To XBoX 360 or not to XBox 360?
The XBox 360 is out. Yesterday. The PS3 and
Nintendo Revlution are not. What's a gamer
supposed to do?
OUR TECH CORRESPONDENT
22nd November, 2005:
If you are like us, you will sit tight. That's
because in an ideal world, one would like to see
all the competitors before you plump for one.
However, if all that makes too much sense and you
want something right here, right now, pony up the
dollars and make your way to the nearest store.
The XBOX 360 is a definite buy, if the other
players don't exist for you. That is because the
XBox 360 has a lot going for it. It is the center
of Microsoft's home entertainment strategy, and a
rather serious attempt to take a big bite out of
the $ 25 billiion market for games worldwide.
That's why we have not ahead of the other game
consoles - Microsoft wants you to see it and feel
It's got three 3.2 GHz processor cores inside.
That's two more than most high end computers have.
Its got a removable hard drive in the high-end
version, 512 MB of memory, 10 MB embedded RAm in
the custom graphics card by ATI, high definition
TV compatibility and resolution, you can stream
media to it, and watch DVDs and photos and play
audio form music players. Microsoft not only wants
you to play games on it, but live somewhere in its
vicinity, always. The lower end version of the
XBox 360 is priced at $ 299, and the higher end
version costs $ 399.
And that may be the reason why one may not want to
buy it right now.
For, get all the needed accessories for online
play and the cost goes up to almost $ 600. To
enjoy the high end graphics, you will need to get
yourself an expensive HDTV. Which most of us do
not possess. And that can easily cost a couple of
Next, there are only 18 launch game titles for the
XBox 360. Three flagship game titles for the XBox
360 come from Microsoft - Perfect Dark Zero, Kameo
and Project Gotham Racing 3. More may come out,
and Quake 4 is one of the launch titles, but thats
a little too little. And you can play earlier XBox
games only if you have the higher end version
priced at $ 399. Project Gotham Racing is believed
to feature astounding graphics, but to see the
best of that again you may need an HDTV.
Should you hold out for the Nintendo Revolution or
the Playstation 3?
For one, Nintendo Revolution is going to be
revolutionary. It will feature a new game
controller, that looks like a TV remote but will
enable you to play a swordflight like you hard a
sword in your hard, use it like a gun or a tennis
racket. In other words, its a 3-d, totally
different way of interacting with a gaming
console. And while it may not have the XBox's
high-end graphics, they will be reasonable, and
the controler may offer a totally new kind of
immersion into the game.
The PS3, on the other hand, could turn out to be
the most powerful of the lot with its supposedly
revolutionary Cell processor, and this is the
console which has the largest number of software
titles to play. Backwards compatibility is
We would wait. You may not, especially with
Christmas gifting season drawing closer.
OUR TECH CORRESPONDENT