Originally Posted by Andre Yew
I don't understand the appeal of the PS3: it's more of the same. The Nintendo Wii will be interesting.
The best part about it is that its "more of the same". You don't argue with sucess. At the end of 2005 the PS2 had sold 101.37 million units worldwide capturing something along the lines of 70% of the world console market. It has the widest selection of games (which probably won't change with the PS3, since it has the most developers in production), it has more games that people will buy due to name brand/game history/fanboyism than any other console. (Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo, Devil May Cry, Metal Gear, Tekken, etc.) Its traditionally been the most polished and well designed platform for multiple types of games. The dual shock controller is by far the best controller for any game console to ever be released IMO. Sony can't use the dual shock anymore, due to the lawsuit over the rumble mechanism, but don't be suprised if the new controllers look and operate very similarly to what you are used to with the dual shock. (the boomerang controller that everyone has seen isn't a finalized thing yet, it was a "concept" from what I've read, but look at the buttons, they are all in the right spots!) Plus the gyroscopic directional control idea stolen from the Wii.
Plus it is the only console to be completely HARDWARE backwards compatible with all the previous games. The XB360 can run a software emulation of the original xbox, and you can play some of the old games that way, but it takes up too much of your hard drive and processor capability to do it that way. The Wii will be able to read gamecube disks, which is nice and supposedly you will be able to download "classic" games from NES, SNES, N64, Sega Genesis, and TurboGrafx 16 onto the Wii, which in theory rules, but who knows which games, how much of your paltry 512mb internal flash memory it will take up, and if the games will even be playable with the (Wii)erd controller. The main problem that I have with the Wii is that its an unknown quantity. Nintendo has basically thrown all the rules out the window and decided to go a completely opposite way from PS and Xbox, which is great, and I give them a thumbs up for trying, but if it doesn't work as well as advertized, or if the games for people OVER 10 years old are an afterthought like they were with the Gamecube, The Wii is in trouble. I'll reserve my final judgement until after it comes out, there are some things that I'm looking forward to playing with, and I hope its as cool as everyone thinks its going to be... but dude... the gamecube controllers were by far the worst controllers out of the three last gen consoles. I mean, the Xboxes original controllers that were the size of a steering wheel were better than the seemingly random mishmash of different colored and sized buttons, weird analog joystick, and etc. that were on the GC. Ugh. Anyhow. I'll probably be buying a PS3 and a Wii, if it rules and there are some more decent games for it.