Originally Posted by adrianc1982
You can prefer the PS3, but Sony's executives do not deserve anything positive to be said about them ever. The PS3 loses functionality every hardware and software update, including core functionality that they advertised and justified charging more for their (at the time) gameless game system.
Their marketing department lies on a daily basis. Just look at this article. They are saying that the poor sales are due to a shortage that doesn't exist. In fact I have never seen shortage of PS3s, aside from some of the 'better' models like the 20/60GB, and in those cases, there were plenty of the current model available. And, don't even get me started on how their system that lacks backwards compatibility and OtherOS does "everything". Every version of the 360 in existence supports backwards compatibility (with HDD), and the upscaling via HDMI is great.
They chose April 1st to remove OtherOS so that their customers would think it was a joke and not be as outraged as they should be. According to customer support, if you blindly apply the update without reading the TOS, as most people do, you would lose all of your personal data in Linux. These are the executives you are praising as being less empty. I would take empty executives over evil ones anyday.
While is was sad that M$ pulled the plug on the original Xbox, it was a rational business decision. Their deal with Nvidia did not scale their cut downward as the MSRP of the system dropped.
As a result, M$ could never lower the price of the Xbox to where it would need to be to continue competing with the PS2. So they choose to kill it early, and begin the next generation. Since their deal with ATI this time around does scale, there is no indication that they will kill the 360 early.