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Octane

@Ralizah I'm certain they're just burning through money for the sake of it. Or they just want to destroy Steam for the sake of it. Maybe a combination of both...

I would've thought that the cheaper price for customers and higher revenue for developers would've been enough to get people interested. But apparently they don't think so...

Octane

Ralizah

@Octane Sweeney is trying to be competitive in the same Microsoft was last gen: signing deals behind the scenes and locking down a bunch of games as temporary exclusives to their platform.

It's most definitely about undercutting Steam, though, because a lot of these "exclusives" are showing up on the Windows 10 store, Uplay, and Humble Bundle as well.

The idea is to entice developers, because customers will go where the games go. They've also apparently been data mining information related to peoples' Steam usage.

They know they have to take this approach because, in terms of design and features, it's hot garbage compared to Steam.

This is understandably upsetting a lot of PC users, who don't like the console wars-esque exclusivity antics. In my case, I don't want to lose the features that make games uniquely fun to play on Steam.

There is also the problem of games being advertised on Steam and then later being announced as Epic Store exclusives. It'll be interesting to see how developers address the feelings of anger being generated by these exclusivity deals once the games do come to Steam.

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Octane

@Ralizah It's unfortunate. Because it doesn't feel like they're trying to improve their storefront, providing a better service than Steam and entice people that way. Instead, they're essentially forcing you to buy on the Epic Store by getting all these exclusive deals.

Octane

6ch6ris6

Octane wrote:

@Ralizah It's unfortunate. Because it doesn't feel like they're trying to improve their storefront, providing a better service than Steam and entice people that way. Instead, they're essentially forcing you to buy on the Epic Store by getting all these exclusive deals.

exactly this and this is why it is a shame that some people are defending epic and saying "oh we need competition". if you want competition then why not support a service that is actually consumer friendly like GOG??? why support epic?

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DarthNocturnal

@subpopz

Amy Hennig thinks that Vince Zampella can safeguard Respawn's interests because he's on the executive team at EA. Plus the game was apparently in development before EA fully acquired Respawn.

Respawn seems to try it's best to treat their fans right. That's been my observation with Titanfall and Apex, anyhoo.

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edhe

I believe The Sims 4 is currently free on Origin, for anyone who wants it. I'd be tempted, but I'm not entirely sure what it has over Sims 3 other than looking better. I think it goes back to the Sims 1/2 system of not allowing you to freely explore the town, like in Sims 3, but whether that necessitates short loading points, I don't know.

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skywake

Haven't posted here in a while, life gets in the way of posting on game forums. Anyways, wall of text time. I was looking at my PC which is almost 5 years old now and thinking of getting something a bit newer. But the thing is I'm kinda happy with 1080p at my desk and for most games I can get close enough to 60fps. What I kinda want more is something that is a better machine for ripping BluRays, possibly even starting to look at ripping UHD discs.

Then I realised, I have a 4K TV . If it's a machine for ripping BluRays under the TV seems like a decent place to live. Also the 4K TV is the highest res display I have and even if I don't do 4K itsupports 1440p/1080p at 120Hz and has HDR capabilities. And currently I just have UHD BluRay player and a Switch connected to it. After all these years a HTPC finally kinda makes sense. So here's the current build plan for a HTPC:

Storage: Either a 500GB or 250GB SSD and a spare 640GB laptop HDD I have. My mass storage needs are largely covered by my NAS. Storage would be entirely for games, applications and working space for any discs I'm ripping. I'm considering a 1TB SSD and dropping the HDD entirely but that's another $100 that could probably be better put elsewhere.

CPU: Waiting for Ryzen 3 to know for sure but based on what has been said I'll likely go for the Ryzen 5 3600 assuming the cost comes it similar to the 2600X. In single threaded synthetic benchmarks the 2600 is about the same as the i5 4590 I currently have AND it has 6C/12T instead of the 4C/4T. The 3600 is rumoured to be 8C/16T and clocked higher so... it's going to be a bit of a leap, especially for ripping movies.

RAM: 16GB of whatever DDR4 is cheapest on the day.

GPU: With the landscape as it is it'd be stupid not to go with NVidia here. Especially for a HTPC I want to be relatively quiet and power efficient. Before deciding on making this a HTPC for my 4K TV I was leaning towards the 1660 which is more than fine for 1080p. Currently I'm between the 2060 and the 1660Ti. The 2060 delivers about 15-20% higher framerates and more comfortably gets to 30fps at 4K on Ultra settings in most games. But it also adds 10-15% to the total cost of the build. I'm probably going to end up going with the 1660Ti unless I can find ~$100AU somewhere else in the build...

Motherboard: Also waiting for the new chipsets that come out with Ryzen 3 before I dive too deep into this. I was thinking about ITX but all of those boards come at a premium and include things like WiFi which I don't need. Currently thinking a full size board makes more sense purely because of the expansion options. Possibly a PCIe TV tuner if it's a HTPC box, possibly a 10Gbps NIC, maybe more storage options. Options are good and the full sized boards are about the same price or cheaper than the smaller ones.

Case/PSU: I found a relatively decently priced fairly nice looking HTPC case which also has space for an optical drive. It's not small but I can find space for it and being "not small" just means space for some 120mm fans I can run at a fairly low RPM. For the PSU I'm going with something that's ~500W and 80Plus Bronze. Probably Corsair.

Other: A BluRay ripping machine needs a BluRay drive. I have a portable one currently but it's not one that plays friendly with UHD discs. I may get a UHD friendly drive down the road but probably not at the start as it's an extra $90AU and I only have a handful of UHD discs. Also obviously Windows licence

Total Budget: ~$1500AU

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Heavyarms55

@skywake That sounds honestly rather close to what I was planning on purchasing. Though I intent do have at least 1TB of storage. And if possible, solid state. Probably 250GB solid state and the rest as an ordinary HDD. Depends on price.

My current PC is closing on 7 years old now and really can't run anything made in the last few years at this point except at the lowest settings.

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I'm even more hyped about Ryzen 3 after AMDs event the other day. Might even be enough to tempt me to budget a bit more for the CPU!

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Ralizah

https://www.siliconera.com/2019/05/30/xbox-game-pass-to-add-p...

Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC.

Additionally, Microsoft is publishing a bunch of their games on Steam, starting with Gears of War 5.

As usual, I'm hoping to see Rare Replay, which is one of the only exclusives left worth salvaging from the Xbone's library.

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Ralizah

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CanisWolfred

Ralizah wrote:

As usual, I'm hoping to see Rare Replay, which is one of the only exclusives left worth salvaging from the Xbone's library.

Same, even if it'd be pointless since I can play every game on it on my PC already. :T

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Ralizah

@CanisWolfred I would seriously love a PC version of Viva Pinata. The interface just feels kind of un-intuitive with a controller. It needs a mouse.

Although I'd happily settle for a portable Switch version of the game, too.

Ralizah

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Heads up - the Borderlands Handsome Collection on Steam is something like 97% off for £4.82 or less if you own any of the items already. The package includes Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and all DLC - including that which wasn't included in both season passes.

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CanisWolfred

Baldur's Gate III has been announced. website link

First off: That trailer grossed me the heck out. Other than that, I'm excited to see the series back, although I'm surprised it's not from Beamdog. The remakes they put out were shakey, to be sure, but I figured they were simply learning the ropes while they built up to Baldur's Gate III, but I guess it went to Larian Studios instead.

Which is fine, I Divinity: Original Sin 1 & 2 were great games, and I could see them pulling off a worthy successor. Then again, I personally only liked the 2nd Baldur's Gate game, and I otherwise didn't care for Bioware's Dungeon & Dragons games. Even if it's more like Divinity with D&D rules, I'd be happy, so long as the writing is up to par.

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Ralizah

@CanisWolfred Oh, wow. That trailer is real nightmare fuel. The cthulhu thing he eventually turns into is a lot less grotesque than I would have expected based on that transformation, though.

Pretty cool. Guess that'll give me even more incentive to play the Switch ports of those CRPGs releasing soon.

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Link-Hero

@CanisWolfred
That trailer? All I have to say on that is, "Eh, I've seen worse."

I have been interested in the series for a few years now since people praise the games all the time. Just haven't gotten the chance to try them out. Will probably purchase the first one from Steam eventually.

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CanisWolfred

There seems to be a sale going on for Xbox Game Pass for PC - for $1 (or 1 Euro or 1 GBP) for the first month, and $4.99 every month thereafter. Article Link

Direct Link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/xbox-game-pass-pc-games/cfq...

...let me know if it works, I just signed up, so it shows something different for me whenever I click on it...

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skywake

Built my new PC, mostly.

Went with a 500GB m.2 SSD, 16GB DDR4 and a Ryzen 3600X. The 3600X is a bad value relative to the other 3000 series CPUs but litterally everything else is out of stock. Didn't get a new GPU yet, will upgrade that down the track.

Can already see a significant performance boost in Cities Skylines. And, more importantly for me, a BluRay rip that would usually take 3 hours took 1 hour.

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