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Over and Over again more lies about Xbox one X surface!

 

4k      As the months draw closer, everyone’s attempts to try and minimize the Xbox one X grows. It’s really really sad to see how ignorant people are when they try their best to blame hardware for developers that don’t either have time to make games for the system or just flat out don’t have to skills to do so. It always goes back to the same fact in life. I call it the Superman Theory. You can either fly or you can’t. You can’t have it both ways. There is plenty of games that are being developed for all sorts of genres that are reaching 4k. If the system can’t do it then you wouldn’t have even 1 game make it. I can see if the only games that were doing this were Indy games that don’t demand many resources but you are talking about the most advanced and highest rated AAA Driving game Forza, AAA Sports games, AAA First person shooters like Halo, and even one of the best games of all time Witcher 3. So don’t give me the excuses that it’s the console. We all know that game developers are responsible for the resource usage and the game’s final resolution and frames per second, so let’s stop pretending that this is not the fact that governs this. Just use common sense people. If the Ps4 Pro can “almost” reach these levels at 4gb of ram (instead of 8gb) used for the game resources and only 4.2 teraflops of power( instead of 6 teraflops), along with its absence of the water cooling system, which allows more push and demand on the system itself, you can’t tell me that games don’t have the power needed. And what’s really funny is that above this all, after all the smoke clears the only real fact that still stands out that you can’t defeat is that whatever the games end up looking like, the Xbox one x version will still look better and run better than any console version of that game, period! Think about, hate it, love it, and cry about it.

 

Spotify comes to Xbox!!!

In a surprising and yet bold move Microsoft moves to bring the biggest music app in the world over to its platform. Groove music doesn’t seem to be doing to the trick for most console owners and the need for Spotify has been heard and delivered to the gamers like most request made to Microsoft. They are the one company out there doing things the right way even if it’s against their profits. For me this is move that really puts the icying on the cake for.  There is really no need for me to ever have a ps4 now. Spotify was really the only sore spot and now that this is about to be corrected, it makes for a perfect console once xbox one X is released. Thank you again Microsoft for listening to the gamers yet again. 

80 games enhancements ready and counting for Xbox One X.

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The great thing about coming next is that someone has gone first and you can always understand what you need to do better. Microsoft has done just that with the launch plans for the Xbox One X system. They aren’t going to make the same mistake about the launch of their console like a Ps4 pro did. They know that they don’t have exclusives but what they don’t have in exclusives they are making up with the third party games that are better on their system vs any other. This is a smart move and a move that I felt was needed for them to make an impact. With not just adding simple resolution up-converts, Microsoft has a number of games that will include 4k textures added into the game as well has up-converting. This makes a difference and makes their version shine through especially with the new DirectX 12 attached to the very motherboard and new color codex’s added to take advantage of better graphics. Games like NBA 2k18, Madden 18, Fifa 18, and many more now will have an undisputed version champ this year, the Xbox One X. This, more than anything, affects people perspectives about the power of the console if all the third party games look better on one system vs another. In a strange way, the third party games become their exclusives. But if exclusives are your go to thing for new consoles, don’t worry, Microsoft promises, even more, annoucements throughout the rest of the year and certainly next year. The launch looks to be a dream launch for the fans, so you better find a way to pre-order especially if they are coming out at the end of the year.

Killing Floor 2 only runs 1080p on Xbox one X??

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The magic of the media and slick marketing tactics and words set the Microsoft camp yet again. So let’s look at the title and wording of the titles going up on the subject. “Killing Floor 2 only running 1080p on Xbox one X”. Right away the reason of the article is insight anger or hatred against the Xbox one X yet again. It’s click bait at its finest. Most will not even bother reading the article and just go reposting things like Microsoft system isn’t as powerful as they claim. What they miss is the fat of the article and that fat reveals a lot about the developers. Let just start with the very obvious statement the developers gave about this game’s time and effort they put into making this game for the Xbox one X, shall we…

“Xbox One X was a very smooth and easy platform to develop for. It took very little engineering effort to get our base Xbox One game running on the Xbox One X. It took maybe 4 hours of programming effort total.”

“4 hours” of programming effort TOTAL”. Do you really get this statement people? This company only put in 4 hours of time in programming on this game (TOTAL) for the Xbox one X.  4 hours and you wonder why they can’t do more than 1080p(if this was true) This is a joke! What do you expect to do in 4 hours of TOTAL programming effort? What true game do you know only places 4 hours of Total game programming that really care about their efforts and actually hitting great results? I’m sorry but being that this game is only going to be a $40 game screams to me a low budget and this normally makes weak developer teams in my opinion. Unless things just work by themselves they normally don’t put in the right amount of R/D to make the game all that it can be.

The second piece of information(which shoes 1080p isn’t the resolution) that most won’t bother to read is this….

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The Xbox one X will still be the most powerful version of all the versions out there with only a mere 4 hours placed into its programming. It will contain Ultra textures and higher frame rates along with native 1800p while the PS4 pro only hit checkerboarding 1800p( which nobody brought up against the ps4 pro). And, even though every single game that is being produced for the Xbox one x is hitting at the very least 4k checkerboarding and or 1400p resolution, this game rings bells on the effort and knowledge base of the developers, not the console, as they are the very first with the lowest resolutions results for the Xbox one x reported to date. There are plenty of games with higher complex graphics and bigger world and levels that reach will past 1080p coming out on the Xbox one x. So, to me, the story here and title should represent and focus on the ONLY developer to date that didn’t bother figuring out how to program correctly on the Xbox one x. But being that the rumors are false as long as you keep searching the net for the true info, it looks like those who believe it will only be 1080p will be shown to be misinformed. 

 

Sleight, The Movie Review!

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Every now and again there comes a movie that really hits home to you and yours. Sleight was one of those movies for me and my family. I remember when I first saw the trailer and how it moved me. I could tell that it wasn’t really a big time budget movie but it had so much potential I couldn’t turn away from the trailer as they played on the tv. I promised myself that I would go see this movie at the theaters. It was one of the few movies I actually would have jumped out to go see on first day. The day it came out, life happened, and I was not able to go see it.

Everything from business trips to family demands came up and I was forced to watch it go by. After seeing that I missed my opportunity to see the movie I promised I wasn’t going to miss buying it and watching it at home once it became available on Digital downloads. Today was that day! I got my family together because for some reason I really felt that it was going to be one of those movies that taught a life lesson, not just some action superhero movie. Boy, was I surprised by the overwhelming perfect mix of drama and the urban struggles of a young black (Tony Stark type)in the hood.  The main Character, Bo, was a like a child genius that was dealt an almost impossible hand of circumstances that he had to find a way of overcoming. The movie’s ironic nature link to magic really showed a vision not often seen in directors. The symmetry was so fitting and deep that you would need to see this movie again to really get everything that was going on truly, how the handle dealt in life VS what he had to deal to maintain his. It had my wife and me at the edge of our seats waiting on each and every scene.  Even my ADHD son sat still and watched the whole movie and had tons of questions but really liked the movie. Honestly, I can’t wait to watch it again tomorrow. It’s some things that I know I still missed that were so deep. It was truly one of those Unbreakable types of iconic movies that will sit with you for a while. Personally, I hope it does well in the DVD and digital download area because I don’t think that the movie made a lot of money in the theaters and it deserves a part 2. It’s a drama, it has action, it has heart warming moments and good lessons to learn about being caught up in things that are well over your head. Best of all, it shows you anything is possible. Digitalcracks score on this is a 4 out of 5star. The only reason I can’t give a perfect score is because you can tell they didn’t have the budget that most movies from Universal had and I can tell it could have been a little better if they had more money. But this is easily one of my favorite movies already.

The Atari System joke!

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If you haven’t heard yet, one of the oldest game systems in the world, Atari is making a come back. Yes, that’s right, the Atari system is coming to a store shelf near you. This is what it will look like according to the latest pictures released by Atari. It will contain both USB and SD card slots. As far as a CD drive, it doesn’t look like it has one. One reason why this is the case may reside in the fact that this isn’t a true full system. It’s more like the Nintendo classic system re-release. I guess they saw the success of the Nintendo nation and want in on some of that money. For those of us that are still playing games that remember these consoles, you might be in the 40 -50+year age mark. This might make the buying line a little short as they are even older than the Nintendo generations players. What I can’t understand for the life of me is why someone would want to play anything back then. The games are going to be absolutely horrible to look and will burn your eyes out trying to focus on that level of graphics again. Now, if for some stupid reason this console is meant to be a reboot to enter the world of the current systems, I will have a big problem with this. The gaming market isn’t in need of yet another system. In fact, I will guarantee absolute failure to any company that tries to enter into this congested market of consoles. For one, the developers of games already hate the consoles division the way it is now.  This is why the developers aren’t lining up for the Nintendo switch.  Its far too much money involved in making a game for different formats with just Microsoft and Sony. They aren’t interested in yet another company entering in asking for yet more resources and time trying to make their game compatible with another console. They already complained about the different power levels of the Xbox one X and the Ps4 Pro.  I guarantee, if this system comes out it will not be accepted by developers. It will be another Nintendo Switch, which will have to depend on the first party games as their only source of income. But unlike Nintendo, they don’t have Mario and therefore will not have the exclusives to help the system survive, if this is a truly new system entering the market to compete with the current systems. Personally, I think someone should have been smart enough to tell Atari to leave what’s dead, dead. The market isn’t ready for yet another system. They already don’t have room for the Switch, which is why games like Destiny and Call of Duty will never be on that system. Stick to games Atari, the time has passed guys.

 

 

MX Master S2 comes to Digitalcrack!

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Well when the words “Best mouse ever made” is thrown around, you know that I had to check it out for myself. Granted, I didn’t have my PC setup last year, so I missed out on the original Mx Master Mouse that started this trend. Even then I had heard rumblings about this mouse and how great it was. Personally, at that time I had no cause to really give it a second thought but always thought it looked cool. I wondered what a mouse would feel like shaped like that. Once I got my PC build I kinda forgot about the original Mx Master. Logitech was still something that pulled my attention when I first felt that Infinite scroll on the mouse wheel but it never dawned on me that this existed on the MX Master I saw prior to my PC build. So I ended up with the G02 mouse from Logitech, which some will say is still better for gaming.

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I love this mouse still and still have it of course. I really didn’t have any complaints about this mouse and love the feel but I was getting a little curious about my set up look without the wired mouse. So when I saw this mouse and saw the headings on it, it sparked my memory about the original and I had to know what I was missing. So here I am. Testing what some would say the two greatest mice out on the market.

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The moment I got this out of the box and plugged up the USB connector it was off to the races. The first thing I did was feel that amazing, super amazing hump curve. The mouse felt so amazing that very moment I laid my hand on it. The way the mouse supports and fits my hand completely was exactly what I thought it might feel. I thought the G02 felt amazing but this mouse is truly the best I have ever felt. I couldn’t believe how perfect this design was. I can tell you without a doubt there is no lag or difference I can feel or perceive using this wireless mouse vs the G02 wired mouse.  And unlike the G02, the Mx Master series gives you the amazing SmartShift sensitivity options. This is the infinite scroll super version that gives you the best of all worlds of scrolling. Everything from the button lay out to the texture is completely a work of art. While this may be almost exactly like the previous model, I really have nothing to compare it to because I didn’t have the previous one. So I can’t say that this is better than the original feel of the MX master 1. It looks like it’s exact but I could be wrong.

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The difference that I think this has is the software and the battery life. The original is set at a 40-hour battery life while the MX 2 is set at an amazing 70-hour battery life. This is truly incredible! Basically, you may want to charge the mouse once every 2 months but that’s about it. I personally don’t know of a wireless mouse that has a better battery life. Logitech has done some incredible and notable things being such a small company and I take my hat off to them.

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They could have stopped with the battery life but they didn’t. They created a software set that allows the users to use multiple PCs like a dual monitor layout. One mouse can go from the Mac to the PC on your desk without having to plug in things. You have complete access to multiple computers using the same mouse without breaking. This software option built into a mouse has never been seen before. You would think this should be a standard option for all mice on the market but it isn’t. Once again they stand out and impress many. Then after this, they gave you the software to customize every single button and response on the mouse which is really pleasing. You can make this mouse act just like you need it to. On top of this, it allows you to design different feel and button options for the different programs you use. So basically you have your mouse act completely different for Spotify than it does for Chrome. Every single software you have on your PC or Mac will respond and act differently if you chose to do this. Even the level of DPI you choose to have for different program and games you can custom design it for.

CONCLUSION:

When you add all the features up you get an incredible presentation of a package not seen in the mouse world to date. It is truly breath taking to see and feel. Right now, I will continue to see what this brings to the table for my work load. Can’t wait to see how this affects my time line video editing. I hear it’s amazing. Overall, right now, I will have to give this mouse a Perfect 5 Star rating until I can find something wrong with it. I only see perfection and art in my hands. And I don’t know if I will be returning to G02 mouse but it’s still on stand bye, just in case.

Added two cents:

After more hours and more custom adjustments, I can tell you without any doubt in my mind that this is the greatest feeling mouse I have ever owned or felt. 

 

Let’s stop with the Ps5 hype, Xbox one X part 2 is coming too!

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It’s really sad to see how desperate the media and fanboys are. Here are the facts, not opinions. Everyone that currently has a console out is working on the next one. Right now the Microsoft camp is already working on the next installment. So by right, we can start talking about that console too as if it’s coming too but that doesn’t change the fact that this system is not ready to come out anytime soon, nor is the Ps5. Just in case you are ignorant of the facts, let me remind you what is truly before a system can even think to be ready for release. The first thing that has to happen is a production of test equipment to start to test out the power. They have to produce boards, sign licensing agreement for Video cards, and produce hundreds of different hardware styles from the controller to the case arrangement. They have to worry about cooling and heat production. They have to worried about Software and CPU arrangement in most cases. All this and they still have to talk to developers and get out kits for them to start to produce for the system. They have to see what they need to do to properly balance the power that they need for the vision of games they plan on producing for that system. Bottom line is that there is always another system being created but it doesn’t make this system any more ready than a pipe dream until all these things are in place and they aren’t. Which is why the ps5 is no more of a reality than the Xbox one X part 2. Stop dreaming, making yourself feel better. The Xbox One X is coming and there is nothing Sony can do to stop it. Live with this fact and move on. It’s ok fanboy’s, the PlayStation will not be the best system nor will it be the most powerful system much longer. And it’s ok to be this way because it’s the truth. Better to live with reality than myths. You should focus on your games and support of your favorite console. Why worry about the Xbox one X being more powerful? Are you that shallow?

PlayStation continues to show lies about VR graphics and still no call out.

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Days ago people acted shocked about Playstation forging video footage to help save face against the Xbox one X game Anthem. Why is beyond my understanding. They have always done this from the days of Ridge Racer to Killzone. They have lied and continue to be the most lying gaming company in the world. But nobody ever makes them answer to it. Yet if this was done by Microsoft it takes them months even years to live down any hint of mischief.

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Playstation continues this trend with ever single, and I do mean every single video they have ever played featuring VR games.  Every single video is some doctor image of the game that makes you really believe that the graphics are going to be amazing. It’s not, this image is what it looks like playing on a TV, not the headset. All, say it with me, “ALL” VR games graphic suck compared to what you see on the monitor and or TV for regular games. No headset out there can display graphic better than a Monitor and or TV. All you see is poor textures and horrible double lines and limited gameplay. VR is a failure, a failed attempt of resurrecting something that died in the 80’s and should have remained. Sales suck, game sales suck, and real gamers don’t want to waste time and money playing it. Wiring is everywhere for the most of the units out there especially on the Playstation VR and people have left that age of wiring a long time ago. Who wants to go back to being tied down again? True gamers don’t want this stuff and this is the reason why Vr units aren’t stocked with many units on shelves, and those limited few placed on the shelves,  sit there for months without selling. It’s also the reason why Microsoft didn’t bother announcing VR yet. They can clearly see it’s weak and watered down technology that’s dead and gamers aren’t lining up for it.

 

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