Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Sony's confident in it's "superior technology", but how is it superior?

Sure, compared to the Wii, the PS3 has got some horsepower.
"confident that Blu-Ray will carry the system to victory in the next-generation console wars"

"Wii is a core gaming device. It's a more fun, intuitive sort of product to pick up, where the PS3 is a broader entertainment solution; so you can have your fun, enjoyable gaming…but then you have a whole suite of other applications...such as Blu-ray media playback, the ability to access your music, access your photos and the interoperability with the PlayStation Portable."

Saying the competition is "more fun" is essentially putting a nail in your own coffin, don't you think?

Anyway, there's plenty of ways to access music and to say the PS3 is somehow "special" because of this seems a bit idiotic. Blu-ray confidence is extremely dangerous, especially with how comfortable consumers are with DVD. What motivation consumers have to get away from it, especially if HDTV's don't grace their living rooms? Without proper upgrade motivations, Blu-ray confidence should be left as "considerably hopeful".

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As for PSP interoperability, what, the ability to play PS1 games from 5-10 years ago? View pictures? Use it as an oversized MP3 player? Come on.

Odd how this confidence ensues when rumors of it being the last playstation are propagated by analysts. I highly doubt that the sequel-based-naming-convention of the Playstation will fail to continue on to its fourth iteration, even if it's easier to find a PS3 than a Wii in my area. Sony probably has one more PS bout in them, or even more if the PS3 is a success.

So, back to the idea of the PS3 being "superior technology":

Sony has to "promise" DVD upscaling. It seems foolish this wasn't included out of the box, especially knowing this was a gripe about the Xbox 360 (which now does upscale over VGA). My question is, if they can't upscale 720p to are they going to pull this one off?

How about those disconnecting controllers? Again, superior, right?

What about less available memory? Or the difficulty in programming (compared to the competition)? How about their joke of an online platform?

Okay, so one model has a 60gb hdd. Microsoft could do the same at any time of their choosing. It would seem the only true and real-world usable application would be the Blu-ray discs. That's it. Processor?'s great on paper. But that doesn't mean anything if reaping the benefits costs more than the rewards (development time).

To me, touting the PS3 as an almighty entertainment package seems somewhat of a joke when it can't even pick and choose what to borrow from the competition intelligently. Not to mention they forget that $200 extra isn't a justification for a Blu-ray player...when most people have no idea what the hell Blu-ray is.

Instead acting like jackasses about their should-have-been-a-technical-wonder-but-isn't device, they should probably worry about pumping out the features and content. The side-by-side comparisons aren't doing much to show the PS3's "almighty power".

Note: The above picture was taken at a local F.Y.E. store. Out of all the movies, there was only one display section that housed HD-DVD and Blu-ray movies. Note only were there more HD-DVD titles available, but the HD-DVD advertising inserts were covering up the Blu-ray logo. I lowered the covering flap to show what was covered: the bigger Blu-ray sign.


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