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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/3/14 on: January 06, 2014, 03:49:52 PM
Skylanders XB1. Was sick. Watched some TV (caught up with BBT, got about 5 eps of HIMYM in). Also watched an interesting interview on PBS with one of the all-time greats of comedy (Bob Newhart).
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: January 06, 2014, 03:25:27 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 06, 2014, 02:30:29 PM

Quote from: Laner on January 06, 2014, 02:18:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 06, 2014, 08:15:25 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on January 05, 2014, 09:06:37 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 05, 2014, 11:50:22 AM

I can't believe that Call of Duty Ghosts is nearly 40gig,WTF is up with that?..it doesn't look or run that much better than when i had the 360 version

And then there is Forza 5,again nearly 40gig,it makes me shudder that we are all asking for more tracks and wondering how much more space will be needed if Turn 10 do that for Forza 6

And another matter,we are what?..1 month into next gen and games are taking up 40 gig,with the Blu Ray being able to hold 50gig(That's still the case isn't it?),so sooner rather than later we could be back to 2+ discs per game,disc swapping and everything else

right?..or am i missing something?



and I am using Pin more than i did on the 360,just because i can get to stuff like Settings easier,rather than go looking for them in the apps or hope its been rotated on the Home screen

On ps4 I'm having the same thoughts. Not even two months in and I'm already only showing 242gb free...guess ill end up throwing a 1 or 2 tb drive in at some point. 1tb should have been the minimal for these drives if they require installs.

At least you can do that with the PS4,I understand you can't even use an external HDD on the One

It's coming in a system update

One thing I've been wondering about this feature is whether or not it will allow you to actually install games on external drives? Even USB 3.0 is considerably slower than an internal drive as far as I know, so how will games run from an external disk now that games rely much more on the HD than they did last gen?

Quote from: wikipedia
USB 3.0 has transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is 10 times as fast as USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/s) before taking into account that USB 3.0 is full duplex whereas USB 2.0 is half duplex, giving USB 3.0 the potential total bandwidth if utilized both ways to 20 times that of USB 2.0.[5]

The bottleneck isn't the USB, it'll be the drive itself - and the internal drive is a Samsung 500GB internal 5400RPM drive, a 3GB/s throughput. I don't see USB.3 being an issue, except perhaps spin-up time if it puts the drive to sleep.

Also, MO, it was MS that stated they'll support external drives, and Sony has as well, though they stated back in sept. that you can't install games on external drives (so if you need more game space, go ahead and upgrade the internal one).

Frankly, I'd love to be able to drop an SSD into the XB1, but the cost for the size is yucky. If I can get away with an external USB3 housing, perhaps I'll be able to put some games on the external drive that will boot / read lickety-split.

This is all hypothetical of course.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hey Microsoft! on: January 06, 2014, 06:44:49 AM
There are no 3rd party controllers at the moment for either platform (IIRC).

My problem is that MadCatz has exactly one.

With taxes, buying two of them is almost as much as a freakin' console.

I'm not going to be playing much KI until a cheaper solution makes itself available. Considering this is from RARE, a MSFT company, it'd sure be nice if they were to provide something to take advantage of it. By advantage, I don't mean Kinect controls.
84  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 06, 2014, 06:18:48 AM
The non-padded outer segments or the part that slides in?

Mine seem pretty firm, though the plastic may be a bit thin on the housing.
85  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: January 06, 2014, 04:48:12 AM
Everytime I see this thread (and it keeps getting bumped), I think of this.

Perhaps my brain is malfunctioning. frown

86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hey Microsoft! on: January 06, 2014, 04:43:48 AM
You have this vast wealth of hardware experience. You've been making controllers, keyboards and mice for the better part of three decades.

Low-cost-entry Killer Instinct fightstick would be nice. You know, not a MadCatz $240 PER CONTROLLER option. Like, say, maybe 40-60bux? Perhaps a plug-in to the existing controller port that you use for headsets, perhaps?

I'm talking one stick, six-to-eight buttons in a 2x3 or 2x4 config. Shouldn't be hard. Maybe a weekend of OT for your hardware guys?

Yeah, cuz that Killer Instinct game? I play it with exactly four buttons cuz shoulder buttons are a pain in fighting games.

Get back to me. Thanks.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 06, 2014, 04:36:16 AM

Quote from: Turtle on January 06, 2014, 01:14:44 AM

The suspend or ban is for your (and their) protection, it forces you to call in. I mean that literally even if it sounds ridiculous. If it happened again, do you want your account to stay active so whoever has control of it does whatever he wants with your account?

Suspend deactivates and would "force call-in" - threatening to ban an account puts your customer on the defensive (which looks to be exactly what it did to rittchard). There are also other ways of account validation, and IIRC their last security issue was due to their partner, not the end users. Pushing that off onto customers is wrong, and there really is no justification. Since your store purchases etc. are tied to your account, they're saying "someone keeps trying to pretend to be you, so we're taking all your shit away from you." Uh, what?

I can tell you, having dealt with Nintendo service, I never once felt like they didn't care about me as a customer. Someone saying "ban" on the phone to me? Supervisor please.
88  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 06, 2014, 04:00:54 AM
16 months of use? I would also consider that they may have changed the manufacturing on them - the hinges feel solid (if a bit bulky).

But considering the cost, they're an easy recommendation. The risk is low, and since you're not tied to a cable but instead have a jack on the headphones it offers a flexibility I wasn't expecting. I have a pair of Nox Specialists which did the same thing, BTW.
89  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: on: January 05, 2014, 07:17:46 PM
Familiar... slywink
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, 360,PS3] Bound by Flame on: January 05, 2014, 04:40:34 PM
Quote
Bound by Flame is a action/role-playing game for PC, PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®, that lets you play a mercenary possessed by a flame demon in an ambitious Dark Fantasy universe.

As a victim of this demonic influence, players will have to choose between the powers offered by this evil or to reject the demonic influence, developing heroic talents instead. Dangers, and enemies becoming more terrifying and fearsome in battle, will be temptations to acquire more power by giving up part of the hero’s soul to the demon. Progression of the demonic influence will be reflected by the transformation of the hero’s body.


Through its different chapters, Bound by Flame will offer many quests around a primary, epic adventure. Depending on the choices made by the player and the influence of the demon, some chapters will offer different scenarios and a different experience, adding important replayability to the game. Real-time battles are impressive and dynamic. If the player begins the game knowing only the basics of combat, fire magic, and assassination, he will be able to specialize by unlocking and improving many skills and powers, through 3 different skill trees.


Bound by Flame lets the players customize their character. During the creation of their hero, players will be able choose their gender and freely alter their facial characteristics. This will of course have an influence on the demon’s appearance. Bound by Flame also includes a crafting system, allowing them to create and improve equipment, including their armor and weapons. Several companions will join the player during his quest, and will, depending on the player’s actions, develop friendship, romance or rivalry.


Finally, the bestiary of Bound by Flame is rich and spectacular.

You will get to fight many other impressive creatures: shadow dragons, liches, undead, ice creatures… epic confrontations abound. Which path will the players take? Will they lust after the demon’s power and magic to annihilate their foes, or will they favor their combat skills and their bravery?

Bound by is targeted for release on PC, PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360® at the end of 2013.

PS4 was recently added. At this point I wouldn't count on this to be final. We're likely to see this on XB1, if for nothing but the fact that they're willing to put it on the 360.

Watching the trailer I got the "Phantagram" vibe. You know, cool game, but somehow awkward and clunky.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: January 05, 2014, 04:36:00 PM
By 2020 they'll simply refilm them. I mean, recreations happen all the time, right?
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 05, 2014, 04:07:34 AM
Kato, you can come out.

Thankfully they're daddy long legs. Not spiders at all.

It might comfort you to know they're sometimes called harvestmen. As in, they harvest. Men.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: January 05, 2014, 04:04:59 AM
My Apps lets you reorder your DLs. Use the menu button on one of the items and you can bump it to the front.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: January 05, 2014, 04:03:20 AM
Starkiller, or the general, are not operating dispassionately in FU2 (eff you two). In fact, he's tantruming worse than Luke before we even get started, and goes downhill from there.

<Starkillers cell rings>
caller: Hello?
SK: <ZOT>
caller: Yeah, um, this is the Force calling. That's not going to work. You can't electrocute me through your cell.
SK: DAMN YOU WHERE IS SHE?!!!
caller: Yeah, we're just calling to let you know while we appreciate your candidacy for dark or light, you're a raving loon. The Jedi don't want you, and the Sith are pretty sure you'd get them wiped out within the next game. Perhaps you could get a spot on Dexter instead?
SK: Can I kill people with lightning?
caller: Probably. Look, Kid, this isn't working out. Apparently anything SW related that has the word "Clone" attached to it ends up sucking.
SK: DAMN YOU!!!!! <more lightning, perhaps some flying lightsabers, and then tosses an army of corpses ontop of the cellphone and dances on their decaying bodies>


95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 05, 2014, 03:52:31 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on January 05, 2014, 12:49:42 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 04, 2014, 08:14:59 PM

No, it doesn't. It shows another group of hostiles - not another Division. This was explained in the back-room walkthrough at E3. Those hostiles are local, and responding to the beacon for pickup that the woman playing calls for extraction. The 90sec timer is for how long it'll take for the extraction team to show up. You can be attacked at any point - you're drawing attention to your location.

So the ones who show up? We were told they're the same as the guys you fight to save the police station.

As the map zooms out at the end, it shows all the other groups of people (red dots) working to fight against the fall of society, and they explained how you could meet up with them and help out.

Watch the E3 trailer again, the guy at the end says "woah woah woah it's another group of players, brace for PvP"

Yep, I totally missed that.

We didn't hear the audio, and in the room he was talking constantly - IIRC they had simply indicated that when an extraction flare went up, it would signal any hostiles (and they were implying AI) in the area.

Took a couple screens (you can simply see this while stepping through the video near the end). Lookls like two factions, rather than just lone-wolf kinda stuff. It also looks to represent the number of players in dot configuration inside the circle.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 04, 2014, 09:14:10 PM
You talking Wii? Wii was less than 1/2 the price, and you need to factor in its attach rates for software as it didn't get the same multi-plat games loving.

Regardless, neither has anything to do with this thread.

My XBone was powered off hard today. Updates, perhaps?
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Someone's been using my Netflix account on: January 04, 2014, 08:20:36 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 04, 2014, 06:52:22 PM

I wiped my 360 in prep to trade it in, then ended up not trading it in.  Both Hulu and Netflix started up just fine when I opened them on the empty-except-for-my-fiance's-gt 360.

Fiance? Wow man, this is contagious! First Ridah, now you. (unless of course you already mentioned it to me and I simply wasn't paying attention).

Spoiler for Hiden:
Lucky women.
[/sarcasm]

slywink
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 04, 2014, 08:17:58 PM

Quote from: Punisher on January 04, 2014, 07:22:01 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 04, 2014, 04:59:12 PM

That's the first I'd heard PvP. Seems silly if we're all working towards the common goal. We'll see how they write that up.
You've obviously never seen a post apocalyptic movie/TV show!
We may START towards a common goal, but society quickly breaks down!


I'd be more inclined to believe that we can choose to play characters as Division agents, or as anarchists / organized criminals.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 04, 2014, 08:14:59 PM
No, it doesn't. It shows another group of hostiles - not another Division. This was explained in the back-room walkthrough at E3. Those hostiles are local, and responding to the beacon for pickup that the woman playing calls for extraction. The 90sec timer is for how long it'll take for the extraction team to show up. You can be attacked at any point - you're drawing attention to your location.

So the ones who show up? We were told they're the same as the guys you fight to save the police station.

As the map zooms out at the end, it shows all the other groups of people (red dots) working to fight against the fall of society, and they explained how you could meet up with them and help out.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: January 04, 2014, 08:11:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 04, 2014, 05:56:49 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 04, 2014, 05:17:17 PM

Uhm, no. Sorry, but the SW movies are overblown. It was a B movie that went over budget. Phenomenal special effects of its day but so much of what made it great has been tinkered and tampered with - the characters and the license are pretty much dead to me.

/rant from someone who just completed Force Unleashed ][

Force Unleashed 2.  one of those regrettable sequels that killed the franchise and made the first one look like a star in comparison.

Starkiller runs around electrocuting every-f***ing-one, while the blind Jedi master is totally cool with it and only tries to reign him in when it doesn't lie in his own personal interests. The rules apply only to certain people and at certain times. I happened to like the Starkiller character and his possibly ambiguous role. The fact that he doesn't have non-lethal ways of dealing with people is the kicker.

][ makes the first one a shining star. But, were I to go back to it, the second one has used a brillo pad to scratch the sheen the first one once had.

I found it to be a microcosm of the entire franchise (IMO).
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: January 04, 2014, 08:06:38 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 04, 2014, 07:11:45 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 01, 2014, 12:36:40 PM

..took me awhile to find where my downloads could be seen,as i used to just press the guide button and select active downloads,but found it in the games and apps

Hmm, I didn't actually know you could still access that.   icon_redface

"My Apps" is surprisingly powerful, and handicapped by the interface all at the same time.

There is no filter, or changing the presentation to list modes.

Tiles are nice, but I'd like to have Installed games, indie games, DL games, Apps, Multimedia Apps, etc. Seeing what's installed vs what I'm entitled to, seeing what is being updated - that app didn't make the cut, but I still am not happy with the forced interface-formerly-known-as-metro without having the flexibility that even other metro-like interfaces (skydrive, for instance) where you have a pulldown menu at the top to introduce filters and sorting.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 04, 2014, 08:02:59 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 04, 2014, 05:55:27 PM

everyone forgets the wii.  biggrin

Nope. Just trying to.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 04, 2014, 08:00:56 PM
I had a giant response to all of this, but it gets away from the OP and the point of this thread.

The Japanese market is both unique in its game interests as well as its reticence to adopt products from outside it's own. I simply pointed out that besides one country, where any other country including the US were removed it would not create so significant a gap in product attach rates comparative to the rest of the global markets. I then also referenced the positions of both companies globally.

To try and declare a winner is kinda dumb, IMO, and goes entirely away from the OP. (I include myself in that statement, so let's not get too carried away in people getting feelings hurt with the word dumb slywink)

Ultimately the comment was on losing, not so much that one company over the other managed to sell a fractional amount more. Actually losing out - as in, their product simply doesn't sell. If the PS4 came out and didn't sell, it could put the entire health of Sony on the line. If the Xbox One bombed? I don't see it having the same impact.

If you want to discuss how the XBone can do better, go ahead. Otherwise, open up a different thread to discuss what you think are the winners of console generations. That's just console-war-bait though, so good luck with that.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: January 04, 2014, 05:17:17 PM
Uhm, no. Sorry, but the SW movies are overblown. It was a B movie that went over budget. Phenomenal special effects of its day but so much of what made it great has been tinkered and tampered with - the characters and the license are pretty much dead to me.

/rant from someone who just completed Force Unleashed ][
105  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: on: January 04, 2014, 05:12:27 PM
I bought a set of z320s for my sons PC. They have decent range for the on sale price of 45 bux.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 04, 2014, 05:09:48 PM
That was sexy.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 04, 2014, 05:06:09 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 04, 2014, 03:41:41 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 04, 2014, 02:27:05 PM

At the very least, Microsoft can afford to "lose" one console generation. The same can't be said about Sony at this point.


Microsoft "lost" their last two console gens  icon_confused.... or did you mean "one more"


Lost? If we remove the disturbingly xenophobic Japanese marketplace, the Xbox 360 won the last Gen handily.

From a global sales perspective they're so close to each other as not to matter. Coming from the 2001 Xbox market position and Sonys Ps2?

I don't know how you classify the 360 as a loss.

Regardless, the xb1 has an uphill battle. I'm of the mind that is the best position for MS to be in - they do well there. I just wish they'd not made some key decisions that caused the uproar and the subsequent 180.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 04, 2014, 04:59:12 PM
That's the first I'd heard PvP. Seems silly if we're all working towards the common goal. We'll see how they write that up.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 04, 2014, 02:55:34 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 04, 2014, 02:27:05 PM

At the very least, Microsoft can afford to "lose" one console generation. The same can't be said about Sony at this point.


I concur.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 04, 2014, 02:55:01 PM
JayDee, I use the connect every day. Xbox on, certain voice commends, controller recognition. It's not what's wrong with the platform IMO.

When devs start competing with each other on feature sets - that's when we're gonna see the Kinect 2 really get used to its advantages.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most anticipated titles of Q1 2014 on: January 04, 2014, 05:05:12 AM
... and it's an RPG.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 04, 2014, 02:22:20 AM
I didn't want an Xbox 3602, and I'm not unhappy with my Xbox One. But you have to admit, there is a ton of room for improvement.
113  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 04, 2014, 12:58:09 AM
I have z5500's as well.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: January 03, 2014, 08:43:55 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 03, 2014, 08:33:13 PM

Combine this with Activision losing their Spiderman, X-Men and Deadpool licenses, and it's starting to look like the ending to The Godfather. slywink

Or Casino.
115  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 03, 2014, 08:40:49 PM
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082302&p_id=8323&seq=1&format=2


sound reproduction for $23 is really, really good.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 03, 2014, 08:30:56 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 03, 2014, 07:01:17 PM


Also is it just me or is the UI maddeningly slow?

Sometimes, yeah. I spoke around the point (IIRC) with the loading of different apps.

The cable box stuff I couldn't speak to, I'm in Canada, so the OneGuide is currently derelict. Hit X to bring it up automatically from the dashboard.

I like that hitting B takes you back into what you were just in (as if the dashboard is like the "360 button blades".

I played a bit last night (I'm coming down with a cold and have zero energy to focus on gaming). Halo:SA has some bugs in the first few levels including one crash and a bug where getting out of a turret starts firing your guns and your special ability: you have to tap fire to stop it. KD assures me his copy stopped pulling that crap later on, but I'll say this - they really need to fix system stability. The 'bone doesn't crash often, but it sometimes surprises you.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: January 03, 2014, 08:15:43 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 29, 2013, 06:17:18 PM

I'm so thankful for the invention of GoPro cameras.   icon_twisted

Seriously, that pain just keeps going, and going, and going, and going....

I love that they were able to go slo-mo and enjoy every bounce against the cliff wall, plus two cameras on him and one from the first  guy who jumped.

I also enjoy the fact that he didn't die, and that he was willing to share his pain,
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: January 03, 2014, 04:20:40 PM
I'm about to watch this show contiguously.

Worth it?
119  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 03, 2014, 04:19:31 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 03, 2014, 04:01:29 PM

Quote from: Arclight on January 03, 2014, 03:43:46 PM

I tend to feel the same way about the big bang THEORY...Notice all these theories? Meaning, un-provable.
There-fore if you believe in evolution, and the big bang theories, then you're already are in the realm of Faith

You have no understanding of the term as used in the realm of science.

Quote
A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on knowledge that has been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimentation. Scientists create scientific theories from hypotheses that have been corroborated through the scientific method, then gather evidence to test their accuracy.

Your definition of theory is the same as a scientific hypothesis.  A hypothesis is an untested idea.  Once it has been tested, retested, and reviewed by others and determined to fit the facts of observation, it becomes a big-T Theory.  We know how the Theory of Gravity works because we've tested it.  Science may not know how it works, but they know that it does.  And honestly, science doesn't care about why.

Also, that Theory? It isn't afraid to be challenged, at any time as long as there is sufficient reason to do so.

This is what's wrong with "belief in science". Once a thing has traveled from science to common knowledge, common knowledge often prevents science to challenge its own Theories when required.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: January 03, 2014, 03:13:47 PM
Know your audience, I suppose.
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