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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    Who pissed in your Corn Flakes? Modern consoles aren't as distinct as they used to be, but they still have unique optimizations and features (see the DualSense controller as an example). And exclusives suck for availability, but they're fine by me if a game clearly takes advantage of the...
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    That's the thing, I wouldn't really call one better over the other. Consoles represent better value for money, but only so long as you're happy with their performance and capabilities. PCs offer more power and flexibility, but they're expensive for meaningful performance improvements and aren't...
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    LTT just posted an appropriately timed video on the subject: In short: you can't realistically make a PC that offers Xbox Series X (or PS5) features for $500, even when 'cheating' with older parts. Even if you ignore the shipping and component swap problems, Linus' $500 PC doesn't do hardware...
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    Devs can take advantage of having a fast SSD, even if there's nothing particularly magical about it. That Unreal Engine 5 demo was only possible because Epic knew it had a certain amount of storage bandwidth; it could take a while before devs can simply assume enough PC gamers have an NVMe drive.
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    True, although you do need PCIe 4 support and a matching SSD. And it could easily veer into the thousands if you want one of the higher-end GPUs, like an RTX 3080.
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    I'm a bit lucky in that I got my PS5 at launch for official pricing. I wouldn't have paid a scalper one cent more. With that said, it is somewhat amusing to see some PC enthusiasts here talk about pricing when you'd probably have to pay a few thousand dollars to get PS5-equivalent parts in the...
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    Haven't seen mention of it being a PS Plus feature. I do know they work more effectively, though. Like you said, it used to be that you'd have to wait for a system or game update half the time. That happens much less often with my PS5, even when there's a major update. I'm not sure how much of...
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    You get the idea — it's about focusing on the games instead of all the preamble that comes with a PC. Even software updates on a PS5 are pretty seamless and are often done in the background by the time you sit down.
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    Oh, that's almost certainly how it went down. Microsoft did have a point when it said Live Gold prices hadn't changed for several years or more in many places, but this felt too much like a "please switch to Game Pass Ultimate" push than anything. Quite possibly. Part of why the Xbox 360...
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    I do, but that doesn't make PCs the best options for living room gaming. I don't want to have to wrestle a desktop OS, or break out a mouse and keyboard. I also don't want to deal with lag over the network, or chain myself to running Windows on at least one computer in the home. Sorry, honey...
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    On terribleness... yes and no. The biggest mistake was one that happened even before 2013 — it was the decision to treat the Xbox One as a way to expand Microsoft's PC technologies into the living room. It was part of Steve Ballmer's delusion that every human is pre-programmed to love Windows...
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    To add to what T4rd said: I'd also say you're overstatign how much better games would look on PCs with quick ports. Halo 5 and The Order 1886 would... be higher resolution and run faster. Anything more than that would require more substantial work. And sorry, but it's outright false that "any"...
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    But... you're not correct. (I'm not going to get into specific issues at this point, as it's clear you're not interested in an honest conversation.) PC gaming is great, but has significant flaws; console gaming is great and also has significant flaws. What baffles me is that it's apparently...
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    I want to upgrade my Pixel 2 XL...

    It's not the best phone ever if you're coming from a higher-end device, that's for sure. The regular Pixel 4a is a good phone because of the value for money -- $350 gets you a phone that takes great photos and has solid performance if you aren't particularly demanding. The problem, of course...
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    (UPDATED) Microsoft walks back decision to double price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions

    You know damn well what I mean; please don't pretend otherwise. It's about having a choice — as in a real choice — in the kind of platform you use to play. Yeah, it would be better to have multiple store options on a given console, but I don't want to have to wade through a PC operating system...
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