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Sony CEO reveals “niche” PS5 will be targeted at “hardcore gamers”

Published: 1/Jul/2019 15:24 Updated: 1/Jul/2019 15:39

by Marcus Banks

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Sony’s CEO has revealed new details surrounding PlayStation’s next-generation console, the PS5, revealing it will be targeted at “hardcore gamers who obsess over the latest features”.

Fans are eagerly awaiting more news surrounding the console after many exciting specifications were revealed at the start of June, including the ability to play games not only in 4k quality, but also 120hz.

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With competitors Microsoft working on Project Scarlett, analysts suggested that Sony may look to get ahead in the console war by releasing the PS5 far sooner than anyone expected, in the holiday season of 2020.

SonySony have kept cards close to their chest regarding PS5 news.

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Sony CEO – Kenichiro Yoshida – opened up the discussion further, revealing the “niche” console would primarily be targeting “hardcore gamers” who “obsess over the latest features.”

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He highlighted features such as ‘ray tracing’, which would allow for better optical effects in areas of low light, will appeal to these types of players – given the feature has only just been made available in some gaming PCs.

“Details when making games have become more important than ever,” Yoshida said.

SonyThe PS5 may implement ray tracing to greatly enhance games.

The CEO seemingly confirmed the PS5 will have never before seen specifications, suggesting that players won’t be able to go without the changes in hardware.

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He added: “[The PS5] will dramatically increase graphic-rendering speed. [The change] clearly demonstrations why it makes sense to have a next-generation console.”

Also, in the report, a ‘company official’ takes a subtle jab at fellow developer Nintendo, stating that they “aren’t perceived as a major rival” because their users tend to be much younger than the PlayStation demographic.

Regardless of whether Sony consider Nintendo a significant competitor or not, they will want to ensure the PS5 meets expectations with Microsoft hot on their heels.

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Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.

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As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.

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Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.

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