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Sony is Definitely Working on an Upgraded PS4 Called PlayStation 4K
A couple of days ago, I wrote about a rumor that Sony was working on an upgraded PS4 that Kotaku called PS4.5. With the little amount of news surrounding this thing, I was worried that all of us with PS4s would have to pick up a new one. And after reading a bit of this article I found on eurogamer, I don't think that'll be the case. They confirm that Sony is definitely working on an upgraded PS4 that is capable of playing 4K visuals (that they're calling PlayStation 4K) but they really speculate as to why Sony is making an upgraded system. They list 3 options (I took screenshots of their speculations and you can check them out below) but to be completely honest with you, I don't really understand all the tech jargon they use in 2 of the 3 options. Seriously, I know they're talking about tech hardware in this paragraph. But I have no clue as to what it means. Even when I read the full segment, it still made my head spin. I honestly hope this option isn't what's close to reality because I don't really feel like shelling out more money for a new PlayStation. Option 2 looks like it's the option I'd be the least happy with. If the quality of games/software for the existing PS4 drops because they focus on the PS4K, I'd be pretty upset. Or as @JayAndre said in a comment on the last card I wrote about this update: "If I have to get this to play kingdom hearts three I'mma be hella pissed". I'll be pissed too, buddy. Now this option seems like the most likely to happen. Only because the history of Sony and what they do with their consoles stand as a precedent. Ever since the PS1, they've been releasing slimmer, and sometimes better, versions of their consoles. I currently own a Slim PS2 and that thing still runs like an old car I learned how to repair. It was only a matter of time for PS4 to get its own Slim version and it might just be this PS4K they're working on. But again, we can't be too sure. If you're interested in reading the whole article, you can do so here. But what do you guys think? Do any of the options look appealing to you? I'd love to see what a PS4 Slim would look like and if it has 4K capabilities, it might be more appealing to the consumer who has yet to pick up a PS4. @RaquelArredondo @Jelloston @LAVONYORK @alexthegreat475 @SAMURXAI @Robeazzy @shannonl5 @ButterflyBlu @kindaru @AlexanderBeta @RainaC3 @lanejlzero @matildajgarrett @martinsebastian @JackMehoff @YessicaCardenas @DaniVO @Ticasensei @lanejlzero @MoisEsGaray @Animaniafreak @TylerDurso @arnelli @Rockron97 @ChosenKnight @KittyCommittee @Alletaire @TurtleyTurtles @InVinsybll @HaitianPride @MaighdlinS @Namrow @poojas @ChristianRankmo
Defining a Genre: Shonen Battle Manga
Generally speaking, the most popular mangas and anime in the world are shonen. Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Dragon Ball Z, all of these properties are the most iconic in the medium. When someone who isn't quite familiar with anime is asked to name one, they will generally land on one of those four as their example. It's not to say that shonen anime are the most popular among the anime-watching crowd, but it is these that find the most widespread appeal. All of these properties are prime examples of Shonen Battle Manga. Shonen Battle Manga are basically exactly what they sound like; manga (and anime) centered around near-constant action-packed battles, with plenty of powerups in between these fights. Shonen battle manga are the most popular of the shonen genre, and arguably they make up the entirety of that genre. However, there are still some popular properties that manage to circumvent or subvert (if slightly) the rigamarole of 'battle' manga. I'm picking Shokugeki No Soma for my example here, mostly because I've been binge-reading the manga lately. Shokugeki No Soma is a recurring Shonen Jump title and has it's own anime adaptation as well. (Food Wars!) It's undoubtedly a shonen manga, because of the high-school aged cast of characters and the plentiful amount of fanservice. The main demographic that the manga caters to is young adult men, same as Naruto or Bleach. The main difference is that Shokugeki is a cooking manga, not a classic 'battle' manga. However, it does highlight it's own type of battling - the eponymous Shokugeki challenges of the series. In this way, two chefs compete head-to-head over agreed stakes in a bout of pride and energy. So it is a battle of sorts, but not in the traditional fisticuff sense. It's this thought that raises a question; is it still a 'battle manga' even if the battling isn't the centerpiece of the work? Most websites I go to seem to list it as such, but I personally beleive that there should be a different kind of classification for it, and not just 'cooking manga' or 'sports manga' (like with PoT and Eyeshield). I think it only makes sense for there to be 'classic battle shonens' and maybe 'irregular battle shonens'. But maybe I'm being too nitpicky. Or am I?