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LA Noire's Switch port tested: could the system handle GTA5?

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5 months ago

@TinyKaiju Good spot - thanks! Corrected the piece.
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FIFA 17: How the Frostbite engine improves visuals

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2 years ago

@McGooch Good spot! Fixed - thanks.
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Red Dead Redemption runs best on Xbox One

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2 years ago

@Badoink Good call. Bit silly to miss it! I've corrected this on the page =)
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Fallout 4 patch 1.03 improves console graphics quality

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2 years ago

@Agermemnon Hi! We DO point it out in the caption for that image. This isn't due to those buildings being given more or less time to 'load in' on one console. They simply don't appear from this distance on PS4, no matter how long you wait.

It's an odd one - and no other shot shows this. We pointed it out in our original analysis, on patch 1.01 if memory serves.

Oh and apologies for sounding tired in the vid. I've got a raging headache today :/
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The Division on Xbox One uses dynamic resolution scaling

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2 years ago

@I_Am_CatButler That's right! It is doable to work with those initial images, but you need long samples to figure some of this stuff out to a tee.

And with dynamic res, it involves more trial and error than usual. The initial batch on Xbox One all came out at 1080p, but it was only yesterday that we found samples to make sense of the image quality differences on console. It's not feasible to judge every single frame in our capture... but we can (eventually) paint a picture of where and how far it drops, by plucking a few out.
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2 years ago

@DX12 Not true, friend. We looked at PS4 with similar scrutiny to see if dynamic res took hold there as well.

The fact is Xbox One has visible differences in matching shots, but we couldn't at first figure out why. After a little digging, now we have a firm answer.
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Far Cry Primal

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2 years ago

@Malek86

Tom here - I'll be sure to keep an eye on this when we get PC Primal code.
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Dragon's Dogma on PC is a HD remaster in all but name

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2 years ago

@DreadedWalrus Apologies, bit of a delay here. The video's been set to public now - enjoy!
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Inside Digital Foundry: Teach yourself pixel-counting

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2 years ago

@Malek86 Dammit! You've got us there =)

By the way, if you have any DF-related questions (anything at all; what you think of Face-offs, our processes etc...), let us know here. We'd be happy to do an FAQ video down the line.
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Faster hard drives boost Xbox One Fallout 4 performance

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2 years ago

@cloudskipa I get where you're coming from. XO does get a needlessly bad rap - no doubt. Particularly on some corners of the net. And it's a fine machine with exclusives I'm really looking forward to (Halo! Scalebound! Crackdown 3!)

But we can't take that line of thinking into a technical comparison. It'd be pretty weird to start bringing sympathy into the equation. Or this sense we have to suddenly say something pro-XO simply to mix things up.

It's all viewed through the same lens. That said I will admit it's bad luck that several poor performers came out in a row, and I suspect we'll see something great on the machine soon enough =)
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2 years ago

@SeanBeansGravyBoat
Hi! PS4 has a hardware advantage this gen, and it follows that most games are doing better on that platform. Or, would you rather we say Xbox One is superior, even when it isn't - just to cheer you up?
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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots review

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3 years ago

@mcreddie Five years on, and not exactly =P
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A dramatic controller disconnect, shirtless shenanigans and one hell of an epic fail

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3 years ago

@Perjoss Spot on.

I had a blast watching EVO this year.
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Face-Off: Batman: Arkham Knight

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3 years ago

@Rens11 Quite right - we switched between single GTX 680 and three 580s in the edit. As it should be now.
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Project Cars boosts visuals - and runs faster

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3 years ago

@PCMaestro Just checked this - don't worry, the rain build-up is still there. The difference is: cars start off at the gridlock dry on patch 1.04, and a few seconds later the effect appears.

I'll add an update to that first image so it's not misleading. We had to use a stationary shot at the start.
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It's time for your annual Shenmue 3 rumour!

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3 years ago

If it's Square Enix, it must be Sleeping Dogs 2. Surely.
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Bloodborne's 1.03 patch tested

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3 years ago

@FuzzyDuck Thanks! Good spot - we've tweaked the piece. Seems we had to download all patches over again at 2.7GB this morning, which lead to the confusion.
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Face-Off: FIFA 15

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4 years ago

@captain_desperado Aha, this probably a HUD issue conflicting with your TV overscan. It changed for FIFA 15 on PS4 this year.

It's fixable through the PS4's menu - just shrink the "viewable TV area" option there, and the HUD will be back to the way it was last year.
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Digital Foundry vs. the 2.5K display revolution

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5 years ago

@Fake_Blood
Icons are sharp but desktop text takes a bit of an eye-squint at the usual viewing distance (PPI here is 108, compared to the 91 I was used to on my 24-inch 1200p screen). I managed to write this piece thanks to the zoom functions in Word/Chrome, meaning I didn't have to lean in for hours on end... but yeah, personally I wouldn't go for a higher resolution at 27" for Windows use.

At first I tried raising Windows' DPI to 150% to solve this, and that would have been perfectly fine, but I spotted the scaling issues you mentioned on text in Chrome (not an issue for IE10 though). Support for this mode clearly varies by program, and didn't think it was worth the hassle. Right now I just make do with 100% - I prefer the crispness, and zoom in when I'd rather sit back =)
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Handheld gaming's golden summer

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5 years ago

I'm still teetering on the edge of a Vita purchase. I love the hardware, and Spelunky and Hotline Miami sound like perfect indie distractions, but it feels like it's missing one genuinely unexpected hit. Maybe Gamescom will turn the tides.
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Ubisoft boss talks Rayman Legends delay: "Wii U was not going to sell enough"

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5 years ago

As an early Wii U adopter it was crushing news at the time. Especially so, given the unsympathetic manner in which the delay was announced, but his reasoning does make perfect sense. It's just unfortunate it turned out this way.
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Oculus Rift

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5 years ago

@rob_of_the_robots

The logo looks familiar to me too.

"Maximum Game"
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Katamari Damacy creator returns with "silly party game" and its bespoke 16-button arcade controller

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5 years ago

At least it could double as an arcade stick for fighters once you're done.

I'll bet those 16 buttons are equivalents to every input on a standard controller: four face buttons, four d-pad buttons, four shoulder buttons, starts+select, R3+L3.
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The Walking Dead Collector's Edition is a GameStop exclusive

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6 years ago

The comics are at the heart of The Walking Dead's story. Deeply harrowing at points, but definitely a triumph in terms of its ability to keep the scenarios fresh chapter after chapter.

It makes sense to bundle the first Compendium in with the game - much of the background story is explained there, and certain characters even end up crossing over between the two.
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Just Dance 4 Gangnam Style DLC coming next month

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6 years ago

Is it so wrong that I still find this song fun?
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This is how big League of Legends is

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6 years ago

I get the impression LoL is best played with friends rather than strangers. If you manage to get a decent group together, you can all learn at the same pace and have a chat as you go.
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An audience with Syndicate

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6 years ago

Sorry, I've no idea who this fella is. I can see how his energy might appeal to the younger generation though.

Day9 does something similar with his StarCraft videos, which I enjoy quite a bit.
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First Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Wii U screenshots show improved graphics

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6 years ago

@Pwnsweet I'm not especially hot on Monster Hunter either, but I can see the appeal when played with friends.

Showing off your loot, or playing co-op with strangers on a train must be quite a bit of fun when you live in somewhere like Japan.
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Eye-catching Mario, Animal Crossing 3DS XL designs announced

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6 years ago

The designs look very Christmassy actually.
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Nintendo UK confirms the Wii U will be region locked

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6 years ago

Dealing with shoddy PAL conversions won't be the problem here. It's just the potential for missing out on US/Japan exclusive games somewhere down the line, and there's no telling which region will come out on top.

Arguably Europe got a better deal on Wii this gen than the US, with the earlier Xenolade/Last Story releases, but we ended up missing out on a superior Virtual Console range (if that matters to you).
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Blizzard is "looking at free-to-play" for Starcraft 2 multiplayer

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6 years ago

They don't necessarily need to remove units. Why not put adverts on the main menu, loading screens (which they could lengthen), or even in-game? It's not ideal, but certainly playable for free.
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Richard Garriott's Ultimate Collector will be published by Zynga

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6 years ago

Bah...zynga.
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Dark Souls PC Preview: The Devil's Bargain

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6 years ago

@Elathron You were closer the first time, I think - this one has a snake for a tail like a Chimera.
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Probably the biggest game collection ever on Ebay sold for $1.32m

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6 years ago

I'd love to spend just a day with that archive, but wouldn't want to actually own it. Who-ever bought that is likely committed to storing it for as long as s/he lives, and many of the games will realistically never be played.
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Nintendo 3DS XL First Impressions

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6 years ago

@UKwoods Given how good Nintendo apparently are at keeping secrets (seriously... the XL announcement came completely out of the blue), just about anything could be announced at any minute.

Chances are though, the XL model is the only revision we'll be seeing this year.
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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch - Wizard's Edition announced

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6 years ago

Quite a wait still...
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StarCraft 2 World Championship Series UK Nationals hit London

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6 years ago

@geeza2020 It's fun to watch even at a fundamental level - one big ball of units needs to engage with the other at some point, and the deciding factor often comes down to the timing/positioning of the engagement. The trickier part to understand is which unit composition is more effective as a counter, but casters like Day9, HD Husky and Tastosis make that side very palatable.

At a pro level, I've found the very best SC2 matches crop up when deception is added to the mix. That's not necessarily just cheesy all-in tactics, but the also elaborate build bluffs, and particularly those moments when some unknown up-and-comer brings in a brand new tactic.

It's absolutely gripping to watch the GSL finals at least (it's obvious that the prize money stakes puts both players on edge)... I highly recommend anyone with a passing interest checking it out.
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Wii U to support two GamePads

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6 years ago

30FPS will be fine for menus. I'm just thinking along the lines of managing subs/strategies in FIFA on each pad...
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Silent Hill HD Collection ported from unfinished code

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6 years ago

At least he's being honest and giving an understandable cause for why it was messed up. That isn't a luxury we usually get from mealy-mouthed PR staff.
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Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R revealed with gameplay video

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6 years ago

That trailer just reminds me of how much I enjoyed Guilty Gear X2 Reload. I lost track after Slash and AC though, so I'm hoping that this is the PS3/360 update we were promised.
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Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita UK sales slower than predecessors'

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6 years ago

I really don't want Sony to fail with this one - damn fine handheld with unprecedented potential as far as controls go.

E3 is only two weeks away, so we should be seeing Sony's reaction to this. Maybe a cheaper, cut-down version?
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GameCube celebrates 10th birthday in the UK

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6 years ago

@Kostas F-Zero GX is so perfect that it just can not be done any better. A simple HD remake would be all that is needed really.

I essentially agree, but what if you were being ultra greedy? What about these?

-Online play
-120Hz
-LAN support (originally planned, but axed due to time constraints)
-Return of the brilliant Death Race mode from FZX.
-All the above, but in tandem with split-screen support.
-Random track generator - or better yet, simple tools to make your own.

The game is essentially perfect at its core, but if they have the chance to do more than just upres it I think they should take it. Just so long as they don't meddle with the basic mechanics!
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6 years ago

F-zero GX needs yet another mention. So feature rich, so fast, and so distinctly tailored to the enthusiast gamer - it's my favourite racing game, and I wish there Nintendo would return to it.
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Original Silent Hill developer disappointed at "poor" HD re-release

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6 years ago

The fact you can see the edge of the game world is bad enough, but it's also a shame because the oppressive fog counts as one of the series' most distinctive visual signatures. Not ideal.
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Alienware R3 Laptop Reviews: The Ultimate in Mobile Gaming?

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6 years ago

@Ryze - Not for keeps (for anyone at EG). I'll have to pass the laptops on to another magazine/site now that I've had a go with them.

Judging by how battered the boxes are though, these seem to have been around a long circuit... I even see FHM's address on the side of one. Will take note!
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Mass Effect 3 playable on Eurogamer now via Gaikai

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6 years ago

This is actually pretty cool. Just had a game of FIFA 12 on there... only standard definition on my connection, but still, as a taster of the game it's pretty quick and painless.
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EGTV talks with The Last of Us actor stars

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6 years ago

Genuinely taken aback by Troy Baker's grasp on what makes modern lead characters compelling (or in some cases not). Getting analytical about videogame narrative, as simplistic as it is thesedays, may come across as pretentious, but it's what creative talents need to do to push things forward.
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Final Fantasy creator's next project is a surfing iPhone game

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6 years ago

So long as he's passionate about these iOS projects, and isn't being driven by a commercial ethos, then I really don't mind.

That said, I do hope he returns to the console scene soon - but maybe that's revealing of the kind of gamer I am.
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LittleBigPlanet Kart Racing incoming - report

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6 years ago

Does anyone else remember Speed Freaks coming out the same month as Crash Team Racing? I'm happy to see Sony produce several Kart racers at once, so long as one of them turns out to be exemplary (which Modnation hasn't been, in my view).
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WipEout 2048 Review

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6 years ago

@jonfon Pressing Retry still takes you to a loading screen for about 15 seconds. I recall HD taking a similar route, although it didn't take quite as long (5 secs or so).

Very excited for this regardless. The game does look stunning.
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