On Games

I don’t usually talk much about games on my blog, but this just needed to be said: Sony dropped the ball. Let’s look at the facts:

  • their “new, innovative” controller is a ripoff of the Nintendo Wii that from reports coming in from the press conference indicate doesn’t work as well (namely that the demonstrator was flailing about in order to use it, and looked incredibly uncomfortable holding it)
  • The price is $499 and $599 respectively for the two versions of the system, which is fully $200 more than the core and full versions of the Xbox 360, and up to three times as much as the Wii is speculated to cost (we’ll find out how much soon, their press conference is… tomorrow I think).
  • their “core” version lacks memory card support, HDMI, wifi, and the hard drive is 20gb (a third the size of the full version). Considering their vaunted 1080p claims, it’s pretty absurd that some of their systems will be physically incapable of supporting it.

I’ve seen live PS3 footage, and it really does look spectacular. I really wish I could get excited about it. There are even some exclusive games for it that I’d really LIKE to play. It’s just not going to happen. Maybe in a year or two when the price has gone down a few times.

2 thoughts on “On Games

  1. A friend of mine went to EB today, and heard that they are going to have 2 million, or less, PS3 units at launch. That’s even less than the PS2 launch, I believe. Nobody will be able to find one. EB isn’t even taking pre-orders at all for them, because of they just can’t guarantee you’ll get one at launch.

    Sony could be in serious trouble if both the PS3 and Blu-ray fail to deliver. They have, in some ways, bet the farm.

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