Erik Aston said:
In this thread, Iâm going to rant. Today, Iâm going to rant about whyâ¦
The PS3 is not the N64!
One thing I see people sayâboth Ninty zealots and neutral observersâis that the PS3 is Sonyâs N64. Umâ¦ I have to disagreeâ¦ But maybe not for the reasons you thinkâ¦
Sony today and Ninty 10 years ago may have gotten themselves into similar situations. But they did not get to this point in the same way. In fact, it was basically the exact opposite. Nintendo was focusing on out-dated technologyâtraditionâSony is focusing on pushing the envelope. The N64 was cheap, and PS3 is expensive. N64 was a âgames onlyâ machine, PS3 is a multi-media beast. N64 was a leader in controller innovation, PS3 is a follower. Basically, the whole theory and ideology behind the two consoles are totally different.
But even more than that, hereâs the key: Nintendo alienated developers, Sony is alienating customers.
You donât have to look past N64 launch sales, or N64âs top games vs. PS1âs top games, to know that customers were still enamored with Nintendo as the generation started. A $200 console with $50-60 games, which would produce well under 1,000 games during its cycleâno one knew that a better cost:value relationship could exist in the home console market, and there were tens of millions who were fine with it. It was developers, led by Square, who said âgood riddanceâ to Nintendo. Nintendoâs policies towards third parties were atrocious, and were halting the growth of the industry. To developers and publishers looking at their bottom lines, this was as obvious and as angering as the PS3âs sticker price is to the public today.
Today, by and large, developers donât want to see Sony fail. Theyâve prospered under the rule of PlayStation. Sony has repeatedly helped up-and-coming devs establish themselves (LittleBigWorldâs and flOwâs devs most recently), and invested heavily in tools for devs (most recently EDGE). The bulk of the perceived hate of Sony from devs is really them hoping for more parity in the home console business, not a Sony collapse. Itâs the customers who are pissed at Sony, because the cost:value relationship theyâve come to expect is out the window. The days of buying one console for $300, getting games at $50 (without worrying about micro-transactions afterwards) and having a game library of 2,500 which includes âeverything but the Nintendo games and Haloâ are over. And your average Sony defender today? They're sold on Blu-Ray, or in other words, the new cost:value relationship works for them.
The comparisons which do existâboth companies are arrogant, both are likely to shed a ton of marketshareâ¦ Theyâre surface observations which probably could be made between thousands of products.
The scary thing for Sony isâ¦ They donât understand whatâs going on. A recent blog post by IGNâs Hilary Goldstein (Hil-IGN)â¦
âTonight, Sony held a meeting of the minds between some popular bloggers and a half-dozen high fallutin' PlayStation folks. For some reason Sony invited meâ¦
We sat at a table of about 20 peopleâ¦On Sony's side were Phil Harrison and a handful of others who cooled themselves under the shade he provided. Everyone was very nice to each other, even when Harrison and the Sony crew were grilled about the negativity slung constantly at PS3.
Unlike most interviews or press briefings, Harrison and crew were fairly candid. Though a few bits of marketing speak slipped into the conversation, Sony more or less conceded they have no idea why people are shitting all over them. It was Dylan Jobe, game director for Warhawk, who turned the tables and asked the bloggers (and me, for some reason) why people were so angry with Sony.
I will point out a few things. At the time of the N64's release "NO ONE" considered it cheap. I was there first day. The cost of the games and the add-ons made that baby quite pricey.
Second of all, you call them consumers but the majority of these loud and boisterous complainers can be considered anti-sony to begin with or fence sitters who need justification of price. Under the guise of being a concerned consumer their tru intentions start to become more visible the more features and games are announced for the PS3. Home....great but ain't worth $600. Blu ray player....great but ain't worth $600. Virtua fighter 5....great but ain't worth $600. Resistance....great but ain't worth $600. Motorstorm....great but ain't worth $600.
Well what about all those things together? The coming of final fantasy, mgs4, dmc4 and many others. This griping over $600 crap is getting old and it is really the only thing people have to complain about. For those who wanted rumble, it is announced as returning. The line up of exclusives is quite large and pretty much all of them look promising. BC is at 50% and climbing for europe , if anyone remembers about the BC issues with the PS2 they will know that sony did not stop until 100% for each region was achieved.
here is an interview excerpt,
"GamesIndustry.biz: Do you accept that Sony has had a bit of an image problem with PlayStation 3 in recent months?
Phil Harrison: No, I don't accept it. I've been doing my best to make sure that the world sees PlayStation 3 for what it is. I can't deny that we've had some challenges, but I think those are all behind us. It's all about software now, it's not about hardware. It's all about services, it's all about the way that the industry is changing and the way that we hope to be taking a leadership position in that change.
I think you saw that yesterday and Tuesday night - we're taking some pretty giant steps forward.
Following the showing of Home and LittleBigPlanet, do you think this is the tipping point - both in terms of realising the power of the hardware but also changing the public's perception of the machine?
It's hard to describe something as a tipping point when you're in the middle of it. It's only something you can do with the benefit of hindsight.
But I think the keynote here at GDC was a very significant moment for the evolution of PlayStation 3. It's something that we knew all along was coming, so it's perhaps not so much a surprise for me because I've obviously been working with these products and services for a long time.
Also internally, we've been evangelising them, so there's a lot of work that we've been doing amongst ourselves - with some confidence that we're doing the right thing. We thought we knew we were on to something very strong with both of those opportunities, but there's no substitute for sharing it with the world and reading people's unedited reaction.
We've been hearing lots of positive things from lots of people, and the response on the blogs and the websites and the forum seems to be almost universally fantastic - so I'm delighted."
Pretty much what is happening are attacks and if you really think about it the attacks are malicious because it is aimed to smear image.
The PS3 has been under attack (loudly) since before it is launched. The system is out in 2 regions and only for 4 months and everyone is proclaiming its demise. Bloggers and critics alike assume Sony has put all thier cards on the table and half assed what they are bringing to the system.
The simple and plain truth is everyone that I know who has owned and enjoyed a PS2 wants to purchase a PS3 but the have not done so yet because of the price but are working towards it. Every friend that I have that is a critic of the PS3 or the average vocal critic on the street admit they are not a fan of the PS2 then proceed with the how "one" item is not worth $600 rant.
Misinformation is also the key weapon here. People telling me what the PS3 and PSP cannot do. Or what it doesn't have makes it even more obvious that they have no idea what they are talking about.
This console war that it's on the internet and blogs are feuled by personal opinions and fanboyism and has no real basis on what Sony should do in the future.
Perfect post .
Just to add my two cent ;most of the PS3 bashers were as well PS2 bashers and just arent Sony customer .PS2 may have sold 110 million consoles ,but you still have some 21 million Cube owners and 25 million Xbox owners that just hate Sony because of their success .Well , at least potential haters ....I do own both the Cube and the Xbox and dont hate Sony ,they do some things wrong others right as everybody .Having some millions of people out there wanting to put you down and having voice because the internet and the anonymous shield it gives you is helping a lot all this Sony-bashing phenomenon .We have been hearing mad rumours as not being able to hire games ,games costing 90 dollars ,the Cell being impossible to produce ,the arquitechture of the console being broken and slow ,the Cell or the RSX being downgraded at the last minute ....and so on .Nearly everything bullshit .This console has one big problem ,its price ,but all the other is just awesome .Reliability ,power ,design ,multimedia capabilities ,audiovisual output ,retrocompatibility (at least on Japan and US in Europe we will see ) ,Playstation Home ,free online gaming ,a killer lineup of future games ,already 20 games quite good out there ....well each of these is answered with a "yes but it is not worth 600" or "Sony liars " or "Sony copied Nintendo " .Pleeease ,it seems we are dealing with small children .
Just to add something more ,its very curious how everybody seems to jump on what PSP or PS3 cant do instead on the helluva of things they can do ......that reminded me of this link about the FUD strategy used by IBM and Microsoft since the 80s ...
And ,in a somewhat more humoristic note ,this could also be happening to explain so much hate for the PS3 and so biased commentaries on the console wars :