Sony sticks it to Xbox 360 and Wii
If you can't beat 'em, criticise 'em
In a move likely to enrage Xbox 360 and Wii owners alike, Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) has released a cost versus benefits assessment of all three consoles. And guess which machine won?
On top of Blu-ray support, integrated Wi-Fi and “huge hard drives,” Sony claimed the PS3 offers “ten years of value with a future-proof system”.
But its assessment of the Xbox 360 was less positive. It said the Microsoft console requires additional financial outlay after purchase – presumably to bring it up to the PS3’s level. Multiple upgrades and additional external devices may also be required for the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 will put a “burden on the wallet” and add “clutter to the entertainment center”, Sony claimed
And the Wii? Sony says the console's lack of enhanced features comes at the "expense of a comprehensive entertainment solution”.
The company drew up a price versus features breakdown of the three consoles. It found that wPS3 owners must shell out $399 (£264/€293) for the 80GB model to get Wi-Fi, Blu-ray, an HDMI port and other features, but Xbox 360 Arcade owners would have to pay between $449 and $499 (£364/€393) to get the same.
It conceded that the Wii’s $249 price tag made it the cheapest of the trio, but said most of the PS3’s included features, such as Blu-ray, aren’t even available on the Nintendo console.
But in the end, Sony concludes that the PS3 would continue to evolve without the need for additional parts or expenses, but that gamers should “expect the competition to continue peddling add-ons in an effort to keep up”.
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This reminds me of...
People who weren't around at the time may want to read http://strider.mjjprod.free.fr/toxicmag/toxic15/articles/tramiel.htm as well, as it details the interview and gives an in-depth view of the CEO of Atari. I feel Sony's announcement here really does reflect the insane advertising stance of Jaguar - better value, despite the system been weaker. PS3 been better value? Sony has forgotten people want to play Video Games, just like Atari did. But saying that, Atari preferred to pump up the price of the system with a complicated architecture that didn't work.
The only really good game I miss from the 360
I used to have both a Xbox 360 and a PS3 and I can tell you that the PS3 have better games and better quality image in both, playing games and playing movies. The only game I'm missing from the 360 is GOW 2 but I know anything is perfect.
The Wii is good to play with friends in a party 'cause it has some funny games but if Sony can deliver some games of this kind it will beat the wii.
PS3 Plenty games?
Actually all the article mentions is that percentage wise the PS3 has better games. Which makes sense as PS3 games are a lot more expensive to produce, so you'd expect the companies who do, make it worth the effort.
In hard actual numbers the 360 not only has more games than the PS3, but also more good games.