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Digital Foundry is a leading authority on gaming technology and performance, and in this regular podcast, the team sits down to discuss the latest news and take questions from the audience.

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Digital Foundry is a leading authority on gaming technology and performance, and in this regular podcast, the team sits down to discuss the latest news and take questions from the audience.

    Ghost of Tsushima PC Tested, Big Changes At Sony, GTA 6 'Delay', Red Dead PC!

    Ghost of Tsushima PC Tested, Big Changes At Sony, GTA 6 'Delay', Red Dead PC!

    Another massive episode kicks off with the team sharing initial hands-on impressions of Ghost of Tsushima's impressive PC ports, while big changes are PlayStation are discussed - along with the revelation that half of Sony's monthly active users are still on PS4. Grand Theft Auto 6 is pushed back to later in 2025, and there's the enticing possibility that the original Red Dead Redemption will FINALLY come to PC. Finally, John and Oliver have bought new TVs - and it's looking like a full-on OLED vs LCD shoot-out.

    0:00:00 Introduction
    0:00:56 News 01: Ghost of Tsushima PC impressions!
    0:16:05 News 02: Assassin’s Creed Shadows announced
    0:25:33 News 03: PlayStation news roundup!
    0:49:10 News 04: GTA 6 to arrive in fall 2025
    0:55:22 News 05: Red Dead Redemption possibly coming to PC
    1:02:30 News 06: PO’ed remaster released
    1:12:13 News 07: John and Oliver’s new TVs!
    1:28:42 Supporter Q1: Will the changes to Xbox strategy reduce console competition?
    1:36:49 Supporter Q2: Does an Xbox-PC hybrid really make sense?
    1:43:49 Supporter Q3: Could Nvidia’s rumoured ARM handheld SoC wipe the floor with Nintendo and Valve?
    1:48:50 Supporter Q4: Are there gaming applications for OpenAI’s recently revealed AI tech?
    1:52:40 Supporter Q5: What are your most highly anticipated games for the rest of the year in terms of tech?
    1:56:21 Supporter Q6: How do you prefer to set up your PC displays when gaming?
    1:58:54 Supporter Q7: What are your thoughts on producing repeated videos on games that are delivered in a subpar state?
    2:04:25 Supporter Q8: What’s the latest gaming and tech news you’ve enjoyed?
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    • 2 hr 11 min
    Xbox Studio Shutdown Crisis, Switch 2 Confirmed, ROG Ally X Specs Reaction

    Xbox Studio Shutdown Crisis, Switch 2 Confirmed, ROG Ally X Specs Reaction

    There's anger, bafflement and frustration this week as John, Rich and Alex discuss Microsoft's decision to close one studio that created one of the greatest immersive games ever made and another studio that's just delivered a BAFTA-winning, critically acclaimed rhythm action game... so what is going on at Xbox right now? Beyond that, the team discuss the latest Switch 2 revelations, the new Asus ROG - or R.O.G. - Ally, Hellblade 2 PC specs and Sony's massive Helldivers 2 own-goal.

    0:00:00 Introduction
    0:01:38 News 01: Microsoft shutters Tango Gameworks, Arkane Austin
    0:44:37 News 02: Nintendo confirms Switch sequel, potential components uncovered
    1:03:42 News 03: Asus announces new ROG Ally
    1:16:13 News 04: Sony backtracks on Helldivers 2 PC PSN requirements
    1:25:25 News 05: Ninja Theory reveal Hellblade 2 PC specs
    1:36:15 News 06: Sand Land released!
    1:44:17 Supporter Q1: Could the Switch 2 connect to a TV wirelessly?
    1:46:52 Supporter Q2: How much longevity will video cards with 8-10 GB of VRAM have?
    1:53:41 Supporter Q3: Should next gen consoles have much larger RAM allotments?
    1:57:40 Supporter Q4: Do you think mouse and keyboard support will become more common on consoles?
    2:00:49 Supporter Q5: How feasible is it to update an older UE5 game to UE 5.4?
    2:03:50 Supporter Q6: Could Intel beat AMD in discrete GPU sales by 2029?
    2:06:40 Supporter Q7: What’s your favourite immersive sim, and why is it Prey (2017)?
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    • 2 hr 11 min
    Starfield Performance Upgrade, PS5 Pro GPU Info, New Switch 2 Reports

    Starfield Performance Upgrade, PS5 Pro GPU Info, New Switch 2 Reports

    The latest DF Direct Weekly sees Rich, Oliver and Alex at the mics (John returns in the next episode!) discussing Bethesda's unique approach to Starfield's upcoming display mode upgrades, while there's concern about the health of console gaming in the wake of poor AMD gaming revenue. Rich talks PS5 Pro GPU details - including caches, clock speeds and features - while the latest Switch 2 rumours and reports are assessed for their plausibility. There's genuine excitement over AMD's new Strix Point and Strix Halo APUs, while Alex goes into depth about all the path-tracing features now unearthed in Capcom RE Engine games.

    0:00:00 Introduction
    0:01:41 News 01: Bethesda announces big Starfield update
    0:23:05 News 02: AMD sees massive gaming revenue decline
    0:40:14 News 03: New PS5 Pro GPU details!
    0:58:27 News 04: Switch 2 rumour roundup
    1:07:40 News 05: RTX Remix getting DLSS 3.5 Ray Reconstruction
    1:16:02 News 06: Resident Evil titles get path tracing!
    1:27:14 News 07: AMD Strix APUs pack great integrated GPU performance
    1:35:06 Supporter Q1: Could Nintendo games use DLSS 2 to reach 4K output on Switch 2?
    1:40:23 Supporter Q2: What features would you add to Switch 2, if you could pick anything?
    1:45:25 Supporter Q3: Could the potential merging of Xbox and PC development hurt Xbox?
    1:50:13 Supporter Q4: Could developers run a game’s logic at high rates to improve responsiveness, while keeping frame-rate untouched?
    1:54:19 Supporter Q5: Gaming handhelds theoretically seem as fast as a Series S. Why are they slower in practice?
    1:57:40 Supporter Q6: Could Valve build a viable console platform to compete with Sony?
    2:03:16 Supporter Q7: If you had to pick between #StutterStruggle and FSR 2 artifacts, which would you pick?
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    • 2 hr 7 min
    Fallout 4 Upgrade Issues, Avatar 40fps Tested, Paper Mario Switch Preview

    Fallout 4 Upgrade Issues, Avatar 40fps Tested, Paper Mario Switch Preview

    In this 160th edition, it's Tom Morgan joining Rich and Alex to discuss the latest gaming and technology news. There's good news and bad news with Fallout 4's new 'next-gen' upgrade, Rich is impressed with Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora's new 40fps mode for PS5 and Series X, while Alex talks us through the latest path-tracing innovations revealed at GDC and GTC. Tom shares his impressions on Paper Mario for Nintendo Switch, Rich tests frame-gen on ROG Ally - and are Lords of the Fallen's tech issues resolved in the newly released patch 1.5?

    0:00:00 Introduction
    0:01:57 News 01: Fallout 4 gets mixed current-gen upgrade
    0:22:14 News 02: Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora gets 40fps mode
    0:38:07 News 03: Lords of the Fallen receives performance boost
    0:49:12 News 04: Alex dives deep into game tech
    1:11:56 News 05: ROG Ally updated with AFMF tech
    1:22:08 News 06: Paper Mario preview!
    1:29:31 Supporter Q1: Could frame gen be used to scale a game from 40fps to 120fps, and then decimate it to 60fps?
    1:34:07 Supporter Q2: Why are some Microsoft games exhibiting different settings on PS5 relative to Series X?
    1:42:49 Supporter Q3: Do you prefer Doom 1993 or Doom 2016?
    1:47:11 Supporter Q4: Is sampler feedback the Series S savior? And is the PS5 API better than Microsoft’s?
    1:53:07 Supporter Q5: Is the PS4’s continued developer support a problem for Sony?
    2:00:13 Supporter Q6: Could the Switch 2 have an image quality advantage over PC gaming handhelds?
    2:05:35 Supporter Q7: Are 13900K and 14900K processors really unstable?
    2:10:54 Supporter Q8: What would a Republic of Gamers look like?
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    • 2 hr 15 min
    PS5 Pro Ultra Boost Mode, Ghost of Tsushima PC Specs, Kingdom Come Deliverance 2

    PS5 Pro Ultra Boost Mode, Ghost of Tsushima PC Specs, Kingdom Come Deliverance 2

    PS5 Pro... ultra boost mode? Rich, Oliver and Alex discuss the possibilities of how Sony's new console can improve existing games, before moving on to discussion of Ghost of Tsushima's PC specs and the 'PlayStation Overlay'. The team mull over the highly attractive Kingdom Come: Deliverance 2 trailer, Oliver tests emulation on Apple while Rich gets to grips with GeForce Now's G-Sync support. And as for Alex? How about a 20-minute monologue on Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora's remarkable tech disclosures?

    0:00:00 Introduction
    0:02:16 News 01: PS5 Pro to receive “ultra boost mode”
    0:15:50 News 02: Ghost of Tsushima PC requirements announced
    0:31:05 News 03: Kingdom Come: Deliverance 2 revealed
    0:38:38 News 04: Avatar devs disclose game tech
    1:00:17 News 05: Hands-on with GeForce Now G-Sync
    1:09:56 News 06: Apple opens the emulator floodgates!
    1:18:45 Supporter Q1: What does a more PC-like console look like? Would it be worthwhile?
    1:28:25 Supporter Q2: How could a 5090 improve on today’s gaming experiences?
    1:36:16 Supporter Q3: Why can’t Nvidia obtain an x86 license and create x86 CPUs?
    1:40:38 Supporter Q4: Will The Last of Us Remastered get a PS5 Pro remaster?
    1:42:32 Supporter Q5: What are your most anticipated PS5 Pro patches to existing games?
    1:48:36 Supporter Q6: Will Sony release their exclusives on PC on the same day as PS5?
    1:55:07 Supporter Q7: Can FSR 3.1 save this console generation’s image quality?
    2:03:36 Supporter Q8: If DF released a console motherboard shirt, would Alex wear it?
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    • 2 hr 7 min
    Xbox Forward Compatibility, Fallout 4 Upgrade, FSR 3 on Consoles

    Xbox Forward Compatibility, Fallout 4 Upgrade, FSR 3 on Consoles

    What's going on with Microsoft's new game preservation team and commitment to forward compatibility? Alex, Rich and Oliver rake over the details - such as they are. Meanwhile, there's discussion over Fallout 4's upcoming current-gen upgrade, while the new Star Wars Outlaws story trailer gets the DF breakdown. And with FSR 3 frame-gen coming to consoles with Immortals of Aveum, what sort of expectation level should be set?

    0:00:00 Introduction and DF Merch
    0:01:39 News 01: Xbox establishes game preservation team
    0:20:26 News 02: Fallout 4 getting current gen upgrade
    0:30:03 News 03: Star Wars Outlaws story trailer drops
    0:46:10 News 04: Dead Space is dead!
    0:53:56 News 05: Immortals of Aveum gets FSR 3 boost on consoles
    1:08:29 Supporter Q1: Can you get console-like convenience on a PC?
    1:16:12 Supporter Q2: Is the PS5 Pro’s CPU boost enough to bring a 30fps game to 40fps?
    1:20:23 Supporter Q3: Are modern games too ‘fake’, with their reliance on upsampling and frame gen?
    1:26:40 Supporter Q4: Could RT be losing traction with upcoming games?
    1:34:38 Supporter Q5: Could Microsoft launch a Series S-matching handheld this holiday season?
    1:42:06 Supporter Q6: What does Microsoft mean when they claim the next Xbox will have the biggest tech leap in a generation?
    1:52:06 Supporter Q7: Should we be happy that more games are targeting 30fps on the consoles?
    1:57:57 Supporter Q8: How powerful will the Switch 2 be relative to the Steam Deck and Series S?
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    • 2 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

CanIChangeThis ,

A good weekly staple

Great podcast to throw on while getting ready in the morning, eating lunch, or driving to get some groceries.

It's fun to hear the crews thoughts on the newest gaming news or trends as it gives me the illusion I still have time to enjoy this hobby ◔̯◔

Fiddle Buckets Jr. ,

Reasonable takes about half the time

The digital foundry crew is a smart bunch. So it’s wildly frustrating when they miss obvious points and evidence in front of them in lieu of going into pointless weeds and the weirdest hot takes you’ve heard this side of Twitter.

Most of the analysis of this podcast is reasonable, well considered, and articulated well. Sometimes even funny. I love the DF videos.

But the podcast is, in the parlance of the DF world, an unsteady 30fps with bad frame pacing. Even years later, the podcast remains awkward, silted, and a lot of the considerations seem just so narrow minded, it feels like we are listening to a totally different set of people.

This is most evident with the second half of every episode, where the DF crew takes on listener questions and spends about twenty minutes telling someone they’re wrong. It’s tedious at best and dreadfully boring at worst.

I keep listening for the great insight that you can’t get anywhere else in the industry.

AlamiSalami ,

What a treat

I can’t get enough of this crew. They are masters of their craft, and we are lucky to have them.

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