Garulon

Skate 3 to be enhanced for Xbox One X

Garulon

6 months ago

@Plinko I think because they're Unreal Engine-based they can tweak the .INI text file. So it should be possible for Mass Effect
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Punching Nazis

Garulon

1 year ago

What a crock of shit. Physical violence against Nazis is fine. Punching them is good, but burning them is better.
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Fighting game community in a flap over Killer Instinct teabagging ban

Garulon

1 year ago

@abigsmurf " where no one shows any personality"

TIL 12-year old Chocolate Milk Halo Assholes had "personality"
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Overwatch webcomic not released in Russia over gay character

Garulon

1 year ago

@ThePissartist UK did Section 28 ages ago, just another reason Thatcher should burn in hell
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Shenmue 3 gets new screenshots, looks good

Garulon

1 year ago

@CalamityJames I loved Shenmue II so please don't kill me but they're basically both at their core scrolling beat-em-ups right?
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Garulon

1 year ago

PSA: You can also play Sleeping Dogs and go home to sleep when it's dark if you want.
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Prototype's HD Biohazard Bundle is a big disappointment

Garulon

3 years ago

Good to know Activision noticed it hadn't shat on gamers for a while and leapt to rectify the situation.
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The fans who would fix Tomb Raider's most broken adventure

Garulon

4 years ago

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jmstall/archive/2005/08/25/sample-pdb2xml.aspx

Above link is for code that builds an app that converts .pdb files to xml
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Ubisoft hits back at Assassin's Creed: Unity downgrade claims

Garulon

4 years ago

@Liquid--Leeroy "a PS4 can get assets into memory 250% faster, process those assets with 50% more cores, and output the result via 200% more ROPs."

What do you mean "into memory"? BluRay/HDD perf between PS4/XB1 identical
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Garulon

4 years ago

Wow we're getting quite the conspiracy theory going arent' we?

My worry is that the XB1 will now be hobbled to 800p just to quiet down entitled PS4 gamers in tinfoil hats
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Garulon

4 years ago

@Liquid--Leeroy Not that simple. GPU bandwidth clobbers CPU bandwidth on the PS4 as they share memory, if hitting DRAM less to give CPU more AI time means lower targeting I can see why they've done it.
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Garulon

4 years ago

@TechMaster360 large-scale AI processing like what Ubi are doing are pretty good candidates - you coul LOD it with immediate 150-odd people processed locally and the outer set processed on a cloud. Problem is that'd mean MASSIVE changes to the engine between XB1 and PS4 and limit sales to people with network connectivity (which was a massive problem last year apparently)
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Garulon

4 years ago

@weedar That's some great paranoid delusion you've got there. How do you know the better performing CPU of the XB1 version isn't being held back by PS4 CPU bandwidth?
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The show ends for Rock Band Network

Garulon

4 years ago

@LordAmbler I'm OK with Fantasia, what I'd desperately want though is more RockBand. RB3 and my plastic instruments can't last forever dammit!
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Garulon

4 years ago

It's good HMX are taking time away from their critical smash hit Rock Band to make shitty mobile games nobody cares about.
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The worst games I've ever played, by Ellie Gibson

Garulon

4 years ago

Better than Halo.
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Xbox One Digital TV Tuner dated and priced

Garulon

4 years ago

@Adamd136 Sure but you can't watch TV whilst playing Peggle, or change channel with your voice, or view OneGuide TV movies with online movies
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UK court rules against Nintendo in Wii patent battle

Garulon

4 years ago

Wii U finally flying off the shelves!
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You can be a female assassin in Sunset Overdrive

Garulon

4 years ago

@theguy About the same time it got hit with blood-curdling MRA commenters AFAICT
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Editor's blog: I am sexist

Garulon

4 years ago

@greenthumb Maybe people read too little?
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Garulon

4 years ago

@tiddex Hello yes I'd define sexism in culture as basically "not treating women as people" - so eg Alyx from HL2 is ace but the Generic Hacker Chick With Big Tits from WATCH_DOGS is a problematic character in the work because she's basically there to provide tits with the exposition.

Again, nobody sane is saying "don't play WATCH_DUGS" or indeed enjoy the CG tits but be aware this is what they're doing and it's sexist and a bit cynical.
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Garulon

4 years ago

@VargVarg Not on it's own the rest of society does that, just that pro-racist and pro-sexist attitudes in games are problematic. Nobody's saying you can't play (eg) Far Cry 3 (I enjoyed it a hell of a lot), just there's attitudes to race and sex in it that come from a pretty crappy place.
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Garulon

4 years ago

@Crea Moderdate disagreement of "sexism is bad" is sexism. There's no way a human being outside of a john-Travolta bubble can grow up without internalizing a hell of a lot of sexist attitudes.

This whiny "how dare you call me a bad word I have a daughter/mother/wife/girl chained up in a basement" is just an attempt at derailing the argument and the sooner all of us just fucking admit we're sexist and then do the actual work required to fix that the better a world this will be for everyone.
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Garulon

4 years ago

@MrTomFTW Oooh Jeez dude "it's historical" has barnacles on it, the point was that RDR was approving that behaviour by giving you an achievement for it.
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Garulon

4 years ago

@Physically_Insane Pfffft LOL yes you are and so am I.
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Don't call Crackdown on Xbox One Crackdown 3

Garulon

4 years ago

@Liuwil There's no difference between a remote physics solve and any other client/server interaction. Games have been doing client/server for years - hello all internet multiplayer - the geometry and textures are all local.

I think client/server is the future of gaming personally - the only downside is "what if my internet connection goes down" which, well, yeah, but so much other stuff requires an active internet connection it's not like games are a special case. I mean if the interwebs go down I can't post on Eurogamer does that mean Eurogamer should have a disconnected mode?
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Garulon

4 years ago

@Dantonir the interservice Async in Orleans is an interesting way to do it though, it means you can migrate not only session but individual service requests in-flight, the more you chop up your service arch into Async components the more robust your service gets. Normally when you rebalance a service you have to dump state and start again which is a waste of coal if nothing else :)
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Garulon

4 years ago

@Machiavellian I dunno - gamers know what dedicated servers are so call it that, the fact that they're VMs running in a big pool isn't something gamers don't need to care about other than they're never "shut down"

Clouds are awesome but they have to tangible for gamers to lose their cynicism, they've heard all this crap before.
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Garulon

4 years ago

@funkateer I think it's based on project Orleans like the Halo 4 services

http://www.thearchitect.co.uk/weblog/archives/2010/12/orleans_on_msdn_channel_9.html
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Garulon

4 years ago

@Liuwil WTF do you need 12Mbs to transmit a few thousand vectors? Rendering will be client side, the server will be sending the physics solve
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Garulon

4 years ago

@Quak Doesn't work that way, there's a pool of general compute carved out of Azure and in that they spin up and down servers as needed. That resources scales with number of xboxes sold so there'll always be enough capacity to spin up a crackdown server.
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Sleeping Dogs HD spotted for PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Garulon

4 years ago

@7M7 Off the top of my head: Sunset Overdrive, Fantasia, Dance Central Spotlight, Ori, D4, Forza Horison 2, AC Unity...
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Battlefield Hardline beta performance analysis

Garulon

4 years ago

@Suarez07 Yeah, they can only discern 900p on the XB1 if there's a 1080p on the PS4. It's great how PS4 fans vision has improved since the PS3 where they'd swear titles like GTA IV "just looked better" on the PS3 despite running at a worse resolution than the XB360. Well done Sony!
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Garulon

4 years ago

@grassyknoll Poor Sony, they keep accidentally inventing platform advantages don't they?
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Far Cry 4 "almost" had female co-op characters

Garulon

4 years ago

@rivuzu Sexist assholes, already ready!
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Destiny's Xbox One resolution raised after Kinect GPU reserve removal

Garulon

4 years ago

@UnwittingNemesis It's not like paint dude - for example resolving your G-Buffer 10% faster means you have more frame time for rasterisation, or you may be able to do better culling because you have 10% more shader time.

Percentages are weird anyway. All this update does is allow game to "opt out" of Kinect skeletal tracking and "opt into" dynamic GPU mode, where the stuff like toast and voice processing happen during rendering bubbles rather than having a timeslice dedicated exactly to them.

I don't even know where to start on that "55% advantage" though, I suggest you either read up in detail on the two differences or play the Shutty Mouthy game.
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Garulon

4 years ago

@UnwittingNemesis It's because a) the XB1 launch drivers are horrible and b) ESRam usage by current titles is pap.

How you're getting the 55% GPU advantage is beyond me. Yeah it's got more ROPS which helps with ROPS-ey stuff and a couple more CUs which help it get more done per wavefront but OTOH the XB1's GPU is faster clocked (which means each wavefront is faster) and has more bandwidth available through ESRAM. They're on the same page technically so again, how are you getting that the PS4 is effectively 1.5x as powerful as an XB1 despite having lower clockspeed and less effective bandwidth?
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Garulon

4 years ago

@UnwittingNemesis "Is that because consoles are magical machines that do things that PCs can't do?"
It's because GPU availability is a resource like any other that you can spend on resolution or frame rate or better alpha coverage or any one of a zillion other things.
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Garulon

4 years ago

@UnwittingNemesis " The only difference now is that games running on One will benefit from a slightly higher frame rate."

You fail console game design forever.
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Garulon

4 years ago

@rainmein snap/voice works, skeletal tracking doesn't.
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In Theory: Does Kinect-free Xbox One mean more power for games?

Garulon

4 years ago

@Melonfodder Wasn't that proven by Titanfall's fairly solid launch? Apprently there were something like 10,000 servers scaled up to handle the launch load
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Garulon

4 years ago

@chuck_bone "more powerful CPU" - where are tou getting this from?

XB1 has more CPU bandwidth available to it than the PS4 - 30GB/s vs 20GB/s and a faster clock rate (equivalent to an extra core).

There's no "secret sauce" to the EDRAM it's just a more powerful version of the XB360 setup - high-speed memory (150GB/sec) that doesn't contest with CPU access.

The PS4's a nice clean design, the only real problem with it is that CPU access to RAM clobbers GPU bandwidth, but it's not like the XB1 is rubbish. It's just a bit weird.
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Garulon

4 years ago

@Malek86 Sure they can. This must be like the sixth time I've posted this but the XB1 has quite a bit more memory bandwidth available to it than the PS4, it's just harder to utilise.
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Philips wants Wii U banned for patent infringement

Garulon

4 years ago

@markfraser You can only patent mechanisms - Wii uses dual-IR, Move uses visible light detection, Kinect uses ToF IR so only the Wii is suspect for using the same mechanisms Phillips patented.

God I hate patents. It's like legal trolling.
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Better without Kinect

Garulon

4 years ago

@Old_Books Yeah well get used to that :)
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Amazon Fire TV review

Garulon

4 years ago

@Tricky_Rich AGAIN Microst can price the XB1 at PS4 price point if they want to with Kinect. Their BOMs are pretty much the same in teardowns, GDDR5 isn't cheap. And the Kinect does a hello of a lot more than voice recognition.
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Evolve community manager fired after Twitter racism controversy

Garulon

4 years ago

@georgetm1 Every time some bigot says something awful there's always idiots who jump to defend said bigot's "free speech" like free speech means you're immune from criticism. NOPE
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Performance Analysis: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Garulon

4 years ago

@MeBrains Sony aren't paying you for this right? Free console warrior!
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The next major PS4 update is out now

Garulon

4 years ago

@DanB24 Yah the "relic" from when Sony were going to bundle every PS4 with a webcam
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PlayStation 4 update 1.70 detailed, will let you pre-load games

Garulon

4 years ago

@kassmageant I'm baffled you think the basic voice support offered by Sony is anything like as powerful as the Kinect's.
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