On this weeks’ treat for your earbuds, the Sparks chat as usual about the news that’s making the news in the world of gaming. There’s plenty to discuss this week with some fantastic games and also a fair chunk of VR related news and innovations.
Sony have gone on record with their announcement that their PSVR foray into the VR strata has sold almost a million units in the four months that it has been available (915,000 to be more precise). This is a great start for VR on the PS4 with sales figures hitting higher than the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive combined so Sony have a right to be pleased enough with themselves to make this announcement. That 55 Million PS4 install base will certainly have helped, that’s for sure and teh figure would most probably have been higher in terms of sales if Sony had taken a risk on manufacturing more units. Nevertheless though, in terms of VR, this is a strong start and shows a demand and passion out there in the gaming massive for VR type gaming goodness.
The podcast turns into a bit of an expensive shopping list for Dazza as the guys discuss the just announced GTX 1080ti from Nvidia, HTC’s Motion Tracker peripheral and Deluxe Audio Headset (now priced) and Nullspace’s haptic-fantastic Hardlight suit. So, much, shiny, tech!
Antony and Darren also get down to discussing a matter that most of us deal with occasionally – our local game stores. Has customer service declined, or was it never there to begin with and should a business based around fun really act at point of sale in a manner that threatens to deflate a gamers happy enthusiasm for their hobby? Is your local store one of the good guys, or do you find the whole process wearing? Antony tells his story and makes his compelling case this week.
It’s finally here, Horizon Zero dawn is out in the wild and due to a post situation we have 50% of our hands on impressions as Antony dives deep into the world of Horizon and gets to grip with the fantastic gameplay and rich and beautiful world. Listen into this week for a hands on, spoiler free impression of the moment to moment gameplay in this awesome title from Guerrilla Games.
Dazza has been enjoying a slice of the Vive life this weel playing some great games in VR.
Racket: NX from One Hamsa games is an absolute sublime experience mixing racket ball with Tron in a 360 degree arena. Arcade inspired neon surrounds you as you smash the electronic ball into specific zones to keep that timer from hitting zero. A fantastic game this one and one that Daz thinks is the best title he has played on the Vive since launch. Awesome!
Also keeping Spark Daz on his toes is the wonderful The Thrill of the Fight – VR Boxing – a hugely enjoyable boxing arcade game where you step up and punch punch punch your way to victory against and array of opponents but be careful who you select or you could end up toe to toe with a zombie in a dungeon like boxing ring from hell! Zombies really don’t back off when punched either so duck, dive and keep those braaaiiinnnsss safe!
This week Microsoft announced a Netflix for Xbox and with the Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for £7.99/$9.99 per month.
With games from top industry publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Studios, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and you will always find something exciting to play across a variety of genres. Some of the fan favorite titles coming to Xbox Game Pass when it launches to the broader Xbox community in late spring include, Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II
It’s PS Plus time this week and it’s a stellar month for the PlayStation. First up in a great list of free games is Disc Jam, an ‘insanely addicting cross between air hockey and tennis’.
Also this month the gorgeous Tearaway Unfolded for PS4. Tearaway Unfolded is the expanded retelling of the BAFTA award-winning PlayStation Vita game Tearaway, where you are placed in a magical papery world and tasked with delivering a top-secret message while collecting papercraft models – a must play for anyone with a PlayStation 4
Full PS Plus Lineup
- Disc Jam, PS4
- Tearaway Unfolded, PS4
- Under Night: In-Birth, PS3
- Earth Defense Force 2025, PS3
- Lumo, PS Vita (crossbuy on PS4)
- Severed, PS Vita
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