I discussed with friend of mine about “getting either Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3”. I started making a point that I really have no time to play pretty much anything, so in a way I don’t really want either one. But then again, there’s some cool games that would be fun to test on consoles…
(So far I’ve relied on playing at my bro’s place)
Anyway, we discussed that it’s quite a wonder how games are made either for Xbox 360 or for PlayStation 3. And how it’s pretty expensive thing to handle. Sure, there’s many games that are done for both, but often you get games only for one of these. Xbxo 360 and Microsoft has nice game development community around XNA. Sony has Blu-ray, which is of course cool if you watch movies. Sony’s PS3 is black, which is also a plus.
But for games. It’s tricky. For example, Alan Wake is coming only for Xbox (not even for PC which is a shame). That’s an enough good reason to buy Xbox 360. But then for example Little Big Planet is only for PS3.
So… would I need to get both machines, just to be able to play something I want? Spending 300-400 euros for being able to play Alan Wake sounds pretty expensive.
From a gamers point-of-view, that’s quite tricky. Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are kind of close to each other in terms of games audience, so I wonder what could happen if these two would combine their efforts… and do PlayBoxStation IV or something (BoxStation? XPlay?).
That would mean:
- They’d pretty get monopoly over (hardcore) gamer consoles
- They could set the prices for games (they do this already, but I guess they’d have more power over this)
- No console price war in hard core gamer audience (Wii is a different thing): nowadays if Xbox price drops, so will Playstation. New PlayBox would cost something and that’s the thing you must get if you want to play games. Spending 300 for Xbox and another 300 eur for PlayStation is like more expensive than spending 450 euros for the PlayBoxStation IV.
- Lesser game development costs (I’m not an expert on how these things go in the publisher end, but from a developer’s point of view it’s always less expensive when you don’t need to do porting to different platforms…)
So basically, instead of 2 kids fighting, they could become teammates and start bullying others.
Hmm, actually I’m not so sure if this is a good idea after all. Maybe it’s better after all that there’s these 2 rivals in this sandbox fighting each other. Who knows.