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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2007-04-09 08:17:00

Where's the PS3 Gears of War?


The PlayStation 2 dominated the last generation of consoles with a massive install base and a slew of exclusive titles. While the Xbox was technically far superior, even with multi-platform titles the PS2 was the lead SKU, and the Xbox was the recipient of quick and dirty ports as opposed to software built from the ground up to take full advantage of it.

For all the mistakes Microsoft has made with the 360, Sony has one-upped their foolishness with the PlayStation 3. The situation is nominally swapped as the 360 has a much larger install base, and the prohibitive price of the PS3 is keeping Sony from making significant inroads. Now the 360 is often the lead SKU, and the PS3 is the recipient of ported titles. Despite the fact that the PS3 is more technically sophisticated, a majority of games actually look better on the 360.

Publishers are recognizing this, and despite the tight-knit ties companies like Namco, Capcom, Rockstar and even Square-Enix(?!) have had with Sony in the past, they are faced with the fiscal reality of supporting the 360 in order to achieve profit expectations. Remember, excepting Rockstar, these were once powerhouse Nintendo developers before they jumped ship to Sony.

For the first time, I'm actually facing the prospect of never having to buy a PS3. Off the top of my head, the only thing that I can think of that would make me twitch is the eventual release of God of War 3. It wouldn't take much for Sony to rectify a few of their errors and employ their massive brand recognition and corporate resources to simply muscle back into the console war. Likewise, they're standing on a precipice the other way: it wouldn't take much for Sony to complete alienating their mainstream base and remove themselves from play.

Nevertheless, for all this bluster, I probably will buy a PS3 someday. I thought I wouldn't buy an Xbox, but it ended up being my favorite system that generation. This is going to be an interesting console war.



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