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  1. NAND and memory are used in so many things these days though, and there's always loads of demand for the fastest stuff. Sony and Microsoft are small fish in a big pond in this respect, compared to companies making phones or server parts.
  2. Anyone know why it was "Noire" and not "Noir"?
  3. The more I'm thinking about it, the more I like Sony's approach. Some scenarios will lean on the GPU more heavily than the CPU, or vice versa. So when they are on a single chip, with a single power and cooling budget, why not have some sort of load balancing system? Put it differently - the Series X would surely also benefit significantly from including this technology. I guess it won't help if both the CPU and GPU are slammed, but it's a nice way to try and eke the absolute most out of the silicon. Also the decision to use a generic SSD interface will pay dividends down the road, even if you can't buy a replacement of the shelf at launch. Who knows how much cheaper / more capacious they will be in 3-4 years - they might just be a fairly standard laptop / tablet part by that point! It's a very consumer-friendly move. It may even throw a bone to PC gamers, who will benefit as a side effect from the creation of a market for "PS5 compatible" SSDs. Because these would need to meet certain requirements in terms of cooling, this would most likely kill the (imo silly) trend for blingy SSD heatsinks on motherboards.
  4. What if it's cheaper? In this generation, Sony launched at a lower price than Microsoft... and that seemed to work out pretty well for them! No-one's ever launched a console that's going to be as expensive, power hungry, and large as the Series X and actually made a success of it. Based on past evidence of consumer taste, there's every chance that Sony are being quite sensible in holding back at bit. It's a bit of a wierd situation - both companies seem to have pitched their consoles at different levels, and both seem to have other models planned which will more directly compete with their rivals' launch efforts.
  5. Yeah, it does seem like actually nice cinemas are having a bit of a resurgence. You pay a bit more (maybe there is a membership program which brings the cost closer to a multiplex, and gives them a more reliable income too of course), and in return they show a more interesting selection of films, and employ actual adults at a reasonable wage. They seem to be finding their market too. Seems to be true in London certainly, and when I go back to the North West there are lots of options that didn't exist when I was growing up.
  6. Animation looks kind of choppy, but the actual artwork is really cool looking. I pretty much binge watched the entirety of Steven Universe recently, this will make an interesting counterpoint. Oh and it's releasing on 4/20 GET IT GUISE?
  7. I get annoyed at people using their phones as much as anyone - I can understand why you would need to have your threats at the ready. $20 for renting a title on release day is brilliant value for a family. Bit shite for individuals for are self-isolating though. I guess they don't have a way to differentiate, but still. I normally don't pay that much to see a film and I live in London.
  8. That's not new footage right? I think I recognise it.
  9. Because games on PC are just programs. PS4 and Xbone run games in completely separate virtual machines, so it's pretty trivial to just dump the whole memory of said virtual machine to RAM. Quite similar to how save states work in emulators. I imagine it could probably be figured out, but as generally speaking boot / loading times on PC are pretty good I guess no-one felt there was really a pressing need. I think it's probably best to not engage.
  10. @Boozy The Clown If it has fewer compute units and less memory, then it might run at a lower res output. But they could also reduce the graphical fidelity in other ways. If the CPU has lower clocks, or even fewer cores, then maybe we'll even see stuff like reduced framerates, reduced variety / number of NPCs, that sort of thing. TBH the roided consoles we saw this generation were a bit of an anomaly, where games would have roughly the same featureset as the base console, just with a higher resolution and maybe some extra graphical features. It would be a bit odd to see the same approach taken this time around, given developers are getting access to the top-end (until Microsoft release an even more powerful version 3-4 years down the line, at least) hardware first and can use it however they like. Different developers will have different priorities. Maybe we'll even see the games targeting 1080p / 30fps on the Series X? I wouldn't be surprised if that's what the Minecraft raytracing demo is running at, for instance.
  11. It's actually slightly larger than my PC. Apparently it is just shy of 8 litres in volume, and I use a DAN A4 case which is about 7.5. Normally you'd expect a console to be more space optimised, given they're not tied to a standard layout, and I'm surprised that there does seem to be some dead space internally. To be fair though, they do have to fit a disk drive in there, so it's not apples to apples. It isn't as tall when laid on its side though, so should be easier to fit in a TV unit by comparison. I wonder if it's going to be as effective at cooling itself when laid on it's side - I imagine that's how most people will use it. Probably the fans will have to spin faster as they won't be getting as much help from convection. Some of the tech does look incredible. Parts of it feel like a window into a world where AMD are more competent on the software side, e.g. the machine-learning based HDR implementation for games that never had one. That's pretty fantastic! There does genuinely seem to be some stuff in there that won't be easily replicable on PC, e.g. the easy pausing and resuming of games (I guess this was already an advantage consoles had, but adding a blazingly fast and capacious SSD into the mix makes it much more compelling) and the hardware based decompression of assets. I'm probably still not buying one, unless compelling exclusives pop up (that's the only reason I have a PS4 and Switch) but Microsoft are making a very good case for dedicated gaming hardware here. Personally I'm more excited to see whatever the cut-down console ends up being though. A lot of the most exciting things are not related to how powerful the thing is, but all the features they've put in to help developers get the most out of that power. These would probably be even more useful in a more constrained system. They could ship a version with significantly cut down computational abilities, and it would still offer a huge leap over this generation.
  12. Portrait of a Lady on Fire I found this to be a desperately sad film. Brilliant performances and I got completely wrapped up in it and was one hundo percent crying at the end. Theatre was completely silent when it finished, everyone just shuffled out quietly (middle of the day screening, everyone sitting one seat apart, not sure if coronavirus), I can't remember not hearing any chatter or anything when a film ended. I think we all just felt like we'd had the wind knocked out of us. It's beautifully shot. I would guess it was filmed digitally. It's always been a bit wierd to me that period pieces often try to ape a "filmic" look that is actually quite modern. This kind of just feels like you're there, in a kind of hyper-real way at times. I've seen the word "erotic" used to describe this film, which I wouldn't really agree with. It's much more about the emotional aspects of their romance. Not a criticism. Also could be because there are female gaze-y aspects that I'm just not capable of detecting, I suppose. It gets half a point knocked off for me because the dialogue sometimes seems a bit contrived. But I expect it's actually relatively grounded in the grand scheme of things, for a mildly gothic romantic film. 4.5 / 5
  13. Thing is we don't really know when any sporting competitions will be able to begin again. You could potentially have disruption next year too, if it becomes a yearly thing and most countries won't have herd immunity by that point, and possibly a vaccine still won't be available. So we can talk about the possibilities till we're blue in the face, but it's a bit pointless until we know when the disruption will end, and for how long. I would prefer that this season be finished somehow though. I feel like the disruption is going to be so severe that even if the top tier leagues for 2020-21 get "skipped" there would still be plenty of football to play.
  14. Here's a Liverpool supporter going through the 5 stages of grief on Reddit.
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