QUOTE(thebucketmouse @ Nov 13 2005, 06:49 AM)
I think PS3 will be a more powerful machine, but MS has XboxLive and it's supposedly easier to program for...not to mention the price for xbox360 will probably be dropped even more by the time PS3 is released.
Well, I really do not know how useful the power of the PS3 is going to be. The concept of the cell processor is theoretically appealing (the basic bus architecture is not a new concept but has been used in telecommunication fiber networks for years) but the problem is how do you make it so that a programmer can quickly utilize all of those SPE's and keep track of what they are doing in a real-time game? I suspect that for the first couple of years PS3 games will utilize at most two to three cells.
Don't underestimate the raw power of the XBOX 360, however. It has 3 full PPC cores, each of which is capable of handling two threads simultaneously. Condemned:Criminal Minds is already using two threads, one dedicated entirely to the AI of your enemies. HD-DVD is a possible option in the future if warranted.
Graphically, it is probably a wash. The RSX uses NVidia's latest design concepts, while the XBOX 360 uses integrated shaders. Both are capable of dazzling video performance. In looking at the current state of the PS3 hardware elements, however, I have been predicting for over four months that Sony cannot deliver the PS3 in quantity and at a reasonable price until 2007. By the time the PS3 actually launches (meaning available in stores for off-the-shelf purchase), expect a dramatic reduction in price of the XBOX 360, including a HALO 3 bundle, at a much lower price than the PS3.
All this assumes that Sony can even get a PS3 design that works, of course.