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I strongly suspect that if/when Xbox outsells PS5, Microsoft is all of a sudden going to reverse their "numbers don't matter" policy, and it'll be Sony that'll claim actual console sales don't matter.

In other words, there's no need to speculate -- we'll know if/when the inflection point comes.

Besides, console sales isn't the fight anymore, based on current trends. Microsoft and Sony are going different ways, with Microsoft going all-in on services, while Sony is continuing it's traditional hardware route. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the last "pure" Xbox generation -- that the Xbox of the late 2020s is actually some sort of Surface laptop / gaming hybrid, if they continue to attach the Xbox name to hardware at all. Game Pass is where the future is for Microsoft, as bad as that is for developers and consumers in the long run (but that's a different rant.)

But if you want Hot Take, no real evidence, predictions, here's one: By the latter half of the 2020s, Microsoft and Sony work out a revenue sharing deal where Microsoft Game Pass is available on the Sony Playstation, and Sony gives up on exclusive first-party game development altogether to focus on hardware development.

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Update: took a while, but I finally handwashed the hat, everything came up fine. PEOPLE, YOU CAN CLEAN YOUR GB DAD HAT. :)

Thanks again to everybody who offered input.

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Still thinking about getting a PS5 once Horizon Zero Dawn: Forbidden West gets a formal launch date. But until then, no problems waiting. I've never really been one that has to "GET IT/SEE IT LAUNCH DAY" -- I think the only times I've done that are if I'm with a bunch of friends, so, it's less about the item and more about the shared experience.

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Not gonna be super helpful, but the gentlest way I know to wash anything fabric is hand washing with a gentle detergent and letting it air dry. Hopefully other folks have more helpful advice about this hat in particular.

On another, GB hat-related note, does anyone have any idea when/if this hat will be back in stock? I'd love to get one, but it's been out of stock since I discovered it.

Yeah, I’m looking for specific hat info. My wife and I use baby shampoo for anything we need to handwash. It’s just that some of these caps use cardboard as the brim stiffener, and those things don’t handle washing very well - and I can’t find any care instructions for the GB hat, either on the GB website or from the original maker.

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Hey folks,

Has anybody tried hand washing the GB Dad hat? Did it hold up okay?

I know it seems like a dumb question, but, in my experience, washing some caps is fine, washing other caps, not so fine (depends on what the material the visor is made of.) Usually you get some sort of care tag in the brim, but I couldn't find it on mine.

Thanks.

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Anthem might be too far gone at this point. However, there are examples of games that have come back from the dead. For example, Ubisoft has proven that you can usually end up getting some sort of value, if you're willing to put in real resources and be honest with the community. Like, For Honor, Rainbow Six Siege, Ghost Recon Breakpoint -- all games that started terribly, but managed to turn things around and survive, if not thrive, within their niches.

I would love a tell-all book on WTF happened at Bioware between the end of ME3 and Anthem.

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Damn. Good luck Ben your future endeavours, thanks for all the great entertainment and game discussion.

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FWIW, I actually DID the upgrade - I got my hands on a 3080, and then went from an i7 6700K to an i9 10900K. Now while watching the 3DMark benchmark jump was really nice (I went from the bottom 40% to the top 5% :), and that's without any overclocking), I haven't really noticed much difference in the games I've been playing (though I definitely haven't been playing anything graphically intensive in the first place.)

The real question is what Intel is going to do - since they're still stuck at 14nm, everything is going to be just minor refinements until they do their process jump, at which point you have to ask yourself if you want to risk buying a first generation Intel processor at 10nm when they've been having so much trouble implementing it so far. And you might need a power supply upgrade as well - the 10th gen i9s suck up a ton of power. (And that's ignoring the PCIE 4 question that somebody else brought up.)

So, I guess my opinion is that, unless you need the best of what Intel has right now, I'd wait -- either AMD prices will stabilize, or Intel will finally get their 10nm CPUs out and can actually compete on features without crazy TDP. I have no regrets because 2020 was a dumpster fire of a year and I wanted to engage in some retail therapy and get something shiny and my 4 year old PC was showing signs of needing some parts replaced anyway. Your PC is new enough that just getting the 3090 should be a good enough upgrade I think, as long as you're prepared to give up some FPS or visual fidelity at the top end for the most demanding games.

I wouldn't get rid of it though unless you really need the cash -- you're future proofing yourself with it anyway.

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After reading the sentiments of some of the people in this thread -- Jesus.

And people wonder why most content creators burn out after 3-5 years.