The Witcher 3 looks pretty good. But as many, particularly those on the PC side of the fence, think it could have, and should have looked better. They say that the game’s been downgraded, and that the blasted consoles are to blame. They’re right on both counts. CD Projekt RED has admitted that yes, the games visuals have taken a knock, and yes, the consoles might be responsible for some of that – but there’s far more to it than that.
Spoiler: Neither of them. While the Witcher is an undeniable critical darling that seems to be worthy of its praise, both of the new consoles struggle to run the game the way it should run. We’ve had a look at all three versions, and it looks pretty similar on consoles – with both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 delivering some pretty shiny graphics, not too dissimilar from what you’d see on a reasonably high-end PC. The big difference comes in with resolution and frame rate.
The console “war” rages ever on. If it were indeed a battle, Microsoft would be very much on the defensive. There are more than double the number of PlayStation 4 consoles in homes than there are Xbox Ones. Taken on its own, that stat is meaningless, but when you factor in the fact that Sony’s sold through over 20 million PlayStation 4’s the picture becomes a little clearer. Sony’s winning the imaginary war. According to Unity boss and former EA head John Riccitiello, says the victory is well deserved.
The Call of Duty Championships kick off in Los Angeles later today, and this year, South Africa’s been excluded. Whether it’s because of the infuriating shenanigans that happened last year, or some other reason, there’s not a drop of South African representation in the upper echelon of console-based competitive Call of Duty. It makes it very hard for me to give a damn about the Call of Duty Championships, but Activision’s trying to make it happen. They’ve released a bit of an infographic, revealing some mind-blowing details about the franchise.
Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are doing rather well. The Ps4 has sold over 20 million units, and while the Xbox One seems to be doing a little more poorly, the console is selling better than its predecessor was at this point in the lifecycle. The future, for consoles, is bright. Or is it? According to Twitch’s boss, these are the last consoles we’ll see.
If you’re a Pc gamer, you’ve no doubt heard of, or even used the game tracking service Raptr – especially if you’re an AMD user. AMD’s “Gaming Evolved” app, a more featured, but second-rate version of Nvidia’s GeForce Experience is powered by Raptr. Raptr itself however, was not confined to PC – and actually tracked achievements across consoles too. Well, it used to. Raptr has decided to axe support for console stat tracking.
Hey it’s March 2015 which means that there is virtually no gaming news to speak of and as such we need to make things up. So I headed over to the always controversial VGChartz to see how they feel the console sales war is going.
The Witcher 3 is coming this year. Well, it is if it isn’t delayed for what seems like the billionth time. Hopefully, unlike many of the other great big games from this generation, it won’t end up being an infernal disappointment. One thing that’s already slightly disappointing – though understandable – is the game’s locked 30 fps on consoles.
Earlier yesterday morning I spotted a tweet (apologies, I seem to have lost it) that was asking the question as to why AAA games like Far Cry 4 and the like are still being sold at a premium on the older platforms.
The usual selling point for consoles is the fact that each platform holder has a handful of first party games that are, and likely will forever be exclusive to those platforms. Sony has its Uncharted, God of War, Killzone et al, with Microsoft boasting Forza, Gears of War and Halo. They’re the sort of games that can get people to buy consoles. It seems that the third party exclusive is back on the rise.
Despite being an early Xbox One adopter (I even imported the damn thing), I have yet to find a reason to purchase a PS4. That's not because I think I have the superior console, but rather because I don't see a point yet in owning both current-gen boxes. But hell, even I have to admit that the new, limited edition PS4 makes convincing argument.
I’ve had plenty of consoles over the years. Some were quirky and memorable like my Nintendo GameCube, some existed only in my mind like a Sega Saturn. Still, I’ve been fortunate enough to get my hands on many consoles as I was growing up, as were the rest of the Lazygamer crew. And that’s the topic today on The Lazygamer Podcast Remastered Definitive GOTY Edition.
This is the first generations of consoles I can recall where right at launch, they’re objectively weaker and less impressive than most meat gaming PCs. It’s the beginning of the end of the glory days of consoles, says Nvidia’s CEO Jen Hsun.
One of the most frustrating things about the changing of console generations is that you know you are going to be getting one of those fancy new consoles soon but you can’t quite stretch the budget just yet. However your favourite game is coming out and you don’t want to be left with the lesser version in a few months.
I’m not the biggest fan of museums. Sure, they can be interesting, but I can only handle looking at so many ancient relics before my brain decides to be well and truly bored. What easily fascinates me though is gaming (obviously), and its history. The nice thing about it is that it has changed so much over the past few decades, and for many of us, we have been a part of it to some extent and seen how things have changed and evolved. How cool would it be to visit a museum which details and showcases all the gaming artifacts from yesteryear?