Monthly Archives: May 2005
The Nintendo Revolution has been confirmed for a 2006 street date. Not only that, it will be backwards compatible with the GameCube. (Sony has announced backwards compatibility for the PS3, so that leaves us wondering about the Xbox 360.) The …
[Update: I forgot to mention! 1080p support, on two displays at the same time! Sony better upgrade their Qualias to accept this]
In a previous post, I was quite enthusiastic about the Xbox 360. Now, as a diehard PS2 owner, this was a hard thing for me to do. Loyalty and all that. But when the facts are staring me in the face, I admit them. And admit them I did. The Xbox 360 is shaping up to be quite a console. At the end of the post I told Sony that now it was their turn: impress me.
I own an PS2. Todd owns an Xbox and Steve has a GameCube. Every Thursday we have a games night and we rotate whose place we play at (Joshua doesn’t have a system so we play board games there). The most fun I ever have playing video games is playing games with friends. The only time my PS2 ever gets used is when my friends come over. But I’ve always been rather proud of the PS2. A couple of the very favourite games we play are on my PS2. (Frequency, F1, and Champions of Norrath, in case you’re interested).
I’ve always assumed that once the new consoles come out, Todd would get the new Microsoft offering and Steve would buy Nintendo’s. Of course I would get the PS3. But I’m having second thoughts…
This year’s E3 show portends to be one of the most fascinating in recent years. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will all be revealing details about their next generation gaming consoles, though Microsoft has already shown most of its hand on MTV. The Xbox 360, PS3, and Revolution will all have state of the art processors provided by IBM, and advanced graphics by ATI (Xbox 360 and Revolution) and nVIDIA (PS3). They will all support HDTV.
But what’s all this hardware without software? It’s all about the games, after all. And software developers are starting to announce their next-gen titles.
Release dates are very important factors when it comes to a console’s success. Microsoft thinks that the release of the Xbox, one year behind that of the PS2, was one of the major contributing factors to its number two status. Part of their bid for the number one spot is moving up the release date to this fall, ahead of the competition by half a year or more.
The memory supplier for the Nintendo GameCube, MoSys, has said that we should expect Nintendo’s next gaming console, code-named ‘Revolution’, to ship in mid-2006. This is about the same time that the PlayStation 3 is widely rumoured to ship, though …