"Very innovative and maybe the best for gaming."4.5 starson by jdbwar07
Pros: Cheaper price, focused on gaming, cool controller, earlier games downloadable, looks cool
Cons: Not quite as powerful, not a home media center, less games
Summary: Nintendo has a history of new innovations in the field of video gaming, and the Revolution most likely will not disappoint. Look at the gameboy DS, with its dual screens, it creates an entirely new way of gaming, unlike the PSP .
The other console makers don't innovate much, they just focus on having the most powerful hardware.
The price will be lower than the others. For college students (like me) and high schoolers, this is a definite plus. Revolution won't have the latest, 7-core processor, but younger people can't afford $500+ for gaming hardware.
All consoles will be obsolete in 10 years or less anyway. And no matter what, all three will have good games and they'll all be fun.
If you are young and don't have a high-paying job, for me it's better to save the extra money than blow it all on the latest gaming hardware which will eventually be replaced anyway.
This doesn't try to be a media center. It won't have TiVo-like abilities or Blu-Ray discs, but it could be a plus. Nintendo focuses just on video games. If you want a blu-ray player, you can just buy one when it comes out and people actually use them (in US at least).
One last good point is that you can download old Nintendo games. Old games like Zelda were some of the best ever made. The Zelda game for the SNES didn't have any modern 3d graphics, but it more than made up for it in every other way, such as having an engaging plot and storyline.
However, the Revolution probably won't be as powerful as the others. But for most of us who just want an enjoyable gaming experience, it doesn't matter that much, and it serves no good to endlessly squabble over certain hardware specifications. So what if the numbers indicate the PS3 is 3 times more powerful and has 5 times more memory bandwidth, having good games are more important than raw processing specs. Even if a first person shooter on a PS3 gets a gazillion frames per second and has the latest pixel shading effects, if the basic game isn't fun to play, it won't even matter to me.
Other consoles have a larger game library, but lots of these games aren't very good. Even if the playstation has several thousand games over nintendo having 500, who can either own, much less regularly play, 100 new games? Except for hardcore gamers, having a dozen or so good games makes more sense than having the largest quantity of games possible
Bottom line: There's no way of knowing which console will outperform which at this point. Based on what we know, the Revolution may not have the most powerful CPU, and it won't replace other home entertainment devices (like DVRs and HD-DVD players when they come out).
If you want an excellent gaming experience with fun games and don't want to spend tons of money, it looks like you really can't go wrong with a Revolution.