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Thread Vegan Influencers Keep Comparing Meat-Eating to the Holocaust and Slavery
Pretty funny that everybody thinks vegetarians and vegans need to be some paragon of social activism strategy and communication. Some people are so latched onto the tone of the arguments that they are too stubborn to critically review the substanceThere is substance here. There are facts, much like there are in issues like climate change, feminism, etc. Concentrate on the facts, the data, and the ethical standpoint you feel is right. This sort of reminds me when Anita Sarkeesian was really getting full attention on Feminist Frequency. So many people were fixated on her tone and some were saying "I hate how snarky she sounds". Honestly? Who gives a flying fuck about the tone. It's ok to be upset about some of these issues. Do you think Greta Thunberg is polite and nice all the time? No. She's fucking pissed, as she should be. They are injustices right on the face of it. If you're too busy to be distracted by how the facts are packaged and think you need to have some kind of silver bullet deprogramming session, you're deliberately focusing too much on the "strategy" and less on the content.
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Thread Vegan Influencers Keep Comparing Meat-Eating to the Holocaust and Slavery
This can be at once both true and and sad for exposing a glitch in human empathy. While the holocaust comment is pretty distasteful, the slavery comment is actually pretty accurate. In fact, this line of reasoning has been pointed out in multiple highly regarded publications, including the book by Yuval Noah Harari. I think the argument holds a lot of weight. For people who immediately scoff at the idea, I highly suggest taking a step back and fully reviewing what we're doing to animals in the modern age. Pens that are so small a sow cannot turn, forced into pregnancy as fast as possible, weened babies off so young to cause distress, forcing animals to spend their entire existence laying in their own excrement, and the list goes on and on. It didn't used to be this way. We've taken billions of sentient animals and forced them into such horrible life that it will bring the average person to tears when they see it.
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Thread Game of the Year 2020 Voting Thread (Voting open from January 27 through March 1)
I'd say, of this list, that the top 3 really blew me away. Last of Us Part 2 was the most affecting story I've probably seen in any medium. Just rocked me completely. It was told with such confidence that most people discuss the story before even the best-in-class gameplay, graphics, and sound. If their name weren't already cemented as the industry high water mark for character driven titles, it absolutely is after this.
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Thread Three Houses is an absolutely fantasic, but flawed game, what would you focus on improving for a direct-sequel? [Spoilers]
People saying cut the monastery? Helllllll no. That was by far the best aspect of Three Houses. If anything, I feel like this structure is a revelation and there's no way they could go back to old formula. Can they improve it? Oh, absolutely. In fact, I think it's the thing that can use the most elbow grease next time. But keep in the exploring and "slice of life" between battles area, because it helps with just pure tactics fatigue and (at least for some) helps ground relationships with your crew within a better context. edit:I agree with this. If anything, I saw praise for Three Houses in some of my circles that would normally never touch it. Social stuff is
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Thread [Jason Schreier] Inside Cyberpunk 2077's Disastrous Rollout (Update: Head of CDPR Responds)
This is a bad take. This is a big story for the industry, and having details corroborated helps to really nail down what happened in the trenches. You are taking messages from upper management as thorough enough? Management is precisely who orchestrated this disaster. Speaking as someone in the industry, this kind of investigative material is highly valuable. Great work as usual, Jason!
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Thread LTTP: Days Gone is fantastic
Played the whole thing on PS5 and it was a really nice surprise. Excellent environments, sound, and control. Some of the characters were really fun to follow, and the overarching story had my attention. Honestly a really good game! I'd be there day one for a sequel.
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Thread I'm an hour into AC: Valhalla and I'm already thinking about dropping it..
As pointed out in that other linked thread, the 3D audio implementation for this game (the default you will hear on PS5 with headphones) is ostensibly busted. It sounds terrible. I can only guess that they rushed it through a Tempest 3D API without a lot of testing or time for fixes.
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Thread Did you realize how bad the sound quality in Assassins Creed Valhalla is?
I think it needs to be said it's actively worse on PS5 with 3D on. At least to my ears. Bad enough that I was completely pulled out and thought something was up. People playing on PS5, try it without 3D on and you'll see. It's still not great without that on, but it at least doesn't sound like everything is under 6 layers of blankets.
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Thread Did you realize how bad the sound quality in Assassins Creed Valhalla is?
I tried the opening hour on PS5 with headphones and the sound was so awful I turned it off. The only time I've been so distracted by bad sound quality. Something must have happened with their Tempest 3d implementation?? If you turn off 3D sound in the OS it improves but that shouldn't be necessary. Demon's Souls and Miles Morales sound amazing.
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Thread The Last of Us Part II wins GOTY at The Game Awards 2020
(Difficult to speak of the game without at least hinting at some of the spoilery stuff within, but here we are... I'm skirting around individual events, but maybe don't read further if you are still going in fresh) From where I'm sitting, I still think TLoU2 is one of the riskier directions I've ever seen in a AAA game. That fact that it was this risky of a story structure on top of one of the biggest, most expensive productions ever is incredible. We know Naughty Dog and its writers can tell a popcorn flick better than even Hollywood itself (as in Uncharted). What they taught us with TLoU:P2 is they have guts to tell stories that challenge us and stop and reflect on what it is to be human. I'm not saying it's some kind of flawless masterpiece of fiction, but I really did reflect a lot while going through this story. I am always willing to meet a storyteller in the middle if they are putting in the work and earning their stance. The middle of the game shook me for a minute, as I think it did for many others. It tested me past just beating levels and filling meters. I cried to my partner at the end. We both talked about the story and felt that it is a story about many themes, but mostly about what people will do for love. And it feels earned, as the best works of our generations do. I could honestly just stop there for reasons I feel this game is triumph, and I've not even touched on , which are all pretty much Best In Class. At its core, its stories and world are so compelling and themes so strong that you can very easily forget that it's also best playing, best sounding, and best looking game as well. Not to mention, providing the new high water mark for accessibility, providing an example to all who follow.
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Thread Why is GTA V held up as one of the pinnacles of the open-world game?
You posed this as a question, so we're all going to answer. Heh. It's by far the most advanced simulation of a real city (and surrounding areas). Nothing has even come close. The unbelievable amount of detail, different areas in the game, the AI, etc. are still unmatched. It's almost a miracle that it all still works no matter how much havok and curveballs you throw at it. I wandered around that city for hours, and way later on I would still come across some street art or something I had never seen before. I love that feeling.
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Thread Cyberpunk 2077 reviews that highlight the transphobia issues
I wrote a longer reply, but this is honestly the most important thing. I hope this thread at least serves as a reminder for this approach writ large. Don't "stay out of the politics". Get the politics. You can still love your media and keep your humanity, too.
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Thread LTTP: Days Gone on PS5(No unmarked spoilers)
Expectations are a hell of a thing. After the somewhat luke warm reception it got at launch, I wasn't expecting too much, but after playing it on PS5 I'm really impressed. Controls really well, has some spatial audio, really neat landscape, and is overall pretty damn solid. This is a good game! To be fair, I'm playing it with a rock solid 60fps with high resolution on PS5 after a whole whack load of patches. What people played at launch day on PS4 was certainly a different beast. It probably just serves to demonstrate that first impressions are incredibly important.
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Thread Playing Days Gone for the First Time On PS5 at 4K60FPS Sure Is Incredible
I'm about 3 hours into this game on PS5 and it's really quite good!? It plays well, looks good, sounds The 3D sound on headphones (even without Tempest 3D) is excellent. With the tepid reviews from its launch I had lower expectations, but this is surprisingly great so far. I just hope the characters and story are worth following.
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Thread [POLL] Which would you hate/fear more? Sony buying Capcom or Sony buying Square Enix?
Here's the way I look at it - this industry is now on the path for major consolidation. If it has to happen, I'd rather Capcom land with Sony than, say, Amazon.
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Thread Jumphole: the new Squeeze Through?
Before we get ahead of ourselves on the Miles Morales transition, we should probably get more information. For all we know that is a one-off situation where they pre-load the exterior chunk. For instance, you might see this exact same transition on the PS4 with the old clunker drive, if it's a special case. Not to say that the PS5 IO complex isn't incredible (by all accounts it's amazing), but it could be a very custom setup for a one time transition.
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Thread Links to ALL PS5 hands-on video's that premiere tomorrow
Yup, I agree about the Astrobot level load. That is very likely hitting SSD (even though I think the entire game can actually fit in memory...) But all the other stuff like respawns in Astrobot? Most likely not.
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Thread Links to ALL PS5 hands-on video's that premiere tomorrow
Even in that Demon's Souls comparison we can't say for certain when it comes to the remake. We don't know if they restructured the memory layout and code design for respawning to an area you're already in. What we could probably say 100% certain, though, is warping from a stone in the Nexus over to a new area is 100% going to hit the SSD in a big way as it fetches a whole new biome. So that is something we should all look forward to :)
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Thread Links to ALL PS5 hands-on video's that premiere tomorrow
There's a video being floated around everywhere as a demo of the SSD in action. I'm not sure if people realize it, but that might not have anything to do with SSD. The SSD is only really necessary if it needs to fetch something not already resident in memory. Typically if you are respawning back to a nearby area respawning to a level which you have entirely cached in memory, you do not need to fetch from SSD. You just need to reset all actors to initial state and move the player position. Games that have to re-fetch from drive are typically ones that are rapidly flushing out environment and actors and whatever else from RAM. Like open world games that stream locations. In these cases it could be checking SSD. For a lot of cases in the video, though, there is a decent chance it was just resetting state from memory with no request to SSD at all.
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Thread Black DualSense and PS5 User Selection Screen
It's a (possible) photoshop. Now circle all the ones that in the same location. All over the place. Unless it's all from the same random seed every time you boot the photo was taken at the exact same time as the other screenshot...
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Thread I hope this silly negativity doesn't affect Horizon
I'm definitely disappointed by this news, and it's honestly silly to think that PS4 architecture can't/won't hold back H:FW design. The worst part is you will probably never know what was left on the cutting room floor due to this. There are so many game design non-starters when you're talking about PS4 vs PS5. The insane IO speed and strong CPUs can enable things just simply not possible before. The optics are in Sony's best interest, because they can just point to a screen with shiny visuals and say "see, it's prettier!"... but you'll never know what kind of features they hoped for and had to abandon. (this is, of course, assuming they even wanted to go in directions that would take advantage of PS5 architecture. Giant armies of enemies/allies, fast moving mounts that would fly through streaming worlds, portals, physics, destruction, gameplay functions that require huge CPU load, etc.)
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Thread Nintendo Switch Online passes 26 million paid memberships
Amazing. Animal Crossing alone was a push to get online. So many people got online, even just for a couple months, in order to play with friends. Nintendo just needs to keep the hits coming. Mario 35 is next.
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Thread French retailer Micromania may have leaked PS5 prices (500/400 €) and pre-order date + 4 launch titles (Micromania denies rumour on Twitter for now)
If Miles and Demon's Souls both happen to be there on launch day that would be one of the best launches in history.
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Thread 'I'm not comfortable living here': More Americans did actually try to move to Canada since Trump's 2016 election
I am probably one of the least patriotic people in my circle here in Canada, but I find it plain to see what is so appealing about the place. If there was a way for Americans to just magically get Canadian citizenship, and I was American, I would be packing immediately. It's also basically zero culture shock in that we have all the best parts of American culture but packaged with better social programs. Honestly the US is shambolic right now. All the issues I see in Canada and Europe are absolute jokes compared to what's going on there.
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Thread An IGN headline about the Xbox family of consoles is blowing minds on Twitter
That people outside of this forum are allowed to joke that systems like Vita, Xbox One and Wii U did not make it into popular culture and are forgettable. Also, . We joke about this stuff all the time even on this forum. This is embarrassing. If you think Brendan is biased you know absolutely nothing about him. Also, what exactly do you think he's biased for/against? This is nonsense.
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Thread PlayStation 5 Showcase broadcasts live this Wednesday at 1pm Pacific Time
Who is starting the summoning circle for a FFXVI and Silent Hill? I truly hope those show up at this one. A glance at a PS5 edition of FFVII would be amazing, too. Fingers are mega crossed.
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Thread Devs react to the Xbox Series S specs
I'm cringing fairly hard at people questioning developer takes and asking them to show proof of working on the hardware or whatever. Yikes. This goes for when it happened with PS5 takes as well. I'm not sure if people realize this, but there is so little bias of any kind in the industry. People are just excited about furthering the medium. If you hear a developer either excited or concerned about stuff, it's usually for good reason. Let's hold up with asking for receipts whenever a developer has an opinion on something.
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Thread If Sony follows MS price point with its digital only PS5 I might buy my first PlayStation since the PSX.
Haha! Getting some good chuckles in this thread :) We would be extremely lucky if PS5 DE was $399. It would be huge.
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Thread Now That We Have The Deets; Non Xbox Owners, Will You Purchase a Series S?
Having no disc drive basically guarantees it wouldn't be my main device, so I'll probably wait and maybe get it later. PS5 this holiday and then Series S down the road some day. It will eventually be a nice game pass machine, though.
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Thread Do you ever read conversations on Era about your profession/area of expertise, and shake your head at how wrong people are?
heh....yeah. I try not to let it get to me, but lately it's been tough as many people jump to "lazy" or "low effort" (or the occasional "greed") arguments on here. That's hard to listen to when there is dedication and hard work being done behind the scenes to make a game the best it can be. And most of the time I just shrug. Sometimes I'm actually impressed with how much people know, though. There was that thread that was calculating various PS5 price strategies based on financial outlooks and I was like...damn, there are some very smart people in the mix out here!
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Thread Official - Xbox Series S is $299/€299/£249, Smallest Xbox Ever [Up: Trailer added]
I know where it stems from. It's a silly measurement that not only doesn't mean much, but is now even actively confusing some people. Even in the perfect scenario of comparison, most people don't actually realize the real world difference of, say, PS5 vs Series X. It's nuanced enough that it would be hard to say exactly what on screen difference they will see. And yet it's thrown around as the monolithic "power" level.
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Thread Official - Xbox Series S is $299/€299/£249, Smallest Xbox Ever
It's a single measurement of one very specific operation. Which, as is demonstrated here, doesn't even translate with different architectures, let alone define console "''"power""'. It's been silly since the beginning. No developers (at least that I've met to date) talk about TF in the industry. There are so many different components that can lead to software running well in certain conditions or not. Edit: obviously some developers would care about actual TF. I should have said "few" developers.
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Thread Official - Xbox Series S is $299/€299/£249, Smallest Xbox Ever
I gotta say it's hilarious that people spent months insisting on peddling this meaningless measurement in TF as some universal indicator of power, and now are trying to tell people it doesn't actually matter when compared to the One X. Good grief. I hope this finally gets people to stop using TF seriously, but you just know it won't haha
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Thread So why is Galaxy 2 not on Mario 3D All-Stars?
This is entirely up in the air. 1. It might not exist. 2. It might be a complete re-invention/re-tuning of the controls. As in, maybe no motion controls at all and a focus of right stick to do "gestures" and 3. Skyward sword had almost no pointer controls and instead had motion gestures. The distinction is important. But either way, Switch Lite would be in trouble without a new approach to translate the foundation design.
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Thread So why is Galaxy 2 not on Mario 3D All-Stars?
The pointer controls are prevalent in Galaxy 2. Yoshi, a major part of the second game, relies entirely on being able to point at various elements on the screen and do things with them. Yes, there would be "workarounds" but I don't think any of them are elegant and you can bet people would not be happy with it. Honestly, I can see why Nintendo is taking it easy with Galaxy 2 given how much compromise and re-invention would be necessary. Hell, I actually think some people might be a bit pissed at even the minimal pointer stuff in Galaxy 1 on this collection. edit: and yeah, if you look at some of the gameplay above - again, imagine trying to come up with an elegant solution for this pointer/motion control stuff. It's not easy. Even lock-on would piss a lot of people off wouldn't really be representative of the original game's feel.
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Thread So why is Galaxy 2 not on Mario 3D All-Stars?
I don't think it's the same. I think Yoshi alone pushes it over the edge. Yoshi is a major gameplay feature that you use pretty extensively. Not to mention, their implementation for pointer controls is touch screen. With yoshi you're required a certain amount of dexterity that couples with running and jumping. With other features like blowing mario around you could arguably say it's probably ok to ask the user to let go of analog stick long enough to balance the Switch in handheld and just touch the screen. This is not the case with Yoshi. It's kind of a Kid Icarus 3DS situation.
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Thread So why is Galaxy 2 not on Mario 3D All-Stars?
Again, go back to another video that shows more Yoshi gameplay on ground. Imagine every time you need to use yoshi's tongue you have to take your hand off of right "grip" (with the face buttons) and go to touch screen on your lap, and then quickly go back to right grip with the face buttons. That would be a nightmare control solution that people in this thread would laugh at.
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Thread Super Mario 3D All-Stars has now outsold the 2020 sales of every game on Amazon except Animal Crossing
Pretty hilarious just how different the response is in this forum vs. what I see others talking about IRL. Most people (including myself) are just so excited to have a collection of 3 fantastic games. Nobody cares about the limited time, nobody cares that there aren't more changes. This is much simpler than the forum makes it out to be - at the end of the day, this is three fantastic Mario games in one package. It's one of the most enticing products on Nintendo's platform for that alone.
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Thread So why is Galaxy 2 not on Mario 3D All-Stars?
I would suggest go checking out some videos. It's actually really tightly integrated. People are quick to say "greed" and such, but I'm having a hard time coming up with a way that would work elegantly on handheld or Switch Lite. Even if it were relegated to a right stick, you still need face buttons to jump. It would be a mess. At the very least it wouldn't be anywhere near what kind of dexterity you are expected to work with in the original game.
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Thread So why is Galaxy 2 not on Mario 3D All-Stars?
Yup. And not to mention, can you imagine how upset people would be if it inevitably auto-targets something they don't want? I wouldn't blame them. One look at that video should at least show people that the port is not nearly as straightforward as you think.
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Thread Washington man gets stunning souvenir with COVID-19 treatment: a $1.1 million bill
It's actually kind of incredible that so many people even in this thread can't see the issue with a 3k bill. That is considered pretty much unthinkable elsewhere. I would be livid if it happened to anyone I know here. America has to fight hard to get universal healthcare, stat. This is is shameful. It should have been one of, if not the most important issues to lock down.
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Thread [Poll] Did we overestimate the influence The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild would have in the design of open-world videogames?
Yup. This game has definitely made its mark, even in just design discussions around the industry.
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Thread Super Mario 3D All Stars for Switch (Higher resolution, includes all OSTs) Coming Sept. 18th (Limited digital + physical run until March 2021)
This is going in circles. So what do you use for the parts of the game I referred to? Parts that required a pointer. edit: ah, sounds like it's touch screen
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Thread Super Mario 3D All Stars for Switch (Higher resolution, includes all OSTs) Coming Sept. 18th (Limited digital + physical run until March 2021)
But what do people with Switch Lite use here? There seems to be some confusion if Joycons are hard required for the single player game here or not.
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Thread Super Mario 3D All Stars for Switch (Higher resolution, includes all OSTs) Coming Sept. 18th (Limited digital + physical run until March 2021)
Can somebody remind me - were there not wiimote related actions all over the place in Galaxy? Like a level where you have to use a pointer to blow mario around like a fan? And collecting bits could be done with pointer at any time too, no?
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Thread JOKER |OT| Viviamo in una società |SPOILERS|
I really didn't like it very much. It just felt miserable and paced kind of poorly. It also felt like half of a film and wouldn't be able to stand on its own. I immediately compared it to Rogue One on exiting the cinema. But it had some technical excellence. Some shots were great and JP was really strong here.
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Thread Xbox's The Initiative continues its hiring spree with Naughty Dog, Bungie, Crystal Dynamics, Respawn... alumni
Haha yup! Though of course it does take a while to build up strong team dynamics, but yeah...this is how teams are usually made haha
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Thread Taipei-based Economic Daily News: New more powerful Switch console with new features coming next year.
Hope it's true. I imagine I'm not alone, but I will pay pretty much any price for the best possible hardware to play Breath of the Wild 2 on. That is my most anticipated title by far, and I would gladly grab a Switch Pro to play with slightly more stable framerate or slightly bigger screen or whatever they want to offer.
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Thread Ryan McCaffrey (IGN): I was wrong to drink the "current-gen won't hold next-gen back" Kool-Aid
Things get especially nutty with the SSDs. The CPUs are brutal, but the SSD/IO complex (especially on the PS5) are like going two generations ahead in progress all at once. There are some new design paradigms that would be actual non-starters on the old drives and CPUs.
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Thread How much do you REALLY care about backwards compatability?
The first couple months, maybe a bit. After that, pretty much not at all. To be honest, I've not touched my PS3 or 360 games. I've gone back to 1 or 2 Wii U games, but that's it. There are many games to play these days that I find it less likely to go back.
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Thread Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Announced (Rocksteady, 2022, PS5/XSX/PC, 1-4 Player Co-op or SP with Bots)
Not just that, but having the entire gameplay experience be more grindy/games-as-a-service-y. Once you start going down that hole, gameplay is affected in a massive way. Having bespoke, scripted sequences with perfectly tailored story beats? Most likely out the window if you're looking to stretch an experience over months or years. Again, I hope I'm wrong, but [broadly gestures to all the GaaS coming out of the woodwork]
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Thread Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Announced (Rocksteady, 2022, PS5/XSX/PC, 1-4 Player Co-op or SP with Bots)
This totally reads as games as a service to me. Unless they are doing some next level, story-driven, co-op that just happens to also be on like a 7-8 year dev cycle? Think about that for a moment and it should become clear that they see dollars coming from persistent online games and want a piece of that action. Obviously I hope I'm wrong.
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Thread Developers also share how adaptive triggers and haptic feedback provide new game experiences on PS5.
It all depends on how easy it is to implement. Tons of 3rd parties (myself included) delved into HD Rumble stuff on Switch because it's easy. Developers are actually usually excited to implement fun new features like this, so long as it's easy to put in!
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Thread Developers also share how adaptive triggers and haptic feedback provide new game experiences on PS5.
I don't blame people for being confused, as we've not really seen anything like these triggers before (in a home console). Adaptive/resistive triggers are a pretty big departure!
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Thread Tom Warren: XSS GPU to be 20CU running at 1.55Ghz ≈ 3.97TF
Kinda. To be honest, I find it makes the entire conversation look even more silly. TF are a meaningless way to measure this stuff, but you have people argue that it's totally the most important factor for Series X and totally an issue for Series S. It's funny that it is this thing that matters entirely or not at all. It's used as nothing but console warring ammunition by people who (99.9% of the time) have zero clue what it all means.
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Thread Tom Warren: XSS GPU to be 20CU running at 1.55Ghz ≈ 3.97TF
I know this is going to be seen as snark, but I sincerely hope that something like the Series S shows people how meaningless TF are as a measure of "power". I know that people want an ultra simple measure, but this has been silly for a long time.
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Thread How big of an issue do you think storage space will be on next-gen consoles?
I think Sony was mentioning the statistics showing how many games people are playing at any given time, and on average it wasn't really that high. Hopefully enough that 800GB is enough for the 1-4 games you want access to. Personally I fall into that main category they found, as I am only playing maybe 2-3 games max at any given time. And that's at the higher level. Swapping things out of the fridge doesn't really phase me. I'm all too happy to usher in this new era of lightning fast SSD if that means needing to continue the current trend of re-downloading or installing (and it should be faster with better internet every year, and a crazy fast target drive read/write speed) It's surely going to be brought up a lot, though. And for good reason.
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Thread Does the price of a next gen console influence which one you're gonna buy?
I really don't care how much the PS5 costs. Same with Nintendo consoles. They have absolute must-have titles, so I'm always going to be there. I really hope this is the generation that MS gets there, too. To be fair, though, price is not really about us at all. The lower prices are a factor for people outside the enthusiast sphere. It's just unfortunate for us, as I find price the most boring aspect of these things. We wait years to have a taste of next generation - spending 100 dollars more or less doesn't really matter to us.
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Thread Shinobi on Xbox "Stuff that was planned for this month pushed to next month."
As someone who is not a big comic book IP fan, and as someone who got the sales prediction for Spiderman 2018 all wrong, I think people are repeating my mistake. Not only was Spiderman way stronger sales force than I thought, the game's quality pretty much completely lived up to expectations. Honestly, pound for pound, Spiderman is probably one of the strongest games you could launch a system with in 2020, even as a semi-sequel. We have a tendency to look at history to find long storied franchises as the easy picks, but Spiderman is a huge draw and is coming off an amazing start from Insomniac. tl;dr Miles Morales is absolutely a system seller, and it would be foolish to underestimate the draw of Spiderman right now.
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Thread [Verge] Microsoft’s new Xbox Series S console confirmed in leaked controller packaging
I don't think it's objective at all, but I see a lot of people being oddly defensive about the naming? Maybe I'm mis-reading it, but it really comes across that way. Some people are calling it "concern trolling", but I don't really see it. When other companies do similarly bad names, they were (rightfully) pointed out at the time as well (>new< 3DS, Wii U, etc.)
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Thread [Verge] Microsoft’s new Xbox Series S console confirmed in leaked controller packaging
1) TF are absolutely stupid measure in general. It gets even more silly when people point out the "power ranking" here. 2) There is no reason to be so defensive about MS' naming scheme. It's awful and confusing. Couple in #1 and it gets even more confusing. 3) Very much looking forward to seeing the Xbox Series S details!
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Thread Wade Davis writing for Rolling Stone: "How Covid-19 Signals the End of the American Era"
Great article. I can only speak as someone on the outside looking in (from Canada), but America has been on a serious decline for years. The country is seen as being in shambles by almost everyone I've encountered (and that includes europeans I spoke with on travels). And, I know this gets brought out a trillion times, but every time something like universal health care comes up, people outside of the US cannot believe that such a nation exists without it. It's utterly baffling to watch the debates in the US around it.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake shipped + digitally sold over 5 million copies; Highest selling digital title for Square Enix on PS (2 Million)
The only thing that other AC thread demonstrates is that most people have no idea idea what certain games/franchises/genres sell.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake shipped + digitally sold over 5 million copies; Highest selling digital title for Square Enix on PS (2 Million)
Just think: this is a single platform, too. Then Xbox, PC, PS5. Then bundle collections of part 1-3 (or whatever) all in one package. Over the years this will keep selling in different ways.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake shipped + digitally sold over 5 million copies; Highest selling digital title for Square Enix on PS (2 Million)
I also think it would be really bizarre if Sony didn't push for a huge PS5 edition of this game before the exclusivity is up. It would be super smart to keep that deal rolling as long as possible. Ideally I would have said FFVIIR PS5 edition at launch day, but we've not heard anything about it and maybe that's unlikely at this point.
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Thread Imran Khan: "Sony has locked timed exclusivity for some huge and widely known multiplatform games"
This is not even in the right ballpark. GTA is a of a franchise. I don't think they could land an exclusive deal, but if they did, it would be
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Thread Pikmin 3 Deluxe Launches 10/30. Featuring multiple difficulty modes, new side-story missions featuring Olimar & Louie, and all the DLCs
Even though it's the third entry in the series, I guess this is the best shot it is has :) Anybody who has not played the series or this game, be sure to give it a shot! It's some of Nintendo's best work.
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Thread Pikmin 3 Deluxe Launches 10/30. Featuring multiple difficulty modes, new side-story missions featuring Olimar & Louie, and all the DLCs
This was criminally overlooked because it was on a cursed platform. It's an incredible game and the challenges on the side (as well as the multiplayer) were equally amazing. Honestly one of Nintendo's best games.
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Thread The Cherno reacts to Halo Infinite
The exact quote of his: "Multiple of his videos show a fairly basic () understanding of graphics in fact." The guy is a highly knowledgeable, experienced developer. If Corralx knows something I don't (and that Cherno doesn't) I think it would be good to say so. Maybe Corralx is also a developer and has corrections to share?
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Thread (Now Deleted) WRC 9 Preview hints deep integration of games with the PS5 OS.
This was the feature we've all been praying for since hinted at in Wired. What it also hints at is a complete bypass of normal game "boot" features like showing licensed technologies and legal boilerplate. It's possible they've moved that to an OS level info screen instead. This would be huge, and let people dive directly into a point in a game in just seconds.
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Thread The Cherno reacts to Halo Infinite
The only "error" I've seen from him is not really seeing that Clank's reflections were raytraced, I think? Which is extremely nitpicky. These are his side videos, for fun, while he works on his game engine series. If somebody is going to disparage him I'd at least like to see what I'm missing and maybe, hell, give him a heads up that he's got a gap in knowledge so he can apply it forward.
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Thread Ghost of Tsushima Update 1.05 brings new difficulty, lower intensity combat, and more text options
The text options! I have to at least applaud them for getting those in so soon after launch. Means they must have been a decent priority.
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Thread What's The Most Impressive Next Gen Footage We've Seen So Far?
I also agree that it's a safe bet re: Horizon. Will Aloy have peach fuzz on her face while you're running around? Maybe not. Does it really matter to the overall "wow factor" on the visuals? Probably not, in that that same bandwidth will be applied to details that the camera has larger focus on (like even foliage). And maybe there won't be any reason to have crabs have such incredible fidelity if the camera never gets close to them. Betting against Guerilla would be foolish at this point, though. I'm incredibly confident the game is going to be a stunner.
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Thread What's The Most Impressive Next Gen Footage We've Seen So Far?
For the Kena stuff, I think it's important to note that it's using pre-rendered cutscenes. Even the developer noted this before, as pointed out in another thread Although, you know, reading it that could be interpreted in a couple ways. I just assumed it's pre-rendered since the lighting and such get a big bump, and the game is cross generation as well.
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Thread I think God of War was the most "perfect" masterpiece I've played this generation
I'd also agree that Inside is the closest thing to a "perfect" game, even if I'm not sure I'd choose it as my absolute favorite. It's as close to flawless as I can think of. God of War was "good" to me. I didn't really like the series up to now. The new one was by far the most palatable for non-fans like me, but still left a lot to be desired. At least they made me somewhat look forward to the next story, so that is an accomplishment.
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Thread Hashinshin (League of legends ex pro/twitch streamer) permanently banned from twitch following reports of grooming underage women
I don't follow this particular scene, but that has to be one of the worst responses I've seen on these matters.
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Thread Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda |OT| The Hylian Dance
Wild that there aren't any advance reviews on this one? I guess the really awkward timing of E3 being here and all. I pre-ordered it anyway, as I loved Crypt.
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Thread Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda |OT| The Hylian Dance
A tiny bit surprised it's not perma-death rogue-like by default but really that makes a lot of sense given the Zelda crowd it's going to attract.
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Thread Does Ghost of Tsushima manage to scratch that Feudal Japan Assassin’s Creed itch for you?
I'm personally enjoying this more than Assassin's Creed (though admittedly I haven't played too many of them). It has a lot of its own flare and identity. It's excellent!
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Thread Phil Spencer: XGS titles for the “next couple of years” will be cross-gen
What is an absolute fact that cannot be disputed is that games designed to run on XBO hardware cannot take advantage of new SSD speed in terms of game design. It just can't. The mechanical drives could not do (without some extreme wizardry) some of the things we've already seen on PS5 (for the absolute most obvious, gimicky example - the rifts in Ratchet & Clank). You can work around a lot of things, but there are certain elements that are just non starters. If you want to argue about if you any of those things, then by all means that's cool. I can totally see why people would just want fun games for cheap, even if it sacrifices next gen paradigms.
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Thread Phil Spencer: XGS titles for the “next couple of years” will be cross-gen
I still think this is a bad idea, but I understand if some like it. Personally I like cutting off the generations so we can re-start without the old limitations.
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Thread [Liberation] Sexual harassment at Ubisoft: "We knew". (>100 cases from harassment to rape, half were known to HR, toxicity tolerated with results)
This whole thing is utterly disgusting. I'm especially dismayed to hear how Guillemot turns a blind eye.
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Thread Era Vegans - what foods have you not been able to find a good replacement for?
I'm going to say what pretty much everyone else says - cheese. It's the one thing I can't find a good replacement for and basically just avoid. I use nutritional yeast like everybody else, but it's only a singular taste without really nailing that usual cheese flavor. It's the one thing I wish we could get a lab-grown, cruelty free version of. That's about it, though. All the meats are easy to replace, as is milk.
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Thread Neil Druckmann has been getting transphobic, homophobic, anti-Semitic messages [fake spoilers in tweets]
I don't know about the rest of you, but that got me. It's both sentimental subject matter and trying times for these creators. I am personally kind of moved that they would do it again even in the face of this garbage. It's a display of integrity (that shouldn't be necessary, but here we are). Very admirable position from Neil and Laura and the crew. Raise a glass.
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Thread On people who spoil shit...
I can't tell if you're joking? There are tons of films I've seen without knowing a single thing about them beforehand. For instance, when I sat in the theater to watch Parasite I didn't even know what it was. And it was a much better experience for it. There are many reasons to watch/play/read something without needing to get into the details: the author, the director, recommendations from friends, the general tone you perceive from others ("it's gritty", "it was deam-like"), and many more.
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Thread On people who spoil shit...
There are loads of things you can get into before you start talking about minutiae of plot. "I liked this show because the pacing was extremely on point, the characters were very well realized, the music was deliciously ominous"... and so on and so forth. I just don't subscribe to your approach at all. The one time where I think your approach really applies is if you have triggers that are absolute non starters. For some of my friends, having subject matter of harsh violence against women is a trigger and they would like to know that before starting an experience somewhere. But yes, if you were a good friend of mine and you said "you should watch this. I think you'd like it. It's one of my favorite shows"... then yeah I'd highly consider watching it. That's one of the best parts of having friends or other people's views on media around you - it makes for easy curation, especially if you often have overlap in taste. Stuff I play/watch/read is often from the recommendations from friends, and very often I'm going in blind.
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Thread Understanding The Last of Us Part II | Girlfriend Reviews (big spoilers)
Yeah, many people seem to forget that the entire ending of the first game was provocative. There was a safer, more "hollywood" way to write (and pace) the entire ending. If all that Part 2 did was to be a safe continuation then I actually feel it would have been against the spirit of the overall direction. Joel dying fairly soon after was (sadly) just the way things had to be in this world. The world is brutal and unrelenting. And to an even bigger degree, the switch to Abby right in the moment where you'd expect resolution gives the entire outing a unique and challenging flavor. At the end of the day, I'll take "interesting" over "safe" any day of the week.
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Thread What Is the PlayStation Studio That You Are Interested In The Most Next Gen?
TLoU Part II cemented Naughty Dog as the studio that will deliver unrivaled "events" in the medium. They are my top pick. At this point whatever they put out next is automatically on my personal media blackout list and will drop any other game to play it on day 1.
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Thread Shawn Layden: "I would welcome a return to the 12 to 15 hour AAA game"
People seriously bringing up TLoU2? I don't want this game to end. I'm deliberately spacing out my time with it so I don't race through it too fast. Games are like essays - they can be everything from short to long, and it only matters if it's meaningful. Not every game is "bloated" to every player, even at 20+ hours.
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Thread More than three years later, do you think Resident Evil 7 is a good Resident Evil game?
It's an excellent game. Better than I had expected. The ending fell pretty flat, but the first 75%ish was really good. The "puzzle room" part was reallyyy fresh and interesting.
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Thread Rumor: Sony rebooting Silent Hill series - Update: Maybe August
I know we've been talking about this for a while, but I still can't help but get excited at the prospect of something like Silent Hill (and maybe some of the original team) returning. I'm not even world's biggest fan or anything, but I have a real fondness for what Silent Hill brought to PS1 and PS2 era. I think it will turn a lot of heads. Just thinking of Silent Hill, FF7, and a number of big PS titles getting unveiled for PS5 is exciting! Edit: To be clear, I don't know anything, but I totally believe the mods and KatharsisT.
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Thread Next gen graphics are underwhelming
I'm actually not surprised if people find it underwhelming. It's all subjective. I'm personally blown away (especially at Demon's Souls, Horizon 2, and R&C) and super excited, but I actually totally understand if people don't have the same reaction. The stuff we've been getting these last several years on PS4 were bonkers. Even some of the comparisons people post of R&C vs PS4 or the Control RT vs. no RT are actually pretty subtle in my opinion. People who currently find it underwhelming: I hope you get a "wow!" moment at some point this upcoming gen!
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Thread PS5 Price to be a Sh*t Sandwich?
It's not. Jim Ryan confirmed it's just a disc drive addition/exclusion. "As you saw, there is a small difference in the form factor of the two consoles. I'm sure you also observed, the basic design aesthetic is consistent between them. So there is that and the fact that the digital edition does not have a disk drive. That is it. Other than that, they are identical products."
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Thread PS5 Price to be a Sh*t Sandwich?
I don't think it really has to do with Microsoft. It's just a generally bad idea to reveal your price early unless your price is so good that it's a bulletpoint feature. With most premium products the price is certainly not one of the best features about it. Wait until later, so the discussion can actually be about what this thing is and the quality of the lineup.
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Thread PS5 games unveil: Sony recommends headphones,
I know I've said this prediction a number of times, but: I think having this showcase release before TLoU2 is strategic. TLoU Part II is one of the biggest releases of the year and probably the biggest ever production from a Playstation Studios team - they will absolutely want to associate PS5 with this game somehow and get people buying with confidence. Even if it's just "play it on PS5 for the highest resolution everything and better framerate". Best case scenario? "Oh yeah, we've been working on the native PS5 version of the game in parallel, which you will receive for free if you own the PS4 edition" As usual, I might be way off, but I think they've really deliberately pushed to air before TLoU2 for a reason.
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Thread Playstation 5: The Future of Gaming Presentation Back On For June 11th
No idea! My gut tells me that the only things showing up at this thing are exclusives and absolute head-turning bangers. Something on the level of FFXVI, for instance. Sony knows what they are doing. They'll most likely want to curate this to be cream of the crop.
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Thread Trailer for Hulu miniseries THE GREAT (Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult) from writer of The Favourite
Surprised more people aren't watching this. It was a solid production the whole way through. Well written and provocative. Makes you feel a lot of the emotional spectrum.
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Thread Do you guys think the SSD in PS5/Xbox Series X is a gamechanger?
I'm hesitant to answer this, as there are a lot of factors (and every dev will have their own take :)), but this is just my take on it. From where we stand, this is the order of importance: Development pipeline and workflow, Drive/IO speed, CPU, GPU, RAM. Tools and realities of asset creation is still incredibly important. Now that our drives are about to go mach speed we can finally hit the dream of loading all those assets in a snap. CPU was unfortunately quite slow this generation and was a bottleneck for a lot of operations. GPUs have been doing a ton of heavy lifting for a long time now. I'm basically not worried about GPUs at this point. And finally, with SSDs about to pop off, RAM can potentially be used in a much more efficient way and doesn't need to grow at the same rate. Short answer is probably tools, engines catching up, and artist workflows improving (for instance, the advent of procedural asset workflow was an boon to getting high quality assets in a much shorter time. We wouldn't have even gotten the detailed worlds we have now without it). Even with all our improvements in hardware, it still takes a long time to develop assets!
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Thread Do you guys think the SSD in PS5/Xbox Series X is a gamechanger?
I feel like of these are a bit off, but they are getting close. Here's the way I see it: SSD doesn't get used as RAM, but rather it can fill your RAM with necessary data a rate never seen before (mostly talking about PS5 here as it's far and away the trailblazer in this regard) that is essentially creating a new paradigm for asset streaming. As an example, let's say you're standing on a hill between two cities in GTA6. If you look at the first city it streams in all 7 GB of data (Even that is very hard to imagine for a single vista) while you look at it. Then, as you swing the camera behind you to look at city #2, the RAM dumps the assets for city#1 and the drive loads the entirety of the new assets in city #2 before it's even in view. Another example is one somebody alluded to in another thread with Demon's Souls remake. You could have all the arch stones be portals (like the game Portal) into whole other worlds and seemlessly run in and out of them without a single stutter, because the drive/IO complex is so fast it can load an entire other huge area in effectively a blink. We've never seen anything like this before in games. I'm not really sure I'd attribute SSD to better framerates just yet. Nor would I say it's going to lead to more rich animations (though that is of course possible, if teams were ascribing that as a limit in their projects). LODs? Absolutely. The "way way" slower game sizes? I'm skeptical, but optimistic, as our assets are about to balloon like crazy. But let's talk about OS, as that's one of the more exciting bits to me. While I've been beating the drum that blazing fast drive is as that's an antiquated way to think of loading in a game), I still think there some incredible changes that could happen on the OS. As you hinted towards, if there was a way they could get around licensing problems then games could theoretically boot straight into gameplay in effectively 1-4 seconds? (hard to know for sure as some games/engines pre-warm data even after loaded from the drive) And that's from a cold boot, not resuming. It would feel like hopping around to various movies in netflix, where the trailers take 2 seconds or so to fade in and start playing. I feel like the OS and the instantaneous nature of all this is going to be almost as exciting as the brain melting visuals and sounds. People will actually to play more as they will press a button and they are immediately playing.
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Thread Do you guys think the SSD in PS5/Xbox Series X is a gamechanger?
Yeah, as a lot of other developers are saying, SSDs will in some ways be the unsung hero this upcoming generation. GPU is always touted by players because it's pretty easy to equate more pixels = more betterer. However, the SSD is going to open whole new doors even if you don't realize it. That demon's souls example is something we've never done before. It would feel like magic to me. Running in and out of entire different worlds with completely different vistas, soundscapes, etc. (to be clear, I don't think Demon's Souls will actually do this. There are too many problems I could foresee with this approach that would make it impractical for this particular game)
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Thread It feels good to be a Final Fantasy stan right now
VIIR single handedly brought me back. I've not been excited about Final Fantasy since late PS1 or early PS2 days (though maybe I should actually give XII a chance...) Square really did an amazing job on this one and I'm now eagerly awaiting part 2 or word on XVI.
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Thread VG24/7:Epic rewrite I/O subsystem with PS5 SSD in mind
People seriously jumping right to platform warring? The PS5 I/O complex is incredible, and I'm not sure why people are getting sour about it. We're talking about the future of the medium you love, so pushing boundaries anywhere is a win.
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Thread SONY: "Being silent about the violence and racism black people experience is being complicit" #BlackLivesMatter [Also Matching Donations]
Yeah, this is amazing. Whoever is running the account is doing an A++ job
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Thread In light of what's happening, should June events be postponed?
I don't envy the person that needs to make this call. Ultimately I'd want to delay it, but the problem is that there's no better future date where this systemic problem is "solved" and ready to get back to happy fun time. And yes, it's somewhat American-centric, but even as a non American I think solidarity on this universal issue is important.
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Thread AOC says if you want to end the unrest, but not call out police brutality, all you're asking for is the continuation of quiet oppression.
Speaking as a non-American: she is a treasure that America should hold onto for dear life.
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Thread Twitter has for the first time slapped a violence warning on Trump’s tweet on threatening to shoot protesters
Those saying that deplatforming only works at certain scales: we have no evidence of that. A platform is elevated by its very nature. Get him off the platform and he'll scurry to some other one, but it will absolutely hurt him even if it's just temporary. It also sends a lot of positive signals and sets a precedent for what kind of world we want to be interacting in when we're online. There are so many good reasons to ban his account like all other offenders.
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Thread Jason Schreier reporting - Sony is planning a PlayStation 5 game reveal event for next Wednesday, June 3
Are people really that sure we're going to see Spiderman 2? We all know Sony would to show it here, but it feels too soon. I've already posted previous predictions, and they aren't really changing all that much: - They will show how your purchase of TLoU2 is safe right now. This is imperative. It's one of the biggest games of the year and probably the biggest Playstation Studios game ever. It needs to have a presence in PS5 rollout. - Likely: Guerrilla Games with Horizon, Bluepoint with Demon's Souls, Silent Hill. Less likely, but still possible as a tiny teaser: Spiderman 2 and God of War 2. - OS features like blazing fast game bootup from a cold start. This would probably wow people just as much as the games. In the SSD could get into actual gameplay from fresh start (as in, not suspended game) in like 2-4 seconds? Can't wait to see what they do here. - At least one prominent 3rd party showing. This is the time to really make it count. Maybe FFXVI or CoD Next Gen. I somewhat doubt this is the venue for RE8, but who knows! edit: - oh yeah, and no price yet. console reveal, as it's meant to go into mass production in June and you'd want to get ahead of the crappy phone cam leaks.
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Thread Game Engine Designer (Hazel, Frostbite) breaks down Road to PS5 Cerny presentation
It could be either or both. Breath of the Wild, for instance, shows an entire world in front of you and it runs off a handheld. The trick being that they have aggressive LOD implementations (and built an incredibly efficient engine by the looks of things). I think it's safe to say that rendering isn't as much of a bottleneck now. We just need to get high quality stuff off the drive fast enough and hiding it was the best way to do so.
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Thread Realistically, how many games can we expect to fit on the SSDs in the new consoles?
Yeah, maybe at it's worst near the end of the gen (only installing massive AAA games), this is what it would be like using only the drives shipped on the OG PS5 and XBSX. Again, we're just talking about the drives. You could probably just keep a huge HDD with game data nearby and swap things in and out of the "fridge" as necessary.
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Thread How can people call themselves ’animal lovers’ and then eat meat?
I actually agree with OP. I went vegan partly for this reason. Looking at cows and pigs and such and realizing we drew an arbitrary line in the sand that one animal should be loved while the other should be treated inhumanely was a bridge too far.
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Thread Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5
That might have been my favorite part of the demo. We've never had such natural dynamic light without serious elbow grease and smoke 'n mirrors! Then 3 seconds later you see the statue made out of a bajillion triangles..... and then 5 seconds later "oh, we filled a whole room full of these and more".
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Thread Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5
Anybody knocking XSX or turning this into warring makes me sad haha. Just be excited today. Some people are excited about PS5 and UE5 and video games. XSX is gonna be just fine.
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Thread Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5
Or maybe they attached to Sony because they were going the strongest on drive speed on this coming generation - a bottleneck that has plagued us for generations and the single biggest upgrade in this upcoming one. It would make working on a cutting edge demo that requires streaming data that much easier. They even hinted to this in their interview. I'm not a fool - I get that money can go in hand. But there are lots of reasons this sort of thing can be set up, least of which is just that devs are excited to work on exciting hardware. PS5 is exciting.
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Thread Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5
I don't know, because I didn't make the game. As is usually the case, unless you can actually sit down with the assets and pipeline, it is hard to say for sure. I can wager a guess that this is intensive on data stream. Yeah, I get that you could be taking the cynical route and saying that Epic were paid to say such-and-such, but they were singing the praises of the incredible PS5 drive. And, at least from what I can see on paper, so am I. Sony basically said "we don't want a half measure on drive speed" and it shows.
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Thread Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5
I didn't say that. As I've been saying for a while - I'd take extra drive speed over extra GPU strength any day of the week. The faster, the better. For that reason (and others), PS5 is is just a wicked piece of hardware on paper.
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Thread Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5
I still am absolutely shocked that they just drop in zbrush models without any extra work. I'm not sure it's even fully sunk in yet. It's huge for the player and huge for the developer. PS5 and UE5
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Thread Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5
While it's true that there are loads of extra systems running in a final production game (enemy AI and pathing, along with other actor information), this is actually a representation of a game as far as demos go. It does a lot of game stuff and is fully interactive. I wouldn't be worried.
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Thread Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5
I'm just guessing, as I've not seen their pipeline (obvs), but you can use textures as atlases. It costs less to have the largest possible texture in memory and just access that over and over for multiple pieces of the scene. This is a common technique. However, that is and amazing news. Every part of this demo is just nuts
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Thread Unreal Engine 5 Revealed! | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5
I really am not trying to say "I told you so", but when I was talking about how important SSDs are, this is why. They are streaming in millions if not billions of triangles and 8k textures as they are needed. This is thoroughly mind blowing. The thought of never needing LOD levels on a model again has me excited :)
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Thread Epic Games Store features roadmap
Ok, I'll address your points: - They'll be good enough. I don't care about 90% of Steam features. - Don't care. I would do the same as Phoenix in their position. - Again, I don't care and don't agree with those ten billion Gamers Rising Up And, most importantly, I don't like how toxic the discussions of this have become. There's zero room for being positive. I'm an indie developer and really don't like that Steam is my only viable option. I am rooting for Epic to at least make Valve compete on publisher share. If Steam were to increase publisher share because of the new competition then Epic will have my immense respect.
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Thread Next gen SSD is the single biggest performance jump ever from generation to generation
People talking about third party games needing to design around lowest common denominator hardware aren't necessarily wrong, per se, but I just feel they're focusing on a different set of goal posts than a lot of others are (including myself). This is subjective, but I play games (and make them) to experience the boundaries of our medium. It's exciting to see new things! Having a SSD standard/guaranteed in every box means we're on a new frontier. I personally choose to focus on the positive - those who design for it are breaking new ground. Yes, those who design around mechanical drives can't take the same liberties, but many studios will finally be able to design around a new paradigm starting today. My imagination is going wild with possibilities in a way it did for other classic breakthrough hardware ("Using discs instead of a cartridge? What could we possibly load with that?") Once again, all the warring and arguing makes me a little sad. I guess that's just how it goes, but I'm going to continue focusing on the exciting parts!
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Thread Next gen SSD is the single biggest performance jump ever from generation to generation
I wish I could put a giant banner on the top of the forum that reads "it's not about load times" Drives today are predominantly streaming. Load screens are only a small portion of their use. The faster you can stream, the richer the world. If you can stream in fast enough, design itself can even change. PS5 drive is legit so fast we are opening doors on design that we still don't know exactly where it could take us.
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Thread Jason Schreier: something PS5 related will be happening by early-mid June
people like what Sony has been doing this generation. And they have a killer last big year, to boot. FF7R, TLoU2, and Ghost of Tsushima are some of the best advertisement for PS5 because, as you said "next gen will be exactly that again". They can't satisfy everybody, but they have consistently supported their platforms with games that apparently a ton of people enjoy (based on raw sales). Like other people said - the "silver bullet" is always "games". It's impossible to break down popularity to one single metric, but if we had to choose one, that would be it. It's the same reason Nintendo is as loved as they are. MS fumbled this generation hard, which is actually a bad look for their new generation. Even Nintendo supported WiiU with lots of great games that people look back on fondly (Splatoon and Mario Maker in the later years, for example). Had MS had a really strong closing year or two with killer software, that would have helped their cause.
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Thread AC:Valhalla spot during Inside Xbox on the 7th to be "in-game" first look teaser, not gameplay demo.
It's funny everybody getting worked up over this. If GTA6 was revealed with the usual in-game camera and cinematics, as they usually do, people would be . Myself included.
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Thread People who have stuck with PlayStation or Xbox throughout the years, would you switch?
Microsoft kind of fell off a cliff for like... 7+ years. And their latest pitch involves games that will be on PC and also their 2013 hardware. We need to see their full sales pitch, but right now it's a lock I get PS5 and whatever Nintendo makes. I'm open to Xbox as always, but their lineup hasn't been compelling for a while now.
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Thread [GamingRoute] The Last of Us 2 is currently the best selling PS4 game in many countries despite the leaks
Threads like these are honestly kind of insufferable heh. People who read leaks chiming in with their premature hot takes and gross ""hints"". Ugh. I might have to avoid every TLoU2 thread from here on in if that's really how people are going to be.
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Thread Open world fatigue is a bitch, who can relate?
Gonna echo what a lot of other people are saying, but Breath of the Wild was a revelation in this regard. It feels different in many ways, even just in presentation. It has an emphasis on good moment-to-moment game feel. It has an emphasis on serene nature and your connection to it. But yes, I do find other games like RDR2 just feel very "samey" in their open world and it burns me out.
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Thread Does Skyler White from Breaking Bad get too much hate?
She gets too much hate. If anything, I feel this is a perfect litmus test for the biases and objectivity of the viewer. You are seeing it through the lens of Walter. If you project his tribulations onto her you might be fooled into thinking she's annoying/aggravating/insufferable.
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Thread How Did You Feel about the Trevor Torture Scene in GTA V?
It's by far the worst part of the story and I almost quit right there. I don't know if I'd call it offensive, but I had similar thoughts as yours, OP. It's an extremely disturbing matter handled in a terrible way. Even simulated torture like this rattles me and it upsets me further how terribly they handled the subject. There was nothing interesting or funny about it. Just stupid shock handled like 12 year olds.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake sells 3.5 million copies in 3 days
With good word of mouth, I imagine this game is going to sell a over time. Let's not forget that every time somebody sees promotion for Part 2 they will be reminded to pick up this amazing first entry. It feels good to be actually excited about Final Fantasy again. It's been a very long time.
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Thread DualSense 5 becomes second most liked ‘Gaming’ post in instagram's history
I just disagree. Give us a toolbox of interesting features that developers can choose to use or not. Sometimes they are huge winners across the board, and sometimes they are used by the prestige first party teams. Either way is great. You better believe I'm excited to try out these new triggers. I wouldn't be surprised to see these being used in a ton of games - even multi platform ones. It often comes down to how easy they are to implement. Stuff like the really precise HD Rumble in switch controllers is to implement due to Nintendo's excellent tools.
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Thread DualSense 5 becomes second most liked ‘Gaming’ post in instagram's history
Beautiful or ugly, it helps that the controller is It offers new features and is deliberately breaking away from past generations. It signals something fresh on the horizon.
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Thread VGC: Capcom is working on a Resident Evil 4 Remake
One of the best games ever made without a shadow of a doubt. It's also still highly playable today, so this is interesting. I personally hope they take loads of liberties to re-imagine every locale in the game. This is going to be a on the next gen consoles!
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Thread The lack of a new Monster Hunter entry on Switch seems a bad business decision
It's certainly one of the more bizarre decisions I've seen so far. They're very clearly "leaving money on the table" right now. Even with the huge resources it would take to make a new entry on Switch, it would absolutely sell.
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Thread Mario 64 is one of the few remaining iconic Nintendo games with rough graphics, do we expect the Switch game (or another remake) to look great?
What I've been wondering is if they've asked the Tokyo team to remake 64 right after wrapping up Odyssey. Then Sunshine and Galaxy get more modest remasters. It's a bit of a long shot, but if any game deserves a revisit (especially of these three) it's 64.
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Thread Multiple sources: Several Mario games (64/Sunshine/Galaxy 1/3D World) getting Switch remasters this year; new Paper Mario en route as well
You can't be serious? You're going to use left hand on joystick and right hand on touch screen? What is this, Kid Icarus? ;)
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Thread Multiple sources: Several Mario games (64/Sunshine/Galaxy 1/3D World) getting Switch remasters this year; new Paper Mario en route as well
Ehh maybe. The gyro well enough to get close for the aiming for tongue and such. Still, it might feel really held back and not really a "definitive' edition if it clearly doesn't control as well. Random thought: this Mario 3D All Stars could be so big that nintendo try to package some wii remote like attachment with physical editions. Sounds incredibly unlikely, though.
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Thread Multiple sources: Several Mario games (64/Sunshine/Galaxy 1/3D World) getting Switch remasters this year; new Paper Mario en route as well
I'm mostly just unsure how you would play Galaxy 2 in handheld mode. Even Yoshi's tongue was pointer dependent... You could have to hold a button down to activate right stick aimer, but that's not anywhere near the elegance of the Wii pointer.
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Thread Arlo: I Am Now 98.76% Sure That Zelda Is Coming This Holiday
I really want to believe, but sadly I don't think that was a strong enough argument. I think March 2021 is the closest date. I'm betting Nintendo wants to really go the distance on this title now that they have the tools all set up. The last thing they want is to appear like it was phoned in. We're probably in for a treat. No game even comes close on my list of most anticipated titles. It's going to be an exciting time when this releases :)
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Thread NX Gamer: PS5 Full Spec Analysis | A new generation is Born
I doubt even resolution drop will be necessary. These are incredibly close machines. Multiplatform titles will most likely be nearly identical. Maybe PS5 games will get some very subtle variable resolution later in the generation, bumping a frame or two down in resolution. And 99% of players won't even be able to tell in that case. As always, I could be off, but they are close. I expect PS5 games to impress big time.
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Thread Gematsu: Final PlatinumGames ‘Platinum 4’ announcement set for April 1
I was under the impression that was Project G.G., which is said to have some fairly different gameplay than Platinum's typical action fare (or at the very least, some different styles of gameplay with the action elements)
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Thread “Very soon,” Trump on when the US economy will reopen. Comments come as leaders of UK and Canada instate new sweeping measures and restrictions
I refused to believe it when I heard about it this morning, and I am still completely stunned this is being entertained. Millions would die. What are they Really crossing my fingers for you Americans. This is by far the scariest shit I've seen out of all the covid-19 stories so far. Do not go back to work even if trump orders it.
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Thread Devs react to PS5 specs - Twitter edition
Again, this is another thing that is hard to imagine. I've only worked on consoles as far back as PS3/360 generation up to current boxes, and all of them have been so incredibly slow to fill your RAM that you are designing around the streaming and loading bottlenecks. When Mark was talking about having a drive so fast that you could just clear your RAM and in a blink of an eye and load a whole 10+ GB of assets in there my mind was racing. His example of "no need for a giant canyon corridor to load the next vista" is entirely appropriate. It's one of those things that may not even be obvious to the player the way a load screen comparison would be. World and game design will just change in a qualitative way that is not easily measurable.
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Thread Devs react to PS5 specs - Twitter edition
No clue, but as I've been saying a number of times: - The SSDs are the game changer this generation. - A fast drive is the thing I'd want more than anything. I'd give up GPU power for a faster drive any day. - The faster the better. The Xbox drive seems fast! Not sure if it's really fast enough to just start dreaming wildly? But the PS5 drive (and framework/infrastructure around it) sound so fast that I just start dreaming of design with 0 drive bottlenecks. Personally I love it when new hardware can make me dream big and think of new frontiers. I'm not as enthused by crazy high resolutions and 15% more powerful GPUs at the moment (even though I've had a ton of fun working on shaders and tough challenges in rendering and the like). I like when hardware and software allows new ways of thinking. Personal thing, and more power to you if that is a thing you like working with!
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Thread Devs react to PS5 specs - Twitter edition
I think it was a bit harsh for devs to mock, but I can sorta kinda see why. This is just standard frustum culling. It's used all over the place and is considered pretty standard/basic at times. Still, I think if players will be inquisitive and open minded then developers should educate without mockery. Usually you're not going to be unloading things out of the frustum because, as Mark fairly eloquently pointed out - you've classically needed stuff in RAM that you're going to need in the next 30 seconds (and that's being conservative. For some elements you just keep it resident for the entire span of the game just in case). However, in with this ultra fast drive you could conceivably unload stuff directly behind the player if you knew it took them, say, 1 second to turn around. As the player is turning around you could fetch from this drive as needed. This is just mind boggling for most game developers, as we've never been able to think like this before and it sounds like crazy talk. I think that thought experiment might not be super practical, but similar ones might be. Maybe you could have a game like Portal with a map bigger and more detailed than Grand Theft Auto 5. You and your friends could open up portals all around a massive map and be in (or see) multiple places at any time. You can stare through them and warp through them without a single hitch. The game could be fetching all assets from several areas of the map at the same time so that you could open up these portals in the blink of an eye. So one friend in each corner of the map and you just walk through 4 portals in a row that are in completely different places. This would be nearly impossible before without enormous sacrifice (Rockstar, with some of the best streaming tech in the business, was able to almost gracefully pull off a single character switch across map after some time). With a blazing fast drive you might be able to make this happen. It's probably worth pointing out that even I am still uncertain of the possibilities, because it's still kind of new to be able to think without that constraint. It's been fun letting my imagination go wild since the talk.
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Thread Devs react to PS5 specs - Twitter edition
If I had one wish it would be that people realize these upcoming consoles are immensely powerful, that multi-platform games will be nearly identical, and that the games in general are going to be It makes me sad to see all this warring instead of outright excitement. Your favorite games in the next generation are going to be wild. (and, yes, the PS5 looks to be an incredible machine)
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Thread What I actually said on Kotaku Splitscreen about the PlayStation 5's specs
I wish the warriors would just massively chill out. At the end of the day, you won't care about power because (as Matt and other Jason already said) they are both incredibly strong machines doing things we've never seen before. You will care about the games.I think the PS5 specs are a dream come true. When Cerny said developers were asking for faster drives, I can only confirm I'd personally say the same. We can already push a ton of pixels to screen, but getting an ultra fast drive in every box is something we've never had. And as I said a few weeks ago: the faster the better. However, that's just me. There are a lot of developers who might think differently about this. I think most developers will agree that both these boxes are just super impressive!
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Thread PlayStation 5 System Architecture Deep Dive |OT| Secret Agent Cerny
What John is saying sounds pretty right to me! I don't want to down play GPU power, but I promise everybody that you will be absolutely blown away by visuals on both consoles. However, the SSDs are the big difference when coming into this gen. We're not talking about "load times" in the classic sense. That's an antiquated way of thinking about data coming from your hard drive. For the last 10+ years we've been worlds on the fly. The problem is that our assets are absolutely huge now, as are our draw distances, and our hard drives can't keep up. It means that as you move through the world we're trying to detect and even predict what assets need loading. Tons of constraints get put into place due to this streaming speed. An ultra fast drive like the one in PS5 means you could be load in the highest level LOD asset for your models way further than you could before and make worlds without worry of it streaming in fast enough. The PS5 drive is so fast I imagine you could load up entire neighborhoods in a city with of their maps at super high resolution in a blink of an eye. It's exciting. People don't realize that this will affect visuals in a big way. If we can stream in bigger worlds and stream in the highest detail texture maps available, it will just look so much better. I think the Xbox drive is also good! The PS5 drive is just "dream level" architecture though.
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Thread PlayStation 5 System Architecture Deep Dive |OT| Secret Agent Cerny
I can't speak for anybody else, but this is the exact kind of architecture I was saying would truly satisfy me. If someone came to me and asked if I wanted to give up a bit of pixel-pushing for the fastest drive I would take it without hesitation. In my opinion, ultra fast drive speeds like the PS5 one are the true generational game changing technology. Series X is pretty good as well. However, the PS5 one is like a dream come true and I can't wait to see how it translates to everything from game design to lightning fast OS features.
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Thread PlayStation: Mark Cerny will provide a deep dive into PS5’s system architecture tomorrow at 9am PT
No. The GPU will be great. I care about the balanced structure of the system and any bells and whistles to make the games more fun.
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Thread PlayStation: Mark Cerny will provide a deep dive into PS5’s system architecture tomorrow at 9am PT
Exactly. If it repeats, we're basically getting the power and specs question out of the way so that next time we get to the meat and potatoes - games, prices, box design, OS services.
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Thread PlayStation: Mark Cerny will provide a deep dive into PS5’s system architecture tomorrow at 9am PT
My last minute predictions: - "Most exciting hardware" probably means really amazing new controller features + being able to pop in almost any disc from a past playstation generation. Yeah, the latter sounds like a pipe dream but that would legit make this an "exciting" piece of hardware. People are focusing on power, but I just think that's a given for all next gen hardware at this point. - I think we'll see, at most, only small amounts of tech demos tomorrow. Maybe not even that. I wouldn't be surprised if they showed us side-by-side Spiderman comparisons. - I'm doubtful we'd actually see the final box. We'll probably just see numbers on screen and talk about what they mean in terms of performance. Maybe the controller will be shown. - There might not even talk about OS perks. - I give it extremely low chance of talking about price. We're not there yet. Just idle speculation.
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Thread PlayStation: Mark Cerny will provide a deep dive into PS5’s system architecture tomorrow at 9am PT
It's not unprecedented that they hold back on box design. They've held back before. More news trickle as the year goes on is good! I also just think they are looking to get the raw numbers Digital Foundry type material out of the way so when it's time to show games, there is no need to mix in boring numbers. Again, I have nothing to go off except my own intuition.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
Like I said, that would make sense once we're out of transition. We've still got people in bars and restaurants thinking it's totally fine. They need to be at home. We're in a point of transition. If we settle into a "new normal" at home, then yeah at that point it's time for us to make the best of it. That could take weeks or maybe even months to get there.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
I could be way wrong, but if I had to bet, I think Nintendo and Sony are going to be delaying any announcements. It's a little discordant with the tone of what the world is trying to deal with at the moment. At least until we get the word across that most people should be in lock down. We're currently in a point of transition. If we were mostly coasting in isolation for weeks and everybody finding their groove working from home and adjusting lifestyle (basically getting to relax a bit in a "new normal" kind of way) then sure. Again, that's just my guess.
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Thread Ex-Naughty Dog animator: "ND's games success is due in large part to Sony's deep pocket funding delays rather than skill alone"
There is nothing to address. People are looking at this like an investigation or something. Jonathan is an extremely skilled animator that wants to work on the frontiers and doesn't want crunch to be a part of it. It's that simple. Furthermore, it's totally ok and normal for current ND employees to feel immense pride for their incredible work. For the employees, this is not a simple binary of "all good" or "all bad". That all being said, crunch is (been through it a couple times and it was nuts) and I do hope the Naughty Dogs can figure out a more sustainable workflow on the next project. Or unionize.
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Thread Rumor: Sony rebooting Silent Hill series
Sure, but it's irregular to market two games at once, or even that two major games in a series are in development from separate prestigious teams at the same time. There are ways to make it work! So long as there isn't any marketing confusion. It doesn't take much to confuse people. If you can just have a single big game with big names behind it, it's easy to sell. I'm definitely not try to argue with people. This is super exciting if true!
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Thread Rumor: Sony rebooting Silent Hill series
If this is all real, then maybe you will be right. PT is Kojima and team's best game, in my opinion. I personally like constrained Kojima best, and that was his most constrained work. So yeah, it would be great to get more of that! If it's just used as a hype piece, then sure!
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Thread Rumor: Sony rebooting Silent Hill series
I still think it's an odd idea to split the efforts and marketing like that. Especially if they both have incredibly different direction. In my opinion, it makes the story sound a bit fishy. However, the idea of Sony working with Konami to bring Silent Hill back as a prestige series makes an enormous amount of sense.
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Thread Rumor: Sony rebooting Silent Hill series
1) This makes so much sense. It would be an immediate system seller. Silent Hill 1 & 2 are classic Playstation titles, and with Sony's production bandwidth could be amazing. 2) I personally don't understand the 2 streams? Why have two Silent Hill games in development at roughly the same time? It sounds odd to me, especially if both are from prestigious teams. Why not concentrate efforts into one super focused reboot.
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Thread Most travel from Europe to USA suspended for 30 days beginning Friday (some countries exempt. See threadmarks.)
His cadence when speaking was really obviously reading (badly). However, you're totally right that this could have been off teleprompter and his staff immediately face palmed What an absolute cluster of an address
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Thread Most travel from Europe to USA suspended for 30 days beginning Friday (excluding UK)
Trump is an absolute joke and a buffoon, but he didn't write the text on the teleprompter. Somebody royally fucked up the comms on this one. The trade & cargo thing was an immediate mega red flag panic inducer and it turns out that's not even part of the policy at all. How do you make a mistake that huge?
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again?
I just think most players don't realize that "load time" is an antiquated term and for most games you are Most games, especially open ended or open world games, you are streaming in data non stop. It's not just getting your initial boot and persistent data, but also just assets loading in non stop as you move from one zone to another. Streaming is nothing new, but it's now more prevalent than ever with open world design being as big as it is. And average asset size is getting much bigger, with many maps (and sometimes animations, if they aren't animated through shaders) needed per textured asset. In my very humble opinion, fast drives are the real game changer for this generation. The faster we can get them, the better. Granted that at least some of this is going to seem subtle at first ("hey my game booted up faster than last gen...that's cool!") but under the hood it's going to be a huge enabler.
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Thread Media to health professionals at Bernie's townhall: "How will we pay for free vaccines?"
America. Vote for Bernie for the love of anything good. I can't even believe this is up for debate. In Canada we would laugh at the thought of having to pay for this.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again? [THERE'S A STAFF POST! READ IT!]
There are so many components that need to be developed at high volume in order for you to get the finished box. Even people in the marketing and promotions department need to be factored in. They need to make the trailers, put on the events, etc. There's just an enormous team that needs to come together to get you a console. I suppose the very minor silver lining is that it might make people appreciate just how many hands it takes to make the finished product.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again?
I didn't say MS has no games. I'm saying up to now we've not much, if any, display of games for Xbox Series X (Hellblade 2 trailer was shown but we're not really sure if that's representative of the game itself). Microsoft has been mostly focusing on talking about specs. My argument is that specs take a back seat as soon as awesome looking games show up, because that's what we're here for.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again?
I think it's kinda funny some people are worried they won't show teraflops at the PS5 reveal. If they have Horizon 2 and a demo of The Last of Us 2 running on the PS5 looking jaw-dropping then why would they need to? The entire point of the specs is pave the way for amazing games that inspire us. If anything, showing amazing looking games without tech numbers would still be better than all of the Xbox Series X reveals to date. In the end, it's all about the games. The specs are just there to serve them. I remember back in the run up to GameCube and PS2 days we were endlessly debating specs, but once the amazing games showed up it made the debates seem really silly.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT12| - Aw hell, Transistor's running this again?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's not explicitly a specs thread. It revolves around specs when there's nothing else to discuss. When the games are revealed we'll be talking about them.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT11| Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War [NEW NEWS, NEW THREAD - CHECK OUT THE STAFF POST]
Yeah, totally, Haha. It's ridiculous, but I actually think now that things got boiled down to some dumb number in 4000 pt bold font on a screen, there is a danger that word of mouth just starts spreading that it's "even weaker than Stadia of all things!" I also just believe the other insiders that Series X and PS5 will be close, too.
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Thread PS5 and Xbox Series speculation |OT11| Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War [NEW NEWS, NEW THREAD - CHECK OUT THE STAFF POST]
This thread is always a ride. There's a ton of information and speculation on all sides, but the reason I think PS5 will be double digit TF is simply to match or exceed Stadia. There are tons of ways to make PS5 an incredible and balanced machine at 9TF, but people are going to be non stop about that number if it's under Stadia's.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
I know this is all about the direct, but to pass the time waiting for this or PS5, I heartily recommend checking out the back catalogs out there. As Nate pointed out, Sayanora Wild Hearts is excellent. Into the Breach is amazing. Outer Wilds is absolutely brilliant. There are just so many incredibly good games out there and I'm sure you've not played them all yet!
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Honestly, I understand why people would be frustrated. We're not talking about small differences in policy here. Bernie getting elected could potentially mean a historic, near revolutionary change for the United States. It would benefit low income people and in fact everybody. I'm not even American, but looking from the outside, I think giving up Bernie (or Warren, really) is akin to going back to the dark ages.
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Thread OT | Octopath Traveler | Octopus Thread [Now on Steam!]
Just had a marathon chapter 2 boss battle accidentally ending with a party wipe by some crazy strong magic attack. Ouch. Gonna take like another 40 minutes to try that again! This game is really fun though. The job stuff mixed with the battle mechanics make it more than a pretty thing.
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Thread South Carolina Democratic Debate, 8PM ET on CBS | Can Love Bloom on the Battlefield
I'm not American, but this debate is a nightmare to watch. Bernie (and close second Warren) have policies that should utterly wipe the floor with everyone else. Bloomberg is an absolute I hope for all your sake that numbers that follow this are still favorable for Bernie
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Thread Marriage Story |OT| Adam Driver & ScarJo in a dying relationship out NOW on Netflix | 94 on MC
Wow this was really great. And I agree that it might be his best film. It feels like an honest portrayal of people trying to keep a shred of humanity while going through this terrible thing so many people have to suffer.
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Thread Anyone else going Plant-Based (Vegan) in 2020?
Just as an update to this (and other similar threads): I have been following through with my transition from vegetarian diet over to full vegan diet and it's going well. It's much more challenging than going from meat eating to vegetarianism. That one was actually super simple. It's more challenging simply because dairy/eggs are in everything. I'm making lots of new trips to the more "health food" grocer these days. Lots of really tasty alternatives there! edit: I think where I really committed to it was that thread where people discovered more atrocious animal treatment in the dairy industry.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
yeah, along with others, I would be extremely surprised if Nintendo showed Metroid Prime 4. They wouldn't dare show it again until it's very far along and maybe even close to shipping, and it didn't even start full production at Retro that long ago.
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Thread Anyone else going Plant-Based (Vegan) in 2020?
I should still watch Game Changers. I've been vegetarian for over a year now, but the step to being vegan is a much bigger one. Giving up eggs, for me, would be difficult. Stuff like milk is super easy. Oat milk and almond milk are great. Cheese is a harder.
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Thread Blizzard’s Actionless Non-Apology Is Complete Bullshit
This is the proper thread and title. What a load of crap. It's a complete non-apology. It's basically "we reacted too quickly, but we're not going to do anything. Oh, and don't forget we are good at bringing people together with fun toy game things". It's actually gross. I know we're not support to get too upset about other people's behavior surrounding this, but I'm actually sorely disappointed at those who are just turning a blind eye to all this in order to play a shiny new iteration of a video game.
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Thread Once Upon a Time in Hollywood |OT| Fictional Glorious Basterds Unchained (Open Spoilers)
Ok, interesting thoughts on that one. I just chalked it up to this movie having a "slice of life" pacing, where maybe some scenes are just there for overall flavor and to deliberately slow the pace.
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Thread Once Upon a Time in Hollywood |OT| Fictional Glorious Basterds Unchained (Open Spoilers)
I still don't understand what the purpose of the Cliff fixing antenna on roof sequence was. What purpose did that serve? He overheard a bit of music and remembered something from the past, but I don't really see the connection to anything else.
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered goes up on Kickstarter
That can't be entirely true, because we hit them after that. Not saying that's never the case of course. We did hit parity even after hearing it was relaxed, though, which was a bit of a shock. Edit: anyway, I'll drop this line of thought. It's not entirely helpful as I haven't seen the absolute latest guidelines. More just speaking as a self-published developer who went through this situation, but it might not be relevant.
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered goes up on Kickstarter
The best theory regarding Xbox version is that it's due to Microsoft stringent parity requirements. We hit those as well and it was rough. They also vary based on the whims of the specific handlers you will get. Releasing same date as another platform and/or having exclusive content is usually required. This was a while ago when we hit it, but it was even after the news of parity clauses blowing over. So maybe they are either being held to them (since presumably switch releases first this April) or even just not wanting to take the risk as a publisher that they come up.
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered goes up on Kickstarter
I don't consider that a Platinum story. It's kind of semantics, I guess. I'd say Yoko and Square were the owners of Nier. Same way Platinum was developer on Starfox but had less creative control. I just mean original Platinum developed stories.
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Thread The Wonderful 101: Remastered goes up on Kickstarter
For those on the fence: I will say this is the best and most coherent story from Platinum. The voice acting is also absolutely pitch perfect for what they are setting out to do. Even if you're intimidated by challenge of platinum games you can put it to easy mode and enjoy a really fun story!
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Thread PCVR Game Discussion Thread - A New Era of Gaming
I'm browsing the thread but am really looking for a game that is similar to Batman Arkham VR - more about being in a super realistic space dripping with detail, atmosphere, story, etc. No movement other than your own (plus teleporting). Any suggestions there? I still return to Arkham VR a lot and haven't found anything that comes close to it yet. I'll hang out on that title screen for like 10 minutes straight.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| Hello darkness my old friend...
Haha people are losing their mind on both Nintendo and Next Gen news droughts. I highly recommend just playing the games out there already. Kentucky Route Zero is really good! Or go play Outer Wilds! There are just so many great games to help pass the time :)