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Which console will win 2010?

PLAYSTATION 3


1. The price drop continues to close the sales gap

Yes, all right, the economy is still in the shitter and the cheaper 360 is still outselling the more expensive PS3. But that just makes it even more significant that the PS3 has been trailing the 360 a lot more closely these days, with VGChartz reporting its worldwide sales at 32.17 million units, compared to 37.51 million for the 360. That means that, even at its higher price point, it’s still a strong competitor. And since its dramatic redesign and price drop last year, it’s only gotten stronger.


Above: Hell yeah, you want this now

Why should you care about whose system is selling the most, particularly when we said sales won’t be the determining factor in who wins? Well, online bragging rights aside, a bigger install base for the PS3 means more people buying PS3 games. That in turn leads to more attention from publishers, which leads to more and better exclusives, which leads to more people buying PS3s, and so on. And should the PS3 manage to actually surpass the 360’s sales this year, well, we can probably expect fiascos like Bayonetta’s clumsy port job to be a thing of the past, at the very least.


2. The Last Guardian will make you cry

God of War III, Heavy Rain and Gran Turismo 5 are going to be awesome, sure, but out of all the games coming out (or at least, potentially coming out) this year, none have our offices buzzing quite like The Last Guardian. Hell, it’s our most anticipated game of 2010! Admittedly, all we’ve seen of this off-kilter, boy-and-his-giant-monster fantasy adventure is one trailer, but it’s been more than enough to fire our collective interest and imagination for almost a year now.


Above: Any excuse to watch this again is a good excuse

Of course, we’re not taking it entirely on faith that this will be good; there’s a precedent. In fact, there are two precedents, as the team behind The Last Guardian is also responsible for the critically beloved Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. If The Last Guardian can be at least as good as either of those games and can tug on our heartstrings as effectively as its trailer, then I’d say it’s already a shoo-in Game of the Year contender.


3. The other exclusives

Charlie might want you to think the 360 is getting all the good exclusives this year, but for serious, hardcore gamers willing to maybe take a chance on something without a number in its title, the PS3 is where the real action’s at. As always, the PS3’s getting its share of major original exclusives in 2010, but this time around they potentially have a little more bite than your InFamouses and Eye of Judgments. White Knight Chronicles looks to be a steep cut above conventional JRPG fare, MAG is catnip for true shooter fans and ModNation Racers plays like a prettier, customizable Mario Kart. Meanwhile, Heavy Rain is poised to change the way people think about adventure games, and 3D Dot Game Heroes should be irresistible to anyone raised during the 8-bit era. And that’s not even counting the stream of original, artsy PSN-only titles we’re sure to see in the next 11 months.


Above: Realistically, some of these might not make it out this year – but eat it just the same, 360!

Of course, we’ll get plenty of exclusive sequels, too, not the least of which are God of War III, Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Gran Turismo 5 (maybe, probably). MMORPGs are slated to start slinking onto the PS3 this year as well, with Final Fantasy XIV, Free Realms and DC Universe Online all expected to show up in the coming months. Sure, Halo: Reach will probably sell a bajillion copies, but if your gaming interests extend beyond Master Chief’s no-doubt deep and meaningful backstory, Sony’s lineup holds all kinds of cool things.


4. Blu-ray is starting to matter

When the PS3 first dropped into stores at $600, I did my fair share of bitching and whining about how Blu-ray was a needless addition that inflated the console’s price to ridiculous levels. More than three years later, however, it’s starting to become clear that Sony was right to include it. HDTVs are getting cheaper all the time, and with 1080p sets now the standard, Blu-ray is the best-looking (if most expensive) way to watch movies at home. More importantly, games are getting bigger all the time, and we’ve already seen a few multi-DVD 360 games that could easily have fit on a single Blu-ray.


Above: Disc-swapping? Yeah, that sure looks like fun

Sony isn’t the only one to see the usefulness of Blu-ray for gaming; far from it. In fact, reports have been circulating for a while now that Microsoft has plans to incorporate Blu-ray into the 360 (or at least sell an external drive for the console), and if that’s not a ringing endorsement then I don’t know what is. Like it or not, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Blu-ray is the future – at least until the industry moves to an all-download business model – and hey, the PS3 was there first.


5. Motion controls (or lack thereof)

We harp on motion controls a lot, and it’s also true that Sony doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to said technology. (Quick quiz: how many games have you played lately that put Sixaxis to good use?) It’s also true that Sony will join its competitors in rolling out gimmicky-looking motion-control devices sometime this year.


Above: Yep, this thing

Unlike Microsoft and Nintendo, however, Sony isn’t treating those devices as a centerpiece of its 2010 strategy. It’s treating them like the gimmick they are, and instead putting its focus squarely on delivering awesome exclusive games. Yes, the ice-cream-cone-looking Motion Controller no doubt plays an important part in Sony’s plans this year, but should it fall flat, then at least Sony didn’t spend huge amounts of time and money trying to convince us it was going to change the way we think of games. Microsoft can’t make the same boast.

At the same time, though, remember how Microsoft showed off Project Natal at E3 2009? That’s right: with driving, splatter-painting and a creepy little boy who remembers your face. Sony, meanwhile, started with rudimentary painting and ball-swatting demos, but quickly worked its way up to controlling an RTS, fighting a skeleton with a sword and knocking down zombies with arrows. That tells us Sony’s already thinking of how best to adapt these contraptions to gaming, instead of the other way around.

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123 comments

  • Stealtheffect2005 - March 5, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    this article seems a bit too biased to me.
  • Jose22 - February 10, 2010 3:11 a.m.

    pse3 will triumph i have 360 and ps3 but i like better ps3
  • OrionOnyx - February 4, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    I think Project Natal is the main reason why the 360 is going to win... I mean come on, it looks totally kick ass.
  • kikingbird - February 3, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    I personally think that Sony will win. All other systems have their advantages and are fun, but Sony has this year by far.
  • austinite04 - February 3, 2010 10:31 a.m.

    Gamesradar is totally bias... They are in someway controlled by Microsoft so it's no surprise they picked Xbox360.. If you want my honest thoughts on which console will win 2010.. I have to say PS3, for one, the service is free (for now) and not to mention we have exclusives Xbox'er idiots would LOVE to have.. Not to mention we only ever need ONE disc.. 2 or three for Mass effect?? PUHLEASE!! I would rather get the STEAM version on my pc.. At least there on my pc I can play my games in 1080p.. but back to consoles, I am no fanboy of PS3, I did at one time own all current consoles. Now I'm just down to a ps3, simply because I can't live without Netflix and blu-ray's. I hope XBox gets a Blu-ray.. more power to them.. more money for SONY..lol. Besides most xbox360 components are in someway or another a sony product.. so we are really just gonna have to go with a all in one with the next gen console, have nintendo,xb720,and ps4 all in one box.. I would pay $2,000 for it... I want all the developers to put console partisan politics aside.. We need to cut costs in this downswing economy.. Sony spent 2 trillion bucks on the ps3.. xb360 came close but not close enough since they still red ring.. the wii is a joke by it's self.. it needs the other consoles. I dream of a day where I can just turn on ONE console and pull up different User interface's.. say I want to play Halo reach I login to the xbox console from a directory system.. and if I want to play Gran turismo, on the fly I should be able to press the menu button (guide,or Home) button and jump right over to the ps4 partition. the same with wii 2.. Whats more, the ps3 is really a beta model for the ps4.. Once the ps4 comes out we will have James Camerons: AVATAR (movie) like game graphics.. It's no pipedream.. 3d was a dream just last year now it's possible. I want an all in one console SO BAD..
  • PharonicDawn - January 31, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    You know, it will be a really close call. I own a Wii and a PC. I do own a PS2 and an original Xbox, along with an N64. For PC, the gameplay will be the ultimate thing. I love my PS2, and have played a PS3. Their wide choice of games is brilliant and fun to choose from. Xbox 360 has some famous games correlated to it, such as the Halo series. Although you can get Halo for PC, Halo: Reach will bury it's competitor's 6 feet under. Nintendo's huge brand name of Pokemon and Mario will put other competitors washing away down the river once their games come out. My winner: PC. The PC, if you have the right equipment for it, will dominate for it's large amount of graphics capacity, game choice, and gameplay. I own MW2, L4D2, the half-Life and Half-Life 2 series. They are all great games with amazing graphics. I can't wait until Starcraft II and SupCom2 come out. Civ IV also dominates for PC. Although Xbox 360 has great brand names, Nintendo great gameplay and brand names, and the PS3 has an amazing graphics, PC wins for me.
  • kallukoras - January 29, 2010 7:46 p.m.

    The wii was an epic fail caus stupid games come out for it and its juts lame, x-box 360 hell yeah but cheap the 3 rings of death, PS3 is there anything that breaks on that? caus i dont remember hearing anything about it..... But i would vote for PC caus those i can fix.
  • JohnnyMaverik - January 29, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    The way I see it for people who are primarily PC gamers (like myself), a 360 is pretty much a pointless aquesition, since most of the games on the 360 end up on pc, and very few of the ones that don't are actually all that desirable (in my opinion), especially in regards to AAA titles. The PS3 however has a fair few titles that aren't and will never be on the pc and are probably better played on a console.
  • teke367 - January 28, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Uh, was one of the points for the Wii "the opposite is true" of only Nintendo brand games do well? There might be a couple, but the story has consistently been, with few exceptions, that only Nintendo makes money on the Wii. The way I see it, Xbox has Mass Effect 2, Halo reach, Splinter Cell and Fable 3, PS3 has God of War 3, GT5, and heavy rain that will be big hitters. Of course the Wii has any Mario or Zelda game that will be sure to be a big hit. Wii wins if the status quo remains. Xbox wins if they close the gap to #1 in sales (a decent percentage). PS3 wins if they close the gap to Xbox (or sells more for the year at least)
  • twewy13 - January 28, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    Both PS3's and x-box's attempt at motion control will fail and wii motion plus won't. you entered too late in the game sony/microsoft, and natal will suck because you must hold stuff while playing a game, simple as that ( well, if your punching and kicking it wont matter i guess, but shooting and driving...),
  • twewy13 - January 28, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    i seriously thought nintendo would win, thats what i say at least!!! REDSTEEL 2, TVC, AND GALAXY 2!!!!! INCROYABLE!!!!
  • robotechandnarutosucks - January 27, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    funny how you're all fighting over pieces of colored plastic that can play games!
  • familiarrealms - January 27, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    HA HA, its quite funny watching you people bikker about which console is gonna come out on top. If im honest i dont think it really matters which one does. I have a 360 + a PS3 and quite frankly im happy with both. i only got my PS3 the other day and i think this is a factor about why maybe the PS3 might prevail in the end. Xbox have a better game selection, better online community and a better enjoyment factor ( i think). The PS3 however, is getting slowly cheaper. People who wanted one when it was first releases have probably postponed their perchase until the last few months and in the future of this year. The sales are going to rise. Not only that, when Heavy Rain gets releases i think it might well be revolution in the way we look at games. Theres a chance that game might go down in history. I suppose if your happy with your console then your console wins!!
  • 8bitBaby - January 27, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    i'm rooting for 360, but i'm afraid that the wii will come out on top. i just got back from my friends place and both she and her sister just dropped a ton of money on nothing but wii merch. US games AND they bought Japan only games on wii ware. "sigh" i feel betrayed by nintendo.
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  • Kytl - January 27, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    I care about the games not made by Nintendo, but enough of that. I actually starting to think 360 owners might get something cool with Natal, I worry about those children AI and the "interaction" with them. Microsoft, please don't make them too realistic.
  • Yeager1122 - January 27, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    @CLEIP Your taking what i said MUCH TO LITERALLY. I was really just saying that i like both the 360 and ps3 and want wii gone.
  • theBlackKnight - January 27, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    Oh and by the way, how would you aim with a gun that doesn't exist to have a rail or anything?
  • theBlackKnight - January 27, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    Oh my God NO. Natal is just a gimmick to attract the casual gamers which will definately not work, because they all already have the Wii, and nobody actually wants to be waving their arms around on actual games. Also, none of their exclusives will even compare with the PS3's gigantic number of good exclusives. And when they say the Xbox is cheaper than t Ps3, it is NOT. online is 60$ a year. if oou keep it just two years, the Ps3 is already worth the money and you get a Blu- ray player.
  • g4m3rk1dd - January 26, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    i know this has been read but i have added on to it if project natal was given a hardcore game to work with *coughgearsofwarcoughhalocough* that would truely be revolutionary in gaming...hell in technology period on the other hand if nintendo suddenly decided to, as read in an earlier article, go "online" with a game like pokemon...that would VERY rapidly outsell possibly ANYTHING known to man >.> just imagine and and others walking through tall grass finding pokemon or attempting to "raid" and/or capture the more legendary. im willing to bet that even WoW couldnt compete with that is they did every thing right the main thing that i can say i want a PS3 for is if they were to make a FF7 remake...there i said it...its a good counsle with good features but i just cant get myself to buy yet another counsel so i can play the "best" games when alot of the older games for sega gen and sega saturn and others were much better =/ those games are the forefathers of all games and without those we wouldnt have squat

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