May 19, 2005
More Console Wars
Posted by scott at May 19, 2005 01:50 PM
Jeff gets a no-prize shaped like a game controller for bringing us this more neutral and (seemingly) informed take on the implications of all the upcoming consoles. In a nutshell, it would appear Sony's lead is a lot bigger than I percieved it to be (big surprise there), and that the XBox 360 is much more in line with Microsoft's standard v2.0 practice. I.e., less tacky and clunky than the original, respectable performance, but still well below the state of the art.
In other words, Sony probably doesn't have to dance as fast as I thought they would to lead Microsoft this time around.
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I think the problem MS has is they are trying to make their system be all-inclusive. If they would stop worriyn about how to rope in the whole family and focus just ont he gaming aspect Sony would be sh!tting themselves. But for some reason they (Microsoft) wants to bundle in all sorts of other goodies when all the gamer wants it an awesome gaming experience. Leave the family stuff out of it.
Will I grab a 360 when I can...yeah. But I will also, for the first time, maybe, probably start looking at the PS3 as well. BUT that is just a slight, small maybe at that.
?!? ... Have you forgotten all you have learned?!? Remember who we're talking abo@#$(*@!...
WE ARE MICROSOFT. STYLE IS IRRELEVANT. PERFORMANCE IS IRRELEVANT. USERS ARE IRRELEVANT. RESISITANCE IS FUTILE. YOU WILL BE ASSIMMILATED.
I think the assimilation has started. Don't you own a non-Mac PC?
Will I pick the new Xbox? Absolutely. As soon as Halo3 comes out. And lo, it will be good. There will be rocket launchers, holy plasma grenades (you will count to 3, not 4. Five is right out. So is 2, unless you proceed directly to three...), and much destruction.
As much as we geeks like to think of ourselves as a majority, the sad fact of life is that we are only a tiny minority. Microsoft has wisely chosen to challenge its competitors in the family console market, a market so huge that all the serious gamers in the world couldn't drop as much money in a hundred years as it spends in a single day. They already have their competition on the ropes with the Halo series, and the release of a cheap new console with Halo 3 would obliterate Sony, even if the Xbox2 was crap and the PS3 was a tiny god.