User Profile

Ginkgo

Ginkgo

Australia

Joined:
Fri 16th December, 2011

Recent Comments

Ginkgo

#3

Ginkgo commented on China's Launch PS4 Has a Dragon Emblazoned on It:

I just wont to know what games it is launching with. Its success will come down to content. It will be interesting to which games the Chinese audience is interested in. Similar to Japan or more western in that. I would expect somewhere in the middle, but I might be wrong.

Ginkgo

#4

Ginkgo commented on November NPD: PS4 Loses to Xbox One for the Fi...:

@rjejr Are you suggesting that companies don't track/care what their competitors do, or use market share % as one of their key metrics? I can assure you that they do, and guard market share religiously.

I have seen a company (wont name) that continually sold an entire product range at a loss for years, just to take up shelf space and therefore prevent it's competitor from selling their products in store (shelf space is limited and vied for). Hence guard market share. Better to make a loss, but keep the competitor out. Trust me! Market share is a key metric and they care.

I agree that Sony won't be devastated with their Nov sales and they may even have hit their internal targets. But in hind sight, they planned poorly, sold out of their best selling item, and were clearly outsold by their strongest competitor.

MS did a much better job and hats off to them. They have really started turning things around since Phil Spenser has taken over, and I just wonder if Sony is resting on its laurels a little.

I'm clearly Sony biased (a PS4 fan), but trying to be a reasonably objective observer, just commenting on what I see happening in the market. Which is something that I enjoy tracking. At this point MS is out-playing Sony and winning back market share in the US and UK. If I was a Sony exec, I wouldn't be pleased. Phil Spenser will be grinning from ear to ear and rightly so.

Ginkgo

#5

Ginkgo commented on November NPD: PS4 Loses to Xbox One for the Fi...:

@get2sammyb Having worked in a corporate/manufacturing environment for many year (though not gaming related so different). I would say the following.

It is generally not that hard to ramp up manufacturing assuming that the raw materials (e.g. DDR5 memory) are available. That's not the main challenge, because you have internal in control over it. I assume that not all their factories are still running at 100% capacity at the moment, like they were at launch.

The real challenge is the pipeline from Sony to the stores. All of the displays, promotions, orders, shipping etc is planned months in advance and are part of negotiations and marketing fees. Sony has to pay to put their stock in store, promote etc. Shelf space costs. So even if they can build it, getting it distributed to all the stores takes time. That is the harder part and is not easy to adjust quickly.

But, that is why I said poor planning. They seem to have grossly underestimated their biggest selling item during the second biggest weekend of the year, when being spanked in sales by their closest competitor. Its just a fail.

My other comments previously, is that when they saw what MS have done, their easiest fix was to compete on price and drop their prices to match. That would cost them money, but very doable in a short space of time. They chose not to get into the price war and held their price. It is perhaps that the wider company needs the profit from PS4 at the moment, and could afford to sell at a loss, which is what I expect MS is doing.

In any case, it is interesting to watch and it has given MS a foothold to continue to improve and win back the US market.

Ginkgo

#6

Ginkgo commented on Feature: The Ten Best PS4 Trailers at PlayStat...:

The Forest and Until Dawn look great and I can't wait.

Wattam was kinda cute, but not enough to tell anything.

LBP3 and Tearaway will obviously be good, just not high on my list. Not my style of game.

The rest don't personally appeal.

Ginkgo

#7

Ginkgo commented on PS4 Zombie Sim Dying Light Will Raise the Dead...:

@WARDIE It is because they have also upped the graphics spec of the games with the new gen. Number of characters, polygons, AA, LOD etc. The PS4 can and does run older ported games at 1080p 60fps. But new release have higher graphics content, so there is a balance. Which do you want to lose? AA, LOD, polygon, Res or Framerate. The developer has to make a decision on where the best compromise is to get the best result. Most time, a steady 30fps provides the best visual results, allowing them to leave in everything else.

If you look at the PC spec required to do 1080p/60fps for the same games (latest releases), most people don't own those PCs. PC is not a standard spec. Sure a very high end can do it, but that is not what most people have in their house.

Ginkgo

#8

Ginkgo commented on PS4 Zombie Sim Dying Light Will Raise the Dead...:

Great news for me. Really notice the difference (fuzzy or not) with my 55" 1080p on my HD flat screen. 30fps v 60fps doesn't really make a big difference to me, as long as the 30fps is locked tight. Perfer that to 60fps with a lower res personally. It is always a jugling act between these spec and other graphical feature such as AA and LOD etc.

It is perhaps just me, but I find framerate much more important on a PC than the PS4. It seems more unstable on the PC (at least on mine) so I care more for a higher framerate when PC gaming than on the PS4. Not sure if others have the same experience. Could just be my rig.

Ginkgo

#9

Ginkgo commented on November NPD: PS4 Loses to Xbox One for the Fi...:

XBO killed PS4 in the US in Nov and it is no surprise. MS did great bundles and declared a price war. Sony ignored them and continued on its merry way. They did not compete. Dec will fair a little better, but I predict XBO will win again, unless Sony comes up with something. MS's $349 bundles (especially Assassins Creed) are ruling the roost. I would guess they are actually losing money on them, but they needed something to gain momentum and they have got it.

PS4 is still selling well and outselling XBO worldwide, so perhaps Sony is content just to wait it out, knowing that all it's big hitting exclusives are in 2015. Don't know. Their GTAV/TLOU bundle actually sold out of stock as well, which is just terrible planning for one of the biggest weekend of the year, and would not have helped. They seem to not really be on the case at the moment. Resting on their laurels a bit from my perspective.

Never underestimate MS. They will not go away or give up.

Ginkgo

#10

Ginkgo commented on Yes, Lara Croft Will Likely Still Climb onto P...:

Maybe, but by the time it happens, will anyone care?

Don't misunderstand. I would love to play this game (adored the reboot), but if it doesn't release on PS4 until 2016, the world will have moved on. It is one of the few games on XBO that I want to play.

I think the situation is a boost for MS, giving them something to compete with UC4, but a huge loss for gaming in general. I just don't like these sorts of deals. If you build an exclusive game with you own studio that is one thing, but just buying exclusivity from a 3rd party leaves a bad taste in my mouth (SF5 included, those that is not a game that interests me).

If the whole industry goes down that path it will be poorer for it, and gamers will lose out. My opinion in any case.

Ginkgo

#15

Ginkgo commented on Sony: We're Working on Project Morpheus Experi...:

@Bad-MuthaAdebis How many people but 3D TVs nowadays? Everyone got board having to wear glasses to watch it. This will be worse.

Don't misunderstand me. I agree that initially it will sell and well I will most likely join the parade. Just that VR with current tech will be a fad and vanish just as quickly as it initially takes off.

Ginkgo

#16

Ginkgo commented on Extreme Weather Arrives in 1.4GB DriveClub PS4...:

The weather looks amazing (the game looks amazing). Handling is impacted which is great. The rain doesn't show in the rearview mirror which is just funny. They need to fix it, but it is not really an issue at all. Just so much eye for detail in other areas, it seems strange to miss, leave out.

The reduction in penalties (previous update) is also a welcome change. They are much more realistic and fair now. The AI does seem a little less aggressive, at least causing me to spin out less when hit. Though that may be my imagination (as I have not seen anything officially mention it).

Still struggling to progress though. I need to start playing it again now with the updates and see. I have probably lost my touch a little as I haven't been playing recently.

The rubber banding is causing me pain. Easy to catch up if you are behind, but once you have reached the pack, moving through them to advance is incredibly hard. Also, if you are in front, you basically have to drive a perfect race. Any touching a wall, gravel etc, and the whole pack passes you. 1st to 10th in the blink of an eye.

i.e. The game is not easy! Which is actually a good thing, but frustrating trying to advance through the tour section. I wonder if they want/expect you to drift more than I do. It is not my greatest skill. Better cars may help, you have to play a lot to level up to get them. It is a catch 22 sort or thing.

Still, there is a lot of good in this game, not just the visuals.

Ginkgo

#17

Ginkgo commented on Sony: We're Working on Project Morpheus Experi...:

@get2sammyb 100% agree unfortunately. Like you , very happy to be proven wrong, and I will probably buy it. But don't think that it (or Rift) will really do anything other than a short burst of interest that fades. Think Wii, think Kinect. It wont be any different, and after the first 6 months/year at most no-one will care. This will not change the industry, at least not with the current tech.

You can't change the way the body's inner ear reacts. The sickness feeling will always be an issue. Other tech is needed than just images to the eye to get over it. That's not even mentioning sweating, foggy lenses, weight etc.

It will be fun! A party trick. But not change core gaming.

Ginkgo

#22

Ginkgo commented on Reaction: PlayStation Experience Keynote Close...:

@ferrers405 Maybe I have misunderstood you, but I would have thought that smart phone games were the very definition of "quantity over quality", and many have succeeded amazingly well and made mega bucks. Do I need to list things like temple run, fruit ninja etc. Let's not even mention whole flappy bird saga.

Beats the hell out of me why people play them let alone or spend money on them, but they do!!

Ginkgo

#24

Ginkgo commented on PS4 Exclusive Uncharted 4 Dazzles in Glorious ...:

@RaymanFan2 : Take your point and that is certainly possible, but I still wonder if it is a code. Here's why:

The letter was from 1808, and my understanding is that although capitalisation of improper nouns did occur in English before it was standardised, that standardisation (driven by the King James Bible of 1611) had certainly happened by mid 18th century, well before the 19th century, so that sort of capitalisation was not longer used then. Doesn't mean Naughty Dog is historically accurate.

Also, although most of the words capitalised are nouns, Quarrelling has been capitalised and it is most certainly a verb. Also, there are many improper nouns not capitalised. So, for example, why not capitalise : sharks, grommet, captain, journey etc?

Anyway, you are probably right, just not 100% convinced. Guess we will all find out when we play the game.

Ginkgo

#26

Ginkgo commented on PS4 Exclusive Uncharted 4 Dazzles in Glorious ...:

Other info:

The Rhode Island Pirate
1640-1695
Active 1692-1695

Ship Amity

Call Elena!
Calling Card Pin
020130926

Mayes (unsure)
Want?

Baldridge

Rode Island
Atlantic
Didn't he die in the attack with Avory?

Pro Deus Quod Licentia (best I can translate is : Liberty before God)

Ginkgo

#27

Ginkgo commented on PS4 Exclusive Uncharted 4 Dazzles in Glorious ...:

Talk about a system seller. Man, this game will make people stand up and take notice. Can't wait.

More importantly in the meantime, there were lots of clues to what the game was about in the journal.

The Letter reads :
"March 20, 1808
Our navigator we lost to sharks, our grommet to hunger.
Today our captain, whilst exploring was struck by a Serpent
and has presently succumbed to fevered derangement.
Any time we tend to his Puncture he lashes out.
Yet again our journey is misruled by Indignity and Loss.

Now Hayes and I are Quarrelling.
He regards this place as an Island of Emptyness,
and its treasures a mere tale of oriental Hyperbole.
But he is vexed with Fear.
I will pursue this remnant of Captain Avery's Fortune alone if I must."

There are some interesting uses of capitals in the letter (in strange places) which suggests a code of some sort, but I haven't been about to work out yet.

Ginkgo

#29

Ginkgo commented on Rumour: Sony's About to Get Really Aggressive ...:

Hopefully Sony uses the extra time to actually be ready with content.

@Carl-G : Yes, Sony's decision not to follow MS into price war is interesting. XBO certainly boosted sales as a result and has now probably gained some momentum which it didn't have. Not sure if Sony just got caught with its pants down, decided it was doing do well it didn't need to drop price, didn't want to reduce its market value (MS will struggle to go back to full price now and is probably losing money on each sale), or if they needed to bank the profit margin and couldn't follow with the other issues faced by the company.

Personally, I would have followed and not given them any chance to gain sales momentum. Oh well. Lets see what happens at Christmas.

Ginkgo

#32

Ginkgo commented on Feature: Five Reasons Why You Should Buy a PS4...:

I love articles like this, because it always reminds me that the world is full of variety and people with their loves, wants and desires are regularly so different to me (which is a great thing). Gaming is no different, and the number of opinions here that are so different to each other and mine is both amazing and fantastic. Oh the world would be boring if everyone was like me.

I wont try to argue or disagree with anything said above (everyone values different aspects of gaming), but I will say 1 thing. For anyone who does decide to take the plunge and buy a PS4 this holiday, I don't believe you will be disappointed and I believe afterwards your PS3 will get turned on much much less than you think it will. i.e. possibly never again.

Ginkgo

#33

Ginkgo commented on Assassin's Creed Unity Patch Will Improve Fram...:

More concerned about about collision detection than frame rate (though good to know it is improved) as that causes lots of strange happenings an impacts free running. Hopefully that is addressed too. I'm sure there will be further patches coming down the line. Playing FC4 first, and hoping this is in a better state by Christmas!

Ginkgo

#34

Ginkgo commented on Review: Dragon Age: Inquisition (PlayStation 4):

Have been saying since September that This, FC4 and Assassins Creed will kill me this month and keep me gaming through the new year. Nothing has changed.

For me it has worked out like this. Now playing FC4 and loving it. Assasin Creed bought but parked in the hope that a coming patch will improve the collision detection, pop in issues etc that are really annoying. If not, I will enjoy the game anyway, just it may benefit from not being played first out of the 3.

DA:I pre-ordered (Cheaper to buy that way) I will pick it up today. Haven't decided to play it or Assassins creed first yet..

Just don't expect me to discuss anything but these 3 games for the next 3 months, or to come up for much air.

That's not even mentioning the games I have missed like Alien: Isolation, and still really want to play. Oh, where were the complainers that this has been such a bad gaming year again?

Ginkgo

#35

Ginkgo commented on What Does PS4 Racer DriveClub's v1.07 Patch Do?:

I am really less concerned by the remaining online issue with this game than I am with the aggressive AI. It was ok early in the campaign when it wasn't that hard, but as you progress it just kills the game. Just sick of being driven off the road, especially when I am hit from behind.

Glad to see they have made some tweaks to that here, and with some new tracks I will try it out again. but really think the whole AI needs an overhaul. Either that, or I just cannot drive. I guess that is a possibility, but never had these issues with Grand Tourismo.

Ginkgo

#36

Ginkgo commented on We'd Like to Fill the Whole Year with PS4 Excl...:

What has worked well for MS over the last month is bundling 3rd party games with some exclusive content at a great price, not their actual exclusives. Sunset Overdrive has sold ok, but nothing groundbreaking. It is COD and Assassins creed that have done it for them .Sony has not tried to match that same level of deal (price etc) with Far Cry and GTAV etc, which has been to their sale detriment.

There is a price war going on, and Sony seems to want rise above it. Not convinced they can rest on their laurels and do that. There are some signs of them moving price now, and they are not being killed in US sales like they were, but MS has got some good momentum coming into the holidays, which if I was Sony I would be worried about. They need "cheap" bundles. Too late to create/ship new bundles, but they can still change the prices of the ones they have!

Ginkgo

#38

Ginkgo commented on Review: Far Cry 4 (PlayStation 4):

Started this yesterday,so early days, but so far everything about it is brilliant!

If this holds up it will be game of the year contender. Absolutely loving it!

Ginkgo

#39

Ginkgo commented on Talking Point: Is This Gaming's Most Disappoin...:

It hasn't been the greatest year's gaming true, but there have been a lot of really good and enjoyable games (Infamous and Showdow of Mordor stand out to me) and two more really big hitters coming out this month. FC4 and DA (at least for me). I also struggle to see Destiny as a failure. Disappointed because it could have been so much more, sure, but certainly not a failure. I really don't see anything to complain about.. Overall I have had a great year with my PS4 and haven't been short of anything to play since March.

So was 2014 the best year in gaming in recent times. Absolutely not.
Was is the worst, terrible, a disaster, Absolutely not. I've had fun!

Ginkgo

#42

Ginkgo commented on Weirdness: This Sneaky Sony Engineer Hid His N...:

What is amazing about this story is not that the the engineer put his name in the code (though that's clever). What is amazing is that someone bothered to scroll through a hex dump of the code and found it!. I mean, surely there are better things to do with one's time.

Ginkgo

#44

Ginkgo commented on Round Up: Dragon Age: Inquisition PS4 Reviews ...:

Oh dear. Have already pre-ordered AC and FC4 (I save $10 pre-ordering). Will have to do this one too because it is guaranteed I will play it. I will be playing these 3 games well into Christmas time if not the new year. December releases are irrelevant.

Ginkgo

#45

Ginkgo commented on Review: Rocksmith 2014 Edition (PlayStation 4):

Been toying with getting this for a while. Still on the fence. I play in a band, so even though I'm not the greatest player in the world, it is not a question of skill level. Just can't decide if I will actually use the game or not. Not really interested in the mini games, tutorials etc. I know how to play. Just want it to be a fun way to learn the songs and rock along so to speak. Still can't decide if it will do that or not.

Ginkgo

#46

Ginkgo commented on Crikey, the PS4 Is the Fastest Selling Console...:

Well obviously I bought one of them!

I think the other big factor is Australia is that the PS3 had really good momentum in Australia since about 2010. the 360 killed it in early years, and overall sales of the two last gen consoles is probably very even in total, but the PS3 was a clear sales winner from about 2010 on, and I think the PS4 payed into that, especially with how the two launches went..

Having said that outselling the Wii is huge, because it was massive here too. I'm actually surprised it has sold better than the Wii did.

Ginkgo

#47

Ginkgo commented on Rumour: Is DriveClub's DLC Blazing a Trail to ...:

Honestly, after playing more and more of this game, my biggest frustration with it is not the server issues, it is the AI. They need to tweak it as a priority, because as it is, you cannot reasonably advance in the game. I cannot figure how you are supposed to drive against the AI and succeed. Other than random luck for a given race, it seems impossible at the mid/higher levels.

The AI, is just too aggressive, and when you are driving at high speed, hits you from behind, which regularly spins you out and make you crash. Race over. It ruins the game, because if means your race's success is largely random (not being hit by something else) rather than in control of your own driving.

If this was rare, it would be ok, but it happens in 80% of races. i.e. more often that not. Ruins the whole experience, and even when you are in front, with clear road, likely to be taken out by another car from behind at any moment and then finish last.

The server fixes will come, but the AI needs to be addressed. Especially in a racer that promotes clean driving, and penalises your for bumping. Pity the AI doesn't play by the same restrictions. I have largely lost patience with trying to advance in this game at the moment. Racing is just too frustrating. So disappointed.

Ginkgo

#49

Ginkgo commented on These Custom PS4 Hard Drive Covers Are Really ...:

@EyeDeeNO76 Yes! That's the one. The SNES does look good too, but the Atari was my first console. So it captures my nostalgia. I am generally not very nostalgic at all (virtually always forward looking), so it takes a lot to make me feel the tinge of "aww". This did it.