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Now that all big three gaming consoles are out and available it time to start thinking about getting them. Last time around the decision was easy – Xbox was underdog, GameCube was for kids and PS2 was clearly most popular.

But then things got serious. Consoles now have their own strengths and the tables have turned. Which one would suite me best?

  • Xbox 360 is out for 12 months, there are plenty of games and it runs PES6. Microsoft just released XNA that will allow me to write my own Xbox games and programs. With limitations, but it is a start and it has never happened before. I heard that new Live will allow downloads of popular TV shows for couple of bucks.
  • Wii looks like fun. Get couple of friends over and instead of talking about same old stuff, just play ball. I think this could even turn certain girls into moderate gamers. :-)
  • PS3 is a beast. Far more powerful than Wii or Xbox and will definitely get most hi-tech games with insane full HD resolution and so on. But it is also expensive – you can get Xbox and Wii for a price of PS3.

The answer: probably none of them. I’m just a occasional gamer.

To really grab my attention few more things should happen:

  • prices should fall by 30–50% (let’s wait some 12 months)
  • prices of games should fall  (never) or mod chips need to be available (not and time soon). I’m not willing to spend 50+ EUR on a game I’m not sure I want to play. 
  • I want to use my console as media player – native DivX and connectivity to Windows network are a must (I don’t see this coming. It will ruin possible downloadable TV and movie deals)
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 11:27 PM | Filed under: Gadgets |


# re: Xbox, Wii or PS3? 12/15/2006 5:51 PM crni
For the old XBOX, everything you want is available now.

Softmod procedure that anyone can do at home? check
Media player that support DivX and streaming through a LAN network? Check
HDTV output? check
Surround sound? check
Ability to write custom games? not sure

# Time to make room for Wii? 12/23/2006 6:06 PM Bite my bytes

# re: Xbox, Wii or PS3? 12/26/2006 2:20 PM David
Yes, crni. But I don't want the old one. I have PS2 already. :)

# re: Xbox, Wii or PS3? 2/24/2008 4:46 PM Geoff Broderick
I'm backing the PS3.

Having bought a Wii I can say I've been very disappointed so far! has some good info on all this! Good offer there too.

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