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Old 10-12-2007, 10:31 AM   #1
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With a rumored $399 40GB Playstation 3 on the way, a cheaper device hitting shelves in Japan and UK, and announcements of an all-out price blitz this holiday season, is Sony really as desperate as it looks?

By just looking at news from the last week, it's quite easy to see that Sony is grasping at anything that will make the PS3 stick. Whether it's a new color, a cheaper price, or a rumbling controller, the company is hoping we will like something that make us spend our hard-earned money. I can't blame Sony for trying--the PS3 is hands-down, the most important device Sony is selling right now. Not only is it the harbinger of Blu-ray, it represents one of the most economically stable divisions of the company over the past decade.

But once again, Sony has it all wrong. The company is a victim of its own self-image and there is no stopping it with the current management in place. Simply put, Sony sees itself as a hardware company and in this business, that's the last thing you want to do.

Is Sony just a hardware company? Well, yes and no. Almost every product it releases is hardware and it seems to know this business best. There is no denying the fact that Sony threw all of the cutting edge components into the PS3 and it's simply the most powerful game machine we have ever seen. But for some odd reason, Sony genuflects at the sight of high-powered hardware while thumbing its nose at software--the true sellers of gaming consoles. Isn't this ironic considering the company develops software for its platform on a regular basis?

I can appreciate Sony's position--it needs to drop the price on the Playstation 3 to appeal to consumers first, but at what point does the company plan on selling consoles? A dropped price is fine and $399 is a good place to start, but if it gets rid of backward compatibility as it did with the UK device, how will it stop people from buying the Playstation 2 and opt for a PS3?

In fact, look no further than the PS2 to see how the video game industry really works. The Playstation 2 is underpowered when compared to this generation of consoles and yet, it's selling better than the PS3. Some may say it's price, but I disagree. Sure, it's easy to afford, but think of how many games you can play with a Playstation 2. And once you do that, compare it to the Playstation 3 library of games and then tell me which console you would prefer to play.

For the first time, Sony is off the mark entirely. To make matters worse, this couldn't come at a worse time. With a floundering PS3 that Sony hopes will catch on, what will happen to Blu-ray? What will happen to its game development division if the PS3 continues to fail? Worse, what will happen to Sony as a whole?

Sony is under the impression that a lower price on its console will stimulate sales and help it attain the lead it used to enjoy. But with no exclusive blockbuster titles in sight, what's the impetus for us to run to the store and buy the Playstation 3?

The Xbox 360 currently has the best software library and that console has been selling for $399 since its release. The Nintendo Wii is riding a wave like nothing we have seen in this industry and that console costs just $250. Simply put, if I want to play video games, why would I choose the Playstation 3?

Now, I'm sure Sony zealots will stand up and tell the world why there is a need to buy a Playstation 3 immediately, but I think any and all of those arguments are pure rubbish. I've owned the console since December and I can say that I've tried to play it as much as I can, but there is nothing out there that has made it imperative that I do so.

The Playstation 3 is on life support and unless Sony starts grasping at something it can hold on to, it should stop worrying about how the public perceives its hardware and start doing what it can to bring exclusive blockbuster titles to the console. So far, the Playstation 3 is the biggest gaming blunder we have seen in years.

Can you say "another Sega Saturn?"
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:49 AM   #2
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Another "genius" post by Cygnus. Boy if I posted all of these negative posts about the 360 I would be crucified. But maybe I'll start. Talk about getting old.
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Old 10-12-2007, 11:13 AM   #3
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Ah cnet, the USA Today of web publishing. Albeit truely a worthy source for Cygnus and his many personal issues. Nothing to see here folks, move along....
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Old 10-12-2007, 12:09 PM   #4
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There are so many people that believe the PS3's hardware isn't better than the 360. Those people will believe whatever poor press that PS3 gets. Well the same source says:

CNET says the PS3 is:
"[The PS3 is] simply the most powerful game machine we have ever seen."

CNET is not a good source in this case.
I know I know..."it's all about the games" Well give it MORE time. Us PS3 owners will be hoping for these games and once they come, then Sony will probably increase their revenues and end as a success.
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Old 10-12-2007, 01:08 PM   #5
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In product development the key is timing, if you do not have product on time no matter how good it is, it might not be succesfull. In case of PS3 it came alomost 1 year late as compared to Xbox360 launch. When original Xbox was launched MS kept the price low and want the customer to have Xbox experience who were hooke up with Playsaion for years. MS had hard time doing so they could not beat PS. In HD gaming Xbox360 is leader now i don't see SONY catching up Xbox360 untill they have machine which is $250. with plenty of games available on Xbox360 and strting price of $250 it is no brainer for any family to picka gaming system, very few people care about how good PS3 is.
From pure marketing standpojnt it is important to at least let the consumer try things at entry level and make money later by offering upgrade model or accessories. first IPOD was very expensive and everything included in it, then Apple came up with barebone IPOd and start selling everything else people needed in accessories, making money at both ends. XBox360 same way people buy barebone machine and then buy upgrades.

SONY have to have a PS3 at $250 price point to get even close to XBOX360, since most games at multiplatform so price is main factor.
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The bottom line is good software. Who cares if I own the most powerful machine on the planet. If there are no good games for it, does it really matter?
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Heh, I knew this would get some PS3ers all stirred up!

Well, whether or not you want to believe the source- its absolutely true. Sorry, but it just is... which is what makes it sad.
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Can you say "another Sega Saturn?"
Well, I'll give ya in total sales, but the Saturn is legendary in my book regardless of having a semi-short lifespan. (4 years I believe?)

Saturn produced some of my favorite console titles of all time, and introduced online gaming to me.
I haven't seen anything particularly innovative about PS3, or even one title that make me want to buy the system.

Saturn died for a few reasons, if PS3 does go down, it will be mainly because of the lack of quality titles IMO.
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Heh, I knew this would get some PS3ers all stirred up!

Well, whether or not you want to believe the source- its absolutely true. Sorry, but it just is... which is what makes it sad.
So you agree, "[The PS3 is] simply the most powerful game machine we have ever seen."
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Well, I'll give ya in total sales, but the Saturn is legendary in my book regardless of having a semi-short lifespan. (4 years I believe?)
I agree, Sega Rally Championship and Virtua Fighter were great titles in their day. I have many fond memories of my Saturn, but those are the titles I remember playing the most...makes me miss my Saturn just thinking about them.
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Well he's right about the management problem. Sony does need new upper management. All the upper brass has been clueless.
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:35 PM   #12
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Another "genius" post by Cygnus. Boy if I posted all of these negative posts about the 360 I would be crucified. But maybe I'll start. Talk about getting old.
Hey, you are welcome to post negative press on the X360 anytime you would like

Unfortunately, there isn't much in the way of negative press as the press has decided that the PS3 is the console to whup on right now.
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Old 10-13-2007, 06:38 AM   #13
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Hey, you are welcome to post negative press on the X360 anytime you would like

Unfortunately, there isn't much in the way of negative press as the press has decided that the PS3 is the console to whup on right now.

The red ring of death continues. That's about as negative as it gets. Still a 33% failure rate.
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The red ring of death continues. That's about as negative as it gets. Still a 33% failure rate.
Your link doesn't work, so I guess thats not true.
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