Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Console Wars

So this is my console wars listing with some pro's and cons.

#3 Xbox 360. You can get one now for as little as $300 if you know were to look. You can actually buy one this Christmas. It finally has some good games (Gears of War, woot), but it just keeps Microsoft in the game. The HD-DVD addon is useless (except for ripping it apart to put in your pc) as you won't be adding anything else to your games. Didn't Nintendo make this mistake with the 64? There have been rumors about Microsoft working on their next system. They better as this one just seems like a stop gap.

#2. PS3 Sony is just loosing money on this one. Ebayers are in the green. What they were able to get not even half a million into the US? Not a good way to make money. If people don't have consoles they don't buy games. If people don't buy games they don't make money. No wonder they have to charge $60 a game. So why is the PS3 number 2 on my list and not 3? Blueray. I really don't care which wins Blue ray or hd dvd. But Sony is playing it right. 400,000 PS3s all with blueray. Hmmm if they have the option of buying a blueray or hd-dvd which do you think they will buy? Blueray! Who makes the money if people start buying Blueray disks? Why the creator of blueray Sony. Yeah their batteries catch fire, but this was a great move. Long term planning. Who cares about blueray games? Hardly any games overflow a dual layer dvd 42 gigs more really won't matter. But the DVD market is huge and so will be the High Dev movie market. Remember all those VHS tapes you have and now have the dvd of? Same with next generation. Bottom line: Sony isn't making any money off of the PS3, but now their is a reason for at least 400,000 people in the US (Not to mention Japan who has more and is more likely adopt a new technology) who will buy blueray... long term planning.

#1. Wii. Why? They were the only one who didn't loose money on every console sold. They are making so much right now. Not only that their inferior technology is easier to make so 4 million Wiis are sold in US. If everyone buys a game Nintendo wins. They all sold out. Nintendo made money. They aren't mixed up with blue ray or hd dvd. At the same time, Nintendo cannot get wrapped up in things like that. Sony isn't likely to go under, Microsoft isn't likely to go under. But if Nintendo goes a billion under on their hardware (cough xbox) they don't have an operating system or bigscreen tvs to make up the loss. They just made fun games and are making millions. I wonder how it will do in the long term.


tryDyingToLive said...

Yeah, I know. Probably a waste of time.

Justin said...

You neglected to mention that no one buys consoles unless they have the games they want to buy for them. No good games, no systems sold. Now PS3 and XBOX 360 have a lot of the same games coming out for each other and like none of those games are coming out for Wii. After the Wii hype is over people will realize Wii has last-generation graphics too. I honestly can't think of any games other than Zelda I want to play for Wii. This has happened with Nintendo before. Every 3rd party developers competition for Nintendo systems is Nintendo. They have great 1st party games that Nintendo spends 4 years developing (new Zelda), but with huge development cycles, where are the games? Yes, quality, but not many games at all. Does Wii have online gaming or a good strategy for that? I don't know, but the future for gaming is always going online these days. Xbox Live! is great and it's amazing, Sony hasn't revealed their plan but have to do something cause the PS2's was no good. Nintendo is off in it's own little world. Will Nintendo pick up non-gamers and make them gamers? Who knows, but that's how they will succeed if they do.
---Got to go to class or I'd write more.

Justin said...

So here is that link that says Xbox 360 makes $76 per unit and PS3 loses $306 per unit.
On consoles selling out... PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii all sold out initially. The people who buy those systems are the fans of those systems, customer loyalty. Those totals were 400,000 for PS3 in the US and like 500,000 for the Wii and Xbox 360 shippe dlike 1/2 a million at launch last year and sold out too. What really matters is those other gamers who don't buy Nintendo cause they are Nintendo only people or xbox because they are xbox only fans.

What the crap, now you need a wireless router to use the Wii on the internet, why not an ethernet cable?

At least Nintendo is just a gaming machine, like old school. Now the others are multimedia machines: Movies, music, games, internet, tv, demos, text,voice, and video messaging. Are those other options good? You decide. PS3 is way too much money for playing games. I don't have interent so there's no internet multi-player appeal for me. Games are leaving out 4 player split screen these days and it's pissing me off, they only include like 1 player on xbox live instead.

Blue-Ray is not a Sony format, they are just in the malgomation of companies supporting it.