Excuse me if I offend anyone, but you would seriously have to be some kind of moron to buy a PS3 for twice the price of a much better Xbox 360:
- Sony has flat out lied to its fans that they were going to launch this March, when everyone in the industry knew it wasn't going to happen. For gods sake, the development kits weren't even out that long. We can debate whether it is a lie, but those reading all the press releases knew something stunk. Link
- Because of the Immersion lawsuit, the Dual Shock has been nuked. A controller with no rumble is so 1990’s. Link
- No HDMI in the $499 version. That means that some Blu-Ray DVD movies may not play in High Def. “Future Proof”, ha. Link
- There has been more than one report that the graphics are not that much better than the Xbox 360, and certainly not for so much more $$$. Link
- Sony is losing some of its exclusives. EA Online is now Xbox Live Enabled and Grand Theft Auto IV was just announced as an Xbox 360 exclusive. Link
- Xbox Live is absolutely awesome. There is no way Sony can match that right away. NO WAY, do you hear me?
- Sony stands to lose $900,000,000 on the PS3 launch. The reason? Building a cell processor that is not much better yet way cheaper Xbox IBM processor, and the Blu-Ray drive. Link
- First generation Blu-Ray drive speed will be 1x or 2x, which will cause much slower load times than the Xbox 360. Link
- Developers working on games for the PS3 have said it is much harder to develop games for than the Xbox 360. Link
- Microsoft will be cutting their price down to $219 and $299 in October. That will make the PS3 TWICE as expensive. Link
- What parent in their RIGHT MIND would pay for an $800 toy for their teenager? ($600 system + $50 controller + $60 game + $60 tax).
- Oh yeah, and what if Blu-Ray loses the war? Sony tends to lose these races. Link
- Halo 3. Wow. Link
- $500 version also won’t support wireless controllers. Link
If you know me, you know I am a big Xbox 360 fan. Heck, I have a whole category devoted to my 360 diatribes. But the funny thing is I don’t want the PS3 to suck, although it is going to.
Here’s the deal: Sony screwed up big time and got out-maneuvered by Microsoft. And they are ridiculously behind. Sony, to catch up, is promising crazy release dates, and adding crazy hardware to try to lure people to buy it.
The latest hardware estimate by Merril Lynch prices it at $800. And why the heck are they putting a blu-ray drive in there? Why spend $350 on a drive that is locked in a format war and may lose?
It certainly seems that Sony is adding these expensive hardware parts because they know their content is inferior to the Xbox. They know development for it is harder. They know their online service will not match Xbox Live. So they have to rush the date and add crazy hardware.
I read that it will support 1080p. So? 1080p really means 1080p at 24 or 30 frames per second. And at 30 frames per second all it is good for is watching films or DVD’s. Games and television require much higher FPS’s which 30 FPS just doesn’t cut. So Sony is adding over $400 of expense to give you a great looking DVD player? STUPPIIDD!
Sony is now promising a HUB online service. Will it be able to match the seriously addictive Xbox Live? And get it working in only a few months?
I mean, come on! At least pretend like you have a chance, Sony.
In Project Gotham Racing, you can watch Gotham TV and tune into live games by some of the best racers in the world. You can also view the #1 racer for a particular race and watch a replay of his race, and even race his “ghost”. This is all cool, but I want to be able to watch my friends race.
And to take it a step further, I would love to watch a friend battle his way through Call of Duty 2 and see him getting shot in the head every 30 seconds. I could give comments and helpful advice via chat.
Even further would allow me to take over and show him what to do. Maybe only allow a maxium of a few minutes to keep people from taking credit for someone else's work.
We could call it Xbox 360 spy (Since Xbox 360 Remote Desktop sounds stupid and well, is mis-named). It would obviously be opt-in, so you would have to allow someone to watch each time they want to connect. And I am guessing that the connecting person would also need the DVD in the drive to prevent sending over all those bits.
How cool would that be?
Man, Call of Duty 2 is hard. Really hard. I am playing on Veteran (the insane level), because that is the only way to get Xbox Live Achievements.
I have 3 campaigns left, but can't get past the first checkpoint of the American campaign. I have played it…I don't know…maybe 40 times and no cigar. At it isn't like I die at the same spot each time. It's about 7 minutes of fighting which culminates by running in front of a cannon. I have a knack of dying about 10 seconds from the next checkpoint.
In other news, I finished off Project Gotham Racing and started Gun to kill some time until next month.
February sees the release of Fight Night on 2/22/06, Street Fighter 2 at the end of February, and Ghost Recon soon after.