Load up Radeon Software 19.1.2 before you hop in your Javelin

AMD sent us an e-mail to remind us of its Raise the Game Fully Loaded bundle, which gets you The Division 2, Devil May Cry 5, and the Resident Evil 2 re-make for free when you buy a Radeon RX 590 (or faster) graphics card, or a PC so-equipped. That's pretty cool, but the more interesting part of that e-mail was the bit where AMD told us that Radeon Software version 19.1.2 is out.

By the way, the RE2 Remake is absolutely amazing.

The latest Radeon driver brings game-specific support for Tropico 6, the aforementioned Resident Evil 2 re-make, and the "VIP Demo" of Anthem that's happening this weekend. If you're keen to try Bioware's new powered armor-centric looter shooter, Origin Access subscribers and pre-order customers can jump in this weekend to try it out—at least, if the servers come back up. Otherwise, just wait until next weekend (February 1-3) when there's an open beta for any and all.

Anthem. Not Destiny. Really!

Radeon Software 19.1.2 fixes a number of issues, most notably one where some displays would experience a black screen on reboot until the display is power cycled. Rocket League should stop flickering in FreeSync mode. Radeon Settings should stop suggesting a driver update when there isn't one, and it also shouldn't crash when you refresh the Upgrade Advisor repeatedly. Radeon Settings should also get installed no matter what you select in a custom installation from now on.

That Battlefield V bug. Yep, that's pretty annoying. Image: EA

However, uninstalling Radeon Software may not actually remove Radeon Settings. That problem with the character outlines getting stuck on screen in Battlefield V is still hanging around. Similarly, even though AMD said it fixed the "mouse lag with multiple displays connected and one turned off" issue in 19.1.1, it's actually found its way back onto the known issues list. Display pixel format settings and HDMI underscan settings may not hang around after a system restart, while custom WattMan settings may not apply correctly on RX Vega cards. Finally, Radeon ReLive may capture videos with inverted colors.

If you're afraid we've missed something, you can hit up the release notes for yourself to check. Alternatively, just grab the new driver from AMD's download site, or post in the comments below about how much you hope Navi is good.

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    • Captain Ned
    • 10 months ago

    Javelin? Like this?

    [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/j0xk42wpunrz8ze/Javelin.jpg?dl=0[/url<]

      • chuckula
      • 10 months ago

      Nice try Nvidia, but I can totally tell the raytracing in that scene is fake. RTX FTL.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 10 months ago

        It’s like pre-revenue startups seeking capital from VCs with projected revenue and promises of returns. RTX is a total fail.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 10 months ago

    From the “known issues” section of their update notes:

    “Mouse lag or system slowdown is observed for extended periods of time with two or more displays connected and one display switched off.”

    Unfortunately this is causing a big problem for me. It’s not just when one display is switched off, either.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 10 months ago

      Try disabling HDCP. That resolved it for some folks awhile back.

    • Krogoth
    • 10 months ago

    Needs more gorilla glue.

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 10 months ago

    Just get an Xbox

      • auxy
      • 10 months ago

      Is this some kind of a joke?
      What is this? The laziest troll ever?
      There’s not even a hook in this bait! ;つД`)

        • sweatshopking
        • 10 months ago

        With keyboard and mouse support, hdr, as well as freesync, the Xbone x is a decent choice for many.

          • auxy
          • 10 months ago

          No. [list<][*<]Overall worse game experience with lower framerates and image quality than on a [url=https://pcpartpicker.com/list/TX4Htg<]comparably-priced gaming PC[/url<] [i<](note: includes 2 free brand-new AAA games)[/i<][/*<][*<]No mod support, can't edit game files to improve accessibility, fix bugs, or cheat, even in offline games[/*<][*<]KB+M support only extends to two games so far (Warframe and Fortnite), and many gaming keyboards don't actually work because they set up multiple input devices to support macro features that also do not work[/*<][*<]Still limited to your selection of Microsoft-approved gamepads, rather than being able to use Wii controllers, Playstation controllers, PC-specific controllers, trackballs, motion sensors, flightsticks, and any other input device you can possibly conceive on Windows[/*<][*<]Extremely limited control over display output formats: no 4:3 support, no 5:4 support, no 32:9 support in games and most games don't even support 21:9[/*<][*<]The XB1X (only, not XB1S or OG XB1) has support for native 120Hz output but there are not any games which can consistently or even frequently produce 120 FPS, even in 1080p[/*<][*<]No support for game-independent super-sampling except on previous-generation titles; no control over texture filtering modes; no Enhanced Sync/FastSync, nor even regular vsync control[/*<][*<]No support for HRTF because the CPUs are too slow for it[/*<][*<]Limited software library made up entirely of Microsoft-approved titles with no relevant exclusives (Halo MCC matchmaking is still broken and never worked)[/*<][*<]No capacity for non-gaming use despite being more than capable[/*<][*<]No way to unlock and run your own choice of operating system[/*<][*<]Multiple models with different capabilities, need for constant OS updates and game software title updates, inconsistent feature support from game to game means using the Xbox is only a hair less complicated than loading up a game on Steam or Galaxy[/*<][*<]Absolutely crap backward compatibility -- while the XB1X definitely has the best backward compatibility of any console this generation, it's still crap compared to any PC[/*<][*<]Buying one supports the Windows Store, which is a war crime[/*<][/list<] I could go on and on but I'll stop here.

            • sweatshopking
            • 10 months ago

            because i’m a sucker for replying to silly nonsense, i’ll answer these point by point
            – depends, some games yes, some games no. Also, once you factor in your windows license you’re almost 200 bucks over the cost of an xbox one x. That ain’t chump change, that’s roughly 40% higher (and that’s if you get your rebates. you’re also missing a controller or mouse and keyboard with that price you’ve linked). you’re also not getting 4k @ 30fps on a 580. good luck with Linux gaming, though it has improved, you can make most of your arguments against the xbox against Linux. That’s why you’re not running a steambox at home. cause it sucks.
            also, Xboxs come with free games.
            – most games doesn’t matter. some games on xbox include mod support.
            – yeah, but more is coming. i agree i look forward to this expanding.
            – and? most pc users use xbox controllers if they’re going to game for a reason. niche
            – sure, if you have a weird setup, don’t buy an xbox. niche
            – that’s true. most people don’t have 120hz screens. niche
            – almost nobody cares about game independent super-sampling. niche at best
            – what? the xbox One og, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X have had HRTF since 2017.
            [quote<] Xbox One and Xbox One S, Xbox One X supports Microsoft’s own in-house developed HRTF, as well as bit rate passthrough for audio, and features Dolby Atmos support. [/quote<] - yes. there are more games on pc. - non-gaming use? it's one of the most popular Netflix boxes, plex, music, etc. if you wanted to do your taxes on it you're sol though. - it's an appliance. - now choice in the market is a bad thing? feature support isn't inconsistent, graphical settings are. what do you mean by this? can you explain? - it plays games back to the first xbox. not sure what else you're looking for here. does it play every game ever made on the xbox platform? not yet, but in terms of ease of use i'll take it compared to a pc and the competition. - the windows store needs some work, but UWP, play anywhere, and cloud syncing is great. i own many play anywhere titles and i'll continue to purchase them since they're far and away better than any competing option. you've basically got a collection of incorrect data, misrepresentations, then a couple things that matter to niche users. I'm mainly a PC user, but the xbox one x is a perfectly legitimate purchase. to be clear, i don't own one.

            • auxy
            • 10 months ago

            Aw c’mon, at least make it a challenge for me. (。-`ω-)
            [list<][*<]You don't have to pay full price (or pay at all, strictly speaking!) for Windows. Just sayin'! ('ω') (Also in my defense I thought the Xbox One X was $599 not $499, but the extra hundred bucks is nothing compared to the extra value you get out of a PC.) You can't run Blender on an Xbox One![/*<][*<]You can do 4K @ 30 FPS on a 580. You can do 4K @ 60 FPS on an RX 580. You can even do 4K @ 120 FPS on a 580 in LOTS of titles. Ask RAGEPRO, he has my RX 580 and plays games in 4K. lol.[/*<][*<]Mod support is important for every game, even (or in some cases [i<]especially [/i<]) for games without official mod support. I scarcely play any game without mods. I even mod MMORPGs and other online games. Those are even some of the games I mod the MOST![/*<][*<]I looked forward to Xbox Avatar games expanding on the 360. It didn't. I looked forward to the Kinect being used in creative ways in games. It wasn't. I looked forward to Windows Phone taking over the mobile market. It didn't. Microsoft has one of the worst track records for abandoning promising features.[/*<][*<]Yes, definitely most users use Xbox controllers on Windows, because they [i<]didn't have a choice until recently.[/i<] Steam added support for configuring Playstation and Nintendo controllers because a huge portion of PC gamers [i<]would prefer NOT[/i<] to use Xbox controllers.[/*<][*<]Also RE: controllers, and also the next three points: "that's niche" isn't an argument. The Xbox can't do it, period. You spent $1400 on a fancy Samsung 32:9 display? Sorry, too bad. Also, a LOT more people are using Nvidia DSR/AMD VSR than you seem to realize.[/*<][*<]RE: HRTF, [url=https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/spatial-audio/<]this site[/url<] makes it clear that it's for Hololens, and that games don't actually use it. As far as Atmos, lol enjoy your 22Khz.[/*<][*<]"There are more games on PC" is like saying atomic blasts are noisy. This point alone is reason enough not to buy any game console.[/*<][*<]What about if I wanted to use this enormously powerful graphics chip to, I dunno, run CFD? Or what about if I wanted to use Blender? Or mine cryptocurrency? Or help out GIMPS? Or SETI? What if I wanted to compose and print a document? Paying $500 for a device that [i<]could[/i<] do all these things, but that actually can't because the manufacturer says you can't, is disgusting. It's criminal. It's awful! It should be illegal.[/*<][*<]It's not an appliance, though. It's only called that because Microsoft says so. You wouldn't buy a car that only runs on fuel from the manufacturer, would you? You wouldn't buy a coffee maker that refuses to start if you put tea in it, would you? You wouldn't buy a rifle that will only fire approved ammo, would you? Why you defend a computer that can only run approved software?[/*<][*<]In terms of ease of use an Xbox One is certainly the easiest way to play OG Xbox games in 2019, I'll give you that. And that's all I'll give you. It doesn't even play all the OG Xbox or Xbox 360 games, or even 1/4 of either library. It doesn't play Dreamcast, or Neo-Geo, or Intellivision games, or classic arcade titles. It doesn't play a tenth of the Xbox Live Arcade games. I can do ALL of that on a Windows PC.[/*<][/list<] My presence is required in the kitchen so I have to cut this post short but dang, c'mon. This isn't fun at all if you're serious about it. (´Д⊂ヽ

            • sweatshopking
            • 10 months ago

            Youre way over budget, full stop.

            We are talking about gaming. Blender isn’t relevant. Do you own a phone? Do you use blender on it?

            Which games at 4k on a 580? Old ones? Yay? You can run pong at 8k on a 580.

            No it isn’t. Most people don’t mod, full stop.

            Tell me about MS abandoning good stuff, I’ve owned zunes, many windows phones, and more. That’s got nothing to do with an Xbox one x. I still use my Kinect regularly for just dance, btw.

            If you don’t like Xbox controllers then you need to spend literally hundreds of dollars more to get a similarly performing pc. Sucks to be you?

            Yet literally hundreds of millions of console sales suggest people see value in consoles. I’m not sure what you’re arguing here, aside from a personal preference. If anything, microsoft should be making you happy by committing to release their games on pc too.

            Yeah, it is an appliance. That’s the trade off you make to save literally hundreds of dollars for a similarly specced pc.

            No, licenses exist. That isn’t a technical hurdle, it’s a legal one. I’m not sure what you’re arguing given the questionable legality of emulators generally. Sure, you can also torrent games, movies, shows and music on a pc. You’re just not supposed to, and we stick to legal activities on techreport.

            Regarding your link on audio it says clearly on it

            [quote<] Virtual surround sound support in Windows 10 for Xbox One. [/quote<] It's been there since 2017. Youre a niche user. I never suggested you should buy an Xbox. God forbid I ever suggest anything to you. You have your requirements, but for many people consoles work. The playstation 4 is approaching 100 million and its far less backwards compatible or pc friendly. Unless you think you know more than those 100 million people about what's right for them, take a pill, brah.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            The xbox one seems to offer a better experience if all you’re willing to spend is between $300-500 on a gaming PC. Once you cross into $600, 700, 800 territory the PC is a better experience, for sure. Other than constantly broken PC ports (which, of course, Capcom is famous for).

            • auxy
            • 10 months ago

            “Capcom’s PC ports are bad” is a discredited meme. (・へ・)

            It was true back in the days of the original RE and, later, DMC3 had some issues (still not a bad port, just awkward controller handling), but ever since MT Framework games were showcase titles for DirectX 10 in Windows Vista, they’ve been flawless.

            Street Fighter 4 and 5, Devil May Cry 4, SE, 5, and DmC, the Lost Planet series, Resident Evil 4-7, Dragon’ Dogma, Monster Hunter World … all best on PC. TMYK! (⌒▽⌒)

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            I noticed you didn’t tackle my budget comment.

            Disagree, but w/e. I own Ultra SF4, DMC4, and SF5 on PC. It took me a while to learn my lesson. Fortunately I didn’t pay much.

            • auxy
            • 10 months ago

            What’s wrong with those titles?

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            Either the netcode in both Street Fighter games is garbage or nobody plays either game on PC, and it’s been a complaint since I bought them. On the rare occasion that I get matched up with somebody, lag (on my 300/50 fiber connection) is awful. Meanwhile I can play StarCraft II any time lag-free on the same PC, or get matched up with players in both Street Fighter games on the PS4 without issue. I’ll admit it could be that nobody plays these games on PC because PS4 is the tournament standard.

            • auxy
            • 10 months ago

            Nobody plays SF netplay on PC, yah. The netcode is the same across all platforms, and widely considered to be the second-worst in the business, ahead of only Netherrealm (Mortal Kombat). That’s not a “PC ports” issue. The porting job on Capcom’s games is fantastic! (*’▽’)

            • EzioAs
            • 10 months ago

            [quote<]Meanwhile I can play StarCraft II any time lag-free on the same PC[/quote<] Do you still play? If you do, let's play sometime.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            Yeah hit me up. EvilPencil#1966

            • EzioAs
            • 10 months ago

            At work now, but will do once I get home.

            • EzioAs
            • 10 months ago

            Broken sounds way over the top. Less optimal is more accurate. I’m with auxy on this one

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 10 months ago

            The $624 [i<]Econobox Gamer[/i<] in TR's System Guide runs circles around the XBox One. [url<]https://techreport.com/review/34371/the-tech-report-system-guide-january-2019-edition/2[/url<]

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            It better. It costs upwards of 50% more. That’s my point, thanks for making it.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 10 months ago

            If cost is your only concern, get a refurbished off-lease business PC for peanuts and add a gaming graphics card to it. This is cheaper than building a new system. On the PC, games are frequently available for less than console versions, saving money in the long run.

            We all love gaming, but the PC also allows you to do so much more than a console does. Even within the realm of gaming, PCs are much better at the strategy, simulation and RPG titles that I most enjoy.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            I know all that. And I do still have a PC. But am I fooled into thinking it’s the right option for most people?

            The questions for the average person are “Do I even need a PC for all that other stuff?” and “What games do I want to play?” More often than not these days, lots of people are saying “No” and “The latest multi-million-seller online shooty game”, respectively.

            At work, we hear it from schools all the time. The kid gets a 1:1 device from the school grant, the parent just uses their phone. That’s why we’ve had such a big push on a native mobile app for parents to look at their kids’ grades, attendance, whatever. A growing segment of parents don’t have a PC, just their smartphone, because all they’d ever do on a PC is look at social media and YouTube and play Clash Royale. Anything more complex, it’s a PS4 (which has sold over 100 million units to date) or an Xbone (which has done around half that). Believe it or not, we’re not normal.

            • auxy
            • 10 months ago

            Whether or not we are normal has absolutely nothing to do with what is [i<]actually[/i<] the best option for most people. When you consider it from a cost-benefit perspective as well as a long-term ethical perspective, obviously the best option is a PC for anyone. [b<]Of course[/b<] things change when you throw human laziness and ignorance into the equation. That's sort of a different discussion though.

            • sweatshopking
            • 10 months ago

            This is just wrong.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            By the by, TR’s $624 Econobox PC does not come with the absolutely required keyboard or mouse for input devices, either, so factor in anywhere from $25 to $100 for something decent. No copy of Windows, either, which is $100. There’s also not a controller. For better or worse, lots of people want a gamepad. So you can add anywhere from $0 (no controller) to $15 (crappy Xbox 360 wired clone) to $60 (XBox One controller, which IMO is the best modern controller on the market). Xbox comes with one. So your “$624 PC” is more like “$800 PC if you’re lucky”

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 10 months ago

            You can get a serviceable keyboard and mouse for [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?CompareItemList=63%7C23%2D126%2D097%5E23%2D126%2D097%2C23%2D126%2D193%5E23%2D126%2D193%2C23%2D201%2D105%5E23%2D201%2D105<]under $20[/url<]. If you get the Dell or HP refurb, it'll include keyboard, mouse and likely the operating system, too.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            And you can get a working Windows 10 key on some Russian website but the fact remains that neither is reliable long-term. Conveniently you just ignored that licensing thing. $800.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 10 months ago

            Windows 10 Home 64-bit is $110 at the regular price or $25 less when it’s on sale. The <$20 Logitech keyboard and mouse combinations that I linked above will do the job. I’d prefer a better (5-button) mouse, but the keyboards are surprisingly decent.

            If you go the route of the refurbished off-lease business PC, all that you need to add is the graphics card. A $200 business PC with an Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU plus a $145 Radeon RX 570 4GB or $160 -20MIR Radeon RX 570 8GB gaming graphics card leaves consoles in the dust.

            • DoomGuy64
            • 10 months ago

            Heh, all those complaints are offset by price, and OOTB experience, which is far better than PC.

            Years ago we used to be able to buy midrange hardware at the same or slightly more cost than a console, and get a superior visual/control experience at the cost of ease of use. Not anymore. One midrange card costs the same as a console, and not the whole system.

            Then we have the problem of people complaining about PC tweaking, which IMO started really getting bad with id’s Rage, as nobody wanted to edit their config files to get the full PC experience. Fine, but you can’t have it both ways. Old games in particular require investing great amounts of personal time into getting them to work. Even GOG doesn’t do all the work for you, which is pretty lazy on their part. Blood2 for instance. You will NOT get that game working correctly, unless you download and install all the extra mod files, and even then you don’t have a guaranteed working game. dgvoodoo gives me a texture-less game, and nobody knows how to fix it, meaning I have to use an alternative. TONS of modern games require similar modding, whether it is Dark Souls, Fallout 4, or NIER: Automata. You have to patch the games for 60 FPS and HD resolutions. The people who complained about fixing Rage made me react like: What platform do you think you’re gaming on?

            We then have the PCMR elitists who have taken the sarcasm out of the original meaning to be literal PC Nazi’s who buy nothing but Ti/Titan class hardware, and expect everyone else to do the same, who aren’t on their budget. No. That’s not even close to an appropriate attitude to be having on this platform.

            Cheaters. So many cheaters exist on PC. You get a limited window of enjoyment on most pc games before cheaters ruin the experience. You can only enjoy older games that implement some form of anti-cheat, because otherwise you will be in a lobby full of aimbotters.

            Microtransactions/p2w. Enough said.

            Troll games. Spec OPS, bennett foddy’s getting over it, etc. So many games out there are deliberately designed to troll the player, and don’t give any indication of this in the storefront. We then have Epic Megagames making their own store with NO USER REVIEWS. How is this acceptable?

            Steam, and it’s endless features without proper documentation. Ever try setting up a Steam Controller? So many undocumented settings, and separate modes. You COULD make it work, or you could just use a m/kb or regular controller.

            Gaming mice. Low quality, poor software, high prices, made in china garbage. We used to get mice with tons of buttons and features, like Logitech’s G700s, but now innovation has gone in reverse with less features for more money.

            Soundcards. You get ONE YEAR of driver support. Windows 10 does an update, and magically nothing works. Also, HRTF isn’t a thing since Vista. PC gamers have resorted to either using straight creative, or DACs that do NOTHING when it comes to HRTF and praying the stock windows implementation doesn’t suck.

            Disinfo/shills. Freesync doesn’t do X, Gsync is better, etc. Most of this is complete bunk, but people are deliberately spreading disinfo, and confusing other members who don’t do independent research. We can’t trust 50-80% of the information out there. We have fake reviews, fake news, fake forum posters, and people who parrot the narrative.
            [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw0ZzA9wTFE[/url<] Yeah, consoles have downsides, but anymore, PC lost. I'm not going to discount consoles when PC users have totally destroyed their own platform with cheaters, worthless hardware, high prices, and toxic community members. Consoles give gamers easy access to the games they want to play, PC doesn't. You have to REALLY want to play on PC anymore for it to be viable.

            • Krogoth
            • 10 months ago

            PC gaming just isn’t worth the hassle for masses and return of investment aren’t as great as it used to be. The majority of PC titles are just console ports and offer nearly identical experience as the console version. Unless you are a die-hard fan or a newcomer to the scene. There aren’t too many practical reasons to go for a dedicated gaming PC these days.

            It is no shock that PC gaming has been going on a slow decline in terms of marketshare in its classical markets (NA and Western Europe) for over a decade now. It is only growing in foreign markets where console gaming is either banned or practically non-existent (*cough* China *cough*. India *cough*)

            Modding is already being killed off by paywalls, legal minefields (C&D letters) and middleware by major publishers. Most of the modders are just using mod communities as a springboard to their game development careers. They abandon projects as soon as they are headhunted by a major studio.

            • DoomGuy64
            • 10 months ago

            Agreed, also I would like to say that I appreciate your feedback on most hardware reviews. I know “Krogoth is not impressed” is a bit of a meme, but generally speaking if you’re not impressed, nobody else should be either. Too many products are sold by hype today, and not merit. I try to find merit in my purchases, mostly for system flexibility and longevity, and anymore that’s harder than it should be. +1 for your consistent objectiveness. (BTW, if you started your own channel on YT or website, I’d follow it.)

            • sweatshopking
            • 10 months ago

            WHAT IT I STARTED A YT CHANNEL?
            100 PERCENT SSK 100 PERCENT OF THE TIME

            • DoomGuy64
            • 10 months ago

            I think it would be entertaining enough to watch for pure entertainment, but don’t think I would take it as serious advice. But yeah, I’d watch it. I almost feel disappointed that you’re not being serious about it, lol. Send me a link if you do though, and I’ll subscribe.

            Also, windows phone was truly visionary. xD

            • sweatshopking
            • 10 months ago

            Haha, if I had the time I’d be down. These days I can barely find the time to write on tr. Between wife being busy with medical school, homeschooling my kids (all the nearby schools were full in Calgary meaning they had to take the public bus 45 minutes each way and I didn’t want to bother), finishing this political economy degree (originally did business, hate it), and my volunteer activities I’m too busy for YouTube right now. Maybe in a few months?

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            you should just vlog all that boring stuff

            • sweatshopking
            • 10 months ago

            that would be a shockingly tedious channel.

            • auxy
            • 10 months ago

            Mobile is eating everyone’s lunch, but PC gaming is GROWING, and it’s doing it faster than console games. Not long ago PC was an infinitesmal market compared to console gaming. Now, see for yourself: [url<]https://newzoo.com/insights/articles/global-games-market-reaches-137-9-billion-in-2018-mobile-games-take-half/[/url<]

            • Krogoth
            • 10 months ago

            That recent growth is entirely from [b<]China[/b<] and India. It is because gaming consoles are banned or have zero marketing presence. It is going the opposite direction elsewhere and the tiny crowd that keeps up with the hottest, greatest hardware is what declining at the fastest rate. Most existing PC gamers are content with sticking to much more modest and older system platforms. Some of them are outright jumping onto gaming consoles because they grew tried with the hassle of dealing with a gaming PC. Fortnite, LOL, CS:GO and DOTA2 work perfectly fine on nearly decade-old platforms and hardware.

            • sweatshopking
            • 10 months ago

            Yeah, the biggest games are all low end and f2p. I like pc gaming just fine, and my point has never been that it sucks, rather it’s to say that consoles are perfectly decent choices for many. Glad to see I’m not alone in that view.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            An old SNES or Genesis with a flash cart is all I’ve needed for gaming the last 12 months, really. Got a 27” CRT TV to show it on, too. Huzzah.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 10 months ago

            I can confirm that 10 year old hardware is great with selected upgrades: my Q9550, 1030GT, 8GB RAM, SSD box plays Fortnite plenty fine, and its quiet too. That CPU was launched about 11 years ago at this point, though it only arrived in my hands a couple weeks ago.

            I also harvest old games cheap when on sale on Steam.

            I could understand if big publishers prioritize consoles, actually…

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 10 months ago

            I note the proliferation of (presumably) high-margin PC gamer hardware of all types, from entire computers to components. Its flashy stuff compared to consoles.

      • YellaChicken
      • 10 months ago

      FPS and Strategy games suck on console and you can take the 1st M out of MMORPG so no thanks.

      Plus I’m not sure exactly when it happened but consoles these days spend just as much time updating as PC’s. Seems like every time I turn the thing on there’s an OS update I have to wait for and inevitably the game I want to play will also need updating. Half an hour later I might get chance to actually play.

      I’ve gone back to PC since realising there’s little actual benefit to consoles these days. I miss the times I could just shove a cartridge in and play.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 10 months ago

        Its very difficult for tech companies to resist turning everything into an internet-connected platform. They can theoretically find new renevue streams in the short term, and the long term, well nobody really cares, do they?

        Some day the power will go out, and society will cease to exit.

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