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Sony not threatened by Wii U's Christmas launch

Sony UK boss Fergal Gara has suggested that the firm doesn't feel threatened by the Wii U's Christmas launch, but that Sony will be keeping tabs on the popularity of Nintendo's console far more closely in the new year.

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DA_SHREDDER1335d ago

Seriously? Maybe if they were selling them at $199, but this is pure bull. I can't probably get a WiiU till tax season next year, not cause i can't afford one, but because of availability. If they launch another system for more than $300 bucks, Ill be playing on my ps3 till the WiiU comes out, and maybe, just maybe I'll be buying a ps4 the year after. There's been like 10 different sku's since the ps3 launched, now they got one that has a sliding door. I a Sony fanboy, but im not gonna pretend that they are doing the right things when they aren't. I could wait till 2014 or 2015 cause by then, all the games I want like a new motorstorm or God of War will be price dropped that I'll beable to get like 10 titles for under $200. I've learned alot this gen. And hopefully most of you did too. Rule #1 that I learned was don't buy games at launch, the price drops almost a month after launch. Rule #2, DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE! THEY ARE JUST VIDEO GAMES!

DeadlyFire1335d ago (Edited 1335d ago )

I do agree year later is best way to buy really. Sure ya miss some things at launch, but for the most part the games keep their value until then. If not they typically are not worth investing in anyway.

Just depends on how much ya really want it.

As for Sony worrying about competition. There is a reason Sony and Microsoft have bundles ready and PS3 has new slim for the holiday season. Its to hit well with the profit season of the holidays.

Sony knows they have their beast under wraps for 2013 as does Microsoft. They don't see WiiU as a real competitor to their systems yet. If the install base jumps as fast as the PS2/Wii did it could cause a stir for them, but it all depends. I personally wanna see final WiiU hardware before I decide on buying.

corrus1334d ago

Actually Nintendo said no cut price maybe for year or two

shivvy241335d ago

if theres a $50 to $100 price drop just before release then yea ! just like the 3ds $100 price drop when vita released

shivvy241335d ago

i meant 50 to 100 price drop on ps3 ! their like $280 in australia for 12gb

deadfrag1335d ago

Of course not,the WII-U are already most sold out,SONY will still sell well because nintendo dont have product for demand this christmas.

Nutsack1335d ago

Don't believe the WiiUpgrade 'sold out' marketing of Nintendo...

The first batch for pre order at shops they just locked at some hundreds of thousands ON PURPOSE.

This way, the retailers will make public they are sold out. Sure they are, of the lower than low stock they got from Nintendo.

This way, they try to have the public think 'if its sold out it must be great, I need to get me one'. You'll see at launch day, there will be availability. How well it'll be available depends on Nintendo's capability to produce as many as they can the coming month/months. The WiiUpgrade will be on the shelves.

I just hope the new PS3 superslim in retail will get the sub 200 pricing, which retailers can do. That would differentiate it enough from WiiUpgrade at 300 bucks, and give a much larger library of games, compared to that one WiiUpgrade Zombie game and a few others like Bayonetta 2. Overall we all know that the WiiUpgrade is up for a lot of old games from direct 360 ports, which will most often give a worse conversion. Like the PS3 got it too.

One is better off playing the better versions of those multiplats on PS3 and/or 360!

Ducky1335d ago

Sony doesn't appear to be threatened, but you sure appear to be, for whatever odd reason.

...or else, you'd just call it the 'WiiU' instead of going through the trouble of typing out 'Upgrade' every single time.

deadfrag1335d ago (Edited 1335d ago )

well i dont think people are stupid and insted of picking a new console that still has many years (at least 5 or 6 years)of new games the WII-U,will pick a PS3 at almost the same price tag and in the end of the life cicle.Not to mention that those $50 that you pay more for a Wii U are well spent since its new tech compared to the PS3 tech.

Nutsack1334d ago

Not threatened, just being real. WiiUpgrade is Nintendo's upgrade to current gen PS3/360 level.

The Wii was a supercharged Gamecube, it was just overclocked pretty much. If you can't accept the facts, that is not my problem... The only thing new is that bulky tablet one touch controller aka a supersized DS basically.

@ deadfrag

Eh 5 or 6 years new games? First off: as long as this gen 360/PS3 lasts it'll get 3rd party ports from the 360. As the installed base on the WiiUpgrade is too little to become developing/main platform. Thus, worse versions of multiplats.

Then, when in 2013/2014 real next gen arrives, Xbox 8 and PSOrbis/PS4, which will be more powerfull than WiiUrine, you'll get the same as the Wii gets it now. Washed down watered down ports like COD on Wii, ROFL! Enjoy those...

The only thing a Nintendo console is good for, with the Wii and also the WiiUpgrade, will be 1st party Marios and Zeldas and a few other games.

A PS3 at 200 would be 100 or 1/3 less than a WiiUpgrade. Thats not 'almost the same price tag'. Then we haven't talked about old games like Batman and Mass Effect 3 with a premium price tag for WiiUpgrade at 60 bucks, while for PS3/360 they'll be in the budget bin at that time for 15 to 20 bucks.

Parents vote with their wallet, certainly in the current economic state.

WiiUpgrade ain't new tech dude, it uses a PowerPC triplecore CPU, lower clocked in Ghz than the 360. The GPU is a tad better. Its this gen stuff.

PopRocks3591334d ago

@Nutsack

Does it get tiresome spewing the same misinformation in every single comment you post? Sheesh. You can't even spell "Wii U" properly.

Quetzll1334d ago

better GPU = less work from CPU

invalid argument

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Griffin48711335d ago

Sony will soon learn that pricing these days is everything.

EffectO1335d ago

Sony greatly underestimated Nintendo in Japan,and look were they are now...
Never underestimate Nintendo.

cleft51334d ago

Nintendo has the Monster Hunter franchise secured for the WiiU and the 3DS and they have the Dragon Quest franchise secured for the Wii and WiiU. Unless something major happens for Sony, they are pretty much dead in the water in Japan. Sony desperately needs an exclusive Final Fantasy or MGS game now, otherwise the WiiU will continue to sell out like crazy in Japan and Sony sells will remain on a steady decline.

miyamoto1334d ago

Disagree.

What are you trying to say?
Sony does not even care for Nintendo's kiddie market since PlayStation One. And Sony can not be arsed to do that which is a let down at least for me.

Its not that they under estimated Nintendo in Japan its because they focused more on their own & bigger target market in the West where their market is directly under fire with a bigger threat - Microsoft.

Not saying it was a good situation.

I for one wanted the PS3 to have great games for younger gamers. But they can not afford to loose their own market to Microsoft primarily. They let the PSP have all the otaku games Japanese gamers needed anyways.

I have blasted Mr. Yoshida on Twitter why tey put more of their efforts for Western Studios compared to Japanese Studios.

That is how Nintendo got the better of them at least in Japan.

AJBACK2FRAG1334d ago

True. Here's the deal. Sony will mock the WiiU for two-three years then release a PS4 w/ an Ipad like controller. Because... they have no good ideas. Except insulting their customers, being arrogant and hey look Crash is back!

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