A LOOK BACK AT 7TH GEN GAMING

No question that the studio has seen its ups and downs. The problems with Microsoft and others. Abuses are plentiful.

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Console peasants with their legion of machines span several generations. The PC however has remained as a testament to long term survival. Unlike a console with its 2TB disk, the PC can be configured with dramatically more storage.

The Xbox 360 and PS4 are considered 7th generation gaming consoles. The Xbox 360 was finally discontinued on April 20, 2016 while the PS3 was discontinued on May 29, 2017.

WII

The Nintendo Wii was a very small player in the 7th generation. The machine did not even sell well in Japan remaining far behind the popular PS3.

XBOX 360

The Xbox 360 had a bizarre CPU that had a backwards CPU. Now the game, Halo Reach, was developed exclusively for the backwards Xbox 360 CPU. So migrating the game is going to be very expensive.

PS3

While the PS3 found a niche as a BD player. The bizarre cell processor was not liked my developers who could not leverage it at all. Most games for the PS3 use only the main core which limited the range of games possible.

CONTROLLERS

PS3 controllers use Bluetooth but Xbox controllers are proprietary. Microsoft made a USB adapter so that PC users could take advantage of the console hardware. The USB adapter runs with Windows 7 and and above and its immediately recognized. Pairing up a controller is quick.

STORAGE

A popular tactic by many was to swap out the OEM disk for 2TB laptop disk to allow games to be installed to disk. PS3 and XBox 360 users replaced smaller disks by the thousands.

DRM DEAD

The 7th generation goal was to block unlicensed games. Flashed ROMs and fixed for the optical drive allowed legions of unlicensed games to be played.

The Xbox 360 sold about 84 million units and the PS4 sold amount 87 million units.

There are now a vast number of games available. There are at least 1000 different games for the Xbox 360. A similar range of games has been published for the PS3. Some are 6th generation games that were published on the new consoles.