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  1. 7 minutes ago, Blunt said:


    -there are actually games I want to play during the launch window and even if some have now been announced as coming to PS4, I want to have the best version of them.

    -I still have a big PS4 backlog but I'd like to be able to play them without a console that sounds like it's about to take off into space.

    -I can actually afford to buy a console at launch with my own money for once in my life


    Exactly this for me too. That and the fact that i have a decent gaming PC and can play the xbox stuff on that.

  2. 9 hours ago, sbrandon111 said:

    I've preordered  this on steam and played a bit of the  beta. Can I get a refund if I've played more than 2 hours of the beta?

    Asked for a refund on Steam this morning and had it accepted and returned within an hour!

  3. 37 minutes ago, dr_manhattan^ said:

    I like the message on the shirt for Morelos.

    I love him, the absolute mentalist. 

    He would be fantastic in the English PL, he would get the space he needs to make the most of his game. I never want him to leave though.

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  4. Rangers new top, Castore's first football top. Looks really good with a nice detail on the back of the neck. Cant wait to get one to see what the quality is like.


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  5. 1 hour ago, PC Master Race said:


    Microsoft are bring the DirectStorage API being used on the XsX to Windows, did they not mention that in the ResetEra thread? If they can cut away a lot of the overhead the current storage stack on Windows brings then the raw performance advantage the PC can muster will make up for any specialised hardware.

    I didn't know this :) awesome!


  6. 3 hours ago, mushashi said:

    This isn't specifically aimed at you, but much like Linus Sebastian's (he of the Linus Tech Tips) original viewpoint on the matter when he slagged off Tim Sweeney, it's not about the storage drive itself really, it's about removing bottlenecks throughout the entire I/O chain.


    For instance, why does shoving in the fastest NVMe drive that money can currently buy into the fastest, most expensive PC you can build yield little in the way of appreciably faster loading or streaming benefits over a slow-ass SATA SSD in the vast majority of games?


    The raw ability to get data off the storage drive isn't much use if you run into a traffic jam elsewhere. It's like owning a Ferrari and driving it around central London during rush hour instead of on the Nürburgring, that is the key advancement brought by the consoles.

    I absolutely agree. I'm hoping that the whole OS for both new consoles is built around the SSD tech and data transfer etc. In a way, the new Xbox might be hampered by needing to have new first party games perform similarly on PC, seeing as they're pushing gamepass on pc pretty hard. Sony might have the advantage in that they don't need to worry about that, at least for PS5 exclusive titles. It's going to be fun finding out :)

  7. 1 hour ago, mushashi said:


    The biggest unknown remains the I/O problem on PC with no announced solution to close the gap with the consoles bespoke I/O solutions.

    I'm not so sure that the bespoke solutions that Sony and Microsoft are touting as new, are much of an advancement on SSD drives that have been available for ages to pc users. They're certainly new to consoles. I suppose it's down to the bespoke OS more than the hardware.

  8. 24 minutes ago, Ant73 said:

    Is there an easy way to tell what CPU upgrade your motherboard supports?  I've got an ASUS Prime B350M-A with a 1500x in at the moment and am thinking about an upgrade but not sure what's compatible any more..  And the ASUS website seems intent on not helping me find out...


    Supported CPU’s listed on this page :)


    A Ryzen 5 2600X would be my choice. I have a R5 2600 and it’s great, paired with a gtx 2060 super.

  9. Having your Operating System on a SSD makes a huge difference to boot times on PC. If i was to recommend a quick upgrade to anyone is to get a 256 or 512GB SSD and install windows on that. It really does make a huge difference, maybe not in gaming performance, but to enjoyment and instant usability.

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  10. 36 minutes ago, Vimster said:

    The 4k target for the consoles is the crucial thing here. I get the impression most people here would be happier with a 1440p or even 1080p at 60+fps than a 4k at sub-60fps. There's this view with the hardware manufacturers that 4k is the be all and end all and the logical next step in fidelity, but frankly I'd much rather have a fast and smooth experience than a hi-res pretty one. And for anyone going PC this will probably be the biggest factor in keeping your current system worthwhile for a good while yet.  

    1440p is where it's at for me. It seems more noticeable going from 1080 to 1440, than 1440 to 4k in actual looking at the monitor with a game in motion. The jump to 4k isn't worth the fps trade off in my opinion.

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  11. 3 minutes ago, Treble said:


    Do they, though? Separate debate, but I own all the current gen consoles now (bog standard Switch, super-cheap PS4 slim, expensive Xbox One X) along with my gaming PC, and both Switch and PC are by some considerable margin the speediest to go from, "I want to play" to "I'm playing a game".



    good point, the Xbox and PS4 are both plagued with constant game updates. Not the console's fault of course but it is a factor in the convenience argument. I guess some people will still have the perception that pc gaming is hard to get i to, and it does have a high initial monetary outlay. An interesting discussion for another day :)

  12. 1 minute ago, Uzi said:



    3: "Future proofing" pc's is a fools errand with two much money (2080ti owner here) - for most people you go with the option that presents the best value for your needs and resolution and pocket the rest for an earlier upgrade rather than spend all out and have hardware that is outdated as "the best" within 2 years 

    I have fallen in to this trap numerous times before. I've only now realised that previously "top end" PC's will be capable gaming machines long after they are no longer considered top tier. I gave my old i7 960 setup (over 10 year old processor) with a GTX 1060 to my brother in law and he's still happily gaming on it, oblivious to the fact that it would be considered an out of date relic now. 

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  13. I have a Ryzen 5 2600 and just got a 2070 Super (with the money i had saved up for a PS5). My next upgrade would be the processor but to be honest, i reckon i'm fine for at least another year or even 2 with my current setup.

    I had a Xbox One X which was great, i thought Forza 7 was especially good on it, until i tried it on PC. My PC with my old GTX 1080 ran it on Ultra at 1440p without breaking a sweat. As good as the consoles are now, they still really cant compete with a mid to higher tier PC when it comes to pure grunt. Consoles do have the social and convenience factor on their side though.


    tldr: the pc you currently have is probably more capable than you think and probably doesnt need upgrading :)

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  14. Just now, MattyP said:

    Think PCs are as easy as consoles now. You can use the Xbox app for party chat so feels much like an Xbox experience. I believe you can even party chat to Xbox consoles from the PC now too.


    We use discord for chat just now but the xbox option sounds ideal, i'll give that a go :) 

  15. 17 hours ago, dumpster said:



    I know I'm old and a bit jaded, but there's a part of me that doesnt want to get into the next generation at any price because it's kind of turned into rental.  My Dreamcast in the garage still works perfectly, yet I can't play a great game on a current console. Fuck that. 

    This is a major factor in me deciding to be PC only from now on. One piece of kit that i can upgrade incrementally that will play the library of games i have amassed over the gaming generations. It's a pity as the consoles have nailed the social aspect (party chat etc), but dick moves like this from Sony don't help matters.  

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  16. 1 hour ago, Mike1812 said:

    Strangely no wireless controller support using the app on phones so you bed to wire up your Stadia controller. You can also set resolution by device now, which is much better. 


    They really should have launched with all this stuff working. 

    I haven't tried on my phone but I was using a wireless dualshock 4 on my tablet earlier, i'll try with my phone later. Totally agree that this should have been the state that the service launched in.

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