PC gamers are like £20 cheaper than console games, console games are less buggy but alot of games are out on PC first and by that time they work out some of the bugs, a PC usually lasts longer it doesn't take that much to get better performance than most consoles even the 360 its more but its balanced out by the fact that a PC can do pretty much anything.
It all depends on the developer on the games side, you get lemmings buying games on hype developers have less incentive to fix bugs before release, personally i blame that on console gamers they expect the same thing from the PC and games will just work on any system, people need to wait and judge titles on things like performance and bugs, you get developers like Valve that make a real attempt to continue franchises but do so in the same manner that they started quality work amd quality end products, then you get EA that really took off after consoles got big and bought up all the small PC developers to get the titles for console and they took a massive amount away from PC gaming because emphasis was on profit not quality entertainment.
MS were losing about 40% per unit for several months, fairly common PS2 lost money when it was released, Xbox was slightly different as it was made out of old off the shelf components, 360 was slightly similar in that all that hardware except the GPU was already in production(the cpus are the ones they used is macs) but MS had access to the GPU it was a dx10 prototype they helped develop with ATI. It was where they lost most of their cash at first as well. The losses are roughly similar however its quite impressive Sony are losing so little when you consider the cost of its parts to a normal consumer, most of them arent out yet and the GPUs are Nvidia 8 series type which came out only this month.
Sony has lost profits in some sectors the way they run there marketing has not helped, although sony is a larger company they are very diverse they make alot from the media divisions. But the hardware is always top notch which is a plus they spend huge amounts on R&D and the consumer sees that however again the ignorant consumer exacerbates the problem they keep buying products rushed out and the hardware is good but software and firmware is often rushed and it takes a while to get right, my walkmen had that problem it was good but it got better after firmware and software updates more like what it was supposed to be like. The PS3 is going to be like that its main problem right now isnt the games(PS1 and 2 had problems with launch titles too) its the software thats it largest problem, however it does use a Linux distro and you can ironically put windows XP on it, after the successes of the PSP modding community it looks like there might be a fair amount of potential for modding on the PS3 as it looks like it doesn't have all that many modding prevention measures.
Edited by warriorscot, 28 November 2006 - 04:37 PM.