Another Rough Week For Sony and PlayStation

This week it’s been a rough week again for Sony as they have continued to release details of their new PS4 console, the PS4 Pro to a lukewarm response and have had to defend the decision not to include a HD Blu-ray drive in the Pro version of the console.

The week didn’t get any better as Shuhei Yoshida announced via the PlayStation Blog that The Last Guardian has been delayed until 6th December 2016.  On the blog post, Shuhei wrote:

The Last Guardian development team is fast approaching major milestones in production and has made the tough decision to delay the release of The Last Guardian a few weeks. The Last Guardian will launch on December 6, 2016.

Fumito Ueda, gen DESIGN and JAPAN Studio have a wonderful vision for The Last Guardian’s touching, emotional journey of friendship and trust, and we want to deliver the most polished experience possible for our fans who have supported us for so long. A delay is a difficult decision, particularly with this game, but we have encountered more bugs than anticipated while in the final stages of development. To ensure that The Last Guardian delivers on the experience that the game’s creators have envisioned, we need to take the extra time to work on those issues.

But it’s not all bad news because for Sony as they have shipped the lasted update to the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 4.00 update offers gamers a refreshed system UI, Folder organization, updates to the Quick Menu and Share Menu, Library improvements, and much more!

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A big feature also available in this update for those with the HDR compatible TV is the rollout of HDR to ALL PlayStation 4s.  Unfortunately as we quickly found out that even though the PS4 is now HDR capable there are no games or content currently available to test it out.

In the ‘What we’ve been playing’ section this week Antony jumps into the Forza Horizon 3 demo (now available on Xbox One) and is stunned by the quality and (non-HDR) visuals in the latest title from Turn 10 and We Are Playground studios. Judging by the opening race, where you’re pitted against a jeep hanging from a Chinook helicopter, Forza Horizon 3 is going to be something very special indeed.

This James has been deep in board as he discovers a Board Gaming heaven in Nottingham, the Ludorati Cafe Bar, premier board game café bar located in Nottingham city centre close to the castle is home to over 750 games all housed on The Wall’, with many genres catered for, from the traditional e.g. ‘Monopoly’, ‘Risk, ‘Cluedo’, to more recent ‘designer’ games e.g. ‘Catan’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Ticket to Ride’, etc.

And finally James and Antony boldly go where no Spark has gone before, Andromeda!  This week Bioware announced an Explorers Wanted contest which is tasking fans with sending in voice recordings for two scripts from the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda.  So the Sparks thought they would try this live on the podcast, listen in to the vocal talents of James and Antony and let us know if we’re fit for the job!

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