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Xbox 360 outsells PS3 in Japan for September

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Oct 2008 18:08 User comments (27)

Xbox 360 outsells PS3 in Japan for September According to the latest figures from Enterbrain, the Microsoft Xbox 360 has outsold its rival the Sony PlayStation 3 in Japan for the month of September marking the first time the console has ever outsold Sony on its home turf.
The strong sales came mostly after Microsoft slashed the prices of its console across the board and for the month Microsoft sold 53,547 units compared to Sony's 33,071 units.

The Wii continued to be a strong seller and moved more than both its rivals did combined for the month, selling 109,548 units.

Although the race between the 360 and the PS3 is normally very close in North America, the race has never been close in Japan with Microsoft lagging far behind. In an effort to spur sales worldwide, Microsoft slashed the prices of each model of the 360, to 19,800 yen for the Arcade model, 28,000 yen for the Premium model and 39,800 yen for the Elite model.

In comparison, the Wii sells for 25,000 yen and the smallest capacity PS3 sells for 39,980 yen making it more expensive than any of the 360 models.

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14.10.2008 20:24

Hm.. I don't understand why this 'price drop' made 360s sell more.
Don't know what I mean?
Example :
Buy PS3 (80GB) + Game = 320 to 350 (use a currency converter if you don't live in the UK). Once you buy PS3 and game you're ready to go.

Buy 360 (Elite) + Game = 315 to 350. But you need online.. + 60 you need XBOX Live + 40 you'll need an HD DVD adapter thing + 15. And plus the cost of batteries if you don't buy a charger for the 360.
Costing over 430 to 465.
I'm not trying to be a Sony fanboy, but this price cut hasn't made the 360 cheaper than the PS3. Yes, buying the console itself is cheaper but online is almost necessary. This post is probably useless but it's just to show that the 360 does cost more than the PS3 if you wanted full power of the 360.

24.10.2008 20:40

Kikzm33z very true, and i agree with you.

I think the arcade model of the xbox360 is a joke and microsoft should just make life simpler and just phase it out and microsoft should start including a HDMI port in all consoles as standard.

I think Sony needs to light a fire under its ass with regards to the ps3 and start churning out quality exclusive games or this trend will continue.

Microsoft is already starting to change the mistakes it made in the asian/japanese market with regards to game releases and more RPG's and anime style games are being released which the asian market will want to play.

34.10.2008 23:45

Originally posted by kikzm33z:
Buy 360 (Elite) + Game = 315 to 350. But you need online.. + 60 you need XBOX Live + 40 you'll need an HD DVD adapter thing + 15. And plus the cost of batteries if you don't buy a charger for the 360.
First of all, dvd.cfm" class="forum_link" target="_blank">HD DVD is dead. Everything Hi-Def on the 360 is downloadable content until/if they ever put out a BluRay drive. Secondly, you don't need the wireless adapter (60) if you have wired Ethernet or an extra wireless router you can pick up for 20. You have a point that you need XBox Live at the 40/year but honestly I have both a PS3 and 360 and there is about 20 times more content on XBox Live and most of it is a LOT better. The only thing PS3 online has that's better than 360 is movies you can purchase, but all of them are in SD anyway since Sony doesn't want to compete against their own BluRay revenue which is annoying.

The reason the 360 is suddenly doing well in Japan is a combination of breaking the 30000 yen price point AND having a lot of excellent Japanese created RPGs available recently. Yes, MS probably paid for the development of the games to stimulate sales but it seems to be working, so it's hard to say that wasn't a good strategy.

Personally I think the only chance Microsoft has to maintain momentum in Japan is through XBL Arcade. They need to keep cranking out quality RPGs but once comparable RPGs start rolling out on PS3 (and they will, just look at PS2 3 years after launch...) it will be hard to survive against Sony. What MS can do, and do really well, is XBL Arcade. The games are consistently better than what Sony offers so far (with the exception of "The Last Guy") but Microsoft needs to get Japanese players USING XBLA constantly. So they should:

1. Give every Japanese purchaser a free 1 year subscription to XBL
2. Give every Japanese purchaser 500 free MS Points a month that expire if not used by the end of the month
3. CRANK out the most popular Japanese arcade games adding HD and online Multiplayer (which is why #1 is necessary)
4. Put out some virtual pet games that make use of XBL to let people check on their pets on their phones, but make them log into their 360 to actually do anything serious with their pets.

Basically, just create a positive Japanese social experience they can't get on the PS3 or Wii. The new console will probably also be a hit with Japanese as they love to customize everything much more than Westerners (and we like it too :)

44.10.2008 23:51

Eh? Why do PS3 fanboys always choose the most expensive 360 plus the price of all of the accessories when comparing it to the PS3? There are people out there that just want a games console for offline play. 99 at Sainsburys gets them an Xbox 360 Arcade with wireless controller and 5 XBLA games. They can add any accessory at any point, but for 99 they're up and running.

As for the comparison, well a 60GB 360 with 1 game is currently 169.99 at GAME. With that you get a component cable capable of carrying a HD signal and a headset - 2 things you don't get with the PS3 which only comes with a composite cable. You also get the cable to connect the 360 to your router for online play and a free month of Live. A further 12+1 month Live card can be bought online for 25, so that's a system with a game, headset, HD cable, wireless controller, hard drive and 14 months of online play for less than 200.

If you want wireless - which you are not FORCED to buy for online play - you can buy the official 360 adapter from MS, a third party adapter, you can use homeplugs which can be bought cheaply on eBay, or if you have a laptop with wireless already you can use that to connect.

The 360 is WAY cheaper than the PS3.

55.10.2008 4:48
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"funksoulb" You're right, they choose the highest costing 360 and try to compare it to the PS3 with cheap remarks like HD-DVD add-on + yada yada yada + bla bla bla. LOL, man there's some silly Sony fanboys here on Afterdawn. Either way it goes the 360 is a much better cheaper console than the PS3, no one likes Blu-ray, no one likes the PSN, heck it's like the ghetto version of Xbox Live. The PS3 virtually has no appealing games that sets it apart other than MGS4 which has now blown over as past. Overall the 360 kciks butt on all fronts, fun games + cheap hardware + SUPERB online + Micro$oft'$ endless pocket$ = lasting etertainment and fun for all 360 users! The only ones backing the PS3 are the ones who were stooped into thinking it's actually worth the money it cost. Sure you may get a bunch of useless features that most gamers aren't interested in, which is why Microsoft is kickin Sony's a$$...PEOPLE WANT GAMESSSSS!

65.10.2008 5:51

I chose the best version of the 360 because I compared it to an 80GB, which is currently the best selling PS3 right now.

Originally posted by fgamer:
silly Sony fanboys here on Afterdawn.

And I clearly said that I'm not saying this because I'm a Sony fanboy. I post to give out my opinion.

Originally posted by fgamer:
why Microsoft is kickin Sony's a$$

Looks like you're the MS fan boy.

Originally posted by fgamer:
try to compare it to the PS3 with cheap remarks like HD-DVD add-on + yada yada yada + bla bla bla

I compared it with the HD-DVD addon mostly because the PS3 can play movies, so I should add that in.

Do you understand what fair comparison mean?

I take Daggre's and Funsoulb's opinions fairly since they are saying the truth. But you're obviously being an MS fan boy.

EDIT: Stu_dent, I agree with you. The Arcade is a joke.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Oct 2008 @ 5:55

75.10.2008 6:32

Originally posted by kikzm33z:
Hm.. I don't understand why this 'price drop' made 360s sell more.
Don't know what I mean?
Example :
Buy PS3 (80GB) + Game = 320 to 350 (use a currency converter if you don't live in the UK). Once you buy PS3 and game you're ready to go.

Buy 360 (Elite) + Game = 315 to 350. But you need online.. + 60 you need XBOX Live + 40 you'll need an HD DVD adapter thing + 15. And plus the cost of batteries if you don't buy a charger for the 360.
Costing over 430 to 465.
I'm not trying to be a Sony fanboy, but this price cut hasn't made the 360 cheaper than the PS3. Yes, buying the console itself is cheaper but online is almost necessary. This post is probably useless but it's just to show that the 360 does cost more than the PS3 if you wanted full power of the 360.
Seriously.. you really do come off as a ps3 fanboy and I own one too.
First of all.. why would you buy an elite? why do you need xbox live?dvd.cfm" class="forum_link" target="_blank">HD DVD is long dead. PS3 controllers use batteries also. Plus the fact that the 360 can play backups so you really don't even need to buy the game either. Sounds a lot cheaper to me.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Oct 2008 @ 6:35

85.10.2008 7:00

Quote:
Originally posted by kikzm33z:
Hm.. I don't understand why this 'price drop' made 360s sell more.
Don't know what I mean?
Example :
Buy PS3 (80GB) + Game = 320 to 350 (use a currency converter if you don't live in the UK). Once you buy PS3 and game you're ready to go.

Buy 360 (Elite) + Game = 315 to 350. But you need online.. + 60 you need XBOX Live + 40 you'll need an HD DVD adapter thing + 15. And plus the cost of batteries if you don't buy a charger for the 360.
Costing over 430 to 465.
I'm not trying to be a Sony fanboy, but this price cut hasn't made the 360 cheaper than the PS3. Yes, buying the console itself is cheaper but online is almost necessary. This post is probably useless but it's just to show that the 360 does cost more than the PS3 if you wanted full power of the 360.
Seriously.. you really do come off as a ps3 fanboy and I own one too.
First of all.. why would you buy an elite? why do you need xbox live?dvd.cfm" class="forum_link" target="_blank">HD DVD is long dead. PS3 controllers use batteries also. Plus the fact that the 360 can play backups so you really don't even need to buy the game either. Sounds a lot cheaper to me.
Why would I need and Elite? Why would I need Xbox Live? Why would I need a HD-DVD adapter?
BECAUSE I'M DOING A FAIR COMPARISON.
Do you not understand? And PS3 controllers charge via USB?
This might make things simpler :
PS3 has built in WiFi - 360 should be compared with the wireless adapter.
PS3 has online. 360 should be compared with Xbox live.
PS3 can play movies. 360 should be compared with HD-DVD adapter.
I am comparing them since the PS3 is more 'expensive' than the 360. If the 360 had everything that the PS3 had, it would cost freaking more. Do I need explain things further?

95.10.2008 7:45

Originally posted by kikzm33z:

Why would I need and Elite? Why would I need Xbox Live? Why would I need a HD-DVD adapter?
BECAUSE I'M DOING A FAIR COMPARISON.
Do you not understand? And PS3 controllers charge via USB?
This might make things simpler :
PS3 has built in WiFi - 360 should be compared with the wireless adapter.
PS3 has online. 360 should be compared with Xbox live.
PS3 can play movies. 360 should be compared with HD-DVD adapter.
I am comparing them since the PS3 is more 'expensive' than the 360. If the 360 had everything that the PS3 had, it would cost freaking more. Do I need explain things further?
A few good points.. but not everyone needs these features so a comparison like yours is useless. Many old school gamers don't play online and you can watch dvd even without HD-DVD drive which is useless now. Wireless isn't a must either. It comes down to ones personal preferences.

105.10.2008 8:25

True... I was just comparing to PS3 but from what I've learned today it looks like that some other options can get the 360 cheaper :o

115.10.2008 9:06

I wonder of the Xbox360 sales in Japan, how many different SKUs were sold. Im guessing maybe the arcade version sold the most. I can imagine citizens of Japan just buying the cheapest Arcade model (which is a very attractive price) just so they can play those few games MS got them attracted to. As well, I dont think online play is as big as it is here in NA so they dont care for all the HDD space or XBL stuff. Of course thats imo. It'd be nice if we had exact numbers of how many Xbox360 SKUs were sold. Also, does anybody know the amount of different Xbox360 SKUs sold in NA? I just want to know which SKU is the raking the most in these sales after the price cut.

125.10.2008 11:04

kikzm33z comparison is perfectly valid, the XBOX360 is cheaper because it offers less (in terms of hardware) straight out the box, so he is simply showing that once you have bought all the additional addons for the xobx360 to bring it inline hardware wise it isnt all that cheap.

Now as another member has already pointed out not everyone needs those features and i would have to agree there too.

135.10.2008 13:49

how did i know this would cause a slight flame war ha every console is good full stop

145.10.2008 15:25

Quote:
I chose the best version of the 360 because I compared it to an 80GB, which is currently the best selling PS3 right now.

Originally posted by fgamer: silly Sony fanboys here on Afterdawn.


And I clearly said that I'm not saying this because I'm a Sony fanboy. I post to give out my opinion.

Originally posted by fgamer: why Microsoft is kickin Sony's a$$


Looks like you're the MS fan boy.

Originally posted by fgamer: try to compare it to the PS3 with cheap remarks like HD-DVD add-on + yada yada yada + bla bla bla


I compared it with the HD-DVD addon mostly because the PS3 can play movies, so I should add that in.

Do you understand what fair comparison mean?

I take Daggre's and Funsoulb's opinions fairly since they are saying the truth. But you're obviously being an MS fan boy.

EDIT: Stu_dent, I agree with you. The Arcade is a joke.
OH fgamer you just got burned!

I got a PS3 but I'll eventually go to a 360, i just really dont wanna pay for online.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Oct 2008 @ 15:26

155.10.2008 16:34

Quote:
Originally posted by kikzm33z:
The reason the 360 is suddenly doing well in Japan is a combination of breaking the 30000 yen price point AND having a lot of excellent Japanese created RPGs available recently. Yes, MS probably paid for the development of the games to stimulate sales but it seems to be working, so it's hard to say that wasn't a good strategy.

Personally I think the only chance Microsoft has to maintain momentum in Japan is through XBL Arcade. They need to keep cranking out quality RPGs but once comparable RPGs start rolling out on PS3 (and they will, just look at PS2 3 years after launch...) it will be hard to survive against Sony. What MS can do, and do really well, is XBL Arcade. The games are consistently better than what Sony offers so far (with the exception of "The Last Guy") but Microsoft needs to get Japanese players USING XBLA constantly. So they should:

1. Give every Japanese purchaser a free 1 year subscription to XBL
2. Give every Japanese purchaser 500 free MS Points a month that expire if not used by the end of the month
3. CRANK out the most popular Japanese arcade games adding HD and online Multiplayer (which is why #1 is necessary)
4. Put out some virtual pet games that make use of XBL to let people check on their pets on their phones, but make them log into their 360 to actually do anything serious with their pets.

Basically, just create a positive Japanese social experience they can't get on the PS3 or Wii. The new console will probably also be a hit with Japanese as they love to customize everything much more than Westerners (and we like it too :)
Have you ever been to Japan? Have you lived there for years? No? Neither have I, and it's probably the same for all the other posters.

All we know about Japan is that they like RPG's, social games, and cartoon porn with tentacle monsters.

165.10.2008 18:26

Quote:
Do you understand what fair comparison mean?

It's not really a fair comparison. The argument works both ways. The PS3 might have more things built in but you have no choice but to pay for them whether you want them or not.

For example, I don't need wireless for my 360, so if was built in it would no doubt make the console more expensive. I'd be paying more for an included feature that I don't need or want, but if I did want it I have several options that range from free up to 50 in order to get it.

175.10.2008 22:16

Who gives a flip they both should be cheaper with the economy the way it is.

Stop being farking fanboys there both good consoles in there own way.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Oct 2008 @ 9:15

186.10.2008 6:18

Quote:
Quote:
I chose the best version of the 360 because I compared it to an 80GB, which is currently the best selling PS3 right now.

Originally posted by fgamer: silly Sony fanboys here on Afterdawn.


And I clearly said that I'm not saying this because I'm a Sony fanboy. I post to give out my opinion.

Originally posted by fgamer: why Microsoft is kickin Sony's a$$


Looks like you're the MS fan boy.

Originally posted by fgamer: try to compare it to the PS3 with cheap remarks like HD-DVD add-on + yada yada yada + bla bla bla


I compared it with the HD-DVD addon mostly because the PS3 can play movies, so I should add that in.

Do you understand what fair comparison mean?

I take Daggre's and Funsoulb's opinions fairly since they are saying the truth. But you're obviously being an MS fan boy.

EDIT: Stu_dent, I agree with you. The Arcade is a joke.
OH fgamer you just got burned!

I got a PS3 but I'll eventually go to a 360, i just really dont wanna pay for online.


@kikzm33z

I understand where you were coming from with this comparison of the two consoles but honestly you did go about it in the wrong manner. You got to realize that the world is very diverse. Not everyone makes the same kind of salary, enjoys online play, is interested in blue-ray movies(overpriced in my opinion), or prioritizes their lifestyle and values the same. I have seen people with big screen TV's , driving new cadillac's who would rather spend money on meaningless thing to me rather than move out of the projects. Me, i stay in a quiet neighborhood on the north side of town, drive a nissan titan (supercrewcab) and my wife a toyota sienna and choose not to pay rent. Point again everyone has diff values and that is our right. I do agree with you and most on one thing and that is the $50 per year for xboxlive but hey it is way better that PS3's online service. Microsoft gives better options. You can purchase a new nissan altima for $19,999 here in the US or add as many features as you choose and end up paying $30,000. Its all about options so is not fair to use the xbox elite, useless HDVD add-on, wireless adapter, and other crap, as a way to try and justify a comparison of the two consoles.

Honestly have to tip my hat to MGS4 and a few other PS3 titles but they still dont have enough elite titles to compete with the 360. I dont know how that asain guy keeps making games that good and graphically outshine everyone else. I guess he is the best at what he does; b/c the PS2 was said to be all out of juice then he made MGS3 and he pushed the ps2 farther than anyone else at that time(not to mention his ratings have been superb on MGS series for a long time) By the way i am in it for the cheapest console with the best selection of games and that is the xbox360. BRING ME THE GAMES AND I SHALL FOLLOW!!! LOL


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First of all, dvd.cfm" class="forum_link" target="_blank">HD DVD is dead. Everything Hi-Def on the 360 is downloadable content until/if they ever put out a BluRay drive. Secondly, you don't need the wireless adapter (60) if you have wired Ethernet or an extra wireless router you can pick up for 20. You have a point that you need XBox Live at the 40/year but honestly I have both a PS3 and 360 and there is about 20 times more content on XBox Live and most of it is a LOT better. The only thing PS3 online has that's better than 360 is movies you can purchase, but all of them are in SD anyway since Sony doesn't want to compete against their own BluRay revenue which is annoying.

The reason the 360 is suddenly doing well in Japan is a combination of breaking the 30000 yen price point AND having a lot of excellent Japanese created RPGs available recently. Yes, MS probably paid for the development of the games to stimulate sales but it seems to be working, so it's hard to say that wasn't a good strategy.

Personally I think the only chance Microsoft has to maintain momentum in Japan is through XBL Arcade. They need to keep cranking out quality RPGs but once comparable RPGs start rolling out on PS3 (and they will, just look at PS2 3 years after launch...) it will be hard to survive against Sony. What MS can do, and do really well, is XBL Arcade. The games are consistently better than what Sony offers so far (with the exception of "The Last Guy") but Microsoft needs to get Japanese players USING XBLA constantly. So they should:

1. Give every Japanese purchaser a free 1 year subscription to XBL
2. Give every Japanese purchaser 500 free MS Points a month that expire if not used by the end of the month
3. CRANK out the most popular Japanese arcade games adding HD and online Multiplayer (which is why #1 is necessary)
4. Put out some virtual pet games that make use of XBL to let people check on their pets on their phones, but make them log into their 360 to actually do anything serious with their pets.

Basically, just create a positive Japanese social experience they can't get on the PS3 or Wii. The new console will probably also be a hit with Japanese as they love to customize everything much more than Westerners (and we like it too :)
Quote:
Eh? Why do PS3 fanboys always choose the most expensive 360 plus the price of all of the accessories when comparing it to the PS3? There are people out there that just want a games console for offline play. 99 at Sainsburys gets them an Xbox 360 Arcade with wireless controller and 5 XBLA games. They can add any accessory at any point, but for 99 they're up and running.

As for the comparison, well a 60GB 360 with 1 game is currently 169.99 at GAME. With that you get a component cable capable of carrying a HD signal and a headset - 2 things you don't get with the PS3 which only comes with a composite cable. You also get the cable to connect the 360 to your router for online play and a free month of Live. A further 12+1 month Live card can be bought online for 25, so that's a system with a game, headset, HD cable, wireless controller, hard drive and http://i.afterdawn.com/v3/btn_quote_out.gif14 months of online play for less than 200.

If you want wireless - which you are not FORCED to buy for online play - you can buy the official 360 adapter from MS, a third party adapter, you can use homeplugs which can be bought cheaply on eBay, or if you have a laptop with wireless already you can use that to connect.

The 360 is WAY cheaper than the PS3.
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"funksoulb" You're right, they choose the highest costing 360 and try to compare it to the PS3 with cheap remarks like HD-DVD add-on + yada yada yada + bla bla bla. LOL, man there's some silly Sony fanboys here on Afterdawn. Either way it goes the 360 is a much better cheaper console than the PS3, no one likes Blu-ray, no one likes the PSN, heck it's like the ghetto version of Xbox Live. The PS3 virtually has no appealing games that sets it apart other than MGS4 which has now blown over as past. Overall the 360 kciks butt on all fronts, fun games + cheap hardware + SUPERB online + Micro$oft'$ endless pocket$ = lasting etertainment and fun for all 360 users! The only ones backing the PS3 are the ones who were stooped into thinking it's actually worth the money it cost. Sure you may get a bunch of useless features that most gamers aren't interested in, which is why Microsoft is kickin Sony's a$$...PEOPLE WANT GAMESSSSS!

@ daggre, funksoulb, and fgamer

Good points made.

196.10.2008 8:40

I don't think the price cut caused this spike. It's the release of Japan-oriented games: Tales of Vesperia and the announced Infinite Undiscovery and Star Ocean 4 are pushing 360 consoles in Japan, not the price cut. Japanese are less sensitive to price cuts than western consumers.

Second point, I DO believe the 360 is heavily overpriced. I own a Japanese Core 360 and a Japanese PS3 60GB and I got much better value for money from the PS3 than the 360. To bring the 360 on par with my PS3, I would have to buy:
- rechargeable pack for the controller
- Wifi unit
- 60GB hard disk
(- HDDVD unit to be completely on par)
If I buy all those overpriced addons, my 360 would be more costly than the PS3, not even taking into account the Live subscription.

So please, stop with the '360 is cheaper' argument. It just doesn't hold up. The game line-up is strong, but the price for the addons kills it in a hardware price comparison with the PS3.

Because of the overpriced wifi adapter, my 360 sits without Internet connection (as I refuse to pay so much for a wifi adapter) yet my PS3 is connected without a problem.

360 has a strong game line-up, but the hardware is lacking and overpriced.

206.10.2008 12:44

Originally posted by kyo28:
I don't think the price cut caused this spike. It's the release of Japan-oriented games: Tales of Vesperia and the announced Infinite Undiscovery and Star Ocean 4 are pushing 360 consoles in Japan, not the price cut. Japanese are less sensitive to price cuts than western consumers.

Second point, I DO believe the 360 is heavily overpriced. I own a Japanese Core 360 and a Japanese PS3 60GB and I got much better value for money from the PS3 than the 360. To bring the 360 on par with my PS3, I would have to buy:
- rechargeable pack for the controller
- Wifi unit
- 60GB hard disk
(- HDDVD unit to be completely on par)
If I buy all those overpriced addons, my 360 would be more costly than the PS3, not even taking into account the Live subscription.

So please, stop with the '360 is cheaper' argument. It just doesn't hold up. The game line-up is strong, but the price for the addons kills it in a hardware price comparison with the PS3.

Because of the overpriced wifi adapter, my 360 sits without Internet connection (as I refuse to pay so much for a wifi adapter) yet my PS3 is connected without a problem.

360 has a strong game line-up, but the hardware is lacking and overpriced.
@kyo28

LMAO.......Dude didnot you just read my post right before yours. If you want to try and bring your xbox360 up to par, its a free country and you have every right. WAKE UP CALL!!! The rest of the world and the ones who are in this for the games dont need all that extra crap. How would you feel if you ordered a hamburger and wanted to hold the tomatoes and the guy across the counter said, "Ummm.. No sir, we cant do that your going to have to eat them." Microsoft gave options to everyone. They didnot jack the price of their console up by shoving a Blueray player down my throat(that i may or may not want) and then kick me in my butt on the way out the door by giving me a short library of games and exclusives. RROD???? There is a warranty and a newer jasper model being released.

Options are what people need and what we like. Dont force us to buy something (blue-ray) if we dont really need it. Now lets check Blue-ray hasnt made the games any better gameplay wise has it. NOPE Nor has the cell proven yet to be what everyone says it is capable of b/c last i check the graphics were darn near identical, or comparable, on the exclusives for each consoles. Microsoft does offer HD cable and hdmi port with their consoles except for the $199 version. But then again that is an option i didnot have to have it was my choice to be able to play at 1080p right out of the box. The HDMI is not worth the extra money as the diff is not really noticeable. Glad i didnot spend extra on that too as i got one for free from a friend.

So now let me ask you this... Speaking of the Blue-ray and cell processor, "When exactly are you going to get your money's worth out of the extra you spent with all those extras on the PS3? And please dont say well i use the blue-ray player to watch movies b/c that is sad if that's all the feature is useful for on a VIDEO GAMING console.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Oct 2008 @ 13:32

216.10.2008 15:39

Right now the jasper model still has no failure rate stats and is as much a selling point as the falcon model was this time last year. The falcon model also did little to fix MS's hardware oversight that still mutes it's japanese sales spikes. If you are expecting a better console from the jasper you should wait and make sure microsoft's track record is not upheld by the latest update (three years after launch).

If in fact it is all its cracked up to be, then I may even consider a 360 repurchase. I'm not holding my breath to deal with 18004myxbox over and over again, that warranty shit is not a selling point from my experience.

227.10.2008 8:00

Quote:
@kyo28

LMAO.......Dude didnot you just read my post right before yours. If you want to try and bring your xbox360 up to par, its a free country and you have every right. WAKE UP CALL!!! The rest of the world and the ones who are in this for the games dont need all that extra crap. How would you feel if you ordered a hamburger and wanted to hold the tomatoes and the guy across the counter said, "Ummm.. No sir, we cant do that your going to have to eat them." Microsoft gave options to everyone. They didnot jack the price of their console up by shoving a Blueray player down my throat(that i may or may not want) and then kick me in my butt on the way out the door by giving me a short library of games and exclusives. RROD???? There is a warranty and a newer jasper model being released.

Options are what people need and what we like. Dont force us to buy something (blue-ray) if we dont really need it. Now lets check Blue-ray hasnt made the games any better gameplay wise has it. NOPE Nor has the cell proven yet to be what everyone says it is capable of b/c last i check the graphics were darn near identical, or comparable, on the exclusives for each consoles. Microsoft does offer HD cable and hdmi port with their consoles except for the $199 version. But then again that is an option i didnot have to have it was my choice to be able to play at 1080p right out of the box. The HDMI is not worth the extra money as the diff is not really noticeable. Glad i didnot spend extra on that too as i got one for free from a friend.

So now let me ask you this... Speaking of the Blue-ray and cell processor, "When exactly are you going to get your money's worth out of the extra you spent with all those extras on the PS3? And please dont say well i use the blue-ray player to watch movies b/c that is sad if that's all the feature is useful for on a VIDEO GAMING console.

Addons & price: It's good to give consumer options. But the problem I have with the way Microsoft approaches hardware is dual:

1. Some of the 'options' you mention aren't as optional as you let us believe. Without wifi, I simply cannot go online as my router is too far from my consoles to run a wire through my entire house. Secondly, I won't go very far with just 20GB, especially if I want to buy DLC and/or use the update to install games completely to the HDD. So yes, it is a free country but still, a lot of those 'optional' addons are bare necessities for a lot of consumers.

2. OK, so we have 'optional' addons, but the problem is that these are severly overpriced. For approximately the same price as it would cost me to get a 60GB HDD for my 360, I could get a 250GB Western Digital HDD for my PS3. The wifi addon is also very costly

Put 1 & 2 together, and the combination of the not-so-optional nature of certain addons, coupled with their excessive price means that:
a) I can't play online with my 360
b) Even if I can go online, the number of DLC content I can download and install is limited due to HDD restrictions
c) My 360 can't function as a media player due to lack of online (no streaming) and lack of space (20GB HDD)

In that case, I personally would rather have a console that costs a little bit more but at least has everythign onboard that I will need.

RROD: indeed, there is a 3-year warranty but I buy consoles to be used long-term, meaning 5 years at least. What do I do once the 3-year warranty is over and I happen to get RROD then? Buy another console? And then another and another? The moment RROD surfaced, Microsoft should have addressed the issue by a recall, not by putting a patch on an open wound (because that's what extended warranties are: they leave the problem intact and only extend the guarantee. After the guarantee's over, you're on your own)

Blu-ray drive : I'll be the first to admit that this isn't the most essential part for a gaming console. But I'm a multi-media freak and am avidly collecting blu-rays. I can accept that for consumers like yourself who are only interested in gaming, this feels like a forced buy. For others, like me, it means we get 2 for the price of one: a blu-ray player and a console. There is no denying for people who are looking for a multimedia device that can play a wide range of codecs as well as DVD and Blu-ray, the PS3 is a good choice.

Like I said, I don't have a problem with the game lineup of the 360, but I do have a problem with the 'hidden costs' due to the absence of essential equipment as well as the lack of dealing with the RROD issue in a long-term vision fashion (instead of the extended warranty quick-fix)

So yes, better value for money from the PS3, without a doubt.

237.10.2008 12:23

Originally posted by funksoulb:
Quote:
Do you understand what fair comparison mean?

It's not really a fair comparison. The argument works both ways. The PS3 might have more things built in but you have no choice but to pay for them whether you want them or not.

For example, I don't need wireless for my 360, so if was built in it would no doubt make the console more expensive. I'd be paying more for an included feature that I don't need or want, but if I did want it I have several options that range from free up to 50 in order to get it.
*Sigh* I'll say this the simplest I can :
I don't care if you have online or not. I am comparing them equally.
O - PS3 has built in WiFi. The 360 hasn't so that means the 360 is missing a feature compared to the PS3.

O - PS3's PSN is free. 360's is NOT so that is compared.

O - PS3 can watch movies, while 360 can't without an adapter so I compare with an adapter. Do you still not understand? If you don't, you're a thick person.

Which means I don't really give a sh** if you want online or not. Without wireless, Xbox Live or the DVD adapter then it's obvious that it will not be a fair comparison. The PS3 costs more than the 360 itself mostly because it has more built in features, whether you want them or not. UNDERSTAND?

EDIT: I won't be replying anymore. BTW, I wasn't trying to create an argument if you were thinking that ;)
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 07 Oct 2008 @ 12:26

247.10.2008 14:01

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@kyo28

LMAO.......Dude didnot you just read my post right before yours. If you want to try and bring your xbox360 up to par, its a free country and you have every right. WAKE UP CALL!!! The rest of the world and the ones who are in this for the games dont need all that extra crap. How would you feel if you ordered a hamburger and wanted to hold the tomatoes and the guy across the counter said, "Ummm.. No sir, we cant do that your going to have to eat them." Microsoft gave options to everyone. They didnot jack the price of their console up by shoving a Blueray player down my throat(that i may or may not want) and then kick me in my butt on the way out the door by giving me a short library of games and exclusives. RROD???? There is a warranty and a newer jasper model being released.

Options are what people need and what we like. Dont force us to buy something (blue-ray) if we dont really need it. Now lets check Blue-ray hasnt made the games any better gameplay wise has it. NOPE Nor has the cell proven yet to be what everyone says it is capable of b/c last i check the graphics were darn near identical, or comparable, on the exclusives for each consoles. Microsoft does offer HD cable and hdmi port with their consoles except for the $199 version. But then again that is an option i didnot have to have it was my choice to be able to play at 1080p right out of the box. The HDMI is not worth the extra money as the diff is not really noticeable. Glad i didnot spend extra on that too as i got one for free from a friend.

So now let me ask you this... Speaking of the Blue-ray and cell processor, "When exactly are you going to get your money's worth out of the extra you spent with all those extras on the PS3? And please dont say well i use the blue-ray player to watch movies b/c that is sad if that's all the feature is useful for on a VIDEO GAMING console.

Addons & price: It's good to give consumer options. But the problem I have with the way Microsoft approaches hardware is dual:

1. Some of the 'options' you mention aren't as optional as you let us believe. Without wifi, I simply cannot go online as my router is too far from my consoles to run a wire through my entire house. Secondly, I won't go very far with just 20GB, especially if I want to buy DLC and/or use the update to install games completely to the HDD. So yes, it is a free country but still, a lot of those 'optional' addons are bare necessities for a lot of consumers.

2. OK, so we have 'optional' addons, but the problem is that these are severly overpriced. For approximately the same price as it would cost me to get a 60GB HDD for my 360, I could get a 250GB Western Digital HDD for my PS3. The wifi addon is also very costly

Put 1 & 2 together, and the combination of the not-so-optional nature of certain addons, coupled with their excessive price means that:
a) I can't play online with my 360
b) Even if I can go online, the number of DLC content I can download and install is limited due to HDD restrictions
c) My 360 can't function as a media player due to lack of online (no streaming) and lack of space (20GB HDD)

In that case, I personally would rather have a console that costs a little bit more but at least has everythign onboard that I will need.

RROD: indeed, there is a 3-year warranty but I buy consoles to be used long-term, meaning 5 years at least. What do I do once the 3-year warranty is over and I happen to get RROD then? Buy another console? And then another and another? The moment RROD surfaced, Microsoft should have addressed the issue by a recall, not by putting a patch on an open wound (because that's what extended warranties are: they leave the problem intact and only extend the guarantee. After the guarantee's over, you're on your own)

Blu-ray drive : I'll be the first to admit that this isn't the most essential part for a gaming console. But I'm a multi-media freak and am avidly collecting blu-rays. I can accept that for consumers like yourself who are only interested in gaming, this feels like a forced buy. For others, like me, it means we get 2 for the price of one: a blu-ray player and a console. There is no denying for people who are looking for a multimedia device that can play a wide range of codecs as well as DVD and Blu-ray, the PS3 is a good choice.

Like I said, I don't have a problem with the game lineup of the 360, but I do have a problem with the 'hidden costs' due to the absence of essential equipment as well as the lack of dealing with the RROD issue in a long-term vision fashion (instead of the extended warranty quick-fix)

So yes, better value for money from the PS3, without a doubt.
Some good points. I will admit microsoft does mark everything up higher than it should be. I use my laptop to get online when i am not in my bedroom just b/c i dont feel the Wifi adapter is worth the a big face hundred. Point also noted with the upgrade in HD being costly as Microsoft has a hold on all in that area.

2514.10.2008 21:10

Hmmm, I thought this article would upset the $ony faithful.

I bought the 360 over the PS3 because of the line-up of games, plus I could play my backups on it.

People here may prefer wireless over cable- but I was happy to go cable because it's cheap and reliable (less data resends).

I bought a Falcon HDMI Arcade model, I can't see why they're a joke (???). I use 1080p and the Falcon chipset does have a better heatsink arrangement in it.

I bought a cheap 2nd hand HDD for it (20gig) into which I will pop a 120gig WD drive bought cheap as a Chrissy present to myself. 3rd party makers are coming out with cheaper HHD drives for the X360 anyway.

Batteries aren't a problem because I use high capacitance rechargeable NiMH AA pairs and a fast charger which I had in the house anyway. More than one thing uses them and I would be a fool to run out and buy batteries for them all the time.

If it really was an issue; consider that all consoles are a poor compromise in multi-media anyway. I built a cheap PC for the lounge, whacked a BluRay/HD-DVD drive in and weh-hey. Hardware decoding too! I can use my X360 controller, FF steering wheel and wireless headset with it via a cheap adapter. At the mo it just got a terabyte of raid in it; might add another couple in a year or so.

If you think that kikzm33z wrote a fair comparison of the value/choices available to console buyers. Then it doesn't bode well for the PS3 if it is the better one; since the Japanese are therefore purchasing the X360 on the basis of available games.

People forget how important the install base is to the health of the games scene. The size of the WII's ensures that it will enjoy wide support in the future, regardless that it doesn't offer great hardware choices. They were right in assessing that HD wasn't that important.

I will get one but I'm personally holding off on getting a PS3 until they get a better slew of elite exclusive games behind it- but it seems to be taking ages. Btw, if my old PS2 couldn't last 5yrs why would a PS3? they are not better made.

2618.10.2008 13:16
13thHouR
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Things are looking worse for the ps3 every day it remains overpriced.

PS3 sales tumble in Japan

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Japanese hardware sales have plummeted for the week ended October 12, hitting the PlayStation 3 hardest and reducing its sales down to 5734 units, from 7232 last week.

According to data provided by Media Create, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 sales have both continued to outpace those of the PS3 in the region, at 7763 units and 6982 units respectively.

The Nintendo DS remained in the top position with 31,914 units sold, followed by Sony's rival handheld, the PlayStation Portable, at 23,901 units, while the Wii was the top selling home console at 22,877 units.
Can anyone hear the rats Square and Konami quietly exiting the, exclusive tag?

2718.10.2008 22:34

Originally posted by 13thHouR:
Things are looking worse for the ps3 every day it remains overpriced.

PS3 sales tumble in Japan
Quote:
Japanese hardware sales have plummeted for the week ended October 12, hitting the PlayStation 3 hardest and reducing its sales down to 5734 units, from 7232 last week.

According to data provided by Media Create, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 sales have both continued to outpace those of the PS3 in the region, at 7763 units and 6982 units respectively.

The Nintendo DS remained in the top position with 31,914 units sold, followed by Sony's rival handheld, the PlayStation Portable, at 23,901 units, while the Wii was the top selling home console at 22,877 units.
Can anyone hear the rats Square and Konami quietly exiting the, exclusive tag?
Not sure what you mean by the "rats"- unless it's an allusion to "...deserting a sinking ship".

That's not fair to those companies- who are obliged to make a profit for their shareholders. A quick search on Wikipedia for a list of games those companies have produced will show that over the years they have made games for all platforms including PC.

I know Sony bought a controlling share in Square Enix a few years back when they had financial troubles; forcing them to become exclusive for a while. Those shares have been bought back and they are no longer obliged to produce games for the PS only. Certainly the games they have produced for the X360 already (eg. Infinite Undiscovery) have not been hailed as great. It IS reported that FF XIII will come out in Europe and the US on the X360. Why not Japan? one can only speculate.

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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