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Comment Re:Then why get a console? (Score 5, Insightful) 214

It obviously doesn't occur to them that lots of former PC gamers turned to consoles specifically to get away from yearly hardware upgrades. This is a very anti-console move by Microsoft, indeed.

It might be good news for Sony, at least in the short term, but I'm afraid it's bad news for most console gamers.

Comment Re:I Love them both (Score 1) 200

I have a Yotaphone 2 and yes, a 7 inch or 8 inch version of that might solve all my remaining problems (no more juggling with e-Readers and tablets depending on the type of content, copying excerpts from ebooks into a word processor and so on, not to forget reading Slashdot comments on e-Ink). Yotaphone is capable of doing those things, of course, but you can hardly beat better screen size.

Comment Re:Amazon App tablets let you app apps! (Score 2) 200

I recently purchased one and it's great. I still prefer my Sony Reader for reading on the train and my 8" tablet for PDFs, but then I've only just begun to explore what the Yotaphone can do.

What it already does better than the Sony: it lets me read RSS feeds on e-Ink, and when I stumble upon multi-coloured graphics or photos in an EPUB, I can just flip it over and look at that on the OLED screen. Perfect!

It needs a lot more developers' love, though, because you do need specialized apps for displaying web content. The built in browser (Chrome and Firefox do the same, FWIW) just mirrors websites onto the e-Ink display, which makes them display all grayscale and washed out, just like the browser on the Sony Reader does. I'm still looking for a convenient way to read slashdot comments on e-Ink.

Comment Re:How do I hide this Apple Advertisement? (Score 1) 508

"Hey Siri, call [enter expensive service number]", or "Hey Siri, stop taking this video and delete it", or "Hey Siri, switch to front camera", or, finally, "Hey Siri, shut down immediately / go to sleep / do a full wipe and factory reset."

Oh, the possible fun at the office...

Disclaimer: I'm perfectly aware that most of this stuff won't work, probably, as the developers won't be that stupid. On the other hand: imagine the mayhem shortly after songwriters start putting those lines into radio friendly songs.

Comment Re:DIE GAME DIE (Score 1) 88

This is not console design, it is lazy design. They just couldn't bother to add a backpack mechanism like in Borderlands, which is a console game all the same and it lets the player hot swap four weapons at a time. Every (major) console controller has more than enough buttons to allow for a well designed interface.

Previous comments tell me that Bungie introduced this with the Halo series (I never played Halo, so I wouldn't know), Insomniac's Resistance does this as well, so I guess somebody who makes these kinda decisions thought that both these series sold as well as they did BECAUSE of this 'feature', and not in spite of it. My point: if FPS/RPG hybrids like Borderlands and the Fallout series allow you to carry guns, lots of guns with you at all times within a console game, there is no plausible reason why aforementioned generic FPS games shouldn't. I'm playing both DNF and Resistance 2 right now, and this unnecessary restriction annoys the poo out of me.

Comment Re:"Family" Sharing (Score 1) 581

[...] for me the ability to buy a single copy of a game and share it between all ~5 xbox users I know will be a lot more useful.

My guess is you're reading too much into that feature, that won't be how it is going to work. No more than one person will be able to play a shared game at any given moment, so no multiplayer co-op or combat, and no achievements for anyone but the owner, scrap that, the licensee, plus a lot more of similarly arbitrary restrictions.

Comment Re:Thanks for making it easy MS. (Score 0) 581

Still, the WiiU is current gen, not next gen, and I'm not interested in the Nintendo games portfolio, like, at all. If Sony pulls another Microsoft with the PS4, I'll stick with my PS3 and the already huge stack of games I still haven't played, most of which I happily *own* (the rest being lots of freebies via Playstation Plus). Even if I'd stop buying games right now, I'd be good for at least two more years.

I might make use of those years by carefully judging what system to get next. What with the next gen of consoles being highly specialized gaming PCs anyway, it's all converging on the return of PC gaming, or at least it looks that way at the moment.

Comment Re:The average Slashdotter . . . (Score 1) 196

Is everyone forgetting that Sony has had Android powered smartwatches available for quite some time now? It's not exactly rocket science, and anyway, who on earth wants to do smart things on a 1" screen? ;) Wake me as soon as someone starts selling a wrist-holder for my Galaxy Note II, so that I can turn it into a Pipboy 3000...

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