Which console should I buy?

Discussion in 'Console Games' started by Dingado, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Dingado macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    I am really wanting to start playing video games again (I have been busy with studies the last three years, but the next 6 months things are slowing down).

    I REALLY want to get into Battlefield 1, and I highly doubt that game will run on my MBP 2015 15" base model, even with bootcamp.

    The thing, however, is that I am having to move overseas in a month and will stay there for 4 months and then move to another country again. So I can't invest in anything bulky such as a stationary computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse because who really wants to move that stuff between different countries three times in 6 months?

    I noticed the feature Remote Play or Xbox Streaming and that seems to be so darn perfect, but then I realized that the input lag might ruin the whole experience on Battlefield 1.

    I also thought about the PS Vita or the Nintendo Switch but it's just not my style at all.

    I don't have the funds to go out and invest in a $1,500 gaming laptop.. So what am I gonna do?! Arghh..

    I wish the MBP 15" with 2.2 GHZ, 16gb ram and the intel iris pro were able to run games such as BF1..

    Do you guys have any advice? Should I just give up on the entire thing?
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Running on low settings at 1440x900 (Half resolution - i.e. none-retina mode) you should be fine actually. If you want a console, the PS4 is great. And small enough that I think it''s easy to just throw in a bag
     
  3. Dingado thread starter macrumors member

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    You really think it'd be able to run it without me wanting to throw it out the window? I've seen they do offer a trial period of like 7 days so perhaps I should give it a run.

    Strongly considering the PS4, as you said it really isn't that big, and it'll be able to run anything I throw at it. My only issue is then having to buy a monitor if the input lag through remote play is too much (which I am assuming with FPS games)
     
  4. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    I haven't tried BF1, but I've played some newer tripple-A titles on mine, and if you don't assume you can run max settings, it works fairly well, yes. Though I don't know, are you a 60FPS or bust kinda person? Cause I personally couldn't care less if it runs at 30 or 60, and high-intensity competitive stuff isn't what I do either. With the seven day trial, give it a shot I say.

    Hadn't thought about the need for an extra display. I don't know - the PS4 is a good device, but never tried the remote play thing.
     
  5. gkarris macrumors 604

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    The PS4 Slim is smaller but runs super-hot. You can get the XBox One S with Battlefield 1 I've still seen for $249, and runs a lot cooler...
     
  6. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Do you have actual temperatures? Running hot doesn't necessarily mean it's problematic. Besides, the standard PS4 is small too
     
  7. iosuser, Mar 21, 2017
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    Since the OP is moving, a laptop will probably suit best. Check out the Dell Inspiron 15 7567, $800 with quad-core i5, 15" 1080p screen, and GTX 1050. Pretty reasonable price for the specs. The only bad part is it comes with a TN screen. There is a similar one from HP with a better IPS screen, can't think of the model at the moment but it's priced similarly.

    Here's the HP:
    http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-power-pavilion-laptop--15t-x7p44av-1

    I'd definitely go with the HP for $650.

    Comparison of the two:
     
  8. gkarris macrumors 604

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    *extremely* hot - I have to put it on top of a dish receiver I have that is metal and has vents on top to help it(the component I had it on I was very concerned the heat it was giving off onto it). The dish receiver is off during play anyways.

    http://community.us.playstation.com...als/New-PS4-slim-Hot-Really-Hot/td-p/46084211

    The Youtube vids take the temp readings out the back fan exhaust (kind of useless) but it gets super hot on the bottom where the PS4 is sitting so does the thing it is sitting on.

    Best to have it vertical.
     
  9. RootBeerMan macrumors regular

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    I fully recommend the new version of the XBox One. You get great graphics and playability, plus you get 4K output. If you have a 4K TV you just saved another few hundred.
     
  10. mandoman, Mar 21, 2017
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    If you are solely interested in BF1, I'd go with the version with the largest player community:
    http://bf1stats.com/

    PS4 has edge over XB1, and both dwarf the PC community.

    However, I'd pick the platform that has the best selection of games you are interested in playing, not just for BF1.
     
  11. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    None of that really convinced me there's a problem. The chip inside the PS4 is rated to operate at up to, I believe it was 100°C. Now I have no reason to believe the chip is that how. As stated in some of the material you refer to yourself, better out then in. The Xbox has a larger area to disperse the heat, but the chip itself could very well have the exact same temperature.
     
  12. jlyanks85 macrumors 6502a

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    Ps4 has the best variety of exclusives, but if you only care about battlefield, most would prefer Xbox live over psn for online play.
     
  13. Dingado thread starter macrumors member

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    I have thought about a laptop..

    There is also this one: https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-..._1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490142944&sr=8-1&keywords=E15

    Getting a lot of positive reviews.. Does seem a little silly to have a MBP 15" and also a 15" Windows PC..

    Hmmmm..
     
  14. iosuser macrumors 6502a

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    The 940MX in that Acer is very weak, probably not much better than the Iris in your MBP. For another $100 or so the HP will be far more powerful. The GTX 1050 is basically a portable PS4 in terms of power. A laptop will be far more convenient since you're moving multiple times in the next few months, so I thought portability will be your main factor. For sure a PS4 is the cheaper route to go, but with that you gotta buy and lug around a monitor.
     
  15. Dingado thread starter macrumors member

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    Unless I buy a monitor in the first country, sell it before I leave and then buy a monitor in the second country?

    How much does a minimum spec monitor cost? I could probably get by with a 24-inch or so, couldn't I?
     
  16. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Well, if you'd be OK with playing on a 15" display in a laptop, I don't see 24" being a problem at all. But question is, can you really do with a minimum spec monitor? it could look really quite crappy.

    Don't know if you tried it, but I still suggest trying it out on your MBP before doing anything else, to see if that works well enough for you
     
  17. Dingado thread starter macrumors member

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    I will. Waiting on my external SSD drive to come in as I'll run the games off of that. Should have a result next week. I'm just looking at other options in case it doesn't work!
     
  18. iosuser macrumors 6502a

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    $100 or so for a basic 24".

    Seems like it'd be a lot of hassle buying selling and then buying another monitor. I have to believe a quad core GTX 1050 equipped will resell for at least $500 after it has served its purpose. Seems I'm the only one pushing a laptop here but that's what I would do if I'm moving around and want some gaming.
     
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    That HP is on Spring Special for $649 right now - a great deal...
     
  20. Zaft macrumors 68020

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    Do you have any friends that play online? Also, do you have cable tv? Xbox one has an HDMI out that ca pass through cable to the UI.
    Its nicely integrated.
     

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