Originally Posted by 4metta
Actually wasn't the price higher because
of the BD format? So it can still be said that BD was the reason it didn't sell well.
If you carefully read my post you would see what I wrote about that.
But, you're putting it backwards, saying that the format itself was to blame, when it wasn't, it was just the price, which was also a result of the expensive Cell inside.
Both have been dropping in price rapidly.
Try to understand that the DVD players in both the 360 and Wii cost the manufacturers about $5. That price won't drop anymore. No advantage there. The cpu for the Wii is cheap as well, just an upgraded PPC from the Cube.
The 360's 3 core PPC is more expensive, but less than the Cell, and the R&D costs were much less as well.
What this all means is that the PS3 price can continue to drop much more than the rivals, while making a profit.
In addition, given the time they've had to work on it, gaming companies have said that the tools provided have finally matured. They were pretty rough at launch, and that contributed to the game delays later on. but this is behind them, and more games are arriving.
We can see that the PS3 is outselling the 360, and both reasons account for that. As a game machine, and as a player.
As a Blu Ray player, yes. As a gaming machine, almost but not quite.
The better selection of games and XBox Live still makes the XBox 360 a better gaming console for any serious gamer. Many people own both, but those that pick one in the console gaming community still prefer an Xbox 360.
I've found it to be very interesting that for the past year, the anti-PS3 and Sony camp has alternately said that while the PS3 was a better player, it was an inferior game machine, then, despite it being a better game machine, it was an inferior player.
I've also read ad nausium that it sold because it was a player, but not as a console, and that it sold because it was a console, but not as a player.
I do wish people would make up their minds!
We will see, over the next year, that games for the PS3 will be out in numbers, and that as game companies get more used to the machines, the graphics and gameplay will be better than that of the 360, if even just by a little, at first.
As a player, I also find it interesting that home theater designers, and installers, according to the home theater magazines, much prefer BD, and in the form of the PS3.
I'm buying one as soon as the new player becomes available, so that I can decide which one to get. Meanwhile my friends have brought theirs over to try out. Games, even though they are first generation, still look spectacular.