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The Heyday of this Generation is Here December 1, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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The prices are cheap.  There are major releases on all sides, and the consoles are now best they have ever been.  If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get into the console war, now is it.

The last time I’ve felt this way about a console generation was 2004, in the era of the PS2, GameCube and Xbox.  The prices for each unit ranged from one-hundred to two-hundred dollars.  The best games for each console had been released.  Just to name a few examples, Halo 2 was out for the Xbox, Metal Gear Solid 3 was out for the Playstation 2, and Metroid Prime was out for the GameCube.  New games were coming out so frequently that prices were dropping on them almost immediately in order for the games to compete with each other.  A collector’s edition of Doom 3 Xbox quickly dropped to $19.99. 

The problem was that all the consoles were around year away from being replaced.  Xbox 360 launched in 2005, the PS3 and Wii would release a year later in 2006.  There wasn’t too much time for the console gamers to enjoy their financial stability.  New consoles would be very expensive and the games would stay at their $60 premium for a very long time.

This November, I’ve noticed we may be headed back to those glory days in this current console generation.  The consoles are not only the cheapest they have ever been ranging from three-hundred to two-hundred dollars in price, but they’re now bundled with the best features the earlier releases of the consoles didn’t.  The Wii is now bundled with two of the best games on the system (opposed to one) and now includes the motion-plus technology made popular last year as standard.  The PS3 is now smaller and boasts the largest hard drive it’s ever had.  The Xbox 360 now is slimmer, has built-in WiFi support, and a native HDMI connection (but Hard Drive is still optional).

The games are now also more affordable.  Enslaved, which was a pretty well-received game when it launched in October, dropped in price from the $60US release price to the more affordable $40 within a month.  In fact, I was still able to get the pre-order DLC with it!  All Kinect launch games are priced at $50US, ten dollars less than a traditional controller game.  You’d think that these games would cost more at launch than their controller counterparts do, given how new the Kinect is!

Speaking of the Kinect, there’s the fact that the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 now have been upgraded to support their own motion control systems.  While they are both quite expensive individually, the option to buy them bundled with a brand new console will save new adopters some cash, especially those buying an Xbox 360 Kinect bundle.

The plus side is, there are no successors for the major consoles in sight!  The only rumors musing around is perhaps an HD version of the Wii.  That has been debunked by Nintendo on several occasions, but even if it was true, it would not be considered a new console, as Wii games would continue to be playable on current units.

So if you’re on the fence about and really want to give your HDTV the chance to show you its full potential, consider giving console gaming a chance!  And for people who currently own consoles, welcome to the best time to have one, as there are a ton of great games to play on all three platforms already in stores, and they’re only going to get cheaper!