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Assassin's Creed Preview

From QJ.net : "In terms of the sheer scope of its ambition there are few games that we know of that can hold a candle to Ubisoft Montreal's long in development epic period piece, Assassin's Creed. What follows is a collection of every single solitary bit of information we've been able to dig up, rustle up, sniff out and extricate from every corner of the web and print, for your convenience.

If you haven't seen the impressive CG trailer, you really ought to check it out, not only is it extremely cool, it'll also give you a pretty good clue as to what to expect from the game.

Drawing from history, Ubisoft is crafting a game that takes the sort of action oriented acrobatic platforming gameplay seen it the landmark Prince of Persia games, and puts you in a playground the size of a city. Taking place during the Third Crusade, Ubisoft's Montreal team have recreated the middle eastern cities of Jerusalem, Acre and Damascus for you to explore. Set in the year 1191, shortly after King Richard the Lionheart occupied the oceanside port city of Acre, the game places you in the boots of Altair, a freshly recruited member of the feared "Hashshashin", a mystic offshoot sect of Muslim executioners from which the modern word "Assassin" is possibly derived. (Assassin's Creed, PS3)

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XGamer  +   2844d ago
This will be sweet on the XBOX 360 ....In Fact !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know I know, but I have a "bet" that I want everyone to remember!!! This game "Assassin's Creed" will not, I repeat WILL NOT come out/be released on the ps3!!! Say what you will but the ps3 after two (2) years of trial and error mostly error still isnt able to run this game on a finished cell and rsx set yet. It wasn't at E3 and still cant or wont ever be in it's current state. The power of the XBOX 360 is set perfectly for this game and will do incredible on it but ps3 wont see it. I know It's just my own "personal" opinion and not all you piss s 3 fan boys but you'll see and remember...I bet you that your system wont see it's release!!!!....EVER!!!! The ps3 has a problem running anything more graphically demanding than a sonic the hedgehog game.
achira  +   2843d ago
what a dumb, you make an ass of you, hahhaaaa
Brooklynite  +   2843d ago
i dont know
is this a 360 exclusive or for both systems.
TiTuS  +   2842d ago
Where did you fall of the BUS
I dont know when you as a child fell of the cradle but the PS3 is much more powerful than the X-box 360 but from my own opinion the
X-box 360 suck's, I played a game on it the other day and the graphics went completly screwed and it was so jumpy.
Marty8370  +   2844d ago
XGamer - U retard PS3 is not even in final dev kit form and it way more powerfull than X360.Assassins Creed is comin to PS3 first as it's a timed exclusive,X360 will see a watered down version in say 6 months.X360 couldn't handle half the effects that PS3 can do.
XGamer  +   2844d ago
Sorry piss s 3 fan boy, but............
Your wrong!! We all know it was the XBOX 360 that played the assassin's creed at E3 hidden under the table. The ps3 still cant handle these graphics. Sorry little man, tis true!!
And about the ps3 and cell's ppower, LOL>>>>>>> ;>What power???????? You mean it's ability to bottleneck in a single bounds, LOL!!
I'd love to see the ps3 come out and do well but there's just soooooo much that sony still has to fix to do this and I just dont see it happening. I think they'd first off need to increase main rsx memory from 256 to 512 + 256 instead of the 256 + 256 it currently has, maybe then it wouldnt bottleneck so often. To many cores spreading out it's little memory power makes it bottleneck. It's a fault that cannot be corrected if it's left alone.
XGamer  +   2844d ago
Oh and about the final dev form!!!!
Actually it was/is supposed to of been in "final dev form" as of last febuary but to do a strong showing or should I say weak showing of "poor Yields" it may never truly see Final Dev.
I'm not knbocking it just stating facts. I wish the ps3 well but I'm afraid it's "goodbye".
achira  +   2843d ago
hey you fool, look what topic it is ! its for ps3 you moron ! this game will never come to the lame xcrapbox. hahaaaaa this game will rule on the ps3 ! your crapbox cant even play the intro of the game when it is in hd format, hahahaaaa
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
haha

yes, PS3 is so powerful they can't even show it off at E3
FadeToBlack  +   2843d ago
Actually achira
This game has yet to run on the ps3. The only footage anyone has seen of this game was running on a hidden Microsoft Xbox360. You always comment on topics with no facts just flames, give it a rest.
shotty  +   2844d ago
I don't care if you don't believe me and honestly I don't care. But multiplatform developers are developing games on the xbox 360 since it has a great set of tools. I'm not sure if microsoft did it on purpose but going from xbox 360 to ps3 is harder then going from ps3 to xbox 360. Like it's pretty simple to take a game like Warhawk which is coded for the cell, then bunch that code together and it will run on the xbox 360 fine. But the other way for example taking Oblivion and porting to the ps3 is really hard. This is why ps3 games are getting canceled, it's not worth the money. They can make a whole new game in that time for the xbox 360 and PC.
achira  +   2843d ago
have you ported warhawk, surely not so dont talk bs.
FadeToBlack  +   2843d ago
LoL
Yeah it will have to be watered down so the x360's more powerfull GPU can handle it lol. Only God knows how the mind of a sony fanboy can calculate such incorrect conclusions..
super bill  +   2843d ago
cant wait
can,t wait to get this game on the ps3.this will look superb on the ps3 with that blue ray and rsx then cell.i think you right it will be watered down for the 360.
TheMART  +   2843d ago
So now it's for sure you don't own a 360
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
it won't be 'watered down' because they have had better development tools and for longer with the 360.
super bill  +   2843d ago
why,s that
to the mart have you got xbox live,if yes give me your gamertag and i give you mine,and we meet on xbox live on any 360 game you want.ps actually ive got 2 xbox360,s.
super bill  +   2843d ago
the mart
i just like the look of the ps3,i think it will be better than the 360,thats just my opinion,theres no law in that.
achira  +   2843d ago
how could you buy two of this ... ? what a waste of money. is one not enough ? although two ps3s would be cool, for multiplayer. but i think you are right, the ps3 will rock with this game !!! and others...
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TheMART  +   2843d ago
Ofcourse there is no law in that. But which games exactly are firing you up for the PS?

When we all know the hardware will give about the same quality of games, only one thing: the PS is harder to program.

So I cant see why one would change the 360 with a MATURE Live online service for something that delivers about the same graphics, costs more, games costs more on BR, have a launch line up that's nowhere close to the 360 and wel..

urm a free online service? You really believe that? There are 2 options: 1. it's free and it's crap like the PS2 online service which Sony lied about being something we'd never seen. Indeed never seen something implemented so bad. 2. It's not free, and is charged by game producers, so in the end you pay per game. Few games is cheap, but having more games will be more expensive then Live. 3. In the end gaming will be charged by Sony also.

Setting up and maintaining game servers just is expensive.

So I am curious what is it that attracks you attention more
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
the look? do you mean the 'online features'? or the game graphics? (lol) or the lovely forman grill styling? or the way it is overpriced, full of unhappy developers and uses mpeg2 crapola to play movies?

looks great to me!
shoota33  +   2843d ago
Awww the mart are you hating on ps3 again.You are so pathetic its not even funny.
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
Awww lametime are you hating on The Mart again.You are so pathetic its not even funny.

&&remember when you said 'Assasins creed IS NEVER COMING TO THE 360'. looks like you're the pathetic one ;)

its okay, you might get to play this on the delaystation one day...
shoota33  +   2843d ago
landofsand
listen asshole go to the assasins creed website and you will see that its only for ps3 idiot so STFU.
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
wrong-o peanut brain
http://www.news4gamers.com/...

i know you're in love with my asshole, but you really need to stop!
shoota33  +   2843d ago
landofsand
Hey moron i told you to go to the assasins creed website.strait from ubisoft and it says ps3 only.until ubisoft comes out and says its mutiplatform its a ps3 exclusive d!ckhead.All you do is get articles of people speculating thats its going multiplatform but they dont know anything.You are very pathetic you want his game so bad and cant except the fack the only way you will be playing this is on a ps3 dont like TOO BAD DEAL WITH IT.
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
Read it and weep lame-o
"Sources close to Ubisoft have informed 1up that the game will definitely see release on Microsoft's platform"

hahahahah
shoota33  +   2843d ago
landofsand
Like i said more speculation moron.Until ubisoft themselve and not someoe saying"sources close to ubisoft.you are really becoming an annoying b!tch that is whinning because you are not getting AC.
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
oh yes, everyone, lametime is more informed than people who work at ubisoft!

lol

you are such a gimp.
super bill  +   2843d ago
the mart
ive have had a xbox since it was launch in 2000,xbox one i thought it was superb,you are talking about live.which im not.im talking about the 360 console itself,which i think it is not as good as i was expecting.ive never own a playstation not one nor 2,i just think the ps3 is the better console.
shoota33  +   2843d ago
super bill
"i just think the ps3 is the better console"
As do the majority of gamers but the xbox fanboys cant process this data to there tiny brains.
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
Process this data:

the PS3 is delayed since the spring, everyone thinks its overpriced, the games will be expensive, sony's 'original' ideas are all stolen from their competition, development units blew up, bluray uses mpeg2, low yields, no production models yet, poor game line up, unhappy developers, sony have lost $850 million in 2006, bluray dvd player delayed, no unified online service, downgraded tech specs, poor E3 showing.
shoota33  +   2843d ago
landofsand
Hey moron i told you to go to the assasins creed website.strait from ubisoft and it says ps3 only.until ubisoft comes out and says its mutiplatform its a ps3 exclusive d!ckhead.All you do is get articles of people speculating thats its going multiplatform but they dont know anything.You are very pathetic you want his game so bad and cant except the fack the only way you will be playing this is on a ps3 dont like TOO BAD DEAL WITH IT
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
quit fiddling with your mom and learn to read
"Sources close to Ubisoft have informed 1up that the game will definitely see release on Microsoft's platform"

duhhhhhhhhhh

you are the only one here who thinks this isn't coming out on the 360. Another reason not to buy a Ps3.
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shoota33  +   2843d ago
landofsand
but yet you cannt prove it.STFU with your wishful thinking and fausle comments we all know you want ps3 games but damn you want AC so bad its not even funny.You spend more time here than playing your xcrap is it boring you.
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
no, i've been playing all weekend- prey, COD2, oblivion, GRAW, DOA2, PGR3. sometimes people send me messages about how retarded you are through Live!

it makes me laugh.

and since AC is coming to 360, so i will be playing that later too!

there is literally NOTHING about the PS3 i want, if i had one it would be used as an ashtray, the same way my friends use their PS2's as ashtrays! because they are sh1t! you see, unlike you i don't want to spend $600+ on a sony ashtray.
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shoota33  +   2843d ago
lanofsand
that is good for you. and once again wishful thinking you cannot prove that AC is coming to xcrap.ubisoft has said nothing of a xcrap version.but i will stop arguing about AC because ps3 already has it and is in developement and ubisoft loves the ps3's hardware. so i will allow you to keep dreaming and hopeing that AC is annouced for xcap.write that its coming to xcrap all you want but you still have no offical proof just speculation.So you say there is nothing on ps3 you want haha with all of ps3's feature you want to be stuck in last gen. Xbox 360 offers nothing more than xbox but better graphics THATS IT !!
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
"with all of ps3's feature you want to be stuck in last gen"

no, i'd rather be playing next gen games. oh, i am.

hahahah

you can get stuck in the last gen with your PS3 if you want, i'll be playing AC with my friends on the 360.
super bill  +   2843d ago
but the ps3 has good feature,s.
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
like?
shoota33  +   2843d ago
landofsand
Like i said grow up AC was never annouced for xcrap so dream all you want.Face you xbox 360 is not next gen all its is an xbox with better graphics,and you cannot prove me wrong asswipe it has no feature WHAT SO EVER.just the same last gen crap that was on xbox.
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THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
yawn

i spent a whole thread showing you the 360's features, and you still couln't understand it.

and as i said YOU are the only one who thinks AC isn't coming to the 360... you are delusional!

not next gen? you are the sad gimp that has to play PS2 games until november (if you are lucky!)

&&at least we have better graphics in our new console! beats what PS3 are showing- PS2 graphics in HD (like at E3 2006)
achira  +   2843d ago
wrong, you are the only one who thinks it will be on the xbox360. keep dreaming on, this game is exclusive for ps3, hahaaaa. keep dreaming on. put you rumours you invented in your a$$.
RuffRyder  +   2843d ago
Sony Fanboys
I wish all you sony fanboys would STFU!!!!

You dont know how F'cking stupid you fools sound!!

"PS3 is waaaay more powerful than the crapbox360"

Oh please gimme frickin a break! WHAT PS3? WHERE IS YOUR PS3?

You guys has never had any FACTS about the PS3, so please tell me what your what all your arguments are based on???
shoota33  +   2843d ago
RUFFRYDER
xbox 360 is'nt next gen PERIOD!!!
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
lol

lets see, next gen graphics, sound, games and online play. oh and the hardware.

you are so stupid lametime
achira  +   2843d ago
gametime thats right, xbox360 is last gen. only fools (=xrats, like this one above me) who cant afford a ps3 blame the ps3. but the xcrapbox is nowhere near the ps3. the ps3 is and will be far better ! go and buy your hd-dvd add-on fool.
RuffRyder  +   2843d ago
Sony Fanboys
PS. Its the same sh*t everyday with you fools,

Take a look at your selfs morons:

still WAITING, still HOPEING, still PRAYING, still TALKING BS!!!
RuffRyder  +   2843d ago
GAMETIME
If the xbox 360 isnt next gen then please define next gen???
shoota33  +   2843d ago
ruffryder
xbox 360 does not offer anything next gen but better graphics.ps3 offer alot more
shoota33  +   2843d ago
land of sand
First that was a tech demo of gt not the real game dumbass.All of your xbox 360 games are crap,the reson why ps2 still is outselling it.keep on dreaming but dont say anything when ps3 outsells wii60 agian by 3x.
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2843d ago
tech demo?

lol

very impressive PS3.
OutLaw  +   2843d ago
Who ever believes
Who ever believes this game isn't coming out for the 360 is just talking nonsense. Since there is a good relationship between Ubisoft and MS then there should be no reason for them not to bring this game out for the 360. There is no reason at all that Ubisoft would deny Microsoft this game. They made money already with their other games and this one will be no different. I for one could guarantee that Assassin's Creed will show up on the 360. Remember Ubisoft isn't a Japanese company that Sony could bully.
shoota33  +   2843d ago
excecly my piont you xbots are whining and praying for this game to come out for your xcrap."but dey hav good relation ship wit Ms it hav to com 4 xbox if itdont i wil cry to my mommy" that what you xbots sound like crying littes babys because AC has yet to be announced for your crap.
OutLaw  +   2843d ago
Nothing you wrote
Nothing you wrote there even sound like english. I didn't understand your response. I hope they make the PS3 better than your vocabulary.
shoota33  +   2843d ago
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shoota33  +   2843d ago
outlaw
I was doing that a purpose you moron.
OutLaw  +   2843d ago
Yeah alright.. gametime
You call people names and that's your defense for the PS3. I wonder if you like being picked on. Everday you have the same stupid argument about the PS3 and the system isn't even out and YOU call me a moron. You look stupid defending the Phantom station. Where is the all mighty PS3 and how long do we have to wait for it? I'm pretty sure you're not getting one at all. So keep on with these lame arguments about the Phantom station and prepare to be disappointed with how Sony is going to delay it again.
shoota33  +   2843d ago
outlaw
Everyday you xbot come here with your stupid arguments.Always making excuses such as why your xbox 360 is getting its ass kicked by ps2.why xbox 360 offers nothing more than an xbox but better graphics.You xbox fanboys are are jelous and wont except the fact ps3 is going to kick MS lame ass console.
OutLaw  +   2843d ago
Well you got me pegged
Almost everybody on this site with the exception of you, knows I give both sides credit. I do have a 360 and I was going to buy a PS3. But the PS3 is starting to sound like garbage. I don't get how you could defend them on every little thing they say. It's kind of sad.
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shoota33  +   2843d ago
outlaw
Its kind of sad how you support whatever MS says.And all off you xbots still believe xbox 360 will sell 10 million units by ps3's launch LOL!!
OutLaw  +   2843d ago
talking to you Gametime
Talking to you is like talking to a puppet. I'll wait until Sony gets their hand out your ass to have an intelligent conversation.
shoota33  +   2843d ago
outlaw
Talking to you is like talking to a wall. I'll wait until MS gets their hand out your ass to have an intelligent conversation.
OutLaw  +   2843d ago
Gametime
OK, PUPPET.
achira  +   2843d ago
outlaw he thinks at least positive about the ps3, and not like you and others negative because of false rumours, xrats invented. i thought you are not biased, but this is not the case, you biased to xbox360, thats why you post only negative messages about the ps3. but i am not better, i bash the xbox360. but there is a difference ! you never saw a ps3 and you never played a ps3, so how do you know how it is ? i played the xbox360, and its definitively not next gen, and the launch games even were not last gen. so i can say that xbox360 is not next gen, it has the best graphic on consoles so far, but you know this will change when the ps3 launches.
OutLaw  +   2843d ago
Achira
You could believe what you want. I don't have to time and time again prove myself to you. As for the Phantom Station give me a date it's coming out. Also the shortage of 20 systems to stores really help Sony out. If I want a PS3 I could get one from day one. I have that type of pull. How about you? So please save your crying for somebody else about Xbugs. I'm not only a client but for now on I'm the president.
RuffRyder  +   2843d ago
GAMETIME
LOL i bet your a fat spotty geek who sits infront of his computer 24/7 and has never got laid!! and you expect me to take you seriously!! Think again f@ggot.
shoota33  +   2843d ago
ruff ryder
yes i am very fat i weigh 369 pounds and i am 5'0 tall. i have spots all over (sarcasim)
RuffRyder  +   2843d ago
#22
Damn right!
shoota33  +   2843d ago
ruffryder
I should have known xbox fanboys tiny brains dont know what SARCASIM is.
Moostache  +   2843d ago
I wish I had a camera on lametime's face when he gets the "precious"..
The heartbreak and anguish over waiting sooooo looong for something, and building it up in his mind to heights that Jesus himself could not produce a gamesole to match - then havign his little heart ripped out and stomped to pulp when the machine is a titanic let down - will be priceless.

Just know this Gollum - when these PS3 "exclusives" get launched as multiplatform titles (even if Sony manages to buy a few "timed exclusives" for marketign to fools like yourself), you will look even more manic and sad than you already do. Third party titles will almost universally be multiplatform in the next 2-3 years. The development costs are too high and teh console makers are already losing money on hardware - they can't afford to cut the developer's license fees in exchange for exclusivity. Face the facts, if you want to pound on about "exclusives" (such a "last-gen" term BTW)then you would be wise to make sure those games come from a SOny studio and not a third party - otherwise, those games WILL all be on every platform the developers can port over to - just basic economics is all.

But hey, if nothing else, you being a complete moron provides me with at least 15-20 mintues of entertainment everyday. I just wish you would get some new material. I'm starting to feel like I'm watching episodes of the Simpsons for the 3rd time through - I've seen all the jokes and the other background stuff and now its getting stale....

"Yes precious, we hates the nasty Xbox 1.5....we'll shows them precious, the precious will rule them all..."
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shoota33  +   2843d ago
moostache
You are so lame its not even funny.Get your head out of MS ass moron. no matter what you think ps3 will dominate the gameing marking and there is nothing MS could do to change that dont like it TOO BAD DEAL WITH IT!!
Moostache  +   2843d ago
Sorry...I could not understand any of that....all I heard was "ack....gollum, gollum.....ack....precious.... "
pRo loGic II  +   2843d ago
AC is coming to the 360 get over it!.
shoota33  +   2843d ago
pro logic
Like i said you xbots have no proof just people speculating.SO just keep dreaming ,hoping ,praying cause its still not annouced for xcrap cry all you want.
jib  +   2843d ago
works both ways. it's not official that it's not coming out for the xbox360 either. you're speculating as well, hypocrite.
pRo loGic II  +   2843d ago
PS3 will rule and it's the best-
-you have no proof just people speculating.lol
shoota33  +   2843d ago
jib
all i know is its coming to ps3 so xbots keep dreaming. and pro logic ps2 sold 103 million and xbox sold 24 million.that will carry on into this gen xbox 360 gets whipped by ps2 and starting in november ps3
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The Real Deal  +   2843d ago
Not again....The Truth is the Truth....
From everything I have read thus far ps3 and the 360 will be simular minus the online componant because no real info has came out yet about ps3's online and thats Microsofts clear strengths. Most developers are clearly saying xbox 360 is easier and cheaper to develope for. Most developers have stated that ps3's true potential won't be tapped into for 3 or 4 years. And the ps3 is priced 200 dollars above the 360. The reason the 360 came out first is not because it was rushed. Ps3 and the 360 were both done at E3 2005. Its just that the 360 was using proven hardware. Dvd9, 3 cores running at 3.2 ghz , ect. So they had less problems. Remember...the ps3 was suppose to launch 3 months after the 360. Thats within the launch window. Sony delayed the ps3 not to add features but to take away features. Less usb ports, less ethernet ports, and no dual hdmi interface just to name a few. And with problems with the blu ray drive and cell manufacturing. If it wasn't for those problems...they would have launched on time and no one would say Microsoft rushed the 360 to market. That is a LIE. Gamers win with this next gen. They have choices. If you want Halo 3, Gears of War, and GTA then you choose the 360. If you want the games ps3 confirm for launch and or are interested in blu ray movies...then get the ps3. But when the ps3 isn't out yet and people are already saying it will be better off of the Sony claims...I have to point out Sony's history in hyping a machine. I'm not saying the ps3 will suck. I'm saying hold your horses. lol....listen to the developers...listen to the game programmers....listen to IGN when they compare the two game systems....If you don't like what those people are saying. Well, I don't know what to tell you. If a developer came out and said..."the ps3 is easier to program for than the 360 and the games will look better on the ps3 and its cheaper to develope for" I would take in the information and say "OK". I wouldn't argue as if I know somthing a developer doesn't know. lol...Thats my only issue with Sony fanboys. Lets all be gamers first. If the ps3 comes out and you love it. Tell us about it. So we can consider buying it. But don't pump it up based off of stuff Sony says. We all have been down that road with SONY. They have a very very bad track record. And yes we all know Sony sold 100 million ps2's...lol...but could someone please explain to me what that has to do with the ps3. You can't compare selling 100 million systems at 130 to 299 to selling a system at 500 to 600 dollars with competition already on the market that rivals it for 200 dollars less. No comparisson. Its like me saying. Well Mcdonalds totally owns Sony. Sony sold 100 million ps2's but Mcdonalds sold 2 billion hamburgers. lol...Or comparing ps2 sales to computer sales. You just can't do it. Ps3 should sell. As a consumer I personally think they made a mistake with blu ray and the cell. But my reasons aren't because I don't like Sony. My reasons are because Blu ray isn't a proven standard. Cell is cool but for games develpers have said it bottlenecks...One processor with 7 dsp's. Thats a lot of things running off of one 3.2 ghz processor. Its common sense to me. But developers have said its best for hd movie playback. I didn't make that up. I'm sure developers will be able to make some good games off of it. Sony is bold but they aren't stupid. Microsoft on the other hand are proven software geniouses. No one can dispute that. Developers love using Direct x9 and 10 soon. Thats what the 360 uses. That makes Developers able to best utilize the hardware. I'm not selling 360's. I'm stating facts and people can decide for themselves based off of facts what's best for them. I'm the Real Deal. people shouldn't take offense to my posts. They are if anything Truthful and informative. If you need links for anything I have stated. Just ask. I have conveniently put all my links in one place for easy access. Knowledge is Key.
WOW  +   2843d ago
So where did it all go wrong?
In my view, Sony has made two big mistakes. The first is the design of the PS3, which seems to be too ambitious for the company to handle.

The whole idea of a games console is that it should be cheap and relatively simple to mass produce -- and cost reduce. That suggests using (mostly) known parts. You can get lots of buyers if your console provides better games than a PC that costs three or four times the price, and that is less hassle to maintain. Trying to produce a console that is ahead of PC technology and costs two or three times as much as a PC to manufacture is insane -- especially since console buyers won't pay an economic price. But that's what Sony is doing.

Sony's second big mistake is strategic, and concerns its use of the Blu-ray disc format.

The PlayStation 2 certainly benefitted from providing buyers with a cheap DVD player as well as a games console. However, the DVD format was agreed in 1995 and the first players went on sale in Japan in 1996. The PlayStation 2 wasn't launched in Japan until March 2000, roughly four years later. By the time most US buyers were shopping for a new games console, DVD was already an attractive and established format.

If Sony intended to repeat this successful strategy, it should have included Blu-ray in the PS4 in 2010-11.

However, with the PS3, Sony is attempting to do the reverse, and pull off a strategy that has never worked. Instead of capitalising on a successful video format, it's trying to use the PS3 to establish what is starting to look like an unsuccessful one.

Look at it this way. The original smash-hit PlayStation was launched in 1995, the same year that the two competing high-density CD camps agreed to back a single format: DVD. What would have happened if Sony had refused to agree a compromise with Toshiba's SD (Super Density) format but decided to use its own system in the PlayStation in 1995 -- and sell it at twice the price?

Would you have bought one? I don't think so....

PlayStation is a huge brand and may well be strong enough to swing it, but there's still a sting in the tail: the more PS3's Sony sells, even at $600, the more money it loses.

It's a safe bet that Microsoft's bean counters have noticed that Sony is financially vulnerable, and I'll be surprised if Sony isn't walking into a price war. And if you have to fight a price war, it's better not to face a company with $38 billion in the bank.
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