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I blame the fact that MS keep bringing up the power differential and all the things they're going to do to try and make up for it....it's all marketing BS in an effort to halt the perception that the PS4 is the more powerful hardware.
Sensible people everywhere have accepted this as fact by now, it's MS trying to pursue this by constantly mentioning it. If you want to "blame" anyone, blame MS and their PR team. They should concentrate on services, features and... #25.1
139d ago by dennett316 | View comment
It IS a problem if your framebuffer is larger than 32mb...it becomes a significant bottleneck which DOES slow things down and leads to complications.
ESRAM is not a win, nor is it preferred by developers, it is a patch, a band aid to reduce the impact of the slow-ass DDR3 memory that Microsoft used for the One.
It will lead to more and more compromises having to be made as the generation goes on. It really needed to be double the size, but there was simply no room left on the... #26
139d ago by dennett316 | View comment
Microsoft claim this sort of crap a lot, and as yet have shown ZERO evidence of any actual benefit it gives to games. The Titanfall AI grunts were supposed to be powered by the cloud, but that's not much of a demonstration because the AI on those things is dumb as a post...they are total fodder.
I have no doubt that the cloud can aid with certain functions, but not 3 times the power of an Xbox One, that's pie in the sky. #58
147d ago by dennett316 | View comment
Left 4 Dead should not really be on that list. I mean, it can get frantic when you're getting swarmed, but it is a full on action title and doesn't really have the atmosphere needed to be a true horror.
Resident Evil I would have on the list, but probably only at number 10 because again, it isn't really all that scary. There's tension galore at times, and the dogs crashing through the windows got me just like it got everyone else, but it really is more of a B movie v... #4
148d ago by dennett316 | View comment
Nintendo aren't in the financial trouble that Sega was in...Sega needed the Dreamcast to be a massive success, Nintendo can take a failure or two (though I'd much prefer it if they'd get their butts in gear and adapt a little). #27
153d ago by dennett316 | View comment
They didn't try a traditional Banjo....just some vehicle based game that was mediocre in comparison. Banjo Threeie would turn some heads. #3.1.1
153d ago by dennett316 | View comment
No, other countries do as well. Both terms are absolutely fine, the name "soccer" was invented by the people who created the rules of the game way back when.
We in the UK call it football because it's our main ball sport. Rugby is actually called Rugby Football. American Football is actually called Gridiron Football, Australia has a version called Australian Rules Football...they are all variations of the same basic concept. Each region has their dominant form, and... #6.1.1
155d ago by dennett316 | View comment
It's this kind of thinking that damages the industry and leads to dev closures due to over-reaching with dreams of matching the numbers of established franchises that appeal to a wider audience than your game can manage.
Remember when Capcom threw everything at Resident Evil 6 in an attempt to capture the Call of Duty audience? Remember how they sold nearly 7 million copies and they still considered that a disappointment due to hiring a staff of 600 to work on the game, spending... #12
155d ago by dennett316 | View comment
It's far from easy to port from PS4 to One...especially if the developer has used a deferred renderer, which the ESRAM in the One struggles to cope with at higher resolutions. The architectures are broadly similar, but there's a fair few compromises when bringing games to the One...ESRAM size, the allowance for Kinect (which devs can choose to forego at the expense of some Kinect function), weaker GPU etc.
Porting from One to PS4 should be easier though. #5.2
155d ago by dennett316 | View comment
They've sold more than the 360 did at the same point in it's life time. That being said, the 360 was severely supply constrained for many, many months after it's initial release. I remember I pre-ordered mine from a local Blockbuster store that had 15 pre-orders, yet they only received a single Premium console on launch day, with about 3 Core's in case anyone wanted those instead.
The One is saturated in stores around the world, hence the pretty large discounting to... #3.2
155d ago by dennett316 | View comment
This doesn't ring true at all - from what we've heard of Sony from developers since the reveal of the console, to how the news of the exclusivity deal was broken, this in no way comes off like a Bayonetta 2/Nintendo situation where the development was saved by them.
They're trying to say that Respawn - headed up by the guys who were responsible for an unbelievable run of sales success with Call of Duty - couldn't get the financing to finish a game with such little cont... #67
157d ago by dennett316 | View comment
The graphics are nothing special though bunt....hardly "next gen". It's not ugly or anything, but Ryse is a more impressive looking game (though lacking slightly in the gameplay department by all accounts). #6.1.3
160d ago by dennett316 | View comment
Respawn wanted to take on CoD and Destiny....EA cut them off at the knees with that exclusivity deal. You can bet they won't make the same mistake with the sequel unless MS throw ungodly amounts of money at them...but even that may not be as important as market share.

The sequel needs more content and more customisation...an actual single player campaign in order to build the world more effectively. Perhaps even a separate co-op campaign too, or they risk being left beh... #4.2
160d ago by dennett316 | View comment
I think it's more than "not bad" considering the hardware differences. 512mb of RAM + EDRam vs 8gig + ESram, faster CPU than the One but less advanced overall and with less cores, and a much weaker GPU. Bluepoint Games deserve to be commended on the job they did. #2.2
160d ago by dennett316 | View comment
One way to look at all these deals....great for the potential consumer.
Another more cynical way...damn, lots of places are having to cut a lot off these systems in order to actually shift them.

MS, you need to drastically reduce the price. Best way to do that? Give people what they want, a Kinect free version of the console for £250 with Titanfall. Cut that price, cut the peripheral that many people resent having to pay for, and watch that user base grow.
160d ago by dennett316 | View comment
ESRAM is not a win, it's a compromise, and not a very effective one due to its limited size. Considering what they ended up charging for the system on release, it really should have had DDR5 RAM like the PS4.
Whether it was penny-pinching or just a lack of foresight, MS ballsed up the internals of their machine in order to fund Kinect, which is ultimately near useless for gaming beyond some voice commands and the novelty of logging in via scanning your face. #56
168d ago by dennett316 | View comment
Yes...that's the point. Honing it and whittling it down to achieve the fastest time possible, how else do you expect it to work? #3.1
177d ago by dennett316 | View comment
I wish people would stop with this kind of stuff. Even if not intended to be so, it very much comes off as shilling artificial hype....the industry has enough of that coming from the publishers without the "journalists" doing it as well.
I'll be excited on my own thanks....I don't need other people trying to cheer-lead from the sidelines telling me to get hyped. Call it an opinion piece all you like, the ultimate effect is pushing the advertising of those games on... #2
182d ago by dennett316 | View comment
Good....Kinect is a waste of a developer, no matter who that developer is. Rare is not what it once was, but seeing them create another Banjo title in the traditional style would be great to see. #19
187d ago by dennett316 | View comment
You are extremely defensive. If you want to ask why PS4 is being brought into this, may want to check the text above which mentions "crushing it's competition - namely the PS4".
A game with screen tearing and a low resolution of 792p combined with frameskips, and significant lag issues while online does nothing to show off the Xbox One or Azure in any way. Azure is supposed to be handling NPC AI and allowing extra processing to go towards other elements of the game, ye... #1.2.1
193d ago by dennett316 | View comment
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