Who Will Win The Hi Def Games War

Who Will Win The Hi Def Games War



Who Will Win the​ Hi-def Games War?
With Sony's PlayStation 3 finally launched across the​ globe,​ the​ next-gen videogames wars can start in​ earnest .​
Microsoft already has a​ reasonable installed base for Xbox 360,​ but not enough to​ guarantee dominance,​ while Sony's consumers' brand loyalty is​ being tested to​ the​ limits by the​ PS3's high price point.
Nintendo,​ meanwhile,​ has carved out a​ nice niche for itself by making next-gen not about hi-def,​ with its ridiculously named,​ but extremely popular Wii.
Within the​ industry though,​ most pundits are expecting a​ much more level playing field this time around,​ with Microsoft and Sony battling it​ out,​ but neither gaining significant domination over the​ other .​
This is,​ frankly put,​ a​ disaster for Sony whose PlayStation 2 console defined a​ generation,​ and not just of​ consoles.
What is​ the​ reason for this shift? One word: exclusivity .​
In the​ good old days,​ games publishers were convinced to​ launch their game on​ a​ single console,​ and then perhaps later allow it​ to​ grace the​ competitors' machines,​ and so Lara boosted the​ original PlayStation and GTA helped the​ PS2 explode .​
With the​ next-gen,​ exclusivity is​ all but gone .​
GTA will launch on​ both the​ Xbox 360 and PS3 and Lara is​ two-timing the​ PlayStation all over the​ place .​
There are even rumours that Snake will turn tail and that Metal Gear Solid 4 will not be a​ PlayStation 3 exclusive .​
In fact,​ the​ only games that remain exclusive to​ a​ format tend to​ be those developed by the​ console manufacturers themselves,​ first party games as​ they are known.
So,​ what do Microsoft and Sony have up their sleeve? Sony has a​ game called Heavenly Sword,​ which has games journalists very excited,​ but apart from this its near-future release schedule is​ quite embarrassing.
Microsoft on​ the​ other hand has a​ machine mature enough to​ be expecting its second-wave of​ titles,​ games which should really be starting to​ take advantage of​ the​ next-gen hardware (to date,​ only Gears of​ War has really shown its next-gen credentials to​ gamers) .​
And its line up is​ looking OK,​ and not just first party: Bioshock,​ from 2K,​ Mass Effect,​ a​ highly anticipated game from Bioware,​ who can do no wrong,​ Halo 3 to​ arrive one month after GTA IV on​ both platforms - you don't have a​ bucket big enough to​ describe how many bucketloads this game will sell,​ Fable 2,​ from the​ well-liked Lionhead Studio and then later more Project Gotham Racing and Halo action.
Essentially,​ this year Xbox 360 has some good triple a​ games,​ with 2 tent pole releases in​ GTA IV and Halo 3 .​
Sony has GTA IV and Heavenly Sword and then many more third party,​ multi-platform games.
So,​ expect Microsoft to​ shift some units with their line up,​ but Sony will also be hoping for a​ GTA effect on​ its console .​
This pinkish,​ if​ not rosy,​ outlook for Microsoft could change next year though .​
Sony has more development staff than anyone else,​ and while it​ might be taking its time,​ you have to​ expect its first party games to​ start coming through.
All of​ this,​ of​ course,​ is​ only considering the​ games consoles as​ just that,​ and it​ remains to​ be seen what effect,​ if​ any,​ the​ Blu-Ray (PS3) vs HD-DVD (Xbox 360) hi-definition formats for videos have on​ sales.




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