July 24, 2024

The Digital Foundry Supporter Program has grown as soon as once more with the arrival of a brand-new present unique to backers. It is a companion to DF Direct – hilariously entitled DF InDirect – and its preliminary format ought to be recognisable to viewers/listeners of our weekly present because it’s an extension to our present Supporter Q+A bit. The present is on the market to all backers on all tiers and it is out there to look at or take heed to proper now – and there is a small pattern on this web page.

The thought for InDirect took place owing to the sheer wealth of wonderful supporter questions we obtain every week. The reality is, we get far too many to reply on the principle present (which already tops two hours) whereas among the questions require a little bit of analysis earlier than we must always reply. That is the case with the sampler under – supporter DaJaCo knowledgeable us of dialogue surrounding a brand new upscaling patent lodged by Sony Interactive Leisure and needed to know what the thought was and its utility in a possible PlayStation 5 Professional.

You possibly can see our response under, however in the end, the current announcement from AMD itself that it is searching for machine learning-based upscaling options for ‘recreation units’ is not a very good match for the mechanics of the patent. On prime of that, many patents are filed however only a few represent detailed ‘inform all’ descriptions of precise delivery merchandise. Based mostly on our personal ideas and people of builders we have spoken to conversant in upscaling know-how, this seems like an fascinating thought experiment – however we would be shocked to see this really manifest in PlayStation 5 Professional.

Cover image for YouTube videoSony Upscaling Patent – DF InDirect Clip

This sampler for the brand new DF InDirect present sees Alex, Oliver and Wealthy supply up their ideas on what seems to be a Sony upscaling patent. Is the know-how viable for PS5 Professional?

Anyway, I hope you discover the clip insightful – we reply 9 extra supporter questions within the full 87-minute present overlaying matters as numerous as decision vs viewing distance (that outdated chestnut!), Microsoft’s collaboration with Intel, why we do not see extra 40fps recreation modes and the massive 1440p vs 4K show debate. And that is simply our first present – just like DF Direct, we have plans to construct and evolve the idea over time, maybe introducing a livestreaming factor for supporters once we movie.

So, sure, we’re discovering our manner on this one. InDirect could also be month-to-month or bimonthly, for instance, however the present itself will at all times be unique to our supporters. The one caveat? Excerpts could filter by way of to DF Clips, if it is a good match.

It is at this level the place I really feel compelled to handle how essential the DF Supporter Program is. Within the present setting, YouTube income is declining and the thought of being wholly reliant on an algorithm-based platform over which we’ve zero management has at all times been daunting for us. We do not do clickbait titles, we do not do sensational thumbnails and sponsorships are few and much between. All of these items are confirmed to work, however they don’t seem to be match for us.

DF is what it’s – a small staff making an attempt its greatest to ship distinctive and invaluable work – however the Supporter Program is an enormous enabler for us, not simply by way of making the numbers work however in creating an excellent group that provides nearly as good because it will get. A few of our greatest content material has come from concepts generated by supporters – be it the AMD 4800S desktop equipment piece, the Swap 2 T239 breakdown or most just lately, the RX 6700 vs PS5 GPU head-to-head.

It is also enjoyable to share some enjoyable mini-videos completely to supporters, whether or not it is John Linneman’s first interactions with Palworld or simply speaking about an fascinating HDMI machine we discovered on Amazon. Our experiments with 4K 120fps and 8K 60fps seize? Our supporters joined us on that journey and it was enjoyable to share behind the scenes progress.

DF InDirect is our newest ongoing undertaking in giving again extra to our group and to extend the worth in backing our Supporter Program. I hope you get pleasure from it!