Sony: Gamers Will Wait for PS3, Wii is a 'Novelty'

At E3, both Sony and Microsoft lavished Nintendo with praise for their bold new direction because no one knew how it would perform -- PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were sure sellers to gamers, but Wii was a question mark, so why not look good in the media? Now that Wii's out, receiving growing accolades and sellouts worldwide, at least one of those companies has changed their tune.

"We feel very confident that the PlayStation fan is going to wait until they can get a PlayStation 3. If they do pick up a Wii, it's as more of a novelty." -- Dave Karraker, senior director of corporate communications at Sony Computer Entertainment America, to the Wall Street Journal

Sony has traditionally been quick to talk down the competition, especially when they decided to enter the handheld market. Both Sony President of Worldwide Studios Phil Harrison and SCEA CEO Jack Tretton argued Nintendo DS was limiting itself to the traditional Pokemon-fueled markets.

"The idea of a handheld rivalry with Nintendo is an irrelevance. Those formats don't appear in our planning. It's not a fair comparison; not fair on them, I should stress. That sounds arrogant, maybe, but it's the truth. With the DS, it's fair to say that Nintendo stepped out of the technical race and went for a feature differentiation with the touch screen. But I fear that it won't have a lasting impact beyond that of a gimmick - so the long-lasting appeal of the platform is at peril as a direct result of that." -- Phil Harrison speaking to MCV, 08/26/2005

"We really feel like they're [Nintendo] appealing to the same audience that Game Boy has always appealed to ... They're potentially losing some of their core audience and they're not really expanding beyond that and we think we're expanding into a completely new audience as we did with PlayStation. And we'll do just what we did on PlayStation; we'll dip down to the younger consumer eventually and we'll ultimately appeal to that vastly Earth wide audience we carved out with the original PlayStation."-- Jack Tretton talking to GameDailyBIZ, 09/21/2006

Square Enix's announcement earlier this week is telling of a potentially new attitude towards game development in Japan, an attitude that has Dragon Quest jumping ship from Sony to Nintendo. With the most rapidly expanding userbase in Japan, would Sony tell Square Enix they're limiting their potential with a machine that appeals "to the same audience that Game Boy has always appealed to"?

PS360PCROCKS6392d ago

Ha! actually funny story, I work at Pac sun as an assistant Manager and I was on break and theirs a target nearby and I had to go look at some stuff, well I had some extra time so I decided to stop by the gaming section, I figured I'd check out the PS3 basketball, because I have played motorstorm and resistance on my roommates PS3 but not the basketball game. Well this lady is talking to her husband and she's like "yeah guess we will have to wait til they get more ps3's" but than she taps me "Excuse me, do you know what the difference is between the PS3 and that other machine?" " I was like what the Xbox?" "she says yes" so I straight up told her I was like, um the PS3 is $500 and $600 and the 360 is $400, and the PS3 is a Blu-Ray player, and has motion sensitive controllers, that's the major difference. She scoffed at the price, thanked me and bought a 360. So not to look like a mad fanboy, but like as I thought it would be, parents most surely just like the lower price this time around...but kinda still shows not everyone knows what an Xbox is...

Monchichi0256391d ago

Good job soldier! That is a great job of Enforcing the truth!! You sure made someones Holiday a happy one!!

Master of Menace6391d ago

XBOX has always been lower in price than PS2. Didn't really help it much did it?

slugg6391d ago

Xbox came out a year after the PS2 and has NEVER been cheaper, you idiot! Check your facts!

360 is selling fairly close to how well the original xbox sold, better or worse doesn’t really matter. (10 million shipped EXCLUDES replacement systems; that is why you have to ship your broken box to Texas to get it repaired or replaced– the systems they have at the repair center are not counted as “shipped to retail” since, obviously, they were not.) Thing is, most people are missing the big picture. Microsoft is one of the largest and wealthiest companies in the world– they understand business. The original xbox shipped AFTER the PS2 and the same day as the Gamecube, and MS lost money on every single one they ever sold. The 360 was the first console of this generation to market, is already MAKING MS a little money on every unit sold, and should have close to 10 million sold by the end of the year. So NO MATTER WHAT Sony and Nintendo do, they can’t approach that number for some time. So MS is firmly in the drivers seat– more third party developers want to make games for the system because it has a larger installed base and, frankly, is easier to develop for. For cross-platform titles, the 360 will be the lead development platform and the game will be ported to PS3. See, Microsoft realized that last time around, having the more powerful system didn’t mean squat if most developers were going to make games on PS2 first (it had the larger install base and year head start last time)then port them “as-is” to the xbox. They also realized that losing money on hardware was the “price to play” in the videogame market, but you can’t bleed green forever. So now they are already making about $40.00 for every system sold, and that will go up as the new manufacturing process takes over. Sony loses between $200 to $400 dollars on every PS3 (depending on which version and who you ask), and it will take a LOT longer for their manufacturing costs to decrease- by their own admission, blu-ray laser diode manufacturing problems led to the delay of the PS3 then its current short suppy; do you think they can reduce the cost of manufacturing something they can barely get made AT ANY COST right now?
Bottom line, as far as gamers are concerned, MS is here to stay, and although they might not beat out Sony this round, they WILL take a sizeable chunk of market share away from them– which means more games for the 360, beter games for the 360, and more exclusive games for the system. “When 2 huge companies are competing for [consumers’] dollars, they consumers are the ones who win.”

marionz6392d ago

people have been waiting...and waiting...and waiting...and if people are smart and realise that ps3 really offers nothing new they should stop waiting for the inferior ps3 and get an xbox 360! damn next gen will be here again before ps3 finally goes global! what a joke...

MicroGamer6391d ago (Edited 6391d ago )

first they say people will work extra hours to be able to afford one and they say they will wait until Sony sees fit to give them one. Pure f'ing arrogance. There's no other way to describe their attitude. It's like they think we should all bow down and lick their feet for creating this POS.

Ravenator5296391d ago

I agree that people who really want a PS3 will wait for them to be readily available. I myself jumped ship but that doesn't mean everyone is.

As for the Wii being a novelty? I do halfheartedly agree with this as well. It's a gimmicky machine that will be driven by exclusives such as Mario, Zelda, and Metroid. Just like the Gamecube was.

But people will buy into this gimmick and Nintendo will make millions upon millions of dollars. I mean, its only $250 and you know in about a year and a half it will be down to $199! And as we all know, the DS actually prints money. So Nintendo will do just fine. I just feel that the Wii will end up beind a dust collector in-between exclusive releases. Just like the Gamecube.

But people will still want power, speed, and beauty! So a 360 or PS3 will be a must own for any Wii owner. And a person will get the system that suits them the best. The 360 and PS3 are "everyday" use machines.

I have my reasons for taking a 360 over a PS3. No need to go into it in thorough detail at this point. God knows, I already have numerous times.

PS360WII6391d ago

Well I like to say Sony does it thing. But I enjoy watching them eat their words. So they said the DS is nothing but a novelty but well we know it's not and can't stop selling. So with the Wii it could be just like the DS all over again. We'll see though no one knows how it's going to be in a few years

Monchichi0256391d ago

is a perfect example of why so many people HATE Sony!! There arrogance and lies are sooo annoying! I also "Jumped In!"