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Comment Many Xbox One games run at reduced resolution (Score 1) 58

if there is a difference it's that insignificant during game play.

The typical pattern is that the Xbox One version of a game would run at 1280x720 before upscaling for output, while the PlayStation 4 version of the same game could run at 1600x900 with the same frame rate due to faster memory. (Meanwhile, PC masters got to enjoy their 1920x1080, 2560x1440, or whatever else the aftermarket GPU was capable of.)

Comment Re:And then there was Kinect (Score 1) 58

having a DVD-R that couldn't play a movie DVD

The drive could, at least with the early drive chips. Nintendo just didn't want to have to pay DVD FLLC for every Wii console it shipped. Microsoft did the same thing with the original Xbox (2001), putting licensed DVD player software on a separate memory card in the remote receiver. It's unclear whether Nintendo could have likewise offered something like "PowerDVD now available in Wii Shop Channel for 2000 Nintendo Points".

Comment Re:And then there was Kinect (Score 1) 58

Or is the answer "don't, let the customer have 2 TVs"?

Correct.

Case in point: Look at how many games nowadays support only online multiplayer, not same-screen multiplayer. Publishers rationalize the decision not to spend time=money on same-screen multiplayer by claiming limited GPU and RAM resources, as well as the fact that the average age of a gamer has trended upward since the NES and Super NES era.

Comment Re:Self-contradictory (Score 2) 73

I suspect by physical interface they mean something you interact with physically, rather than directly - ie you push buttons with your fingers on a keyboard, you receive images via a monitor that converts them into photons, etc. It's awkward language, but I'm not sure there's a "correct" way beyond calling the brain link something awful like "really, really, direct."

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