NewsHit 22-28 April 2019 – The Pl@y5tAti0n Cometh (and it cometh good)

Another gaming symphony, rising to a crescendo of violins before the crunchy Guitar Heroes burst into their solos. Headphones are advised for the best possible experience.

Pee Ess Fünf?

This week we got some solid details about the next iteration in the Playstation lineup. It would usually be referred to as the PS5, however Sony bigwig Mark Cerny doesn’t want to call it that, so we can fill in the gaps with a few suggested alternatives.

The Playstation Pentogram won’t launch this year, so we can safely expect it to arrive in 2020, sporting a bunch of upgraded stats and smaller numbers. Most crucial to the smallness of some of the numbers will be a solid state drive which is said to drastically reduce load times (who knew). As an example, a video of the glorious Spiderman game showed a fast travel – which usually takes 15 seconds to load – was actually finished in under a second on the new Playstation 4plus1.

The other big half-surprise was the backwards compatibility with the PS5minus1 (the PS4). This should mean that big title games from the current generation will play even better on the upgraded hardware, but also that systems like the PSVR (which Sony still wants to push in the next generation) will still work with the new, faster, Playstation Cinquo.

Other than that, we have rumours that the price of the Playstation Epsilon will be similar to the PS4 Pro launch price, making it an attractive prospect for Sony enthusiasts. What we’ve yet to see is any significant game, developers or innovative features that will actually set the Play5tation apart from the rest of the crowd.

 

Will the new Dualshock have some full touchscreen? Will the new built-in ray-tracing technology deliver noticeably improved graphical and audio experiences? Watch this space for all the latest on the PS√25.

 

Capcom Arcane

This week brought us confirmed details of the Capcom Home Arcade, a retro console allowing access to a bunch of classic titles in a purpose-built two player joystick unit.

The initial reaction was positive, with hopes to recapture the glory days of old and gain back some of that nostalgic hand cramp. However, once the games lineup was published and details of both the hardware and emulation software hit the news, the community had a few issues with the console.

The games list feels slightly lacking given the substantial price tag, and while the joysticks are high-quality (“Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT” for you stick nerds) but mounted onto a circle gate rather than square gate. This affects the directions the joystick can move and has upset some arcade purists.

Then there’s the design choices. While you want players to know that they are getting an authentic Capcom product, I’m not sure an inflated molded unit in the shape of the logo was the most aesthetically-pleasing way to achieve that.

The final nail in the coffin was the controversy regarding the emulation software used to run the games. The emulator in question is FBAlpha, an open-source emulator which as far as everyone is aware, is *not licensed* for commercial use. Many dedicated fans have worked tirelessly on the code so that it could be released freely to the gaming community, only for Capcom to stick it in their box and sell it for nearly £200.

 

 

The unit launches on 25th October 2019 for £199.99 and you can read all about it on the Capcom website.

 

Notre Damn

This week say the obviously upsetting destruction of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, which was mostly gutted in a massive blaze. While there’s plenty of stories around the response to the blaze, such as firefighting tips from a world-leading bellend, or generous billionaires donating millions to help restore some bricks rather than much-worthier charitable causes, there’s also been a big response in the gaming community.

Ubisoft, a french company which has enough cash lying around to buy the whole bloody cathedral if they wanted, made a sizable donation to the restoration fund this week. At the same time, they allowed gamers to get a copy of Assassin’s Creed: Unity for free on their store, set in Paris and allowing players to revisit the pre-blaze Notre Dame in climby-stabby character (and you can still pick up a free copy until Thursday 25 April).

The news seemed to impress the community, as the much-dreaded Steam review bombs were turned on their head with a wave of positive reviews for Unity following this huge PR exercise. It’s worth noting that a few hundred positive reviews does little to help the legacy of Unity which was a total buggy shitshow on release for those gamers who actually paid full price for the disastrous title.The No Man’s Sky community has also chipped in, recreating the cathedral in space using some 3D modelling tools and players can trek across the galaxy to take a look at the beautiful facade framed against a sci-fi sky.

 

New Shit

Here we see the baby game emerge from the nest with tentative steps. It’s parents – the big game publishers – watch on with trepidation as the infant game starts to find its way in this new, unfamiliar world. It will have to deal with predators and dangers all the way, especially the vitriol of Reddit users.

 

TitleFormatPublisherRelease Date
ASTROKINGSAn/iOSAN Games22/4/2019
Danger GazersLin/PCShotX Studio22/4/2019
ZombotronMac/PCArmor Games22/4/2019
Knife SistersPCTranscenders Media24/4/2019
Theatre TalesNS/TVBaked Games24/4/2019
AggelosNS/PS4/XORenaissance PR25/4/2019
Cytus α [alpha]NSFlyhigh Works25/4/2019
Gensokyo DefendersPCUnties Games25/4/2019
HavocadoPCWebble Games25/4/2019
Mahjong SoulWebYostar25/4/2019
SteamWorld QuestNSThunderful25/4/2019
The UnicAn/iOSLozange Lab25/4/2019
Type: RiderNSARTE25/4/2019
Yuppie PsychoPCAnother Indie Studio25/4/2019

(We’ve got a review of Yuppie Psycho coming soon – Ed)

 

The Wins

Now a roundup of the rest of the gaming news, reflected through a slightly cracked prism.

 

 


Matt Tiernan


 

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