Friday, February 2, 2007

No Next-Gen Contest

It has been said by many that there is a heavy competition between these three consoles and it is going to be a war. I would have to agree that there is a limited money source, and they are definitely all competing for the same money. Yet, I find it difficult to believe they are all competing in the same race.

The three systems; the Sony Playstation 3, the Nintendo Wii, and the Microsoft Xbox 360 are three completely distinct consoles and can be viewed quite simply in this way.

Xbox 360: In 3-4 months, it will be seen how limited this hardware is when compared to the Playstation 3. Yet, developing for the Xbox 360 has been seen as relatively easy with their powerful development tools and large US customer base. As well, for any game that wishes to be online, the XBOX 360 is the only place to be. Ignore the pricing here for a second and think purely of online performance and matchmaking. There shouldn't be any argument. The Simple Truth about Xbox 360 is that it is the Online Now machine.

Nintendo Wii:
This is yesterday's System of Nostalgia. It is easy to build, efficient and intuitive on all fronts. Ignore the corporations trying to shove the Living Room Media Center garbage down your throat and maybe you can see what this is. Its fun. Its a party system. It is not meant to be played online. It is meant for you to invite over all of your friends, grab a bunch of controllers and just go at it. No wires, no strings attached (except the extreme rarity and cost of the controllers). Just be gentle. Laughs are guaranteed.

Playstation 3: Despite all rumors, this is a great device. The only problem is that it is built for the future. And for once, it is not bull coming out of Sony's mouth. This system is a year ahead of its time. It may not be a great system right now, but give it 1-2 years and nothing will come close. The System of Tomorrow.

So who wins? That's like trying to say "He won the olympics because he won the hurdle race!" "No no no, it was the pole-vaulter!" "What are you two talking about, he won because he broke the world record in breast stroke!"

They are three completely different consoles, each with their own qualities. Which do you want, a system you can play tonight online, a system you can play with friends tomorrow, or a system that might work really really nicely in a year or two? Hey, that's your choice, but in the end, everybody wins.


Jonnycade said...

I couldnt agree more with each system. The Wii is an amazing system that although the graphics are under par, the sytem itself is amazing and tons of fun. Also, although the PS3 is ahead of its time, i think that'll be its downfall. Having no games and being so expensive, other corporations will grow while Sony stays still. So many places have overloaded stocks of PS3 cause noone wants them while noone has a Wii in stock.

Fetuscollector6 said...

yeah, the Wii's graphics do leave a bit to be desired. Also i'm not sure why they couldn't integrate dvd playback with the Wii. As for PS3... all i can say is we'll have to wait and see. I've heard mixed reviews about the cell processor. Spec-wise its an amazing piece of powerful technology, on the other hand i have heard that it has a variety of issues that make developers not want to make games for the PS3. I guess the future will tell.

Also I'm curious to see if the blu-ray vs. hd-dvd battle is decided by the success or failure of PS3.

CorranThorn said...

Yeah, definitely. Who wants to buy a 600 dollars paper weight? I'm glad they fixed the stuff they had wrong with their backwards compatibility for hte most part, but they're just too far into the future. Developers won't make any money on this system, and despite what Sony may think, money drives the industry, not their "guanxi" or whatever the chinese word for it is.