Originally Posted by MichaelHDDVD
Except with the XBox 360 we get a videogame console. The PS3 has an extremely limited library with about 1 decent game. As a former PS3 owner I can atest to this.
And as a current PS3 owner, I can attest to the fact that Resistance, Virtua Fighter 5, and Motorstorm all make for great gaming.
(And I actually kinda liked flOw.)
Three is more than one. Three AAA titles is more than 360 had less than five months in. And VF5 will eventually come to 360, but when? Late Summer, possibly later if there are any delays.
Except with the 360 you don't get HDMI or lossless audio of any kind. Saying the 360 has more games after the console's been out for less than five months when the 360's been out for 16 months seems kind of silly to me.
Meanwhile, the PS3 offers you top tier HD movie playback (along with lossless audio in the forms of both TrueHD and LPCM) and top tier HD gaming. 360 gives you top tier HD gaming with few real exclusives with any namebrand recognition (Halo 3) with casual consumers and only good (not great) HD DVD playback via an add-on whose audio features are broken along with promises for new changes that have not shown up yet. If Amir is to be believed, those audio changes could have been done months ago, but Microsoft is sitting on them. Makes you really enjoy that $200 price for the garish add-on, no?
The PS3 will get its games. The 360 still hasn't come out with a Halo-level game. And no, Gears of War isn't it. Gears of War is the product of insane hype, a solid developer with a solid vision of an extremely short game, insane graphics, and an excellent modification of what came before it. Gears of War will be remembered as an incredibly short-lived experience that brought into focus yet another sci-fi action franchise on a platform chock full of fine sci-fi action franchises. Ducking for cover, not getting shot too much, having squads were all done before. They refined it, which is good, but it's not Halo-level good.
Which means that it squeaked into AAA status, but only because of the sheer hype for a great, fantastic game... any fantastic game please for MS's platform after a year of waiting. Because Dead Rising was good, but not great. GRAW was above average good, Oblivion was great and coming to PS3 and MS believed it was going to be on PS3 day 1 right up until the week before when it was delayed. Microsoft needed a great, fantastic game to be THE reason to buy a 360 instead of a PS3 and they hyped Gears of War to be it.
Was it? I don't know. I know enjoyed Resistance more than Gears of War. I think it was the cinematic presentation that really made me enjoy Resistance more. Gears of War's story felt... familiar. Told in that familiar way. Few surprises. Few changes. With gameplay with which I was familiar except for some change ups. In fact, the best thing in Gears of War imho was the reloading system.
So I'm still waiting for Microsoft to give me a deep, vast, fall into me and never come out great game like Halo. As it is now, PS3's getting most of the great games from last year that 360 got and if that happens, then where is the title advantage for 360? Where are the 360 exclusives that match Motorstorm and Resistance? What does MS have coming to even match God of War II? Not to mention Heavenly Sword? Or Lair? Or White Knight Story? Or Warhawk? I think last holiday season's twosome of Gears of War (a remarkably short game with a remarkably shallow multiplayer) and Viva Pinata (...) didn't do such a hot job of really solidifying 360's title advantage as anything except sheer months away from being overcome.
Especially when Lost Planet and Dead Rising are a sequel away from being multiplatform.
GRAW2, Splinter Cell, FEAR, Oblivion are all coming to PS3. These were many of the big reasons to buy a 360.
So what's left? Gears of War (by a second party developer that could easily go to Sony if given money to), Crackdown, Viva Pinata, Perfect Dark Zero, Kameo, Geometry Wars.
That's seven titles. Since Sony's already got Resistance, flOw, Motorstorm exclusive, I'd say Sony's doing pretty good to match half of Microsoft's exclusive content in four months. And with just announced content, they're well on their way to matching it. GT > Forza, at least last time.
But see, here's the kicker. It doesn't matter. None of this matters. Sony and Playstation do have the casual franchises that casual gamers care about, but guess what. Sony doesn't intend to push those gamers to go PS3 yet. In fact, I suspect they have good reasons not to want them to go HD before they have HD sets. Instead, they're perfectly content selling them low-price, low-cost-to-manufacture PS2's.
And about the time the PS3 becomes a moneymaker and when those consumers have HD sets, they'll have a BD-capable PS3 ready and waiting for them chock full of titles.
The casual consumer obsessed with saving money doesn't want to pay 500 or 600 for a PS3 no more than they want to buy a sci-fi-action-heavy Xbox platform by microsoft for 300 or 400. They're the ones perfectly content to buy a PS2 for sub-200 and enjoy great games and wait out the pricecuts.
That's why 360's year advantage and 10 million sold to stores numbers don't really matter. The audience that Playstation uses to make its high numbers hasn't cashed into the HD gaming war yet. Sony knows it, Microsoft knows it. Why do you think Microsoft keeps trying to do things like Viva Pinata and other tricks to try and lure in the casual gamer (Live Arcade)? Microsoft is afraid that they'll wind up with the same enthusiast-heavy bias as last time, which had them play second fiddle to Sony. And I know I have personally spoken with a lot of gamers who had PS2's that either say they're waiting for the Playstation 3 to lower in price and will just play their PS2's or who have bought into the PS3 with or without games because they didn't see Xbox in the same light as Playstation.
Is Microsoft's effort working? Well, I've seen dustbunnies on pallets of 360's that seem to suggest it is not despite heavy discounting on 360's AND it's cash-cow, Gears of War. Marking down a 360 top-tier title so soon after release is practically unheard of and yet it was done for several weeks in a row a month or so ago.
So let's face it. The PS3 is expensive to the casual consumer, but Sony has them sated with the PS2. Microsoft has nothing at all in that pricepoint. Meanwhile, Nintendo priced them above that tier to ensure they made money on hardware. Sony rakes in the low-cost console cash, Nintendo and Microsoft struggle for the around-300 pricepoint with the Core vs Wii (where Nintendo dominates because of how much money N makes per console vs MS), and Sony and Microsoft struggle for the much smaller high end enthusiast market while positioning themselves for the coming years when the high end enthusiast drops down to mid-range and then low-end.
Sometimes, I wonder if people have never watched a console war before. I mean, this is the way it always happens. And Sony's done pretty well the two other times they fought one. Have a little faith.