Not sure if I’m alone in this, but the thing I look forward the most with every new game console is the control pad. Of all the parts it’s obviously the part that I’ll be touching the most.
The PS4 controller was introduced a while ago and I was somewhat underwhelmed. The LED on the back looks quite cool and it has a tiny touch pad, but its shape is not something I find attractive.
The new Xbox One controller on the other hand looks pretty smooth. Can’t wait to hold it.
To be clear, I’ve always liked the looks of Xbox controllers better than the ones that came with the Playstations, but preferred the feel and technology of the Sony manufactured devices. Especially the d-pad of all past Xbox consoles was absolutely horrendous, ruling out any chance of me playing a fighting game on the Xbox. The new pad however looks perfect, with its cross design (compared to the circular shape from the past).
Like I mentioned earlier I was looking into buying a computer. During the Christmas holiday (smart move, not) I decided to actually place the order. The components arrived last friday.
# Product Prijs Subtotaal 1 Intel Core i5 3570K Boxed € 203,90 € 203,90 1 Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H € 104,50 € 104,50 1 Club3D Radeon HD 7870 royalKing € 208,89 € 208,89 1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST1000DM003, 1TB € 64,99 € 64,99 1 Fractal Design Core 1000 € 30,89 € 30,89 1 Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (OEM) 64bit € 124,- € 124,- 1 Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Low Profile € 41,90 € 41,90 1 LG GH24NS90 Zwart € 16,20 € 16,20 1 XFX Pro 550W € 54,50 € 54,50 1 Samsung 840 series SSD 120GB € 88,- € 88,- Totaal € 937,77
Instead of a regular ATX motherboard and case I went with the much smaller micro-ATX form factor. The system I ended up with is quite tiny; it fits neatly behind a cabinet.
Windows 8 both pleases and disappoints. It’s lighting fast running from SSD and Metro really does look nice. Switching between Metro and the Desktop however, is not that great.
I was worried that the configuration I went with didn’t pack enough of a punch to run new games at the highest visual settings, but Metro 2033, Witcher 2 and some other games I threw at it were no problem. Which is awesome.
My Xbox Live subscription expired this week. The 6th of December to be precise. Unlike many years before I didn’t even look into renewing it this time.
There are two reasons for that. One is that I just didn’t use it that much this year; I think Modern Warfare 3 was the last game I played online. The other is that I’m just too content with Playstation Plus. Not that it’s a problem to have both at the same time, but since Playstation Plus (and my PS3’s 500GB HD upgrade) I’ve been using my Xbox less and less. Mainly because Playstation Plus has made it super easy to statisfy my gaming hobby.
I like collecting video games. I like looking at the boxes they come in and storing them in cabinets. Before Playstation Plus (and the Humble Bundle) I had trouble adapting to digital-only games. There just wasn’t an advantage for me. Games would cost about the same and there was no way to put them in cabinets and look at them.
Now with Playstation Plus I just get a bunch of free games every month. I don’t like all of them, but they are practically forced into my collection. And apparently that worked. It changed me. I have no problem buying games and just getting a code or download link anymore. I think I might even prefer digital to physical copies..
I have been planning to buy a new computer (not a Mac). To play games on and maybe start some Windows projects for Danger Cove. I’m having a hard time to just go ahead and purchase the components though. This is the list I’ve been staring at for a few weeks now.
# Product Prijs Subtotaal 1 Intel Core i5 3570K Boxed € 204,90 € 204,90 1 MSI Z77A-G45 € 99,90 € 99,90 1 Club3D Radeon HD 7870 royalKing € 208,- € 208,- 1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST1000DM003, 1TB € 65,45 € 65,45 1 Antec Three Hundred Two € 57,95 € 57,95 1 Sharkoon SATA III standard (100cm) € 3,35 € 3,35 1 Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (OEM) € 125,95 € 125,95 1 Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600 € 10,95 € 10,95 1 Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Low Profile € 35,99 € 35,99 1 LG GH24NS90 Zwart € 16,09 € 16,09 1 Corsair Enthusiast TX650 V2 € 81,51 € 81,51 1 Samsung 840 series 120GB € 93,50 € 93,50 Totaal € 1.003,54