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  • Trials Fusion has day one patch to boost Xbox One resolution

  • MeBrains 15/04/2014

    @Dantonir
    The XB1 architects said in their interview that the eSRAM isn't all that complex and I'm inclined to believe them. Trying to automate its use could quite easily be more inefficient than letting programmers manage it themselves with the exact knowledge of how their game operates.
    exactly. they also have 9y (!!) of experience with eSRAM's precursor EDRAM, which worked much the same way. I guess devs are already taking advantage of the thing... and they are still falling short. So much for the Full HD revolution we were all expecting - as far as Xbone is concerned... :(
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  • MeBrains 15/04/2014

    @crazy-Tetsuo
    Maybe Sony did have sales in 1990's and a bit after that also and now they try again with same concept and people are like wow, amazing.
    err. not sure which industry you have been following. Must be the telly one or the DVD player's.

    Because, well, in this games industry you might have heard about, they have come out on top each and every single time up to now. They are, after all, a hardware company - you know, good at creating fancy hardware and stuff.

    but they are actually trying with another concept this time (in this games industry you might have heard about that is). They are using tried and tested technology this time (a lot like a PC which you might have heard about) instead of building their own cutting edge and innovative silicon. They had quite the negative perception last time they invested billions trying to come up with unique hardware.

    :rolleyes:
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  • MeBrains 15/04/2014

    @jabberwocky
    EDIT: Ha! Took 3 minutes for some plonker to neg me, for reporting stuff from another website, seriously some people just cannot take it when they perceive someone apparently attacking their beloved somehow. Its actually quite sad.
    naah Jabber... you don't care.

    you are too alert to care about trivial stuff like that!

    the other day I was at -18. Must be my record low. :(

    :D
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  • MeBrains 14/04/2014

    @jasongrieve
    I not sure what all the fuss is about ps3 had crap graphics compared to 360, in most games and each game released this was never mentioned and that sold plenty crap versions,i have xb1 and all my games look fantastic,i am unable to judge the ps4 as i don't have one cause it has crap games lol.
    here's the typical eloquence of an MS supporter again! :D

    I regret to tell you that years of face-offs prove you wrong. It was reported time and again. And, although initially, the difference was quite big, it got really really small towards the end of last-gen's lives and even then people were crying wolf!

    :rolleyes:
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  • MeBrains 14/04/2014

    @marcusmiller
    Then, how comes the (I am guessing) clever system architects at MS did not pipe up during the development of XB1 and say 'hang on chaps, this 32 MB ESRAM is not going to work here, everyone wants 1080p at 60FPS' - just how did they get this so bloody wrong?
    well, all conjecture from my part, but... err... I'll give my take on it.

    360's 10Mb EDRAM was much welcomed and was largely seen as an additional forte aside from the GPU advantage they already had. EDRAM was praised for its speed.

    Xbox One was designed by suits though - they had the last word. It's clear in most all communication they have brought us. I think these insisted they had to have this extra leverage. Just in case.

    Point two: MS is not and will never be a hardware company. They used 1-on-1 PC architecture for the initial Xbox and they used a large part of the CPU design Sony paid for while developing Cell (money buys everything, doesn't it?). They just went with the flow this time. Completely confident in their ivory tower given their non-deserved success with 360. Hell, they could bring a 60% failure rate console to the masses and still manage to come out almost on top. Nothing could go wrong indeed. Just compare the motherboards of both consoles - both last gen and this gen. Look at how they look. Tell me, which one seems to be engineered better than the other?
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  • MeBrains 14/04/2014

    @ATARI
    MS did put 3 billion US aside for repairs which would have cost them dearly in profits.
    who invented this number? Don't bother looking - it's probably lost in the internet's deepest caverns.

    but 3 billion? Really? How would you justify that? An extension in warranty of 1y (2y standard warranty in Europe + 1y extension)? Collecting and sending back parcels? Fixing and refurbishing? Redesigns? Marketing damage control? What? Since, some of these are plain old part of an ordinary console cycle - the redesigns. Some are consumer laws (2y out of three). Yet indeed, some are because of their own mistake. BTW: also factor in our knowledge that a considerable amount of 360 users actually bought more than one machine because of the RROD fiasco - just in case one fails you know! You could spin this into not having lost 3 billion, but having earned because of it. As for me... I don't want to support such business practice!

    Now compare to the multi-billion investment Sony did for Cell (they had a plant built for the thing!). An investment for gamers, not the self-inflicted damage control MS brought onto itself and miraculously got away with!
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  • MeBrains 14/04/2014

    @CynicalMe
    even the most jaded amongst us know it's a better machine than it's being made to look in comparisons like this.
    how exactly is it a better machine then Cynical?
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  • MeBrains 14/04/2014

    @Phishfood
    Welp you can't have a fancy camera AND be equally speced with your competitor AND be equally priced with your competitor.
    indeed you can't.

    another reason why I thought all the flames against Sony's last-gen decision was uncalled for. That company gave quite a lot more than its competitor, but it wasn't good: WiFi, BluRay, Bluetooth, an HDD, a completely custom processor, free online, as well as initially, backwards compatibility. Back then, a standalone BR player set you back as much as the complete console. It was great value for money, but the community didn't want it. And now, they are angry because Sony uses (largely) PC components.

    ahh... the internetz. :)


    that said. It's clear ever since Xbox One's design was revealed back in August that 32Mb eSRAM would be the eternal bottleneck. The system just is not balanced - oh irony. No arrival of DX-whatever will make up for the difference in raw performance between the two systems and Azure is available to both, should games so need it. Mind though: Azure automatically puts an EOL on your games. Don't wish for it too much! At least I won't: I like having the idea that all these games I bought will just still work 20y from now - if the HW keeps up that is. :)
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  • David Attenborough is making an Oculus Rift nature documentary

  • MeBrains 14/04/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns
    It's truly transformative, trust me.
    yeah... the problem is: i do trust you. I do strongly believe it is, like you say, transformative.

    That's why it frightens me as well. I am quite convinced this is not something for kids to use, and, although I applaud Sony to bring the tech to PS4, I am very, very afraid parents will buy it for their 7y olds, much like these parents have been buying the CoDs and BFs like there is no tomorrow. These kids seem to get all the hyped games at too early an age. It bothers me. I probably am one of the most knowledgeable games guys at the school gate - have been following the industry literally since I was a kid in the seventies. My kid only was allowed to play the CoDs and all when he was 11 - gave in to peer pressure, I am ashamed to say.

    I am afraid that 7y olds will be VR'ing Dark Souls 3, The Evil Within, The Forest, Routine or the next Doom (hype!!). I don't even want to go that far. I don't think the next CoD would be good in VR for them.

    Maybe I'm getting old now, but I think these kids should be given Mickey, Kinect Sports, Dance Party, a Wii U even! They've got more than time enough to step up to an Uncharted, a CoD, all the others and VR.

    I'm watching VR with anticipation as well as with anxiety because of the above.
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  • MeBrains 14/04/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns no. Why? Reply 0
  • MeBrains 14/04/2014

    Yea... Must have hit the wrong snare there. -18 is my record low I guess. Sorry to have upset you guys. I have seen many many a great documentary from the guy, starting as far back as the seventies I guess. Lately I have found his age to be interfering with the message, but maybe you guys are correct. He deserves to bring the new experience. Hopefully the producers are indeed able to live up to the inherent promise VR documentaries can bring. I am still looking forward to that.

    To me, VR documentaries might be my killer app to hook me onto the tech, as, frankly, I am not looking forward to play resident evil or battlefield that way. These games are realistic enough without it. IN other words, I am not looking forward to kids playing these in VR.
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  • MeBrains 14/04/2014

    man... that's damn interesting! genuinly!

    although I think, however much credit he deserves for his career, Sir Attenborough has had his best time presenting stuff.
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  • Chris Roberts shows off Star Citizen dogfighting

  • MeBrains 11/04/2014

    also... the ship model always reminds me of I-War's Dreadnaught:



    lovely design it was. You guys remember the game?
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  • MeBrains 11/04/2014

    @Suarez07
    As for your " eloquence of your typical playstation basher", well, tbh, I see more pc bashing and especially xbox bashing by ps4 owners on this site these days than anything else. I used to think fanboys were fairly even distributed, but it's getting embarrassing now
    you might be right. there's a lot more ineloquent ms bashing going on lately. For which, as an "anti Xbox guy"*, I apologize. It's been different for years though, in the run-up and during last gen. So my opinion is: it is more even now; it wasn't in the past.

    Mind that I'm specifically talking about ineloquent bashing.

    *I used to be pro-MS, but they lost me early 2000's. Their notoriously ill-engineered 360 console, to me the epitome of scandalous product launches was the nail in their coffin. The defence of their supporters the consecutive ones.
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  • MeBrains 11/04/2014

    @jimdove76
    thats why its called pre alpah dipshit, go back to your shitty console you retard
    behold the eloquence of your typical PlayStation basher!

    :rolleyes:

    this is a damn weak demo though. I lost interest in it all of a sudden. All the better I guess, between this and Elite, I only have time to play one of them.

    edit: btw. it does look pretty and it will be tuned still, but this demo? stepping into your ship and launching takes way to much time. The dogfight looked very very boring... and that crowd... :( really, it took some of the appetite away; and I've been burning candles in church for years praying for another space game. not even colony wars had sequels; or g-police; or freespace; or iwar; or, indeed, Elite since the early 90'ies.
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  • A glimpse at The Last of Us Remastered on PS4

  • MeBrains 10/04/2014

    a great game. a stupid choice of moments in that game for a trailer.

    this is marketing blunder, but it still is worth every penny for newcomers imho.
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  • Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta dated, entry costs £100

  • MeBrains 10/04/2014

    I can't believe this is really happening. Another elite. From what I understood it starts to shape up quite well. Good going.

    But, I'll not pay for it just yet. And 100 is quite steep.
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  • The Last of Us: Remastered for PS4 revealed

  • MeBrains 09/04/2014

    @shotbyascot
    Never played it before.

    Guess I'm in for a treat?
    You should be yes, but... in the past I have been so very looking forward to some things, only to be slightly disappointed when they were there. Yet, TLoU is, to my memory of gaming since the 70'ies, one of the best (if not the best) game experiences I had. It starts a tad slow, but after 30m to 1h it starts going from strength to strength.
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  • MeBrains 09/04/2014

    @jimdove76
    60quid for a slightly higher res of a shit game? lol
    please tell me you didn't fork out close to 400 quid for Titanfall.

    :rolleyes:
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  • MeBrains 09/04/2014

    @CuttlefishJones
    I'm also guessing that since a lot of new PS4 owners were once XB360 owners that there are screeds of people out for whom this will be a brand new experience. That almost makes me jealous!
    now that you mention it. It does me as well. Imagine never having played through it and immediately get the definite version. Should be great indeed!
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  • MeBrains 09/04/2014

    @FX102A
    Only if I can get the money back on my still sealed original copy. I will say it again, I still can't understand why people praise this game. Looks great, sounds great, presentation's great, plays like a drunken llama with a lampshade stuck on its head. Isn't that what's most important in a game?
    how do you know? your copy is still sealed? O_o

    on playthrough I never cursed the "low framerate". Maybe that is because I am not used to playing in the 60fps CoD Walhalla much.
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  • MeBrains 09/04/2014

    This could very well be the first game I'd pay another full price for.

    Much much much deserved!

    Looking forward to seeing how it looks on PS4.

    * starts drooling like Pavlov's dog already *
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  • Five-year-old discovers Xbox password flaw

  • MeBrains 04/04/2014

    @Daniel_Hatcher we'll probably never know will we?

    but I do think it far more likely that Sony got confronted with a damn serious hack (millions of accounts - discovered after network anomalies), immediately took action and had whole teams of experts verify it and got straight with it to the masses a mere week after discovery.

    nothing bad came from the MS hack indeed. Except that, however local this MS hack was, it was done by a five year old and he got some games. The Sony hack was done by the best out there, resulted in three weeks of downtime Sony took to get things straight, had Japanese bow in humiliation to the world and had every, then known PSN user, get three games of choice - not the most recent ones, but not the worst either.
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  • MeBrains 04/04/2014

    @Daniel_Hatcher
    Sony reportedly knew about the issues several days before and chose to ignore them.
    Wait a minute.

    Sony reportedly knew about the issues several days before and chose not to report them!

    As a company, I would also like to be damn sure about the issues before broadcasting them to the masses.

    As a company, I'd have the "whole team" and then some look at it immediately after the initial mention and come out with a verified message to the public. One week - I seem to remember it took them as much - is not a lot, is it?

    Again, Sony's got a hack by the best out there. MS here got "hacked" by a five year old. How long ago has this been "hacked" - under a week? Doubt it. They were able to fix it, send out free games ánd send out press releases about it. I'm quite sure, this little, yet significant thing, had a longer duration.
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  • MeBrains 04/04/2014

    @Daniel_Hatcher yea... But at the same time... This got "hacked" by a kid. Now I'm thinking PSN was hacked by some of the best out there. I wonder what would happen if anonymous had a shot at live... Even this basic basic stuff was not implemented to standards... Reply 0
  • Battlefield 4's biggest Easter egg discovered

  • MeBrains 04/04/2014

    yay! an easter egg news!

    it's the season! yay!

    :|
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  • Titanfall on Xbox 360 will run at over 30fps

  • MeBrains 04/04/2014

    @BastoJ
    The 360 version uses the same Azure cloud infrastructure
    much like Sony could use Azure's cloud infrastructure to run the exact same "cloud" stuff.

    it works all ways. Isn't MS's box using Sony's BR tech now?
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  • MeBrains 04/04/2014

    @TPoppaPuff
    it is safe to say that is not the case.
    launch parity chap. It's been the buzz before.
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  • Microsoft's Siri rival really is based on Cortana

  • MeBrains 02/04/2014

    all I read is "blahblahblah"... Kinect isn't even working most of the time - let alone more advanced promises like "ask her (her?!) anything - she'll get to know you".

    seen movies much? about her?

    I mean, djeezus, Microsoft is a joke as of late!
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  • Sony survey hints at possible PlayStation 4 features

  • MeBrains 02/04/2014

    well, as long as it doesn't have DLNA; it's a no go...

    unless maybe I'm happy with my telly doing that when I buy it - or my receiver. don't care much for the other things.
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  • Phil Spencer named new boss of Xbox

  • MeBrains 01/04/2014

    @CynicalMe
    Adding 8gb of ram may have been a last minute decision
    indeed. like upping CPU and GPU speed at the last minute, or dropping an online requirement, or doing away with non-ownership, or... what the hell... how many never before seen last minute u-turns have MS made in only 6 months from reveal to release?
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  • MeBrains 01/04/2014

    @Negotiator
    Come on you may have a point with Xbox One but both the Xbox and the 360 out performed the PS2 AND PS3 and were just better designed hardware.
    :D

    yea. So, let's say Xbox was indeed designed well in reaction to PS2. It was, but used, back then, PC components - wait, I know what you are thinking right now. I'll get back to that...

    Then, on to 360 and PS3. Designed better?

    Hmmm... here's the 60% failure-rate 360 motherboard:


    here's the "ylod" PS3's motherboard:

    (note that it is the first version with the EE on the left still included)

    now, just from a layman's impression, which seems to be the better designed one? Come on, be honest...


    back to what you thought: "PS4 is a PC!". Why do you think that is? Could it be because Sony took an incredible gamble, again, by engineering real propriety hardware and felt the backlash of the ill-informed community against it? Could it be that they "listened" and thought: "apparently customers are not that informed to appreciate great, innovative hardware design"? Since, however much you turn and twist it, CELL was a huge investment and was a damn fine processor which STI created for gamers. Sony has "state-of-the-art" in its DNA, ever since its inception. Look up the first transistor radio, Walkman, Trinitron, the first OLED television, Netbooks (years before they became popular - look up VAIO Picturebook), Miniature Tablet computing (look up VAIO UX - amazingly beautiful device, but mighty slow unfortunately), pocket full frame DSLR camera's, DAT tapes, Betamax, home entertainment robots, the first DiscMan, S/PDIF, SACD, CD, 3.5'' floppies.

    A genuine hardware company it is then, which learned how to do games as well, but which arguably is still lacking in OS, apps and online. Luckily it has good partners to do some of these.
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  • MeBrains 31/03/2014

    @Negotiator
    NoBrains is anti Xbox and therefore any idea they have is a bad idea according to him.
    You are right. I am anti.

    Anti companies who bring out historically ill-engineered hardware and get away with it.
    Anti enterprises who hardly come up with an original idea themselves.
    Anti corporations which seem to put shareholders and dividends above the customers they need to get there.
    Anti communities which take these two mentioned; above innovation and r&d.
    Anti individuals, which let themselves be dragged down by the delivery of repetitiveness above the promise of diversity.


    You are right. I might indeed be against what Microsoft Xbox has stood for the last 7 years.

    So yeah! I would say: time for Microsoft Xbox to give us, gamers, a good idea themselves! Or should we, gamers, indeed be happy with HDMI-in, Skype, Sports, TVTVTV ánd - we're getting spoiled, aren't we? - Kinect 2 point friggen O!?



    edit: yet, thanks PSFourSkin to point that out - I didn't know. How does that work on Steam? Which alpha's are being paid for? I suppose these are not AAA titles... or am I mistaking?
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  • MeBrains 31/03/2014

    @Negotiator
    he really is all about the games
    how do you know? the last few articles I linked to, tell me (me!) that he is more about maximizing profit, even at the expense of gamers.

    I mean... paying for alpha's? How would that work? How are we gamers going to make sure that, after we have paid, the game is going to get as polished as can be? What if the game goes "gold" and it is not up to standards? Do we get a refund?

    I'd rather keep the situation where the developer / publisher has the pressure of creating a great game, since, if they do not, the game doesn't sell. (although some games sell just on hype alone - colonial marines anyone? but that's another topic entirely)
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  • MeBrains 31/03/2014

    wait... is this the same guy that only last week told us we would be paying for alpha's soon and who wants to bring the controversial non-ownership to the table again.

    and you guys are cheering?

    yea... to each his own I guess... :/


    edit - srcs - can't make the link tag work today -
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-03-21-phil-spencer-on-bringing-vr-paid-alphas-to-xbox-one
    http://www.gamespot.com/articles/microsoft-on-loaning-and-gifting-digital-xbox-one-games-we-totally-believe-in-that-future/1100-6418534
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  • Stylish PS4 multiplayer Western Secret Ponchos delayed

  • MeBrains 31/03/2014

    @Jimjamyaha
    Too many games these days feel like alpha & beta tests
    and if certain other companies get their way, we will soon be paying for the "privilege" as well. :(


    game looks quite ok. Simple like this other game which I'm forgetting the name from and which my son amazingly played for hours on end... damn brain, help me out here!
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  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • MeBrains 26/03/2014

    @zubnut
    Be more worried about Microsoft suggesting the reviled digital rights are still in their plans for the xbox
    linky-linky?
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  • MeBrains 25/03/2014

    damn... FB seems to be a company shooting in all directions at once - by buying technology, not by developing it themselves.

    Personally, I don't really like that.
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  • Seth Killian leaves Sony Santa Monica to "do my own thing"

  • MeBrains 26/03/2014

    @midnight_walker Sony Manta Sonica chap.

    everybody knows that! :|
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  • Face-Off: Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

  • MeBrains 25/03/2014

    @greghakes lol... yeah, you're right.

    ...

    at least I can spell straight, unlike this guy greghakes amongst many others. :|
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  • MeBrains 25/03/2014

    @greghakes I didn't say that. I said I have a $4779.96 one (£2898 to be exact), but I'm trying to get it for under €750!

    please read what I write - is that too much to ask?
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  • MeBrains 25/03/2014

    @greghakes
    Row, row, row your boat
    Fast and steady down the Stream
    waiting and waiting and waiting
    For a good PS4 title is such a waisted Dream.
    Row, row, row your boat;
    The X is down the 'Soft;
    You won't ever get the games you love;
    The box is out of touch.

    there. sounds like a better lullaby, dunnit? ;)
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  • MeBrains 25/03/2014

    @greghakes
    Waiting hopelessly for Greatness to Arrive.
    True that, since I know the "Greatness" you speak of has arrived already!

    it surely is my £2898 (pound!) PC!
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  • MeBrains 25/03/2014

    @greghakes
    TitanFall is a great game for those who like Multiplayer games. I don't play Multiplayer games so it doesn't matter.
    no shit? is it? did I really question that? :rolleyes:
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  • MeBrains 25/03/2014

    @greghakes
    they are behind on the learning curve. It will all be worked out fairly soon and XBox One will have all games running at 1080P at 60 FPS Guaranteed.
    Row, row, row your boat;
    Gently down the stream;
    Merily, merily, merily, row;
    Life is but a dream.

    Keep on doing that. :)
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  • MeBrains 25/03/2014

    @greghakes
    But the Xbox One graphics are plenty good for Exclusives i can't get on on the PC. Go Xbox One.
    err... like err, yea... you know... Titanfall for example! :D

    (it's a good thing that won't run on your $1,500 PC aye? Huh? HUH?!)
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  • MeBrains 25/03/2014

    @funkateer
    Ah, "The $1500 PC"... It wins every fight
    lol!

    yeah... I have a £2898 (pound!) pc which is even better. It does 8K (almost), but I have a problem finding the right screens for it. :D

    It really is a friggen dumb thing to compare a $1500 pc to a $400 console. I mean, how do I put this politely? OF COURSE THE 1500 THING IS BETTER THAN THE 400 ONE!!!!11111oneoneone (been a while since I read that)

    That said. I try to come up with a PC build which is able to do 1920x1200 at high detail settings, and I can't manage to build it for under €750 it seems. Does anyone have suggestions? BTW, some minimum requirements I have, are 16Gb RAM (I want to have virtual machines running which don't bog down the system) and, I guess, a 250Gb SSD. Takers? - (the OS doesn't even have to be included)
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  • Phil Spencer on bringing VR, paid alphas to Xbox One

  • MeBrains 24/03/2014

    @Skyrant
    Microsoft NEVER had an original idea or developed something new. They always copy something and make it proprietary to control the market.
    their Live service on consoles was quite good, but I largely agree. Should this thread not be so old, I wonder if somebody could come up with a list of MS innovations to match the one I just wrote for Sony...
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  • MeBrains 24/03/2014

    @RPTGB
    and Sony innovated what exactly? Outside of media formats?
    The first transistor radio, Walkman, Trinitron, the first OLED television, Netbooks (years before they became popular - look up VAIO Picturebook), Miniature Tablet computing (look up VAIO UX - amazingly beautiful device, but mighty slow unfortunately), pocket full frame DSLR camera's, DAT tapes, Betamax, home entertainment robots, the first DiscMan, S/PDIF, SACD, CD, 3.5'' floppies... quit a few things. Sony has always been a hardware company and an innovative one at that - not at all afraid to take risks.

    Which list can you can up with for Microsoft?
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  • MeBrains 23/03/2014

    @RodHull
    Cell wasn't especially innovative, as it was fundamentally a Power PC with a few extra coprocessor elements attached. Using your logic then Sony haven't innovated either. The original Playstation nicked the CD based gaming from PC, PS2 copied having a DVD player from, err, DVD players (ditto for Bly Ray on PS3). Even the Playstation Eye and Singstar Microphones can be traced back to the Dreamcast.
    To call cell a PowerPC with a few extra Coprocessors is not taking into account the beauty of its design. I'm not going to say Sony designed it (it would be more to IBM's merit I suppose), but Sony did back it and was part of the STI conglomerate. It's been part of the fastest supercomputer for 1.5y, it's been used as a 'cheap' supercomputer (through chaining up PS3s), even the DoD used it to analyse satellite imagery.

    Both for CD, DVD and BluRay, Sony was part of the conglomerate responsible for its invention.
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