The ubi BF sale has started, I think its only viewable in the client right now as a VIP thing though. Some r6 season passes on sale, wildlands season pass for 24, steep gold for 30 (this wont include the new olympics expansion), anno 2205 ultimate for 17, other usual 50-66% off stuffs
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Posted by sasquatc4 on 15 November 2017 - 05:08 PM
But I can't entirely blame EA for this, society in general needs to look at its addiction to gambling. Last week, I went Christmas shopping and was astounded at the amount of "mystery" toys clearly designed for young children. Get 'em hooked young so when they grow up they can buy my PUBG crates for $20 a piece.
More suckers to buy gamescom crates
Posted by sasquatc4 on 14 November 2017 - 01:10 AM
Of course. Duh.
Though, I have been really lazy these last few months and haven't taken pics w/ the G213, G403, G710+ and now the G502.
I should fix that, eh?
For someone that refuses to buy games they obviously like until they hit some nebulous low amount and the playerbase is dead, had you just bought the nicest mouse to begin with you also could have bought all those games
Posted by sasquatc4 on 11 November 2017 - 02:22 AM
gsync is nice. I recently replaced one of my 24in'ers with a 27in dell 1440p gsync and it's fantastic, also for work stuff since I can work at home now, yea thats the excuse Ill go with.
It does seem more fluid to me when there are wider fps swings. On my 1080p144hz you could still notice them but gsync seems to smooth them out that they aren't really noticeable anymore
Posted by sasquatc4 on 31 October 2017 - 03:26 PM
I thought that streaming movies from your computer didn't require to reencode the movie again through the Steam Link.
I also don't understand why would you require to install Kodi, as you can do the same with VLC.
That's how I watch my movies. Open VLC on my PC, play the movie using Big Picture and go to the living room and watch it on TV. PC is the piece of hardware which is decoding it, not the Link as far as I know.
Also, if you have a decent TV, you could watch pics, etc..
Because kodi is much nicer. When you have a large library it indexes everything and makes it all pretty, for both movies and tv shows. Admittedly if you're just doing one off watching then it may not matter much, but the ten-foot interface to be able to use kodi on a tv is much better than vlc. Plus you also get remote support, which Im not sure if vlc would work with that.
Its mostly if you want a complete tv interface, if you dont mind doing that setup each time before hand then go for it.
Posted by sasquatc4 on 30 October 2017 - 09:48 PM
pretty sure the link doesnt have a hardware h265 decoder, so you wouldnt be able to use it for hevc anyway. Its basically the same chip that was in the chromecast 1, so you're going to be limited to 1080p mpeg4 and below by the hardware
Honestly the re-encoding looks fine. As long as you have a stable and fast enough connection you wouldnt notice. I eventually stopped using mine since I did a new gaming build so I repurposed my old one into a steambox, so that gave me native decode. But really the difference is unnoticeable. The one thing it did get me was bitstream audio (can send DD/DTS to my receiver) but even that I stopped using as I dont want to have to deal with all the weird 7.1 AAC and other formats my receiver cant handle. So doing straight PCM 5.1 output ensures I always have surround decoded properly
Posted by sasquatc4 on 30 October 2017 - 09:30 PM
just install kodi on your desktop and add it as a non-steam game. Setup its audio settings to match what your link is outputting to and you're good to go
You can even buy a flirc module (like 10-20$ on amazon depending on sales) and you can use an ir remote with it
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Posted by sasquatc4 on 30 October 2017 - 07:54 PM
Might be as good a time as any to ask what you guys are doing with your cheap Steam Links. I'm trying to get Kodi to install so I can stream media with it, but no luck so far. Sucks that you can't plug a hard drive in directly.
There are prebuilds, I helped initially to get it up and running again since the original steam dev had done some groundwork to have kodi build but it stopped working once they opensourced the link sdk. So since we got it running others have started doing builds as they see fit,
They usually link back to garbear's release area of his repo. You should be able to just download the tgz, unpack, copy it to a usb stick under \steamlink\apps, then insert it and boot up. The bootup will take a lot longer as it copies the files over
Honestly though last time I tried it it still ran like shit. There's just not enough ram on links to easily run apps like this, especially when you get in the larger skins. When I used my link in my HT setup it was much easier to just install kodi on the desktop and stream it over, also runs alot better like that. Now that steam also installs a 5.1/7.1 audio device on windows just for streaming you should get surround sound streaming as PCM 5/7.1 no matter your output as well, as long as your output for the link supports PCM surround