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New PlayStation 5 Details Get Us Excited

This week on the Lost Spark Podcast James and Antony deep dive into the new PlayStation 5 details that have emerged from the Wired article and get excited about the new enhancements to the next-gen console and controller.  Along with name and console details Sony also announced the “Holiday 2020” release date for the PlayStation 5. So with just over a year to go the guys start to ponder what the launch line-up will look like.

Hands-on impression this week include the Untitled Gooooooooooooooooooooooose Game, Link’s Awakening, Creature in the Well and Enter the Gungeon.  James also takes Mario Kart Wold Tour for a spin and Antony jumps into Borderlands 3.

All this and lots more in episode 164 of the Lost Spark Podcast.

Now available on iTunes apple.co/1FrZUFP, Spotify spoti.fi/2NpmIOU, YouTube bit.ly/2WUBiGM and all podcast services.

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It’s A Hit! PSVR Sells A Million

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.

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When Will The PSVR Experience Stop Being Just Experiences?

This week on the podcast Antony and Darren are joined once again by the illustrious James Thomas (@BIGsheep).

It’s been a busy old week in the world of games, with Big Geoff’s Game Awards and Sony’s Playstation Experience 2016. If you missed either of these and want a catch up, or even of you tuned in to these gaming feasts, you’ll hear overviews, opinions and speculations from the guys as they dissect the latest glitz and glamour fests from our beloved industry.

With so much to discuss, a surprising curve ball is thrown into the mix when the elephant in the (virtual playspace) room is addressed by the Sparks – Just when will VR experiences evolve from feeling like mere tasters of something that should be bigger and finally metamorphose into games that feel like they have the depth and the pull of their equivalent 2D counterparts?

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Is 4K Pushing The Consoles or are the Consoles Pushing 4K?

In this week’s podtastic episode it’s no surprise that the Sparks’ eyes are firmly on the new PS4 Pro. Antony gives his hands on verdict of the hardware and games he has tested so far. Much of the discussion revolves around 4K and what Sony’s box delivers in this area. Is there a noticeably bump in visuals and performance or both and who exactly is the target consumer for the new system?

As the discussion deepens the question emerges regarding how this new format is going to spread to more than just the early adopter market and the guys can’t help wondering whether it’s 4K screen owners flocking to buy these new consoles. Or is it perhaps the other way around with gamers buying a 4K ready console and then finding that desire to upgrade their screen to get the most out of their gaming hardware? Darren certainly went through that very same process with the Xbox 360, where the HD aspect of the console drove the purchase of an HD screen in order to fully appreciate what that system could do.

With 4K sales looking strong, Microsoft and Sony displaying a huge vote of confidence in the standard by developing hardware specifically designed to harness this technology and also the sales figures for the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One S also showing a high consumer take up the guys ask, are those 4K screens pushing the sales of the consoles or are the new 4K consoles pushing the sales of 4K screens?

Going forward, is the gaming industries choices on supported resolutions and standards going to have more and more influence on sales and standards of screen sales and the technologies used therein.

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With 4K and HDR being the buzzwords of recent times, especially since the advent of this mid-generation console refresh, the Sparks’ take it upon themselves to try and diffuse some of the confusion around what this new resolution offers the consumer, where it came from, how the name 4K came about, what it offers in terms of visual improvement and how much of a ‘true’ 4K experience the PS4 Pro offers us. Tune in to hear the Lost Sparks’ (hopefully) definitive 4K breakdown. A couple of taster stats are included below to get you started!

  • 720p and 1080p were named from the count of pixels on screen from top to bottom, or, the number of horizontal lines of pixels that formed the screen.
  • The term 4K actually came from the movie industry format resolution of 4096 x 2160 that was first introduced in digital cinemas (called cinema 4k) and was named 4K.

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PlayStation VR, The Spark’s Verdict

It’s finally here!  PlayStation VR launched worldwide this week to critical acclaim and fan excitement.  Our very own Mr Early-adopter, Antony was there on launch day and now has a PlayStation VR at home and he is loving it!  We are happy to report in our PlayStation VR verdict episode of the Lost Spark Podcast that PSVR is a hit in the Chesson household and is blowing Antony away everytime he uses it!

On the podcast this week Darren (@DazWhitham) and Antony (@ChessmanUK) walk you through the setup, the features and the must-play games for PlayStation VR.

In Antony’s extensive play-through of PlayStation VR the standout games and experiences were Batman Arkham VR (of course), London Heist and Ocean Decent, which are part of the PlayStation VR World disc, plus Superhypercube and the amazing 100ft Robot Golf.

Were you day one with PlayStation VR?  What’s been the stand out game for you? Please let us know either via twitter or email us at feedback@gamersofthelostspark.com

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Gears 4: A Triumphant Emergence – Is Playing Legacy Games A Prerequisite?

Gears of War 4 released last week to ‘Ultimate Edition’ players and Antony along with co-op partner Nicola (his wife) jumped into the campaign on day one. For anyone sitting on the fence or worrying that this once closed off storyline was getting a sub-standard sequel, fear not. Gears of War 4 ticks all of the boxes, well it actually sticks a frag grenade on the boxes and blows them out of the water!  Antony was happy to report that Gears of War 4 is not only a fitting continuation of the story, it could possibly be the BEST GEARS OF WAR GAME!

With the campaign finished, Antony, Nicola and Gears noob James are about to embark on the hours of fun that is Horde 3.0 – updates to come on next week’s podcast.

Amidst this rousing appreciation for Gears of War 4 from Antony (and the relief at this news from the other Sparks), a listener question prompts an interesting discussion centering upon whether a player would need to play all the games in a given series in order to enjoy the newest shiny instalment. The question posed was directly regarding Gears of War 4 but the Sparks opened this up generally assessing the need to play all instalments in any series to be able to feel part of a fully rounded gaming experience. From a business point of view, it makes sense that games should be designed to be jumped in at any time in a series to keep that cash coming in but does that apply to all, or any games? And could catering to the newcomer harvest resentment in the gamers who have been there for the long haul?
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PSVR Excitement Grows – Will You Be Batty for VR?

With a week and change until PlayStation VR is launched the Sparks are going PSVR crazy! In this week’s podcast excitement is building as Antony prepares his game space for VR and scours the Official PSVR FAQ for hints, tips and features to get him started on day one. Are you, like Antony, hoping to be one of the day one PSVR massive?

The VR desk has a bumper edition of PSVR news this week in preperation for the big day on October 13th and spirits are high until… Could there be a slight oversight that dulls teh celebratory speculations somewhere in the VR soup?

The answer to this and of course the rest of life’s great questions lies deep within the pod.

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Tales From The Indie Paradise That Is EGX

This week on the Lost Spark Podcast we have a jammed packed episode as Darren (@DazWhitham) makes his triumphant return to the pod, James (@BIGsheep) is back with tails of scaling historical ships all in the name of work (and pleasure!).  Also on the podcast this week Antony (@ChessmanUK) chats with his nephew Will (@FireproofWillUK) after a fun packed day at EGX. Continue reading

Did The Playstation Meeting Dampen The Excitement For The PS4 Pro?

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).

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Nintendo Are So Hot Right Now, Is It Time To Release The NX?

Join the Sparks once more as we discuss the ins and outs of the week in Games. With Pokemon GO soaring beyond the stratosphere on a rocket propelled rainbow of success Nintendo have announced their next console – perfect timing.

Hang on though, This isn’t the long rumoured and awaited code named NX that Ninty fans have been waiting for with bated breath. Instead, it’s almost as good, a small but perfectly formed mini NES from the beginning of the Nintendo boom way back in 1983 is the next console that we are about to gratefully receive. It’s a great time to announce it as recently, with the boost Pokemon GO has given to the big N, their stocks have only recently surpassed the highs that they reached back when the NES first became available and ushered the name Nintendo into worldwide consciousness as  household name to be forever associated with the gaming characters we love.

With 30 games built in and support for two controllers, the Nintendo Classic Mini looks like it could easily become a welcome edition to gamers young and old who want to relive a slice of how it all started. The games list is not lacking either with a cavalcade of quality titles spanning the lifetime of the legendary home console including favourites such as Bubble Bobble, Excitebike, Donkey Kong, Zelda and of course Mario.

With Nintendo fever at record temperatures, the Sparks wonder if now would be the perfect time for Nintendo to seize hold of this current sensational high riding wave and get some NX announcements out there into the eager gaming community?

At least Nintendo didn’t put on a keynote for the release of their next console and then produce this at E3, I can’t imagine the disappointment from gamers throughout the world as Nintendo’s next console was revealed. If we weren’t all so excited to see more of the NX, it may have made quite a good prank.

Thank goodness they didn’t though eh.

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