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  1. No 360... Usually on some arcade racers However the Series S does have stable frame rates more often than not in games so it's a step up from a base Xbox One. Think because I've been gaming that long I don't really care that much about certain things anymore.. 4K? Well its great when you sit close to the screen and can see the detail on the textures etc. However from my experience when sat back on a sofa 1080p/1440 seems fine. Frame rates are nice to have on certain games I guess. Racers in particular or fast action arcade games - story based games though I'd rather have more visual effects etc than it being pared back to hit 60fps. Of course the ideal would be to have the lovely visuals AND run at 60fps - so not feel like the game has been compromised to run at 60fps. The whole 60fps thing on consoles is a mess IMHO with "Performance Modes" etc. They should design a game around the target frame rate and make it the best they can. IMHO the 30fps modes are what in an ideal world they (the developers) would want in terms of visual fidelity and to run at 60fps. However the consoles don't have enough grunt to do that so hence have to drop back to 30fps and have another mode. Good to have options I suppose but essentially how do you make a great game if you don't have a target frame rate in mind that it is best played at? At the moment from my experience the Series S has yet to disappoint. It was a kind of experiment really to see if I wanted a full blown console again after getting rid of a PS5 and a Series X and well looks like its staying. I only paid £130 (pre-owned) for it so if it didn't work out hardly any investment and it delivers what I need from a console. IMHO best value console out there. Saying all that I do think having too many configurations of consoles does muddy the waters a bit.
  2. Absolutely. The S is a great little console compact, quiet and fast. Don't care about frame rates etc and everything I play on it plays great. It's much more convenient and faster to pick up and play than my somewhat aging PC. Got the S instead of upgrading the PC as decided that I didn't want to spend huge amounts upgrading the PC and well whilst the X is great for 4K gaming decided I'm not really that fussed about 4K either. I did have a series X on launch had it for three months or so but decided to move it on as it didn't really get much use and kept going back to the PC at the time anyway and to be fair the S has all the advantages of the X except if course 4K etc. It is essentially a next gen machine. More than impressed with the S as it fits my use case perfectly. Hardly care about the PC gaming since getting it so going forward just sticking with the S so convenient. Coupled with GamePass it's a great combo.
  3. Thought the idea of R-Type Final 2 was they were going to just release packs as DLC that had new levels in so kind of like a R-Type platform. Final 3 is also PlayStation exclusive which is a shame. Hopefully it might be a timed one guess we'll find out. Might at least come to the PC.
  4. Just picked up Outrun 2 for the Xbox today. Works on 360 BC which is great. Forgotten how good this is. Visuals and sound still hold up today and gameplay sublime as ever. Nice to have the Ferraris in there too.. which is why we'll never see this working in a Xbox One I guess due to licensing etc. IIRC the arcade game was based on Xbox hardware so explains why its such a good "conversion". What with this and playing some HiFi Rush feels like I've gone back to playing Dreamcast era games. Its great and what I've been missing from most of the new games released these days.
  5. Well good is subjective I guess but it feels like a breath of fresh air. Well defined genres fused together with a Japanese feel to everything. Fast, slick and fun gameplay with fantastic visuals and sound. I like the way this was simply dropped out and released during a presentation too so no opinions all over the web before release etc just download and form your own opinion! Probably why there aren't many reviews either because you don't really need them as it's out there and part of GamePass just try it. You can even instaplay it via xCloud. I get tired of all the crap these days the reviewers put out before a game releases over hyped? Paid for reviews etc etc. It's great to just play something without all the hype beforehand. In fact I'm going to adopt this on future and just wait for things to get released I'm interested in.
  6. Becausse they want to give players the "Edge"... All BS TBH - get that you pay a premium for all the configurability of the pad but to use the same components as the regular pad inside? And a smaller battery? I'd expect better quality components inside.. and still using carbon track based potentiometers in 2023 ... yep only reason for this is they are cheap and expect people to cough up for a new pad all the time. At least you can swap the modules out on this one for better ones... But really at £210 they could do better IMHO. Same with MS and the Elite controller too. Shameful.
  7. This is great. Fast smooth fun and just very playable. It's like the essence of what gaming is about for me brought upto date a bit. Loving the visuals and sound. A lovely fusion of rhythm game, fighter and platforming. Someone mentioned upthread it feels like something Sega would have brought to the Dreamcast. Absolutely. A "gamers game" - old school concepts fused and brought upto date. Certainly a refreshing game after all these open world movie type games.
  8. Just watched the last half as I turned it off the first time mid way though! 😂 Interesting to see what they have added. Still miss the point to point races from earlier Forza games. (Fujimi Kaido type locations). Fingers crossed the inject some fun races back into this rather than all circuit racing.
  9. Indeed no date on Forza Motorsport is a bit poor. Half expect this to slip to a winter release or forth quarter. Also would have been nice to see a build of the game running. What was shown tonight has already been shown before. To be fair unless they've add VR support not really getting that hyped about Forza no mention of new tracks or anything. Great that they have lots of cars but for me tracks are where it's at.
  10. I've been playing a bit of Tempest 2000 tonight since the update. Strangely the Series S controller seems a bit laggy* on this compared to my older Xbox One controller (one before Series). Thought they'd reduced the lag on the new controller. Hmmm very odd. Other thing is that the analogue controller is now an option however if you enable it and using a pad the cross pad up and down stops working making the warp levels impossible. Anyway T2K plays really well at least with the old controller! EDIT * did a firmware update on the Series controller and it seems to have fixed the issue... Forget everything seems to need a firmware update these days.. sure it wasn't that long since I did this...
  11. Ssssshhhh this was one area of the forum where the mention of FR stuff wasn't mentioned. Until now at least Think a majority of people playing this package don't really care that much about frame rates given the software catalogue on offer here....
  12. Bad news. So even if you have bought a physical version will it update and patch this out? Guessing it you just don't update anything you'll be fine however that means no bug fixes etc. Sigh this is a sign of things to come I guess its actually questionable what you are actually buying if they can change and revoke things in their initial offering. I remember when Sony patched out other OS support from their firmware (PS3) technically altering and removing a feature that was part of the original console offering. Of course you couldn't play the latest games unless you did a firmware update so nothing you could really do about it. Same as games. If they put some features in that depend on the update you loose out if you don't update. Of course they will cover off everything on the T&C's which you sign upto when you buy the game or use a service. Progress I guess.
  13. Can you use to Xbox remote on the app via a phone? Think I used to use this to play video etc. It was a while back so may not be there anymore now ... Edit just checked you can Just select the Library button in the app then the consoles menu. Your Xbox consoles will be listed there and when you click on one it will give the option to "open remote control". Saves buying remote controls for it. All for saving e-waste and all that....
  14. A few.... Setting up my ZX Spectrum Xmas morning in 1983 and then loading up Manic Miner. Pretty much had it on most of the day and any visitors having a play with a new fangled computer thing. Remember trying to teach my Grandad how to move left right and jump on the old rubber keyboard Gran Turismo 3 on the PS2. Spent most of the day on that. Experiencing VR for the first time on an Oculus at one of our contractors playrooms! Amazing especially the demos and Project CARS with a wheel. Still think VR is the most innovative thing to happen to gaming in years. They just need to get things more accessible.
  15. Same thing here. Especially when you have been through eras when you'd get enough AAA games coming through to keep interest. And when new.AAA games do get released these days I do wonder why they have taken so long to make when you peel back the visuals the game bit itself seems a bit generic. Perhaps I've just been playing to long so things never feel that fresh anymore and probably why I keep picking up older games and playing those despite their relatively crude graphics etc the gameplay is great. This might actually be the year I leave new AAA games behind and focus on things I actually enjoy playing rather than the new and shiny big budget games.
  16. Recycled my Edge collection a while ago. Kept a few select issues mainly the 100th Edge with the cover drawn by Miyamoto and the three file issues which captured many of the significant stories and developments over the era. I couldn't even give the old mags away even to libraries etc didn't want them.... So off they went to be recycled into making something else....
  17. Agree although you maybe too late already. Stock seems to freely available and on FB marketplace they can be snapped up for around £350 at the moment. Main reason I sold mine just before the silly season (around October time) for what I paid for it. Not that I won't ever pick one up again however waiting for some more releases and a hardware revision. Also want to see what PSVR 2 turns out like in particular how well it works with GT7.
  18. Me too. Be interesting to see how it turns out hoping that supports full races but Sony have hardly been forthcoming about what the VR support will be for GT7. Surely it has to be more than what GT Sport and PSVR did? That was an incredible experience though so hopes are high.
  19. Why not just buy the game and enjoy it when it reaches a price point you are happy to pay? Or conversely just play things that come up on a service and ignore games there are released separately? It's like other media really if you like a bands output but their content isn't on say Spotify would it stop you buying and enjoying their latest album? Life is too short. Edit: The Sunken City is currently £10.
  20. I got rid of my whole retro collection 4 or 5 years ago now. Got a good wedge of cash for it and don't regret getting rid of anything. I was stuck in the cupboards not getting played and for me games and consoles should be played not squirrelled away! Not sure about todays consoles/games. What with dependency on digital downloads etc and online servers being up guessing the future value is questionable? Same with mainstream consoles to be honest when they are selling in the huge numbers they do are probably of negligible value. I think there maybe some things when kept in boxes etc might be worth something in years to come... like the Mini NES/SNES type things or others that have a fairly limited run. I've got these that are signed on the bottom by the hardware designer (Masayuki Uemura) when he visited the National Gaming Museaum in Sheffield a few years back. Those I will never part with! Thankfully they don't take up much space!
  21. Sad news... what with Oli Frey, Archer Maclean and now Roger Kean my childhood heroes are slow passing away. Their legacy live on however.
  22. As the title specifically says console it would be the Xbox 360 for me. Such a range of games and MS made things like Radiant Silvergun accessable. Probably the console I've logged the most time on and still do.
  23. Always have problems with open world type games. Rarely finish them due to as the the OP mentioned the seemingly repetitive game loops to progress the story. Funny enough though Ghosts Of Tsushima was an exception. Not saying it didn't drag it did around the 15 hour mark for me but actually loved traversing the world and the era the game was set. But yeah that game loop was getting tedious. If it had been any longer than 20 hours it would have been left though. Generally prefer story type games to be around 10-15 hours. Sweet spot for me. Favourite games are things that don't end and are fun to play... So end up playing arcade racers or things like SHUMPS, Tetris, Puzzle Bobble etc. Recently been enjoying the Atari 50 Anniversary Celebration. Great quick shots of game without huge time investments.
  24. Expect the revised PS5 will be announced at some point in the first quarter and sales were will be steady .Switch will reach saturation point in '23 - no surprises there as it'll be in its sixth year so expect the sales to tail off a bit this year with a new console being announced in first quarter '24. Xbox not sure about depends if MS can deliver on its first party content. Expect MS will be competitive on console pricing and bolstering it's GamePass content. So steady sales. Expect Sony to keep in front marginally.
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