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[-] alessandro@lemmy.ca 21 points 10 hours ago* (last edited 10 hours ago)

... he feel safe for about the next ~48 hours.

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[-] alessandro@lemmy.ca 3 points 5 days ago* (last edited 5 days ago)

There's an economic network behind console: contrary to PC (which is more an abstract concept that no one owns) you can find console in your local general store: these stores put Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo brands/logo all around without the need for these three companies to directly pay them (PC/Notebook strictly places for general and office purpose). Before the ecommerce got the point is today, these stores putting free console advertising made a big difference. PC gaming industry was fragmented, also the main player in the PC sphere (Microsoft) had their own console which, due to conflict of interest, damped the huge storm of the PC gaming industry. The only company I am aware of, that consistently work in favor of PC gaming was Valve. But they were a digital store and had not much interest in the physical presence in general stores until SteamMachine/SteamController/SteamDeck

[-] alessandro@lemmy.ca 31 points 1 month ago

I think the "Microsoft dilemma" is between Making Some Money vs. Take All The Money.

If they publish a bunch of successful games on Steam or on Playstation, they will make Some Money, compared to games published exclusive to Xbox, where they can make All The Money.

By acquiring studios they are making sure that good franchises "don't make all the money... yet" (on competing platform like Steam, Playstation or Switch, but also Android/iOS)

They could make good games exclusive for Xbox, but given how relatively unsuccessful is the Xbox platform, compared to Switch and Playstation, it would mean that very expensive (to make) games will bleed money

[-] alessandro@lemmy.ca 20 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Publisher employ a sort of bribe/blackmail trick. Preview copies of the videogame are provided to reviewer on the "white list". If, as reviewer, make criticism that the publisher (Ubisoft in this case), don't like... you may end on the black list.

If you're on the black list, no pre-review copies for you... this mean that reviewer on the " nice" side of Ubisoft can publish review even before the day one, quite before you, as "honest reviewer on the naughty side of Ubisoft", can even go to buy and try the game to review by yourself.

[-] alessandro@lemmy.ca 27 points 3 months ago

is the reason why you don't see "bandicam" watermark on modern videgame footage.

[-] alessandro@lemmy.ca 47 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Don't forget the cutshare

29 = (8.7 to Valve) (20.3 Pocket)

7m are on Xbox, so the count is:

Pocket = 243.6 m (on 12m copies sold)

Valve = 104.4 m ( on 12m copies sold)

[-] alessandro@lemmy.ca 23 points 5 months ago

It would be interesting to see an overall data, considered many part of the world (like China) consoles like Playstation and Xbox aren't even a thing.

[-] alessandro@lemmy.ca 23 points 6 months ago

sorry for posting a trashy article, but title was so trashy-click bait that got its own merit.

[-] alessandro@lemmy.ca 54 points 10 months ago

Driver for VGA/HDMI?

How much minimal that kernel is?

[-] alessandro@lemmy.ca 23 points 11 months ago* (last edited 11 months ago)

How much of that do we think is down to the steamdeck? (and I guess similar form factor alternatives)

GPU VanGogh (the name Steam gives to SteamDeck GPU) is currently ~40% of the whole Linux userbase on Steam; so, yeah. pretty much everything.

I guess Intel dropping the ball on being competitive for a couple of generations probably hasn’t helped either

Intel has never been competitive in terms of GPUs. PCs running Intel iGPUs are machines waiting for a 'real' GPU and the like. Intel Arcs are relatively too young to have a significant weight in the totality of the userbase: naturally, for the sake of Linux, one hopes that Intel can gain more weight... specifically against Nvidia which is currently the only company to have exclusively closed source drivers

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