alexatkin

PlayStation 5: when can Sony truly deliver a generational leap in power?

alexatkin

3 days ago

@phatpantz I disagree, I think most people really don't pay attention to the difference between the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. Plus you have to consider that if XBX drops in price, so can PS4 Pro and PS4.

When playing games like Horizon Zero Dawn I never once thought "oh I wonder how this would look on Xbox One X". That game doesn't look or feel like a downgrade from playing on my GTX 1070 Ti, because its playing to the strengths of the console. Heck, I don't even use the performance mode as I feel the resolution offers more on that game.

Now if Xbox One X had been powerful enough to hit 60fps where the PS4 Pro is stuck at 30fps, then maybe. But the difference between good temporal anti-aliasing / upscaling and native 4K is not immediately apparent and certainly not worth the cost difference.

Microsoft know this, its why they are focusing so much on backwards compatibility because being able to play old sub-720p games close to 4K is far more obvious.
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alexatkin

3 days ago

@mega-gazz AR is far less interesting. If I wanted to interact with things in the real world I'd play a board game.
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alexatkin

3 days ago

@tmcd35 I also wouldn't trust an SSD to have the longevity of a HDD.

While its obviously not proof of a general trend, in the time I have had SSDs one of them has failed, none of my HDDs have.

I have HDDs dating back at least 20 years, likely more, that I only stopped using because they were small, slow and noisy. On the other hand NAND memory is only meant to have an average of around 10 years retention, so I wouldn't expect SSDs to be as reliable.
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alexatkin

3 days ago

@ProTw33ks I don't understand why they are demanding SSDs anyway. If some of the extra CPU power is used for decompression then you can speed up loading a fair bit.

When I went from an i5 4690 to an i7 8600K the load times in Assassins Creed Origins from HDD became as fast as the 4690 was from my SSD. Granted they were practically none-existent on the SSD after that upgrade, but it does highlight that maybe we still don't NEED SSDs consoles, it would just be nice to have.
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alexatkin

3 days ago

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Long-rumoured Spyro Reignited Trilogy listed on Amazon, with ugly boxart

alexatkin

2 weeks ago

@starsail "Seemingly" impossible, please don't be one of those watering down words so they mean the opposite of what they are intended. Its bad enough "literally" no longer can be trusted due to misuse.
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alexatkin

2 weeks ago

@Xeall Who honestly cares who does the remaster, so long as its done well?
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PlayStation VR is getting a huge price drop

alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@bad09 I wouldn't say NOTHING like VR, seeing as stereoscopic 3D is a key component of what makes VR work.

It can actually be a bit jarring at first going into VR with the huge drop in resolution compared to a TV/projector screen. But my goodness how quickly you can forget that.
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alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@deez VR isn't exactly something that gets "big" releases as games designed for the mass market don't necessarily translate well to VR.
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alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@CrashOkami How is it unfair? PS4 Pro didn't exist when it came out, the cost of manufacturing is always higher when a product first comes out and they have to pay back the research and development costs.

Without that initial cash injection the product would have been discontinued before it even got this far.
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alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@dsmx You might have better luck with 3D on a TV. I can barely see the 3D effect at all in the cinema as I have to crank up the convergence setting on my TV to correct for my lazy eye.

As others have said, I hope you have had your eyes tested as it could be fixable with glasses. Its actually a known thing that not being able to see stereoscopic 3D can be ab undiagnosed eye issue.
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alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@TinyKaiju I find 3D movies still look great personally, on my own TV.

Few people realise that you need a decent TV and might need to tweak the convergence to get the best results. In comparison if I watch in the cinema I rarely even notice the 3D due to not being calibrated to my eyes.
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alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@drawfull To be honest this problem is common even without PSVR, had to turn off HDCP on mine just connected to the TV due to randomly going to static.

Annoyingly my UHD Bluray player also has a similar problem, black screening requiring the TV to be power cycled. It really is about time they gave up on these stupid content protection schemes that ALWAYS get cracked anyway.

You can literally find 4K rips all over the place but of course people who buy stuff legitimately are the ones with playback problems thanks to HDCP.
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Grainger Games tells shops not to open, they are being closed

alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@RidleyDeckard I hope you paid by card.
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alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@Naetharu I don't think consoles are there yet and it could actually really screw a lot of gamers if it does as I know too many people who still have to trade in old games to get new ones.

Few games on console get as cheap as PC sales so digital is not a great solution on console.
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alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@PaulLFC Welcome to the world of finance, where the fear of a business going under actually CAUSES that business to go under.
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Snake Pass' latest update adds a free new Arcade Mode

alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@el_pollo_diablo Not sure why you are being down voted when you are correct.

Surely even the fans of this game must realise its extremely frustrating and the controls feel really clunky. A real snake moves much faster and more gracefully than these controls.

Don't get me wrong, the game is clever for the small project it was but there is no doubt it could have been better with more resources thrown at it to tweak the controls and performance, especially on Switch.
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alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@smelly Do people REALLY need themes on their console?

The answer to both apparently is yes, people DO get upset when something looks ugly, out-of-place or just doesn't match their style.
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alexatkin

3 weeks ago

@FlyingFoxy Most games have the title on the icon so this looks extremely out of place on the home screen. (granted so does Skyrim and Sonic Mania)

The real complaint though is that the right icon was the ORIGINAL, they changed it to the one that looks silly and this update merely changes it back.
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Nintendo's new spring eShop sale features some of the best Switch savings yet

alexatkin

4 weeks ago

@Ryuke I'm holding out for the DLC to be half price, seems overly expensive for what is on offer as I have no interest in playing the game on a harder mode.
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alexatkin

4 weeks ago

@abeeken Still seemed too expensive then, at least for me as I would only play it single player.
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Trouble brewing for independent UK shop chain Grainger Games

alexatkin

4 weeks ago

@ilmaestro Not sure about that, everyone I know still buys used games but from CEX.

There is just no incentive to use Grainger Games when CEX has better prices, stock and range - due to being able to also buy/sell online too.

Why on earth they opened the Sheffield branch right next to CEX is anyones guess.
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Sega unleashes new Sonic Racing teaser

alexatkin

1 month ago

@Sildur IMO Sonic Racing is WAY better balanced than Mario Kart and much more fun in single player. I get bored real fast on Mario Kart 8.

I just wish the last game was on Switch. The mobile port was actually pretty good until they changed it to free to play and ruined it.
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The biggest game installs: can anything top Final Fantasy 15's 148GB on PC?

alexatkin

1 month ago

@FilthyAnimal Get a better router that supports QoS. I can download while watching Netflix in 4K on one TV and someone else watching in 720p.
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We talked to the British Museum about the logo for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

alexatkin

1 month ago

@DarkBlood My first thought was a shield, but I guess that wouldn't make sense.
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How does Xbox One X's 4K-enhanced Witcher 2 compare with PC?

alexatkin

1 month ago

@_TheDarkSide_ I can't see game streaming ever being practical for competitive gaming.

The latency is directly tied to the speed of light, its scientifically impossible to get the same latency from a machine even a few miles away compared to a box connected with a couple of meters of HDMI cable and a wireless controller. Its hard enough keeping online gaming lag low enough, let alone a big fat video stream.

Streaming might perhaps become the mainstream, but all those PC gamers obsessing over 60fps never mind those chasing ever higher frame rates, will never be convinced.

I use Steam in-home streaming myself and even on a really solid LAN connection its not 100% stable and not even close to a monitor/TV directly connected. Using the absolute maximum settings you still see compression artifacts and the picture is much softer. Remote Play on PS4 Pro is even worse, its far less reliable for some reason. Add a broadband connection into the mix and the experience is just going to suck. That wont be changing any time soon, if anything with the Net Neutrality issues in the US its going to get worse.
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Zen Studios ditches plans to patch Pinball FX3 Nintendo Switch performance

alexatkin

1 month ago

@darrellharding The problem is they really cranked up the graphics on FX3, it looks quite a bit nicer than FX2 if you compare (at least on other platforms).

It seems they foolishly went ahead full steam with FX3 when they would have been better off porting FX2, as the Switch is just not quite powerful enough to handle FX3. For a company that have been writing for mobile hardware for years, they really should have known the Switch would be held back by its lack of memory bandwidth.
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alexatkin

1 month ago

While its jarring going from 60fps to 30fps, I mostly play it undocked and you do get used to it.

I don't think it looks "terrible", bearing in mind I have also played it on my PC at 4K and sure that looks a lot nicer, but not enough to stop me playing the Switch version.

That said, I'm not entirely convinced they can't improve the frame rate. Most Switch games avoid using alpha effects but FX3 seems to use them a fair bit. That probably explains the lack of bandwidth.

They really should let us choose a graphical downgrade, even if it DOES make it ugly. So long as they give a toggle between 30fps pretty and 60fps ugly then they have done their duty.
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Microsoft is reviving Inside Xbox

alexatkin

1 month ago

Won't be the same without Andy.

Personally I find Major Nelson really annoying. Was gutted when they kept him as the main voice of Xbox when he was my least favourite out of the whole PR team.

It always seemed to me that the cancellation of Inside Xbox was the point where Microsoft lost their community spirit.
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Assassin's Creed Origins' god boss fights get harder tomorrow

alexatkin

2 months ago

I thought they were tricky, not necessarily because they were hard but because the controls kinda suck for dodging out of the way of attacks. So I guess I won't be trying them again now.
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PlayStation 4 exclusive Detroit: Become Human has a release date

alexatkin

2 months ago

@SupremeSkill I had the opposite experience. I could never believe Heavy Rain so it spoilt the whole game for me.

Beyond however seemed to be much better acted and directed, so I'm hopeful this will be too.
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alexatkin

2 months ago

@SupremeSkill Developers probably LIKE exclusives as it makes their job easier being able to optimise for just a couple of console variations using the same API.

Its the publishers that potentially lose out from less sales, but as that publisher is usually the console manufacturer its a win for them too by encouraging more people to buy their platform.

The only real losers are the gamers who don't own that platform. It sucks, I'd prefer on PC too despite owning a PS4 Pro, but it is what it is.
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The Witcher 2, Crackdown and Fable are being enhanced for Xbox One X

alexatkin

2 months ago

Wish they would add Xbox 360 games to Windows 10. No way I'm buying an Xbox One X when I already have a PC more powerful.
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Does Switch's new Doom patch improve performance?

alexatkin

2 months ago

@vulcanproject I highly suspect they could clock the Switch higher NOW, we know the chip is capable due to Shield TV.

I can only guess they kept it lower to protect the thermals on the battery, maybe even the LCD. It never seems to get THAT warm to be honest, its a bit of a mystery.

I have seen someone who had the cover over their LCD come unstuck after their Switch got left turned on in an enclosed carry case, clearly never thermal throttled.
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My PlayStation is a new browser version of your PSN profile

alexatkin

2 months ago

@d0x I have to say though I don't like the Xbox store. I don't WANT trailers to auto-play, it can be hugely distracting if I'm just looking to reinstall something or buy DLC.

Mind you its not too bad on Xbox One, its the Windows Store that is the biggest problem.
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alexatkin

2 months ago

Its sad that Playstation is still a generation behind in online functionality, despite Microsoft giving them a huge opportunity to pull ahead when Xbox One lost most of the good functionality Xbox 360 had.

Microsoft has been able to add everything back and more in the time it takes Sony to just match Xbox 360 functionality. :(
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Metal Gear Survive: every console version tested

alexatkin

2 months ago

@mostro Except they just said the XBX version still has a crap frame rate vs PS4.
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Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition looks beautiful but at what cost?

alexatkin

2 months ago

@mostro I don't think the "average" PC as reported by Steam is that helpful. After all, the statistics include things like my low-end laptop that I use for in-home streaming or playing lighter games.
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PS4 Pro's new super-sampling tested: big boosts for 1080p users

alexatkin

2 months ago

@bagwag82 The difference is more obvious in motion and can't be captured on video either as video compression achieves a similar smoothing effect.
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Nintendo will finally let you redeem My Nintendo points for Switch eShop purchases

alexatkin

2 months ago

@megabug7 Points expire for the obvious reason, as a form of emotional blackmail so you buy games and spend your points ASAP. They are basically rewards for being a big spender.
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alexatkin

2 months ago

They better hurry up or all my launch title points will be wasted.

Someone needs to teach Nintendo what "soon" means, because in no way do I think 12 months is an acceptable definition.
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Why I love sailing alone in Sea of Thieves

alexatkin

3 months ago

Good to hear as the only way I will end up playing this is alone.
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PSN woes force big FIFA tournament to play matches on Xbox One instead of PS4

alexatkin

3 months ago

Another reason why they should implement private servers/LAN only play on games.

It sucks that you are tied into the online networks just to play local multiplayer.
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PlayStation 4 hacked: pirate software available, more PS2 titles running

alexatkin

3 months ago

@MarkRobLives There are no licensing issues if you allow the game to run from the original discs.

Licensing only becomes a problem when you have to download the whole thing due to major code/asset changes.

This is where a digital only future becomes even worse, because downloading on a new system is also potentially open to licensing issues as the licenses are often tied to the specific platform.

We saw this on PSVita already with EA not allowing any of their PSP games to run on PSVita in the UK.

Microsoft will probably have side-stepped this issue by licensing Xbox One games to the "Xbox" platform, rather than a specific console generation. It just goes to show how silly licensing can be, one word difference can tie your hands.
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Assassin's Creed Origins patch lands tomorrow, adds new quest and map regions

alexatkin

3 months ago

@EezerGoode Is everyone NOT having problems running 60fps?

Because in the cities I haven't been able to consistently stay at 60fps on ANY graphical setting or resolution.

Not tried todays patch but I'm not holding my breath.
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New UK studio from makers of Driveclub, MotorStorm

alexatkin

3 months ago

@importvita Forza Horizon straddles the line but gets it right.
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Jelly Deals: Get a six-month Xbox Live Gold subscription for half price

alexatkin

3 months ago

@BigOrkWaaagh Apparently you don't get offered the bonus month if you apply via the website. :( Wish I had known BEFORE I did it.
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The original Xbox's oversized "Duke" controller has been revived, and returns this March

alexatkin

3 months ago

I never understood the hate for this controller from people online, everyone I knew liked it.

As it filled your hands it was far less cramp inducing than every controller since.
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Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered sets sail in March

alexatkin

3 months ago

@Olelassen Guess its just the PC port then, shame as it was a step backwards compare to Black Flag graphically - you could tell it was likely an Xbox 360 port.
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alexatkin

3 months ago

I'd be happy if this brings the game at LEAST up to Black Flag level of pretty.

Was really disappointed with the PC version of Rogue as it seemed to be a quick port without any of the polish that Black Flag had, and its not like Black Flag was particularly well optimised either.
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