Last edited by xX-Bronco-Xx; 03-07-2011 at 09:21 PM.
I could handle a new Xbox, mine is a first generation and I am actually amazed it has held up as well as it did for all this time....however the PS3 needs to hang around, I have only had mine for a little over a year and dont want to replace it anytime soon!
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If MS chose to use Blu-Ray, it wouldn't be the end of the world.
A few things...
Currently, PS3 is the exclusive gaming system for Blu-ray because they are the only ones that have it. Blu-ray is not a Sony exclusive, because others are not unable to use it if they choose. Microsoft has discussed the possibility of adding peripheral Blu-ray players, and I can't imagine they would say that if the were completely unable to get the licensing.
They've refrained from doing so at this point because it seems they feel that the future may be in downloadables at least for the near future. I would not be surprised to see the Blu-ray on the next system they come out with, in fact I would be surprised if it were not.
Second, I thought the 720 was a silly joke, but hardly offensive.
They will probably call it that during development and then give it a new name closer to launch. I actually thought 360 was not as cool as the development name they used, but I can't remember what it was called. Project Natal sounded cooler to me than Kinnect, though I understand why they changed it.
If they're looking to start development now, it may be a sign that they don't think that Kinnect has the power to expand the usability of the 360 as they'd hoped. Original quotes said they thought it would double the life of the 360 as a platform... making it last to at least 2015.
It's possible that this is just the VERY early stages though and it really still is 3-4-5 years off.
I would expect the system to have Motion capabilities (Kinect or a descendant), Blu-ray, 3D support, wireless built in, expanded browsing capabilities, FURTHER interactivity with a home system...
That's probably their STARTING plans. They'll change in the next few years.
I think I remeber hearing Sony say they wanted 10 years out of the PS3 before moving on to the PS4, but if MS releases a new console that puts the PS3 to shame, Sony may be forced to put out the PS4.
If they do start to look like they're going to release sooner, Sony will be pressed to follow suit.
I wouldn't be surprised though if it was still a 10 year window for both. The longer lives of these systems allow them to hit a better ROI.
One of the upsides to console gaming is the cost of a console vs. the cost of a computer. If they push it too hard, they're going to start losing gamers to PCs in larger waves.
I think they know this, as I'm pretty sure both companies were taking losses on the original sales #s anyway.
I think it was $650 in some other countries though, and that was just for the 60GB.
I don't think they try to push it too far past that. I think that's about as much as they could ask... though that may change in a few years... and I remember when I thought that $40 was an awful lot for a new game. Then $50 seemed like the perfect amount, and I didn't think it would ever go up (ok, I knew it would eventually... inflation and all)...
Still, technologically these systems will probably not be as huge of a jump from their predecessors as last time... CPUs have started to flatten out. Memory has skyrocketed, but that's something else. There may be less of an initial investment from the companies to get these underway... but it's impossible to say.
As far as cost, I'd be surprised if it did go up even with new technology in them. Look at tvs right now. When some of these badass HD DLP LMNOPO with 1080I and PI and STDs came out they were hugely priced! Now, a simple shot of penicillin and $1500 and you've got a great tv.
I'm calling it now... PSnext and xBoxnext and etc.next will all be at their current system release. Of course... that doesn't factor in the eBay effect in limited supply. I'm talking retail.
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