Archive for February, 2006
Our friends over at PS3 Week have dissected an article from CNN claiming that Sony must launch the PS3 soon.
Personally, I don’t think there’s any “must”. If Sony launches the player late (gasp!) they can still make it successful. It just means a lot more work to do so. They’ll need to gain marketshare from a distant second position. That’s totally do-able. There are lots of people out there waiting for the PS3. When I pre-ordered my PS3, the clerk I was talking to said he was waiting for the PS3 as well, even though there were some Xbox 360′s for sale right behind me. (What shortage?)
So given that so many people are waiting for the PS3, I think that it’s really in Sony’s hands to screw up. They could bungle the PS3 if they really wanted to, but to make it succeed won’t be that hard. Just release the machine, and people will buy it. There are already 103 games in development for it. (Probably more now.) The question becomes: does the word “success” mean “doing better than the 360″ ? I don’t think it has to. But if that is the measuring stick we must use, then maybe I’m wrong about all this and Sony should come out sooner rather than later. Sony will win Japan. But North America is up for grabs.
Gaming 360 has an article about the Datel Xchange 360. It’s basically a way to transfer data from memory cards to your PC. You can back it up, replace data, whatever.
But doesn’t this strike you as somewhat unnecessary? The Xbox 360 is network enabled. Can’t you just see the Xbox 360 on your home network and copy stuff from it that way? Why would you need an external device and software for this?
Gavin has PS3 Countdown episode 13 ready, wherein he discusses launch dates, the whole Merryll Lynch thing, and more. He even mentions me! Yay!
It looks like Sony will be offering downloadable games for the PS3 in South Korea and “elsewhere in Asia”. What about North America? I really have no idea if I want these downloadable games – I’d have to see them first. Or try a demo. But the fact is, I want the option. I’m tired of features being offered in one region that aren’t in another. Today I bought a Mazda3, but I couldn’t get the xenon headlights that are offered to Americans. Bummer. The same thing goes for PS3 online content. If they have it, we should have it. Right?
Bah, we might get it anyway. Who knows?
psinext has a great rebuttal to the recent Merrill Lynch report. Starting with its lack of professionalism (they miscounted their bill of materials, repeatedly mentioning $900 even though it adds up to $800) through to cell chip costs, and to other items. I’m not gonna bother to summarize. Just check it out.