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  1. Also, a missed opportunity for some Xbox One X-specific enhancements, stuck as it is at 720p with only the forced 16x anisotropic filtering that un-enhanced 360 games receive on the X by default, to elevate it above the standard Xbox One.
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    Nintendo Switch

    You can get a Samsung Evo (U3) 128GB card for just under £27 at Amazon right now. So I'd say nay.
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    Xbox One Console Thread

    Assuming he's using the same router for the WiFi connection, how's changing the DNS setting (which should be the same - defined by the router, or defined by the console network settings) going to improve the problem when he switches back to ethernet?
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    Forza Horizon 4 - Open-UK Racing

    @Cosmic_Guru That was probably my drivatar
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    Splatoon 2 - Octo Expansion AVAILABLE NOW

    Question for people who have reached S+ in ranked. How do you find it compared to S? I got to S+1 in Splat Zones, but had a run of awful matches with team mates who seemed not to know how to play, or players who seemed *much* better. Google suggests that S+ matchmaking is everyone from S+0 to S+50, is that correct? If so that seems a bit... harsh. I can have runs where my team literally can't lose and others where we can't score. I can only assume it's down to the mix of S+ players in any given match, but it's certainly making it more frustrating to play than every rank up to S when I see the next rank in seemingly easy reach only to have it snatched away by 5 defeats in a row.
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    Splatoon 2 - Octo Expansion AVAILABLE NOW

    Because level has nothing to do with skill.
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    Google Project Stream

    I never said (or argued) that streaming needs to be accessible to everyone. The conversation touched upon accessibility (see these quoted posts). footle suggested streaming has the potential to extend the reach of gaming more than another console, but on the basis of 25mb broadband being the norm. I was pointing out that there are plenty of locations in the UK you cannot get "superfast" broadband good enough for 1080p*60 gaming, let alone in many other countries with less substantial infrastructure. Therefore, the ability of streaming to significantly extend the reach of gaming (as opposed to merely being another way for folk with high bandwidth internet to play games) may not be realised for a long time given the glacial pace of high speed internet roll-out. Not sure what that has to do with Porsches.
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    Google Project Stream

    On a long enough timeline sure, but how long realistically? My Dad lives in a village a few miles from me and can get about 8mb tops. I can get 300mb and have had access to NTL/Virgin's top speeds for a decade.
  9. This. I own the Xbox360 version, but played the US PS1 version on the Vita beforehand and the most noticeable thing for me was the audio. The Xbox version sounds super compressed, which is a massive shame because by modern standards the uncompressed audio would have added very little to the overall file size.
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    Paying to Play 'Early'

    I've not seen a music or movie release without the music or movie included, but you left that part out when you quoted me. I'm quite happy not paying for early access. If other people want to spend their money on it that's fine with me. I'm just saying that if publishers think they can tip more people into paying for more expensive versions in the future they may increase the early access period or make early access more commonplace as a way to do so. I'm not sure why this is such a controversial suggestion.
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    Paying to Play 'Early'

    I don't know because it's not my area of expertise. I think there are sufficient parallels with other consumer incentive schemes to think that over time publishers will be able to judge the relative impact of paid early access. Do people believe that current industry practices with regard to DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes and so on are simply the result of publishers operating blind? They try stuff out, run focus groups, gather activity metrics, see what people can be tempted to pay for and then iterate on that model to maximise revenue. This is the industry that's brought us multiple editions (standard, special, ultimate etc.) with real and/or virtual tat, statues and even special editions without the game included. Hell, this years CoD has an all-or-nothing approach to DLC.
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    Splatoon 2 - Octo Expansion AVAILABLE NOW

    You press ZL to see the description of item abilities when you're on the equip screen.
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    Paying to Play 'Early'

    Publishers will have metrics on how well previous special or ultimate editions have sold as a proportion of total sales. When they add something notably different to those editions (early access) they can see how the proportion changes.
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    Paying to Play 'Early'

    It's 3 days now - depending on how effective the incentive proves I wonder how long it will be until it's a week or two of early access.
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