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Old 11-07-2006, 12:33 PM   #46
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Mmmm PS3.

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Old 11-07-2006, 07:48 PM   #47
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I think every sign points to PS3 having better graphics and that's pretty much the entire reason why I'm getting it.

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Old 11-08-2006, 11:59 AM   #48
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I've had my 360 for close to a year now and I'm tremendously pleased with it. XBox Live has never done me wrong. The only thing I ever was into PS2 for was the GTA series, and like Headache said, GTA4 will ship for PS3 and 360 on the same day. I'll stick with Microsoft. I like my 360 a lot and I've never really warmed up to PlayStation. The 360 being the exclusive console for games made by Rare doesn't hurt, either.

But yeah, the Wii does look really cool. For $250, it's affordability is a real benefit. After reviews come out and I see if any titles interest me, I may try to pick one up. Twilight Princess might be enough to sway me on its own, but the new Super Smash Bros. is a nice bonus too.
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:11 PM   #49
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Why the Xbox 360 RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

XBL getting on-demand HDTV, film
[UPDATE] Xbox 360s will be able to download HD movies, shows from CBS, MTV, WB, and more beginning November 22; no plans for larger hard drive.
By Tim Surette
6:01 pm PST November 6, 2006


Back in August, Microsoft announced it would distribute an extended episode of the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica via Xbox Live. Today, Microsoft revealed it plans to further blur the line between the Xbox 360 as a gaming console and multimedia machine. Beginning November 22, the company will begin serving up on-demand movies and television programs from major studios for the console over Xbox Live.

Initially available only in the United States, the service will be part of Xbox Live Marketplace and promises to have about 1,000 hours of unique content, 200 of which will be at 720p high-definition resolution, available by the end of the year.

Microsoft has signed with six content partners in the endeavor, including CBS, Turner Broadcasting, Warner Bros., Paramount, MTV and its properties (Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, VH1, and more), and UFC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship league. The company would not go into details about the terms of the deals, nor would they say whether or not they had exclusive rights to the programming.

"This really highlights the difference between us and Sony," Shane Kim, general manager of Microsoft Game Studios told GameSpot. "Sony has a very hardware-centric approach. You have to buy the Blu-ray drive whether you want it or not...The fact that we're a software company gives an enormous competitive advantage, because we can add capabilities like this. This is totally integrated seamlessly for our users...That's a big, big difference when you talk about future-proofing and flexibility...We're in a much better position to continue to add capabilities, that's the big difference between the hardware-centric and software-centric approaches."

Television shows and movies will be available in both high definition (720p) and standard definition (480p). While TV programs will be buy-to-own and remain on the Xbox 360 hard drive until it is deleted by users, movies will be delivered on a rental basis. Downloaded movies remain on the hard drive for up to two weeks, but once a user begins watching the movie, it is deleted 24 hours later. For that period, however, the movie can be viewed as many times as the purchaser wants.

Full-length high-definition movies push 5GB in size, which, as any gamer who has downloaded a demo from Marketplace knows, will take a while to download. Fortunately for those who want near-instant gratification, videos can be viewed while downloading once an ample buffer is established. Microsoft said that standard definition television programs were "ready to play within minutes" of the download beginning.

The addition of movies and television programs to Xbox Live Marketplace instantly raises the question of hard drive space. Currently, Microsoft has no specific plans to upgrade the external hard drive, but they did acknowledge that it is an option in the future. Kim estimates that the current detachable 20GB hard drive that comes standard with the Xbox 360 Premium model can hold four to five hours of high-def content or about 15 hours of standard-definition video.

The new content will be accessible through a new branch of Xbox Live Marketplace appropriately titled Video Marketplace. From there, gamers can sort through a menu with the following tabs: Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, Game Videos, and Clips, which will house bonus content such as DVD extras.

As an example, Xbox Live group marketing manager Aaron Greenberg browsed through a page on Marketplace dedicated to Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The page, which he described as a "skinned store," featured an ATHF-themed background and more than a dozen episodes of the cartoon. Each episode could be previewed instantly on the same page, though it was unclear how long previews would last. Movies, on the other hand, will be previewed with their cinematic trailers.

While Microsoft was not ready to make announcements on what movies and shows would definitively be available on the service, samples included shows such as CSI, Robot Chicken, the original Star Trek, and Babylon 5. On the movie side, Microsoft showed off ATL, V for Vendetta, Poseidon, and older films such as Batman Forever and Lethal Weapon 4.

Each studio will set their own release dates, and Microsoft expects TV shows to be available on Xbox Live the day after they air on television, just as some networks do online. Pricing has not yet been determined but will be competitive with other similar services, like on-demand cable or Apple's iTunes store. Video content will be available to both Silver and Gold Xbox Live members simultaneously.

[UPDATE] Microsoft has announced the list of programming that it expects to be available on Xbox Live Marketplace before the end of the year.

Adult Swim
Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force
CSI, Survivor, Star Trek
Comedy Central
South Park, Chappelle's Show
The Real World, Pimp My Ride
Avatar: The Last Airbender, SpongeBob SquarePants
Nicktoons Network
Skyland, The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival
Paramount Pictures
Nacho Libre, Jackass: The Movie
Spike TV
Carpocalypse, Raising the Roofs
Race Rewind
The Ultimate Fighter, UFC: All Access
Breaking Bonaduce, Hogan Knows Best
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
The Matrix, Superman Returns, Batman Forever
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:36 AM   #50
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I'd go for Wii personally. PS3 is ridiculously overpriced (I'm not paying £400+ for a games console. I don't care how good it is. And if I wanted a HD DVD player then I'd buy one. *starts ranting about all the crap that comes with mobile phones these days*) and Xbox 360 hasn't really grabbed me. The Wii seems new, original and exciting.
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Old 11-12-2006, 03:08 PM   #51
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Yup, I'm with ^. The Wii has more pluses than the other two. Price, ingenuity, Zelda. I'll probably get a 360 when the price drops to $250 or so.
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:14 PM   #52
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Okay, fess many of you are/were in line? What is/was it like? I hear people have been camping out in some places for days! It's like Star Wars releases all over again.

I'm surprised people still queue up though, with the popularity of internet shopping on the rise, why not just have it delivered? Or is that somewhat more delayed?
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Old 11-18-2006, 12:44 AM   #53
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There were gunshots somewhere. A lot of people were trampled yesterday.

And there were still people lined up at Best Buy not 15 minutes ago. I wonder if they are hoping for more PS3 delivery or are just getting a head start on Black Friday. A very very very head start.
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Old 11-18-2006, 06:32 AM   #54
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Damn! At the Worst Buy here, people were lined up since Wednesday morning!!
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Old 11-19-2006, 07:59 AM   #55
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Was at Best Buy last night...

I went to go see of what the Ps3 was all about and was wondering how much better it would compare to the 360...I forgot what game I was playing but the graphics were REALLY jaw dropping (and I'm not one to be hooked on game consoles) but it was awesome!!!

When I left me and my friends saw these people lining up for the Wii...Some guy told me that a person got hit in the head by a pole by another person by trying to get the PS3... ouch!
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Old 11-19-2006, 09:15 AM   #56
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We got a Wii at Circuit City, just unpacking it now.

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Old 11-19-2006, 10:36 AM   #57
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I think the Wii and PS 3 are going to destroy the XBOX. But there is no way in flippin hell that I am paying the $600-700 for the PS 3 console and games. Absolutely insane. The Wii is very nice though.
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Old 11-19-2006, 12:35 PM   #58
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I got a Wii Box 3

it kicks ass
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Old 11-19-2006, 12:52 PM   #59
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Wii for me.
It's out December 8th in Denmark, and I tried it yesterday at a Nintendo Expo - wonderful machine. I was there with my younger brother and sister - they both had a great time. I bet I can even get my girlfriend in on this one.

And Zelda, by the way, was amazing.
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Old 11-19-2006, 12:54 PM   #60
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Originally posted by neutral
We got a Wii at Circuit City, just unpacking it now.
Grats Neutral!!! So f-ing jealous.

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