Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 22:50 UTC
Games Ars reviews the PlayStation 3 personal computer game console, and they say: "The PS3 doesn't have any grand ideas; Sony wanted something high-tech, so they started from scratch with the processor and GPU, but what does it get them? Very little so far. The controller is a mash-up of ideas from their old systems, the 360's triggers, and the Wii's motion-sensing capabilities, but once it has that tech it doesn't really know what to do with it. The Blu-ray adds cost, but adds very little to the gaming experience for the user. It's great as a media player, but for those of us who love games first and foremost, we have to look at it skeptically. The PS3 is a system with no core message, and that is what keeps it from being elegant. Will it do great things in the future? I hope so, the possibility and potential are certainly there. For now, it's power looking for a mission statement."
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You don't have to dominate to win
by Priest on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 11:29 UTC
Priest
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2006-05-12

I believe the game industry has passed the movie industry in yearly revenue.

I believe in the last generation the numbers were

PS2 - 111 consoles shipped
Xbox - 24 million
GameCube - 22 million

MS never made money on their last generation console because they never really reached their break-even point where they made money on the sale of the console. I believe they have already done this with the 360 only a year out so they are likely going to be profitable.

The ability to play xbox games on the 360 is a new selling point for the platform that Sony has enjoyed for a while. (I just picked up some xbox titles for the 360 for $20 each)

The wii is looking to be more successful than the GameCube as well, with the PS3 price range outside of most budgets, a wider audience, cool remote, GameCube compatibility, and downloadable NES, SNES, N64, and Sega games the wii is looking to be a huge hit.

I believe Nintendo is projected to sell 2 - 4 million wii consoles before Christmas where Sony will only sell 400K due to shortages.

Sony will do fine because they are Sony, but the fact that they will basically miss this holiday season due to shipment delays (like 360 last season) is going to create a problem because of their price point.

During the shopping season people might be willing to overlook the fact that you can get a 360 and a wii for the cost of a PS3, but as they actually begin delivering consoles in Feb/Mar people are back to making more responsible buying decisions.

So sony will remain profitable because they titles will pull it through, but the 360 and the wii will gain on it in this generations. All 3 are projected to be profitable.

BTW, here are the current numbers for this generation from http://nexgenwars.com/

360: 7,342,878
ps3: 280,623
wii: 762,007

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