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PlayStation 5 announced: New Controller, Updated UI, Holiday 2020 Launch

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PlayStation has announced that the next PlayStation console is officially called the PlayStation 5, as everyone expected.

The company announced that the new console will be releasing in Holiday 2020 in a new blog post, alongside providing new details on some features of the console on WIRED Magazine.

The PlayStation Blog shares the big highlights on what to expect from the PlayStation 5, including two new innovation features coming to the new console’s all new controller.

The preview of the next controller includes new details on how it works, including:

  • New PS5 Controller uses USB Type C
  • PS5 Controller has Haptic Feedback
  • Controller has now adaptive triggers
  • New Speaker system on the controller
  • Better Battery Life
  • Heavier than the DUALSHOCK 4, but will be lighter than a Xbox One controller

In the WIRED Magazine article, Sony also stated that with the new changes for the PS5, players will be able to choose which parts of the games they want to install. This means you can just install the campaign or just the MP mode. If you download the entire game, you will be able to remove the parts you don’t want to play anymore.

“Rather than treating games like a big block of data,” Cerny says, “we’re allowing finer-grained access to the data.” That could mean the ability to install just a game’s multiplayer, leaving the single-player campaign for another time, or just installing the whole thing and then deleting the single-player campaign once you’ve finished it.

In addition, the PS5 will support a revamped UI that will allow users to see what parts of the game has been updated versus having to constantly boot up the entire game to check what’s new.

“Even though it will be fairly fast to boot games, we don’t want the player to have to boot the game, see what’s up, boot the game, see what’s up,” Cerny says. “Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI. As a player you just jump right into whatever you like.”

Here’s the description from the PlayStation Blog:

The “more” refers to something I’m quite excited about – a preview of the new controller that will ship with PlayStation 5. One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion.

To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.

The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can’t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal.

SOURCE: PlayStation

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How to play Hell Let Loose console Open Beta on PlayStation 5

Hell Let Loose, the highly-realistic WW2 FPS, will soon be coming to consoles. Here’s how to access the upcoming PlayStation 5 Open Beta.

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Hell Let Loose, the realistic 50v50 World War 2 shooter, is soon coming to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S so here’s how to play the upcoming Open Beta.

Hell Let Loose instantly became popular amongst PC FPS fans for its hardcore gameplay, massive-scale 50v50 action, extremely realistic depiction of key World War II battles, and a strong emphasis on teamwork.

The Second World War action will soon be coming to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S and developers Black Matter have shared info on its upcoming console beta, so here’s everything you need to know.

How to play Hell Let Loose Open Beta on PlayStation: Time & date

US Soldier in Hell Let Loose

With Hell Let Loose’s popularity on PC, console players have been desperately awaiting its arrival on Xbox and PlayStation. We’re one step closer to that being a reality with devs Black Matter announcing the Open Beta for PlayStation 5.

Following August’s closed Beta, it has now been confirmed that Hell Let Loose’s Open Beta will be from September 16 to September 20, 2021. It will begin at 3 AM PT / 6 AM ET / 11 AM BST.

As this is an Open Beta, you don’t need to register or get a code to play the game. Simply:

  1. Search for Hell Let Loose on the PlayStation Store (once the Open Beta goes live)
  2. Download Hell Let Loose’s Open Beta
  3. Launch the game from your downloads or library

When is the Xbox beta?

Hell Let Loose Beta

As the first console beta is only on PlayStation 5, Xbox fans are keen to learn when they’ll get early access to Hell Let Loose.

Xbox players will have to wait a while longer as they’re “taking it one beta at a time,” but confirmed that “As more things get locked in, we’ll share them with the community” on their Twitter account.

Keep an eye on Charlie INTEL for any updates on the Hell Let Loose Xbox beta.

Does Hell Let Loose have crossplay and cross-progression?

Hell Let Loose players fighting in Carentan

Hell Let Loose’s crossplay will be between Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 consoles only.

As for cross-progression, Black Matter confirmed Hell Let Loose won’t feature it as “the plan is to keep console and PC as entirely separate ecosystems.”

So, Xbox and PlayStation players will be able to queue into the same servers and squad up, but PC players will be playing their own separate version of the game.

Hell Let Loose isn’t the only WW2 FPS game coming to consoles this year, as Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Open Beta also goes live on September 16 ahead of its November release.

Image Credit: Black Matter

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When does GTA V release on PS5 & Xbox Series X?

GTA 5 will be releasing on the PS5 and Xbox Series X marking three generations of GTA V – here’s what we know about its release date so far.

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We’ve known for months that GTA V is getting a PS5 and Xbox Series X remaster, and Rockstar Games has finally confirmed when exactly the next-gen editions will arrive.

Rockstar is continuing to deliver constant weekly updates to GTA Online, and there is plenty of anticipation among players about all the planned GTA V content that will be arriving soon.

A next-gen upgrade of the popular game will be arriving on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, and we now know what kind of changes to expect from it, including the official release date.

GTA V on PS5 & Xbox Series X|S release date

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Rockstar Games finally gave us an update on Grand Theft Auto V’s remaster through a new trailer at the PlayStation Showcase 2021. We also got a closer look at what new features will be in the enhanced edition.

While it was initially thought the game would arrive on the PlayStation 5 on November 11, 2021, the trailer confirms that the actual release date is sometime during March 2022. We expect the same date applies to Xbox as well.

They have confirmed that the game will release with “new features and more,” which lines up with their previous statement that GTA V remastered won’t be a “simple port.”

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While GTA V has been out for eight years, GTA Online remains insanely popular and continues to receive continuous support. The trailer confirms that the online multiplayer will also be releasing as a separate game in March 2022.

As previously announced by Rockstar, although GTA Online standalone will be available for both consoles, PlayStation 5 players will receive GTA Online standalone for free “during the first three months.”

Will my GTA Online data carry over?

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Lots of players have invested lots of real cash to fund their GTA Online antics such as buying fast cars and properties, but will they get to continue this on next-gen?

Early leaks have suggested that players will be able to carry over their data and progress from GTA 5 on the PS4 and Xbox One. But given that there’s an opportunity for Rockstar to make more money, we’ll see if this remains the case.

Grand Theft Auto V Remastered trailer

The new trailer at PlayStation Showcase 2021 highlighted many of the new improvements that will be in the next-gen edition of GTA V. The changes included improved graphics and enhanced gameplay.

Rockstar Games also seem to have updated the character switching feature so that the process is seamless. There will also be many other additions that have yet to be revealed.

For more GTA, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out how to make $600k in an hour with GTA Online Contract mission.

Image Credit: Rockstar Games

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How to play Warzone at 120 FPS on PS5

PlayStation 5 owners can bump their Warzone settings up to 120 FPS by changing some system settings on their console.

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Warzone players on PlayStation 5 can now boost their FPS, with the game’s Season 4 update adding 120Hz support for anyone with the right monitor and equipment.

Warzone Season 5 has introduced various changes to the Warzone, including a new Look for Party feature, which improves the game’s quality of life, and will be getting even more new additions like The Numbers Event and a Judge Dredd skin in Warzone Season 5 Reloaded.

As well as this, Warzone also has the ability to perform 120Hz on PS5, a nice upgrade for those lucky enough to have the console.

This was introduced in the Season 4 patch and means that players who use the PS5 console can now play at 120 Frames-per-Second as long as your monitor is capable.

Satellites in Warzone Season 4

How to enable 120Hz Warzone on PS5

If you’ve already set up your PS5 to allow for 120Hz output in other games, then the good news is Warzone should automatically play at 120 FPS once you install the update. If this isn’t the case for your console, you’ll have to head into your PS5 system settings and make a few simple changes.

  1. Go to your PS5 system settings screen, and select the ‘Screen and Video’ Section.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of this page and select ‘Video Output.’
  3. Set ‘Enable 120Hz Output’ to automatic.
  4. Go back to the main system settings menu and select ‘Saved Data and Game/App Settings.’
  5. Change ‘Game Presets’ to Performance Mode.

By turning these settings on, your PS5 will automatically play games at 120 FPS if it is supported. One thing to note is that some players have reported that games will occasionally still run at 60 FPS if HDR is turned on, so you may need to disable it to ensure top performance.

If you don’t have HDMI 2.1 on your monitor, you will need to change your resolution to get 120 FPS. Make sure your monitor is set to 1080p resolution, as it will not work at 2160p on monitors without HDMI 2.1.

PS5 Screen and Video settings page

Of course, this is only possible if your monitor supports 120 Hz output, so make sure you check the refresh rate on your screen before attempting this. Otherwise, you will be wasting your time.

If you play Warzone on PC and want to get the best possible FPS on your machine, we have everything you need to boost your gameplay with our Warzone best PC settings guide.

Image Credit: Activision / Sony

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