I was just looking over my RSS feeds today and came across The Xbox 360 Elite on Engadget, which is apparently yet another new console. I’m lucky enough to live with someone who has been able to afford all the next generation consoles but recently replaced the Xbox 360 with the PS3. We were all quite disappointed with the 360 as the games were all very short and single player or multiplayer online – if your prepared to pay for online play (which the Wii and PS3 offer for free)
Neither the Xbox or the PS3 come close to the fun had on the Wii, I’m sure by now everyone has seen the wiimote and the way in which it works, but it truly is amazing how much more fun it is to use and how well Nintendo have carried across the unique element of fun all their previous games and consoles have presented. There is soon to be up dates for the Wii allowing users to connect USB mass storage devices. The one thing the Xbox did quite well was intergrate with my iPod, allowing us to listen to our own music in synch with games. The interface displayed an iTunes-esque display which read iID3 tagging perfectly. Other USB devices weren’t so greatly recieved though; a flash drive charged up with pictures would allow users to see the photos on the xbox interface but not copy them onto the Xbox hard drive… which is where Microsoft are going nowadays with digital rights protection.
The Wii on the other hand, I think, will stay away from DRP, their internet browser is made by Opera who made one of the first open source tab based web browsers – this can only mean good things teaming up with open source companies and not trying to rake in more money from the casual gamer who occasionally wants to browse the net.
Anyone thinking of getting a console should get a Wii, its following exactly the same steps in the media as other innovative gadgets that changed their marketplace forever. The iPod was condoned for an all number of things when it was first released but it still is better than any MP3 player on the market due to its simplicity and almost fail proof integration with a computer, whether it Mac or PC.
The Wii’s bad press has been based around how childish the games are and the lack of online play. The best games on it are childish but thats whats fun about Nintendo, and the online gameplay is on its way with Mario Soccer in which users will be able to upload Miis as characters!