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Gaming Discussion / Re: Xbox Series X Runs Xbox One Games at a Higher Frame Rate
« Last post by Titan on September 29, 2020, 08:46:43 AM »
It is pretty impressive. It's nice that Microsoft really puts a lot of emphasis on backwards compatibility and put time into developing it to make the experience better. I wish Sony got their shit together on backwards compatibility. Not that it matters to me. I still play on the original hardware (except PS1 games. Those get played on my PS2 and occasionally on my PS3). But as these things age and break (which they will), the average person may not opt to fix their consoles like I would. If you can't play old games on new hardware, collections just collect dust and become useless. But hey, Sony's unwillingness to do backwards compatibility really suits my business model! Sony consoles sell (minus the PS1) quickly and at decent prices. Microsoft consoles are harder to sell because new consoles are backwards compatible. And the average Joe doesn't have space in their entertainment center for all these consoles. The vast majority won't build a custom entertainment center to house a million game consoles lol.
Gaming Discussion / Xbox Series X Runs Xbox One Games at a Higher Frame Rate
« Last post by Paul2 on September 28, 2020, 12:43:18 PM »

Several gaming outlets have released hands-on previews of the Xbox Series X today and VentureBeat tested Xbox One games running on the Xbox Series X to see how well they perform on the next-generation console. The results showed that games that run on the Xbox One with an unlocked framerate or dynamic resolution see a boost on the Xbox Series X.

Grand Theft Auto IV saw around a 25 percent boost in frame rate from an average of 48 frames per second (fps) on the Xbox One X to 60 fps on the Xbox Series X. Final Fantasy XV saw a boost from 42 fps to 59 fps and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice jumped from 37 fps to 60 fps.

No Man's Sky runs at a locked 30 fps on the Xbox One, which means the game doesn't take advantage of the better hardware of the Xbox Series X.

The hands-on preview reveals the Xbox Series X has 802 GB of usable space, lets you suspend up to six games at a time using the Quick Resume feature, and greatly reduces the load times of many Xbox One games.

The Xbox Series X and Series S will launch worldwide on November 10.

very cool and good news too.  i wonder if this is also the case with ps4 games running on ps5 console.
Gaming Discussion / Xbox Series X Greatly Reduces Load Times for Many Xbox One Games
« Last post by Paul2 on September 28, 2020, 12:36:45 PM »

The next-generation consoles are less than two months away from launching and one of the most talked-about aspects of the consoles is the inclusion of a solid-state drive (SSD) and how they will greatly reduce load times for games.

Several gaming outlets have released hands-on previews of the Xbox Series X today and The Verge has tested the loading times of Xbox One games on the Xbox Series X and comparing it to the loading times on the Xbox One X. The load times have greatly improved for many games using the Xbox Series X SSD.

Sea of Thieves saw load times drop from one minute and 21 seconds on the Xbox One X to just 20 seconds on the Xbox Series X, while Destiny 2 dropped from one minute to 52 seconds to 43 seconds. Warframe now takes 25 seconds to load and The Outer World loads in an impressive six seconds.

Red Dead Redemption 2 also improved in loading times, but not by as much in terms of percentages. It went from one minute and 35 seconds to 52 seconds. No Man's Sky went from two minutes and 13 seconds to one minute and 27 seconds.

Check out the complete comparisons below:

Game                                Xbox Series X   Xbox One X
CoD: Warzone                             16 seconds   21 seconds
Red Dead Redemption 2     52 seconds   1 min, 35 seconds
The Outer Worlds                       6 seconds   27 seconds
Evil Within 2                             33 seconds   43 seconds
Sea of Thieves                     20 seconds   1 min, 21 seconds
Warframe                             25 seconds   1 min, 31 seconds
AC: Odyssey                             30 seconds   1 min, 7 seconds
No Man's Sky                  1 min, 27 seconds   2 mins, 13 seconds
Destiny 2                                     43 seconds   1 min, 52 seconds

The Xbox Series X and Series S will launch worldwide on November 10.

good news.  very nice to know. :)
Off-Topic / Re: Made my first sale!
« Last post by Paul2 on September 25, 2020, 12:20:53 PM »
oh i see.  but i remember every once and a while, sony discount it to $45 and sometimes $40 if i remember correctly.  and in this past few years, sony also discount it to $40 during the week of black friday.

the original cost of ds4 controller is $60 but i was surprised to see some version costing $65.  not really sure why though.
Off-Topic / Re: Made my first sale!
« Last post by Titan on September 24, 2020, 03:25:31 PM »
congratulations on your first successful ps2 sell.  but i thought charging $40 for a used ps4 controller is a bit too expensive.  one can buy brand new one for $40, especially during the week of black friday where it sells at that price.

They sell for 40 on ebay. A new Dual Shock 4 is 65.
Off-Topic / Re: Made my first sale!
« Last post by Paul2 on September 24, 2020, 11:53:51 AM »
congratulations on your first successful ps2 sell.  but i thought charging $40 for a used ps4 controller is a bit too expensive.  one can buy brand new one for $40, especially during the week of black friday where it sells at that price.
Off-Topic / Made my first sale!
« Last post by Titan on September 23, 2020, 07:23:26 AM »
I'm sure you all know, I lost my job and have been occupying my time with some game console repair. I bought 2 PS2s on the cheap with them advertised as not working. One worked fine so I just cleaned it. The other had the dreaded disc read error. But the laser wasn't the one known to do it. The drive was covered in dust so I cleaned it and now that one works fine (the Q tip turned black when I cleaned the laser). The first one I mentioned, I threw up on ebay last Tuesday and by Friday it was sold. Made about 33 bucks in profit so not a bad haul for about an hour worth of work :) I'm just waiting for a set of rubber feet for the other one and I want to see if that sells just as fast. I think I may be onto something!

I also found a DualShock 4 at a flea market and bought it for 10 bucks on Saturday. Works fine but the sticks are shot. Replacing those and reconditioning the controller (it's apart. I hate taking those things apart) and I'm gonna try getting 40 for it.
Happy Birthday board / Happy Birthday Nolaws
« Last post by Paul2 on September 21, 2020, 07:11:43 AM »
I hear you on the disc drive. But I guess they need to make a profit lol. I mean, either way, I'm still getting the disc drive. I'll buy any disc drive console while they still offer it because I still like physical media. But I suspect they have it priced that way so they can migrate people to digital downloads. Digital distribution is much cheaper than having discs. They don't have to worry about manufacturing, distribution and retailers taking a cut. They throw the game on the PS Store, that's basically straight profit. Only expense really is to keep the servers running.

Either way, I'm super excited. But I'm gonna buy the console after the holidays. Apparently, Sony said they'll have more units available at launch than they did with the PS4. But sites are already crashing and it seems like more hassle than it's worth right now to have it day 1. January/February stock levels will stabilize and I can walk into any Best Buy and walk out with one :) Plus I'm still unemployed so there's that too.
PS5 Discussion / PlayStation 5 Price, Launch Date, and First-Party Launch Lineup Revealed
« Last post by Paul2 on September 16, 2020, 03:03:07 PM »
Sony Interactive Entertainment announced the PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, and in the rest of the world on November 19.

The PlayStation 5 will be priced at $499.99 / ¥49,980 / €499.99 in the US, while the Digital Edition will be priced at $399.9 9/ ¥39,980 / €399.99.

Sony has said PS5 pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers.

Here is the list of launch titles for the PS5 from Sony Interactive Entertainment:

Astro’s Playroom (Japan Studio) – pre-installed on PS5
Demon’s Souls (Bluepoint Games / Japan Studio) – $69.99 / €79.99 / ¥7,900
Destruction AllStars (Lucid Games / XDEV) – $69.99 / €79.99 / ¥7,900
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games) – $49.99 / €59.99 / ¥5,900
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Mile Morales Ultimate Edition (Insomniac Games) – $69.99 / €79.99 / ¥7,900
Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital / XDEV) – US$59.99 / €69.99 / ¥6,900

As we have just announced in our PS5 Showcase, we’re only a couple of months away from launching the next generation of play. Starting on November 12, PS5 will be available in seven key markets: the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The global rollout will continue on November 19 with launches throughout the rest of the world*, including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia and South Africa.

PS5 Digital Edition will be available for a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399.99/¥39,980/€399.99 (MSRP), and PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive will be available for an RRP of $499.99/¥49,980/€499.99 (MSRP). Pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers, so please check with your local retailer.

We’re pleased to provide choice to gamers with two PS5 console options at launch, depending on if you want a digital-only experience or prefer disc-based gaming. Whichever PS5 you choose, you’ll enjoy the same breathtaking, next-gen gaming experiences. Both PS5 models use the same custom processor with integrated CPU and GPU for high-fidelity visuals, including 4K graphics and ray-tracing support, as well as the same ultra-high-speed SSD with integrated I/O for lightning-fast loading. PS5’s 3D audio and the DualSense Wireless Controller will also provide the same heightened sense of immersion on all PS5s.

We are proud of the breadth of games being created for PS5, and it’s our goal to continue filling our portfolio with new, rich experiences from the most talented game creators in the industry. Today we shared a sneak peek at the following new games coming to PS5:

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (Capcom)
Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix) 
Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach (Steel Wool Studios and ScottGames)
Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros. Games)
New God of War title (Santa Monica Studio)
These newly revealed titles, along with the games we’ve shown previously, represent the best lineup we’ve ever seen in PlayStation history. Games like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, and Demon’s Souls will launch alongside the console. Our own Worldwide Studios titles will be priced from US$49.99 to US$69.99 (RRP) on PS5.

Additionally, we know that the PS4 community will transition to PS5 at different times, and we’re happy to announce PS4 versions of some of our exclusives. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West will also launch on PS4. While these three games were designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high-speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 owners will also be able to enjoy these experiences when they launch. The PS4 digital versions of launch games include a free upgrade on both PS5 consoles, while the PS4 disc versions of these games include a free upgrade on the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive.

For PlayStation Plus members, we’ll have a special new offering on PS5 – the PlayStation Plus Collection**. PS5 owners with PS Plus will be able to download and play a curated library of PS4 games that defined the generation, like Batman Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5 and many more. The PS Plus Collection will be an added benefit to the existing PS4 benefits that PS Plus members receive for a single subscription price.

Also launching this November is a slate of new accessories:

DualSense™ Wireless Controller (standalone) – US$69.99/¥6,980/€69.99 (RRP)
PULSE 3D™ wireless headset – with 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones US$99.99/¥9,980/€99.99 (RRP)
HD Camera – with dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments US$59.99/¥5,980/€59.99 (RRP)
Media Remote – to navigate movies and streaming services with ease US$29.99/¥2,980/€29.99 (RRP)
DualSense™ Charging Station – to conveniently charge two DualSense Wireless Controllers US$29.99/¥2,980/€29.99 (RRP)
This year has been unlike any other, and there have been many challenges the world has faced. Everyone at PlayStation, along with all of our partners in development, publishing, technology, and retail, have devoted a lot of effort to launch PlayStation 5 in time for the holiday season. We’re all working closely together to achieve our mission of delivering the best that gaming has to offer to our community. I truly want to thank you, the fans, for your tremendous support (and patience!), while we take this journey to PS5. We can’t wait for November to arrive – when you’ll be able to get a PS5 console in your hands to begin exploring new adventures and creating new epic memories for many years to come.

*Availability in each country subject to local import regulations. PS5 launch date for China is still under exploration and will be announced at a later date.

**Availability of PlayStation Plus Collection titles may vary by country. The Plus Collection is not available in China.

PlayStation 5 Launch Day Games from SIE Worldwide Studios

Astro’s Playroom (Japan Studio) – pre-installed on PS5
Demon’s Souls (Bluepoint Games / Japan Studio) – US$69.99/¥7,900/€79.99 (RRP)
Destruction All Stars (Lucid Games / XDEV) – US$69.99/¥7,900/€79.99 (RRP)
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games) – US$49.99/¥5,900/€59.99 (RRP)
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Mile Morales Ultimate Edition (Insomniac Games) – US$69.99/¥7,900/€79.99 (RRP)
Sackboy A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital / XDEV) – US$59.99/¥6,900/€69.99 (RRP)

its very good to hear the digital version of ps5 is $399.99, but i thought the ps5 with uhd blu ray drive cost $100 more is kind of a big rip off.  the 4k uhd blu ray drive shouldn't cost them more than like $30 to make.  So in my opinion, the ps5 with 4k uhd blu-ray should cost $449.99 instead of the $499.99.  besides, the ps5 isn't as powerful as xbox series x to cost the same as series x.  sure, ps5 has like 2x faster loading ssd but if they could sell the disc-less version at $399.99, then they should have no problems selling the disc support version at $449.99.
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