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Nolan Bushnell Criticizes PS3 |

I have fond memories of Atari. I still have our old Atari 800XL in my basement, and one day I’ll hook it up again and relive my youth. Play games like Ballblazer and Joust. Which is why I’m disappointed that Atari’s founder, Nolan Bushnell, came out swinging against the PS3.

What does Mr. Bushnell have to say? He doesn’t mince words. “I think Sony shot themselves in the foot… there is a high probability [they] will fail. The price point is probably unsustainable. For years and years Sony has been a very difficult company to deal with from a developer standpoint. They could get away with their arrogance and capriciousness because they had an installed base. They have also historically had horrible software tools. You compare that to the Xbox 360 with really great authoring tools [and] additional revenue streams from Xbox live…a first party developer would be an idiot to develop for Sony first and not the 360. People don’t buy hardware, they buy software.

I agree that people buy software, not hardware. Which is why ultimately, the extra $100 you pay for the PS3 will be meaningless once you’ve bought all those PS3 titles you have to own. Just think of the software cost over the course of your console’s life. It’ll probably be far far greater than that $100 difference. And Sony isn’t just sitting back thinking that the hardware will sell itself. Sony’s working hard on creating some great compelling game content.

So yes, Mr. Bushnell, you’re right. It is about the software. But you’re wrong in thinking that Sony won’t deliver it.

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  • Well I’d buy a PS3 for metal gear solid 4 alone 😀 I’m hoping they’ll bring zone of ender to PS3 as well, that would rock!

  • Darrin

    “a first party developer would be an idiot to develop for Sony first and not the 360”

    So all the PS3 developers are just idiots. Real clever insightful commentary there. And there will only be 300K early adopters? I guess those launch day quantities will last for quite a while then and we don’t have to worry about shortages 🙂

  • while of course i recognize nolan bushnell’s historical significance in the industry, i really can’t give what he says these days much weight, considering that since atari, what kind of success has he had? ok, so there was chuck e. cheese……..

  • Børten

    I agree with bunnyhero.

    And if I remember correct, the PS2 was also a “big hazzle” to program in the beginning. And look now at all the great games…

    They had some great comments about this over at RadiOPM about Mr.Bushnell.

  • He also said that both PSone and PS2 were “accidents”, simply flukes that they managed to both sell over 100 million consoles. I’m sorry, but 100 million consoles dont just fall into peoples shopping carts. you get those types of numbers for a reason.