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  • Vortex808 13 Nov 2020 12:25:53 14,282 posts
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    Thanks for your opinion on them , most of my headsets have been from them, so certainly happy to give those a go.

    I'll have a look at them later on, although that might be what i had seen before.
  • EMarkM 13 Nov 2020 12:39:24 5,258 posts
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    @monkman76 Gah! Only just seen this, mate. Thanks for the heads-up but it looks like they're out again now everyone.
  • Malek86 13 Nov 2020 13:00:56 11,183 posts
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    On a somewhat interesting note: I notice now that Zoo Tycoon received an Ultimate Edition that caps the framerate at 30fps. This might have been a sensible choice for the Xbox One, but it's inconvenient for the Series S/X.

    And unfortunately, that's the only edition available on Game Pass. Luckily I bought the game ages ago (funny thing is that the original is still on sale and much more expensive than the upgraded version).

    The Ultimate Edition does have One X enhancements, so for Series X owners it's at least a choice between 4K30 in the remaster and 1080p60 in the original.

    I wonder how many other old games had uncapped framerate. And haven't been patched to cap it.
  • Malek86 13 Nov 2020 13:27:23 11,183 posts
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    Damn, turns out Blair Witch was uncapped too. It's silky smooth 60fps now. Good an excuse as any to replay it.

    I wonder if it's uncapped for X owners too?
  • Vortex808 13 Nov 2020 13:45:38 14,282 posts
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    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    I got a pair of the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headphones a couple of months ago. Pretty impressed with them so far, good sound and very comfortable.
    Rightio, I've gone with these, ordered and should arrive next week. Hope they are as god as the other TB headsets I've had, or I'll grumping at you! ;-)
  • mothercruncher 13 Nov 2020 14:58:21 18,315 posts
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    My S is a hot little thing. Itís sitting in open space on a table, set not to full power save but the other standby option whereby you can queue up game downloads etc. Seems to constantly be warm, more so than the PS4 ever was.
    Not sure if thatís par for the course for such a little box, or perhaps itís all the downloads and updates the thingís been tasked with.
  • Malek86 13 Nov 2020 15:16:14 11,183 posts
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    It's definitely hot. But after playing for more than three hours this morning, it never got any louder. I suppose it doesn't matter how hot it gets as long as the circuits can bear it.

    My only worry is that the main vent is right on top. That looks like it oughta get clogged with dust soon. I should keep it vertical to be safe, but I wouldn't know where to put it.
  • Switch-v85 13 Nov 2020 15:17:48 4,203 posts
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    The Digital Foundry review has it down as the hottest of the next gen machines, it can reach 67C. Never makes a sound though which is great coming from a PS4 Pro, if the power button wasn't lit up you'd never know it was on.
  • mothercruncher 13 Nov 2020 15:37:36 18,315 posts
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    I can believe that, but, yep- itís quiet. Will run a Hoover over it occasionally though for sure.
  • PrivateFloyd 13 Nov 2020 16:24:42 5,360 posts
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    Facebook seller near me selling a series S with receipt from Microsoft for £275 so Iíve bit.

    Reason for selling is that he brought the wrong one for his kids apparently!

    I could wait, but I want it sorted for my sons Christmas present. A fair price as well considering some of the scalper prices.
  • Cadence 13 Nov 2020 16:29:34 2,569 posts
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    Has anyone tried out red dead redemption 2 on their series S yet? I'd be interested to know if the framerate issues (particularly in the towns) have been sorted from the XB1 version. St Denis was pretty bad in places.
  • Malek86 13 Nov 2020 19:10:36 11,183 posts
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    Can't try RDR2 is particular, but so far it's living up to its reputation of having more than twice the CPU and GPU power of the One. All the games I've tried had their framerate locked, and in some cases, they locked to 60fps even when the original struggled to hit 30. Blair Witch and Zoo Tycoon come to mind. So a 30fps game should be no problem.

    Would be interesting to see some other games with unlocked framerates. Not many spring to mind right now.
  • richardiox 13 Nov 2020 19:41:27 9,140 posts
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    Cadence wrote:
    Has anyone tried out red dead redemption 2 on their series S yet? I'd be interested to know if the framerate issues (particularly in the towns) have been sorted from the XB1 version. St Denis was pretty bad in places.
    I'd certainly hope so consider the framerate was already rock solid in the One X. Amazed that people made it to the end of the last generation still rocking the XB1. And pretty jealous of the huge leap they'll get moving to next gen (having the One X slightly reduces the next gen leap)
  • Vortex808 13 Nov 2020 20:50:02 14,282 posts
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    Gears 5 title screen is a disappointment after being used to it in 4k on the one x, but i'm sure multiplayer will be ok. Probably won't play too much though, but just wanted to check it out again.

    Gears Tactics appears to be pretty decent, but getting used to a turn by turn thing will be interesting. Or tough. Or both! 😃

    Edited by Vortex808 at 20:50:22 13-11-2020
  • Phattso 16 Nov 2020 14:56:59 26,179 posts
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    Any idea where/when more stock of the Series S might be landing on UK shores? Game (*hoch* *spit*) seem to think between now and the 18th of December, but I'm hoping to find something sooner.
  • Bedders Content Editor, Gamer Network 16 Nov 2020 15:30:05 263 posts
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    Phattso wrote:
    Any idea where/when more stock of the Series S might be landing on UK shores? Game (*hoch* *spit*) seem to think between now and the 18th of December, but I'm hoping to find something sooner.
    I got mine by setting an alert on Stock Informer. There was a window of about an hour on the Saturday morning before launch when these popped up on Amazon. No idea if it's happened since but worth doing.
  • Phattso 16 Nov 2020 15:44:13 26,179 posts
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    @Bedders cool, much appreciated. Dunno why that didn't occur to me - I used them to get Ring Fit Adventure at the start of lockdown V1! :)
  • mothercruncher 16 Nov 2020 15:45:12 18,315 posts
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    Is your ring nicely toned now?
  • Phattso 16 Nov 2020 15:56:05 26,179 posts
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    You could eat your dinner off it.
  • mothercruncher 16 Nov 2020 17:24:00 18,315 posts
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    I think I happened across just such a video once 😚
  • Vortex808 17 Nov 2020 11:20:03 14,282 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    I got a pair of the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headphones a couple of months ago. Pretty impressed with them so far, good sound and very comfortable.
    Rightio, I've gone with these, ordered and should arrive next week. Hope they are as god as the other TB headsets I've had, or I'll grumping at you! ;-)
    Picked these up today, they seem pretty good so far tbh, nice sound and light nd comfy.

    I have just updated the firmware on them using the TB updating program which was nice and easy. Linking them to xbox was easy, the only thing I can see is that occasionally they seem to switch the xbox on when I switch them on, since it obviously thinks any linked device is a controller or sign in/switch on event which is odd. I'll either get used to it, or I'm doing something wrong!

    :-D
  • paulboy81 17 Nov 2020 15:24:59 384 posts
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    Some in-stock on Very.co.uk now...
  • Switch-v85 17 Nov 2020 23:37:31 4,203 posts
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    Played a couple of hours of Halo MCC in 120fps this evening and it was pretty great. Much more noticeable than in something like Ori where it didnít seem to make much difference. With the constant planning of the camera in Halo you can really feel it.
  • timur 19 Nov 2020 20:07:03 40 posts
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    I'm toying with the notion of getting one of these but I'm not sure how good a fit it would be for me as I have an ageing PC that would probably still outperform this in most ways (Skylake i5, Vega 56, 16GiB of RAM so more than this) and MS have committed to all their first party stuff coming to PC too. And I have a Switch. And yet, what a delightful looking machine - not since the GameCube have we had a console that looks this good.
  • Psiloc 23 Nov 2020 13:57:17 5,803 posts
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    Xbox Series S looking like a decent emulation machine, and you can set it up today using the official Dev Mode app. All official as far as Xbox is concerned, no re-flashing or voided warranties or anything.
  • Psiloc 23 Nov 2020 14:00:43 5,803 posts
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    Seems to run everything up to and including Wii/Gamecube
  • Crea 24 Nov 2020 17:09:59 35 posts
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    Is anyone seeing crap download speeds on grabbing stuff from game pass?

    I'm wired into my home network and struggling to get to 10Mbs download, when any other device on my network (PC, PS4 Pro, etc) is easily 5-6 times that speed during downloads.

    Somewhat taking the shine off the idea of experimenting with game pass when the things are 80Gb in size and will take 12 hours to grab. Not the gaming sampling buffet I was hoping for!
  • Malek86 24 Nov 2020 17:29:54 11,183 posts
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    Seems that the console will limit download speeds if there's any game or app open, even if it's only running in the background. Strange idea, but the PS4 was like that too.

    If you have anything suspended, quit it first.
  • Malek86 24 Nov 2020 18:17:35 11,183 posts
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    Ubisoft confirmed that Rainbow Six will be receiving its upgrade on December 1st.

    https://news.ubisoft.com/en-us/article/6vbxn1d6GsDMjqKHL4Z9Im/rainbow-six-siege-launches-on-ps5-and-xbox-series-x--s-on-december-1

    Can't see it on the English page, but on the Italian page it's said that the game runs at 4K60 or dynamic 4K120 on PS5/XSX, and 1728p60 or 1080p120 on XSS. Of course, it's all "up to". Probably not locked framerate.

    But the PS5 is getting 120fps too, so it sounds like a proper next-gen patch. And the game is on Game Pass, so I might just try it out.
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