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  • Don't care about VR? Neither did I

  • StooMonster 08/05/2016

    I've got an HTC Vive.

    The kids get up early at the weekends to have a go on it, even the teen. Because it's brilliant.

    Even the 'experiences' like Blu (the whales and fishes) and Apollo 11 are fun, but some of the games are hilariously fun. However, if you don't like "walking simulators" as games then you probably won't see much here with the experiences; but I liked sitting next to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (met him once) and traveling to the moon in 1960s tech, peering inside human bodies, flying around the solar system, etc.

    I have a large space set up for it, so we've only every tried "room scale", but I look forward to trying Elite Dangerous as sitting down set-up (a confirguation that I haven't even booted in VR yet), we've spent so long playing things like Job Simulator and Space Pirates.

    Valves controller are great, and the VR is so impressive that you can catch them if they're thrown to you. Makes you laugh, as do many VR experiences. I bought a couple of photographic light stands for the laser position boxes so they're easy to pack away and set-up.

    HTC Vive is as brilliant as when I got my first games consoles and computers when I was a kid, and as different to traditional gaming was when one first played Wii Sports or a touchscreen game.

    The only annoyance at the moment is Facebook buying studio exclusivity for their Oculus device, moneyhatting but then they are evil so we'd expect no less. Talking of other evil corporates, Google's Tilt Brush is loved by my arty kid who is making all sorts of things in it.

    We'll definitely be getting PSVR too.

    Edit: photographic light stands excellent from Amazon, 3 metres high telescopic, and cost less than £20 the pair.
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  • Nvidia unveils GTX 1080 and GTX 1070: a new level in GPU power

  • StooMonster 07/05/2016

    @dogmanstaruk Here's AVforums looking at latest Samsung 4K television with Game Mode of 21ms input lag.

    https://www.avforums.com/review/samsung-ks7500-ue55ks7500-uhd-4k-tv-review.12590
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  • StooMonster 07/05/2016

    @dogmanstaruk AVforums.com and hdtvtest.co.uk include input lag in their television reviews (as VEGA also points out above).

    Wish they also included them on projectors and AV amps too.

    Becoming more widespread to include this in reviews, rightly so.

    When I was searching for where I could pre-order my tv, I founds a couple of retailers that have website sections dedicated to gaming on HDTVs and they highlight low display/input lag.

    Some HDTV are shockingly poor, last years Panny's had 76mn and one of this year's Sony's is >90ms which makes it too sluggish for gaming, so it is a key factor to consider. Partly why I kept my old 1080p Pioneer Elite plasma for some long.
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  • StooMonster 07/05/2016

    @IronSoldier
    It'll be interesting to hear of which model 4K TV you go for, should you wish to comment here in due course.
    I am waiting delivery of one of LG 2016 range of 4K HDR OLED televisions, E6 at 65-inches.

    It's mostly for consoles and PC gaming, and a bit of films and tv.

    Input lag is 32mn in Game Mode according to several AV sites.
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  • StooMonster 07/05/2016

    @IronSoldier
    DisplayPort 1.3/1.4 Ready
    Also HDMI2.0b format too.

    HDR colour in gaming will be pretty cool too.
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  • StooMonster 07/05/2016

    Nice summary Richard. I've been looking forward to these new cards for ages, and it looks like Nvidia have delivered.

    Very interested in GTX1080 for my Vive, the VR support is excellent.
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  • Why I hope it's the end for Uncharted

  • StooMonster 07/05/2016

    gluten-free chickpea smoothie from my Shoreditch pop-up
    Surprisingly accurate summary of my daily lunch.
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  • Has Remedy fixed Quantum Break on PC?

  • StooMonster 06/05/2016

    UWP.

    Nuf said.
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  • Offworld Trading Company review

  • StooMonster 06/05/2016

    @Danbojones
    What I meant was that the rural working class community I grew up in saw any aspiration to wealth as something crass and ignoble.
    Don't get above your station? Know your place.
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  • StooMonster 06/05/2016

    Talking of capitalism in space, anyone see Space X landing today?

    When they get to Mars they'll be the real Offworld Trading Company.
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  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End review

  • StooMonster 05/05/2016

    I didn't have a PS3 but thoroughly enjoyed the PS4 remaster of the Uncharted series and pre-ordered this.

    It may even interrupt my current Fallout 4 obsession, which I'm loving on PC; it looks amazing and fun, and I am keen to see what Naughty Dog can extract from PS4 hardware.
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  • StooMonster 05/05/2016

    @SeanBeansGravyBoat
    Can't wait for the format comparison from Digital Foundry on this...
    Neo vs Regular PS4 versions?

    I expect key difference will be 30fps vs 60fps. ;)
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  • Fallout 4: Far Harbor trailer lands

  • StooMonster 04/05/2016

    I only really started playing Fallout 4 in earnest a two weeks ago, and loving it. Loved Fallout 3 before, didn't get on too much with Vegas but this is very good indeed.

    So current gaming is Fallout 4 and the Vive, which is a time sync at weekends ... kids, friends, family, mates' girlfriends, everyone wants a go.

    Never sure whether to play DLC straight away or come back to it though, as sometimes I am done with a game at the end and don't want more yet on the other hand sometimes never want to return. #firstworldproblems
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  • Steam updated to better expose recent user reviews

  • StooMonster 04/05/2016

    @arcam That's why they pay me the big bucks. :) Reply +1
  • StooMonster 04/05/2016

    Batman: Arkham Knight might get good reviews on Steam now it's (mostly) fixed versus the launch day reviews. Reply +1
  • StooMonster 04/05/2016

    "I've read this website for 1000 hours and I can't stand it..." Reply +77
  • In Theory: Will future consoles share identical tech specs?

  • StooMonster 03/05/2016

    There's a good chance that new Xbox hardware of some description will manifest at E3. The form it will take - a new console with a hardware boost, or a 'slim' revamp of the existing Xbox One - remains to be seen.
    I think we're going to see both and XbOne Slim plus an Xbox Two / v2 / Neo / 4K update.

    My money is on us seeing both these consoles at E3.
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  • Digital Foundry's top ten picks for PlayStation Neo upgrades

  • StooMonster 30/04/2016

    @Gemini42_
    I have a gaming rig. A very good one in fact.

    Still buying a Neo, regardless.
    Same as, for PC gaming rig and Neo.

    Plus I have Vive, and I will still buy PSVR regardless.
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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 +4
  • 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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