Podcast Beyond - IGN's PlayStation Show
Host Jonathon Dornbush sits down with a panel of IGN's biggest PlayStation experts — and occasionally welcomes some guests — to discuss all the biggest news and releases in the world of PlayStation.
info_outline PS5’s May Be Easier to Buy in 2022 - Beyond 749 05/11/2022
PS5’s May Be Easier to Buy in 2022 - Beyond 749 On this week’s episode of IGN’s PlayStation podcast, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin to dive into all the latest and greatest in the world of PlayStation news and games. The duo dive into a breakdown of big takeaway from Sony’s earnings report, and what they mean for potential and current PS5 owners. We discuss Sony’s forecast for selling PS5’s in the next fiscal year, and how it would nearly double the number of PlayStation 5’s out there, meaning a lot more players could jump onto PlayStation’s latest console. We discuss our hopes and realistic expectations for when we might see these millions of more PS5s make it into the hands of players, what it may mean for this generation as a whole, and much more. Plus, we dig into PlayStation’s commitment to invest $300 million more into its first-party studios (not referring to PlayStation acquisitions), and what that might mean for the cadence and ambition of PS5 games being released. We discuss whether the cross-gen release plan is dwindling and if PlayStation and third-parties are primarily moving on to the latest console generation, what that means for players, and how we’re already seeing that go into effect with games like Gotham Knights. Speaking of that upcoming Batman game, we dig into the Gotham Knights gameplay demo that WB Games recently revealed, offered our impressions on the gameplay and WB’s decision to abandon the last-gen PS4 and Xbox One versions in favor of just releasing Gotham Knights on PS5 and Xbox Series. Could we see more companies doing this? Do we expect God of War Ragnarok to be the last cross-gen first-party game? All this and more in our discussion! Plus, we offer a Trophy Test answer for last week’s question, introduce a new one for next week, offer some gameplay impressions on Apex Legends’ new season, Unpacking, and more, Jada suggests some PSP games she hopes to see on the new PS Plus, and we read a nostalgia-fueled Memory Card story about trips to Blockbuster. 00:00:10 - Intro & Housekeeping 00:03:10 - Trophy Test! 00:08:00 - Will More PS5s Be Available Soon? 00:22:00 - PlayStation Putting More Emphasis on 1st Party Studios 00:36:06 - Gotham Knights Gameplay Impressions 00:47:06 - What We’re Playing 00:58:02 - Our Favorite PSP Games 01:02:29 - Memory Card & Outro
info_outline Hopes for PlayStation's Next Big Showcase... Whenever It Is - Beyond 748 05/04/2022
Hopes for PlayStation's Next Big Showcase... Whenever It Is - Beyond 748 The summer gaming events season is starting to come into focus, but we still don't know what PlayStation is up to! That's why on this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin and Mark Medina to speculate about what our hopes are for PlayStation's next big showcase, whenever it is. Knowing we haven't gotten a PlayStation showcase since last year, and only a few States of Play in 2022, the trio dives into what our hopes would be for a potential PlayStation summer showcase, including guesses we hope you'll hold us to when they turn out wrong about when a summer showcase might air, what games would be included, and more. We break down the likelihood of seeing a showcase in the coming months, what possibilities of God of War Ragnarok, PSVR 2, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and other first-party games may be there, as well as our third-party picks ranging from Stray to Resident Evil Village DLC to much more. Be sure to tell us your hopes for PlayStation's next showcase in the comments or write into , and we'll read some on the show! After that, we also dig into some news for the week, primarily focused on Square Enix selling some of its studios to Embracer, as well as big franchises like Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and more. Then, Jonathon speaks with some of the developers of the new indie game Trek to Yomi about their take on samurai action, and we wrap up the show with a Memory Card story, a new Trophy Test, and more! 00:00:10 - Intro & Housekeeping 00:09:18 - What’s PlayStation’s Summer Plan? 00:56:29 - Square Enix Sells Some of its Studios 01:12:28 - Trek to Yomi Dev Interview 01:34:56 - Memory Card & Outro
info_outline What's the Deal With PS Plus' New Game Trials? - Beyond 747 04/27/2022
What's the Deal With PS Plus' New Game Trials? - Beyond 747 On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin and Mark Medina to dig into the various bits of PlayStation news this week, including new updates for PS5, PlayStation Plus, and PlayStation's PC and preservation plans. After a brief Beyond Movies and TV podcast interlude about Everything Everywhere All at Once (no spoilers but you can skip ahead with timecodes below!), the gang dives into all the new reports surrounding PS Plus' new game trials. We break down what the deal is with these new game trials, how they affect PS Plus' offerings, what exactly they are as compared to traditional demos, and much more. We break down what it might mean for players, how it could raise questions for developers, and whether the practice might change the expectations for playing on PlayStation with its revamped subscription service Next, the group discusses Variable Refresh Rate coming to PS5, and also gets sidetracked discussing Ghostwire Tokyo...which does not have confirmed VRR support! But we do discuss the new feature a bit, what games are receiving the update, and Sony's general approach to the feature for PS5 games. Plus, we discuss the release date for the new PS Plus, what games are coming for PS Plus in May, and a lot more news in the world of PlayStation 4, PS5, and more. Topics include PlayStation's reported new preservation team, patches for Elden Ring and Sifu, Mark's marriage, and more. We also read a beautiful Memory Card story from a Beyond! listener, Jonathon offers a Trophy Test for the panel, and more! (Headline meant to be read in a Jerry Seinfeld voice) 00:00:10 - Intro & EEAAO Chat! 00:05:28 - PS Plus Announces Game Trial Initiative 00:33:25 - VRR Comes to PS5 00:48:38 - PS+ Games for May 00:56:55 - More News 01:07:36 - Memory Card & Outro
info_outline PS2 Games That Deserve a Spot on the New PS Plus - Beyond 746 04/20/2022
PS2 Games That Deserve a Spot on the New PS Plus - Beyond 746 On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond 746, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin and Mark Medina for another trip down PlayStation nostalgia lane, as we discuss the PS2 games we want on the new PS Plus lineup later this year. The trio throws the show order all out of whack when they open the show discussing the games they've been playing this week (and shockingly not Severance)! We discuss a bit of A Plague Tale, Jada's love for Slay the Spire, and how Jonathon accidentally made Mark fall in love with Fortnite. Then, the cast breaks down the PS2 games we'd like to see added to PS Plus, alongside the problems that come with so many having received remasters or remakes, what original versions we would still want to see, and if having a PS2 original to download is a better option than a PS3 remaster to stream. (Jonathon has a semi-breakdown in real-time about it, even!) We dig into some of the biggest games we loved from the PS2 era, from PlayStation first-party games on the PlayStation 2 like Sly Cooper and Ratchet and Clank, to third-party hits like SSX Tricky, X-Men Legends, the GTA Trilogy and more, along with big franchises like Dynasty Warriors, Persona, and so much more, including even PS2 licensed games and favorites of the era, like the PlayStation 2's 007: Nightfire and the Lord of the Rings games like Two Towers and Return of the King on PS2. We also discuss some of your picks for your favorite PS2 games, and discuss the ups and downs of the PS2 generation overall. Then, the crew takes a breather from our PS2 nostalgia to look at some of the latest news of the week, including Amy Hennig's new Star Wars game, the latest Portal 3 hopes, Kojima Productions not joining PlayStation and more, before wrapping things up with an appropriately themed PS2 Memory Card!
info_outline Do Not Underestimate the Power of These PS1 Games for PS Plus - Beyond 745 04/13/2022
Do Not Underestimate the Power of These PS1 Games for PS Plus - Beyond 745 On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation podcast, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Mark Medina and Jada Griffin to travel back in time to the days of the PS1, and reminisce about the PS1 games we loved and want to see added to the new PS Plus lineup. While we know plenty of games from the era have received remasters and remakes, we dip into franchises like Ape Escape, Brave Fencer Musashi, Mega Man X, Tomba, Twisted Metal, Final Fantasy, Digimon, Crash Bandicoot, and more for what we'd like to see added to the lineup. We discuss why we loved the games we did, what games we missed out on that we also want added so we can complete our historical knowledge of PlayStation's original console, and call out a number of picks from the Podcast Beyond community. Then, Jonathon speaks with Ian Campbell and Graham Smith from Drinkbox Studios to discuss Drinkbox's Nobody Saves the World making the jump to PS4 and PS5 this week, what players can expect, and Drnikbox's PlayStation lineage. After that, Jonathon, Jada and Mark discuss some of the news of the week, including Kingdom Hearts 4's reveal, The Witcher 3's PS5 delay, and more, plus a Memory Card story of a particularly enterprising PlayStation player. If you'd like to write in with Memory Card stories, PS Plus wishlists, questions for the show, or something else, write into 00:00:10 - Intro & Rogue Jam 00:03:17 - Our PS1 Wishlist for PS Plus 00:59:16 - Drinkbox Studios Dev Interview for Nobody Saves the World 01:25:38 - More Gaming News! 01:45:07 - Memory Card & Outro
info_outline New Tomb Raider: Hopes and Expectations - Beyond 744 04/06/2022
New Tomb Raider: Hopes and Expectations - Beyond 744 On this episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Mark Medina and Jada Griffin to talk about PlayStation... and Severance. But mostly PlayStation, we promise, Mark's just really happy Severance got renewed. But after that, we dig into the biggest news of the week, including confirmation that a new Tomb Raider game is confirmed, as well as our hopes and expectations for a new Lara Croft adventure from Crystal Dynamics. We dig into what we did and didn't like about the reboot trilogy, what we hope a new game would carry forward, and if it's even something we want set in that same universe or a new timeline entirely. Then, we discuss a bit about E3 2022 not happening, what we expect from PlayStation's event plans in the coming months, and more about how busy this summer is likely going to be for gaming events. We also discuss Jim Ryan's recent comments about Sony's plans for more acquisitions, and the discussions PlayStation is having with other major and indie devs and publishes to support the upcoming PlayStation Plus library. Then, we dig into what we're playing, including Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, LEGO Star Wars, Maquette, Fortnite's Zero Build mode, and more.
info_outline The New PlayStation Plus Finally Revealed: Is It Worth It? - Beyond 743 03/30/2022
The New PlayStation Plus Finally Revealed: Is It Worth It? - Beyond 743 On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Brian Altano, Jada Griffin, and Mark Medina to dig into the latest PlayStation news of the week. And of course, the biggest topic on our minds is the new PlayStation Plus subscription tiers, how Sony is altering PS Plus, and whether we have enough details yet to know if it's worth subscribing to the higher tiers. The panel breaks down their initial reactions to the new PS Plus three-tiered system, how it integrates PlayStation Now, and where it stands as an offering for PlayStation fans. We dig into the pricing structure, the availability of older libraries, the lack of PS3 downloads and PlayStation Vita as a whole, and whether different tiers appeal to new PS5 players, longstanding PlayStation fans, or both. We of course touch on the biggest question - what the library will actually look like, and knowing that PlayStation won't release its first-party games day one on the service, we discuss what they could do to make the game libraries worth subscribing to. We also discuss whether a metaphorical sandwich can help explain the different PS Plus tiers. We also hear from the audience on some of your thoughts on the PlayStation Plus changes! Then, we dig into some other news for the week, like April's PlayStation Plus games, the renewal of a trademark and tthe hopeful return of our one true PlayStation hero Knack, Gran Turismo 7's recent apology and economy changes, GTA+ if you wanted info on another subscription service, and a bit of Brian's Elden Ring Experience.
info_outline PlayStation's Latest Acquisition Is a Bet on a Big Future - Beyond 742 03/23/2022
PlayStation's Latest Acquisition Is a Bet on a Big Future - Beyond 742 It's been zero days since PlayStation has acquired a studio! That's right folks, just when you think every studio in the world has been bought up by either PlayStation or Xbox, Sony once again surprises us with another PlayStation Studios announcement. So watch along with Jonathon Dornbush, Mark Medina, and Jada Griffin as they give their best guess as to why Haven Studios could be a smart bet for the upcoming PlayStation Live Service lineup. Also, they dive into the recent Gran Turismo 7 controversies, and give even more thoughts on the newest PlayStation console exclusive: Ghostwire: Tokyo. And don't forget, Apple TV+'s Severance is a really good show, so if you're not playing a video game this weekend, do yourself a favor and watch Severance. This isn't an ad, it's just a really good show. Just watch the podcast, you'll get it. Ok bye! 00:00:10 - Intro & Housekeeping 00:02:23 - PlayStation acquires Jade Raymond's Haven Studios 00:30:06 - Gran Turismo 7 Under Fire 00:47:22 - PS4 & PS5 Updates Now Live 00:53:39 - New Witcher Saga Announced! 00:59:38 - Ghostbusters Spirits Unleashed Announced 01:04:02 - What's Up with Project Spartacus? 01:11:23 - What We're Playing & Outro
info_outline The Cars, Chaos, and Ghosts of March's Best Games - Beyond Episode 741 03/16/2022
The Cars, Chaos, and Ghosts of March's Best Games - Beyond Episode 741 On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin, Mark Medina, and Seth Macy to break down all the biggest games of March we've been enjoying so far. March's best games have included some memorable cars, chaos, and ghosts, and we're breaking it all down on Podcast Beyond Episode 741. Before we dig into gameplay impressions, we first cover some of the latest news in the world of PS4 and PS5, including the sales success of Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West, and how the latter stacks up to sales of other PS5 games. Continuing our coverage of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games, we also give Jada and Seth, two TMNT superfans, time to dig into the reveal of the TMNT: Cowabunga Collection at last week's State of Play. Following that, our PS4 and PS5 podcast dips into gameplay discussion, including Jada's Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin review and what she's thought after over 90 hours of gameplay. Next, Seth offers his Gran Turismo 7 impressions after being a longtime fan of the franchise from the early PS1 and PS2 days of Gran Turismo, and what it's been like to come back to the series after some time time away, how gorgeous it is, and more. Then, Mark and Jonathon offer their preview impressions of an early portion of Tango Gameworks' upcoming Ghostwire: Tokyo, digging into the world design, combat, and story they've seen so far. TIMECODE: 00:00:10 - Intro & News 00:12:25 - TMNT: Cowabunga Collection chat 00:20:12 - Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Review 00:33:17 - Seth Macy on Gran Turismo 7 00:47:27 - Mark and Jonathon's Ghostwire: Tokyo impressions 01:02:15 - Outro
info_outline Horizon Forbidden West Spoilercast With Guerrilla Devs 03/15/2022
Horizon Forbidden West Spoilercast With Guerrilla Devs On a special episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Guerrilla's Narrative Director Ben McCaw and Senior Writer Annie Kitain to dive into full spoilers for Horizon Forbidden West's story, ending, and more. (Spoilers ahead!) Ben and Annie speak with Jonathon about Aloy's story throughout Horizon Forbidden West, certain major story decisions, the ending, and more. But as we touch on major moments from throughout, expect Horizon Forbidden West spoilers! If you don't want to be spoiled on Horizon Forbidden West's story, turn back now! Come back after you've beaten the story to hear some insight from the two on the process behind Horizon Forbidden West's ending, and much more.
info_outline PlayStation State of Play March 2022 Reactions - Beyond 740 03/10/2022
PlayStation State of Play March 2022 Reactions - Beyond 740 On this week's episode of Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Mark Medina (and later Jada Griffin) to dig into the PlayStation State of Play of March 2022 on Beyond episode 740. While Jada joins us later in the show to discuss her excitement over what was shown, Mark and Jonathon kick off the podcast by discussing the surprise announcement of Returnal's 3.0 update coming later this month, and why we're excited to revisit Atropos with Returnal co-op. We also dig into some of the Square Enix games included in the show, like Forspoken, Valkyrie Elysium, and The DioField Chronicle. Plus, Jada joins us to discuss her excitement for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R, the TMNT collection called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, and more. Plus, the gang covers some of the other recent PlayStation news, like Forspoken's new release date, Gotham Knights' October release date, God of War's potential TV show, an expanded lawsuit against PlayStation, and Sony's response to donate aid to Ukraine and cutting off of game sales in Russia.
info_outline PS Plus' Successor: Our Hopes and Expectations - Beyond 739 03/02/2022
PS Plus' Successor: Our Hopes and Expectations - Beyond 739 On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation podcast, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin, Lucy O'Brien, and Tom Marks to dig into the latest PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PSVR 2 news and rumors. First, the panel dives into the alleged new details of PlayStation's upcoming subscription service, PlayStation Spartacus, and what they might mean as an evolution of and successor to the standard PS Plus we know now. We dive into the reported new pricing tiers and inclusions, whether the offerings are enough or balanced well, and what we think of it in terms of current PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now offerings. We also dig into some of the PlayStation news of the week, including Horizon Forbidden West's latest patch, a GhostWire Tokyo prelude novel, DICE Awards wins for Sony asnd some brief hints at Returnal dev Housemarque's new game, and then we dig into what we've been playing, including new and updated takes on Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring.
info_outline The Wild Ride of Our Elden Ring Review - Beyond 738 02/24/2022
The Wild Ride of Our Elden Ring Review - Beyond 738 Elden Ring is just about here and the reviews for it are extremely positive! So on this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation Podcast, we chat about what it was like for Mitchell Saltzman to review such a massive game in 87 hours, and why it's something fans of the genre will definitely love. We also explore all the new systems it has to offer, and how its open-world adds a dash of welcome flavor to an already tried and true concept. Also, Jada Griffin sits down with Neil Jones the creator behind Aerial Knight's Never Yield, to talk about its development, the game industry, and all the new content featured in DA Update. There was also a bit of PlayStation news for folks to be excited about, including a look at the PS Plus games you'll get to claim in March, as well as a quick discussion about the recently revealed look of the PSVR 2 headset.
info_outline How Do PlayStation Trophies Affect How We Play? - Beyond 737 02/16/2022
How Do PlayStation Trophies Affect How We Play? - Beyond 737 On this week's episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation podcast, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Mark Medina and Jada Griffin to have a conversation spurred by recent fan comments of the show and the packed release schedule in the next few weeks. With Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, and now even Cyberpunk 2077 potentially taking up our play time ahead of a year that continues to be busy for PS4 and PS5 gamers, we discuss our current feelings on how PlayStation Trophies do and don't affect how we play games. We dive into what the act of playing an open world game like Horizon Forbidden West or Elden Ring can be like if you're interested in collecting trophies, plus how some on the panel love trophy hunting and how others have fallen off interest in collecting them. We discuss trophy hunting burnout, and more broadly, what does and doesn't make a good trophy or even full trophy list. We cover Control, Marvel's Spider-Man and Miles Morales, God of War, Sifu, Guardians of the Galaxy, Uncharted, and so much more as we delve into how trophies have or haven't improved over time, and how they alter our approach to certain games, genres, and franchises. We also cover a bit of the news in the world of PlayStation, including the new Cyberpunk 2077 patch, some Horizon Forbidden West trophy and LEGO news, and PlayStation Productions updates.
info_outline Horizon Forbidden West Is the Best PS5 Game (Review Discussion) - Beyond 736 02/14/2022
Horizon Forbidden West Is the Best PS5 Game (Review Discussion) - Beyond 736 On this week's episode of Podcast Beyond, IGN's PlayStation show, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Mark Medina and Jada Griffin to discuss our spoiler-free thoughts about Horizon Forbidden West for PS4 and PS5 in our review discussion episode. While IGN's Horizon Forbidden West review writer Simon Cardy couldn't join us, all three of the panelists have put a few dozen hours each into the Guerrilla Games PS4 and PS5 sequel, so we break down what we love about Horizon Forbidden West in this review discussion and why we think Horizon Forbidden West is the best PS5 game so far. The panel covers their thoughts on how Horizon Forbidden West evolves the Horizon Zero Dawn formula, what improvements Guerrilla made to Horizon Forbidden West's combat, traversal, world design, and storytelling. First, while keeping free of any major spoilers, we talk broadly about how Horizon Forbidden West's story not only lets Ashly Burch shine as Aloy in her second Horizon game, but how Guerrilla's approach to fleshing out the Horizon universe is so engrossing in Horizon Forbidden West. Then, we dig into Horizon's new and refined combat and traversal options, including some of the new weaponry in Aloy's arsenal, changes to Horizon's skill trees and outfit upgrades, and much more. Our review discussion for Horizon Forbidden West also touches on some of the traversal additions made to Aloy's world on both PS4 and PS5, like climbing, gliding, and swimming, while also taking a look at the world at large, including Forbidden West's sidequests and storytelling approach, optional side objectives, a surprising bit of Metroidvania DNA, and much more. Mark also speaks to his experience playing Horizon Forbidden West across PS4, PS4 Pro, and PS5, while the trio discusses their preferences of playing in quality or performance mode. For PS5 players, we also dig into Horizon's use of 3D audio and DualSense capabilities, and generally gush about our excitement for more people to get to play. If you have thoughts once you dig into Horizon Forbidden West, tweet at the cast or write in to with your thoughts, and we'll read them on the show!
info_outline Sifu Review Discussion, Ghostwire Tokyo Reactions - Beyond 735 02/10/2022
Sifu Review Discussion, Ghostwire Tokyo Reactions - Beyond 735 On this week's episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin, Mark Medina, and Mitchell Saltzman to discuss the latest in the world of PS4 and PS5 games, starting things off with a Sifu review discussion. Mitchell discusses his Sifu review, his general thoughts about the latest PS4 and PS5 console exclusive (also available on PC). Jada and Jonathon also offer their thoughts on Sloclap's Sifu, its gameplay, what accessibility options could be added, and whether Mark is interested in jumping in! Plus, Jonathon speaks with Sloclap's Pierre Tarno about the making of Sifu! Plus, we cover a slew of PS4 and PS5 gaming news, including the Ghostwire: Tokyo gameplay showcase, and how it did or didn't get us excited for the upcoming PS5 console launch exclusive (also coming to PC in March), the Gran Turismo 7 State of Play, some great Horizon Forbidden West crossovers with Sackboy and Ghost of Tsushima, a new PS5 firmware beta, GTA 6's announcement, and The Wolf Among Us 2, and much more.
info_outline Sony Buys Bungie And Isn't Stopping There - Beyond 734 02/02/2022
Sony Buys Bungie And Isn't Stopping There - Beyond 734 On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin, Mark Medina, and Matt Kim to break down the biggest PS4 and PS5 news of the week, namely the latest and biggest acquisition Sony has made in some time. Sony buys Bungie, and we discuss what's next, and the implications of that purchase in Podcast Beyond! Episode 734. We look at why Sony would be interested in Bungie, and Bungie want to join Sony, how Bungie is a unique acquisition and will not necessarily fall under the PlayStation Worldwide Studios umbrella. There's also the matter of potential Destiny TV shows or movies that seem of interest, Sony's increasing investment in live-service games and how Bungie allows for that to accelerate, and, with Jim Ryan's statements that Sony isn't done picking up companies, which development studios would make the most sense, or be good fits, to join Sony PlayStation's stable. We also dig into all the other news in the world of PlayStation, like Ghostwire: Tokyo release date news, Suicide Squad's delay, Discord integration for PlayStation users, Cyberpunk's leak on the PSN, and more. Plus, Jada gives her thoughts on Dying Light 2: Stay Human!
info_outline Uncharted's PS5 Debut Is Beautiful and Still a Blast - Beyond 733 01/26/2022
Uncharted's PS5 Debut Is Beautiful and Still a Blast - Beyond 733 On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Mark Medina and Jada Griffin to discuss Uncharted's PS5 debut with the Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection, and a host of news in the world of PlayStation. First, we break down the PlayStation Plus lineup for February, which brings three games to players who subscribe to PS Plus: UFC 4, Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, and Planet Coaster: Console Edition. We dig into our thoughts on PS Plus, how Sony's alleged upcoming Game Pass-like subscription service might affect it, and more. Then, we follow-up on the discussion around Call of Duty's future on PlayStation, with a new report from Bloomberg about how PlayStation fans can expect COD for a couple years more, and then things start to get murky. Then, we dig into the excitement over a PSN glitch that many assumed to be a leak for PlayStation backward compatibility, how likely it means something is on the way, and more. We also discuss the news that Respawn is working on three new Star Wars games, why Mark should play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and more. We also dig into what we're playing, including the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection for PS5. Jonathon and Mark discuss what it's like to revisit Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, what the new graphical modes, including Performance+'s 120 FPS, are like, and the scope of the collection for those curious on how it stacks up to other PS4-PS5 ports. We dig a little into its DualSense functionality, how it compares to the PS4 versions, and whether it's more akin to Spider-Man Remastered, the Director's Cuts of GHost of Tsushima and Death's Stranding, or basic patches like Horizon Zero Dawn, and whether it's worth the upgrade. Jada also breaks down some of her time with NEO: The World Ends With You and Horizon Zero Dawn on NG+.
info_outline Horizon Forbidden West: We've Played It! - Podcast Beyond 01/25/2022
Horizon Forbidden West: We've Played It! - Podcast Beyond Horizon Forbidden West is only a few weeks away, but IGN's Jonathon Dornbush was able to go hands-on with the sequel for four hours, and has A LOT to discuss about the highly anticipated Guerrilla Games sequel. Now that we've played it ahead of its launch on Feb. 18 on PS4 and PS5, Jonathon breaks down many of the details he's learned about Horizon Forbidden West now that he's gone hands-on and previewed it. As part of this special bonus episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, Jonathon is joined by Jada Griffin, Mark Medina, and Lucy O'Brien to dig into everything we've learned about Horizon Forbidden West, including big changes to Horizon's combat and exploration. Jonathon breaks down some of the new mechanics, skills, and equipment Aloy will have access to in Horizon Forbidden West. And he also explains how players will go about getting some of that stuff, and a lot more, thanks to a more expansive array of sidequests, new mission types, and much more as Guerrilla Games has expanded its settlements. We touch lightly on some story-related content, but try to keep it generally spoiler free when it comes to major story beats in this portion of Horizon Forbidden West. But we do discuss some of the new and returning characters that appear, how Aloy is handling her new journey, and much more.
info_outline What Does PlayStation Look Like Without Call of Duty? - Beyond 732 01/20/2022
What Does PlayStation Look Like Without Call of Duty? - Beyond 732 On this week's episode of Podcast Beyond, IGN's PlayStation Podcast, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin, Mark Medina, and Matt Kim to dive into the big news of the week, and, unsurprisingly, we dig into the Activision-Xbox deal. On a PlayStation show, you say? Well, we discuss what this potential deal means for PlayStation players - should Activision and Blizzard games, perhaps most notably, Call of Duty, go exclusive to Xbox consoles and subscription services on console and PC, where does that leave PlayStation? After all, Call of Duty is always one of the industry's best-selling games, and one of the biggest games, with timed exclusives as part of nearly every recent entry, a major factor for PlayStation players. Should future Call of Duty games go away from PlayStation, we discuss what that means for Call of Duty Warzone and more broadly the first-person shooter and multiplayer landscapes on PS4 and PS5. We discuss what PlayStation's recent moves to acquire teams and exclusive games from third-parties means for its future (and why we think multiplayer experiences will be a big part of the PS5's lifecycle), and whether bringing back old franchises like Killzone or Resistance makes sense versus new games. for the PS4 and PS5 player base. We examine PlayStation's recent first-party multiplayer efforts, multiplayer hits on PlayStation Plus, and more as we discuss this, as well as whether the Xbox-Activision deal, and the obvious focus on Xbox Game Pass, will cause any shifts to PlayStation's upcoming alleged subscription plans. Our PlayStation podcast also digs into the new Horizon Forbidden West trailer, as well as God of War's success on PC. Plus, we dive into all the games we've been playing, including Jonathon finally beating Horizon Zero Dawn's The Frozen Wilds DLC, Matt beating Death Stranding, Mark continuing to work through Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Jada's Demon's Souls trophy hunting. And, for those looking forward to the release of Windjammers 2, Jonathon also speaks to the CEO of DotEmu, Cyrille Imbert, about the series' surprising success on PlayStation a few years ago, their goals with the sequel, and more.
info_outline PS5, PS4 2022 Games to Keep on Your Radar - Beyond 731 01/12/2022
PS5, PS4 2022 Games to Keep on Your Radar - Beyond 731 On this week of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin and Matt Kim to dive into the biggest PS4 and PS5 games and news. First, we take a broad look at the year of big games coming to ps5 and ps4 in 2022 to keep on your radar. Plus, we also dive into the reports that PlayStation is upping production of the PS4 and PS4 Pro to deal with supply chain shortages of the PS5, the PlayStation rumors about a potential Twisted Metal reboot, and more!
info_outline PlayStation's Big 2022 Starts Off With PSVR 2 News - Beyond 730 01/05/2022
PlayStation's Big 2022 Starts Off With PSVR 2 News - Beyond 730 On this week's episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin, Mark Medina, and Tom Marks to break down the PSVR 2 news drop out of CES. Then, we take a wider look at PlayStation's big 2022, including Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo, and God of War Ragnarok. We also take a wider look at upcoming PS4 and PS5 games. Plus, we take a look at January's PS Plus lineup and much more!
info_outline The Best Games of 2021 Special Holiday Episode - Beyond 729 12/21/2021
The Best Games of 2021 Special Holiday Episode - Beyond 729 Happy Holidays! This week’s episode, everyone’s here! In what can only be considered the most ambitious crossover event in podcast history (maybe?), all of your favorite IGN podcast hosts have come together for a very special end of year episode talking some of the best moments of the 2021 across the Playstation, Xbox, and Nintendo gaming universes. Join Daemon Hatfield – host of IGN’s Game Scoop podcast, Ryan McCaffrey – host of Podcast Unlocked, Jonathan Dornbush – host of Podcast Beyond, and Seth Macy – host of Nintendo Voice Chat, as we look back at the best games of 2021 as well as looking forward to 2022. From Halo: Infinite, to Returnal, to Metroid Dread and beyond, you’ll find it here. Let’s ring in 2022 the only way we know how: talking about the best video games of the year!
info_outline How PlayStation's Acquisitions Could Boost Its First-Party Games - Beyond 729 12/16/2021
How PlayStation's Acquisitions Could Boost Its First-Party Games - Beyond 729 On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation podcast, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin, Matt Kim, and Mark Medina to discuss the first official PS5 faceplate covers in new colors, PlayStation's fifth studio acquisition for the year, the improving relationship of PlayStation with its indie partners, and discuss what we've been playing ahead of the holidays,
info_outline What's Up With PlayStation's New Subscription Plans? - Beyond 728 12/08/2021
What's Up With PlayStation's New Subscription Plans? - Beyond 728 On this week's episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond! episode 728, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin and Mark Medina to discuss what's up with PlayStation's alleged new subscription plans, and what they might mean for PS4 and PS5 owners next year.
info_outline What Are PS5's Best Games So Far? - Beyond 727 12/01/2021
What Are PS5's Best Games So Far? - Beyond 727 On this week's episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Mark Medina and Jada Griffin to answer one very important question - what are the PS5's best games so far?
info_outline What Are PlayStation's Next 25 Exclusives? - Beyond 726 11/17/2021
What Are PlayStation's Next 25 Exclusives? - Beyond 726 On this week's episode of Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Matt Kim and Mark Medina to take a look at the future of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 exclusive games that could be in the works. With Sony recently re-confirming it has more than 25+ PlayStation 5 exclusives in the works alongside the PS5's one-year anniversary, we decided to take a few guesses at what those 25 games are.
info_outline PS5's First Year in Review - Beyond 725 11/10/2021
PS5's First Year in Review - Beyond 725 On this week's episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin and Mark Medina to discuss the PS5's first year as we approach the PlayStation 5 anniversary launch this week.
info_outline What If... PlayStation Made a Vita 2? - Beyond Episode 724 11/04/2021
What If... PlayStation Made a Vita 2? - Beyond Episode 724 On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin and Kat Bailey to discuss what if... PlayStation made a Vita successor?
info_outline October PS5 and PS4 State of Play Reactions - Beyond 723 10/28/2021
October PS5 and PS4 State of Play Reactions - Beyond 723 On IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Lucy O'Brien, Jada Griffin, and Mark Medina to react live to October's PS5 and PS4 State of Play; we also discuss Returnal's new save state mode in the Returnal 2.0 update, as well as new details about Horizon Forbidden West's exploration and traversal, and more. Plus we offer our impressions of playing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.