It’s my great pleasure to announce that the Digital Foundry website has just been relaunched – and you can access it now at digitalfoundry.net. While Eurogamer is, of course, the home of DF’s written words, our bespoke site is all about showcasing our video content while providing plenty of benefits for contributors to our support program. High-quality video downloads, exclusive content, early access opportunities – this is the place to be if you love what Digital Foundry does and want to support our efforts.
So what’s new, exactly? Let’s start with a bit of history first. At the end of 2016 the enhanced/pro consoles arrived, signaling the era of 4K gaming – so I came up with the idea of providing our 4K videos as high quality downloads, since YouTube didn’t cut the mustard in terms of quality (and little has changed there). It was also an experiment to see what kind of support we could get from the public – bearing in mind the amount of work put into our projects, how many people would like to support our efforts? Last year, we took stock of our efforts and decided to revamp everything, focusing on building a community, providing more access to the team, providing more exclusive content – and of course, seeking to fund massive DF Retro projects, like testing an entire generation of 1080p games on PlayStation 3.
A preview of the new Digital Foundry website.
The missing piece of the puzzle? Reflecting everything we were doing on our website. Now, thanks to the Herculean efforts of the ReedPop tech team, we have the site we’ve always wanted, bringing together our wish to show all our videos, integrating more deeply the various Patreon levels we have, all at the same time time to respond to quality of life requests from the public such as chronological listings of new videos, RSS feeds and an actual search function.
Assuming you are not a supporter, check out the to place shows the unlogged view, while the image above previews the premium support page while this link offers a comprehensive look at the site from a retro fan’s perspective.
From my perspective, one of the biggest improvements of the new site is how it opens up our content archives in an easily accessible way. Previously, fan-exclusive content was only posted on Patreon, with links to download versions. Now all level-specific gear is easily accessible. So whether it’s downloadable and compiled versions of the Unreal Engine 5 Matrix Awakens and Valley of the Ancient demos, behind-the-scenes explanations of our major tools or projects, or sharing more data that never ends up (entirely ) in our videos, everything is there and easy to find.
What kind of behind-the-scenes content is there through the DF Support Program? Here Rich talks about creating performance analytics assets.
On the retro level, we produce fan-exclusive videos in which John Linneman and Audi Sorlie share their latest retro pickups, or engage in retro Q&A sessions for gigantic fans. The list of content continues to grow – and now everything is easily accessible to newcomers and veterans alike. By my calculations, in the Premium and Retro tiers, we’ve released around 70 exclusive videos since April 2021.
Along with the content haul, I’m happy to announce that DF Retro’s next major project will go live as early access to Retro tier supporters this weekend. John Linneman has teamed up with My Life in Gaming’s Coury Carlson to produce a massive two-hour epic on the Klonoa series, starting with the franchise’s PS1 origins, culminating in coverage of recent remasters for modern gaming hardware. We have very big plans for more episodes of DF Retro – and it’s only thanks to the Support Program that we’ve been able to make this possible. Check out the site and if you like what you see, join us!
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