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  • Xbox 360 at 10: The brilliance of the 360's dashboard

  • alexatkin 23/11/2015

    Yet the Xbox One dash still feels inferior to all the Xbox 360 dashboards.

    I don't understand why it wasn't an evolution of Xbox 360 rather than starting from scratch and having to superglue on the functionality we had on 360 over time.

    The fact that when I press left on the new dash it takes several seconds for the popout to appear, its just plain clunky.

    The PS4 UI might be simplistic but it gets the job done much quicker, which is the important thing. Although I'm baffled how neither console gives you a great deal of control over your games layout. Being able to pin stuff on Xbox One is no substitute for folders.
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  • Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday sale live

  • alexatkin 21/11/2015

    LEGO Jurassic World is 22.49 on PS4 with PS+, 24.99 on Steam, 26.99 on Xbox One with Gold.

    Not sure I have ever seen PSN actually be cheaper before, bother are cheaper than the second-hand price too.

    Of course I'm thinking of waiting for the regular LEGO game sales on Steam where it will probably be under 10. If Sony/Microsoft did that sort of sale more often I would buy a lot more titled digitally rather than second-hand.
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  • Fallout 3 shows Xbox One backward compatibility at its best

  • alexatkin 15/11/2015

    @cloudskipa Interesting, as I use Google DNS on my XB1 and not had any issues with it. Reply -1
  • Fallout 4 mods are already changing the game in cool ways

  • alexatkin 14/11/2015

    @Jimmy562 Except the whole principle of consoles is that the developers should already have done that work themselves.

    Mind you I don't know what people are moaning about. It has its glitches, but Fallout 4 runs MILES better than any of the previous games did on console. Even in low geometry areas they would stutter.
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  • Gear VR's consumer version will ship this November for $99

  • alexatkin 11/11/2015

    @playtatobox You use the touchpad and/or a controller for interaction and of course you arent meant to use it in public.

    In case you haven't noticed, phones can also be used at home. I watch videos in bed, listen to music.

    This is not about doing anything in public, the phone is just the screen and processing to make the headset function.

    VR gives you perfect stereoscopic 3D (zero crosstalk), its far more intense than a 3DTV or the cinema. If only they can get the screen resolution high enough to eliminate pixel visibility then it will be awesome.
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  • alexatkin 11/11/2015

    @Bander You are correct, they have to patch Android and have specific low-latency, low-persistence access to the screen.

    I owned GearVR on my Note 4 and have played on a DK2, they seemed fairly comparable. Much better than Cardboard.

    I was actually surprised as DK2 is lower resolution and I believe higher refresh rate, but the difference in use felt minimal.

    Sadly both still had very obvious screen-door effect and are like looking through binoculars.

    I'm hoping Oculus will at least improve the FOV for the retail unit.
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  • Yuji Naka recommends playing Rodea the Sky Soldier's Wii version

  • alexatkin 11/11/2015

    IMO That sounds like a terrible control scheme on Wii.

    Sounds a lot like what they originally planned for NiGHTS before they had the sense to use an analog stick instead.
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  • Yes, Fallout 4 can take a while to install on PS4 and Xbox One

  • alexatkin 10/11/2015

    @mikeck PSN often struggles to do good speeds during new game releases. Using a proxy server usually helps. Reply 0
  • Faster hard drives boost Xbox One Fallout 4 performance

  • alexatkin 10/11/2015

    @cloudskipa Cheap controller?

    Yeah, having an internal speaker, gyros and a touchpad is WAY cheaper than the Xbox One which has - rumble triggers.

    The Xbox One controller is perhaps a little more comfortable, but the PS4 is far more innovative. That speaker adds a whole new level to surround sound. Its just a shame games do not make more use of it.

    The only negative is that the battery life is garbage, but I can live with that.
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  • Face-Off: Need for Speed

  • alexatkin 07/11/2015

    @SavageEvil Stuttering is most likely the game becoming CPU starved, so dialling back the post processing probably wouldn't help there.

    Although personally I do prefer to turn off silly "film grain effect" filters, excessive motion blur and depth of field effects.

    I mean sure those things make it looks more like a movie, but they undermine the gameplay, especially depth of field.

    In a racing game you want to be able to refocus on distant objects easily.
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  • DriveClub's impressive debut on PlayStation VR

  • alexatkin 28/10/2015

    @Malek86 At 60fps interpolation can be excellent, you get a lot less artifacting than from 24fps movies.

    My old TV used to have low enough latency that I could leave its interpolation turned on and it made a huge improvement in the feel, especially on racing games.

    Unfortunately my current TV has huge input latency even with it off.

    Presumably the headset does the interpolation so its designed to not delay the next frame being displayed.

    There is also the fact that VR demands a stable 60fps to work properly which again helps interpolation.

    A single frame drop tends to get magnified by interpolation, probably a reason its not routinely used on games.
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  • Burnout Paradise confirmed for Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • alexatkin 26/10/2015

    @cloudskipa Takedown was written for original Xbox though, far more similar to Xbox One than Xbox 360.

    Theoretically it should be way easier to emulate that than it was Xbox 360.
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  • alexatkin 26/10/2015

    Much loves my arse, pretty sure Revenge is much more loved. Reply -2
  • Performance Analysis: Assassin's Creed Syndicate

  • alexatkin 23/10/2015

    @Leeboyopm You clearly do not understand how games work.

    The lower the frame rate, the higher the input latency.

    Even a 1fps drop can be the difference between the game reacting to your actions quick enough to live or die.

    When you start dying or losing on a game because the frame rate dropped and it didn't react quick enough, its frustrating.

    A friend of mine played MGS V Ground Zeroes on Xbox 360 and found it unplayable due to input lag. I then let him play MGS V on my PS4 and he found it fine there.

    While that is a bigger extreme (between 30fps and 60fps), you do not necessarily need that big of a difference for it to matter.
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  • Witcher 3 patch 1.11 tackles Skellige's Most Wanted quest at long last

  • alexatkin 22/10/2015

    I only have a 47" LCD and sat about 5 feet away with my glasses off I never have any problems reading the text.

    Is ot perhaps people with sub-1080p Plasmas (few Plasmas were actually FullHD from what I saw) that are having this issue?
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  • Nintendo now handing out NX console developer kits - report

  • alexatkin 16/10/2015

    @Malek86 But if PS4 has the vast majority of the market, why would someone who already has a PS4 bother to buy a Nintendo console that is only the same power?

    I bought WiiU because I thought it offered something unique that meant third parties would develop things for it that no other console could do.

    The NX is going to need to be something pretty special to convince me to jump in at launch like I did with WiiU. I have lost all faith in Nintendo at this point.
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  • alexatkin 16/10/2015

    I really don't see how shoulder scroll wheels make any sense from a gaming perspective.

    One of the biggest drawbacks of the WiiU GamePad was the lack of analog triggers. Wheels are no replacement for that and would still mean racing games would suck on NX.

    I also fail to see how NX can replace a 3DS for portable gaming either.

    Even the 3DS XL is a poor design for controlling a home console, so the NX controller is unlikely to be a 3DS replacement. This means Nintendo will have NX and 3DS as two completely different mobile hardware lines, which is very confusing for the consumer. Its confusing enough they have 3DS and New 3DS.
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  • The Witcher 3 patch 1.10 gives PS4 the boost it's been waiting for

  • alexatkin 13/10/2015

    @Beva78 Unless you have an adaptive sync monitor. Reply +4
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture studio co-head departs, pens frank blog post why

  • alexatkin 09/10/2015

    @ChrisOTR I know, that is utterly disgusting behaviour. Reply +23
  • Pool Nation FX launches on Steam, is improved over Xbox One

  • alexatkin 09/10/2015

    Didn't like this game on Xbox One. The controls felt imprecise, the loading times are insane and the frame rate stutters too.

    Perhaps if I weren't used to Pure Pool (on the PS4, not sure what Xbox One is like) that nailed those things I wouldn't be as bothered, but I am. Definitely doesn't make me want to get the PC version any time soon.

    I mean come on, look at the download size of Pure Pool on Xbox One, its only 600MB. Why on earth does Pool Nation need such huge file sizes?
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  • PlayStation Now launches in UK, priced 12.99 a month

  • alexatkin 09/10/2015

    Can't even stream the PS4 to the PSVita reliably in the same room, so this is kinda pointless IMO.

    If only they had included 5Ghz WiFi in the PSVita then maybe some use. Although most likely, I would just stream the PS4.
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  • Mad Catz apologises for Rock Band 4 Xbox One shortages

  • alexatkin 06/10/2015

    Why couldn't they have made it compatible with the PC Xbox 360 controller adapter? I have one of those already.

    Also, why couldn't you get the digital version with the adapter?

    I specifically wanted the digital version this time, but that means I have to put up with just microphones until they release the standalone adapter or I can find one second hand.
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  • Rock Band 4 alert: you can now re-download previously bought Rock Band DLC

  • alexatkin 05/10/2015

    @deatheleventeen This is merely the procedure if you want to pre-load the tracks BEFORE the game launches.

    Once the game launches it should be much easier using the in-game store.
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  • The next Sonic is mobile game Sonic Dash 2

  • alexatkin 03/10/2015

    Why does this even count as a Sonic game when its just identical to other "Rush" games like Minion Rush. In fact, Sonic Rush seems to have LESS game modes.

    All games which use swipes as a control scheme suck. If you swipe too long you lose, if you swipe too short you lose, if you swipe in slightly the wrong direction, you lose. Its a horrible control scheme.

    The only one I sometimes play is Minion Rush on Windows 10, because you can use the keyboard for most actions so you do not get robbed of lives due to unresponsive swipe controls. But even there, its a pretty shallow game.

    Stupidly, the Android Rush games do not support controllers or keyboards.
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  • alexatkin 03/10/2015

    @jamyskis1981 Its probably only card games that work better on touchscreen devices, everything else is better with buttons. Reply -1
  • PlayStation Plus October line-up revealed

  • alexatkin 30/09/2015

    @paddykennedy Umm no, it was ALWAYS DriveClub PS+ edition. It was hyped to sell PS+ to people buying PS4. Reply +2
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World on track for December

  • alexatkin 30/09/2015

    I wish they would stop calling these things "beta".

    REAL Beta tests are not exclusive to people who pre-order only because that would not be effective way to test for bugs, a far too limited audience.

    Call it what it really is, a time-limited preview/demo.

    No way I will pre-order a game to get an early preview unless I'm damn sure that game is going to be fantastic, and that is definitely not the case here.

    Considering the bad reputation this game has gotten, this is an bizarre thing to do.
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  • Project Spark drops free-to-play model, ends DLC support

  • alexatkin 29/09/2015

    @smelly But that is EXACTLY what Disney Infinity do, you can't really blame Microsoft for wanting a piece of that pie.

    Of course they misunderstood that half the allure with Infinity is you get physical items with your DLC.

    I agree its still an awful business model though that really needs to die. Having to spend 200+ to make the game "complete", and its still far more shallow than your average game, is just no fun.

    And now LEGO are at it. :( Like those games weren't shallow enough to begin with. (and I actually LIKE the LEGO games)
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  • Sony: climate "not healthy" for PlayStation Vita successor

  • alexatkin 27/09/2015

    @anthonym1 That doesn't necessarily count though as I have had three 3DS consoles in the time I had one PSVita.

    Why? Because that one PSVita had all the functionality I wanted but they kept releasing new 3DS models, with only the New 3DS finally matching the PSVita for controls.

    Although admittedly I'm not really buying games on either much, as I'm just not seeing anything very interesting.
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  • alexatkin 27/09/2015

    What exactly do they expect when my memory card is full and it costs a small fortune to get a new one?

    How am I supposed to rationalise having to import a 64GB card at 65 when a microSD card of that size costs only 15? Plus that would only be for PS+ games anyway as nothing worth buying is being released any more.

    Add that the fact Remote Play is useless because 2.4Ghz WiFi is too full of interference and it just breaks up/disconnects all the time. Yet I used the hacked version on my phone and it works fine thanks to using 5GHz WiFi.

    Of course its still useless as I have to root my phone to get controller support because Sony lock it down to their hardware only, rather than releasing a generic version with Moga Pro support.

    I love the PS4, but Sony are going to have a hard time if Microsoft step up their game. I can stream Xbox One to several devices and small tablets with Windows 10 on them are dirt-cheap AND support 5Ghz WiFi. Sony just gimped their service and it will suffer for it.

    A real shame as I loved the early days of PSVita and still love the PS4.
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  • Dragon Age Inquisition: Game of the Year edition requires you to download all DLC

  • alexatkin 25/09/2015

    @benjaminenglish Except some people will pick up a GOTY edition exactly for those reasons, because they DON'T or CAN'T download such large DLC.

    It really should be on the disk, end of!
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  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate has learned from Unity's mistakes, but is that enough?

  • alexatkin 24/09/2015

    Am I the only person who ever since GTA 3 have been BEGGING for more building interiors?

    While I appreciate putting more effort into landmarks, I can't help feeling that removing generic building interiors will make the game feel smaller, more cramped and less realistic. It was probably the biggest thing that made Unity feel next-gen (that and the light beams from stained glass windows which seemed to be the biggest frame-rate issue as they were removed in the frame-rate fixing patch yet nobody but me seemed to notice) and I had high hopes of what this meant for future games.

    As has been said before. Its not about how big your game world is, its about how much there is to see and do in it. When I see an interesting looking building I just REALLY want to explore it. Seeing people working away in the shops (though granted, still a very limited selection of generic buildings) just made the game feel more lived in.

    I'm sure I will enjoy this game, but it really sounds like a step backwards from where I was hoping open-world gaming was going.
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  • Monument Valley dev's VR game, Land's End, is due next month

  • alexatkin 22/09/2015

    Nice to see more software for GearVR. I haven't gotten close to getting the moneys worth out of mine yet.

    I still need to try and sort out the steaming up of the lenses. :(
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  • Xbox 360 update adds 2GB of cloud storage

  • alexatkin 18/09/2015

    @50_caliber Because new games do not make old games obsolete?

    There are plenty of Xbox 360 games I still have things left to do or haven't even played yet, and will likely use Xbox One Backwards Compatibility to do so.

    Plus until Rock Band 4 launches, there is still Rock Band 3. In fact, there still will be as I have unofficial song packs on there.
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  • Oculus Rift's Palmer Luckey answers some burning questions

  • alexatkin 16/09/2015

    @FogHeart That most of the experience on a "lovely sunny beach" is feeling the suns rays on your body, smelling the sea and the gentle breeze.

    So you would have to setup UV lamps, fans and an ozone generator to get even close to that. Which would come with the disadvantages of sunburn, the UV would probably destroy the Oculus plastics and your electricity bill would be a nightmare.

    Its going to work out cheaper to just go visit a sunny beach.
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  • PEGI listings hint at PS2 Classics for PlayStation 4

  • alexatkin 14/09/2015

    @Jimez Offering free streaming for games you own would likely cost them more than just writing an emulator for the PS4.

    I for one hope they do offer full backwards compatibility in some form for PS1/2 games. Streaming is not the answer.
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  • alexatkin 14/09/2015

    @Malek86 Maybe they realised most people don't want or their broadband can't handle PS Now?

    If I badly wanted to play a PSone or PS2 game I would plug in a PS2. (or possibly PSVita or even my phone for PSone)

    If I could play/buy them on PS4 however, I might actually pick them up for convenience. If it supported the actual discs, even better.
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  • PlayStation 4 CUH-1200 'C-Chassis' review

  • alexatkin 14/09/2015

    @Episode13 Or the Xbox One is quiet because it has 50% less GPU power to dissipate.

    I do agree though, with hindsight they could have made the PS4 taller for better airflow. But comparing it to the Xbox One is unfair, as even the RAM kicks out more heat on the PS4 than Xbox One as it too is faster.
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  • alexatkin 14/09/2015

    @higganos If you setup a local proxy server to effectively buffer the download, its slightly better. Although I still find you sometimes have to pause/resume to get the speed back up.

    Its frustrating as like you said, it was fine before.

    Its not been too much of an issue for me to use a proxy as I had one setup for the same reason for PSVita/PS3/WiiU.
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  • alexatkin 14/09/2015

    @anonim1979 The ARM chip does not lie unused. The very article to link to explains that its still used, but doesn't work out as power efficient due to having to fire up the APU too.

    I suspect the actual reason for this is the encryption on the PS4 HDD.

    I can't think of any other good reason why backing up the PS4 takes about three times longer than it should to a USB 3.0 drive.

    As such, the ARM should easily handle downloads, but actually saving that data to the encrypted filesystem is another issue entirely.

    I agree though, I hope they improve it but I suspect they will not bother.
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  • alexatkin 14/09/2015

    "One of the worst offenders as of late is Rocket League - an Unreal Engine 3 game that cranks the older CUH-1000 PS4 up to 63.7 decibels (dB) on our sound meter (as tested while upright on a wooden desk..."

    Considering its been said time and time again that consoles run hotter when vertical, I say a big "DUH" to this.

    Always keep your consoles horizontal, it allows better cooling and minimises vibration from the optical drive.

    I still don't find my launch PS4 particularly annoying. It doesn't get even close to the noise level of my later model fat Xbox 360 or later model fat PS3.

    Way louder than the Xbox One of course but then its pumping out nearly double the GPU power.
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  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux is out now on Steam

  • alexatkin 14/09/2015

    @VibratingDonkey Its unfortunately I played Everybodys Gone to the Rapture before this.

    I'm having a heck of a time getting into it as its so slow and the graphics don't feel as impressive either.
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  • Can the new Apple TV succeed as a games machine?

  • alexatkin 14/09/2015

    @scoop The Xbox One is supposed to be getting the "search all services" functionality shortly.

    The WiiU was supposed to have it also, but due to the poor sales they gave up on implementing it.
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  • Xbox Live Indie Games is no more

  • alexatkin 10/09/2015

    @ExcellentBenji I don't think 360 Xbox Live will go anywhere for a long long time.

    The backwards compatibility on Xbox One emulates the 360 OS, so it sits on the same Xbox Live. If they ditched it on 360, it would be gone on Xbox One BC too.

    Now sure, they did it on Xbox 360 with original Xbox games, but the 360 was a runaway success and the Xbox was never that popular, so they didn't need it to sell Xbox 360 consoles.

    This time however they are second place and ARE using it as a major selling point to try and get people to move over from Xbox 360, so they NEED it to be fully functional.
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  • Nifty Minecraft update adds Windows 10 and Pocket Edition cross-play

  • alexatkin 09/09/2015

    @crankigeek Not sure what you mean, this article is strictly about LAN play not online.

    The only mention is "online play is something of a work in progress", implying that this is aiming towards online play, but its not there yet.
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  • Super Mario Galaxy 3 possible, but not before Nintendo's next console

  • alexatkin 07/09/2015

    @spindle9988 Agreed.

    Nintendo do not seem to understand that some of us don't like 2D Mario. Even 3D World doesn't quite cut it for me so I never got them on WiiU, just 3DS. Because when I am at home I have Xbox and Playstation which is far more compelling for me.

    I quite like 64 and the Galaxy series though. But if I have to buy NX for it I think I will live without.

    Not willing to buy another Nintendo home console unless they do something particularly amazing with it as the WiiU was a huge let down for me.

    As for people not adjusting to 3D gaming? I just can't take them seriously using that as an excuse.
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  • Big PlayStation 4 update increases cloud storage to 10GB

  • alexatkin 06/09/2015

    @d2_s Its not even about broadband speed, as PSN servers cannot handle good speeds even on good broadband.

    Even if it DID, when I want to play a game I want to play it NOW, not in an hour, even 10 minutes might be too long to wait as what if I only have 10 minutes spare?

    So yeah, I really wish they would support external HDDs as I keep all my games installed at all times, because I never know which game I feel like playing.

    I do not usually just focus on one game to completion like the people who go on about it not mattering if you delete stuff clearly do. I have to find what I am in the mood for.

    For now, my 2TB drive is only half full. But in a years time I can see having a problem again as the size of 2.5" HDDs is going up too slowly to keep replacing the PS4s HDD to compensate.
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  • alexatkin 03/09/2015

    @StalinsEpicTash I admit I don't use all the functionality I used to (like voice chat), but I found less people using that on 360 in its later years too.

    But for everything I do use, the PS4 at least matches the Xbox 360 and in many cases beats it. Also when its working properly, it downloads twice the speed the Xbox 360 ever does.

    Although considering the games and updates are three to six times the size, I wish it could do my full broadband speed. But its about a match for the Xbox One there.

    The Xbox One by comparison is a cumbersome slow mess, which thankfully they are meant to be fixing later this year when they do the Windows 10 update on it.
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  • alexatkin 03/09/2015

    @Playstationman For the completely logical reason that most people with an Xbox One already HAVE Xbox 360 games, so they ARE free to play them on their Xbox One. (although they take up WAY more storage, especially smaller games, as each one comes with a copy of the emulator)

    Also, Xbox 360 games are cheap second hand. It most certainly works out far cheaper than PSNow when you factor in your existing games collection too. Its also a better experience, as you only need to download the game once to play forever.

    Its a very strong selling point, although I still think the PS4 is a far better console for current-gen games.

    People underestimate how much having a speaker and touchpad in the controller actually adds to the experience. That is even ignoring the better GPU.
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  • alexatkin 03/09/2015

    @StalinsEpicTash I cannot agree.

    When it comes to online functionality I still find Xbox 360 is best, followed my PS4 with the Xbox One coming in last.

    Download speed wise the consoles are all over the place, although admittedly Xbox is indeed a bit more consistent.

    PS4 used to be fairly good for the first year, almost always hitting 40Mbit, but is getting progressively worse now more people have one. It gets a bit better by using a proxy, which is sad as you had to do this on PS3, PSVita and WiiU too to get decent speeds.

    Its sad that one of the weaknesses of PSN has not improved since PS3 but the rest of the functionality beats Xbox One right now IMO. Although I believe the dashboard update later this year will bring the Xbox One back up to at least Xbox 360 standards.
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