20 Year Member
- Dec 25, 2002
I decided to take a gamble at this. Reserved my spot for the $529 model with a ship date estimated Q2 2022.
Your "unless" is worth billions to any foreign company that makes it there. Below is a quote from an informative Guardian article. It mainly covers China's censorship, but also offers an insight in their gaming history and... stunning figures:China doesnt pay for games.... There is no market for gaming in china unless it's based on a subscription or is controlled by tencent.
China is the world’s largest market for the world’s largest entertainment industry. Today, the number of Chinese gamers, about 740 million, is bigger than the entire populations of the US, Japan, Germany, France and the UK combined. Its domestic market is worth more than $45bn a year. Yet, for decades, China has had a stop-start relationship with the entire industry.
According to this article, neither Tencent nor NetEase are in control, though. It's all CCP. That doesn't change the fact, that China is neither all-white nor all-black. It's like anywhere else in the world, all kinds of grey, only multiplied by 1.4 billion. And since there's no way around China, there's an urge not to be biased towards it, but to cultivate what's good there. I admit, it's a tough job with limited chances for success but let us at least be more comprehensively informed about that country. I think that article is a good start, while your reply isn't.
You can, theoretically. Except with so much money at stake, my guess is no one will want to, just as nobody did in the past. Your NBA and Hollywood are only the tip of that iceberg. Talking about the latter reminds me of a fitting quote from Ridley Scott's Body Of Lies: "Do we belong there? Do we not? It doesn't matter how you would answer that, because we are there". Foreign automobile, armaments, construction industries... you name it. They're already there. I welcome your optimistic opinion about circumventing China, I'm just not that much an optimist. As always, time will tell.You absolutely can go around China... Every console has done that for decades. Just because the NBA and film industry are kowtowing to the CCP, doesn't mean it's a requirement to have a viable business. Just because the NBA and film industry are kowtowing to the CCP, doesn't mean it's a requirement to have a viable business.
Everyone expecting plug and play experiences in these games are going to be sorely disappointed. Expect lengthy sessions of custom control configuration for anything that hasn't partnered with the launch.
Video made it sound like it was their internal review team doing the certification.I think it will be really interesting to see devs target the steam deck. I’m glad to know there will be some way to know what does and does not run well.
Did they say how a game will receive their ranking? Is Valve doing it or is it a community thing?
That's why I want one as well – at some point after they've been proven. I don't play too many new games so older consoles is where it's at for me, and I've been struggling to even run PS1 and N64 decently on any handheld (well, on the same system at least... for instance PSP/Vita plays PS1 great but sucks at N64; New 3DS XL plays N64 better than Vita --still not even close to perfect though-- but then sucks at PS1; the newest Anbernic RG351MP won't even run N64's Goldeneye at even HALF the correct FPS...). Even a hacked 1st gen Switch (think that might be the fastest commercially-popular handheld out there right now) sucks at a bunch of these super old consoles/games... (although I'm glad to see the N64 emulator for the Switch from Nintendo directly will hopefully be good... still no GBA on that though...)If anything, it'll be the ultimate emulation handheld. That's the main reason I'm getting it, aside from piddling around with some other simple games in my Steam library.
For what it's worth, I strongly recommend holding off on one of these until they release one with variable refresh support.
I bet the second or third generation one will be way better. They need to make it more compact too.