Console war roars on

So Enderle wrote an article on the state of the console war. With the upcoming Holiday shopping season, one can only expect things to heat up from here. Like he said, we can really expect to see the competition get kicked into overdrive– with all three platforms released and production stabilized, this is the first holiday season where demand will dictate the sales numbers.

Interestingly, he somewhat agreed with my view that it is Nintendo that may have the most to lose this winter– I am sure the Wii will still sell like hotcakes, but with a somewhat lackluster title lineup compared to the other two, it may be in a precarious position to lose the demographic that prefers more mature and involved titles.

Another thing that we cannot overlook is that the PS3’s price drop now pits it as the best value for those who may be looking into getting into the HiDef game. Microsoft still hasn’t start building the HD-DVD drive into the Xbox 360, so for someone who will also be getting an 1080p present this winter, the PS3 could turn out to be a cooler complement.

Just to toss this out there– I don’t own any of the new consoles, and don’t plan on getting one anytime soon. I don’t even have a display that is over 1600 x 1200 pixels. My media center and the ps2 are hooked up to a projector in the living room, and so far DVDs and Xvid satisfy me just fine. 1024 x 768 is a decent resolution for me still, but I am itching for a 1080p LCD or Plasma– maybe I’ll treat myself to a HiDef bedroom display this winter.

As far as the consoles are concerned? I believe at the end of this console era, most of the consumers will have both a Wii and either the Xbox360 or the PS3. Keeping in mind that the next next-gen is at least 4-5 years away, we still have plenty of Christmas shopping seasons for the surprisingly wealthy Americans to indulge on multiple consoles. For this winter though, I am seeing a lot of people who’ll be Wii-lling to open their pockets for their Nintendo fix.

Return of the Toadstool, baby.

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Buying newly-released-and-already-deprecated technology

PS3 owners are gonna love it when they find out that their brand new ps3s are dropping in value faster than the DOW– it appears Sony will be releasing new versions of the PS3 (or add-ons to the existing models). Much like the PSP portable “lite” – the model refreshes are coming fast and strong. Remember how the NES and SNES would go for close to the decade without remakes or significant price drops? Looks like the gaming hardware landscape has come a long way. The price of gaming is a b!tch.

Case in point #2  – I feel sorry for the people who overpaid for their RRoD.

Xbox 360’s comeback pricedrop

So it sounds like MS is following in Sony’s footsteps.  Hence the price war is rekindled.  Will I consider buying a PS3 or Xbox2 now?  Probably not.  I still have a PS2 with a bunch of games that I’ve seldom touched.  Games used to sound fun, but it’s becoming less and less so for me.  God… I think I am getting old.

On another thought, is it just me or has it really been that long already that these “next-gen” consoles are ready for a price-reduction round?  It felt like it’s only been a few months when a PS3 was sole on eBay for $1500…  (Goes to show just the price people are willing to pay to be ‘cool’).  Gosh, this whole business of selling ‘cool’ is beginning to sound easy…

In any case, this will probably equate to the comeback of crazy game bundles.  You get a couple more bundled games for the same price.  Yippee!

On the other hand, Halo3 does sound pretty fun.  Maybe I can borrow someone’s Xbox360 for a few days later this year. 🙂