This week on the Lost Spark Podcast Steve and Antony take to the mics to discuss the latest in the world of gaming. And this week is a BIG week because THE DUKE IS BACK!! That’s right, the mammoth controller from the original Xbox days is making a coming back thanks to the creator of the Xbox, Seamus Blackley.
Also in the news this week Eurogamer are reporting that Playground Games, makers of the Forza Hoizion series could be working on the next Fable game. Although a new Fable may be some way off it doesn’t stop the Sparks from getting excited.
In the ‘What We’ve Been Playing’ section Steve is still deep in 1940’s Los Angeles with L.A. Noir on the Switch and Antony has jumped back into Forza Horizon 3 to marvel at the new enhanced 4K patch that has rolled out. If you thought Forza Horizon 3 was amazing, check out the latest patch not he Xbox One X to see the eye-poppingly gorgeous environments and added detail to the impressive car rooster.
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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 →