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  1. What's the official name for Dead or Alive 6? I bought it for the Xboxone and it's showing up as DoA6:Core Fighters? Is that the norm now? I was halfway decent on DoA3 back on the Xbox but it's been so long that I am struggling to get back into the swing of this game. I suppose I am not helping myself by jumping between fighting games and only giving them a half hour now and again. Graphically it's not a patch on stuff like Tekken or MK. The mission mode stuff seems neat. Haven't touched the story mode yet. I'm just hoping it's sufficiently daft.
  2. Stating the obvious but there are very few games or genres that wouldn't be improved by faster load times. I'm dipping my toe into Tekken 7 at the moment and the load times are just long enough to be irritating. If next gen means that Tekken 8 goes from the character select screen to starting a fight in less than 3 seconds then both consoles will be a bargain. More than 4 seconds and they can get in the fucking bin.
  3. Two quick notes. I've used Dime bars instead of whatever brand he is using there as they were easier to get. I chopped up some decent chocolate instead of trying to get those chocolate wafer things as they only seem to be available in 1kg size bags. I couldn't be trusted with that much chocolate in the place.
  4. I don't mean to criticize your parenting or tell you how to raise your children but have you tried beating him with a big stick? He's costing you a fortune.
  5. How long does it normally take him to ruin a controller?
  6. I set my Stadia controller up to work with my PC last night. The setup process is slick so they got that right and I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft or Sony released controllers with that sort of WiFi functionality. I'm running Edge as my main browser and didn't encounter any major issues. Loaded up Steamworld Dig 2 so I could compare it to playing natively on the Switch. It was fine at first but after I unlocked the first achievement in the game it went haywire and eventually booted me from the game saying my connection wasn't up to scratch. Odd. The controller is nice though and I like how much oomph the rumble has.
  7. bear

    Xbox Series X

    Will they market it at a casual audience? It seems to be designed around getting enthusiasts all hot and bothered. The Series S, if its really a thing, seems like the console that'll be marketed towards a casual audience.
  8. bear

    Xbox Series X

    I get that but going forward Xbox is going to be competing against PlayStation and Stadia/Amazon, instead of just PlayStation today so their offerings will need to compare favourably to both. Based on my limited experience of Xcloud and Stadia the biggest advantage Microsoft have is that Xcloud ties into their existing ecosystem. Signing into the service and being able to load up my existing Forza 7 save and bring up my friends list is neat. If the Series X works as intended and I can suspend a session on my console before resuming exactly where I stopped on my phone that'll be even neater. I think that once Xcloud formally launches that Microsoft needs to offer a free tier similar to Stadia for games you purchase outright. That purchase should cover the console and streaming version of the game a bit like PlayAnywhere covers PC and console, for first party stuff it should cover all three. They also need to offer feature parity with Stadia which means that you can play online while streaming the game. For something like a possible Forza 8 that'd mean people who buy the game could end up in the following situations: If you play on PC then you can play online with no extra charge. If you play on Xcloud you can play online with no extra charge. If you play on an Xbox you need to pay extra to play online. If Microsoft succeed in getting the Xcloud app onto Smart TVs and devices like Apple TV then someone who buys Forza 8 might end up in a scenario where if they play the game through the app on their TV then they can play online for free but if they load it up on the Xbox connected to their TV they need to pay for online play. I'm not sure if thats a smart strategy going forward. "Free" online play would also make the Series S/Lockhart console look like an even better value proposition and outweigh the cons of possibly not having a disk drive.
  9. bear

    Xbox Series X

    We are roughly six months or so away from the planned launch of the new machine and I'm not entirely sure what their plan is to bring their various Xbox subscriptions into line. They have multiple products either announced or rumoured to launch soon enough but I'm not sure how it all fits together without possibly annoying console owners. Confirmed Xbox Series X Gamepass for PC- Its technically still in Beta so not fully launched yet Streaming Xbox games through Xcloud Rumoured Xbox Series S (Lockhart) Streaming PC games through Xcloud Continuing to charge console users to play online doesn't seem like it'll make sense going forward. Presumably people using Xcloud will be able to play against other people and PC users can already play online using Xbox Live. Would Xbox console owners be happy with that going forward? Ditching Live Gold for Series X/S and making the various tiers of Gamepass the sole focus for subscriptions seems like the best setup going forward. Gamepass PC: Play Gamepass games natively on your PC Gamepass Console: Play Gamepass games natively on your Xbox Gamepass Streaming: Play Gamepass games using streaming Gamepass Ultimate: All of the above in one bundle.
  10. Figured I might as well start putting a few updates in here. Steamworld Dig (Switch) I'd played this before when it came out on the 3DS so it wasn't anything new but still enjoyable. Latter stages feel drawn out but it was still an enjoyable experience. Steamworld Dig 2 (Switch) The main reason I replayed the original was because I'd heard that the sequel built on the originals story and I'd forgotten almost all of the original story. It clearly builds on the story from the original but I don't think you'd need to have played it to enjoy this. Anyway, this is a clear step up on the first game with more interesting environments and character upgrades. The boss fights are a bit meh but apart from that its very enjoyable. Untitled Goose Game (Xboxone) Its solid. I think listening to the Bombcast helped me enjoy the game more as I wasn't going in with ridiculously high expectations. Its probably more fun as a toybox than an objective driven game but its still enjoyable. Replaying sections in order to get the last few achievements highlights the slightly clunky nature of the controls but they aren't an issue when playing normally. Not sure what to try next. I'm just trying to play through stuff and then delete it off the console. Limit my choices that way so I don't just look at the list of games for half an hour before playing nothing. Maybe Virginia, I hear its short.
  11. bear

    Xbox Series X

    I don't understand why people still have such a fixation on the exchange rate between the US and UK when it comes to console pricing. When was the last time it determined the UK price? Since the Euro was introduced standard practice seems to be that they just swap the dollar sign for the euro symbol and the UK price is based on the Euro to Sterling conversion not USD to Sterling. So like $599/€599/£530 or $499/€499/£450.
  12. Can we all just agree that DoA is the worst and move on?
  13. bear

    Xbox Series X

    Their dedication to being just a little bit worse than everyone else is quite something.
  14. bear

    Xbox Series X

    When it comes to stuff like Nintendo Direct/Inside Xbox/State of Play I try to approach them with the attitude that if I see something new that I'll probably end up buying then the show gets a pass. It's been a long time since I've been disappointed by one of these shows because I go in with reasonable expectations. Maybe the E3 that half of the Nintendo Direct was dedicated to small changes on Smash Bros although I'm sure they announced some good things before getting into the nitty gritty on the Wii Fit trainer.
  15. bear

    Xbox Game Pass

    I'm not sure of any of the details about the EU rules beyond knowing knowing Netflix were crying about it at the time. The possibility of companies being forced to support local development is something I'd like to see as it should lead to more cultures being represented in videogame form.
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