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I just saw the other thread about Wii being underpowered and it got me thinking, were the HD twins overpowered?

Ive read multiple times that both systems were initially sold at $200+ losses and it took a few years for them to begin selling at a profit. To my knowledge neither have made up those early losses.

Another thing to consider is the cost of developing games skyrocketed, causing many developers to go under, maybe thay could have been avoided if the HD twins werent so powerful. If it werent for cheap to make casual games on Wii, I could see alot more devs going bankrupt. It seems like gaming is coming to the point where most games are either AAA blockbusters or indie titles, mid level games seem to be going extinct.

Games like Gears/Uncharted/Assassins Creed/etc could all have been done on weaker hardware just with less fancy graphics and not so big worlds. Top of the line graphics are nice but most games would have been just as fun without them.

PS3 could have a cheaper alternative to the Cell and DVD instead of Blu-Ray (DVD only became popular in 2000, people were still content with it), they could have always added it in a redesign anyway. 

So lets say 360 and PS3 were both released in 2005 with one sku at $400 selling at a small loss, something like $50-100 per unit. Would they be better off and would the game industry in general be healthier?



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Apparently not strong enough for games like Skyrim (well the PS3 version at least).

i disagree, they are just about right when it came to power of the consoles

 

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BasilZero said:
Apparently not strong enough for games like Skyrim (well the PS3 version at least).


I thought that had more to do with PS3 being hard to develop for and to port to.



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zorg1000 said:
BasilZero said:
Apparently not strong enough for games like Skyrim (well the PS3 version at least).


I thought that had more to do with PS3 being hard to develop for and to port to.


Lol I was being sarcastic ;(



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No, not at all. PS3 cost so much because of blu ray and the cell. 360 I don't think was losing as much money as you believe. Those losses this gen came mostly from RROD. Rising dev costs was mostly the studio's fault.

They were too powerful at launch but their life cycles should have ended 2 years ago imo. Games like CoD just kept adding to their longevity. Now they are very underpowered, but its amazing to see how much developers can squeeze out of the hardware



Edit-double post



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zorg1000 said:
BasilZero said:
Apparently not strong enough for games like Skyrim (well the PS3 version at least).


I thought that had more to do with PS3 being hard to develop for and to port to.


Deja....vu? o.O

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=5566847

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BasilZero said:
zorg1000 said:
BasilZero said:
Apparently not strong enough for games like Skyrim (well the PS3 version at least).


I thought that had more to do with PS3 being hard to develop for and to port to.


Deja....vu? o.O

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=5566847

or are you stalking me n_n?


Lol Im not sure how that happened but I didnt catch the sarcasm initially lol



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