Destiny 2 – How My Excitement Changed

Destiny 2

Destiny 2 is just around the corner and my excitement for it has drastically changed, but why?

Destiny 2

Destiny

Destiny was a game that consumed me, it became somewhat an addiction. The game was described as a looter shooter, but in all honesty, it was closer to a gambling/drug simulator. You’re constantly chasing the magic dragon in an attempt to get that one item you’ve been grinding 3,000 hours for.

Once you’ve acquired that item and all the other exotic items you’re after, what do you chase? Nothing, it becomes a repetitive mess. I played Destiny so much. I used it as an escape from day to day life and any personal issues. It was an escape, a place I could become something I’m not and meet other like minded people. The game has enabled me to make friendships with people I would never have had a chance to encounter if it werent for this game.

Fatigue

Once I reached that goal, that pinnacle of accomplishment – the game became stale and boring. I completed everything, collected all the gear, and played p2p to death. So when I first played the Destiny 2 PS4 beta, I was incredibly dissatisfied. The game felt the same, but a lot slower. I did not want to repeat the past three years of wasted days and nights repeating the same endless grind. I ran through the single player and I was impressed but worried as old mechanics still were in play. I ran the strike and it was the same old dull structure, and the PVP was incredibly slow being 4v4. It was after playing this beta, that I cancelled my collector’s edition pre-order. This is a product I would have spent considerable amounts of money on and spent countless hours playing. It was this beta that put a sour taste and uninterested taste in my mind.

Excitement

However, now my thoughts have once again flipped on themselves. I’m excited again, not for the PS4 version, but the PC version. The open beta ran last week and it was incredible. Playing a game you loved (despite all its flaws) in uncapped potential is a completely different feeling. I enjoyed playing PVP, the game looked gorgeous, and with my m50x’s I was able to experience incredible audio fidelity.

Friendship

As you can see above, the game looks beautiful (minus the YouTube compression). 1080p at 144fps (and above) is such a beautiful sight to see, especially when it doesn’t drop frames or show signs of screen tear. Playing the game with a mouse and keyboard is also extremely refreshing.  This has got me so excited to play, but the thought of waiting until October 24th for a release is no good. So I will be playing on PS4 and for one reason only; that reason is friendship. Not all of my friends who I’ve made through Destiny can afford a computer to run the game. And for that reason, I do not want to miss out on the chance of experiencing it all again with those same people on September 6th.

 

How To Use Discord with Consoles PS4/XBOX & PC with One Micophone – Astro A40 TR Example

Optical Audio Connections

If you are like me and you love using Discord to chat to your friends but find the lack of console support an issue video aims to help. I will teach you how to use one headset with both your PC and your console.

Optical Audio Connections

Firstly we will need a headset that has an optical and a USB connection. In this example, I will be using the Astro A40 TR’s. To start with you’ll need to connect the supplied optical cable to the input at the back of the mixamp and the other to your PlayStation. Once you have achieved this you will need to head to your settings, click sound and screen, and change the audio output to optical. For more information on this click this link to see Astro’s setup video.

PC Mode

Hold power button for PC mode

Next, we will plug the USB cable into your computer and the mixamp. Once you have plugged in your USB cable, click and hold the power button on your Astro Mixamp for until the lights turn completely white. This signals that you are in PC mode.

Discord Microphone Settings

Set your Discord microphone settings

Now head to discord, click settings and click voice.  Change the input device to your Mixamp. You will also need to set your output, for now, I will leave this as default. Now your Astro A40s are picked up through discord, but audio is not transferred to your headset. To fix this, you will need a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable that you will need to plug into your speaker output on your PC and then into the 3.5mm AUX jack on the Astro A40 TR Mixamp.

3.5mm to 3.5mm Cables for Audio

3.5mm to 3.5mm Cables are used for PC Audio

Now head back to the voice settings in Discord and change the output to your speaker port, by default this is usually “Speakers (Realtek)”.

Set Discord Output Settings

Now set Discord output settings

And there you have it, you can now use Discord for communication and the PlayStation for gaming at the same time.

Video Tutorial