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.