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  1. monkeydog

    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    PSNow was lousy when I tried it on the PC a year or so ago. No reason for that based my connection. Maybe it's worth another go? Sony don't treat PSNow as a first class citizen. It doesn't get new releases as far as I know? It's also not an 'access anywhere' portal to your existing console library. I think that's two places where MS can improve on Sony's effort. Have they improved browsing the library as well? It was pretty crappy when I had a go.
  2. monkeydog

    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    Nah. Both have poor performance, poor price flexibility and libraries.
  3. monkeydog

    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    By full breadth, I meant a range of titles that only play on high end hardware. Not literally every release
  4. monkeydog

    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    They don't care enough to spend £100's. Genuine casual access to the full breadth of gaming isn't really tested. The barrier to entry is too high. You could argue it remains too high even with streaming. Touch screen controls are rubbish. Buying a controller is still a big step. Currently, even using a dual sticks is too much for many people. But then casual doesnt have to be grannies. Gamings been around long enough for lapsed gamers to exist. Also, streaming can potentially be an easier purchase for parents than splashing out on a full console for their kids.
  5. monkeydog

    Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming Service

    I think there's still a tendency to think that phones will catch up with current gen consoles. Maybe if 3nm silicon really becomes viable? There's a good chance it won't. PS5/Bone2 will never be able to shrink down to phone size on silicon. 20 odd billion transistors* will always be too power hungry. * Should be around that on 7nm if chip sizes are the same as this gen.
  6. monkeydog

    First Man - Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong

    I haven't seen the film yet, but if they wanted to show a realistic depiction of the flag moment it would have been 5 minutes of Neil and Buzz struggling to actually erect the thing. It wasn't the moment of American exceptionism those outraged by it's absence think.
  7. monkeydog

    Flight of the Conchords Appreciation Thread

    The special is still on catch-up for anyone who missed it
  8. I backed this but not been keeping a track of where they're up to. Apparently the Beta's out today. I'll have to give that a go later.
  9. monkeydog

    Doctor Who

    Just had a discussion in the car about if she'd like to watch it. Queue her saying "I know about that!" and telling the knock knock joke. And then explaining it for the next 5 minutes.
  10. monkeydog

    Doctor Who

    Yeah. My daughter's just about old enough to start watching. She'll love it, and for her, the best Doctor will always be a woman.
  11. monkeydog

    The Chronicles of Narnia go to Netflix

    I loved the BBC version as a kid. I think I watched the last batch of films. As an adult, Aslan/Jesus's bullshit philosophy really grinds my gears.
  12. monkeydog

    Films that are good for the soul

    That's what my mind was searching for. Such a lovely film.
  13. monkeydog

    Google Project Stream

    It'a more than a bit prettier. It would let them sell a 1080p console with a 4k streaming mode or a 4k fullfat 'offline'/X version. Gives them a lower entry point of the bat that's not percieved as low rent as a dedicated streaming stick. Doesn't preclude them using the cloud hardware to compete with Google using a browser/app client. As well as the casual gamer element, 'play your Xbox library anywhere' probably has some appeal.
  14. monkeydog

    Google Project Stream

    If MS use some of the tech they've demoed for streaming it's quite different to other solutions. The game run locally, in full, but on low graphics settings. A synchronous copy of the game runs on the server at max settings and low settings. Only the difference between max and low detail is sent to your local device and blended over the top. It doesn't matter so much if a blended frame is missed. Controller latency is always with the local device. It'll be interesting to see if that really works, if they do go that route.
  15. I've enjoyed Kobo, so hopefully this will be an actual family friendly movie, in that the heroes aren't all awful like in the Bay movies. It should be a nice matinée experience with my daughter. Should. It's a bit too much to hope for, isnt it?

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