Ubisoft have since backed down from the always-online requirement because empirical assessment proved the initial hypothesis. Which is to say, it was exactly as cluster-loved as everyone told them it would be.
Hmmm lovely, I have the PC version of UPlay on my PC. Annoying as I'd bought the game from Steam and UPlay installed itself without my consent and no warning. I hate buying something on a distribution platform just to be forced to install the publisher's distribution platform!
That sounds more like its down to the users security rather than microsoft.
We have not (yet) had a hack on the scale of what Sony had with PSN.
And Microsoft ignoring blatent fraud is down to microsoft, not the XBLA.
PSN may be free but its absolutely horrible to use.
Had no experience of Nintendo.
And of course PC is the best.
I was 'hoping' that EA and Valve would make up and shake hands. Alas that dream came to noting. I've not bought an EA game since.
EA can die in a fire for all I care.
Origin - what a pile of tat! Ridiculous piece of software!
Some of the bits in Origins T's & C's were really worrying.
I'm sure one of them was something along the lines of "You agree to let EA scan your computer and collect information on system, application and file data".
That one caused an uproar and convinced Steam fanboys to completely turn away from Battlefield 3 and EA.
Last edited by Rawns; 11th February 2013 at 03:48 PM.
Never had any problems with PSN - then again a very, very rarely play online. I suppose if I wanted online gaming then I'd buy a 360.
Personally I don't like PC gaming, to much involved in setting up, screens to small, chairs not comfortable, controls are horrible.
As for Nintendo, I prefer to watch the Cartoon Network
Ended up having to force Origin to close, copy the compressed files off the discs into the Origin temp folder, download a trial of WinRAR (7-Zip couldn't handle the sequential archive for some reason) and unpack it all, then re-open Origin, let it scan the folder and decide it had downloaded 99% of what it needed then grab the last few megabytes from the servers. Not had to faff around that much to install a PC game since the 90s!
The latest rumour says the next Xbox will have a 500GB HDD and mandatory Kinect.
I hope Microsoft allow gamers to use their own HDDs (or SSDs) like Sony does with the PS3, since Xbox 360 HDDs were outrageously expensive.A point of confusion during the lifetime of the Xbox 360, and one of consternation for developers, was the way in which Microsoft split the install base of the machine, selling some consoles with a hard drive and others without. This meant games could not be programmed to specifically take advantage of a hard drive installation.
That divide is gone this time around, with all Durango retail consoles shipping with an HDD. That drive is 500GB in size, which should be enough for your media storage needs, but it'll mostly be used for games, which must now be installed immediately upon first insertion of the game disc.
What's more, this installation can take place automatically, while you're playing the game. Durango titles can be designed in "sections," so that you can pop your disc in, start playing and, in the background, the rest of the game will install. Installing games should bring performance improvements, we think, but doing so in the background should also get rid of pre-game install waits, one of the more annoying hold-ups of the current generation of consoles.
Durango game installations will also be mandatory, as games can't directly access data from the disc.
Microsoft WILL screw over gamers. They did it with the 360. They came up with memory cards to move save data to friends houses... Datel made a cheaper version with an expanded memory.
So Microsoft blocked the hardware.
All glory to PC. [Nintendo are still OK. If you have no Virtual Console games of Wii that you also want on WiiU.]
Last edited by X-13; 12th February 2013 at 10:08 AM.
500GB? Seriously? Sure, that's plenty for games *right now*. I have my entire steam library of about 130 games in about 400GB. But an awful lot of them are small indie games etc... Any big ticket titles each take up 20GB. A game like DUST 514 could theoretically dwarf the install size of EvE Online when it moves to that platform.
I'd be really surprised if 500GB is the size they went for. I'd be looking at more like 2TB, with an SSD cache for things like the OS to go on.
Bluray capacity is 25 GB (single-layer), 50 GB (dual-layer) or 100/128 GB (BDXL).
If it's true that the next Xbox uses bluray it's either 20, 10 or 5/3 games until you're maxed out.
Providing you can actually use ALL of the HDD space. Which I doubt. And providing the games use ALL the disk space, which for multiplatform games I can see happening. [PC can also use Bluray, so expect that too.]
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