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Microsoft: PS3 is just a next-generation DVD player

Sony has by many been accused of being somewhat arrogant in the way they talk about their competitors in the next-gen console war. However Microsoft is far from passive in this war of words. In a recent interview with SPOnG European Xbox chief Neil Thompson said that PlayStation 3 is representing little more than a shiny new DVD player. As much as Thompson wants this to be true, calling the PS3 nothing more than a next-gen DVD player is a bit overboard.

Speaking to SPOnG, he said, "I think [Sony] has missed the ball, in that it's not really a next-generation games player – it's a next-generation DVD player. For us, that's great news, because we think we make the next-generation games console." Thompson continues, "We've got the content to back that up, we've got Xbox Live to back that up, we've got price-points that are very compelling. If gamers are desperate to get the next-generation DVD player, then they'll start considering Blu-Ray and the PS3. But Sony is the company that brought us Betamax, MiniDisc and UMD – I'm not convinced people today will go and bet the farm on buying a Blu-Ray disc."

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Anerythristic264001d ago

Sony has called it everything but a game system. These comments are brutal but have merit. Sony sees this system as a BluRay Drive / Computer.

FamoAmo4001d ago

If you look at the big picture Sony is making the console for the blu ray!! What better way to get a blu ray drive in most homes by putting it in a game console that bears the name Sony Playstation?? Sony is only thinking of them,selves not the consumer. MS is relatively new into console's and They listen to the consumer and respond with action. Sony on the other hand takes a whole year more to release b/c of the blu ray drive that they are forcing people to buy!! If blu ray prevails Sony is rich as hell but if it loses Sony is screwed big time.. So Is it a blu ray drive? YES for Sony its all about the blu ray drive not the console.. I think thats what this guy is saying!!

Shadow Flare4001d ago (Edited 4001d ago )

If the PS3 is a next-gen dvd player, then what is the xbox 360 a next-gen system of?

A next-gen game system you say? Barely

What's next gen about the 360, the better graphics? Whoopty freakin doo.

And xbox live isn't next gen, the old xbox did it and it could handle the 360 live updates aswell im sure.

If the ps3 is anext-gen dvd player, then i guess that makes the 360...a current gen dvd player? haha

Think of any reasons the 360 should be classified as next-gen, tell me

Lucidmantra4000d ago

A next-gen game system you say? Barely

What's next gen about the 360, the better graphics? Whoopty freakin doo.

10 times the power and speed of the xbox, a massive amount more of memory, faster bus speed, better system planning, outstanding dev tools, a superior GPU, 3 core processor at 3.4 Ghz, gigantic pipeline for data. All leading to better, faster more detailed games...
NEW-GEN - Check

And xbox live isn't next gen, the old xbox did it and it could handle the 360 live updates aswell im sure.

Addition of achievements, game play trends in players, player submitted conduct cards to judge a player by, zones of game play attitude, downloadable content, game upgrades and patching thru a persistent online system that has seen little to no service breaks that were scheduled.
NEW-GEN - CHECK

If the ps3 is anext-gen dvd player, then i guess that makes the 360...a current gen dvd player? haha

Yes it plays DVDs with progressive scan. So you are right.

Think of any reasons the 360 should be classified as next-gen, tell me

It might not be YOUR particular type of new-gen since Sony has you convinced that you have to reinvent the whell to be new-gen. (i dont call it next gen, the 360 is released, old gen is now ps2,xbox, gamecube..the ps3 and wii will be out probibly before the end of the year.) You need to evaluate what new-gen is to you and purchase accordingly but please don't buy into hype that says you have to have 7 processors, a new media format, blah blah blah. If that is what you like buy it. If you think it will be all that and a bag of chips, I hope it is for you. I like my 360, it is not without problems which MS is addressing as fast as possible. Yesz I had one burn up, yes they gave me a new version 2 system all i had to do was wait 8 days. Yes, some games are underwhelming, yes some are great. The same will be for you when the PS3 comes out. Sony has had problems with every console they have released so far. It wont change this gen either, due to the fact of the complexities of their technology. I wish you alot of luck with your PS3, i will probibly join you sooner or later.

TheMART4001d ago

And maybe even a BetaBluRay system that will not even become standard.

No standard = no or less support. There you go with your expensive PS3-videoplayer.

Furthermore, he is right about the other mediaplayers like Minidisc, Betamax and UMD. It all failed.

Sony did well with launching PS1, they lied a lot with PS2 but allright it was nice. They lied even more with the PS3 and going the wrong way. Down it is

clayton4001d ago

I think all the smart consumers should boycott Sony considering what they did, by having a rootkit installed on your pc without your knowledge whenever you play a Sony Music Cd in your PC. They are nothing but crooks.

THELANDSOFSAND4001d ago (Edited 4001d ago )

My father bought a betamax player, I have owned 4 different tape walkmans and 2 cd walkmans, one mini disc player and a PS1. They all broke with in 6 months.
I refuse to buy sony now, and i hate them as a company. they are crooks, con artists, liars and make overpriced cruddy products that instantly break.
and as for their cd spyware... i'm not surprised.

sony treat their customers like crap.

SjaakHaas4001d ago

I also have a MD player. It didn't broke but the support is soooo poor these days. I still think it was a better product than cd's but hey, the majoraty of the consumers didnt. I think this will be the same with the PS3.

My Sony Cybershot DID broke down. And the support was just dumb and bad. I didnt wanted to send it for repairs for like $50 so i kept the Cybershot. Lateron i smacked it a few times and tried it again... and it worked.... :| Dumb mechanics and bad verry support at Sony's

greenlynxx4001d ago

Of course it is a game system as well but that is clearly not the focus of the system. It is true that those are hard words coming from MS but they are simply stating the obvious.

THELANDSOFSAND4001d ago

it's sony's own fault.

i think he was being fair. I would just would have called it a next generation piece of crap.