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A 360, Halo 3, and PS3 Conversation

Here’s a conversation Gary and I had this morning via chat. I thought it might be a good starting place for a discussion. We started by talking about Halo 3 at 640p. The conversation below starts where I defend Bungie, noting that this is their first 360 title (I think). I’ve edited it for clarity…

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Henning said:

I assume this is [Bungie’s] first 360 title.

Shime Waza said:

Heavenly Sword isn’t a great game, it’s good but it’s graphics are astounding for a game released during it’s (the PS3) first year. You’d think Bungie would be given preferential treatment by MS though. Seeing as Halo 3 is their only big franchise. They would do everything in their power to give them as much help as possible in getting the 360’s power into Halo 3

Henning said:

Okay, I’ve found some other sources for the news…

Shime Waza says:

Back to my view that 360 is hitting it’s peak. Halo 3 is their single biggest first party franchise and the game they have touted to kill the PS3 (well so say the xbots). Apart from Mass Effect and PGR4 (which won’t sell a load of 360s), they have no exclusive games to blow people away with. They only have that marketing BS with the GTA IV downloadable content. So what can the 360 offer to would be buyers in the form of exclusive games and content? Not a lot compared to the PS3. They have had an easy year and a half to build a lead, sales wise, but the PS3 IS ALREADY CATCHING UP WITH QUALITY CONTENT, then next year THE big EXCLUSIVE games arrive on PS3 and that is when sales (along with a proper price drop) will take off. Here’s a good read related to the Halo 3 phenomenon.

Henning says:

Bioshock is big. Is Halo 3 at 60FPS ?

Shime Waza says:

It hasn’t sold 360s though.

Henning says:

Killzone 2 will only be 30FPS.

Shime Waza says:

I dunno what fps Halo 3 is.

Henning says:

Hmm. [After a web search on “Halo 3” and “30fps”.] Looks like it’s 30FPS. That makes the 640p all the worse….

Shime Waza says:

My point is that MS and Xbots believed Halo3 would boost 360 sales and kill off the PS3 (by that I mean give the 360 an unassailable sales lead), but they haven’t got the range of games that the PS3 has. Bioshock is great but it’s on PC as well.

Henning says:

True enuf.

Shime Waza says:

The PS3 has some big franchises that are first party or exclusive and these games WILL boost sales over a long period of time.

Henning says:

Halo 3 will boost 360 sales, but not by a significant amount.

Shime Waza says:

Like I said I believe the 360 is hitting it’s peak. The majority of forthcoming releases will appeal to people who already own a 360. The same is in reverse for the PS3.

Henning says:

GT5, Final Fantasy, and MGS4 can’t come soon enough. Hopefully Sony won’t let those exclusives fall through their fingers…. (Well, obviously GT5 won’t….)

Shime Waza says:

Don’t downplay games like SingStar, Ratchet, Resistance 2. God of War 3, PlayStation Eye games aswell.

Henning says:

But those aren’t the BIG ones. SingStar is big in Europe, but it’s nothing here.

Shime Waza says:

All will appeal to PS2 owners waiting to make the move and casual gamers. Europe is still vital though. As is Japan.

Henning says:

Not saying it ain’t.

Shime Waza says:

WORLDWIDE sales are more important than JUST NA that’s MS’s problem.

Henning says:

But the three titles I mention I think are the ones that’ll cause people to go out and buy PS3’s in droves.

Shime Waza says:

Definitely but the other titles I mentioned will appeal to a wider audience and MS can’t compete with that.

Henning says:

True.

Shime Waza says:

Wider means casual as well as undecided PS2 owners

Henning says:

LittleBigPlanet

Shime Waza says:

Exactly. God of War 3 would be MASSIVE in NA. Look at GoW 2. That would sell PS3s.

Henning says:

Yes. But it’s a hardcode gamer game. Not a widen-the-audience game.

Shime Waza says:

But it would still sell PS3s. Guaranteed.

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And that’s where the conversation turned to the PSP etc. Where do you guys see 360 and PS3 sales going in the near to mid future?

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