You really don’t need to read more about Wii, 360, PS3 and their prices do you?
If you don’t, do yourself a favor and skip this journal entery. Instead go watch Alex get punched in the stomach, or check out guy’s videos.
If you do need to read more rambling on that topic (why?) read on.
Sony and the P$300x2
I’ve seen some folk’s virtual “gamer” label revoked by other users who feel that taking issue with the PS3 price is somehow inappropriate because as a gamer it should be all about the games or something to that effect. When reading concerns over the PS3 price I just assume that if the writer saw the games they thought justified the purchase of a $600 system they wouldn’t be complaining.
Personally I have not seen any game or combination of games that could convince me to lay down 5 or 600 clams on that machine. I also don’t have much faith in Sony’s ability to drive any first party games into the realm where I’d feel that $600 clams, the cost of accessories, and games would be worthwhile altogether. I don’t see Sony as aggressive when it comes to putting out outstanding first party games to carry their system, and when it comes to something to show off and justify a system’s price tag, especially a big one, I expect those sorts of first party games to lead the way. That’s not to say there won’t be any great games. With the number of games coming out it is only a matter of time before some spectacular tittles. Yet it is going to now take more of those than games than it did last generation to push me over that top of that steep 600 smackers tall hill.
With memories of the so-so PS2 launch, the PS2’s reputation for being flakey in the hardware department, rumors of limited dev kits available for developers, and some launch tittles that don’t sound like they’ll be ready to launch it’s hard for me to come up with a good reason that I would want to buy a PS3 at this point.
The caveat in regards to my perspective of the 360 is that I play a lot of PC games. So that takes three high scoring Xbox 360 games off of my “reasons to buy a 360 list” as I can play those games on the PC as it is (for less $ even). If not for that I think I’d find the 360 much more appealing. Even so the 360 has benefited in my eyes from the PS3s price point. As crazy as I know it is the 360’s price just doesn’t seem as formidable as it once did. Some of the cool XBL features and classic games such as Uno certainly help as well.
Yet being a PC gamer has kept the system off my shelf for a little while and it would seem that it will stay off of it for a little while longer. A price drop would certainly help but with the PS3’s price in mind it doesn’t seem necessary for Microsoft to do anything with the price at this point with a $200 gap between their system and their biggest competitor. It seems I’m bound to pickup a 360 some day but perhaps not this year.
I can’t help but think of my experience on the GameCube when I think of the Nintendo Wii. That is an experience with great first party games, a handful of other good games, and big gaps with nothing to do between the releases of those games. Yet I also have to admit that for the price I paid for the system ($150) it was worth it.
The same goes for what I think about the Wii and its potential. I know there will be some great Nintendo games. Third party support seems to be making a fairly good showing so far, but I don’t anticipate too much third party support in the long run if the system doesn’t keep pace with the number of units sold by MS or Sony. Yet with this realm of console prices that doesn’t bother me too much as the Wii is notably less expensive. At this point that would seem to be around or lower than the $250 mark.
A while ago I wondered if Nintendo might shoot to for the title of “Everybody’s Favorite Second Console” and with the Wii’s interesting controller design, load of legacy titles they could sell online and notably lower price point they certainly seem poised to pull it off. If I have a 360 or PS3 why buy the other system when they have nearly the same games and while there is a system like the Wii for less money doing things that I can’t find anywhere else? Answer, you don’t buy another pricy system. You buy a Wii.
Oh and the name, I think it is great.
A New Console for duxup this Year?
So I’m on the fence at this point. If the 360 can give me a couple good reasons to pick one up (that I can’t play on my PC) I’ll be there this holiday season. Otherwise the Wii looks mighty tempting as a relatively inexpensive alternative console with some potentially refreshing game play.
I have to say if you asked me a year ago I wouldn’t have predicted that I’d be this close to picking up a Wii before any other system. Of course I also wouldn’t have known what you were talking about.
Who the hell are you? What the heck is a Wii? Never mind, just get the **** off my lawn and take your Wii talk with you!