Sony and Microsoft clash over consoles
Nintendo sitting pretty above the squabble
Executives from Microsoft and Sony have once more slammed each other’s consoles.
Sony Computer Entertainment’s President and Group CEO, Kazuo Hirai, kicked things off by telling the Official PlayStation Magazine that the Xbox 360 “lacks longevity”.
He also claimed that, regardless of the Xbox 360’s installed base or sales figures, he’d like to think that Sony holds “official leadership in this industry”.
However, Microsoft clearly wasn’t willing to take Hirai’s criticism on the chin. Aaron Greenberg, Director of Product Management for the Xbox 360, has since fired back at Sony.
“I’m confident we will outsell the PS3 throughout the entire generation,” he told website BitBag.
But how does Microsoft plan to achieve this? Greenberg envisages “providing more innovation”, “building the best and broadest games library” and a broadening of the Xbox 360’s online entertainment network, known as Live.
Greenberg also drew upon sales figures to support his belief that the Xbox 360 still rules the console world. “Even if you doubled the current PS3 sales and Xbox 360 remained flat, they couldn’t close the gap until 2014,” he claimed.
According to the latest manufacturer-supplied - but not indepenently verified - figures, some 28m Xbox 360s have been sold globally, compared to around 16.8m PS3s. But Sony and Microsoft would both be wise to bear in mind that Nintendo’s Wii has sold 34.5m units around the world. ®
I have a PS3 a 360 and a Wii, can you not just see that it dont matter, the ps3 is better, wheres my blueray player on my 360? the only reason most people liked the 360 is cos they are like me and like the stupid little achievements but now ps3 has that too so wot is reli better about the 360? the smaller hard drive? how loud it is? im not sure? and as for the Wii they only sold millions and millions because there soo cheap to buy not cos they better they are cheap.
its like saying PC are better than Apple macs they really are not, no one can argue that because apple run windows XP and Vista in a window.
@David Paul Morgan
Coincidentally enough, my new £250 PC does all that too. And I've not got around to playing any games on it either.
I've just installed my PS3
one hour after having my 37" Panasonic TV installed. (I felt something was missing in the gap liberated when the huge tube set went out the door..)
We havn't played a game on it yet as we're using it to
a) browse the internet
b) playback shows/audio from usb sticks
c) download Tv programming
d) playing back BD/DVD discs
When my rj45 cable extenders arrive (ooh, this afternoon) I can put all the house cabling back and stream my media of my XP too.
2 fleas arguing on the back of a wii
That's certainly my understanding. Also, the PlayStation division was the only part of Sony that WAS making money - until the PS3 launch.