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  • Fractured Space is free to play - and keep - this weekend

  • alexatkin 29/01/2016

    @peejamm Looks like the instant you click "Install Game" it registered as a purchase - no need to install.

    I "purchased" it on Linux and its showing in my library but naturally I can't install it until I boot into Windows.
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  • Sony drops pricing information from the PlayStation Blog

  • alexatkin 27/01/2016

    Impractical my arse.

    How hard can it possibly be to have an automated system to generate the posts including all regional pricing?

    Or widgets tied into Playstation Store that will display the correct price based on your ISP?

    Not that Microsoft do any better, they only cater to the US.
    Reply -2
  • Is it time for a PS4 SSD upgrade?

  • alexatkin 24/01/2016

    @losaa The thing is, PCs and console are constantly reading and writing data.

    With TRIM, empty blocks are freed as soon as possible when the drive is not too busy.

    Without TRIM, the blocks are only freed when needed to be written to. That causes a huge latency spike as disk IO backs up in the buffer, and when in the middle of game while doing video capture too - that could mean the whole game freezing for a few seconds.
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  • alexatkin 24/01/2016

    Without trim support in the filesystem an SSD just gets slower and slower. So I really do not see how useful it will be on a games console that is not designed with an SSD in mind.

    There is also the fact the people reverse engineering the PS4 say its using a USB to SATA adapter, rather than native SATA. It seems the PS4 bottleneck is not the HDD, which makes sense as it seems slower than a PC using identical drives.

    Games still seem quicker to load than last-gen anyway and considering the sizes are much much greater, that is actually impressive. The only time its really a problem is LOD loading and again, its been shown there is not enough improvement to warrant the cost.
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  • Lap up Mario Kart 64 on Wii U Virtual Console this week

  • alexatkin 18/01/2016

    @seeyoshirun Buying games you already own on Wii VC are usually discounted, so probably worth getting it again. Reply 0
  • What The Division's world map does - and doesn't - include

  • alexatkin 18/01/2016

    @Deano_98 Wow, someone using logic in Eurogamer comments?

    You can't do that. Don't you know its mandatory to hate Ubisoft around here? :p
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  • Inside Digital Foundry: Teach yourself pixel-counting

  • alexatkin 18/01/2016

    @super_monty I disagree, I think Mario Kart looks like ass with all its aliasing. I was shocked as it looked so nice in screenshots. Reply 0
  • Why everyone's talking about Grand Theft Auto 5 single-player DLC again

  • alexatkin 12/01/2016

    Unless you have a group of friends to play with, GTA Online is a boring place to be. I spent a little time with it but got fed up of people just randomly killing me for no reason. Reply +34
  • Finally, tide turns in war with PC game crackers

  • alexatkin 08/01/2016

    @jonbwfc I used to pirate as a teen and now buy my games.

    I still download movies and music, then buy it if its something I like. I enjoy music and movies more than ever, as I get to sample things I would never have otherwise because I couldn't afford to risk spending the money on something I didn't think I would like.

    Some people understand that if you ONLY pirate, the content will disappear and want to support people who make good content.

    Also, I'd be willing to bet that some of these people bemoaning pirating are running AdBlock on their browser. Which is precisely the same principle as piracy, you are accessing a website without paying the entry fee.
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  • Oculus founder Palmer Luckey: "We don't make money on the Rift"

  • alexatkin 07/01/2016

    If I knew this version of the rift actually cures the screen-door effect and tunnel-vision low FOV once and for all, I would definitely agree its worth it.

    If either of those things still exist then I would just be waiting on the next iteration and at this price I can't afford that.

    So I will be anxiously awaiting some reviews.
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  • Square Enix closes cloud gaming company Shinra Technologies

  • alexatkin 06/01/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler It seemed such an obvious pun with "cloud" and "liquidated".

    I 50% came to the article to see them use it, 50% because I had never even heard of this company before.
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  • Sleeping Dogs developer puts down Triad Wars

  • alexatkin 06/01/2016

    This is why I find it hard to be enthusiastic about online only games, especially if they ask you to spend money on them.

    The game shuts down, and all that time and money is completely wasted.

    Its not enough to just get a refund for any remaining game time, credits, etc. You should get a refund for everything you bought in say the last six months, because you paid for stuff as an investment into the future hours you would spend with the game.

    You don't buy things in games just for the present, its based on if you will be playing it in the future and if they close the game down that may suddenly have become false economy.
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider comes to PC 28th Jan

  • alexatkin 05/01/2016

    It used to be that PC games just automatically worked at ALL resolutions/refresh rates your display could support.

    At what point did we start having to get excited because they support something like 4K? It should be standard, period. If I want to run at 8K I should be able to, if my GPU can handle it.
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  • PlayStation 4 hack confirmed: watch the Linux demo

  • alexatkin 05/01/2016

    @Gemini4273 But on the flip side, the pre-owned market is like this because neither Sony nor Microsoft are willing to do price cuts as aggressive as the likes of Steam.

    They are getting better in their sales, sometimes actually undercutting CEX, but its not regular enough to change peoples perception.
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  • Steam in hot water after admitting security lapse exposed 34,000 users' details

  • alexatkin 31/12/2015

    @Bauul It wasn't hacked, it was just random information shown to the wrong user.

    Basically, if you accessed a Steam page logged in during the time of the glitch, someone else might have also been given that page instead of their own.

    If you haven't accessed any page showing your sensitive, these is no risk.
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  • PlayStation messages now have their own app

  • alexatkin 08/12/2015

    @Samael_Blackwing Increasing the size of a HDD does not increase its current draw unless you are adding more platters. As the PS4 doesn't handle taller drives, it should not be an issue.

    I do agree however that having to swap the internal drive out is a PITA. By the time 4TB are available my 2TB will likely have been full a long time.
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  • Xenoblade Chronicles X downloadable data packs cut load times

  • alexatkin 30/11/2015

    I can understand letting you pre-load these things, but no way to install them from the actual disc for people with crap broadband?

    Ah Nintendo, once again missing functionality Sony and Microsoft have been using for a decade.

    Although I will admit, both Xbox One and PS4 have had game updates bigger than this, but then they also have much faster download speeds than WiiU.
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  • Digital Foundry's Black Friday technology deals

  • alexatkin 26/11/2015

    @patrickjames1 How exactly would a VPN help you be any more secure when using secure sites?

    The only way someone is going to get your data is if the SSL certificates at the shop site have been compromised.

    If that is the case, they can still snoop your data between the VPN server and the shop.

    Its far more likely someone will snoop the data directly from your PC anyway, so a VPN will be zero help there.
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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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