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V. Amoleo

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  1. Virtual Reality

    Then I do not recommend 😂
  2. Virtual Reality

    So I had typed up a massive post about the games I've tried on Quest 2 and what games I'm after next. Then one of my cats decided I didn't need this page open anymore so closed it. I'm not typing it out again today! To summarise: Really enjoying the Quest 2 in portable mode. The games I have that are cross buy don't offer enough differences for me to want to play them using Rift Link rather than portable. Quest 2 in Rift Link mode looks as good, if not better, than my original VIve but a little bit more closed in than the Index. I bought Lone Echo for PCVR, because it was a Rift exclusive that I've wanted for a while, but it crashes randomly every few miniutes for me. Resident Evil 2 Remake VR mod makes the poop shoot out, very recommended!
  3. Virtual Reality

    This is why I was expecting the PSVR2 to be an extension of their now-unused portable gaming line. Could have even had it like the Quest where you could connect it up to a PS5 if you wanted to.
  4. Virtual Reality

    I think I keep trying to kid myself by not calling it Facebook I do only have a Facebook to use this device though so what information they want to hoover up from me should be failry minimal. So the original plan was to just use it as a standalone device and use the Valve Index on the PC. I have tried it with a Rift Link and AirLink. Rift Link worked with the USB-C 2.0 cable that came with the device though it was very short, but it ONLY worked in the single USB-C 3.1 port on my PC. It doesn't make a huge amount of sense when it's a USB 2.0 cable but I couldn't get USB-C to USB-A converters to work in any of the other ports. Which is a shame because that's on the back of the machine and the included cable is only about a metre. AirLink was more trouble, even sitting right next to the WiFi access point with the PC wired into it. It just wasn't good enough at the moment but it's definitely getting there. My experience with Rift Link now has me thinking that I might use the Quest 2 for sitting experience PC VR games. Plug a single cable in and away I go. This might change when I have the spare room setup for the Index, but for now the only real difference I could feel was a slightly more goggle-like view. No worse than my HTC Vive was though. Also means I can play Rift exclusives now without ReVive. With VR being new there's always something exciting on the horizon but, like I mentioned in my original post, the wireless nature of the Quest 2 (combined with the good performance, nice controllers and acceptable visuals) felt as "Wow" as the first time I put on the HTC Vive headset back in 2016. If your worry about Facebook is the privacy aspect you can always create a new account so that it's only used on the Quest... but they still have your location data, cameras and microphones so that's never fully mitigatable. But enough that I feel more comfortable about having it in my home. If your worry is how long they support it for, that's anybody's guess. The Quest (2019), the Rift (2016), Rift S (2019) and Go (2018) have all been dropped in favour of the Quest 2. From a business point of view it makes sense because the Quest 2 is basically the combination of all those products but from a consumer point of view not so much. Thanks for the recommendation! Turns out I don't already have this on Steam, so will have to give a think about which platform I'd want to play it on.
  5. Virtual Reality

    I bought myself a Meta Quest 2 for Christmas. I tell you I am blown away almost as much as the first time I tried VR. The lack of a tether while still having fairly nice looking games is great. For a bit of perspective here are the VR headsets that I own: HTC Vive, PSVR (Ver 1 & 2, Camera Ver 1 & 2, PS4 & PS4 Pro & PS5), Valve Index and now the Meta Quest 2. When I first got the Vive it was mind blowing but the screen door effect became more and more noticable over time. The PSVR has never impressed me, I can never get the tracking to work properly, I've tried pretty much every combination of PSVR devices and it's been in two houses now. I still can not get the tracking to be as spot on as I feel it needs to be. Visuals are nice but, again I have a Vive so my PC could push better visuals. I then bought the Index as my new pro VR headset and it is beautiful. The controllers are awesome too. But I'm still yet to install the lighthouses in my spare room so it's a faff to use. Initially I was reluctant to buy a Quest 2 because I expected the tracking to be off like the PSVR and the visuals to be more Google Cardboard than anything else. But I saw some reviews of Resident Evil 4 VR and I couldn't say brush it off anymore. Published by Oculus so it's an exclusive, made by some of the guys behind Metroid Prime. The ease of use is great, headset on and away I go playing. The tracking is impecable. Not quite lighthouse tracking but close enough that I really don't care. I'm still yet to play RE4VR but everything else I've tried is great. My only negative about the Quest 2 is that it all seems a bit RyanAir. The better headstrap is another £50. Another two hours play time is £50. Rechargable AA batteries for the controllers is another £10 say. The official Link Cable to use the Quest 2 on PC is £90 and requires a USB-C port. I don't have any of these (except the AA batteries) and I don't feel like I need them but it's worth mentioning the extras.
  6. That makes a lot of sense. I mean it's not a massive issue or anything but it does feel like a lack of polish. Like you said though, there was very tough time lines on a dev studio who's never lead on a project before. I hadn't spotted that one! Another partner Pokemon issue, that I found really amusing, involves the beach. Just before you get there you can talk to a man who says something about leaving footprints in the sand and how Pokemon love to do it too. Except when you actually arrive, your Pokemon just floats above the sand leaving no footprints. It felt like a big "d'oh!" moment. They should have at least cut that line. I've had that weird no interaction bug again a few times. I thought it was something to do with the day/night time turning over but yesterday it happened well before then.
  7. This hadn’t even occurred to me. Good call! More things I’ve noticed. They’re not terrible or anything but it seems to show a lack of polish: The message boxes seem to change between filling the entire width of the screen to only being in the centre of the screen. It’s been done on purpose but I’m not sure why. Maybe Sword & Shield did it too but I’ve only noticed it here. It’d probably have been a better idea for partner Pokémon to return to the Pokeball when on the marsh land or on those bike only paths. As it is they seem to float on the top which is weird.
  8. Played up to the third gym so far. I'm enjoying playing it so I'm glad I picked it up. What I'm not enjoying is how it's a tilebased map but the analogue stick allows for analogue movement so it feels really awkward to line up. Thankfully the DPad allows for the 'correct' movement for the map. Also don't like that at points performance takes a massive hit for seemingly no reason. I've had points where I just can't click on anything because the game is busy doing something else. It's very bizzare. I can still run around but I can't click anything. Oh and what is with that really strange depth of field effect? Where the top third and bottom third of the screen become overly blurry. It's not a nice effect at all and it's applied at random. It's so annoying I'm thinking of dumping the game and switching over to an emulator to disable it. I commend them on allowing the touchscreen for the Poketch! I just wish they'd carried it over for all the UI, but that's an annoyance with Sword & Shield too. My final thought, this is probably on me though, no Pokemon on the overworld is something I'm missing a lot more than I thought I would. I believe these games have been built from the ground up in Unity so it's a bit of a surprise that so much Sword & Shield-ness is in them. The battles, the Pokemon/Box UI, the partner Pokemon, etc all act like how they did in Sword & Shield as far as I can tell. I wonder why ILCA had to start from scratch. What's with the lack of support for Pokemon Home too? It wouldn't be too bad if it was free but Home is a paid service.
  9. Animal Crossing Direct October 15th 15:00 BST

    The price for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion is crazy. Edit: Sorry that pricing took me for surprise. All the stuff getting added in the Version 2.0 patch is awesome!
  10. Metroid Dread

    I'm onto the final boss fight now. I've enjoyed this game so much. MercurySteam have really nailed the Metroid formula.
  11. Metroid Dread

    Eeeee it arrived today! First impressions: I loved the intro and the music. The EMMI were annoying to begin with but got used to them now. On the first boss now (or maybe second depending on how you look at it)
  12. Metroid Dread

    Amazon managed to not ship mine out. Gutted as I was looking forward more to this than the Switch OLED which is arriving today.
  13. General Switch Discussion

    I really really doubt the 'Switch Pro' ever existed now. The guys who reverse engineer the Nintendo Switch System Software have even shown that the new display driver and Dock software (though they even misinterpreted this!) were really the only new things added for ages. So while I don't doubt there is a new Nintendo console being made, of course there is, I do doubt anything this guy says. He's going "No no, I wasn't wrong... errr... Nintendo just changed their minds!". As long as he keeps saying it, he'll be right at one point. Like peeps above have said, March 2023 is when I'm expecting the new console. 2017-2023 is a good 6 years. That's roughly around how long the past couple of generations have been.
  14. Nintendo Direct : 23.09.21 (11pm UK time)

    I reckon the last 20 minutes of this will be them justifying a Nintendo Switch Online price rise. Maybe a new mini console too? Might make us a bit hardware heavy the end of this year though with the Switch OLED and Zelda Game & Watch already coming out. If there's even a sniff of Metroid Dread I'll be turning it off for a couple of mins, I want to enjoy that game properly not being shown every single thing in it before I get to experience it.
  15. There is so much room to remove the underclock on the current Tegra X1 revision, all they would have had to do is increase the battery a little to keep the battery life the same as the other models. So while I wasn't expecting new silicon or a fancy dock, I was expecting something like that. Here's a video from 2020 with DigitalFoundry using homebrew to remove the underclock on the existing model. At least it puts the Switch Pro to bed for good now.
  16. Metroid Dread

    Metroid Dread was the biggest surprise for me and I am so excited for it. Metroid is my favourite game franchise. Already got my pre-order in for the game and amiibo. I ummed and ermmed over the special edition, but I have to remind myself they just end up in the loft now. I do think it's weird that Nintendo are trying to say this is in anyway related to the original Metroid Dread from the 2000s. I'd bet that MercurySteam suggested the name. After Samus Returns, they seem to have a real love of the franchise and it's history. There is only one negative I have about this, and I think it's already been mentioned in this thread, is that it pretty much means there won't ever be a 2D sprite based one ever again This 3D on a 2D plane is nice but I miss the sprite work of Super Metroid to Metroid Fusion so much. I need to hear more of the soundtrack as that can make or break it. The music of Metroid is so ingrained into me that I will sometimes just hum it without realising.
  17. General Switch Discussion

    I don't want to start a thread about it but I need to vent: My Switch will not download or update games at the moment and it's so damn frustrating. Apparently it's a fairly widespread problem since the latest update but argh!
  18. Nintendo store login

    Be careful when spending reward points. My order failed (using PayPal and ApplePay) and it’s eaten all my platinum points! Hoping they’ll be back in the morning! Update: Took a couple of days but I eventually got them back and was able to purchase.
  19. Sony to shut down PS3, Vita, PSP stores

    I know we're out of the woods regarding the shutting down but how did either of you manage to buy something from the Japanese PSN? My revolut card can't be added as a payment method and I can't seem to find a reputable place to buy Japanese PSN cards.
  20. Sony to shut down PS3, Vita, PSP stores

    Don't forget to update your games too. Nobody is sure if updates are still going to be downloadable and Sony haven't said anything. There's already early PS3 (pre-unified updating) games which lost the ability to update when their multiplayer servers went. https://delistedgames.com/tips-tricks-and-reminders-for-the-playstation-store-shutdown/
  21. I am enjoying this, but like Nicktendo above, I think I preferred Hyrule Warriors. I do like the BotW touches they've added to it to make it feel more in line with it (e.g. the map, the cooking). The performance of the Warriors games is always a bit sketchy but this seems to be worse than the others on the Switch. It very rarely feels fluid.
  22. Playstation 5 Console Discussion

    For peeps who have got a PSVR: https://camera-adaptor.support.playstation.com/en-gb I don't know if I completely missed it but I had no idea they'd launched the site to request one yet.
  23. Playstation 5 Console Discussion

    Mine has been despatched from Amazon too. Though it's currently in Leicester and I'm Birmingham-way. Looks like it'll be an evening drop if it manages to come today.
  24. Playstation 5 Console Discussion

    Still no despatch email from Amazon for me either. And after last week's Xbox Series X fiasco, I'm not holding much hope out for getting it tomorrow.
  25. Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

    It's got a very nice crisp screen on it. Much better than I expected. I wonder what the resolution is on it, I googled but can't find anything.
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