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  • Uncharted 4 is pushing for 1080p60 on PlayStation 4

  • Dismiss 21/07/2014

    @INSERT-COIN Well, personally I've seen a TON of difference with 30 fps on my PCs and 30 fps on my TV. Even 30 fps from my laptop looks much smoother on my TV rather than the native screen, which refuses to be set at lower than 60 Hz. Thankfully, the laptop can still reach 50-60 fps on recent games, otherwise connecting it to a TV would be the only decent option for demanding 3D games.

    There's no doubt that 60 is better, of course. It's both smoother and more responsive. It's just harder to maintain.
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  • Dismiss 21/07/2014

    @INSERT-COIN Sure, just keep in mind that most laptop screens (and most computer monitors) don't (or can't) adjust their refresh rates to the source frame rate automatically. That's why 30 fps can look so much smoother on a decent TV. Of course, this doesn't affect controller latency, just the perception of smoothness. In fact, TVs that add interpolation on top tend to increase latency even further, even though they provide an even smoother picture. Reply 0
  • What if every PC game could run on your tablet?

  • Dismiss 20/07/2014

    @Koozer Well yeah, but it's going to be irrelevant if the software won't take advantage of it. It's already trending that way,IMO Reply 0
  • Dismiss 19/07/2014

    Of course, it would be nice if those portable systems had screens that could adapt their refresh rates to the source frame rate, just like good TVs do nowadays. If you're going to have to deal with games at lower frame rates (at least until the rendering power of mobile chipsets catches up with their desktop counterparts - this can and will happen once R&D priorities are switched around) then your screen needs to have those little perks console owners enjoy via their TVs, even if they're not aware of the fact: decent scalers, interpolation and frame rate sync. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 19/07/2014

    Let's face it, this is not really an alternative vision. It's the shape of things to come. The merging of notebooks and tablets will come first, and eventually consoles and then the desktops will follow suit. I'm pretty certain this will happen during my lifetime.

    If you think about it, this is the apotheosis of the PC as a concept. A true Personal Computer, which will follow you everywhere and be suitable for every task by just plugging it into different screens of various sizes. This is going to happen, I reckon, streaming or no streaming.
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  • You've got male

  • Dismiss 19/07/2014

    Gianna Sisters did more than alright back in the home computer days. And that predates the Thor gender change by what, a couple of decades? Reply +3
  • Digital Foundry: Hands on with the Destiny PS4 beta

  • Dismiss 18/07/2014

    @George-Roper Only it's not strictly a matter of performance this time. According to previous DF articles, this phenomenon is more akin to a bug, as frame rate remains stable throughout. If I'm not mistaken, this was fixed post release for the new Need for Speed game. Could be wrong, though.

    Anyway, I'm not expecting any noticeable improvements either, as this particular issue was present in Halo Reach, as well.
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  • Destiny Xbox One beta won't be 1080p, but the final version will

  • Dismiss 17/07/2014

    Well, I definitely hope they pull this off, even if I am not an X1 owner (not even available here till September). Optimisation work like that will benefit all new gen consoles. Well, two of them at least. Reply 0
  • The Last of Us Remastered lets you lock frame-rate at 30fps

  • Dismiss 16/07/2014

    Options are good. Goes without saying that there's not going to be a "locked 60 fps" update, otherwise this would be quite pointless. Unless there's image quality improvements, of course, but I don't think so.

    Once again, the fact that this is a last-gen game (that frequently dipped below 30 fps to boot) doesn't really mean anything.
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  • Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers out today on PC, Xbox 360

  • Dismiss 16/07/2014

    Ah, yes. Just switched from an iPad to an Android tablet, and this means that Hearthstone won't be missed. There's always PC as well, anyhow. Reply +1
  • The Forest Early Access review

  • Dismiss 15/07/2014

    I usually find that constant micromanagement detracts A LOT from the atmosphere. That's why I usually balk at the words "survival sim". Still, this does look interesting. Reply +4
  • Tech Analysis: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • Dismiss 12/07/2014

    @Scimarad Indeed, while W2 was a very nice game, on retrospect I feel like I wouldn't have missed anything truly essential if I hadn't completed it. Perhaps it's because I only got to finish it years after I bought it on PC. Reply 0
  • Divinity: Original Sin review

  • Dismiss 12/07/2014

    @Diablo13 Actually, changing settings has little to no effect and all drivers are up to date. When choosing Resolution in the settings, however (and this is a new thing), I only see "Display 1 - Intel Integrated etc". I don't know why this happens, as every other game has no problem turning on the discrete GPU, even without forcing them to from the control panel. I don't really want to turn the integrated chip off, as I'm using the laptop for work as well and from what I'm reading online I suppose that it wouldn't make a difference anyway. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 11/07/2014

    @Rayn Well, looks like it's pretty widespread, judging by the forums. Not a critical issue, of course, but it's there. Perhaps our definitions of "a treat" are different? It's definitely playable, just not as smooth as it should be. Or perhaps you're not using nvidia chipsets? Could be that you're the lucky one :) Reply 0
  • Dismiss 10/07/2014

    It's just a shame that it doesn't seem to correctly detect and utilise discrete mobile GPUs. It runs completely flawlessly on my desktop with a 670, an ageing i7 and 8 gigs of RAM, but I can't seem to get more than 30 fps with regular drops on a much newer laptop with an i7 4700 HQ, 16 gigs of RAM and a 765M, even when I force it to use the discrete GPU through the control panel.

    Now, before anyone starts spouting off stuff like "laptops are not made for gaming" and "your desktop GPU completely destroys your laptop GPU": I know. Just keep in mind that this same laptop can run stuff like Arkham Origins (1080p 50-60 fps), Dark Souls 2 @ 1080p60fps and Borderlands 2 1080p 48-60 fps, all on Ultra settings. I know it's not a supreme gaming rig or whatever kids are calling them these days, but I feel like it should be able to play the game much, much better than it does. Looks like more of a software, rather than a hardware issue, that's what I'm saying. It's such a pity, as this game is a perfect fit for a laptop. And yes, it's a great game.
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  • Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas single-player pricing detailed

  • Dismiss 09/07/2014

    Well, I know that this isn't going to be popular, but with that kind of real world money you can get the new Magic game, which is also out in July. Reply +1
  • BioShock Vita would have been a Final Fantasy Tactics-style game

  • Dismiss 08/07/2014

    @grassyknoll Yes, I know about GR2, but they didn't even tease the game at this year's E3, so I'm not holding my breath just yet.

    Actually, Sony didn't have to dedicate their first party teams to the Vita. They could just have funded the development of Vita ports by third parties a la Borderlands 2, while developing a couple of original games of their own per year. I would have been pretty happy with that (combined with the steady stream of excellent indie games), even though none of those external studios would be able to hit KZ Mercenary levels of technical polish.
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  • Dismiss 08/07/2014

    @grassyknoll Sure, but that goes both ways. It's a familiar vicious circle we saw with the Wii U, as well. If you don't make them, why would anyone buy the system? And if the platform holder won't take the plunge, then who will? Plus, the Vita needed much more support than the average system, given that the handheld space is dominated by Nintendo, and every new attempt at gaining marketshare will invariably get a hostile response from the always vocal and very loyal fanbase (even though mobile devices are the real threat to the Nintendo way of doing things, but people are too short-sighted to see that).

    Thing is, Sony never went the extra mile to give the Vita its own Mario Kart, ie a game that might spark demand for system. Sure, the PS4 is more important, at least for the Western markets and it's been doing great so far, but the Vita could be so much more than a peripheral.

    (some edits here and there)
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  • Dismiss 08/07/2014

    @Mr-Writer There's a TJ Mobile spin-off, which is supposed to be good, but it's not the same game. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 08/07/2014

    @grassyknoll Well, one could say that it wasn't really focused on big budget titles, at least not 100%. The touch screen and the emphasis on digital distribution from day 1 showed that Sony had an eye on the mobile market as well. Which is fine, as long as Sony opened the thing up for small developers (which it did) while they kept producing the big titles that would pull it from retailer hell. That's where it faltered. We never saw a second Gravity Rush or Uncharted, while Mercenary and Tearaway were just drops in the ocean. Even the ports dried up. Actually, I'm not afraid to admit that I bought the damn thing for ports. I was really hoping that the PSN library, both first and third party would eventually be ported to the machine. I would welcome stuff like Tokyo Jungle, Outland, Clash of Heroes, Okami, Trine and whatnot, games that I keep pushing back due to newer releases on the big systems, but which would be great for a spot of entertainment on the go. Reply +4
  • Dismiss 08/07/2014

    Sounds like an ideal fit, but let's face it, Sony is content to let the Vita devolve into a PS4 peripheral. It's still a great handheld, but a mere shadow of the promise it showed in the first two years of release, with stuff like Gravity Rush, Little BIg Planet and Mercenary totally transcending what one could expect from a handheld system. Sure, it flopped commercially, but Sony never made a real effort to save it. Reply +18
  • Miyamoto: Nintendo "gradually changing the structure" of The Legend of Zelda

  • Dismiss 04/07/2014

    I intentionally used the term open world so that it would be easier (for consumers) to understand, just as the shareholder has pointed out. Please understand I meant that when the development teams have discussions, I dislike heavily using terms that are commonly used (when developing something new and surprising)
    So, erm, Shigeru is loath to use the term "open world", because he considers it too banal for his original and surprising vision? Or is there something lost in the translation?
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  • Divinity: Original Sin Larian Studios' fastest-selling game ever

  • Dismiss 03/07/2014

    Oh please, let that mystery RPG franchise be Earthdawn. But who am I kidding. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 03/07/2014

    Well, optimising and perfecting their current best-seller would be the most prudent thing to do. There aren't many games like DOS out there at the moment, and this has the potential to become one of the bigest AA hits out there, given all the goodwill and positive word of mouth. Furthermore, it's the kind of game that "has legs" and can keep on selling long after major blockbusters find themselves in the bargain bin.

    Personally, I'm having a blast at the moment. The writing is of a higher quality than I expected, and the maps are deliciously busy and complex.The turn based combat system is pretty nice as well. All in all, it's a refreshing and rich RPG. Performance on mobile chipsets seems to be an issue at the moment, but other than that, it's a very charming and welcome summer release that has the potential to become a classic in its genre.
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  • Underworld RPG series returning with new game

  • Dismiss 01/07/2014

    Now that's what I call a contradictory title. Reply +3
  • BioWare's first "fully gay" male party member in DAI

  • Dismiss 01/07/2014

    Why does it always have to be mages? Just because they wear dresses? Time to stand up for class equality. Reply +16
  • Steam revokes 7050 stolen Sniper Elite 3 codes

  • Dismiss 30/06/2014

    But how do you steal keys from a database just for a single, very specific game? I mean, how come there were no Watch_Dogs or Wolfenstein keys stolen from the same retailers? Wouldn't those games be more valued targets?

    Unless they are talking about credit card fraud, and those keys where cancelled after Rebellion were hit with a wave of chargebacks.
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  • The sickening side of the Steam summer sale

  • Dismiss 28/06/2014

    So, do I snap up Injustice for 4 euros or do I get a couple of pints and wait till it inevitably becomes available on PS+ so that I don't have to buy another controller? Oh man, there really is no bottom to this, is there? Reply +1
  • Dismiss 28/06/2014

    @MrTomFTW Actually, I think this was the standard title for US Gold compilations. There must have been 4, 5 or even more of them. Reply +1
  • Dismiss 28/06/2014

    @MrTomFTW "They Sold A Million" Reply +3
  • Dismiss 28/06/2014

    @AgentDaleCooper Why not sell them for chump change? It's only a couple of clicks per card and it does add up. I must have saved up 3 euros just during the sales. Reply +8
  • Dismiss 28/06/2014

    Steam sales are fantastic for picking up last year's games you might have missed and/or interesting games you wouldn't try otherwise, but Steam in general is really not that great for people who like picking up highly anticipated releases on week one.

    Sure, for the price of 2 recent console releases I filled up my laptop with stuff that it can run and that will keep me good company in a long vacation/business trip or whatever, but the sad truth is I had already bought most of the games I really wanted to play there and then. Oh well, someone has to keep funding those big AAA releases, right?
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  • Crytek's Ryse 2 canned as financial struggle spreads to Shanghai

  • Dismiss 27/06/2014

    @Sir-Elton-Pr0n So, what are you confused about? I'd like to give it a go, not because I'm expecting a superior gameplay experience, but because I'd like to take a look at the graphics. That's the meaning of my previous post, didn't think it would be so confusing. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 26/06/2014

    Wouldn't mind Ryse on a platform I own, even if just for a small dose of next-gen polish. Reply +1
  • Rainbow Six Siege has male and female hostages

  • Dismiss 25/06/2014

    @E-ROLE You realise of course, that I was being mildly sarcastic?

    To answer your question, definitely the one that I have a better chance of saving, based on a spur of the moment decision. Provided that I personally am not overly endangered, of course.

    Practicality over empathy, anytime. But still, this has nothing to do with this farce of trying to get gender equality into everything. It's marketing and the endangered female/damsel in distress is a trope we have been growing up with since people started making up stories.
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  • Dismiss 25/06/2014

    So, they are implying that female hostages cause more empathy than male ones? Tsk, tsk.

    *Really, there's no bottom to this, so spin, spin, spin.
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  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War review

  • Dismiss 24/06/2014

    This brings to mind all those French arcade adventures of the 16 bit era. Very artmospheric games, but even then they felt a bit like busywork. Reply +5
  • Bungie confident Destiny will run smoothly at launch

  • Dismiss 24/06/2014

    Famous first words Reply +22
  • Face-Off: EA Sports UFC

  • Dismiss 23/06/2014

    @jetmanuk Erm,sure dude, as long as you're having fun. Peace. Reply +2
  • Dismiss 23/06/2014

    @jetmanuk Not that I care personally, but common sense would dictate that in this particular case, the performance deficit is borderline negligible during gameplay and, when all's said and done, generally worth the presentation upgrade. Reply +8
  • MSI Nightblade review

  • Dismiss 23/06/2014

    @TPoppaPuff Well, my hobby is gaming, to be honest. Nothing PC about it :P Reply +2
  • Dismiss 22/06/2014

    Τhing is, you can't really place it horizontally and that means that rack integration is out of the question. I like these experiments, but they're not cheap enough to compensate for their lack of future-proofing. Still, these offerings are much, much more attractive propositions than lugging a full gaming rig in the living room. Reply +7
  • Why Unreal deserves to be remembered alongside Half-Life

  • Dismiss 22/06/2014

    The atmosphere was fantastic, but I seem to recall that many of the weapons lacked real kick. The setpieces were much more interesting and varied in Valve's game but still, one could argue that Unreal was more imaginative and more technically accomplished. I think it was the first time I ever saw some sort of proper water shader. Reply +7
  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • Dismiss 19/06/2014

    @mega-ga Good point. Edit: I don't really share the negativity towards the author of the piece, as I think that only good can come out of talking about things like that, but it's a good point. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 19/06/2014

    @Ilsildur This is why I added the disclaimer of addressing all injustice. My point is that while we should be fighting actual injustice, instead we're focusing on differentiation, which isn't inherently evil in my opinion. Reply 0
  • Dismiss 19/06/2014

    Well yeah, we're all sexist to an extent, both men and women (even if passively so), as total gender equality was never part of our society while we were growing up. Sure, as a relatively well-brought up and educated white male of 40 years, I can see that there's gender discrimination in everything we do.

    Still, I'm not convinced that total, absolute gender equality would make the world a better place. I mean, there are obvious biological differences, even if one disregards sexual orientation and these differences colour and affect our everyday lives, even in the womb, if one is to embrace modern educational theories.

    What I'm trying to say is, as long as there isn't any actual injustice being done in every part of our society, ie. as long as there's employment equality, equal social and material rights and equal familial obligations for everyone, what's so abhorrent about a naturally slanted mentality, or even popularised eroticism and/or different emotional circumstances? I really can't answer that, and I'm afraid that that's the boundary where valid social criticism becomes a PC crusade. After all, true equality is all about embracing actual and existing differences.
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  • DriveClub could be the racing game to beat this year

  • Dismiss 18/06/2014

    @rainmein The original TDU was so far ahead of its time, it's not even funny. Reply +10
  • Dismiss 18/06/2014

    It's pretty enough, certainly. Here's hoping it's also fun enough. Couldn't care less about another GT clone, but I would definitely welcome a new PGR, given the almost total absence of pure arcade AAA racers, such as the unfairly maligned Motorstorm. (Yeah, I got Mario Kart 8, but it's still 50% party game, I'm sorry to say). Reply +16
  • Flashback creator reveals Subject 13

  • Dismiss 18/06/2014

    Wow, is Micro´ds still around? Reply +1
  • Sleeping Dogs HD spotted for PC, PS4 and Xbox One

  • Dismiss 16/06/2014

    Do I smell a PS+ deal with Square Enix partially funded by Sony? Tin foil hat ON. Reply 0