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Should 4K Consoles Be Offering Increased Storage?

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.

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Do Scorpio and PS4 Pro Signify A Future In Which Consoles Start To Rival PC Gaming?

This week, the guys discuss the news from wccftech.com where, in discussions with ARK: Survival Evolved’s Lead Designer (and co-founder of Studio Wildcard) Jeremy Stieglitz, he revealed that he equates the power of the PS4 Pro at around the same level as a $900 PC saying:

‘We estimate it would cost at least $900 to build a similarly powerful PC, and that’s if you were custom-building it with extreme cost control. We estimate its raw GPU performance is similar to an NVIDIA 970, and along with CPU improvements and overall more memory, it’s a really high benchmark for console performance.’ See the full article here

This has to be applauded as an amazing feat from Sony to get so much oomph out of a small form factor box and at a low power consumption too. While probably not hitting full native 4K across the board of upcoming (and pre-existing) games, Sony’s mid-generation upgrade has generally been well critically regarded in terms of the visuals that it can push out – even when using checkerboarding techniques etc – making a real difference to graphical quality and visual fidelity. Continue reading

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. 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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