its 300 bucks (or less if used) over the course of a year. He already spends money on games and on FFXI, he could save a little. You know saving? the thing people do to get things they want? I do it when I don't have money if there is something I want. Also he doesn't have to play it when it just comes out, he could save some more time.
Because, sometimes, even saved money needs to go to something else.
What happens if, in a year, he breaks his leg and his insurance only covers X of the total. That 300 dollars may need to go to the hospital, not to a new gaming system.
There is nothing wrong in hoping for a release on a system you already own. For one thing, that is $300 less you'd "need" to spend. On the other hand, it makes the $125 you spent on the 360 more valuable (you'd be getting more use out of it).
Plus, we know it is coming out next year, but we don't know when. If it comes out in February, that is only 5 months. Say he is a college student AND works during the year, that means he would need to save 60 dollars a month to afford just the system in time. And, if he's a student, he may only be managing a few hours of work a week (be it work study, telemarketing, etc.) That 60 dollars could easily be a very high percentage of what his income actually is (and that isn't accounting for any other bills, like cell phones or food).
Furthermore, right in the middle of this 5 (or longer) month period falls Christmas. Maybe the holiday is a big deal in his family. Maybe he has close friends to buy gifts for. Maybe he'll need money for donations for a holiday party or something.
Suddenly, additional costs may be hard to budget.
Add in a family and this is even worse. If he has kids then their needs are likely going to come before his own. ****, a kid entering calculus may need a calculator, which can easily be $120. Maybe they want to start band and, with instruments, comes a payment plan. Maybe they want to start dancing. Etc.
Budgeting for a PS3 could either be easy or hard, depending on your situation. Who are you to judge which it should be for a perfect stranger? Furthermore, even if someone COULD budget for it, who are you to say they should? Maybe $300 is too steep a price for them, even if they have more than enough in their savings.
Plus, it isn't like the OP was complaining. He asked if anyone knew of a petition. You just came in like an *** and attacked him for it.
They are so close in performance it depends on how a game is programmed. If we follow the logic about holding mmo's back, then they shouldn't be released on consoles at all, but that would be silly to lock out that marketshare in a struggling gaming environment.
Actually, I'd say the opposite. If my laptop (which I paid $800 for last year) can play XIV on the lowest settings, I'd be lucky.
The console, on the other hand, is designed to be at full or near-full settings. I'd expect it'll take a while for the average PC user to surpass the PS3. Edited, Aug 20th 2009 4:01pm by idiggory