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Digital Foundry Direct Weekly

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Recent Episodes of Digital Foundry Direct Weekly


Xbox Showcase 2024 Reaction - The Best Games Show In Years?

Xbox Showcase 2024 Reaction - The Best Games Show In Years?

Microsoft's Xbox 2024 Showcase turned out to be an excellent presentation, with banger after banger. In this new DF Direct Special, John Linneman, Alex Battaglia and Oliver Mackenzie break down the show with their reactions to each of the key games before moving on to discuss the somewhat underwhelming hardware line-up - plus comments on Phil Spencer's latest remarks on the Xbox multi-platform strategy.

0:00:00 Introduction

0:01:17 Doom: The Dark Ages

0:11:05 Perfect Dark

0:20:42 Gears of War: E-Day

0:28:53 Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater

0:40:39 Fable

0:49:43 S.T.A.L...

Episode 11 June 2024 1h, 43m and 28s


Summer Games Fest, PS5 '8K' Labelling, AutoSR Microsoft Upscaling!

Summer Games Fest, PS5 '8K' Labelling, AutoSR Microsoft Upscaling!

The summer game showcase events are now in full swing and in this new episode of DF Direct Weekly, it's John, Oliver and Alex at mics, discussing the games of Summer Games 'Fest', along with other big new stories of the week. What's going on with the removal of the 8K label from the PS5 box? What do the team make of the PC adaptor for PSVR2 - and what's the score with Microsoft's AutoSR upscaling?


0:00:00 Introduction

0:01:20 News 01: Summer Game Fest: Lego Horizon Adventures

0:13:44 Metaphor: Refantazio, Kingdom Come: Deliverance 2

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Episode 166 10 June 2024 2h, 19m and 10s


State of Play Reaction, Sony PC Strategy, COD Black Ops 6 on Game Pass

State of Play Reaction, Sony PC Strategy, COD Black Ops 6 on Game Pass

With the DF team meeting up with IGN this week, this Direct comes to you straight from IGN's UK studio. Rich, John and Alex talk Sony State of Play, from the sublime Astro Bot to the distinctly unimpressive Concord. Meanwhile, the team discuss Sony's intention to sell PS5s from its PC ports and the big news that COD Black Ops 6 will be day one on Game(s) Pass rounds off the week's big stories.


0:00:00 Introduction

0:01:04 News 01: May 2024 State of Play: Astro Bot

0:11:00 Concord

0:19:51 Marvel Rivals, God of...

Episode 165 3 June 2024 2h, 32m and 40s


FSR3 Console Frame-Gen Tested! Hellblade 2 Reaction, IGN Buys Gamer Network

FSR3 Console Frame-Gen Tested! Hellblade 2 Reaction, IGN Buys Gamer Network

FSR3 frame generation comes to consoles and Rich and John have tested it! That's the lead story in a new Direct that covers the controversy surrounding Hellblade 2, the upcoming launch of Snapdragon X Elite laptops and much, much more. Tom Morgan also joins the panel this week to discuss the arrival of TopSpin 2K25, the latest in the Paper Mario Switch story and his astonishing attempts to get Ark: Survival Ascended to run at 60fps on PlayStation 5.


0:00:00 Introduction

0:01:15 News 01: Immortals of Aveum FSR3 frame-gen tested!

0:18:16 News 02: Hellblade 2 review reaction

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Episode 164 27 May 2024 2h, 26m and 10s


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...

Episode 163 20 May 2024 2h, 11m and 17s


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...

Episode 162 13 May 2024 2h, 11m and 52s


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...

Episode 161 6 May 2024 2h, 7m and 50s


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

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Episode 160 29 April 2024 2h, 15m and 37s


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 T...

Episode 159 22 April 2024 2h, 7m and 3s


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...

Episode 158 15 April 2024 2h, 4m and 10s

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