The beauty of competition dictates that a healthy, well-positioned entity will react positively to the advancements of its foes. In the video game industry, the gaming public is fortunate to have three such competitors, all on solid footing, competing for its attention. Sony held a three-day media event this week to demonstrate its latest wares, and for the PS3, the 2007 holiday season outlook is strong.
There's little doubt that PS3 had an unspectacular launch, upstaged first by Nintendo's Wii, then by Microsoft's sudden attack with the Xbox Elite. The PS3, to most gamers, is the finest machine the video game industry has ever seen, and likely will retain that title for quite some time. But what does it offer? At launch, very little, it seemed. "Software drives the hardware," Nick Williams, marketing manager with GamerMetrics told me at GDC. And PS3 offered little in terms of software at launch.
"Just wait," seemed to be the response of everyone at Sony. PS3, we were told, is so far ahead of its time that it will take a while for developers, publishers, and designers to catch up.
"PS3 definitely has the potential to be the most brilliant piece of technological innovation that no one ever bought," Scott Mucci, product manager for customer intelligence at IGN, said a few months ago. "Sony has to do a better job presenting the case for buying it and then demonstrating that. There's a lingering perception in the market that we want Sony to do more and show us more. Show us why we should buy a $600 machine.
After revealing a few Holiday 2007 titles this week, it appears we won't have to wait too long.