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  • Planet Coaster will, of course, let you crash your rollercoasters

  • alexatkin 25/09/2016

    @jonathanharding-rath Not sure I agree, the touchpad has traditionally been hugely frustrating when trying to game on a laptop.

    That said, I'm sure they could adapt the UI to a joypad/touchpad combo and even allow support for a REAL mouse. AFAIK the PS4 should work with a Bluetooth mouse.
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  • Hacking cars and 3D-printing weapons in 30 minutes of Watch Dogs 2 gameplay

  • alexatkin 25/09/2016

    @Bluetooth To be fair, I got annoyed with San Andreas after about the 50th time I heard the word "nigga".

    I just found the whole gang culture in the game extremely annoying. My least favourite GTA.
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  • Lego Dimensions studio on its experimental year two, Marvel and Star Wars

  • alexatkin 25/09/2016

    I don't see the story packs as a good thing. They effectively are new LEGO games that instead of being stand-alone are forcing people to own an expensive starter-pack to play.

    They could easily have released them as full titles and had them optionally support the base unit, although personally I don't think it adds anything interesting to the game.

    I'd be interested to know if kids actually enjoy the base unit. To me it just seems like another things for kids to lose making the game unplayable if they do.

    I enjoy the LEGO games because they are relatively relaxing to play, having to keep getting up to move physical objects around destroys that.
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  • Face-Off: BioShock: The Collection

  • alexatkin 23/09/2016

    @FMV-GAMER If that were true, what black-magic did they use for The Uncharted Collection?

    Those games really stressed the PS3 hardware but are a huge upgrade on PS4.
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  • alexatkin 23/09/2016

    @Bagpuss That's weird, as I was playing Bioshock 1 on my 2500K and GTX 970 at 4K without any major issues. Reply 0
  • Microsoft on Project Scorpio, PS4 Pro marketing and Xbox tweets

  • alexatkin 22/09/2016

    @OnlyJoeKing Bluray was more expensive on PS3 because it was brand-new.

    UHD Bluray drives however cost the same as a normal Bluray drive. Any costs are in the licensing for the playback software which could be recovered by it being an app on the store you have to purchase for say £50, keeping the hardware the same price.
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  • Rapture leaked: The true story behind the making of BioShock

  • alexatkin 19/09/2016

    @BellyFullOfHell Just because a game is more complex though, doesn't make it a better game, just a more complex one.

    Fact is, most people don't want a complex game and the reason Bioshock is so highly rated is it was just complex enough for those people.

    The same way some people are annoyed with Fallout 4 whereas others (me) liked that the leveling up was streamlined from 3.
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  • Forza Horizon 3: still the only racing game for everyone

  • alexatkin 12/09/2016

    @MahtiK DriveClub does play similar to PGR in many ways but I don't like the structure (how you choose levels, progression, etc).

    Most importantly, its just not the same as driving around London or Las Vegas. I always loved the sight seeing aspect of PGR as much as the racing.
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  • alexatkin 12/09/2016

    @adamantium As I understand it wheel support will be limited at launch (even on PC I believe) but they plan to support a lot more in a patch later.

    Was very pleased to see the Fanatec CSR will be included in that list so I can finally start using my Forza wheel again.
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  • Time crisis: Is this the end of the light gun?

  • alexatkin 10/09/2016

    @greenwichlee Not at all, the Wiimote in practice works out identical to a light gun because its a camera monitoring the position of the IR light above the TV.

    Its perhaps technically not as accurate, but its close enough to not really notice.

    Move is a bit more awkward as its relying on the motion tech, but I never had any problems with it.
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  • The Witness to get a PS4 Pro patch

  • alexatkin 10/09/2016

    @Samael_Blackwing To be fair, a cleaner HUD due to rendering native with the game running upscaled is still going to "feel" better.

    Any game with a minimap is going to benefit hugely there.

    Its to be hoped the Pro has some some sort of compression going on though as having a 4K frame buffer with only the same amount of RAM as the normal PS4 seems a bad idea.

    I fear they could run into a situation where a PS4 game that maxed out the RAM doesn't have any spare for ANY Pro improvements, beyond frame rate. Although they must have done something if the leaked docs were true (it seems they were) to have 500MB more RAM available on the Pro with the same physical amount of RAM in there.
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  • Sony plays down PS4 Pro's lack of 4K Blu-ray disc support

  • alexatkin 08/09/2016

    @DaltonBay But it doesn't need to cost more.

    The Pro has all the hardware it needs for UHD Bluray. The physical drives are the same just with slightly different firmware.

    They wouldn't even need to charge more for the licensing as they could just have a £50 charge to download the UHD Bluray app.

    Sure some people would still complain at the charge, but I don't think it would stop them buying the console like the omission is doing. I for one would be buying it if they did that.
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  • alexatkin 08/09/2016

    @harryisme The 4K streams are only around 15Mbit. But that is also the point, UHD Bluray is up to 120Mbit, so you can imagine how much better it can look.

    Streaming and TV only does the basics. You get very basic HD/UHD, but you need much higher bitrates to actually maintain the little details that make it look so good.

    When SkyHD launched it was pretty good, but over time they cut back on the bandwidth and the details get softer and softer. The same will happen with 4K, initially it will look great but over time they will dial it down to save money.
    http://en.digitalbitrate.com/dtv.php?mux=12012&pid=3821&live=69&lang=en

    The average Bluray is 20-30Mbit, the average Sky channel is 6Mbit. Its almoost like comparing a DVD to a Bluray in quality difference. People get used to the lower quality and unless someone convinces them to actually try a Bluray, they forget what they are missing.
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  • alexatkin 08/09/2016

    @obidanshinobi The response time on a lot of 1080p TVs has been terrible too.

    I bought my 4K for £400 (cheap because its a 2014 model) and its way more responsive than my 1080p TV was, even though its upscaling too.

    Its absolutely game changing for Driveclub, as I would constantly oversteer due to the latency.
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  • alexatkin 08/09/2016

    @Minmat The only extra cost are a few licenses and the cost of writing the UHD Bluray software. The physical drives are the same.

    The thing is, they could charge for the UHD Bluray app so only those who want it would need to pay more. It would still be much cheaper than buying a dedicated player.

    They may even still be able to do that, but until they do I'm not interested.
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  • alexatkin 08/09/2016

    @LordDemigod That is very much the question, its not at all clear if UHD Bluray requires additional hardware or not. I believe it depends how the Bluray drive works.

    It may be the Pro CAN be firmware upgraded to support UHD Bluray.

    If true, they could always add a paid-for app to offset the cost. They do that, I'm in.

    But I cannot warrant paying for the Pro just to improve a few games as I already started replacing some of them on PC during Steam sales.
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  • With new PS4s come new peripherals

  • alexatkin 08/09/2016

    Umm Eurogamer, the DS4 has ALWAYS supported USB. If the PS4 now uses USB when its plugged in instead of Bluetooth, this is a change on the PS4 itself as the controller has always been capable.

    In fact, if you turned on your PS4 first then plugged it into your PC - it would control both concurrently which was really annoying. You had to be really careful not to accidentally unplug it from the PC while in use or it would turn on the PS4.

    That said, I much prefer that to the Xbox One where it pairs to your PC once you plug it in, meaning you can't use it on your console again without re-pairing, which gets old the first few times you have to do it.
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  • alexatkin 08/09/2016

    @Monkey_Puncher People have done tests by physically disconnecting the light bar and at best you only gain 30 minutes. That was before you could dim it, so likely negligible now.

    Quite a few games use the light bar to show your health or other stats though, that is why it makes sense to have it shine through the touchpad.
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  • Digital Foundry: Three hours with PlayStation 4 Pro

  • alexatkin 08/09/2016

    @Gamerfiend Xbox One S doesn't do everything the Pro does at all, its not even as powerful as the normal PS4.

    Other than that I do agree that it seems a bit half-hearted to skip UHD Bluray and it does make me tempted to get an Xbox One S instead.

    The plan was to pre-order the Pro if it supported UHD Bluray. Now I'm not so interested in getting it at all, at least not until I see the extent of the upgrades for myself (and how many old games will be patched).

    I had already started to sell off my disc based cross-platform PS4 games as they came to Steam sales, I guess I will just carry on doing that.
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  • Sony announces PlayStation 4 Pro for November 2016, priced £349

  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    A 4K console without 4K Bluray? It was the ONE essential feature for me.

    The rest is nice, but most of those games I can play in 1440p on PC already so 4K Bluray was key for me.

    Are you TRYING to sell the Xbox One S?
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  • PlayStation Meeting 2016 live report

  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    So still no mention if it plays UHD Bluray? Not sure I can't rationalise buying it if it doesn't. Reply +1
  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    Theres so much salt in this comments section. Reply 0
  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    I don't get the people who think this is boring. Wouldn't you rather they spend the money on the games than hot dancers and flashy effects at their press conference? Reply -1
  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    As a PC gamer too, I guess I had more realistic expectations. This is pretty much what you would expect of the GPU/CPU increase in Pro. Reply 0
  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    Twitch always has awful picture quality, not sure why people are expecting to see the differences here. Download the footage later. Reply 0
  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    They cant approximate in realtime. Reply 0
  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    The stream is a bonus, this is for the people at the event. Reply 0
  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    Well I'm actually pleased they are telling us all this from the get go. I didn't want them to do a Microsoft and leave Neo, um, Pro announcement to the very end. Reply 0
  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    I remember when gaming press conferences were actually fun, not crushingly boring/disappointing.

    Or maybe we just all grew up and are harder to please?
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  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    buffering? really? Man I hate Twitch. Reply 0
  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    So how late do we predict this will start? ;) Reply 0
  • Pokémon Go announced for Apple Watch

  • alexatkin 07/09/2016

    @FrozenMetalHead I'm curious about what Nintendo are doing and I still don't watch Nintendo Direct. They are just so boring. Reply -2
  • Some of Dead Rising's most hardcore fans are upset Frank West has a new voice

  • alexatkin 06/09/2016

    I despise when ANY TV show, animation or game changes actors. It completely ruins the bond you made with the character. Reply 0
  • Sony is seemingly refunding Gran Turismo Sport pre-orders

  • alexatkin 06/09/2016

    @spamdangled The rules are only there so you can get an automatic, no questions asked refund.

    From what was said recently, Valve do still refund even outside of those rules if the problem is severe enough but its not automatic.
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  • 3DS StreetPass now accepts more than 10 Miis at once

  • alexatkin 04/09/2016

    @Les-Whinen You might try looking at HomePass. Reply 0
  • alexatkin 04/09/2016

    This is misleading as they haven't actually extended it to 100 Miis, you still have to manually send them to the queue every 10 hits.

    Its an improvement as it means you don't have to play through all the games before getting the next 10, but still inconvenient as you have to keep looking at it every few minutes to send the next 10 into the queue.
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  • Lego Harry Potter Collection leaked for PS4

  • alexatkin 20/08/2016

    @StooMonster Who grows out of Potter? I know people in their 60s who still watch the movies and read the books. Reply 0
  • alexatkin 20/08/2016

    I wonder if this will be able to run at 4K on PS4 Neo?

    Not had any problems running any of the LEGO games so far in 4K on a GTX 970.

    It really feels quite different when the LEGO pieces are so detailed on the screen they look real.
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  • This coffee mug is Prey's most exciting new feature

  • alexatkin 20/08/2016

    This game looks like it could be good, but still upset that they left the first game (which this seems to have zero relation to) with a gliff-hanger. Reply +2
  • Sega 3D Classics Collection release date set for November

  • alexatkin 12/08/2016

    @IronSoldier That's one thing I will really miss, though its not like I will get rid of my New 3DS.

    I'm still hoping the NX will be at least 720p though.
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  • No Man's Sky has a game-breaking exploit which is letting users farm rarest items

  • alexatkin 11/08/2016

    Click bait article, as its not game-breaking.

    A game-breaking issue is when something beyond your control actually prevents you from continuing or finishing the game.

    Something you have to ACTIVELY choose to do and still lets you finish the game is clearly not game breaking.

    If people choose to ruin the game for themselves by exploiting glitches, that's their choice.
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  • Pokémon Go developer explains why it shut down third-party apps

  • alexatkin 05/08/2016

    @Romeric Maybe not the developers, but whoever is bank rolling this is forcing them to cut back functionality is favour of rolling out a broken game to more and more countries.

    Just finding completely random Pokemon in random places is quickly losing its appeal. Without a way to see where the Pokemon are, its just plain broken. I only play it if I am going somewhere anyway because whenever a Pokemon is showing as Near that I do not have, I can never find it.

    They are going to have plenty of free server capacity soon as people who have been playing it for a while will get bored due to the lack of functionality.
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  • We built a PC with PlayStation Neo's GPU tech

  • alexatkin 30/07/2016

    Not sure why Sony aren't keen on 1440p as I run many games at that on my 4K TV on a GTX 970 and they look markedly improved on 1080p. You don't notice the scaling issues like you do with 720p on a 1080p screen because the pixels are so much smaller and the upscaling so much better.

    The increase up from 1440p is much more subtle until you actually hit 2160p where the pixel clarity from a true 1:1 framebuffer is clearly visible.

    IMO running games at 1440p while rendering the HUD itself at 2160p is a good target for Neo, at least for games which were already close to Ultra PC quality. Games which were more like Medium PC settings however would probably benefit more from sticking to 1080p and cranking up the effects.

    What developers choose is likely to depend on how CPU bound the particular game is.
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  • PS4 system update beta sign-ups now live

  • alexatkin 26/07/2016

    @Murton Love PS4, hate SCEE. Reply 0
  • alexatkin 26/07/2016

    @goneski I don't find the PS4 OS laggy at all. But then I have Xbox One too and that IS laggy.

    Hold controller button down to turn off controller/console, 30 seconds later it actually responds.
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  • Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers

  • alexatkin 26/07/2016

    If true I can understand why Nintendo would do this as their portable market is by far their biggest earner, especially in Japan.

    This way they continue to support the home console market while playing to their strength in the portable market.

    I wasn't interested in getting a new Nintendo home console, but if its at least close to WiiU in power (surely it must be to run the new Zelda) then that would be an awesome portable. Although I admit, I will miss the 3D screen of the 3DS.
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  • The Walking Dead's third season screens shows off Telltale's improved engine

  • alexatkin 23/07/2016

    I remember when Telltale used to make actual games not glorified comic books with less choice than a "choose your own adventure" book.

    It has felt like each season has had less game and more QTEs, not even counting the terrible performance of the engine.

    I don't even understand why people think they are good at story, but then again some people think the TV show is good writing and admittedly the game is better than that (which isn't saying much).
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  • Xbox One S 2TB launch date 2nd August

  • alexatkin 18/07/2016

    @Gamerfiend This isn't like 1080p though where the TVs did a poor job upscaling 720p. Most 4K TVs are really good at upscaling so we don't need the console to do it.

    Now if the games generate the HUD at 4K then the rest of the game at normal resolution, that would be a valid point, but that would need all games patching and I doubt they will do it even for new games.
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  • Fallout: New Vegas mod maker asks: did Fallout 4 DLC rip me off, or was it just "inspired" by my work?

  • alexatkin 16/07/2016

    @quent As is the nature of open-world games, especially ones as vast and complex as what Bethesda produce. Reply -1
  • Red Dead Redemption runs best on Xbox One

  • alexatkin 08/07/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler I doubt they will increase the resolution, its likely they already can on Xbox One but want BC to be pure.

    A few Xbox games on Xbox 360 were accidentally running at 720p native and they "fixed" them back to 480p. I had one of them myself and noticed no performance issues with it at 720p, but they downgraded it anyway.
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