Videogame Systems

It has been eons since I have posted on the Videogame console wars and I thought that I would post on it. Currently, there are 3 platforms shipping and they are the Xbox360, PS3 and Wii.

The biggest surprise is the Wii. This system is probably the least powerful of the three and so one would think if graphics is what matters most then the platform would have limited success. Interestingly, the platform is extremely successful due primarily to the unique gameplay with the motion oriented controls. I tried playing it recently and was impressed. Of course, the games I played were just simplistic sports games with limited graphics. That said, the system is still lots of fun, but graphics is not its forte.

The jury is still out on the XBox360 vs PS3 battle. The platform battle is also a microcosm of next gen HD DVD standards as well since the 360 supports HD-DVD (with add-on external drive) and the PS3 supports Blu-ray. These two different technologies continue to compete and it is unclear which will dominate.

The other issue with the PS3 and XBox360 is that neither platform has a truly killer game. That is, a game that makes it worth buying the consolve for. Most of the titles available feel like they are not fully optimized for the new platform and thus do not take advantage of the additional procesing power. IMO, a key indicator in the battle is which system gets the most compelling games sooner and the verdict is still out. Halo 3 could be a killer for the XBox360 and I am intersted in the PS counter to this release.

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