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  1. From the teardown video, we saw the unit has 2 USB ports at the back (finally) and one on the front. The video says both the ones at the back are 10Gbps, which I think is 1250MBps. So those are not going to be fast enough to run PS5 games off an external SSD which we already knew, but I guess will be fine for external storage and hopefully data transfers will be quicker than on PS4 (I’m no expert on these things but does that sound correct?).


    The USB port on the front just says “Hi Speed”, so I infer from that, that the front port is primarily for charging controllers.  I’ve had a quick google for box contents and it just says USB cable, so I presume that means a USB-A to USB-C cable. I could be wrong of course and it could be USB-C to USB-C, but I haven’t seen anything to confirm that. 

    So assuming everything above is correct, what is the USB-C port for? Again the video says 10Gbps for the USB-C port. My guess is that this is future proofing for PSVR 2 (I suppose 3 technically) which is going to have a single USB-C cable running to the console for power and video, and then use inside out tracking for position (or maybe the PS5 camera which would just be USB in the back). This future proofing is a little bit like us all looking at the light bar in 2013 and wondering what the point of it was, although USB-C is obviously a bit more useful. 

    I might be completely barking up the wrong tree here, but it just seemed like a reasonable set of assumptions to me. 


  2. I’ve always used my Bose noise cancelling headphones just plugged into the controller. I’ve always been happy with the sound quality, but I’ve seen some posts on here saying it’s really bad. Is the sound quality from the controller port objectively worse than over Bluetooth? Anyway the recent PlayStation blog post confirmed that 3D audio works using the controller port so I’ll probably continue to use that. 

  3. Tenet was never going to do as well as they hoped, as no-one is going to risk going to a packed cinema and all the screens have to social distance anyway. Plus LA and New York cinemas are still closed according to some articles I’ve read which apparently are the 2 largest markets for the studios. 

    Anyone could have seen this, so a return of close to $300M, most of which is from outside the US, is pretty good given the circumstances. 

  4. 13 minutes ago, Darwock said:

    Anyone got insight into how real aircraft throttles work? I doubt it’s like this somehow. Is this just a flaw in the HORI stick? How does the Thrustmaster throttle behave?

    In real fast jets, fully back is idle RPM, which is min thrust (but not zero). That will generally slow you down due to drag but it’s not a brake. Fully forward is max RPM. Thrust is dependent on many factors but primarily altitude. Aircraft with Reheat (Afterburners) will generally have a detent or gate through which the throttle has to be moved to get the extra thrust. Aircraft with 2 engines will usually have 2 throttles that can be moved independently or together. More modern aircraft will have some auto-throttle modes (like cruise control). 

    Maximum turn rate nearly always requires maximum power, with some exceptions at high speed/G depending on the aircraft. Turn circle theory for Basic Fighter Manoeuvres is a whole other subject but I don’t think it transfers particularly well to Star Wars. 

  5. One of the points from Mark Cerny’s talk a million years ago was that they were aiming for 2 seconds from selection to title screen for games, near-instant loading, instant restarts after death, and fast travel that was actually fast. If they have cracked that, they should be shouting it from the rooftops, and Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls are perfect games to show it off. 

    They also made a big song and dance about 3D audio but we’ve heard nothing of that.  Can I use it if I plug my headphones into the controller or is it the Pulse headset only? Why hasn’t there been a YouTube video with a demonstration if you don’t need fancy audio hardware to do it? 

    I haven’t seen one actual example of what haptic feedback actually does, all we’ve had is ‘maybe you can pull on a bow blah blah blah’. That Geoff Keighley video about the controller was a joke. 

    Why are we not seeing any of this stuff?


  6. 3 hours ago, cultofweaver said:


    Bond was our last hope. Back catalogue has been beyond dismal. Tenet lasted two days before we had empty shows left and right. Our current weekly business with Tenet was the same attendance as a low key Saturday. 


    It is difficult to see how the cinema industry can survive until Christmas at this point. Even with mass layoffs, which are inevitable now, the business is not sustainable. You can't run a business based on 8% of your previous income.


    We need a few big releases to draw whatever business is in this climate, but the studios don't want to lose money on their films and apparently no one except Nolan is pointing out that unless you release films there will be no industry to release your films into.


    With the amount of releases backed up now to this will also cripple production. If you've got six £200 million films you are going to tank on in the can why make another? The whole industry will collapse unless someone takes the hit on a film. 


    I feel for you and I really hope the cinemas can survive. We’ve just had a new Everyman opened near us and it’s brilliant, I just really hope for their sake they can survive until some normality returns. 

    I’m not sure what the studios’ plans are here? If they keep delaying films into next year then surely a lot of cinemas will have shut down by then, and if the studios are relying on cinema revenue to pay for the films they’ve already made that’s not going to happen if they’re all closed. 

    For me this brings up another question that’s kind of related to the High Street in general. If all the cinemas do close down, then who is going to pick up what are large bespoke spaces for anything else. They’d surely just sit there empty to rot? Wouldn’t it be a sensible idea for a combination of studios, distributors and government to come up with a plan to support those who work in the cinemas, and keep the facilities in ‘care and maintenance’ so that when things are less bad, they’re ready to spring back into action. The demand will still be there, and even moreso after this year. Far better that than start from scratch again. 

    I don’t understand the economics of it, but maybe the studios could push out what they’ve got to VOD, and cinemas in countries that are open. That way they are still getting some money in, and then they could keep the production pipeline open to work on future films so the whole industry doesn’t grind to a halt. 

    I'm sure there are lots of other sectors that need help too, but if you look at football as an example, they have at least come up with a plan to keep things going and make games available on TV. It’s not perfect but could you imagine what would happen if all the leagues just stopped for a year?

  7. 33 minutes ago, Freeman said:

    Whether you’ll be able to unplug an external HDD from a PS4 and into your PS5 and it’ll just work however, is a different question, and one I’d like to know in advance so I can sort out internally installed games in advance.

    It worked from PS4 to PS4 Pro so there is a chance at least. 

  8. 16 minutes ago, Pob said:

    I put the left stick to pitch/roll but can’t aim for shit. I think maybe for a pad it’s designed to have pitch and yaw on the same stick, even though that’s not quite how an actual joystick would be. 

    I’m not sure any of us know how an actual starfighter’s control strategy would work for real, it’s not like the wings need to generate lift or anything. The control stick might very well do pitch and yaw if that’s the most efficient way of aiming a blaster?  

  9. I wonder if they couldn’t get the original actor in to do facial capture for Miles Morales and the next sequel, and so decided to retrofit the new guy into the remaster so it’s consistent for all PS5 players? I really liked their version of Peter so it feels a bit weird to me. 

  10. I bought a cheap USB-C dongle initially. Despite being advertised as working on Switch  it only worked a couple of times before failing to connect. I only ever used the official power supply. It works ok with the laptop but seems to have issues with HDMI output. Don’t buy cheap I suppose. I then got one of these:



    It works really well, and is small enough to throw in a bag. You clearly just need an HDMI cable and an official power supply. It also has a button that you can switch between dock mode and charging only, so you could use it as a charging stand to play in tabletop mode. It was only about £20 at the time. 

    I think the Genki power brick dock replacement might be an option but I don’t know how well it’s been reviewed. 



  11. Maybe the absence of any UI or boot details is so that people don’t cancel their pre-orders when they see how basic it is compared to Xbox?


    I’m not trying to be abrasive or anything, I just wonder whether the PS5 interface and usability is going to be any better than PS4. I mean at the moment it’s actually impossible to sign into the PlayStation store on my phone so I’m not filled with confidence. 

  12. Just been to see this for a second time. I am now fully in the loving it camp, and for me this is now up there with top-tier Nolan. All the little plot things I wasn’t sure about were smoothed out by catching some of the dialogue I missed and it all fits together perfectly for me. A couple of bits I didn’t notice first time round:



    When they’re doing the vault heist first time round, Neil says “there’s someone in here with us”. It’s him pushing Kat on the hospital trolley. When they’ve all successfully de-inverted and drive away they drive past themselves walking in inverted. 

    The mirror on the BMW is broken when they get in and becomes un-broken when they hit the Audi. Watching closely you can see P throw the McGuffin into the SAAB. 


    As Neil and Blue team start the final assault (inverted) you can see Neil in the Humvee rescuing P and Ives from the hole, just a tiny detail but well done I thought. In fact the final battle made a load more sense second time round. 

    R-Pats really was tremendous in this, and this time I also really liked Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s role. I didn’t find the sound as much of a problem this time, probably because I knew what was going on. It was the same screen so I’m sure the sound was the same. The music was banging. 

    I think this has surpassed Interstellar and Dunkirk for me. It’s maybe not as visually spectacular as either of those but I think it’s tighter than Interstellar. Inception and the Prestige are still my favourites, as I think they are actually about something (grief, forgiveness, obsession) whereas I’m still not sure if this film has a message? If anything I guess it’s that being powerless to change the big picture doesn’t abrogate you of your responsibility to do something (as a climate change metaphor?). Anyway I’m not clever enough to work it out. Loved it, again. 

  13. Community is ace, but I think if you’re not enjoying season 3 then it might not be for you. If I remember rightly season 4 is regarded as the worst as that’s when Dan Harmon was ousted. I love it. 

    I’m slowly going through all of Always Sunny as I’ve only ever seen the odd random episode. I’m on season 6 now and really enjoying it. 

  14. After being convinced this would be cancelled this year, when I heard it was going to be on I was really worried about how a socially distanced bake-off could work. The decision to do it in a bubble is inspired. Just seeing people standing next to each other feels a bit weird but it soon clicked back into that old familiarity. This and Harry Hill’s world of TV are the only things on at the moment that warm my heart and make me a little happier inside. 

    I thought Matt Lucas was great, he just comes across as being lovely. 

  15. 2 minutes ago, Thor said:

    Where have they said that?


    Sony quote I just copied from

    the Verge. 


    “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.”

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