While sales figures may show that Nintendo and Microsoft are ahead of Sony in regional hardware sales, Hirai said this generation is a marathon, not a sprint, and it's too early to call who will win the console war.
be prepared for the longhaul,to show your hand too early and bring out all your big hitters in one year sure makes for a great hellava year but then your pondering the next few years which is exactly why microsoft are now too reliant on 3rd party games hope microsoft learn from this,console wars cannot be won in 1or2 years,but i believe its because they really wanted to gain a lead due to their experience battling the ps2,now unfortunately their running out of steam microsoft need more inhouse game studios because competion is good and we benefit.
I think you're right. Nintendo and Microsoft has started off strong and done pretty well. Sony has been doing OK, but it's like they are only just getting rolling. At this point the PS3 does seem to have the most future potential.
Sony outsold the 360 the very first year on the market even with the added costs of the new BluRay tech in the console. Sony blew past the 360 in Japan and only took a year to pass by the 360 in Europe. And the PS3 has outsold the 360 in the US by around 300k according to NPD in 2008. The only place the 360 has been doing well is vgchartz fantasyland. The 360 is in last place everywhere in the world other than the US and UK and will be in last place in worldwide installed by the start of 2009 with the gap now shrunk to only about 4-4.5 or million units for the PS3 vs 360 worldwide installed base.
infamous Microsoft $20 price drop on the 360 for holiday seasons. Judging on Microsofts attitudes I wouldn't be surprised if January 1, 2009 they said, "We win the console war it's over because we said it's over. We win because we're "ahead" (could change) of the PS3 and the Wii isn't next-gen". If the wii wasn't next gen, why is it rivaling the PS3 & 360?
He Speaks the truth As proven with the PS 1 and 2 The PS3 will be The Console of Choice for many Years By the way were is King Kaz have'nt heard from the GR8 1 since Metal Gear Solid 4 launched MWAH HA HA HA HA
Unfortunately his words will fall upon deaf ears as the bots have short term memory issues and does not come from the brightest parts of society.
lol who gives a damn if it does!!! You're still playing the crappy overrated PS3...sold on band name and empty promises only.
After the amazing success of Judgment Day, I have been busy working on the PlayStation 4! The Sony Side will crush those Nazisoft SIMPLETONS for the THIRD time in a row! Keep up the good work, my Sony Samurai! I must return to Sony HQ and continue my domination of the industry! MWAH-HA-HA-HA!!!
Hey Kaz,no console could stand up to your killer pink shirt.Hahahaha
Well done King Kaz!!!;) Glad to see your ok;) GO GET'EM!!!;)
Hey does any one know where the N4G user Kaz Hirai is? I miss the guy, lol.
POG captured him and is torturing him in his basement. he is making kaz play the 360 against his will.
Me to :-( He hasn't been on this for ages. Think he had enough of this site(don't blame him!) :-/
OR he is playing the amazing MGS4 :D.
Tell that to Nintendo you windbag! They are sprinting and leaving you in the dust. The industry doesn't work the way Sony wants it too. Go ahead and take 10 years to get your product where you want it to be but I will see you later because I'm running on..
Leave Nintendo out of this...lol
Xbox 4 and Wii3 be out in 10yrs, PS3 hasn't the legs of the PS1 or PS2, plus i think hes forgetting that the industry at large is moving, as a whole, much quicker than it did 9yrs ago.
Tell it to nintendo? Aren't you one of the guys who said, "Nintendo isn't next-gen"? Wow..
You don't make friends with salad
Microsoft sure has.
Hes got a point. I've always felt that the other consoles didnt have the staying power the PS3 had. I felt like they all just wanted to shove out all there best games in year 1 and the rest of the era would be dry. I've seen that with the Gamecube era as well. (i'm strickly talkign 1st party or EXCLUSIVE titles). You cannot match Sony's Inhouse development teams, there will ALWAYS be new things on the horizon. This is why 2008 is such a great year for the PS3 and NOW looking into 2009 I'm completely Overwhelmed. So 2009 is the Year of the Playstation TOO! Let Microsoft seek out the Short term, I'm not falling into that trap of Upgrading my PC every 6months. I enjoyed the PS2 and still enjoy it TODAY! 9yrs LATER! and will continue to enjoy my ps3 for just as long.
I don't know what happened to your bubbles, but that was a totally rational, reasonable comment - so I'll try to give you one back. :)
Maybe he should focus on catching up with the rivals before he starts concerning about their longevity.
Kaz needs to get a whole host of issues out of the way first: 1. stop losing money on the ps3 2. stop being third 3. stop the delays and release Home 4. stop the delays and release KZ2 5. stop losing exlusives like there's no tomorrow 6. stop... ok enough cattleprodding for now.
The reason the console market is so attractive to game developers is based on the longevity of platforms like the PS1 and PS2. At the start of a new generation you spend X amount of money on tech/engines and then you are keep using that same tech for the duration of the console's life. This drives down the cost per title for developers and makes them significantly more money as the console generation gets into years 5,6,7... where developers have had a chance to put out three to four generations of titles. Pulling the plug early on a console means for console developers that you are costing them huge amounts of development costs to have to spend time starting from scratch instead of just refining their existing engines. This is where Microsoft is in serious trouble. They desperately need a complete redesign on the hardware due to the gimped 7GB DVD storage format, the RRoD and other hardware defects/problems, and the weak and poorly designed graphics hardware. But they already forced developers to waste money writing new engines instead of doing the easy work of putting out third or fourth generation titles when they pulled the plug early on the Xbox last gen.
hahhaha i f*ckin love this guy!
The Wii is seeing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and I think that Nintendo will milk the Wii longer than they did the Gamecube, but Sony is the only company that has introduced a new console while still supporting their old consoles at the same time and I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo pulled the plug on the Wii whenever they introduce their next console. I think that the Xbox 360 has about 3-4 years left max... to be honest, the 360 is most likely in the middle of it's lifecycle already. There's no way Microsoft is going to keep the 360 around as long as the PS3 because the 360 wasn't built future proof, it was just built to last a couple years. The Playstation 3 was built with the future in mind the whole entire time and that's why Sony rolled out the PS3 with Blu-ray and the Cell Processor. That 10 year lifecycle in Sony's consoles is why Sony has been able to sell 100+ million consoles back to back with the PS1 and PS2, and the Playstation 3 will do the same.
I find him more entertaining than Jack whats-it that did the Sony E3 presentation. Kaz always has a fair take on things and seems reasonable.
So insteead of giving their customers everything they wanted & more, they are going to give you crumbs at a time (like trophies, in-game xmb, vibrating controller, video store, etc.) All that MS & Nintendo has to offer, Sony will give you........................... eventually. :B Wait B3yond BTW I find it very unusual that they consider the PS3 as a Super Computer and yet knowing the life-span of PCs (most are obsolete within 1-2 years without upgrades), they tout the longevity of the PS3 as if it was a living room sofa.
All that motion sensing controls that Nintendo and Sony had since day one, MS will get it.................... eventually.
You mean like the controller MS had in the early 90's for the PC? IDIOT.
I've noticed alot of strange things! OK, the reason people loved the ps1 and ps2 so much was because there were tons of games(over 1500) on each system. Which is why those playstation systems sold so much! Sony had a mentality of getting as many games as they could on their system to draw in all types of individuals. At E3, they changed that way of thinking, when jack tretton said they wanted only good games on their system, and not just any games! That confuses me! If that original way of thinking got the playstation brand the respect it has now... Why change? I can respect sony for that way of thinking, but I also feel like they might be heading in the direction of Nintendo, during the n64 and gamecube times. People moved to the playstation cause they had so many different types of games on their system. Even though the ps1 was technically weaker than the n64, it sold cause it had lots of games. Ps2 was weaker than gamecube and xbox 1, but it had all the games. People overlooked the technical shortcomings of the system because they had great games! Sony has great first party titles, and a large number of talented developers... But it seems like they are forgetting exactly what got them there! We are gamers, we are the ones who know about first party this and that. But thinking back to when I looked at other peoples collection of games... They would usually have about 5-10 games, with almost none of them being a first party game from MS or Sony. And the people with nintendo systems usually had at least one of their games cause that's the only one they could trust would be good! I think MS finally figured out what helped Sony's playstation become such a respected brand name, which is why they are trying to copy it! And nintendo is trying to do the same thing, which is why the Wii has alot of games! As much as we hate to accept it... The casual gamer doesn't care about reviews or loyalty to a system or if this company made this game specifically for this system as much as you/we do! End of logic! Message to fanboys: Isn't it strange how sony fanboys always complained about all the 360 has is shooters! Yet here we are now and those same fans can't wait for Resistance 2 and Killzone 2? That looks like a bit of blind jealousy. Or the fact that sony fanboys kept complaining about all the 360 has this year is Gears 2 and maybe Fable 2. But while they were focused on that, sony was working on getting more RPG's so they could have a relationship with japan by the time the next system launches! Don't get me wrong... I don't like MS! But I respect them! They put their mind to something and battle their way through it! Even if it has them considering bankruptcy...lol! We are all gamers right? You had to have realized that MS is playing Chess, not checkers! MS already knew the battlefield they were getting into! Sony and Nintendo are basically the older Chess pro's, and MS was similar to the kid who didn't know much, but wanted to learn how to play... But at the same time the kid knew he was going to mess up alot during his learning process! OH! Please don't be fooled. The point I was trying to make earlier was that the ps1 and ps2 were weaker than their competition, but they survived because they had alot of good games with alot of variety, which is what MS is trying to get established!
if this was some MS guy they would have pointed out how they have sold more games then Sony and how they lead the way this gen its why i back Sony with my wallet
If Kaz Hirai worked for MS and said the exact same things you would hate him.
That is a pretty UNFAIR assessment by hirai. If Nintendo 64 was the clear victor and sony bombed with the ps1 would sony have still continued it if it bled them billions? Come on get real. Same goes for last gen. Why kill their cash cow? Like MS stop making Halos, why? Now we'll see how sony supports the ps3 when: A) The next Xbox and Wii comeout Holiday 2011 at the VERY LATEST. B) The ps3 still places sony in a defecit. So will sony just continue with the ps3 while the other two have more powerful and probably not TOO MUCH more expensive machines? Developers will ALWAYS flock to the newest and greatest as to show off their muscle and prowess. I am not saying that they will stop support but ALL of their BIG and AMBITIOUS projects will be for the NEW MACHINES. The learning curve is STILL very steep for the ps3 and development costs are horrendous. I personally think that the developers will want to AT LEAST work with DX10 if not DX11 as the ps3 ONLY USES DX9. Then what will hirai, stringer and the rest of sony do? If the ps3 continually drains them, they probably will CUT IT OFF and start from scratch just like the Xbox. His words are noble but not very PRACTICAL business wise. I think sony has peaked during the ps2 era and I don't think another console will be able to reach those stats until there is only one console on the market. Developers HAD to LEARN to develop for ps2. Now since there is healthy competition, not only do they have options, but programming from a PC is MUCH EASIER and more cost efficient. In the long run pc's win.
wrong, the ps3 is the stepping stone for the ps4. Why do you think they invested so heavily into blu-ray and the cell processor. In actuality, the R&D for the ps3 is really also for the ps4 and the wii and ps2 have proven that you dont need to have the best hardware to sell.
If that's the case.What happened to devs "flocking" to the PS3? j/s
If you cant win the game, change the rules. How lame for someone at his position :)
That may have worked during the last generation, but I doubt people want the same graphics 3 years from now. I sure don't. Also, is this why 360 has outperformed PS3 in that department? Are they saving their power? Or was ATI correct in their graphics solution? I own both systems; the PS3 has some nice things (BLU Ray baby). But the facts are facts. Sony is no longer number one. Perhaps their arrogant attitude a year ago sealed their fate. For all the MS bashing, you must admit that competition is ALWAYS GOOD FOR THE CONSUMER. If it pushes MS and SONY to make better games, so be it. And as a consumer I WANT MY GREAT GAMES NOW. Not next year, etc. Is this a religion? Do I need to trust SONY that cool games will arrive in the future? Then why bother buying a PS3 today? Give me the games now. Didn't I give you $500 bucks already?
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