Lately my blogs have been slanted towards favoring the PS3. Hey, I'm just a gamer, not a fanboy. I can appreciate both platforms. I'm not anti-Xbox 360, I own one; I'm pro consumer. The PS3 is simply offering more value right now. What angers me, is that the Xbox could offer the same features as PS3 and combined with its superior online ecosystem, would probably easily be everyone's preferred platform with the exception of fans of exclusive titles.
But, I cannot ignore the fact that Microsoft is short-changing those of us who have supported them through RRoD hell. This utter refusal to go Blu-ray, or even announce they will in the future is a slap in consumers faces. Telling users they don't need an HD disc because digital downloads are the future of home video entertainment or telling them that 720p with Dolby Digital 5.1 is High Definition is just wrong.
So how do consumers get what they want, while giving Microsoft the profits they're willing to short-change us to keep. Where's the happy medium? It's where it's always been; Hardcore gamers and enthusiasts willing to pay the extra bucks to subsidize advanced technology until the manufacturer can get enough market penetration and reduce manufacturing costs enough to make a profit and appeal to the mass market.
This is how it works with 3D accelerators for PCs. I mean, how many people are actually willing to spend $500 for a video card to run Crysis properly? I'll tell you how many, enough to keep ATI and NVIDIA's R&D departments staffed that's how many.
XBox Ultimate doesn't need to be Xbox 720. It just needs to be Xbox 360 done right. So here's the deal, here's what Xbox Ultimate needs: