Originally Posted by bd2003
Yeah, the main distinction being that people bought a PS2 and got a DVD player thrown in, but at launch it seemed like a lot of people bought a PS3 as blu ray player first. Traditional games are what drove the PS2 from start to finish. Same with the DS. (although nintendogs and brain training didnt hurt.). Free to play, social, casual, insert trend here, etc....a console can sell 150 million units just playing gamey games well. I hope they stop chasing butterflies and just make a damn good gaming console.
Pretty much. In their day, there weren't many pieces of hardware in the living room that could do what PS3 and 360 could do in terms of media (streaming, networking, etc.). But now, there are dozens upon dozens, and many are more integrated than the consoles (TVs, AVRs, DVRs, etc.). And more are on the way. It's absolutely a fool's errand to keep going down that path.
It's good to see that at least Sony seems to understand that. But in the meantime, I'm fine waiting on the sidelines for a year or two after launch. With the expense and media focus of the consoles over the past few years, PC has taken up a lot of the slack in terms of innovation in game design, pricing, and marketing tactics. It remains to be seen if the console platforms recognize those innovations or not.
Originally Posted by number1laing
You can get them on PC, but a gaming PC is very expensive, too expensive for most people.
They're really not, and that's one of the big problems that the traditional console platforms could be facing. Console-like PCs and console-like mobile platforms are coming, and they could easily underprice the consoles. The big question everyone's wondering, though, is whether these console alternatives will be a genuine threat, or just failed evolutionary paths.