February 22nd, 2009

aussiepoida - Iterlectuaralist

Xbox 360 you say?

Nintendo has finally bored me enough with its new focus on casual games that I have decided to spend some some and buy a Xbox 360. I wont get getting rid of the Wii - I still think its a great bit of fun. Disappointing as the lack of decent games for the Wii is, I've still spent a hell of a lot of time on it, and have had some fantastic fun in the process.

Twilight Princess, Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Resident Evil 4, Ōkami - all brilliant games... seriously. But I've played them now, and there do not seem to be any more games of the same calibre. As much as I love the Wii, the games always have a very plastic feel to them... like nasty fast food, as apposed to proper restaurant food. Fast food is colourful, fun and tasty, but also not very nutritious.

I was hoping that mac games could bridge the gap for me. There are a number of rather decent games on the mac. Call of Duty 4 for example. Unfortunately, much like on the Wii, great Mac games are few and far between. The good ones are great, but not numerous enough.

There are a of games that I have been waiting for a mac port for (the Wii simply is not powerful enough). Other games are simply new. They are:
  1. Bioshock
  2. Fallout 3
  3. GTA 4
  4. Half-Life 2
  5. God of War
  6. Resident Evil 5

I think Bioshock is actually the main catalyst. It has been out for two and a half years and I've been waiting patiently for it to come to a system I own. Half-Life 2 is now over five years old, and I'm yet to play it. Crazy. I need to get my hands on a system with which to play some of these mature games. And I'm certainly not in the market for a new PC.

I'm still considering the PS3. It would be irresponsible for me not to give it some consideration. Its an extra $300, but I would spend it if I knew it was worth it.... I am leaning towards the xbox mostly because of its similarity to the PC (and the price), not because of its exclusives or such.

I do not want to use the PS3 as a bluray player, and thus I am left with the question of where that extra money would be going towards, in the context of what I would be using it for. Style? Yes. Extra power? Most probably, but enough to justify the price? No one seems to be able to say for sure.

I have no doubt that the PS3 will have longer legs. I'm pretty sure it will still be Sony's primary console in 6 years. The Xbox on the other hand probably only has another 2 or 3 years in it before it get revised... and I'm pretty sure the new xbox will have more grunt than the current PS3 when it comes out.

So I will try to look at his from the perspective that I am investing money in computer based entertainment, with an outlook to be pleased for the next 10 years or so.

The xbox is $399- It was released in November 2005 and is now in its 4th year. I will probably buy a new one in 3 years time for $599 (just guessing the price, of course). I assume that the next xbox will give me a further 6 years of pleasure from that point onward. So that's $1000 over the next 9 years. That's $110/year. I have no doubt that for 6 of those years, I will have a console superior to the PS3.

The PS3 is $680 - It was released in November 2006 and is now in its 3rd year. It would last me about 6 or 7 years, at which point I would probably buy a new version of it for $750 or so... which would probably provide a further 6 or 7 years after that point. That's $1430 for 12 - 14 years. $100-$120/year.

No doubt this imaginary new Playstation would be better than my previous imaginary new Xbox.

Now that I have worked out these numbers, I am suddenly more confused. I was 90% sure that the Xbox was the right choice. Now I'm not so sure. Damn it. I actually hoped that crunching the numbers would make the choice more obvious, but apparently not.

I must also consider the extra $150 for the Xbox wireless network add-on.... the ps3 has it included as standard.

I must also consider the Xbox's shocking reliability issues. Every person I know that has an Xbox has been forced to send it for repair on at least one or two occasions. The PS3 on the other hand has very few, and very isolated technical problems, and is certainly a better quality device.

This journal entry was supposed to clear things up for me.. alas, it has not.