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    Default Anyone been to Uni?? need advice on Essay!

    I've just started Uni and had to write an 800 word essay on a media issue of my choice, I chose the Next-Gen console wars.

    This is the first essay I've ever written and the lecturer was very vague about what an essay consists of, so if anybody who has been to uni and has the time to read this and give me some pointers that would be great.

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    Explain and discuss a current media issue

    The Next-Gen console wars

    All three Next-Gen consoles have arrived on the shelfs but not without a great deal of controversy, Microsoft and Sony are slugging it out in the horsepower department while Nintendo have attempted to revolutionize the industry with some innovative idea’s which have thus far appeared to have payed off. This essay will look at the strengths and weaknesses of each company’s gaming hardware and attempt to predict the outcome of the battle for the gaming market.

    Microsoft’s original X-Box was their first entry into the console market and was a relative success; although the X-Box was the most powerful of the last-gen consoles it was released too late to effectively take on Sony’s Playstation 2 which was the clear winner of the last-gen battle. Microsoft seems to have learned from their mistake and released their latest console, the X-Box 360 a full year ahead of the competition which gave them a head start of 10 million consoles sold worldwide. The X-Box 360 isn’t as powerful as Sony’s Playstation 3 but has a decent library of games and excellent online capabilities care of X-Box Live which allows you to download trailers and demos of upcoming releases. Japanese gamers have been slow to embrace Microsoft’s offering as the games tend to be aimed at western audiences, Microsoft has recently tried to resolve this issue by releasing a number of games aimed a the Japanese market but have had limited success as it appeared to be more of an afterthought than anything.

    Sony’s Playstation 3 is the most powerful console released to date and has also been the most controversial, between the shootings, muggings and general chaos surrounding the launch of this console; the question has to be asked if the hype was deserved. The high price of $1000 has led to criticism from the media over who the target audience for this console is, the teenage audience who has been the main demographic for the Playstation franchise must now look elsewhere for their gaming thrills, not many can afford such an extravagance. The Playstation 3 uses a new generation of C.P.U known as the Cell Processor which is approximately 3 times more powerful than the X-Box 360’s C.P.U and 30 times more powerful than their popular Playstation 2, another technologically impressive aspect of the PS3 is the inclusion of a Blu-Ray Disc Drive which holds 50Gb of data which is 5 times as much as a DVD, this new technology can be used to watch Blu-Ray movies which Sony hope will be a huge selling point and justifies the price, stand alone Blu-Ray players cost around 50% more than Playstation 3’s. Although when released the latest Playstation was flying off the shelves, demand has slowed in recent months due to the lack of software and an online service that can’t match Microsoft’s X-Box Live. Many comparisons have been made of games available on the two formats and have shown little difference in the quality of graphics and playability, this is likely due to the fact that developers do not yet know how to tap into the additional power of the Playstation 3, a problem that will be overcome when in a few years, as Sony likes to put it “the Playstation 3 is a long term investment”.

    The Nintendo Wii was the last of the Next-Gen consoles to be released in the states and is by far the most innovative. The Wii is not comparable to either Sony or Microsoft’s latest offerings in terms of speed but instead have focused on a revolutionary new style of controller dubbed ‘the Wiimote’.
    Nintendo has ditched the standard layout of analogue sticks and numerous buttons for a “Virtual Reality” style of control, The Wiimote uses infa-red and motion sensor technology to communicate the position and movent of the controller to the console allowing interaction with games in a more natural manner. Nintendo’s bold move has payed off, the Wii is outselling the competitors at every turn but it remains to be seen if the gimmick will keep them in the lead in the long run. Little quality software which takes full advantage of the new controller has been released, most of the games coming out were originally in development for Nintendo’s last-gen system the GameCube which had very simular specifications to the Wii, these games were not originally designed for use with the Wiimote and have had Wiimote functionability added almost as an after thought.

    We are a long way from seeing how these latest bids for the console market will turn out; a console’s life-span is usually around 5 years so a lot could happen before it’s over. Microsoft’s X-Box 360 could very well start showing it’s age soon, a problem that Sony are unlikely to face with the Playstation 3. Nintendo have made up a lot of ground on Microsoft’s lead but it remains to be seen if their rapidly selling Wii can hold it’s own in the long run against two vastly more powerful competitors. Sony have had a sluggish start with the Playstation 3 but it is likely that their graphical powerhouse will still be selling long after Microsoft and Nintendo’s consoles are made redundant.

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    is anybody is still there? well how about a comment,
    thanks :thumbup: , McVader.

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    Good essay. There's room for improvement on forming transitions between ideas and paragraphs. I wouldn't say it's 100% complete, but it's getting along there.

    Here's what I have done:
    All three Next-Gen consoles have arrived on the shelves, but not without a great deal of controversy. Microsoft and Sony are slugging it out in the horsepower department while Nintendo is attempting to revolutionize the industry with some innovative ideas which have thus far appeared to have payed off. This essay will look at the strengths and weaknesses of each company’s gaming hardware and attempt to predict the outcome of the battle for the gaming market.

    Microsoft’s original X-Box was their first entry into the console market and was a relative success. Although the X-Box was the most powerful of the last-gen consoles, it was released too late to effectively take on Sony’s Playstation 2, which was the clear winner of the last-gen battle. Microsoft seems to have learned from their mistake and released their latest console, the X-Box 360, a full year ahead of the competition which gave them a head start of 10 million consoles sold worldwide. The X-Box 360 isn’t as powerful as Sony’s Playstation 3 but it has a decent library of games and excellent online capabilities care of X-Box Live, which allows you to download trailers and demos of upcoming releases. Japanese gamers have been slow to embrace Microsoft’s offering as the games tend to be aimed towards western audiences. However, Microsoft has recently tried to resolve this issue by releasing a number of games for the Japanese market, but they have had limited success as it appeared to be more of an afterthought than anything.

    Sony’s Playstation 3 is the most powerful console released to date and has also been the most controversial. Between the shootings, muggings, and general chaos surrounding the launch of this console, the question had to be asked if the hype was deserved. The high price of $1000 has led to criticism from the media over who the target audience for this console is. The teenage audience, who has been the main demographic for the Playstation franchise, must now look elsewhere for their gaming thrills, as not many can afford such an extravagance. The Playstation 3 uses a new generation of C.P.U known as the Cell Processor, which is approximately 3 times more powerful than the X-Box 360’s C.P.U, and 30 times more powerful than their popular Playstation 2. Another technologically impressive aspect of the PS3 is the inclusion of a Blu-Ray Disc Drive which holds 50Gb of data, 5 times as much as a DVD. This new technology can be used to watch Blu-Ray movies which Sony hope will be a huge selling point and justifies the price stand. Alone, Blu-Ray players cost around 50% more than Playstation 3’s. Although the Sony Playstation 2 was flying off shelves upon its release date, demand for the Sony Playstation 3 has slowed in recent months due to the lack of software and an online service that can’t match Microsoft’s X-Box Live. Many comparisons have been made of games available on the two formats, and they have shown little difference in the quality of graphics and playability. This is likely due to the fact that developers do not yet know how to tap into the additional power of the Playstation 3, a problem that will be overcome in a few years, or as Sony likes to put it, “the Playstation 3 is a long term investment."

    The Nintendo Wii was the last of the Next-Gen consoles to be released in the states and is by far the most innovative. The Wii incomparable to both Sony's and Microsoft’s latest offerings in terms of speed, but instead has focused on a revolutionary new style of controller dubbed ‘the Wiimote.’
    Nintendo has ditched the standard layout of analogue sticks and numerous buttons for a “Virtual Reality” style of control. The Wiimote uses infa-red and motion sensor technology to communicate the position and movent of the controller to the console, allowing interaction with games in a more natural manner. Nintendo’s bold move has payed off; the Wii is outselling the competitors at every turn, but it remains to be seen if the gimmick will keep them in the lead in the long run. Little quality software, which takes full advantage of the new controller, has been released. Most of the games coming out were originally in development for Nintendo’s last-gen system, the GameCube, which had very similar specifications to the Wii. These games were not originally designed for use with the Wiimote, but they have had Wiimote functionability added almost as an after thought.

    We are a long way from seeing how these latest bids for the console market will turn out. A console’s life-span is usually around 5 years, so a lot could happen before its over. Microsoft’s X-Box 360 could very well start showing its age soon, a problem that Sony is unlikely to face with the Playstation 3. Nintendo has made up a lot of ground on Microsoft’s lead, but yet it remains to be seen if their rapidly selling Wii can hold its own in the long run against two vastly more powerful competitors. Sony has had a sluggish start with the Playstation 3, but it is likely that their graphical powerhouse will still be selling long after Microsoft and Nintendo’s consoles are made redundant.

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