Category: Casual Gaming

Xbox Series S vs Xbox One X

Was the Xbox Series S really necessary?

I don’t know about you but aren’t the current consoles powerful enough?

 

  • CPU: 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT enabled)
  • GPU: AMD RDNA 2 GPU, 20 compute units @ 1.565GHz
  • GPU power: 4 TFLOPS
  • SoC: Custom 7nm Enhanced SoC
  • RAM: 10GB GDDR6 (8GB @ 224GB/s, 2GB @ 56GB/s)
  • Performance target: 1440p @ 60fps, up to 120fps
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSD (2.4GB/sec uncompressed, 4.8GB/s compressed)
  • Expandable storage: 1TB Expansion Card (matches same spec as internal)
  • Display out: HDMI 2.1
  • Ray-tracing support
  • No disc drive
  • Dolby Vision and Atmos gaming
 

  • CPU Custom CPU @ 2.3 GHz, 8 cores
  • Graphics Custom GPU @ 1.172 GHz, 40 CUs, Polaris features, 6.0 TFLOPS
  • RAM 12GB of GDDR5 RAM @ 6.8GHz w/ 326 GB/s bandwidth
  • Storage Starting at 1TB HDD
  • Connections and expansions HDMI-in; HDMI-out; 1x front-facing USB 3.0; 2x rear-facing USB 3.0; IR receiver/blaster; SPDIF digital audio; Ethernet (IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000)
    Wireless Wireless IEEE 802.11ac dual band; (5GHz & 2.4GHz); Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio
  • Power supply 245W, Internal
  • Disk drive 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
  • Surround Sound Supported:
    DTS, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD
  • HD Streaming: Yes
  • Features 4K game DVR

Over the years gaming consoles has proved that power is a great thing but the what matters most of all is the games.
Nes, Snes, Sega Genesis, Saturn, Dreamcast, PS1 and PS2 to name a few had the most fantastic games ever made and even many of those games today have been ported to the next gen systems.
Them classics were so much fun and memorable despite their simple 2D and square-ish 3D graphics but they still were very entertaining.

Games today require more power like Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Red Dead R2, but i ask:
How much power do you really need for a great game?

I’m not be a tech wiz but it seems to me the Xbox Series S is unnecessary.

They say XSS is really for running XSX games in 1080p instead of 4k, yet the Xbox One X does true 4k.
If they would tone down a game to run on XSS then it should of been toned down for Xbox One X.
Makes sense to me especially if you already own a Xbox One X you should be able to run any Xbox Series S game in 1080p.
As a XB1 owner, i can understand how one would feel left out by having to purchase another console with some specs lower, same and slightly higher than your current gaming console.
The specs between the 2 above look pretty much the same but i guess it is all about updated technology and money of course.

Dayz Standalone Offline Mode (Steam)

Many Dayz offline mode (self hosted mod) players like myself have encountered a temporary issue with the current latest release of Dayz (Stable Update 1.01.150627 February 212019) where the Dayz client will load up and crash.

Having tried everything to fix the crashing issue without success and waiting for over a month for a proper fix,  i decided to attempt to downgrade to a previous stable version that works.

If you are experiencing the same crashing issues and are interested in downgrading, then carefully follow this guide: How to downgrade DayZ Standalone (steam).

I chose Dayz Stable v,1.0.150192  – January 17, 2019 which was was working perfectly.

Now you will need the offline self hosted mod originally from here: https://github.com/Arkensor/DayZCommunityOfflineMode
But don’t download their latest mod patch (v2.3) just yet because it scripted for the latest DayZ Stable client which may not work with the downgrade.
Here is the mod patch that was scripted for DayZ Stable v.1.0.150192 – January 17, 2019.
Download: DayZCommunityOfflineMode.ChernarusPlus.zip

You may need to update your DayZ profile too.
Backup your DayZ profile files usually located at: X:\Users\MyName\Documents\DayZ

Then delete that DayZ folder so when you start up DayZ, it can write a new configuration profile because if you leave the latest profile there, DayZ might not respond to your keyboard, mouse or gamepad because a newer profile version may not be compatible with an older game build configuration, so that is why you would need to create a new profile build for the downgraded DayZ version while retaining your gamepad setup (if you use a gamepad).

After you start DayZ then tab out, force close the Dayz client and copy your profile file from your backup (yourprofile..dayz_preset_User.xml) to the new created folder.

Also, it may be wise to keep Steam from updating DayZ so start steam in offline mode and configure DayZ through steam not to update unless you choose.

Nights Into Dreams Mod for Sonic Generations

Tools needed:

SonicGMI (Sonic Generations Mod Installer) Latest builld 1.1 RC5

NIGHTS Generations mod (You can install both but only activate one!):
Nights Fly <—  recommended!
Nights Runs

1) Installing
Unzip SonicGMI and copy the contents of the folder into the folder where SonicGenerations.exe is stored. For example: C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\sonic generations\

You should now have 4 new files and a “mods” folder in your sonic generation game folder.

Now unzip the Nights mod you chose.
We will use the Nights Fly mod for example.
Inside unzipped Nights(with fly) is folder “NIGHTS”.
Copy that folder to the inside “mods” folder in your sonic generations game folder.
Would look like this example:
C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\sonic generations\mods\NIGHTS

Now start SonicGMI.

First enable mods by clicking the install/uninstall button and it should say mods enabled.

Next click the checkbox of the mod you want in the mods window and hit the save button.

Close with the close button and start the game.

Enjoy.

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