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Upcoming Playstation 4 Update To Help Clean Up The Clutter

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PlayStation 4 operating system’s next major update is now out in beta for those who signed up for the test back in January of this year.

The new firmware will implement a number of changes to the user interface along with a supersampling mode for Playstation 4 Pro that is geared towards those who don’t a have a TV to support the 4K resolution.

Playstation’s latest blog post lays out all of the details, bells and whistles that are being rolled out.

  • HDTV Supersampling for PS4 Pro. As reported back in January, those who have a PS4 Pro but not a 4K TV can still take advantage of games that render to higher resolution. With supersampling, they will downscale to match the capabilities of the connected HDTV (i.e. 1080p or less). Though not applicable to all games, it still allows PS4 Pro owners who haven’t upgraded their television to see an improvement to image clarity.
  • PS Plus tab: It may not seem like a lot, but a new tab in the user’s games library now sorts out which games have been acquired by the PlayStation Plus subscription. For those with a lapsed PS Plus subscription, the titles still appear, but carry an icon showing they are locked until the user re-subscribes.
  • Play-time management: This utility is geared more to parents, or players who can’t control their habit. Under the Family Management tab in the settings menu, users will be able to check and manage their play time or apply restrictions that limit daily gaming to a certain length of time. Play-time management may be changed and monitored from PlayStation’s web and mobile apps as well.
  • Hiding apps: This convenience allows the user to disappear certain apps they won’t be using again, reducing menu clutter; think betas, trials or other demos.
  • PlayStation Now background music: The PlayStation 4’s streaming subscription now accommodates music the same as other games played locally from the console.
  • Notifications: Another clutter-clearing feature, this finally lets users clear out old notifications, or recurring ones.
  • Custom wallpapers from a thumb drive: Believe it or not, this hasn’t been possible yet. Now it is. Users can put their own images on a USB stick and set it as a wallpaper. Zoom and crop options are available, too.
  • Library UI changes: A new tab called “This PS4” will show every application installed to the system, and then a tab with the user’s name and avatar will show all of the games and applications they have acquired from PlayStation Network — again, to help users better manage and understand their application libraries.

Sony did not specify when the full release of firmware 5.50 would roll out to everyone.

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Gamactica Women Relaunches with New Vision

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Today, Gamactica announced the official relaunch of Gamactica Women, which was one of the first sections added to the social media platform, alongside the Stream Directory.

With a new vision, new direction, and new purpose, Gamactica Women is looking to do something positive and impactful across the gaming and streaming industries. And while it will be similar to other directories on Gamactica, it will also serve as something much more.

According to the official announcement posted on Wednesday morning (via Portals): “Today, I would like to introduce you to Eclipse, which is a section dedicated to creators who create content in mediums such as film, fan films, performances, stand up comedy, and more. With our powerful marketing structure, and our community of creators who create diverse content across a number of platforms, our mission is to create a space for fan film content creatorsindie film creators, and extended content creators that want to build visibility, improve networking, and build more connections within the content creation industry.

Much like our Content Creator Directory (aka the Stream Directory) we will be providing visitors direct access to content creators of this niche within the Gamactica platform, including previews of their work.

While we will be working with creators who make content in all genres, we will be really pushing the horror genre hard, due to our partnership with horror news website Fright Nerd, and the Fright Nerd Podcast which will be making it’s return soon. Through this partnership we will be able to expand on our benefits with exclusive interviews, trailer releases, and more via the Fright Nerd website.”

Gamactica Women is LIVE and accepting applications!

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Gamactica Unveils New Directory for Military Streamers, Military Content Creators, More

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On Monday, social media platform Gamactica officially announced the launch of a brand new directory and resource hub exclusively geared for Military streamers, content creators, gamers and more!

Gamactica Military will combine the power of the social media platform and their award winning internet marketing structure to provide additional exposure and visibility to active duty and veterans who are working in content creation, advocacy, gaming, esports, and more.

The section will also serve as a resource hub to improve connectivity and networking between different sectors of the industries, specific to those in the military.

“Similar to the Content Creator Directory/Stream Directory, the Military section will be a directory for Military streamers, gamers, Military content creators, as well as brands, stream teams, gaming groups, advocacy groups, non profits, charities and more. It is open to both active duty and veterans” the official announcement stated (according to Portals).

“It is important that, as our platform grows, we continue to evolve and also introduce meaningful sections that can positively impact the industry. Powered by our platform, and our award-winning marketing structure, It is my hope that this better connects the community, and helps create more visibility, more support, and better connectivity for active duty and military creators and brands.”

Check out the new section right here

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NAVI Releasing Documentary on s1mple

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NAVI is getting set to release a documentary that will follow s1mple’s life and explore his “ups and downs” as one of the most recognizable esports players with insight from former and current teammates, his family, commentators, analysts, and “many others” from the industry.

“I remember the time when we just signed a contract in 2016,” NAVI CEO Yevhen Zolotarov said in an official press release. “Honestly, now it’s hard to believe that it was already five years ago. For the esports industry, five years is quite a long period of time.”

“S1mple is a legend not only for NAVI but for esports in general,” co-founder and CEO of DMarket Vlad Panchenko said. “Therefore, the items that will be dropping during the NAVI watch party stream are also legendary and unique.”

DMarket has created a “unique drop-game” with exclusive items dedicated to s1mple to coincide with the release of the doc, and Natus Vincerewill be premiering a documentary about him on Twitch next month, to celebrate his fifth year with the brand.

Additionally, a NAVI watch party is also set for the doc, set to air on one of their upcoming twitch streams set to take place on September 8th at 11am CT.

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