Passionate about video games, our Guest Blogger Matt Wood is a young writer from the great city of Seattle, Washington who is almost always listening to music. His all-time favorite video games include Sim City 4, Halo 2, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and the classic game Frogger.
Here is his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.
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Playstation ScreenshotStepping up to the plate to face 90 mph fastballs, sprinting full on into an action packed battlefield amid a storm of bullets and explosions, and driving at high speed around tight corners and being involved in high speed, explosive wrecks, will become bigger and better than you ever thought imaginable come this winter.
Ready to take the next leap, the video game industry is about to fully enter the next generation of gaming. Barely touching on the future of gaming, Microsoft launched it's very own next generation console, the XBox 360, on November 22nd, 2005, in North America, and was soon followed by it's release around the world. Virtually a year ahead of competition, and getting quite the jump out of the starting gate, Microsoft will soon be facing competition in the Next Generation of gaming... And who has the strength and will to come out on top? Microsoft Xbox 360
Microsoft Xbox 360Launching on November 22nd, 2005, Microsoft pushed its XBox 360 out to the public. At its original launch, and for the subsequent three to four months, the 360 was quickly sold out, and had a very short supply. Having huge lines at launch, and having the console completely unavailable to the vast majority of the public until mid-February, really hit the company's console hard.
Launch titles for the 360 were, to say the least, below average. Kameo: Elements of Power, an in-house developed game for Microsoft, was by far one of the weakest launch titles, yet it was one of the most advertised ones. Adding on to the mediocrity of the above said title, games like Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Peter Jackson's King Kong, and Tony Hawk's American Wasteland were simply ports from their Xbox counterpart, with slightly (and I mean very slight) better graphics. In the meantime, EA took part in the 360's launch titles as well, but failing to accomplish anything with Madden NFL '06 fall to an even further depth by being a rehash of its Xbox counterpart, but failing to have many of the features the Xbox version had. The only standout game for this console, at launch, was Call of Duty 2, which is a well known World War II franchise that really helped to boost the 360 to any kind of popularity.
Aside from any software and availability difficulties Microsoft is having with the 360, we must also look at potential. While many claim that Sony's Playstation 3 will blow away the 360, Microsoft has other plans. With pure numbers, the Playstation may look like it outmatches the 360, but not necessarily. Looking at certain statistics from Microsoft, you could denote that the 360 has a chance at fighting the Playstation. Having its tri-core processor helps the system run software at a consistent rate, allowing for the processors to share their power between them so that if one is overwhelmed, the other two will help out. This allows for the system to be utilized in new, innovative ways never imaginable in gaming. For example, a game taking place in World War II could allow for one core of the processor to complete tasks pertaining to physics, while another runs computer A.I., while the third plays music from a play list on the 360's hard drive. This makes for interesting gameplay, and could lead to many interesting, and innovative things to come in the gaming world. The console's GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), which controls most visuals that come to the screen, is believed to be slightly more powerful in the 360 than in the Playstation. (See Xbox for more.)
Sony Playstation 3
Sony Playstation 3While slated to launch on November 11 th , 2006, in Japan, this powerhouse system will also launch worldwide on November 17th, 2006. This system is the successor to the very popular Playstation 2, which dominated the original Xbox and Nintendo's Gamecube in the sixth generation of gaming consoles. While the company has kept its highly anticipated console in the shadows for quite some time, and still does not yield full details about it, Sony has finally released some information about the Playstation 3, including its price and release dates.
Stepping onto the platform of Next Generation of video gaming, the Sony Playstation 3 has several promising launch-titles in the works. Exclusive titles to the console include additional entries to the popular racing franchises Ridge Racer and Formula One, as well as the exclusive games Warhawk and a sequel to the 360's very own Full Auto, Full Auto 2: Battlelines. Accompanying these worthy titles are titles that are cross-platform games, including Call of Duty 3, Tony Hawk Project 8, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas, and Need For Speed: Carbon . Also giving consumers a viable reason to invest in the high price of the Playstation 3 are near-future games that include the smash hit exclusive franchises Metal Gear Solid 4 (2007), Devil May Cry 4 (2007), Gran Turismo 5 (2007), and Silent Hill 5 (2007). Other various highly anticipated games include Assassin's Creed (2007), Killzone (no release given; Exclusive), Grand Theft Auto IV (2007), and Half Life 2: Episode Two (Late 2006). Looking at the high number of excellent franchises and highly anticipated games, even if there are a few disappointments, it is clear that the titles for the system that are being released in the next year are going to be amazing.
While not a lot is known about the hardware of the Playstation 3, we can safely discuss the technology with which the Playstation contains. Every Playstation 3 will be shipping with the ability to read the next generation in disc storage, Blu-ray discs. These discs hold up to 33 Gigabytes of data per layer, and TDK Corporation (electronics manufacturer) recently announced it produced a Blu-ray disk that had a 200 GB capacity, or six 33 GB layers. Also contained in the Playstation 3 is the Cell Processor , which is the main difference between the 360 and the Playstation 3. Despite lack of information on the Cell Processor, there are still many highly heated debates about whether the tri-core processor that the 360 uses, or the Cell Processor the Playstation uses, is better.My final thoughts are that despite which console beats the other, the gamers are who ultimately win. While the X Box 360 came out a year early and has quite a large head start in sales, the Playstation 3 still has a powerful hardware setup as well as a strong lineup of games to come in the next year. The battle for the top spot in the Next Generation console wars is up for grabs come November 17th, but for now, the X Box 360 is the only console in the spotlight. One thing is for sure... Come the eve of the Playstation 3 launch, I'm waiting in line for this amazing console of innovation and invention, so I can be one of the first people in the world to play both Next Generation powerhouse consoles.
And on that note, I must return to playing my 360 and the wonderful game that is Prey.
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