In my first post discussing the great console war of 2007-2008 I summarised BRK's comments by suggesting that for her it was all about the games. Yet, I wonder. Not whether it's all about the games for BRK, but whether the console manufacturers, game developers and industry journalists would agree.
The waggling Wii-mote suggests that gaming is no longer about games alone. Sony has gone live with its video-download service (in America), and will 'soon' supply a device called PlayTV to Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Microsoft has penned a deal with Nettflix for a video download service on the Xbox, a complement to its video marketplace offered as part of its Gold subscription service. EA's Peter Moore is quoted at Eurogamer saying that disc based delivery of games is dead or will be soon, implying (but not specifically stating) that Blu-Ray is irrelevant to gaming. Yet Blu-Ray and HD-DVD was a very expensive battleground and Blu-Ray is offered as a potential selling point for the PS3. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. LittleBigPlanet offers the chance to earn money for budding designers, Sony's Home and Microsoft's dashboard re-design offer enhanced networking experiences (networking as defined by building contacts, not by cables and switches) and the role that the RRoD plays in consumer choice, if any. Must. Stop. Now.
You can see my point.
I'm there for most of it. Although my current circumstances dictate that the video download services will not be for me, high definition video is okay - I own 5 Blu-Ray movies and will buy more - but bandwidth, storage and video quality make the download option less appealing.
But I know who I am and what I want. What about you? What do you want? Do any of the extraneous benefits offered by the consoles (or PCs) influence your decisions in console purchases? Console manufacturers and game developers (to some extent) no longer see gaming as "all about the games", but if any of the examples I've provided above don't float your boat, can you conceive of anything that would?