My thoughts on the current standing of the current console generation.

It’s the turn of the new year. In past console generations, this would be the time in the consoles’ life where the companies start displaying the next new thing, the next big console that they hope will captivate the market. However – is this really the case this time around?

Let’s take a look at the current consoles. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 was the first one to be released, a full year in advance, and therefore had the greatest head start, yet currently is second to Nintendo’s Wii in total sales since release. And although Sony’s Playstation 3 had a weak release and is currently trailing the pack, it has recently been overtaking the monthly sales in many regions over the Xbox 360.

I feel that it is unfair to compare these three consoles, especially with the Wii. The Wii, I feel, is a separate entity – where it shouldn’t really be considered a “serious” video game console. I mean, let’s face it – there are barely any “hardcore” titles for Nintendo’s pride and joy – and those that are hardly sell a significant amount of units. It’s apparent that Nintendo’s target audience is children and the non-gamers/casual gaming adults. The price of the console is low enough to be considered disposable – everybody and their mother has one of these, along with the stereotypical dust-gathering plethora of peripherals ranging from a ridiculous Balance Board to the ridiculous Wii Motion Plus, or “functionality that should have been in the original package but wasn’t Motion Plus.”

Yes, it may sound like I’m against Nintendo. I feel that Nintendo’s best days were of the N64, where many amazing games came out in 3D for the first time. Goldeneye 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and who can forget Super Mario 64? These games were the shining gems of the generation. To be honest, at first, when I first saw Red Steel and Twilight Princess at E3, I was extremely excited for the then called “Revolution.” I dreamed of using the Wii-Mote to swing swords, fire weapons, and actually feel immersed in the gameplay. Too bad it was a mess, and the only games that worked were the ones with more traditional control schemes. Too bad no quality third-party titles are going to come out. Too bad Nintendo is going to only focus on casual gamers and profits and release useless peripherals that aren’t going to get used past the first month. Shortly put, the console is a gimmick in itself, and one that people are fast getting tired of. I know I have, and my Wii is lying in a pile in my room, never getting used.

So as we can see, the sales of the Wii have mainly come from parents, casual gamers, and people that think Wii Sports is the shit. Maybe since the PS3 is now only $50 more than the original price of the Wii, it’ll finally get some love.

The Xbox 360 is an extremely solid game console. With arguably the best library of titles since the Playstation 2, the first seventh-generation console to be released is only being beat out by the Wii. The 360 has Xbox Live, the best online system out of the three consoles. Although there is a fee to access online multiplayer, it comes with a large amount of quality, and there is no argument to the fact that XBL is the current winner.

Now comes the Playstation 3. I feel that this is the best console of the three. I know there are many out there that will argue with me on this point, but I think this because it also is getting a very solid library, with games like Resistance, Ratchet and Clank, and Uncharted, and because it has the most powerful hardware. To build a computer of this calibre would require more than twice the money you need to put down for this system. Don’t forget it’s also a bad-ass Blu-Ray DVD player as well! It is the best value for the money in my opinion. Not to mention free online multiplayer.

Okay, we’ve analyzed all the consoles.

Out of the three consoles, I feel that Nintendo is in the position to need to make a new console. The Wii doesn’t even support 1080p video output yet, and the low power of the hardware hurts the system in the visual department. Developers must utilize arty-styled visuals to compensate, and it’s not good if a console’s developers are already feeling limited by the system when other developers like Naughty Dog are saying that the PS3 still has untapped potential – even after releasing a game like Uncharted 2 that may arguably have the best console graphics of all time. The 360 and PS3 are still in a good position for a few more years, and I feel that the Playstation 3 will be the last one standing.

From what I’ve been noticing first hand, in stores around me, where Wiis were once few and hard to find, I’m seeing stacks of Wiis in the middle of the floor with a large sign on them. Which can only mean one thing – almost everyone has one.

All in all, good luck to all companies in the new year, and hopefully some healthy competition will lead to a lot of innovation and quality games in the coming days.

Aion anyone?

Panzer XiII (Level 16 Spiritmaster Elyos/Vaizel)


~ by Panzer on January 11, 2010.

3 Responses to “My thoughts on the current standing of the current console generation.”

  1. Agreed.

  2. Couldn´t agree more. I own a PS3 for almost 2 years now and I´m fully satisfied !!!

  3. I’ve also owned all the 7th gen consoles since nearly the beginning, and at the beginning, I loved the Xbox 360, because it has Halo, Gears of War, and most of the major releases. I feel that the Wii is, was, and will be a gimmick. The only hardcore games on there don’t feel nearly as good as playing them on any other console or PC, and even games like Brawl are watered down versions of their genre counterparts on other platforms.

    Now, I feel that the PS3 has the most potential, and it sort of seems like the Xbox 360 is reaching it’s ceiling.

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