The latest MLB The Show 22 new feature reveal has shown off all the changes coming to core gameplay. This means we now know what MLB The Show 22 hitting, pitching and fielding will look like come launch day.
With that, here are all the new features and adjustments coming to hitting, pitching, and fielding in MLB The Show 22.
MLB The Show 22 Hitting Changes & New Features
You'll spend plenty of your time in MLB The Show 22 at the plate, and the team has brought some new improvements to hitting this year to improve that time.
Contact & Power Swing Adjustments
There are three types of swings in MLB The Show - Normal, Contact, and Power.
In MLB The Show 22, the development team took a new look at the Power and Contact swings and how they operate based on user feedback.
As a result, Contact swings in MLB The Show 22 will be less effective on pitches outside of the strike zone, and the power penalty on these swings will be harsher to extend at-bats and keep them more realistic.
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When using Zone hitting in MLB The Show 22, players will notice a new feature called Dynamic PCI. This will dynamically adjust the PCI (Plate Coverage Indicator) based on its distance from the center of the plate, shrinking when moving out of the zone in any direction.
This new feature will help represent the difference between all of the different swing types and batting stances and also account for the lack of ability to move batters' position at the plate.
In MLB The Show 22, another new feature to help along the hitting experience is the PCI Anchor.
The PCI Anchor allows players to lock into one of 9 areas in the strike zone to help players be more consistent and accurate in targetting pitches in any one area.
Exit Velocity Changes
Sony San Diego will bring some new changes to exit velocity when batting in MLB The Show 22. These changes will adjust the best timings to hit pitches based on where they are in the strike zone.
To maximize exit velocity in MLB The Show 22, players will want to swing earlier on inside pitches, on time for pitches in the middle of the strike zone, and swing later on pitches toward the outside of the strike zone.
These changes to exit velocity are in an effort to better capture realistic batting outcomes in The Show this year.
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MLB The Show 22 Pitching Changes & New Features
Defense starts at the pitching mound, and Sony San Diego has made some tweaks to improve pitching in MLB The Show 22.
PAR (Perfect Accuracy Region) was first introduced in MLB The Show 21, and the pitching feature is getting a massive shakeup in MLB The Show 22 with the addition of Dynamic PAR.
Dynamic Par will adjust the range of pitches around the strike zone to better inform players of how pitch movement will change based on placement in MLB The Show 22.
Dynamic Par will affect all pitches but the 4-Seam Fastball, 2-Seam Fastball, and the Cutter, which don't adjust based on pitch placement.
Pinpoint Pitching Changes
Pinpoint Pitching will get some minor changes in MLB The Show 22 to better fluctuate between kinds of pitches.
These changes will make off-speed gesture accuracy easier and fastball gesture accuracy more difficult this year.
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MLB The Show 22 Fielding Changes & New Features
Defense isn't all just pitching, and you'll need to master fielding in the infield and outfield alike to really level up your defense in MLB The Show 22.
Fielding has been added to Custom Practice for the first time in MLB The Show 22, allowing players to drill fielding scenarios and throwing from the field to bases this year.
This change will be a massive improvement to what is arguably the most difficult and decisive aspect of MLB The Show 22 gameplay.
Perfect Throws to Every Base
MLB The Show 22 will (finally) allow Perfect throws to every base from every position on the field.
Beyond this expansion, Perfect throws in the field will adjust the animations of thrower and target alike, making infield players take better and more efficient positions to tag out runners when thrown to with Perfect timing.
MLB The Show 21 added tons of new fielding animations, and MLB The Show 22 will follow suit.
These new fielding animations include more urgent throws and reduce the rate that players will get "olay" animations where fielders miss the ball entirely.
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