It’s Episode 96 of the Gamers of the Lost Spark Podcast and with E3 out of the way (just), Antony and Darren get together once again to discuss all the happenings after the dust has settled. Braving the blistering heat of their respective studio’s as the UK swelters beneath an intense heatwave, nothing as paltry as ridiculously high temperatures will stop the guys from having their say.
This week Antony is joined once again by James (@BIGsheep) as he completes his hat-trick of consecutive Lost Spark Pods. In this episode the Sparks discuss the PlayStation Meeting, the Apple Event and of course there’s a little Bake Off thrown in too.
The biggest news of the week was the announcement (finally) of the PS4 Pro and the new slimline PS4. In a somewhat dull and lacklustre announcement event in New York, Sony introduced the PS4 Pro to the gaming press and waiting public (via Twitch and YouTube etc).
So what is the PS4 Pro? It’s a 4K and HDR capable version of the PlayStation 4 (but with no 4K Blu-ray support) that’s going to beef up the visuals of both your existing PS4 gaming catalogue, via a forward compatibility patch. The new console will also upgrade the quality of PSVR games either by framerate or graphical finesse.
In a surprise announcement the PS4 Pro will double the visual quality of PSVR games, a somewhat low-blow for the 40 million PS4 owners who may have pre-ordered their PSVR already.
On the plus side Sony announced that an HDR firmware update would be coming in the following weeks to all existing PlayStation 4s so if you have an HDR capable TV your PS4 visuals are going to get a free graphical increase.
Overall the event was a strange affair with a very post-show lukewarm reception from the gaming masses. How do you feel about the PS4 Pro? Will you be buying the new console on day one? Let us know either in the comments below or on twitter (@LostSparkPod).
The next chapter of the awesomely chunky Gears of War is coming this year. This week Entertainment Weekly exclusively released the launch dates and the cover art. Gears of War 4 will launch globally Oct. 11 on Xbox One.
Gears of War 4 will feature split-screen co-op on ALL modes of the game, which is great news as this was missing from Microsoft’s big launch of 2015, Halo 5 Guardians.
Set 25 years after the conclusion of the trilogy, Gears 4 features three new characters (JD Fenix, Kait Diaz, and Del Walker) and shows some new weapons, new enemies, and if you look closely, a statuesque cameo by a familiar face from the franchise – let’s hope we see MUCH more of the great Marcus Fenix. Continue reading →