IGN's dedicated PlayStation Team tackles the most popular question in next-gen gaming.
That's a good, well thought out read. For the PS3, I think the difference will come down to the quality of the games. If people look at the Wii or 360 games and determine the PS3 games aren't significantly better looking, they won't pay the higher price....unless they were going to buy a blu-ray player already.
I still adamantly think that gameplay, not graphics, are what should and do sell consoles. If both systems end up looking the same, or even extemely close, then the consumer is left with a choice: if not graphics, then what? You've got either brand loyalty in one direction or the other, you've got franchise loyalty (which is a huge factor; many people complain about the number of 4's and 5's in the titles, but that's because they're good games that people want more of), and the added on features. Strictly gaming-wise, there is very little reason to get the PS3 over the 360 unless you have historically loved and preferred their first and second party titles. If you only played 3rd party games, then without a graphical diff, 360's a good option. If you plan to do a lot more than play games with it, then I still can't help but think all the extra stuff thrown in the box is worth the $600 investment in the long run though. I guess it comes down to what the market's like. Everyone that first bought a PS2 is now 6 years older. Gamers aren't just kids now-a-days; there are many, and possibly enough, who can afford to buy the system if they want it.
kev, you have to throw in the 360's online service and support too. right now, until we see what sony has in store, M$ is king of that hill. that also digs into Nin.'s pocket too. alot of people are saying the Wii is the causal gamers choice...but Live's arcade is that too. if there is a hardcore gamer in the house and some casual gamerstoo...the 360 is the anwser for that household. i can't wait to see what happens. We have three big dogs all fighting to win us gamers over...keep fighting and making cool stuff i say.
The 3DO and Jaguar had better graphical advantage over the Sega genesis and the Super Nintendo. That alone justified the cost. Sony has nothing to justify the cost of the PS3 but the blue ray player, which is not needed at all. Sony fans are in a bind right now. I know the feeling because I was one of the Sega losers from the 90’s. I think gamers should stop being so brand loyal its useless. IF one day the 360 or the Xbox were to say attempt to rip me off or go out of business I would move on to the next thing smoking just like I did with the Sega 32x and Sega CD Sony PS1 was waiting for me. This is better for gamers today because you can move on to the 360 it is an awesome alternative. Some people are losing touch with gaming the point is to enjoy yourself not enjoy a brand name.
The 32x and Saga CD together were $600.00 and the genesis was $300.00. that was $900.00 I talked my parents into that first $600.00 and I mowed lawns and worked at the local food lion. At the beginning it was fun until the games stopped. I just would hate for this to happen to some Sony fool because I used to be a Sega fool myself. I know Sony is a lot bigger than Sega but the point is be smart.
They hash up all the usual complaints about the PS3 such as the price, the launch titles, and most of all, the price. will you feel compelled to spend $600 for the PS3’s exclusive titles or about half that for the Wii’s entirely unique experience? I’ll of course buy all three, but it’s unlikely that “Middle America” will do the same. They seem to have forgotten what may be the biggest contender for that market this holiday: the PS2. At $129 in the U.S., it is far cheaper than all the new consoles, even the Wii, it has a great library of cheap, recent, high quality, exclusive titles, and has a surprisingly strong list of upcoming titles. This holiday season, PS2 has four 100% exclusive titles that look absolutely amazing: Okami, Yakuza, Bully (the Xbox version was recently cancelled according to spong), and Guitar Hero 2. God of War 2 is also coming shortly afterwards in early 2007. None of the other consoles have that strong of an upcoming lineup of exclusives. IGN also apparently misses that the announced prices are just launch prices aimed at the high end consumers when there is a huge initial pent up demand. Only afterwards, will they focus on the more casual “Middle America” (or Europe or Asia) market with lower pricing. They also omit that there is a fully capable $500 PS3 model which is the most closely spec’d to the $400 360 and that the 360 requires you to spend extra for a lot of functionality that people want which is already included in the base PS3 price such as online play and HD movie functionality. If Sony can deliver on what they’ve announced, I think Sony will take the cake this holiday season and this console cycle. Now what we really be interesting is if some guys from this site, ps3blog, got in on such a roundtable. Rather than listening to the IGN choir regurgitate the same tired doom and gloom over and over amongst themselves and then reading our standard rebuttals separately over here at ps3blog, why not mix the two camps together? Now THAT would be entertainment. What do you guys think?
It`s a post from PS3Blog.net.
Here's the deal, when people go into a store to or chose what system to buy before hand there not gonna know of what little things go on around the PS3. This is how their gonna think, the majority of people are gonna say wait till price comes down. The original fanboys will buy one at launch and most likely cause shortages for the next 6 months. Over 2007 when a few killer games come out PS3's will see a boost in sales. But the majority waiting for a price cut won't be able to get one till around mid 2008. Before then the best Sony couuld do is through in a old launch game or something. Even at Sony's best they could get PS3's price down to 400-500 by end of 2008 or 2009. Now what price is the competition at right now. The 360 core for 200, and premium for 300. Wii being at 200 but I don't think the wii is set for long term and the hype is already dying out. Okay if you've followed the PS2 you'd know it only really sold at under 200 bucks and that's where they got their big fanbase. So how is the PS3 gonna do when it's stuck at 400-500 in Q4 2008. You can figure that one out on your own, but the price cut people are waiting for can't compete with the other consoles. And sadly people care more about how much money their gonna loose and what performance their gonna get. Their not gonna care about wifi or wireless network, or USBs/Card readers. All their gonna look at is price and performance(games).
Don't Make People feel like idiots at the Counter.
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