PC Master Specs. This is my build. (Built Dec 2013)

I set out to build a decent gaming rig a few years back and this is the specifications of that build. I will be looking at upgrading the graphics later next year when a proper DirectX 12 card launches (maybe the R9 300 series).

I will link all the parts to Amazon if you may be interested in some of these items.

Motherboard: Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards GA-970A-DS3P

CPU: AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition

RAM: Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 XMP Desktop Memory – KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX

GPU: Gigabyte R9 270X GDDR5-2GB 2xDVI/HDMI/DP OC Graphics Card (GV-R927XOC-2GD)

Storage: WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache – WD10EZEX

WiFi: TP-LINK TL-WN781ND Wireless N150 PCI Express Adapter, 2.4GHz 150Mbps, Include Low-profile Bracket

Case: Corsair Carbide Series Black 500R Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011012-WW) 

PSU: Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 744 Power Supply CX750M 

Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler (CW-9060010-WW) 

Performance wise it’s relatively quick. Boot times are near instantaneous. Games like Skyrim, Metro Last Light and Battlefield 4 runs at 1080p at ultra settings without a hitch. I haven’t noticed frame rate drops.

Overclock ability is high. You can overclock the CPU to 4GHz easily and I’ve overclocked the GPU on several occasions to see how far it can go. I didn’t install a Blu-Ray or DVD drive as those are pointless in todays world. Everything can be done via USB or Internet

I’m interested to see how DirectX 12 will improve upon the performance of this system. I did a Futuremark benchmark, and I will do another when DX12 is fully supported to see if there are any differences.

This build isn’t top of the line, I only had a limited budget when building it, and seeing the prices now against what they were I sob a little inside. But never the less, if you need a decent build that won’t break the bank consider this, games run exceptionally well and you won’t have any hardware issues. The graphics card alone outperforms the PS4 and Xbox One and it’s roughly $179. Total system cost at current prices $755.

 

Shovelling Sh*t. Where are the games?

I recently watched a video from Gamespot’s Danny O’Dwyer talking about how he’s wondering where all the good games are. And I kind of agreed with him on this point. Where are they?

Usually when a new generation of platform drops, the publishers are quick to push out awesome games to get our money before we spend it on some other game. The same goes for PC where Steam has become the proverbial dumping ground for games that we’re not really sure why they’re there. Almost like the Google Play store but with worse games.

But lets not get ahead of ourselves. For me the best games I’ve played on Xbox One was by far Shadow of Mordor, Halo Master Chief Collection and Sunset Overdrive. Forza is a staple that I’ll enjoy no matter what. The best game I’ve played on PlayStation was Velocity 2X. All these games would have been awesome if they were on both platforms so I’m not talking about which platform it launched on.

Instead we were set up with games like The Order, Driveclub, remasters everywhere and some of the dullest and unimaginative indie games you can’t imagine even if you tried. All of a sudden it became the norm for studios to slap a fresh coat of paint on old and arguably loved franchises and call it a day. Where are the fresh ideas people?

Then you have the community which in all due respect needs a kick in the butt. They focus on which platform is better and which runs the game at 9 frames a second faster instead of realizing they’re being flooded with crap. And they lap it up. PC gamers aren’t much different. The most popular games on PC is MOBA games and Free to Play. Goat Simulator is more popular on Twitch than most other AAA games which actually had a story.

This Youtuber (BrokenGamezHD) complains about there not being any proper multiplayer games out there. And I agree. But there might be two sides to this, there might be a lot of multiplayer games, but the community and players suck or there just aren’t any good fun multiplayer experiences. For me the best multiplayer experience are when you play with your actual friends. Halo 5 Multiplayer beta was my favourite game so far this generation. And that says a lot.

The industry is basically taking the piss and we the gamers are too pre-occupied by  insulting each other because fanboi.

Now I’m looking forward to games like The Witcher 3, Quantum Break and Halo 5. But with an industry like what we’ve seen the past couple of months, I’m kind of sceptical. Will The Witcher be a broken mess with a bad story? Will Halo rinse and repeat a dead cow? Will Quantum Break be delayed until 2016?

Uncharted 4 being delayed just took the piss out of PlayStation gamers who’ve been waiting anxiously for that one game that will blow their minds. But now I’m not so sure, a game being delayed is not a good sign. Will they rush to meet the deadline for Holiday 2016? Will they cut corners while Monolithic Sony stands over them demanding the game?

We’ll have to wait and see. But right now, this gaming industry sucks. And don’t believe the idiots who say we’ve never had so many games to play because 90% of them are utter dog shit being shoved into our Fancy Feast and we’re too stupid to realize. E3 2015 should be a good measuring stick to see what we can expect the next twelve months. Mass Effect, FallOut and Dead Space are all on my radar. But I have a nagging suspicion it will be filled to the brim with bread simulators and a game about a Octopus or tons of stupid Virtual Reality games that will set you back hundreds and leave you feeling like an idiot who fell for the hype again a la Kinect.

Yeah, that’s next generation for you. Our desperation is showing.

 

Xbox is the King of Cross Platform Gaming. Console wars are for Plebs.

There have been a lot of backlash from Xbox and PC gamers alike since Microsoft have taken the reigns in regards to what the future of gaming will be like on both Xbox One and PC. Microsoft is combining the two platforms under one brand which will be Xbox. Is this a good thing or bad thing?

I’m siding on the good, because this can only be beneficial to everyone. Microsoft is bringing first party titles to the Xbox platform no matter where that is played on. So for instance you buy Fable Legends and play it on your PC/Tablet device, you can get home and continue on your Xbox without skipping a beat. This will be the same for all the games coming to this platform.

But Xbox One owners feel done in for some reason and I cannot understand why. Microsoft just added 1.5 Billion potential Xbox customers for games to your favourite platform without selling one single console. This means that every first party title and third party title will favour the Xbox platform and Windows 10 over any other, because obviously the gamers are there.

This means that games on Xbox will be optimized for DX 12, which in turn will mean better looking and performing games on your platform.

We all know game companies especially AAA developers have a tough time ensuring that their game stays within budget, and that their game will reach a suitable audience that they can make money. Microsoft is in a prime position to grab the industry and push them towards supporting the Xbox platform over others because marketshare. Steam has a hold on the PC platform, but Microsoft could easily ship the Xbox console with a Steam app and work with them to integrate features so that they don’t directly compete.

I for one laud the move from one platform to every platform for the Xbox brand. So when the PlayStation faithful bash the supposed ‘loss’ of exclusives to a console, the Xbox faithful will receive tenfold what they lost when games with crossplay come exclusively to the Xbox brand. Remember kids, Xbox is a brand now not a console. That brand just became bigger than PlayStation and Wii combined.

Indie titles will also benefit from this huge userbase. Microsoft can offer them unrivalled cross platform support, with Phone, tablet and PC/Console buyers ready to spend money on their new project. This dwarfs any rival platform and it will ensure that the Xbox platform receive games first. And same goes for AAA games like Tomb Raider, GTA, and Mass Effect.

This is the biggest push by Microsoft to work with partners in the space to ensure that their customers, no matter where they are receive content which is both valuable and optimized for their platform of choice.

Xbox hardware will not go away as it is still the platform of choice for millions of consumers to play games because of convenience. And Microsoft is not abandoning this market, because lets face it console players buy more games per user in general and is willing to spend more.

So I am fully supportive of this push to multiplatform gaming instead of having a silo where only a subset of users may play a certain game. I can’t wait to be able to play my games where ever I am regardless if I’m on my desk with my PC or on my couch with my Xbox.

And those who say they might just buy a PlayStation and get their Xbox games on PC, Microsoft sill gets your business, because you’re still an Xbox gamer.  While the peasants rummage through the filth, Xbox gamers and PC gamers have become one force. They’ve all become Xbox gamers.