The Thursday letters page thinks Sony are justified in blocking PS Plus subscription stacking, as one reader loses faith in the Prince Of Persia remake.
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Testing the limits
As much as I’m looking forward to Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 does anyone else worry that it’s taking just a little too long and that it’s probably too ambitious for the Switch hardware? I guess maybe they could announce the Switch Pro or Switch 2 by the time it comes out next year but that sounds more like wishful thinking than something Nintendo is likely to do.
For generations now Nintendo has been running low-powered hardware and as we know that has no effect on their ability to produce classic games. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t create problems though. Nintendo would probably have beaten PlayStation if the N64 had had CDs and the Wii would’ve probably put Sony and Microsoft out of business if it had everything it did and was just as powerful as its rivals.
I understand why this didn’t happen, and that being underpowered is often a benefit to Nintendo’s creativity, but after playing Elden Ring I want a Zelda game that looks like that, not a reheated Wii U game. Of course I’ll still buy it, and I’m sure it’ll be great, but if it ends up having performance problems or struggles to get across it’s idea with limited graphics I think it’ll be a sign that the Switch 2 is long overdue.
Someone needs to do something about Sony basically scamming people with this new subscription. For one, I better not have to pay extra money when they automatically transfer my PS Plus and PS Now. It better be the same price or I’m throwing my PlayStation in the garbage.
Two: lower their goddamn price for Premium. It’s horrid. Only extra thing we get is PlayStation 3 games and guess what!? You still can’t download them! Not everyone has NASA internet, OK? We can’t just stream the classic games we know and love from PlayStation.
They’re just getting worse and worse and I’m harshly considering switching to Xbox forever. As terrible as their UI is, at least they care about their fans and don’t beg for my money.
GC: Why are you so angry? You don’t seem to have read up on anything about the new services, the current PS Plus and PS Plus Essential are exactly the same price.
I have to agree with Chris about Korbie’s Reader’s Feature, what he’s saying is it’s OK for him to rip-off Sony on stacking PS Now but when Sony block it he says he’s being ripped off? How can he be ripped off? Sony has hinted and said on reveal that day one Sony games are not included with their Game Pass so how is Sony ripping gamers off? All they have done is stopped gamers getting though a loophole that shouldn’t of been there in the first place.
If I owned Sony I’d of done the same and if Korbie owned Sony so would he. If I’m honest, Sony’s three tiers are wrong anyway. The only way you can get their Game Pass is wrong. You have to buy PS Plus to get their Game Pass, that’s wrong. The three levels should be 1. Just PS Plus, 2. Game Pass on its own, and 3. You get everything PS Plus and Game Pass. But like I said I’m not interested in Game Pass not without day one PlayStation games.
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I have to chime in on the PS Plus stacking madness that was featured the other day. It was an awful read. I had second-hand embarrassment reading it.
To describe Sony as basically going down the pan because they fixed a loophole that, effectively, gives 50% off their new product for the next X years was a strange conclusion.
When did we become a nation of Karens, ready to see the manager, because the price sticker said it’s £1.99, so it’s £1.99? That’s just not how the world works.
It was good while it lasted, you were getting a great deal you weren’t supposed to, and it’s nice of them to honour those that managed to get in and stack a few subscriptions, but that wasn’t how it was supposed to work. You know that. We all know that.
Off the shelf
In response to Geoff, asking about a £2,000 PC, I actually wouldn’t suggest building your own but rather getting a build from the likes of Chillblast. I have my own PC from them and the customer service is excellent. An example of a £2K build.
Graphics cards and processors are getting a bit easier to find, and closer to standard prices, but are by no means easily found yet.
On recommending audio headsets I have had an Astro wired headset since 2016, recommended by another reader. It was my first surround headset for my home, as I can’t have surround speakers because of the amount of noise they can generate in a block of flats where I live. The Astro is really good and I still use it now. There will be wireless versions available now, obviously.
The one I have connects to the optical out on the back of my LG TV and then when I play games on varying Xboxes, PlayStations, Nintendo consoles, and PC I can get the audio through the Astro headset and amp. I also bought the Sony 3D Pulse headset for my PlayStation 5 because of the 3D audio feature, they are very good too.
Currently playing: Roki (PC)
PS: The free game on Epic Games Store on Thursday from 4pm is Terraforming Mars and it hasn’t been given away free by Epic before.
Money on the table
With Nintendo Switch Sports reminding people motion controls do exist on the console(!), I do wonder why Nintendo haven’t released a “Ring Fit 2” or DLC maps or new exercises for it. Or maybe brand new games that make inventive use of the Ring-Con controllers.
Though seeing how long it took them to release new Mario Kart tracks, maybe I’m being too optimistic in expecting any more Ring-Con goodness!
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Now playing: Ring Fit Adventure and Chinatown Detective Agency
GC: They did release a bit of free DLC early on but, like you say, it’s baffling why they haven’t done more with it. But then we still don’t understand why they ended support for Splatoon 2 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons so early.
So what’s all this ‘one of the’ in your Bloodborne article, eh GC? I think you meant to write ‘is the’.
In all seriousness, I reloaded it just to have a meander around Yharnam again and just the thought of it looking as stunning as Demon’s Souls on PlayStation 5 and running at a fully locked 60fps is… enough to… enough to make a man… what’s that smell? The sweet blood, oh how it sings to me. It’s enough to make a man sick.
And if they do a full remake using the Kos (though some say Kosm) Bluepoint graphics engine like they once did for the Vacuous Rom then this cursed beast will grant them eyes!
The original is still utterly fantastic even now. Vicar Amelia’s screams still run right through me.
GC: If only they’d have released a PlayStation 5 patch to sort out the performance issues, we would’ve upped its score to 10/10 right then and there. Sony better have something planned, and soon.
That Prince Of Persia remake must’ve been pretty bad if even Ubisoft didn’t want to publish it as it was. I can’t say I have much faith in Ubisoft Montreal turning things around. The Sands Of Time was an imaginative, precision design platformer of the sort that doesn’t exist any more, I doubt they could even copy it for a remake, let alone create a sequel.
Oh, so Star Wars Day turned out to be a big nothing burger. I should’ve just listened to GC and not expected anything. Even the Obi-Wan trailer wasn’t as good as the first one. Roll on Star Wars Celebration?
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Malam, who asks what is your favourite video game weapon?
It can be anything from a gun in a first person shooter to a favoured sword in a role-playing game, but which have you enjoyed using the most and why? Is it simply because of how the weapon looks or feels or is there a story element to it that makes it a favourite – or perhaps the fact that you spent a large part of the game upgrading it?
What’s the most original or strange weapon you’ve ever used in a video game, and which has been the most annoying or useless?
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