An Xbox For The Elite
The decision for Microsoft to go upscale and seemingly take Sony on again is curious given that the Wii has been outselling both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 by significant margins. Are these two companies so focused on beating each other that Nintendo's little $250 dark horse will outsell both? And the pricing makes me chuckle a little. Back when the PS3 was announced some mainstream pundits thought it a death knell that the console would sell for $499-$599, which was deemed too expensive in spite of the millions of $400 iPods that have been flying off Apple's shelves. Now Microsoft is showing that its consoles obviously weren't expensive enough!
At this point I'm waiting on Micrsoft to get back to me on some specifics. While HDMI obviously ups the ante I don't yet know if it's HDMI 1.2 or HDMI 1.3, what flavor of 1080p video will be carried over HDMI (1080p/24 or 1080p/60 only?), or if full resolution Dolby TrueHD decoding will be included. Stay tuned.
For those keeping score, the $599 PS3 comes in with a smaller (60GB) hard drive, integrated Wi-fi and Blu-ray playback, HDMI 1.3, 1080p/60 output and Dolby TrueHD decoding.