May 2005

I wanted to get a little more info before I went on my tirade about the new consoles due out later this year and in 2006.

For starters, the Xbox 360 is sexy. It isn’t sexy like a hot girl sexy but more like Apple and Sony got together and had a love child of a console sexy. It is sleek, has a nice theme going with the whole 360/Circle business and it shows that MS put some serious effort into the design of this thing. Throw in the 2 tiered Live and you have a super heavyweight that is setting the standard for the next generation. Unlike the PS2 who was first to market, this thing is packing so much power that even the late arrival of the PS3 and Revolution are going to have them hoping to compare in terms of hardware. Did I mention this thing was gorgeous? Now that I have solidified my position as a complete and total fanboy over the Xbox 360 despite it being a few months out I want to talk about the Revolution.

The Revolution should mark Nintendo’s realization that Piracy happens and it is cheaper to accept it and use DVDs than it is to use silly little discs. It also marks their realization that online play is where it is at. The Revolution is PSTwo tiny and plays GC games to boot. Wireless controllers and a free Live style service where I can play NES, SNES, and N64 games make this a perfect solution for someone still clinging to their gaming childhood (That would be me). Revolution is a no brainer and what I hear about the controllers is going to blow you away. Think Minority Report and you should be close. At any rate, that all could change but who knows. Revolution is tied with Xbox 360 as a must have.

Now we have the PS3. Sony did a good job of making sure the exclusive agreements they had for the PS2 sold systems. From a hardware standpoint it was mediocre and lagged well behind the Xbox and GC. This time around it packs a heavy punch in the form of a Cell chip. The problem? Besides having a controller that looks like a freaking boomerang the system is ugly. A slot loading Blu-ray drive should mean this fits seamlessly into any setup, but the silly round shape ensures this will be at the top of the proverbial component food chain. Obviously asthetics don’t play a role in the success of a console or the gigantor of an Xbox we all have would not have sold, but I expected more out of Sony than this and I really hope they toss that silly controller for something a little more ergonomic.

Obviously what sells these systems is going to be the libraries and with developers getting smarter and realizing that exclusive agreements hurt them I think you will see things really heat up this round. Cost of the consoles is going to be paramount and with Sony saying the PS3 will be “less than $500” worries me quite a bit. EBGames is currently listing all Xbox 360 titles at $59.99 which also worries me. The launch pricing of these consoles and games could very well push them just out of reach for most mainstream audiences. I have heard the Xbox 360 may be as low as $300 which I think is a very reasonable price for a machine with such a robust set of features. I will be back a little later to touch on some of the blockbuster games coming out of E3 this year.

If you haven’t seen the new consoles and the new GBA then I urge you to check out Gamespot as they have quite a nice gallery of everything that has been showcased.


May 17, 2005

Here you go, boomerang controller? I mean come on.

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E3 is in swing and some of the latest news has hit forums everywhere. Right now the buzz is on the Nintendo Revolution “Live” service. Members will be able to play free online. That surely makes up for the lack of attention to online play in Cube generation.

Also there will be a broadband service that allows gamers to download previous Nintendo games. I’m sure you will have to pay for them, but that sounds fresh. Also you will be able to play your Cube games on the Revolution, big plus there. I’m a big Nintendo mark and I hope to see them back on top with this generation.

Expect more updates from the crew as we go along.

Be impressed!

May 16, 2005

Are you as excited as we are about the next generation of consoles on the way? I remember with each new generation being in awe of the graphics each time I plug it in for the first time. I remember seeing Bouncer for my PS2 and thinking that games could not look any better. Well I was wrong, you have to check out the in game footage for Ghost Recon 3, this is what to expect and it looks good, nay, grrrrrrreat!

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May 16, 2005

E3 starts tomorrow, so expect the forums to be slamming with talk of all the great news coming out of the Expo. Unfortunately we could not make it out there this year, however we will gather all the best info as it comes in for you guys.

It is a very exciting time to be a gamer right now, start saving is all I can say!