of totally unknown cards -- which could have an awesome new jumpsuit or a needed money Mod but is likely to have nothing of particular interest -- then this is a fun addition.

Personally, I went with the ugly-as-sin lime green jump suit at the beginning to motivate myself to earn more prize crates as fast as possible....

 Is there a less visually appealing color scheme than this?

The Bottom Line

Graphically, I'm not sure there's a better racing experience for console at the moment -- and if you dropped the cash on a new 1080 graphics card for your PC, you'll be sitting pretty as well.

While the visuals have reached an impressive level, the options are off the charts, and there are some tweaks to how things work here and there, overall we're sort of in a Far Cry scenario where there's not a ton of difference between the various Forza iterations.

If you loved the previous couple of games, it's a good bet you'll like this one. If you wanted something radically different, well, it's probably time to try out a different franchise instead.

For those ready to jump into the latest Motorsport and dominate on the race track, be sure to check out our Forza 7 beginner's driving tips here.

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Project Scorpio's Specs Will Blow the PS4 Pro Out of the Water https://www.gameskinny.com/bzm36/project-scorpios-specs-will-blow-the-ps4-pro-out-of-the-water https://www.gameskinny.com/bzm36/project-scorpios-specs-will-blow-the-ps4-pro-out-of-the-water Sat, 08 Apr 2017 15:57:36 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

Six months removed from the launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro, Microsoft has been tight-lipped about its upcoming new console, code-named Scorpio. The only information that we have from the company so far is a promise that it will be the most powerful home system ever to exist, and a teased a holiday launch in 2017.

As we approach E3, Microsoft's internal team of Xbox developers met with the folks at Digital Foundry to reveal the confirmed hardware specifications for the new system, and the numbers certainly back up those bold claims made by the tech giant.

Project Scorpio set out to accomplish a specific set of goals for its processing and visual output, and is able to do so thanks to a custom CPU that can clock 2.3GHz of processing, backed by an impressive 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with a bandwith of 326 GB per second. This trounces the PS4 Pro’s bandwith of 218 GB per second.

The horsepower continues to impress with an Optical Drive that can deliver 4K, UHD, and Blu-ray resolutions, promising developers that the engine packed within the machine will be able to maintain consistent framerates with 4K fidelity -- using actual 4K assets instead of simply just scaling non-4K assets up the resolution.

In addition, the team behind the new console also promises improved performance for older Xbox titles that will be backwards-compatible with the Scorpio, much in the way that the PS4 Pro does for compatible PS4 software. Only they'll be able to do it with a significantly higher leap in performance than the PlayStation. The advancements include improved texture mapping, load times, and framerates for Xbox One software that’s capable of running on the new system.

Just look at the port of Forza Motorsport 6 running on the Scorpio setup if you need proof.  

The sleek, smooth, and state-of-the-art lighting and visuals that the team was able to push showcased a degree of fidelity that was never thought to be possible out of a home market system.

Forza Horizon 3’s presentation was already was some of the best that the Xbox One had to offer. And yet the team managed to take the engine that they developed for the sixth entry, optimize it to the standards of the Scorpio’s capabilities, and complete the port of the title within just two days.

The craziest thing about the development of this Microsoft-exclusive racing sequel is that even with the game running at its highest performance settings, it will only push the 88% of the GPU’s capabilities to deliver that kind of performance. 88% may not sound like much on paper, but that sort of resource management can make a significant difference towards the operation of a game and what it’s capable of.

Calling Digital Foundry’s impressions praiseworthy seems to be a bit of understatement, as they were eager to endorse the grand boasts Microsoft has made with Project Scorpio -- even backing the claim that it will be the most powerful home console ever released on the market at launch.

But is all this enough to trump the PS4 Pro?

Stronger, faster, and louder tech won’t necessarily guarantee Microsoft the largest market share of console gaming. We’ve seen the company edge out the competition with similar technological advantages before, only to be squandered from poor management, bad endorsement decisions, and a subpar lineup of exclusives. For every Gears of War 4 or Forza Horizon 3, there’s been a Project Spark or ReCore to shift the paradigm of Xbox exclusives firmly back into above average territory. The new system is going to need to really deliver game quality first, and performance second, if It hopes to capitalize where Sony has fumbled so far.

In addition, Scorpio’s messaging has been just as fuzzy as Sony’s intel was with the PS4 Pro. It was unclear as to whether or not this was a humble improvement on the current iteration of hardware, or a full-fledged upgrade to everything currently available. The new information released on the project puts that confusion to rest, and it would seem that Microsoft will be the first to deliver the new future of tech for console gaming later this year.

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After 6 Months on the Market, Can We Call the PS4 Pro a Flop Yet? https://www.gameskinny.com/w7pdy/after-6-months-on-the-market-can-we-call-the-ps4-pro-a-flop-yet https://www.gameskinny.com/w7pdy/after-6-months-on-the-market-can-we-call-the-ps4-pro-a-flop-yet Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Jerline Justo

Imagine walking into a store. You pass the computers and phones until you see the gaming section. There lies the PlayStation section. You see the PS4 Pros sitting on the shelves. Next to that shelf is a 4K TV where you see a boy playing as Ezio with eyes wide and mouth open.

Sony released the PS4 Pro on November 15, 2016, and for about six months, the console continues to be on the market. So what makes the PS4 Pro different from the PS4 and PS4 Slim (which is now the standard PS4 model)?

Sid Shuman, the Director of SIEA Social Media, wrote a FAQ post on the Sony blog, stating that the console “is an evolution of the PS4 generation platform,” which means that the Pro is compatible with the original PS4 games. The PS4 Pro features 4K graphics and video streaming, giving players the best gaming experience (HDR support is also there, but the base model PS4 has a firmware update to support it also). It is also compatible to both HDTVs and 4K TVs, but with the HDTV, the console can only display at a 1080p resolution. At the same time, the definition from the games will still have the graphics upgrades and quality even with just a HDTV.

ElAnalistaDeBits uploaded this video to show the visual differences between the Pro and PS4.

The console costs $399.99 in the US, and as for the other PS4 consoles, the PS4 costs about $349 while the PS4 Slim costs about $299.

The Pro on the Market

On December 2016, Digital Spy interviewed Shuhei Yoshida, the President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, asking about the PS4 sales. Yoshida explained,

“We need more time to analyse the situation, but it seems that more people who are buying PS4 for the first time are choosing PS4 Pro. I think that's driving a larger demand than we had anticipated. In many markets it's sold out and hard to find.”

A month later, the NPD Group shared that 238,000 PS4 Pros were sold in December, but they also shared that 1.33 million regular PS4s were sold in the same month. But that wasn’t the first time for the PS4 to have a high sales figure. Sony announced that more than 6.2 million PS4s were sold between November 20, 2016  and January 1, 2017, meaning it has sold 53.4 million units worldwide since the initial release.

Since then, Sony remains silent about the PS4 Pro, focusing on other departments, like music and film, and other products, like the PlayStation VR.

horizon zero dawn, trees

Who gets the most out of the PS4 Pro?

As a consumer, the cost differs about $100 between both the Slim and Pro, making it a good deal for an upgrade. But the console lacks some features as well as its main function without the right gear. Although HDTVs are compatible with the Pro and receive the a slightly better graphics, the console loses its potential.

The purpose of the Pro is to give out the best gaming experience at a 4K resolution, and gamers cannot experience that without the right TV, making them spend more money. When looking at Sony’s X750D / X700D 4K Ultra TV, the range goes about $700 to $1,200, depending on the size. The cost increases even further with a 4K Blu-ray player since the Pro does not support 4K Blu-Ray disks, which costs about $200 to $500 at Best Buy. These costs add more and more, leaving people not wanting to buy the PS4 Pro.

sony, logo, store, shop

On the other hand, Sony will be earning more profit whether the PS4 Pro is successful or not. Based on the numbers from last December, the PS4 still remains popular to customers -- but it all depends on what they want and already have.

If customers own a 4K TV with HDR support, they would buy the Pro, especially since there is a $100 difference from the original. But if customers do not want an upgrade and do not own a PS4, they will would want the regular PS4, saving them money while giving Sony more profit. If customers are willing to spend their money for the best entertainment possible, they will get the PS4 Pro and, possibly, other Sony products. All in all, the PlayStation still stays successful.

So is the PS4 Pro actually worth it?

playstation, logo

Well, it definitely is in an economical perspective. Microsoft is going to try to top Sony with their Xbox Scorpio, thus creating a heavier competition. With the heavier competition, both companies can brainstorm new products and features for us customers, so we all win in the end (hopefully).

As for the PS4 Pro, it all depends if there are people willing to spend the money for it. It could bring higher sales, like the PS4 in the holidays, or it could fade with none really caring about it -- who knows Sony might drop it soon, like they did with the Vita. We just gotta wait and see!

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Sony's PS4 Pro Will Finally Be Able to Playback Video in 4K https://www.gameskinny.com/2yy4d/sonys-ps4-pro-will-finally-be-able-to-playback-video-in-4k https://www.gameskinny.com/2yy4d/sonys-ps4-pro-will-finally-be-able-to-playback-video-in-4k Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:11:58 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

One of the big selling points of Sony’s upgraded PlayStation 4 was its 4K capabilities, but it was a feature that couldn’t be fully accessed up until now.

Revealed recently on the PlayStation Blog, the incoming firmware patch will give the system the ability to finally playback 4K resolution MP4 files. Of course this will be on the hardware’s proprietary media player, where the video files can be played off a USB flash drive, or streamed directly from another connected source.

The update isn’t without its limitations though, as the Media Player will require you to reformat all previously attached storage devices, as previously formatted devices will not have the latest firmware for the 4K video playback.

The update does accommodate Virtual Reality media so long as you have the PlayStation VR set alongside your PlayStation 4 Pro, with VR specs clocking at a steady 1080p resolution when played.

The update is live as of Monday, the 27th for PS4 Pro owners to enjoy now.

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Almost 40 Games will be Available for PS4 Pro at Launch https://www.gameskinny.com/zxklf/almost-40-games-will-be-available-for-ps4-pro-at-launch https://www.gameskinny.com/zxklf/almost-40-games-will-be-available-for-ps4-pro-at-launch Thu, 03 Nov 2016 04:26:04 -0400 Angie Harvey

Sony has finally revealed via the PlayStation Blog a complete list of games that will be optimized for PS4 Pro on launch day. The PS4 Pro is set to launch next Thursday, November 10th, and will offer players enhanced performance via boosted CPU and GPU, resolution up to 4K, HDR imaging technology, and faster, more stable frame rates.

Since the announcement of the PS4 Pro, the list of supported games has been quite scarce with companies keeping tight lipped on whether their games will be optimized for the new hardware. However, that has all changed today, with Sony announcing that 39 titles will be updated with PS4 Pro support on launch day. 

In addition to the launch titles, fan can expect more than 45 games to be optimized for the PS4 Pro by the end of the year. These titles will include Watch Dogs 2, Killing Floor 2, The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV

You can also expect to see Gravity Rush 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone, Gran Turismo and all first party software launched in 2017 and onward to include support for the PS4 Pro.

Here's the full list:

  • Battlefield 1
  • Bound
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Driveclub VR
  • FIFA 17
  • Firewatch
  • Helldivers
  • Hitman
  • Hustle Kings
  • inFAMOUS First Light
  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Knack
  • Mafia 3
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • NBA 2K17
  • Paragon
  • PlayStation VR Worlds
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Rez Infinite
  • RIGS Mechanized Combat League
  • Rise Of The Tomb Raider
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • Smite
  • Super Stardust Ultra
  • The Elders Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
  • The Elders Scrolls Online: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Last Of Us Remastered
  • The Last Of Us: Left Behind
  • The Playroom VR
  • Titanfall 2
  • Tumble
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Viking Squad
  • World Of Tanks
  • XCOM 2

It should also be mentioned that not all of these games will require an update to add PS4 Pro support, as more recent titles like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare have the enhancements built into the base game.

Are you planning on picking up a PS4 Pro? Let us know in the comments section below!

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PES 2017's First Two Updates Will Add 4K Support, Match Enhancements, & More! https://www.gameskinny.com/zuhlj/pes-2017s-first-two-updates-will-add-4k-support-match-enhancements-more https://www.gameskinny.com/zuhlj/pes-2017s-first-two-updates-will-add-4k-support-match-enhancements-more Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:49:37 -0400 Angie Harvey

Konami has revealed details for PES 2017's upcoming free updates, which are set to release over the next two months. The first update will be available at the end of October, with a second update to follow at the end of November.

The October 1.02 update is set to introduce improved facial likenesses to over 39 players within the game, thanks to their excellent performance in the early part of the season. You can expect to see photo-realistic reproductions of the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder, Mario Lemina and Denis Suarez, to name a few. These updated players will also see their individual playing styles recreated within the game.

Fans can also look forward to updated pitch side hoardings and the introduction of new official boot styles, where players will have the option to chose from a variety of different studs.

One of the biggest announcements to come from the November 1.03 update is that Konami will be taking full advantage of the PS4 Pro by introducing a 4K resolution mode within PES 2017. The 4K resolution mode will run at 60 FPS and add greater visual definition to the game.

The November update will also bring new content that is focused around Konami's partnership with Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, where you will see extensive additions that are designed to reflect the match day experience at these clubs. Fans will also be able to experience the iconic Liverpool stadium, Anfield, as it will be add to PES 2017 where it will showcase the club's brand new stand. Liverpool chants such as "You'll Never Walk Alone" will also be added into the game, along with Borussia Dortmund's fully replicated Signal Iduna Park grounds.

More details regarding the upcoming updates will be revealed soon, however, you can check out the full update announcement here

Don't be surprised if you see more free updates for PES 2017 over the coming months as Konami is fully committed to improving the on-field and presentation elements of PES 2017. You can check out our full review on PES 2017 where we scored the game an 8 out of 10.

Are you looking forward to the new PES 2017 updates? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Xbox One S is not necessary https://www.gameskinny.com/tcb0n/xbox-one-s-is-not-necessary https://www.gameskinny.com/tcb0n/xbox-one-s-is-not-necessary Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:40:55 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

I've been an owner of the Xbox One since day one. In fact, I have the Day One edition console with the special controller to prove it. I've been a huge fan of Xbox and Microsoft for a long time, and I always want the newest edition of their Xbox products... except this one. Sure the new Xbox One S looks nice and shiny with its smaller size and 4K abilities, but it is unnecessary if you have the original Xbox One. 

4K or not to 4K

To start off, not many people have a 4K television or monitor. Only 10% of homes in the United States will own a 4K television by the end of 2016. This is due to them being rather new in the television market along with an increased price tag compared to other televisions.

Also, Xbox team member Mike Ybarra revealed on Twitter that Xbox One games won't run naturally at 4K, but they will be upscaled to 4K. True 4K games probably won't become the standard until Xbox Scorpio arrives next year. Getting the new Xbox One S in August when it is supposed to release will not be worth it due to the lack of true 4K gaming.

Size Doesn't Matter

It is true that the new Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One. If you already own one, has the size been a big factor to you? My Xbox has traveled with me from New Jersey to Florida and then to Arizona; I've never had a problem finding a spot for it due to its big size. Even with the power supply being built into the console -- for the first time since the Xbox Original -- I won't buy a new Xbox One just for that.

I'm sure you've heard the phrase 'Size doesn't matter.' It works for the Xbox One S too. 

Storage is Cheap

The first Xbox One S to hit the store shelves is the 2 terabyte version that will retail for $400. If you started this new generation and went all digital with your games, you know that storage is very important. Here's the thing, you can easily go on Amazon and buy more storage for cheaper than getting a new Xbox One. Just buy the external hard drive and plug it into the Xbox One and you will automatically add that extra storage -- a feature which I have not seen on other consoles.

Now is the time to buy!

If you don't own an Xbox One and you're looking to buy one, buy the original Xbox One. With the new console coming out next month, there are amazing deals on the original Xbox One. For example, the Xbox One Spring Bundle is only $300, and you get: 

  • The 1 terabyte console
  • An extra controller
  • Halo 5, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, Ori and the Blind Forest, plus an additional game of your choice.
  • $50 Xbox Store gift card
  • $20 off coupon for Xbox Design Labs to create your own controller

Xbox One is a fantastic console. Since its launch back in November 2013, they have vastly improved the Xbox One with their updates. While the Xbox One S has its benefits, not everyone has the need to upgrade at the moment. If you currently have an Xbox One and it's running great, the only reason you would want the new console is because you want it; and that's fine.

My Xbox One is running great and I have thought about upgrading to the Xbox One S for the upgraded storage but then I found an extra external hard drive and now I don't have the urge to upgrade. If you want to be able to play your favorite Xbox games to the best of their abilities, you are better off waiting until next year to buy the Xbox Scorpio. If you can't wait til next year because you are looking forward to Gears of War 4, then save some money and buy the original Xbox One with one of the great deals going on today. 

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Sony confirms: Playstation 4K is REAL! But it won't be at E3. https://www.gameskinny.com/n5erh/sony-confirms-playstation-4k-is-real-but-it-wont-be-at-e3 https://www.gameskinny.com/n5erh/sony-confirms-playstation-4k-is-real-but-it-wont-be-at-e3 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:17:36 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

After months of speculation coming out about an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4, it was assumed we would see an official announcement of the upgrade at this year's E3. Turns out, we were wrong.

President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Andrew House confirmed to Financial Times that a high-end version of the PS4 is indeed coming. But they aren't showing it at E3.

This new version will support Ultra High-Definition and will have 4K capabilities. When asked about the price, House mentioned that it will be more expensive than the $350 PS4 that is available now. This new PS4 will not replace the current version, but will complement it.

House also emphasized that the PS4K will NOT be at this year's E3 -- but he didn't mention when we will get our first look at it. Sony might be saving the reveal of the PS4K for GamesCom in August, or maybe Sony will hold their own conference later in the year to showcase the console's compatibility with the upcoming PSVR that is due to be released in November 2016. 

(But if you want to see what Sony does have planned for E3, you're in luck. Their presentation schedule was leaked earlier today.)

With the PS4 being the highest selling console of this generation, Sony might want to keep the strong sales going and announce the console soon so it will be ready for the public for the holidays.

What do you think? Do we really need the PS4K? Are you willing to shell out more than $350 for a console that supports 4K when most households don't even have a 4K television? Is it too soon for an updated console since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were released only 3 years ago? Let us know in the comments what you think of this updated console and whether you plan on buying one when it's released. 

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Smaller Xbox One model reportedly coming in 2016, more powerful 'Scorpio' in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/pdani/smaller-xbox-one-model-reportedly-coming-in-2016-more-powerful-scorpio-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/pdani/smaller-xbox-one-model-reportedly-coming-in-2016-more-powerful-scorpio-in-2017 Wed, 25 May 2016 09:41:22 -0400 Eric Levy

New reports suggest Microsoft is going to be releasing a few new Xbox One models over the next two years.

According to Kotaku, sources claim a smaller, cheaper Xbox One will be releasing later this year with a 2 TB hard drive. This type of console release is certainly not out of the ordinary for Microsoft, as the Xbox 360 got the same treatment.

Next year, we'll supposedly be getting a more powerful Xbox One -- currently codenamed "Scorpio" -- with a better GPU capable for running 4K visuals. However, sources say there are no current plans to upgrade the I/O speed of the console, which could mean longer loading times.

Finally, sources also claim Microsoft is looking to form a partnership with Oculus Rift in order for next year's "Scorpio" to be compatible with the VR headset.  But neither Microsoft nor Oculus has commented on this yet.

Microsoft isn't the only company reportedly in the process of upgrading their consoles.  Sony is apparently also working on a more powerful PlayStation 4 with a higher clock speed, improved GPU, 4K support, and a higher memory bandwidth. 

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We don't need a PS4k or Xbox One.Five https://www.gameskinny.com/9i8kk/we-dont-need-a-ps4k-or-xbox-onefive https://www.gameskinny.com/9i8kk/we-dont-need-a-ps4k-or-xbox-onefive Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:56:33 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

The PS4.5, or PS4k, is back in the news with another rumour. This time it is in the form of a codename: "Neo" -- hence the terrible pun of a header image. I'm Neo in this case, and Sony is Agent Smith. Hardware specs for "Neo" have also been rumoured at being slightly higher than the current PS4. But this begs the question, why is it needed? And why is it the worst idea since not having sliced bread?

It's about money, not about providing a better experience

The biggest, and foremost reason for an 8.5th generation being terrible is that it's just for the money. Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, has said he doesn't really like the idea of an Xbox One.Five -- this is from the head of Xbox representing a console that sold less than the PS4. With Sony wanting to make a PS4.5, all this screams to me is that they want more money. Instead of selling just one console, they can sell two.

Even if the idea is to have full parity of software between the two consoles, playing a competitive game online means that someone playing at 1080p60 has an advantage over someone at 720p30. A higher frame rate means there is less input lag, and the higher resolution means the image is clearer and easier to see. That simply means the experience of the game is compromised, not improved.

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"Neo" could mean a VR focused console

Pictured above, on the right, is the processing unit of the PS VR headset. This is supposed to only add VR specific features like a VR desktop, 3D audio, and other features the main console doesn't have. It is not in anyway an upgrade to the PS4 for either CPU or GPU. That begs the question, if the PS4 can already play VR games at 120FPS, why is more power needed? The answer is simply, it's not. If you don't need more power, if you don't need to run at a higher resolution, there is simply no need for a new console. If something works, and it does work, you do not need more.

Screams of futility...

...can be heard from the offices of Sony. They know that their hardware is underperforming and outdated. It's sluggish, and underpowered, but that's ok. The Nintendo Wii and WiiU prove you don't need all of the power in the world. Mario Kart 8 runs at 1080p60, and the WiiU is a literal potato -- a lot of tablets are more powerful than it. But again, that's perfectly OK. Dirt Rally is proof that both the Xbox One and PS4, when being properly optimised for, can run at a smooth 1080p60 constantly. Consoles are not graphical powerhouses, and they shouldn't want to be either. It's never about the graphics anyway. It's about getting into games quickly, and those games running smoothly. All that counts at the end of the day is, did you have fun, or was it a good experience? Graphics are not needed for either of those. Halo 2: Anniversary only ran at 900p -- I say only though it's really not far off from 1080p. Due to it toalso running at a very smooth 60FPS, you didn't notice the slightly lower resolution, mostly because it's still a very high resolution. Halo 2: Anniversary looks stunning, and that wouldn't change by adding an extra 180 vertical pixels.

How much better looking do you want Bloodborne, or The Order: 1886? Both are beautiful looking games in their own right, and both run very well. Turning the graphics down a bit, they would still look phenomenal. With the added bonus of being able to run at 60FPS, it's ok to not have the best graphics in everything ever.

Graphics do not need to be maxed out anymore. Games look amazing enough for us to stop worrying about how they look. With game engines like Unreal 4, you can make great looking games very easily.While they won't be the best looking games, they will still look better than the average game anyway.

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Look how amazing The Order: 1886 looks, but it doesn't need to. It went for graphics before everything, and it lost out big time.

Instead of PS4.5 can we see less focus on the best graphics?

I do love a good looking game, and there is definitely room for games that blow you away graphically, but can these become as scarce as a hen's teeth? Well slightly less rare than that, but it seems like they are trying to become a dime a dozen.

Instead of Sony, or Microsoft, trying to sell us another expensive piece of hardware, why not just bring the graphical expectations down a bit and focus on getting things running as smoothly as possible? This would benefit gamers more in the long run and improve overall experiences within the games. Graphics are already at the point where the returns far outway the cost, so can we all just be happy with how amazing almost all games look now?

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New report reveals PS4.5 codename and specs https://www.gameskinny.com/a1s6r/new-report-reveals-ps45-codename-and-specs https://www.gameskinny.com/a1s6r/new-report-reveals-ps45-codename-and-specs Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:23:52 -0400 Eric Levy

A new report found on Eurogamer has revealed the specs for the PS4K, aka the PS4.5. According to Eurogamer's sources, the upgraded PlayStation 4 -- which was first revealed back in March -- is internally codenamed PlayStation NEO. The NEO will have an improved GPU, higher clock speeds, improved memory bandwidth, and will support 4K image output.

The publication goes on to state that starting in October, games released on the PlayStation 4 must have a 'base mode' for the current model, along with a 'NEO mode' compatible with the upgraded system.  Any games released prior to October will be able to take advantage of the new hardware, thanks to an upcoming patch. In layman's terms, games running in 'NEO mode' will have improved frame rate and higher visual fidelity.  

The exact specs found on Eurogamer are below:

Based on this report, it seems like Sony has no intention of splitting its user base with the upcoming system upgrade -- which is very good news. There will be no NEO exclusive games, nor will NEO owners have any exclusive unlockables or gameplay advantages -- besides a visually superior experience.

Will you be picking up the PlayStation 'NEO' when it finally comes out, and do you think this upgrade is even necessary?  Let us know in the comments below!

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PS4K means PS4 with better graphics https://www.gameskinny.com/2vgkd/ps4k-means-ps4-with-better-graphics https://www.gameskinny.com/2vgkd/ps4k-means-ps4-with-better-graphics Tue, 05 Apr 2016 07:01:58 -0400 JunaeBenne

The rumors put out about the PS4.5 is a hint to the PS4K’s production. Sony is making a second edition PS4 which will mostly focus on graphics.

We’re at that point in the timeline of new gen consoles where companies start putting out new systems with minor upgrades. Sony and Microsoft did it last time with the PS3 and Xbox 360 when they changed the hard drive spaces.

The PS4K is an upgraded PS4. The point of the PS4K is to give the gamer a richer gaming environment. Both models will run PS4 games so there isn’t a drastic change and the original PS4 isn’t out of date. The change will be the graphics. The games will run better on a different software. The PlayStation VR will run better on the PS4K due to the graphics. The original PS4 is good but, the VR can barely run on its hardware. For example EVE: Valkyrie, Robinson and GT Sport are PSVR titles that need that extra horsepower to get the full experience.

The PS4k is supposed to offer twice the GPU horsepower, a UHD Blu-ray player and maybe replace the CPU. Many developers are already making games that take advantage of the the PS4K specs. While existing games are expected to see any hardware upgrades there are a few titles that will support the new graphics such as God of War 4 and Capcom’s Deep Down. With all these upgrades the price is going to jump from $400 to $500, easily. The PS4K could be released within the first quarter of 2017. In case you were shopping for holiday gifts of 2017, just an FYI, PS4k isn’t a choice.

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Spencer isn't a fan of an Xbox One and a Half https://www.gameskinny.com/uimtn/spencer-isnt-a-fan-of-an-xbox-one-and-a-half https://www.gameskinny.com/uimtn/spencer-isnt-a-fan-of-an-xbox-one-and-a-half Tue, 05 Apr 2016 06:59:12 -0400 JunaeBenne

The head honcho at Microsoft’s Xbox division, Phil Spencer, admits to not being a fan of the Xbox 1.5, and wants to put out quality rather than quantity.

There has been a rumor floating around about PS4 making a PlayStation 4.5, also potentially known as PS4K. Lately we’ve been hearing that Xbox might be coming out with another console, but Spencer expressed during a conference that he is not interested in putting out another Xbox with a few upgrades.

“I’m not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we’re going to move forward. I want to move forward in big numbers. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it’s reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, I want it to be a really substantial change for people - an upgrade.”

--Phil Spencer, Microsoft Build Conference 2016

Although Spencer isn’t a fan of the half this doesn’t mean he’s not planning more upgrades. Microsoft caught a lot fire at the unveiling of the Xbox One in 2013 because it wasn’t what consumers expected, and they're still working to meet those expectations. 

But as far as Xbox 1.5 rumors go, Spencer has made it clear he doesn’t want to launch an upgradeable Xbox One kit, and the company doesn’t want to rebrand for an Xbox One and a half.

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Endless Legend: Shifters set to release April 7 https://www.gameskinny.com/dclil/endless-legend-shifters-set-to-release-april-7 https://www.gameskinny.com/dclil/endless-legend-shifters-set-to-release-april-7 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 04:53:35 -0400 Ian Ilano

After successful beta testing, Amplitude Studios has just announced that Endless Legend: Shifters — the game's first official expansion — will be available on April 7.

Endless Legend is a fantasy turn-based strategy game set in the dying world of Auriga. Since launch, the game has been met with critical acclaim for its deep unit customization, vibrant art style, and unique strategical gameplay. Its newest expansion, Shifters, intends to add one more civilization, and change the way battles and interactions unfold.

Endless Legend: Shifters will feature:

Endless Legends Announced

An Enhanced Winter

During winter, players will be given the chance to collect Pearls of Auriga, a resource that will give them the opportunity to gain advantages and hinder their enemies.

Players are also given the choice to spend these resources on the Altar of Auriga, a new building that provides blessings.

And lastly, the season will come with a few new — exciting — effects on the world. One example: Lakes and rivers may freeze over, allowing more movement options for land units, and stopping naval units entirely.

Endless Legends Announced

A New Faction

The expansion will feature a new faction, the Allayi, whose power seems augmented by the cold touch of winter.

"Shifting with the seasons from friendly neighbours to enraged raiders, in the right hands the Allayi can prove extraordinary opponents."

Like the other civilizations, the Allayi will have their own distinctive play-style. They'll also be given access to exclusive blessings, allowing them to take full advantage over the cold season.

Endless Legend: Shifters is going to arrive this week, and more information is expected to come before then. Keep your eyes peeled — winter is coming.

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New Report Claims 'PlayStation 4.5' Is Real, But Is It Necessary? https://www.gameskinny.com/88387/new-report-claims-playstation-45-is-real-but-is-it-necessary https://www.gameskinny.com/88387/new-report-claims-playstation-45-is-real-but-is-it-necessary Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:45:40 -0400 Eric Levy

While nothing has been officially announced yet, a new report states that Sony is, in fact, hard at work on the "PlayStation 4.5." But what does that entail, and is it something gamers really need?

Word of an upgraded PlayStation 4 first came to light last week and, according to Digital Foundry, Sony's research and development team already has prototypes of the new system.  Sources are calling the upgraded system the "PlayStation 4K."

The report goes on to speculate just what the "PlayStation 4K" could be -- a tweaked PS4 with more processing power, a system offering certain 4K features, or a slim PS4 with slight performance upgrades.  Check out the full report on Digital Foundry for more details on these (theoretical) options.

All signs point to the "PlayStation 4K" being real, but is it necessary?  If a new PS4 with more processing power or 4K features is announced this soon, it will surely divide Sony's market and PlayStation owners alike.  In addition, having both PS4 and PS4K available simultaneously could lead to a lot of confusion when it comes time to purchase a system.  

But we can't say for sure how things will shake out until we know what the console will actually offer. 

Do you think PS4K is real?  Is it necessary?  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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The 5 best features of modern monitors for gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/ploic/the-5-best-features-of-modern-monitors-for-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/ploic/the-5-best-features-of-modern-monitors-for-gamers Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:08:12 -0400 Rob Thubron

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Recommended Monitors

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So, now you know what to look for in a new monitor, what are the best on the market for gamers? Here’s my top three:

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ASUS ROG Swift PG-278Q - Asus' Republic of Gamers line knows its stuff when it comes to PC gaming. This monitor is the best on the market right now; 1440p, 144Hz refresh rate, 27-inch display and G-Sync. It really is the cream of the crop.  

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Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor U3415W - 34 inches wide, a curved screen and a native resolution of 3440 x 1440. If you've got the room, your rig can handle it, and you like immersive gaming, then this is the one for you. 

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Asus PB287Q - If you're determined to go for a 4K/UHD monitor, then you won't do much better than this beauty from Asus. A 3840 x 2160 resolution, beautiful design and 1ms gray-to-gray response time make this this the best 4K/UHD  gaming monitor available.

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1. 1440p/WQHD

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WQHD or Wide Quad High Definition, sometimes simply called 1440p, is a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. It has four times as many pixels as 720p high definition, hence the name, and when it comes to gaming, a WQHD monitor really does hit the sweet spot.

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1440p screens look amazing, and most of these monitors are almost always an impressive 27 inches or more. They’re not as wallet-destroying as 4K or Ultra widescreen monitors, and while it may be true that a muscular graphics card is required to make a game run smoothly at this resolution, they’re nowhere near as demanding as 4K.

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There’s also the fact that this resolution is often combined with some the best previous features in this list; FreeSync/G-Sync monitors and high refresh rate displays are often available on 1440p monitors.

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If you’re buying a new monitor but aren’t swayed by the temptation of ultra widescreen (which tend to offer a similar resolution of 2560 X 1080), and you have a GPU that can handle it, then look for a display with native resolution of 2560 X 1440 – it’s the best feature a gamer can have on their monitor. 

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2. Ultra Widescreen displays

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It was very, very difficult to decide whether having an Ultra Widescreen display should be regarded as the most important monitor feature for gamers. In the end, it was just edged off the top spot due to the high price of the displays, scaling issues and the fact that some older games can’t handle running at the uncommon resolution of these monitors. But despite these caveats, gaming on one of these beauties is absolutely incredible.

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Ultra Widescreen displays run at a movie-like 21:9 cinemascope aspect ratio (most standard monitors use a 16:9 format). Using one of these monitors provides an extra dimension to your gaming that other new technologies simply can’t match. Most of these screens offer 30 percent more pixels than 1080p, and the immersion they provide when gaming is unparalleled – no intrusive, multi-monitor bezels here.

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While a beefy graphics card is recommended for gaming on an Ultra Widescreen display, they are much less demanding than 4K monitors. And most would agree that it’s a much better experience.

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3. G-Sync/FreeSync

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Screen tearing and/or stuttering in games can be as annoying as standing barefoot on a piece of Lego. Luckily, the two PC graphics card manufacturing companies, AMD and Nvidia, have come up with their own technologies to combat these performance issues.

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Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync are GPU/monitor synchronizing technologies. Sometimes, even turning on V-Sync in a game’s settings won’t fix the issues that arise when a graphics card’s rendering rate isn’t in sync with a monitor’s refresh rate. And even when this does slightly help the problem, it can come at the cost of reduced responsiveness and lowered frame rates. G-Sync and FreeSync allow a PC’s GPU  to directly control the update rate of a compatible monitor, which equals smooth, responsive and tearing-free gaming.

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The technology only works with the more modern cards from these manufactures, although it’s likely most gamers will own a compatible one. These monitors do not come cheap, ranging from about $400 - $800, but having seen one in action, I’d conclude that the smoothness they provide makes them a sound investment, and something I’ll be aiming for when I eventually upgrade.

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4. High refresh rates

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A high refresh rate generally refers to a monitor that is capable of 120Hz or better at native resolution. In other words, it means the screen can redraw every pixel 120 times a second; so rather than being unable display more than 60 frames per second like a standard screen, a high refresh monitor is capable of truly rendering 120 individual frames per second in a game.

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As someone who owns a 144Hz monitor, I can testify to the technology’s sheer awesomeness. Games, first-person shooters and racing ones in particular, are simply stunning in their fluidity when moving at these high speeds.

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Most high refresh rate monitors come at frequencies of 120Hz or 144Hz, although it’s pretty difficult to distinguish between these options in terms of smoothness. But once you move above 100Hz for the first time, you’ll never go back. Even moving the mouse pointer around on the desktop is a super smooth, almost serene experience on these monitors.

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5. '4K' UHD resolution

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Although virtually everyone these days will have heard of 4K, a lot of people still don’t understand exactly what it is. In simplest terms, 4K offers four times the resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080) Full HD video, that’s eight million pixels compared to two million.

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The confusion comes when the term ‘Ultra High Definition’ is thrown in when talking about 4K. It basically all comes down to the pixel count; most monitors that are described as being 4K, UHD, 4K2K, or even UHD 4K have a 3840 by 2160 resolution. The ‘4’ part in 4K comes from the vertical component (3840 pixels) being close to 4000. So in reality, most monitors that are described as being 4K are actually Ultra High Definition.

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There are monitors being released that feature a ‘true HD’ resolution of 4096 X 2160, which is also referred to as ‘Digital Cinema 4K’ due to its use as the dominant 4K resolution by the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives).

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So what does all this mean for gamers? Well, as good as UHD/4K monitors look, it takes a ridiculous amount of graphical power to play a game at such as high resolution without it turning into a slideshow. Even the mighty Nvidia GTX 908Ti can’t guarantee 60fps 4K gaming with the settings pushed to ultra; for that you’d need two of them, which works out at around $1300.

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As beautiful as it looks, 4K is still a bit too demanding and expensive to be practical for most gamers. But if you do happen to own a multi-GPU rig that cost more than a car, then go for it.

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For a handy breakdown of different resolutions and their terminology, check out this chart.

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Modern PC monitors are great - fact. There’s no denying that games can often seem like a totally different titles when they’re experienced on a sparkly new monitor. All the more so when these peripherals boast some of the more cutting-edge technology we’ve seen appear in recent years.

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The problem is, with such a massive variety of features available, and new ones appearing all the time, it can be a bit confusing as to which are the most conducive to top-quality gaming. There’s also the issue of not everyone understanding precisely what some monitor terminology actually means.

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In an attempt to aid those who don’t know their hertz from their high definitions, here is a list of the five best features of modern monitors for gamers, with a brief explanation of what each of these technological marvels actually does. If you have the money, and a beefy graphics card, then maybe it’s time for you to consider splashing out on a new screen - it may cause you to see your entire gaming catalog in a whole new light.  

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There’s also a list of the three best gaming monitors available today at the end of the article, should anyone really wish to hammer their credit card.

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Fallout 4 Can Run at 4K Resolution https://www.gameskinny.com/m0h8w/fallout-4-can-run-at-4k-resolution https://www.gameskinny.com/m0h8w/fallout-4-can-run-at-4k-resolution Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:59:51 -0400 Daniel R. Miller

As is normal for all things opinion related on the Internet, a large number of people found themselves massively underwhelmed by something popular and complained about the graphics in the reveal trailer for Fallout 4.  This seems to be a direct contrast to trailers in recent years, for games like Watch Dogs and Witcher 3 that have shown a graphical fidelity that is far superior than the final product.

Fortunately, graphics afficianados can take solace in the fact that Fallout 4 can indeed run at 4K resolution, assuming you have the rig to do so.  Bethesda Softworks released the screenshot below.

I don't know about you, but that's the best I've ever seen a Fallout game look and accusations of only being last gen in quality are painfully premature. Even if the graphics don't necessarily end up on the same level as something like a Witcher 3 or even Skyrim, it is apparent that Fallout 4 will will more than make up for it with its level design and gameplay. Sometimes having the right and informed opinion is better than having the first word.

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The New NVIDIA Flagship is here - GeForce 980 Ti https://www.gameskinny.com/rxyos/the-new-nvidia-flagship-is-here-geforce-980-ti https://www.gameskinny.com/rxyos/the-new-nvidia-flagship-is-here-geforce-980-ti Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:08:39 -0400 OrganisedDinosaur

If you are a console gamer, then you may not understand the excitement that PC gamers experience at the idea of two letters at the end of their graphics card. That's perfectly ok, being free of the stress of keeping on top of technological trends can be very freeing. If you are a PC gamer, however, then you can't ignore a new flagship GPU from NVIDIA.

If you have been thinking of upgrading or breaking into PC gaming, this would be a very good time. The new 980 Ti sits at a much lower price ($649) than the GTX Titan X ($999) and should keep you secure well into the future.

The NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti was announced by NVIDIA yesterday alongside a short and sweet video. It comes with 6 GB of memory, supports DirectX 12 and is more than capable and pumping out 4k resolution. NVIDIA say of their new product:

Your games will be more immersive. They’ll run faster. And they’ll look better. And with a design that sips power rather than gulps it, gamers get quiet, cool operation. Noise or heat will never become a distraction. And, for those with space constraints, you can even use GTX 980 Ti in a small form-factor PC.

With the approach of DirectX 12, Virtual Reality, 4k monitors becoming more commonplace, and affordable and more graphically impressive but demanding games such as The Witcher 3 being developed, a new flagship GPU could not have come at a better time.

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Look in Awe: 4K Screenshots of Grand Theft Auto V on PC https://www.gameskinny.com/uut6b/look-in-awe-4k-screenshots-of-grand-theft-auto-v-on-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/uut6b/look-in-awe-4k-screenshots-of-grand-theft-auto-v-on-pc Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:31:59 -0400 Nick Boisson

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And as the sun sets over Los Santos, we bring this to a close.

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Be sure to check out the Rockstar Games website for PC specsGrand Theft Auto V is slated for PC release on April 14.

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Whether it has been over a year since Grand Theft Auto V was first released or not, there is quite a clamoring for the upcoming PC version of the newest game in Rockstar's popular franchise. The main reason why: the visuals.

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The following 15 slides are the latest screenshots released by Rockstar Games for Grand Theft Auto V on PC, all in glorious 4K resolution.

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There is no need to be ashamed of weeping from the utter beauty, console gamers. We all understand...

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