This Week in the Business: 'Xbox 360 Isn't So Good Anymore Compared to PCs.'

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What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...

QUOTE | "Xbox 360 isn't so good anymore compared to PCs."—Matt Firor, head of Zenimax Online Studios, talking about why we haven't seen successful console MMOs on 360 as part of an in-depth Elder Scrolls Online interview.

QUOTE | "There's a brutality, there's a violence, but it's not gratuitous."—Bruce Straley, game director for Naughty Dog, talking about raising the storytelling bar in the their upcoming title The Last of Us.

QUOTE | "I don't care how indie you are—once you've taken a million bucks from consumers, professionalism isn't optional."—Rob Fahey, veteran game journalist, talking about how Polytron refuses to patch Fez on XBLA.

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QUOTE | "A great social game is Shakespearean."—Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, talking about how he thinks great social games should offer more than one type of experience for players.

QUOTE | "Is the jump to Unreal Engine 4 graphics really enough to change the retail slump?"—James Brightman, US Editor of GamesIndustry International, talking along with other journalists about whether the current console generation has gone on too long.

STAT | 200 million—Number of registered players for Runescape, the free-to-play MMORPG; players have collected over 28 trillion gold coins so far.

QUOTE | "If you don't keep experimenting you are dead."—Riccardo Zacconi, CEO of King.com, talking about the need to keep innovating with game designs.

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QUOTE | "The industry itself is undefeatable."—Seamus Blackley, co-creator of the Xbox, talking about how the gaming industry is the greatest industry out there.

STAT | 1.1 million—Number of Xbox 360 consoles sold in the quarter that ended in June, making it #1 in the US; sales were down from 1.7 million consoles in the same quarter last year.

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QUOTE | "I think we're in a period right now where it is unclear what a publisher is or does."—Mitch Lasky, venture capitalist and former EA VP, talking about how digital distribution and social networks have weakened publishers.

STAT | 3 million—Number of copies of Minecraft for XBLA sold, according to Notch; the game has sold more than 10 million copies across platforms.

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QUOTE | "A $99 Ouya looks like unbeatable value, but up against a $149 Xbox 360?"—Richard Leadbetter, Eurogamer tech expert, talking about the possibilities for Tegra 3-powered Android console.

STAT | 70%—Percentage of the DC Universe Online audience that plays the game on the PlayStation 3, according to SOE boss John Smedley.

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DISCUSSION

The 360 was and still is "better" than the PC just like the Wii was "better" than the 360 and Ps3.

Raw horsepower isn't everything, cost, playability, and ease of use are also very important. In that regard the 360 can run most games that are also released on the pc only a 360 is much cheaper, easier to setup, and usually offers better playability (robust online component, 360 controller, ect....)

I mean we are on what, the 7th generation of consoles now? In every single generation horsepower has yet to win the war and we are STILL getting these comments?

Horsepower is nearly irrelevant. The tg-16 offered a vastly superior experience graphically compared to the snes and genesis, but it was really expensive and thus it failed. Ditto for the neo-geo. And those are just the two the popped into my head.