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Losing its byte

These are strange times in the world of video games. For the first time since the mid1990s, three rival consoles from different manufacturers are doing real battle for our leisure time. Back then, it was Sony, Nintendo and Sega. Now, Microsoft has taken Sega's place; worryingly, it seems also to have taken on Sega's habit of confusing potential customers with too much hardware.

The uncomfortable truth about the new 360 Elite is that it feels like a product from a company that is struggling to come to terms with the fact that it no longer has the next-generation playground to itself. The Elite may turn out to be a stop-gap on the road to the next version of the 360, but for now it feels like a Jack of all trades. And a master of absolutely none.

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bung tickler3422d ago (Edited 3422d ago )

nothing is here to stay, everything gets outdated... that said.

if anything ms is taking sonys place and sony is taking segas... ok, ok, give me a second to explain.

nintendo been here for forever, then there was sega the second most established... along came sony, new guy, durring it's second system cycle it killed sega...

fast forward a few years...

nintendo been here for forever, then there's sony the second most established... along came ms, new guy, durring it's second system cycle it killed sony...

now you fanboys might not like it, but untill sony digs its way out of a distant third worldwide (if it even can) you can't help but to connect the dots. oh and here's another dot, sega had the most expensive system when it died...

ISay3422d ago

the US is only 24-30% of the market and while i agree all good things come to an end it wont be by microsofts hand

barom3422d ago (Edited 3421d ago )

First off Dreamcast was made to be easy to develop for. Same way as Xbox series.

Second Dreamcast came out a year earlier (or at least earlier).

Third Peter Moore worked for Sega and promoted the Dreamcast

Fourth Dreamcast had an established game library and PS2 had nothing when it came out

Five Microsoft is not gaining any third party support (anymore at least) and actually lost some (Haze). Is there any upcoming Xbox 360 exclusives that is NOT sponsored by Microsoft?

Sixth Dreamcast was a lot cheaper than the PS2 at PS2's launch.

On a sidenote I would like to say PS3 is doing great in both Europe and Japan. They increased sales in Japan when every other system decreased (DS,Wii,X360 included and probably PSP,PS2 too). I mean 2k a week and still decreasing, how low can X360 go? Haven't followed Europe's chart but I do know it's doing pretty good.

BenzMoney3422d ago

"It feels like a Jack of all trades. And a master of absolutely none."

lmao! Is he talking about the 360 or the PS3?

power of Green 3422d ago

The Elite is nothing more than a console with a bigger HDD and HDMI thats it!.

You don't look at the Silver set top box and pic it apart when all thats different from the Black one is that it enables HD content vs the black standard one; people will buy accordingly. Ridiculous...

Spike473422d ago

he's talking about the 360 elite.

I think that their might be a new rival in the horizon, hp fanboys rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bloodmask3422d ago (Edited 3422d ago )

and has a negative connotation bc of the lack of HD media, Wifi, etc. But these extra "options" are the very reason that the PS3 is failing miserably. Bc they have attributed to the $600 price point at launch.

Basicly the extra $100 dollars on the Elite price is for the larger HDD and HDMI.

HD media isn't needed for gaming and was solely put in the PS3 to win the format war. A very limited number of consumers watch HD movies on Consoles. By recent statistics less than 13% and half of consumers who buy PS3 don't even know what Bluray is.

Not to mention a hardwired connection will always be superior to WiFi. Even with the WiFi option I would never use it. Too many dropped signals.

So in conclusion I would think that Microsoft made the smart decision by not adding these extra features to the Elite, or the 360 for that matter. The sales would have been lackluster with the higher price tag. Very similar to PS3 sales most likely.

gEnKiE3421d ago

"HD media isn't needed for gaming and was solely put in the PS3 to win the format war. A very limited number of consumers watch HD movies on Consoles. By recent statistics less than 13% and half of consumers who buy PS3 don't even know what Bluray is."

Wasn't their an article just not too long ago about how PGR4 or whatever it is ran out of space on a DVD and is forced to cut corners to get the game to fit on a single dvd? You know, you say HD media isn't needed for gaming but i have to disagree with you their. Sure it isn't essential for todays games but down the road games are only going to get bigger and the more space is going to be needed. Even Epic said that their is going to be more content shipped on the ps3 version of unreal because they have the extra space to fool around with. Then again, the space isn't "needed" but it definitely is less space to be taken up on your hard drive for extra game content. I could really care less about the bluray as a hd movie format but i really love the fact that developers dont need to worry about how much space is left on a disk when they plan out a game, and like i said, games are only going to get bigger and i think microsoft really should of included a hd-dvd drive in the 360....

johnnywit3421d ago

I agree totally. Also, why would I want to spend so much money on wifi when I can get a 50 foot cable for 20 bucks. There would be no lag and it would be 80 dollars cheaper. I think the PS3 looks like a good system but I really believe they have added to much stuff to drive up the price.

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