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    Lightbulb After 5 years, Xbox 360 still a big winner

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20023645-52.html

    More additional info: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20023600-52.html

    Read the articles. Interesting .......

    Because my memories of that event are still so fresh, it's very hard for me to believe that it's been five full years since the launch of the Xbox 360--the release that heralded the first shot in the next-generation console wars among Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The latter two companies would release their PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles a year later, in November 2006.



    But back then, the PlayStation 2 was still the most dominant console on the planet, and no one had ever heard of the Wii. For its part, the Xbox 360 was an unknown--the original Xbox, released in 2001, had been a highly unprofitable loss leader, and now the world was waiting to find out if Microsoft was ready to be a real player in the console game.
    And did they succeed? By almost any measure, they did.



    "Microsoft has come such a long way," said Dean Takahashi, the author of "The Xbox 360 Uncloaked," and like me, one of only three reporters there throughout the Zero Hour event. "In planning the Xbox 360, they expected to get maybe 20 million units sold in five years. In fact, they were able to do more than 40 million. This console generation has worked out far better than they thought."



    By comparison, according to an article Takahashi wrote last month for VentureBeat, where he is a lead writer, Nintendo has moved 74.6 million units to date, while Sony has sold 38.9 million PS3s.



    Back then, in the fall of 2005, the question on everyone's mind was how the new Xbox would fare against Sony's PS3. After all, Sony had sold more than 100 million PS2s, and it was well understood that the PlayStation fan base gave Sony a huge advantage heading into the next-generation console wars.



    But from the beginning, Sony stumbled, most visibly with supply chain issues that forced it to charge $600 for the PS3. And Microsoft, with its $400 Xbox 360, had no problem taking advantage of the PS3 fans who simply weren't willing to fork over $600.
    Another area where Microsoft got an early lead was with its lineup of exclusive games. Indeed, the platform has helped spawn (or enhance) some of the biggest and most important exclusive titles in video game history--the Halo, Gears of War, and Fable franchises--and has seen titles available on multiple platforms tend to perform better on Xbox.



    For their parts, the PS3 and the Wii have both had their share of blockbuster exclusives. PS3 players have had sole access to titles like the God of War and Gran Turismo franchises and those with Wiis were the only ones to be able to play New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, Wii Fit, and others.



    Of course, back then, no one expected Nintendo's next-generation entry to be a real player. The thought was that it would be a battle for first place between the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Five years on, that seems like a quaint equation given the almost instant dominance of the Wii. Still, many people have long lumped the PS3 and the Xbox 360 together--given their high-quality graphics and immense processing power--and measured them more against each other and not against the Wii.
    If the new Sony and Microsoft console entrants were to be evaluated head-to-head, then Xbox has to be judged the winner, at least so far, despite its year head start. While the PS3 has had more success in the last year or so, the first few years of the console wars has seen the Xbox take a very big lead over Sony.

    Now, with the release of its $150 Kinect motion controller, which sold more than 1 million units in its first 10 days, Microsoft is looking to solidify its position. Indeed, the company has said it now expects to sell 5 million Kinects this year alone.



    Sony, of course, also has released a new motion controller, the Move, but Takahashi said that Kinect is already winning that battle. And while everyone initially wanted to compare both Kinect and Move with Nintendo's Wii-mote controller, it's hard to equate the different controllers because the base systems are so different.

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    Default Re: After 5 years, Xbox 360 still a big winner

    /*True doesn't need to be said....*/
    < Sarcasm >

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    Default Re: After 5 years, Xbox 360 still a big winner

    Microsoft did really good. competition is good. I wish they made the hardware a bit less prone to failure though.

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    Default Re: After 5 years, Xbox 360 still a big winner

    akhon thik hoise. But yeah aage joghonno silo before the coming of Jaspers.

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    Hmmm i agree. There is another reason of better sales. That is most of the ps3 owners have a xbox 360, where in the other hand not many xbox 360 owners have a ps3, same here in BD. Tow of my cousins lives in italty and they both got ps3 and saw a friend's xbox 360, and after that bought one. That day he called me and said he is in a game flood now and he agrees with me that xbox 360 is a very very impressive console, where before he used to argue with me.
    Age ore amar maire falte issa hoito, jokhon bolto xbox 360 vua. Karon akta manus je jiboneo akta xbox-er controller dhore nai se ki vab-e bole ai jinis vua. Amar onak post ase jaita ps3-er opoman korsi , like Mafia 2 grass/blood etc. But i didn't once said ps3 vua/ps3 gpu vua. PS3-er gpu asolai onak powerful sobai jane.
    Ar ai kotha bolar karon hosse jibone akta jinis valo moto na jene comment kora-ta uchit na. (e.g some pc gamers says console vua-est ever, where jibone akta consol-er controll-er samneo jai nai, but mone mone thiki kinte chai)

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    Default Re: After 5 years, Xbox 360 still a big winner

    i think the reason xbox360 is outselling ps3 is it could play copied games long before ps3 could, and moreover it broke too often thats why halo or other exclusive fans or people who wanted to play copied game bought 2-3 xbox360s in their lifetime.

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    Default Re: After 5 years, Xbox 360 still a big winner

    Quote Originally Posted by shuvin View Post
    i think the reason xbox360 is outselling ps3 is it could play copied games long before ps3 could, and moreover it broke too often thats why halo or other exclusive fans or people who wanted to play copied game bought 2-3 xbox360s in their lifetime.
    nice! +1 for being sarcastic
    i think ps3's are best among the two
    at least the legal and technical specification way
    just saw a video that compared xbox 360 against ps3's gpu, processor, etc.
    ps3's definitely got the edge...........a big one
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    Default Re: After 5 years, Xbox 360 still a big winner

    ps3 definitely has better hardware. Exclusive games do show dat.

    But still it does not change the fact that xbox is selling more. Kinect is already beating PS Move in sales. Xbox Slim is still selling like hotcake despite being no mod for it yet (fat consoles are already out of production). Xbox Live costs $60 whereas PSN is free and despite that, people are still buying xboxes and buying games like Halo or Cod for it. And most multi platform games run best in xbox rather than ps3.

    Jaihok aita individual bepar kar kase konta preferable. But I hope to see similar articles abt ps3 in Cnet.com in future.

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    Default Re: After 5 years, Xbox 360 still a big winner

    dui console mod howar por jodi karo only ekta kinar poysha thake, then he should go for PS3 I think ... PS3 er exclusive gula miss korar moto na

    but 2 ta paile khubi bhalo... because multi-platform gular khetre onek shomoy dekha jae Xbox360 is delivering better graphics than PS3.

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