The Yakuza Remake is Coming This August Exclusively on PS4

If you loved Yakuza 0 like I did you’d be happy to know the remake dubbed Yakuza Kiwami is coming August 22nd exclusively on PS4 for just $30. Making the news even sweeter is the announcement of a SteelBook edition.

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As with 0, Yakuza Kiwami will support full HD and 60 FPS.

And if that wasn’t enough, SEGA launched a Yakuza Experience website which includes a break down of the plot and characters. It also includes an exclusive comic series that will work as a great reference point and build up for Yakuza 6 which is scheduled to be released next year.

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PS4k, Now Code Named NEO, Reveales its Specs

A report over at Giant Bomb has just leaked a megaton (heh) of info regarding the upcoming PS4 upgrade. The system is code named NEO and will give devs more memory both in terms of CPU and GPU.

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Furthermore older games can be patched to take advantage of the NEO hardware. Meaning that games such as Bloodborne, Uncharted 4, Final Fantasy XV, The Division (desperately needed) can all look and run better on the new hardware. Based on these specs however I doubt we will be able to get smooth 4K performance as that would definitely raise the price a lot even in today’s gaming world.

The good news however it seems there won’t be any NEO exclusives. At least not at the start. It will be capable of running the same games but  look and run strikingly better on it. So I guess mission half-accomplished, Sony?

I do feel this is a bad idea. Having a mid cycle gap would just leave gamers feeling confused and left out. I mean thinking about it now wouldn’t have been better to just wait a few more years and release a PS5? I suppose from a business point of view Sony knows and predicted that fans will eat this up whether they like it or not. Especially early adopters such as myself who will now feel insecure about owning an inferior and less powerful version. Or maybe they’re too worried that no one would adopt a new console so soon. Either way we’ll find out more at this year’s E3.

PlayStation 4 Can Already Do 4K Playback

UPDATE: Giantbomb have just revealed more info on the upcoming PS4 model. They have confirmed it will in fact feature more robust CPU and GPU components. 

There is a general misconception going around the internet that the upcoming (and inevitable) PlayStation 4K will merely be an upgrade to allow 4K media playing and carry the same GPU specs. That would be cool except the PS4 can already do that.

Back when PS4 was first announced questions arose whether games will output to 4K. Sony’s PlayStation Shuhei Yoshida responded with the following statement to IGN:

The PS4 supports 4K output, but only for photos and videos; not games. PS4 games do not work on 4K.

So there you have it. Also the fact that Sony is keeping mum on the rumors of  a new PlayStation 4 with stronger GPU capabilities pretty much guarantees that we WILL be getting an upgraded version sometime this year.