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  • Performance Analysis: Star Wars: Battlefront beta on Xbox One

  • Calgon 14/10/2015

    As to buying a PC that could play this game, OS, XB1 pad and all, for £250. That may be possible with a bit of lateral thinking, not sure it's something I'd advise anyone to try though.
    With the fact that most people already have a windows machine in the house these days and windows 10 is a free upgrade and the fact that both consoles have CPUs based on the mobile/laptop area of the market(thus not comparable to desktop in performance) all you really need is to find a bargain on mid to low end CPU and any GPU above the level of HD 7870(HD7950 3GB bests either console easily and there's always plenty of cheap deals around for them... there were when I got mine anyway). Other than that the rest of your components(Motherboard,8GBs DDR3, SSD etc) you can spend as much or little as you want on, it all depends if you are the type that enjoys/can be arsed bargain hunting or what you already have in your current system you can swap over(which most people miss out of their comparisons even adding stupid things like a new screen to the cost of PC gaming). Then we have new things like Mantle, DX12 etc working on taking away alot of the overheads that have been present in comparison to consoles in previous generations getting more bang for your buck on the PC side which is good, Steam has also been good for PC gaming in general which is why I think there's probably more PC gamers around these days(well it seems like there is compared to last gen anyway).

    Having said that even people with PCs sometimes just prefer the console experience which I have to agree on there's just something to be said for it, PC doesn't ever really feel like it has "generations" as such.
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  • Hands-on with Microsoft's ridiculous $149 Elite Xbox controller

  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    No mention that the pieces are stainless steel, especially the thumbsticks which are height adjustable and will never wear out(there was an interview where they mentioned the testing they'd done in the labs with them), the extra durability is pretty significant here. No reminder in the summary that it's not aimed at the mainstream? Or the price is in line with what pro gamers already pay for this type of product. You all know this wouldn't have been written the same if it were Sony who were bringing this out for PS4. I know people will neg me for this but I have to say this... almost every year around E3 EG show their true colours, sticking it to MS and Xbox at every opportunity(I wouldn't mind if they were objective but they always give Sony a pass even when they do the same things). Wasn't there an article the other week that brought EG in for a whole lot of flak all over the internet? A thinly disguised FUD piece claiming MS are trying to sell the Xbox division but nobody will buy it? Im not an XboxOne owner but EG's integrity has fallen over the years because of their attitude, I just dont value their opinions anymore I only come for the rest of the content which is rare these days. Reply +28
  • PC Gaming Show E3 2015 live report

  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    Am I the only one who doesn't like RTS and Turn Based RPGs? Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    OI thought he was wearing flairs at first. Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    PC can do Arcade games too, best indie platform going too. Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    Wait a minute... bioshock? Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    Indeed it would. Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    OMG a plug for their website... censor it. Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    He said it... beautiful game. Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    What happened to the stack-able design touted? Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    Lol again talking before the mics off. Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    Oh dont tell me you bought that he just saying 6inches is small to big himself up. Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    Did she say 9? Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    No mic? Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    Jungle dragon sounds like an MC/DJ Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    This whole conference seems very low budget... kickstarter to get it done right next year? We need wow factor. Reply 0
  • Calgon 17/06/2015

    I think console gamers need to understand PC as platform doesn't have a single company/voice behind it trying to sell it, hence you aren't going to get a polished streamlined conference like with a console platform. Instead devs, hardware makers are pretty much out for themselves so its going to seem a little more disjointed. Reply 0
  • Square Enix E3 2015 conference live report

  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    Looking forward to the PC show. Glad I decided to check out E3 this year. Reply 0
  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    I wonder how many xbox360 owners have gone PC until they simply have to buy one for the games. I'm going PC for the meantime not only because the consoles aren't too far away from PCs anymore, nor because I was bit disappointed with both when unveiled(especially the CPUs compared to any half recent desktop one). It was simply time to upgrade my PC, got myself a good deal on an i5 4670K, new mobo, ram etc... just made sense when I saw an R8 280(3GB)on the cheap, will beat any console. Reply -1
  • Kickstarter campaign launches for Shenmue 3

  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    @TrevHead Maybe if Shenmue3 is a success they will do a HD version or complete remake? Reply +2
  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    @Spuzzell Yes but nothing like it had been done before, now they can benefit from other peoples R&D for a change. They should still innovate though to give it that old Sega feel. Reply +2
  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    It just occurred to me, what if they add Occulus Rift support? That could be really special. I will get it on PC if it sees the light of day but as for consoles, it wouldn't make much sense not to put it on XboxOne if they are doing a PS4 version, the hardware has never been more similar, unless Sony pay for exclusivity or something like that...

    Also why are people trying act like Sony is doing Yu Suzuki/Shenmue a favor? It's Sony that needed things to announce not the other way around, they aren't even funding it and theres no game yet and it's not exclusive, that was a freebie for them almost. There was rumblings of this before E3 with steam mentioned and let me tell you it get's funded without Sony anywhere near it, they could have announced it with anyone and it's still big news.
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  • Sony E3 2015 conference live report

  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    By character I mean NPC, maybe one of the stalls/shops, or gambling games for example. Reply 0
  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    I feel like they missed a trick with the Kickstarter, surely $10,000 buys you a character with your face in the game aswell? Reply +1
  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    So how do you think this Morpheus will compete with Occulus Rift? Reply 0
  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    PC gamers? Last Gaurian and FF7? Elaborate? Reply +1
  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    Thats it then? Xbox had a better showing IMO but plenty for PS4 owners to be excited about. Best thing about the conference was the Shenmue Kickstarter(PC for me), I hope nobody thinks $2 million is all it will cost to make. That's to get the ball rolling. I'm a bit confused as to how Shenmue suddenly has so many fans? The sales of the original and sequel and even the xbox version(which I played and enjoyed) fell far short of what they hoped. Reply 0
  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    That had to be embarrassing at the start there. Looks nice enough though. Reply 0
  • Calgon 16/06/2015

    Since Shenmue3 will be on PC via Steam(and the better version) and I've never really got into the FF series. Is there anything else I've missed? Still think the Xbox conference was way stronger so far. Reply 0
  • Phil Harrison on Xbox One: "digital is an unstoppable force"

  • Calgon 26/09/2013

    @vizzini I remember schooling you way back on the GPU differences, you made huge leaps of faith without grasping the basics and often ended up back peddling and in the end conceding mistakes quite which I did give you credit for, so dont talk down to people like you are some scientist or expert because you are not. You are an enthusiast who has a deep seeded bias that clouds all your judgments meaning alot of what you say is heavily skewed or dismissive to the opposition.

    A)Sony loved revealing that, they sold the super computer in a console with PS2, they were most likely offered at a cut price for good press.

    B)Cell was the stronger CPU at simple floating point that was never contested. Cracking code and video games are completely different I cant believe you are running that logic.

    C)Cell might have also been better suited to running a network of machines on the same task. Again nothing to do with video games.

    Xbox 360 has and still is holding its own(even topping PS3 for some things) after all these years. This vast gulf in power you bought into never materialized and you MR SCIENTIST are left in denial. ;)

    Had to fit that last post in. Just ignore the PS4 Elitists, if only there was some other place they can go, to discuss how much better Sony are like PS4 articles and forums etc?
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  • Calgon 26/09/2013

    @Sci0n Carmak's recent comments might be worth a look not at all like Sony fanboys were hoping for.

    I'm neutral as it stands but really most of the stuff going on here is completely unnecessary isn't it?

    I'll decide when or if either console is worth it at the right price point when the games are out that have convinced me. Maybe even build myself a new PC, steambox? I'm not sure about that don't even know how much they are I'm guessing not cheap.

    As for which is most powerful as long as there isnt a huge difference and that isn't looking likely then it's not really an issue. Games and services will help me decide.

    Anyway thats enough of EG for me for a while might just check back when they have been on the market a while and everyone's calmed down/come back down to earth.
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  • Calgon 26/09/2013

    @vizzini have you even heard yourself? Cringe worthy doesn't begin to cover it. Some David Brent stuff going on there in your head for sure. Reply +2
  • Calgon 26/09/2013

    @electrolite If you think for a second anyone neutral would see you as the voice of reason you like to believe... you are fooling yourself. He's right... read through find a simple enthusiastic comment about an Xbox One article and look at the negs. Deny that and dont even bother responding to me because you'll have shown yourself to lack enough integrity to make any discussion worth while. He's every reason to be frustrated IMO hence some of his remarks, its turned EG into a bit of a joke of late. Reply +1
  • Calgon 26/09/2013

    I think anyone who has pre-ordered an Xbox One is glad the likes of some of these people wont be polluting the Xbox Live network with their presence and I think most neutral minded gamers would feel the same about that. How many times do they need to tell everyone they dont want something, dont rate something, arent going to buy something? Do they expect it to change anybody elses mind that they feel this way? Why are they so surprised that it doesnt change anybody elses mind to the point of obsession?(The frequency of it is obsessive with some, I hardly come here anymore and its more obvious looking from the outside than ever)

    It just looks like most of them click an Xbox article and say to themselves, before even reading a word: "How can I spin this as negatively as possible against MS?" Even the tech stuff that they dont understand one bit, "blah PR for sure... let me google something to make myself feel better from NEOGAF the most impartial forum community ever".

    Then you get those who try and say their behavior is normal... does it happen in other products? yes cars, football teams etc... are these people the norm/majority though? Is it healthy just because its not exactly uncommon? Were you really interested in the topic or is it the fact that you cannot accept people are enthused about a product you dont like?

    The sooner people forget about these silly little "console wars"(sometimes I wonder if its a something dreamed up drive sales while their fans clamber to find boasting material buying$ into every hyped up game being secretly disappointed but hiding it hoping the next time will settle it) the more fun they will have concentrating on the games they have/want not what they dont want/envy etc. Bring back the days when gamers used spend more time enthusing over their games and consoles rather than bitching over "rivals"... that says you're unhappy with what you have if you do the latter.
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  • Xbox One launch line-up revealed

  • Calgon 28/08/2013

    Looks a varied list we wont know just how good either consoles launch games are until they are out though.

    For those of you still expecting a huge performance difference between the 2, cast your mind back to the comments Carmack made just before this generation of consoles were released and now look what he said recently:

    It's almost amazing how close they are in capabilities, how common they are," Carmack said. "The capabilities they give are essentially the same....

    To be really honest, I haven't done rigorous benchmarking so even if I wasn't [under a non-disclosure agreement] I couldn't give you a really honest answer. But they are very close, and very good.
    Personally I've been waiting for his take on it, he's also given Sony the thumbs up for the strides they've made on dev tools for PS4. Although he said he hasn't done "rigorous benchmarking"(while reminding you of NDAs) I find it hard to believe --knowing the kind of guy he is-- that he didn't want to know the answer straight away as much as any other tech geek would have. I think he has a pretty good idea already and very close is a lot different than what many a Sony fanboy were hoping for. In fact as a neutral or someone who intends to own both the best possible scenario would be that they do end up being near enough equal in performance maybe the focus would then switch to the quality of the gameplay experience more for a change.

    As much as twice the amount of ROPs sounds, when you think of the possible fillrate advantage there, remember MS do have a bloody good team in charge of architecture design(they had nothing to do with reliability issues before anyone tries to say... different dept). I have a feeling real world performance will come into play as that seems to be an area they focused on this gen and there may have been more reasons than we know yet for some of their choices... of course this is all gut feeling at this point, it is much better to wait and see.

    Even if there is a noticeable advantage for PS4 in the end, the quality of games, exclusives and features could end up being more important for the majority of gamers. Kinect2 bundled in is a good idea IMO and is a reason for the extra asking price, that cannot be ignored whether you are interested in what it can offer or not(Dare I say it that I'm almost excited to see where they can go with it when everyone will have it?).

    Still not getting either at launch as things stand but starting to kind of look forward to seeing what will be on offer next gen.
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  • Xbox One memory performance improved for production console

  • Calgon 03/07/2013

    Finally something not Anti-Xbox one on Eurogamer that was half worth reading.

    I'm not nearly as interested in all this stuff as I used to be but I will say this, if you have a think back - who has been the company encouraging these my console is more powerful than yours wars?(Sega and Nintendo had all that and learned from it and it was never as bad as this).

    Even the first Xbox before anyone says it, MS did dabble in it but before the specs were announced officially(yes they did market it as the most powerful console available but that was nothing any console maker before hadn't done. They didnt say PS2 was vastly inferior etc) Sony were already saying "ours is more powerful it's all about our top secret Emotion so dont bother with them"(in so many words). For their second console I think MS seemed just sit back and let the hardware do the talking(obviously they do have to respond when claims of "vastly inferior", "not powerful enough for HD" are thrown around, they just told us what it can do and its strengths), they only said you wont see a big difference and for that they do deserve their props(one of the smallest but best moves they've done, planned or not).

    Remember the slating MS got for showing what they actually had in development, how it really looked at that stage? Remember what Sony did in contrast... I know which approach I appreciated more. I do hope MS realise a lot of gamers would rather have it that way and not be tempted to follow suit and play dirty because the temptation must be there with Sony and the press *cough*Eurogamer-that-means-you*cough* constantly pushing for it.

    Can you imagine the bashing MS would get if they started releasing slides and presentations comparing their console to Wii U implying its a piece of crap next to theirs?

    To me its got to the point when I look around recently especially on Eurogamer, that "hardcore gamer" is not a good label to have... I can only imagine anyone looking from the outside must think: bitter, nasty, egotistical, ungrateful, hypocritical(lots of bad traits that the majority these days seem to possess, granted these cases are more vocal but seemingly more numerous than ever before) it almost seems now they take more pleasure than playing GAMES these days in spewing emotional/hateful rants towards the makers of what is essentially a toy and not only that but anyone who happens to simply like it/not share the same sentiment(I'd wager alot of these people would be moaning like nobodies business if even one person joined every PS4 article discussion in the manor they do). Have things really got that bad? What has happened to gaming/gamers? Is the problem that the games aren't as good anymore and they are looking for something to blame?

    Still not buying either at launch, still not decided which to get. If you dont like something dont buy it, dont worry about making everyone elses mind up for them or they may rightly just put you in your place. Can we not just get back to enjoying games and being happy with that?

    Eurogamer Off....
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  • War never changes

  • Calgon 11/06/2013

    Well E3 has made me decide alot of things... NEITHER are worth it on day one unless you are a fanboy of either company.

    I may even build a new PC till things settle down and come down to the right prices for the mainstream. Also people have been high and mighty about piracy ruining the industry for years with so much money at stake and dev houses going bust maybe it is time for us at least see how it pans out(something does have to change there). It's a big risk for MS but how come everyone (especially Eurogamer) has only looked at it from the skeptical angle, have you thought about reasons why it could be good for gaming? If it does lead to more people actually buying the games overall, more risks can be taken, bigger budgets etc, I really think if Sony had have tried anything along the lines of this these very SHILLS on Eurogamer(lost all respect for the staff, no integrity - consistent only in their double standards between MS and Sony) would have written an entirely different piece convincing us Sony is trying to save gaming or make it better for developers.

    People seem to bang on about how great steam is, which is pretty much what MS are attempting to duplicate in console format pretty much, so I will try that out on my new rig and find out if people are overreacting or not about Xbox One.

    The final thing to learn from E3 for me was to do with this website itself, its time for me to stop reading it I think they've reached a new low to the point where they are no longer attempting to hide their bias and double standards... everyone who has found themselves reading through many of these articles and saying "hang on but that applies to sony too" many times in each of them is spot on! Eurogamer Off!

    edit: To clarify since I'm not going to bother replying to anyone anyway. I've not argued with his points(most of them are fair some of them we cannot be sure of yet) I've pointed out the double standards and they did this as people have rightly pointed out at the last E3... it crops up again and again on this website. I'm not sure which I'm buying yet and as I've said it wont be day one. To anyone getting uppity about the people pointing this out, if these companies that take your money for games and consoles are rightly open to criticism why should a website that makes money from the very same people be above reproach? Yes its his own analysis but frankly I dont want opinions with double standards forced down my neck so to speak, did I have to read it? No but I clicked on what I hoped would be a fair analysis, maybe learn a few new things but ended up spotting big gaps and inconsistencies. Thats precisely the point Im finding it so often to the point where I dont feel the need to read much of what is said here anymore, just one reader expressing his opinion to Eurogamer - they believe things and seriously gone down hill, not worth getting upset about *looks at post below*.
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  • Xbox One: developers have their say on specs, self-publishing and TV TV TV

  • Calgon 24/05/2013

    @jimdove76 Or better yet whoever has decided they are definitely buying either at launch based off how little we know about either console or more importantly the games that we'll be able to play.

    Not to mention we don't even know how much they will cost yet. I'm not even close to deciding what I will get, maybe Xbox One maybe PS4... maybe both at some point? Maybe neither since the hardware choices mean if enough games make it over to PC it might be smarter just building your own gaming system(with better specs) and maybe picking up the cheaper slim models for the exclusives you missed later.
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  • Calgon 24/05/2013

    @StooMonster Right arguing semantics now are we? Ok bad phrasing on my part but surely you got my point? I know them, I dont know you at all, they were telling me their "actual experience" even showing me(dont worry I wont ask you to show me playing Kinect) alot of what you said you seem to feel means your opinion means more but it's irrelevant to anything I've said.

    Actually wait let me get this straight... you dont think the people I mentioned are still playing Kinect to this day for the fitness and dancing games?(some people do like these games) They are bloody good for the people who like them, reviews DO back that up.

    Looking at the above points does me not personally having played them have any relevance? Does you having "tried more games than most" have any relevance? They've already found games they like so no it doesn't because they are getting their moneys worth since they really do enjoy those games(and for what they are I dont know what more you were expecting the reviews back this up too). It did find a market... it wasn't a waste of money in everyones eyes. Im not disputing that it was a waste of money for you or trying to tell you what to like but you are not everyone and this sites population isn't necessarily a reflection on the rest of the UK/Europe.

    I am giving Kinect2 a chance because I make my own mind up(thats not to say it hasn't got to convince me, but it did look pretty fast and responsive), theres too much bashing of Kinect, even negging people(saddest form of censorship lol) for saying anything remotely positive about it(which was my point plenty of people do like it, but they arent the types who would come and bash or defend things on a gaming site but since there is a market for them it wasnt a complete failure). Like I said too many people trying to speak for everyone on this site and its not the way to be.
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  • Calgon 24/05/2013

    @StooMonster does it change anything I said in my post? Where was the need to try and convince me everyone hates it when I've just shown in my experience thats not what I've found. I get that you and your family didn't like it but that wasn't the point. Too many people here trying to speak for everyone and it's not the way to be at all.

    As for the amount of band wagon jumping I see among the gaming sites these days I'm just reminded of this(especially when it comes to tech talk)
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  • Calgon 24/05/2013

    @orangpelupa I hear Dance Central and Just dance are a blast too.

    The people who I do know that bought Kinect love it to this day(mainly women... dancing and fitness games, so it wasn't the complete failure some people like to believe because it did find a market)Kinect1 needed more space than I had to play it for any reasonable amount of time so I never bought one. The concept was good but it wasnt accurate enough yet(atleast not for the type of things that would have a chance of swaying hardcore gamers) hence the most successful games were ones that involved big gestures, dancing, exercise etc(and they did it well to be fair)... Kinect2 could well deliver on that vision they had though.

    We dont know enough about Kinect2 yet or the games do we? It sounds and looks much improved so far though to me and I'm actually interested in seeing how far they've taken it and what could be done with it in games.

    Some of us dont just jump on every hate or like band wagon, we look, observe and decide for ourselves when we are ready.
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  • Calgon 24/05/2013

    @wogsy81 Price might be a factor too, in fact bundling Kinect2 with every Xbox One might have just been too expensive ontop of the very best graphics hardware they could manage.

    Kinect2 did look good to me, it looks accurate enough to track subtle movements which means sitting down to play... no need for the geeks who hate kinect to flap their bingo wings in a panic over it just yet then.
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  • Calgon 24/05/2013

    Can someone tell me what has actually been confirmed by MS about the GPU? I have found out now that someone has had a look at the motherboard of Xbox One(how did they get hold of it? How do we know it's final hardware?) so thats the DD3 Confirmed but the GPU? How do they know how many cores it has?(Nvidia said there was a 10% advantage to PS4 on the GPU now someone says 50% who exactly confirmed this?) Estimated off die space? Clock speeds aren't confirmed either and theres alot left to learn before a worthwhile comparison can be made. I've been out of the loop on the Xbox One and PS4 hardware rumors and leaks so just some links with credible sources so I know what has actually been confirmed would be nice.

    Having said that, this quote has me thinking MS have been ready to let Sony take the most powerful crown from day one:

    ...Microsoft engineer, who said in an Engadget interview:

    "We purposefully did not target the highest-end graphics. We targeted more as a broad entertainment play and did it in an intelligent way."
    Its a bit of a shame that they are using the same chip makers, the only thing either side can do is outspend to gain an advantage now it seems, console hardware is becoming less unique(it used to be innovative because of the restrictions) but I suppose the developers will welcome that.

    I'm glad to see others noticing a trend for influencing negativity towards all that is MS/Xbox on Eurogamer but cast your minds back and this is noting new because they did this at the start of last generation too. They fed everyone Sony propaganda, bought into the target renders... pretty much told us how PS3 would blow Xbox360 away. They are quick to question MS and always apologetic for Sony... disagree? Remember that article about "Xbox 360 uses this much power... bad for the environment as well as way less powerful!" (ok that wasnt the title but its how they came across, over the months before and during launch) when it was later found that PS3 actually used MORE power than 360, did they update that article or add another one related to it? No that would make Sony look bad wouldn't it, they couldn't possibly do that.

    Sort it out Eurogamer! Some of us --and I can see Im not the only one with the sense to see through it-- are noticing these double standards and it's making people doubt the very fabric of your collective integrity.
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  • Microsoft reveals Xbox One, due worldwide this year

  • Calgon 21/05/2013

    Not alot of specs confirmed, lots of sites contradicting each other as a result in the last hour. Even if the RAM is DDR3(no confirmation of this from MS, that I've seen anyway or even the embedded ram which can't be overlooked since its all about the bandwidth), or the GPU is slightly behind(no official word on the GPU and MS have in past always outspent Sony on the GPU)... anyone worth listening to will be waiting for concrete in depth specs of what really is under the hood and what its theoretically capable of before even attempting any form of comparison.

    We know Sony always overhype what their hardware can do from Playstation to PS3, why would PS4 be any different?

    I've leaned away from Sony in the past just because of the hipster image(look at some of the cheerleaders here... cringe worthy is not the word) and empty promises but I will give PS4 a fair chance(it shouldnt really matter having the same product as some annoying people I guess). I dont care what anyone says Kinect 2 might actually sway me depending on how far they've taken it(it looked seriously fast in that demo).

    This gen I think I'm going to wait till after launch regardless of what we hear before it, so E3 will have no baring either and I dont think it will be any clearer even after it who's the "winner".
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  • Calgon 21/05/2013

    @cloudskipa Ah yes the bizarre declaration of winner before anything has even begun, to be honest the person appears to be another Sony cheerleader, its been going on for weeks before this event there's scores of them, they were always going to have this reaction... I can see lots of hipster-"hilarious" gifs which they've been keeping for today. Reply -5
  • Kinect Star Wars Review

  • Calgon 13/04/2012

    Is the game shit? Probably Yes.
    Is it Microsofts fault? NO!
    Is it Kinects fault? Try and reason that all you like but you have no clue about the technology if you do, most of you by the sounds of it dont know the first thing about it. Answer is NO!
    Are all Kinect games as shit as you try and make out? NO! We all know this so the way you try and keep it up is just pathetic. Im not in a rush to buy kinect but there are a few now that I'd actually like to play myself. Not as many games as their should be but thats down to the devs.
    Is the Technology behind Kinect worthless? No it pisses on the wii-mote and the Move from a great height from technological standpoint, they used existing tech in an innovative way, Kinect is a different beast. This isnt the mega-cd or the eyetoy either or lets face it a cd player and a webcam neither of which were anything you couldnt buy for a pc already, nothing unique about their hardware or software, the same cannot be said about Kinect(the efforts people have gone to with Kinect hacks PC side already is evidence enough).

    Personally I think MS should have launched the hardware first on the PC and buisness markets for none gaming purposes, recoup some of the R&D costs there and wait for a time when they could bring out a more refined version for Gaming purposes without selling at a loss. Gamers are on the whole stubborn and pedantic little creatures, the damage has probably already been done from the looks of it here, if they have their minds set against something, good luck changing it no matter what you accomplish(they wont even look at the games in most cases, in their minds they "just know".). Having said that, they have shifted quite alot of them so who knows how much they have made back.

    I think the problem was MS forgot who they are dealing with, I give them credit for being ambitious enough to launch right away but clearly there was too much that they had to get right BEFORE they launch it as a gaming device where speed and accuracy are paramount.

    The accuracy(exagerated by the haters but could be better and even needs to be for the hardcore market), speed/lag(again exagerated), playing distances, sitting down to play naturally probably can and will be rectified with further hardware revisions. I'd say if they do release a successor to Kinect, that WILL be the one they should have launched with in the first place.

    Do I want to still use a controller? Yes for some games I will probably always prefer that but I think if MS or more accurately a developer can show me a better and more natural way of doing things in certain types of games I'm all for it. I doubt they would make the mistake of forcing Kinect like some of you are scared of, the best way would be to offer both control methods and actually prove the other way is better and then let gamers join of their own accord.
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  • 343 confirms Halo 4 is native 720p

  • Calgon 12/03/2012

    I will repost this from the supposed "best looking xbox game ever" article, since it was olded by the time I commented.

    If anyone is qualified on Xbox360 to say which game has the best engine or graphics its Corrinne Yu IMO(she's a female John Carmack, take a look at the link below and you will see what I mean). Wasn't she part of the XNA team who had to take a look at other peoples game engines and sometimes help them out if they were having performance issues? She's also given quite a few developer presentations and interviews if you look around(the only dev who has bothered to go into any detail on what they do know about the XCPU and what room for improvement there is ect). So if she is saying that this engine/game is the business, then I'm quite looking forward to seeing what they've got there.

    Recent interview with Corrinne Yu Principal Engine Architect at Microsoft Games, “Best in Engineering" award winner at GDC 2009

    Reach was pretty impressive for the most part, if you are trying to say it wasn't then clearly you've not seen enough of what it had to offer(probably just read online "sub HD" and wrote it off) and as far as performance issues went, I've got to say it must be dependent on the difficulty setting because it seemed handle everything that was thrown at it rather well. I cant remember it tearing, and although it did drop frames it was nothing anywhere near "coming to a crawl"(and the times that it did were that hectic that it was easy to look past it).
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  • Sony makes gargantuan £1.3 billion loss during third quarter

  • Calgon 02/02/2012


    Maybe they just didnt agree with a lot of what you said, you claimed you knew that the deflated Yen was the reason(it will have an effect but not to this extent surely you dont believe that), but most sources on the subject of Nintendos losses point at a declining handheld market which has been a big earner for them(the rise in smart phones and cheap smart phone games being the culprit) as for the natural disasters that would actually have an effect I agree but from their Japan sales only.

    Even looking closely at the numbers(although probably not as bad as it first appears taking the figures here at face value) you can't safely assume "all is well" with Sony and the Playstation business on the whole. It doesn't look quite to be going quite as smooth as you seemed to be trying to say is all, although I do fully expect to see a PS4 to be fair.

    edited: For clarity and typos... 5times. Thats all from me here anyway found this news surprising but Im sure Sony will handle it some way or another.
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  • Calgon 02/02/2012

    Well personally I always saw PS3 coming in 3rd place at the start of this gen, I never saw them making big losses near the end of this gen though(does not look good at all), this is where they all expect to rake in the the profits before moving on to the next gen. Well I'm not a fan of the Playstation brand personally(I believe Sega would still be going strong if not for Sony too but that's not the reason) but I think it would be sad for any of the platform holders to pull out, competition is healthy, plus there are a lot of people that do care(some a little too much but the same could be said about cars and what not) about their brand that would feel severely let down.

    Ah good old Vizzini spouting SDF damage control and technical dribble since 2006(sometimes seems to know what he's talking about, others when he's really reaching because he's blinded by his sheer bias for Sony... not so much lol).

    P.S: I thought about leaving a taunt to the aggressive PS3fanboys which have plagued the internet over the years and done Sony's image no favours but... oh dear I just commented about them didn't I, well I will stop there, that's all from me on that. :0
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  • Next Xbox GPU based on £50 Radeon HD 6670 card - report

  • Calgon 01/02/2012

    I will beleive it when I see it, MS have always been forward thinking when it comes to the GPU in their machines(probably a little moreso than the CPU but I think they will have learned alot from the Xenon project). Xbox's NV2a was based on tech slightly ahead of its time, although pretty much just little bits already planned for the NV25 aka GeForce 4. Xbox360s Xenos was even more forward thinking and much more of a custom design, this was probably thanks to learning their lessons from Xbox(they have some very smart people on the XNA Team now IMO, formerly the Xbox Advanced Technology Group) and switching to ATI who Im geussing were more relaxed/co-operative and allowed MS more control/input.

    Aside from the disasterous decision to skimp on testing to get it out for the christmas run-in which has cost them over a billion(I wonder what would have happened had they recognised how big the fault was, delayed it and shipped with something closer to the Elite machines from the start sometimes) the rest of what they did was a pretty damn big success in many regards. I think it would be a mistake to try and out Nintendo, Nintendo(although they can always try and capture some of that market by all means) and a step back for them since they'd lose a lot of their existing fanbase and lets face it, although its taken a lot of time and money to get this far they have come a long way.

    I could be wrong but Im thinking this is bogus for now, although he could have been guessing rather than making an informed estimation Carmack said he expects something more in the way of 10x more powerful overall for the next consoles from Sony and MS, this would be half that.
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