It feels like the eye of the storm, in some ways. Less than a week has passed since Ghosts was released, and there’s less than a week to go before some parts of the world are enjoying the next generation. We’re in the midst of an interminable, but really not that lengthy wait.
Over in the comments section, that Day One patch for the Xbox One has been causing a bit of a kerfuffle. For one thing, a chap got his hands onto an actual console through a retailer shipping error, and went nuts, posting details all over the place and getting his console banned in the process. However, on the topic of the actual Day One patch, Freezebug had a sensible idea:
“Surely the simple solution would be to include a set up disc with every console shipped or street-camped for, as I said should be done with the PS4 update, which would cater for those people without internet (for whatever reason). [...] But then again, this solution would be too simple!”
A very smart plan, but alas, not one that seems to be in the offing. The Xbox One interface did get an official day in the sun, with a 12 minute video doing the rounds this week. Eldave0 leant towards wit over insightfulness:
“All very smooth of course, but I’m sure my wife would have left me by now if I was that indecisive! If I fire up a game, it’s to play a game, not bring up Skype, then Netflix, then the Movie Maker, then Friends, then back to game, then watch some TV, then back to Netflix, etc. etc.
“I’m very much looking forward to my X1 but I don’t see the appeal of this quick-switching stuff.”
But it wasn’t all Xbox, Xbox, Xbox this week, with Wired getting a peek under the plastic, to see what the PlayStation 4’s remarkably compact design offered. There was a video to watch too, which Bunimomike certainly enjoyed.
“Lovely stuff,” he said. “The video link is easily the smarter option. Seeing it taken apart is fascinating and had me shaking my head at how neat the design was. It’s ludicrously small when you take out the optical drive and PSU. Wonderful product design.”
Unfortunately we haven’t yet found a solution to the forums being down, with the plugin flaw not yet fixed, so this segment’s very light once more.
Germanos finally managed to make his way through to the end of Transformers: War for Cybertron’s trophy list, after weeks of threatening to do so, and nabbed himself the platinum. He’s since moved on to Fall of Cybertron, making his way through the single player and heading on to the multiplayer for all the trophies that has to offer too.
R1MJAW says he’s still up to his eyeballs in his PS3 backlog, finishing of de Blob 2 for the platinum, making that 97 in total, with 100 his ultimate goal before the PS4 arrives! One of those is not very likely to be EDF Insect Armageddon and EDF 2017, with a lot of grinding in the way between himself and those platinums. The focus goes elsewhere.
Sadly for Eldave0, his Xbox 360 has been played for the last time, with Black Ops 2 the subject of his gaming time. It’s being traded in to make way for the Xbox One he has on order. Sad times!
We’re nearly done, but you can head over to page two for the full trophy leaderboards. To finish off this page, we have the usual submission form for photos and accomplishments.
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