“I believe that M$ has come out to early and that the lack of built in HD-DVD (or BluRay) support is going to hurt in the long run.” Nope. Few will buy a box based on the drive in it. You’ll get the odd lunatic but he or she will be a rarity, mostly because there’s no advantage to it this time because there’s no meaningful product available. Game makers won’t bite either - they’ll want mass acceptance and so will use the lowest common denominator - DVD. They’re not stupid enough to jump on a bandwagon without wheels either. MS took a chance by shipping early - and it’s paying off in spades. That’s called brand recognition and early adoption and the product is indeed a superlative one. Any early glitches will be forgotten - that’s very basic marketing savvy. "I believe that the PS3 is going to do for BluRay what the PS2 did for DVD (When the PS2 came out it was one of the cheapest DVD players on the market and some people bought it for that reason, and it played games-BONUS.). " A one shot deal in the market - CD was one of those too, which is why SACD and DVD-Audio are falling flat on their collective asses. XBox arrived later and still racked up significant sales. Also, the lack and expense of Blu-Ray titles and equipment make this a non-issue. Finally, the VAST majority of people don’t have (and at those prices won’t buy) video equipment that can even begin to take advantage of high-def. See above for game maker strategy. in short, this premise is completely invalid. "I think M$ by tacking on a solution, which they seem to do a lot, will only confuse people and cause them to seek a simplified and intergrated solution (PS3 and BluRay). " LOL - this one’s very funny. Um, no. The XBox360 is already modular by design with drive add-ins and this will be just one more. Big Hairy Deal. “The only thing I really see as M$'s ace in the hole is XBox Live. This is what Sony needs to defeat.” Live online gaming with rental fees is THE future of gaming - period. Sony’s late to that party which means they’ve already lost there. Naysayers will howl but time will prove this one out. Also, given the above arguments, none of the so-called “aces” in Sony’s hole are actually aces. Looks to me that MS is holding more aces than Sony overall - by a healthy margin.
[edited by Roj on 12.01.2006 14:08]