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Wii, PlayStation outsell XboX 360 in May

Sony eeks out another win over Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console in the month of May, while Nintendo reigns supreme with Wii and DS sales. NPD figures for the month of May show PlayStation 3 outsold Xbox 360. A mere 22k separated the two consoles, hardly putting a dent in Microsoft’s huge lead over the battle for total sales. 208k PS3 consoles were purchased last month and 186k Xbox 360s were snatched up by gamers. To date, 19 million Xbox 360s have sold worldwide compared against 13 million PlayStation 3s.

Unsurprisingly, both consoles were obliterated by Wii at 675k. Even Nintendo DS performed better than either PS3 or Xbox 360, generating more sales than both consoles combined with 452k handhelds sold. Nintendo pushed through over a million game systems during May, which nearly doubles PS3, Xbox 360, and PSP sales combined. Counting PlayStation 2 sales and Nintendo still boasted larger sales. Hand-in-hand with Wii and DS were solid game sales. Seven of the top ten selling games in May were on either platform. Mario Kart Wii took second place with 787k copies in a photo-finish behind the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto IV with 871k. Both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of GTA IV were the only games to make the list for those consoles.

Source: Gamepro 

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  1. zookeeper525
    June 15th, 2008 | 10:54

    Who care’s…

  2. dootdedoot
    June 15th, 2008 | 10:56

    I’ve got all 4 platforms mentioned, so.

  3. ololo
    June 15th, 2008 | 10:57

    PC > Xbox 360 > PS3 > Wii

    that is all

  4. ibbi
    June 15th, 2008 | 10:58

    personally i would rather a new gaming PC :)
    btw can PS3 be played online?

  5. fanfrejd
    June 15th, 2008 | 10:59

    Nintendo is the only really care for the fun of playing and not just the best performance of graphic, so in my opinion nintendo deserves this.

  6. ololo
    June 15th, 2008 | 10:59

    @4

    yes

  7. MBT
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:02

    no mention of the attatchment rate comparing the 360 and PS3 though.
    Probably because theres only 2 semi decent games for the ps3

  8. Bombshell
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:03

    In response to comment number 4 YES IT DOES why the hell would cod 4 be released for the ps3 if its not Online

  9. ibbi
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:07

    well if that’s the case why the fock would anyone bye xbox360s?

  10. que
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:13

    i would like a good pc over anything else but im not gonna pay that much to build a good one. and of course ps3 is gonna outsell 360. 360 cant stay on top forever when it has already sold so much. and wii just blows.

  11. maestro_za
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:16

    well, the xbox 360 can be played online ibbi. Would you like ur ass kicked … I might oblige ;)

  12. magnus
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:21

    i dont know anyone who has a wii

  13. hdnin
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:25

    pc > all

  14. Ken
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:28

    Look at the price

    Nintendo – Wii – $250.00
    Xbox 360 – $280.00 – 450.00
    PlayStation 3 40GB – $399.99
    PlayStation 3 80GB – $499.99

    Some people just can’t see spending that much for a console.

  15. ibbi
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:29

    i know that you can play xbox 360 online -.-

  16. SadGamer
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:29

    They forgot one huge factor MSG 4 for PS3(Exclusive)

  17. Pegasus
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:33

    People reporting, obsessing and poring over those stats month after month seem to overlook the simple fact that no matter how successful or otherwise these consoles happen to be, that doesn’t translate to any sort of policy change in those corporations regarding risk taking, developing more varied, original games and tools/accessories, or anything else for that matter. Nintendo will keep milking their usual 4-5 cash cow franchizes, Sony will keep producing games mostly popular in their home country but boring to everyone else in the western world, and M$ will continue to approve only games that they think appeal to the average western late-teen/young-adult gamer.

    You want variety, look to the PC.

  18. Mr Ryan
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:35

    Wii & DS == Fun
    X360/PS3 == Some nice looking standard games that can mostly be found on a PC.

    Halo 3 best game on X360? Why would anyone played a FPS on a console, get COD4 with the PC, mouse + keyboard FTW

  19. Mattus
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:36

    why does “deserving” have to to with it

    too many of the same words

  20. silentace
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:54

    @14/Ken: 250 for the wii is an amazing price concidering its the latest nintendo release with backwards comp… i remember paying 99 dollars in the 90s (can’t remember what year) for an SNES so comparing that plus inflation and all that hippy crap its not a bad price at all. I personally own a wii and a 360, ps3 doesn’t have the titles out yet that i am interested in (the ones i can’t get for my 360 anyways) so i think most people get the ps3 because they are scared of microsoft and the RROD or they are just ps fanboys.

    Really don’t care if the ps3 outsells because the 360 is still going to be around. The whole dreamcast thing won’t happen since the console has enough support… same goes for the 3D0 and all that good stuff. The console has been around long enough and has support the fact of who sells more doesn’t really matter anymore. They have millions of consoles in homes (wii, ps3, 360 all included) so the sales figured in my opinion don’t really matter anymore

  21. steve jorbs
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:59

    mac > pc > 360 > ps3 > wii
    real gamers game with macs cause steve jorbs said so!

  22. yopi
    June 15th, 2008 | 11:59

    Pc = free games. What else?

  23. Lasher
    June 15th, 2008 | 12:02

    I’m was an avid PC Gamer, loved crysis, stalker, world in conflict, etc, the big PC games.

    fct is, that unfortunately even though console ports on pc, can look really nice (forcing extra aa, af in nvidia control panel) and of course, decent exspensive monitor, or hdtv output.

    I recently bought a PS3, with GTA IV, and Grid for 340, I also bought Resistance, and MGS 4, now i really like pc shooters, but I have to say there’s a degree of fun to be had, playing a game on a controller.

    i liked Timeshift on pc, considering I’d downloaded it, via a link supplied here, I bought it for PS3, for like 17.99. And it’s even better on ps3 then PC, beacause it just feels better.

    Killzone 2, and the new SOCOM game, will be the reason the PS3 sells more units in 2009, compaired to x360.

  24. none
    June 15th, 2008 | 12:10

    i think the sales figures will matter … once ps3 is selling alot more than 360 then game developers might make more off a effort when porting games over and perhaps make more effort in general, knowing that theres a bigger customer base to please and buy there product

  25. none
    June 15th, 2008 | 12:22

    @ lasher

    Didnt realise you could connect ps3 to monitor ,, i dont have a hdtv so will it look better on a pc monitor?

  26. Probable
    June 15th, 2008 | 12:24

    I think my around Xmas the PS3 will have quite a big gap on sales over the 360 and be closing in on the Wii. There’s a fantastic game line-up for the PS3 in the final 6 months of this year headed by MGS4 and Sony could even drop the price at anytime. I did have a 360 2 years ago but it RROD on me twice so I sold the 3rd and got a PS3 and couldn’t be happier at the moment, both are great consoles I just feel the PS3 is going to excel over the next year or 2.

  27. Lasher
    June 15th, 2008 | 12:32

    @26

    I have a 19″ widescreen lcd monitor, which has an aspect ratio of 16:10.

    unfortunately PS3s widescreen capability is just 16:9. However it’s the sorta thing they can add with firmware updates, possibly when playstation home comes out.

    but to answer your question games do look good on a monitor, not as good, as a full 720p, 1080i + hdtv. But it sure as hell looks a alot better then a normal, sdtv.

    xbox 360′s have a scale-up ability, that ps3 doesn’t, so on sdtv’s, 360 does have a sharper picture compaired to ps3. Grid is a prime example, looks much sharper and ritcher on 360, compaired to a ps3 SDTV setup.

    but if you’ve ever played a 360, on a 100 hz, high quality sdtv, the vga converter looks better then that.

    40 quid is a steal for that piece of kit, don’t waste time buying it, it’s a good thing to have till you save up for a hdtv.

    if you live in the uk, overclockers.co.uk has some nice 32, to 37″ 720/1080i HDTVs. Cheap too..

  28. yeah
    June 15th, 2008 | 12:35

    pc all the way, consoles are for people with down syndrome

  29. none
    June 15th, 2008 | 12:38

    aye cheers for the info lasher!

    i was upgrading my monitor anyway soon but never thought about hooking ps3 up to it, i’ll find one thats maybe more suited to it now

  30. Lasher
    June 15th, 2008 | 12:42

    you can get a good, 26″ monitor for 350-500 quid. I saw a 37″ 1080i, HDTV for 380 quid.

    if like me, after buying your ps3 you’ve pretty much given up on pc games for the moment, You should go with an HDTV, but if you want a good monitor.

    look at Cibox monitors, on ebuyer. some good 19-24″ for 100-200 quid.

    remember your ps3 has to be connected to the monitor connected to your pc, u can’t just have a monitor standalone.

  31. pinda
    June 15th, 2008 | 12:59

    @ yeah

    maybe people with consoles have down syndrome but people with pc must wait a hell lot longer on gta 4 and that sorta games.
    thats why game consoles rock.

    ohjah and ps3 is good but xbox live is a lot better than the online function on ps3

  32. Captain Birds Eye
    June 15th, 2008 | 13:35

    PC > Xbox 360 > PS3 > Wii

    that is all
    eh?

    look. PS3 is for playing games on and a PC is for everything else…
    playing games on a PC nowadays is just dumb when theres proper Consoles about…

    and obviously macs are for those who know better.

  33. thizzle
    June 15th, 2008 | 13:45

    MGS4 BLOWS!! good graphics on a cheap game. always hated mgs and new one isnt any different. whats with the hiding in barrels and grabbing guys balls?

  34. Peter Parker
    June 15th, 2008 | 14:15

    In the UK, a 360 is cheaper than a Wii and I’m suprised they haven’t cut the price in the US.

    The 360 is only selling well in America and the UK. Around the rest of the world, it’s being outsold consistently by the PS3. In Europe, despite it’s 14 month or so head start, the “more expensive” PS3 has sold more units than the 360. In Japan, the PSP is selling more than a Wii and has been doing so for months and the 360 shifts less than 3000 units a week.

    MGS4 is a good game and as afaik, it’s the only game that IGN (US)wanted to give 11/10 and they are extremely harsh when it comes to PS3 reviews. Once again, this will NEVER appear on the 360. I think the 360 has more chance of getting Blu-ray than this game and we all know that Blu-ray won’t happen either.

    Wait until next months figures have been published, we will all see the PS3 outselling the 360 again.

  35. Xio
    June 15th, 2008 | 14:22

    Man, who cares as long as you have a console, people keep saying PC>all, well considering those ppl who can’t pay 1-2k to get a computer that can run better than consoles, i don’t think PC is worth the bang for the buck.

  36. insertclevername
    June 15th, 2008 | 14:39

    I can’t believe everyone like the wii so much, its essentially a repackaged gamecube with gimmicky controls. Its definitly outdated and i can’t understand why everyone clings to it.

    i like either ps3 or xbox360 but have the xbox360 because they can be modded so it ends up being way cheaper than the ps3.

  37. b0iNk
    June 15th, 2008 | 14:49

    Haven’t the xbox360 outsold ps3 for a long time? Then it would make sense since most of the people who wanted a 360 would already have one by now.

  38. henderson
    June 15th, 2008 | 14:55

    when you factor out all the broken and modded 360s, you M$ fanboys don’t really have much to shout about as you stare at your RROD

  39. insertclevername
    June 15th, 2008 | 15:46

    @41 henderson

    SO why would you factor out the modded xbox360s? do you only believe in buying games but download movies and music?

    i personally think thats the big selling point of the 360 for me….otherwise i prolly would have gotten the ps3.

  40. @37 - Peter Parker
    June 15th, 2008 | 16:16

    The PS3 has constantly outsold the Xbox360 in the Uk for about the last 8months +

  41. ero
    June 15th, 2008 | 16:18

    i buyed a ps3 but there is nothing like playing online on pc

    ps3 is the best-sell console for your money on any ground
    it rap3s the xbox360 in the a55

    im only usying ps3 for movies music and internet

    multiplayer is best on pc

    im sosdjalfkdsja

  42. xu
    June 15th, 2008 | 16:42

    PS3 is best machine, bicaus graphix better than 360. And if me hunger now, open top of PS3 and cook steak, vegeteables, salmon, hamberger for friends and familky. U dont believ? Look hier:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLnm_dRzr84

    -no video of cooking on 360 or wii…. shame shame..

    360 only selling bicaus machine cracked long, long time ago, and games for download for free everywhere..

    wii sells because people is dumb and cheap, and also crak long time ago..

    when PS3 finally craked, PS3 sales will skyrocket like apollo on way to moon, but faster… much faster… u will see..

  43. kik5u
    June 15th, 2008 | 17:00

    PS3 is not “cool” anymore like it was when PS1 was released. Wii is the todays trend gaming machine. Sony really blowed it when they postponed release of ps3. 360 has so big head start its almost impossible to reach. Sony needs a dozen of exclusive games. Especially good FPS like halo and only one they got for now is haze. Sucks big time, maybe new killzone, but still is it too late already?

  44. Smoke
    June 15th, 2008 | 17:01

    The PS3 has the best game released so far this generation, MGS4, it just may be the greatest game of alltime.

  45. Incite
    June 15th, 2008 | 17:03

    lol @ people saying FPS’ are better on pc

    takes skill to play on a console, pc is just too easy.

  46. Smoke
    June 15th, 2008 | 17:03

    The PS3 is also the far superior machine with Blu-Ray, Cell Processor built in wi-fi, free online and it doesnt break down like 360′s.

  47. yay
    June 15th, 2008 | 17:21

    XBOX360 > PC > WII > PS3

    only reason PS3 sold out xbox360 this month because of MGS4.

    and wii sold out all because of Wii Fit.

  48. Jack
    June 15th, 2008 | 17:34

    Look to me like Nintendo is the only one that understand what the gamer want… I not just want better graphics and 10 to 20 hours games but games that last long and offer new ways to play. Xbox 360 and PSX 3 are all about Graphics Nintendo is about game and they are the only ones of all that do make game there self. Well the others first party is noting more them some buy outs of 2 party’s like Rareware that was one of the better Nintendo designers but without support of Nintendo there games gone to worst…

  49. Inaudible-Whisper
    June 15th, 2008 | 17:49

    Nintendo don’t understand what the gamer wants. They understand what the public wants. When I turn on the TV and see some old woman playing Wii Fit on Oprah I shake my head. Nintendo are diluting hardcore gaming and turning it into something totally casual. That is fine for us PS3 and 360 owners, but hardcore Nintendo gamers are left with one good game every 6 months or so, and even still almost EVERY huge Nintendo game released thus far makes no revolutionary use of the Wiimote. Go on, name 3 games that have pushed gameing forward past graphics due to brilliant use of motion control. I see it’s potential, but thus far you are left with nothing more than a Gamecube with a decent peripheral unfortunately only used for waggle gimmicks and the very, very, VERY rare touch of genius.

    As for all the people claiming PS3 pwns 360 because it’s more powerful and has Metal Gear 4, once again the Sony fans push aside their biggest weakness and attack the 360′s biggest weakness. ALL Sony fans claim is superior hardware power. NOBODY can say “Ha, look at all of our brilliant games”. These are gaming consoles, and so far only Microsoft can laugh and claim totally supremacy when it comes to game releases. The fact that it has more AAA rated games than Wii and PS3 combined proves this, and now, with the release of the FIRST true brilliant PS3 game, Sony fans claim they’ve totally raped the 360? Please. I’ll take my 2 years of brilliant gaming over your £350 price tag and disgustingly long wait for ONE good game. The PS3 has a lot of future potential, but anybody claiming that the PS3 is a better GAMING machine NOW is delusional.

  50. Inaudible-Whisper
    June 15th, 2008 | 17:55

    As for graphics, read most reviews. The 360 port of almost every game is superior. Developers are too lazy to get to grips with Sony’s hardware and they have no need to because, as said earlier, every third party game release sells almost twice as much on 360. 510% of all market software sales are on the 360. Fine Sony, outsell the 360 hardware by a margin after a whole two years, but nobody is buying any games :p Eventually developers will get to grips with PS3 architecture, but at present games released on both consoles virtually never have a PS3 graphical advantage.

  51. Inaudible-Whisper
    June 15th, 2008 | 17:56

    51%, not 510% :p … if only.

  52. Chickenmilk
    June 15th, 2008 | 18:11

    I am using a the xbox 360 as a media player. Download movie to your USB external HD… connect HD to XBox, play videos. I bought the xbox 360 over a ps3 for its media capablities. Plays most video formats pretty well.

  53. Pegasus
    June 15th, 2008 | 18:23

    @48: Incite, plz tell us whre you live so I can come over, chop off one of your arms and gouge out one of your eyes. Then you’ll be able to play (if at all) with soooo much more skill compared to everyone else.

    Fokn idiot…

  54. mike
    June 15th, 2008 | 18:39

    Xbox has a high attach rate? What are they buying? back to mgs4 now… noobs!

  55. HDpunk
    June 15th, 2008 | 18:39

    PS3 pwns.
    its by far the better console

  56. Pwn
    June 15th, 2008 | 19:02

    “PS3 pwns.
    its by far the better console”

    The 360 has far better online. Every feature being added to the PS3 is something the 360′s had since 2005. Controllers with rumble, achievements, custom soundtracks, proper messaging. Cross platform games are nearly always better on the 360. The 360 has no 4GB+ 20 minute installs. The 360 can be modded so you can play games for free. There are more highly rated titles available for 360.

    Nuff said. PS3 is OK, but to say it’s far better is fanboi nonsense.

  57. ★★★RLSLogKing★★★
    June 15th, 2008 | 19:05

    OF COURSE PS3 IS OUTSELLING XBOX. DUH!!!! PS3 IS A NEWER CONSOLE, LESS PEOPLE HAVE IT, MEANING THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE WHO WANT IT! DUH!!!!!! IDIOTS!!!

  58. Nikola
    June 15th, 2008 | 19:14

    Why do people talk about Halo that much? If it were a PC FPS it would be only mediocre… Most of PC FPSes are way way better than Halo…

  59. name (required) email ( will not be shown ) (required) Spam protection: Sum of 1 + 9 ?
    June 15th, 2008 | 19:22

    i’m planning to buy a 360, but if there is a way to run backuped games on ps3, maybe i can give it a try.

  60. xboxftw
    June 15th, 2008 | 19:34

    I’ve been pc addict for long time spending 500$ everyyear on upgrades. Stopped after i picked up 36o in jan 06. My last bought vga was 7950GX2 – single sli 1gb ram card. It got redundent after 3 months as 8 series was announced. I hate fcking pc gaming due to constant upgradability of hardware. My system still kicks a$$ as its E6600 2.4 watercooled 3.4 (lowered ratio to 8 and fsb 426)Ghz, dual 2 gb ddr2 running a 850mhz, FSB @ 426 *4 = 1700. So all the pc supporters can go fck thmselves. I now game on 360, COD4 on 50″ HDTV beats any game on 19″ WS pc monitor. Plus u can lay on a sofa and feel rumble.

  61. Inaudible-Whisper
    June 15th, 2008 | 19:42

    Mike – Ha ha, once again, a Sony fan gripping onto his one true game. What are 360 fans playing? How about one of the 12 360 >90% metacritic rated titles? Yeah, that’s more than double the amount the PS3 has. I’m sorry but MGS isn’t the be all and end all. It does not beat 12 other AAA titles (Some universally rated HIGHER than MGS4) amongst a smorgasbord of other titles. All of these “PS3 is miles better than 360″ claims are backed up by NOTHING aside from “It’s a bit more powerful” and “We have Metal Gear”. Big frikkin’ wow. These are gaming consoles, and the 360 has lots of gameS.

    And Nikola, don’t compare Halo to a PC FPS. Totally different markets. Halo is famous for perfecting FPS controls on a console. Halo opened the floodgates for the tons of console FPS there are today, and they continue to bring more to the console table than any other FPS titles before it. It’s just unparalleled on a console, being the first to offer vast, almost perfect and hugely customisable online play and recently theatre mode and a level editor. While these things may be common on the PC, for Bungie to perfectly migrate all of this to a console and for it to still be brilliantly playable and compelling was a huge step for console gaming, or at least console FPS/online gaming. You can’t compare that to the PC because until a few years ago the console was miles behind in terms of online play. Bungie changed that. Whether you like Halo’s story or gameplay is irrelevant, you have to respect Bungie for what they achieved on a console. If you don’t, you’re just being ignorant.

    Primarily as a 360 fan, I still totally respect Hideo Kojima for his work on MGS and I have a ton of respect for Shigeru Miyamoto for his brilliant work at Nintendo. To sit and say “Everything on consoles, or the opposing console is absolute garbage. Everything I like is superior” is not only an insult to the console, but to gaming industry vets. Grow up.

  62. Inaudible-Whisper
    June 15th, 2008 | 19:52

    i totally agree with u. but fanboys cling to whatever they can. i’m personally really glad nintendo is doing well. i really thought it was over for them after the gamecube, i love the turnaround they did absolutely amazing. the underdog pulled the rug out from everyone and i love stories like that.

    and i play on consoles and pc and i think they all have attractive points. fanboys need to see that. but i do find it funny how people keep backtracking things they say when the time comes and their console didn’t do what they said it was gonna do just a few months before. geez is it really that important to u. these companies dont care if u make ur rent every month i’m sure.

  63. ballisstick
    June 15th, 2008 | 20:00

    Own 360 with firmware flased…..As soon as sonys machine is cracked I’ll prolly get one…….Do I want to pay £40 quid a game???????? Let u fan boys do that!

    Battlefield 2 pc ftw ( i even paid money for it!)

  64. LC
    June 15th, 2008 | 20:06

    You know they want you to fight. It’s how competition marketing works.

    Every time one of you damn fan boys displays an act of internet courage for your system they just received free advertising.

    Here’s a secret for all you.

    Nintendo wants you to like Microsoft and Sony. That way there will be people that say “hell yeah 360 cause umm online”; that’s when a little fan boy says “no Wii for blah blah”. See how that works.

    So next time you cheer for your machine of choice, just realize you indirectly gave advertising to all the top competitors.

  65. iddoom3
    June 15th, 2008 | 21:18

    Gaming sucks. The novelty only lasts for about an hour, 5 min if the game sucks, no different then dling mOOvies (misp3ll3d because I can ;) The only decent game out right now is mGs4:gotP. I can only tolerate it for so long… Waiting on GOW2… Till then I’m just gonna drink another beer…

  66. Cromwell
    June 15th, 2008 | 23:57

    Someone mentioned PC games being better because they are “free”, but if you add in the time (and possibly major frustration) it takes getting one up and running smoothly, it isn’t completely 100% free. There is always a price to be paid, if not in cash then something else. Especially where Windows is involved.

    I’ve been an avid PC gamer since the days of the Apple II+. For many years now I’ve felt it was the best gaming platform to be had, and like many here wasn’t afraid to piss others off by saying so. For a long time this was factually true too as PC titles were always one step ahead of consoles at any given point in time. It wasn’t until the PS3 and Xbox 360 came out that I began to consider consoles as having finally caught up with PC’s as equals.

    I gotta say, I was blown away when I first decided to purchase an Xbox 360. It was shortly after buying my first HDTV and figured ‘what the hell, might as well!’. I’m so glad I did. There is definitely something to be said for putting in a game and it just works right out of the box, zero hassle.

    On a side note, I too believed first person shooters couldn’t possibly work as good on a controller as they did with a mouse/keyboard combo and even posted as much on the Xbox Live forums, complaining like many others that no such device had been made for the 360. However, the more games I played, the more I realized that I had been dead wrong. And thanks to wireless, I can now sit back comfortably in my nice cozy recliner and play games that are every bit as good as their PC counterparts on my big 52″ 1080p screen with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The overall experience and immersivness is phenomenal, an element definitely lacking sometimes when at a desk in front of a monitor (even a good 24″ one).

    Back to speaking in monetary terms, consoles are cheaper in the long run since you don’t have to upgrade as often, and even if PC’s games are “free”, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a nice inexpensive alternative for consoles, especially if you can rent from a place that doesn’t charge late fees (or even better, borrow from a friend).

    In the end, as a true gamer what machine you use isn’t nearly as important as the games themselves. And if games are what one truly cares about, the choice of machine becomes clear. Buy them all lol! I recently noticed that I have enough Air Miles to get a “free” PS3. Either that or go on a trip to Hawaii. As a gamer, it’s not really all that difficult of a choice to make. ;)

  67. Chris K
    June 16th, 2008 | 00:04

    I love my 360, and I love all the games I’ve downloaded for it ;)
    At the same time I was a consistant MGS fan, but I’ve watched all 8 hours of cutscenes over on youtube and saved myself the £400+ I would have had to spend to play the game. The only thing i was missing was the higher quality in the graphics and the 2-3 hours of gameplay that occurs between the many cutscenes (I know how MGS works too well)

  68. hmm
    June 16th, 2008 | 01:06

    Does it really matter if someone doesn’t likes your favourite gaming platform?

  69. foobar
    June 16th, 2008 | 01:58

    @72 – No, it’s just bleeding heart fanboyism like the “cult of Apple”

    Like @70 I’ve been a PC gamer since Apple ][e days and a console gamer since the Atari 2600 days. Of the three systems, I only own a Wii along with a mid-end gaming PC.

    I think it’s funny how all the fanboi’s are all trying to trump one another into which system is better. No one fraking cares…and my guess is most of you are still probably living with your parents. Wake up smell the coffee, as hardcore gaming becomes harder and harder to do once you pass the college years.

    While the Wii is underpowered and doesn’t have the biggest catalog of blockbuster games, it fills the role of quick pick up and play. I’ll admit it is sort of gimmicky, but perhaps it will pave the way for more interactive gaming. Think VR gaming from the 90′s on steroids.

    The other thing the Wii is doing is trying to bring gaming out of the nerdy stereotype it once was in. Hopefully it will also help paint gaming in a better light. I’m tired of the Jack Thompson’s of the world and other babyboomers who think games are inherently EVIL.

    While I’d love to have a 360 and PS3 to play the AAA games on my HDTV, I simply don’t have the time. So to all the whiners…stop bickering and enjoy your gaming goodness as it will only last for so long.

  70. mike
    June 16th, 2008 | 02:24

    inaudible – id agree with ya but all i see are beta versions of the games on the pc, you can keep forza btw. And yep, you can call it whatever you want but i’ll stick by metal gear over all those titles. The only 360 exclusive killer app was Dead Rising but if metacritic is to be believed then it’s nowhere near as good as i thought it was. Obviously, no amount of fanboying is going to kill any huge corporations any time soon but i think ms were a bit hasty with the demise of their last system and wouldnt touch em with a barge pole until they’ve shown their cards at least one more time.

  71. DunkyB
    June 16th, 2008 | 04:26

    I just want to say a BIG resounding congratulations to nintendo. Well done and well deserved! I own every next gen machine and its the wii that keeps me coming back time and again! I have followed nintendo for years owning all of there machines, always trying to convince my friends they were the best. I though all was lost after the gamecube but the ROCKY of the video games market have picked themselves off the canvas and how!!!!! beating both “slabs!” combined! hats off to you guys, long live nintendo…………..keep bringing the FUN back into video games!

  72. Inaudible-Whisper
    June 16th, 2008 | 05:10

    @73 I think you’ll find the 360 certainly does support DivX, Xvid, Avi etc. I do so almost daily, having watched hundreds of files across my network via my 360 (not one of them being MPEG-4) and I have done for months. It also has the biggest online HD movie/tv digital download store and the ability to use your 360 as a TiVO like device with Windows Media Centre. The PS3 of course has Blu-Ray, but I’m talking on a purely digital media perspective here.

    @75 Yeah, if you have a gaming PC getting a 360 might not be worthwhile. But I was mainly talking about console gamers and people who choose between the big 3. If Metal Gear is preferable to a smorgasbord of other 360 or Wii exclusives for you, particularly when some of those you can play on your PC, that’s fine. It’s all down to opinion.

  73. *_*
    June 16th, 2008 | 09:40

    the reason the wii is killing he compo is its audience. as much as little l33tboys like to think they have the bestest console, the fact is:

    PS3 = is for children aged 16-18
    XBox = is for children aged 16-18
    Wii = is for all ages 3-100

    i don’t know anyone with a PS3 or XBox, but then i’m not a kid and don’t hang around with kids.

  74. davo084
    June 16th, 2008 | 10:03

    The best Wii game (in my opinion) Smash Brothers, can be played with a GameCube controler, or the Wiimote but you don’t need to move it… other than that I prefer PS3 or XBOX360 or PC anytime…
    Oh… and the ones telling good graphics it’s all PS3 and XBOX360 have, try playing Assassin’s Creed on Wii… ohhh you can’t… sorry…

  75. Basketcase57
    June 16th, 2008 | 12:34

    “PS3 = is for children aged 16-18
    XBox = is for children aged 16-18
    Wii = is for all ages 3-100

    i don’t know anyone with a PS3 or XBox, but then i’m not a kid and don’t hang around with kids.”

    no, seriously, thats funny cuz Nintendo is a child’s system and any real hardcore gamer that wants quality will go with the PS3 or 360 if they don’t already keep up with the high end PC’s.

    I still think the Wii is a fad/novelty and there are alot of ppl that are casual gamers that want to “exercise” so thats why they have one. Most ppl i know that have a wii and another system, mostly play the other system.

  76. *_*
    June 16th, 2008 | 14:01

    “no, seriously, thats funny cuz Nintendo is a child’s system and any real hardcore gamer that wants quality will go with the PS3 or 360 if they don’t already keep up with the high end PC’s.”

    “hardcore gamer” is the key to my point – people with Wii’s ain’t hardcore ga(y)mers – they have lives, and enjoy the fun that the system has to offer. Wii Fit for example, is one of the biggest selling titles, and it ain’t aimed at children.

  77. vampyren
    June 16th, 2008 | 18:11

    WHO CARES!
    Let me say it one more time WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!

    Kinda tired of topics like this.
    Buy whatever system you like and live happy :)

  78. Peter Parker
    June 16th, 2008 | 18:55

    @76 Inaudible-Whisper

    The 360 has support for MPEG-4 playback from the hard drive/flash media. If you’re watching files across a network (files streaming to the 360 from the PC) then the PC is doing the converting of the file and not the 360. As long as the PC can decode it, it is playable on both consoles. People were able to do this using applications like TVersity since the PS3 was released although it didn’t officially support DivX until late last year.

    I’m also loving HD playback from the PS3′s HDD. I currently have 24 HD films on it taking up 124GB of space (ranging from 4GB to 11GB). This could never be done to such an extent on a 360 and in a few moths time, the PS3 will have PlayTV which will allow you to record and watch Live TV from anywhere in the world with the aid of a PSP. Soon after you will be able to record and play games at the same time (thanks to a firmware update).

    The 360 has done a good job (apart from M$’s failure to fix their hardware issues) for the gaming community but I really don’t see it going much further now, especially when people want more than just a games console. The 360 will NEVER get Blu-ray (you can quote me on that) and legal digital media (HD films not music) is many years away from replacing optical media, especially with many ISP’s imposing monthly bandwidth restrictions on their customers.

    Also the problem with the XBL online movie service is that you can only rent – not buy, but then again the 360 is limited to it’s storage capacity and I doubt you can transfer these rented films to an external HDD/flash drive.

  79. pee pants
    June 17th, 2008 | 04:21

    @85

    You hit the nail right on the head. The 360 has really maximized its potential. Hence the need for MS to develop the next generation of xbox already.

    Im a fan of both consoles, don’t get me wrong. After the release of the PS3, I hated what I saw, but its come a long way since. To the point where I made the choice to abandon my promises to buddies of mine that one day I would own a 360, and I bought a PS3. It was a no brainer.

    Ive tossed in a 200gb hdd, for around $70, that has a 5 year warranty. Free online, blu ray, no lag bluetooth, built in wifi, HDMI 1.3, true hi def gaming, MGS4 in 1080p…the sky is the limit. If it isn’t a no brainer to everyone already, then what Sony is planning in the very near future should make it a no brainer, even to the most stubborn of fanboys.

  80. Cromwell
    June 17th, 2008 | 09:01

    @73 foobar: Ah, the good old Atari 2600. Had one of those too back in the day, given as a gift. It was difficult getting the parents to help out with buying new games. Thank goodness every one I knew owned one too. It allowed me to borrow and trade for new titles. Trade-in stores that started popping up as the trend grew helped as well. Those joysticks were a real nuisance though, always wearing out prematurely. Controllers sure have come a long way since then thankfully. Sounds like your parents were babyboomers as well. Hard to get them to understand what the big deal is about gaming. Mine still think animated movies are for children, even after I forced them to watch Shrek (which they loved but wouldn’t admit lol).

    I’m married to my high school sweetheart going on nearly 18 years now, and am almost forty with no kids (sadly). Personally I am of a mind that gaming is good for you. It keeps the reflexes and hand-eye coordination excellent, and the puzzle solving helps with keeping the mind sharp, all very important factors the older one gets. More people should be doing it, though you’re probably right in that one has far less time to dedicate to it as they leave their college years, and it does indeed become harder to keep up as the years pass. Despite owning an Xbox 360 and wanting both the Wii and a PS3, there are still a number of titles I have yet to play from the Gamecube and Playstation 2 for instance. The later sequels for Zelda, Mario, Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper, Spyro, and just about any good racing game you could name, the list goes on. Right now I’m playing Assassins Creed (mentioned by someone in an earlier post), which the wife rented for me while she is away visiting her sister. For the life of me I cannot figure out why it got such good reviews. Sure, the engine is beautiful, but the gameplay is insanely repetitive and far too easy. It doesn’t help that it’s a third person view and I’m constantly having to fight the camera. So much promise wasted, and it’s not like Ubi doesn’t know how to make a good stealth based title, just look at some of the Tom Clancy based titles for instance. Hmm, I’m getting a bit side tracked. Sorry. ;)

    Looking back, as much as I like it I wish I would have bought a PS3 instead of the Xbox 360, especially in lieu of Blu-Ray winning the format wars. Overall the PS3 has the better overall value (user replaceable hard drive, more DRM-less media options, built in wi-fi, etc). Too bad it was so expensive and had such a weak launch, though clearly it is doing better nowadays. There is really only one thing I wouldn’t want to lose from the Xbox 360 and that is the games store. I’ve purchased quite a few good titles from there, including quite a few for both the wife and I to play together (yep, I’m a lucky guy as she’s a gamer too). The thing that really irks me is the DRM though. My first Xbox 360 broke down a little after one year of use (it was the optical drive if anyone wants to know). Being out of warranty, the choices were to either send it in and pay for repairs, likely getting a completely different refurbished model, fix it myself (no guarantee with my bad luck), or go and buy a new one. I had money saved up for a PS3 at the time, and used that to buy a new Elite. Needed a bigger hard drive and HDMI anyways. Unfortunately anything bought via Xbox Live is tied via DRM to the machine it is purchased on. The end result of this is that my wife can no longer play any of the games we paid for and downloaded unless I am logged in to Xbox Live.

    As for the Wii, I think it is an ok machine as well. My primary reason for wanting one is to play Zelda and Mario (especially Kart) and like past Nintendo machines it makes a good platform for the party type games when friends come over, something the PS3 and Xbox 360 tends to lack. I do wonder if it will end up being just a short fad though, which commenter #79 (Basketcase57) hypothesized. If it is being purchased primarily by the casual gamers out there, indeed more than likely for fitness purposes, then it could end up sharing the fate of so many an exercise bike, collecting dust in the back corner of some basement.

  81. Chickenmilk
    June 19th, 2008 | 09:31

    I like watching HD PrOn and HD Movies on my xbox… that i downloaded for free from my ISPs news server. You really don’t need BlooRae if you can download HD movies from your ISP for free.

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