Microsoft have brought many interesting games (especially with the original Xbox actually) that its competitor's consoles didn't have the power or the inclination to do justice to. And the Kinect was a great idea with fun games. From a presentation viewpoint they got the Xbox360 right from the start whereas the PS3's was originally just a bit dull.
But , as with the PS2, Sony get it right in the end - they're involved in so many more types of entertainment- movies, cameras, music studio, TVs and Bluray. When they create an exclusive, they aren't tempted to make it available on PC.
To me, Sony seem to be on a roll right now with a creative line up of games - (see Papa and Yo, The Unfinished Swan, The Last of Us and Puppeteer shortly) it's almost like Sega's great Dreamcast days only with the security of sales and a broad enough range of third party software support.
There's something a bit classier about Sony. Their hardware looks and sounds more refined. Their marketing tends to be more surrealist. This can turn in to too-early overblown hype at the start of each of their console generations. But you remember it and , once you can afford it, it may make it seem like you're getting more for your money - and at the price the PS3 currently costs and with free online, inbuilt Bluray player and the Playstation store you arguably are.
But it shouldn't be forgotten that the Xbox brand is synonomous with many people with being more FUN. Even the early Xbox360 games like Perfect Dark and Kameo , courtesy of Rare, were bright and irreverent. Microsoft need to keep hold of this sense and they always need to have a little bit of a feel of being the youthful 'new kid on the block' in console gaming. That is something that Sony has been hit and miss at until very recently, when the Move slowly expanded their line up of youthful games.
Microsoft need to stay bright, colourful, irreverent and fun if they are to compete with Sony. They need to utterly surprise with their off the wall gaming ideas in ways that make Sony look black and white by comparison.
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