PS3, Halo 3 and Gears of War have been in the news a LOT recently and now that wii has been released we will no doubt be urinated on with more coverage. (that’s a small play on words there in case you missed it!). Anyway, I don’t own a console for a number of reasons, the most important being cost. I have a number of hypothetical questions to ask you and am curious to hear your answers.
Okay, so imagine that HL2: Episode 3 is fantastic, incredible, amazing etc etc. No only that but Valve announced, much to everybody’s surprise that HL4 is in development and will be a full game, lasting at least 24 hours. OMG, you say fantastic, incredible, amazing etc etc. BUT it will only be available on the recently announced SONY PS4. DA DA DAAA. (Sound effects!)
Would you buy a PS4 just to play HL4? Or perhaps more importantly would you buy a PS4 instead of the, also recently announced, Xbox720? Do people actually buy console just so they can play one game? I mean Gears of War looks good and Halo 3 looks fantastic, incredible, amazing (Sorry, couldn’t resist it!) but come on, that’s a lot of money to spend.
Maybe this is an unfair question because we are talking about transferring a running series to another system and that’s unheard of, or is it? (Answers by comments please).
Maybe here is a fairer question. The developers announce that Stalker will only be available on the PS3. Would you buy a console just for this game?
Now I know that very very few people buy a console JUST for one game but it does happen. The console makers are looking to ensure that potential buyers have plenty of reasons to buy their console but what about the many, many people who don’t have and never will have, a console? Well, I have the answer! DA DA DAAA. (Sound effects again!)
Now, I said earlier that there were a number of reasons I don’t own a console. I said the main reason was money but there are others. But if I could buy a PC console, similar to a normal PC DVD drive that simply connected to my PC and allowed me to play console games then I would seriously consider it, assuming I had the cash, that is!
You often hear it said that console makers lose money of the consoles themselves(yes, I know there are conflicting reports), so clearly the money comes from the games themselves.
Now I don’t know if it’s even technically possible to make them but if the manufacturers saw a revenue opportunity then I am sure they would take it. I could be a new customer, buying games and starting a new revenue stream. Alas I don’t think it will ever happen.
Lastly I really wish they would make a tape drive. Something I could put all my old tapes into and easily and quickly convert them into mp3 files. Anybody ever heard of one?
8th December 2006
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