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Rise of the PS3

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-08-28 14:36:26

Year of the PS3?

Every year since the launch of the PlayStation 3 has been dubbed by fanboys/pundits as "The Year of the PS3". Instead, I've continued to use mine as a Blu-Ray player while conducting the majority of gaming on my Xbox 360. Actually, since the launch of streaming Netflix, I've used my 360 for more movie viewing as well.

But this price drop is significant. It places the PS3 within striking distance of Wii pricing. It matches the price of the "real" Xbox 360 with the hard drive. It makes consumers happy. It makes developers happy. Which should all lead to better games.

Throughout this entire generation, the 360 has enjoyed superior versions of mutliplatform releases. It's simply easier to program for, and the PS3 versions end up running like garbage. To ameliorate this, more developers are opting to go with the PS3 version as their lead SKU, and easily converting the code to the 360 as opposed to the other way around.

In previous generations, Sony also had close working relationships with developers - offering them everything from subsidies to technical assistance. This round, they went all ego happy and assumed their dominance would continue, while Microsoft wooed numerous partners away. So not only did 360 versions run better, they ended up with exclusive content for monster titles like Grand Theft Auto IV and Fallout 3.

But now the gap in quality is smaller or nonexistent. And I'm grabbing the PS3 version of Batman: Arkham Asylum for my personal library because of free and exclusive extra DLC. I'm also looking forward to my next lunch date with my wife.

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