Originally Posted by greglo
Getting flattened in world-wide sales largely due to a high launch price is a great tech decision? Please. And the dual-layer DVDs of the 360 and Wii provide 9 GB of data. Not 4. Very few games would need more. And generally the only ones that will need to are the ones with garbage CGI movies trying to tie a 'plot' together. There are some mighty fine compression technologies out there - you might not know, but Star Wars: Rebel Strike on the GCN, made by Factor 5, contained not only 2 whole games, both with outstanding audio and graphics, but also DVD clips running with no loss in quality from the pure DVD versions. Not bad for 1.5 GB, huh?
Maybe in another year or two you will be damn right. And for next-gen, sure. But having 'plans' for games to use more doesn't mean they should, or even need to.
Don't think that sales of something for even the first year or two represents the long tern success. Sony sold 4.9 million PS3's around the world during the past holiday season. They even beat the Wii sales in Japan for two mionths running..
Also, the Playstation 1 cost $650 when it first came out many years ago. People also dismissed it as a loser because of it's much higher price, and difficulty of programming, leading to few games for a while.
But, Sony was able to lower the price as manufacturing costs came down, and they paid off the R&D costs. By the time the PS2 came out, the PS1 was one of the top came machines, and, of course, the PS2 blew the top off the industry.
I expect we will see the PS3 becoming very successful, both due to games, and movies, and because the world of consoles is much different from what it once was.
MS is going to have to decide where it wants to goe with the 360, and it will have to decide that soon. They did make an indication a couple of months ago that they would offer BD if their users wanted it. I think they will have to do that.
The Wii can only play 480 widescreen via component. My daughter has that, and we bought Nintendo's component cable adapter for it. It does look great on my 61" set, providing we have the right game on, such as Pitman. But some others look terrible.
What will happen to the Wii long term? It's a good question.