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Old 05-13-2017, 04:40 AM   #3841   Add To Ignore List  
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Google says it means offing yourself. Here's my advice: Just don't. That'll be all.
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:52 PM   #3842   Add To Ignore List  
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wait, this ain't the random thoughts thread? oh fffffffffffffffff
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Omg! I can finally convince my Starcraft-addicted Trackmania friends to play it now!
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So now I've got a new Gee-Poo – bye bye Jewvidia GTX 770, hello Amada RX 580!

And considering I paid exactly 0€ for it... https://seriouss.am/i/B1
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Welcome to the ayymd family! Fuck shintel and novideo, all you need is right here with you on your ayymd products!
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Old 05-27-2017, 01:07 PM   #3848   Add To Ignore List  
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But you don't get to use Shadowplay, which seems like the best way to record videos right now.

I still have no idea how to get OBS to unfuck itself. It's a pain to record the video in the first place because all I get is a black screen most of the time and have alt-tab around and switch the target .exe in OBS to get it working, and sometimes it just doesn't want to.
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But you don't get to use Shadowplay, which seems like the best way to record videos right now.
NVENC is not exposed under Noveau anyway.
While OMX for AMD hardware through Gallium, is.
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NVENC is not exposed under Noveau anyway.
While OMX for AMD hardware through Gallium, is.
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Old 05-28-2017, 05:48 AM   #3851   Add To Ignore List  
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In this context, Nouveau is the reverse-engineered FOSS driver for Nvidia hardware.
NVENC is the interface for the encoding logic on Nvidia hardware; is / can be used by shadowplay and several other software projects. Is only available on Nvidia's proprietary blobs.
OMX or OpenMAX is a vendor-independent hardware codec interface.
Gallium or Gallium3D is a part of a certain FOSS graphics library stack.

or in short:
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Come on Stallman, that car probably runs on proprietary software.
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Old 05-28-2017, 07:25 AM   #3853   Add To Ignore List  
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Have seen, and found , an interesting Russian game which mixes HL1;Intro shows HL1/G-Man models, Intro cutscenes remionds at HL1; & Doom 3 Textures together; seems so Techbase design, game Space takes place at 1 Space Station, 1 Kitchen rooms looks exactly like in D3; it is called Area 51 and uses Xash 3D engine.

Only in russian, dunno if this translation works https://www.sendspace.com/file/lhum6t

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Now that Solais got his wish for a new Metroid Prime AND a real Metroid 2 remake, can I get my wish of the Devil May Cry anthology on the PC now?
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Can my wish come true by getting Metal Gear Solid 3 on PC
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:09 AM   #3856   Add To Ignore List  
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And I'd like my wish to have every game exclusive to a dead console to be backported to the digital platforms of PC.
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I'd like to have Earliest Access.
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Earliest Access to broken incomplete alphas with tons of placeholders?
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And I'd like my wish to have every game exclusive to a dead console to be backported to the digital platforms of PC.
At the very least, Microsoft is looking into this and it might be a very real possibility that PC gamers will be able to utilize the backwards compatibility features currently on XB1.

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Phil Spencer, Xbox CEO: Yes!

I want people to be able to play games! [Emulation] is hard. [Xbox] 360 specifically is a PowerPC chip, emulated to x86, which is difficult. It's a little bit easier when you have a fixed spec, when you think about Xbox, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. And you think of the variable specs of the PC space, so you're taking a fixed-spec PowerPC emulator and then moving it over to run on PC, so there's a lot of work there.

The original Xbox, OG Xbox, is a little bit easier, because that was an x86 chip it was running on. Obviously when we think about UWP and the ability for games to run across console and PC, we're getting closer. I want developers to be able to build portable applications, which is why we've been focusing on UWP for games and even apps that want to run on multiple devices.

So I think we've got work to go do there, but I think it's in our future.
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Old 06-14-2017, 11:36 AM   #3860   Add To Ignore List  
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So does this take the existing Xbox on Xbox 360 emulation? Because right now there is no way to play unsupported games (like TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, boo!) on anything but an original Xbox.
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So does this take the existing Xbox on Xbox 360 emulation? Because right now there is no way to play unsupported games (like TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, boo!) on anything but an original Xbox.
I only know a little bit. Xbox One is using emulation to run 360 titles currently... everything is happening under the hood, but the plus side is that you get all XB1 functionality (screen/video capture, send messages, etc etc) while playing a 360 game. I imagine that OG Xbox BC will be doing the same way. In a previous interview, Phil Spencer said that it is really easy to bring 360 titles to the BC list... the only thing preventing them from doing a blanket BC is negotiations with publishers. If a publisher is no longer existent, then those titles are likely never going to be added to the BC list.

It's been reasonable to add BC to the 360 and XB1, since they were able to optimize for a limited pool of hardware configurations. Bringing this over the PC environment will be a whole other beast... as alluded to in the interview above.

Long story short... if Timesplitters never got added to the 360 BC list, I think chances are low it will be added to the XB1/PC list

BTW, if I were a betting man, I'd wager that MS will require Win10 if/when PC receives emulation
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That's a no-brainer, Microsoft likes to keep Xbox One/Windows 10 integration tight to keep complexity low. It's the same principle with playing supported Xbone titles on Win10. And no, Future Perfect was never added to backwards compatibility. It's a goddamn travesty, it's one of the most fun games on the console. Oh well, a man can dream.
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Too bad that UWP is a terrible platform that can create a walled garden of development that should never be mainstream, otherwise it might turn the PC into the iPhone market. With no free game development and no modding whatsoever. (This is an old old post by Alen, but he described it here: https://web.archive.org/web/20121120...php?p=33268524)
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Yep, lets believe MS wants people to game.
Again.
Because, yet ANOTHER OS that wont let anyone play games (past games).
And, another time MS makes its DX 1 os specific.
And, ANOTHER time MS is making its games 1 os specific, when TONS of developers that have much smaller studios make games just as big or bigger and release it on Win7/8/8.1/10.
But, MS cant be arsed to do it.
Yes, lets believe anything MS says.


I DO believe that they want to merge the os and xbox into one thing though.
I do believe that.

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I don't even understand why Microsoft is in the console business. It seems like they are competing with themselves. Given the price point of the One X, you might as well just build a PC. Chances are that most will opt to game on Windows.

Their methodology is consistently baffling. I'm surprised that they didn't completely alienate everyone with some of the stunts that they tried pulling when they first announced the Xbone. Backpedaling doesn't excuse what they tried doing. I'm also really pissed that they are responsible for the fact that PS multilayer and now Nintendo multilayer will cost money.

As far as I'm aware, the Xbone hasn't really gotten any notable exclusives, at least not as many as the PS4. If what you're all saying about emulation coming to Windows is true, then really what incentive is there to purchase their console? Why would I pay a monthly subscription for multiplayer and subject myself to console limitations and restrictions when I can now get the entire classic library on my PC while Xbone "exclusives" also come to Windows?

I'm not hating, I'm just baffled. I also don't understand what Nintendo is doing for that matter or if Sony's console business will be sustainable since a lot of people seem to think of the Xbox and PlayStation as gimped PC wannabes.
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Well, there are a lot of people who cant afford a pc.
And, kids play on what their parents will buy them, which is most likely what is the cheapest for all the kids = console.
And, since a lot of people grew up on X and ps, thats what they are used to and will most likely stick with playing, since they probably will have a lot of games on it also.

So, I get why people play on consoles.

I also get why MS tried to get in on that bussiness.
The problem, as you pointed out, was that they had their os, which pc gamers played on, and they wanted that $$$ from the kids who couldnt afford pc's.
The shacknews interview with cliffyb, cb said that MS didnt even care about the xboxes, that they lost money on every single one, it was the games, and the fact that they were xbox only, was what they cared about.

What I dont get, is why, since they had already had an os that made them mass money with gamers, why they kept trying to do the whole xbox, xbox os, and all that, which cost them mass mad money, when they already had a viable gaming platform?
Why not just make the same os and take out features, and sell a barebones gaming platform? That certainly would have made more money, and been 'gamer' friendly, and probably got them where they are now much faster with less money lost.

Now, they not only want to be console and windows, but they also want to be Itunes, and any other thing that has ever made money, and they want to be THE only platform for all of it, and NOT let the users have any controll of their (users) content.
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The shacknews interview with cliffyb, cb said that MS didnt even care about the xboxes, that they lost money on every single one, it was the games, and the fact that they were xbox only, was what they cared about.
I'd like to iterate on this part a bit.

Almost every console gets sold with a net loss. It's an investment for the manufacturer, because if they were sold at the manufacture price the threshold for the target audience (people who don't have money for a luxurious gaming PC) would be too high. This does not mean Microsoft doesn't care at all about the Xbox, it just means a sound business strategy. It's only logical to have certain games exclusive on the Xbox, because releasing it on PC would destroy the profit they'd have to make up for the consoles.

That said, I wish every console exclusive would simply get PC ported after a few years, or maybe even after the console has died. It seems lately publishers are getting the right idea: Bayonetta, Halo Wars, Vanquish, Dragon's Dogma are a few recent games that have finally received a PC port. But franchises like Tekken, Dead or Alive and Metal Gear Solid are receiving simultaneous PC ports at last. And love it or hate it, but Microsoft is taking a step in the right direction by making certain Xbone games natively playable on Windows 10. You can give Microsoft all the shit you want (I know I don't like Windows 10 or the UWP) but they are definitely trying to make some good moves with the backwards compatibility, streaming, native Xbone/Win10 ports.

But that's just my $.02
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I'd like to iterate on this part a bit.
That said, I wish every console exclusive would simply get PC ported after a few years, or maybe even after the console has died. It seems lately publishers are getting the right idea: Bayonetta, Halo Wars, Vanquish, Dragon's Dogma are a few recent games that have finally received a PC port. But franchises like Tekken, Dead or Alive and Metal Gear Solid are receiving simultaneous PC ports at last. And love it or hate it, but Microsoft is taking a step in the right direction by making certain Xbone games natively playable on Windows 10. You can give Microsoft all the shit you want (I know I don't like Windows 10 or the UWP) but they are definitely trying to make some good moves with the backwards compatibility, streaming, native Xbone/Win10 ports.

But that's just my $.02
If only they would port Halo 3. I have been waiting for a PC release since 2007...
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They should port all Bungie Halo games. And all Gears of War games.
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I'll preface this post by saying that I play games almost exclusively on XB1. As I get older, I really don't want to sit in front of a desk to play games after I just sat in front of a desk for 8-10 hours for work. I also don't have the energy to keep my PC maintained and upgrade parts every few years. I chose XB1 over PS4 because it's the console all my friends play on. With that being said, I definitely don't think MS/XBox is perfect and there are a lot of problems. I am still utterly disappointed by the complete lack of killer exclusives. With all that being said, I just want to address a few points.

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I don't even understand why Microsoft is in the console business. It seems like they are competing with themselves. Given the price point of the One X, you might as well just build a PC. Chances are that most will opt to game on Windows.
A lot of analysis has been done in this regard. To build a PC of comparable specs, you'd be looking at spending close to $800-$900. That's not even taking into consideration that consoles generally perform better than PCs of comparable specs. To match the performance of the XOX, you'd be looking at possibly spending over $1000. Yes, PC provides greater flexibility, mods, and customization. But there are a lot of gamers out there who don't want to be assed with the troubles of building their own PC, installing an OS, updating drivers, etc etc etc.

I think the biggest downfall of the XOX is that there isn't enough of a visual upgrade for casual gamers to justify paying twice the price of a regular XB1. But I think that is the nature of the gaming industry. We've finally hit a point where visual improvements are more subtle than the by-gone days where each year sparked a new evolution in visuals. Phil Spencer has gone out and said that he acknowledges that XOX currently fills a niche market of people who want to push the limits on their console and to also help temper the future of the current console generation.

I think the lack of hype comes from a complete failure in the PR department. I think the XOX would generate more buzz if they used the platform of "if you want to play games in native 4k at 60fps, this is your cheapest and easiest option."

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Their methodology is consistently baffling. I'm surprised that they didn't completely alienate everyone with some of the stunts that they tried pulling when they first announced the Xbone. Backpedaling doesn't excuse what they tried doing.
Yes, there were some really shit-poor decisions made surrounding the XB1 announcement. But guess what, all those decisions were made by the previous Xbox CEO, Don Mattrick. The guy was a shitty businessman who knew nothing about games. He's responsible for the awful E3 showing where only about 10 minutes were devoted to showing games and the remaining 80 minutes spouted about xbox being a "multimedia platform". He's responsible for all the anti-consumer decisions about restricting used games, making Kinect mandatory, requiring the console to be always online, etc etc etc. Phil Spencer, the current CEO, is an avid gamer and has redirected the vision for the gaming platform.

Folks quickly just throw everything under the widespread umbrella of Microsoft. While it is still the same ship from the XB1 announcement, it is currently being steered by a completely different captain. I don't take everything Phil Spencer says as gospel, but he has gained my trust over the years by frequently delivering on his promises, even when it doesn't necessarily make financial sense. He's shown repeatedly that he cares a lot about gamers, since he is one himself. This is just a short list of "good decisions for gamers" he's implemented since taking the helm:
  • Removing the Kinect requirement and always online "features" from the XB1.
  • Focusing more on games in regards to PR.
  • Adding backwards compatibility, even though it isn't widely used. Something that Sony still refuses to do.
  • Adding Xbox streaming to a Win10 device (something I use almost daily ).
  • Adding cross-buy where buying any console exclusive also gives you a key to a Win10 version and vice versa. Cloud saving allows you to start playing on the XB1, then pick up immediately where you left off on a PC. While this decision doesn't help sell consoles, it is providing a means of allowing all gamers a chance at playing their games (but you need Win10 to do so ).
  • Encouraging cross-play between gaming platforms (PC and XB1 gamers can play games together). Something that Sony still refuses to do.
  • Replicating the Steam refund system to their own digital marketplace.

There is still a lot that needs to be done, but I feel they've come a long way since the trainwreck from the previous CEO.

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I'm also really pissed that they are responsible for the fact that PS multilayer and now Nintendo multilayer will cost money.
I am baffled that people don't seem to bat an eye when WoW charges $10+/mo to maintain their servers, but lose their shit when console companies charge $5/mo to do the exact same thing. Yes, PSN was free during the PS3 generation, but you got what you paid for. PSN didn't have a quarter of the features that XBL had at the time and stability was absolutely horrendous. Dropped games was pretty much a way of life and servers were down all the time. Forget about any kind of useful communication/coordination with your friends. Coming from someone who played a lot on both PSN and XBL, the difference was like night and day.

In recent years, there is a lot more that comes with XBL than being able to play online with friends. Each month I get four free games, two for XB1 and two for 360 through backwards compatibility. These games aren't shillware either, like Candy Crush Saga or something like that. They are almost always older releases that sold very well. Likewise, the gold membership provides an extra 10% discount on any digital sales. Finally, only one Gold membership is required for the whole household. I've never felt that the membership costs were unreasonable and all the added perks give me a substantial return on my investment.
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