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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

The Lost Spark E3 Podcast Extravaganza Strikes Back

Strap yourself in because it’s back! The Lost Sparks breakdown and analyse the E3 2016 Press Conferences:

EA (00:01:49)
Bethesda (00:14:18)
Microsoft (00:45:19)
UbiSoft (02:22:00)
Sony (02:45:00)

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The Lost Spark Essential E3 2016 Games List

Phil Spencer – The Big Interview

Are you OK with PS4K?

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In this week’s episode Antony and Darren welcome James Thomas (@BigSheep) into the gaming fold to discuss the ins and outs of the latest gaming news, rumour and what we’ve been playing.

According to an article on Kotaku and corroborated by Eurogamer news of a PlayStation 4.5 or PS4K has surfaced…

With rumours of Sony working on a PS4.5 currently rife around the interwebs the Spark’s dive into the speculation pit and hammer out whether or not it’s a good thing for a more powerful PS4 to be just around the corner.

The idea of some increased functionality has happened before of course and we have been furnished with refinements in standard and slim models before – the Xbox 360 Elite having an HDMI input for instance – but, and this is just hypothesis at this stage as we do not truly know the difference that the rumoured new model would make – if this turned out to be more than just an iterative change, if a newer 4.5 model really was a jump in terms of graphical finesse and had the power to match that with an increased frames per second, where would this leave existing owners?

Surely it would not be prudent to incense a user base of 32 million happy PS4 customers with the news that their PS4 is now second best to a newer and shinier model?

It will of course depend on the extent of difference between the models, the cost will certainly be a factor and whether Sony will be able to offer an upgrade path to existing owners will also be interesting to see. Console owners, as a rule, buy a console because they know they are safe from upgrades. They know they are on the same level playing field as the rest of their console buddies. Are the lines between console and PC set to blur if this trend escalates? Could mid-cycle console upgrades become the norm?

Time will tell.

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Would An Xbox One.5 Give Microsoft The Edge Over Sony?

This week the Sparks discuss (amongst much more) the recent news that Phil Spencer would like to see the end of ‘fixed console hardware’ and debate whether changing the historical fixed hardware spec of a game console’s life to a more open ended upgrade-able version or maybe bringing us iterative upgraded version releases would be a good thing or a bad. It’s certainly a massive change in a landscape that has for so long been based on fixed, closed systems for the lifetime of the generation. Phil’s quote below outlines the plans and shakes the Sparks normality to their very core.

‘We believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we’ve ever seen. We’ll see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation and allow the same games to run backwards and forward compatible because we have UWAs (Universal Windows Applications) running on top of UWP (Universal Windows Platform). It allows us to focus on hardware innovation without invalidating the games that run on that platform.’

Is it too divisive a change? Will a line be drawn between the Have’s and the Have Not’s who can’t afford that latest upgrade within a consoles lifespan? WIll a consoles lifespan cease due to this and just evolve akin to the PC world?  Or, as the vision is for all games to run across all iterations, is this just a sensible plan that will open up gaming universally to more gamers?
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PlayStation’s Double Whammy! Excitement Is Building But Do We Need To Keep Our Expectations In Check?

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In this week’s exciting edition of the Lost Spark Podcast we talk all things Sony with some great announcements about Paris Games Week and The PlayStation Experience and try and predict what they have in store for us. Should we temper our excitement to avoid disappointment or will Sony blow us away!

We also dissect the news about the interesting competitor to Kickstarter, Project Fig and look at the key differences between the two and get nerdy about the re-release of an old classic.

Darren starts his journey in to Metal Gear Solid 5 at Ground Zero(s), buys an Ewok and shares just how amazing it feels to hold the Worlds Second Place in Rare Replay’s Jetpac Snapshot Challenge.

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Gamescom Conference Analysis – Are Sony Getting Complacent or Running Scared?

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, at the Xbox gamescom 2015 Briefing on Tuesday, 4 August 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Juergen Schwarz for Microsoft)

This week it’s Gamescom! So of course Antony and Darren discuss all the news that has come to light from the Microsoft and EA conferences. The highs and lows, the faves and the frowns all come under the Sparks’ microscope and the lack of a presence from Sony is discussed at length, can they keep their edge on promises alone and does their absence signify the start of a turning of the tide?

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