This Week in Gaming #3

This article corresponds to the week of Oct 2, 2017.

We are back for another week of your video gaming news roundup. Be sure to check back every week for the hottest stories in the world of video gaming. There is a bit of a lull in the big game releases this week, but consider this the calm before the storm as October has some of the biggest game releases of the year.

So let’s dive into this week’s gaming news.

PS4 5.0 Update

PS4s big 5.0 update is now live and available to everyone. The 375MB patch will be a mandatory download, but fear not, as it comes with many small improvements to the operating system.

Some of the updates may not be relevant for all of you, but for PS4 Pro users who like to stream, you’ll find that you can now stream at 1080p and 60FPS – a welcomed addition I’m sure.

The friend’s list and supporting functionality have also been greatly improved in this latest patch. You can now create lists of friends and then simply send them all an invite at once. This is handy if you have a group of friends you play a specific game with and can save you a decent amount of time, as we all know how frustrating it can be to go through adding each person individually.

There are many other changes around parental controls and notification improvements. The full list of all changes can be found below:

Main Features In Version 5.00 Update

  • You can now add users of your PS4 as family members. This makes it easy to manage your child’s account information and to restrict PS4 features. To add family members, select (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management].

  • As the family manager, you can set up your family.

  • Up to seven family members (including you) can be in your family and use online features.

  • Multiple adults can be in your family. The family manager can make other adults in the family parents or guardians. The family manager and family members who are parents or guardians can adjust parental controls for the children in your family.

  • You can configure parental control settings for each child. Using parental controls, you can restrict the use of online features and communication with other players, set restrictions for games, restrict the use of the Internet browser, and set spending limits for PlayStation Store.

  • You can configure parental controls anytime from your PC or smartphone.

  • You can now follow anyone, not just verified accounts. Select (Follow) on a person’s profile screen, and their activities and broadcasts will appear in [What’s New]. You automatically follow your Friends, but you have the option to unfollow them.

  • Recommendations for who to follow are now offered based on the games you play. Select (Friends) > (Follow).

  • You can now choose who can follow you and who can see your follow list. Select (Settings) > [Account Management] > [Privacy Settings], and then configure each setting.

  • (Custom Lists) has been added to (Friends). Create custom lists to easily organize your Friends and choose players to send messages or game invitations to.

  • For certain broadcasts, (Communities) now appears on the (Live from PlayStation) viewing screen. To access the broadcaster’s community, select (Communities).

  • You can now view (Notifications) on the quick menu.

  • The following languages have been added as system languages.

  • Czech, Indonesian, Hungarian, Romanian, Vietnamese, Greek, Thai.

  • When broadcasting PlayStation VR gameplay, you can now see spectator comments on your VR headset screen.

Other Features In Version 5.00

  • For (Messages), screen layout has been improved, and the following features have been added.

  • You can now receive music that has been shared with you as a message. Select the message to play the music.

  • Messages containing a URL now display a preview.

  • The following features have been added to the quick menu.

  • You can now select [Leave This Party] to leave the party.

  • You can now see albums and playlists for songs playing in Spotify.

  • A clock has been added.

  • The following features have been added to (Settings) > [Notifications].

  • You can now disable pop-up notifications during video playback.

  • You can now choose the color of pop-up notifications.

*  You can now choose to show or hide message details in notifications.

  • You can now choose to broadcast in 1080p (60 fps) when using Twitch on your PlayStation 4 Pro.

  • You can now enjoy Blu-ray Disc and DVD content in virtual surround sound when you connect headphones to PlayStation VR.

Stranger Things Game

There is a Stranger Things game now available on both the iOS and Android store for free and surprisingly, it’s pretty good. The appropriate retro looking game is being used as a way to promote the highly anticipated second season of the Netflix show. With so many gaming references in the show already, it seems fitting they should finally get their own game.

Now fans of the show have a chance to explore areas on the show like Hawkins Lab, Jim Hoppers’s House and Mirkwood Forest, as well as playing as some of their favorite characters from the show.

The best thing about this game has to be that not only is it free, but there are no in-app purchases. So go and enjoy it and ready up for the new series of Stranger Things. Updates are also promised to incorporate the new season when it finally hits Netflix on October 27th.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 PC requirement for Beta Revealed

The specifications required for this week’s Battlefront 2 beta have been released, and they’re far from surprising. Being a beta title, these may obviously change during the full launch but the first thing to note is that you’ll need 15GB of hard drive space.

The beta runs from October 6th - 9th or for those who chose to pre-order, you will have had access from October 4th. Progress from the beta will not carry forward when the game launches as EA have stated that they wish everyone to start on the same level playing field – which is fair, I think.

The full game is due to release on November 17th for PS4, Xbox, and PC. For those of you too impatient to wait (me included) download the beta today and start your weekend of Star Wars.

Minimum PC System requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350

  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i5 6600K

  • Memory: 8GB RAM

  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB

  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB

  • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent

  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

  • Hard-drive space: 15 GB

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later

  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX 8350 Wraith

  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 6700 or equivalent

  • Memory: 16GB RAM

  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB

  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

  • DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent

  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

  • Hard-drive space: 15 GB

Game Releases This Week

Forza Motorsport 7Xbox One, PCOct 3, 2017
Battle Chasers: Night WarPS4, Xbox One, PCOct 3, 2017
Stardew ValleySwitchOct 5, 2017
A Hat In TimePS4, Xbox One, PCOct 5, 2017
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark ArisenPS4, Xbox OneOct 5, 2017
Mario & Luigi: SuperStar Saga + Bowser’s Minions3DSOct 6, 2017
Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.