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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    I think a lot of this comes from the idea that 'the cloud' is a magical infinite resource. The best description I've heard of the cloud is 'somebody else's computer'.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    Ok. It doesn't solve any problems but it does do stuff that isn't really a problem. Sure you can stream to lower powered hardware but low powered hardware isn't really a problem any more. The gap is closing naturally - the Switch is pretty damned powerful (waaay overpowered for streaming) so this won't be an issue soon (it isn't now). More importantly the game has to run on *some* hardware *somewhere* even if it's remote. And that hardware has to be paid for ultimately by the user. The way to make this pay is to maximise the use of the bare minimum amount of server hardware which might work if you could (say) serve different timezones around the world with the same machines so they were in use 24 hours. Except the physics we aren't allowed to mention mean the servers need to be close to the player to minimise lag - which means there need to be enough to serve peak times every region and likely lie idle most of the time (just like our own consoles are idle most of the time). So it's expensive and inefficient to run a service like that. To have a chance of being profitable it'll have to target typical useage rather than peak usage. Good luck launching a RDR game on such a system where everyone wants to play at the same time. The current system where the user foots the bill for local hardware makes perfect sense and will always provide the best results and be scalable. The entire history of computers has been about decentralizing processing and putting it in the hands of the user. It's better, faster and more efficient that way. Centralizing data makes a lot of sense (Netflix - is a great example) but processing needs to be done locally. Streaming games is a clever idea but it's a bad one. It makes games worse (lag) and it'll be expensive to run and incapable of coping with peak usage.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    You're explaining what streaming is? Gee, thanks.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    Why not install all of the game? Streaming solves no problems but creates several. It'll never take off because it makes no sense.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    I've tried it. Laggy as fuck. Dead end.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    If it's streaming then it's just laggy shite. And not all that portable.
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    Crackdown 3 - February 15th, 2019

    Kids love mowing down pedestrians.
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    What reasons are left for keeping hold of a Wii U?

    I did this today. What a palaver. I love the Wii U but it's such a clunky and slow machine to use. Obviously it wanted to update etc... That took a while. Then I didn't have the Wii Fit U app installed. I went to the store and they wanted 30 quid. So that wasn't happening then I looked through my download list and it seems I had a promo version. It had the option to download that. It took over an hour to download then about an hour to install. Nintendo have really got their act together with Switch by comparison. Anyway, 2st 6lb. It seems I hit my target but was told off for taking years.
  9. I've seen this now. I think I have. I just don't know it was the same film everyone else saw. I found it massively entertaining. Really funny. It's like a long episode of "Star Stories". How anyone can take this as a serious drama I just don't know. It's a cartoon script with cartoon performances.
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    The Umbrella Academy coming to Netflix

    Mixed feeling about this. A mix of great stuff and stuff I felt I'd seen before. It's not very original. The ending. I won't spoiler this - It's a cliffhanger. Bastards. Personal favourite bit was the dance scene at the end of episode 6. The one with the Toploader song we aren't allowed to like. It was soo obvious that he can't dance for toffee and clung to her for guidance that it was super-endearing. Especially when they were laughing together at the end. Took me ages to work out that Hazel was the serial killer from Mind Hunter. Also, I liked Mary J Blige's suit. 7/10
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    What reasons are left for keeping hold of a Wii U?

    Thinking of firing up Wii Fit to see how much weight I've lost.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    Watched a couple of episodes of Umbrella Academy. Seems like a junior version of Preacher. Feels almost like it's been put together from bits of other shows.
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