It was a good question. Especially since anyone buying a XPS2 would be doing so because of game playing.
Sure you can get better graphics with the XPS2, I dont know if bitch slap is good term for it. That said there are alot of factors to think about.
The game will only look better if its programed to take advantage of say DX9. If not, only increased resolution will make it look better. The current xbox is running a Geforce 3, which is DX8. To answer someone that asked why they did not use better equipment.....the Geforce 3 was king of the hill when it came out. In fact it first came out for the xbox then the PC.
The xbox is $149 right now at the local Walmart so its way.....way cheaper.
The reason the xbox looks so good and performs so well is a simple question when you think about it. The system a Celeron 733 and Geforce 3 with 64megs of ram....runs a version of Windows 2000 stripped way down, about 1/100th the size. It does one thing....plays games. A programer for xbox games knows the following about every cutomer, they have the same exact OS, with the same OS patch level, with the same exact hardware, with the same version of DX8, with the same chipset drivers, same video card drivers, same audion drivers. Coding for xbox games is so much easier. You dont see the option to enable and disable certain graphics features with a xbox game....cuz its all on or off...not your choice. This allows them to squeeze every last drop out of the hardware....dedicated hardware.
I have been doing alot of reading on this subject, because I use my PC more for work and non-gaming activties than I do for games. But I do play games, cant wait for BF2 to come out. I would like to get a laptop and get rid of my desktop. I have been wondering how much I will play games on the PC in the future.....and how much graphics card should I get with my laptop.
Anyhow after lots of reading it comes down to this. PC games are slowly going away. Last year lots of new titles came out....some long awaited HL2, Doom3, Far Cry. All had great graphics. That said PC games were down in sales by 12% compared to 2003. Console games where up by 9%. Games over all accounted for some 6.2 billion is sales. Of that PC games were 1.1 billion. Consoles the rest. For game makers its a 1000 times easier to make console games. Think about progaming a game, and as you get close you beta test it. Now think about what kind of testing facility you would need to test PC games....lots of different PC's running different CPU's, chipsets, audio cards, and video cards....all with different drivers......probably a good 20 PCs' if you wanted to roll out a good product.
Now think of that xbox tesitng lab............1 xbox....heck 4 if you want to find the bugs faster.
Now think about after release support.....crazy support calls for the PC....patches galore like most games these days. Now think about the xbox after support......no patches unless you have xbox live...and then maybe one or two at the very most, all of which will work on all xbox's.
Now the new consoles are set to arrive this year for xmas (xbox2 will), announced last week where the xbox2 specs. http://xbox.gamespy.com/xbox/microso.../594331p1.html
Basically a 3 core PC CPU, a Radeon X900 or R500. and 256megs of ram. MS is requiring 720p support which is 1280x720 not 102x768.
Personally I think that XPS2 will have fewer and fewer games to play on it, and the new consoles will have more and more games. Plus with those new xbox specs, it will bitch slap the xps2...and the games will look just as good on both. Besides games on my 50inch Grand Wega LCD Sony look great sitting on my couch compared to my 20inch LCD at my PC!!