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DF Direct Weekly on the Half-Life 2 Change mod and Sony’s new PC {hardware}


It is Monday, it is DF Direct Weekly – which because the title closely implies – is Digital Foundry’s weekly present, the place workforce members take a break from their present tasks to debate the newest gaming and know-how information. What’s excited us probably the most this week is the ‘shadow drop’ of Valve’s Portal and Portal 2 for Nintendo Change. These video games are timeless: sensible examples of wonderful design that do not really require immense {hardware} to look and play splendidly. Nonetheless, it is nice to see 720p60 and 1080p60 gameplay from the Change in cellular and docked permutations respectively – and we’ll be overlaying the bundle in additional depth in additional prolonged kind this week.

For the needs of the Direct dialogue although, John shares his first-hand information of port earlier than the workforce transfer onto the emergence inside 24 hours of a modded model of the sport that injects Half-Life 2 property to exceptional impact. It seems that Portal was written across the Supply Engine and Half-Life 2 particularly, which means {that a} semi-working ‘port’ of the traditional title could possibly be realised in a short time. It is an excellent story, however greater than that, the potential of an precise official Change port of the sport and its subsequent episodes is mouthwatering. Fingers crossed that Valve takes heed.

Past dialogue of Nier Automata coming to Change – to not point out the weird pronounciation of the sport’s title in its official trailer – we additionally spend a while speaking about Sony’s InZone assortment of headsets and screens. The stylings of the gadgets are PS5 in nature, but with assist for 1080p240 and 4K144 screens, these are merchandise clearly aimed on the PC viewers. And but, how come there is not any excessive refresh fee 1440p choice? We’re trying to cowl these shows and headsets, so hopefully Sony can come by with evaluate samples. As for me? I will be sticking to my 48-inch LG CX OLED – an incredible TV that additionally doubles up as an excellent PC monitor.

DF Direct Weekly’s 68th version, with Will Judd, Wealthy Leadbetter and John Linneman on the mics.
  • 00:00:00 Introduction: John, Wealthy and Will make their presence recognized
  • 00:00:47 Information 01: Half-Life 2 modded onto Portal for Change
  • 00:09:10 Information 02: Nier: Automata Change port revealed
  • 00:13:55 Information 03: Cyberpunk 2077 modded with FSR 2.0
  • 00:21:20 Information 04: Sony launches PC headsets, screens
  • 00:36:39 Information 05: Valve doubling Steam Deck manufacturing
  • 00:43:42 Information 06: New Star Ocean: The Divine Drive trailer
  • 00:46:55 DF Supporter Q1: If Alex got here from a time warp and mentioned the Change 2 had higher RT {hardware} than PS5/XSX, would you imagine him?
  • 00:52:30 DF Supporter Q2: Nintendo has been stockpiling supplies – probably an indication of a brand new Change?
  • 00:56:05 DF Supporter Q3: Which gaming business determine would you most prefer to interview?
  • 01:01:30 DF Supporter This fall: Which retro CRTs are a great decide – that are not crazily costly?
  • 01:05:12 DF Supporter Q5: Might spatial upsampling like FSR 1.0 be built-in into shows?
  • 01:08:47 DF Supporter Q6: Now that Alex is away, can we agree that Crysis is not a very good recreation?

However there’s a lot extra on this episode! In the event you’ve not already learn our interview with the modder who injected FSR 2.0 into Cyberpunk 2077, properly, I would recommend studying that – however on this week’s Direct, the workforce focus on the implications of mods like this and the obvious emergence of an enter protocol for ‘sensible upscaling’ that works with all the main applied sciences – FSR 2.0, DLSS and probably Intel’s upcoming XeSS.

Questions put ahead from backers of the Digital Foundry Supporter Program proceed to throw up some fascinating – and certainly amusing – subjects. What if Alex Battaglia got here again from 2024 to inform us that the next-gen Change had extra RT efficiency than Collection X and PS5? On the one hand, the concept that this is able to occur beggars perception however then again, if it was really Alex that was saying this and believing it, properly… would possibly it really be true? And if he had mastered time journey, why journey again to speak to us concerning the next-gen Change fairly than, say, providing up subsequent week’s lottery numbers?

Then there’s the dialogue surrounding a few of Nintendo’s funding disclosures, the place it has been revealed that the platform holder has stockpiled ‘uncooked supplies’, so does this imply that the agency is gearing as much as launch a brand new console? I believe at this level, the existence of a brand new Change is past doubt, regardless of the same old denials. The primary Change debuted in 2017, so a 2023 launch can be totally believable – particularly as the provision constraints appear to be easing off. A six-year hole between console launches additionally appears possible – and naturally, the unique Change would nonetheless proceed to be supported for a number of years to return. The true query is how Nintendo plans to deal with the transition and whether or not full back-compat is on the desk.

There’s a lot extra happening on this week’s episode of DF Direct Weekly, so give it a watch – or alternatively add it to your podcasting feed of selection. And naturally, do try the Digital Foundry Supporter Program. We’ve got constructed an incredible group, we provide a ton of early entry alternatives and bonus materials, plus each Monday we share updates on what tasks every workforce member is embarking on – and you’ll assist form our content material line-up. Be a part of us!


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