Gran Turismo Sport: Free Limited Time Demo Launching October 9th

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If you’re a racing enthusiast I’m certain many of you have been salivating for a taste of Gran Turismo sport. Well wait no longer as of October 9th PlayStation will release a limited time demo for you to experience prior to the official release of Gran Turismo Sport which is set to release October 17th.

The demo is set to run for free but for a limited time which is from October 9th to October 12th. Also it should be noted that PS Plus users will be able to pre-load the demo as of October 7th. Which means this may be a bit of a hefty download. At any rate the demo will be available for preload October 7th at 8:00am PT, with access to the game on October 9th, at 12:00am PT. For everyone else, download and access to the demo starts October 9th at 6:00pm PT. The demo officially ends October 12th at 8:00am PT.

It should also be noted that the demo has a currency limit of up to 1MM of which can be transferred to the full game upon release. As well any vehicle that you may unlock during your demo play time will be transferable to your main game on October 17th.

This limited time demo will also give fans a in-depth preview of the full game’s features. This demo will be geared toward all levels of drivers, from first timers to 20 year veterans of the franchise. You drive and tune on your own terms, while the new matchmaking system ensures you’re always racing against others of similar abilities.

At the start of the demo, drivers will have the option to experience a taste of Sport, Campaign, or Arcade mode. New features such as the innovative Scapes Photography mode and Custom Livery Editor are also available for the very first time. More details for the limited time demo are detailed below via the PS Blog:

Gran Turismo Sport

In Sport mode, drivers can prove just how fast they are by putting down their fastest lap time. At the end of each qualifying session, it’s an all-out battle against other drivers with similar performance abilities ensuring each race is equal, fair, and highly competitive.

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Campaign mode gives players the chance to improve their driving skills across numerous challenges, missions, and circuit experiences. Each of these modes play a key role in making every driver better prepared for racing online against others. As you complete various trial and Daily Workouts, you will be awarded with numerous vehicle unlocks, in-game currency, and Experience Points, furthering your Driver Profile and personal garage.

Gran Turismo Sport

For those looking to just jump in and drive, the Arcade mode offers a wide range of vehicle classes on three pre-selected circuit configurations with different terrains. Whether you want to go for high-speed oval racing on Northern Isle, hone your technical skills on Dragon Trail, or drift sideways through the corners in rally, race on your own terms as you choose from multiple driving aids including braking and or steering to hone your skills. You can also race against a friend offline in the classic 2-player split screen mode.

Gran Turismo Sport

The True HDR workflow and physics-based rendering tech of Scapes must be experienced firsthand to be truly appreciated. This is not your traditional photo mode as each photo location contains all the light energy information of that scene, enabling you to place your personalized car in hundreds of real world locations.

To round out the demo experience, the Livery Editor allows you to add your own personal touch of customization through numerous logo designs. You can also change the color of the car, wheels, mirrors, hood, spoiler, and much more.

More insider information and videos will be released via GT Academy athletes and more as well in the coming weeks prior to release.

Editors Opinion: Although I’m not a sim racing fan I am open to giving this demo a try. I’m sure more experience GT fans are more informed on this game and are more than satisfied with what is being offered prior to the full game release. I am however interested in seeing this game with the HDR and all intact. And I am more than willing to give the Arcade mode a shot as I am more inclined to playing Arcade racers than Sims.

But enough of my thoughts what do you think. What Features would you like to see for Gran Turismo Sport. Are the offerings enough or would you like to see more implemented for the full game? Comment below and let us know. For more news make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

PS4 Firmware Update 5.00 Nobunaga Now Available for PS4 and PS Apps

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As you know we’ve previously given details for the 5.00 beta for standard PS4 and PS4 Pro. To where these features were speculated but today we have official confirmation as Sony has announced via the PS Blog the available features in this 5.00 firmware update. Here are the details as followed:

Family on PSN

We’re overhauling the current master/sub-account system, and introducing the new “Family on PlayStation Network.” This new system will offer a more flexible experience for families on PS4 by making it easier to setup PSN accounts for children and customize parental control settings. Below are the new features that will be introduced with family on PSN:

Family Manager, Parent/Guardian

Family on PSN will allow multiple adults to be part of a single family. The Family Manager can promote another adult inside the family to a Parent/Guardian, who can then customize parental control levels of children’s accounts.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Individualized Parental Controls

Before this update, the same parental controls were applied to all users on the same console, including adults. But with 5.00, all controls (including game age ratings) can be individually attuned for each child.

Friend List Management

In place of the current ‘Favorite Groups’ tab, we’re adding a new ‘Custom Lists’ tab within Friends, which allows you to create and edit custom lists of your friends. This makes it easier for you to manage your friends and access specific groups. For example, you can create a custom list of your Destiny teammates and easily send them raid invites.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Broadcast feature updates

Communities

If you own a community, you can now bind your community to your broadcast. When a broadcast is linked to a community, the community button appears on the Live from PlayStation spectator screen. Once a spectator clicks on the community button, they’ll be able to jump directly to your community page to check out the details.

PlayStation VR

We’ve added a new setting in PlayStation VR: Display Message to Spectators and Spectators’ Comments. Once this is enabled, spectator comments sent during a broadcast is displayed not only in cinematic mode, but also in VR mode. This makes it much easier for VR broadcasters to keep up on comments and communicate with their viewers.

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Good news Twitch users: with this update, PS4 Pro will support 1080p 60fps streaming on Twitch.

Messages Improvements

You’ve already been able to share your favorite music to Twitter and Facebook via PlayStation Music, but now you’ll also be able to share via messages using your PS4. If your friends are on PS4, they can listen to the track right inside the message by booting up Quick Menu, and if they’re on their mobile device, they can jump directly to the Spotify app from the PS Messages app to check out the song.

In addition, if you’re part of multiple message groups, you can now easily leave several groups at once. Just open up Options in the message list, select Leave, and choose the message groups you want to leave.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Notifications Updates

We’ve added a new setting that allows you to disable pop-up notifications while you’re watching a movie or TV show on your PS4. This setting is off by default, so go to Settings > Notifications to disable notifications and go uninterrupted during your videos.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Furthermore, you now have the option to turn off message previews on your pop-up notifications. If you turn this setting off, the pop-up notification will hide the message senders’ online ID and will display a generic user icon and message instead.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Lastly, you’ll have the option to change the color of your pop-up notifications to either white (default) or black.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Quick Menu Updates

If you want to keep an eye out on what’s happening under Notifications, like the progress of your game downloads/installations or new party invites, you can now access this directly from the Quick Menu so you don’t have to step away from your game every time you want to check your notifications.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Also, we’ve added a ‘Leave Party’ option in the Quick Menu, so you can easily exit a party and go right back to playing your game.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

In addition, now you’ll see the system clock in the upper-right corner of the screen when you pop open the Quick Menu.

Virtual Surround Sound on PS VR

PlayStation VR now supports 5.1ch and 7.1ch virtual surround sound on your headphones when watching Blu-rays and DVDs in Cinematic Mode, making for an even more immersive viewing experience

Improved Tournaments Bracket Viewer

We have a new bracket viewer that shows full tournament brackets for Single Elimination and Double Elimination tournaments on PS4. This makes it easier for you to see the current tournament standings.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

New System Language Additions

With this update, we’re adding the following system language options on PS4: Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai and Vietnamese.

Team Tournaments

Prepare to recruit the best players you know, because Team Tournaments on PS4 are almost here. With this new functionality, you’ll be able to compete against other teams for prizes and status.

Team Tournament functionality will kick off on October 5, shortly after the release of the 5.00 update. The initial batch of titles supporting Team Tournaments will be Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, World of Tanks and Mantis Burn Racing, with more on the way. Head over to the Events section on your PS4 to check out details for different Events and Tournaments, and to start creating your team.

You can join or own up to a maximum of 60 different teams, and each team will have an owner and captain(s) who can manage the team. Only teams will be able to register for official Team Tournaments. Your team will have its own customizable team page where you can see team member information, and view upcoming and ongoing events that your team is currently registered for and competing in. In addition, you can easily check out your team’s results in past tournaments with a new bracket viewer that shows full tournament standings for Single and Double Elimination tournaments directly on PS4. Communicating and coordinating with your teammates is also simple via the integrated team chat feature.

Follow Anyone

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Before 5.00, you were only able to follow Verified Accounts, but now you can follow any user without having to be friends with them (subject to privacy settings). This allows you to follow content creators, game broadcasters, and other gamers in a community without having to dip into your friends list. And at the same time, this will allow these users to expand their reach and build more interest in what they’re doing. Your What’s New feed will be updated with the activities of the users you’re following, so you can easily keep up on what they’re up to. And under Friends, you’ll see a new Who to Follow section that will give you customized recommendations of who you can follow. The recommendations will be displayed in separate categories, such as Featured Verified Accounts, trending users, and suggestions based on games you’ve recently played.

Messages Update

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We have one more feature to add to the list of updates coming to Messages on PS4. If you send a message that contains a link to a website, messages will now display a preview of the website, like headlines and thumbnails.

App Updates

Outside of PS4, some of our apps are getting updates today too:

PlayStation Communities

Following this update, you can switch the app into landscape mode when you flip your phone sideways, so you get a wider view of the app and it makes it easier to scroll through. In addition, you’re now able to view and post animated GIFs on community walls. We’re also adding the following languages to the app: Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai and Vietnamese.

PlayStation Messages

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Stickers for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Horizon Zero Dawn are being added. And similar to the PS4’s Messages update, the PlayStation Messages app will also be updated to display previews of a website if you’ve received a link. Support for Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai and Vietnamese are being added to the app.

Editors Opinion: Although these additions are nice. I would’ve liked to have seen more utilized for name changes, party chat expansions such as larger party count (At least 10-12 player count additions) and something more useful for the PS camera. As well as video messaging of per say 30 seconds to 1 minute clips to friends. Sadly with this update outside of a few welcoming features, I do not feel this warrants a full  5.00 update as previous updates were a bit more anticipated.

With firmware update 5.00 being fully revealed and available for download what do you think? are you satisfied with the results of this update to the PS4 and PS Apps? Comment below let us know and for more news make sure to check back with us here at Whats Up PlayStation.

Gundam Versus Open Beta Begins on September 2nd

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Gundam fans won’t have to wait to long to get their hands on the PlayStation 4 exclusive Gundam Versus. Starting on September 2nd fans will be able to play the open beta for Gundam Versus, with a pre-download made available on August 29th. The open beta doesn’t last too long though ending on September 4th. Gundam Versus is set to release in North America on September 29th, 2017.

GUNDAM VERSUS1Bandai Namco is giving fans a lot to try out for this beta. The open beta will include Ultimate Battle having fifteen online missions and thirty offline ones to try, offline Trial Battle, offline Free Battle, and the tutorial and five in-game tracks including “Missing Rink” and “Crossbone.” Most importantly it will feature online Player Match, online Casual Match in 1 vs 1, 2 vs 2 and 3 vs 3 forms.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to receive PS4 Pro support and more

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Ninja Theory is prepping to release Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice in the next coming weeks and we’ve been given the latest details in regard to the developer’s self proclaimed “AAA-Indie” title. First and foremost Ninja Theory have released a beautifully intense trailer for Hellblade which you can view below:

This trailer is intense, as it is interesting. It also provides all the more reason why this is one of August most anticipated games among many that are on the way to the PS4 in August alone. Trailer hype aside really does give life to the term “AAA Indie”. There is even more news to get excited about. As we all know Hellblade will be priced at an undeniably competitive price of $29.99 USD / €24.99 respectively. Also it should be noted if you pre-order the digital version via PS4 you will receive an exclusive PS4 Dynamic theme.

Also via press release today Ninja Theory has confirmed that Photo Mode that will be available in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice when it launches on August 8th on PS4. In addition to photo mode support on the PS4 and PC the PS4 Pro is set to receive a bit of some added features such as PS4 Pro’s support which details the decision to choose between “enhanced resolution” or a higher frame rate targeting 60 frames per second. Based on the recent trailer. Many of us here in the WUPS crew are looking forward to this title.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is will release on August 8th for PS4 and will be based on a unique art vision, ninja-class challenging combat, and strong character stories, presented within both Celtic mythology and Norse mythology,  last but not least Hellblade follows the personal journey of Senua as she embarks through a hellish world made up of Senua’s psychotic manifestations of her own reality and mind. With that being said Are you looking forward to this title do you think it will be worthwhile and what features do you feel are the most exciting? Comment below and let us know. For more news like this and more make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Closed Beta Delayed Until September

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Bandai Namco announced that the closed beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ has been delayed officially beginning September 16th-18th. The closed beta sign-up date has also been moved, with the new date to August 22nd, instead of the original July 26th date. Dragon Ball FighterZ is expected to released on the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One in early 2018.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. would like to thank all its fans for their tremendous support for DRAGON BALL FighterZ. We recently announced at EVO 2017 that the closed beta sign-ups for DRAGON BALL FighterZ would begin on July 26, 2017; due to the volume of excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this announcement, we have decided to expand the capacity of the closed beta in an effort to enable more players to participate in the program. 

We are also working to bolster our background systems to ensure that the closed beta registration and selection process can accept the volume of anticipated sign-ups. 

However, these efforts will necessitate a slight delay for the closed beta sign-up date, which will move to August 22, 2017 with the official start of the DRAGON BALL FighterZ Closed Beta officially commencing from September 16 -18. We would like to thank all of our fans for their patience and understanding; we look forward to sharing more news about the DRAGON BALL FighterZ Closed Beta program soon. Thank you.

The close beta will have nine playable characters, with newly introduced Piccolo, and Krillin joining Goku, Vegeta, Teen Gohan, Majin Buu, Freeza, Cell, and Trunks.

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Piccolo’s character explanation: Piccolo is considered to be one of the most technical characters with his expandable arm to grab his opponents. He has various ways to break the opponent’s guard and he can also fire fast and powerful beams. Players can charge up for a stronger attack by long-pressing the button. To create a huge blow, Piccolo can use his ability to release Ki blast from afar or for an effective strike, players can even connect it with a combo move!

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Krillin character explanation: Krillin doesn’t have that much reach and power but easily compensates with several different techniques such as the Kamehameha to fight a long-range game. He can also skillfully confuse his opponents by leaving an image of himself before turning into an attack. Furthermore, players have the choice to use the famous Senzu Bean. Fans will also be delighted to know that his signature and blockable attack is also included in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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Blazblue Cross Tag Battle Teaser Trailer

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Arc System Works is at it again dropping new fighting game for fighting game enthusiast. During EVO 2017 they announced BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. It’s a cross-over 2D fighting game that will arrive on console in 2018. It will feature characters from illustrious Arc System Works fighting game franchise like BlazBlue, Under Night in-Birth, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and newly joining the fighting game scene RWBY.

Ragna The Blood Egde:
blazblueYu Narukami:persona 4 arenaHyde Kido:Under Night in BirthRuby Rose:RWBYIn my opinion: Just giving me a game where I can battle with some of my favorite fighting game characters from Arc System Works, is a huge win for me personally. I can’t wait to mix it up with some of my favorite Under Birth in-Night and BlazBlue characters. Just please have Byakuya in this game! I do personally feel this game will be a console exclusive on PS4 and will also have a PC release later within 2018.

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Tekken 7- Geese Howard Reveal Trailer

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It is really fascinating to see Geese Howard making his way into the Tekken 7 ring later on this year. Geese is a notable legendary character from the Fatal Fury/The King of Fighters series and will have the chance to face off against the Tekken legends like Heihachi or Kazuya, making the statementI’ll destroy you all!Geese Howard T7In my Opinion: Players that use Geese Howard will have their opponents in fear with Atemi Nage counter as you send foes to the ground that gets in contact with you or if they approach send Geese’s famous wind slash Reppu Ken with both single and double versions present. I’m definitely loving how Bandai Namco kept a lot of the traditional Geese Howard specials and incorporated them into the 3D space of Tekken 7. It’s very similar to what they did with Akuma, great job!Geese Howard Winter 2017

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Samurai Shodown V Special Teaser Trailer

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Here is the official teaser trailer of  Samurai Shodown V Special for the PS4/PS Vita. Hopefully we get more information from SNK on when it will be release during EVO 2017. suijaFor more PlayStation related gaming news make sure to check back with us here at: “What’s Up PlayStation”

 

Sparc PSVR E3 2017 Trailer/Beta Sign Up

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Interested in competitive play using PlayStation VR? Well look no further CCP Games will be offering an experience like no other, introducing vSports with their game Sparc. Sparc will release later on this year and you can sign up for the beta right now. Hopefully we all can get in and get the competition rolling.

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CCP Games’ first-of-its kind, full-body virtual sport (vSport) Sparc™ is coming first to PlayStation®VR (PS VR) in Q3 2017. At launch, Sparc will be available to download from the PlayStation®Store. For more details about the game, visit http://www.playSparc.com or follow Sparc on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.

Sparc is a skill-based, fast-paced, and physical sport only possible in virtual reality. In Sparc, players utilize their PlayStation®Move motion controllers to aim and throw projectiles at each other inside a sleek virtual arena, while defending themselves by dodging, blocking, or deflecting incoming attacks from a live opponent. Players can compete against their friends or find challengers via online matchmaking.

Players can watch Sparc matches in-person and queue up for the next match through “Courtside,” a freeform social area that allows for spectating in VR. Sparc includes multiple two-player game modes as well as a selection of single-player challenges and training modes, plus a wide range of visually striking customization and personalization options for competitors.

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Source: Play Sparc