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Sorry fella, but I'm really not a fan of the Steam Controller.
Totally get that some people really dig it, but I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone as the best PC pad.
For me a wheel for racing sims is almost as much about the feedback as it is about the sensitivity of the wheel itself. I don't think any pad could replicate that.
Well there is restrictive, and then there is an OS that doesn't allow you to even run software, by design. At the extreme edge of such practices are things that deserve to be called out for being ridiculous. Hyperbole is a relatively common method of accentuating the ridiculous.
It's not much different than Facebook offering free internet to the third world, that violates net neutrality in most first world countries.
Or on the legality front, the grey area war for forcing users to submit to their distribution platform. No one has managed to 'stop' apple, but it is the reason Jailbreaking had to be defined in a court of law as being perfectly legal. The same reason Google never had a leg to stand on to prevent amazon from essentially poaching it's app store revenue.
If this OS does release like this, I would be surprised if it didn't end up in court for trying to monopolize it's user base. The openness of being able to develop and distribute win32 applications has kept windows safe from such claims for a long time. Barely. It would be pushing the boundaries of legality as much as it does decency.
You make a reasonable point, and for the most part I agree with you. For some bizarre reason this writer has it out for Sweeney, so his opinion is a compromised one.
To be fair it was Sweeney who started using emotive terms such "ransomware" and "steal" in reference to MS potentially creating a restricted, license-free version of their OS.
My point is that saying it's being designed to "steal your Steam PC game library and ransom it back to you" is going a bit far.
Freeware is pretty much always restrictive if there's a paid-for version, isn't it?
No, it's not. This is a far too common misunderstanding of memory allocation works in a modern OS like win 10.
it'll use whats available is the short response.
unused RAM is wasted RAM.
Same goes for video memory. just cause a game uses 4-6 gig does not mean it needs it. it'll intelligently re-assign RAM and VRAM as needed.
nowadays you cannot take the amount of RAM or VRAM that has been used as being a good indicator of what is needed, but that is a good thing.
Agreed. But I've had the chance to test a Hololens and my lasting impression (and that of other people who tried) was that it was very cool but not very game-y. It's got massive potential for engineering or other very technically demanding production or construction tasks but entertainment is definitely just a side thing.
It's not just sunglasses replacing a smartphone though - I mean you could, but it would be a horribly wasteful use of the potential. The Hololens is more for a specialized worker who can access a fully detailed 3d blueprint without having to step away from the point of conflict in their production.
A smartphone IS a horrible waste of its potential. We put men on the moon with less computing power.
Smartphones are also nearly a dozen generations ahead of where they started. The iPhone really wasn't that great of a device, it couldn't do anything a Pocket PC or a Blackberry couldn't do, but those were 'industry devices,' and the iPhone was targeted at consumers. It also had a technological breakthrough in capacitive touch screen. And critics were fond of saying "Who needs a computer in their pocket, outside of industry?"
But along came newer and better models. And now they are ubiquitous the world over. No one needs a smartphone, but everyone 'needs' a smartphone.
The iPhone was also a terrible gaming device. Everyone agreed, and no one gave it a second thought. Games on Pocket PC, Blackberry, Palm Pilot, were also a joke.
Then along came angry birds and made millions. Now I can play Baldur's Gate I and II on my tablet. Without even listing any other games, that alone makes it a worthy contender as a portable gaming device for me. The hololens will see it's gaming revolution too, all devices do.
They went so far as to build an entire OS around it (win 8) out of App Store Envy (who wouldn't be envious of a 30% cut across the board for a billion dollar market?), So I would not put it past them.
But even their OWN universal apps are featureless garbage compared to the exe versions. A waste of space and time for a PC user.