E3 06: Analysts react swiftly to console news

[UPDATE] Wii scores points with controller, GTA on 360 seen as significant; with sky-high pricing and conventional controller, Sony "has a lot of catching up to do."

LOS ANGELES--While gamers continue to work away at getting hands-on time with the new games and upcoming consoles (and significantly, new controllers), industry and financial analysts have already made their assessment as to who among the majors turned in the best showing in the pre-E3 parade of press conferences.

And while it's too early for analysts to call the race over--seeing as how the Nintendo Wii and the PlayStation 3 have yet to be released--enough was revealed at this week's pre-E3 press events for even the most casual observer to read the writing on the wall: Sony's supremacy in the competition to sell the most consoles will be tested severely in the coming years.

The current generation's war is functionally over, with the PlayStation 2 having sold over a 100 million units worldwide (to Microsoft's less than 50 million Xbox units and Nintendo's 21 million GameCubes). But the race that pits PS3 versus Wii versus Xbox 360 seems far from decided.

A combination of factors contributes to the unpredictable future for the house that Kutaragi built. One is the head start Microsoft has with the 360, a game machine rushed to market in late 2005 that should have about a 10-million-unit installed based by the time the PlayStation 3 and Wii hit the marketplace in November. Another is the price advantage both Nintendo and Microsoft will have when compared to the PS3--the premium Xbox 360 is priced $100 dollars below the cheaper of the two PS3 iterations, and the Wii, with a price many speculate at between $199 and $249, could be a whopping $300 less than a PlayStation 3.

Lazard senior research analyst Colin Sebastian said in a memo that the "10 million milestone prior to the PS3 launch would put Microsoft on solid footing to compete with Sony for market leadership position in the next-generation cycle," and that Nintendo "has a very good opportunity to gain market share in the next cycle" with a "value-priced console and unique and innovative controller."

Speaking with GameSpot immediately following the Nintendo press event, Sebastian offered his response to the company's presentation: "Nintendo accomplished the task of convincing publishers, developers, retailers, and the investment community that they have a compelling system. While some critics might say [the Wii is] a GameCube with a motion sensing controller and not much in addition to that, the fact is the other [hardware manufacturers] are moving toward much more costly platforms--development costs are doubling for the PS3 and Xbox. Nintendo has something that's differentiated, and people are going to like that."

Pricing and software both contributed to UBS analyst Mike Wallace's assessment that Sony could find itself at a disadvantage this holiday season. "A $599 PS3 will mean that a consumer will be able to buy both an Xbox 360 and a Wii for the same price as a high-end PS3," he said on Tuesday. "We think Microsoft and Nintendo will both have big advantages heading into the new cycle based on their lower console prices."

In addition to pricing, Wallace pointed to a number of elements on the software front that could trump any advantage Sony may have when it comes to technology. Wallace noted that the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will mark the first time a Zelda title will be timed to release at a console launch for Nintendo. "This is notable and should help the console...given the popularity of the franchise."

Lending weight to Microsoft's Xbox 360 initiative is the simultaneous release of the next title in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, which will release on October 17, 2007 for both the PS3 and 360. Previously, GTA releases have launched exclusively on the PlayStation. "We think the GTA exclusivity sold tens of millions of PS2's for Sony, so eliminating this is a big deal and will help Microsoft immensely," Wallace said. "Microsoft will now have GTA and Halo, the two biggest franchises out there."

Sebastian wasn't so quick to write Sony off, however. "We still have a lot to see from Sony and the PS3," Sebastian told GameSpot. "It's very easy to underestimate Sony based on what we saw [at their press conference]. The fact of the matter is there are 100 million PS2s out there, and most of the third parties are going to support the PS3 with a lot of content. At the end of the day, it's going to be software that wins the hearts and the minds of the gamer."

While Wedbush Morgan senior analyst Michael Pachter still puts his chips on the PlayStation 3 to own the next-gen race (see our interview with Pachter here), others remain unconvinced.

"In our view," Wallace concluded in his memo to investors, "Sony has a lot of catching up to do."

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lageasy311
lageasy311

Check out my latest blog to read some interesting fact about the ps3 war, and read the comments for some interesting patent info with links!! :)

PazUSA
PazUSA

mgsseries4life - you absolutely, 100% do NOT own a 360. I have seen you post blatant, Sony fangirl (you are a girl aren't you) rants & raves with absolutely no sense of fairness. If you own a 360, post your gamertag right here and prove it. Otherwise, go stay on the Sony Fan forum and leave your opinions out of this.

mgsseries4life
mgsseries4life

haha u r very funny! haha what r u smoking? I bought my PS2 at launch and it's still working, that makes 6 years, also i bought my PSone 8 years ago and it's still working! unlike my 360 that freezes each 30 min. so yeah the PS3 us huge and the B-R too. they will lead even more in this gen! u'll see...

inferno394
inferno394

its funny u never hear anyone talkin about how they had to return nintendo's products. I bought a ps2 the day it launched, within to months it would barely read the games or play movies so i returned it. I'm not gonna be stupid enought to buy any sony products again. They may have sold 100 mil, but i bet half of them were returned.

El_Jarvo
El_Jarvo

In my opinion, I don't think Sony are going to do as well as they have with their past two generations of consoles. As we can see from this year's E3, Sony have shot themselves in the foot with their stealing of Microsoft and Nintendo's ideas. But they needn't have copied the two different packages that Microsoft had, or the Motion-sensitive controller of Nintendo; Sony have been innovative with their Eyetoy technology. I don't know about other people, but I was astounded by the way they were playing with the cards in the press conference, it's one of the most innovative things I've ever seen. They could have based the PlayStation 3 around that, such as Nintendo have based the Wii around the Wiimote. But, instead they reveal their "intuitive" ideas with the controller and the packages. Not to mention the ungodly amount of money they want for the console ($600? No, no, no...). I'm not sure who'll win the next-gen wars, but I think Sony are actually going to have to put up one hell of a fight, especially against Nintendo. I think I'll probably end up purchasing the Wii, and I'll almost definately be getting an Xbox 360 after playing Ghost Recon at my Dad's house. The only way Sony will get money out of my wallet is if they drop the price, or show me some truly great games, because Final Fantasy XIII didn't interest me as much as previous installments have, and I lost faith in the Metal Gear series after playing the third one. The Eyetoy technology may have amazed me, but it's not enough to get me to buy a PlayStation 3. And I don't think it will make other consumers splash out that kind of money for it either. But, as I said earlier, it's all entirely in my opinion.

OmGitsEDV
OmGitsEDV

N0 WAY sony CAN CATCH UP...N0R WILL THEY!!! L0L :)

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

I nearly died of a heart attack when I saw the PS3's price. I think that will hurt them no matter how cool the games look...

webster4000
webster4000

The pure fact that sony have sold more than 100mill, a hell of a lot more than gamecube or xbox ever achieve tells you what the causal gamer went for. Remeber this price tag for the base pack is not a lot more than when the original ps2 came out. As for wii, just because the gamecube was cheaper than the ps2 that doesnt mean that all the parents rush out the buy a gamecube. Along with sony marketing and its new tilt motion sensor,, it will make it more appealing than wii (lets face it Nintendo left this to be abused in the west). Some people have complain about the price tag but i think its clever marketing from sony, putting them as the premium brand rather than the cheap alternative. So in the view of the consumer it is getting they are getting the most out of their money wether this is true time will tell. The biggest problem for me for the wii is that not many people (esp in the west) will get the point of it.

SanSalvados
SanSalvados

Microsoft should ask CryTek to do X360 version of Crysis then they would say:"Now we have GTA, Halo AND CRYSIS!!" and you know they would have a lot more buyers but thats just my option of having money ;)

yohan14344
yohan14344

How could XBOX be MS's milkmoney if they loose money for every console sold? I think it's 200usd per console... I am not sure. So you're going to wait for the Wii to get cheaper before buying? Isn't it cheap enough for you already? 250 aint a bad deal. And you'll get your parents to play, too! The more people playing the console, the greater value for money you're getting. Way to go Nintendo... giving a whole new meaning to the words couch potatoes!

willraman
willraman

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madribub
madribub

Sony is going to take a beating because of their pricing. $500 dollars is unprecedented. People have already given reasons that people won't buy it (i.e. young kids having their parents pay, the impotent clamours of blu ray technology). Microsoft I think has some interesting titles with Oblivion and now with GTA at least. Those two alone get me more excited than MSG 4, although I will admit that the trailer comes a close 2nd as far as garnering a true awe inspiring reaction that everything for the wii has in me. At first, I ranked it wii, ps3, and then 360. Now with pricing and value in mind, I think the ps3 and the 360 are switching places, both for me and the general public. Even young kids understand the value of the dollar. I sell candy in NY theaters for 3.50 a pop. The value of the wii is just astounding, even if all Nintendo has to ride on are 1st party titles (that may be false conclusion, so feel free to argue). Also, despite a previous comment about the three companies wanting to make money, exclusively, I would disagree with Nintendo's new entry. Yes, they know that videogaming is a profitable industry, but I truly feel that with this entry, they want to make a great product, something inspired, knowing that if they do that, the money will follow. Longwinded, but I just can't get enough of wii right now. God, my inner fanboy is coming out more and more everyday.

DevJin
DevJin

PS3 kill 360 rubbish.

gimlifn
gimlifn

The real thing people don't realize when they compare the PS3 and Xbox 360 price is that the PS3 can play Blu-Ray HD movies and the 60GB model comes with wireless internet. The Xbox 360 can't play HD movies unless you buy the upgrade that will be at least $100 and if you want wireless internet its another $100. So it actually equals out and with the PS3 you get another 40GB than the Xbox 360. The Wii is just plain lame. Old generation graphics with new controler. I guess if you like jumping around its good but not for me.

Belegost
Belegost

I will go that route,if the games are similar

dantes_hole
dantes_hole

well i work for game,i`ve sold many a ps2 to people who have told me that it`s to peplace a broken one.i got my ps2 with gt3 not long after launch and it still works fine,as well as the original controllers.i will be buying a ps3 at some point maybe when the first price drop hits or maybe earlier if mgs4 is out before it happens.the thing i want to see is actual proof from a multiplatform game which will be coming out on 360 and ps3 showing the difference between the 2,because if there is a difference it will be slight.i`m not a fan of sony or microsoft as companies but i`m a fan of gaming thats why i will buy a ps3 at some point and why i already have a 360

Krazyfoxx
Krazyfoxx

How come they don't factor in the Blue-ray drive? Try comparing the cost of the Wii, 360, & a Blue-ray player to a PS3 and thing might look a little different.

TJJORDO
TJJORDO

Smash Bros. is enough for me to buy a Wii

Dragon17013
Dragon17013

The only reason that Sony sold so many PS2s is because people had to keep buying new ones after their old ones broke down. In comparison, my SNES and all of its games are still working perfectly.

forrest_13
forrest_13

I can see Sony selling 100 mil....my PS2 broke down so many times I've had to but 3...so since it was so porly put together...everyone who bought there PS2 has probably had 3-4 in there life time....on my second x-box, and my orginal gamecube....

Dezhem
Dezhem

I'll most likely get a PS3. My PS2 has served me well for over three years, and I bought it used. Not one problem with it. To be honest, I'm not interested in the 360 or the Wii. The games and the design just don't appeal to me, while the PS3 does. And knowing my local EBGames, they'll do a deal of 'Trade in your PS2 + 20 games' and that cuts down the price a LOT.

charlesnshannon
charlesnshannon

and to add on to my above post I am quoting Devilshelper666

charlesnshannon
charlesnshannon

Devilshelper666 Ok, seriously, all the fanboys in here, shut up. I can never read a single Sony report without you Nintendo and Microsoft fanboys flooding it saying how no one will buy it. Guess what, just because you don't know anyone who's buying doesn't mean no one is going to buy it. People will buy it because to people who own HD-TVs it's the best way to go. Sony has better 3rd party support and better Japanese support. At the end of the day, people will want traditional Japanese games and you won't get them for the Wii because the Wii controller should speak for itself. Square put it's biggest series, FF 13 on the PS3, which usually sets the tone for who is going to get the big RPGs. Plus, the blu-ray DVDs they are going to be using are going to blow away Microsoft because they can hold much more space and the Blu-ray player is $1000, so if the PS3 was $400, that means the player is $200. Let's see, $200 +$400 = $600. Omfg....I can't believe how I got that number. Oh that's right, I don't kiss Microsoft's and NIntendo's butt everytime they do something. Last time I checked my math, that's $800 you don't spend. So to all those fanboys who think that everyone ever will never buy this system, sit down, shut up, and cry me a river that you are not getting Metal Gear Solid 4 (it's not coming out until 2007, but whatever), the game that will sell the system on its own. Hey Devil, you're a fanboy for Sony so what makes you different from the Microsoft and Nintendo fanboys, heh. Also I loved Sony's PS1 but the PS2 blew chunks and to comment on your BIG RPG for Sony (Final Fantasy 13), Oblivion for the 360 completely obliterated any RPG I played on PS2. I'm not talking graphics or anything to do with hardware, I'm talking about story, tilt, and value. PS1 had the best RPGs and the PS2 had only a scare amount that even came close to the PS1. Sony is kind of like McDonald's, after they became rich they slacked off on quality and settled down to quantity 2 win the market. Oh and to comment on Nintendo... Resident Evil 4 for Gamecube is still -- in my opinion -- the best looking game I've seen on any current gen console (omitting the 360)

jotapedos
jotapedos

A GREAT game from previous-gen consoles could fit on a mini-DVD and Nintendo was right on that. There are very few games that needed more than one single mini-DVD (Resident Evil series mainly). And that did not affect the final price of the game at all. Why are Sony fanboys so enthusiastic about the blu-ray DVDs? More importantly, do you really watch movies frequently on your PS2? I think that feature is secondary. And for me, it will be secondary because I will not buy movies on blue-ray DVDs if I can get them too on regular DVDs. This new generation of consoles will be a battle between XBOX360 and Playstation3, every gamer will also buy a Wii. Wii will win WITHOUT any doubt. PS3 will dominate in Japan hand-in-hand with Wii, while XBOX360 will do the similar in the USA.

Zauster
Zauster

Its kinda funny looking at all the nintendo and mircosoft lovers coming together to trash talk on the PS3 and for good reason i had a PS2 and a PS1 and well the first was awesome but 2 sucked for me plus MS is gonna own the online world and nintendo is going to take control of the casual market. PS3 will edge out this next gen race. not win it. personally i think PS3 would manhandle ALL other systems if they didnt go with Blu Ray. i think its stupid they went with that and same with MS going for the HD DVD but thats just me but next gen is gonna be great when in 5 years from now everyone for PS3 is gonna say they won the race that the didnt :D

Devilshelper666
Devilshelper666

Ok, seriously, all the fanboys in here, shut up. I can never read a single Sony report without you Nintendo and Microsoft fanboys flooding it saying how no one will buy it. Guess what, just because you don't know anyone who's buying doesn't mean no one is going to buy it. People will buy it because to people who own HD-TVs it's the best way to go. Sony has better 3rd party support and better Japanese support. At the end of the day, people will want traditional Japanese games and you won't get them for the Wii because the Wii controller should speak for itself. Square put it's biggest series, FF 13 on the PS3, which usually sets the tone for who is going to get the big RPGs. Plus, the blu-ray DVDs they are going to be using are going to blow away Microsoft because they can hold much more space and the Blu-ray player is $1000, so if the PS3 was $400, that means the player is $200. Let's see, $200 +$400 = $600. Omfg....I can't believe how I got that number. Oh that's right, I don't kiss Microsoft's and NIntendo's butt everytime they do something. Last time I checked my math, that's $800 you don't spend. So to all those fanboys who think that everyone ever will never buy this system, sit down, shut up, and cry me a river that you are not getting Metal Gear Solid 4 (it's not coming out until 2007, but whatever), the game that will sell the system on its own.

cr250bronco
cr250bronco

it is safe to say the $500 PS3 is equivalent to the $400 Xbox 360. however the PS3 has more options. One of the most notable options is that an external HD-DVD drive for the 360 (which will come out in the near future, and will be required to play games later on) will cost at the very very VERY least, $100, i mean come on! to buy a little 20 gigabyte hard drive for the 360 it cost $100!!! imagine how much a next-gen disk reader (HD-DVD) will cost??? and doesn't that make the systems equivalent in price??????!?!?? (not including the well known fact that the ps3 is more powerful than the 360, how much is unknown, but it is). The ps3 is not over priced for all who believe it is. if you want to complain about costs go buy a game boy color!

xEviLLyAMuSeDx
xEviLLyAMuSeDx

I don't know a single person that is going to buy a PS3 at launch simply because of the price. Most of my friends are even die-hard Sony fans and still arnt buying into it. I'll never pay 500+ for a single console with 1 re-hash ps2 controller. Pricing matters, the analysts are right on this one.

goat2001
goat2001

Nintendo is going to be the "X-Factor" for these group of next-generation consoles. While it may retain current gen graphics it may be the only console to offer something truly next-gen. I love Oblivion, will probably love MGS4 and Halo 3 but Nintendo might pull a DS and trump the superior hardware of the PS3, and 360.

filthy_br
filthy_br

What's the advantage of bluray if there will be no content to the games? It's really expensive to fill one dvd can you imagine 20 times that??? Do you really think developer are going to spend that much money? And really, you'd have to pay +30 bucks for each game. Last, bluray could not become the standard, it could succeed but I'm not really sure...would you bet your money on technology that nobody (except sony+fanboys) knows will succeed? SAve your money and get an x360 instead.(and maybe a Wii too for the price o 1 P$3)

eandradams
eandradams

I think that Sony may be in a bit better position than a lot of people say. Yes, $600 is a whole lot to pay for a gaming system, but it will be by far the least expensive blu-ray disc playback system. I'm one of the people who will be getting it partly for the blu-ray capabilities. I also think that Sony will pick up a significant number of non-gamers with the PS3, especially if there is a remote control either packed in, or available at launch. It's true, the fact that GTA 4 is same-day for PS3 and XBox360 will hurt Sony a lot. I wonder if Take Two got wind of the PS3 pricing, and that helped them decide to go with a simultaneous launch on both systems. Anyway, I think there are a lot of gamers who got that news, and suddenly liked their 360's a lot more, or decided to change which next-gen console they bought first. However, the fact that GTA 4 doesn't come out until 2007 will help Sony out a bit. By then, there will have been at least one price drop, and I bet the first price drop is $100. That will make it an even cheaper blu-ray player, and bring it into the purchase range of a lot more gamers as well. I think that Sony will lag behind for the first year, but by X-mas 2008, will inch ahead of MS & Nintendo. That's about the time that HD-DVD surrenders in the next-gen DVD battle, making Sony that much more valuable. That means I'll have wasted $200 on my HD-DVD add-on for the 360, but oh well. That's the price of being an early adopter.

battle_chaser9
battle_chaser9

Oh god!!! Blu-ray Blu ray Blu ray, I'm getting sick of it!!! The only way that Sony is going to surpass the X-box 360 graphics wise is if GAME DEVELOPERS will start making games to support 1080p, and do you know how much 1080p TVs cost cost? You dont wanna know. The 360 and the PS3 are about equal in processing and graphics, they will do things better in different ways. Sure the 20 gig HD cost 100 at the moment but everyone knows that when the PS3 comes out MS will drop prices on the 360 and its accessories, its like a huge sucker punch to Sony.

Dark_Link657
Dark_Link657

Yeah, listen to the Sony fanboys cry. "PS3 graphics are the best". WOW, by a silver in power compared to the 360. Remeber PS2? Xbox was twice as powerful, and PS2 managed to produce some good looking games (MGS, Shadow of Colussus, etc.). "Free online network" Are you retarted? Unless it's crappy as PS2's online service, Sony will charge money. Face it; Sony is not Microsoft. "PS3 has blu-ray". Other than the fact that Oblivion fit on one DVD (nuff said), most consumers buying the PS3 just want to play the games. I sure as hell did not say to myself when I bought a PS2 "wow, I must get a PS2 for DVD and CD playback." Face it Sony fanboys, Sony is in some deep water.

syedahmeds
syedahmeds

*****ONE thing i have to tell u all is that xbox360 cost 300 with no hard drive and wried controller, 400 with 20 gb hardrive and a wireless controller( not to mention xbox 360 doesnt have a next gen dvd player and the add on might cost between 100-200) while sony 600$ version comes with high end next gen dvd player blu-ray, 60 gb hard drive 2times the 400xbox 360 version one and one more very important thing sony has a wifi built in which is 100 ad on on xbox 360. sony also has motion sensing capability on their controller xbox 360 doesn't. now lets talk abt japenese market ps3 is going to sellout on their launch thats for sure because the retailer get to set the price for 600$ ps3 and xbox 360 is doing very poorly in japan not even 40 thousand sold in the whole japan and not to mention its all abt the games guys sony didnt became this gen leader by itself it was because all the games they had sony has the highest third party developers which xbox 360 and wii lacks in. PS3 is the real next gen console with next gen bluray player built in. remember one thing microsoft told developers to stop making games for xbox while ps2 is still out selling xbox 360 and coming up with awesome games. sony is known for their life time of their consoles. so all the PS3 haters go cry in uor pants cuz SONY is still going to dominate next gen. i enjoyed every single day of my playstation 2 and now cant wait to get a whole new start with ps3.

syedahmeds
syedahmeds

*****ONE thing i have to tell u all is that xbox360 cost 300 with no hard drive and wried controller, 400 with 20 gb hardrive and a wireless controller( not to mention xbox 360 doesnt have a next gen dvd player and the add on might cost between 100-200) while sony 600$ version comes with high end next gen dvd player blu-ray, 60 gb hard drive 2times the 400xbox 360 version one and one more very important thing sony has a wifi built in which is 100 ad on on xbox 360. sony also has motion sensing capability on their controller xbox 360 doesn't. now lets talk abt japenese market ps3 is going to sellout on their launch thats for sure because the retailer get to set the price for 600$ ps3 and xbox 360 is doing very poorly in japan not even 40 thousand sold in the whole japan and not to mention its all abt the games guys sony didnt became this gen leader by itself it was because all the games they had sony has the highest third party developers which xbox 360 and wii lacks in. PS3 is the real next gen console with next gen bluray player built in. remember one thing microsoft told developers to stop making games for xbox while ps2 is still out selling xbox 360 and coming up with awesome games. sony is known for their life time of their consoles. so all the PS3 haters go cry in uor pants cuz SONY is still going to dominate next gen. i enjoyed every single day of my playstation 2 and now cant wait to get a whole new start with ps3.

Jab_Jackal
Jab_Jackal

Woah.. you can get a Wii and a 360 for the price of the PS3? I never thought of it like that. I home MS lowers the price of the 360 when the ps3 comes out, cuz that would seal the deal for me.

KillaSkills101
KillaSkills101

Sony should go sell cameras if they rob one more idea

SgtMMMbop_basic
SgtMMMbop_basic

Look at the Playstation fanboys cry. You're on a sinking ship, chumps...either get off now and go with something else, or go down in flames. This is a fact, so do not debate me.

BloodStorm2262
BloodStorm2262

What people seem to think is that PS3 has an advantage because of their past record, which is completely true... But only in that people are used to the name. If people take a second to look around them they will/would realize about the PS3... A. Ok so 1080p is nice to be able to mention, but most developers have already said that they will NOT be using this format. B. 499 American dollars for the cheap version, and the fact of the matter is that the Xbox 360 costs 100 dollars less (expensive version) and is going to be playing nearly all of the same games (save Sony made ones, but add the Microsoft/Bungie/Rare made ones). C. Sony in past years has been about innovation, which has undoubtably led to their past victories... But this year they seem to be about taking the hot ideas of those around them, namely Sony (Xbox) Live, and Controller (Revolution) Tilt Sensing which by the way wasn't included until after Nintendo announced this. D. Most companies are moving away from Sony, or atleast removing their exclusivity to it, because of the current situation... SO WHY DON'T YOU! And about Blu-Ray DVD's... A. Ever heard of Betamax? No? Didn't think so, its an old format Sony made to compete with the VHS... AND IT FAILED MISERABLY. (Five years from now) Ever heard of the Blu-Ray DVD? No? Didn't think so. B. At this point they've said Blu-Ray will have 95% of the media's support, which I'm sure is a generated percentage from their own heads, but DVD's already have 100% support... So why take a 5% loss! C. If the Blu-Ray DVD players are costing 1300 american dollars, Sony will undoubtably be losing amazing amounts of cash on the PS3. D. The only difference between Blu-Ray DVD and HD-DVD is space, but if High-Def movies can fit on an HD-DVD what the hell is the benefit of using an amazingly expensive Blu-Ray DVD [Player].

sugreev2001
sugreev2001

I remeber these analysts saying that "Sega has a head start and can put a dent in the upcoming PS2 and Gamecube sales figures".Now who's eating crow.It all depends on what the audience thinks about the consoles.And Sony has delivered time and time again.

willraman
willraman

Regarding the analysts, Michael Pachter, appears to know what he is talking about. The Yankee group gentlemen seems very biased, you notice the first thing he said was something along the lines, "YEY! Microsoft gets GTA first." ... Uh. These are the same guys bashing Linux and saying how much better Microsoft is. It's my opinion that the yankee group is on the microsoft dollar, their "unbiased" opinion on technology is a lie. I'm buying a PS3 for 3 reasons. Michael Pachter, nailed it. 1. I want to watch HD movies. I do not want to buy a seperate HD player. Same reason I bought my PS2. Movie player with digital audio out. 2. The ability to play my library of PS2 games. I could play my Final Fantasy tactics if I wanted too, or eventually final fantasy 12 and 13. 3. I like Final Fantasy. So, when final fantasy advent children movie is on Hi Def, I will be very happy. I have justified to my budget as buying: a movie player for -$300 a game system for -$300 Very good deal if you look at it that way.

tkeeley01eb
tkeeley01eb

trust me...people are asking about the ps3 and want it now.

samuelroberts
samuelroberts

PS3 is better. Say bye to your 360 in 2 1/2 years time when Microsoft force you to buy something else. Also, did they take into account the HD-DVD add on? Hmm. No. Sod off, analysts, you know nothing!

thekey
thekey

What makes a system is games something these anyalists no nothing about. If the 360 has as wide of a selection of games (good or bad ones) its going to keep its lead, the same goes for the PS3 its the games yeah the whole HD thing is great but lets face it, its about the games.(the HD thing is just extra luxaries) What would be funny if the Wii became number one this generation, that would be a riot! I would laugh so hard if the Wii came out on top. Sony can't stay on top forever and it won't who would have thought back in 89 Nintendo would be number 3 right now?

dekasuperlink
dekasuperlink

I forgot to mention Blu-ray! What is sony thinking?

dekasuperlink
dekasuperlink

Most casual gamers didn't even consider the PS2 untill it went down in price three years later. A big spike in gamecube sales happened when nintendo lowered the price. Does cost matter? YES it does, but to a certain degree.

BYS2
BYS2

sony will stil own the next gen console wars...

samekila
samekila

my money is on Nintendo and Microsoft I have a 360 and its the best $399 I have ever spent and I hope I have anough saved up for a Wii and a few games for it