E3 2013 - Sony Press Conference Roundup

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 6:57 AM
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It was a late start for Sony today - one wag on Twitter suggested they were perhaps downloading and installing a conferencing update. On top of that, their live streaming was a bit laggy. But listen to this, gamers – by the time you've taken in all they had to offer, you're going to want a PS4.

Wow, eh? But let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Should we even just be talking about the PS4? Microsoft made a point of talking about the 360's remaining development cycle. Surely the PS3 should get the same treatment? And what of the Vita? Well, read on...

SCEA President and CEO. Jack Tretton, had a lot to smile about. And smile he did as, just like Microsoft, he allowed the older generation of machines their moment in the sun before bringing out his big PS4 guns. The Vita – hardly really 'last gen' seeing as it's only about a year old – is getting a new episode of the Walking Dead coming to, along with exclusive bonus content. It's a solid choice of title to keep the hardware going due to its rampant popularity, but the Sony Vita love doesn't end there. The Vita is going to be a companion device for the PS4, with software crossing between the platforms. No doubt we'll be hearing more in depth on this soon.

Games Galore

But on to the games. A huge montage of fine games from throughout the years appeared on the gigantic monitors in the auditorium, and there, in pride of place, was James Pond II: Robocod. So awesome. Whoever put that image together deserves a pat on the back for his respect for the old school classics. As for games releasing in the near future, we saw a little more of The Last of Us, coming of course to the PS3 soon, and the pretty and imaginative Rain, which will release this Autumn. Beyond: Two Souls seems to be shaping up nicely, with a great-looking action and a solid story on which to hang the game. Gran Turismo 6 has a new physics engine, and even new tyre and suspension models. The new graphics engine makes everything look damn pretty for what we're going to inevitably start calling last-gen tech, but that's what you get with GT – beautiful graphics. Jack Tretton certainly seemed to like it, still grinning away, bless him.

And here it is! The new Batman game we're all waiting for. Arkham Origins. The villainous Black Mask has posted a 50 million dollar bounty on Batman's pointy-eared head, so everyone's gunning for him even more than usual. Some of the detective mode and fighting stuff from the previous games is back, of course. Oh, and so is the Joker, naturally. Arkham Origins will hit the PS3 on the 25th of October this year. Playstation 4 fans will have access to the classic 1960s Batman TV show character skin, and I'm not ashamed to say it gave me nerd-wood.

Everybody already knows that GTA V will be out on the PS3 as well, and that sort of rounded up the final basket of goodies for the old faithful. So long, PS3! We loved you! But now, on to the PS4.

And just look at the beast! It is a pretty nice design - like the kind of games consoles the bad guys in Dishonoured might have. It also looks a little slanted, A bit shiny, a bit matt... and there are perhaps a few similarities with the new Xbox One. If you get both, make sure to stick labels on them to tell them apart.

Sony Entertainment Network is the non-gaming side of it all. Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited will offer all manner of clever streaming tools from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Flixster and so on. It seems that they've really cashed in on the fact that, well, you know – they're Sony. And they can do this sort of thing, and partner with pretty much whoever they like.

But let's get on with the games! Of the 20 games Sony Worldwide Studios are putting out in the first year of the PS4's life, 12 are new IPs. That's a healthy proportion of new ideas coming to the PS4 in the near future, and it's an exciting example of what Sony are aiming to do.

The successful developers over at Ready at Dawn studios are the first to debut a new game, named The Order – 1886. Set in a reimagined Victorian London, it has a strong visual aesthetic vaguely reminiscent of Dishonored (I wonder if they all have PS4s?). Cool weapons, vaguely-discernable enemies, and a steampunk feel round out the rest of the trailer, which doesn't have any gameplay footage but gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect.

In Development

Next, it's a couple of updates for titles we already knew were in development. The first couple of short trailers were a bit lukewarm, to be honest. Killzone: Shadow Fall, it must be said, is looking like a pretty straight up and down shooter, and the Driveclub demo shows you pretty much nothing beyond - guess what? It's a driving game. Both will be released with the PS4 launch.

inFAMOUS: Second Son is a tale about brotherly rivalry set in a futuristic Seattle. The polish that we're coming to expect from the next-gen is visible. And for a game about edgy characters changing the world in Seattle, you'd really rather expect a Nirvana soundtrack, wouldn't you? Infamous will release in Q1 2014.

Next, Knack looks like a relatively straightforward 3D platformer, if you discount the giant monsters. Actually, most 3D platformers have those too, these days. Once again, it'll release with the PS4.

Supergiant Games, who brought you the huge hit Bastion, have a new game out for the PS4, named Transistor. It comes out early next year. It appears to be an isometric and sometimes 2D platformer that's big on creative style. It's all up at E3 this year too, so no doubt we'll hear more about it tomorrow. Sony aren't hogging all the action, though – Indie developers will be able to self-publish content for PS4 as well. Sony's new thing is to be the most open and welcoming console. I'm feeling all fuzzy! But in all seriousness, they really do seem to mean it this time, as you'll see later.

There are some other indie titles appearing, a goodly number of which found happy homes on the PC. Clay Entertainment are bringing Don't Starve to the PS4, Young Horses will port Octodad over as well. And Switchblade Monkeys have Secret Ponchos. I know, that's just a brilliantly strange-sounding sentence, isn't it?

Square Enix, though. I mean, wow. They stole the show for me game-wise, with Final Fantasy. Now the naming's all got a bit confusing: What used to be Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been renamed Final Fantasy XV. And it looks amazing. Really incredible. Now that is how you showcase a game, my friends. The main character is so lifelike, it's hard to wrap your head around. It's about as big a jump from the last gen as I've seen so far.

Square Enix also showed us Kingdom Hearts II, the weird Janese-Disneyland mashup that shouldn't work but does. While not the quantum leap that we saw in FFXV, it's still a pretty enough looking platformer.

Now let's all have a look at Assassin's Creed: Black Flag again, shall we? Aveline, from Assassin's Creed III: Liveration on the Vita, is now a playable character in Black Flag on the PS4. The actual gameplay footage we saw was the usual incredible, inspiring stuff we've come to expect from Black Flag, and AC games in general, really. Set in the year 1717, the action takes place on land and at sea, stealthily and in an action sequence, and it all blends together flawlessly. This is one anyone who's ever worn a tricorner hat is going to want to pick up, for sure.

Watch Dogs

Next, Jonathan Morin trots out on the stage. Who? Well, he's only the Creative Director for Watch Dogs, and therefore one of the most important people in gaming at the moment. It looks like he's going to tell us how to define next gen at first, but no – actually, he's just going to tell us that there are countless ways to define it. Which is the same as not actually saying anything, really. But who cares? All we're really interested in is game footage. The Chicago PD are closing in on our hero, but he's not sweating it – he's cruising the streets in a fancy sedan. The radio chatter is reminiscent of GTA's cops, however there seems to be more of a stealth-driving approach. Hiding his car in a disused lot, he creeps out through a coffee shop. The trailer is filled with the usual wonderful tech-wizadry that is making this still, a year after it was first announced, one of the most eagerly anticipated upcoming titles. And the PS4 gets an additional hour of exclusive gameplay and extra togs for the protagonist Aiden Pearce.

On to sports, and while the name NBA2K14 looks like a really secure password, the game itself looks pretty tight. Is it better-looking than NBA Live 14? Well, you'll have to look at them yourself and decide. It's a tough call.

Bethesda's Elder Scrolls Online is coming to the PS4, too, in Spring 2014. The PS4 is getting the exclusive beta for Elder Scrolls online! That's going to ruffle some feathers in the PC camp, no doubt, but it's just another part of the red carpet treatment it's beginning to feel like Sony are giving their fans.

Next, it's a world premier of a new Mad Max game. The demo doesn't really give a lot away, but it does suggest a certain sense of humour. None of it is in-game footage, so we're not really sure what to actually expect from the game itself.

The last game we got to see was Destiny from Bungie and Activision. While the rusty, abandoned future-Earth of the game looks prettier at a distance than it does up-close, it does look amazing at long distance. The lighting is fabulous, the level design looks incredibly complicated, and the Fallen, the inevitable bad guys, look like some kind of instectoid supervillains, complete with capes. It all feels like it's been influenced slightly by Warhammer 40,000. At the end of the trailer, far off, in the distance, some masonry crumbles in an epic manner, thus proving once and for all that it's a next-gen title. It's out some time in 2014.

There are over 140 titles in development for the PS4, and more than 100 will have a release date in the first 12 months. And the Playstation 4 supports used games! It shouldn't be a big announcement, but it is. The audience went wild at this announcement. It's good to see the businessmen and the gamers seeing eye-to-eye. This is a popular move - let's hope it lasts. PS4 CD-based games don't need an internet connection to play single-player. It's a pretty open policy, like they claimed earlier. Good on them. PS4 is serious about cloud-based gaming as well, unsurprisingly. The cloud gaming service will provide PS3, PS4 and Vita fans with a huge catalogue of PS3 games that are streamed from the cloud.

And last, but not least, the all-important number: $399.00 for the PS4 in the USA, and 399.00 Euros or 349.00 GBP in the Olde Worlde. Which, as I'm sure you've already noticed, is a lot less than Microsoft want for their console.

The first round has well and truly gone to Sony in this battle. What a great show!

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14:47 Jun-13-2013

Will ps4 finally release all games in 1080p at 60 fps ? :P

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17:08 Jun-13-2013

That's up to the developers, but it would certainly be capable of doing just that, with the most games of course. There's always a chance that a developer decides to make the game so graphically beautiful, so that it has to be a constant 30 FPS instead of 60 fps, but that would happen within the first few years.. at least that is what i believe.

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01:03 Jun-15-2013

I hope the PS4 can play games in 1080p at 60FPS that would be a hell of a console.

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01:04 Jun-15-2013

Its running a 7850, so I think its a safe bet that it will.

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09:44 Jun-15-2013

it's not running 7850 as it uses integrated APU :))

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14:20 Jun-15-2013

With a GPU that performs the same as a 7850, I was equating what it has to a 7850 because that's easier.

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18:35 Jun-15-2013

I doubt the performance will be anywhere close :P

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18:37 Jun-15-2013

It is though. The PS4 GPU puts out about 1.84 TLOPS in performance, the 7850 is about 1.76.

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18:41 Jun-15-2013

TFLOPS is a tricky way to compare performance:
"In computing, FLOPS (also flops, for FLoating-point Operations Per Second, or flop/s) is a measure of computer performance, especially in fields of scientific calculations that make heavy use of floating-point calculations, similar to the older, simpler, instructions per second."
it doesn't show the actual performance in games :Đ

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18:50 Jun-15-2013

No, but it does give a raw compute performance measurement. It doesn't directly equate to gaming performance, but it does give a fairly good approximation.

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20:54 Jun-12-2013

How does my rig fair against new consoles? :)

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12:19 Jun-13-2013

1st thing HOW in the Hell did you manage 50% Overclock. 2nd yeah your Rig seems powerful enough to handle most games.

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12:52 Jun-13-2013

50% is big but its not overboard, there are companies that sell pc's with cpus clocked at 5ghz with very basic liquid cooling. With a good cooler I couldn't imagine a 50% being all that hard.

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19:32 Jun-13-2013

3.4x1.5=5.1. Yeah no Big deal.

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04:23 Jun-14-2013

50% overclocked? its very possible, but is it save for everyday gaming?

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08:55 Jun-14-2013

Man yeah. But is he doing Liquid Nitrogen Cooling. If yes then it is totally plausible.

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01:05 Jun-15-2013

You should verified your Rig.

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16:44 Jun-12-2013

I might get an FX-8350 just to be sure that my rig smashes the new consoles :P

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16:55 Jun-12-2013

yeah you should, you have got a huge bottleneck right now.

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17:27 Jun-12-2013

it is definitely considerable, but not huge. if i were in jdsjoel's place, id wait for next fx series cpu

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21:01 Jun-12-2013

Yeah i was thinking of waiting because i still get 100% usage out of my GPU in most of the games i play and even if i don't my rig still destroys them :P

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01:06 Jun-15-2013

I hope my motherboard support the new FX CPU.

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04:37 Jun-12-2013

So how does my rig stack up against the PS4/ XBox One?

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07:15 Jun-12-2013

You CPU is most likely better than both Xbox One's and PS4's but the gpu in them has said to be near a 7850, so your gpu isn't as powerful as PS4's or Xbox one's

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08:17 Jun-12-2013

your rig is better :Đ

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12:07 Jun-12-2013

From what I hear, it's not too different from the consoles. Your gpu is slightly under what they're using I think, but you will still most likely be able to run any games that come out within the next few years. :) At what settings I can't really say, as I haven't been able to find any official gpu specs for the consoles, but there's certainly nothing to worry about.

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15:44 Jun-12-2013

Well I plan to get a 7870 XT, so how would it fair with that dropped in?

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16:54 Jun-12-2013

I wouldnt recommend a gpu upgrade now, not worth it at the moment :D

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16:57 Jun-12-2013

hmm 7870XT is a "poor" HD7950 with 256bit memory bus, it will be far more effective for fullHD resolution compared to your HD7770

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18:03 Jun-12-2013

I'm waiting for sale prices to drop on the 600 series, but I'm eyeballing the XT as its a good bang for buck. If a 660 ti/ 670 were in that 250-300$ range it'd be great :)

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18:12 Jun-12-2013

don't forget it's HD7950 which is similar to GTX660Ti =Đ

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20:03 Jun-12-2013

Yeah, just get a HD7950 (I've got one!), it's a great card and it's in your price range. :)

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20:23 Jun-12-2013

and has same bus width as GTX780 :Đ

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00:08 Jun-13-2013

:/ I hadn't really considered the 7950. How is a 7950 vs 670/680 in terms of real world performance?

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02:03 Jun-13-2013

670 is an amazing card, trust me, I have one.

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15:25 Jun-13-2013

in terms of real performance HD7970 is similar to GTX670

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19:29 Jun-11-2013

399 euros and 399 US dollars? seriously? i know there is a tax difference, but this is stealing! anyways, its price is much better than the xbox's and pretty reasonable for what it gives. i was expecting something like 449-499

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21:22 Jun-11-2013

my thoughts exactly, but I don't care since I will not be buying any of those =Đ

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16:45 Jun-11-2013

The console itself doesn't look that great, and with a GPU similar to the 7870, I better stick with PC

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17:29 Jun-11-2013

It actually isn't close to a 7870, the GPU is barely more powerful than a 7850. The PS4 GPU makes about 1.84 TFLOPS, and the 7850 makes 1.76 TFLOPS. The 7870 is like 2.56 TFLOPS.

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17:39 Jun-11-2013

well, looking at wiki explanation of FLOPS PS4 can play a dirty game and just make some gimmick (such as 4GB vram or so..)

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14:25 Jun-11-2013

do i need to have ps+ to play online? cause is so i dont mind its just wierd to me
they said that the psn will allways be free so do i need to have + to play online?

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14:28 Jun-11-2013

good question;
they said that you'll enjoy all the features online play with ps+
which should NOT mean you cannot play online at all without ps+

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14:43 Jun-11-2013

Well you can be online, go on the internet, search youtube, use Netflix and almost everything without a Plus Subscription. But for PLAYING games online you need PS Plus. Everything else will work without a subscription.

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14:49 Jun-11-2013

hmm weird, guess we'll have to wait for the final release to be 100% sure =Đ

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15:43 Jun-11-2013

Just check the new article from Symphona on GD. It is true what i say.

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14:48 Jun-11-2013

are you sure about this? cause it seems odd to me

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15:53 Jun-11-2013

It is true. On PS4 you will have to be a Plus member to access online multiplayer in games. However, you can still use online apps like Netflix or Youtube and do all the other things you would expect from normal PSN without paying for a Plus subscription.

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13:37 Jun-11-2013

Only 399 € ? That's awesomee

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13:44 Jun-11-2013

quite weird it's also 399$ O.o ...€ and $ is different :P

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13:47 Jun-11-2013

Comes with the new design maybe :D

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14:45 Jun-11-2013

The reason for it to be both 399 $ and € is the fact that there is more tax in europe than USA, which means it is just that bit more expensive here. Like it is with everything.

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13:33 Jun-11-2013

sony killed it microsoft done!

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13:45 Jun-11-2013

call the ambulance...wiiuuu wiiiuuu wiiiuuu

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19:05 Jun-14-2013

LOL +1

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19:42 Jun-14-2013

WII U??? if that's what you meant. then that's pretty badass!!!! =DDDDDD

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20:18 Jun-14-2013

yea, that was very dirty badass trick by me, seems you're first who noticed it :Đ

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13:05 Jun-11-2013

Sony just crushed microsoft.

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13:06 Jun-11-2013

Yeah in many ways yes, but design......

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12:49 Jun-11-2013

Xbox one= Bold
Ps4= Italic
Wii U= Comic Sans (I honestly never had anything against comic sans)

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13:01 Jun-11-2013

RIP XBOX ONE.......WIIU WIIIU WIIU WIIIU ×Đ ×Đ

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Yipeeeee Wii

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12:43 Jun-11-2013

I'm gonna buy this monster. But I will not throw my PS3.

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12:41 Jun-11-2013

well the box looks... box-like...

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12:24 Jun-11-2013

the model from the fake teaser trailer is better that this... but then again... it's the capability that counts... better than the Xbox One

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11:51 Jun-11-2013

Wow, so ESO IS coming to console... Epic. And I wouldn't complain about the BETA exclusive even if I wasn't a PS fan, as BethSoft seem to have left out the PS fans in previous games, giving all of the attention to PC and Xbox, so it's good to see them addressing their previous failures. Can't wait, and the PS4 itself looks incredible, if a bit wonky.

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10:51 Jun-11-2013

After reading this and other research i have decided that if i do get a next gen console it will be the PS4.

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10:54 Jun-11-2013

If i had a rig such as yours i would only buy them for console exclusives anyhow.

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12:47 Jun-11-2013

Me to I will just buy PS4 exclusive games. I have already a powerful Rig.

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12:51 Jun-11-2013

How are those 7990s?

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13:25 Jun-11-2013

Still play games at Ultimate settings without lag that i can say.

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10:41 Jun-11-2013

Yeah it's cheap, but how much will games be? and extra controllers...

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10:34 Jun-11-2013

XBOX One but in Italic..

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10:19 Jun-11-2013

look at these : http://tinyurl.com/oy7bmgf
they got idea from this lol!

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Very very awkward shape, and I thought only Xbox went haywire in the hardware design aspect.

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Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Radeon HD 6670 v2 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Core i3-1005G1 2-Core 1.20GHz UHD Graphics 630 4GB
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i5-10400F 6-Core 2.90GHz Radeon RX 560 4GB 16GB
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 5600 XT Gigabyte Gaming OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
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Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3060 16GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Radeon RX 470 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Asus ROG STRIX Gaming 6GB 16GB
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Ryzen 5 3400G 4-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
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Ryzen 7 3750H 4-Core 2.3 GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-6800K 6-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition 32GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte D5 2GB 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Gigabyte Windforce 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
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80% Yes [5 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 720p
APU A8-7410 Quad-Core Radeon R5 7410 8GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
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