I think bluetooth is going to be used to link to other devices such as mobile phones, home telephones, digital cameras etc. So you can store your photos on the console, so that when your home phone rings, the game pauses automaticaly etc...
The processing power looks to be far higher than the XBOX360 - 7 x 3.2GHz, with the XBOX having "only" 3 x 3.2Ghz.
That is some serious processing power - with blue ray discs the games could be absolutlely massive. 54GB would probably be enough to virtually render the entire UK, including cities, towns and roads etc......
Im looking forward to the release of both consoles, the furture of gaming looks set to be taken to new levels, and Im hoping that Virtual Reality complete with goggles etc comes to the home market in time. It looks as though these consoles have the power to do it, but the hardware as far as goggles and motion sensors (so the images chnage as you turn you head etc) will need some development.
Imagine PGR 3 when you turn your head to look to the side etc and have to glance up to look at the rear view mirror.
Imagine Doom 4 where you walk up to a wall and when you lean your head out and round you can see round it - just in time to see some huge beast come running toward you - now thats gaming.
Surely there comes a point when the specs are meaningless..
Will the human eye ever be able to tell the difference between 22GB of graphics data per second and 25GB per second?
In the end I think the battle of these two will come down to the playability of the games - which is sadly where Microsoft have some serious work to do.
Sure the likes of Halo, Forza and Doom 3 have done a lot for the XBOX, but the playability has always been second to Sonys fiddle. Though with advancement of this kind, and hardware very similar, I wouldn't be surprised if many games were built for both consoles, though I think the manufacturers will be keen to corner the market and have exclusive developers for their console only - which is where the purchasing might of Microsoft may win the day.
I think its very much a case of wait and see what the furture brings.
Specs definately need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Sony shot off a
load of impressive figures for the PS2, but its never really been
capable of anything remotely close...
PS3 I would say does have an edge over the XB360 in terms of raw speed,
but unless Sony sort out their crappy dev tools compared to Microsoft's
very slick ones, it won't be noticeable! PS3's got some serious math
processing ability, but I doubt it'll be straightforward to use!
I'll buy em both, but I'll have to hide the PS3 somewhere coz it looks like a really cheap freeview box!
With the current gen consoles, although it didn't sell aswell, XBox was
the only one that really impressed me! Mind, reacon that may come from
working with em, XBox is great to work with, PS2 makes you wanna bang
your head against the wall in frustration, nasty hardware architecture, even worse
dev tools... but I'll admit some very nice games.
I have a feeling that this situation will almost certainly continue with the new uns
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