As if there aren't other things it could be doing besides being a glorified DSP.
What percent of one of the cores of your quad core does the DSP take?
It can process all those vertices too, but you don't hear anyone rushing off to kill hardware accelerated graphics for
Unless you're Intel. Its GMA integrated graphics processors (nicknamed "Graphics My Ass") offloaded vertex transformation to the CPU. Only during the Bridge era did Intel graphics catch up with the PS3.
Only children and people with very wide butts play games in the living room. Proper adult gamers sit at a desk.
So where do proper adult gamers sit when they spend quality time playing a game with their own children or with the children they're babysitting?
My oldest has a hexacore with 8Gb of RAM and a TB HDD and it only cost $350 shipped
Or $1,400 plus monitors plus OS plus furniture for four players.
you have a system that will play console games going back to the Atari 2600
Good luck dumping your authentic game cartridges to create the ROM files you need to play your console games. Last time I checked, Retrode was discontinued indefinitely.
and of course web, video, hell you can even get your work done on it
As for work or other non-gaming uses of a PC, console gaming families are apparently happy with just taking turns on the family PC, possibly adding a tablet or low-end laptop to the mix.
Had a friend that wanted to get into PC gaming but money was tight, found him a nice C2Q system [on a classified ad website] with 19 LCD and KM for just $130
I know some people who are afraid of buying things through classified advertising, given news reports of pickup encounters that have turned violent. And how much for furniture? A console uses your existing living room TV, while each gaming PC generally needs its own dedicated desk.
Yeah but Steam sales mean we PC gamers really don't have to care
I thought the expectation that PC gamers would wait for a Steam sale was devaluing PC gaming. This allegedly causes publishers to believe they can't get much more revenue from a Steam bargain hunter than a copyright infringer, which encourages established developers to concentrate on consoles and treat PC as an afterthought. Apparently PC gamers are more likely to wait for Steam sales than PlayStation gamers for Greatest Hits. (References: 1 2)
I also thought one had to have multiple Steam accounts in order to buy multiple copies of a game. Does Steam allow using one credit card with multiple accounts? That and you still have to buy a gaming PC and monitor for each player, plus a copy of Windows for each player to run those games that aren't ported to Steam OS.
It's probably like one man-week tops to include a button remapper in-game. There's no excuse why every title doesn't have one
Multiplayer is one reason. People don't want to have to wait for the other players in the room to reconfigure their bindings every time.
The seperate buttons instead of a good D pad is why I hate the all Sony controllers.
I don't have a PS3 or PS4, but the directional pad on at least PlayStation, Dual Shock, and Dual Shock 2 controllers is all one piece of plastic. It has four separate raised segments to avoid Nintendo patents on the cross shape. And in practice, with the thumb lying flat across a PlayStation directional pad, the feel of rolling the thumb from one direction to the next isn't that different from Nintendo's design.
If you refer to the fact that A and B are swapped and X and Y are swapped between the Super NES and the Xbox, the Xbox was not the first. Xbox inherited this layout ultimately from the Sega Genesis, which predates the Super NES.
Eh, that doesn't really fit many games on Steam though. Local multiplayer is a rare thing on PC games. Damn shame.
I've been collecting links to Slashdot comments that recommend local multiplayer PC games. Mostly the problem has been that very few people are willing to either A. carry a desktop PC back and forth between the desk and the living room or B. buy and maintain a second computer that lacks consoles' advantage in ease of use.
Plus I'm not sure what the cost of going to FB is ?
To verify your account, you need a mobile phone that can receive SMS.
I'd like to see some icons that proudly state 'I'm NOT on fb or tw. I have no icons and nothing for you to follow me on'.
A big orange RSS icon should work well for that. "If you want to follow me, go ahead and follow me using your browser."
Email is just the same as FB, without inviting FB to be the middle-man
And that's the problem. Internet mail became less useful to people when spammers learned how to defeat Bayesian filters. Facebook has the resources to filter spam centrally and apply an effective death penalty to repeat offenders because making and verifying a new Facebook account means getting a new cell phone number.