Thursday, June 01, 2006

Microsoft and Sony lose points today

The BlurayStation is now a PC-killer...

Moore says, "we underpromised and overdelivered [with BC]."

Wow. Let's start with the PC-Killer.

Can the PS3:

  • Run Internet Explorer (many sites are optimized for this browser)?

  • Run ActiveX controls?

  • Burn CDs and DVDs?

  • Support multiple monitors?

  • Run Microsoft Office?

  • Support multiple hard drives?

  • Sync with PDAs?

  • Be portable?

  • Be upgraded?

  • PRINT?

The answer to all of the above: No.

Edit: Further review shows that the blogger probably miscontrued what Phil Harrison meant with his bold words. It's possible he's taking a stab at the Xbox 360's Media Center Extender capabilities. Maybe he's suggesting that the Xbox couldn't do any of these things without a PC? That's silly. In any case, the PC is a better device than ANY gaming console for media functions.

It is still ridiculous to think that the PS3 would be a decent music, video, linux, or web browsing box. Like the PSP, being a jack of all trades and a master of none won't help them in this war.


Ok, Peter. You cannot back out of the BC thing now. First, you'll fuel the fire for the BS3 Cultists. More importantly, ALL of the Xbox supporters EXPECT to have BC now. Some may have even wanted to buy Xbox games because they didn't have an Xbox in the first place. Not to mention that this just looks like bad to say MS is shooting for %100 BC and then saying this a couple months later.

Personally, BC isn't that important to me since I have an Xbox. Same with the PS2; I have a PS1. But I'm sure others traded in their Xboxes to buy the 360. Peter's responses are just disappointing.

Note to Sony Cultists: Sony is using software emulation for BC instead of using the actual hardware onboard. 100% BC is unlikely.

Edit: After thinking over and re-reading the original article, I think Peter's approach was a bit blown out of porportion as well. I believe he's suggesting that BC is only important for a limited amount of time. Then it's time to move on. There is a lot of truth in this. How long do the outdated games need to hold out in their original form? Very few games stand the tides of time. There's only about a handful of titles per console that can hold up.


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