PlayStation NEO: A Luxury Item Or An Insult To PlayStation Fans?

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This week the big topic is of course Sony’s codenamed Playstation Neo. Antony and Darren discuss at length whether or not this is a good thing, a bad thing or just something we can be indifferent about and just buy if our existing PS4’s break. Is the news understandable from a business point of view? Deplorable from a consumer point of view? Or should the PS Neo be looked upon as a luxury item that doesn’t divide the Playstation playing field into the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ but is simply an item that those that can afford it can purchase or upgrade too simply to have that best version of Sony’s beloved console?

After all, no one’s forcing us to buy it are they? Perhaps though, there are some that feel that though obviously nobody has to jump on board, they may, just maybe feel a little less happy with there original console in light of the release of the new. It’s an interesting debate, the outcome of which could change the way consumers view console gaming forever.

Also, discussed is the HTC Vive, with an initial summary of the tech, set up, the experience and what the device feels like from Darren who waxes lyrical about this new tech having had a few hours hands on after very recently taking delivery of this portal into the world of VR. We discuss some of the games too, namely The Lab, Audioshield, Google’s Tiltbrush, the Whale Encounter and just about anything else that Darren remembers as he tries to articulate the wonder of this new platform.

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In the news section, Darren reports on a Dark Souls Board game.  This incredible looking board game from Steamforged Games, which was funded on Kickstarter in 3 minutes allows players to choose from a number of core Dark Souls character classes and explore dangerous locations full of monsters, treasures, and deadly boss fights.

Also in the week’s news section a GameStop employee has leaked pictures of the upcoming Batman Arkham HD Collection, this collection contains both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City along with all the DLC for both titles all with a nice visual bump but the Sparks ask why have Warner Bros. decided to leave out the WB Montreal Studios’ Arkham: Origins from this Batman collection?

In the week’s VR New Desk the Oculus shipping delays continue and the Sparks salute Kevin Crawford the Head of Customer Support for Occulus who took to Reddit to address abusive customer complaints.

During his time with HTC Vive Darren has discovered a gem on the Steam Store, Andromedum a VR novel with stereoscopic environments and audio narration. A VR experience so mind blowing it has Antony reviewing PC specs and the Vive waiting list.

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Antony’s Iron Giant Figure

DarkSouls Board Game on Kickstarter

Top Ten Gaming Board Games

Giant Bomb’s PlayStation NEO Article

Andromedum – A VR Audio Book

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