Sony needs to really shut up, their PR department is a joke.
Get this latest interview thing
from Jack Tretton:
April or May is when we feel like we're going to catch up to demand and have product fully in stock across North America and stay there.
Our goal is to fill shelves across the United States. Our goal is not to have empty shelves, it's to have full shelves. If we have empty shelves, that's one less consumer who could have bought a PLAYSTATION 3.
Hmm, well it's nice that Sony's got a lot of their product out there, and I mean it's selling
but the fact is that they've produced less units for both the North American and Japanese markets than Nintendo has for every market? And I still don't see Wii's in any of the obvious places...so what's the deal?
Okay, so outside of that piece of glib propaganda, what else can we chalk up from the last few days...
Here's one from down under
, let's see what Michael Ephraim from SCE Austrailia has to say...
“We think PS3 is not a product to be compared with Wii, it is a completely different product. This is a digital hub, that is a games console.”
- SCE Australia boss Michael Ephraimp
Oh, what the fuck is a digital hub, exactly, and why would I want one?
Sony PlayStation and PlayStation 2 were successful because they were video game machines, not "digital hubs", I want games, not Blu Ray and a litany of other crappy features.
You know what's great, illogical press releases, those really help a company. Next we'll be hearing them say that being outsold is a good thing, and that they don't want a lot of people to buy the system, nor do they want high quality of exclusives or profit, those are just so last generation.
Actually, the more this goes on, the more I can compare it to Sega Saturn. Genesis was a huge hit(and there were two failed add-ons in between, and a failed handheld), but when they moved on to Saturn, it was too expensive, wasn't that much better than the competition, if it was better at all, suffered from management may have been well seasoned, but just lost touch with the industry, and everyone thought it would catch up, meanwhile the most unlikely contender(Sony) kept growing and became number one. Ultimately, high brow exclusives were supposed to grace the title, but many didn't make it over seas due to limited funds and those that did, like NiGHTs and Virtua Fighter just didn't draw a diverse enough crowd. Sega messed up and Sony took advantage of it, and quickly replaced them as Nintendo's largest competition and even Nintendo took a dive to become Sony's competition after making several huge mistakes with the N64.
Let's look at Sony. They had two major hits with the PS1 and PS2...had one failure in the PSX in Japan, and haven't been gaining too much with the PSP. Meanwhile, it's more expensive then the competition, is't that much better than the Xbox 360 technically, if it is at all, and it seems that gamers find the Wii fun enough to justify the purchase. Their PR department has clearly lost touch with gamers, and all logic apparently too. Everyone's expecting it to gain steam, but everyone who says that has no plans on buying it until better games come out. The only missing factor will be if said games don't get released for the system or are also on the cheaper competition. MGS 4's great, Final Fantasy XIII's great, but like NiGHTS, Sega Rally, and Virtua Fighter, they just aren't diverse enough to make the system number one. Also, PS3 has a litany of features useless to the vast majority of consumers like 1080p HD and Blu Ray.