I want to start off by saying that I own all 3 “next-gen” consoles, so I’m not a fanboy of any particular system. I just wanted to share a few thoughts though that had me concerned this weekend.
I enjoy watching the movies in Blu-Ray. The picture is nice and the sound is also nice. I haven’t seen an HDDVD movie yet, but unless the picture/sound is better then I don’t think I would care which format won so I’ll take Blu-Ray. When the PS3 came out the thought process was “Get these GAME systems in peoples homes, like we did with the PS2, and then they will use it as a BluRay player and we’ll be rich!”. Well, I hate to say it, but the PS3 game selection is terrible so far and the only musthave games on there are also available on the 360, typically with better graphics and better online features.
I bought MLB 2K7 yesterday on the PS3 because I only have one PS3 game (Ninja Gaiden, which is very good) and decided to try it out on there instead of my 360 because it was only $35 used vs $49 used on the 360. Well, after I got home I played it for around 20 minutes and the frame rate/slow down was so bad that I packed it up and went back to the store to get the 360 version which plays noticably smoother which makes the game easier to play. This is not the first time I’ve experienced this. I had the same experience with Marvel UA as well. I won’t even go into the drama surrounding Madden 08 on 360/PS3…
The point of all of this is that the super powerful PS3 was supposed to blow us hardcore gamers away and pull us from the 360 with it’s amazing graphics and gameplay options. So far, and I think everyone would agree, the PS3 is not performing anywhere near the original expectations and is far behind the 360 in not just the number of games availible but more importantly the quality of the ones that are. 1st year 360 games were no where near as bad as 1st year PS3 games so I am I tired of hearing “PS3 has only been out a year blah blah blah…” It has gotten to where I don’t know a single person who is planing on ever buying a PS3 because tge 360 is cheaper and the multisystem games are always better on it. What does this mean for BluRay when it’s success was totally dependant on the success of PS3?
I am a casual/hardcore gamer meaning I like owning all systems so can play what I want, when I want, but I don’t play a huge amount of video games over all. I think HDDVD was dealt a big blow when Blockbuster dropped them but I still think HDDVD is in the fight, mainly because when Gramps buys his HDTV he will probably think that HDTV must need an HDDVD for movies, instead of asking “Whats a bluray???”.
Bottom line I think that if Sony doesn’t start getting some great games out there ASAP to real in the gamer crowd not only will the PS3 fail as a game console but it will, more importantly drag bluray down with it in the process. What do you think?
(FTR I am HIGHLY skeptical that MGS4 will remain a PS3 exclusive. I bet that it will come out on 360 within a year of hitting PS3. Just MHO though)