Which console will win Fall 2010?


1. Gran Turismo 5 is finally coming

It’s difficult to think of a game that’s been as widely anticipated as Gran Turismo 5, and for so long. After years of delays, however – and assuming everything goes according to plan this time – PS3 owners should finally be able to grab a copy of what’s poised to be the most slavishly realistic racing sim ever this November. (Nov. 2, to be exact.) When that happens, we’ll finally be able to see the insane amounts of detail – including accurate, painstakingly updated recreations of the graffiti that decorates Germany’s Nurburgring track – that took years to create. Oh, and fans will finally be able to destroy their cars (but only certain cars) in realistic ways, a first for a series that never really showed damage on its cars before.

Above: Also, it’ll feature hyper-accurate NASCAR cars and tracks, which we hear some people like

Will it be worth the wait? Does that even matter at this point? GT fans have made the series one of the biggest worldwide bestsellers ever, and we’re sure that – while the long wait and disappointing stopgap release of GT5 Prologue have been frustrating – this one will fly off the shelves and move PS3s like no game before it.

2. Get ready to Move

Yes, Move looks like the strange middle child between Microsoft’s Kinect and the Wii. Yes, we get a sad little sinking feeling every time we look at Sony reps prancing around with their ice-cream-cone-shaped wands, proclaiming how fresh and revolutionary motion control is. And yes, if past precedent (Wii) is anything to go by, Move won’t be anywhere near as cool as it sounds – assuming you even think it sounds cool.

Above: It doesn’t

However, there are two excellent reasons to not count Move out just yet. First, while Kinect seems to be reliant on the same lame party and family games we love to ridicule on Wii, Sony seems to want to make Move matter for the hardcore, too. Nearly all of its new games will support motion control, some of them in ways that don’t seem like Wii-inspired afterthoughts. Sorcery, much as it looks like a glorified tech demo, is a much better showcase for what motion controls can do for gaming than, say, Kinectimals or Kinect Adventures. And it’s telling that one of the biggest Move-enabled games Sony announced is Heroes on the Move, which brings together its three greatest mascots from the PS2 era: Jak, Ratchet and Sly Cooper. While it’s clearly going to start chasing the grandma demographic, it wants gamers to play with Move almost as badly.

Above: We have our doubts, but we’d rather pay $60 for this than Kinect Joy Ride

Second, unlike seemingly every game we’ve seen for Kinect so far, you can play with Move while sitting down. The importance of that – especially during marathon sessions of, oh, pretty much any game that doesn’t involve aerobics – can’t be overstated. Whether that’ll translate to immediate sales has yet to be seen, but Move seems to have a better chance of not being mothballed once the motion-control novelty’s worn off (again).

3. Online’s getting more onlinerer

Earlier this week, Sony’s $50-a-year subscription service, PlayStation Plus, launched on top of PSN (which still remains free). Unlike Xbox Live, which charges the same amount for basic online service, PlayStation Plus is about getting cool stuff, including up to four “free” downloadable games per month (which go away if you terminate your subscription), access to one-hour trials of full games, and assorted themes, avatars and PlayStation Store discounts you wouldn’t ordinarily get. It’ll also automatically download and install updates for your games while the system is idle, meaning you won’t have to sit through the update process when you’re trying to simply play a game.

Above: As so succinctly summed up by our UK brethren 

Oh, and while the 360 has the promise of Hulu Plus support floating somewhere on its horizon, PlayStation Plus subscribers get access to the on-demand TV-streaming service now (for $9.99 a month). While a $10 monthly fee on top of what you’re paying for a PlayStation Plus subscription might sound steep, it does mean unrestricted access to Hulu’s entire library, streamed in HD to your TV.

Finally, subscribers also get a digital copy of LittleBigPlanet included with the cost of admission. That’s kind of cool, especially if you didn’t have it already.

4. Plenty more exclusives on the way

Gran Turismo 5 might be Sony’s biggest exclusive this fall, but it’s by no means the only one. LittleBigPlanet 2 is just around the corner as well, and it’ll bring some of the most robust, easy-to-use game-creation tools consoles have ever seen.

Above: Also it’s far more badass than the original

SOCOM 4 is set for a fall release as well, along with Move’s less-impressive launch lineup and the 3D-enabled, HD Sly Collection. The season will also bring a handful of MMOs to the console, including DC Universe Online, The Agency, Free Realms and – most notably – Final Fantasy XIV. You can also expect a few exclusives in multiplayer games, like the HD remake of Medal of Honor: Frontline that’ll be packaged with EA’s MoH reboot in October. Even the PSP is bringing its A-game this fall, with Valkyria Chronicles II, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and God of War: Ghost of Sparta all expected on the handheld in the next several months.

Above: Not a half-bad lineup, really

True, most of the really good stuff – like Killzone 3, Heroes on the Move, Twisted Metal, Journey, InFamous 2 and The Last Guardian – won’t arrive until next year. But even without them, the coming months hold a lot of promise for PS3 owners.

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  • Vulneratus - October 3, 2010 1:24 p.m.

    Whoahh! :) left that comment lastnight and I conveniently forgot to mention I was hammered... oh well... lesson learned : Don't leave comments while drunk
  • Vulneratus - October 3, 2010 2:49 a.m.

    Yeah!! Go Mikel!! I'm sorry dudes if you've got half a brain de ps3 has to win... unless you like dressin babies and like donkey fashion star 2 then Nintendo have just sold any hardcore audience they had left to relying on ant 'n' dec selling their latest piece of mass-market tripe to selling to mums/morons-who-don't-know-any-better. Unless of course u like waiting till once a year rolls round so u can play a decent game... cos thats what we're in it for right??? Fuck Nintendo!! They pull that shit, then what seriously is the point in brand loyalty?? Sorry, Microsoft pissed me off years ago after i got an xbox n then like a year later they announced de 360, now Nintendo just seems to fuckin' ignore anything their empire is built on except cheap-ass "casual gamer" gimmicks. And don't get me wrong, Sony are no angels either! remember when it used to be about games and the people who enjoyed them???? Well, we might as well fuckin try while we can cos it certainly won't be long before all this BS is redundant too... sorry, rant over.. just a little pissed off tonight
  • SolarPoweredShitMachine - October 1, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    I agree that the PC will "win" Fall 2010 (even though I have all the consoles and prefer the PS3) although I got really tired of the MMOs. I'd rather a nice 1-4 player game... ...Oh wait... Steam... K, the PC wins hands-down.
  • k1ll8saurav - August 4, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    That's bullshit. This is which "console" wins this fall. Why the fudge would anyone include PCs in a console-only competition? Of course PC dominates consoles every way possible, but because this year is possibly one of the biggest ever in PC history, it doesn't qualify it to be competing with measly consoles. If PC was included, it should be called the best platform of the fall competition. Not a console competition. The minute I saw PC I was like I know who the winner is.
  • Elementium - July 8, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    As someone who plays WoW.. yeah the PC is going to win. Also.. I don't trust Sony anymore. the PS2 was amazing but they got greedy with the PS3 and hurt themselves. Xbox just has too many good games. You absolutely cannot beat Halo:Reach and fable 3. As for the Wii.. it's cheap and still has some good games but I'd buy one just for the Virtual Console games.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - July 8, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    The only must buys left for me to get this year are LBP2, GT5, The Sly Collection GOW:GOS, Rock Band 3. I also want Crysis 2, COD black ops, Medal Of Honor but i will probably only get one of these shooters. If Resistance 3, Team Ico Collection or The Last Guardian get released this year they will be must buys. Plenty of good games are coming out I just hope I can afford them all I am broke right now but I'm looking for a job. I'm more excited for 2011 Can't wait for Twisted Metal, Killzone 3, inFAMOUS 2, Metal Solid Rising, Agent
  • Howetzer - July 7, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    Oh here we go GR, it FIGURES you'd pick your stupid XBox360 for the winner this year, DUH! I mean common you guys are Soooo predictable.... What's that you say? They picked the PC? Shut the front Door! well then, I am going to go and sit down.....for now.
  • mwheeler - July 6, 2010 7 p.m.

    Well, The wii allways does well at xmas in terms of profit, take the wii fit for example. As for games, there getting alot better. Last few months has had monster hunter tri, super mario galaxy 2 etc - Add more to that list come the fall such as epic mickey and the new goldeneye and the wii finally has some interest for hardcore gamers.
  • JADENkOTOR - July 6, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    @ GodofPS314- You are stupid Medal of Honor is multiplatform. I really liked how you said it with such conviction though @ RedOutLive10- The Fable series is so much much better than GoW and Halo As for who wins: Nobody does- except Peter Monyluex and Chuck Norris
  • axemahn - July 6, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    halo and fable own. all sony has is.......a racing game? lol go away sony, shooo!!!!
  • Druupwnz - July 6, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    I'm not a PC gamer, but I've gotta agree with you. Halo: Reach, GT 5, and all the freaking awesome Nintendo things will bring a bunch of money towards consoles, but quite honestly SCII and WoW are going to continue to win the market, commercially. PC MMO's are goldmines, as hard as that is for some *coughmostpostersonherecough* to swallow. So yep, PC wins. Nice article.
  • DriveShaft - July 5, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    PS3 or Wii, but fucking PC????
  • newgames128 - July 5, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    I can understand the addiction factor that level-based MMORPG/RTS games like WoW an Starcraft 2 create to make them more popular, but imo they don't hold a candle to something like The Witcher 2.
  • Cwf2008 - July 5, 2010 9:41 a.m.

    So the nonconsole wins? WTF?!
  • Ninja-KiLLR - July 5, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    GT5, LBP2, and fallout new vegas is all that i need.
  • sato - July 4, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    oh my, i expected a huge and distinct preference in comments... and does it really matter who wins? there's always next year, and next year, and next year... until someone buys someone out...
  • GameManiac - July 4, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Who cares who wins. What matters is what good that's coming with what we already (or going to) have. I have both a Wii and DS, so I'll stick to Nintendo and bask in its wonderful line up. There's so much from them to look forward to.
  • JosefMotley - July 4, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    also - weren't you guys saying the other day that PC gaming was dying because if you're clever enough to actually get a game working on the damn thing, you're probably clever enough to download and crack it? not that i don't love the PC and fully agree with the mouse control praises...
  • JosefMotley - July 4, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    the nintendo lineup of games is actually pretty poor beyond DKC and kirby, both of which could go either way... it was rare who made DKC what it was, and retro studios as far as i'm concerned are just the guys who ruined metroid. kirby games tend to be good but the last GBA one i played, amazing mirror, was pretty awful, i hope that doesn't happen again here. and how come half the wii article was about the DS? that seems to have a much better roster,as per usual ... wish i could play handhelds without dying of neck cramp and RSI
  • sixboxes - July 4, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    I like how the "console" to win the battle of "Which console will win Fall 2010?" is the only thing on the list that isn't a console. I also like how all it's apparently good for is gaming, despite being the most versatile piece of hardware out of everything in this article. But what I like the most is how the article pervades the stereotype of the snotty PC gamer who thinks his chosen platform is unequivocally superior, and people would only disagree with him because they are mentally handicapped. I'm sure someone else has said all this, but it's Sunday, and I'm too lazy today to go through four pages of comments.

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