silentbob

The Division 2 details leak online ahead of announcement

silentbob

2 months ago

@pelican_ June update brings Division 1 rewards geared towards special redemption 'stuff' in Division 2, so it feels like late 2018 / early 2019? We can but hope - I'm a fan.
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silentbob

2 months ago

The news was revealed on the community's regular live stream show 'State of the Game' - it wasn't a pre-E3 leak.

https://youtu.be/WQnUiaDPs14?t=4m52s

Edit: OK, to be fair they didn't state that specifically. Would be good to include the video in a story update though - as it all comes across more mysterious than it needs to be.
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Jelly Deals: LG's finest 4K OLED just got a little cheaper

silentbob

7 months ago

@Keivz Any scene with any specular highlights and any scene which relies on depth of contrast (hint: thatís most of them) benefits hugely on OLED. Claiming only credit sequences benefit is so far removed from reality Iím concerned at just how your TV was setup.

As for putting The Grand Tour at the top of your HDR demo list, that kind of proves your
experience of quality HDR is pretty limited.
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silentbob

7 months ago

@SvennoJ Local dimming versus self emissive matters in almost every circumstance, especially gaming. Everyone has to make the call base don preference, but at its best OLED isn't just a subtle improvements over edge or FALD LED sets, it's a huge leap.

As for TV size choice based on resolution, contrast is the greatest differentiation in perceived image quality, not pixel count. OLED's perfect contrast ratio offer this in spades, regardless of size.
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silentbob

7 months ago

@Hellotherenow QLED is just LCD/LED with quantum dots, and LED is just the backlighting mechanism for LCD. OLED has been around for bloody ages too and has taken its sweet time to evolve into a consumer friendly entity.
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iPhone X: Apple bets the future of smartphones on Kinect's failed tech

silentbob

8 months ago

@BigDigg You are. Even modern IMUs / sensors in today's phones are poor at giving you a non-drifting tracked position in space. Computer vision fused with accelerator / magnetometer info however can not only anchor CG objects in real space but utilise the real world for spatial tracking. Having seen countless forms of spatial tracking in action, what Apple are achieving with camera sensors and some extremely clever software is very, very impressive and it's not getting enough credit for it.
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Hands-on with 10 Xbox One X games that show us what it's really capable of

silentbob

8 months ago

@Dismiss QLED is indeed just LCD/LED with a cynical marketing tag. One of the most disingenuous I've seen in a while - clearly designed to confuse consumers interested in OLED (which still offers the superior experience).
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Digital Foundry: the best 2017 4K TVs for HDR gaming

silentbob

8 months ago

@EggyDeth What? I have one in my living room. It's been available for months.
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silentbob

8 months ago

And for the guy who thought the article claimed the 2017 LG OLEDs output a native 4000 nits, they were referring to the improvement in tone mapping for content mastered beyond the screens capabilities
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silentbob

8 months ago

@Philip45 itís not far better, itís marginal at best in real world scenarios and the A1E comes with itís own video processing compromises on sdr black levels. The B7/C7 are also a decent chunk cheaper, support HLG and DV out of the box and have a far superior OS.
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The big interview: Xbox boss Phil Spencer

silentbob

11 months ago

@Fourfoldroot The PSVR breakout box offloads image de and pre-distortion and spatial audio.

Reprojection / timewarp etc. is handled at the OS, GPU driver level and is a technology that helps underpowered VR hardware not hinders it.

As for the GN partnership, it's a commercial rather than editorial arrangement at present.
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silentbob

11 months ago

@Fourfoldroot So much bollocks in one comment it's difficult to know where to start.

MS haven't 'dropped' VR for Xbox One X, they have kicked the can down the road though disappointingly. But that is nothing to do with performance, this console is more then powerful enough to drive today's PC VR headsets well. It's likely much more to do with MS's confusing strategy to VR in general and that, as VR's uptake as been a little slower than hoped, they don't feel the need to rush headlong in with a half-baked partnership.

Check here for more:
http://www.roadtovr.com/microsoft-vr-xbox-one-x-pc-focusing-vr-year/
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Super Meat Boy co-creator unveils retro platformer The End is Nigh

silentbob

11 months ago

@Dreadjaws RLM represent! :)
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VR may not have made much money, but it's already revitalising games

silentbob

1 year ago

@davidgriffin1 I hear this a lot, and it's a lazy assumption based not even on anecdotal evidence. "The same people" - who are these people exactly? Do they realise they're part of some unnamed, mysterious clique who are are credited with the promotion of worthless gaming tech?

Or is it in fact far simpler than that. That people happy with the status quo are too lazy to construct rational arguments to decry a new technology that they've really never given a chance (or worse, never even tried)? Yeah, I reckon it's that one.
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with DriveClub VR

silentbob

2 years ago

@Fourfoldroot Great website! Everyone should visit! ;)

The SMI demo was cool - but you don't need eye tracking to employ benefits of foveated rendering. Nvidia's Multi-res shading can see boosts of up to 40% assuming no eye tracking and a standard VR FOV.
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 review

silentbob

2 years ago

@Pro_Olaf I did, it's still slow.
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Reality check: what SteamVR gaming actually offers

silentbob

2 years ago

@BigBANGtheory They don't inspire you because you haven't tried them. The more people that try VR, the more that will realise this isn't the place for the CoD's and the FIFA's of this world, it's where gaming goes next to leave that frankly staid, jaded, worn out crap behind. Not that it will replace traditional gaming just yet, nor would most want it to. But there are very few people who try excellent VR who don't come away with expectations of gaming changed.

In VR, the experience is the key. So when I hear idiots shouting "indie shite", having seen what truly incredible things can be achieved by one guy and a copy of Unreal Engine, it makes me angry. But then, the people shouting this aren't likely to join the VR world until the next generation, or the tail end of this. They're also likely not to have seen an awful lot, if any VR up to this point.

The biggest challenge VR has is to get people to experience it first hand. Otherwise they'll quite naturally (as you've done) only be able to set expectations and draw parallels with the world of entertainment they already know. VR isn't going to be about transferring existing experiences, it's about creating entirely new ones.
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silentbob

2 years ago

@IronSoldier Oculus aren't fracturing the player base from day one as Oculus Touch won't be available until 2H 2016. And the reason why the Xbox One pad was bundled was a reflection of the majority of Rift titles having been developed for a gamepad in lieu of another standard solution. It's clearly not an ideal solution, one that Oculus would rather not have had to face, but it's got sod all to do with Facebook.

There is no doubt however that Valve and HTC have positioned themselves with an excellent and scalable solution our of the box, with seated and room-scale experiences catered for. But I wouldn't compare these first VR hardware launches with traditional consoles. For one, the numbers will be much lower in the first year.

Secondly, this is early adopter territory, so the chances of them being unflinching about a second (potentially pricey) controller upgrade later in the Rift's life isn't that onerous. Finally, Touch will be here in around 6 months, that isn't a huge amount of time to leave the Rift without a motion controller. Plus, I've tried both, and Touch is at least as good if not better in terms of ergonomics and overall design.
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with HTC Vive Pre

silentbob

2 years ago

@LittleBigDave There is no 'lock in' or 'walled garden' that any developer is forced to sell through. Please stop with this misinformation. HTC will also have their own content portal for the Vive, but no one is claiming that platform is locked down.

And the standardised controller for the Oculus Rift on launch is an Xbox One controller which ships in the box.

Would Palmer have had it differently and had Oculus Touch ready for launch? Yes. But as it stands, every game developed for the Rift since DK1 has targeted an Xbox controller. That's why it ships in the box.

None of the above endorses either PC VR platform by the way. I'm just making sure the bullshit is kept in check.
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Fallout 4 review

silentbob

2 years ago

@andystu86 *sigh* I very specifically said nothing about technical issues merely visual fidelity Vs gameworld.
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silentbob

2 years ago

@Flipper79 Sorry what? Witcher 3 is the best looking game currently available on any platform anywhere. In terms of engine technology, those guys nailed it.

I'd respond to the other points you made, if only I could understand what you were talking about.
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silentbob

2 years ago

RE The comments from the video review chat, about how a game this size will never also be able to offer great fidelity - Witcher 3 is there as proof that this isn't the case. That game managed a rich, deep, involving and cohesive gameworld and looked stunning at all times.

The issues with the visuals in Fallout 4 are technical but not related to storage or RAM, the creation engine is just plain ancient. Whether or not this is a real issue when playing the game (this is not of course related to glitches) is another matter of course.
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Rich Stanton on: Virtual insanity

silentbob

3 years ago

"And not that this is a minor point, but VR only does first-person." - god almighty. I've no problems with negative opinion pieces, but in order for them to hit home they need to be rooted in fact and reality. This one statement alone demonstrates the mainstream's press inability to climb out of their cozy old-fashioned mentality and into the present.

I wouldn't have even minded so much if he had waited until trying the consumer version at E3 and then commenting, bit as it stands it's a shortsighted slice of clickbait that I seem to have fallen for. *sigh*
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Oculus Rift's consumer launch design revealed

silentbob

3 years ago

@Unholy_Witchcraft Same old, same old. Judging by history, it probably means I'm right.
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silentbob

3 years ago

@lowestformofwit Out of interest why the Vive? If you're looking for a seated experience, it's likely the Rift will offer a better visual experience. The HTC Vive really only comes into it's own when you employ their room-scale 'Lighthouse' tracking system - allowing you to move freely around.

For cockpit based titles, it's likely Oculus will have the edge from launch. And E : D has very heavy and long running Rift support which is unlikely to change.
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silentbob

3 years ago

@HerrDirector There are multiple techniques that help here but you're right, FPS's as we know them now simply aren't a good fit for VR.

The good news is though, so many other possibilities and new genres are out there waiting to be discovered.
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silentbob

3 years ago

@X-Alucard None of them were paradigm shifting. And the Mega CD and 32X were platforms for which you had to develop specifically.

As I say, narrow viewpoints don't work here. VR changes everything. :)
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silentbob

3 years ago

@rossgreenlees Years of research into low latency IMUs and optical tracking, driver stack optimisation, optics, ground-breaking display technology and a vast stack of software and rendering breakthroughs - all of which make the Vive, Morpheus and Rift possible and incredible.

These are not monitors for your faces, they'll be the most advanced consumer electronics device in the home and they will change everything - not just gaming.
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silentbob

3 years ago

@X-Alucard Did you read the Wiki? You don't need to be hardware to be considered a platform. Virtual Reality is a paradigm shifting technology, the Rift is a hardware platform which delivers Virtual Reality. As I say, sticking to your bizarrely blinkered views of what is and isn't a peripheral in this context is misleading and unhelpful.

Basically saying essentially "Yeah, well the Super Scope was an add on and that failed miserably" which is the thrust of your argument is completely incorrect.
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silentbob

3 years ago

@INSOMANiAC I appreciate your concerns, but why would you pre-judge a company owned by another company rather than, for example, Oculus' record to date? Facebook has a good track record of leaving it's acquisitions well alone to work as they did previously. I've talked to people at Oculus on and off record, before and after the acquisition, the only difference is more money.
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silentbob

3 years ago

@X-Alucard If we really are going to do the wiki thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computing_platform

Virtual Reality very much is a computing platform. And my point was that, to label the Oculus Rift as a peripheral is simply unhelpful and misleading. Therefore using an analogy based on that premise is equally unhelpful and misleading.
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silentbob

3 years ago

@INSOMANiAC It's made by Oculus, owned by Facebook, which now employs many, many ex-Valve staff - including the man that headed up the Steam VR project.
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silentbob

3 years ago

@X-Alucard It's not a peripheral, it's a platform.
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Microsoft HoloLens is a new AR headset computer

silentbob

3 years ago

@IronSoldier I think it's just plain old misunderstanding. Which is also a trend when it comes to VR and AR around here.
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silentbob

3 years ago

@blarty What on earth are you talking about?!
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silentbob

3 years ago

@Ryze It was demo'd on stage in the same presentation. Furthermore, all attending journalists got to try it after the show. So, you awake yet?
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Axelay saw Konami at its 90s peak

silentbob

3 years ago

"Arms installation is completed, good luck!"

Axelay had some of my favourite music from the era - it was unlike anything I'd heard on a game console before. Plus, the game rocked, even if the SNES did struggle keeping up with onscreen events at times.

Epic gameplay, epic production design, epic audio. Love it.
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Elite: Dangerous review

silentbob

3 years ago

@patchbox360 A 10/10 in my opinion. :)
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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with DriveClub

silentbob

4 years ago

Kinda disappointing that a technical article that asks questions about Project Morpheus support, doesn't go further to explain how on earth they're going to hit the required minimum 60Hz VR requires.
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Five talking points from the Elite: Dangerous beta

silentbob

4 years ago

@skuzzbag It absolutely is. There has been no one I've showed E : D to on a DK2 that hasn't immediately wanted both right there and then.

It is, frankly, incredible.
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Microsoft's E3 press conference

silentbob

4 years ago

Jesus - is this it? Is this really what the next generation is about.
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PS4 premieres pre-loading with Destiny

silentbob

4 years ago

Looks to me like US only at present. Here's hoping that's just a glitch.
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Reality Crumbles: Whatever happened to VR?

silentbob

4 years ago

@Azhrarn What about the current VR hype though? :)
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Spec Analysis: Project Morpheus

silentbob

4 years ago

Really shows how far the mainstream press have to catch up when the supposed tech analysis of a VR Headset doesn't once mention the criticality of low persistence of vision for VR.

I respect DF a great deal, but they need to gen up more on this cutting edge technology before launching into comparisons.
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How does Project Morpheus compare to Oculus Rift?

silentbob

4 years ago

@Guy.J. The difference is your brain will make you hurl chunks if low persistence of vision is not present. VR actually is a great opportunity to dispell all the myths you've just highlighted. People WILL notice the difference and lose their lunches in all cases. ;)
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