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Thats kind of tough since im a computer tech for a living :-P
I also own fix and restore arcade machines for a hobby. Thousand times cooler then any console ;-)
Also, Current graphics on the current system are really good, sometimes practically stunning (Halo 2). I dont know what difference the release of a new system will do. Besides look at the starting line up, They don`t have any games which are going to be a blockbuster.
My opinion is that this is going to be a flop. It has been atleast 3 years since the release of the actual xbox, Many people will not be willing to fork over $300+ for a new console and games. The original Xbox will live on and games will still be made for it. (Cough *Halo 3* Cough)
The perfect example is the nintendo DS. The Gameboy Advance Sp is still theere and always will be there because of its usefullness and overalll betterness than the DS.
A)Back in the mid-90s, all of the systems (other than the N64) tried to debut with a $500-$600 price tag. All but the PSX flopped as this brought in a massive period of lean sales for games. Since then, console makers have been very hesitant to overprice their systems, sometimes even selling them at a loss (Microsoft).
B) Even with inflation, they probably will not raise the default price (not by much, at least). The Big 3 don`t get their money from console sales, but from game licensing and sales. As a result, they will keep their prices artificially low in order to build a base so developers will want to invest their time into making games for the console, thus bringing more cash to the console. This is how Xbox could survive by selling at a loss.
C) You can buy a good computer for $800+. Few would buy a console for the same price as a computer, which can do much more than play games.
I can build a better computer then that thing for the same price.
Its just for little kids to go "mommy I want one waaaaaahhhhhh"
You spend a small fortune on these sytems and game just so that in a few years it can be obsolete and everyone can laugh at you and call you a loser for having one.
PLEASE MAN, let go of the computers and GET A LIFE!
I hate video games in this day and age. Its such a big freaking joke it makes me sick to my stomach.
I think Microsoft learned not to put a harddrive in it.
PS3 looks like it will be better and I got an XBox cos I thought itw ould out last the PS2, now Microsoft are releasing the X360 to get ahead of the PS3 making the Xbox obsolate sooner in the process! Gets.
Second of all, that Xbox 360 is probably going to cost, what? 600 Dollars? I looked at the specs, and those are just WAY too high to cost reasonable. I mean just read it. Every spec. I mean Xbox 360 might cost 1000 Dollars!!
However as long as the in game graphics are visually stunning then this is the console fo me!