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Joining the Dark Side

Well, it's come to this.

Me, an avid and voracious supporter of all things Xbox, has decided to go the way of so many before me, and purchase the Playstation 4 on release.

There's been a lot of supposition on what the new Xbox will bring to the table, and though nothing so far is concrete, the overall outlook from the standpoint of a hardcore gamer is that the PS4 is going to be the machine to own.

I'm no whiz when it comes to system specs, but from everything I've read, the PS4 is going to be far more in line with newer technology. This won't mean very much at launch, when everyone is simply rushing to get their games out on the newer systems, but when the dust settles, it's going to determine who gets the better product down the road when it comes to multi-platform titles. The best games always come out around the late stages of a console's lifespan, I've noticed.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the new Xbox will be an impressive machine, but the direction Microsoft is taking the machine has me concerned. This new Illumiroom peripheral seems to me to be nothing more than a gimmick. Sure, there are those that see this as the next evolution in gaming. I see it as having to devote an entire room of my home just to play games. It sounds cool, but it just isn't practical (much like the Kinect).

There's also the question of exclusive titles. I've missed God of War for long enough, and though Fable was fun in the beginning, it's become a running joke (and embarrassment) on the Xbox. I've never been a FPS player or a race car fan, so Forza and Halo are just names on the gaming shelf to me.

Sure, I guess I could purchase both, but in this day and age, that's just a waste. Back during the Nintendo vs. Sega days, there were so many exclusives to each system, that it paid to own both consoles. I could play both Super Mario AND Sonic the Hedgehog. Multi-platform titles were few and far in between. The line these days is blurred, as third party companies release their games on every system that will support the software. Owning more than one console is rather pointless. (On that note however, I will be purchasing an Ouya. I strongly support the indie market, and this console seems to be in favor of the small developers.)

Many moons ago, I sold my PS2 with 20 or so games, and used the money to go out and purchase my first Xbox with Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. I never really looked back, and loved everything about the Xbox. It just seems that the direction Microsoft is taking isn't the one I want to go in, so now I'm jumping ship again.

I feel the Dark Side calling to me.
So long, Xbox.
It was good while it lasted.

Valenka4041d ago

I completely respect your viewpoints and I'm glad you're able to determine what you would better benefit from as a gamer, but speaking from a purely general stance, I think it's quite nonsensical for us gamers to make our decisions based on what we've been shown and told.

It wouldn't be the first time that a technological marvel's details were exaggerated to entice consumers and there's always the possibility of a last minute change that may make or break a customer's plan to purchase, but I highly doubt any developer would be that reckless.

With that being said however, I personally will not be making my decision until the smoke is cleared and the mirrors have shattered. In the end, I'll be basing my decision on what my fellow gamers have to say, completely unbiased, about each new console. Then and only then will I make my choice. In spite of this, I might even go as far as getting all the new consoles of the next generation as I have with the current (excluding the Wii U, which is arguably next-gen) but judging on what I've been hearing so far, I might stick to a single console regardless of exclusive games to the ones I do not own.

MeatAbstract4040d ago

Personally, I'd wait until both consoles were released and on the market with games and such.

What Sony has shown so far is not enough for me to base my decision on buying a PS4 and we're expecting to see the Xbox this month. Once they are released and a year has passed, we'll see which is worth buying first.

Enemy4040d ago

Considering Sony have already shown off a bunch of exclusive PS4 games from some of their top developers, as well as multiplatform games with exclusive content, all confirmed for release shortly after or at launch of the PS4, I don't think that will be necessary.

Going by what we know and the outcome of this generation, the PS4 will be the only console for hardcore gamers.

ZodTheRipper4040d ago

Very well said, that's exactly my opinion. As a "core gamer" you simply can't ignore Sony these days. They are the only ones who focus primarily on that particular audience and PS1, PS2 and now PS3 proved that. I'd rather call this article "Leaving the Dark Side" :P

MeatAbstract4040d ago

Yes we saw some games. Games that didn't particularly blow me away. I think Killzone is ok but I wouldn't buy a brand new console to play it immediately, same goes for the new inFamous game. Other games that will be on older consoles I'll just buy on older consoles or PC as there isn't going to be anything significantly different with the games.

If you guys are gonna high five each other over great the PS4 is even though we've see a controller and few charts and people saying 'how great it is' (they're not gonna say its crap, are they?) then enjoy. Personally, I'll wait and see which will be better suited to my gaming needs.

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Software_Lover4040d ago

Same ole' blog just a different day. Nothing has been released yet and you are basing your decision on rumors.

I personally dont care which platform you choose to buy or play on, I will own both, but you have proven the power of the internet and this website...... negative rumors and blog after blog putting it in peoples face can sway opinion.

It could also be the fact that you want to try something new. Many Nintendo gamers switched to the ps1. Many ps2 gamers switched to the xbox. It seems many xbox 360 gamers will switch to the ps4. It might just be a cycle that is repeating itself.

ZodTheRipper4040d ago

"I personally dont care which platform you choose to buy or play on, I will own both"

It's his opinion that's why he wrote that blog. In fact, nobody cares which console you'll get.

Captain Tuttle4040d ago

I'm leaning PS4 right now but won't make a decision until I get all the details about both consoles. It's way too early.

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PrinceOfAnger4h ago(Edited 3h ago)

Such a good looking game, best graphics this gen so far

" When the camera zooms in for a close-up, the level of detail is such that it left me guessing whether I was looking at real-time graphics or a pre-rendered cutscene. Thankfully, with Photo Mode being available at any time, you can easily confirm that they are, in fact, real-time.Of course, it's really the animation you experience while playing that impressed me the most. The expressions visible while engaged in combat or simply exploring really help bring the characters to life. "

As a story-focused game, characters and character rendering play a significant role in the presentation. However, while the pre-release media largely focused on Senua herself, Hellblade 2 features a surprisingly large number of other humans. It's without doubt one of the games defining visual features - the character rendering in Hellblade 2 sets new standards, delivering sequences that, at times, almost resemble actual filmed scenes with real actors. This is one of the first examples of a game that stands up against the promise of the UE5 demo The Matrix Awakens. The scenes feel very natural and realistic in a way that manages to somewhat sidestep the uncanny valley almost completely.

Einhander19721h ago

So, the other day I was talking about how DF lies, and their bias. I said cross-reference what they say with other videos and you'll see that what they say is dishonest.

You can see here, that frame-rate is section is hidden near the end of the video and it's one of the shortest sections and of course the segment they show is all 30 fps and they of course don't show any series s footage, but they specifically say it holds 30 FPS "flawlessly".

"It does reach this target flawlessly in my experience with virtually zero hiccups - it runs at 30fps and 30fps is exactly what you'll get from start to finish."

Now watch this video

Here it drops to 21 fps for example

I just used these videos because they were already posted on N4G and Analista De Bits it above questioning about legitimacy, but you can find other people who will also show that the game drops frames regularly, especially on series s.

Petebloodyonion1h ago

OMG! You caught them Lying hard because the game frame dips from time to time to 29 frames per second and at one point it drops for flash at 21 FPS.
Clearly, they are trying to hide something and the 99% of the time that the game holds 30 frames doesn't mean squats in a saying with VIRTUALLY Zero hiccups.

As you can see by the several comments in the video you posted people are venting their anger about how well the Serie S is holding up and how well the game is running across the board

But I guess MS probably paid the users to Shill for MS also since it's your narrative
By the way, let me inform you that 87% of Steam users who got this game are recommending it!
Must be shilled too right?

darthv7243m ago

You're trying too hard... John enjoyed the game and stated as much in his testing.

Einhander197231m ago(Edited 28m ago)


OMG! You caught them Lying hard because the game frame dips from time to time to 29 frames per second and at one point it drops for flash at 21 FPS.

I did catch them lying, thanks for noticing.

The problem isn't me. The problem is that you're O.K. with it because they are lying in a way that supports your personal opinion.


Get mad at me because I catch them being dishonest? I'm the bad guy, not the people who are actually lying. Man, the world we live in today is absolutely backwards, it's the bizarro timeline...

If I wanted to take the time I could show you that this isn't the exception, they constantly lie and mislead people in their videos.

OptimusDK3h ago

Incredible graphics..this is finally next gen graphics. It’s an experience more than a game. You can fault it or accept it and embrace what it gives you. It’s like Sony 1886.

PrinceOfAnger3h ago

- Takes advantage of everything UE5 offers
- Final game 'lives up to the lofty expectations' of the 2019 reveal
- Character rendering sets new standards and nearly resembles movie sequences with actual actors
- Leverages Unreal's Meta Human 5 to bypass the uncanny valley feel
- DF were left guessing whether some cut-scenes were in-game or real life footage (photo mode shows they're all real time)
- Character detail and how light / specular etc reflect on it praised
- A lot of the visual make up is tied to the post-process effects
- No option to disable things like CA, DoF etc but it's all suitable to the games presentation
- Soft filmic image quality and wider FoV praised

Resolution and Visuals:
- DRS 1296 to 1440p (w/ black bars 964 to 1070p). Series S will be covered in separate video
- 'Not sure if adding more pixels would make a difference to the filmic quality'

UE5 Features:
- Lumen is used extensively for direct and in-direct lighting, a lot of real time changes and shadows etc all update accordingly
- 'Phenomenal stuff'
- Lumen does a better job than traditional real time lighting system for indirectly lit areas like under ramps etc
- Lumen reflections used in combination with SSR for water bodies. Some water bodies can show SSR artifacts when moving camera
- 'Anyone looking at the game in motion will be impressed even if they do not understand the technical reasons'
- Unreal's fog is used effectively, fog lights up with light sources and runs at high quality
- Water effects and waves are praised. ' Absolutely stunning'

- Nanite is extensively used and eliminates visible pop-in even during scene transitions
- Minimal repetition or tiling, uses photo-grammatory
- Some assets like tree branches can show low resolution when zoomed in with photo mode, however

- Fine shadow detail is retained even when zooming extremely in thanks to Unreal's Virtual Shadow Maps
- Shadow quality is not always perfect and can show cracks in some instances but very consistent by and large
- Not the first UE5 game to use all these features, but by and far the best looking game to do so.

- 30 FPS but the performance is locked and never dropped in John's testing on Series X
- DF tested the game on their Series X - similar - PC to see how much performance could be gained over 30
- 4K with DRS, they were able to stay locked at 30 FPS on High
- DRS 1440p with 60 FPS target sees game play at high 50s with more drops in cut-scenes
- DF thinks based on this test, SX can do 60 FPS with a more aggressive DRS target
- However, PC version can show massive frame time stutters that the Xbox version does not in the same areas
- DF summary: 60 FPS is theoretically possible, but for a stable 60 they might need to drop settings a lot

- Headphones are needed for Binaural audio effect that the game uses extensively
- DF thinks it is 'incredibly engaging'

Trailer Comparison:
- They compare the Giant fight trailer with the same area in the final game
- Final game has lesser lens distortion and difference in how the flame is lit
- The flames felt more 'fluid' in the demo versus the final game, otherwise no difference in the segment noted

- DF thinks Ninja Theory 'reached their goal'
- Praise the polish, presentation etc.

Obscure_Observer2h ago

Excellent work from Ninja Theory to get the Series X to finally flex it´s 12TF muscles to the max!

Thanks for the summary, @PrinceOfAnger.


PrinceOfAnger1h ago

After all 60fps is possible on series x with tweaking the graphics settings! :)

darthv723h ago

If they achieved this level of quality their first time using UE5... I can't wait to see what their next game is going to look like.

PhillyDonJawn1h ago

Remember the trailer release and ppl didn't think it was insane footage cause it looked too good