I don't know why it is there exactly. I have some ideas as to why, but at the moment they are struggling to qualify as genuine reasons:
- The quality software offered via the Playstation Network is of frustratingly low quantity when compared to the Xbox Live Arcade: Perfect Dark, Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, Soul Calibur (the original and the best), Pacman: Championship Edition, Trials HD and the list goes on. Try and name 5 decent games on the PSN which are not available on XBLA. Let's make that challenge harder: each of those 5 games must be available on the Australian Playstation Store. Too hard.
- I've read rumors of both Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio being released on XBLA (OMGWTFBBQ!!!)
- I hate exclusives: Halo 3, Gears of War, Dead Rising 2: Zero Case, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Mass Effect 2.
- Motion control: While I am not really interested in Natal or Move, Natal appears to be the more original and potentially innovative option. Playstation Move at the moment is nothing more than code for black Wiimote.
- Games on Demand: While buying games from the comfort of your own home sounds appealing, the pricing system is a little too whacky for my money. Bioshock is $49.95 as is Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. If you were to visit your favourite, local brick and mortar store you could find each game for a substantially lower price or buy them in a 2 pack for $59.95 RRP.
- Custom Soundtracks: Sony, please take note. On the 360 you can play your own music while playing any game, on or offline. Just Cause 2 would be all the more epic with a J Dilla album to accompany my scenic heli flights.
One thing for sure is, when I re-downloaded Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade (1989) I felt joy.
Does anybody own both consoles? I don't really count the Wii. I haven't really had any experiences of note on the Wii, mind you I had purchased mine shortly after the launch when Australia was still in the midst of a baffling "shortage," of the motion-control based console. It's a Gamecube with a silly controller.