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First of all, the 360’s operating system is very efficient because not only does it use far less memory than the PS3’s operating system but it also only uses 3% CPU time on Core1 and Core2, whereas nothing is reserved on Core0. The 360 has 3 true “cores” (as defined by most sources) - in that each core has its own accessible memory cache in which to draw from. Each of these 3 cores is also generically referred to as a “dual-core CPU” in that each actual core has 2 processors and unlike most &...

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Actually, you are incorrect in saying that: “Microsoft won't say the Xenon is more powerful because they know it's not” because in 2005 (shortly after Sony’s E3 press conference and the announcement of their over-bloated specs on the Cell processor) they issued the following press release:

http://xbox360.ign.com/arti...

In this press release Microsoft essentially illustrates the fact tha...

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The 360’s operating system only uses 3% CPU time on Core1 and Core2, whereas nothing is reserved on Core0. The 360 has 3 "true" cores as defined by most sources - in that each core has it's own accessible memory cache in which to draw from. Each of these cores is called a dual-core CPU in that each core has 2 processors that (unlike most "dual-core" CPU's found in PC's at that time) can calculate threads of instructions simultaneously.

The Cell CPU in the ...

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Microsoft learned many very valuable lessons about the console wars during their first attempt with the original Xbox. One of the biggest was the concept of re-engineering components of a console in order to reduce costs during its life cycle. You see, Microsoft did not own the intellectual rights to most of the components in the original Xbox and was therefore relegated to tedious negotiations with its hardware vendors in an attempt to reduce costs and compete with the PS2. Of course most...

4762d ago 16 agree5 disagreeView comment

Microsoft learned many very valuable lessons about the console wars during their first attempt with the original Xbox. One of the biggest was the concept of re-engineering components of a console in order to reduce costs during its life cycle. You see, Microsoft did not own the intellectual rights to most of the components in the original Xbox and was therefore relegated to tedious negotiations with its hardware vendors in an attempt to reduce costs and compete with the PS2. Of course most...

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Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate Sony’s efforts and wish them to continue but to criticize like the author does in this article indicates that they had some sort of expectations to begin with and although it is true that gamers expect more now than ever before from an online gaming experience – this is Sony and the PS3 we are talking about here! The real question isn’t what was or was not in the update per se but rather does these updates indicate a real change in direction for Sony, or ju...

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Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate Sony’s efforts and wish them to continue but to criticize like the author does in this article indicates that they had some sort of expectations to begin with and although gamers expect more now than ever before from an online gaming experience – this is Sony and the PS3 we are talking about here! The real question isn’t what was or was not in the update per se but rather does these updates indicate a real change in direction for Sony, or just more lip ser...

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To summarize:

I use the Wii as a party machine because it is far more sociable than the other consoles and it bridges the generational gaps with it's intuitive simple movements.

Up until now, I have used the PS3 almost exclusively as a Blu-ray player and I don't really see that changing anytime soon. Blu-ray movies look absolutely gorgeous but I will say that the PS3 gets far too hot and way to loud for a dedicated movie player (after about 2+ hours of play) and...

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As such, I anticipate that I will have to listen to the same old "what's wrong with Microsoft" and "Windows sucks" comments by morons that don't realize the technical complications between 64-bit and 32-bit compatibility cross-overs and just how much of the enormous work load will need to be shouldered by other very slow software developers.

Nonetheless, the 32-bit / 64-bit question is by far the most interesting aspect to the introduction of the next Window...

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If you ever tried to play Halo 2 co-op on a widescreen TV then you would know that the "wasted space" is far, far better than a reduction of visible space. You see if you just cut the TV in half (vertically) then you get the game with most of the sides cut-off! In fact it is worse than going from 16:9 to 4:3! Furthermore, if you cut the screen horizontally (which is what they opted to do) then you are essentially reducing the vertical dimension and thus if you wanted to not have ...

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Countdown... 3-2-1

...and they gave it 9.5!

...now IGN!

5061d ago 1 agree0 disagreeView comment

...because the total data transfer capacity / disk-read speed of optical disk drives is used primarily for accessing textures and general game code. Halo 3 has well over 35,000 different lines of dialogue and the majority of which has to be accessed very quickly - according to the players actions and the enemy AI's reactions. This is common place in games that have dynamic AI and is far different from the start to finish nature of playing non-compressed audio tracks for a movie.
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5073d ago 18 agree3 disagreeView comment

...but the fact that you have an avatar of Ricky from the Trailer Park Boys -- WELL THAT'S JUST AWESOME MAN!

Brings a tear to my eyes because I am up late working and knocking back a few Molson's, sporadically checking this site for a break.

Ricky, Bubbles, and Julian are Canada's home-boys (for real) and it still completely amazes me that most Americans have no idea who they are!

Apparently the British are in-tune though, so maybe they will get th...

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...I believe that a game should be judged on its merit and that reviewers for GOTY should not place any external impedance on whether or not it is a new IP. That being said; I do hear what some of you are saying with respect to wishing that a new IP will take the GOTY. I mean come-on, really it is about growing the industry and if some of these games mentioned can be considered in the same category as a Halo 3 - then we all win because that is most likely going to be a very good category to...

5104d ago 2 agree1 disagreeView comment

...the Halo universe is about to expand by leaps and bounds.

The launch of Halo 2 was the biggest single-day entertainment release in the history of mankind because of the culture that was built-up by Halo 1. It grossed more revenues than Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, ...you name it - it destroyed them all!

The reason for this was because Halo fans voted with intensity when they stood outside at Midnight to get their copy of Halo 2. That level of ...

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Prior to the PS3's launch; Sony used to use a play on words by claiming that "HDMI is required for 1080p" and as such the "PS3 represented the start of the true Hi-Def era". Now as an economist with a passion for game theory analysis and computer engineering; I immediately recognized these types of statements for what they were - a complete joke! Of course one can still find remnants of gullible Sony drones that succumb to this form of "Buy-in" propaganda in ar...

5107d ago 4 agree1 disagreeView comment

...further reduce the price to one that is far more marketable to the masses.

Obviously Microsoft has looked at their upcomming game release schedule and feels fairly confident that a modest price drop coupled with a currency rate adjustment will be enough to clear the current stock of the component-based SKU's.

What is interesting to me is whether or not this phase-in will attempt to be "under the radar" so-to-speak (yeh right, good luck with that) or ...

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1) the duplication of data (so that the incredibly slow laser read speed doesn't handicap the system with respect to increased loading times - think Oblivian!) and 2) carefully placed filler and / or junk code so that Sony's first party developers could come out and say that they could not have made the game if not for the increased capacity of Bluray (i.e. Resistance anybody?).

Well that folks is nothing more than rediculous "Buy-in" propaganda and the bottom line he...

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...and in my opinion it is a telling sign that Halo 3 will be on the top of it's genre for a long time to come and just like it's predecessors will be the high mark that all other FPS's will attempt to achieve.

Halo Killers? ...Well just like last-gen my sense is that one after the other they will all fall short to the marvel that will be Halo 3.

I have never been so stoked to play co-op in a game before, especially considering the AI in the game will unexpectan...

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I personally do not care about my gamer score and my girlfriend jokingly refers to it as a measure of just how big of a geek you are, rather than something to take pride in. Try to picture me dismissing this comment with a laugh, as I put my headset on for battle over Xbox Live. Honestly folks, I tell her technical stories about electronics and the corresponding economic strategies that different companies take to incorporate these products into the marketplace as bedtime stories to put her...

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