July 22, 2024

Do you end up at one thing of a free finish over the prolonged vacation weekend? Why not sit again and revel in our first DF Retro marathon video, which mixes a number of episodes of one in every of our most formidable DF Retro tasks but into one mega-extended presentation. And it is great things, with John Linneman and Audi Sorlie revisiting the epoch-making launch of the unique Sony PlayStation throughout 1994 and 1995, analyzing the historical past of the system and protecting each single launch sport throughout all three main territories: Japan, North America and Europe.

Because it’s Digital Foundry, there are platform comparisons too for each sport that additionally launched on competing consoles – and from my perspective, it is at all times fascinating to carry DF-level scrutiny to a different period, the place the variations between video games deployed on very totally different architectures are much more pronounced than immediately, the place most consoles are principally constructed round very comparable PC-style elements.

A few of you might have seen this ‘content material’ earlier than, and DF Retro tier backers of our Supporter Program could have even seen this full two hour, 46 minute presentation previously – so why carry it again two years later? Nicely, to begin with, we contemplate it an effective way to offer a brand new focus to work that we’re immensely pleased with, which in any other case languishes within the YouTube backwaters, largely forgotten. And that is a disgrace, as this video is pretty much as good because the day we made it!

Cover image for YouTube videoDF Retro Marathon: Sony PlayStation/ PSOne – Each Launch Recreation Examined!

A deep dive into each single Sony PlayStation launch title, with platform comparisons the place acceptable.

Secondly, it is an experiment in trying to deal with a unique viewers. We launched DF Clips channel final yr, which successfully serves to chop up each episode of DF Direct Weekly into smaller movies that attraction to people who in all probability aren’t that excited about watching three males discuss sport expertise for 2 hours every week. DF Clips turns each dialogue level and supporter query into its personal video and I have been shocked and delighted to see how profitable it has been, and the way a lot it is grown in simply seven months.

The marathon idea is a variation on the theme, delivered to our consideration by our pals and collaborators on the glorious My Life in Gaming retro channel, who’ve loved even larger success by combining their episodes into prolonged displays that presumably attraction to folks in search of longer kind movies. Like a lot to do with YouTube and its unfathomable algorithms, we simply do not know why the concept works – however we would wish to attempt to discover out, so because of Coury Carlson and Marc ‘Try4ce’ Duddleson for sharing this concept with us.

And that received me considering that the video marathon idea may work for us in different methods too. Do not forget that time John examined each single console port of Doom ever made? Nicely, since then, extra console Doom conversions have emerged, so one other method to ‘re-surface’ that video is to increase it with the most recent variations. And what about our evaluation of each single Sega/Mega Drive 32X sport ever made? Remarkably, there’s been some sensible homebrew developments on the misbegotten peripheral, together with a far superior Doom port and even a Tomb Raider proof-of-concept. We’ll have take into consideration this, however within the meantime, I hope you benefit from the video – we even did a 4K upscale on it to bypass YouTube’s miserly 1080p bitrate. Thanks for watching!