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Sony CEO reveals PlayStation 5 will be “100 times faster than PS4”

Published: 22/May/2020 7:42 Updated: 23/May/2020 8:46

by Brad Norton

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Sony’s CEO Kenichirō Yoshida revealed new PlayStation 5 details in a May 19 corporate meeting, highlighting processing speeds that are up to “100 times faster” than the current-gen hardware.

While gamers around the world hold their breath for an official release date, Sony continues to drip-feed new PS5 performance information. 

The upcoming console looks to raise the bar in terms of more than just graphical fidelity. Loading times look to become a thing of the past as Sony’s CEO has expanded on just how powerful their custom SSD truly is. 

Throughout the latest corporate strategy meeting, a wide assortment of long-term goals were mapped out. Chief among them were the ambitious ways in which Sony is looking to “revolutionize the game experience” with the PS5.

Resolution is one key area of improvement but so is “the speed of games.” What exactly does that mean? Through Sony’s brand new Solid State Drive, data can supposedly be processed roughly “100 times faster” than on the PS4.

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Next-gen loading screens could be over in a blink if they appear at all.

As a direct result of this leap, not only will loading screens be over in a blink, but large-scale games should feel more immersive than ever.

Wandering through a vast open-world in a next-gen Ubisoft or Rockstar title, for instance, could be seamless. Textures should load through the SSD in a split second without any hindrance to the experience.

“Players should be able to move through immense game worlds in almost an instant,” Yoshida explained.

He added visible loading screens could also be phased out entirely, similar to the likes of many first-party Sony titles like as 2018’s God of War. All processing could be handled in the background as new hardware keeps players steadily on their path.

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Sony’s new hardware appears to be a huge step up from the PS4.

Sony’s new DualSense controller was also a major talking point in the meeting. As was the “evolution of sound” through a custom 3D audio processing unit in the PS5.

Concrete details such as the price, release date, and launch lineup of the console, are yet to be locked in. However, anxious fans can expect a full unveiling in the coming months as the PS5 draws near.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.