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Atari VCS to start shipping in March 2020 (backers get it in December), with a new website and store partners
11 June 2019 at 11:28 pm UTC Likes: 4

Okay, now I'm paying attention. Custom models for major retailers?

Perhaps they've run more psychological-demographic marketing models on this than we thought.

However, it must be "In-store, On the shelf" or it didn't happen as far as I'm concerned. (GoFundieKick, my ass!)

Valve have confirmed Linux support for their Valve Index VR headset, pre-orders on May 1st
6 April 2019 at 10:32 pm UTC

slaapliedje
NeptNutzThis is the wide blue ocean where PC belongs. No, it's probably not cheap. Then again, PC has never been cheap.

I saw a PSVR in the Best Buy the other day and almost laughed. $350 for THAT???

If only they could get rid of that damned umbilicus! Nothing breaks presence faster than that little snake crawling up your back. What happened to the VIVE Wireless Adapter cobra-looking thing?
Ha. While playing Elite Dangerous it makes me feel like it is part of the life support system keeping me alive.
Quite correct. That's why flight and racing sims (both seated) are especially perfect for VR. What's the difference between wearing a VR contraption compared to wearing a comms-enabled helmet with an oxygen mask or cooling tube? Not much.

But Flower wearing a tethered VR? Hell no!

Valve have confirmed Linux support for their Valve Index VR headset, pre-orders on May 1st
6 April 2019 at 3:55 pm UTC Likes: 1

This is the wide blue ocean where PC belongs. No, it's probably not cheap. Then again, PC has never been cheap.

I saw a PSVR in the Best Buy the other day and almost laughed. $350 for THAT???

If only they could get rid of that damned umbilicus! Nothing breaks presence faster than that little snake crawling up your back. What happened to the VIVE Wireless Adapter cobra-looking thing?

You can now filter out specific article tags from the GamingOnLinux homepage
27 March 2019 at 1:27 am UTC Likes: 6

Can I just filter for "I'm A Persnickety Ass" tag?

(Looking for a friend.)


Epic Games new 'Epic Online Services' will support Linux and it's free for developers to use
23 March 2019 at 1:23 am UTC

etonbearsI would guess that all the weirdness of the past year like new online game-stores popping up and offering supply-side inducements, Microsoft embarking on a shopping spree for studios, and now Google announcing Stadia, are the dance of a major re-alignment in gaming.

A major upheaval has been predicted for a long time, these are probably just the first indications that it is arriving. I'm still not convinced how many people will want to jump to Games as a Service, or how practical it is yet, but the ball is rolling downhill now, so it is probably not going to stop.

We now have at least NVidia, Sony, Blade Shadow, Jump, and Google with known GaaS-like offerings, and rumours about Valve, Microsoft, Amazon, Walmart, EA, Apple, and Comcast. It's logical to assume that anyone with a strong existing subscriber or customer base in a relevant industry - i.e. Phones, Tablets, PCs, TVs, Cable service, Cellular Service, Landline Telephony service - is related to one of these potential gaming services, or is thinking of providing their own.

I know Tim Sweeney is put on the "naughty step" a lot lately over the practices used to promote Epic Games Store, and further back over taking investment from Tencent, but seen in the light of the potential alternatives lining up to enter the market, his decisions are more easily understood. The company he founded has survived when so many others have not, because he found ways to finance it's survival and navigate the threats.

I don't approve of Epic's behaviour, but I can see the threat of disruption in the industry, and I'm pretty sure there will be a lot more things to dislike, from all quarters, in the coming year or so.

Consoles may be under more threat in the short term than "Open" PC platforms, because the draw XBox and PS have for attracting developers to their big markets has the potential to evaporate under pressure to develop for more interesting and potentially profitable markets. I can also see a portion of the console players just not buy new consoles if services like Stadia provide a better experience at an acceptable cost.

I think the PC player base is probably less likely to shift to streaming in the short term, but I can see the Linux Native market actually being ignored more in terms of internally developed game releases in favour of the streaming services which are huge potential markets.

But I can also see that if you just want to be able to use your Linux PC to play games, are not riddled with FSF and EFF principles, have a good network connection and don't mind not "owning" games, that the choice available to you could become very wide. The biggest problem might be the number of streaming services you need to use if they start competing by buying studios and negotiating exclusive agreements.
Well, as an alternative to arcade supremacy in the old days, consoles provided a valid (albeit shitty) cost-alternative substitute to constantly pumping quarters into a SEGA or Nintendo arcade machine. In those days, the profit analysis of game consoles was a win-win for both vendors and consumers. Sadly, middle-men arcade owners simply died.

PC at that time (while prohibitively expensive), was able to leverage computing assets (processing, storage, RAM, graphics) that consoles could never approach. (Witness Half-Life vs. Halo in their respective heydays.)

Over time, consoles have (almost) completely caught up to PC in all those facets of computing assets. {<--poet } (Exhibit 1 - God of War. Exhibit 2 - Marvel's Spider-Man.)

Enter Stadia (a.k.a. La Strada). Assuming their cloud "edge" is as edgy as they say, the exploitation of server-side computing assets might very well be the new era of a PC Master Race, much like it was in the PC vs. console days. Only now, the buy-in is simply a Chrome browser. So, make that the new Chromebook Master Race?

Google announce ‘Stadia’, their new cloud gaming service built on Linux and Vulkan
23 March 2019 at 12:39 am UTC Likes: 2

dubigrasu
jens
dubigrasu@jens, are you a Fellini fan?

Not that I know, had to google the name Fellini ;). I guess you mean the Italian film director?
Would you mind to explain? ;)
Meh, failed joke. It somehow sounded funny in my head. You kept saying (La)Strada instead of Stadia.
Haha! Holy shit! I did the EXACT same thing on this rant before I caught myself, right before posting.

And no, I'm not a Fellini fan per se, just tragically Italian on certain levels.

Google announce ‘Stadia’, their new cloud gaming service built on Linux and Vulkan
21 March 2019 at 2:13 am UTC

etonbearsIf Stadia has nodes with Vega56 GPUs as a minimum, and allows arbitrary combining of nodes to produce output, then the complexity of what developers may produce for Stadia can scale very quickly to the point that you actually could NOT run it on any normally available desktop hardware, let alone the average rig, making traditional sales of such games redundant.
This was part of the Stadia presentation as it referred to water effects. I must say (latency, pixel-crush, and streaming slideshows aside), some of the things I have witnessed with game streaming (read rack-server RAID) are pretty darn impressive! I distinctly remember Lord of the Rings: War in the North loading and playing orders of magnitude faster in OnLive than on my Steam rig at the time, especially with friends.

Unfortunately, however, come Friday night ... the bandwidths are all "Netflix and Chill."

Google announce ‘Stadia’, their new cloud gaming service built on Linux and Vulkan
21 March 2019 at 1:39 am UTC Likes: 1

please_use_plain_textMaybe the game I heard of with this kind of issue was Dirt Showdown, but definitely not sure, maybe i'm wrong. I know some GTA had this kind of issue too, but Rockstar removed these musics
Indeed, this is where DRM sucks sweaty, hairy, dirty, greasy, stinky, and nasty balls!

https://www.pcgamer.com/grand-theft-auto-san-andreas-steam-update-removes-songs-resolution-options/

HAHAHA! If anyone wants to remove the "Hot Coffee" disc from my PS2, they will have to take it from my cold, dead hands.


SteamOS is alive with a new beta and updated drivers, also a new Steam Client Beta is out
20 March 2019 at 11:36 pm UTC

fagnerlnIt supports bongos in the big picture?

What about Taiko drum?

Google announce ‘Stadia’, their new cloud gaming service built on Linux and Vulkan
20 March 2019 at 11:30 pm UTC

eldakingAfter the month ends, you no longer can download the game, you can't play it on the cloud, you can't get any other games. You might even be legally/contractually obligated to uninstall and not play after this time (though this is obviously unenforceable, I'm fine with doing it)
Holy cow! I remember this exact thing with GameFly (previously Direct2Drive) when I rented a few console discs but also downloaded Deus Ex to play on PC.

Honestly, I don't remember how that copy of Deus Ex and I parted ways, but it is interesting to note that GameFly got out of the PC blob downloading business just as fast as they got in.

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