Sony Anounces PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim
At the Playstation Meeting 2016, Sony announced two new old consoles: the PS4 Slim, because of course that was going to happen, and the PS4 Pro, an incremental update on the specs of the current version. Just as Project Scorpio will be an incremental update to the Xbox One, the PS4 Pro will be a slightly better PS4 with 4K support. Well, sort of—the console won't have 4K Blu-ray support. Considering the PS2's role in popularizing DVDs, and the PS3's role in popularizing Blu-rays, that doesn't bode well for the 4K UltraHD Blu-ray format—or it doesn't bode well for the PS4 Pro. Sony says this is because people don't really care about discs and just want to stream things—which is probably true, but means it's a little more than confusing why Sony releases so many movies on the format.
GameCube Emulator Dolphin Can Now Run Every GameCube Game
Did you have a GameCube? I personally didn't, and I don't think I know anyone who did. Sometimes I forget it even exists. But the developers of Dolphin, the GameCube / Wii emulator (they use the same hardware), certainly haven't forgotten about it. For the past twelve years, they've continually improved their emulator, finally reaching the point where every single game made for the GameCube is playable. The final game to fix? Star Wars: The Clone Wars, whose usage of the memory architecture of the GameCube is unique among all titles. Dolphin's entire memory management functionality had to be rewritten to support this one game. Impressive dedication!
Nintendo Delays Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem Games Until 2017
Mobile adaptations of well-known video game franchises are always fun, right? That's usually not how I see it, but you're entitled to your own opinion. If that was your opinion, then you're probably disappointed to hear that Nintendo's delayed their mobile entries into the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem universes until 2017. With so little information about either game, it's hard to feel any sadness about this, but again—you're entitled to an opinion.
Even if it's wrong.
Duke Nukem 3D Remaster Coming Soon
Wow, isn't it weird how we haven't gotten an entry in the Duke Nukem franchise since 1996? That's strange. They should try to make a new one. Until then, though, there's the Duke Nukem 3D World Tour, coming out October 11th. It features new levels, new voice lines, a better renderer, eight-player multiplayer, co-op, bot battles, a new flamethrower weapon, and a new enemy. Frankly, this seems like more of a port than a remaster, but what do I know!
Sony Refunding Gran Turismo Sport Pre-orders
Gran Turismo Sport, as the name would imply, is the latest entry in the Gran Turismo series. The game was originally coming out on November 18th, but Sony pushed it back to some point in 2017. Because of this, they are apparently cancelling and refunding pre-orders. This is rather suspicious—leaving the option for customers to cancel if they'd like seems reasonable, but why cancel pre-orders altogether, unless you know they're going to be disappointed with the final product? Who knows. Sony knows. They're not telling.
Bethesda Says No Fallout 4 or Skyrim Mods on PS4, Blames Sony
For those of you who play Bethesda's much-lauded highly-disappointing recent titles on PS4, you might've been pretty excited when you heard that you would finally be able to use mods, like all of the friends of yours who played on PC and would make fun of you. But Bethesda's now saying that they can't bring mods to PS4, because Sony won't let them. Now, I'm no conspiracy theorist, but this press release kind of reads like the kind of thing you'd write if you actually were at fault but you were trying to switch the blame to someone else. I feel like there's more to the story here.
Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, said on Twitter that he believes that all platforms should be open to mods. That's a thing he said.