QUOTE(Martinchris23 @ Mar 2 2007, 02:47 AM)
The limitation for the 360 is that some games want a full connection to Live from the get-go. This is the only reason.
So what you're saying, as a games console it's not doing anything better?
FTR, the PS3 in the UK will be £430, with the cheapest 360 now available for £150. That's hardly $200 difference.
As a game console it really doesn't do much better than the 360, but there are a few things that have potential impacts. It has BR which will likely ensure that there are never any multidisk games. Every system has an HDD so devs are free to set up caching/installs to reduce load times without worry about HDD-less systems. Online gaming is free... it's no where near as cohesive as Live, but it IS free. It uses bluetooth and accepts lots of standardized equipment, so you can buy just about any BT wireless headset and it will work. Same with web cams. Same goes for wireless keyboards, though no games really make use of that yet. The high-end model accepts lots of type of flash cards, so if you ever have need to transfer saves you can likely use any cards you have around for cameras/phones/etc... without having to buy an expensive and small proprietary memory card. It can network with PSPs which is a feature that could be utilized for games, though nothing yet uses it and how popular that would actually be is admittedly questionable.
That's just the stuff with potential gaming related impact. But in reality you know up front you are also paying for non-gaming related abilites. Stuff like blu-ray movies, web browsing, linux, built-in wireless, a larger HDD than the 360, and various other media capabilites... The hard drive can also be replaced by the user with any SATA laptop drive and have the full capacity recognized and used... no need to wait to for an official upgrade as is the case with the 360. Is this a good strategy for a game console? At this point it looks doubtful, though it could payoff in the long run. Is it worth the $600 we paid here in the US? Well, if you have an HDTV and can make use of the BR player... yes. Otherwise, probably not until there is a solid library of games and/or the price drops.