Wes Fenlon: Taking a slightly different approach to this question—if I could only play games from one specific console, I think I'd go with the PlayStation 2. Its library was just immense, full of games from Japanese developers across a wide range of budgets and styles, and because it was the dominant console of the generation, every cross-platform game was guaranteed to be on the PS2. 3D gaming was in its ugly duckling phase on the N64 and PS1, but generally looked and played much better by the early 2000s. Many PS2 games are still rough by today's standards, but there's also charm in that, and a tendency for quirky ideas to blossom into entire games that wouldn't get made today because they're too expensive. I'd definitely miss the availability of indie games and today's triple-A blockbusters, but I think the PS2 and its full library would keep me busy for a long time. That's my desert island pick. … [Read more...] about If you could only play console games, which console would you choose?
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First off, Ootori shows off the rather fussy process of switching the PS5 from vertical to horizontal. You need to unscrew the base, store the screw in the base itself, then use a cap to plug the screw hole. You then rotate the stand, and clip it on to the PS5 in-line with the PlayStation face buttons etched on the console. You can then lay the PS5 down flat. The stand is necessary for doing this because the PS5 itself is not flat. … [Read more...] about Official PS5 teardown video gives us our first look inside Sony’s next-gen console
Some observers have raised concerns that the naming convention could be confusing, particularly for consumers who aren't plugged in and might not be familiar with these consoles. Xbox One X has already been discontinued, but when a clueless parent goes to buy an Xbox system in the future, will they have trouble parsing an Xbox One S from an Xbox Series S from an Xbox Series X? A price cut to the Xbox One S (which seems inevitable) might help to further differentiate the consoles from each other, but it remains to be seen how this actually plays out. … [Read more...] about It’s Confusing, But Microsoft’s New Console Generation Is Just Called “Xbox”
All of this stems from the fact that Microsoft entered the gaming console business a generation after Sony, leaving it in a position where a simple numbering system simply won't do. The company doesn't want to be selling Xbox 4 when Sony has the PlayStation 5. But the shift to this specific "Series"-based naming convention signals Microsoft's new approach to console generations. It's not immediately pushing exclusive software, and it's positioning itself to offer a more PC or phone-like arrangement, where it releases frequent hardware revisions that all have access to one library of games. (Xbox All Access also paves the way for a smartphone-style upgrade model.) Just how this plays out long-term remains to be seen, particularly if and when Sony decides to launch a PlayStation 6, but for now, prepare to deal with the idea of just calling this forthcoming generation "Xbox." … [Read more...] about Remember, Microsoft’s New Console Generation Is Just Called “Xbox”
CPU: Then there’s the age-old Intel vs AMD debate. As a rule of thumb, AMD CPUs tend to be (slightly) slower and (much) cheaper, while Intel CPUs are more expensive but nippier. Still, if it’s a choice between a Ryzen 5 and an Intel Core i3, then you should opt for the former. Intel CPUs are much more common in gaming laptops, but we’re starting to see more and more AMD processors coming through thanks to their brand-new line of Ryzen 4000 chips. It’s also important to watch out for the age of the processor. … [Read more...] about Best budget gaming laptop deals of the week – 8th October 2020