As we speak Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is on stage talking about Nvidia's near future at the GPU Technology Conference. There's more to come about self-driving cars, the Nvidia Shield console and more, but the real meat of the keynote was definitely news about the recently revealed Titan X. A massive new card that now has an equally massive price.
Out of all the VR kits arriving in the next couple of years, I think Sony’s Project Morpheus may have captured my technolusting eye the most. Even though the Oculus Rift has been available for a while, it’s not exactly a consumer-ready device, being more of a tool for developers than anything else. It’s also significantly better than my own VR device, which may or may not be a decrepit Viewmaster that I strapped to my face. The latest iteration of Project Morpheus features plenty of new hardware. Hardware that wasn’t cheap to add.
Collector’s Editions. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, but they certainly can help to shift some games, especially for the more rabid fanbases out there. Batman: Arkham Knight has two such editions available, which have just been confirmed for a local release as well by Ster Kinekor . And you might need to own Wayne Manor in order to have enough coin to afford them.
Yes, I know gaming laptops aren’t exactly wise investments. They’re portable pieces of technology that will most likely be outclassed within months of being released, by PC setups that are cheaper and more cumbersome. But clearly, you folks underestimate my technolust. Technolust that is now raging out of control, after I had a look at Razer’s latest range of Blade gaming laptops. Fortunately, I don’t have access to equally stupid amounts of money, so I’m sort of safe from buying one. For now.
We’re fans of PlayStation Plus over here. At R489 for a year’s subscription, it’s really damn good value for money. That’s cheap when you think about it. Really, really cheap. Naturally, it’s time to increase the price on this service.
[Sorry folks...it's out of stock now] The 3DS is easily the system I played most last year, because it’s home to a wealth of fantastic games. If you’re keen on a bit of the best in handheld gaming action, you can grab a 3DS for R900 at Dion Wired right now. That’s practically for nothing – coming in R600 or so less than the budget, extra dimension-eschewing 2DS.
I played Ground Zeroes the other day.There has been some controversy surrounding the game on account of its short length. Of course most people do know that it is merely a prologue and is setting up the story for the upcoming and much larger Phantom Pain, but that hasn’t stopped me from feeling just a little irked by it. Let me explain.
The impetus to write this came from the reactions to the score I gave Indie fighter “Nidhogg". I gave it a nine out of ten because I enjoyed it a whole bunch and a lot of people didn’t think it was worth it due to the 15 dollar price tag. So it got me thinking; What metric should people price games? Is 15 dollars (USD) too much for a content-light indie game? What makes a AAA game worth $60 in comparison?
In anal intrusive news, the Playstation 4 is going to be expensive. Right now, the average price for one of those consoles locally will set you back around R6300, which is quite a few grinning Randelas. But when it comes to price, Argentina is getting the real short end of the stick here.
Man, I hope you guys are getting a decent bonus this year. Hot off the news that the Playstation 4 will be arriving on December 6, comes word from ITF Gaming that the console has a current RRP of R6299. That’s plenty of moolah. Fortunately, you only need one kidney to live.
It’s amazing how expensive developing games can potentially be. While some developers have the benefits of reusable assets to lower costs, creating new code from scratch can sometimes be prohibitively expensive. But in the case of Star Citizen, it’s money well spent.
And on the opposite side of the price debate today, we’ve got the Xbox One! It’s bigger, has more of a Kinect-ing punch and my grandma thinks it’s a betamax tape player! And for that extra thousand bucks that it’s going to cost, will it convince fans that there happens to be value behind the tech?
The console wars are coming. And with it, brand new comments about us being anti-everything. Truth is, we dig both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. Which one will most gamers choose though? Most likely the Playstation 4, thanks to a cheaper price tag. Which is mostly due to the PS4 nixing the inclusion of its camera device.