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  1. Good to know... I doubt they would consider it broken or have a fault though as it does stream games. The issue is in how smooth it is to play them. It's the difference with playing 20-25 fps with the occasional judder on the ghost and a 60fps smooth game on a PC. Also, I've found their support pretty useless when it comes to problems but will give it a go and see what happens. I'd also be interested to get your opinion on it Herbalizer when you've had a play. I'm guessing you're using a PC at the moment so I'd be interested to know if there is any disparity between the two.
  2. I also posted a support question to them about getting a webcam to work which I just heard back from. You know how typically it takes a 4-6Mb connection to stream an HD video, well apparently in order to be able to get a webcam to work with your shadow you need the following: "however, your upload needs to be high, we recommend 50mb-60mb upload' Who the hell (apart from those lucky few with synchronous connections) have an upload of 50-60Mb?! I've got 35Mb upload and it was slide-show. I'm guessing there's zero compression being performed between the ghost and the instance. I realise I can use a phone or my existing PC to do this, but that was the whole point in getting this device so I didn't need to have one. Guess I'll be hanging onto my PC for the foreseeable future then. I guess at least streaming on it uses less power than gaming.
  3. Sorry to bump this thread but in case anyone is tempted with Shadow (which I still recommend) avoid the Shadow Ghost like the plague. It seems no-one has really done a proper tech review of this thing and although there's a possibility that mine is faulty, it just can't cope with what it was created for. It was the first time yesterday that I tried having a proper gaming session lasting a couple of hours with a friend and I noticed how laggy it was when playing. Moving the mouse caused the game to stutter which gradually got worse and worse the more I played. I had it connected to a ethernet cable directly from my router with a 350mb virgin connection and by the end it was near unplayable. The sound started cutting out and I noticed that when I put my hand on the device it was very hot. It sounds great on paper as they say that it will only use 7 watts per hour compared to the 500+ of a normal PC, but there's a reason why it only consumes that. The Raspberry Pi or whatever they use isn't powerful enough to stream a 1440p game and it starts to overheat. I went back to streaming on my PC and it was like night / day. It was so smooth compared and it's just so much more responsive. Save yourself the £70-80 and just use the service but don't be bought into the whole thing-client device. It's probably why they don't advertise it on their main site anymore without doing a search. Ah well, live and learn
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    Xbox Game Pass

    I've cancelled my subscription to GamePass as I was only using it for PC (don't have an Xbox). Having access to Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War 4 and Crackdown 3 was good for a few months, but there's just not enough content to be worth it as there is with the Xbox. I know it's called "Xbox Gamepass" after all, but it would be nice if they'd put as much effort into the PC as it could become a really good service and revenue stream for them if you just have a PC. I might re-subscribe if they ever get Halo complete collection on there.
  5. My memory is getting a bit hazy but when there's that bit where Nebula and one other character go back to the past. They see Peter Quill doing his thing from the first film and then after getting the stone from him, they go to hit their button to return and while the other goes back, Nebula is hit by the link with her other self. She's obviously not able to do anything at this point, but after the link is released Thanos then captures the ship she's on. Instead of pressing the button to return to the future she starts calling over the radio that "Thanos knows..." and lets herself be captured. She wasn't incapacitated at that point so she could have done it. Otherwise, all Thanos would have had was a little hazy message which without anything else wouldn't have really mean't much. He then wouldn't have been able to come into the future with his ship and did what he did. Am I missing something?! Just bugged me at the time...
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    Willow - The TV Series

    "Wanna breed?" "Tempting but no..." Love that film
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    The most beautiful song you ever heard

    Always a classic:
  8. Now TV recently asked whether I'd do a survey which took ages to answer. The survey was essentially asking how we'd feel if they took out 20th Century Fox films, Disney and other content and created separate subscription channels charging extra for them (£6.99). Obviously I answered that it would be crap, but then they said later in the survey that they would replace it with films like James Bond and a few other older films and would that be ok? At the end of the day, I said I'd cancel if it came to that and I imagine those people which took the time to answer would give the same responses. I can understand that they might not have much option aside from doing this, but Now TV would become a lot less attractive if they removed half the content which makes it appealing in the first place. I might wait for them to remove it then cancel and see what Disney come up with as so far it's looking decent.
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    Chernobyl (HBO/Sky)

    Watching that trailer, it may be coincidence but parts of that look to be heavily influenced from a BBC production made ages ago called Surviving Disaster: Chernobyl with Ade Edmondson. That was great so I can recommend that if you get a chance to watch it. As for this, I'll certainly give it a go if I can watch it somewhere as I find what happened fascinating.
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    The future of interactive media : Discuss

    What a stupid thing to say It's a nice idea to have one box for everything, but that would require each platform holder to make their games available from a common platform which seems unlikely. I know Google has headed down this route using a browser, but most streaming services will likely require their own apps in order to work. Maybe it will be possible down the line by buying a small PC to hook-up to the TV, but that will likely be only supported by Microsoft and very doubtful to be supported by Sony or Nintendo.
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    Game streaming - the future, or a red herring?

    @carlospie Do you think they do that to try and make us feel bad about ourselves? I've noticed they've started sending those in recent months. Something tells me I doubt they do this with the customers who only consume about 10-20gb. Still, I almost treat it as a challenge to beat my score from last time. Shadow certainly chews up the data though at 1440p!
  12. Unfortunately I think they mean £29.95! Check your account as you should be on the new pricing now. If not you're a lucky sod
  13. Ok, so after waiting for it (and finally getting past their server issues), I've gone ahead and bought a Shadow Ghost and got the e-mail to confirm On the negative side though, I've noticed that they've pushed all their existing clients onto a new price plan without warning us several months in advance. I got the e-mail literally a couple of days ago telling us of their new "pricing plan" which was 1 month £29.95 or 12-month (insane!) for £26.95. Would have been nice to get some warnings and it does seem a bit dubious how they're now charging everyone a higher rate without asking or confirming. I wouldn't mind so much if it was a 6-month for £26.95 or preferably a 3-month, but 12-months to get the cheaper rate is crazy. I know in the grand scheme of things £33 for what I'm getting is a good deal, but it remains to be seen how long it remains there.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    IMO it doesn't at all feel laggy and awkward. I couldnt tell the difference playing locally to remotely. Again though, you're hearing it purely from mine and others perspectives. Instead you have to base it on your own experience.
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    XBOX gamepass and Xbox app coming to switch?

    Me and a couple of others here have had good experience using Shadow instances. Worth a look if you're tempted to give it one more try. I hate writing these things as I sound like I'm writing an advert but check around for promo codes as they normally run a few. Alternatively there's a code I posted a few pages back to get a tenner off first month and cancel immediately if it's not for you. Getting back to it though, I think I'm going to step away from this as there's no convincing some people who have already cemented misconceptions. All I will say is even if you had a 50ms round-trip time (ignoring whatever bandwidth / res you're streaming), theres very few games you'd notice that in. Sure maybe playing some arcade fighter where your reactions are so tuned that you need to react within 1/20th second is required, but for the majority of gamers that's just not the case. Even competitive FPS, the majority of the time rarely comes down to that small margin with who pulled the trigger first. If that's really what you need then game streaming isn't for you. All I'm saying is don't discount it without experiencing it for yourself and don't judge purely off of others opinions.
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