Welcome to the Weekly Knockout, our weekly round-up of the biggest gaming news for the week ending 10th September. There’s actually little to talk about this week, aside from the official reveals of both the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro, and a snafu between Sony and Bethesda.
This Week’s Main New Stories
Long after it was leaked back in April, sighted in stores, un-boxed and even reviewed—the PlayStation 4 Slim was officially unveiled at the PlayStation Meeting this week. The PlayStation 4 Slim is, surprise, surprise, a slimmer version of the PlayStation 4 that will become the standard version of the console moving forward. The console will be available in select territories from 15th September, and will cost $299 / €299 / £259. It’s worth noting that other than being more energy efficient, the PlayStation 4 Slim will feature no enhancements over the current model, in fact, some consumers may even see the Slim as a downgrade thanks to Sony’ decision to phase out the PS4’s optical out port.
The PlayStation 4 Pro – previously codenamed PlayStation Neo – was also unveiled at Sony’s New York conference. The console will serve as a “complement [to] the original PS4” as opposed to being “…the start of a new console generation, nor is it a console that’s going to blur the lines between generations.”. The console will support HDR and 4K gaming (as a result of up-scaling), in addition to improving upon the visuals and performance of PlayStation VR games if compared to the current PlayStation 4. 4K and HDR support will be available for a range of current and upcoming games, such as Shadow of Mordor, inFAMOUS First Light, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Mass Effect Andromeda, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Spider-Man PS4 [working title].
In addition to supporting 4K gaming, the console will also feature a Netflix app that will feature over 600 hours worth of content including titles such as MARVEL’s Luke Cage. However, the PlayStation 4 Pro will not support 4K Blu-rays. Finally, the PlayStation 4 Pro will boast a 1TB HDD as standard, models with high storage capacity, or if the HDD can be replaced (as with both the PlayStation 4 current and PlayStation 4 Slim).
The PlayStation 4 Pro will release 10th November at the price of $399 / €399 / £349.
TT Games have announced that they are remastering LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 for PlayStation 4. The remasters will be available together as part of the LEGO Harry Potter Collection, with only a PlayStation 4 version being confirmed thus far. The collection will feature “enhanced graphics, environments, lighting, and visual effects”, and will include two downloadable content packs; a character pack and a spell pack (see below). The LEGO Harry Potter Collection will release October 18th in the US, and October 21st in the UK, costing $50/£40 respectively.
Characters included with the character pack:-
- Godric Gryffindor
- Harry (Yule Ball)
- Helga Hufflepuff
- Lockhart (Straightjacket)
- Luna (Lion Head)
- Hermione (Pink Dress)
- Ron Weasley (Ghoul)
- Rowena Ravenclaw
- Salazar Slytherin
Spells included with the spell pack:-
- Cantis – makes you sing
- Densaugeo – makes your teeth grow way too much
- Ducklifors – turns you into a duck
- Melofors – turns your head into a pumpkin
- Tentaclifors – turns your head into a tentacle
Bethesda announced this week that the purported mod support for Fallout 4 and the upcoming Skyrim: Special Edition will not be coming to the PlayStation 4. Speaking on the their blog, Bethesda has cited Sony’s apparent unwillingness to allow Bethesda to implement mods as they have on other platforms, specifically PC and Xbox One; –
“After months of discussion with Sony, we regret to say that while we have long been ready to offer mod support on PlayStation 4, Sony has informed us they will not approve user mods the way they should work: where users can do anything they want for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim Special Edition.
Like you, we are disappointed by Sony’s decision given the considerable time and effort we have put into this project, and the amount of time our fans have waited for mod support to arrive. We consider this an important initiative and we hope to find other ways user mods can be available for our PlayStation audience. However, until Sony will allow us to offer proper mod support for PS4, that content for Fallout 4 and Skyrim on PlayStation 4 will not be available.
We will provide an update if and when this situation changes.”
This Week’s Other New Stories
According to data provided by Famitsu, Nintendo’s latest entry in the Metroid Prime franchise, Federation Force has only sold 4286 copies during its first week on sale in Japan, which placed it at number 20 on the weekly sales rankings. Coupled with middling reviews (65 critic/51 user score on Metacritic), there seems to be little hope for Federation Force as a successful Metroid spin-off.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that Batman: Return to Arkham will finally release on 21st October, after a series of delays. The collection will include remastered versions of Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and all DLC for both games, with both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions costing $50/£40.
As discovered on the FAQ Section for EA Access, Titanfall 2 will not be included in the EA Access program, meaning that subscribers will not be entitled to any free trials, early access, or launch discounts for the game. Titanfall 2 is set for release 28th October.
This Week’s Spotlight
This Week’s Spotlight is where I shine the spotlight on my favourite article published on Ground Punch over the past week. This week’s spotlight is shinning on Evan’s review of Obduction, an adventure game developed by Cyan Worlds that acts a spiritual successor to the highly acclaimed Myst. Self-proclaimed as “not much of an adventure game enthusiast”, Evan was impressed with the game’s “clarity of purpose”, and the “the level of ingenuity and creativity” that its puzzles showcased, all of which results in a game that “[with] a $30 price tag, you’ve got no excuse not to be playing Obduction.” Be sure to check out his full review below.