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#61 phantom   Moderators   -  Reputation: 7317

Posted 29 September 2013 - 08:33 AM

While I see WHY they did it I'm still not convinced how this is going to work in practise, at least not for all games.

Yeah, if playing PC games on a couch, I'd probably still choose to stack up a pile of text books next to me and put a mouse pad on top of them, and a keyboard on my lap laugh.png


I just tend to play mouse/keyboard games at my desk and then a selection of control pad type games sat on the sofa using my TV... of course my PC is about a foot away from my TV and always connected so that makes life easy for me ;)

Regarding the typical 4 buttons under the right thumb... in theory you could still configure the controller to act as 4 buttons because it's all software/touch driven... but, 4 "virtual"/touch buttons like that would be pretty pitiful compared to real buttons. They'd need 4 bumps around that outer circle at least so you could feel your way to each "button"...


I considered that but then realised you'd lose the 'look' stick... unless the look stick was the middle and the buttons were on the outside but that just feels like it could be awkward...

I too feel that it looks to be worse than a 360 controller, and also worse than a mouse/keyboard -- a horrible bastard of both... but we'll just have to wait and see. As a developer, I might still buy one simply to add support for it biggrin.png


heh, yeah, if it got popular enough and I got my arse in gear and, ya know, did something in my spare time (at the end of 4 days off, 2 of which due to illness, and I've done NOTHING! *chuckles*) I'd be tempted to get one for the same reason.

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#62 FGFS   Members   -  Reputation: 196

Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:51 AM

Curious on how this will turn out together with AMD Mantle.

 

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-mantle-api-xbox-one-playstation-4-john-carmack,24434.html



#63 phantom   Moderators   -  Reputation: 7317

Posted 01 October 2013 - 03:37 AM

Everyone says that and the answer is likely to be it'll make bugger all difference unless you happen to have an AMD card and are running a game which supports Mantle - otherwise SteamOS is just going to use OpenGL as it currently will.

Edit: Also the general misunderstanding/assumptions and down right made up shit about Mantle at this point down right hilarious.. biggrin.png

Edited by phantom, 01 October 2013 - 03:43 AM.


#64 Alpha_ProgDes   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4688

Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:06 PM

That's controller does not inspire confidence. And I've used touchpads controllers before (they had them for the SNES). Terrible experience.


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#65 SimonForsman   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 6121

Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:12 PM

That's controller does not inspire confidence. And I've used touchpads controllers before (they had them for the SNES). Terrible experience.


These are special though: http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20130930


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#66 Alpha_ProgDes   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4688

Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:55 PM

 

That's controller does not inspire confidence. And I've used touchpads controllers before (they had them for the SNES). Terrible experience.

 

These are special though: http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/

 

 

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#67 FGFS   Members   -  Reputation: 196

Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:37 AM

If I read correctly:

 

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse#announcements/detail/2145128928746175450

 

I'll be able to stream from my new PC to a TV? I've a very powerful, new pc hence I might only buy a 3D, HD, flatscreen TV as my current is

~10 years old. Well maybe I also buy:

http://www.oculusvr.com/

 

Anyone playing 3D games on TV? Cool?



#68 phantom   Moderators   -  Reputation: 7317

Posted 05 October 2013 - 02:18 AM

Not direct to your TV; you'll need a PC of some description to deal with the streaming, it just won't need to be high powered.

#69 FGFS   Members   -  Reputation: 196

Posted 05 November 2013 - 12:42 AM

More details on the hardware:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/4/5063760/we-try-the-steam-machine-valves-video-game-console-of-the-future



#70 Madhed   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2993

Posted 05 November 2013 - 05:11 PM

I tried to get into the f***ng steam beta group. But I just couldn't get my sixaxis controller to work ingame. Damn!



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:46 PM

I tried to get into the f***ng steam beta group. But I just couldn't get my sixaxis controller to work ingame. Damn!

 

I got my account entered into it, but my chances of actually being selected are... 270 (the number of beta consoles they are handing out to candidates) out of "421,843 eligible beta candidates".

That only gives me a 0.0006% of getting in, so don't bother feeling too jealous. dry.png


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#72 Madhed   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2993

Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:04 PM


don't bother feeling too jealous

 

Say that again when you receive your SteamBox. tongue.png



#73 FGFS   Members   -  Reputation: 196

Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:55 AM

If SteamOS will be a full Linux distro based on Ubuntu, I might well move to that. I'm sick of the silly Nvidia driver install/update on Ubuntu.



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 12:24 AM

Steam machines are coming.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTU2MTM



#75 SimonForsman   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 6121

Posted 11 January 2014 - 12:39 AM

If SteamOS will be a full Linux distro based on Ubuntu, I might well move to that. I'm sick of the silly Nvidia driver install/update on Ubuntu.

its a stripped down linux distro based on Debian, (Allthough you can add the debian or ubuntu repositories if you want to install more stuff)


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