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  • UK shops are selling original PS4 bundles for Ł150

  • MattEvansC3 29/09/2016

    @sizu_sizu Except I'd you don't have Ł150 spare. Reply 0
  • PlayStation Plus October freebies include Resident Evil and Transformers: Devastation

  • MattEvansC3 28/09/2016

    @ghostgate2001 weeeelllll...Transformers Devastation can be bought for a little over a fiver which makes it cheaper than most indie games...

    *Runs for the hills*

    In all seriousness its a cracker of a game and deserved to be more successful than it was. Hopefully PSN+ will give it the audience it deserves.
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  • Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

  • MattEvansC3 23/09/2016

    @PlugMonkey I can't support his politics due to them being Socialist and not those of the party or of the Left.

    Socialism hates western societies and is using workers as pawns in an ideological battle that doesn't benefit the workers.

    With everything going on does anyone really list the renationalising of the train service as a priority? So why is he going after Richard Branson and not tackling the Tories on Brexit or the NHS?

    How do his politics reflect a fairer society when he's the patron for multiple Hamas fund raising charities?

    His politics aren't that much different to Trump's and as a Leftie I can't support those politics.
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  • MattEvansC3 23/09/2016

    @Lepanto I don't think you understand Neo-fascism. If you did you'd understand that is exactly what Trump's policies and his vocal supporters are aiming for. Reply -2
  • MattEvansC3 23/09/2016

    @SnoppleMonster That's modern socialism's fault. My personal politics have always been "left" leaning but since Corbyn became head of Labour my leftie friends have just gone batshit insane with no semblance of rational thought. I've found myself agreeing with my Tory supporting friends more than lefties as of late. Reply +4
  • Four years later the Kingdoms of Amalur court case comes to an end

  • MattEvansC3 23/09/2016

    @IronSoldier Everybody knows that if it's not on Steam its not a PC game. Reply +1
  • Microsoft on Project Scorpio, PS4 Pro marketing and Xbox tweets

  • MattEvansC3 21/09/2016

    @riceNpea I wouldn't class it as oneupmanship. In any market sector you have companies that try to control the discussion.

    At that influential E3 Sony made the conversation about disc sharing and price. Apple has always made the smartphone conversation about slimming down your handset, beauty, etc. Müller makes the yoghurt conversation about taste and calories.

    Once you allow someone to have control over the conversation its very hard to have that conversation be on your terms.

    Sony tried to make the conversation about 4K and how they are leading that conversation. If Microsoft allowed that to happen then they'd always be playing second fiddle to Sony. No matter what Android OEMs do with expandable storage space, pixel count and features the conversation will never be about that or them because Apple made it irrelevant.

    By getting in there straight away Microsoft is saying that Sony's conversation is actually about them. If 4K is important then its Microsoft, not Sony who are leading that conversation. If its about power, Microsoft want you to know they are the ones who are talking about it seriously and honestly, not Sony.

    This way when Sony talks about the benefits of the PS4 Pro, the media is already comparing them to Microsoft and how they'll compete with Microsoft. That's the whole point of marketing.
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  • PS4's big new update (the one with folders) goes live

  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @Haar So to prove your point about HDMI cables you link to an article about Ethernet cables that states cheap Ethernet cables that fail specifications still do the job fine?

    All HDMI cables do is transmit a series of on/off signals. It's only at distances in excess of 50m does the signal degrade enough to not transmit all the data. Digital is also by its nature extremely resistant to noise.

    At short distances of 5m or less a HDMI cables works or it doesn't.
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  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @Haar It's a digital signal. It either works or it doesn't. Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @StooMonster Depends on the definition of HDR that Sony are using. According to the CEA standard, HDR is 10bit colour, the wider brightness range and the metadata. When its part of the UHD/4K standard HDR just refers to the brightness range and not the colour. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @Father_Gascoyne I've got a bit of experience with this as I converted my entire Blu Ray collection to MKV for use with Plex.

    The resolution of the source material is largely irrelevant, especially with streaming. The important measure is bit rate, which is the measure of how much data there is per frame.

    Taking into consideration that in raw data a 8bit 1080P image is about 16MB, so at 24fps you are talking 380MB/s for a standard HD movie in raw format. Add 20% for 10 bit colour and multiply by four for 4K and you are easy looking at around 1.7GB/s.

    That's a ridiculous amount of data to put through a server so Amazon and Netflix will use algorithms to cut corners and reduce bit rate. The more aggressive the algorithm the lower the bit rate and the lower the quality.

    If the bit rate for a 4K and FHD stream are similar you effectively have more pixels with fewer colour combinations or fewer pixels and more colour options. That's why to some people its nearly indiscernible quality wise.
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  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @Father_Gascoyne I should have mentioned that as a caveat. Amazon wouldn't be adding HDR to a 1080P source material, they'd be down sampling the 4K/UHD material.

    As part of the down sampling process how much of the HDR information are you losing? The whole point of HDR is that each pixel has a higher brightness range to give a smoother gradient. If the merged pixels merge the nit rating you lose the extreme ranges and you get jumpy or banding on the colour graduation.

    It may not be a huge problem but it could give a similar, though less pronounced, issue to 480P upsampling or low bitrate pirated material.
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  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @Leolian Probably only games. HDR is relatively new standards wise and is primarily a component of the UHD standard. It may technically do HDR in movies but as there is no 1080p HDR movies, just 4K HDR you won't find any movies the PS4/PS4 Slim can play. Reply 0
  • Your original PS4 now supports HDR, but no games currently make use of it

  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler Sort of. When the HDMI 1.4 standard was implemented, 10bit colour and HDR were two separate things. HDR just referred to a bigger range of brightness settings.

    In the UHD spec it still treats 10bit colour and HDR as two separate entities whereas the CEA treats the HDR standard as including at least 10bit colour.
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  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    If there's no games or media with HDR in it available for the PS4 how do you know "it does indeed support HDR from today"?

    Surely a statement like that needs to be backed with an actual test?
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  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @arcam The data requirement per pixel increases by 20% for the extra colour alone. That will have an effect on processing. Reply +3
  • Every PlayStation 4 to be made HDR capable via a patch

  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @sanctusmortis I'm thinking Sony might be HDRing the truth a bit.

    The differences in firmware between the PS4, Slim and Pro are probably negligible. Sony might be rolling out a one size fits all firmware update to keep parity between the models and to put through "forward compatibility".

    That would mean the PS4 OG could technically handle HDR content internally and use Remote Play to technically display HDR content while not actually having a HDR capable output.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @sanctusmortis Technically he's not. The CEA and UHD Alliance (which Sony is a member of and is also vice chair for) have set the industry specification standard for HDR at the beginning of the year.

    For a TV/Monitor to be classed as HDR compatible it must;
    Includes at least one interface that supports HDR signaling as defined in CEA-861-F, as extended by CEA-861.3.
    Receives and processes static HDR metadata compliant with CEA-861.3 for uncompressed video.
    Receives and processes HDR10 Media Profile from IP, HDMI or other video delivery sources. Additionally, other media profiles may be supported.
    Applies an appropriate Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF), before rendering the image.

    That is only supported on HDMI 2.0a.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @Dizzy Its both. The various HDR standards all incorporate a wider colour range and luminosity. HDR-10 is 10bit while Dolby's version is 12bit colour. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @spike_uk No its not. For a HDR monitor/TV set to recognise HDR content via HDMI it has to contain specific metadata. Only HDMI 2.0a supports this metadata transfer.

    It's only internet content streamed direct to the TV via an ethernet cable (or bloody good WiFi) that doesn't need the metadata.
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  • MattEvansC3 07/09/2016

    How exactly does a firmware update get around the simple fact that the HDMI 1.4 port that's in the PS4 doesn't have the bandwidth to support HDR?

    The minimum you need is a HDMI 2.0a port, which the Xbox One S has and the Xbox One doesn't.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda's male and female hero choices are brother and sister

  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @technotica Regarding parenting you could say he was a ...Lone Ryder
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  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    I'm a bit of a noob so I'll be playing Easy Ryder. Reply +7
  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @the_dudefather I'll take your 20p and raise you 50p that they are romanceable. Reply 0
  • Interplay puts all of its games up for sale

  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @CalamityJames I hope Blizzard have them otherwise they might be in a bit of trouble for including them in Heroes of the Storm and giving the game away for free on Battlenet ;-) Reply +1
  • Sony announces PlayStation 4 Pro for November 2016, priced Ł349

  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @scottjamesholland For a HDR enabled monitor or TV set to accept a HDR signal via HDMI it has to come with a specific set of metadata telling the monitor/TV how to use the extra data. Without this metadata the TV/monitor will only display a SDR image.

    HDMI 2.0a was implemented specifically for this metadata transfer and no prior HDMI port has that ability.

    The only way to bypass this is by streaming an internet signal direct to the TV via Ethernet or WiFi.
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  • MattEvansC3 07/09/2016

    Aren't Sony's HDR by firmware claims a bit...bullshit?

    To output HDR you need a HDMI 2.0a port. The OG PS4 only comes with a HDMI 1.4 port.

    It sounds more like that by HDR Compatible they mean that games mastered for HDR (the PS4 Pro) will be downgraded to SDR or outputting 8bit colour with a higher nit rating for HDR sets.
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  • Sega explains why Shenmue remakes haven't happened yet

  • MattEvansC3 02/09/2016

    @bad09 Why do you think that is? Shenmue 2 sold just over 0.3m worldwide. Seeing as it was backed by 25,000 in under 9hrs are we really saying that after ten years, nearly 10% of the people who bought the last Shenmue entry just happened to be watching news about Shenmue and/or a console manufacturer that has never had the game on their console and backed it on Kickstarter? Then by the point the kickstarter closed nearly 25% of those who bought the last Shenmue entry backed it at an average of $120 per backer? Reply -3
  • MattEvansC3 02/09/2016

    @grizzl33 They'd probably screw themselves over if they did.

    Just think about it, Sega released the Shenmue series on two of the worst performing consoles of the past three or four generations. That Kickstarter was not primarily funded by people who actually played the game.

    Shenmue 3 is riding a wave of hype and second hand nostalgia that the original games can't compete with. Actually releasing those games before Shenmue 3 is released is going to give a reality check that could not benefit Shenmue 3.

    It would be in Sega's best interests to release Shenmue 3 first, make the most of the hype and then use that to sell Shenmue and Shenmue 2 as "prequels".
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  • Tekken 7's Harada on the thorny subject of sexy swimsuits and Western sensibilities

  • MattEvansC3 17/08/2016

    Holy hyperbolicechochamber Batman!

    Which evil mastermind decided to round up the MRA brigade to unironically get offended and complain about people complaining and getting offended when nobody actually complained or got offended!

    I don't know Robin, quick, to the Batcave.
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  • It's only Chesney Hawkes' special Warcraft rendition of hit single The One and Only!

  • MattEvansC3 12/08/2016

    Is it anywhere else? Microsoft Smartscreen is blocking it as a dodgy site. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 12/08/2016

    @Krappers the hero kept James 'Sit Down' off no.1 FTFY. Reply -1
  • Digital Foundry: the best 4K TVs for HDR gaming

  • MattEvansC3 06/08/2016

    @rep- And probably also the ones they didn't recommend as well. Reply +2
  • AMD Radeon RX 470 review

  • MattEvansC3 04/08/2016

    @Malek86 we should se a higher volume of 470's purely because of a lower fault threshold. A 480 with 30 working CUs is faulty, a 470 with 30 working CUs isn't. Reply +1
  • Heroes of the Storm troll threatens Blizzard with violence and now faces jail time

  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2016

    @HappyGator Nothing he's done even suggests a lack of mental competency. In fact the sentence structure he uses plus using those terms in the correct context shows an average or above average mental competence.

    Let's not perpetuate myths that sexual violence and deviancy only exists within those of a lower IQ.
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  • Can too much choice be a bad thing?

  • MattEvansC3 23/07/2016

    @MrTomFTW It's a mixture of both. Its the Netflix dilema. You only have time for one TV show or movie and if it turns out to be crap give wasted your precious time... So you waste your precious time flicking through icons for that "perfect" choice. Reply +9
  • Rocket League, Gwent "ready" for PS4 Xbox One cross-network play

  • MattEvansC3 22/07/2016

    @Sora888 Because we are fickle.

    Sony's lead this generation is primarily down to PR. Sony's earlier success and Microsoft's complete balls up has dictated the conversation going forward. Sony buying outright console exclusivity of a 3rd party title was no big deal. Microsoft buying timed exclusivity of a 3rd party title was a huge controversy that still gets brought up in news articles.

    That level of good will isn't permanent and all the major console manufacturers have suffered from that in the past. Losing the perception of being "4 the players", even just a little can have ramifications going into the next gen.
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  • Xbox console sales down as Xbox One S and Scorpio loom

  • MattEvansC3 20/07/2016

    @BlastPhoenix The Scorpio isn't being released until late Autumn 2017 so you are going to be having a long wait. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 20/07/2016

    Surely logic dictates that if hardware production of the Xbox360 stops in April and Microsoft is giving the financials for the period starting April then a drop in revenue can be attributed to a reduction in volume of Xbox360s being sold to trade.

    Microsoft also put in an official price reduction on the XboxOne in the US this quarter.

    Considering all that attributing the slow down in revenue to two consoles, one of which won't be released for 14-18 months, being announced halfway through the last month of the quarter seems a bit of a stretch.
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  • One of the biggest Twitch streamers bites the dust as Valve's CS:GO gambling crackdown continues

  • MattEvansC3 20/07/2016


    A) It wasn't a consumer revolt.
    B) Websites like Eurogamer were already reporting on corruption within gaming.
    C) Websites like Eurogamer were already starting to say when events were sponsored or they reviewed games at press events.
    D) It accomplished Jack Shit other than taking credit for changes that were happening before it started.
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  • Two weeks on, has the YouTube CS:GO Lotto controversy changed anything?

  • MattEvansC3 19/07/2016

    @dogmanstaruk reading the thread he's replying to your reply to Master09 asking what colour and gender has to do with it. Not you other post which had the valid point about the tightening of regulations. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 19/07/2016

    @dogmanstaruk it does and it doesn't. Does Alison Rapp have anything to do with this particular story? Not really. Does this particular story have anything to do with the wider issue of gender and colour with the gaming community? Yes it does.

    These two have committed a crime and preyed on younger followers to get them into gambling to make a quick buck. The response from the gaming community was quick and short with no noticable long term effects. The same can be said for a lot of YouTubers or gaming personalities that have been caught out doing dubious shit that fit the white male profile.

    Compare that to the "justice" meted out against other demographics within gaming. For some of them their "crime" was having an opinion. In Alison Rapp's case her "crime" was that she was female and linked to the Nintendo localisation team. The actual male members responsible for localisation weren't targeted. A campaign was made against her to discredit her and get her fired which eventually succeeded.

    If the gaming community put as much effort into punishing these two that they did for Alison Rapp do you honestly think that they'd still be in business. Bear in mind that during GG doxxing, bomb threats, threats of violence, stalking and DDoS attacks were used against individuals.
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  • Buried in the first Legend of Zelda is a glimpse of Dark Souls

  • MattEvansC3 17/07/2016

    @torhal I'd say ALTTP retains that with the mirror world (Dark world? Over world?).

    That you spend the early part of the game dealing with, nice cartoonish areas that never feel overly taxing then with a simple look into a mirror you are transported to a hell hole...except this hell hole is just where you've come from. Not only that, people from your reality have fallen through the cracks.

    Heck, your first foray into the world turns you into a defenceless the same cartoonish palette from your reality. So not only has everyone else been powered up, made horrific and dangerous, just ike that reality but you've been depowered and made to look like an outsider.

    Even your restart point in that world is filled with huge hulking, bomb throwing monsters you can't even OHK with the fully upgraded MasterSword.
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  • Actually, Pokémon Go isn't really a Nintendo game

  • MattEvansC3 15/07/2016

    @Pasco_ It's perfectly right not to consider it a "Nintendo game".

    Nintendo has rights to the IP but outside of investment in the company itself there's little to suggest that this isn't just a licensed game.

    It would be like saying South Park The Stick of Truth wasn't an Obsidian game because Comedy Central handles the cartoon's distribution.

    Nintendo do seem to be getting a lot of unwarranted praise for Pokémon Go considering how little involvement they have in it.
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  • EA Origin allows three games out to play on GOG

  • MattEvansC3 15/07/2016

    @ubergine Origins is still allowed because its got Steam only DLC still on the store. Reply 0
  • Doom's Vulkan patch is a PC performance game-changer

  • MattEvansC3 13/07/2016

    @ShadowSnypa786 its the API Google uses for newer versions of Android, so yes. Reply +2
  • MattEvansC3 13/07/2016

    @wild_swan Microsoft does as well. Vulkan and DX12 are largely irrelevant for consoles as they are there to add a level of commonalty between a range of hardware configurations.

    As fixed hardware solutions that abstraction isn't needed.
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  • MattEvansC3 13/07/2016

    So Doom's Vulkan patch is a PC performance game changer by offering the same performance improvements as DX12. Reply +4
  • Warner Bros. "misled" with paid-for positive Shadow of Mordor videos

  • MattEvansC3 12/07/2016

    @IronSoldier When it comes to a free copy of the game he acts like gaming's saviour in "exposing" publisher tactics.

    When he's actually telling smaller publishers he won't cover their games unless they pay him, that his promotional videos were designed to look like normal videos and hides the disclaimer he goes and hides behind every legal argument he criticises other YTers for using.

    He didn't expose the problem. He IS the problem.
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  • MattEvansC3 12/07/2016

    @sloth09 Long Story short.

    Indie developer breaks up with boyfriend.
    Indie developer starts dating a writer for Kotaku.
    Ex boyfriend writes big slanderous blog post proclaiming she cheated on him and slept with every games reviewer under the sun for positive reviews.
    Indie dev tries to get post taken down as its not true and slanderous.
    Some YouTubers pick up the story and spin it that ex boyfriend is being censored, he's the victim and its evidence of corruption in written media.
    Nobody fact checks
    Internet loses its shit.
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