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  • Final Fantasy 12's PS4 remaster is a great upgrade for 1080p gaming

  • GreyBeard 11/07/2017

    Kinda daft people getting their jimmies rustled over a PS2 port, one with a significant number of pre-rendered cutscenes to boot. Reply 0
  • GreyBeard 10/07/2017

    @butler`

    Simple answer:

    Because that would get in the way of DF shilling for X1X :D
    Reply -8
  • Final Fantasy 12 The Zodiac Age review

  • GreyBeard 10/07/2017

    @lacerz

    Feels to me like the Japanese industry's big come-back year, after a long period on the outs.
    Reply +1
  • Four months on, BioWare still patching Mass Effect: Andromeda facial animations

  • GreyBeard 10/07/2017

    The art direction in this game is the worst I can ever recall in a game of its budget, it really is strikingly unattractive. Reply -1
  • PlatinumGames is still working on a Nier: Automata PC patch

  • GreyBeard 08/07/2017

    @rob_of_the_robots

    There's a lot more than costumes in the DLC.
    Reply 0
  • Revealed: Microsoft's Xbox One X benchmarks

  • GreyBeard 07/07/2017

    @Oldgameruk

    I'm cool with waiting for a year post release to see where its at. What I take issue is the lunacy of people claiming it a triumph 4 months before it launches with nobody in possession of final hardware.

    Speaking of which, I do find it a bit odd that they are leaving it so late to get FCC certification (allowing pre-orders) when the hardware is supposedly finalized.

    That suggests to me things have been in a state of flux until very recently, after all the NA market makes up the lion's share of the Xbox market, so being unable to offer pre-orders following its official unveiling at E3 has to be considered somewhat concerning.

    Most of all though, MS has controlled and stage-managed every bit of PR about the system. DF by accepting the "exclusive" basically conceded any assumption of impartiality.

    Its not investigative journalism when your work is basically co-opted as part of of corporation's marketing strategy, which is precisely what's happened.

    Which isn't to say that DF are necessarily MS stooges in all this, just that in any situation where a mega-corp chooses to focus its messaging through a singular media entity, its only right and proper to treat it with a degree of skepticism and cynicism.

    Because if they were truly being as "open" as they would have you believe, they wouldn't be micro-managing its exposure through an exclusive arrangement with one particular outlet.
    Reply -6
  • GreyBeard 06/07/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_

    Yes you can guess how its going to do, its not exactly rocket-science to weigh up all the obvious factors and precedents that are contributory to a product's performance.

    Price is too high, momentum is too weak, software line-up is too thin, and the competition is too strong.

    Its ill-conceived. Not in an engineering sense, but as a product.

    It doesn't matter how many xbox fans are excited about it, because they were fans already ffs! Its a marketshare gain of... drumroll... ZERO.

    Without marketshare gain, whilst its competitors are expanding theirs, its a relative LOSS in standing, meaning that it'll never get the support you muppets are expecting.

    And for fuck's sake, exercise a teeny bit of skepticism about the thing until its actually out in the wild.
    Reply -8
  • GreyBeard 06/07/2017

    @kirankara

    Oh come on.

    Playstation is/was the market leader. Xbox is not.

    PS4PRO was not launched at a moderate premium over base, not double like X1X.

    Playstation has a strong first-party/exclusive portfolio. MS basically contends a single quarter. The rest of the year is barren.

    PS4PRO piloted this upgrade as mid life-cycle freshen approach. X1X as ever is MS taking a me-too approach, a year later. As a result competition has grown to include 2 PS4 platforms and Switch.

    PS4PRO was launched to modest expectations with all the above advantages. X1X has none of them, and yet somehow is supposed to do better?

    Stop smoking the fanboy hopium. Open your eyes to the reality of the situation.
    Reply -5
  • GreyBeard 06/07/2017

    @kirankara

    There are no X1X users yet!

    Its mind boggling to me that people are talking like this thing is already out... Crazy stuff.

    And seriously, look if you're convinced fair enough, but never forget these are mass-market products, and my criticisms -which are inarguably reasonable and sound- are going to be shared with a lot of potential buyers.

    And their support, or lack thereof, matters.
    Reply -8
  • GreyBeard 06/07/2017

    @pelican_

    Yes, they were clear about that, but I suspect that'll be cold comfort as the relentless hype-train rolls on and the X1S becomes the platform noone talks about anymore.
    Reply -4
  • GreyBeard 06/07/2017

    @VanillaLake

    But X1S is still gonna lag behind as much as ever! And that's the SKU that's their volume seller, so that just conforms with what I said about X1X being primarily a PR exercise, as opposed to anything substantive.

    Honestly, if you think adding an extra build is "effortless" you know nothing about development and publishing.

    Stop blindly gulping down the PR line, the situation is EXACTLY the same as with Pro, and we've seen how spotty that can be.

    @Kirankara

    "Good will" hmmmm, how much good-will do you think will be generated by ramming the impression that the only Xbox that matters is X1X down people's throats? Especially those who bought in/upgraded to X1S within the last year?

    The greater disparity between X1S and X1X versus between base PS4 and Pro is a real double-edged sword because you risk alienating your existing users by forcing the impression that its a necessary upgrade as opposed to an additional option.
    Reply -7
  • GreyBeard 06/07/2017

    @VanillaLake

    Base PS4 is the market leader, and you can pick one up for under 200.

    You really need to understand the following:

    There's no advantage to be gained for any third-party to build for either X1X or Pro. Its a fundamental issue with these half-step machines; not only is the install-base much, much, smaller, most of that audience will be existing users upgrading to the new high-end.

    Most importantly, there is no incentive for them to help establish these high-end variants. Its literally more work for the same money!

    This is why having a robust first-party is crucial, because those teams can be ordered to push the boat-out as they are directly serving the same corporate goals.

    MS are at a disadvantage to Sony in this regard, I keep harping on about this because in the context of establishing these mid-gen upgrades its crucial that the platform holder does most of the heavy lifting, because third-parties have no reason to.
    Reply -4
  • GreyBeard 06/07/2017

    @Steveneska

    Considering noone has their hands on final hardware, let alone a stock of software to run on it, I think its kinda premature to be bestowing titles like "great" or "best of the generation" on X1X.

    The relentless hyping of this platform is reminding me of Titanfall, a situation where people got so tired of the tub-thumping they actually start to resent the product. Worse yet, it encourages a backlash when these lofty expectations fail to be met in every instance.

    But then, this whole product seems more like a marketing exercise to me than an attempt to change the status-quo. Blatantly, you aren't going to increase your share of the multi-platform market by offering a device twice the price of the market leader!
    Reply -5
  • GreyBeard 05/07/2017

    @Widge

    The price aspect is huge. You cannot play down the fact that this thing is practically the same price as buying both a PS4 and an X1S, and plays the exact same titles.

    Its a weird product; I can sort of see the idea that they are trying to pull PC-gamers back into the Xbox fold, but I simply cannot see how it stands a hope in hell of impacting Sony and Nintendo's console businesses.
    Reply -6
  • Cuphead will never come to PS4

  • GreyBeard 06/07/2017

    @pleshy

    Since you bring them up, What titles exactly does Nintendo release on PC, pray tell?

    When they start releasing mainline Mario and Zelda titles on PC, then you can say that Sony are the outlier.

    MS sudden interest in the PC scene is due to them pushing the Win10 Store. They've seen that Valve mad-cash and are looking to establish themselves as a viable alternative, which shouldn't be too much of a stretch given they embed their storefront in their OS.

    Sony are fine with PC cross-play because its not direct competition and PC's place in the market is essentially a constant. Not so much its rivals in the console space who's fortunes rise and fall cyclically. Thus it makes no sense to take any course of action that would benefit their business.

    That a pretty, but objectively minor title like Cuphead is being treated like some sort of major exclusive (its surely no system-seller) is yet another reminder of MS shoddy stewardship of their ecosystem.
    Reply -6
  • GreyBeard 05/07/2017

    Its weird, this game is such a throwback to the glory days of the "indies" 5 minutes of fame period, where all you needed was a nice art-style in order to attract mainstream coverage.

    Good luck to those guys, they've put a ridiculous amount of time into a title that in all honesty is likely to be forgotten within a month or two of launch. That's not me being mean, its just a statement of fact considering the diminished profile of retro/indie titles in the marketplace.
    Reply -4
  • Don't hold your breath for Lords of the Fallen 2

  • GreyBeard 05/07/2017

    "Stealth Destiny Article"

    Strange caption above the embedded link. Wonder how long it'll take before people notice.
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  • PlayStation YouTube hosts Xbox One X Anthem footage with Photoshopped buttons

  • GreyBeard 04/07/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_

    If X1X *isn't* consistently a bit better than Pro its fucked. End of.

    But, objectively "a bit better" is all that should realistically be expected.
    Reply -4
  • GreyBeard 04/07/2017

    Nah, this is just indicative of Xbox fanboys having nothing better to do. Unsurprising really given the barren release schedule on their system that all they really have to cling to is yet another snifter of hopium from their "friends" at MS.

    Sorry, but y'all know its true.
    Reply -4
  • GreyBeard 03/07/2017

    Its so funny, if as contended, Pro cannot match that, how do you think X1S is going to do? How representative is that for the vast majority of Xbox owners hmmm? Reply -7
  • GreyBeard 03/07/2017

    More stealthy shilling for X1X here. The inference being that its soooooo powerful nothing could possibly look that good on anything else. Reply -8
  • Watch: 8 games that will look instantly better on Xbox One X

  • GreyBeard 26/06/2017

    @Oldgameruk

    You need to stop thinking about this in such black and white terms.

    The thing about exclusives is they act as "added value" incentives on top of what amounts to a pool of software shared between multiple platforms.

    Its a point of differentiation, and if that factor is appealing enough, you can practically float a platform using it alone. The obvious example of this being Nintendo, who've done generally pretty damn well by simply opting out of the technological arms race and letting their unique mascot characters and franchises do all the heavy lifting.

    Historically speaking the "most powerful" console has never been the top-seller of its generation. PS4 was/is looking like the exception that proves the rule, but you can argue that its dominance has been a product of many factors working in conjunction.

    If you're excited about X1X, good for you, but I assure you, you are in a minority. Its not going to change Xbox fortunes for the better. Price is too high, software line-up is uninspiring, and the competition from all other parties (not just Sony) is very keen.

    Look at PS4 Pro and how that's done since launch; bear in mind how strong Sony's software line-up has been, how much momentum the Playstation brand has, and its relatively accessible price point.

    Tell me again, why is X1X going to fly off the shelves comparitively without these advantages?

    And if its not selling strongly, why should third-parties invest in making the most of its capabilities?
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  • GreyBeard 25/06/2017

    @Oldgameruk

    Xbox scarcity of meaningful exclusives is something Xbox fans *SHOULD* acknowledge for their own sake.

    Its not fanboyism to recognize that its an issue, denial aint changing the reality that its hurting the platform's competitiveness to some degree.
    Reply -8
  • GreyBeard 25/06/2017

    @kraajkase

    LOL. This site is as pro Sony as The Guardian is pro Tory.
    Reply -10
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds made $100m in 13 weeks

  • GreyBeard 24/06/2017

    @-Gemini44-
    Seems like the PC market hasn't moved on in 20 years more like :D

    When did CounterStrike come out? 2000?
    Reply -6
  • Detroit: Become Human tweet swiftly removed after poking fun at Xbox

  • GreyBeard 24/06/2017

    @TimmishMcgraw

    What am I supposed to be mad about exactly?
    Reply -2
  • GreyBeard 23/06/2017

    @obidanshinobi

    How is that tweet "slagging" anyone off?

    That there has been any reaction whatsoever indicates that a sore point has been touched. The irony being that said sore point is an issue of MS own making.

    The "offence" here is waaay disproportionate to the comment which is simply underlining the game's platform exclusivity.
    Reply -2
  • GreyBeard 23/06/2017

    @4KLobster

    Hardly a "rant"; its a tweet and no redaction is changing the fact that Detroit is a PS4 exclusive.

    So, again, have to ask why the reaction? If not considered an impolitic dig at the general anaemic state of Xbox' first-party output.
    Reply -2
  • GreyBeard 23/06/2017

    Mucho rate-downs, yet noone actually disputing my points...

    If you're offended by the Tweet, ask yourself honestly why it bothers you.
    Reply -3
  • GreyBeard 23/06/2017

    @Raizing

    I understand the direction Xbox is taking, and why that direction leaves them wide-open to being sniped by Tweets like this one about the scarcity of new properties on the platform.

    If the Xbox fanbase was as happy as you seem to think, they wouldn't be offended by a Tweet like this; they'd just be able to shrug it off, and go, "yeah Quantic, but we have this, and this, and this coming soon".

    Its funny you should mention NeoGAF, compare the reaction pre and post E3. Before there were numerous triumphalist threads about how the comeback was going to start with a $399 scorpio and tons of exciting exclusives. After... tumbleweed interspersed with a large number of hilariously disingenuous attacks on Sony about crossplay and backwards compatibility. Textbook displacement.

    MS will be lucky to shift 2m units of X1X in its first year, and of those I'd suspect 75% or more will be to existing Xbox users looking to upgrade. Its not going to help their cause much at all.

    How big does the gap between Xbox and Playstation need to grow before you wake up and smell the coffee?
    Reply -4
  • GreyBeard 23/06/2017

    @whizzedout

    That Sony could basically take their foot off the gas and outdo an MS effort propped-up with a hardware reveal shows how far apart the two are.

    Xbox users problem is MS, not Sony or Nintendo. They should be angry at Spencer, Penello, Hyrb and co's constant bullshitting about change that never comes.

    They talk and talk and talk about their technology and how amazing its going to make things, then proceed to simply recycle and repackage the same old product over and over!
    Reply -10
  • GreyBeard 22/06/2017

    Probably not the best time to poke fun at Xbox fanboys, given how salty and sore a lot of them are after the mediocrity of the E3 line-up and the shocking reality check that Scorpio isn't the $399 "saviour" they hoped it'd be.

    On the other hand, considering they seem incapable of grasping that what's holding their platform back is MS own inept-strategy and not the perennial bogeyman of Playstation... they kinda have it coming.
    Reply -25
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy treads charted territory in dev walkthrough

  • GreyBeard 20/06/2017

    Looks great. Sold. Reply 0
  • Super Lucky's Tale hits 4K 60fps on Xbox One X

  • GreyBeard 20/06/2017

    In all honesty, is 4K really a selling point for such a title? Reply +9
  • Xbox One X is $500 - so how much will next-gen consoles cost?

  • GreyBeard 18/06/2017

    @Euphiletos

    How long did that price last for?

    They had to cut it very fast and try and recoup it on volume. With X1X they really don't have that luxury as the value in terms of software/service revenue per user is no greater than X1S.

    Any loss made on selling the hardware at below cost is not beneficial whatsoever if the purchaser is already an Xbox user.

    It really doesn't seem like good business to me. I really think its going to validate Sony's decision to strictly adhere to the $399 limit.
    Reply 0
  • GreyBeard 18/06/2017

    $499 is DOA.

    Its a price-sensitive market. End of story.
    Reply -2
  • E3's press conferences are killing E3

  • GreyBeard 15/06/2017

    From reading this article you'd forget that E3 is actually a public event this year, with lots of showfloor dedicated to allowing attendees to try games out they might be interested in... Reply +1
  • The big interview: Sony's Jim Ryan

  • GreyBeard 14/06/2017

    Its funny to watch all the upset over Scorpio's price and the continuing mediocrity of their first party line-up being sublimated into these bitchy attacks on Sony.

    Of course it has to be Sony's fault that their hero Phil Spencer has feet of clay so-to-speak.

    Comical really.
    Reply 0
  • Sony defends decision to block PS4 cross-play with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

  • GreyBeard 14/06/2017

    @mrcheesyelf

    At what point has Sony ever promoted PSN as not being a closed system?
    Reply +1
  • GreyBeard 14/06/2017

    @mega-gazz

    Relevance doesn't make it less retarded.

    Its a non-issue that's being hijacked and inflated out of all proportion by chicken littles trying to score platform warrior points.

    The rational response is to say "that's unfortunate", but to make it out like its any bigger of a deal than that is just laughable.

    Most of all because its E3 week and there are countless other points worth talking about.
    Reply 0
  • GreyBeard 14/06/2017

    @mega-gazz

    I just get sick and tired of people pulling the anti-consumer card every time a company does something that they don't like.

    Not complying with every wish is not anti-consumer.

    Using it in such circumstances diminishes the term and makes a mockery of situations where consumers are being systematically exploited in the name of higher profit margins. e.g. Big pharma.

    Seriously, get a grip.
    Reply +1
  • GreyBeard 14/06/2017

    @mega-gazz

    First thing to understand is that consumerism is about consumer's interests as much as slavery is about the wellbeing of the slaves.

    You have no position of control to leverage unless specific legal protections are being transgressed.

    No legal protections are being invalidated by Sony keeping their "walled garden" service properly walled up.

    There is no case to answer for. Its just a bunch of whining ninnines who have had their jimmies rustled when daddy Sony told them NO.

    Please, come back and argue the point when you understand how consumerist capitalism works.
    Reply 0
  • GreyBeard 14/06/2017

    @Cyber6

    Companies not giving you everything your little heart desires is not anti-consumer, its reality.

    If you're playing online on PS4 you are paying for the walled garden. Don't like it, don't pay for it. Nobody has a gun to your head.

    Personally, I really couldn't give a toss that as a PS4 Minecrafter you're restricted to *only* several million potential playmates.

    Outrage over this is pathetic to me, sorry not sorry. That this is some sort of talking point is a sad reminder of the troglodyte stupidity of gaming talk.

    I'm feeling genuinely ashamed of myself for getting drawn into commenting on this shit-show.

    This is the only reason I'm not flaming you mercilessly right now.
    Reply -17
  • GreyBeard 14/06/2017

    @povvercrazy

    Yep, and the funny part is the poutrage is pretty ineffectual post gamergate.

    The incessant raging and petty bitchery of the last few years have I think comprehensively proven that the smartest response for any business is to say nothing, keep their heads down, and wait for the tantrums to subside.

    The same mewling babies will inevitably find a reason to throw somebody else's toys out of the pram given a little patience.
    Reply -5
  • GreyBeard 13/06/2017

    Lets be honest, noone actually gives a shit about any of this. Its just the excuse du jour for a good bit of fanboyism.

    If people were sold these games on the promise that they facilitated cross-platform play and that option suddenly became restricted... then there'd be some reason for complaint. But they haven't.

    And if someone wants to argue the point about Minecraft losing its "super duper" add-on and whatever else, then they really ought to direct their questions to Mojang/MS, as there's no way that cross-platform communication couldn't be easily removed whilst leaving the rest of the upgrades in place.
    Reply -7
  • GreyBeard 13/06/2017

    Sony aren't in the business of making MS look good, and they certainly aren't about to lend the buying power of their install-base towards helping them establish the Win10 store.

    Its funny to me, there is no altruistic motive in play here. MS had a change of heart about sharing their install-base only when it came into line with their larger corporate interests.
    Reply -11
  • Sony's flat E3 conference shows signs of a mid-generation lull

  • GreyBeard 13/06/2017

    @Machiavellian

    I think you're missing the point in that none of the titles mentioned were in Sony's conference. That's the depth difference.

    Also I'd say to consider that Gran Turismo is historically a key system-seller for Sony, and they felt comfortable leaving that off the main show... Big difference compared to how Forza 7 -which assuredly will be outsold by GT Sport- is MS' biggest exclusive for the year.
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  • GreyBeard 13/06/2017

    @king_of_the_universe

    I know, its hilarious really. Then there's the Wipeout and FFXII remasters, 2 Housemarque shooters in the next 3 months, GT Sport, Ni-No-Kuni2, Knack2, Everybody's Golf amongst other exclusives like Hidden Agenda and the other smartphone controllable titles in that initiative.

    The main thing though is that the above are just the exclusives for this year. On top of that they have all the major third-parties, most often with some sort of priority marketing promotional deal.

    From a business standpoint, they are in position to crush their competition. Its such a dominant line-up its almost unfair.
    Reply +2
  • GreyBeard 13/06/2017

    Yeah riiiight, a mid-generation lull where they had so many games to show they bumped a slew of big announcements to the pre-show, showed virtually no indies whatsoever, and left a load of other previously announced titles on the back-burner. Reply 0
  • Sony PlayStation E3 2017 conference live report

  • GreyBeard 13/06/2017

    "Brief, but with little substance"... WTF?

    Seriously, if you're that jaded you need to get the fuck out of the business. You're opinions are worthless.
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