Back from the dead, I'm afraid.
Agreed, Mike. The negative press has much to do with the PS3's pricetag and the desire for competition to keep Sony honest. NOBODY(except fanboys) wants to see Sony dominate again like they did with the PS2, and so the PS3 is constantly being hamstringed. Most don't look at the long run nor do they have a history of gaming and the reasons why certain consoles sold more than others. The PS3 is and will be alright, and will end up winning the war once more. 12
There is one point nobody seems to realize (which was the reason why I postet my little Story): Back in the PSX and N64 days 50 Million consoles were a huge userbase but the market grows with every new generation, so the 32 million N64Â´s are probably about 50 million PS3 today. BTW: the NES sold itÂ´s 60 million not in the first 5 years, it needed about 10 years to reach that number. Look at Japan: the DS is doing awesome - but is the PSP really struggling? No, it is far away from it and thanks to Monster hunter and some FF title the numbers will probably increase. I expext the PSP to sell at least 10 million consoles in Japan and maybe 15 are possible, too. What I want to say: DS and Wii can be awesome sucessfull without making the other consoles struggling. It doesnÂ´t matter if the Wii sells 120 million consoles the PS3 can still sell 50 million. Sucess of the Wii doesnÂ´t mean the PS3 will fail - it is an entire new situation on the gaming market. So Kwaad and all the others who say the PS3 numbers will increase are anything but wrong - it may just never reach the Wii. (just a posibility not my personal opinion) So it is not: What will sell better? 360, Wii or PS3? It is "will all consoles sell good or will just one?"
Just to be clear on this, the CPUs in the 360 and PS3 are *NOWHERE CLOSE* to as powerful as any moderately new Intel or AMD desktop chip. These console chips pack a decent punch in some circumstances because they do SIMD so well (this goes for the 360 chip as well as the Cell but it gets less attention) which makes they very good at processing graphical effects, but at general-purpose computing - things like gamecode, physics, AI - they are *EXTREMELY* weak. That's because they've had essentially all their logic and cache stripped. These chips are a *fraction* the size of their desktop counterparts, because they were designed to cost a fraction as much to make. E.g. a PowerPC G5, which these chips are often erroneously compared to, absolutely *DWARFS* these chips. They're not in the same order of magnitude. And that goes for performance as well.
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