PlayStation introduces the Mini Wired Pad for PS4

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Hori has announced the officially licensed Mini Wired Gamepad for PlayStation 4, designed with younger gamers in mind. The controller is 40% smaller than the DualShock 4 and is said to have a simple form factor with a flat design to make it easy to fit into smaller hands. Most importantly, the controller has a low price of $29.99 USD (MSRP) / $39.99 CAD (MSRP), making it a great purchase for companion play on games like Knack 2, Sonic Mania and more.

The Mini Wired Gamepad includes the expected functions to play most PS4 games while still providing a great gaming experience – that includes the right and left sticks, R1/L1/R2/L2 buttons, directional buttons, and action buttons. Certain touch pad inputs can be simulated via the left or right sticks.

The wired controller includes a 10ft cable, making for an easy plug-and-play experience. However the controller does not include some features of DualShock 4, including a touch pad, light bar, stereo headset jack, speaker, vibration, or motion sensing, it comes at a great value and helps open gaming to the whole family. You can check out more detailed information for the gamepad here.

The blue Mini Wired Gamepad launches across U.S. and Canada this holiday.

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Editors Opinion: As a father I’m definitely considering purchasing this for my daughters as they are a bit harder on controllers, more so than I would like to admit. This is a great value for me personally and though it lacks a bit of what most PS4 controllers have, it would provide a great introduction for younger kids with it being made for those with smaller hands. A Definite must by for parents.

What do you think of this controller? Is what you would expect and do you think it’s a great value for kids? Comment below and let us know. For news like this and more make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

Sony reveals new PSVR model to release soon with slight changes ahead

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If you’re still on the fence about VR Sony has made a few changes that could possibly change your mind and maybe place the peripheral up your buyers list. Per the PlayStation blog the new updated PSVR FAQ post detailed the changes ahead:

Is there a new PlayStation VR model? How is it different?

A hardware update to PlayStation VR is being prepared. The new version, model number CUH-ZVR2, features an updated design that enables the stereo headphone cables to be integrated with the VR headset and a slimmer, streamlined connection cable. There’s also an updated Processor Unit that supports HDR pass through, enabling users to enjoy HDR-compatible PS4 content on a TV without having to disconnect the Processor Unit in between the TV and the PS4 system. This function can be used only when the VR headset is turned off.

When will the new PS VR model become available in North America? How much will it be?

We will share details on the launch timing in North America at a later date. The pricing of the PS VR bundles will remain the same.

How can I distinguish between the old PS VR headset and the new one when I’m purchasing?

The packaging for PlayStation VR will change slightly when the new model hits stores. To differentiate, look for the model number printed on the box. The previous PS VR’s model number is CUH-ZVR1, and the new PS VR’s model number is CUH-ZVR2. Also, the product image on the packaging will be updated to show changes on the new model, like the integrated headphones on the VR headset.

If I already own a PS VR, can I swap out my old Processor Unit with the updated one?

Because the cables of CUH-ZVR1 and CUH-ZVR2 are different, you cannot swap the Processor Units.

Are the PS VR games I already own compatible with the new model?

Yes, all PS VR games are compatible with both PS VR models.

Editors opinion: “Me personally this makes me more eager to purchase a PSVR after now acquiring a 4K HDR television ( Which I am currently an 1 week old owner of such). I initially planned on purchasing a PSVR by 2018 anyway so this is actually perfect. At any rate I feel this creates an incentive to purchase a PSVR even more now. 

How do you feel about this news? Does this create even more or less of a reason to buy. Current owners of the new PSVR model what are your thoughts? Comment below and let us know. For news like this and more make sure to check with us here at Whats Up PlayStation.

Platinum Wireless Headset Available January 12th, 2017

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Audiophiles and gamers as reported via the PS Blog today. It has been revealed that the Platinum Wireless Headset, will be available on January 12 for $159.99 (MSRP), $199.99 (CAD). I know many gamers like myself have been eying this beauty since the initial PS4 Pro reveal back in September. Prior to delaying the headset from 2016’s Holiday line up. Sony since then has been pretty quiet about the headset until now. Here’s the details below.

The headset showcases enhanced, highly positional 7.1 virtual surround sound powered by PlayStation’s proprietary 3D audio technology. Hidden noise-cancelling microphones provide crisp, clear communication without the need for a boom mic. The headset combines superior construction and design offering style, durability, and maximum comfort – especially for long gaming sessions. Platinum is compatible with PlayStation VR and mobile devices using the included 3.5mm audio cable.

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You may be familiar with 3D audio from PS VR games, which simulates the effect of audio arriving at your ears from different directions and distances to mimic the behavior of sound in real life. The Platinum Wireless Headset brings 3D audio to PS4 games, making for incredibly immersive experiences. At launch, Naughty Dog will be the first to incorporate 3D audio into a game with a patch for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. A variety of upcoming games will support 3D audio including MLB The Show 17, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Days Gone with more to come.

The team at Naughty Dog was excited to take advantage of this new technology to make Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End sound better than ever. Check out the video below to hear more about how 3D Audio brings new life to Nathan Drake’s adventure

 

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We showed the Platinum Wireless Headset at PlayStation Experience, so some of you may have already had the chance to try it. From the premium construction to the high-quality sound, we’ve worked hard to make this our best gaming headset to date.

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So mark the date PlayStation nation. January 12th. The PlayStation Platinum headset releases let us know in the comments are you looking forward to the headset or will you hold off a bit for a better deal on other PlayStation 4 headsets. For more news check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation!!

 

Japan is Ready for PlayStation VR

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We are only hours away from the launch of PlayStation VR, and gamers are already lining up outside of their local GameStops, Best Buys or at home clearing space waiting for their delivery.

Japanese gamers started lining up in front of  “Yodobashi Akiba” a popular store in Japan around 3 AM, and the store opens at 9:30 AM. Picture below was taken by Twitter user Success.

Hours later you can see the line going around the corner towards the subway station, shown by twitter user kirifurikogen and halne369. According to them there were about 150 people at this time.

About an hour later kaztsu took a picture of the same line which grew to 200 people!

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Now we definitely seen longer lines from Japan years ago, but I’ll say this is a positive sign for a device that some gamers consider a gimmick. How do feel about PSVR? Will you be picking it up day one? Are you still not sold on VR yet?

For more gaming news make sure to check back with us here at: “What’s Up PlayStation”.

Source: Dualshockers

New Official PS4 Peripherals Announced

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Alongside the announcement of PlayStation 4 Pro and the PlayStation 4 Standard (once thought to be PS4 Slim) PlayStation has also announced a handful of new PS4 Peripherals. And a new revision to the Dualshock 4. As relayed by sony:

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  • New Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (CUH-ZCT2 series)

The new Wireless Controller for PS4 (DUALSHOCK®4) allows the light from the light bar to emit on the touch pad, making a new luminous line in the same color as that of the light bar.  This provides gamers with visual information, such as which character they control or health status, at a glance for more intuitive gameplay.  Furthermore, the new DUALSHOCK®4 supports USB communication*3in addition to the currently available Bluethooth® communication, allowing users to have control also via cable.  The new DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller will be available at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of 5,980 yen, $59 USD, €59 and £54*4.

< Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4)>
Product name Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®4)
Color Jet Black
Product code CUH-ZCT2 series
MSRP JP 5,980yen (excluding tax), US$59, EU€59 and £54*4
External Dimensions Approx.161mm x 57mm x 100mm (width x height x depth)

(excludes largest projection)

Weight Approx.210g
Keys / Switches PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), R1/L1/R2/L2 buttons, Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3 button, Touch Pad Button
Touch Pad 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
Motion Sensor Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
Other Features Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
Ports USB (Micro B), Extension Port, Stereo Headset Jack
Communication Specifications Bluetooth® v2.1+EDR

USB HID Class, USB Audio Class

Battery Type Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
Voltage DC3.65V
Capacity 1000mAh
  • New PlayStation®Camera (CUH-ZEY2)

The redesigned PlayStation®Camera (PS Camera)*3 inherits all the features available on the current model, including PlayStation VR (PS VR) support*5, and features a new compact cylindrical form.  PS Camera includes a stand allowing users to easily adjust the angle of the PS Camera and set it up in their preferred location, such as on top of their TV or entertainment center. The new PS Camera will be available at a MSRP of 5,980 yen, $59 USD, €59 and £54*4.

<PlayStation® Camera >
Product name PlayStation®Camera
Product code CUH-ZEY2
MSRP JP 5,980yen (excluding tax), US$59, EU€59 and £54*4
External Dimensions Without Stand: Approx. 159mm x 28mm x 28mm

(width x height x depth)

Weight Without Stand: Approx.152g
Video Pixel  (Maximum) 1280 x 800 pixel x 2
Video Frame Rate 1280×800 pixel @ 60fps,

640×400 pixel @ 120fps,

320×192 pixel @ 240fps

Video Format RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
Lens Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
Capture Range 30cm~∞
Field-of-View 85°
Microphone 4 Channel Microphone Array
Connection Type PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
Cable Length Approx. 2m
Included PlayStation®Camera x1

Stand x 1

  • Vertical Stand (CUH-ZST2)

The vertical stand is specifically designed for the new slimmer PS4 and PS4 Pro*6.  To bring out the best of both system designs, the stand was made with translucent material to resemble the “shadow” of the system when set vertically.  Two different attachments are bundled so users can mount either the slimmer PS4 or PS4 Pro with ease. The new vertical stand will be available at a MSRP of 2,280 yen, $24 USD, €19 and £16*4.

<Vertical Stand >
Product name Vertical Stand
Product code CUH-ZST2
MSRP JP 2,280yen (excluding Tax), US$24, EU€19 and £16*4
External dimensions Approx. 295mm x 9.5mm x 116mm (width x height x depth)
Weight Approx. 129g
Supports CUH-2000 series, CUH-7000 series
Included Vertical Stand for PlayStation®4×1

Attachment( CUH-2000 series) x 1

Attachment(CUH-7000 series) x 1

Mounting screw x 1

  • Platinum Wireless Headset

The Platinum Wireless Headset, which will be available at a MSRP of 18,000 yen, $159 USD, €179 and £129*4, is a high-end gaming headset that makes games on PS4 come alive with rich and immersive audio. The headset boasts premium construction and materials for extra comfort, as well as enhanced highly positional 7.1 virtual surround sound powered by SIE’s proprietary 3D audio technology. Select PS4 games supporting 3D audio for the headset will deliver surround sound from all directions, including above and below you, for more immersive experiences. The new premium headset also features multi-position, hidden noise-cancelling microphones for clearer chat and is also compatible with PS VR and mobile devices using an included 3.5mm audio cable.

 What do you think of the new design and look of the peripherals? Do you like them or think the redesign isn’t your particular cup of tea? Comment below let us know. And for more PlayStation related news make sure to check back here at: WhatsUpPlayStation.com

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