Sony’s got its PR department working overtime pushing their new network for PS3, something called Home.
To be honest I’m not a partisan in the console game wars. Handheld is DS, sure; settop is a 360* and I plan to acquire a Wii eventually. But I don’t care about who makes the unit half as much as I care about the quality of the titles available and the engineering of the device. That’s what really matters, not the name on the shell.
So if I go the PS route at all, at this point it’s still gonna be limited to a PS2. Why? Well, a few reasons.
- Economics. A PS2 costs $150. A PS3 costs $650 — and that’s Sony’s below-cost price. When they get realistic about costs of manufacturing, you can expect the console’s price tag to launch somewhere toward the stratosphere.
- Practicality. For online gaming I have the Xbox, the DS and (eventually) the Wii. I don’t think I need yet-another-network-service to make my gaming more or better or bla bla bla.
- Technical realism. The PS2 game library is thousands of titles deep (and still growing!) and most of the software should be fairly well debugged by now. PS3 won’t be near that for years.
But the biggest problem I have with Sony is that they’re panicking, and that is simply not a good sign. Panicked companies don’t release products that have been rigorously tested. Panicked companies don’t release products that have good support. Panicked companies release products that most consumers regret purchasing.
Remember the Sega DreamCast? Hell — remember Sega?
The PS3 was undeniably released far too soon in its development cycle. It has essentially no network support now … and until Home is online, it will continue to fail offering an integrated experience à la its MS and Nintendo competition.
How much longer will that take? Home is scheduled for rollout in Fall of 2007.
Given Sony’s recent track record, I think we can be sure it’ll be another premature release.
* It causes me physical pain to admit that Microsoft released a product which doesn’t totally suck donkey balls, but there it is. The 360 is a damned good game console.
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