Anyone else think software is more important than hardware?

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#1 Posted by SonicNextGen2 (3592 posts) -

I love the Vita and the 3DS and both are equally good, but compared to the Vita, I feel like the 3DS's hardware isn't as good.

However, the 3DS has so many good games it doesn't even matter.

Do you think software is more important than hardware?

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#2 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (9279 posts) -

I think the software is more important, but judging by the current sales of the consoles, I'm clearly in the minority.

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#3 Posted by CrownKingArthur (5262 posts) -

ironically, in the case of handhelds i'd go for software over hardware any day. ironic because it conflicts with my sig.

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#4 Posted by TheEroica (17237 posts) -

@PurpleMan5000 said:

I think the software is more important, but judging by the current sales of the consoles, I'm clearly in the minority.

nah... remember there are MANY MANY more people who are waiting for the new consoles to be worth a damn before jumping in than there are early adoptors... X1 and PS4 sux right now... that will change though.

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#5 Posted by bobbetybob (19370 posts) -

Consoles have been proving this point for years, the PS2 is a fine example, it was the weakest console but had a better library so it beat out everything else.

This is why I've transitioned to PC lately though, it has the hardware and the software.

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#6 Edited by SonicNextGen2 (3592 posts) -

@bobbetybob said:

Consoles have been proving this point for years, the PS2 is a fine example, it was the weakest console but had a better library so it beat out everything else.

This is why I've transitioned to PC lately though, it has the hardware and the software.

People are buying PS4s all over the place, but I'm waiting to see if the developers hold up to their word on what they're developing *coughVitacough*

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#7 Edited by applefan1991 (3388 posts) -

Software has proven time and time again to be more effective. The PS3 and Vita both had superior hardware compared to Nintendo's Wii and the 3DS. Most people don't care about the specs, they care about the games they get to play

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#8 Posted by Blabadon (33030 posts) -

Yeah, I do, thus Vita > 3DS.

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#9 Edited by freedomfreak (49804 posts) -

Well.... yeah.

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#10 Edited by WiiMan21 (8191 posts) -

To some extent yes, however stronger hardware helps to see through a developers vision of a game.

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#11 Edited by PrincessGomez92 (5007 posts) -

It's all about the games. I ain't buying systems just to look at graphics.

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#12 Posted by treedoor (7648 posts) -

Depends. Some hardware out there is very limiting on what kind of software can exist.

That's why I just stick with PC because hardware is no limit, so you can literally find basically every genre of game known to mankind.

The 3ds can't, sadly.

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#13 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

No. I feel they are equally important.

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#14 Edited by Bigboi500 (35550 posts) -

LOL No... Bragging about hardware on gaming forums is obviously more important than anything else.

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#15 Edited by LustForSoul (6404 posts) -

They equally matter. You can't play the greatest games on a potato now can you?

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#16 Edited by clyde46 (49048 posts) -

@LustForSoul said:

They equally matter. You can't play the greatest games on a potato now can you?

But that superior hardware will mean jackshit when you don't have the software to play on it... (a la Vita)

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#17 Posted by Gue1 (12171 posts) -

no matter the software nothing made me buy a Wii with its horrible gimmicks.

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#18 Posted by curono (7713 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

Yeah, I do, thus Vita > 3DS.

I think you inverted the symbol
Vita <<<<< 3ds

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#19 Posted by k2theswiss (16599 posts) -

both is CLEARLY importation BUT software is FAR MORE

you can have the biggest power house but if you got shit software you can **** off all day long

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#20 Edited by LegatoSkyheart (29576 posts) -

obviously no.

If that was the case WiiU and Vita would be selling Gangbusters.

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#21 Posted by AugustEvans (239 posts) -

Well, I have to buy the hardware before I can play the software. If the hardware is shit, then I just wont be playing the games because I dont want to spend $250 on junk.

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#22 Edited by Blabadon (33030 posts) -

@curono said:

@Blabadon said:

Yeah, I do, thus Vita > 3DS.

I think you inverted the symbol

Vita <<<<< 3ds

I think that the 3DS has many less great games than the Vita.

Vita games >>>>> 3DS games

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#23 Edited by Comduter (2313 posts) -

It's the software that matters in the long run. The 3DS and the Vita are the best handhelds I've ever played/owned.

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#24 Posted by LustForSoul (6404 posts) -

@clyde46 said:

@LustForSoul said:

They equally matter. You can't play the greatest games on a potato now can you?

But that superior hardware will mean jackshit when you don't have the software to play on it... (a la Vita)

That's my point. Did I really need to add ''Vice Versa''?

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#25 Edited by curono (7713 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

@curono said:

@Blabadon said:

Yeah, I do, thus Vita > 3DS.

I think you inverted the symbol

Vita <<<<< 3ds

I think that the 3DS has many less great games than the Vita.

Vita games >>>>> 3DS games

How should I say it... How about this way?

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#26 Edited by DarkLink77 (32731 posts) -

Anyone who doesn't think software is more important than hardware is an idiot.

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#27 Posted by Blabadon (33030 posts) -

@curono said:

@Blabadon said:

@curono said:

@Blabadon said:

Yeah, I do, thus Vita > 3DS.

I think you inverted the symbol

Vita <<<<< 3ds

I think that the 3DS has many less great games than the Vita.

Vita games >>>>> 3DS games

How should I say it... How about this way?

Did I stutter?

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#28 Posted by jhcho2 (5008 posts) -

Software is always as important if not more important than hardware. But if past generations have taught us anything, good software will eventually come. But it's best to get your hardware right from the start, because you can't make changes to it.

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#29 Edited by Gargus (2147 posts) -

Games themselves are more important than hardware? Welcome to the club called "real gamers" because real gamers know that if a game is good or bad its because the game itself is good or bad. Real gamers play games, they don't play systems. The hardware is just a means to an end.

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#30 Posted by deactivated-59b71619573a1 (38222 posts) -

@DarkLink77 said:

Anyone who doesn't think software is more important than hardware is an idiot.

This. 100% this

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#31 Edited by timbers_WSU (6076 posts) -

I think after we got to the XBOX, Gamecube, PS2 era hardware specs became pointless. It all looked good enough. the 360, PS3, and Wii U specs were good enough as well obviously. I could of games on those specs the rest of my life.

Now days PS4, XBONE, and PC games all look the same to me. Maybe seeing PC games on the high end with Godly resolution still impresses me but for the most part, it all looks good now.

So yes. Software is way more important. And right now only Nintendo and Microsoft is bringing it. But Sony has some good stuff coming.

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#32 Edited by shawn30 (4390 posts) -

Software by far, and its not even close. I could give less than a damn whats under the hood if the games suck. But if the games are fun that's all that matters to me. I don't get caught up in specs. If I did I would just game PC only and always have the best. But software is why the Xbox One right now appeals to me so much no matter whats under its hood.

Software first

Hardware second.

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#33 Edited by Demonjoe93 (9869 posts) -

Yes, software is way more important. Is hardware nice to have? Of course. But if hardware were more important, then the PS3 would have sold more than the Wii, the GameCube would have sold more than the PS2, and the N64 would have sold more than the PS1.

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#34 Edited by SonicNextGen2 (3592 posts) -

@timbers_WSU said:

I think after we got to the XBOX, Gamecube, PS2 era hardware specs became pointless. It all looked good enough. the 360, PS3, and Wii U specs were good enough as well obviously. I could of games on those specs the rest of my life.

Now days PS4, XBONE, and PC games all look the same to me. Maybe seeing PC games on the high end with Godly resolution still impresses me but for the most part, it all looks good now.

So yes. Software is way more important. And right now only Nintendo and Microsoft is bringing it. But Sony has some good stuff coming.

I was watching a video of Dead Rising 3 and for a second I forgot it was a Xbone game (kinda looked 360ish from what I saw). But my thoughts are yours exactly, after the Xbox/PS2/GC era, the graphics started to seem kind of pointless.