Nice to see you put something up, been a while Mark.
PS+ is not cheaper than Live Gold by the way, unless you’re dumb enough to actually pay direct to Microsoft instead of buying cards on Amazon or something. Via cards, XBL tends to actually be cheaper online, but there are general inconsistencies depending on where you’re buying from.
Obviously prices in the secondary market are going to be different. That XBL cards might be cheaper now is probably due to the fact that there’s a larger market for them, given that they’re required for most of the 360′s functionality. Once Playstation Plus starts to become something more people feel is necessary, those prices will decrease as well.
Thanks Anon. The articles I read shortly after E3 had said it WAS cheaper than Live Gold. Serves me right for not digging a bit deeper. I’ll probably be adding an annotation later with the correction once I boil down the details. Someone pointed out I forgot to mention the SNES too.
The SNES is the only time a technically superior console has ‘won’ a console generation, iirc. Although the rule also persists with handhelds – anyone here remember the Game Gear? Needed a fusion reactor just to keep the damn thing running. What an utter turd of a handheld console.
Does the Neo Geo not count.
The Game Gear was not a “turd”. The battery life was indeed poor, but that says nothing about the quality of the games.
Seriously Neo Geo was a console that had far better graphics and sounds and it was crush sega and nintendo because of its $650 price point. This sounds familiar why? What console was sold a sadistic price I am pretty sure this was done twice recently but what.
It’s also probably worth mentioning that Sony apparently struggled with the decision over whether or not to block used games and require a constant internet connection like the Xbone, and allegedly did not come to a decision until the day of their conference. The fact that it was even a decision in the first place, let alone one that took them that long to make, makes their claim that they’re on the side of the consumer even more dubious than it already was.
Also, I have to wonder if part of the reason EA is spending so much time flinging shit at Nintendo right now is over the fact that Nintendo isn’t allowing EA to do any of the DLC or microtransaction schemes they normally like to do.
Very well put, Mark. A lot of people seemed to forget that Nintendo basically didn’t need to say anything on used games or DRM or online passes, because they are above that kind of bullshit. HOWEVER, they don’t seem to be above region-locking, when Sony are. I still have nightmarish memories of that 6-month-late Super Paper Mario EU release, with added game breaking bugs.
I’m surprised you didn’t mention the lack of backward compatibility with the PS4, and how Sony are instead streaming their games onlive style (no ownership) and forcing people to buy them again. What a jerk move.
You won’t have to buy digital games you own again for PS4. PSN accounts will carry over to PS4 I assume.
Something really rubs me up the wrong way when system power performance is used to predict long term platform viability.
Nintendo’s dominance in sales figures in the last generation were earned primarily through a combination of brand loyalty and tapping the casual and family markets incredibly effectively.
Hell, in the generation before that, the Sega Saturn’s architecture was simply too archaic with it’s crazy Dual CPU to attract development and died a slow painful death when said architecture was unable to cheapened and stay competitive at a lower price point… I would hardly say that can be applied to this generation considering that the ps4 and Xbone are using well documented cpu architecture and the WiiU is the curveball.
but, saythattomyfacefuckernotonline, the saturn was really popular and had amazing titles in japan, shmups, eroge, arcade perfect ports of fighters and all sorts of crazy shit were released there, sega of america were at fault for the saturn’s demise here. Also, it’s CPU was far from “archaic”, it was more like progressive or vanguard, since archaic means old and useless, and saturn had the most complex and new architecture for a console in it’s time.
People… pay money for online console functionality, on top of their service provider…?
…How are they OK with this?
Nintendo has a long standing record of being anti-consumer in their own way.
Targeting LPers is a recent example. Just now they banned the streaming of Smash Bros from EVO.
Nintendo is often far more aggressive in protecting their IPs than other publishers, they just go about it in a different way.
They just reversed that decision…I’m feeling there might have been some sort of mix up, the fact it came out so fast feels weird too.
We dodged a bullet this console generation but the next one will be crammed with garbage DRM shackles and us gang of morons will welcome it. Count on it.
Nintendo is weird is all I can say. Nintendo has this ability tick me off and make love them at the same time. There best buy thing was cool , but then they fuck over LP then they turn, then they do this EVO then they turn around. They don’t use DRM or Online pass on their games think they aren’t letting third parties use it either. then they do something stupid.Nintendo is Narm tvtrope (look it up) I ask
Did any wii or wiiu game have DRM or online passes games.
To the best of my knowledge, No. Even ZombiU didn’t require the use of Ubisoft’s Uplay. Though I’m sure someone can think of something. I know there was a few experimental DRM type maneuvers by third parties (as I said in the video) but the only one I can think of was on the DS or 3DS.
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