Feeds

Ten battles the PS3 must fight to win the next-gen console war

It's the games, stupid

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

So, it's Friday and eager gamers are already out and about trying to pick up a PlayStation 3 - particularly after last night's one-shop only midnight launch.

Here in Europe, at least, Friday is the proper starting gun for the next-generation console war, since PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 will all be available to buy. Can Sony hang onto its top-dog status, given the many criticisms of PS3 so far? Here are the ten key factors that will determine whether Sony's console can win.

1. Price

Not as simple an issue as whether £425 is too much for a games console, although the fact that you can buy an Xbox 360 and a Wii for less than a PS3 is sure to be raised often in the coming months. Some reports claim Sony will cut the PS3's price in order to boost sales before the end of its next financial year in March 2008, while even Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer has admitted PS3's luxury status could cause it to flop.

But forget that for a minute: even with a price cut, Sony's task is to persuade gamers that PS3 is worth paying more for. In other words, it's a communication problem as much as a numbers game. Compared to standalone Blu-ray disc players, for example, PS3 looks a bargain. The question is, how many gamers would have rather had a cheaper console minus the Blu-ray drive.

Meanwhile, game pricing will also be a factor. Sony started well, announcing that in the UK PS 3 games would go for £40 before discounts.

2. It's the games, stupid

The PS3 will stand or fall on the quality of its games. It's an obvious point, and one that's true of all the next-gen consoles - for example, Nintendo recently faced the first rumblings of criticism for the Wii's games roadmap. For PS3 to succeed, it needs great games, and it needs some exclusive games.

To some extent, you have to look beyond the launch line-up, although MotorStorm and Resistance: Fall of Man are a strong way to come out fighting, and Metal Gear Solid 4 is coming later in the year.

However, some games that were expected to be PS3 exclusives - the next Grand Theft Auto and Devil May Cry games, for example - are coming out on Xbox 360 too. This can be taken as a sign that canny publishers are trying to maximise their revenues to balance high development costs, or as a vote of no confidence in PS3, depending on your standpoint.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files
DTS and Sonos sing out but not off the same hymnsheet
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM
Reg staff not allowed to enter, god dammit
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.