Originally Posted by RexHarrison
I never said BluRay made the PS3 a better gaming machine. My whole point was the PS3 was at worst equal to the 360 as far as gaming goes. Since gaming is the most important function of a Game console, Sony got that right,+1 for Sony. The PS3 was also one of the Best BluRay players on the market for a long time. In fact it is still really good. You could say that if it weren't for the PS3, BluRay would be nowhere near as popular as it is now.
People weren't outraged about the "It only does everything" add campaign because Sony didn't turn their back on hardcore gamers in the process. Microsoft on the other hand seems to be solely targeting casual gamers with their " it only does everything but play games as good as that other console" campaign.
Microsoft had a good 5 year run of producing 360's that were susceptible to the RROD. I bought an 07'build date and when that one died, I bought an elite with a late 09' build date. After the elite died that was it. My friend was also on his 2nd. Many customers of mine were on their 2nd or 3rd, some were on their 4th. To me that shows how much Microsoft really cares. After a couple batches of defective 360's, the problem should have been isolated and fixed. Not just keep pumping out 360's with a 60- 70 % failure rate.
I wouldn't say PS3 was equal to 360 'as far as gaming goes'. I like my PS3, to be sure, and it has some advantages over the (OG) 360-- bluray support, built in wi-fi, a branded 1st party headset, a quicker Netflix interface and a very good crop of exclusive games. But it also has some severe disadvantages as well-- preference for controllers aside the online experience is pitiful on ps3. Next to the 360 with it's standard headset, cross game chat, party function and integrated user interface the ps3 just seems archaic. In addition, in the early going a lot of big third party titles looked worse on ps3 due to developers placing priority on the 360 by developing there and porting to the Sony system afterward. Not exactly the ps3's fault but still a strike against it being an equal gaming machine.
But that's all old news. You know what else is old news? Supposed 'hardcore' gamers getting all butt-hurt when a company decides to grow it's customer base by including features and functions that might attract a broader, more 'casual' audience. Like this whole gaming thing is an exclusive club-- sort of like that fort you made as a child out of couch cushions and cardboard boxes. Only, instead of 'no girls allowed' we've got a 'no casuals allowed' affixed to the entrance. Quit with the weird insecurity already.
Want a good car analogy? Porsche makes better 911s because it sells tarted up VW touaregs. When the Porsche faithful caught wind that their beloved company would be manufacturing and selling an SUV they howled. This was the end of the brand, Porsche had obviously lost there way. Doom was predicted for the dear 911 and the faithful wept. Now, Porsche sells about twice as many Cayennes as it does 911s here in the states and yet the 911 is still here and better than ever. All the profit porsche makes on selling the rebranded SUV is pumped right into the development of better transmissions, more powerful and fuel efficient engines, complex torque vectoring systems and sophisticated suspension set ups. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Microsoft hasn't abandoned the core gamer-- they've given more people more reasons to become gamers! The continuation of the 1 month exclusivity agreement for call of duty content, the formation of 343 studios, the courtship of Respawn entertainment and their much hyped first game Titanfall-- these are not the actions of a company looking to shuttle it's hardcore install base!
As for the RROD... Microsoft made good, what else do you want from them? They made a mistake, they extended and honored the warranty for those affected. Quit beating a dead horse.