RANDOM THOUGHTS (OT)
Somebody mentioned the "future of gaming". From what I see, consoles are the future of gaming. I'm a PC gamer to the core, but when the console delivers graphics and gameplay that equals my PC experience, I don't see the point of spending the money on a video card that costs greater than or equal to a console system. It may not happen with this next generation of consoles coming out 05-06, but we are damn close.
The Xbox 360 is supposed to come out around the $300 mark on debut. To be fair, I will probably spend at least a couple hundred more bucks on accessories for it, taking it up to $500 or so. I have an Onkyo 7.1 surround system and a Sony 53" HDTV in my living room. Many people have similar home theaters these days (which is why ticket sales are down at movie theaters). The 360 will allow me to chat and video conference with my gamer friends on Xbox Live. It will connect wirelessly to my computer and show pictures and play music (or I can just put pics and music on the 360). It also does a bunch of other stuff, and will end up doing more later. Hell the only thing it is missing is DVR capability, which may be added at some point. I will pick up a PS3 when it comes out too.
I will be playing games on a 53" 'monitor' in HD, with a kick ass surround system, wireless controllers, on the comfort of my sofa. The only things that currently make my PC gaming experience better are..
1) current console graphics suck (PS2/Xbox 1)
2) controllers suck
We all know graphics in the 360, and the PS3 are NOT going to suck, so that's one down. Controllers will get better with time, or maybe I just need to get better with controllers after gaming on a keyboard for over a decade....whatever works.
Now for me, money isn't really a concern. However, this isn't the case for a large chunk of the population, so you have to think that less people are going to worry about building a gaming PC when they can go out and add one or two high end consoles to their home theater systems for less than the cost of a gaming PC. They will be playing most of the same games you can get on a PC, and they will be playing them online.
I’m not saying consoles will completely replace PC gaming anytime soon. All I can tell you, as a seriously hardcore PC gamer, that once the quality of gaming on a console equals or surpasses my PC, I will be making the switch. Why wouldn’t I?
...i am still inside here. a little bit comes bleeding through... -nin
He cut the possum's face off then cut around the eye socket. In the center of the belt buckle, where the possum's eye would be, he has placed a small piece of wood from his old '52 Ford's home made railroad tie bumper. Damn, he misses that truck.