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#1 Edited by thenexus (324 posts) -

@iragequit: I am a web designer and UX designer...

I wanted Sony to do a good job, and I do see them taking key positives from what people like on things like the xbox UI. That is always a good thing, look at what people like and what works and emulating that. That is design, its not copying but if something works why do something that does not because it is different?

In saying that I do not think Sony has got the interface quite right. I actually think its rushed and a bit messy in places. That is why I also feel they left it till the last minute show it properly to the world, It was not ready. And that big update makes quite a few tweaks and changes and moreover fixes to the UI etc more then anything else.

Is it fixable? Yes of course and over time the PS3's interface got a lot lot better. Is this something Sony is good at? No, I do not like their Tv interface? Nope (well I do not like any of them but Sony is one of the worst ones for me).

You may love the interface and if you do - great! You may love your PS4 and people who own an Xbox One will love that. Everyones different and that is why we all buy different phones, clothes etc.

I am also concerned with the increasing reports of dead PS4's, failing PS4's and poor build quality - Things that can all be fixed in time but again it shows signs that they rushed to get it out the door.

Microsoft have chopped and changed on Policy with the Xbox One and took a lot of flak for doing so, But they been constantly been showing off build of the console and the UI. For me I can see from my job skill set that there has been effort in the polish of the Xbox UI. I actually do not like the Metro/card what ever you want to call it - I am a mac person but my main PC at home is Windows 7 because I hate windows 8.

BUT I can see the effort, the snappy performance etc effort. I want to get my hands on it to see how it will work, how useful the voice is etc, it may not but what I am trying to say is that I can tell is that if feels ready. It will evolve but I think it has a jump on the PS4 in that front and is coming out a the right time for Microsoft. I think they are more ready and more polished and set to evolve. Sony I can see having more patches, this is a guess but I think that will happen.

In terms of the online structure I think Sony is still lacking, Microsoft are good at that stuff and the Azure framework is actually pretty dam good. And those servers HOPEFULLY will mean smooth online experiences.

TIME, Time is the key here and we got to give them BOTH time to settle. Like a website or new software - You launch it. Its never ready and if you hold off until you think it is ready you will never get it out the door. This is fact, you got to get it out the door. So there will be issues for both and updates to fix them.

It is just down to who has the least issues and who comes through the early days the best. For me right now this could be Microsoft.

#2 Posted by thenexus (324 posts) -

These are stacking up:

I have seen a lot of twitter and other feeds talking about poor build quality. Did they rush this out the door?

#3 Posted by thenexus (324 posts) -

@klumzee: I would say though the underlining approaches to everything, new franchise or old, was just the wrong ones. To much focus was made on the means to maximise profit margins rather then considering the impact on the game or the reactions and uptake.
Star wars was Star wars and they got a big name people love to make it, but the approaches laid down in the build foundations were wrong. Considering Warhammer before it etc no lessons were being learned.

I think that is the big take away, it was not learning from mistakes and driving EA forward out of the negativity that exists towards it.

#4 Edited by thenexus (324 posts) -

Web designer and developer here @adbrown You clearly do not understand modern web design and responsive design. Certain factors, design approaches are considered and considering type of content I could basically tell you Polygon is a rip off of 10 other sites without even thinking about it.

Modern web trends.

#5 Posted by thenexus (324 posts) -

Try resizing your window in Chrome, the site crashes completely, lol.

#6 Posted by thenexus (324 posts) -

Key thin is its crap, the guys are working on it, its to be expected and for everyone to just try be helpful with some good feedback and issues constructively so the guys can fix it up. They want to!

Its a big ask this sort of thing :)

@ltsquigs (web designer/developer here) some of the big load stems from the server - guessing this is your CDN. Images and more over your font rendering is taking up a lot of load...
Is the killer, it is set to no-cache as well that defiantly could be done with caching and it does not look to be well optimised. You using every aspect of it or can you prune this down?

Seeing the API calls being quite hoggy at moment, guess you guys seeing this, but thought to pass on.

Everything from is pretty crappy right now

These swf's are the bad ones:

These really needed? All tracking stuff? The load from these is sometimes 10/14 seconds!

301 Moved Permanently

0 B


GET e.gif?ts=1360741372585&..._avaliable:0&distntwrk=

200 OK

43 B


GET m?ci=us-200330&cg=&tl=d...c,c22&cc=1&rnd=89136523

200 OK

44 B


GET crossdomain.xml

200 OK

200 B


GET s49543411456979?AQB=1&n...--S0L0&s=1440x900&AQE=1

200 OK

1 B


GET b?C1=1&C2=3002244&C3=30...=1%7C1&randomizer=85925

204 No Content

(Cant add images in chrome here either by way)

#7 Posted by thenexus (324 posts) -

I am a web developer so It is not a bad thing. I would like a notification, or warning first though to be fair. Knowing how my clients are and what I have done with Adobe - yeah, bit of warning first over just doing it would be nice though.

It is fair enough, likely as Tycobb said - I not logged in to play battlefield 3 for a couple of months or ay other EA thing and also not changed my password for some time.

#8 Posted by thenexus (324 posts) -

Anyone else get the EA/ Origin Password reset emails?

As part of our efforts to help ensure account security, the password for your account was recently reset. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and hope you will recognize we're taking this action to better protect your personal data.
At EA, we care about the safety of your personal information and while we're doing all we can do to keep your data secure, you can help as well; be sure to change your passwords at least a few times a year and consider using a unique password for all your important accounts.

Is this a regular thing?

Not really seen this before. If not then I think they clearly have a security concern and that means they have had an attempt on their data that was either somewhat successful OR not but they taking this action just in case.


If toward my thinking.... Patrick? Do some investigating?

#9 Posted by thenexus (324 posts) -

Going by the Windows 8 surface tablets and Phone events I am hoping a MS manned Xbox event could still be on the cards before the year is out with an announcement of the New Console. At E3 you would have goes on the new games coming o the console with this years event being only the announcement.

MS new approach to these things and the fail on Nintendo's part on how they have handled announcing the WIi U - I think that would be a good move.

Shifting games, delayed games, games that can not work on current consoles being shown off, price cut of the 360, sales finally slowing down..

I think this is on the cards.

#10 Posted by thenexus (324 posts) -

This is probably talked about across the forums but I been at and Adobe event last week and catching up on E3 the past day or so.

Looking at games such as the new star wars game and watch_dogs, seeing a 360 controller for example on games that are not due till sometime next year makes you think.

Especially watch_dogs as the graphics look great, the animations look good when you look around there is a LOT going on. While the current game systems are being pushed to amazing levels right now and you can see from the last of us what the PS3 can do, some of these new announced games with no real ETA just have that little bit more to them, not just graphics but seemingly running tapping into more power. Especially with the 360 which amazes me what can be done considering the hardware now and its age but I get the feeling that we may be seeing some new MS console launch lineups in their early lives.

Well, I hope so, Next year really has to be the year of the new console for MS at the very least. Sony may have to show or say something but be another year away but MS could show off and launch for holiday season 2013. I think they have to more then anything else. I can see toward the end of this year a more downward slope in sales.

What are your thoughts?