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games Posted 2006-05-09 09:34:46 by Jim Crawford
I watched Sony's E3 press conference yesterday, and it was really shameful. Watching Sony's representatives pretend to be excited about what they had to offer made me wonder if they realized how much trouble the company is in. The only actual emotion I saw from the presenters was the “gotcha” when they demonstrated that their controller had motion sensitivity just like Nintendo's.

(Incidentally, I'm listening to Nintendo's press conference as I type this, and the difference in the audience reaction is so big that I'm wondering if they maybe fixed the sound levels overnight.)

The whole motion-sensitive controller thing. What Sony have done here, is essentially clone just enough of the Wii's functionality to fool idiots into thinking it's the same thing. It's not. The Sony controller detects tilt but not position, and judging by the minute or so we saw, of gameplay with in-set footage of the player's hands, it's high-latency and low-precision. From a marketing strategy standpoint, though, it's a brilliant move -- a week ago even an idiot would be able to tell that Nintendo was doing something new, and the idiot market is too big to ignore.

And the price point is $500 for the retard pack -- like the Xbox 360's core system, which Microsoft has discontinued -- and $600 for the real thing. This is way beyond what the average consumer is willing to pay, and $200 beyond the Xbox 360, which people already thought was expensive.

People are not going to be able to see the difference between the Xbox 360 and the PS3 at the PS3's launch, and the 360 will have a much better selection of games as well as being $200 cheaper. $250 or $300 cheaper, if Microsoft has the cojones to cut the price. Sony has lost so much money on development of this console, and the results are so anemic, that it's hard to imagine that they're going to end up making a profit.
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