Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Conversely, 360 is more of an NA/EU console than JP, so the likelihood of SE dropping support from a console that is primarily used by NAs is -much- higher than dropping the first choice of the JP. But then, maybe they anticipate the fact that they would run into "360 Limitations" in 2-4 years and are heading that off by not supporting 360 in the first place.
360 Limitations... that's kind of a scary thought.
This makes me wonder a few things though. SE has said they want XIV to be more or less future proof... would the 360 be the next ps2?
But then again, SE has also said they want
XIV to be on the 360, soooo....
This problem really wouldn't be solved by making the next gen 360 backwards compatible either. SE can't expect their entire 360 playerbase to switch to the 360 v2, anymore than they could have expected the ps2 players to move to the ps3.
Merely releasing the game on a console is already setting the game up for "CONSOLE LIMITATIONS" If SE wanted to make the game future proof they would forgo any console release and only launch for the PC. PERIOD!
releasing for 360 wouldn't hold the game back any more than releasing it on ps3. the engine is scaleable to what hardware it is running on. That means. the weaker console gets less poly count, lower res textures, closer draw distance and poorer performance in greatly populated areas.
Both the PS3 and 360 are fairly equally matched in processing power and system resources. Of course you can find devs that say ps3 is more powerful but you can find just as many who say 360 is more powerful.
The fact of the matter is the ps3 is to FFXIV as the ps2 is to FFXI. Adding 360 to the equation doesn't change that fact by a large margin if any at all.
Well, like I said in an earlier post:
Before you say "But the 360 is a current gen console, moron!", remember that the PS2 was roughly 3 years old when FFXI came to PC stateside; 3 1/2 years when it hit NA PS2s, and we have been hearing "PS2 Limitations" for the last 2-3 years now, 6 years later. If that same timeline follows, FFXIV comes out in 2010, and we start hearing "360 Limitations" in 2013-2014ish
The 360 is -currently- older than the PS2 was at the time FFXI was released for PS2. Consoles do have plenty of staying power (I still play my NES and SNES; the consoles still run the games I own for them just fine) and will run until their little motors die out, but this mostly applies to offline games. Once you enter the realm of online gaming, especially MMOGs, you have a playerbase who will expect new things from time to time.
Now the possibility, however unlikely, always exists that Microsoft and/or Sony (and/or Nintendo, for that matter, not that the Wii factors into this) could discontinue support for their consoles. And again, before anyone insists that will never happen: back in the Genesis era, no one ever thought Sega was going anywhere. And before Nintendo of Japan's deal with Atari fell through (Atari was originally supposed to be the sole distributor of the FDS in the US, until NOJ formed NOA and did it themselves), Atari held a staggeringly high market share and was pegged to practically monopolize the country over any competition from Jaguar/Colecovision/etc.
Back to my point: if MS or Sony ever closed their doors, or even just discontinued online service in their games, it would cripple a massive part of the playerbase and force them to pic a new console. However, that would be impossible to anticipate.
CONVERSELY, It is SE's responsibility when publishing an MMOG to pump out periodic updates. And we all remember the words "PS2 Limitations" which basically meant "One console is holding us back from doing **** on the other platforms, and we don't want to push out updates to certain platforms and leave one behind."
The 360 and the PS3 are currently the top tier of consoles, but if you'll think back about a decade (or less) to when you upgraded from your PS1/N64 with its blocky, although still impressive 3D, and were greeted with exceptionally superior PS2 graphics... remember the feelings you had; the thoughts that this console was a powerhouse that was here to stay.
And in all fairness, it still is. Unless you don't take care of your stuff, or got unlucky, your PS2 is probably still running fine. And while you may shudder at how "bad" those graphics are after Halo 3 or CoD4, remember that there was a time when THAT was top of the line. And in a few more years (Mayan apocalypses notwithstanding), there will be a NEW "top of the line"
Fifteen years from now, when those of you who are constantly ******** about how stupid and lame your parents are will have teenagers of your own to tell you how stupid and lame you are, your 360 and PS3 will be sitting wherever your PS1 and N64 are now, be it a basement TV, a spare bedroom, packed away in a box, or long since sold at a pawn shop or a flea market. You'll still have a computer though. And assuming M$ doesn't go anywhere, Windows 12 will probably still be able to run those old games that you bought for Windows 7.
Now I'm not totally advocating against console/computer support; I like having a varied playerbase. I'm simply saying that unless SE drops consoles over time, if they keep their current "Support everyone till we shut off the servers" plan, they stifle XIV's upper limits. Of course, we could be playing FFXXV Online by then, so who knows.