Microsoft: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Consoles (Just the Xbox 360)

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Vatigu

Great... I'm about 90% sure this means that we will be stuck without any new graphical enhancements till the next gen of consoles. And because MS wants to wait so long for the next gen we're gunna be stuck with crap graphics in non-pc exclusive games for even longer,I know for a fact Sony won't release a new system before MS because they already screwed up the pricepoints and hardware in the PS3 they can't afford to make another ludicrously expensive system. And we all know Nintendo won't be releasing anything new... until they've sold a Wii to every living mouthbreather who has never actually played a video game.

 

Seriously if it weren't for consoles being the gaming platform of choice we would see awesome graphical advances every year rather than one game like crysis (That I personally thought had terrible gameplay even if the graphics were awesome) I mean even CoD MW2 looks terrible on the 360 at 1080p using my monitor as a display, because the system isn't powerful enough to run anti-aliasing on the engine at that resolution, if it ALREADY can't render games at it's max resolution WITH antialiasing it means we're not going to see any real graphical improvements till the next gen. Dammit, I hate consoles.

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devin3627

this just means the longer the wait, the better the future console will be... hell, maybe the future console will use SSD instead of mechanical drives. i mean, anything released within the next 3 years is going isn't gonna be worth it.

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mesiah

I see this as a good thing for the PC gaming market. If console makers don't release another console for 3-4 years it may bring PC gaming back to into focus. Companies who want to make cutting edge games will start looking back to PCs as their platform of choice, and people who want to play cutting edge games will do the same. With CPUs like the i7 and graphics power like ATIs 5000 series or the coming fermi, comparing a console to a PC will be like comparing the NES to a ps2. With that kind of raw power one has to hope that there are a few companies out there that want to harness it, and not just keep pumping out console ports that stress our systems about as much as youtube.

Then again, I'm probably living in a dream world. As long as the industry can keep making hundreds of millions of dollars using 10 year old game engines why would they ever put any real effort into designing something new?

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johnny3144

this basically means we are stuck with DX9 based game doesn't it? sure some game claim to be DX10 or 11, but most of it's designed for DX9 then add some DX 11 features, and don't look all that different.

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devin3627

xbox360 is actually between dx9 and dx10. thats just what i heard.

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johnny3144

isn't it 9.0c?

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RtDK

Hey, MS! I'd like to see wireless become standard on your console instead of having to buy an upgrade for it. And maybe speed up your 360 repair cycle. I've been waiting for weeks for the box to ship mine in. Maybe you hope I'll just drop the cash for a new system, hm?  >_>

Other than my Red Ring (had this system for about four years now, so it's lasted), I must say that I'm very happy with the system on the whole. It's online environment is great, its dashboard is pretty, and the selection of games is definitely a selling point.

So I guess you have to look at the ups and downs of the system to decide whether its worth having. (@Quakindude) Not every system is worth the purchase for everyone. We own all three, and we love each for their own reasons--though the 360 definitely saw the most play out of all of 'em. PS3 is largely a DVD/Blu-Ray player, and the Wii is for casual games and nostalgia.

So, right now, they're all kinda different animals.

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lunchbox73

Add free Live Gold accounts to your list please!

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Quakindude

What's so funny is the guy talking about how great their warranty is. Well, after the red circle of death fiasco, I would imagine you'd need a nice ass warranty to sell those things. 

We have a PS3 and a Wii in our home. XBox need not apply. 

And how much you want to bet that XBox passes it's midlife cycle and goes right to obsolete as soon as Sony releases the next console of theirs? LOL!!!!

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lunchbox73

Sure the 360 is still good for now but 4 years from now? I don't see it. It would be nice if consoles were set up for cpu/gpu/ram upgrade kits every X amount of years for a couple hundred bucks instead of releasing a whole new console for close to $500. That's what a lot of us do with our PC now isn't it?

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nekollx

 Consoles are supose to be "simpler" then a PC though, the idea was if you wanted to get game x you just need consol y, the main reason add on devices often failed was people didn't want to get game x and then figure out if they had device y, q, and G

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Who

yea, I really don't understand the idea behind their strategy.  I feel like I'm misunderstanding their statements, because the entire point of a console is to have a unified system that software can be specifically written for.  hardware "upgrades" seems to defeat the point

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hammer6556

i dont think that i could care less about project natal.

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Who

"I think it's important to say that the Xbox 360 is the console of the long future for us. There is no need to launch a new console, because we're able to give this console new life either with software upgrades or hardware upgrades like Project Natal,"

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QUINTIX256

"Hardware uprades"... Like what happen to the DS and PSP? Both the PSP and DS significantly increased their ram and processing power with the slim/dsi. They are still fundementally the same systems as before.

I wouldn't be suprised if the Xbox adobpted GDDR5, among other things.

You can have your recession. I'm not participating.

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nekollx

 and the Ps3revises it hardwhere with each new design, but it's still the same baseline.

 

You don't see game with stuff like "plays only on ps3 revision 19 or newer"

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"only runs on dsi"

 

a game has to run on anything carrying the name, and any revision. Once you start limiting it to revision x or add on Z well

 

Sega Genisis CD anyone?

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