PS3 Draws Controversy!
I remember having a conversation with a colleague who asked me what I thought of the new "Console Technologies" coming out; specifically the Wii and the PS3's.
Personally, I'm not big on console gaming. I'm a gamer, but largely, a PC gamer. I'm willing to spend $2k on a PC, but not so much willing to spend $500 to $1000 on a console gaming system.
My colleague asked me, what is it about the PS3 that is so great? What makes it better than the Xbox 360? Or for that matter, the Wii? I told him frankly: "I don't care."
I'm willing to spend a whack on a PC. Why? Because my PC does more for me than just play games. Sure, I buy the high-end hardware so that I can play the games I want (Oblivion, Guild Wars, Neverwinter Nights 2, Dreamfall, Sims 2), but I use it for work as well, and I need a machine that can give me the horsepower that I want for the money I'm spending.
Now, am I willing to spend a grand on a gaming console? No way! But that's my opinion; my preference. I'd rather spend the cash on hardware that can support the games I want while providing me with the tools I need to do my job.
My argument was simply this: Is Blu-Ray worth the extra $500 that Sony is charging for the PS3? In my opinion, that's a big "Hell no!" Tell me, what'S the main reason people buy those console gaming system?
"To play games!"
Not to watch Blu-Ray movies!
Does the PS3 kick butt by offering the most technologically advanced video technology??? Suuuuuuure, but who cares!???
When buying a gaming console, I don't care that it offers COMPLETELY realistically generated graphics, so much, as it offers a game that is entertaining and worth the money I'm paying.
So, this begs the question: "How can it compete with the x360?"
Well, for me? If I were to choose? I'd pick an XBox 360 or a PC. The formula is simple. The360 offers great graphic technology, with game titles that buyers are willing to spend money for. Does it matter that the PS3 offers better technology PLUS Blu-Ray capabilities? No, it doesn't. In the end, the buyer simply wants to be entertained with the best games out there (which the 360 provides) and no one really cares about Blu-Ray. No one is buying the PS3 for Blue-Ray, and if they are, they're nuts! (again, my opinion) In any case, the Blu-ray fromat will either fade out, like Sony's Beta technology, or it will be offered dirt-cheap as a PC add on -- further adding credence that one should spend money on their PC first!
Furthermore, people's arguments tend to be: "Well, you PC gamers are willing to spend $700 on a video card, how is it so crazy that someone is willing to dump $800 to $1000 on a PS3?"
The answer to that question is simple: If an avid PC gamer is willing to drop $700 on a Video Card, he is specifically purchasing the power to better graphics on his PC to support the type of gaming he wants. But to spend $800 + on gaming system that offers bells and whistles that he doesn't really need?? That's just plain crazy. I get as much enjoyment out of my gamecube, which I bought for $200, because the games I purchased with it were decent and well done. I don't care about Blu-Ray, I don't care that the console gives me cutting edge video over its competition, I just care that the games I buy for it are great, for a price that's reasonable. And i'm sorry, $800 isn't reasonable for the mediocre games offered on the PS3.
Again, this is my humble opinion, which seems to be shared by an editorial writer at Extreme Tech.
Read the article here.
And please, whether you agree with me or not, weigh in here! Your opinion counts, and I will not slam you if you disagree with me. I invite the debate!
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