What you didn't find under your tree this year: Sony PlayStation3
As we all recover from the vast amounts of alcohol and food we all consumed over the festive period and as all our new and shiny prezzies are tidied away and put in their places (where they’ll no doubt stay) we have some time to reflect on the gifts and gadgets we really, really wanted… but never got for one reason or another. Up first, the Sony PlayStation3.
If everything had gone to plan (as it is prone NOT to do in the games industry) we should all have been playing our PS3s right now; spilling mulled wine on our new blu-ray discs and realising we’re out of batteries on the one day of the year when all the shops are closed. But we’re not playing, and for good reason. A shortage of key components – they just can’t make them fast enough – has delayed the consoles release until well into the zero seven, specifically March. Unless you’re the import-type, then you’ll just have to wait until then.
Since the PS3 is already out in other parts of the world user reviews are already rife across the Internet. So far they’re mixed with some claiming it to be an over-priced, under-whelming piece of kit and others claiming it to be the greatest thing since… the last great thing, probably. Personally I’ll reserve judgement until I actually get to play the machine. So far I haven’t even been in the same room as one yet, unlike another (lucky) TD blogger.
There can be no doubt, however, that Sony’s new console is going to be at the absolute cutting edge of console technology. It’s had a whole year in development over Microsoft’s Xbox360 and, on paper, it dwarfs the Nintendo Wii. Specs are impressive, as you’d expect, and this is confirmed in the machines price tag. You would’ve had to have been a very good little boy or girl for Santa to have got you one of these babies this year. Even if it was out when it should have been I, no doubt, would still have got a lump of coal in my stocking.
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Sorry Hungus, but what about the old sudden controller addition that even came as a suprise to the developers? I can’t help but feel that Sony did a little tinkering with their new baby for slightly longer. No matter who’s right though, we can’t argue that with the delay between the release of PS3 and 360, we should be forgiven for expecting a lot in terms of the first wave of games. If the hardware was finalised like you say way back when, then developers have had a long time to get to grips the machines potential… and I still wish that I had one under my tree this year; I’d rather be happy than right any day.
I think you will find that the PS3 did NOT have a full year of development over the 360, the hardware was finalised at around the same time as the 360. Manufacturing problems and shortages of the blue lasers delayed production and low yields of the Cell processor caused major delays too. The two consoles are closer in power than you say. Please get your facts right!