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Comment Re:Gaben Ain't Dumb (Score 1) 410

You've made some good points there, I admit.

That's why Steam has Big Picture Mode, why steam machines exist, and why Steam Link was created.

But the thing is, consoles do BPM BETTER than steam does and have been doing so for YEARS.

A windows Steam machine basically has all the drawbacks of Windows, printer queues, system services, Firewalls, antivirus/antimalware etc etc.

A SteamOS machine is still Linux. For example Steam has built in game streaming on windows, but that doesn't work on Linux/SteamOS. If you want to gamestream on SteamOS it is back to the command line you go to fiddle with ffmpeg x11grab scripts or install OBS.

The Steam controller already makes life easier for many keyboard + mouse games.

Considering I first hooked up a keyboard and mouse to a console in 2002...the Steam controller is a solution in search of a problem that isn't really a problem. Which could describe Steam boxes as a whole.

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 157

decent mobile gaming has already got a choice of dozens of devices that also do more than just play games.

Like the Vita and 2DS/3DS? They're the only decent mobile gaming around.

Hell, Sony's PSP is probably a more "decent" game machine than tablets and phones with all the F2P IAP crap.

Comment Re:Now it makes sense... (Score 1) 157

Sony did that in 2011 with the Xperia didn't quite take off.

Also one could Skype on a PSP or Vita in the past, though you can't now. The Vita's email client works though.

The Xperia play even had Minecraft PE as an exclusive for a couple of months. As an aside, the physical controls on the Vita make Minecraft on the Vita a better experience than Minecraft PE on tablets and phones, even with the Vita version's world size limitation.

IMHO phones should stay phones. The changes needed to make a phone a good gaming device increase the size, weight, heat output and battery draw. We still need dedicated portable consoles for "Good" gaming on the go. Sure, maybe if you like F2P touchy games with IAP you like gaming on phones...but for other games, not so much.

Comment Re:Still hasn't learned (Score 1) 157

and controllers that were, compared to XB and PS controllers, VERY basic and simplified, so you didn't first have to learn to play, you could simply pick them up and play.

Only with the Wii, the N64 and Gamecube controllers were more traditional.

And the other consoles simply suck as party consoles.

That depends on how you #define party console.

One of the issues is that people "think" there are no "party/family-get-together" games for the PS4...since you don't see those games on the shelf. But there ARE some party games....the thing is they're mostly in the Playstation Store.

So when a "Wii Mom" goes to the game aisle and sees "Game party pack 2016" or "Happy fun time sports-with-mii's" in the Wii/WiiU section, and then goes over to the PS4 section and sees: Fallout 4, Destiny, TESO, ModernSeasonalRealisticSportsGame2016, Duty Calls: Medal of the Battlefield Ops Master Shooty Sergeant eXTREEM edition, Demon Souls, etc etc..she's going to think there are no party games for the PS4.

It's one of the problems with digital downloads, it is hard for SCEfoo to market them to people who aren't already on PSN so they might as well not exist to "casuals". Even then it is hit or miss. I only just found out about Brut@l a couple of days ago.

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 157

Those are idiots who played the Pokemons when they were 7-year-old

I first played Pokemon in 1999 (Red/Blue) on a GBC when I was 32 you insignificant clod!

instead of real games like Street Fighter II, Doom etc.

I've also played SF2 (on a SNES, but I'm not a big fan of the game or genre) and DOOM (also on the SNES and PSone)

Playing both Pokemon and DOOM is not a zero sum game, one can like them both. Though the last Pokemon I played was Gold/Silver/Crystal. The combination of the in-game clock tied with events, and the whole trading thing designed around the schoolyard made the games not very adult friendly even if you DID have two GBC's.

Comment Re:Gaben Ain't Dumb (Score 0, Troll) 410

No, Valve IS stupid. Gaben used to go on and on about how open source was the future, but kept his focus on Windows when another company was ALREADY using open source with their gaming hardware.

That company was Sony. If Gabe Newell dislikes MIcrosoft so much, why didn't he form a joint venture with Sony, which has been using open source software longer than Valve has! Essentially, the PS3/PS4 OS's are what SteamOS wants to be.

The reason is that while Gabe rants against walled gardens, the truth is he just wants gamers to use his OWN walled garden.

Comment Re:WASD is digital; left stick is analog (Score 1) 140

And I'm told most of these exceptions are on PlayStation 2, 3, and 4.

As far as I know, yes. If there are Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One games with such support, I'd like to know about them.

Some people like using a mouse in one hand and half of a DualShock in the other because unlike WASD, an analog stick offers analog control of the speed and direction of your movement, not just your aiming.

Yep, I prefer that method if I can get it. I know one player of War Thunder on PC who uses that method for tanks. I've also read of PC gamers buying up Playstation Move Navigation controllers (that's the one with the analog stick, not the glowy ball on the end of it) and using them with mice.

Comment Re:Consoles are too limiting (Score 1) 140

Just a reminder that FPS's aren't the only genre but every console since the PS2 has USB ports for a reason. It's not a case of "allow" but rather "do the developers want to take the time and effort to implement/test/troubleshoot a keyboard + mouse control system alongside the standard controller"

And often they don't bother to...but....sometimes they do. And I have console games within 10 feet of me with keyboard and/or mouse support. Sometimes the support won't be listed on the box, you have to check.

Comment Re:What a bargain (Score 1) 140

I'm not sure what you're getting at? Do you mean 3 adults or what? If it is a shared household of 3 adults then they can pay for their OWN PS+. If it is an adult and kids, then the adult can decided if they want their kids to have online multiplayer, or not.

But PS+ accounts are per user, so it depends on WHO the devices are owned by and how many.

For example, I have ONE PS4 and it's set as the "Primary" and I'm a PS+ user. Any sub account on the system has access to multiplayer on this system.

If I had a second PS4 that was NOT set to primary, sub accounts wouldn't have access to multiplayer. (except for those games that don't require PS+ for multiplayer) But I could use multiplayer on that system while others used multiplayer on the Primary.

I have a friend with a PS4, while he currently has PS+ there are times he hasn't. Now if I was to go to his house and login as "Me" on that system, I would have full access to PS+ services on his machine whether he has PS+ or not since PS+ is per user.

Comment Re:Still a proprietary, DRM'd piece of shit. (Score 1) 140

Ive got a 10 year old beigebox running customised windowmaker

Using a couple of scripts

  Took about a day to set it up (writing all the scripts, customising WindowMaker for use with the remote, etc).

perhaps you missed the "tinker-free" part of the GP's comment. Remember, not everyone is a Linux geek. Hell, I'm a Linux user and I'm not sure I could do the scripting you've done....especially with Windowmaker.

Comment Re:Still a proprietary, DRM'd piece of shit. (Score 1) 140

Does it support things like WebM (MKV container, VP8 or VP9 video, and Vorbis or Opus audio)?

Have you turned into RMS? Just use h264 with AAC audio in MPEG4 containers for video and MP3 for music as the gods intended. You know damned well that "open" formats tend to be less well supported on consumer media devices so you don't even need to ask. Besides, you can have the DLNA server transcode any unsupported format, though you should just stick to the formats I listed above.

Comment Re:Still a proprietary, DRM'd piece of shit. (Score 1) 140

Hell I haven't updated the drivers for my videocard(sapphire 7950) since last year, and it's going along just fine with all the latest titles.

Video card updates come along fairly frequently and one probably should update them. If you're running year old drivers, you're probably not taking advantage of your video card as much as you might. And why the heck are you, a member of the PC Master Race not keeping your Windows system updated as you SHOULD be doing.

[sarcasm]Obviously a Windows Peasant, who probably isn't competent enough to administer a computer at all. Who knows what other updates this Windows Peasant hasn't done. They're machine is probably trojaned all to hell.[/sarcasm]

Another supposedly "superior" build from the biased master race reddit?

Which doesn't even include the OS, which has to be Windows for a game box, only has 4GB of RAM, not 8 and uses a Quad-core CPU (but at least it's a fast quad core)

Not only that but it is a box you have to build yourself, it is NOT a prebuilt one that you can just head out to a big box store and just simply buy, like a PS4 or Xbox One.

Topic at hand: I wouldn't recommend a console to anyone,

I really wouldn't recommend gaming on Windows. I know people do it, and that there are games that are PC only, but that doesn't mean people SHOULD do it.

While being locked into a console ecosystem that punishes you

While being locked into the Windows ecosystem of a crappy OS that punishes you. And locked into the Steam ecosystem that punishes you, or the Origin ecosystem that punishes you.

requires you to pay for multiplayer support and basic functions that are free on the PC.

They aren't truly "free" on the PC...somebody pays for that bandwidth. Whether it's some affluent nerd hosting some Quake-foo server, or Valve paying for their TF2 servers with the cut they take off of Steam...somebody pays, directly or indirectly.

Besides, console gamers get things BESIDES the multiplayer with their PS+ or Xbox live subscriptions.

And not all multiplayer in the PlayStation ecosystem requires PS+!

Multiplayer doesn't require PS+ on the Vita, or PS3. (or the PSP and PS2 if any of their games still have multiplayer running)

F2P games on the PS4 don't require PS+ for multiplayer. Examples being War Thunder or Neverwinter.

Games that use a "Send a turn/PBEM" style of multiplayer, also don't require PS+

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