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  • Tech Analysis: Destiny beta on Xbox One

  • grassyknoll 26/07/2014

    @ziggy_played_guitar You seem obsessed with Sony fans. I'm talking about parity of games now & in the future. If sales continue as they are, parity is far less likely to occur. That's it. As for your Xbox users being mature, read a Last of Us thread. You'll change your mind. Perhaps read your own comments during Sony's E3 presentation: Is calling people "fat fucks" mature? Bore 1886? You'll not find a critical comment about an Xbox One game from me (Ori & the Blind Forest looks incredible as does Quantum Break, both of which I'll get on my PC)

    I'm not sure why anything I discussed offends you, I've made no comments on the Xbox One user experience, just the numbers & multi platform games(the only other time I've mentioned sales was in a NPD thread, maybe you shouldn't read the article if sales don't interest / comments you!)
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  • grassyknoll 26/07/2014

    @INSERT-COIN I wouldn't say the Xbox One is holding PS4 back for a cross gen game. But if the Xbox One / PS4 sales continue as they are (that's why sales came up!), then I imagine developers will start using low level access on the PS4 & not on the Xbox One (because of it's reliance on software layers for the ESRAM to function properly). The Xbox One will not be hold PS4 multiplatform games back (I never said that either!), but there will be massive disparities rather than parity (720p/1080p 30/60 etc). Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 26/07/2014

    @Negotiator You're right, I'm not gonna derail anymore.(although I bought up sales because I think it will mean a lack of parity in the next year) Although didn't you start talking about Halo in a Last of Us foundry piece 2 days ago?! Works both ways! Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 26/07/2014

    @CynicalMe3 I'm the friend who reminds everyone of what they've did. They hate me. I may have a photographic memory, but luckily I have no shame too! Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 26/07/2014

    @dogmanstaruk If 2 companies have competing products that have a sales ratio of 2:1, but their previous competing products have fallen by the same percentages with around the same sales (approximately obviously) then there's a very good chance that a proportion have changed brands. I don't think that's a ridiculous conclusion & MS will be thinking exactly the same thing.

    Do I think the Xbox One is shit? No. Quauntum Break, Ori, Below look amazing. But MS's policies could have basically ruined gaming. Their failure sends a clear message not to f**k over consumers (which I am!) to Nintendo, Sony & publishers. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend anyone to buy the PS4 this year, everyone should own a WiiU or a Vita (but no one will, sadly).
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  • grassyknoll 26/07/2014

    @Negotiator Is knowing facts & trivia about games a bad thing on a games related site? Or is it because you don't like what I've said? Reply +4
  • grassyknoll 26/07/2014

    @CynicalMe3 My old English teacher was world speed reading champion & passed on her technique to me. I now have a photographic memory. It's a blessing (video game facts & Game of Thrones names and places) & a curse (drunken nights out). Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 26/07/2014

    @Suarez07"To say it's not doing well is a lie or just plain incorrect." On face value, it's doing great & is 3rd best selling console so far if all the launches were aligned. However, we've come out of the longest generation ever with loads of pentup demand for new consoles. The WiiU sold over 2 million in its first 6 weeks.

    MS has shipped around 6 million consoles, with a extremely high sell through rate (let's say 80% which is as high as you go for consoles), MS still haven't reached the target they set themselves for March 31st.

    We also know how much MS sold last year (3 million, 1.8 of that in the US). A 60% sales ratio based in the States. Taking all the information we know, that ratio is either the same (at very very best) or even more US centric. The Xbox One is being outsold 4:1 in Spain, barely gets a game in the Germany top 50 (none this week, 6 360 games, 10 PS4 games). Italy is the same. We're in a situation were the Xbox One is selling the same as the Gamecube for the last 6 months.

    The Xbox One is no PS3, it has no global branding, it's selling a quarter of the PS3 in Europe (launch aligned) & lacks games with worldwide appeal. Everyone keeps saying it's gonna do fine, but how? Even if MS double sales in Europe that's still half of the PS3's! I doubt MS has any commitment to games from this point on, the end game was advertising & acting as a access point to media, that dream is now dead in the water. Microsoft's investors will want to invest in something with a far higher rate of return (remember this console was to sell as much as the PS2 with profitable hardware from the outset, ad revenue, Live subscriptions & control of the used game market: that's about $15 billion lifetime at a absolute minimum!)
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  • grassyknoll 26/07/2014

    @ziggy_played_guitar One thing that always gets me is the need for 3 vendors, if the market decides we only need 2, then that's competition in practice. The platform holders are in competition with tablets, PC's, other media, Facebook, the gym (!). When 2 consoles are virtually indistinguishable from each other then one of them needs to go. Dogmanstar seems lovely, but called people moronic for owning a PS4 & not wanting a Xbox One, expect to be challenge about it! Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 26/07/2014

    @dogmanstaruk It's really obviously that MS don't know where they went wrong at all & are just trying to be a carbon copy of the PS4. I'm not sure why you're why you challenge me on facts (specs, sales etc) about the Xbox One. The specs are worst & it's more difficult to code for virtually every game (especially ones using deferred rendering). It is getting outsold 3:1 this year so far (Ubisoft Spanish sales leak, NPD's, German chart, MS's shipped units, about 650,000 this quarter max). Just because it isn't doing well doesn't mean it will change the user experience, which I'm sure many will enjoy. Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @dogmanstaruk NPD is the US, not the world. MS haven't used that Xbox family rubbish for the last 2 months, meaning that there's a shift. PS subs are up & Live subs are down & publishers are making the most from PS4.

    MS have put a lot of people off for the generation (that's pretty clear) nothing wrong with you enjoying the Xbox One, but I'm not sure why you don't get why people have turned their back on MS. Those policies have fostered a lot of distrust & all MS have said is the public "were not ready". Who's going to buy a product where the company doesn't understand where they went wrong?! MS were the ones who antagonised gamers (who they had a lot on side with the 360), not the other way round.
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  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @dogmanstaruk Well, we can see where things are going from publisher's financial reports (360 / PS3 are way down, but PS4 has far more revenue than the Xbox One, about double this quarter for Ubisoft). That suggests a lot of the 360 faithful have moved on

    I see nothing that's going to change that in the short or medium term with the sales ratio widening (bar the US this month).
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  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @Suarez07 As a PS4 owner, that's totally false. Only one game I've owned has took ages to install, which was Battlefield 4. The less said about that game, the better. Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @dogmanstaruk People say this but it really isn't true. Those 360 owners who wanted the best performance have moved on to PS4. I was going to buy the next Xbox solely for multiplatform games until it actually emerged. Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @INSERT-COIN

    A. Not one developer has complained by latency issues with the PS4. Not only has the PS4 benchmarked better but PS4 has consistently had higher frame rates than Xbox One in EVERY multiplatform game.

    B. PS4 has additional hardware for sound: AMD's True Audio DSP.

    C. ESRAM + DDR3 is a pretty horrible configuration, MS should have gone a unified momery or PC like setup.

    Do I think PS4 is gonna beat a i7 & Titan, of course not. But a closed box custom made for games is gonna have twice the performance of a similar PC (that comes from Carmack & Oles Shishkovstov, chief developer of the Metro games, PC centric programmers).

    I actually don't think the hardware of the Xbox One is the problem going forward, it is it's increased reliance on DX12 to extract performance. Sony's low level coded games are going to look a different league to MS's first party offerings. If the sales gap increases (it's 2:1 now), 3rd parties will follow suit & we will see big disparities between multiplatform games in a few years.

    Honestly, all the Xbox One owners who dispute the performance differences sound really mental (especially when we have all the games as evidence enough) & just say the PR stuff verbatim. If Xbox One owners love the exclusive games & features, great, but getting into a Xbox One has better hardware debate is just sad. We seen the hardware numbers & we've seen the games. It's just a fact.
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  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @Bruh

    "TLoU video i posted the other day had both PS3 and PS4 versions in the same video, so they both have the same shit youtube quality. So it's atleast more of a fair comparison even though youtube quality is shit."

    Think about what you're actually saying,it's the equivalent to comparing 2 works of art through steamed up glasses! Making comparisons between 720p/30fps game to a 1080p/60fps one through a medium like Youtube (especially with it's 30fps limit) is complete madness.
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  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @MrWu You're correct.

    http://www.cinemablend.com/games/PS4-CPU-More-Powerful-Than-Xbox-One-CPU-According-Benchmark-Test-61203.html
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  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @Illusive_Man That's the PR crap that MS shat out to Eurogamer. It was rubbish a year ago & after 6 months worth of games where virtually every game is significantly superior on PS4 (MGS V, Trails, COD, Battlefield, Sniper Elite etc), it sounds even more ridiculous. Reply +7
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @BigDannyH I think you prefer great art design & details which helps a lot to bring a game to life (Bioshock & GTA for example!). The ones with great graphics, I find quite sterile (not all games though!) Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @Bruh A bit / a shit load of hypocrisy. Didn't you try to compare Last of Us PS3 / PS4 versions from compressed Youtube footage yesterday? (Where one game is 30fps, the other 60!) Reply 0
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @Malek86 I supposed it helped that the game started out on the 360 / X1 (remember Activision's documents in that court case, where Destiny was revealed to be timed exclusive for a year?). This generation could have started very differently if ACT / MS's deal had remained (I would what happened?) Reply +1
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @Malek86 Really!? They must have put a lot of work in to have this work on the Xbox One at 1080p. Are they using a new technique / technology? I imagine it's going to have no AA if not.

    * Just seen your updated comment, quite impressive.
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  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @Thaek A 10% difference is massive, but a 40% one doesn't matter... Reply +7
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @NathanDaviesUK Please explain how 50% more shaders, 100% more ROPS, 50% more CU's,400% compute performance advantage, a proper unified memory structure & easily obtainable bandwidth don't actually mean anything? You should ring up Kojima Productions, EA, Eidos, Infinity Ward etc for a job afterwards. Reply +8
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @Malek86 Perhaps the combination of the 2 has a bug, like Unreal Engine games on PS4 & AF. Reply +4
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @BigDannyH I always find the opposite personally. Ugly games with great gameplay I just ignore the graphics (Super Meat Boy etc), pretty games with dull gameplay (Ryze & Killzone Shadowfall's single player) are on EBay within the hour. Reply +6
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @Malek86 It's not the scaler, it's the Xbox One's gamma that's off. It's the same technique used to sell TV's in shops to make the images "pop". It's actually disgusting & ruins IQ. Reply +12
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    Not taking about the merits of the title (personally think it's quite fun), but this is a cross gen game remember. If this wasn't 1080p / solid 30fps than its a problem with Bungie, not the systems (as it uses traditional forward rendering). Reply +16
  • Crytek comes forward about its recent financial woes

  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    Crytek's management just seem to chase where they think the money is, be it consoles, MOBA's or F2P. They're just creatively bankrupt & haven't made a good game since Crysis (& I know many will say Far Cry). Also it's the lowest of the low to not pay employees, I hope most / they all leave that sinking ship. Reply +4
  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King review

  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @Pulford Definitely one of the best expansion's to a game last gen. I love the one it deconstructed the Dark Soul's experience (removed some crutches & made the player adapt to enemies in a different way). Reply 0
  • Bayonetta 2's multiplayer mode detailed

  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    I think this is gonna be one of the best games of all time. Reply +6
  • 2K is teasing something BioShock related

  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @ronorra I think people don't realise how broken Daikatana is, it wasn't just not fun, it didn't function. Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 25/07/2014

    @atthegates I'm only having a bit of fun, no offence. You did say it wasn't "fine work" & "a modern Daikatana(!)" & "hate that it's held in such high regard". I don't think you know the distinction between what's objectively bad (loads of bugs, broken mechanics, crashes, doesn't save etc) & just not connecting with something. You & Bioshock seem to be the latter to me, not the former. Reply +2
  • grassyknoll 24/07/2014

    @atthegates How can anyone like what I don't like?! Reply +12
  • PlayStation 4 gets 3D Blu-Ray support next week

  • grassyknoll 24/07/2014

    @DwarfyP Are you suggesting that Sony had always online DRM & dropped it after a day?!

    Shudei Yoshida, Febuary 21st 2013 (4 months before E3): "Oh yes, yes, you can go offline totally"

    It really doesn't get clearer than that, you're actually mental if you think anything else. I'm so bored of the Sony Too bullshit that makes Xbox One owners feel better & they've not bought into an anti-consumer product.
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  • grassyknoll 24/07/2014

    @jellyBelly There's no doubt they have competition when it comes to features, but when it comes to those features being done, it really depends on the platforms holder's priorities & expertise. Reply +3
  • grassyknoll 24/07/2014

    @jellyBelly I really doubt Xbox One having 3D bluray support this week made any difference to PS4's. It was either done or it wasn't. Reply +7
  • These new The Last of Us Remastered screens sure are purdy

  • grassyknoll 24/07/2014

    @scoop I don't think it's the second coming, but people seem to have a sad agenda. One guy in this comments section was saying how consoles are worthless a few days ago, now Halo Collection is great value. One is using YouTube footage to make comparisons, but said the same comparisons can't be made with PC to console games! The remaster can really not be evaluated by the current sources, so it's pointless. On its own terms it's a great example of the genre & worthwhile for those that have never played it & those that love it. Reply +6
  • grassyknoll 24/07/2014

    The Last of Us comments section always seems to end up a cesspool of unnecessary hate... It's going to sell millions of copies again. One of the best survivor horror games of the last generation & I'm quite happy to pay 30 to play it again. It's value is defined by me (& each individual) seperately, not some twats who a threatened by a game not on their platform. Reply +21
  • grassyknoll 24/07/2014

    @Bruh Are you seriously using YouTube as a source to make comparisons? Especially where one game is 60fps, the other 30? You also don't know the meaning of the word remaster, which is to improve &/or restore quality to a body of work. Remaster is the most appropriate term for the new version of Last of Us. Reply +19
  • CounterSpy PS4, PS3, Vita European release date

  • grassyknoll 23/07/2014

    This has a chance of being Sony's Mark of the Ninja (one of the best game ever: Metroid meets Metal Gear). Hopefully this will be just as too (the developers are pretty amazing too). Reply +9
  • Battlefield Hardline misses its 2014 deadline

  • grassyknoll 23/07/2014

    This isn't a surprise to me, firstly the game itself is a mess. Secondly, they've been preparing investors for a delay for a while (mentioned quality comes first last call). EA realise the Battlefield brand is tarnished & sales must be way down with 4. Hopefully we'll see EA hurt a little bit / lot for its gaming transgressions. Reply +4
  • Sony will box Freedom Wars for Europe because fans asked

  • grassyknoll 22/07/2014

    @funkyman I love the way you think 80 million+ people act the same. Reply +12
  • grassyknoll 22/07/2014

    @funkyman For someone who comments about fanboys everyone of yours is about how bad Sony is. It took me about 50 of yours until you actually talk about a game. Reply +14
  • grassyknoll 22/07/2014

    A great move, maybe not a large money maker but it generates a lot of good will. Reply +43
  • Google Play removing "free" label for F2P games with in-app purchases

  • grassyknoll 22/07/2014

    @PlugMonkey Most people don't plan to buy everything in a supermarket. What harm does it so to inform customers so potential costs? Fruit machines have the jackpot & a percentage pay out. These apps are closer to those than traditional games. Reply 0
  • Five talking points from the weekend's Destiny beta

  • grassyknoll 22/07/2014

    @Uncompetative Everything you've put sounds like a bloody advert, don't get a dirty PS4 or Destiny, get an Xbox One will COD & glorious timed exclusive content with its fantastic storyline. Gip. No one should recommend games they haven't played. Your avatar gives you away! Reply -1
  • grassyknoll 22/07/2014

    @mega-gazz How cheap is the PS4? I wouldn't recommended buying any platform for one game, but if you're going to buy a PS4 within the next 6 months (& it's cheap) then it's worthwhile. If you're not, I wouldn't buy either of the full HD twins till mid 2015 at the earliest. Reply 0
  • UK changing approach to illegal torrents

  • grassyknoll 22/07/2014

    @ToiletDuck I'm rubbing my temples reading your comment. I'd rather the police & courts fill up prisons with murderers, child traffickers & rapists, not teenagers with a Game of Thrones habit. Reply +32
  • grassyknoll 22/07/2014

    Sanity prevailing over government lobbyist for once. Reply +60