The gaming industry has grown by leaps and bounds every generation, and this generation is no different. Atari brought home gaming in to the mainstream and with every generation more people have indulged in the industry. Every generation as is defining characteristics. This generation could easily be the generation of fanboys, or it could be the generation of hardcore. Gaming has been divided in to casual and hardcore. Wii, since its launch, has been considered for the causal gaming. The Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 are more rounded for the “Hardcore” crowd while not alienating casual gamers.
Each system this generation offers its ups and downs to each crowd. The Wii, quite simply, is the “fun” kiddie system. It’s fun for all ages, there are games for any level gamer. The Wii has many downfalls though. The Wii quite simply doesn’t deliver lasting titles, and it lacks a credible online gaming community. Graphics don’t determine a system’s potential as the Wii has proven, but it doesn’t hurt.
The Playstation 3 is a victim of it’s own making. Sony knew that the Playstation name was established worldwide as a great gaming experience. Sony decided they would try to used that to their advantage by trying a new architecture style to get the system ahead. Well it back fired when Sony found out developers weren’t ready for a new style. Coding for the new console was extremely tough coming from a style well established. Along side with that Sony suffered from a high launch cost with few great titles. Alongside all these issues the Playstation Network online gaming community suffered bad connections, slow downloads and an overall subpar experience to the established Xbox Live community. Over the past 12 months Sony has seemingly identified most concerns and through updates the system as become an overall excellent gaming experience.
But neither of these previously mentioned systems are really for the hardcore. Sure they have great titles and deliver and overall delightful experience. A true hardcore gaming experience is delivered on the Xbox 360. Since it’s launch it has had a renowned successful online experience. It delivers a reliable, low lag, high octane online gaming experience. Sure the Playstation Network has a low lag community now, but Xbox Live has had it for years now. The Xbox 360 is a gamers system. It doesn’t force Blu-ray on every one. It doesn’t force crappy motion controls that are usually hard to perfect on every one. It allows gamers to enjoy gaming as they want. But why? Why is the 360 the hardcore gamers system? While it may be hard to understand it is because it charges for its use. When people pay for a service, regardless of the cost, it ensures people are there for the experience. They have dedicated themselves in some way or another to that system. When you have something for free you suffer from people not really understanding what they have. The Xbox Live community is better because you know that everyone there paid 50 dollars a year to play. They paid for the experience. They paid to have Microsoft ensure they have the greatest online gaming community out there.
Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and the Wii are all great systems in their own respect. The Wii brings people together in a way that gaming hasn’t seen in years. Grandparents can play games with their grandchildren and not feel at a disadvantage from complex controllers. The Playstation 3 delivers a great system that boast future technology such as Blu-ray along with a constantly expanding and improving online community. The thing is not every owner of the PS3 is a gamer, some don’t even own a game for it. The Playstation 3 is a better entertainment center than the XBox 360, but not the better gaming system. The Xbox 360 is a gamers system. Every owner of the system owns a gamer. Every person you encounter online has paid for that experience, they have dedicated said amount of their money, regardless the amount, to ensure they have a gamers experience. Not that Playstation 3 gamers aren’t hardcore, but the Xbox 360 is just more of the system to prove a level of dedication to the Gaming community. So if you’re on the fence for a console this year, you can explain it this way. The Playstation is the best overall system. It offers a reliability, Blu-ray technology, and a constantly growing community. But if you consider yourself a Hardcore gamer looking for that top notch online gaming experience, the 360 is the system you want right now.