Microsoft have announced their second generation games console. Quite simply put that means their XBox 2, named the XBox 360, this is almost 3½ years after its release, whereas the Playstation 2 has been on release now for almost 5 years. Some difference.
An article I read recently asked you to think of a few titles that were available with the XBox on its release, I thought of more than a few, then it asked you to think of one title that was released with the PS2. I was totally stuck. Now, that’s not because they were bad stated the article, it’s because it was so long ago. The XBox is due replaced before even the first generation of games have been played out of the console, and out of the owners minds.
Okay, so the XBox had a head start, after all it’s just a PC in a fancy box. Yet have developers had enough time to really push the limits of the XBox and bring us a truly inspiring game? Remember, if you can, the progression of the Formula One games on the PS2, the first was pretty awful, being a port of a PSX original, but by the final release the graphics and handling were stunning when compared with the original. Look at the GTA series and where they are now sitting with San Andreas, would anyone have thought that possible back with the first generation of PS2 games?
So now Microsoft are allegedly limiting the number of XBox units available and are gearing down to let the market get hungry for the XBox 360, a machine that will not be backwards compatible with the XBox. Where does that leave gamers? Stuck with the XBox and a horde of Developers who have hardly even explored the console all leaping en masse to the 360, where they will develop new games and begin on the first generation releases once again.
The average life expectancy of a games console was 5 years, Microsoft have just dropped that to 3½. Isn’t something wrong there? Where’s my value for money, where are my third and fourth generation developed games?
I am already feeling slightly conned and backed into a corner to upgrade with the latest technology. If you want to see Halo 3, or PGR3, or even the next Splinter Cell, you’ll have to wait and purchase the next batch of hardware in the XBox 360. Oh, and be sure not to sell your original XBox, you’ll need to keep that to play your existing games.
Pure marketing and business. It reinforces my thoughts that Sony are balancing the marketing model against the average owner and gamer, they are at least thinking of giving them some value. Microsoft, well where there’s money.