Consoles are They Worth the Hype

By: Steve Morris

I have a Playstation 3 and I like it a lot. However, I was sitting there thinking the other day, was I overlooking a great games console in my lap. If you have read any of my other articles, you would know the reason I prefer the Playstation 3 was for its media capabilities as well as its game playing abilities. Now I'm starting to rethink my decision

I'm sitting in my office typing away on my 2.8 GHz AMD PC it wasn't so long ago this was my gaming passion. I would while away the evening playing games like empire earth, call of duty and a big favourite operation flashpoint. Before I got a 42 inch LCD TV connecting the PC to the TV was not an option but now things have changed. I can easily connect my PC and the picture is great.

I'm not rethinking my decision because I have swung to the dark side and want an Xbox 360 instead, as far as consoles go I prefer the PS3. I am rethinking my decision because a PC would do everything I want from a console as well as a lot more. I want to be able to watch movies play music as well as play games.

I started feeling like this about consoles, after I was reading up on the differences on playing GRAW2 on PC Vs Xbox 360 for example on the PC version you can order individual members of your team to do tasks on the console versions you have to order them as a whole team. After this, I felt cheated why was the PC game more in depth then the console version. Consoles seem to be limited with regard to level of control and game play.

Now maybe we should not be looking at the consoles themselves but at a home targeted operating system to run games and media with the lowest overhead from the OS. Most of us don't need the extra services that run on windows. We want to play music watch films and most of all play games. For the first 2 options with a little bit of know how Linux would do a great job but unfortunately the majority of games are produced for the windows platform. I'm no programmer but how hard would it be to produce a streamlined operating system optimised for the home media / games market? Sony have done a good effort with the PS3 front end but it doesn't work as well as Windows or the Ubuntu (Linux distro) front end.

I still play my PS3 but I miss games that give you that level of control and interaction. I miss playing RTS games and first person shooters with a mouse. Most of all I miss editing my own missions witch never seems to be an option on consoles.

This generation of consoles cannot compete with a PC with some great games that cannot be played effectively on a console at this moment in time with games like Eve-online and the RTS genre games. The PC, or should is say the PC style of gaming with a mouse and keyboard. I believe is the best way of gaming.

Maybe all that is needed is the ability to use the mouse and keyboard within games and some good RTS games and of course the ability to mod games I know that would make me happy, as a gamer.

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