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  • Chronos VR: a single-player game that makes you feel like you're two people

  • StooMonster 29/04/2016

    @IronSoldier You know you want one. Resistance is futile, embrace the inevitable.

    SteamVR is good too, like Big Picture but in VR with laser pointer.
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  • StooMonster 29/04/2016

    @Yogafire Brilliant, my space is at about the limits it will allow, and it's amazing.

    I loved it when I first donned the helmet and went to pick up the real controller in virtual world and it worked … seen the video of someone being thrown a Vive controller and catching it. :)
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  • StooMonster 29/04/2016

    @IronSoldier It is the best technology leap I can recall, and I've invested in tech as a job … Vive made me smile and laugh the most since Atari VCS in late 70s when I was a kid. It is truly astonishing.

    Can't get it off my kids this evening on day two.

    Have bought practically every title on SteamVR to check out over the Bank Holiday weekend, loved The Lab.

    Was worried that my knackered forty something eyesight would be a problem and I would have to wear reading glasses, but infinity focus means I have better eyesight in VR world than in real life.

    Properly amazing.
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  • StooMonster 29/04/2016

    Got my HTC Vive yesterday … large room setup … properly astonishing.

    Played for hours yesterday evening, not a hint of motion sickness.

    Software, mighty impressive. Would like this game too.
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  • Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in next Tomb Raider film

  • StooMonster 29/04/2016

    @Fragtaster Talking of which, it came out on SteamOS yesterday.

    I would be interested to see a Digital Foundry FaceOff of Tomb Raider on SteamOS vs Linux vs Windows on same hardware.
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  • In Theory: Can next-gen Nvidia tech offer Titan X power for GTX 970 money?

  • StooMonster 28/04/2016

    :pCan it power my HTC Vive that arrived at work this morning. :) Reply +5
  • AMD "design wins" suggest three upcoming console reveals

  • StooMonster 22/04/2016

    @WhiteUmbrella
    consoles are sold at a loss, or to break even.
    Wrong.

    Check out history of Nintendo who make large margins on consoles from day one.

    Some consoles were sold as you describe, for some portions of their life-cycle.


    The money is made on the games sold for the system, not on the sale of the system itself.
    Check out Sony's last annual report, look up Playstation hardware.
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  • StooMonster 22/04/2016

    @WhiteUmbrella
    This idea is just full on retarded.
    From Sony's point of view, is it better to sell one console to someone every seven years, or a console every three years?
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  • StooMonster 22/04/2016

    @LHH
    So a pc then.
    More like @tiagoalmeida1 points out: phones, tablets, laptops, and Macs than a desktop/gaming PC.

    Because it's a unit and not upgradeable.
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  • StooMonster 22/04/2016

    @Fourfoldroot
    He didn't say there wouldn't be one, he just said it was an "if" rather than a certainty.
    Indeed, it was my memory ... upon check he said there might not be PS5.

    Perhaps due to whether the PS4 incremental update strategy works, I would imagine.

    Once P4K (Neo) becomes official, and we hear what Microsoft's plans are, I'm sure the longer term strategy will be apparent.
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  • StooMonster 22/04/2016

    I read another website this week, where a Senior Sony executive (Shuhei Yoshida) said there wasn't going to be a Playstation 5.

    The implication being that PS4 would be incrementally updated for the foreseeable future; I think it's likely Microsoft are going to do the same thing with XbOne.
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  • Microsoft discontinues Xbox 360

  • StooMonster 20/04/2016

    Love my Xbox 360, got me back into mainstream console gaming after I went PC exclusive after PS1 and Dreamcast.

    Although with the odd dabble with Nintendo consoles.

    I also waited for the Jasper edition, and went to great effort to get one, with the non RRoD chipset and HDMI.
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  • Revealed: Sony's plan for PlayStation 4K - codename Neo

  • StooMonster 20/04/2016

    @FMV-GAMER
    maybe AMD gave both Microsoft and Sony the same deal to refresh the hardware once the 14nm GPU's start into production
    I think that is a fairly credible hypothesis.

    AMD are the drivers of the new console fresh cycle.
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  • StooMonster 20/04/2016

    @Gaol
    Plenty people paying upwards of £500 every 2 years for an iPhone, and the cost is spread within line rental.
    No it isn't. The cost of the phone and the cost of the "line rental" are totally disaggregated, one of those European laws (directive) for consumer protection: transparency of pricing.
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  • StooMonster 20/04/2016

    @grassyknoll
    Yep, that's what Sony is trying to do, sell TV's.
    Why would they do that when margins are terrible on TVs, whereas PS4 makes them loads of money?

    Your hypothesis is not well thought through.
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  • StooMonster 20/04/2016

    @grassyknoll
    This is a device made for absolutely no one but man children on forums ... it's an opportunistic cash grab.
    Man children on forums have cash to be grabbed?

    Sony being smart addressing that segment of the market then, aren't they?

    Personally I think we are seeing the impact of the drive and innovation of the mobile space (smart phones, tablets, etc) on the games console space.

    Historically, we in the saw PS2 and PS3 generation we saw the initial launch console followed by a ‘slim’ version; where the same components were more efficient due to technological advances, but the core design stayed the same (Xbox 360 similar path).

    What we appear to be seeing here is original launch PS4 and XbOne will be relaunched as ‘slim’ model – there’s nothing in this story about that, but elsewhere on the internet there’s been coverage of two new XbOne models (one with same hardware spec) – which is likely to be at a lower price point, and the premium price point model being replaced with an updated one.

    It’s easy to imagine the same cycle iterating in a couple of years in the future too, the Neo becoming the slim and a replacement for the Neo being the new premium priced model – it’s worked as hardware plan in the mobile space, why wouldn’t it work in consoles too?

    All of this was a fairly obvious outcome of the switch to x86-64 platforms that Sony and Microsoft took.
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  • StooMonster 19/04/2016

    @teac77
    cool if they used the GDDR5X SGRAM instead of GDDR5
    I thought that too.

    It's what Nvidia are doing this year with new GTX1070 and GTX1080 cards.
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  • StooMonster 19/04/2016

    @Paulanator
    £300-£400 ... The promise of slightly improved FPS and a step up in resolution isn't all that much really.
    PC gamers spend £300-£400 on new GPUs for exactly that reason.
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  • StooMonster 19/04/2016

    @Badassbab
    I haven't yet managed to find the logic in Sonys rationale behind this at all.
    Microsoft are about to up the specs of XbOne and this is pre-emptive move.

    Also better for PSVR.
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  • StooMonster 19/04/2016

    Kids, the old PS4 is going in your playroom, daddy's getting a PS4K for Xmas. :D Reply +12
  • StooMonster 19/04/2016

    there are no indications of any changes to the Blu-ray drive. This is surprising, as we would have assumed that Sony would take this opportunity to support the new UHD 4K movie standard, supporting standard 50GB discs along with 66GB and 100GB variants.
    This is more surprising than the PS4K/Neo existing per se.
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  • StooMonster 19/04/2016

    Where can I pre-order? Reply +12
  • Batman Arkham HD Collection revealed via leak

  • StooMonster 19/04/2016

    @nickbonkersperry
    Meanwhile AK is still abandoned on PC.
    Just finished it, and really enjoyed it on PC.

    Had enough not to need to go through all the DLC though, even though I bought the Season Pass in a moment of prelaunch madness (had loved the other Arkham games on PC so much).

    The final PC version of Arkham Knight is much better than launch, and pretty much ran maxed out at 1080p (on my TV) on GTX970 and reasonably beefy PC.
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  • StooMonster 19/04/2016

    @butcher8
    Atari 400
    :)
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  • StooMonster 18/04/2016

    Done these games to death on my PC, loved them, I won't be playing them again though (too many new things to play), but I hope others get to enjoy them on PS4 and XbOne.

    Also, we need a DF article on them versus PC :)
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  • Digital Foundry vs Ratchet and Clank on PS4

  • StooMonster 18/04/2016

    @jamyskis1981
    Is it just me, or is the added per-object motion blur, lighting and graphical style hugely reminiscent of Knack's look?
    I thought that too, also when I saw some of the videos Knack sprang to mind (I have played that game all the way through, with one of my kids).

    I never had a PS2 nor PS3, but I have pre-ordered Ratchet and Clank on PS4 as I've read consistently great reviews and it looks fabulous.
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  • There's a way to play Oculus Rift exclusives on HTC Vive

  • StooMonster 15/04/2016

    @PlugMonkey
    Haha. The mute historical revisionists are out again.
    It wasn't barely functional and broken, that's revisionist history.

    The HL2 problem was that they didn't have network capacity to authenticate the peak volume of users.
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  • StooMonster 14/04/2016

    @brider
    I don't belive for one second they wouldn't be monitoring your gaming habbits
    There's already a campaign against this as Facebook have said that's exactly what they are going to do with Rift.
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  • Automata Empires: An RTS based on Conway's Game of Life

  • StooMonster 12/04/2016

    @frightlever Takes all sorts mate, and I still love games.

    I don't mind mixing with likes of you over a hot beverage at my desk, while I take a break from ruling the world.
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  • StooMonster 12/04/2016

    Loved Conway's Game of Life when I first saw it in the 70s; was my first intro into the world of complexity theory, and eventual reading of works from Santa Fe Institute. Reply +3
  • HTC Vive review

  • StooMonster 10/04/2016

    @SuperShinobi
    RotTR required a GTX970 for console-equivalent 30fps gameplay
    Clearly you've read this somewhere rather than having the kit, and are regurgitating it.

    GTX970 runs RotTR at 1080p with everything maxed out (except the 4K textures) and voxel ambient occulusion (which is great) in DX12 at pretty much constant 60fps … at least with my setup.

    Caveat being that the Win32 Desktop version and not the UWP cripple version, as per Gears Ultimate etc.
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  • StooMonster 10/04/2016

    @crazy-Tetsuo
    From where do teens get the money for PSVR
    When I was pre-teen and teen I saved up money from doing chores and jobs like paper rounds, washing cars, mowing grass, delivering leaflets, later working in shops.

    In inflation adjusted terms I saved up more than a thousand pounds today to buy my own bike, and more like a couple of thousand today to buy my own computer.

    How about getting off your arse to pay for PSVR?
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  • StooMonster 10/04/2016

    @FMV-GAMER @Fragtaster @IronSoldier I think RockPaperShotgun (sister site of this one) is good for PC coverage, and better than PC Gamer (which rated broken Quantum Break 7/10) although I like things like their case comparisons.

    As a multiplatform person, I also quite like Polygon which is also good for a bit of mixing with our American cousins too.but this is still my favourite gaming site overall.
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  • StooMonster 10/04/2016

    @Spiders was reading today about campaigns to limit the amount of spying that Facebook plans to do with Facebook Oculus's Rift VR product … which will send all your movement data back to Facebook as well as tracking usage time, what games you run and what you do etc. Reply +2
  • StooMonster 10/04/2016

    @dogmanstaruk I haven't tried VR since lunchtime trips to the Trocadero in the early 1990s.

    Adjustable headset for eyesight? Oooh... hope it works for me. My formerly perfect eyesight has holding things at arms length to read modification added since reaching mid-40s. :(
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  • StooMonster 09/04/2016

    @mega-gazz PSVR mass-market of the three VR devices on offer.

    It's going to be fun playing with the new genres of games for VR, and I wonder what will be the new killer-app.

    Maybe it will all be a bit Wii Sports … the job simulator reminds me of Cooking with Mamma that my kids used to love.
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  • StooMonster 09/04/2016

    @grassyknoll
    there is nothing that insures success of a piece of consumer electronics
    Price is a key element of ensuring success in the mass-market.
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  • StooMonster 09/04/2016

    Plug-n-play and cheap will win the format war, I will also buy a PSVR as that's going to be the massmarket.

    Interesting article in this week's Economist magazine about Facebook's future … including Occulus obviously.
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  • StooMonster 09/04/2016

    One American review I read, the reviewer put the sensors on top of seven foot tall collapsible speaker stands so he could put it all away.

    I've 5.1 then 7.1 and thinking about Atos sound so I've got great experience of running cables around rooms; so that element doesn't bother me.
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  • StooMonster 09/04/2016

    Got my Vive coming mid May … so they say.

    I have plenty of space for room sized VR too.

    Really looking forward to it.

    Edit: my concern is whether I am up to it, what with my age related need for reading glasses.
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  • What went wrong with Quantum Break on PC?

  • StooMonster 09/04/2016

    @neurasthenie
    Downvoted for sharing a positive experience on my own side?
    You are commenting on a technical article that discussed issues such as frame-rate being locked to 5/6 of setting, no matter what the hardware.

    Yet, without any evidence to back it up you state things like:

    the game is running completely smooth
    I imagine, that's probably why. Rather than anyone being jealous of your 'R9 Fury X'.
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  • StooMonster 09/04/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler
    If the question is "why give it away free?", then UWP makes a compelling answer.
    Because all other attempts at switching users and software from Win32 Desktop to UMP Metro have so spectacularly failed.

    Microsoft clearly remain determined to move everyone over to their new (closed) platform, but everyone appears to say "meh, did we ask for this?"

    This isn't just games, e.g. do you see Adobe software on UMP?
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  • StooMonster 08/04/2016

    @SavageEvil
    Microsoft is a software company
    Was a software company.

    These days they do devices too, there's one called Xbox you may have heard of as well as Surface.

    They are also big in IaaS space too with Azure, and many other non-software things too.

    But you are right about many other things in your post, one in particular is Trojan House is a good description of UWP and has been since it was first announced as 'Metro' a few years ago.
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  • StooMonster 08/04/2016

    By the evidence so far, UWP is a terrible alternative to Desktop Windows (i.e. Win32) for games. Reply +3
  • StooMonster 08/04/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler
    They aren't trying to make a gaming platform though, they're trying to make a closed platform with its own App Store.
    And that is the crux of the matter, and why they are trying to put AAA XbOne titles on said new closed platform (the OS formerly known as Metro).
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  • StooMonster 08/04/2016

    @Gemini42_
    you still have to patch games (like Fallout 3) so as to bypass GFWL so they'll actually run
    Wish Bethesda would patch it out officially, even From managed with with Dark Souls and Capcom with Street Fighter IV.
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  • First-person interactive story The Assembly out on Oculus Rift and Vive this summer

  • StooMonster 07/04/2016

    @ReapingAngel nope, me too.

    Although I still wonder if Valve are going to pull some kind of Half-Life 3 cat out of the bag for launch of Vive.
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  • You can play PS4 games on your PC or Mac from tomorrow

  • StooMonster 05/04/2016

    @Spuzzell
    I would 100% say instead buy some CAT6e cable from Amazon and a couple of £5 switches and physically lay cable from your router to your PS3 and PC.
    CAT6 (e was for 5e) it's the only way to be sure.

    Cable > wireless always.

    Although can be a pain to install. I temporarily had IP over Coax as house I bought was coax to every room (TV heads lived there previously) which gave me 70Mbs, but had CAT6 installed via outside walls in trunking up to loft. Previous house got away with CAT6 under all the floors and through internal walls, can't do that here.
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  • Massive God of War 4 leak points to Norse mythology setting

  • StooMonster 05/04/2016

    Always good to see the return of Thor and Odin to video games. :) :) Reply +1
  • Watch: Doom brings old-school deathmatch to Xbox One

  • StooMonster 03/04/2016

    I quite enjoyed the old skool feel of the multi-player … but with 21st century graphics (cartoony).

    Took a long time between games in lobby though, on the PC this is.
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