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March: Wii leads as Xbox 360 and PS3 were very close in huge month

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 17 Apr 2008 23:38 User comments (71)

March: Wii leads as Xbox 360 and PS3 were very close in huge month The NPD figures are out and nobody is surprised that the Nintendo Wii console is far up the ladder from its two competitors again. Microsoft and Sony ended the month only 5,000 unit sales apart, with the Xbox 360 taking the tiny lead. Specifically, the Wii console sold an impressive 721,000 units, followed by the handheld DS console which wasn't too far behind at 698,000 units.
The PlayStation Portable (PSP) sold more units than both the remaining next-generation home console systems, crossing the finish line with 297,000 units. As for the remaining two enemies, the difference was just 5,000 unit sales, with Xbox 360 selling 262,000 and PlayStation 3 (PS3) selling 257,000. The PlayStation 2 (PS2) console managed 216,000 sales. Do the figures sound impressive? They should as it represents a 46% growth in hardware sales over March 2007, to $551.3 million.

If you add Hardware, Software and Accessory sales for the games industry in March, you come out with a total take of $1.7 billion, a rise 57% over March 2007. "You'd never know that the U.S. economy was under distress by looking at the video games industry sales figures," NPD analyst Anita Frazier said in a statement.

Software sales for the month were also much better than expected, amounting to a take of $945.6 million. "The amazing year-over-year increase in software sales isn't just explained by a few top games," Frazier said. "As compared to last March, twice as many SKU's achieved sales in excess of 100K units this month."

Super Smash Bros. Brawl topped the charts easily by moving 2.7 million copies, followed by Ubisoft's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 with 752,000 copies sold.


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118.4.2008 0:19

That is pretty impressive on all fronts, the Wii's huge close-to-three-quarters of a million numbers are most definitely due to Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

However, whats even more amazing is that the PS2 managed to sell almost as many units as its newer "brother". 216,000 consoles is quite a feat for an 8 year old console.

Peace

218.4.2008 4:21
nobrainer
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Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
That is pretty impressive on all fronts, the Wii's huge close-to-three-quarters of a million numbers are most definitely due to Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

However, whats even more amazing is that the PS2 managed to sell almost as many units as its newer "brother". 216,000 consoles is quite a feat for an 8 year old console.

Peace
its good for the console makers but bad for the PC gaming community. What would be interesting is to see the exact amount of software sold.

The ps2 is a superior console to the ps3 which is why it sells in huge amounts, its possibly the best console ever, because of the full software houses support, due to no competition from other machines.

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318.4.2008 6:46

I'm sure in a couple of weeks when Mario cart drops that it will help push even more wii consoles...well the ones you can find anyways.

418.4.2008 7:26

of course a seicento will sell more than Zonda and Lamborghini.

518.4.2008 8:01

Nice to see that the PS3 is selling well now :)

More players to play with :P

618.4.2008 8:39
nobrainer
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Originally posted by SDF_GR:
of course a seicento will sell more than Zonda and Lamborghini.
that sounds just like sony waffle. more expensive does not equate to better, just as better graphics does not mean a better game, usually it means the budget has been spent on nothing but graphics and the game is short and poor in comparison to a title that has been designed around game play.

BTW, the GTA4 360 arcade bundle is only £159.99 how much is the wii in the uk exactly?????
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718.4.2008 9:25

Sony damages the PS"X"s rep with fouling up the PS3 launch, its going to take it a few more years to mature not just in dev support but overcoming the limitations on the PS3.

818.4.2008 10:37

Perhaps with the Wii selling as well as it is Next Gen will have more systems around the $200 price point as they had always been, well at least back in the NES and SNES/SEGA days. Freaking PS1 ruined it for us all and I knew it would! If not for the PS1 we'd still have more systems at $200 and we'd still get a free game and 2 CONTROLS! Yeah remember the good old days when we'd get a free game instead of a free cheese ball Xtreme Games, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer, etc demo Damn I miss those days...

918.4.2008 12:39

I personally find that the Wii is the best console out there...of course that's a matter of taste...I really didn't want to throw $600 to waste on a PS3 or $500 for an X360...I've been a Nintendo fan ever since NES and the Wii was a lot cheaper, so I got it and I don't regret anything!...But if you can afford a PS3 go for it...it'll make a nice doorstop one day...LOL...

1018.4.2008 12:48

Its basically its biggest title if it was a lot less there would be a obvious problem...theres a lot more titles that will boost its sales but I doubt by too much...titles like mario kart...right around the corner...

Only console without a major title out is ps3 it will be interesting to see how well its sells on a big title considering its selling decent without a few decent titles out only right now.

1118.4.2008 12:51
nobrainer
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@ DSWarrior

i fully agree, as the wii isn't trying to be something it's not, a PC. But is this because i am cynical as i have played games for over 25 years and all the ps3/360 is, is just the same games with better graphics that we have always played just with better effects, and shouldn't consoles are about family fun, not the lone gamer sitting in a darkened bedroom?

i think the wii is great especially zelda, but i have to get back to cs source, wow, guild wars, americas army, cod4, civilisation, gta san andreas, ect, before too long.

Microsoft, Sony respond to March beating by Nintendo

Originally posted by link:
As has become customary in recent months, both Microsoft and Sony felt the need to justify their position in the console war after it was revealed that Nintendo dominated March video game sales.

After is was revealed that Nintendo Wii outsold combined Xbox 360 and PS3 sales last month, Microsoft and Sony went on the defensive, in spite of the fact that all three hardware makers are making money, just not as much as Nintendo at the moment.

The Verdict by Blake Snow
These monthly responses to NPD data border on insecurity in my eyes. First place boasting I expect, but it would be cool if second and third place companies would just go back to the drawing board and try to capture first place next time. No?
Sounds like sour grapes to me!

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1218.4.2008 12:56
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that sounds just like sony waffle. more expensive does not equate to better, just as better graphics does not mean a better game, usually it means the budget has been spent on nothing but graphics and the game is short and poor in comparison to a title that has been designed around game play.
I agree with that! The reason the Wii always beats out the PS3 and the 360, is because they reach out to everyone with their console. They aren't limiting themselves to just one group of customers. Also, you can't beat that price point, 249!
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1318.4.2008 13:40

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that sounds just like sony waffle. more expensive does not equate to better, just as better graphics does not mean a better game, usually it means the budget has been spent on nothing but graphics and the game is short and poor in comparison to a title that has been designed around game play.
I agree with that! The reason the Wii always beats out the PS3 and the 360, is because they reach out to everyone with their console. They aren't limiting themselves to just one group of customers. Also, you can't beat that price point, 249!
Yeah right.
Why then the gap is closing?
Next gen war is between PS3 and XB360.
2008 is wii's last leading year.

1418.4.2008 14:12

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that sounds just like sony waffle. more expensive does not equate to better, just as better graphics does not mean a better game, usually it means the budget has been spent on nothing but graphics and the game is short and poor in comparison to a title that has been designed around game play.
I agree with that! The reason the Wii always beats out the PS3 and the 360, is because they reach out to everyone with their console. They aren't limiting themselves to just one group of customers. Also, you can't beat that price point, 249!
Yeah right.
Why then the gap is closing?
Next gen war is between PS3 and XB360.
2008 is wii's last leading year.
You're right. By 2009, everyone will own a Wii and somehow, you still won't find one on store shelves!

1518.4.2008 15:33
goodswipe
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You're right. By 2009, everyone will own a Wii and somehow, you still won't find one on store shelves!
I agree, these things are so hard to fine. I just recently acquired one after months and months of searching.

Hmm, what happened to SDF_GR?
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1618.4.2008 17:05

I can't wait to see what next month's sales are like after Grand Theft Auto IV although I have been considering writing an article looking for fanboy efforts to steer sales to their favorite consoles, as this is "the game" to keep an eye on. Unlike Halo 3, it's multi-platform which means that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will be basically competing and will create headlines like "Xbox 360 GTA sells more than PS3 GTA" or vice versa. Also Microsoft and Sony are going to be competing for those gamers who still haven't bought a console but who want GTA IV... my point is, this is an exploitable audience.

I already have read several "articles" at sites speculating differences between the versions for each console. For example, we all know Xbox 360 is getting downloadable content, but now there is a rumor that the downloadable content will include "cities" that could be up to half the size of liberty city.... now, the concept of downloadable cities might sway a gamer to buy the Xbox 360 version, or indeed an Xbox 360 console... but it's a "rumor" and it's no doubt being peddled as "expected" by some biased bloggers, or in some cases you'd probably find it written as fact. People read this and make decisions, and I think it could so easily be exploited. Of course, I'm not saying the 360 version won't have downloadable content to that proportion because I don't know, but I haven't heard any confirmation or seen any proof yet so I'd be skeptical of blogs etc. that report it.

Also you don't have to look far to find sites where the writers have obvious bias toward one console... I actually have repeatedly debated with a friend that I will not name publicly, because he claims not to be biased but his articles tell a different story (or lack of articles for real news about a certain console), I won't say which console he seems to prefer to tell his readers about, but I think it's not cool for someone in that position to do that (no he doesn't write for afterdawn lol). Let's just say if there was a wonderful bundle offer for GTA IV for PS3 and GTA IV for Xbox 360, I'd put down money that he would conveniently forget to mention one ;-)

Anyway, keep your eyes open guys and don't let ppl get away with lies before this title is released...

As for this month's figures, it just shows that Nintendo can keep the demand up for its console, and if you've been following, Wii Fit seems to be another area where Nintendo will sell millions of units in Japan, Europe and North America. I think people who bash the Wii are usually people who have never used one or have some delusions of being elite gamers or something. I don't know why anybody would begrudge such an innovative and industry-shaping company its success.

1718.4.2008 17:14
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I think 'tendo thoroughly deserve their market position. It shows that regardless of all the ranting and raving by the fanboys thet the underdog company has come through with an inventive and innovative console. and of course different games.

The game selections for the ps3 and 360 are just dire.
I'm neutral.. I just watch what games sell in the shop. Wii, Wii, Wii.. no 360 and never been asked for a ps3 title.

1818.4.2008 17:16
goodswipe
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I think people who bash the Wii are usually people who have never used one or have some delusions of being elite gamers or something. I don't know why anybody would begrudge such an innovative and industry-shaping company its success.
Amen to you brother! I think that is by far the best thing I've heard someone say here at aD! Two thumbs WAY up to you my friend!

1919.4.2008 4:14

To say that Wii reach to a larger fan base is totally ridiculous.Its Nintendo & there nothing new from them that we having seen in the past.Everyone i know that own a Wii has been burnout & said its short term fun plus lets not for get the sub-par games they have out.My son has a Wii so i should know but i have played it for no more than 30min & its all hype,but we all know why its selling PRICE POINT.If Sony would have launched the PS3 at that price point you wouldn't be hearing anything about Wii.I don't like Microsoft but i can say that they don't have a very good gaming library unlike Wii Playing Rehashes of Mario the last 15 years does get boring.

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2019.4.2008 4:39
nobrainer
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Originally posted by NexGen76:
To say that Wii reach to a larger fan base is totally ridiculous.Its Nintendo & there nothing new from them that we having seen in the past.Everyone i know that own a Wii has been burnout & said its short term fun plus lets not for get the sub-par games they have out.My son has a Wii so i should know but i have played it for no more than 30min & its all hype,but we all know why its selling PRICE POINT.If Sony would have launched the PS3 at that price point you wouldn't be hearing anything about Wii.I don't like Microsoft but i can say that they don't have a very good gaming library unlike Wii Playing Rehashes of Mario the last 15 years does get boring.
well, the wii has reached a larger audience as its being used in old ppl's homes, and now some hospitals as a physiotherapy tool, the wii has brought the FUN back into gaming instead of the same games we have been playing for the last 25 years with the exact same interface. you are correct about price as ppl will usually opt for the cheaper option but its the games on the wii that differ from the other two consoles, they are aimed at family fun and interaction where as the 360/ps3 are the lone boy (respect for viva piata), in a darkened bedroom type. yes the merits of better graphics is a plus point but its at the expense of the quality of the titles being shipped except a few exclusions, they are just cashing in on ever more sequels.

super mario world although "another mario title" is completly different to all other offerings, the closest being super mario64 but is a totally different game.

unlike ridge racer 15 or halo 9 which are the same games, with better graphics and a few more maps, big deal i played the exact same titles 25 years ago.

i don't want to give too much credit to the wii as all consoles suck in comparison to a gamers PC but unlike the 360/ps3 the wii is not trying to mimic a pc on a budget and for this new direction credit is due, and the fact that it is selling faster than both the 360 and ps3 put together deserves huge credit.

BTW sony had a chance to launch the ps3 for £300 to your door but they sued lik-sang to death as they wanted to global price fix!

http://www.lik-sang.com/
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A Sony spokesperson declined to comment directly on the lawsuit against Lik-Sang, but recently went on to tell Gamesindustry.biz that "ultimately, we're trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences et cetera; is not - in PS3's case - backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software; will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty".




image from ars.




for this alone the wii wins hands down!

From Wii Fit to Wii Strip?
Originally posted by fta link:
As the new Wii Fit made the rounds on morning talk shows this week, a U.K. company was working on a buzzy tidbit of its own: a stripping game for the popular console.
wii
(AP/ABC News)

Peekaboo, a company that specializes in temporary at-home stripper polls, including one endorsed by Carmen Electra, announced this week that it's developing a strip aerobics game for the Wii.

"Peekaboo is pleased to confirm that it is in talks to develop a game for the Nintendo Wii that meets mainstream demand for the fun and fitness benefits of pole dancing," the company said in an e-mailed statement. "Peekaboo and its partners are focused on using Wii-friendly hardware to make aerobic pole dancing instantly accessible just as 'Guitar Hero' did for rock'n'roll."




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2119.4.2008 7:19

I dont understand what's so good about the wii, its good playing with friends for a certain amount of time (wii sport is the only game everyone likes) but playing alone with it? Kinda weird and really boring.
And since when do people want to be active when they are playing video games? I'm pretty sure they are there to relax and if you want to get active go outside and play basketball or something along those lines.

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Originally posted by SDF_GR:
of course a seicento will sell more than Zonda and Lamborghini.
that sounds just like sony waffle. more expensive does not equate to better, just as better graphics does not mean a better game, usually it means the budget has been spent on nothing but graphics and the game is short and poor in comparison to a title that has been designed around game play.

BTW, the GTA4 360 arcade bundle is only £159.99 how much is the wii in the uk exactly?????
Everything you say is anti-Sony 'waffle'. your so fucking pathetic yet hilarious because you hate a company so much to the point where i think you would rather kill the CEO of Sony than Osama Bin Laden.
Do you just jump on the bandwagon of any competition to Sony products?

2219.4.2008 9:05
saltynuts
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I dont understand what's so good about the wii, its good playing with friends for a certain amount of time (wii sport is the only game everyone likes) but playing alone with it? Kinda weird and really boring.
And since when do people want to be active when they are playing video games? I'm pretty sure they are there to relax and if you want to get active go outside and play basketball or something along those lines.
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Originally posted by SDF_GR:
of course a seicento will sell more than Zonda and Lamborghini.
that sounds just like sony waffle. more expensive does not equate to better, just as better graphics does not mean a better game, usually it means the budget has been spent on nothing but graphics and the game is short and poor in comparison to a title that has been designed around game play.

BTW, the GTA4 360 arcade bundle is only £159.99 how much is the wii in the uk exactly?????
Everything you say is anti-Sony 'waffle'. your so fucking pathetic yet hilarious because you hate a company so much to the point where i think you would rather kill the CEO of Sony than Osama Bin Laden.
Do you just jump on the bandwagon of any competition to Sony products?






you may want to watch the F BOMBS around here that kind of talk is not welcome here at Afterdawn.

2319.4.2008 9:09

With sony selling two home consoles, and one hand held unit. They will have alot of money to put into their PS4 project. I'm totaly satisfied with my Xbox360. Five years from it's going to be pretty interesting to see what's next from sony.

2419.4.2008 9:47
nobrainer
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Originally posted by bhpcrew:
With sony selling two home consoles, and one hand held unit. They will have alot of money to put into their PS4 project. I'm totaly satisfied with my Xbox360. Five years from it's going to be pretty interesting to see what's next from sony.
lets hope all the manufacturers can work together and stop the nonsense of exclusive titles! Relax the rules on Importing hardware/software and stop global price fixing especially in the UK, allow us to make backups, stop the licensing of games scam, where you don't own the content and are not allowed to resell, lend or even give them away and allow user generated content, as consoles are destroying the gaming community by now charging for content that has always been free (extra maps, weapons, vehicles, ect). peace out.

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2519.4.2008 10:23

Wii sales were huge mostly because of Super Smash Bros. I bought one last month just for that game. The problem is that there aren't very many other games that I find interesting on the system. It's a decent secondary console but for the majority of my gaming I prefer the PS3. It's nice having access to the massive PS1/PS2/PS3 combined library all on one console.

2619.4.2008 11:12

I really hate doing this because I know I am going to get absolutely NOTHING but a headache....but anyway now to my point. This chart is a 400 week total (not just 1 month) that shows the respective trends of PS2, PS3 & 360

http://vgchartz.com/hwlaunch.php?cons1=P...3=All&weeks=400

The bottom line is this and will always be this. Sony has a MUCH better worldwide market penetration with PS1 & PS2 sales while Microsoft with the Xbox did not and currently with the 360 will not, in the end. The Xbox had sold roughly 28 Million with the US being their best market, so this combined with the 360's poor sales in all other markets & hardware issues shows what the trend for the 360 will be. I could go on but I think the gist of my point had been made.

As for the Wii, it will continue to sell well because of Nintendo's history, quality of product, price point and again their worldwide presence (plus it is for kids, more so than the other 2 and parents will be inclined towards that). Now for as to how long this will be? Who knows? What I can say though, is that while it is fun to play, the "gimmick" to me has worn off. I personally want to play higher quality games with higher quality graphics that aren't "cartoony" in nature, something MUCH more complex like GT5(&P), Resistance 2, MGS, FF13 (&VS) & other similar titles that will compliment & utilize my home theater FULLY. This is my choice & the same feelings I have gotten from my peers/friends who have multiple consoles.

You cannot make assumptions and make a strong case based off of a 1 month to 1 month figure. By the end of this year you will be able to compare total month to month sales with a lot more scrutiny and correct projection trend. In addition it should be noted that the 360's sales has flattened quite a bit while the PS3 has shown a similar sales trend compared to the PS2. Because of this the PS3 will continue to close the gap and then SHOULD surpass the 360 in sales by later this year if not by sometime in early 09 at the latest.

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2719.4.2008 13:34

Oner
I understand what you are saying MS screwed up to much thus limited their success,sony is trying to right their mistakes with the PS3 but its slow going and the WII is just a fabulous niche console able to gain acceptance in the causal market...I get that the WI will have the best sales because it has the most consumers, I would argue the quality point but for real quality in hardware and software you'd have to go to the PC market but I digress.

MS wil maintain for awhile but I see them flandering and failing in 2 year time, Sony will only get better, once they drop another 100$ off the PS3 the WII will ave a time trying to out sell it on a month to month basis(given the WII has hit a certain saturation limit.)


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2819.4.2008 17:18

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you hate a company so much to the point where i think you would rather kill the CEO of Sony than Osama Bin Laden
The CEO of Sony is a kind of failed Bin Laden to some.:)

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Sony will only get better, once they drop another 100$ off the PS3 the WII will ave a time trying to out sell it on a month to month basis

The Wii is technologically inferior to an Xbox or PS3, but only on paper. The reality is that it has good enough graphics and game play for half the price of its competitors. Sony screwed up with the release of the PS3 some time ago while it was suffering from its various hardware issues, and then to insure that it thoroughly screwed up Sony's execs decided to pawn the PS3 into the HD Definition wars. In the end Toshiba caved and put an end to HD DVD, but the PS3 was also a casualty.

2919.4.2008 17:39

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you hate a company so much to the point where i think you would rather kill the CEO of Sony than Osama Bin Laden
The CEO of Sony is a kind of failed Bin Laden to some.:)

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Sony will only get better, once they drop another 100$ off the PS3 the WII will ave a time trying to out sell it on a month to month basis

The Wii is technologically inferior to an Xbox or PS3, but only on paper. The reality is that it has good enough graphics and game play for half the price of its competitors. Sony screwed up with the release of the PS3 some time ago while it was suffering from its various hardware issues, and then to insure that it thoroughly screwed up Sony's execs decided to pawn the PS3 into the HD Definition wars. In the end Toshiba caved and put an end to HD DVD, but the PS3 was also a casualty.
The wii is cheap,gimmicky and a hit with the casuals,from a real gamer perspective its not the graphics that are lacking I can only count 5 games on it worth owning since it came out,the rest fodder for the "c"ombie horde.

The 360 was th center of the gaming world until the WII hit and it was only "good" because it was the only thing out.

the PS3 will gain the center of the gaming world moving forward,unless the WI gains devs, without devs no system can sustain itself, the PS3 has the power and with the kneading it can have the right price to be 2nd in WII in unit sales.

the WII days should be numbered its a fad, I do not see the quality needed for a long term run,even the PS3 barely has "quality" of coarse...looking at the 360...all you need is a fad to make POS hardware sale well.... 0-o.

3019.4.2008 18:25

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the WII days should be numbered its a fad

All gaming consoles are fads and all of their days are numbered, because no system last beyond a few short years. The problem with the PS3 is that it arrived way too late and can now only hope to pickup enough support to stay alive before the next wave of new consoles hit the market. Although Blu-Ray won the HD wars it is still buggy and undependable while the now aging DVD format is stable. I can't wait to pick one up for "nickels and dimes," when the prices are way down, because the next generation console is just over the horizon.;)

3119.4.2008 19:15

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the WII days should be numbered its a fad

All gaming consoles are fads and all of their days are numbered, because no system last beyond a few short years. The problem with the PS3 is that it arrived way too late and can now only hope to pickup enough support to stay alive before the next wave of new consoles hit the market. Although Blu-Ray won the HD wars it is still buggy and undependable while the now aging DVD format is stable. I can't wait to pick one up for "nickels and dimes," when the prices are way down, because the next generation console is just over the horizon.;)
Yes and no, the WII is more of a gimmick than a fad at least game wise, its hit the core of the casual market which in all things considered a miracle.

The PS3 has the power and gaining dev support to reclaim its position as best "high end" console, the 360 is a mess and waning by the month.

Well it be as kingly as the PS2 no but it will at least take the high end gaming crown until MS brings out a new system.

3220.4.2008 11:58

Originally posted by Sophocles:
All gaming consoles are fads and all of their days are numbered, because no system last beyond a few short years.
Sorry but this is not totally correct. The PS2 has been around for 8 years now or so and still continues to do well with console sales & game sales. The PS3 will do the same and be around for at least 9-10 years


Originally posted by Sophocles:
The problem with the PS3 is that it arrived way too late and can now only hope to pickup enough support to stay alive before the next wave of new consoles hit the market.
The PS3 did not arrive too late. Actually it was right on time as MS rushed their system and look at all the hardware issues they continue to have. If you go up to my previous post and look at the sales trend the PS3 is right in line with the PS2, so they are doing absolutely fine and will, in the long run do equally good as their previous 2 consoles.


Originally posted by Sophocles:
Although Blu-Ray won the HD wars it is still buggy and undependable while the now aging DVD format is stable. I can't wait to pick one up for "nickels and dimes," when the prices are way down, because the next generation console is just over the horizon.;)
There is a lot to be mistaken with this kind of mind set. BD will be here for at least the next 10 years and the "next" console will only be from MS in an attempt to keep up with Sony & Nintendo while at the same time only taking more money from uneducated consumers too blind to see that MS does not offer the customer a product that can stand the test of time. MS has always and will always be about making more money for themselves at the customers expense.
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3320.4.2008 13:39

Oner
Dis be true mate.

The PS3 is mroe or elss "IT" as far as normal/high end gaming goes for the next 5 years esy, the WII is a niche in a niche,I only discount it a lil and they have built the library up with non gimmick/party games I'll fully admit they are doing well as a game console and not an odd niche machine.

The 360 is broken and its focus all over the palce, it would be best for MS to just launch a fully fixed and less locked up gaming media machine.

If the hardware was stable and it had 80%+ BWC even I would buy into the monolithic beast but as of yet 2 games that are not on the PC/PS3 theres no reason for my to get a easy break oven.


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3420.4.2008 14:24

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Sorry but this is not totally correct. The PS2 has been around for 8 years now or so and still continues to do well with console sales & game sales. The PS3 will do the same and be around for at least 9-10 years
You can’t say that anything is “not totally correct.” because you are speculating just as I was in my previous post unless of course you can predict the future. The evidence however supports my speculations more than it does yours. Please note that some of my claims are based on direct experience since I’ve spent the last several months learning the best method to backup movies from HD DVD, and Blu-Ray. I would already be authoring in the Blu-Ray format if it weren’t for the lack of standards for the format.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/20/arts/2...r=1&oref=slogin

No one is denying that the PS2 proved to be a great success story for Sony, and that it’s been around for a while, but that has no bearings on whether or not the PS3 will be able to match its success over time. The PS2 had an advantage, the same advantage that Nintendo is experiencing now, affordability. For many the graphics on a PS2 was and is good enough. The PS2 continues to do well because it is a tried and true format with enormous market saturation which is a temptation for any game developer, because it simplifies the development and release of cost effective games. The PS3’s North American release was Nov. 17th 2006, but it came in limited numbers and was supposed to be released in. The PS3 suffered hardware issues that prevented an earlier 2005 release.

http://games.kikizo.com/news/200609/064_p1.asp

http://www.theinquirer.net/en/inquirer/n...low-and-broken.

The estimated life span of a gaming console is about 5 years give or take a year, and I expect that the PS3 will not prove to be much different on that account before new consoles begin to emerge. It’s true that the PS2 lived beyond the expected 5 years but it did so in competition with the Wii, Xbox 360, and then later the PS3. Sony had expected to retire the PS2 upon release of the PS3, but they failed to accurately forecast its release date. Even after its release it met with a lukewarm response, because many console gamers had already flocked to Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

PS3 Timeline: http://www.ps3blog.net/2005/08/01/sony-ps3-timeline/

http://www.gamespot.com/pages/forums/sho...pic_id=25247543

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Jul 2005 Sony ships 450 evaluation units.
Aug 2005 Sony ships 200 evaluation units.
Sep 2005 Sony ships 300 evaluation units.
Sep 7-11, ‘05 CEDIA Expo 2005
Sep 16-18, ‘05 Tokyo Game Show
Oct 22-30, ‘05 Akihabara Entertainment Festival
Oct 2005 Sony ships 3000 evaluation units.
Nov 2005 Sony ships 3000 evaluation units.
Dec 2005 Reference Tool Release
Jan 5, ‘06 CES Keynote Speach by Howard Stringer, Sony’s CES 2006
Feb 2006 PlayStation Conference (never happened)
Feb 16 - 20, ‘06 Taipei Game Show
Feb 27 + 2006 Destination PlayStation (Developer’s Conference)
March 15, 2006 Sony Press Conference
March 22, 2006 Phil Harrison Keynote at GDC This is my realtime GDC coverage.
May 8th 2006, 4pm Pre-E3 Press Conference
Sept 22-24, ‘06 Tokyo Game Show
November 2006 PS3 Launch in Asia, North America, and Europe

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There is a lot to be mistaken with this kind of mind set. BD will be here for at least the next 10 years
No mistaken mind sets here and I doubt that Blu-Ray will be much more than it is now in 10 years even if it is still an accepted format. Blu-Ray players hit the market plagued with issues and for each fix that surfaced a new one arose to replace it. In the end Blu-Ray is still in a format war because the standard DVD format will continue to thrive and out sell Blu-Ray for some time to come, and that could spell its demise.

http://www.joystiq.com/2008/03/23/ps3-ra...online-snafus/2


http://www.cnet.com/8301-13506_1-9888515-17.html


http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/movies/proble...ters-266923.php


http://kotaku.com/gaming/gizmodo/one-man...sues-215190.php



http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/09/samsu...lu-ray-players/

Again I realize that I am speculating one side of a debate just as you are, but you can’t just arbitrarily say that I am wrong when you can’t know for sure that it’s true.







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3520.4.2008 14:30

Originally posted by Sophocles:
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Sorry but this is not totally correct. The PS2 has been around for 8 years now or so and still continues to do well with console sales & game sales. The PS3 will do the same and be around for at least 9-10 years
You can’t say that anything is “not totally correct.” because you are speculating just as I was in my previous post unless of course you can predict the future. The evidence however supports my speculations more than it does yours. Please note that some of my claims are based on direct experience since I’ve spent the last several months learning the best method to backup movies from HD DVD, and Blu-Ray. I would already be authoring in the Blu-Ray format if it weren’t for the lack of standards for the format.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/20/arts/2...r=1&oref=slogin

No one is denying that the PS2 proved to be a great success story for Sony, and that it’s been around for a while, but that has no bearings on whether or not the PS3 will be able to match its success over time. The PS2 had an advantage, the same advantage that Nintendo is experiencing now, affordability. For many the graphics on a PS2 was and is good enough. The PS2 continues to do well because it is a tried and true format with enormous market saturation which is a temptation for any game developer, because it simplifies the development and release of cost effective games. The PS3’s North American release was Nov. 17th 2006, but it came in limited numbers and was supposed to be released in. The PS3 suffered hardware issues that prevented an earlier 2005 release.

http://games.kikizo.com/news/200609/064_p1.asp

http://www.theinquirer.net/en/inquirer/n...low-and-broken.

The estimated life span of a gaming console is about 5 years give or take a year, and I expect that the PS3 will not prove to be much different on that account before new consoles begin to emerge. It’s true that the PS2 lived beyond the expected 5 years but it did so in competition with the Wii, Xbox 360, and then later the PS3. Sony had expected to retire the PS2 upon release of the PS3, but they failed to accurately forecast its release date. Even after its release it met with a lukewarm response, because many console gamers had already flocked to Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

PS3 Timeline: http://www.ps3blog.net/2005/08/01/sony-ps3-timeline/

http://www.gamespot.com/pages/forums/sho...pic_id=25247543

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Jul 2005 Sony ships 450 evaluation units.
Aug 2005 Sony ships 200 evaluation units.
Sep 2005 Sony ships 300 evaluation units.
Sep 7-11, ‘05 CEDIA Expo 2005
Sep 16-18, ‘05 Tokyo Game Show
Oct 22-30, ‘05 Akihabara Entertainment Festival
Oct 2005 Sony ships 3000 evaluation units.
Nov 2005 Sony ships 3000 evaluation units.
Dec 2005 Reference Tool Release
Jan 5, ‘06 CES Keynote Speach by Howard Stringer, Sony’s CES 2006
Feb 2006 PlayStation Conference (never happened)
Feb 16 - 20, ‘06 Taipei Game Show
Feb 27 + 2006 Destination PlayStation (Developer’s Conference)
March 15, 2006 Sony Press Conference
March 22, 2006 Phil Harrison Keynote at GDC This is my realtime GDC coverage.
May 8th 2006, 4pm Pre-E3 Press Conference
Sept 22-24, ‘06 Tokyo Game Show
November 2006 PS3 Launch in Asia, North America, and Europe

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There is a lot to be mistaken with this kind of mind set. BD will be here for at least the next 10 years
No mistaken mind sets here and I doubt that Blu-Ray will be much more than it is now in 10 years even if it is still an accepted format. Blu-Ray players hit the market plagued with issues and for each fix that surfaced a new one arose to replace it. In the end Blu-Ray is still in a format war because the standard DVD format will continue to thrive and out sell Blu-Ray for some time to come, and that could spell its demise.

http://www.joystiq.com/2008/03/23/ps3-ra...online-snafus/2


http://www.cnet.com/8301-13506_1-9888515-17.html


http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/movies/proble...ters-266923.php


http://kotaku.com/gaming/gizmodo/one-man...sues-215190.php



http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/09/samsu...lu-ray-players/

Again I realize that I am speculating one side of a debate just as you are, but you can’t just arbitrarily say that I am wrong when you can’t know for sure that it’s true.

Heres the problem tho with the current generation of consoles the 360isa marketing success but a nightmare outside marketing its days are numbered because theres just to much going against it, the WII is much more of a gimmick than a game machine its won the casuals but has only won over so many "normal" gamers, the PS3 because its Asian, because its sony will have a down hill slide to success its managed to keep from off off the roller coaster as of yet and should do well for itself in the long run,will it be the next "PS2" I have my doubts.


Blu ray needs 5 years into the Hdef market by itself before I will consider it the next format or not, right now the price of players keeps it takinging on the SD market..

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3620.4.2008 14:57

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Heres the problem tho with the current generation of consoles the 360isa marketing success but a nightmare outside marketing its days are numbered because theres just to much going against it[/quote}

Good points although I wasn't supporting any particular format. Those who know me know that I'm a PC gamer at heart, but with a Teenage son I am financially drawn into the console wars.

When Sony first entered the console gaming market it was largely by accident. Nintendo hired Sony to develop a CD Rom gaming solution for them which makes them in effect a co developer of the original Playstation. For some reason Nintendo backed out of the deal which left Sony holding the bag so Sony did the obvious thing. Use the technology to develop their own gaming system, and it was thus that the fist Playstation was born. Nintendo got stupid and released the N64 which still used outdated cartridge storage which severely limited the amount of data that could be stored. Nintendo's games were too small and they failed to compete against Sony. The result was that Nintendo almost followed Sega out the back to obsolescence (though the DreamCast was a great system and ahead of its time). I can't say that the Wii will continue to dominate but it has great press, good price point, and cross generational support. The rest is up to time to tell the whole story.





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3720.4.2008 15:24

Originally posted by Sophocles:
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Heres the problem tho with the current generation of consoles the 360isa marketing success but a nightmare outside marketing its days are numbered because theres just to much going against it[/quote}

Good points although I wasn't supporting any particular format. Those who know me know that I'm a PC gamer at heart, but with a Teenage son I am financially drawn into the console wars.

When Sony first entered the console gaming market it was largely by accident. Nintendo hired Sony to develop a CD Rom gaming solution for them which makes them in effect a co developer of the original Playstation. For some reason Nintendo backed out of the deal which left Sony holding the bag so Sony did the obvious thing. Use the technology to develop their own gaming system, and it was thus that the fist Playstation was born. Nintendo got stupid and released the N64 which still used outdated cartridge storage which severely limited the amount of data that could be stored. Nintendo's games were too small and they failed to compete against Sony. The result was that Nintendo almost followed Sega out the back to obsolescence (though the DreamCast was a great system and ahead of its time). I can't say that the Wii will continue to dominate but it has great press, good price point, and cross generational support. The rest is up to time to tell the whole story.
I am a cheap/pragmatic gamer, I refuse to pay more than 25-30 for mediocre titles, my limit on consoles is 200$, the same goes for PC parts.

I like good games that offer me control options so I tend to lean to PC gaming even tho I see the casual market focus bum raping it to death.

When I try and think out console/game issues(which can be hard for a pea brain to do) I look at 3 factors casual focus,gamer focus and marketing ability.

the 360 is the most balanced of the lot in these terms but it as a lot of outside factors like poor design,aged design,high fail rates even today,locked media management and poor media management, even with these issues its still a fair console altho personally I wont go over 100$ for a premium or 200 for a elite.

The WII is casual focused,so much so tis hurting the games that are on it, if you are a non gamer you want care if you can blow 200 a month on gaming you wont care, but for soemone like me who buys a new console once every 2 years its jsut not matured yet for me, its ding great market wise but I am otherwise unimpressed with it and its 100$ more than I am willing to pay for it right now this minute.

The PS3 is a gamer focused unit I'l let BWC slide for now they did something with the price and its a vertile media machine that you can manage most of your data on, its important to note if you can not manage the data you bought then you must have a lot of money to not care about the simi permenate stuff you bought.

The PS3 is better balanced as a gaming console "moving forward" as they say,because a lot of devs lean to JP machines its going to get more devs as optimizations and lower prices stabilize.


As far "real" games them selfs I feel its 360>PC>PS3>PS2>Wii, you can not doubt the current mentality is 360 friendly, PC over PS3 simply because the PS3 needs another year before its library,optimizations and dev verisilty will reach a point that it can lead devs to it.

The PS2 is still a viable console and I feel as far as "REAL" games go it has alil more something than the WII at this point.

Of coarse I am of the growing mentality they don;t make real games anymore but 50$ 5 hour interactive B movies....


I suppose I am thinking 4 ways
Warning zippyisim alert
Marketing ability(The ability to pull the wool over sheeples eyes,shave them and rape them in the bum at the same time.)

Games (Real games for real gamers not casual games for zombies.)

Casual focus(Entertaining TeH zombies.)

Gamer focus (Games with options,games with depth,games that you can use to fend off "zombies" with.)

Ability (versatility,ability,ease of use,options,handicaps,limits,zombie corporation tooth marks,ect,ect)

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3820.4.2008 16:10

Epic Games won’t ever make a game for the Wii: “we go forward, not back

http://www.megatonik.com/2008/04/20/mike...rward-not-back/

3920.4.2008 16:17

Originally posted by NexGen76:
Epic Games won’t ever make a game for the Wii: “we go forward, not back

http://www.megatonik.com/2008/04/20/mike...t-back/


Which is a good thing since they make mainly mainstream gimmicky shooters now.....

Unreal 1 great,Unreal 2 fail,UT99 great,UT03 fail,UT04 ok(for a expatiation),GEARS barely bearable(mainly because they have not fixed the PC version yet),UT3 bearable.

At least they are not a complete failure in my eyes like ID and Raven have become but they are steadily uping the suck factor in their over all designs..


The problem with the industry today is they refuse to see the value in solid and well thought out gameplay and think graphics and effects are everything.

4020.4.2008 17:29

Oh WOW this debate has gone to the point where people are citing Nietzsche :D

Anyways... don't think I'm getting on the side of any one console here because I'm not, there is one thing I've come to realize...

Those who criticize Xbox most usually don't own one
Those who criticize PS3 most usually don't own one
Those who criticize Wii most usually don't own


and most importantly.. EVERYBODY cites their "friends" who "do own one" and "don't like it", instead of just admitting direct bias. It's almost like a racist saying some of his best friends are from the race he hates ;-) and no, I didn't call anybody a racist, it's supposed to be a joke ;-)

Meanwhile I am hoping that Xbox 360 and PS3 continue to tear into each other so that consumers can benefits from price drops, bundles and a push for new features and games etc. It's supposed to be a console war yet most people who own a certain console want to declare its victory now when they couldn't possibly know that for sure, and couldn't even go on speculation based on the market, and in the end, all you have is bragging rights against other biased people, you don't get a cut of the financial success and you too will have to buy the next generation console from that company at some point.

There are reasons why I am totally against comparing this generation to the last. Firstly, we have three consoles that are regularly updated via Internet adding new features... and not just gimmick features, I'm talking about the ability to, for example, play DivX files or decode DTS-HD Master Audio, or buy games or video downloads from an online store delivered directly to box and viewable on TV etc. I don't need to go on, you all know it already. Each box has incredible innovation at all levels over the previous generation.

After that you can also take economic matters into account over the past decade or so, and the transition to a new generation of people starting work etc. who grew up with GFX-innovative PlayStation 1 console and its successor PS2 and Microsoft's first Xbox console amongst others.

I will say however that one thing may be said, the most-likely Achillies heal of the Xbox 360 console, at least from my perspective, is not hardware issues (mine was bought Dec 2nd, 2005, still running perfect), but its performance in Japan. If the PS3 passes it out before mid-2009 I think you can solely blame Japan and not "hardware issues" which can be taken care of and are resolvable. All early editions of anything new suffer from one defect or another, it just depends how the company behind it chooses to handle the problem.

The PS3 console certainly has come back with a boom lately, but even though it causes me no end of delight as it gets the "war" truly rumbling, why is it interpreted as something "extra" and not something "vital"? It's 2008 now, it's boom is a necessity now before anything else and its sustainability relies more-so on games and not Blu-ray, so again, it's a wonderful thing because we can expect some very sexy titles.

The Wii console is both the most loved and the most hated console. I don't like the weird fanboy tactic of attempting to put the Wii in a different category or... as some of the ppl I have debated with have tried... put it as part of the "previous generation" of consoles, as in it rivals PS2 and Xbox, and I think we are all intelligent enough to understand why thats a falsehood and dare I say a bitterly jealous claim? On the other hand I accept that the Wii may need on-going innovation outside of 2008/2009 to keep momentum high, and I think Nintendo knows that fact only too well, I wouldn't have been surprised if Wii Fit was delayed in the U.S. / Europe until Wii figures start to drop off a bit for example, and I say that without taking anything away from the Wii, it got its incredible success so far starting out as the perceivable underdog in this round of the ongoing tech competition, and to begrudge it is also needlessly bitter.

Now I also have heard the same claims made about Microsoft and Sony from either side of their own little fanboy war :-) It's always either... "Microsoft is a wealthy corporation, sustained by greed and corrupt morals, who simply wants to sell an under-performing console to ppl and then run away with the money" or.... "Sony is an evil corporation that put rootkits on your legally-bought music CDs"... firstly, both companies want YOUR money equally, neither is more greedy and Sony didn't put rootkits on your damn CDs (Sony BMG did) and if they did, what the f**k would that have to do with gaming anyway?

I see some things I like about PS3, I see some things I like about Xbox 360. One fact tho is they are "BOTH" media centers, I have no idea why a certain person I have been debating with lately said that Xbox 360 is a not a media center and PS3 is, while the 360 is defined as a "Windows Media Center Extender Version 2". Granted the PS3 has Blu-ray, so there's points right there, and I think that Microsoft will cave and offer a Blu-ray add-on before long from customer demand, for now, MS relies on a defunct HD DVD add-on and digital HD downloads to HDD, but the point is that both are media center boxes as well as games consoles.

I say the above because people feel the need to always bring multimedia into it. Do I have personal bias? Sure! like everyone else but I have no idea which way this one is going, just looking at the difference in tech industries in the first years of this decade and now, I'm not willing to write any of the console makers off at all...

But ye, I think I've ranted too much ;-)

4120.4.2008 17:32

How can the Wii even be selling when it's never available? in the last 5 weeks, I've seen it available twice in in only 1 store!

4220.4.2008 18:15

Originally posted by fonzbear:
How can the Wii even be selling when it's never available? in the last 5 weeks, I've seen it available twice in in only 1 store!
because they sale it so much they can't keep it in stock?
:P
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I know I focus o the 360s hardware issues a lot but I still say tis a fair system and I do not discount tis sales, its doing well but not in the Asian countries and i the ed no matter how bad they build the 360 will be its down fall becuse the populace at large is ok with MS bum rapign them.

I have had a 360 for 15 months after my friend had it for 4 at 10 months in it started to go nuts and hes had to replace it 3 times since, the 360 is ok but without control and data "options" I refuse to buy into it myself.

I have also managed to get a PS3 for 8 months sold it off to a friend for 800$bucks over 10 months,it was the 80GB unit, the PS3 is just better designed but it still has issues its just not there yet, not for me to spend alot of money into it but unlike the 360 it has potential on many grounds, I want to get a 60GB unit but have bills to deal with this year that can not wait.


The WII is neat but for a aged gamer overly simplistic and the games are mostly super casual focused and not worth paying 40+ for.

the WII and PS3 are a must get the 360 is better replaced with a PC(because 90% of its games will wind up on the PC anyway).


All in all they all fill tier niches well and if you have money you should find a place for all of them

4320.4.2008 19:55

Quote:
Meanwhile I am hoping that Xbox 360 and PS3 continue to tear into each other so that consumers can benefits from price drops, bundles and a push for new features and games
Just having the games drop in price will save me money, but I doubt that a war between the Xbox 360 and PS3 will last long since Sony is already discussing the development of PS4.

Quote:
Chiba City-In what will go down in history as one of the most shocking announcements in Tokyo Game Show history, Sony announced today that the company will be discontinuing development for it’s Playstation 3 console by the end of 2008 in order to focus all it’s resources on the upcoming Playstaion 4, which will release in the forth quarter of 2008
In Sony time that means a release sometime around 2010.

http://krooze.wordpress.com/2007/09/20/s...okyo-game-show/

http://www.engadget.com/2006/12/04/dont-...und-the-corner/


Take the articles "with a grain of salt." LOL I find the articles just a bit suspicious, although if Sony can pull it off it would be a coup.

4420.4.2008 22:13

I say again, Sony's home consoles have to date sold way more than 5 years -

Quote:
Production run

Lasting over 11 years, the PlayStation enjoyed one of the longest production runs in the video game industry. On March 23, 2006, Sony announced the end of production.
SOURCE


The PS2 has gone 8 years and will for at least another 1 if not a bit more. Sony has stated numerous times the PS3 will go for about 10. I see absolutely no reason to beleive otherwise, and the information about the "Playstaion 4, which will release in the forth quarter of 2008" was a mistranslation from my understanding and was meant to be they would START on a new project, the PS4. So to say "Take the articles with a grain of salt" is a perfect analogy/explanation.


Originally posted by Dela:
Anyways... don't think I'm getting on the side of any one console here because I'm not, there is one thing I've come to realize...

Those who criticize Xbox most usually don't own one
Those who criticize PS3 most usually don't own one
Those who criticize Wii most usually don't own

Very true but at the same time you can't just lump everyone who has a criticism into those categories as they might just have an honest view ....luckily I do not fit into any of those 3 categories, if I was, how good of a mod for the console section would I be ;).




Originally posted by Dela:
....I will say however that one thing may be said, the most-likely Achillies heal of the Xbox 360 console, at least from my perspective, is not hardware issues (mine was bought Dec 2nd, 2005, still running perfect), but its performance in Japan. If the PS3 passes it out before mid-2009 I think you can solely blame Japan and not "hardware issues" which can be taken care of and are resolvable. All early editions of anything new suffer from one defect or another, it just depends how the company behind it chooses to handle the problem.
I think it is more of a combination of the 2. Somewhere between having a weak worldwide market penetration & the hardware issues that will continue to plague MS's success.


Originally posted by Dela:
Now I also have heard the same claims made about Microsoft and Sony from either side of their own little fanboy war :-) It's always either... "Microsoft is a wealthy corporation, sustained by greed and corrupt morals, who simply wants to sell an under-performing console to ppl and then run away with the money" or.... "Sony is an evil corporation that put rootkits on your legally-bought music CDs"... firstly, both companies want YOUR money equally, neither is more greedy and Sony didn't put rootkits on your damn CDs (Sony BMG did) and if they did, what the f**k would that have to do with gaming anyway?
The part in red while true is a bit lop sided against Sony as if you look at their track record it has to be noted that they have always offered their customers MUCH more for their money which translates to them being more conscientious of them, their needs & future planing/forward thinking not just the "right now"


1) PS1 was CD based for games and audio and for their innovative 3D gaming (remember how Battle Arena Toshinden offered something NO other fighter did ~ the ability to MOVE out of the way from an attack)

2) PS2 with CD & DVD for audio, video & gaming plus it had BC

3) PS3 CD, DVD, BD, HDD, Online (Free) for gaming/browsing/upgrading, HD for gaming and video & BC (except for the 40 gb model) plus a lot of other things you also mentioned Dela ("Media Center capabilities, DivX files, decoding DTS-HD MA, buying games.....I don't need to go on, you all know it already. Each box has incredible innovation at all levels over the previous generation.")


Let it be said that I am actually very pleased with this thread (so far) with how much clear, concise information & discussions being held. It's a nice change to be able to actually talk and hold a conversation instead of just it reverting to immature ranting with no basis with people just blatantly omitting or not acknowledging real true facts, sources & information....god I love aD!
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4520.4.2008 23:27

Wow I am very pleased to finally read a forum that isn't just a bunch of fanboys bashing eash others system.

I just wanted to add my 2 cents and cheap opinons on the systems.

The reason I think Nintendo always done well is because it's a standard. Nintendo was the first system to come out and last... Yes Atari, trackball, and pong based games were first, but hay. It's kinda like wht people will read the consumer reports before they buy something, or the won't buy a Black and Decker blender, but will jump all over one from GE. Nintendo has been around for years. I remember having to blow the cartridge then stick the game in. Or setting the cartridge in but letting in hang over a little before pushing it down. Or how about up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B, A, select, start. See found memories uh? Makes you wanna go play #$%@! (wanna see who remembers the game) Nintendo was in so many of our youths that it'll always spike our intrests, and brings back fond memories.
Plus it's popular because the WII is inovation at it's best. Oh many times did you play mario cart, and you leaned your body and controller which ever way you were turning. Would not surprise me if all the next gen consoles had some sort of sensor like the WII does.
Don't worry I won't leave the other consoles out. Playstaion, first system to bring us realism to gaming, dreamcast doesn't count. PS was the first to get away from the cartoonyism of gaming. And with the multiple releases of the console ps, ps one(lol), ps2, psp, ps3, they are trying to mass the market, and doing a good job. They are making sure their system isn't the so called "Fab" They realease a bigger better system, right before the average gamer gets bored with their system. Also with the addition of the blu-ray player makes it a huge buy. And if I'm not mistaken the ps3 is the cheapest Blu-ray player out right now. oh plus the free online magor plus.

The 360 ummmmmmmmm. ok don't get me wrong, I own a 360, but I do feel it lacks when compared to the PS3. I feel the graphics are a major lack. But the games are mostly new..... meaning most PS3 games are rerealses, and run the same consept, while there is more invations with the 360 games. I know alot of you will disagree with this and most of what I've typed. Also the 360 has anouther advantage that alot of people don't talk about that I really enjoy, I can link my msn messanger with my xbox live account, so wether I'm on my comp, on my messanger on my phone, or on live I know whos playing, and can consistantly text with them. Also my mp3 player(zune) is compatable with the 360. I can take my music videos whatever and run them through the 360. The PS3 may have some of these features but I don't own a PS3 so if they do...good for them.

But let me end in topic by saying that as an old NES player, I would buy the WII for the "freek" factor (first system supporting motion) and cause I know as an old player it's a good system.

All these opnions are that of a true average gamer. I don't read all the hype, I don't fallow stats, I don't care about the specs. I've played games since 1987 on a track and ball console that had 2 games, breakout and pong. Just a regular guy.

All you haters and bashers that wanna rip me apart cause of what I said, my grammer, or my spelling, trust me your wasting your time cause I really don't what system you have, I allready got my diploma, and I have a good paying job that doesn't require me to do alot of writting or spelling

4621.4.2008 1:52
varnull
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Just a couple of points from somebody who also had a colecovision and that atari box with pong and breakout ;)

Sony became involved in game consoles through Sega. In the time of the megadrive/genesis Sega approached sony to develop in partnership a next gen cd based console. Somewhere along the line they had a falling out which resulted in the very short lived sega-cd and the ps1. Nintendo sat back happy with sales of the snes and waited for developments working in the format they knew and coming up with the n64,, still a good gaming machine..
Sega tried again with what looked like the console they had actually planned with Sony.. the saturn.. which though graphically better than the ps1 crawled off and hid in a corner through lack of games (compare andretti racing on each console and tell me the saturn isn't the better machine)
Sega not to be beaten tried again, with the dreamcast.. unluckily crashing right into the ps2 and gamecube. Big plans and a nice console.. but again lacking games... So.. some back room dealings with Microsoft happened with sega which resulted with the xbox.. I suppose a good alternative name for it would be "sega-dvd" and there we have it..

The origin of the "console wars" actually is nothing to do with M$ or $ony.. They were both dragged into the game by Sega who were trying to get one up on Nintendo all along... while never realising that a damn blue hedgehog is never ever going to compete in any serious way with titles like James Bond, Zelda and Mario and an established customer base who like playing games.

Looks like this round they all lost again ;) It shows what an understanding Nintendo actually have on why people buy games consoles in the first place.

I remember posting somewhere about the then tagged Revolution and it's target audience.. along the lines of "at that price parents will be encouraged because even if the children don't take to it, and after 6 months it's sitting in the bottom of a closet it isn't that much of a major investment.. Priced to fly off the shelves, unlike the proposed price of the 360 or ps3. You wouldn't really want children getting their hands on something that valuable"

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4721.4.2008 2:05
nobrainer
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Originally posted by Dela:
firstly, both companies want YOUR money equally, neither is more greedy and Sony didn't put rootkits on your damn CDs (Sony BMG did) and if they did, what the f**k would that have to do with gaming anyway?
what about sonys game DRM, secuROM, with the same phone home abilities of their infamous anti-consumer rootkit and bd+?

then you have, ARccOS, aacs, bd+, ATRAC, ect, sony has its figures in many forms of drm as does m$, what sony(mpaa) are trying to do is close the analogue hole and force everyone to upgrade to the crippled by drm hdmi (hdcp) connections.

all companies do want you money but its about time at least one company was pro-consumer and stopped ripping off ppl, especially global price fixing in the UK, the "they do it also" argument is best left in the playground where it belongs as anti-consumer is just anti-consumer and needs to be boycotted.

and for gaming divisions they need to stop anti-consumer licensing, especially on new titles, where you do not own the game only the right to play it, you cannot sell, lend or even give it away (psn warhawk (please post other titles ppl should boycott for being anti-consumer)) thus destroying the second-hand market and generating more revenue. then you have the introduction of charging for what has always been user generated free content, extra maps, weapons, vehicles ect, which now has been turned into a money generating exercise because if ppl are playing free content they are not needing to purchase new titles!

these matters need to be addressed by all manufacturers before the consumer loses out completely.
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4821.4.2008 8:11

Edited. Why should I bother? I'll just be wasting my time & effort....Hey Dela, you are absolutely 100% right about fanboys though. Your point about

Quote:
""Sony is an evil corporation that put rootkits on your legally-bought music CDs".....Sony didn't put rootkits on your damn CDs (Sony BMG did)"
It seems all some people do is harp on something that has no bearings anymore and or try and mix one thing with another just to rant while totally disregard & overlooking (even understanding) a valid point. I guess Sony (as stated) is a big bad company for wanting/trying to protect their intellectual property from being illegally distributed. Who would of thought?
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4921.4.2008 13:00

Oner

Quote:
1) PS1 was CD based for games and audio and for their innovative 3D gaming (remember how Battle Arena Toshinden offered something NO other fighter did ~ the ability to MOVE out of the way from an attack)

uummm....Virtua fighter for the Saturn and some SNK 2D fighters had back and foregrounds.

the PS3 has downgraded BWC losing about 20-30% of the its compatibly,this is unforgivable for something over 300$....
Also the PS3 is a bit backward in its media options I know mroe than 3 people wo have to unplug their audio hookups and change them to another one to get some or full sound in movies, that needs to be polished up.

lawndog
innovation at its best has load of intuitiveness...the WII dose not have intuitive button customization the games tend to be forgettable party or gimmick crap for party time,not "real" games.

Of corse looking at control over the control no console gives you the options a PC dose...and I think this is something consoles need badly I need customized layouts because I am a nut job,I am learning disabled and my mind dose not work like others,ad in others with disablitrys its time gaming offered some disabled controllers,left right handed controllers and full button/stick/movement configurations in the system. Now the pads and control systems can be extra charge 100 a pop for them for all I care,I just need full button mapping on 80% of my games so I wont start enjoying them when I get tired of them 3 months after I beat it.


the 360 and PS3 go about different ways to fill the media and high end console gaming niche, my main complaint on the 360 is iffy hardware and locked data/HDD this had lead me to just get away from it every time I have had it or had the change to get it cheap,(it helps that only 3 or 4 of tis games are not on PC too :P)

the PS3 annoyes me I wanted full BWC they gave us sht and chips with only more chips than the 360s laughable BWC setup,add up the delay in momentum from the bad launch and the slow go on momentum due to optimizations, I can wait its going to take a couple of years before the PS3 will shine and when it dose it should out pace the aging and decripted 360 nicely.

The WII is a casual console more so than before it,in fact I would say its as simple as the pre 8bit Atari systems only with motion control better graphics and a tiny handful of real games, party and gimmick games should not be priced over 20$ because they are every bit as disposable as the casual mentality.

In the end a WII and 360 or PS3 will be a great game balance have them all for full gaming bliss.
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Use crazies and some sane members are working on a gamers bill of rights.
http://forums.theeca.com/showthread.php?p=76353#post76353

DRM bad,tradeabilty and sell of DLC good notto mention "traceability" of what you bought so you don;t have to rebuy it.

Come over to the eca forms we need another staunch consumer rights troll,I is notz hairy enough *lick* =^^=

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Oner
I am sorry there is a line a company dose not cross when "protecting" itself and sony have crossed that line for than 5 times and MS has done it at least twice.

Never forget and only forgive when its cheap and not so offensive.

5021.4.2008 13:47
goodswipe
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Originally posted by nexgen:
To say that Wii reach to a larger fan base is totally ridiculous.
How is that totally ridiculous? You won't catch an 80 year old woman playing something on a 360 or PS3.


Originally posted by nexgen:
Its Nintendo & there nothing new from them that we having seen in the past.
Nothing new from Nintendo? You are kidding right? LOL...J/K? With the Wii, they have totally changed the way you and I play video games. How have they not been nothing but innovative here?

Originally posted by nexgen:
Everyone i know that own a Wii has been burnout & said its short term fun plus lets not for get the sub-par games they have out.My son has a Wii so i should know but i have played it for no more than 30min & its all hype,but we all know why its selling PRICE POINT.If Sony would have launched the PS3 at that price point you wouldn't be hearing anything about Wii.I don't like Microsoft but i can say that they don't have a very good gaming library unlike Wii Playing Rehashes of Mario the last 15 years does get boring.
Yea sure, ok. If everyone feels that way, why do they continue to take the lead in sales? And it's next to impossible to find these things in the store without launching an all out operation to find one.

If Sony had launched their player at the price point the Wii is at, yea, people would definitely be buying those up. They would be buying them instead of paying 400-500 for a Blu-ray player.
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5121.4.2008 13:51

Originally posted by goodswipe:
Originally posted by nexgen:
To say that Wii reach to a larger fan base is totally ridiculous.
How is that totally ridiculous? You won't catch an 80 year old woman, playing something on a 360 or PS3.
Even a idiot(mew) understand the WIIs reach into the causal market and beyond is awesome and frighting.

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5221.4.2008 13:59
goodswipe
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Exactly...

I'm not trying to sound like some crazy fanboy or anything, hell I like playing all the consoles. It just amazes me how blind some people can be. Arguing that the Wii isn't innovative is like trying to argue that alternative fuels are not good for us.

5321.4.2008 14:03

Originally posted by goodswipe:
Exactly...

I'm not trying to sound like some crazy fanboy or anything, hell I like playing all the consoles. It just amazes me how blind some people can be. Arguing that the Wii isn't innovative is like trying to argue that alternative fuels are not good for us.
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innovative
A adjective
1 innovative, innovational, groundbreaking
being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before; "stylistically innovative works"; "innovative members of the artistic community"; "a mind so innovational, so original"

2 advanced, forward-looking, innovative, modern
ahead of the times; "the advanced teaching methods"; "had advanced views on the subject"; "a forward-looking corporation"; "is British industry innovative enough?"

Interesting the PS3 could be considered innovative as well, and the way its made I could agree to that.

The WII is bucking 2 of the main mainstream trends in gaming(media and ultra slick fancy grphics), and making a fortune at it while doing something with new with controls.

I have 2 problems with the WII it needs more real games and I would kill for full button mapping.

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5421.4.2008 14:09
goodswipe
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Quote:
I have 2 problems with the WII it needs more real games and I would kill for full button mapping.
Yea, I agree with you there. More games would be nice, but it seems to be working for some people. Like I've said before, I think the people that buy the Wii are probably not your every day hardcore gamer. And the hardcore gamers that do own it, don't mind because they get their fix with the other consoles they own.

5521.4.2008 14:11
nobrainer
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I've just played mariocart wii, i i've got to say its the best driving game to play with family/friends by far, its fun not graphics and this is why the wii (& DS) continues to outsell everything.

one great idea by nintendo is the loyalty rewards, the other manufacturers would be wise to adopt a similar system.

when you purchase a nintendo game/hardware you can register it at nintendo and receive loyalty "stars" which can then be converted to money you are able to spend on any downloadable games/content. +1 for nintendo and the pro consumer marketing, instead of just trawling and selling your data and giving customers 0 reward.

@ ZippyDSM

i fully agree with the wii as second, but only to a pc dude as consoles still don't do uber visuals yet but what do you expect from vga cards that are 3 years old+. serious gamers own pc's ppl on tight incomes or little ability to read instructions choose a console for the plug and play.

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5621.4.2008 19:26

Originally posted by goodswipe :
How is that totally ridiculous? You won't catch an 80 year old woman playing something on a 360 or PS3.
Okay this was the most over hyped story i have seen...There was some nursing homes that use it as a tool for working out but it has been proved that the Wii does no more working out than just simply walking.I don't call reaching out to a few nursing homes reaching massive fan base which Nintendo hasn't.They have yet to reach out to 360 & PS3 die hard fan base which is going to be very hard if more than half your games are kiddie ish.


Does Wii Fit make you fit? Well its creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, has argued that the purpose of the game is not to make you fit but to "make you aware of your body."

http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/article.php?id=3231


Originally posted by goodswipe :
Nothing new from Nintendo? You are kidding right? LOL...J/K? With the Wii, they have totally changed the way you and I play video games. How have they not been nothing but innovative here?
It just this depend on what age group you are(showing my age lol)motion sensing isn't new it very old actually.This has been tried by Nintendo already.Nintendo power glove which use the same concept but different tech.Watch the video & tell me how the Wii is so ground breaking?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93iDhnBcMGo&NR=1


Originally posted by goodswipe :
Yea sure, ok. If everyone feels that way, why do they continue to take the lead in sales?

Originally posted by Mike Capps:
As for why he believes the Wii has become so popular, he says it’s like a virus that just keeps spreading:

It’s a virus where you buy it and you play it with your friends and they’re like, “Oh my God that’s so cool, I’m gonna go buy it.” So you stop playing it after two months, but they buy it and they stop playing it after two months but they’ve showed it to someone else who then go out and buy it and so on. Everyone I know bought one and nobody turns it on. Obviously there’s a class of people who really love it and enjoy it and are getting into the games but I’m still waiting for that one game that makes me play it.

F.Y.I.

New Wii Games Find a Big (but Stingy) Audience

Nintendo sits atop the home video-game market. Its Wii, though less technologically advanced than Microsoft’s Xbox 360 or Sony’s PlayStation 3, continues to outsell those machines and is now in more than 20 million homes.

The Wii’s reach extends far, including use for physical therapy.

So why are retailers having so much trouble selling Wii games?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/21/techno...Hxg&oref=slogin
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5721.4.2008 20:40

NexGen76
miss point much?the WII is selling 2 or 3 to 1,the WII has found a wider audience, however they might not mindlessly buy into industry hype like the hardcore gamers (I wouldn't call anything mainstream hardcore...) hardcore gamers know games,fancore gamers know brains and lust after hype and mindless crap to keep the industry "safe" in its mediocrity.

The WII might not have as great game sales but has made up thos profits in unit sales, hate the wii being last gen all you want hate the wii for begin more casuals focused than the other systems and trashing them at that game.

At least admit why you hate them and not try to be snobbish and hide behind convoluted reasons,come out and say it let go of the elite within you....just don't become like me a freaking game nazi ><

5821.4.2008 21:04

I joined this discussion pretty late, so I apologize in advance if anything I say is redundant.

Originally posted by Oner:
cons1=PS2®1=All&cons2=PS3®2=All&cons3=X360®3=All&weeks=400
The bottom line is this and will always be this. Sony has a MUCH better worldwide market penetration with PS1 & PS2 sales while Microsoft with the Xbox did not and currently with the 360 will not, in the end. The Xbox had sold roughly 28 Million with the US being their best market, so this combined with the 360's poor sales in all other markets & hardware issues shows what the trend for the 360 will be. I could go on but I think the gist of my point had been made.


I agree. Only a fool would argue the lack of 360's market penetration compared to ps2. Hell, only the ps1 could hold a candle to the ps2. Microsoft's market penetration, however, has improved from the xbox.

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As for the Wii, it will continue to sell well because of Nintendo's history, quality of product, price point and again their worldwide presence (plus it is for kids, more so than the other 2 and parents will be inclined towards that).

But it isn't just Nintendo's history that is selling the product. It's the product itself. You can't explain the Wii and DS' selling numbers simply by "Nintendo has always made fun, quality products". Nintendo put forward a couple innovative products, and had a marketing plan to compliment both. Nintendo's market presence was no doubt important, but so was the product itself.


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In addition it should be noted that the 360's sales has flattened quite a bit while the PS3 has shown a similar sales trend compared to the PS2. Because of this the PS3 will continue to close the gap and then SHOULD surpass the 360 in sales by later this year if not by sometime in early 09 at the latest.

Perhaps, but the historical differences between when the ps2/ps3 selling years are much more profound; particularly the competition in relation to Sony, and developer support.
Now there is little doubt in my mind that the ps3 will be a successful system, but to say that it will have the success of it's predecessors based solely on similarities in a historical chart is a little naive.
The ps3 does not enjoy the same market share in comparison to the competition as the ps2 did, and thus will not garner the software support. And while it is a monster piece of hardware, the software determines the success of a system. That I can say with historical certainty.
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5922.4.2008 3:20
nobrainer
Inactive

Originally posted by oofRome:

The ps3 does not enjoy the same market share in comparison to the competition as the ps2 did, and thus will not garner the software support. And while it is a monster piece of hardware, the software determines the success of a system. That I can say with historical certainty.
the ps2 had no competition, virtually every game released was for the ps2 which is why its the best console to date. game sales are what count is in house usually suck its the 3rd party developers than can make/break hardware as sega found out with the more technically advanced offering, the dreamcast.

this is why the worst thing that sony did was can backwards compatibility in the UK but if ppl are playing them old ps2 titles they aren't purchasing the lame launch line up.

seems the 360 is now several years old its doing a fine job of keeping up with the new player on the block, the ps3

Originally posted by myself:
chart linked via arstechnica:



http://www.mcvuk.com/interviews/230/UK-March-Charts-Analysis
Originally posted by link:



UK March Charts - Analysis Courtesy of ChartTrack and ELSPA

ALL FORMATS TOP 50: MARCH

1. Mario & Sonic and the Olympic Games (Wii, DS) Sega
2. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (360, PS3) Ubisoft
3. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training (DS) Nintendo
4. Army of Two (360, PS3) EA
5. Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) SCE
6. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, DS) Activision
7. Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, DS, PC ) Konami
8. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Xbox 360, PS2, Wii, PS3, PC) Activision
9. Carnival: Funfair Games (Wii) Take Two
10. Bully: Scholarship Edition (Xbox 360, Wii) Rockstar
11. FIFA ’08 (PS3, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC) EA
12. Frontlines: Fuel of War (Xbox 360, PC) THQ
13. Cooking Mama 2 (DS) 505 Games
14. Game Party (Wii) Midway
15. More Brain Training (DS) Nintendo
16. Lost: The Videogame (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) Ubisoft
17. Wii Play (Wii) Nintendo
18. Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360) Microsoft
19. FIFA Street 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, DS) EA
20. Ratatouille (Wii, DS, PS2, PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) THQ


OTAL SOFTWARE BY LABEL (units)

Nintendo - 10.4%
Sega - 9.5%
EA Games - 8.9%
THQ - 6.6%
SCE - 5%
Ubisoft - 4.9%
Microsoft - 3.8%
Red Storm - 3.7%
Activision - 3.6%
EA Sports - 2.9%

TOTAL SOFTWARE BY LABEL (value)

Sega - 10.7%
EA Games - 10.1%
Nintendo - 9.5%
Microsoft - 7.2%
THQ - 6.3%
Red Storm - 5.7%
Ubisoft - 4.4%
SCE - 4.4%
Activision - 4.2%

FULL PRICE FORMAT SHARE (units)

Xbox 360 - 23.1%
Wii - 18.5%
PC - 17.1%
DS - 16.7%
PS3 - 16.4%
PSP - 4.2%
PS2 - 3.8%
Apple Mac - 0.2%

FULL PRICE FORMATS SHARE (value)

Xbox 360 - 25.6%
Wii - 18.5%
PC - 18.5%
PS3 - 18.3%
DS - 12.9%
PS2 - 2.7%
PSP - 3%
Apple Mac - 0.5%

BUDGET FORMAT SHARE (units)

DS - 30.6%
PC - 21%
Wii - 16.7%
PS2 - 12.3%
PSP - 7.3%
Xbox 360 - 6.2%
PS3 - 5.6%
Others - 0.3%

BUDGET FORMAT SHARE (value)

DS - 35.9%
Wii - 19.4%
PC - 11.4%
PS2 - 11.6%
PS3 - 7.5%
Xbox 360 - 7.2%
PSP - 6.8%
Others - 0.1%

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6022.4.2008 3:50

nobrainer
dev power and BWC rules,however the 360 can not get most of the Asian devs to sign on,this cripples them on a world wide basis,sure they will maintain a bit sine they were the only thing going but they could can not maintain that momentum with Asian based competition in full swing.

In some instances the 360 is much like the PS2, however its fatal flaw is lack of Asian market interest and this will keep it from gaining global dominance.

the PS3 has issues but no less than the 360 IMO, all the PS3 needs to gain the future is Asian dev support and some US/UK dev support it will become like the PS2 in time due to that.

the will fade due to issues on all fronts.

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6122.4.2008 10:37
goodswipe
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It just this depend on what age group you are(showing my age lol)motion sensing isn't new it very old actually.This has been tried by Nintendo already.Nintendo power glove which use the same concept but different tech.Watch the video & tell me how the Wii is so ground breaking?

Oh trust me, I was around for the Power Glove and the Power Pad and all those other things Nintendo has come out with in the past.

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Does Wii Fit make you fit? Well its creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, has argued that the purpose of the game is not to make you fit but to "make you aware of your body."
I never said anything about the Wii Fit. You can lose some weight with the Wii, just depends on how you use it. Hell you can go to the gym everyday and not lost weight or gain muscle, just depends on how you work out.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/18/wii-s...ds-nine-pounds/
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6166231.html

There are countless other sites out there that you can read about with just a simple Google search.

I can go on and on with this one, but I'm going to shut up - LOL!
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6222.4.2008 10:50
varnull
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If anybosy still has one.. There is a motion sensing pad (looking very much like an xbox pad) video demo on the Windoes98 disk.

It's in the extra content from the disk boot menu. Nothing new under the sun.

6322.4.2008 14:06

My fiance works at a nursing home that indeed has a Wii hooked up to one of their television sets. Her grandmother was over our place one day with a bunch of the family and we were trying Wii Sports out. She was interested in trying and it took all of 2 minutes to pick up a controller and learn how to play. Though screaming for button mapping might be useful for some games, alot of Wii games don't use a button for alot of the action (No More Heroes, Red Steel, Zelda, Mario Galaxy, etc.) and use motion controls. Heck, even Mario Kart allows you to use the Wiimote like a wheel, Wiimote plus nunchuk, Classic Controller or Gamecube controller to play the game! How much more customization could you want?

In a completely seperate rant, I read online that a new game engine could crank out better visuals on the Wii. I dare say some games like Mario Kart look very sharp while most of the ports (like Madden) look more like crap than others. I know the Wii only does 480p, and those of us with HDTV's see a bit of degradation in the graphics, but overall alot of people don't notice a difference (see any Blu-Ray vs. SD-DVD argument, er, discussion on AD.)

http://www.videogamer.com/news/21-04-2008-8085.html

As for the Sega quotes, that's interesting stuff that I would have to research. I definitely know that Sony was on tap for the SNES CD drive that was vaporware. That has been documented. As for the Dreamcast, it died because of lack of support. Capcom and Midway had Sega's back, but EA's lack of support (no DC Madden title) pretty much sealed the deal. Of course there was NFL 2K, but Madden "NFL" football was exclusive to PSX for awhile there. (Anyone remember Madden 64 with the fake teams?) As for Sega helping dev the Xbox, that would be interesting, but not farfetched, as the online components of the Dreamcast ran on Windows CE, the mobile version of Microsoft's operating system, at that time.

6422.4.2008 14:21

Originally posted by SProdigy:
My fiance works at a nursing home that indeed has a Wii hooked up to one of their television sets. Her grandmother was over our place one day with a bunch of the family and we were trying Wii Sports out. She was interested in trying and it took all of 2 minutes to pick up a controller and learn how to play. Though screaming for button mapping might be useful for some games, alot of Wii games don't use a button for alot of the action (No More Heroes, Red Steel, Zelda, Mario Galaxy, etc.) and use motion controls. Heck, even Mario Kart allows you to use the Wiimote like a wheel, Wiimote plus nunchuk, Classic Controller or Gamecube controller to play the game! How much more customization could you want?

In a completely seperate rant, I read online that a new game engine could crank out better visuals on the Wii. I dare say some games like Mario Kart look very sharp while most of the ports (like Madden) look more like crap than others. I know the Wii only does 480p, and those of us with HDTV's see a bit of degradation in the graphics, but overall alot of people don't notice a difference (see any Blu-Ray vs. SD-DVD argument, er, discussion on AD.)

http://www.videogamer.com/news/21-04-2008-8085.html

As for the Sega quotes, that's interesting stuff that I would have to research. I definitely know that Sony was on tap for the SNES CD drive that was vaporware. That has been documented. As for the Dreamcast, it died because of lack of support. Capcom and Midway had Sega's back, but EA's lack of support (no DC Madden title) pretty much sealed the deal. Of course there was NFL 2K, but Madden "NFL" football was exclusive to PSX for awhile there. (Anyone remember Madden 64 with the fake teams?) As for Sega helping dev the Xbox, that would be interesting, but not farfetched, as the online components of the Dreamcast ran on Windows CE, the mobile version of Microsoft's operating system, at that time.
FYI I be a pirate game nazi AARRRRR *mutters something in German harshly*, my point for Control over the control goes outside of casuals and into hard core and people that comprehend menus and button mapping who want the best from a game.

"I read online that a new game engine could crank out better visuals on the Wii."
Ya the game is called conduit I believe,from what I have seen the WII can do great graphics when you have a coherent and good staff building the game, but for me I could care less, I want to be able to play and enjoy a game thats not watered down for the mindless masses and if you do water it down for the zombie horde have the foresight to put in a real gamer mode......

varnull
motion sensing has been out for 10ish years maybe? but no one has tried to take it to this level,however the things people take for granted like button mapping to me if it was default for 90% of games that would be more innovative and forward thinking in my fuzzy half wit line of thinking..

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6522.4.2008 16:11

ok yes I did forget about the power glove, it worked on what, about 10-20 games? for the wii to make motion sensor for almost every game supplied to the wii is innovative.
kind of like the whole online gaming thing, I've been playing games online since the early nineties, yes the real-time make a move every three hours type of games yes that's considered online gameing, but does not compare to whats out today.
but nobody has taken it to the mass's like sony, microsoft, and pc.

6623.4.2008 23:36

Online gaming has been around since BBS's, before Al Gore created the WEB (too funny), were popular and some were action type games. Now the graphics were not fantastic but they weren't bad either so as to online gaming definately nothing new just more popular now then ever before.

I'm with you Zippy there are some games it would really be nice to remap your controller for, why is it these days that the programmers know what works better for you then you do? That seems to be the trend these days and even with PC games were they have decided that only a mouse can be used, sure you might be able to remap to a wheel or joystick/pad but they expect the mouse so the game play doesn't work proper if you remap.

This is really funny because most of the people on this forum was saying that Wii would never take off or be sucessful prior to its release. The graphics were horrible, there were not any good games and so on.... Now we see the Wii kicking as... I just have to chuckle as it is just one more example of the masses being way off base once again.

Say, if Sony is working on a PS4 now maybe we will see it in the next 8 years or so. LOL Will they use a DVD-HD instead of the BD player? Or maybe they could goto that tripple layer DVD that would be smart!

6723.4.2008 23:53

Originally posted by Mr-Movies:
Online gaming has been around since BBS's, before Al Gore created the WEB (too funny), were popular and some were action type games. Now the graphics were not fantastic but they weren't bad either so as to online gaming definately nothing new just more popular now then ever before.

I'm with you Zippy there are some games it would really be nice to remap your controller for, why is it these days that the programmers know what works better for you then you do? That seems to be the trend these days and even with PC games were they have decided that only a mouse can be used, sure you might be able to remap to a wheel or joystick/pad but they expect the mouse so the game play doesn't work proper if you remap.

This is really funny because most of the people on this forum was saying that Wii would never take off or be sucessful prior to its release. The graphics were horrible, there were not any good games and so on.... Now we see the Wii kicking as... I just have to chuckle as it is just one more example of the masses being way off base once again.

Say, if Sony is working on a PS4 now maybe we will see it in the next 8 years or so. LOL Will they use a DVD-HD instead of the BD player? Or maybe they could goto that tripple layer DVD that would be smart!
I believe the lack of control options comes from a level of arrogance,no dev time for options/polishing and a mind set that dose not have any room for such things.

Its the casual mentality of they wont use it so why do it, add to it arrogance to the point we know that is best for our game and oops we missed that by a mile but the suits wont let us fix it, there really needs to a standardized control configuration system for consoles and gaming across the board.

I love the PAD V mouse/KB nonsense it dosent matter which you use you will have people of varying levels using both/all to say mouse/KB will make you great is pathetic,I don;t understand why the hate for control over the control logic would state you finish a game you enjoy you might go out and buy another...then again MS is trying to prop up live and making shooters cumbersome and annoying to play will gaurrente a long subscription to it.

its the same for buying equipment and special power sets for MMOs if you spend 100$ in the first 3 months rushing through the game enjoying it you wont be paying the 15$ a month for 2 years grinding your soul away.

I would like to be able to buy upgrades and remove the stupid limits they set with real money and have my character start off with some fun sht not the god awful chains of of bondage MMOs start out with.

6824.4.2008 8:31

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:

I believe the lack of control options comes from a level of arrogance,no dev time for options/polishing and a mind set that dose not have any room for such things.

Its the casual mentality of they wont use it so why do it, add to it arrogance to the point we know that is best for our game and oops we missed that by a mile but the suits wont let us fix it, there really needs to a standardized control configuration system for consoles and gaming across the board.

You definitely could be right and as to the casual mind definitely, however as far as dev time all controller mappings are already there it really doesn’t add any time to development with exception on verifying the device mapping hooks. The size it takes is minimal at best.

With this in mind I believe the shift is due to the kid programmers that are developing the games and their personal choice for a controller(s). Most young kids I talk to like using the mouse for everything, not all of course, and scoff if I b*tch about not being able to use a game pad.

I love it when they make a racing game and the mouse is your controller with no support for a race wheel now what kind of stupidity is that, ignorance at its best. Again I know kids that like the mouse more for race games and its no wonder when you see how poor they drive.

6924.4.2008 10:17

Quote:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:

I believe the lack of control options comes from a level of arrogance,no dev time for options/polishing and a mind set that dose not have any room for such things.

Its the casual mentality of they wont use it so why do it, add to it arrogance to the point we know that is best for our game and oops we missed that by a mile but the suits wont let us fix it, there really needs to a standardized control configuration system for consoles and gaming across the board.

You definitely could be right and as to the casual mind definitely, however as far as dev time all controller mappings are already there it really doesn’t add any time to development with exception on verifying the device mapping hooks. The size it takes is minimal at best.

With this in mind I believe the shift is due to the kid programmers that are developing the games and their personal choice for a controller(s). Most young kids I talk to like using the mouse for everything, not all of course, and scoff if I b*tch about not being able to use a game pad.

I love it when they make a racing game and the mouse is your controller with no support for a race wheel now what kind of stupidity is that, ignorance at its best. Again I know kids that like the mouse more for race games and its no wonder when you see how poor they drive.
If anything its a multi part issue, arrogance, ignorance and comprehension, that could be 4 or 9 things, its the same mentality that rapes fiction in films because they think a bad "adjusted" film will do better than a solid film based on its un bum raped fiction.

7024.4.2008 17:47

How true and sad unfortunately...

7126.5.2008 18:58
mgnicks
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I have read a few of the posts here about the games consoles and feel that most "Hardcore Gamers" are missing the point with regards the Wii.

I have used and owned most of the following machines:

Commadore 16, 64, Amstrad 464, 6128, Amiga 500,500+, 600, 1200, Atari STe, ST fm, Acorn Electron, Vic-20, PC, Mac, Master System, Mega Drive, Saturn, Dreamcast, NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Gameboy, GBA, GB Colour, DS Lite, Game Gear, Lynx II, PlayStation 1, 2, Xbox, Xbox 360...

I don't think i forgot any.

The point is i feel i used to be a hardcore gamer (playing solidly for up to 72 hours at a time only pausing to go pee and perhaps eat if at a difficult part in a game.

I currently only own a Wii. Why not the other 2? Firstly the PS3 is waaaay to expensive. There is absolutely no need for a games machine to be that expensive. It's a games console after all said and done. Yeah it plays Blu-ray...and? It's the only way Sony could make sure it won. And lets face it they didn't want to waste all that money on developing it and lose out.

360? I didn't want the 360 as the games (like the other 2 really) are all the same old stuff which brings me to my point.

The biggest reason for the Wii? A change. I just wanted a change. After years and years and years of playing games (i hardly ever went out as a kid) i got fed up with playing th same old crap and some of them were indeed crap. I wanted a change. even if it meant just controlling th thing in a different way then so be it. I feel a little more immersed in my games now. More than i ever did. And so what if the games are a little kid-like? If i want real-life games (GTA IV?) then i will go outside and live one.

I like my Wii and currently am not a hardcore gamer. I now have a 2 1/2 year old who loves to play Wii Sports so thats where i am at at the moment enjoying learning him how to be a hardcore gamer. But as always each to their own. I much more prefer the platform type games anyway.

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