Games & gear forum: The next generation of consoles

by: angryfirelord October 3, 2005 4:48 PM PDT

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The next generation of consoles

by angryfirelord - 10/3/05 4:48 PM

As you all may have heard, 3 new consoles are being released. However, which one will you choose? Because of all the info on web sites, I will try to keep things simple. First the specs:
It's too long to list, so I posted the urls:

PS3- http://www.ps3.net/ps3-specs.php
XBOX 360- (scroll down a little) http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox360/factsheet.htm
Revolution- (updated leak) http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000077060215/
(Revolution is still a little iffy with specs)

Let's talk CPU
The PS3 Cell chip has a total of 8 cores, the XBOX has 3, and the Revolution has 2. So I should just wait for a PS3 and everything is fine, right?
Stop.
First, the small 7 cores share a block of cache. This means if one of cores needs storage, it will be limited because of the other 6 (the main one has it's own block). Having these many cores isn't ideal for games right now(think hyperthreading). Also, it's difficult to write code for that many cores. The XBOX's 3 full cores is actually a more ideal approach now, but that may change as gaming technology progresses.

Gameplay
Right now Sony has the largest choice of games, with Microsoft catching up. However, the problem with the current PS2 and Xbox is that most of the games stink(who owns 300 games and likes them all?). The Gamecube still has some kiddy games, but does have a couple of good ones.. It's still too hard to tell what will happen in terms of games. I don't know much on the newer game stuff, fill me in on that.

Controller
A lot of people like the way the Playstation controller fits into the hand. But Nintendo released a relatively interesting controller that you can use with one hand for the Revolution. It's also possible to point it at the screen and move a character by only moving the controller itself. If all goes well, this could be the Revolution's selling point despite it's somewhat behind in hardware.

So which one will you choose, the 360, the PS3, or the Revolution? I'm always against the popular choice, so I would pick the 360, but the only way to determine is to wait for the games themselves. Don't preorder anything until you see all the results.

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