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Rumors suggest Sony will release PS5 Pro at console launch

Published: 30/Sep/2019 13:57 Updated: 30/Sep/2019 14:27

by Paul Cot

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The Sony PlayStation 5 has yet to be made official but even so, there are still rumors that Sony’s next console will launch with a PS5 Pro.

It had initially been believed that it would be Microsoft’s next console that would offer two different consoles. Following the Xbox Project Scarlett announcement at E3 2019 though, it appears Microsoft have opted to stick with one.

If rumors are to be believed though, it will be Sony that tries its hand at two different consoles. This would mark the first time a major console release will include two different versions on launch — not withstanding some variants of the PS3 which included PS2 backwards compatibility.

MICROSOFT/UNSPLASHConsole players are desperate to hear more news about the ninth generation of consoles…

High performance PS5

According to Zenj Nishikawa, a journalist who correctly predicted the Nintendo Switch Lite ahead of time, he was told: “Sony executives are launching two PlayStation models that are different in their performance.”

The first model will supposedly be the base PS5 and a higher performance one, the PS5 Pro. Without the PS5 even being officially announced, it will come as no surprise that the exact differences between the two reported consoles, are completely unknown.

What will their prices be?

Presumably the PS5 Pro will offer a significant boost in performance and may even offer additional features, but how this will affect price is unknown. Speculatively, this will be increased resolution and frame rates, with even the potential of 8K visuals — although the latter would require some serious power.

YouTuber, ReviewTechUSA, reported that Nishikawa heard that the “PS5 Pro is going to be 100 to 150 US dollars more than the base PS5 and, of course, is going to have beefed up specs.”

Why a PS5 Pro?

If this proves to be true, we won’t know why Sony opted to offer two consoles, at least for the time being. It’s possible this was their strategy all along.

However, it’s also possible that the originally planned PS5 was just too powerful to retail at anywhere near the $500 sweet spot. Perhaps this realization meant they had to make a less powerful version to appease consumers who just won’t pay more than $500.

While many, including ReviewTechUSA, are sceptical of the decision, it may allow Sony to distinguish between casual and hardcore gamers. There will be plenty who just want the PS5 console, while others will be more aware of how specs affect gameplay, and want the most powerful version.

Given the PS5 (and maybe the PS5 Pro) are expected to launch alongside Microsoft’s Xbox Project Scarlett in November 2020, more PlayStation 5 news shouldn’t be too far away.

CS:GO

3kliksphilip claims CSGO’s Deagle doesn’t need buff despite player outrage

Published: 28/Nov/2020 3:33

by Andrew Amos

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Philip ‘3kliksphilip’ Dyer has weighed into the CS:GO Desert Eagle debate, saying that the $800 hand-cannon doesn’t need a buff like players have suggested. Instead, the popular YouTuber believes the gun is well-balanced.

The Desert Eagle is one of Counter-Strike’s most iconic guns. Countless plays have been made with the hand-cannon, from Happy’s Play of the Decade Ace, to Xizt’s huge clutch way back in the 1.6 days for Fnatic.

However, recently players have gotten in an uproar over the gun feeling weaker than it ever has before. Dozens of posts have skyrocketed to the top of the /r/globaloffensive subreddit, all claiming the Deagle doesn’t live up to its former glory.

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The Deagle has been put under the microscope by the community for being weaker than ever before, but 3kliksphilip believes the claims are baseless.

“The Desert Eagle is flawed. Not because it is overpowered or underpowered, but because its intention is missed by the developers. It is supposed to be a high skill, high reward type of gun. Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case,” one post by Woody_S said.

However, YouTuber 3kliksphilip has debunked these claims, saying they’re not backed by facts. They’re reliant on nostalgia, which doesn’t even really exist, to base a point that the Deagle needs a buff.

“I think it’s dangerous to see older games as to what CS:GO should aspire to imitate. Compared to any other game in existence, CS:GO’s weapons have been far more rigorously balanced to ensure they all serve some sort of purpose,” he said in a November 27 video.

“All those frags you’ve seen from pros are as much luck as anything else. There was one difference back then, and that was the second shot fired was just as precise as the first.”

He broke down the stats of the Deagle to prove his point. The gun is one of the most accurate in the game, beating out all other pistols, and even most of the rifles. While it’s never claimed to be the “most accurate,” it’s still “surprisingly accurate,” like the weapon’s description says.

“The gun has never claimed to be the most accurate in the game, not by a long shot. The Deagle does live up to its expectation of being surprisingly accurate though.”

Valve did try to fill the community niche for a sniper-like hand cannon in the R8 Revolver, but that missed the mark due to the long wind-up. Now, the community wants that ideal gun to be the Deagle, which Philip says is illogical.

“For what people want from the Deagle, you’d be better off making an entirely new weapon to fulfil these criteria. But Valve did make a new weapon ⁠— they made the Revolver, which players can opt for instead of a Deagle, but don’t because it’s a bit rubbish.”

R8 Revolver in CSGO
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The R8 Revolver has failed to fill the void CS:GO players want.

There has been a decent patch proposed by community modders. The Weapon Balance Mod’s latest update, which 3kliksphilip highlighted, would decrease the Deagle’s high damage drop off, while reducing its base damage and armor penetration to reward headshots.

While these changes won’t be making it into the game properly, at least for now, 3kliks wants the community to realise that the Deagle is in a better spot than ever before. He used a side-by-side of 1.6 vs CS:GO as a comparison, and the Deagle in the 2012 release is far more accurate.

“As far as competitive Counter-Strike goes, RNG has always had a part to play with the Deagle. Those wanting less of the random element should be praising the gun for the state that it’s in right now in CS:GO in 2020.”