Welcome to the Pretty Much Weekly! A series where we bring you a selection of this week’s news in film, gaming and on the odd occasion, tech. This week, Mark Zuckerberg is starting a podcast, we learn about the hardware in Sony’s next console, and Airbnb wants to make a TV show?
Get excited about the “PlayStation 5”!
In an interview with Wired (linked below), the lead system architect for the PS4 confirmed some exciting stuff about Sony’s next console! For one, it’s faster. For comparison, fast travelling in Spider-Man took about 15 seconds on the PS4. The “PS5”, however, took 0.8 seconds. Gee whiz.
Get a sneak peek at PlayStation’s next-generation plans. https://t.co/rLPi7PPvqF
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 16, 2019
Oh, you may have noticed Spider-Man working on the new console. That’s right, it’s backwards compatible! With PS4 games, at least. You’ll find your PSVR will also work.
And if you like to speak Tech, here are the particulars!
The CPU is based on the third generation of Ryzen; eight cores of the seven nanometer Zen 2 microchip. GPU will support ray tracing, something no game console has managed to be able to handle. The new console will also boast 3D audio, which will work on TV speakers and surround sound, but will be an absolute dream on headphones. It will also sport an SSD and can render games to 8K – not that there are many TVs out there that can do that anyway.
There hasn’t been any mention of price except for it being “appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set.” Which sounds expensive to me. But sheesh am I excited to hear more about this!
Sony have said that they won’t be at this year’s E3, so if they’re going to announce anything about their as-of-yet unnamed console, it’ll probably be at PlayStation Experience, or during a State of Play live stream.
Tolkien estate “do not endorse” upcoming Tolkien film
The dreamy Nicholas Hoult is starring in an upcoming biopic about J.R.R. Tolkien’s life, suitably titled Tolkien. The trailer looks almost as epic as the books he penned!
But, as the heading states, the Tolkien family have announced that they “do not endorse it or its content in any way.” Though they haven’t seen any part of the film, they did say that “the estate had been approached about biopics in the past without ever giving its approval.”
As you can see, the film is still going ahead. I just hope that it’s good, for everyone’s sake.
Mark Zuckerberg has started a podcast
At the beginning of the year, the creator of Facebook announced that his New Year resolution would be to host public discussion about the future of technology and how it fits in society. And now he has created a podcast to do just that.
New podcast alert 📢 This year Mark Zuckerberg is hosting discussions on the future of tech and society. Listen along: https://t.co/5rIBdrbsb5
— Facebook (@facebook) April 24, 2019
As of today, there are two episodes: one on the impact social media has on journalism, and another on regulating companies like Facebook. You can find Tech & Society with Mark Zuckerberg on Spotify. The episodes are 1-2 hours long.
Airbnb want to make a TV show
You heard that right. In an effort to encourage more people to travel (and in the process, promote itself), Airbnb has been looking into starting a TV studio to make short films, documentaries and shows.
Apparently they worked on a show called Home for Apple’s upcoming streaming service Apple TV+ which looked into unusual homes around the world and the folks and who lived in them. Home and travel shows aren’t a new thing so, while it initially sounded weird, Airbnb making TV somehow makes sense.
Avengers: Endgame. Are you ready?
11 years. 22 movies. Tickets selling for a hundred dollars on eBay. Avengers: Endgame is more than just an event. It’s the end of an era. And it’s finally here.
Saskia’s review pumped me up SO MUCH and I cannot WAIT to lay my eyes on what masterpiece Marvel has created. If you haven’t read it already, or if you’re not feeling amped yet, seriously go check it out. It’s great and it’s spoiler-free!
Here’s a handy hint for those who have yet to see the film. If there’s one movie to re-watch before entering Endgame (apart from Infinity War) I have been advised Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a solid choice.