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  1. Robo_1

    Xbox "Scarlett" - next gen consoles

    What are the price implications for bundling a 500gb SSD in the next gen consoles? I'm not up to speed on prices at all, but is it even a possibility to use SSD's or at least a hybrid HDD, as Apple have bundled in their computers for a few years? As to the next gen in general, then MS are being very bullish. I have a feeling that they're looking to turn the industry on it's head. My guess is they're going to release a monster of a next gen console, I wouldn't be surprised if they tip the legendary $599 number and create something which is truly comparable to the high end PC's of the day. I think they'll roll out their streaming gaming service and make everything with an internet connection a potential Xbox NG. Alongside the main console, I think they'll launch a mini console for something like $99, which will come with two controllers, enough juice to run the base OS and of course, it'll run new Xbox games. This strategy will allow them to have a really high baseline for next gen Xbox games, allowing the hardcore to spring the cash for the added bonus of local play, whilst offering a cheap machine for the masses. I'd be amazed if this wasn't essentially Sony's tactic for the PS5, but so far they're playing their cards much closer to their chest, which I guess makes sense. They're the top dog this gen and I'm sure they'd be happy if this gen just runs and runs. MS - as others have said - are far more keen to hit the restart button and hit the ground running next gen. Sony have a tactical advantage, if indeed everyone goes the cloud route next gen, as they can flip a switch and turn every PS4 console on the market into a PS5 streaming device. I guess you could argue that MS could go one further and do the same for Windows, but an app is an app, and Sony could utilise the platform for their streaming app too. Interesting times ahead. The cloud solves a lot of problems for publishers, from DLC to the second hand market, so it's no surprise this is the route they're going. Sure, I think they'll still be hardware for us die hards, but the market will shrink massively, probably enough to torpedo the viability of high street gaming shops and thus, the second hand market. Yup, we're a long way from those £3.99 cassettes!
  2. There will never be a day where this fails to make me laugh. I remember when I first read it, I had to re-read the context around it several times, as I couldn't believe he would actually write something like that himself.
  3. Robo_1

    Sony Blocking Accounts Between Devices

    Tone deaf bullshit which reminds me of PS2 era Sony through and through. Get to the tweet decks folks, Sony have enjoyed a lot of goodwill this gen, looks like they're now taking their success for granted as well as the audience who put them there.
  4. The 2008 conference had comedy value at least, as somebody who was waiting to be convinced to own a Switch, they totally screwed the pooch.
  5. I just don't get it, The Switch is a hit, where the hell are the first, second and third party games to capitalise on that? As somebody completely disinterested in Smash, I can say unreservedly, that this was the worst "conference" I've ever seen. Really disappointed, I was hoping for a reason to own the hardware, all I got was validation for waiting.
  6. Robo_1

    E3 2018: Playstation Conference - NO FFVII

    I've seen tweets like these flying around: I can't say cultural appropriation is something which fires me up, I think part of the benefits of living in a multicultural society, is that we share and even adapt each others cultures and traditions, in a way which enriches our own. That said, I guess it could be seen as a little jarring, to have a game so obviously steeped in Japanese culture, to then be introduced by a person not native to Japan, playing a traditional Japanese instrument. Personally I found the spoken English soundtrack in the game far more jarring than the nationality of the person who was so masterfully playing the bamboo flute.
  7. Robo_1

    E3 2018: Playstation Conference - NO FFVII

    Control looked interesting. I tried to get into Quantum Break, but the fundamentals just failed to grab me. There was no joy in it, no visceral thrill and the TV crap just padded it out needlessly. I liked the telekinesis side of Control, it reminded me a little of The Force Unleashed and even better, the mighty Psi-Ops. Certainly hope to see that developed more. Spiderman looked stunning, as did Ghost of Tsushima. My jaw physically drooped when I saw the grass wave in the wind and the fluidity of movement. The Last Of Us 2 didn't really do much for me and I sense that the Emperor's balls are getting ready to freeze clean off when it comes to Death Stranding. Resident Evil 2 was a nice surprise but I would have liked one more stunner to round the show out with. The format was interesting. In terms of keeping things fresh, it fulfilled it's remit but I still hold a candle for the Jack Tretton days of big smiles and hearty cheers. The show had an authenticity to it, but lacked something in not being driven forward by an affable spokesman. As a one year experiment, then fine, but next year I hope they bring back a little more of the party vibe.
  8. Robo_1

    E3 2018: Playstation Conference - NO FFVII

    I hear that. Playing Syphon Filter 2 remains one of my favourite gaming memories. That level after the plane crash, where you had to pick your way through the wreckage with enemies attempting to rush and snipe you. Gaming gold right there. No idea how they'd carry it on these days, an Uncharted style spy adventure would be my choice. So long as it's nothing like the car crash PS2 version, then I'd be up for seeing Gabe Logan return.
  9. Le LOL, Ubisoft going all out with the theatrics this year.
  10. Ubisoft, bringing the fun and the cringe in equal measure.
  11. I remember it being literally the only game I could afford in Woolworths! Wish I'd have had a £15 pick 'n mix, what a bland, awful experience it was. Now this, this looks absolutely fantastic! It looks about as close to being the sequel to God Hand that we're ever going to see. Day one, looks like all sorts of fun.
  12. Indeed, it's just a bit.... why. The Quiet Man could be interesting, I'd love to see a full price scrolling beat 'em up, something along the Dead To Rights style would suit me just fine.
  13. THE GAME! Look out, he's turning up the volume!
  14. Oooookay? Oh a third person fighter would be most welcome!

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