The latest console war is warming up already, despite the fact that the newest console won’t be released until this fall. Hopefully there won’t be a repeat of the crazy console shortage that Sony had in the fall of 2000, when PS2 units were selling on eBay for over a thousand bucks each. Anyway, you can be assured that gamers of all ages will have a hard time buying just one system. Let’s take a look at what each of the new consoles has to offer.
The newest incarnation of the Xbox is called Xbox 360. It is to be the first on the market, being released this fall. The 360 and the Playstation 3, or PS3, are going for more technological power, while Nintendo’s new system, Revolution, is trying to make the quality of its gaming experience the selling point. Each console has some unique and interesting features to try to win the hearts of gamers.
Xbox has a powerful system that includes three IBM PowerPC-based CPU which has three symmetrical processors, each running at 3.2GHz. Games are optimized to run at high definition quality and have multi-channel surround sound output. It also comes with a detachable and expandable 20 GB hard drive.
It uses wireless controllers, and has support for up to four wireless controllers as well as an optional Universal Media Remote with Windows XP Media Center Edition button. Some other neat feature are: two memory unit ports to save data on portable memory units, detachable “face,” for a more personalized look, and parental controls to help define what games and movies younger gamers are allowed to play and view.
The PS3 is to be released in the spring of 2006. It boasts a unique Cell Processor, which was developed by Sony Group, Toshiba Corporation, and IBM. It comes with a detachable hard drive, Dolby 5.1 sound, and Bluetooth 2.0. It supports up to seven wireless controllers.
It can play CDs and DVDs as well as games. It uses BD-ROM, Blu-ray Disc Read Only Memory, for games, which can store up to 54 GB of memory. The console supports high definition quality imagery for its games.
Less is known about the Nintendo Revolution than the other two consoles, but what is known sounds promising. The Gamecube hasn’t posed much of a threat to the sales of Sony and Xbox games and systems, but perhaps the Revolution will change that. It supports wireless only controllers. It can play CDs and DVDs, as well as the mini-DVD format of Gamecube games.
Nintendo is going to take this platform further into the online gaming arena, which it neglected to do with the Gamecube. Nintendo’s plans as of now are to offer a free broadband player matching service. Nintendo also plans to offer a site where nearly any Nintendo game for any of its platforms can be downloaded. It is uncertain at this time whether the games will cost a fee or be free to download.