More on the irrelevency of the X360

Yeah, there’s a demo pod in HMV. Connected to a very sexy HDTV (which just serves to show up artefacts in compressed video even worse than a standard TV), it had a standard demo disc with Kameo, PGR3, Call of Duty 2 and a few others available. I fired up Kameo, and to be fair, it does look pretty. Some of the lighting effects are very nice and the bumpmapping on the dragon’s scales impressed me. But other than being a bit prettier, there really wasn’t anything that set it apart from a standard XBox title: it was just a platform game with a few more polys. Given that the X360 has more computing power than, like, NASA or something, I can’t help but wonder if people don’t really know what to do with it.

I started playing Final Fantasy Tactics Advance again recently. It runs on a Gameboy Advance, which has slightly less computing power than the ten-year old Acorn RISC PC I use as a monitor stand at home. And it’s still utterly, utterly awesome. It’s all about the games, man.

2 Responses to “More on the irrelevency of the X360”

  1. Lori says:

    Ooh… GBA games. I can play them on my DS. Mind you, they don’t have cool ‘toch screen’ stuff in them 🙂

  2. SharkyUK says:

    I think the first wave of Xbox360 software is not going to offer much more than we already have available; albeit with HDTV support for those with the right equipment. Still, the Xbox360 is quite impressive but will take some time to get to grips with… more powerful than dual G5’s yet for the price of an i-Pod… not too bad really.