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Comment Re:PS4 Drive Replaceable (Score 1) 106

Replaceable - but not really swappable.

At the very least, future consoles should at least make the storage hot-swappable, encouraging that you can install a large library across multiple storage units.

It might be that you want to have some other fixed internal storage for game saves, to help support cloud backup facilities.

But to be honest, it's about time we went back to cartridges. Memory costs are low enough now, and game prices so high, that the cost of manufacture, even at Blu-Ray scale, isn't prohibitive.

Simply being able to unplug one game, plug another in, and start up instantly was a big part of the console experience.

Moving to CD was mildly problematic with loading screens, but well executed titles largely got around that problem.

But now, even if you buy a game on disc, you have to spend hours installing it (and then updating it). And it doesn't save you on space on the console, so you still have to juggle the games.

Owning a console just isn't any fun anymore.

Comment Re:Fine with me. (Score 1) 230

More likely though is that Steam offers an experience more like consoles - with SteamOS, big picture mode, new controller, steam machines.

And with the added benefit that the hardware is backwards compatible (OK, SteamOS won't run Windows titles, but going forward...), and the games are much cheaper.

As for "always-on", I *do* have a big issue with this. Yes, I have an "always connected" broadband. But that doesn't mean it is bullet proof. It doesn't mean their servers are bullet proof either.

I have deezer that requires an internet connection. I have Netflix and Amazon Prime that need an internet connection. I don't want *all* of my entertainment to require an internet connection, as what do you do when it does break? As I only ever play single player games, there is no good justification to needing it to be always on.

Comment Re:No discs = no buy (Score 1) 230

It's time to get rid of discs. Thumb drives are so cheap in blu-ray capacities, and the cost of games so high, shipping games on "cartridges" again is practical, and save the pressure on local storage.

I miss the old days where you could have a giant library of as many games as you want / could afford, plug them in and instantly play them without having to install them, or juggle what you have installed.

Console gaming now is more like PC gaming - except it's less flexible, the hardware is uinderpowered / gets outdated very quickly, backwards compatibility is a challenge, and the games are FAR more expensive.

The next generation needs to change significantly, otherwise it will be utterly irrelevant in the face of Steam / SteamOS.

Comment Re:Uber has huge infrastructure investments (Score 1) 206

And the point that is being made to you is that isn't as relevant.

If you launch in a new city, you aren't going to be profitable immediately. Even more so when you are breaking into new countries. That more established regions are profitable, demonstrates that the business can become profitable in new territories, given time.

Yes, investors are looking for returns. But they aren't necessarily looking for immediate returns, and dividends are only part of the story. Investments are (generally) for the long haul, and whilst the market cap is growing, then investments can still be cashed out for a profit, even without any income.

Comment Lawsuit (Score 2) 487

If Microsoft are stupid enough to ship this "feature" - and have it turned on by default - what are the chances that they will be hit with a massive lawsuit?

No doubt there will at least be group policies - if not it disabled entirely - on professional editions of Windows, because corporate customers are going to run a mile from having external guests authenticating on to protected networks with confidential material, just because they happen to be a contact of the person they are visiting.

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