Tag: Feature

12
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

PS5’s Game Boost Feature Improves Certain Backwards Compatible PS4 Games

The PS5 launches around the world next month, and while there are still many lingering questions about how the system works, Sony has now shared some more details about its backwards compatibility. As with Xbox Series X, it appears a few previous-gen games will be improved when played on PS5 thanks to Game Boost, a feature that gives some PlayStation 4 games a performance boost on the newer console.

As detailed on the PlayStation support website, Game Boost allows certain PS4 titles to “run with a higher or smoother frame rate” when played on a PS5. However, Sony notes that this will only apply to “select” games; it appears the performance boost won’t be applied across the board, as Xbox Series X does with Xbox One games.

The company shed a bit more light on how the feature will work in a PlayStation Blog post. “Some titles with unlocked frame rates or dynamic resolution up to 4K may see higher fidelity. Additionally, PS4 games will also take advantage of some of PS5’s new UX features, but more to come on that later,” the company wrote.

Although we don’t know the majority of the games that will be making use of Game Boost, developer Sucker Punch confirmed that Ghost of Tsushima will take advantage of the feature. The open-world action game will get a 60 frames per second option when played on PS5. You’ll also experience much faster loading times on the next-gen system.

According to Sony, the “vast majority” of the PS4 library will be playable on PS5, although there are a few titles that won’t be compatible with the new system. Sony has also explained how to upgrade some PS4 games to their PS5 versions, and the process sounds fairly straightforward.

However, it appears there are a few quirks

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Black Ops Cold War’ Major PC-Exclusive Feature Confirmed Arriving To Consoles

KEY POINTS

  • “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” arrives on November 13
  • The game is playable on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series X and PS5
  • Treyarch recently confirmed that a previous PC-exclusive feature is available in the game’s console versions

“Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” players should be delighted following the game developer’s confirmation that a massive feature is finally arriving in the game’s console versions.

Earlier today, Treyarch announced on its official Twitter account that the Field of View slider would be available in all “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” platforms. With this feature, players would be able to adjust the width and height of what they could see in the shooter game. More visibility would be available for players using a monitor or television for the screen.

However, Treyarch warned “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” players that using a larger FOV could result in lower framerate and graphical issues. Unfortunately, the game developer did not reveal how drastic or non-drastic this drop may be. The FOV feature is one of the major features that console players have long been asking from Activision, but it has remained a PC-exclusive feature-until now.

While some “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” players would consider this as a small tweak, it makes a whole lot of difference in a first-person shooter title with potential opponents dispersed across the map that players need to find and eliminate before they get themselves killed. Moreover, the FOV feature would help even the playing field in multiplayer matches.

The new FOV feature of “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” could be found under

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Sony Accidentally Leaked Long-Awaited PS5 Feature

KEY POINTS

  • PS5 is set to arrive on November 12
  • PlayStation accidentally leaked a major PS5 feature
  • Sony later confirmed and offered some details about the upcoming PS5 feature

PlayStation has accidentally confirmed that the long-awaited feature that hardcore PS fans have been requesting is coming to PS5.

The information was leaked by the French arm of PlayStation. In a blog, it revealed that the PS5 would add trophy progress. Unfortunately, the blog did not offer many details about the feature, but it mentioned that it would be able to track the progress of earning individual trophies.

The new PS5 feature would make it easier for players to keep track of a certain amount of collectibles, wins, or kills, particularly if there is uncertainty on how much work is needed on the player’s part. This detail was not however, included in the English PlayStation blog but available in the French version.

PlayStation 5 console Sony released this picture on June 11 of its upcoming PlayStation 5 console, without revealing pricing or a launch date. Photo: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

Thanks to Google Translate, the French version reads, “On PlayStation 5, you will be able to track your progress towards earning individual trophies for compatible PS5 games. For example, sometimes you’ll see how many artifacts you have left to collect, or how many armor upgrades you need to get before unlocking the Trophy.”  Interestingly, it seems that this feature will not be retroactively applied to PS4 Trophies.

This new PS5 feature comes along with the revamped progression system to PlayStation Trophies that Sony mentioned earlier including the increase in the level cap from 100 to 999. The Player’s trophy progress

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Why Apple Didn’t Need FDA Approval for the Blood Oxygen Tracking Feature in the Apple Watch Series 6

Prior to releasing ECG functionality in the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple needed FDA approval for the feature, but the same isn’t true of Blood Oxygen monitoring in the Apple Watch Series 6 because Apple doesn’t see it as a medical feature.


As outlined by The Verge, pulse oximeters like the blood oxygen tracking feature in the Apple Watch are considered Class II Medical devices and documentation is generally required, but there’s a way around that. If a pulse oximeter is marketed as being for general wellness or fun rather than for a medical purpose, FDA documentation is not required.

That’s the reason why the blood oxygen tracking feature is not being marketed by Apple as a medical feature, and an Apple Support document clearly states that measurements taken using blood oxygen tracking are “not intended for medical use” and are designed for “general fitness and wellness purposes.”

The ‌Apple Watch Series 6‌ Blood Oxygen app provides no insight into blood oxygen readings, nor does it send alerts when a lower than normal blood oxygen level is detected, because that would be a medical feature.

Apple is prohibited from using the blood oxygen tracking feature from impacting the medical care that someone receives, which is a deviation from how the ECG functionality works. ECG readings from the watch are used to alert users of an abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation) and thus required greater oversight. Apple was required to provide the FDA with data proving that the feature can detect atrial fibrillation, which could be examined by experts.

Avoiding regulatory approval in the United States and in other countries permitted Apple to launch the blood oxygen feature in more than 100 countries. ECG availability is still limited because it requires medical approval in each country it launches in.


Michael

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

A Major PS5 Feature Won’t Work With Your TV At Launch

Since Mark Cerny’s “Road to PS5” briefing during GDC earlier this year, Sony has marketed its own proprietary audio innovations that will be included with the PlayStation 5. It’s broken down into two separate audio modes that work with either a headset or your TVs speaker, but only one will be ready for launch next month.

In a new blog post, Sony details some of the compatibility features of its new Tempest 3D Audio engine, which will be able to turn any headset into 3D Audio capable cans with games that support it. Sony mentions that its Pulse 3D wireless headset is one of the best ways to experience this on PS5, but stresses that all other headsets connected either via USB or the 3.5mm jack on the DualSense controller will be supported too.

Games will need to support 3D audio too, with Sony listing exclusives such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart as some examples. Some third-party titles, such as Resident Evil Village, will also support the feature. All of the games mentioned in the post are:

What won’t be ready for launch is the software implementation to bring 3D audio to your TV speakers. Sony says that this virtual surround sound feature is still in development and will be coming sometime after launch. When that might be isn’t alluded to in the post.

The PlayStation 5 is scheduled for launch on November 12, with Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, and more as launch exclusives. Some of the launch games, including Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, will also be on PS4. If you haven’t yet managed to secure a PS5 preorder, be sure to check out our PS5 preorder guide for stock alerts. You may have to be lucky in