Arc System Works Reveal more Characters for Blaze Blaze Cross Tag Battle!

 

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If you haven’t seen this weekend was quite the reveal and we’re not talking about football. We’re talking BlazeBlue: Cross Tag Battle. As we draw near the official release in 2018 Arc System Works has been privy with releasing details for this up and coming fighter. Well we’ve luckily been given the opportunity of another character reveal. And this time was it wasn’t just one character or game play. This go round it has revealed that Weiss Schnee is on the way to the BBCTB scene. As you can see below via the trailer that she’s not the only one that’s on the way. Check out the trailer below to see what we mean.

If you’re a fan in particular of the RWBY series you can see that Weiss is one of the fan favorites alongside others from the late great Monty Oum (Creator of the RWBY series). Moving forward, The trailer reveals not only Weiss but others such as Hazama from the blazeblue series.

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As well as Rachel Alucard from the series.

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As of now there is no set release date for the up and coming fighter only a release window of 2018. Although one would suspect that it will possibly release shortly after Dragon Ball FighterZ to avoid a conflict of interest and as well to let the Fighter game community (FGC) adjust and embrace the Dragon Ball FighterZ title first.

Editors Opinion: I am looking forward to this title as it has a great mixture of music from the Blazblue, UNIEL, RWBY and Persona 4 Arena Series. Although I particularly hope that they also include some characters from Persona 5. I am very much looking forward to playing this title. 3 Particular characters I am looking forward to and hoping to see on the roster are “Tager, V-13 (BlazeBlue Series) and Yang (RWBY Series). One can only hope, but overall this title is looking fantastic. I’m not too familiarized with the UNIEL characters outside of Mika, However I am looking forward to see what the lesser known titles are offering as well. 

But what do you think? What characters would you like to see. How do you think the game play looks. Are you interested in this fighter at all? 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.

PlayStation Reveals Two New Star Wars Battlefront II Bundles

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If you haven’t heard already it has been recently announced today that there are two new bundles on the way this holiday season.  With the release of Star Wars Battle front being a month away. PlayStation are celebrating the release of Star Battlefront II with the custom made Star Wars Battle Front PlayStation 4’s (PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro). And as expected PlayStation released a trailer today alongside this information to inform fans which you can see below:

The Limited Edition PS4 Pro bundle will hit shelves across the U.S. and Canada on November 14, 2017 for $449.99 USD (MSRP) / $549.99 CAD (MSRP). The Standard Edition will be available on November 17, 2017 for $299.99 USD (MSRP) / $379.99 CAD (MSRP). If you want to make sure you get your hands on one of these, pre-order your bundle starting today.

As you can see the bundle is custom made for PS4 Pro with a specially designed DualShock 4 controller. And the Standard (PS4 Slim as many call it) will include the game and a standard PS4 console.

But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts below on these two bundle announcements are you looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront II or are you seeking something else. Comment below let us know. For news like this and more make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

Star Ocean The Last Hope Remastered Heading to PS4 Consoles

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JRPG’s fans rejoice Square-Enix has revealed that Star Ocean: The Last Hope will be heading to PS4 and PC digitally Nov 28th in Japan. As of now there is no word on when this will hit the U.S. PSN but you can expect this to release soon in 2018 at best. With the release of this info here’s what PlayStation Users can expect with this remaster release:

PlayStation 4 Version

  • Resolution: From 720p on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 –> PlayStation 4 Pro: Maximum 4K / PlayStation 4: Full HD

  • Functionality to change image settings (shadow and blur settings, etc.)

  • Trophy support

  • Share button support

Editors Opinion: If you’ve been a bit disappointed with the recent iteration of star ocean. This may be the title you’ve been looking for depending on your taste. I know for me personally this was of the star ocean games that took me a bit of a while to progress in but the grind was worthwhile. Star Ocean is one of my most adored franchised that I was introduced to in my early PlayStation days. (Thanks my best friend John S. for that)

With that being said what do you think of this news are you interested in playing this Star Ocean Title? Have you play any of the other star ocean games or will this be your first Star Ocean game. 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.

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.

PlayStation 4 Pro

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

PS4 Firmware 5.0. Details Leaked

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As many of us know there per the last few years the PS4 has been keeping consistent with it’s firmware update beta’s. PS4 is continuing that trend with some detail’s being leaked. Although this is a leak and details could by all means not be final. Here’s a bit of info of what’s to be apart of the upcoming update as reported via EuroGamer:

Here’s the summary of what’s new:

  • PlayStation 4 Pro owners can stream via Twitch in 1080p at 60 frames per second.
  • The system’s master and sub account systems has been overhauled. New family accounts an feature multiple adult accounts in a single family, able to act in a parent / guardian role and set parental controls on a per-account basis, allowing each sub account different communications, content-viewing, and spending limit privileges. Request can also be sent to adult accounts on other PlayStation 4’s to join the same family.
  • Players can follow any user.
  • Notifications have been added to the Quick Menu. Uploads and downloads status can also be checked here.
  • Push notifications for events.
  • Spectator comments on screen while broadcasting in virtual reality mode.
  • Broadcasts can be linked to a PlayStation Community.
  • Language support for Czech, Thai, Greek, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Romanian and Hungarian.
  • Behind-the-scenes support for bundle and compilation discs, with or without add-ons, and discs which support games and add-ons (such as a “Game of the Year Edition”), which do not require developers rework any code.

Opinion: Although these are great ideas and features to be added. These details leave much to be desired for this to be an entire update to the big 5.0 firmware update. However it should be taken into account this is leak which isn’t an official release and may not (hopefully) include all the details for the upcoming firmware beta or even the official release of the official firmware update itself.

But what you do think? What would you like to see for this upcoming update? What features are you still waiting for? Comment below let us know and for more news and all things PlayStation make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

Check out the Hidden Dragon Legend Trailer

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It seems that 2D action games aren’t dead yet and isn’t showing any chances of slowing down for PS4 users. Hidden Dragon Legends aims to take you on the fast-paced ride of combo fighting as reported via press release:

Hidden Dragon Legend is 2.5D action platformer taking place in Imperial China, combining classic platform action with fast-paced combo fighting. Players’ reflexes, timing and persistence will be challenged to the max!

Powered by the Unreal 4 Engine, Hidden Dragon Legend will make players utilize all their skills in combat, acrobatics, and puzzle-solving to navigate their way through tough enemies, powerful bosses and Metroidvania-style puzzles while building their fighter through an extensive skill tree that allows players to customize their fighting style.

What do you think? Are you interested in this title? Do you think PlayStation needs more titles like these comment below and let us know. For more news make sure to check us out here at What’s Up PlayStation!

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.

Final Fantasy XV MP Closed beta Expansion “Comrades” coming next week

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If you’ve been holding out for the Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer expansion fret no longer. Because it’s heading out to PS4 season pass owners next week via a closed beta. It’s been previously mentioned that you would be able to play with friends in many of the active time battle reports that Hajime Tabata holds, where in speaks on improvements on the FFXV early pre-release/release days. With that being said there are still further details that need to be announced but according to the Square Enix press release here’s a list of the changes coming below:

This closed online test is an exclusive preview that allows you to experience select elements of the upcoming multiplayer expansion. Take your custom avatar on multiplayer quests with up to three other players. Noctis and his friends will also be made playable at a later date.

TEST VERSION FULL VERSION
Requirements Requires purchase of Season Pass and a subscription to PlayStation®Plus membership. Requires FINAL FANTASY XV and purchase of either MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES or Season Pass. Also requires a subscription to PlayStation®Plus subscription.
Available Available August 3 to August 8, 2017 (projected) Availability TBD *Details Forthcoming
Playable Characters Create, control, and save up to eight avatars. Develop avatars using experience gained from defeating enemies and completing quests. Updates will allow you to also play as Noctis, Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis.
Avatars Customize avatars with elements limited to the test version. Unlock customization elements with item purchases at outposts and quest rewards. Updates will add even more elements.
Outposts Begin at test version base camp and play through a custom tutorial. Experience a city with much more than the test version base camp.*Details Forthcoming
Weapons Choose from katana, club, dagger, and shuriken weapons. Attack patterns vary from those of Noctis. Enjoy an expanded arsenal featuring polearm, crossbow, and shield weapons as well, which also feature different attack patterns. Weapons come with preset abilities and experience points, and can be leveled up by meeting certain conditions.*Details Forthcoming
Royal Sigils Invoke the powers of sovereigns for your avatar with this new feature. Equip one of four default royal sigils in the test version. Collect and equip royal sigils as you progress. The wide array of enhancements provided by the royal sigils will play a key role in cooperative multiplayer combat.*Details Forthcoming
Quests Choose from one of three quests, with up to three legs to each quest. All players will be matched online in the test version. Explore quests with storylines as well as singleplayer quests. Join up to three other players online with a subscription to PlayStation®Plus or an Xbox Live Gold membership, or fight alongside three AI companions.
Meals Retrieve one ingredient per person per quest, and have the camp cook prepare a meal afterward. Encounter more cooks and enjoy a wider range of meal-based boosts.
Meteorshards Receive meteorshards as quest rewards. Meteorshards cannot be used in the test version. Gather meteorshards during quests to expand the scope of available activities or to unlock new quests.*Details Forthcoming
Added Features Interact with other players using preset chat messages. Also supports voice chat. Enjoy these additional features:

  • Make Camps for Meetups with Friends
  • Expand/Customize Preset Chat Messages
  • Receive Quest Report Cards
  • Take New Photographs, and more!

*Details Forthcoming

What do you think of the MP closed beta implementation? Does this lure you back to the gave if you currently own it? Does this make you want to purchase the game due to a lack of  an MP on it’s initial release? What changes would you like to see implemented in the FFXV title now that it has multiplayer content being added?  This is a first for a standlone FFXV title to have an MP later added. The closed beta begins  August 3rd to August 8th.  Check out a few images below and let us know  what you think. For more news and all things PlayStation related make sure to check back with us here at what’s up PlayStation.