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  1. Is this the best looking game of all time? Looking at that last video.... yes, yes it is! It's incredible what they're achieving here. I'm glad they've limited it to the 50 closest planes in multiplayer though. I can imagine you'd end up getting thousands congregating around particular airports and so it would be lag city. I don't think many people have more than 50 friends to fly with at any one time anyway. [EDIT] Above - Any Good, Bad and The Ugly fans?
  2. Nice @Herbalizer - How are you finding it? Do you notice much has changed from the existing GTX 1080? Mine will be activated in the next 48 hours so first thing I'll do is try a bit of 4k gaming and see how it copes. I imagine that even that config will struggle to run RDR2 in 4k, so will keep my expectations in check.
  3. No doubt they'll do a whole shedload of testing on this, but I'm slightly concerned with the clocks they're running on the GPU. 36 CU's at 2.23ghz is pushing it to say the least! That's going to be generating some serious heat. I guess at least Cerny made a comment on the fact that they've missed the target with their cooling solutions on past models. They're going to have to come up with something special to keep it cool and relatively quiet. If MS is opting for a vapour chamber with an additional 133mm fan, then they'll have to be doing at least the same if not better.
  4. I think this lends credence to Sony and Microsoft consoles being very close in power. I don't think they would have jumped straight in with this unless they felt they were in good standing. Of course TF's seem to be everything in the console war, so whoever has the bigger number will no doubt cause one side to be crowing loudly. To me, it's more about the implementation. I find it fascinating to hear the problems the designers faced and the solutions they've come up with. I'm hoping just like we just did yesterday with Microsoft that Cerny goes into detail on that and hear what makes it special It's a win win for everyone at the end of the day and really pushes innovation and technology to the limit.
  5. I think what's most impressive for me is that there is so much innovation going on here. They've not just relied purely on hardware but are doing so much to complement that with DirectX even down to rewriting 30 year-old IO routines to optimise resources. Watching the digital foundry video, they almost seem like theres a 3 stage plan for everything: 1) It's great because is has X 2) but when X isn't enough we've provided Y 3) but then when Y isn't enough we've also done Z! It's crazy purely on optimisation alone. I wasn't planning on buying one of the new consoles, but after watching the videos I'm pretty much sold!
  6. There's even a comment at the bottom there saying: Best to just wait for Sony then
  7. Whose to say that Sony would release their TF figure anyway? Is that usually what happens when a new console is released? I honestly can't remember the PS4 release and I know they talked about the PS3 tech in quite some detail during E3. I guess I just feel like it would be out of place for them to go "Hey... here's our new PS5, but screw the games... the most important bit is talking about how many floating point operations this thing does" How about they just let the games speak for themselves.
  8. I am... disappointed I know this may not bother other people so much, but if BG1 and BG2 are RTWP (Real time with pause), why would you break with that for the 3rd? It's like changing Age of Empires 4 to become more Civ-like. Don't get me wrong, I think turn-based has really made a place for itself recently with the Divinity Original Sin games, but changing this games mechanics especially for a well known franchise like this is pretty unforgivable. They should have just created another Sin game as others have said. Maybe I've been spoilt too much by Pillars of Eternity. At least I've still got the second one still to play...
  9. I realise I'm literally the only one who uses this service but for once I seem to have got lucky. I received their e-mail about a month ago basically explaining that we're not going to be activated in February (as promised). They said a very small percentage will be activated in March but the rest will be later (summer, winter) I'm guessing due to budget constraints with purchasing the new cards. Expecting the worst I had my e-mail yesterday and was told that mine will be activated next month so that's good. They basically ask permission to wipe your instance of all data during the transfer. It's going to come as a bit of a shock going from my current 1.25tb to 500gb, but that should still give me at least 256gb to play with. I end up just installing a whole bunch of crap that I'm not playing anyway so it will probably be good to just keep what I'm using. Although this obviously doesn't affect my play on the tablet, it will be interesting to see with the new hardware a game running on my 4k monitor. I tried 4k on the current build in Gears of War 4 about a year ago and whilst the connection wasn't a problem, the instance struggled to run the game above 10-12fps. When it's activated, I'm going to try RDR2 as that struggles to run at a decent res on the current build
  10. From what I've read, that comment about the cooling solution would tie up with the leaks and their chip having fewer compute units but run at higher clocks. They'd need a better cooling solution since they're pushing it harder from the get-go. I still find it hard to believe that Microsoft have gone for such a massive chip. Everyone is talking about how the BOM for Sony is $450 but with what MS is supposed to be using, it would be crazy expensive.
  11. This is going on the presumption that physical consoles no longer matter. A lot of companies are starting to explore that possibility. Even Sony signed an agreement with Microsoft for Azure services for providing virtualised game services. Whilst I myself use streaming services and can appreciate what they offer, we're not quite at that stage yet where he can dismiss the efforts of both Nintendo and Sony off-hand. I think that's being a bit short...(farsighted?). Who knows, maybe he is talking more in general terms rather than just purely for gaming (AWS, GCP).
  12. Great... obviously equal in portability then? I look forward getting a hernia trying to lug that around with me. That used to be an option for me when I was primarily at home. This offers me the freedom to game at home on my 4k monitor or on the go with my tablet. As I said this option is not perfect as £30/mo is obviously not cheap, but for what it offers me as an alternative to what I was paying periodically along with the flexibility for me can't be beaten.
  13. Where can you buy a gaming PC for £30 a month which gets hardware upgrades included? I paid £30/mo when I signed up for the GTX 1080 equivalent and I'll be paying £30/mo for this new RTX 2080 spec which gets rolled out next month. I used to drop a couple of grand on a gaming PC which would last me 3-4 years, but this achieves the same thing for less (£30 * 12 * 4 = £1440). Not to mention having the freedom to play games on the go wherever I am. I travel quite frequently and being able to game on a tablet by hooking up a controller to play some Gears 5 or RDR 2 is amazing. Heck, I can even stream on my mums connection who lives out in the sticks if I'm so inclined. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's perfect but it suits me perfectly which is why I've stuck with it. If something else comes along that is the equivalent for cheaper (like this GeForce Now if they sort out the games compatibility) then I'll switch, but for the moment I can't see a better alternative.
  14. Ah, ok. I guess the other thread got my hopes up a bit. Well, I'll keep an eye on it at least. Thanks
  15. I was tempted by this as I'm paying nearly £30 for the Shadow Instance currently. However, whereas with Shadow I actually get a PC I can install and run anything I want, this seems a lot more restricted. I typed in a bunch of games and none of them are supported. Instead of providing a search box maybe it would have been easier for them to show me what was supported instead! I must admit, the price is very tempting at £5 especially if you do get 4k with RTX. The massive turnoffs currently though are again lack of supported games and many of your messages above stating that the streaming quality is rubbish. I really find it hard to believe that Shadow has beaten both Google and Nvidia on decent streaming tech. Being able to run Gears 5 on a 5-10mb connection in a coffee shop and not really notice any image degredation or performance impact is a real testament to how good it is. Saying that though, I will keep an eye on this service and if it does expand its game selection then I might be tempted to dip my toe. [EDIT] From reading the other thread... so can you install unsupported games? If so, that would be a big plus point for this.
  16. It's just pre-order at the moment by the looks of it - guess I'm quite fortunate to have had an active account anyway. It seems like they've reached capacity for the RTX 2080 and RTX Titan options. They've still got the current setup which is what I'm currently using and more than good enough for most games. I'm not entirely sure on whether this "upgrade" will make any difference but I guess I'll see in a month (or so).
  17. So I've got my mobile gaming sorted out now. I bought a cheap(ish) Samung Galaxy Tab A 10.1" and an Xbox One wireless controller. Hooked this up to my unlimited 4G Three connection and I'm good to go in most places. I was concerned about the data usage on my mobile hotspot, but after talking with Three they literally said "we don't care, use as much as you want as we have no fair use policy in the UK". Depending on the location (coffee shop or office) I can comfortably stream at 3-10mbps with no impact on gameplay. At the moment I'm playing Gears 5 which is great for the controller. It works really well and the screen is large enough to play comfortably. That said other games aren't as good especially with the controller. I tried to play Starwars Battlefront 2 and got butchered (0 kills, 15 deaths) as trying to play against people with mouse / keyboards didn't go well For single player use though this is excellent. It's really easy on battery life and I've worked out that I can game for a theoretically game for up to 12 hours using the tablet so that's a long time between tablet charges (not including mobile). Looking forward to the spec boost at the end of this month though I imagine it will only really affect things when running games at 4k on a monitor. I'm still tempted to buy a gaming PC at some point, but I think I'd really miss my lunchtime / coffee shop gaming sessions.
  18. Ok, just had a surreal moment. Shadow have released their new apps with a virtual pad. I tried it at home earlier and seemed to work well. I am currently heading down the M23 to Brighton with my wife driving in the front. I thought I'd give it a go and set the quality at 5mbs. Had a quick go on division 2 and it only bloody works and is playable! Sure, you need a proper Bluetooth pad to play decently but it's crazy to think I'm playing a game on my phone whilst travelling at 70mph. Crazy stuff
  19. Another video in the discovery series... sound: Some highlights for me were the subtle announcement of AI aircraft, the fact that they're doing different biome sounds e.g the Savannah sounds different to the Canaries (that's insane!) And differences between night time and day. I literally can't wait for this just to explore the world. When I originally saw the trailer at E3 I was just glad for some improved graphics and flight model, but they are going above and beyond on everything.
  20. One of my favourite 3DFX games. The game was set to the sound of Wagner Gotterdammerung just to add to the mood
  21. Seasons confirmed then? It can't be that hard to shade trees a tinge of brown if they can cover a landscape and buildings in snow. Looks amazing anyway
  22. This is the only game I’ve ever been able to play cooperatively with my wife with her enjoying it too! That’s an achievement in itself.
  23. @footle @Glasgowchivas Still, at the end of the day it was an enjoyable film and best not to overthink things.
  24. I saw it and liked it... but one bit didn't make any sense to me at all (major spoiler!): Please tell me I'm missing something? Was there another scene after the credits which explains that glaring plot hole?
  25. Not sure if anyone else has noticed an improvement yet, but the streaming on Shadow for me has got noticeably better. I always set it to 50mb as I'm guessing the 70mb option is for 4k only and I notice no quality improvement when upping it. That should really only come into play next February when we're all on RTX 2080's (and titans). Anyway, getting back to the streaming... it's incredibly smooth now when playing a game like Battlefield V. It used to be dropping frames left and right, but now it's like playing locally. It's actually maintaining a solid 60fps (max refresh for my monitor) and it doesn't seem to drop any frames at all. I notice my game has got a lot better too as it allows me to actually take my time with shots (sniper) vs a panicked shot whilst moving as I'm missing the crucial frame. I think there is no better streaming service than this currently. Some people may say there's lag or whatever, but playing on my ethernet connection is just like having a gaming PC right here. Sure, it could be a bit cheaper and they shouldn't try to gouge their customers on space moving forward (which they are), but for the foreseeable future it really seems like the best option.
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