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#4241478 Google set to announce next-gen console. Rumored partnership with SEGA

Posted by Bilnick on Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:09 AM

OnLive used about 1GB per hour at 720p. Usage caps are stupid and so is Comcast, and it sucks that they're the only choice in some places.

If it were my only choice, I'd hold my nose and upgrade to business service or whatever is unlimited, because 1TB isn't nearly enough data for my work and play.


Comcast/xfinity is my only choice at the moment. Unlimited data from Comcast is $50 more per month, I have never had more than $20 in overage charges so paying for unlimited doesn't make a lot of sense for me. Hopefully when 5G cell service comes to the Ann Arbor/Saline area I can at least have 2 choices.  Data caps suck.


I have the Xbox game pass and I have to be careful how many games I download. A 50GB game like Halo would eat up 5% of my data for the month.

#4163452 Diskless Xbone in 2019

Posted by Bilnick on Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:59 AM

really weird thing is, like the silent film era, many "digital" games will become lost due to our disposeable digital culture. mask roms and discrete logic may well last 200 years. vinyl records 100+ years, cds 50+, cassettes 30+, harddrives, floppies depends on storage versus use, ep-roms 20 years* (some have started to rot before 30), flash 10-15 years possibly less or more depending on use*... drm locks software to hardware meaning if hardware dies, user logs off, servers shut down, etc, then data is lost. dcma has no expiry date unlike patent and copyright. dvd patents are expired but you are not allowed to release free decryption software. currently no public domain material exists on encrypted media, but suffice to say functional nes, atari will exist in 60+ years when super mario © is released. dcma in it's current form will still prevent decryption of public domain discs. unlike silent era films, the early gen games will be well represented but later gen digital games will not. public availability of streaming only movies and tv series ie "netflix originals" is also an issue. in 30 years will people be able to enjoy said content without resorting to piracy? there is a thriving bootleg dvd market for failed tv shows not available on physical media. sad the 2nd through 7th gen video games may be remembered and played 100+ years from now like classic music / lit, yet later digital / drm era games get lost to time and forgotten... :sad:


I think the opposite will be true. The internet and cloud storage makes it more likely today's games and media will be available 20+ years from now.  Think of it this way, what is easier to find today? A physical copy of Air Raid or Nintendo World Championship, or a ROM? I am guessing that in 20 years it will be easier to obtain a ROM of Forza Horizon 4 or Super Mario Odyssey and play it on 2040s equivalent of a $35 Raspberry Pi and emulator than it will be to find physical copies and working systems of each game. (Of course there will still be XB1 and Switch around 20 years from now, I am just speculating it will be easier to download the ROMs like it is today)


Physical media is what gets lost over time. Paper in books decaying, film decaying, etc. It seems to me that most museums and archivers are digitizing old physical media to preserve whatever information that media contained rather than making new hard copies. 

#4005319 XBox One backwards compatibilty

Posted by Bilnick on Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:22 PM

19 Original Xbox games to be added in April





Here’s the list of original Xbox games coming to Xbox One this month:

Original Xbox games arriving April 17

  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Breakdown
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded
  • The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Jade Empire
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • SSX 3

Original Xbox games arriving April 26

  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • MX Unleashed
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory (Europe only)
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando

#3990729 Updated 4k Support?

Posted by Bilnick on Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:01 PM

What's a 1440p monitor? Is that a common resolution? 


For computer monitors it is. The price point for these monitors fall between a 1080p monitor and a 4k/uhd/2160p monitor.  I don't think there are any televisions with that resolution though.

#3944057 Sea of Thieves! (Argh..This Ain't Your Granddaddy's Pirates!)

Posted by Bilnick on Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:02 PM

It looks like this game will be released on to Xbox Game Pass on the day it launches.



#3736230 XBox One backwards compatibilty

Posted by Bilnick on Thu Apr 6, 2017 9:04 PM

A couple of my 360 favorites are backwards compatible now. Daytona USA and Civilization Revolution.


I would really like a new Civilization game for the XB1 or PS4.

#3707413 Xbox Game Pass subscription

Posted by Bilnick on Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:52 AM

!00+ games, $9.99 a month. Not streaming, you download the games to your Xbox.







Will have to see what games and how many I don't have before I would buy this, but it looks interesting 

#3517953 Are Microsoft and Sony coming out with upgraded XB1 and PS4?

Posted by Bilnick on Thu May 26, 2016 6:02 AM


Looks like the Xbox 1.5 will be roughly 50% more powerful than the PS4.5, with possible Occulus Rift support. Hopefully Sony and Microsoft can keep the price for the new consoles under $500.

#3501174 Nintendo Nx to be released in March 2017

Posted by Bilnick on Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:37 PM

I am hoping the NX is more of an operating system where if you buy a NX game it can be played on a home console hooked to my tv, or a separate portable system. I don't want some all in one hybrid nonsense. The problem Nintendo will have if they try and do both for a reasonable price (maybe $400-500??)is that they will just have an overpowered handheld and an underpowered home console.


I am more interested in the home console. I don't really use portables anymore, I always have my phone with me for on the go gaming and don't really use my 3ds or Vita. The home console has to be more powerful than the PS4.5 or XB1.5, have at least as good of an online experience as Sony and Microsoft, otherwise I doubt I would buy any multiplatform titles for the NX. That was one of the problems I had with the Wii U, there was no reason to buy the latest Assasins Creed or CoD on the Wii U when the game looked just as good on the 360 and PS3 with a far better online experience. Unfortunately I don't see Nintendo passing both Sony and Microsoft in less than a year.


That said, I will still probably buy whatever the NX is for the dozen or so games Nintendo will have that I cant get anywhere else,

#3495924 Atari Classics Coming to PS4

Posted by Bilnick on Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:58 PM

Out of curiosity (because I know of a few things coming out later this year that already have a set price--no spoilers!), what would you consider a good game to price ratio for a classic game bundle on console? 


It depends. For a new compilation like Rare Replay, $30 is reasonable. The games in Rare replay hadn't been released on multiple generations of consoles, so I didn't mind paying a bit of a premium for that compilation. I think there were 30  games in that compilation so $1/game seemed reasonable to me


For the various Atari/Midway/Namco/Intellivision etc compilations that have been released multiple times since the PS1 days, I wouldn't pay as much for. I probably have these compilations on one system or another and would only be buying it again on PS4/XB1 for convenience. $15-$20 is the most I would pay for a rehashed compilation on a current gen console, and even then it better have a ton of games. 50 cents a game or less for these.

#3457992 Now with the NX on the horizon, what are your plans for your 3DS?

Posted by Bilnick on Thu Mar 3, 2016 6:00 PM

Yes, losing carts/discs will suck, but digital is the future. But seems like the NX may have a card slot, and potentially would allow for larger games than PS4 or Xbone as storage prices drop.


Also it seems for the longest time, ever since the compact disc's inception, discs could hold a buttload more data content than carts. Factor of ten, N64 64Mb versus PS1 650Mb. But now who's laughing? A 64Gb micro SD card holds more data in a much more compact space than a 50Gb dual layer BluRay. And a 128Gb microSD card still holds more data than the hypothetical multi-layer 4k BluRay at 100Gb.


And they can't just add extra layers with optical media before multiple internal reflections of each semi-reflective layer severely obfuscates the data. Once you get to three layers, an internal reflection of the first layer off the second would appear at the same focal length as the third. This creates problems with the laser. The third layer would need some different offset compared to the first and second, preferably with a larger gap between the first and second layer. Four layers or more compounds the issue. And you can't squeeze data pits closer together without using shorter wavelength light to focus onto smaller spaces.


I had this idea as a teen that the almighty cartridge would once again overtake discs as a storage medium, and people called me a moron, but that appears to be exactly the case now with flash overtaking optical media in terms of storage space. To bad for me, I never predicted digital download as a medium would someday overtake both. :dunce:



How much data a BlueRay  disc can hold vs a SD card doesn't really matter. Both the PS4 and XB1 play their game off of their hard drives. If a game is 100GB, it can just be shipped on two Bluerays, which I am guessing is cheaper to manufacture than just about any size SD card.


But like you said downloading is the future and for me, present. My son still prefers to buy games for PS4 or XB1 on disc, but for games that I think I want to play with him I usually get the digital download. We can play the digital version of a game on both of our XB1s at once, cant do that with a disc.

#3425016 Who will be the next hardware maker to exit the market?

Posted by Bilnick on Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:07 AM

The average gamer simply does not want what Nintendo has to offer. No one said the average gamer is stupid, we said the average gamer wants violent shooter/action games. Nintendo doesn't make them and thus has to be an alternative. It's really as simple as opening a hamburger stand on a street filled with pizza joints. You're dissing Nintendo because they won't do what you want them to do and get crushed in the process.


The average gamer would buy plenty of Nintendo games if they did not have to buy a Nintendo console to play them. Beleive it or not, many people like Mario, Zelda, CoD, Forza, Uncharted, and Halo. Liking a Mario or Zelda game does not exclude someone from liking CoD or Destiny. The reverse is also true.


What the average gamer will not do is spend $400 for a PS4 or XB1 that plays 90% of the games he or she likes and then another $300 for a Wii U to play the 3-4 Nintendo exclusives he or she likes. I am lucky enough to afford all 3 of the major consoles so I can play everything I like. If I could afford to buy only one console the truth is that the Wii U would be a distant 3rd choice. 

#3422162 Which console made up most of your childhood?

Posted by Bilnick on Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:37 PM

Definitely the 2600. It was new when I was 7 or 8 and I primarily played on the 2600 until I was 12 or 13 when the C64 joined the mix. I remember buying a bunch of bargain bin 2600 games for $5 or so from Kaybee Toys with my lawn cutting money. Played the NES in high school and Genesis in college.

#3422080 Who will be the next hardware maker to exit the market?

Posted by Bilnick on Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:06 PM

I don't think sales relative to competition or unusual successes of the past matter as much as many people think they do. Market share doesn't matter as much as profit and general financial health. Nintendo hd some bad years but they're back in the black now. Sega was mismanaged for years in addition to its lackluster sales, I don't think the Dreamcast is relevant here.

The Wii was a surprise hit and did way better than expected.

Put another way: Porsche doesn't have to make and sell more cars than Toyota to be a financial success. Apple can have a tiny slice of the smartphone industry market share and still take home all the profit.

The Wii U is more like Mac vs PC, but I think the same principle stands: you don't have to be #1 to be doing well enough. As others have said, the market is big enough for many players.

Of course, I barely care about the business side of this, I just want good games and lots of choices.

This might be an amusing "claim chowder" thread to revisit in five years. Five years ago, Gartner, Forrester, and the conventional wisdom said that Windows Phone would take off in a big way and eat up more than half the smartphone market share. Nintendo NX could be an epic flop, it could be a neat but poorly supported thing like Vita, it could be a late blooming success like 3DS, it could be another surprise hit like DS. Remember when DS came out, and they didn't seem to have confidence it would do well as its own thing, and kept the GameBoy line going as a hedge? Nobody knows what's going to happen next.


Your Porsche analogy was kind of fitting. Porsche, while it may have been profitable alone, is owned by the largest auto company in the world, Volkswagen. All of the other niche automakers that used to be independent (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Volvo, etc.) are now owned by much larger parent companies. Tesla is the only niche automaker that I can think of that is independent and I am not sure how long their business model can sustain itself before they are bought out.


I wonder how long Nintendo will be independent before someone like Disney, Apple, Google, or Microsoft looks at their IPs and does a Star Wars with them.

#3355233 XBox One backwards compatibilty

Posted by Bilnick on Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:14 PM

I don't care if it is called backwards compatibility, propaganda, rainbows and unicorns, or emulation, the few 360 games I have tried on the XB1 seem to work pretty well.