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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Playstation 3

Oh man, poor Playstation 3. It's really gotten a bad rap. Lagging sales, high cost, and the whole Blu-ray versus HD-DVD war. Can I say it? Well, it's all probably leaving Sony a little... blu :(. But hey, if Sony won't learn from their past mistakes (cough: Beta-max), then we'll just have to leave them to it.

But for reals, I got myself a Playstation 3 (60GB fully loaded, crazy style) and I have to admit, it's actually quite good. I mean, let's take a quick looksee. It's got everything you need: Built-in High Definition optical drive, built-in wifi, upgradeable hard drive, all in one package. Compared to the XBox 360, the Playstation 3 is actually cheaper when you consider all the features.

The problem? Well, Blu-ray, despite its larger capacity, is suffering. And, it turns out that the optical drive in the Playstation 3 is actually slower in reading (MB/sec) content from the discs than XBox's HD-DVD drive. This means longer loading times :(, at least initially. Game developers do have the option of downloading important content to the PS3's internal hard drive. Doubly troublesome for Sony is apparently, their development process for creating PS3 games is considerably less appealing than XBox's. What does this mean? Well, it means that game makers prefer making games for the XBox 360, more than the PS3. But, we all know that money talks and no-money walks.

The point? It all comes down to the games. And as long as there is money to be made in making games for the Playstation 3, then game developers, or rather their overlords, will force them to create them.

I'm just waiting for Sony to announce that with a firmware update, the PS3 will be able to read HD-DVD discs. Damn son that would be nice. Oh, and a new version of their development package that makes it much easier for game makers to do their job. Yeah, then it will be the bomb. Oh, and come out with Wii-like functionality and games. Yeah.

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