Roger Ehrenberg of SeekingAlpha submits: "Well, well, well. "Window to the living room.""If we build it they will come." These phrases and others like them are the stock in trade of my friends over at Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE).
Build a big, powerful, muscle-bound machine with a billion features and people will be willing to pay a premium price for all this added functionality beyond gaming. No, I said. People who buy gaming consoles want to play games. I've been writing about this for 10 months. Sure, online games are great. But HD-DVD, Blu-ray, etc., etc., etc., for $500, $600 bucks? I said "You're limiting your market and strictly catering to the hard-core gamer. No, Microsoft and Sony said. You don't get it. This is a long-term strategy. Our customers will get it.The problem is, according to a recent NPD survey, that they're not getting it. Not at all."