grassyknoll Comments

Page 1 of 160

  • Digital Foundry's top ten picks for PlayStation Neo upgrades

  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 Attach rates overall are lower, so the situation is more likely worst, not better than you describe. Whole families who played on the Wii are lost to tablets.

    Anyway, the PS4 was about the only healthy platform in gaming & they've decided to gamble that on some ridiculous upgrade that doesn't help their position or any part of the industry (game creators, publishers or investors). No one benefits from it's existence & it destabilizes everything for nothing.
    Reply -5
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @FMV-GAMER The WiiU & Vita are dead with a 1/10 of the sales of their predecessors, the 3DS is basically having 40% of the DS sales with less software. Microsoft hide their figures because the Xbox One is going to be down year on year from now on. The Neo is a response to not actually grow consoles, it is pointless. It doesn't sell games to new buyers, the whole reason consoles exist. Reply -4
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 250 million less consoles will be sold with far less games sold. That is a fact that really isn't up for debate, it just is.

    The point that is up for debate is if the console market will decline further & if these incremental upgrades will speed up that decline (if it happens) or stop it from happening. I believe yes to both & I think platform holders believe yes to both too. This is a response you have when you've given up.
    Reply -6
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 Those people around are buying far less games (and those sales are overwhelming focused around a small number of game: GTA, COD, FIFA, Destiny, The Division etc) & the amount of people with multiple consoles is a minority. Did your grandad have a PS3? The population at large doesn't buy games / consoles like a forum gaming regular.

    You say the PSP was plagued by piracy, but it still sold more games than the 3DS. In most countries the console game market is half the size it was in 2009. This isn't really something to debate, it's a fact. The focus on a small group is basically platform holders conceding that they don't expect consoles to be around in the future or to grow. That's not something to be celebrating & the Neo is going to speed up that process.
    Reply -3
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 The DS sold 155 million, the 3DS will sell 70 million if it's lucky. The Vita will not pass 20 million, the PSP sold 80 million+, the WiiU isn't going to pass 15 million (14 most likely), the Wii did nearly 100 million. There's around 230 million consoles gone alone. The Xbox One is going to be way down on the 360 for certain (most likely by 40 million minimum). These numbers are all from the platform holders (obvious MS is conjecture as they no longer reveal them, because they're that healthy...)

    In that time mobile has grown to be the biggest sector in gaming. I have no idea why people think consoles are invincible. People who play console games are getting older, have responsiblites, grow out of them or just don't have time. Children's first video gaming experience is now mobile games like Candy Crush (especially young girls). This is why platform holders need to be cheap & attract new people, not focus on a subset who will but their games regardless.
    Reply -3
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 I don't know why you're assuming I'm going to buy any console. There is no impulse for me to buy anything. By the end of this generation over 250 million people left gaming to play browser games & mobile stuff. There is no proof that those numbers are not going to drop far further. Reply -10
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @mega-gazz Well, it'll sell a few million at launch (like all these things so, WiiU & Vita did) but then you'll have a 300+ model sitting next to a 150 model in the shops.

    The differences between people here isn't like big, I see consoles as something bought every 5/6 years, so akin to TVs or a sofa, other posters see them like phones, which are changed more regularly. There's obvious consequences for that shift which we will see. I think consoles have been event products, taking that away is obviously going to limit their audience scope in the longer term.
    Reply -4
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @mega-gazz What part? Reply -6
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @Mr_Writer85 You're assuming I'll ever have to buy in. Platform holders focus on a subset than you'll just get that subset buying games. Japanese games developers (where I buy most my games from) will now be making PS4 games for another 6/7 years at least now so I'll personally have no need to consider upgrading for a long time. Reply -7
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @cloudskipa Yep. This console is really designed for people on forums, we'll see how successful this group will make the platform holders soon enough. Reply -15
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler Well that's the obvious plan isn't it? This isn't about generational leaps, it's about trapping people in their ecosystem. There will never be a great gaming leap for you'll always have to be compatible with the .5 version released before. It's a step in prolonging the generation indefinitely, not shortening it. You can never attempt a market reset once you use this model. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @the_rydster It's really not worth engaging in this discussion, there's more reasons why 5/6 year gens are good for the industry (reusing assets, games are taking 3 years minimum to make, investors & publishers like stability, you're spending more time making games for the same users who would buy your end product anyway, market resets for changes beyond specs etc etc). Just let it come, but when Sony release a PS5, I'll (& many others) will just wait for the 5.5, if that's the market they want to create (MS & Nintendo too) let them die in it, they encouraging people to wait. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @aidey6 "Konami doing an update ???"

    My favourite part.
    Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    I have to laugh at the very thought that any of these games will get patched, there's no financial incentive & publishers are not going to spare programmers for it. Drive Club & Star Wars are basically getting re-released for VR, you have to buy them again. Reply +5
  • Nioh on PS4: 1080p30 or 720p60 - you decide

  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @IronSoldier It's a yes or no question. You should go into politics. I actually think FMV is nice, but your group engenders such nastiness that you think posts like that are normal. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @IronSoldier I can't see Xenon's comments or care to, but you actually didn't answer my question. Did you give it a thumbs up? Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @IronSoldier Telling some to fuck off, is a little different to wanting to beat someone to death. As awful as you are sometimes, I don't want to perform acts of violence on you.

    As you're incredibly avoidant, you'll probably not answer but did you give it the thumbs? Because that makes you complicit in wanting to perform violence on a poster on a games site.
    Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @pantherjag I really think making a comment about about imagining beating someone to death as a group & said group giving it the thumbs up is quite something, especially from a collective so quick to pounce on others. Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @Number_Johnny_Five The game is fucking amazing. So much customization, depth & systems going on. Don't review games you've never played. Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @higganos Actually laughing! I thought he'd say Naughty Dog or Bluepoint, as they're his go to developers for everything. Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @higganos You're assuming Hellotherenow knows what parody is, I think he's being sincere. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @IronSoldier "you bizarrely managed to interpret anything I've commented here as being that of "trolling"

    "1080p and 60fps locked framerate, theres no excuse.
    Apart from the PS4 hardware, you mean. ;-)"

    Do you read what you type? To even attempt to compare this to The Witcher 3 is a complete joke, it's a character action RPG that's basically Ninja Gaiden. There's no towns, no NPC's, it's not open world.
    Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @IronSoldier Did you really just compare this to The Witcher 3? They are nothing a like in the slightest & you're completely obsessed to with specs to the point of idiocy. The assets for this game were made 12 years ago (partly from Ninja Gaiden) for the PS3 on an engine made for the original Xbox. I imagine multithreading isn't even possible.

    I honestly just find it sad you're trolling a game you know nothing about, you're never going to play it on a platform you don't own. You personify everything that Digital Foundry has become, a cesspool for losers who frankly know nothing about games, but pretend too.

    Ninja Gaiden Sigma has similar assets (if not shared,!) & was 720p / 60fps on the PS3 back in 2006.
    Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @Malesoun Basically if you press R1 or change stance you instantly get all of you stamina back from your last combo you performed. You do it about half a second after you've done it (when blue particles surround your character). It's like active reload from Gears of War but with a visual prompt for stamina. It also gets rid of the stamina sapping black & white fog, so essential for bosses. Reply -2
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @Malesoun Did you use / have you used Ki Pulse? Reply -2
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @AgentDaleCooper "Broad observational response", also known as trolling or blanket stupidity. You would think people learn by now that specs are just a tiny part of what makes a game impressive or not. I could pull at some beautiful games for the PS2 (Okami for example). Great animators, clever programming, budget, time scale, development process, language barriers & a million other things feed into how a game looks.

    Just look at the games on PS4, you've got this, Uncharted 4, Lichdom, The Division, Dreams. The variation in how games look & perform is something that really can't be placed on one thing like specs alone anymore. Just look at the history of this game for example (mentioned earlier).
    Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro It's a rough diamond at the minute, but it's small things that need changing than deep rooted problems. The camera also works 99% of the time, which I was incredibly happy about. Definitely give it a try.

    There's a feedback form for those who want to leave any:

    http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/form/nioh_uk
    Reply -2
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @Mar27w Yep, it's dated when it comes to looks (the fire effects are unbelievably bad) but the combat system is absolutely fantastic. If the game is a success (fingers crossed) I could see a very beautiful sequel on Soft Engine, which Team Ninja is using to make Final Fantasy Dissidia right now. Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @kevboard The original Dark Sector trailer looked mind blowing back in the day. It was all just concept in the end sadly. Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @AgentDaleCooper I do love comments like this on Digital Foundry, so one note & one dimensional. The assets & animation for this game are 10 years old (a lot of them are from the original Ninja Gaiden) & was basically coded for the Cell Processor. This game doesn't tell you anything about specs for any platform, it tells you how development processes have changed. It's also a bloody alpha at least 6 months from release. Reply +6
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @kevboard From memory, Dark Sector was announced very early, but had no platforms or anything. Nioh was going to a PS3 launch title! Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @Mar27w Nioh was the first PS3 game ever announced back in 2004 (12 years ago!) The engine & assets have basically been retooled to make an action RPG. They must be porting years old code from the Cell and just making it work (the game must have had multiple programmers as well by now). Reply +19
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    I really implore everyone to try this demo. It really is just exceptional. It's basically a Ninja Gaiden RPG with influences from the Soul's games, Bushido Blade & Onimusha Reply +27
  • Sony's PSN is making more money than all of Nintendo

  • grassyknoll 30/04/2016

    @FMV-GAMER "However both PS3 and 360's CPU's pretty much matched the size of the GPUs they were using."

    So the comparison you chosen is the systems that both Sony & Microsoft lost billions of dollars on?

    "why for the first time ever we are getting revised consoles with better hardware."

    No, we're getting new hardware because Sony & MS think they can trap people in their ecosystems & treating consoles like phones, no one "needs" new hardware at all. Have you ever actually spoken to someone who makes games or how any studio works? You don't design games for machines that don't exist, you design for what you have. Studios are made up primarily of artists & graphic designers, not programmers.

    "You shouldn't try and sugar cost this or make excuses for them, for example my original comment has been down voted on and I amj thinking how much of a fanboy do you need to be to disagree that buying another console 3 years later for performance we could have had from day one is a bad thing???"

    A. People can disagree with you because your thought processes are so limited in scope it's bordering on illness. B. I have no intention of getting a new console, most normal people don't think like you or will upgrade in anyway (cheap prices moves consoles, not specs).

    If you honestly think we'd have a 4 Tflop machine in 2013 you're insane. The machine would have been huge, manufacturing & distribution costs who have been twice as much (trying selling that to retailers) and the cost would have been over 500. Console gaming would be dead.
    Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 29/04/2016

    @FMV-GAMER I did get some beauty sleep, it was great thanks. Not attacking you but you're so one dimensional it's not even funny.

    "That's why the PS4 should have used better hardware at launch as Sony knew it would make a killing from online fees....."

    In 2013, do you honest think a console could have been made that was dramatically more powerful than the PS4? For a start that's regulations around heat & power draw that would have been impossible for a console manufacturer to break. Then there's pricing, no one spend over $400 for a console but stupid forumites or out you expecting platform holders to lose billions again? The second biggest company in the world (MS) couldn't even outspec Sony & have no desire to lose money on gaming. Guest what, Valve makes a fortune as a fucking gambling (http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-virtual-guns-counterstrike-gambling/) & trying to charge for mods.

    No company is making a loss for idiots on forums to wave their virtual willies about.
    Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @FMV-GAMER Yawn Reply -3
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler "Nintendo have struck gold in the past with their designs, but it's difficult to tell if that was genius or luck."

    You don't sell 250 million systems with luck. The advertising was perfect, pricing was great right off the bat & they made incredibly compelling software. Nintendo made Sony & MS look like fools.
    Reply -4
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @IronSoldier Nothing bores me more than Nintendo should leave hardware to make PC games. It's just unbelievable stupid & ignores what the company does, it makes games for families, children & Japanese people. Steam isn't designed for any of those consumers. Reply -3
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @Mr.Spo I think there's a real lack of understanding about how different platform holders / publishers operate, coupled with this idea that playing all games is some kind of human right (I put this down to the growth in Steam). The very thought that Nintendo should dump basically fundamentals of their business to make PC / PS4 / X1 games is complete madness. Reply -3
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @wyp100 Correction was perhaps the wrong word, maybe giving it context would be better. Reply -3
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @Bayonetduck You do realise the PS4 has sold more games than the PS2 at the same point don't you? The PS4 now has more than a thousand different games. Reply +12
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @danieldeitermann Honestly, people on forums are just selfish & throw out lines like this " I am sure they would sell 10 times more games than they do no"

    There's not a gram of truth in that statement at all.

    A. Nintendo actually profits from hardware, so that's a large segment of their business gone
    B. Nintendo's demographic is young children, are you really expecting them to build PC's at home or Nintendo to suddenly leave the handheld business? (Where 5/6 of their sales are currently coming from)
    C. Nintendo gains around 45% of their sales from Japan where PC is nothing (Japanese publishers don't even bother to put their PC ports on Steam Japan because it's not worth it).
    D. There's no evidence at all that Nintendo games will sell on PC, the only games close is Disney's stuff & they sell like dog shit. (They've even dropped support for iOS).
    E. Nintendo platforms have sold billions of third party games, so you assume they would give up around a billion in revenues a year from licencing.
    F. Nintendo's margins on their own store are 4 times higher on their own store than Steam. So they have to sell 4 times more units to make the same amount of profit.

    Just accept their business & products are not for you.
    Reply +33
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @riceNpea I don't mind, as long as your thongs are clean. Reply +5
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    Just to correct Eurogamer, it's not PSN games making more money than Nintendo, but products from SCE & SNEI, so that's streaming, videos, music etc. Reply +37
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @danieldeitermann How about no to every part of that. Nintendo's market is children, families & their core fans, not man-children who want businesses to die. Reply +34
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @riceNpea A. It was a sale. B. You should change your thong daily. ;) Reply +70
  • grassyknoll 28/04/2016

    @AgentDaleCooper They've made profits for the last 10 quarters now (that's 2 1/2 years). This Sony is dying thing is so 2012. Reply +45
  • Nintendo's NX console launches March 2017 globally

  • grassyknoll 27/04/2016

    @Kami Let's see how the market takes to the PS Neo or whatever it is. That thing is most likely going to die after a few months. It's a platform designed for no one or people on forums. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 27/04/2016

    @Fourfoldroot "Power" is just a word thrown around on gaming forums that is completely meaningless. Want to know what makes beautiful or impressive games: Big budgets, good programming, clever asset creation etc. The specs really make so little difference unless the same games between consoles, the PS4 has games like Uncharted 4, which is incredible technically with contextual animations, physics per object & lightning then we have Lichdom which runs at about 15 frames per second. Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 27/04/2016

    @Fourfoldroot Power had never sold consoles ever, compelling software, good pricing & wide reaching marketing campaigns do. Reply +3