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  • The Division 1.4 patch reinvents the game's single-player

  • Dismiss 25/10/2016

    Yeah, this is an age-old issue with MMOs. Won't high end gear sets get trivialised now? Unless they're hoping to bank more on skill to differentiate between players. Can't see that happening, as stats are very powerful. Reply +1
  • Civilization 6 review

  • Dismiss 25/10/2016

    @BabyBabyBabyOh I see your point, but real armies have to ensure a steady stream of supplies and they have to factor terrain in their movements. You can't really invade everywhere with all types of units. This is abstractly simulated by unstacking units. Reply +3
  • Dismiss 25/10/2016

    I really adore Civ games, but I always end up playing them on laptops when I'm away from my AAA backlog. Hope this runs well on older chipsets. Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch - games list, specs, release and everything we know about the new hardware

  • Dismiss 22/10/2016

    I'm so getting this, bar some kind of disaster. I only play a handful of titles on the go every year, and if these titles happen to be Nintendo's best, and not some kind of inferior port, as on the 3DS, then all the better. Since I'll probably be using this as my go-to travel and bedroom system, battery life is rather important, but not a complete deal-breaker. Reply +3
  • iPhone 7/ iPhone 7 Plus review

  • Dismiss 22/10/2016

    Even though I do agree that there's little point in going over 400ppi on smaller screens, text and vector-based content will always benefit from higher resolutions. Photos, as well. Furthermore, if everyone is so hell-bent on removing the headphone jack due to "forward-looking audio tech", then they should also add another mini usb for charging while listening. Wouldn't it be easier to just improve their DACs and retain line-in/AUX compatibility?

    For me, as a gamer, it makes much more sense to get last year's high(ish)-end Android model for 400 quid or so + say, a Nintendo Switch, rather than shell out for the latest iPhone, no matter how good it may be. My last Apple smartphone was the iPhone 4, and I've never been tempted to go back since. Apart from the outrageous cost, they're great devices, of course, perhaps even the best overall, if you can deal with how restrictive iOS can be at times.
    Reply +4
  • NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers

  • Dismiss 20/10/2016

    Good stuff. Sleek system. Not expecting an amazing screen for other uses, apart from gaming. If it sticks below 300-350 EUR for a premium system and/or a bundle, this looks very appealing. And it would double as a great console for the bedroom. Reply 0
  • PlayStation 4 to get tournaments feature in collaboration with ESL

  • Dismiss 20/10/2016

    Well, this is somewhat 4theplayaz Reply +2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 is named...

  • Dismiss 18/10/2016

    Look for the PC version 6 months to a year later, along with a remastered RDR 1. It would be criminal not to. Still, nice bit of trolling. Reply -1
  • Panasonic DX750 ultra HD 4K TV review

  • Dismiss 15/10/2016

    Bizarrely, this seems to be priced quite similarly to a relatively cheap LG OLED model here in Greece (just shy of 2.5K EUR), while the KS8000 at the same diagonal or thereabouts is considerably cheaper. Looks like the local importer has fallen asleep on the job. Reply 0
  • Rez Infinite review

  • Dismiss 14/10/2016

    Well, whether you're interested or not, you can't really fault the effort Sony's put into launching their VR platform. Reply +37
  • PlayStation VR cinema mode works with PC, Xbox One and Wii U

  • Dismiss 14/10/2016

    @mega-gazz I see. Well, no reason to rush, I suppose. I'll take another look at the headset after I get my PS Pro, then. Looks like it's sold out here, anyway. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 14/10/2016

    @Fourfoldroot So it does appear blurrier than an 1080p TV? Reply +4
  • Dismiss 14/10/2016

    That's nice, but how about some more info about the actual image quality when using this mode? I mean, is it viable as a projector-like experience? Is the perceptual pixel density acceptable for gaming and/or movies? Do you miss out on fine details? Reply +10
  • Shadow Warrior 2 review

  • Dismiss 13/10/2016

    Ι still don't understand why they opted for procedural generation. It's great for diversity, but bad for personality. And what made Shadow Warrior so distinctive was its madcap personality. Reply +15
  • Steam will support PS4 controllers natively on PC

  • Dismiss 13/10/2016

    Well, I wouldn't mind using the trackpad to control the cursor in all those annoying "gamepad partially supported titles". And I never could get used to the dpad in either the X360 or the X1 controller, so this will be a bonus for retro/arcade and fighting games. If they support the official adapter as well, the DS4 could become the best gamepad for PC currently doing the rounds. Reply 0
  • PlayStation VR hasn't tamed VR's strangeness

  • Dismiss 13/10/2016

    In my opinion, the biggest obstacle to mainstream adoption is the fact that you have to set up a whole secondary system just to play a couple of games. Needs more integration in order to be truly attractive. Or a bona fide killer-app, of course. Reply +1
  • Rockstar's first Red Dead now on PlayStation 4

  • Dismiss 11/10/2016

    Wasn't this originally a Capcom title, later bought by Rockstar? Reply +36
  • Gears of War 4 is smarter than it is sensational

  • Dismiss 06/10/2016

    @dirigiblebill The intro was amazing, and I did like the DBs at first, but ultimately it was all noise, no substance. Read elsewhere that there's a change of tone after the first two acts, so I'm looking forward to changing my mind. Reply -2
  • Dismiss 06/10/2016

    Well, after the first couple of acts, I have to say that the campaign is more -intriguing- than the last two games, but it doesn't play all that differently. I suppose it will get better later on, but for the time being the new enemies are a bit boring, and I find the comparisons with Doom's transformational campaign, let alone Uncharted 4's, a bit unfortunate. Not to mention the defense sub-missions which are awful. On the plus side, AI seems somewhat improved and the scenery is more impressive than ever.

    It's very well optimised, though. My i7/970 combo can run this pretty much flawlessly at 1440p60 (with a mix of high/ultra settings and dynamic resolution turned on at default value). And it does look amazing.
    Reply +1
  • Sony PlayStation VR review

  • Dismiss 05/10/2016

    Looks like the best way to try VR for the first time, but I'm not touching this before I get a PS4 Pro. Reply +2
  • Quantum Break PC is better on DirectX 11

  • Dismiss 01/10/2016

    All evidence points to Vega being a better choice for DX12, when it comes out. This is the main reason I'm not upgrading my 970 just yet.

    Oh, and yeah, it's rather shameful that early adopters are actually penalised for supporting the game (I know many of them got it for free along with the X1 version, but still).
    Reply +6
  • Lost Odyssey receives Xbox One backward compatibility today

  • Dismiss 29/09/2016

    Oh yeah, that was a good one. A bit overwrought, but a good one. Actually, come to think of it, I think that it was one of the few jRPGs I really liked last gen, along with Tales of Symphonia, Xenoblade and Ni No Kuni. Reply +7
  • Destiny 2 will launch for PC, characters may be left behind - reports

  • Dismiss 28/09/2016

    On the contrary, this is NOT the time to explain. Unless they want to scrap their playerbase right now, of course. Reply +4
  • Sundered is Super Metroid meets Rogue Legacy

  • Dismiss 27/09/2016

    @CrashOkami Indeed. I really don't understand why they have to bring "rogue-like" elements to every game out there. What's wrong with a gorgeous, hand-drawn tribute to SOTN or Super Metroid? Unless they don't have the manpower or the creative chops to really spread the experience beyond the "hardcore" part. Reply 0
  • What does it take to run Forza Horizon 3 at 1080p60?

  • Dismiss 27/09/2016

    @fcpthebest Doesn't feel like a shitty port, as it lets you do everything you want with the game and it does offer a doable 60 fps, even if that means a bit of compromise on image quality, which is already part of the console experience, I suppose.

    On the other hand, I'd LOVE to see how DF's console-priced builds fare with this.
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  • Dismiss 27/09/2016

    Strangely enough, had no issues whatsoever with the Windows Store. The Xbox One code worked instantly and the game did a preliminary installation which was later updated with the full game, without any input from me. Reply +7
  • Dismiss 27/09/2016

    4790/970/16 GB here, generally sticks to 1080p60 with dynamic quality settings targeting high. Still some stuttering, though, when streaming new areas. Much better overall with dynamic IQ, framerate drops are much less frequent. Used to drop to 50 and lower on a frequent basis, which made it very distracting for a fast racer. Reply +1
  • Forza Horizon 3 review

  • Dismiss 27/09/2016

    Well, after playing around with the settings a bit, I'd say that dynamic IQ settings are a much better proposition than the "optimisations" proposed by Geforce Experience. I do thing dynamic IQ is the way forward, and it should be encouraged. Sure, you give up quite a bit of control, but that's a non-issue for people like me who also play on consoles. And judging from FH3, you do get to enjoy your preferred frame rate while still looking spectacular on average. Now if only there was a way for me to stream this to my laptop and play it on TV, instead of a 28" monitor, that would be great. Reply +1
  • Forza Horizon 3 at 4K 60fps is simply breathtaking

  • Dismiss 24/09/2016

    @riseer Yeah, I'm getting 51-60 with vsync on at High (4XMSAA) @1080p. It does maintain 60 fps most of the time, but once it starts streaming new areas, it just tanks to the high 30s or low 40s for 3 seconds or so and it throws me off. It wouldn't be a huge deal for another genre, but it's very offputting in an arcade racer, as it's very unpredictable.

    Looks like more powerful systems are affected, as well, such as yours, so it could be somewhat fixable, I suppose. In the meantime, I think I'll switch to 30 fps with more eye-candy. Even 4K with dynamic IQ offers better playability at this frame rate.
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  • Dismiss 24/09/2016

    Yep, frame rate will tank when streaming in new areas, at least on an 4790/970/16GB DDR3 system, which is hardly high-end, but it should be more than capable of doing 1080p60 with Xbox One settings (at the very least). Perhaps it would be better if I installed this on the SSD, but I'm under the impression that it just felt better at the default 4K30 with dynamic IQ settings, rather than 1080p60 with pretty big and unpredictable ups and downs. Reply +3
  • Is DayZ still coming out on console and, you know, WTH is going on?

  • Dismiss 22/09/2016

    Not angry, don't care, console or PC. However, I do find the rise of the survival MMO genre a very interesting topic in general. Reply +2
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will not support PlayStation 4 Pro features

  • Dismiss 19/09/2016

    Shame. I'd be OK even if they just went back and made a few nips and tucks to improve asset streaming and stabilise frame rates at a concrete 30 fps. Guess I'll have to stream this from PC if I want to play it in the living room. On the plus side, now I know which platform to get the expansion pass for. Reply +2
  • Recore review

  • Dismiss 14/09/2016

    I always thought that the term AAA, AA is indicative of a game's budget, not quality. For example, there are indie games that can be exemplary and AAA productions that could be abysmal. In my mind, on a scale from "indie" to "AAA", there are some "AA" games in the middle that have a larger budget than the average indie, but lack the production values or the larger dev teams of a full-blown AAA blockbuster. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 13/09/2016

    That's a shame, was rather looking forward to this. Reply +3
  • What if Uncharted 4 on PS4 Pro ran at 60fps?

  • Dismiss 13/09/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler Actually, most good TV sets already have some kind of similar functionality on their side. Most Tvs will try to match the refresh rate of the source, and some models also offer frame interpolation of some kind to smooth over dropped frames (this does produce some artifacts and doesn't improve controller response, though). If you're using a PC as a home theatre system, for example, you may notice a brief fade to black when your TV switches from 60 fps to 23.976 or 24 fps, which is typical for most films. This is caused by the panel as it syncs the refresh rate to make things smoother. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 13/09/2016

    Well, here's hoping more developers will follow ROTR's example going forward. It's very disappointing that Horizon won't try to do 60 fps, though. Reply -2
  • The Witness review

  • Dismiss 13/09/2016

    @jawolf Indeed, the observation puzzles were the best by far. So organic and well thought-out. Wish it was all like this. Edit: LOL, replying to a 7 month old comment. Oh, well. Reply +6
  • Sony Tokyo Game Show 2016 conference live report

  • Dismiss 13/09/2016

    Looks like people will be able to scan their mugs in specially created videos? Dunno. Reply 0
  • Sony plays down PS4 Pro's lack of 4K Blu-ray disc support

  • Dismiss 08/09/2016

    Yeah, sure. This could have been THE accessible all-in-one solution for videophiles. It is a major flaw in my opinion and it does make it less desirable for me personally. There are 4K streams out there that struggle to reach the bitrate of a Full HD BR and it shows. Reply +50
  • Sony announces PlayStation 4 Pro for November 2016, priced 349

  • Dismiss 07/09/2016

    Really? No 4K BLuRay support? Reply +10
  • PlayStation Meeting 2016 live report

  • Dismiss 07/09/2016

    Yeah, it's a tough sell. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 07/09/2016

    Erm, how about higher frame rates on HDTVs? Reply 0
  • Dismiss 07/09/2016

    So, all those games play in 4K30, I assume. Guess they're only interested in selling new TVs, not offering a general upgrade. Reply 0
  • Life after console generations has one big upside

  • Dismiss 07/09/2016

    It all depends on the cutting-off point. If the consumer is free to enjoy games of acceptable quality for a time period that exceeds the timeframe between upgrade offerings, even if that means some performance downgrades, then the new model could be better than the old one, as you do get to keep your games (and accessories to an extent). After all, consoles that are on their last legs always have some great games that tend to have a performance deficit.

    Spending 400 euros or so (the cost of a standard GPU upgrade) on your system of choice every 2-3 years AND getting a second system for another room in the house is not a bad deal in my opinion. All the more so if you get to keep all the games you didn't have time for (and if they actually run better than before, it's just icing on the cake). It's definitely better to have a choice.
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  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force flops

  • Dismiss 05/09/2016

    The NX can't come soon enough for me. The WiiU failed to deliver something truly comparable to my favourite (3D) Nintendo titles of all time, namely Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime - looks like Zelda will make it, at long last- and I could never get along with the 3DS, despite its commercial success and stellar library. It always felt severely underpowered and awkward to hold (at least the vanilla model I got at launch). Here's to a new beginning. Reply +5
  • Performance Analysis: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

  • Dismiss 25/08/2016

    Wait, so a 1070 can't run this maxed at 1080p60? Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry: Hands on with PS4 Rise of the Tomb Raider

  • Dismiss 18/08/2016

    Well, after a long period of "exclusivity" and the phenomenal success that was Uncharted 4 they at least seem to be doing all they can to make this a viable proposition this autumn. On the other hand, the PC version is bound to get some good discounts this holiday season.

    Anyway, already completed this on Xbox One. Good game, but somewhat lazy compared to the previous one. It felt like it should have come out in 2014 or thereabouts.
    Reply 0
  • Nvidia's Pascal-powered laptop chips are a true generational leap

  • Dismiss 17/08/2016

    Welp, a 15-17" 1080p screen powered by a 1060 would be quite the portable games machine. Good ppi too. For a living room setup, you might want a more powerful GPU though, as 4K is gearing up for a big push. Reply 0
  • The Tomorrow Children will be F2P, early access coming next month

  • Dismiss 17/08/2016

    Makes absolute sense, as this seems to depend on full servers quite a bit. I probably won't have the time to play another grind-based title, as most of these things usually are, unless it's totally stellar or something. Reply 0
  • No Man's Sky review

  • Dismiss 12/08/2016

    Feels more like a "platform", rather than a "game" so far. I find myself more engrossed with it, rather than purely having fun. On the other hand, that sense of immersion and discovery makes it extremely hard to remove the disc from my PS4. Reply +1