Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Sony Vs. Nintendo

Nintendo made its debut with the FamiCom and the Nintendo Entertainment System (the US version), a moderately well-put-together gaming system aimed at younger children. Nintendo continued to improve the product line with the Super FamiCom and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (the US version). Each time a new system was released, a game series was created (or expanded) to take advantage of the new capabilities.

Then it was the Nintendo 64. Nintendo had had moderate success with the FamiCom and decided to take it further and improve performance, adding 3D graphics. Sony decided to jump on the wagon with the PlayStation, a slightly improved but mostly identical version of Nintendo's new product. Nintendo started several new series of games and improved old ones, almost all of which were destined to be big hits later on. Sony, well, didn't.

Nintendo then decided to take it further with the GameCube. Better graphics, a new CD system instead of cartridges, a faster processor, all of these made it a major improvement over the N64 system. Sony turned around and cranked out the PS2, a minor improvement over the GameCube but enough to give it the edge. Nintendo continued to flesh out its new system with new games series, and made major improvements to old ones. Sony continued to fall short on games quality, preferring shoot-em-ups to attract an older audience while not really caring if the games were entertaining.

Then the Nintendo DS came out. Featuring N64 graphics quality and fast load times, plus a touch screen, voice control capabilites, and more, it was ground-breaking. The GameBoy had been around for a while now; it was a toy, not really threatening Sony's product line. But this, this "DS" thing, this was a serious problem for Sony. Sony turned around, added a camera, better graphics, and an mp3 player (plus a few more features), and threw the PlayStation Portable into the fray. Once again, Nintendo cranked out excellent games for the DS; Sony only made new versions of old clunkers and made them compatible with the PSP.

Now the next generation of gaming consoles is coming into view: the Nintendo Revolution (no better word can describe it) and the PlayStation 3. The NR adds DVD reading features, and functions as a full-fledged multimedia center. The PS3 adds better graphics and more processing power, and not much more. And, if the trend continues, Nintendo will add a host of new and entertaining games, while the PS3 will have newer versions of the oldies with more blood and gore than ever. I won't even wait for the reviews; when the NR is released, it will be in my living room faster than you can say "Boring Games On Good Hardware Just Doesn't Work."

3 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Levingston said...

lol, no offense, but for some reason that sounds semi familiar... ??? =P

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 6:14:00 AM PST  
Blogger BusterBot858 said...

Yes, but my point was different ;).

Sony has always tried to 1-up Nintendo's hardware while forgetting the game side of the deal. Nintendo makes all the innovations while Sony copies them.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 3:36:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mr. Levingston said...

ahh, i got your point now. yeah, the rev is gonna be in my room before its even released =P. naw, preordering it for xmas!

Thursday, August 04, 2005 12:16:00 PM PST  

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