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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.



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Feb. 23rd, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
GET BOTH!!! I know I would :P
OMG! You did not just say those things about Nintendo! :P

(even though they do piss of the hardcore-loyal gamer) lol

First off Nintendo has soo many great games you totally have to check out. (apparently 09 is the year for the wii)

De Blob
Boom Blox
Zack and Wiki
Endless Ocean
Wario Shake Dimension
Excite Truck
Tiger Woods All Play 09
Shawn White Snowboarding
Starwars: The Force Unleashed

Hardcore/mature (for some reason never get mentioned or missed by people)

Dead Rising
Deadly Creatures
House of the Dead: Overkill
Call Of Duty 3:Medal of Honor
No More Heroes
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Now to be serious. I'm glad your keeping your Wii. And I'm sure you are referring to your food allergy for "shovelware" games. nonetheless everyone has different tastes and views so its no big deal.

Now for some info to help you out if possible...

360s now, are a lot more stable than they were at launch. If you want to be safe. buy the elite. but that's going to cost you $550~. they have been created differently in they way in which its very unlikely to crash.

also to let you know, 360s are now going at $300 for the arcade pack and the pro pack at $400.

if you cant fork out cash for the elite, the next best option is the pro. because both of them have storage space. where as the arcade has none.

OK, with PS3s, they are also better than what they where at launch also. there main faults where the laser mechanism which would burn out too quickly. but now they have implemented better parts.

whats important to know. APPARENTLY Sony may be issuing a price drop on the PS3 sometime around march. Its being on speculation atm from around the gaming news world. If that's true it would mean a drop to $500-$600.

Also Sony have lost a lot of money as a whole in its industry. and to my knowledge sales haven't been that steady. borderline on par. therefore a price drop to compete with the 360 will surly no doubt get consumers to hook on a nice deal.

You got to understand that PS3 and 360 are really selling PC games. Also 3 out of 5 of your chosen games from your 360 list are First person Shooters. Most people will argue that its not that big of a deal if you have a decent PC for gaming. So on a side note PC gaming of certain games will fell a lot better.

And finally about the life span of the consoles of this generation. No one knows where it will end. Because of the continual success of the Wii, there's no point waiting in upgrading to the next console because it seems Sony and Microsoft will just continue with what they have because they they assume Nintendo's wii system will get old because of the graphic limitations. therefore hopefully take advantage of that and build upon more of a casual market.

that being said, who knows when that will happen. because it appears the majority of people buying the leading console don't give a crap about graphics. Nintendo are still somewhat stigmatized as a console for kids and the assumption of not being even called a next-gen console.

atm it seems we have at least 1 or 2 more years i.e 2010/2011 where we will see either console announcements or even actual dates of releases.

anyways I so badly want either a PS3 or 360. Or even both actually because there are certain games I need to play.

let me know what you actually buy in the end. I should hopefully have enough investment to buy both this year.

...if I'm lucky.

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