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  1. mushashi

    Edge #330 | Shenmue III

    Does this theory also apply to games given other scores too? The [10] score is probably about as contentious I'd say :P
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    Anthem - February 22nd

    If that's a reference to something I posted, I'm pretty sure I never said that :) I just found the rubbishing of reviews to be an interesting reaction in the circumstances of that game's commercial availability. It's as Moz stated, the price you've paid for something can effect your opinion of it. The same game can be made so much better by the fact you paid fuckall to play it and you might be more forgiving of problems with it too. Conversely, if you've paid a lot of money to access that game, you are more likely to be harder to please or as he asserts, you try to justify the purchase mentally. This doesn't apply to some people who said they value their time more than money, but I highly doubt they are the majority as this thread provides an interesting example of the money versus expectations and satisfaction threshold debate.
  3. mushashi

    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    I posted the answer to that just recently, a special box that does some of the processing is the answer they came up with, though nobody said that is how xCloud will work on other devices though.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    This is the crux of the matter in regards to this particular rumour, who's getting paid? Nintendo have allowed multiple streaming services onto their systems already (in Japan) so it's already been demonstrated to be battlefield tested on the NS, but in all those cases, Nintendo either got paid upfront or get a slice of every transaction in the case of the F2P games which are Cloud-powered. Nobody has really given a convincing argument for why it makes good business sense for Nintendo to allow Microsoft to Trojan Horse their platform. Which is why I'm remaining sceptical as to the truth of the rumour. Some of the other rumours about what the unprecedented Microsoft/Nintendo love-in will actually entail sound more plausible.
  5. mushashi

    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    It's not really different to how Sony had to modify PS3/PS4 units to fit into data centre racks, it's still at its heart the exact same console hardware, just with some modifications for streaming. If they could do the same as Amazon/Google/NVIDIA/Shadow, etc and use powerful PCs instead I'm sure they would have, but console games aren't that portable in reality. That final quote seems to reference the fancy local box they were supposed to be making which would have helped fix the latency problems to an extent, the problem with that is it still requires people to buy a specific bit of hardware, and so isn't much use to the rumoured Nintendo Switch support or your typical Android device that they will have to support with xCloud to reach the stated potential 2 Billion customers, at which point, you have the exact same basic problems as any other streaming service. Edit - Unless they plan to write software to do something similar for every hardware device they are going to make a client for to connect to the xCloud service. https://www.thurrott.com/xbox/163896/details-microsofts-xbox-scarlett-game-streaming-service
  6. mushashi

    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    To reach the 95%+ of the potential market for games that will never be convinced to buy an Xbox or the 80%+ of the addressable market that will never buy any console. But we already know how xCloud will work, you are literally renting time on a modified Xbox One S console, so for every single player who wants to use the service at any one time, Microsoft will need to provision a console to service that customer, which is exactly the same as how PSNow works.
  7. mushashi

    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    The best they will ever do is mitigate the problem to good enough, purists will always take the superior option of rendering it locally on powerful hardware for best image quality and best gameplay. For Nintendo to get on board for this (assuming you believe this rumour), does this mean Microsoft are willing to either make no money or lose money on supplying this to Nintendo's customers? I'm guessing the chances of xCloud coming to Apple devices is fairly low for similar reasons, those bastards cockblocked Valve's free equivalent on business conflict grounds.
  8. mushashi

    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    People say they might not care, much like framerates, but past a certain point, even most of them will notice it. The opinions on even here are very mixed on the results of current streaming services, some people think they are brilliant while others think they aren't good enough or utter shit. PSNow latency is well under 200ms and that adds 4 frames of latency: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-playstation-nows-ps4-game-performance-analysed
  9. mushashi

    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    Microsoft's stated aims for the xCloud project are to reach pretty much anybody who might want to game, not just those in the rich West and they've said the bandwidth requirements for it are a mere 10 Megabits at present, so most of the UK (except me, lol) are covered by this. Bandwidth itself should not be a roadblock for adoption for the majority. https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/10/08/project-xcloud-gaming-with-you-at-the-center/
  10. mushashi

    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    Nintendo only do mobile games as a gateway drug to entice mobile-only customers to upgrade to their bespoke and higher margin hardware ecosystem and for no other reason, they used him in a runner game FFS. The hybrid system you mention is no better than asking for a direct port of a game, same problems. Streaming is literally a video stream where you send instructions back to the actual machine rendering the game and tell it what to do next, it's a completely different way of doing things allowing unsuitable hardware to run any game.
  11. mushashi

    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    Why the obsession with the speed? That isn't the real problem with streaming anyway, it's the fucking latency and you ain't defeating the laws of physics without the bruteforce solution of a datacentre everywhere, and that ain't cheap, or practical for anybody living in rural areas.
  12. mushashi

    Nintendo Switch

    What?, I didn't see anybody actually confirming it one way or the other, so I thought I'd do a public service for all the lazy bastards out there and confirm what was actually said. I suppose in future I'll be more interesting to see how long wrong information can remain in circulation, considering what was posted was from a supposed journalistic source and seemed credible as they even included "quotes".
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    Mass Effect Andromeda

    To be fair to EA, it's more like at least the 2nd or the 3rd failure in a row usually. BioWare would be on their 2nd with Anthem so I suppose the point would still stand. Though EA don't have any effective substitute in the genre and it's a genre which is still commercially viable on a big scale so they'll be downsized and given at least one more chance with their best selling series, Dragon Age. Pandemic got closed after a string of failures too, being the other half of the duo EA bought. Mass Effect is one of those rare series where the story and visuals and characters are captivating enough to watch without actually playing the actual game.
  14. mushashi

    Anthem - February 22nd

    Ubisoft are a bit special in that regard and in terms of their business set-up. They started off 2 generations ago with ~3500 employees and now have around 14000 employees. Now on the face of it, you'd have to say how can a company which is significantly less commercially successful afford to employ so many people?!? Without a lot of state-aid, I'd say it would be very difficult for Ubisoft to maintain these staffing levels as the vast bulk of their employees are in countries and places where the local government is willing to bribe them to employ people, so it's arguably a form of market distortion and questionable if a private corporation really should be given benefits not available to other businesses. So the answer to the lack of content if Ubisoft are considered to be a company doing it right is to throw even more money and bodies at the problem, which kind of leads to the inflationary spiral we've been on for a very long time now. :)
  15. mushashi

    Nintendo Switch

    Having wasted a few minutes listening to the relevant section a few times, ZhugeEX is right, Bill Trinen chimes in after somebody else brings up Astral Chain and says how the PG partnership is providing some added variety to Nintendo's output in a genre that rarely appears on Nintendo consoles, and he right at the end says it's a game that is coming earlier than expected, this year. The mention of Bayonetta 3 was just to demonstrate the other action game that PG are also bringing to the platform.
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