I'm concerned about the reliability of these future systems. I'm aware these chips are designed with effeciency and low temps in mind, but ALL chips on one die? once the systems are possibly into their 2nd or 3rd years, definitely a lot of fails in the 4th year.
Just as they start to reduce die sizes and costs,and developers begin to understand and push the hardware, the first batches will not be to keep up, possibly even the more efficient models which follow (very similar to his gen)
Microsoft dropped a major on the current gen system, so I'm inclined to think they'd go overboard with reliability tests. Sony systems also had a very high fail rate, they just denied it and threatened anyone who tried to publicise it.
Sony are going to be as unpredictable as ever. They are short on funds and so will try to keep costs as tight as possible, however, skimping to much could be to their detriment.
The PlayStation brand still has a large draw to it, however, Sony have spent a great deal of effort alienating the very people drawn to this brand.
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Forgot to say, although the ps3 was quite high spec when it was released, a lot of that power goes towards an inefficient os and even more towards DRM/ encrypt/ decrypt/ etc.
I don't know too much about the Xbox, but would assume it would be similar, but probably more efficient.
These next gen systems are going to contained DRM and encryption algo. Never before seen on a household device, the scene will still tear them to pieces though.
Last edited by eiamhere69; 01-18-2013 at 03:28 PM.