2014 …when PlayStation 4 meets PlanetSide 2


Planetside 2 on PC is amazing as a solo player and epic in a great squad … but you need a very good PC as the battles are huge (Think Battlefield 64 and then double it and then double it again and then …)

Or… you need a PlayStation 4.

It is a free genuine AAA game, which is not pay to win.

Reason #1 why not to buy an Xbox One…

(This is really just a test of Live Writer)

Launch day PlayStation 4 or… not


I have had two orders with Amazon – a launch day PS4 console only and a full gamer pack guaranteed “pre Christmas”.

The launch day I placed after the unveiling of PS4 and Xbox One at E3. For me the PS4 was a clear winner and has remained so ever since.

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The gamer pack I did after the US reviews of console and games came out this month – and I was certain that I would be going PS4 over Xbox One.

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Today I need to decide which one to cancel.

I have never ever had a launch day console… so a part of me wants to say “I was there on day one!”. However in practical terms, it probably makes more sense to go for “pre Christmas”. I will miss any “launch day hiccups”, I avoid the “new shiny toy” vs “wedding anniversary is Dec 2nd” issue, I’m currently engrossed in Battlefield 4 and Planetside 2 on PC and I would get a good deal on Killzone + controller + camera….

Ho hum…decisions, decisions…

What are you folks doing? PS4 or Xbox One? Sticking with PC?

P.S. I haven’t blogged for ages… I will explain why later on… but this post was really to dust off Live Writer :-)

Surround Sound for… free


I finally got round to downloading Razer Surround – a software solution for surround sound through stereo headphones. I have some great Roccat Kave 5.1 headphones on my gaming rig but I was curious as to whether a software only solution would work as I do sometimes game “elsewhere”. TBH I didn’t expect it to work.

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Wow… Razer Surround works amazingly well for me – even using a £5 pair of ear buds. It worked so well I downloaded the software again just so I could make the optional donation to the charity Razer are supporting.

Enjoy.

Another superb example of why I love Battlefield 3


Multiplayer gaming can lead to beautiful and unexpected moments as you interact with real humans in a virtual world filled with weapons, vehicles and funky environments. I’ve had my share over the years including variations on the scenario below – but alas I don’t run video capture when I play. Thankfully this chap does. Enjoy!

Industry news…OnLive is expanding to business users… hmmm


The one things that never changes when it comes to “the wonderful world of cloud computing” is… that everything keeps changing.

I have previously posted about my negative first experience with the OnLive service for delivering Windows based games (Cloud Computing is full). Ultimately I never did get on with OnLive – but to be fair to OnLive, the only Windows games I play are first person shooters where the difference between 50ms and 200ms of lag and 30 frames per second and 60 is the difference between winning and losing. However I was incredibly impressed with the tech behind OnLive – delivering rich graphical interfaces to users instantly from a wide spectrum of Windows applications and retaining state correctly between sessions. All wrapped up in an attractive experience.

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Well yesterday OnLine Inc announced the release of its new solution to deliver a full hosted Windows desktop to iPad

“OnLive Desktop delivers a seamless Windows desktop experience, with instant-response multi-touch gestures, together with a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition, enabling complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents. Rich media, such as video, animation, slide transitions and even PC games, never before practical via remote desktop delivery, run fluidly and dynamically with instant-action interactivity. OnLive Desktop makes remote feel local.”

We live in interesting times…

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Couldn’t resist – just ordered a “spare” gaming mouse for £10


My main gaming mouse is a very nice Mionix Naos 3200 which has served me very well in 2011.

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However I needed something for my travels around the UK but didn’t want to spend too much just for it to get bashed around in my bag. I think I have found the perfect solution …. a switchable 800/1600  dpi Gigabyte M6800 for £10. Whilst my Naos has three dpi settings to 3200, I only use 1600 and 800 (for a spot of sniping). My only concern is the size … my hands are smallish which is why I can’t get on with the Microsoft SideWinder mouse (which is otherwise excellent).

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What I keep putting off is getting one of these – the awesome (albeit with mixed reviews) Cyborg Rat 7.

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Benchmarking done well – BF3 GPU performance from Nvidia


Hats off to Nvidia for doing a superb job with documenting GPU perf for Battlefield 3 – this is a great example of making it simple for users to understand the likely performance they will see and to make informed buying choices.

http://www.geforce.com/Optimize/Guides/battlefield-3-beta-performance-guide?sf2265021=1

And I can confirm this is pretty much spot on with what I’m getting.

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