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Comment: Re:They're not free (Score 1) 99

by BlackHawk-666 (#49601025) Attached to: Should Developers Still Pay For Game Engines?

CRYENGINE has no royalty cost attached to it. Unlike the other engines, you can make and release a game without paying a single cent of royalties. The very minor cost of $10 / month is basically chicken feed to anyone able to afford a PC and is just to keep the lights on.

By contrast, you will be hit for massive amounts of cash the second you go over a set amount with Unreal. Unity hits you straight up and again in the rear.

Comment: Re:"although not with bug-free results" (Score 1) 160

by BlackHawk-666 (#49568249) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

Which means it's now on the long slow slide into obsolescence. I figure it's good for software updates for maybe another 12 months, after that it's just a matter of time until some software I need / want requires an OS version the tablet can't support.

The tablet has an earlier version in 2012, and a refresh in 2013 which was a major update in terms of the hardware. It's basically being retired after only 2-3 years, which is a shame, since it's quite a decent little tablet - the 2013 refresh at least is.

I expect it will still give me a couple more years of happy service in any case, and since that meets my "five year lifetime" criteria for buying, I'm still relatively happy.

Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 0) 417

by BlackHawk-666 (#49544127) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

I'm not insisting any such thing. All I stated was the i7 line of processors is now 7 years old; people interpreted what they wanted to hear from there. I know full well the laptop will be using a modern version of a chip from that line.

The only thing this laptop has that's reasonably new and interesting is the 4k display, but that's completely wasted on the 15inch display. It would only be useful when hooked up to a large external 4K monitor where you can actually visually see the extra resolution it provides.

While 16GB RAM, and room for 2 hard drives is an ok feature, it's hardly anything worth talking about. Not in this decade, maybe in the last.

Haswell is well suited for use in laptops, so it's not really surprising that manufacturers are shipping devices using Haswell.

The model he mentioned does at least seem to have a nod in the right direction for video cards, instead of the usual garbage most laptops have installed - but then, for a starting price of $2355 I guess you'd expect something decent.

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