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GamePro picks PS3 as the next-gen Victor! |

GamePro did a nice feature article comparing the three main next-gen consoles on several different categories. The winner? PS3 after months of constant negativity!

Overall, they picked the PS3, so I am happy. However, I think they under valued the PS3 on a few issues:

  • Game Library: Yes, the 360 does have some good games, but it’s a small lead over the PS3. If the PS3 actually delivers what it has announced, they actually will have a stronger holiday lineup.
  • Value: This has been talked to death. But I disagree with them claiming that the $299 sans-HDD 360 is a better value than the $500 PS3. For some customers, the price difference is more important than the feature difference, but many prefer the features.
  • Size, weight, build, and aesthetics: Wii clearly deserves this. However, the PS3 should get credit for lower heat output (I’m assuming as I haven’t actually touched one myself), quiet operation, and having all functionality in the base unit rather than having requiring add-ons.

Three other points

  • Media Format: Can’t someone run real tests on a PC to compare the transfer speeds of a 12x DVD and a 2x blu-ray drive? I’d particularly like to see how single layer discs compare to dual layer discs in linear and random read tests.
  • Online: Nebulous online support? That’s pretty pessimistic. Sure, Sony hasn’t spelled out all the details, but I’m expecting them to do a great job. I also like what I hear about giving developers and publishers more control and freedom with online systems.
  • Availability: This is one 360 advantage that they didn’t mention. The PS3 and probably the Wii will be under very constrained supply for several months at the least.

Entertaining read overall!

GamePro Next-Gen Console Score Card

  • ehandlr

    As much as I like the PS3…i think it will be the victor only on staying power. Basically i think it will last much longer then the Wii and 360. With the recent mod chip explosion that allows you to burn your own 360 game….I see a sharp cut on the 360’s lifespan.

  • matt

    The 360 won all of the important areas like games. Once again I think that the 360 is the better machine in the short term. More games and an awesome online system that really defines next gen. The fact I can download demos of almost every game that is available is a huge benefit to me the consumer. I don’t have to rent games to see if I like them which saves me big time money. XBLArcade is a great service that I use much more than I ever thought I would.

    The PS3 in the long run will most likely be the best machine. Once developers learn the ins and outs of the Cell/RSX combo. The end of 2007 or more likely the middle of 2008 should be the start of games on PS3 that are truely Next gen. The fact that developers are cutting out online functions and no-one knows what Sony Online will be is a huge problem for me. Hopefully by holiday 2007 they have gotten the bugs out of the online and the price drops signifigantly so I can get mine.

    I am glad I can afford all 3 consoles. Right now the 360 is destroying the competition in every area possible. I think the Wii will be a better second option for 2007. The PS3 I will pick up last because IMO it is not ready for prime time yet. Just as the 360 wasn’t ready for prime time until mid/late 2006. It takes some time for developers to learn new hardware and the PS3 will take longer than 360 (we all know why). I also want to see how Sony does on all of its promises with online. If you had Live you would understand why online is so important.

    This generation is very exciting because all 3 companies are doing their own thing. All 3 have something great to offer. Don’t miss out on any of it if you can. It is nice when you can play the best of all consoles and never miss any AAA titles.

  • The PS3 will outlast the other two in name only. Did you realize the PS1 was only recently decomissioned. Do you see Walmart avidly pushing them? If that’s Sony’s play for a 10 year life span, I think you can prepare to fork out another $600 in five years.

    The 360 and the Wii will outsell this thing if they’re even in stores. They need to get their hands on more blue diodes if they want the PS3 to include blu-ray for long. With all the HD format makers getting their hands on these, Sony will be hard pressed to bid against them all.

    And lastly, GamePro sucks! Doesn’t mean anything though. I honestly hope Sony wins this gen. Not because I like them, but because I don’t want Microsoft to get lazy and half-ass the Xbox. Competition makes me a happy gamer :).